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2019 Allan Cup kicks off in Lacombe

RED DEER - Two of Alberta’s Senior AAA teams have a chance to win a national championship in their home province this year, as the 2019 Allan Cup kicks off in Lacombe on Monday.

The host Lacombe Generals look to hoist the Allan Cup for a fourth time, having previously won in 2009, 2013 and 2016 (as the Bentley Generals). Meanwhile, the Innisfail Eagles earned their first crack at the national title after defeating the Stony Plain Eagles in Allan Cup West league playoffs.

Innisfail takes on the Rosetown Redwings in the tournament-opening game on Monday at 4:00pm, while the host Generals kick off tournament play at 8:00pm against the South East Prairie Thunder. All games take place at the Gary Moe Sportsplex in Lacombe. A full schedule can be found at allancup.ca.

All games are available to watch online free of charge at HNLive.ca.


Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the nine Albertan Officials selected to work the 2019 Allan Cup.

Referees Cody Rude (Leduc), Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer), Colin Watt (Edmonton), and Kevin Webinger (Calgary), and linesmen Ethan Cronkhite (Beaumont), Aidan Henderson (Calgary), Cody Huseby (Red Deer), Przemek Iwaniec (Calgary) and Ryan Petryshyn (Edmonton) are among those selected to work the annual national Senior AAA championship.

Referees

Colin Watt – Hometown is Edmonton, Refereeing for 15+ seasons, last 10 in the WHL. Has worked the 2013 Allan Cup, 2015 and 2018 Jr.A Nationals (Royal Bank Cup), and 2017 and 2019 USports Nationals (CIS), and multiple AJHL league finals.

Kevin Webinger – Hometown is Calgary, Refereeing for 18 years, obtained his Level 6 in 2015, has been refereeing in the WHL, AJHL and Usports (CIS) for 9 season and Para-Ice Hockey since 2011, working the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Korea.

Colin Stefanyk – Hometown is Red Deer, been refereeing for 20+ seasons, obtaining his Level 6 in 2017. He’s worked the AJHL finals 6 times, Doyle Cup 3 times and refereed at the Western Canada Cup in 2016, Allan Cup in 2018, and World Jr.A Challenge in 2018. He also worked the USports Canada West Finals in 2018 and CJHL Top Prospects game in 2019, in Okotoks.

Cody Rude – Hometown is Edmonton, been officiating for 24 years. Attended the Allan Cup in 2018, Royal Bank Cup 2015, World Jr.A Challenge in 2015, and has worked 7 AJHL Finals.

Linesmen

Ethan Cronkhite – Hometown is Lloydminster, currently living in Beaumont. Refereeing for 15 years, with 5+ seasons working WHL, CIS, and Jr.A. Notable assignments include the Telus Cup in 2012, World U17 Championship in 2017, and WHL Canada vs Russia series in 2016.

Ryan Petryshyn – Hometown is Edmonton, been an official for 26 years, working the AJHL and Senior AAA for 15+ seasons, working numerous league finals at both levels.

Aidan Henderson – Hometown is Airdrie, been an official for 24 years, 12 in the WHL and 14 in the AJHL, working the AJHL league finals 3 times and the Western Canada Cup in 2015.

Cody Huseby – Hometown is Rocky Mountain House, currently living in Red Deer. He’s been an official for 20+ seasons, working the WHL for 10 season, AJHL and Senior AAA for 13 seasons. On the National and International stage Cody worked the U17 World Championships in 2009, Telus Cup 2009, Royal Bank cup 2011, Allan Cup 2013, Gretzky-Hlinka U17 Tournament 2018 and most recently the 2019 U20 Div II Group A World Championships in Estonia.

Przemek Iwaniec – Hometown is Wroclaw, Poland, currently living in Calgary. He’s been an official for 15 years, currently working Usports, WHL, ACAC, and AJHL as a linesman. Notable assignments include the 2018 AJHL finals, 2018 Doyle Cup, 2018 World Jr.A Challenge, and 2019 Midget AAA Pacific Championships as a Referee.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 19:08

April 18, 2019

THE ALBERTA CUP - ONE WEEK AWAY!

