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(From left) Garin Bjorklund, Kaiden Guhle, Luke Prokop, Krz Plummer, Kyle Crnkovic, and Ethan Rowland. Photo credit: LA Media


2017 Alberta Cup All-Stars announced

CANMORE - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2017 Alberta Cup All-Stars, and the 2017 All-Star Official.

The tournament All-Stars and All-Star Official were announced Saturday night at the Alberta Cup banquet at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. All-Stars were voted on by WHL scouts and Team Alberta staff.

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#1 Garin Bjorklund - Calgary South

GP: 2 | MP: 119 | W: 1 | L: 1 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 63 | GA: 2 | SVS: 61 | GAA: | SV%: .970


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#4 Kaiden Guhle - Northeast

GP: 4 | G: 2 | A: 1 | Pts: 3 | PIM: 4


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#7 Luke Prokop - Edmonton Yellow

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 0 | Pts: 1 | PIM:2


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#9 Kyle Crnkovic - South

GP: 4 | G: 3 | A: 2 | Pts: 5 | PIM: 4


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#16 Krz Plummer - Northwest

GP: 4 | G: 4 | A: 1 | Pts: 5 | PIM: 6


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#18 Ethan Rowland - Calgary North

GP: 4 | G: 2 | A: 1 | Pts: 3 | PIM: 4


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South wins the 2017 Alberta Cup

CANMORE - Team South went wire-to-wire as the tournament’s top team to win the 2017 Alberta Cup.

South went undefeated (4-0-1) through the tournament, and clinched the Alberta Cup with a 5-1 win over Northwest.

It’s the second straight win with two different teams for South Head Coach Jamie Steer. Steer won the 2016 Alberta Cup with Calgary South, exactly 30 years after he won the very first Alberta Cup as a player with the same team.

The win is a special one for forward Ridly Greig as well. Greig’s dad, Mark, won the Alberta Cup with Calgary North in 1987. Now, 30 years later, the former NHLer watched his son hoist the very same trophy.

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Defending champion Calgary South still earned a spot in the top three this year, as a quick two-goal outburst late in the third and two empty-netters gave them a 6-2 victory over Edmonton Yellow in the B Final.

Team South finished third in the tournament, beating Calgary North 4-1 in the B Final. Earlier in the day, Northeast used a five-goal third period to defeat Central 6-1 in the C Final, while Edmonton Blue broke a 4-4 tie with 40 seconds left in the game for a 6-4 win over Calgary North in the D Final.

2017 is the third and final year of the Alberta Cup in Canmore. Spruce Grove will host the Alberta Cup in 2018.

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A Final

South 5 - Northwest 1

Players of the Game: South - #31 Cole Tisdale | Northwest - #3 Ethan Edwards

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B Final

Calgary South 6 - Edmonton Yellow 2

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #19 Ozzy Weisblatt | Edmonton Yellow - #10 Cole Carrier

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C Final

Northeast 6 - Central 1

Players of the Game: Northeast - #17 Peyton McKenzie | Central - #20 Keaton Sorensen

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D Final

Edmonton Blue 6 - Calgary North 4

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #16 Ethyn Hopp | Calgary North - #17 Chalres Obobaifo

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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St. Albert Slash win the 2017 Esso Cup

MORDEN, MB - For the first time in the tournament’s history, the Esso Cup is coming home to Alberta.

The Alberta Female Hockey League’s St. Albert Slash are 2017 Esso Cup Champions after defeating Quebec 1-0 in an overtime thriller Saturday night.

The Slash were dominant at the tournament, going a perfect 7-0 en route to a national championship.

St. Albert represented the Pacific Region at the Esso Cup, defeating the Greater Vancouver Comets in the Pacific Regional Championships, after winning the Hockey Alberta Midget Female AAA Provincial Championships.

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2017 Alberta Cup : Day Three recap

CANMORE - The final match-ups are set, and Team Northwest and Team South will go head-to-head in the 2017 Alberta Cup final on Sunday.