The 2019 Alberta Cup features the top bantam players from Alberta in a best-on-best setting. Former WHL and NHL stars who played in the Alberta Cup include: Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, Jake Debrusk, Matt Dumba, and Brayden Point. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the next crop of WHL and NHL stars. Tournament passes are on sale now. TICKETS > | ROSTERS > | INFO >


CALGARY BUFFALOES AND ST. ALBERT SLASH PREPARE FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Calgary Buffaloes will be the Pacific representative in this year’s TELUS Cup in Thunder Bay, ON. The tournament is set to begin on April 22. SCHEDULE >

The St. Albert Slash will look for the three-peat at the Esso Cup in Sudbury, ON. They begin play on April 21. SCHEDULE >


ALBERTA CHALLENGE HEADED TO LEDUC!

The 2019 Alberta Challenge will be at the Leduc Recreation Centre on May 2-5. Six teams filled with the top bantam female players across Alberta will battle for the Challenge Cup. SCHEDULE > | ROSTERS > | INFO >


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PEEWEE PROSPECTS ROSTERS ANNOUNCED

The 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup rosters have been released. Each team will comprise of 20 players who will compete for the cup in Lethbridge on May 9-12. SCHEDULE > | ROSTERS > | INFO >


GET READY FOR NEXT SEASON WITH OUR ALBERTA BUILT CAMPS!

Registration is ongoing for Alberta Built Skills Camps offered by Hockey Alberta. Your young players can reach their potential at one of the following camps: Super Skills, Dynamic Shooting, and Developing Defensemen. Upcoming camps are scheduled in numerous locations across the province. INFO >


HOCKEY ALBERTA DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP WEEKEND - JUNE 22-23

Hockey Alberta is hosting a Development Leadership weekend for minor hockey volunteers in Red Deer on June 22 & 23. Available courses include a Coaching Skills Seminar, Intro to Hockey Seminar, and Development Directors Seminar. It is encouraged that each MHA send three volunteers to this event. INFO & REGISTRATION >


ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GALA TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

The 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 21 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS >

Contact Erin Zatylny at 403-967-0064 with any questions or for sponsorship inquiries.


HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC

Join us at the annual Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic in beautiful Canmore on July 22-23 in support of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program. FULL DETAILS >


HOCKEY ALBERTA COACH CONFERENCE RETURNS TO CALGARY

The 2019 Hockey Alberta Coach Conference is coming to Mount Royal University in Calgary on August 10-11. Prepare for the 2019-20 season with professional presentations from esteemed speakers and learn about the latest strategies, trends, and technologies. INFO & REGISTRATION >


MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for key volunteer positions across a number of committees for the 2019-20 hockey season. Volunteers are the faces of Hockey Alberta within their communities, positively representing themselves and the organization in regular encounters on a daily basis with participants in our sport. APPLICATION FORM >


2019 ALBERTA MASTERS GAMES

The 2019 Alberta Masters Games are heading to Rocky Mountain House on August 22-25! This 30+ event includes hockey as one of its feature sports - and competitors from across the province are needed! If you are interested, check out the website and get yourself registered. REGISTER >


INTRO TO HOCKEY - RINK DIVIDERS

With the full implementation of half ice/cross ice hockey at the Initiation and Novice levels in the 2019-20 season, Hockey Alberta has arranged promotional pricing on rink divider systems from Athletica Sport Systems for all member associations. Orders must be placed by June 1. INFO >


PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - THE PATHWAY TO HOCKEY IN ALBERTA

At Hockey Alberta, our Vision is “Hockey for Life.” As the parent of a player within the minor hockey system in Alberta, there is a lifetime of opportunity for you and your child(ren) to stay involved in with our great sport for many years. Regardless of the age of your child, there is a level of hockey where s/he can play, and enjoy the benefits of being a hockey participant.

View our Pathway to Hockey information in our Parent Guide!


Breaking Down Barriers - Trio of Female Coaches Sweep CWG Podium

"It’s a Great Day for Hockey!" - Brooks Novice Jamboree


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2019 Peewee Prospects Cup rosters announced

RED DEER – The 160 players competing in the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup in Lethbridge, May 8-12, have been selected by Hockey Alberta.