There will be no three-peat for Calgary South, as Northwest punched their ticket to the final with a decisive 9-3 win in the first semi-final game, while South edged Edmonton Yellow 2-1 to close out the day. Calgary South and Edmonton Yellow will play in the B Final.

Earlier in the day, Central and Northeast secured spots in the C Final, while Edmonton Blue and Calgary North will square off in the D Final.

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Game #13 - C/D Semi-Final 1

Central 9 - Calgary North 3

Players of the Game: Central - #3 Austin Klein | Calgary North - #5 Nate Prosser

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Game #14 - C/D Semi-Final 2

Northeast 7 - Edmonton Blue 1

Players of the Game: Northeast - #18 Joshua Parker | Edmonton Blue - #3 Joe Hawkins

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Game #15 - A/B Semi-Final 1

Northwest 8 - Calgary South 2

Players of the Game: Northwest - #7 - Kaden Reinders | Calgary South - #19 Ozzy Wiesblatt

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Game #16 - A/B Semi-Final 2

South 2 - Edmonton Yellow 1

Players of the Game: South - #5 Anson McMaster | Edmonton Yellow - #7 Luke Prokop

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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(From left) Mark and Ridly Greig, Jake and Geoff Sanderson, and Brayden and Brendan Morrison.


Like father, like son

CANMORE - A trio of former NHL players can be found in the stands in Canmore this weekend, watching their sons play in the 2017 Alberta Cup.

Geoff Sanderson, Brendan Morrison, and Mark Greig all have the opportunity to cheer on their sons Jake, Brayden and Ridly, as they compete for the Alberta Cup with Team South.


For Greig, the tournament is a blast from the past, as he won the 1987 Alberta Cup with Calgary North. Now, 30 years later, he’s in the stands, hoping his son Ridly can do the same.

Sanderson’s older son, Benjamin, also played in the Alberta Cup in 2015. Greig’s daughter, Dara, played for Team Alberta’s U18 Female team in 2016.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Cup, click here.


Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at hockeyalberta.ca. Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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2017 Alberta Cup : Day Two recap

CANMORE - After another busy day of hockey at the 2017 Alberta Cup, round-robin play wrapped-up, and the standings are now set heading into Saturday.

After going undefeated (2-0-1) through round-robin play, South locked up first in Pool A. Northwest claimed the other semi-final spot, finishing 1-1-1, while Calgary North and Edmonton Blue finished third and fourth, respectively.

With a pair of wins on Friday, Calgary South rebounded from a Day 1 loss to finish at the top of Pool B. Edmonton Yellow also finished with two wins, but finished second as Calgary South won the tie-breaker. Northeast finished in third in Pool B, and Central fourth.

Saturday kicks off with Central and Calgary North playing in the first C/D Semi-Final at 9:00 a.m., and Edmonton Blue and Northeast in the other at 9:30 a.m. Northwest and Calgary South battle in Semi-Final 1 at 11:45 a.m., and Day 3 closes out with the other Semi-Final game between Edmonton Yellow and South at 2:15 p.m.

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Game #7

Northeast 10 - Central 1

Players of the Game: Northeast - #10 Noah Boyko | Central - #12 Bode Hagan

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Game #8

Calgary South 2 - Edmonton Yellow 0

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #31 Simi Gill | Edmonton Yellow - #1 Kanwar Gill

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Game #9

Northwest 6 - Calgary North 0

Players of the Game: Northwest - #31 Cameron Beson | Calgary North - #4 Cole Martin

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Game #10

South 4 - Edmonton Blue 1

Players of the Game: South - #19 Scout Truman | Edmonton Blue - #1 Colin Norrish

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Game #11

Edmonton Yellow 5 - Central 3

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #31 Blake Lyda | Central - #7 Ronan Seeley

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Game #12

Calgary South 1 - Northeast 0

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #1 Garin Bjorklund | Northeast - #4 Kaiden Guhle

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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Edmonton Yellow defenceman Luke Prokop is one of four athletes playing in the Alberta Cup whose brother played in Team Alberta’s U16 program.


Keeping it in the family

CANMORE - For four athletes participating in the 2017 Alberta Cup, they have a unique opportunity to mirror the accomplishments of their older brothers.