The Peewee Prospects Cup program is the first step of the Hockey Alberta Development program and is held in off years of the Alberta Winter Games. It provides second-year peewee athletes, coaches, trainers and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition.

The players are divided into the eight teams who will take to the ice at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge. Twenty 2006-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches and director of operations.

Peewee Prospects Cup Rosters > | Peewee Prospects Cup Schedule >

Rosters were selected following four regional camps held April 12-14 in Calgary, Olds, Edmonton and Vegreville, with two teams formed from each camp.

"We were once again very impressed with the level of talent displayed at all four regional camps this past weekend," said Dustin Moore, Coordinator of Team Alberta Male. "We’re looking forward to seeing what the 160 athletes selected to play in the Peewee Prospects Cup will bring to the ice in Lethbridge in May."

The Peewee Prospects Cup is a four-day, tournament-format competition. Round-robin action begins on Thursday, May 9 with six games. There are six games on Friday and four on Saturday, with the finals set for Sunday. All games are open to the public, and are free to attend.


For more information on the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca

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Twenty Albertans listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings ahead of the 2019 NHL draft, with 20 Albertans on the list.

Six Albertans landed in the top 30 of the North American Skater rankings: Kirby Dach, Bowen Byram, Peyton Krebs, Brayden Tracey, Brett Leason and Matthew Robertson.

Byram moved up two spots to become the highest ranked Albertan, while Tracey’s outstanding rookie season in the WHL, which landed him the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year nod, saw him jump up 52 spots in the rankings.

Taylor Gauthier, Carter Gylander and Matthew Davis were both listed among the top North American goaltenders.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

Final Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
7 Taylor Gauthier Goalie Prince George WHL
10 Carter Gylander Goalie Sherwood Park AJHL
24 Matthew Davis Goalie Spruce Grove AJHL
2 Bowen Byram Defence Vancouver WHL
3 Kirby Dach Forward Saskatoon WHL
10 Peyton Krebs Forward Kootenay WHL
21 Brayden Tracey Forward Moose Jaw WHL
25 Brett Leason Forward Prince Albert WHL
26 Matthew Robertson Defence Edmonton WHL
85 Maxwell Crozier Defence Sioux Falls USHL
105 Quinn Olson Forward Okotoks AJHL
137 Luke Bast Defence Brooks AJHL
147 Jake Lee Defence Seattle WHL
170 Bryce Kindopp Forward Everett WHL
179 Chase Felgueiras Defence Humboldt SJHL
197 Kirby Proctor Defence Des Moines USHL
199 Tarun Fizer Forward Victoria WHL
201 Zachary Okabe Forward Grande Prairie AJHL
202 David Kope Forward Edmonton WHL
Limited Viewing Dillon Hamaliuk Forward Seattle WHL

Home Ice Feature stories 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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Brooks Novice Jamboree – “It’s a great day for hockey”

Sunday March 23, 2019
by Jamie Langley
Player/Coach Development
Brooks Minor Hockey Association
Jamie Langley organized a four-team half-ice Novice jamboree to wrap up the 2018-19 season in Brooks. Here are his thoughts about a fantastic day for all the participants.

BROOKS - The day began with excitement and uncertainty as all four teams prepared for the four games in six hours journey. The goal was to host an event to celebrate the half-ice hockey game and reward the players with something fun, challenging and exciting.

All teams received a complimentary gift basket of Gatorade, fruit, energy bars, a hockey bracelet and helmet sticker to mark the event.

Setting the tone was announcer extraordinaire Devin Campbell as he energized and welcomed everyone to the “IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY” Novice Jamboree.

Team and player introductions followed and all four teams took their place on the two blue lines. Pre game festivities concluded with the singing of O’ Canada.

Four teams participated in the event; Lacombe Red Rockets, Bow Island Rebels, Brooks Jr. Bandits Novice Red and Brooks Jr. Bandits Novice Blue.