Peyton Mckenzie (Northeast), Garin Bjorklund (Calgary South), Kaiden Guhle (Northeast) and Luke Prokop (Edmonton Yellow), are all following in the footsteps of their siblings: Skyler, Paycen, Brendan and Josh.

Not only did the four older brothers play in the Alberta Cup - they all went on to play for Team Alberta’s U16 team: Brendan in 2012, Skyler in 2013, and both Paycen and Josh in 2015. All four won gold at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in their respective years.

For Peyton, Garin, Kaiden and Luke, they’re all looking forward to following in their brothers’ footsteps, and hope to use their experiences to make the next step in the Team Alberta program.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Cup, click here.


Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at hockeyalberta.ca. Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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2017 Alberta Cup : Day One recap

CANMORE - After a busy first day of the 2017 Alberta Cup in Canmore, six of eight teams came away with points.

South sits on top of Pool A after a tie and a win, with Edmonton Blue and Calgary North just behind with two points each. Northwest earned a single point on the day with a tie and a loss.

In Pool B, Edmonton Yellow and Central each won their only games of the day, defeating Northeast and Calgary South, respectively.

Pool B teams will each play a pair of games on day two, while Pool A teams will each play just one. Round-robin play wraps up after day two, with the top two teams in each pool earning a spot in the Alberta Cup semi-finals.

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Game #1

Northwest 2 - South 2

Players of the Game: Northwest - #16 Krz Plummer | South - #8 Kadyn Chabot

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Game #2

Calgary North 3 - Edmonton Blue 1

Players of the Game: Calgary North -#18 Ethan Rowland | Edmonton Blue - #6 Joel Sexsmith

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Game #3

Central 2 - Calgary South 1

Players of the Game: Central - #1 Talyn Boyko | Calgary South - #17 Braden Plaschewsky

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Game #4

Edmonton Yellow 3 - Northeast 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #31 Blake Lyda | Northeast - #4 Kaiden Guhle

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Game #5

Edmonton Blue 6 - Northwest 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #11 Jacob Franken | Northwest - #8 Jace Isley

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Game #6

South 7 - Calgary North 2

Players of the Game: South - #9 Kyle Crnkovic | Calgary North - #18 Ethan Rowland

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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Joe Hawkins (Edmonton Blue), a 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup champion with Edmonton Green, looks back on his experience in 2015 and how it helped prepare him for the Alberta Cup


Looking back at the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup

CANMORE - For many of the 2002-born athletes taking to the ice in Canmore this week, the 2017 Alberta Cup isn’t their first taste of Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program.

Many players were a part of the inaugural Peewee Prospects Cup in 2015, and are the first group to play in the Alberta Cup after taking part in the new program.

Joe Hawkins (Edmonton Blue), Cole Carrier (Edmonton Yellow), Ronan Seeley (Central), Noah Danielson (Central), and Steven Ewaskiw (Assistant Coach, Northwest) shared their experiences at the Peewee Prospects Cup, and how it helped prepare them for the Alberta Cup. Hawkins and Ewaskiw were both part of the Edmonton Green team that won the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Cup, click here.


Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at hockeyalberta.ca. Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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Canmore welcomes the 2017 Alberta Cup

CANMORE - For the third straight year, the Rocky Mountains will be the setting as Canmore hosts the 2017 Alberta Cup.

Some of the top 2002-born male hockey players in the province will go head-to-head, with eight teams will taking to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre from Thursday to Sunday. The teams include Calgary North, Calgary South, Edmonton Blue, Edmonton Yellow, South, Central, Northeast and Northwest.

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Full tournament results will be displayed on the score ticker at the top of both hockeyalberta.ca and abcup.ca. Schedules, stats and standings can also be found at abcup.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Twitter.


The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.

Alberta Cup graduates include Matt Dumba, Braden Holtby, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, and Andrew Ference.

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The St. Albert Slash celebrate their Pacific Regional Championship win


St. Albert Slash, Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings in the hunt for National titles

RED DEER - Alberta is well-represented on the National stage this week, as the St. Albert Slash and Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings compete in the Esso Cup and Telus Cup, respectively.