The excitement in the kids’ eyes was contagious as they heard their names over the sound system as they skated to their respective blue lines. This really set the tone for the day. To round things out all games were played with music being played through the sound system truly making it a fun and exciting day for the kids playing the game.

Every player, coach, parent and fan had a tremendous day either playing or watching the action which featured two games back-to-back, a pizza break for teams to meet and mingle while enjoying free pizza from Domino’s, followed by two more games.

Highlighting the “IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY” Jamboree was the focus on team work and sportsmanship, which was evident as the Jamboree signed off after the last two games with a giant handshake line and group picture with all four teams at centre ice, celebrating the parents and the excitement of the day.

As for the teams, they all had an extraordinary day of hockey, fun, excitement and a little exhaustion. They were thrilled to be taking part and are excited to be invited back next year for “IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY” Jamboree, part two.

The future of hockey lies with today’s youth. Because of this, Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta have developed age appropriate programming to encourage the growth of foundational skills for young players in hockey. Minor hockey associations and coaches lead the implementation of the Initiation and Novice programs with the assistance of volunteers, parents and others associated with hockey.

The programming must provide opportunities for a wide range of people to get involved to improve the quality of the hockey experience through sound instruction and enjoyable play.

Effective for the 2019-20 season, Initiation and Novice hockey in Alberta will run under the title Intro to Hockey. The goals and objectives of Intro to Hockey programming are to:

  • Teach the basic skills of hockey so players can enjoy the game,
  • Assist in the development and enhancement of physical literacy and basic motor patterns,
  • Deliver a program that is age appropriate for the size, skill and age of the players,
  • Encourage the aspects of fitness, fair play and co-operation while having fun playing the game.

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Calling all volunteers!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for key volunteer positions across a number of committees for the 2019-20 hockey season.

Volunteers are the faces of Hockey Alberta within their communities, positively representing themselves and the organization in regular encounters on a daily basis with participants in our sport.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers play integral roles in ensuring that Hockey Alberta is able to deliver high quality and efficient programming and services to the more than 90,000 participants across the province. Responsibilities range from day-to-day involvement in administration and discipline decisions for minor hockey, to coaching, instructing and mentoring, to working as a trainer or equipment manager in the Team Alberta program.

Currently, applications are being sought from interested individuals for a number of positions.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM >

Volunteering with Hockey Alberta also offers the following opportunities:

  • To stay involved in the game that you love
  • To engage the community to improve the game of hockey in Alberta
  • To develop interpersonal skills that go beyond the game

More information can be found on the volunteer page of Hockey Alberta’s website.

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2019 Alberta Challenge rosters announced

RED DEER – The 120 players competing in the 2019 Alberta Challenge in Leduc, May 1-5, have been selected by Hockey Alberta.

The Alberta Challenge is the top Bantam female hockey tournament in Alberta, featuring many of the players who could be playing for various teams in the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) for years to come. The tournament also serves as a major step in Hockey Alberta’s Alberta Built Program of Excellence for players, coaches, officials and support staff.

The players are divided into the six teams who will take to the ice at Sobeys Arena in the Leduc Recreation Centre. Twenty 2004 and 2005-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations.

Alberta Challenge Rosters > | Alberta Challenge Schedule >

Rosters were selected following two regional camps held April 5-7 in Cochrane and Fort Saskatchewan, with two teams formed from each camp.

"It was very exciting to see the talent level displayed at each of the regional camps over the weekend," said Taryn Baumgardt, Hockey Alberta’s Coordinator of Female Hockey. "And now with the rosters in place, we are looking forward to watching these athletes show their skills at the competition in Leduc."

The Alberta Challenge is a four-day, tournament-format competition. Round-robin action begins on Thursday, May 2 with three games. There are six games on Friday and three on Saturday, with finals set for Sunday.


Tournament Passes

Tournament passes for the 2019 Alberta Challenge are now on sale. An adult tournament pass is $30 (plus service charge), a youth tournament pass (10-17 years) is $15 (plus service charge), a family tournament pass (two adults and two youth) is $70 (plus service charge), and children 9 and under will be free of charge. Day Passes will also be available at the door.

Tournament Passes >

NOTE: Tournament passes will only be available online. Day passes will be available at the door.


Alberta Challenge Apparel

Alberta Challenge apparel is now available for pre-purchase.

Alberta Challenge Apparel >

For more information on the 2019 Alberta Challenge, please contact Taryn Baumgardt at tbaumgardt@hockeyalberta.ca

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Results

RED DEER - The fourth and final weekend of the 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, came to a close on Sunday as the Junior B Provincials wrapped up in Wetaskiwin.

The Airdrie Thunder skated away with the 2019 Junior B Provincial banner, de-throning the reigning two-time champion Wainwright Bisons in overtime.

Earlier in the day, the host Wetaskiwin Icemen defeated the Edmonton Beverly Warriors 5-3 to capture bronze.

In Pacific Regional Championship action, both the Calgary Midget AAA Buffaloes and St. Albert Slash punched their tickets to the 2019 Telus Cup and Esso Cup, respectively. The Buffaloes defeated the Caribou Cougars in two straight games to advance to the Telus Cup, while the St. Albert Slash defated the Greater Vancouver Comets for a third straight year, and will aim for a three-peat at the Esso Cup.

The 2019 Allan Cup kicks off in Lacombe on Wednesday, with the Lacombe Generals and Innsifail Eagles both in the hunt for the annual Senior AAA National Championship.

2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Game

Junior B - Airdie Thunder 4, Wainwright Bisons 3 (OT)

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Week Three Results > Champion Photos >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Innisfail wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Innisfail plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine Provincial champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 2
Game Six: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 4 (OT)

Innisfail Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe wins two-game, total-goal series 7-4

Game One: Lacombe 4, Innisfail 1
Game Two: Lacombe 3, Innisfail 3

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Edmonton 2, Cochrane 1


Midget AAA – St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Calgary wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Calgary 3, St. Albert 2
Game Two: Calgary 4, St. Albert 3
Game Three: Calgary 7, St. Albert 4

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Red Deer 5, Fort Sask 2
Game Four: Red Deer 3, Fort Sask 0
Game Five: Fort Sask 5, Red Deer 4 (2OT)

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The Humboldt Broncos

RED DEER – On the one year anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, Hockey Alberta and the Alberta hockey community remembers the 29 and the families, friends and communities affected.

In honour of the Humboldt Broncos, Hockey Alberta is encouraging you to give life this April by donating blood, whether it’s with your team, family, friends, or on your own. Visit blood.ca and book your appointment today.

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Slash, Buffaloes set for Pacifics

RED DEER - A pair of Alberta teams look to punch their ticket to a national championship as the Midget AAA and Midget AAA Female Pacific Regional Championships go this weekend.

Just over a week since they won the Midget AAA provincial championship, the Calgary Midget AAA Buffaloes will host the Cariboo Cougars in a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the 2019 Telus Cup. Games one and two are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, with game three scheduled for Sunday at 2:00pm, if necessary. All three games take place at Cardel Rec South in Calgary.

The 2019 Telus Cup runs April 22-28 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Meanwhile, for the third straight year, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League will battle the Greater Vancouver Comets for a spot in the Esso Cup. The Slash defeated the Comets in the previous two Pacific Regional Championships en route to back-to-back Esso Cup championships.

Games one and two are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with game three set for Sunday at 12:45pm, if necessary. All three games take place at the Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert.

The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 21-27 in Sudbury, Ontario.

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Hockey Alberta Officials Committee and Regional Coordinator applications now being accepted

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications from interested and experienced individuals for positions on the Hockey Alberta Officials Committee or Regional Coordinator positions.

Openings include Data Coordinator, Male Development Coordinator, Female Development Coordinator, Supervision Coordinator, Provincial Match Penalty Coordinator, Match Penalty Coordinator (North and South), Leadership Coordinator, and Regional Coordinators (Peace, North, North East, North Central, Central, South).

Officials Committee Application Form >

Applications for the Committee and Regional Coordinator positions close on April 12.