The St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA) of the Alberta Female Hockey League are representing the Pacific region at the tournament, and are already off to a hot start. The Slash opened the Esso Cup Sunday afternoon in Morden, MB with a 6-0 win over Mid-Isle Wildcats, who are representing the Atlantic.

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The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings kick off their quest for the Telus Cup tonight against the host Cariboo Cougars in Prince George, BC. The Oil Kings earned the right to represent the Pacific region after winning the Midget AAA Provincial Championship. With their opponent in the Pacific Regional Championships being the Cariboo Cougars, the Oil Kings automatically advanced to the Telus Cup.

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Registration now open for Team Alberta Peewee Skills Camp

RED DEER - Alberta males born in 2004 have the unique opportunity to participate in the second annual Hockey Alberta Peewee Skills Camp, hosted by the Team Alberta program.

The camp takes place in Calgary at the Don Hartman Sportsplex on June 23-25. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta process.

The camp will consist of three sessions:

  • Checking Development
  • Position Specific training
  • Goal Scoring and Hockey Sense

The camp also includes a Team Alberta/Alberta Built presentation, a Long-Term Player Development Session, and will wrap-up with a full three-period game. Goaltenders will also have an on and off ice skills session.

The maximum capacity for the camp is 160 athletes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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For more information about the Team Alberta Peewee Skills Camp, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta.

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The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings celebrate their Midget AAA Provincial Championship win on home ice in March.


The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings: Not your typical Cinderella story

The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings are about to begin their quest for the Telus Cup. But, the road to Prince George was anything but easy for the Midget AAA team. The Oil Kings finished third in the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League season with a 14-15-5 record. From there, the team went on an impressive run through the AMHL Playoffs, claiming the Midget AAA Provincial Championship. They now find themselves ready to compete for a national title.

Ahead of the Telus Cup, Oil Kings Assistant Coaches Darin Wood and Colby McClachlan penned the following letter about their team of destiny:


The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings aren’t your typical Cinderella story.

Expectations were high coming out of the gates with new coaching staff, four returning players, and a very well-rounded batch of incoming players.

With a tough schedule to begin the season, they got off to a mediocre start, playing to a 4-6-0 record in the first month. Goals were hard to come by, and under new systems and philosophies, there was a sharp learning curve to adjust to. Adding to the adversity, Carson Lux (one of four returning players, and team Captain at the time) got the call to take the step up to Drayton Valley in the AJHL.

November was more of the same, with offensive woes being the story, and the team’s record fell to 6-10-1. But the month was not without its ups, with Dillon Hamaliuk returning to the team after a late roster move by Seattle in the Western Hockey League. With the Macs Midget AAA tournament in Calgary looming, and with a goal that was set early in the year to play in the Macs, December was a turning point in the season. The Oil Kings started finding their stride.

Improving to a 3-1-2 record for the month (9-11-3 for the season), and boosting their offensive efforts, they solidified their place in the Macs.

With the Macs Tournament being a goal early on, the Oil Kings knew the competition was stiff and they had to raise their level of play. Great leadership and the close-knit nature of the club helped guide them to a 2-1-1 record in the tournament, narrowly missing the playoff rounds. But, a disappointing result for a very well-played tournament didn’t hinder the resilient group heading into the home stretch of the season, and with a newfound belief in the ability of the team and its potential, the Oil Kings finished the season 5-4-2 (14-15-5 overall), good enough for third place in the North Division.

The preliminary round of the playoffs was a hard-fought battle with the MLAC Beverly Optimists, where both games ended with a one goal differential, one of which was in overtime. A well-balanced attack, and a solid penalty kill was the story in the series, with 11 different players finding the score sheet, and going a perfect 9-for-9 shorthanded. Breydon Berthold led the way with two goals, including the series-winner.

The early series sweep added a lot of confidence to the group as they moved into the second round against the St. Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders. A typical second-seed vs. third-seed battle, the series took all five games to decide, with four one-goal games, two of which went into extra frames.