For more information, please contact Curtis Nichols, Manager, Officiating, at cnichols@hockeyalberta.ca

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ICE TIMES - Edition 19:07

April 4, 2019

PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: WEEKS TWO & THREE RECAP

Twenty-Three new provincial champions have been crowned over the course of the past two weekends, highlighting a very successful run of the 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial. The Junior B Provincials are set to run this weekend in Wetaskiwin! WEEK ONE CHAMPIONS > | WEEK TWO CHAMPIONS > | WEEK THREE CHAMPIONS >


THE ALBERTA CUP IS COMING TO RED DEER!

The 2019 Alberta Cup will feature the top bantam players from Alberta in a best on best setting. Former WHL and NHL stars that have participated in the tournament include: Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, Sam Steel, Matt Dumba, and Brayden Point. TICKETS > | ROSTERS > | INFO > | SPONSORSHIP >


CALGARY BUFFALOES & ST. ALBERT SLASH PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE

The Calgary Buffaloes will host BC’s Cariboo Cougars this weekend in a best of three series at Cardel Rec South. The winner will advance to compete in the TELUS Cup in Thunder Bay, ON.

Game 1: Fri. April 5 @ 7:00PM - Game 2: Sat. April 6 @ 7:00PM - *Game 3: Sun. April 7 @ 2:00PM *if necessary

The St. Albert Slash will host BC’s Greater Vancouver Comets this weekend in a best of three series at Akinsdale Arena. The winner will advance to compete in the Esso Cup in Sudbury, ON.

Game 1: Fri. April 5 @ 7:30PM - Game 2: Sat. April 6 @ 7:30PM - *Game 3: Sun. April 7 @ 12:45PM *if necessary


SLEDGE HOCKEY TAKES OVER LEDUC!

The Paralympic Sports Association hosted the Matt Cook Memorial Cup, a Western Canada Sledge Hockey Tournament, at the Leduc Recreation Centre on March 29-31. The tournament saw 19 teams participating from Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, with 37 games played over 3 days. Gold medal winners included the Regina Avengers (Junior & Intermediate C) and the EASA Storm (Intermediate B). Next year’s tournament will be hosted in Calgary.


ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GALA TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

The 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 21 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS >

Contact Erin Zatylny at 403-967-0064 with any questions or for sponsorship inquiries.


COACH OF THE MONTH - MARCH

Hockey Alberta’s March Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel recipients are Chris Overwater of Olds and Dave Shaw of Sherwood Park. MORE >


BE ALBERTA BUILT! UNLOCK YOUR PLAYER’S POTENTIAL - SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR APRIL AND BEYOND

Registration is ongoing for Alberta Built Skills Camps offered by Hockey Alberta. Your young players can have their potential unlocked at one of the following camps: Small Area Games, Super Skills, Dynamic Shooting, and Goaltender Skills. Camps for April and beyond are scheduled in numerous locations across the province. ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS REGISTRATION >


FUTURE COACHES PROGRAM - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Future Coaches is designed to develop male and female Midget Aged players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction, and leadership. There will be three Future Coaches weekend clinics available in Red Deer, Calgary, and Edmonton.

Red Deer - April 5-6 - REGISTER >

Calgary - April 12-13 - REGISTER >

Edmonton - April 12-13 - REGISTER >


HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC

Join us at the annual Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic in beautiful Canmore on July 22 and 23 in support of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program. FULL DETAILS >


THE ALLAN CUP IS ALMOST HERE!

The Lacombe Generals are hosting the 2019 Canadian Senior AAA hockey championship - the Viking Projects Allan Cup, April 8-13. TICKETS & INFO >


TEAM ALBERTA U16 AND U18 COACH APPLICATIONS OPEN

Hockey Alberta is searching for coaches to fill vacant positions for their U16 Male and U18 Female teams.The deadline to complete the application is April 8 at 4:00PM. U16 MALE APPLICATION > | U18 FEMALE APPLICATION >


2019 ALBERTA MASTERS GAMES

The 2019 Alberta Masters Games are heading to Rocky Mountain House on August 22-25! This 30+ event includes sports such as hockey, slo pitch, 3 on 3 basketball, and many more!