Exceptional resiliency (all three wins were come-from-behind) and penalty killing was once again the story for the series, allowing only one goal on 17 attempts, and adding a shorthanded marker. This set the stage for the North Division final against the top-seeded Sherwood Park Kings. A hard fought series from the start, which ended in two of three games requiring extra time, saw Easton Hesse assert himself as the leading playoff goaltender, stopping 113 shots in the three-game series, including a 49-save effort in the double-overtime game two. Once again the penalty kill group went a perfect 11-for-11 in the series, en route to a three-game sweep.

Heading into the provincial finals against the CFR Chemicals Bisons, it was clear that this team started seeing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, and with two key injuries on the blueline, they were put to the test. With a game one victory thanks to another 24 save performance by Hesse, and a perfect 4-for-4 penalty kill night, the series came home to Leduc with the Oil Kings up one game to none. Three lead changes, eight different goal-scorers, and another 3-for-3 penalty killing performance later, the Oil Kings found themselves in their sixth overtime game of the playoffs. Tyler Smithies buried his fifth goal of the playoffs, and Brendan Morrow went 100% in the faceoff dot to give LJAC a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Game three was nothing short of spectacular, as both teams exchanged prime scoring chances, and exceptional goaltending. The game went into overtime for the second time in a row, and seventh time in the playoffs for the Oil Kings. A phenomenal slap pass/deflection goal kept the Bisons alive, and for the first time, the Oil Kings had a chance to lock up a series at home. LJAC made history March 26, as they clinched game 4 in front of family and friends.

Their heart, evident by a 5-2 record in overtime, an earth-shattering seven wins coming from behind, and 98% penalty kill effort was the difference in the post season, which saw them go 11-3 overall. Even with their backs up against the wall, they stayed positive, focused, and poised. They played for each other, were accountable to each other, and never gave up on anyone wearing the crest. Other teams may have walked into the dressing room going into overtime exhausted, and sore, and used that as an excuse to shed 1% of their effort, but not this group. Some may have used a heartbreaking overtime loss as an excuse to point a finger in blame, or try and change the game plan. But not this group. Stats aside, it took 23 players to win the league. 23 unwavering efforts. 23 hearts and 23 souls. Some call it a “Cinderella Story”. The LJAC Oil Kings call it hockey.


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Team Alberta announces assistant and video coaches for 2017 U16 and U18 programs

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the assistant and video coaches of Team Alberta for the 2017 U16 Male and U18 Female programs.


Team Alberta U16 Male

Brandin Cote (Assistant Coach), Marian Gmitter (Assistant Coach), Alex Mandolidis (Video Coach), and Derek Purfield (Goalie Coach) will join Head Coach Spiros Anastas on Team Alberta U16 Male.

Cote just wrapped up his first season coaching in the WHL, serving the 2016-17 campaign as an Assistant Coach with the Prince Albert Raiders. He’s been involved with Hockey Alberta in numerous capacities, and has coached in two Alberta Cups.

Gmitter is currently the Head Coach of the Calgary Midget AAA Royals. This year will mark Gmitter’s third time coaching in the Alberta Cup program, as he’s set to serve as the Head Coach of Team Central at the 2017 Alberta Cup.

Mandolidis is the Head Coach of the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars. Like Gmitter, this is Mandolidis’s third time coaching in the Alberta Cup program, this year as the Head Coach of Calgary South.

Purfield currently works for World Pro Goaltending, and also served as the Goalie Coach for the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) and University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS) in 2016-17. This will be Purfields third straight year with Team Alberta U16 Male, having previously served as the Goalie Coach for the 2015 and 2016 gold medal-winning teams.

Along with the coaching staff, Curtis Arsenault (Athletic Therapist), Dave Campbell (Equipment Manager), and Jamie Porter (Head Scout), round out the Team Alberta U16 Male staff.

Arsenault, from Lethbridge, is the Athletic Therapist for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, and has previous experience in the Team Alberta program at the Alberta Cup.

Campbell just wrapped up his season as the Trainer for the Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL), and has served as a Mentor Trainer for Team Alberta in various camps and programs over the past five years.