REGISTER >

INTRO TO HOCKEY - RINK DIVIDERS

With the full implementation of half ice/cross ice hockey at the Initiation and Novice levels, associations may look at investing in rink dividers to conveniently separate the ice surface for different games to be played. Hockey Alberta has received promotional pricing from Athletica Sport Systems for all member associations, so long as orders are submitted by June 1. INFO >


LET’S RECOGNIZE OUR PEOPLE! HOCKEY ALBERTA AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE APRIL 15

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Hockey Alberta Awards. You can nominate a deserving individual for any of the following awards: Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Official of the Year or the Award of Merit. You may also nominate an outstanding team for Team of the Year. This is a chance to recognize the outstanding people in your organization. All award winners will be recognized at the 2019 Alberta Cup in Red Deer. The deadline for nominations is April 15. HOCKEY ALBERTA AWARDS NOMINATION FORM >


HOCKEY ALBERTA IS LOOKING FOR A NEW DIGITAL MASCOT - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS APRIL 5!

Hockey Alberta is adopting a Digital Mascot, and we want students across the province to help us with the design!

The contest is open to elementary school students in Alberta from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The contest runs until April 5, 2019 with the winner announced in early June. HOW TO SUBMIT >


HOCKEY ALBERTA & LACOMBE FORD/DRAYTON VALLEY FORD ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

A new partnership between Hockey Alberta and Lacombe Ford/ Drayton Valley Ford will make Hockey Alberta vehicles much more recognizable when travelling around the province. The partnership sees Lacombe Ford/Drayton Valley Ford providing Hockey Alberta with a 2018 Ford Flex and Ford Explorer for the next two years. DETAILS >


PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - RESPECT IN SPORT

The Respect in Sport Program is an online certification program designed to protect our youth as well as enhance Hockey Alberta’s mandate of providing a safe and fun environment for all of our participants. It is Canada’s leading online bullying, abuse, harassment, and negligence prevention program for parents, coaches, and community leaders. It is offered in two different streams: Respect in Sport Parent, and Respect in Sport Activity Leader.

View our Respect in Sport information in our Parent Guide!


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Mike Klass, Director Business Operations, Hockey Alberta; Andy Kotowich, VP Fixed Operations, LAND Auto Group; Andrew James, Commercial Sales Manager, Lacombe Ford


Hockey Alberta and Lacombe Ford/Drayton Valley Ford announce new partnership

LACOMBE – A new partnership between Hockey Alberta and Lacombe Ford/ Drayton Valley Ford will make Hockey Alberta vehicles much more recognizable when travelling around the province.

The partnership sees Lacombe Ford/Drayton Valley Ford providing Hockey Alberta with a 2018 Ford Flex and Ford Explorer for the next two years.

The vehicles will be easily identifiable as belonging to Hockey Alberta thanks to eye-catching wraps on each vehicle. The wraps feature the Hockey Alberta logo as well as real-life photos captured at Hockey Alberta events that recognize the participants in our sport across the province.

“Hockey Alberta is pleased to be able to partner with Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford in a way that provides prominent exposure and recognition of our brand and our participants. When you see one of these vehicles at an arena in Alberta, that means there is important programming occurring to help in the development and training of the players and stakeholders in our great game,” said Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.

The logos for Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford are prominent on the vehicles, which have already been parked in key locations at Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships the past two weekends. Provincial Championships wrap up this weekend with Junior B in Wetaskiwin. As well, on the Hockey Alberta website, there is a direct link to learn more about the exclusive Free Tires 4 Life program only available through Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford.

“Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford are excited to be partnered with Hockey Alberta. Our dealerships have always been involved and supported minor sports in our local communities, so this felt like a natural fit and partnership for us. We believe that getting involved and supporting our young athletes and the organizations that continue to develop and grow their skills in sport, and in life, is a true win-win for everyone involved,” said Andy Kotowich, VP of Fixed Operations for Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford.

For more information on programs and events offered by Hockey Alberta, go to hockeyalberta.ca. For more information on the Tires 4 Life program through Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford, go totires4life.ca.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Preview

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrap up this week as the Junior B Provincials kick off in Wetaskiwin.