Porter is the Director of Hockey Operations for the Swift Current Broncos (WHL), and was the Head Scout for the 2015 and 2016 gold medal-winning Team Alberta U16 teams.


Team Alberta U18 Female

Joining Head Coach Craig Perrett on Team Alberta U18 Female will be Cassea Schols (Assistant Coach), Bob Rutz (Assistant Coach), Sarah Hilworth (Video Coach), and Amanda Tapp (Goalie Coach).

Schols is currently the Female Prep Head Coach at the Northern Alberta Xtreme Hockey Academy, and was also an assistant coach with last year’s Team Alberta U18 team.

Rutz is the Head Coach of the Midget AAA Female Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs of the Alberta Female Hockey League. Rutz has previously served as a Head Coach and Mentor in various Team Alberta camps and programs.

Hilworth has been the Head Coach of the Olds College Broncos since 2015. She’s been involved in both the U16 and U18 female programs over the past four years.

Tapp is the Director of Female Development and the Lead Instructor at Top Prospect Goaltending. Tapp is a long-serving member of the Team Alberta U18 coaching staff, having served as the Goalie Coach for the past six years.

Mercedes Eustergerling (Trainer), Brodie St. Jacques (Equipment Manager), Heather Osgood (Strength & Conditioning Coach), and Doug MacLeod (Head Scout) have also been named to the Team Alberta U18 Female staff.

Eustergerling is the Owner and Physiotherapist at Vida Health & Wellness, and has been a Mentor Trainer for various Team Alberta camps and programs over the past three years.

St. Jacques currently serves as the Trainer for the Maple Leaf Athletic Club’s Bantam AAA team. St. Jacques is set to serve as the Trainer for Team North Grey at the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

Osgood is the Fitness Director at Vimy Ridge Academy, and has been a involved with Team Alberta for the past eight years.

MacLeod, a Regional Scout for Hockey Canada’s Women’s Program, is entering his second year with Team Alberta U18 Female, and has previous coaching experience with Team Alberta as well.


About Team Alberta

The U16 Male Program is the third stage of the development and identification process to select a roster for Team Alberta to compete at either the U16 Western Challenge or the Canada Winter Games. The Games are held every four years, with the next event set for 2019 in Red Deer. Players in the U16 Male program will be challenging for the opportunity to compete on one of the three teams that represent Canada each year at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.

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AJHL, Hockey Alberta host 2nd annual elite development camp

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) will host an elite development camp in July, looking to expand upon the success of the inaugural event in 2016.

Eighty elite athletes from the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League (AMMHL) have the opportunity to participate in the AJHL Development Camp presented by Hockey Alberta, July 18-23, at the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose.

Hockey Alberta works with AMMHL coaches on player identification, final player selections and invitations. The camp features 2001-born athletes who played in the AMMHL this year, and who are not currently on the protected list of a Western Hockey League team.

The inaugural edition of the camp proved very successful as 14 players who attended in 2016 were signed to an AJHL White Card or affiliated to an AJHL team during the 2016-17 season. The camp provided an excellent opportunity for AJHL teams to evaluate and interact with the prospects.

“The partnership between Hockey Alberta, the AMMHL and the AJHL has created a unique opportunity to enhance the development of these players and has proven to be an identification camp for our teams in just the first year,” said Fran Gow, AJHL Vice-President of Hockey Operations. “The camp also provides coaches with the option to complete their HP1 Certification and ensures high level instruction for the participants.”

Players participate in on-ice activities that include six practices and four games, and off-ice and classroom sessions. There will be an AJHL presentation for athletes and parents, and at the conclusion of the camp, each player will receive a scout package and evaluation summary.

“This camp provides the unique opportunity for Minor Midget-aged players in Alberta to learn from some of the top coaches, but also to showcase their talents for AJHL teams while they are learning,” said Drew Dixon, Manager of Coach Development for Hockey Alberta. “The fact that 20 per cent of last year’s participants had AJHL experience this season demonstrates the potential not just for individual skill development but also to help players start on their future career paths.”

For more information on the Alberta Junior Hockey League, go to ajhl.ca.