You can keep track of all this weekend tournament at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Instagram (username: hockey.alberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and share it on Snapchat, as well as other social media platforms.

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals began on March 30. The Brooks Bandits lead the Okotoks Oilers three games to one in the South Division Final, while the Sherwood Park Crusaders and Spruce Grove Saints are tied with two wins each in the North Division Final.


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Senior AA - Morinville Kings 7, Daysland Northstars 0
Junior C - Edmonton Avalanche 6,
Springbank Rockies 4
Midget AA - Medicine Hat Hounds 5,
CNHA Canucks 2
Midget Female Elite - Calgary Fire Red 5,
St. Albert Sharks 1
Peewee AA - Leduc Roughnecks 3,
Glenlake Hawks 1
Peewee Tier 1 - Slave Lake Thunder 4,
La Crete Lumberjacks 2
Peewee Tier 2 - Medicine Hat Hounds 3,
Westlock Warriors 2
Peewee Tier 3 - Fox Creek Bulldogs 5,
Provost Blades 2
Peewee Tier 4 - Loon River Jets 6,
Irvine Bulldogs 5 (OT)

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Champion Photos >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Innisfail wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Innisfail plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine Provincial champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 2
Game Six: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 4 (OT)

Innisfail Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe wins two-game, total-goal series 7-4

Game One: Lacombe 4, Innisfail 1
Game Two: Lacombe 3, Innisfail 3

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Edmonton 2, Cochrane 1


Midget AAA – St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Calgary wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Calgary 3, St. Albert 2
Game Two: Calgary 4, St. Albert 3
Game Three: Calgary 7, St. Albert 4

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Red Deer 5, Fort Sask 2
Game Four: Red Deer 3, Fort Sask 0
Game Five: Fort Sask 5, Red Deer 4 (2OT)

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2019 Alberta Cup rosters announced

RED DEER – The 120 players competing in the 2019 Alberta Cup in Red Deer, April 24-28, have been selected by Hockey Alberta.

The Alberta Cup is the top select Bantam hockey tournament in Alberta, featuring many of the players who will be chosen in the Western Hockey League draft which is held the following week. The Alberta Cup also is a major step in Hockey Alberta’s Alberta Built Program of Excellence for players, coaches, officials and support staff.

The players are divided onto the six teams will take to the ice at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College. Twenty 2004-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations.

2019 Alberta Cup Rosters > | 2019 Alberta Cup Schedule >

Rosters were selected following three regional camps held March 29-31 in Calgary, Blackfalds and Spruce Grove, with two teams formed from each camp.

"We were very impressed with the level of talent we saw at all three Alberta Cup Regional Camps this past weekend," said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Team Alberta. "But, the work is just beginning for these athletes, not just for the upcoming competition, but also in the competition to earn a spot on the Team Alberta squad that will compete later this year."

The Alberta Cup is a four-day, tournament-format competition. Round-robin action begins on Thursday, April 24 with five games. There are for games on Friday and three on Saturday, with finals set for Sunday. The event includes an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League, and this year will also include the Hockey Alberta Awards presentation ceremony.

Eighty players from this year’s competition will be selected to attend Team Alberta’s Provincial Camp in July, with a chance to represent their province at the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.


Tournament Passes

Tournament passes for the 2019 Alberta Cup are now on sale. A weekend pass is $42 (includes GST and service charge), and children 12 and under will be free of charge. Day Passes will also be available at the door for $10 each.

Tournament Passes >

*Note - in order to purchase tickets through the Red Deer College ticketing system, you will first need to create an account.*


For more information on the Alberta Cup, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Results

RED DEER - Week Three of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with ten new champions being crowned.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Lacombe Generals (Senior AAA), Morinville Kings (Senior AA), Edmonton Avalanche (Junior C), Medicine Hat Hounds (Midget AA), Calgary Fire Red (Midget Female Elite), Leduc Roughnecks (Peewee AA), Slave Lake Thunder (Peewee Tier 1), Medicine Hat Hounds (Peewee Tier 2), Fox Creek Bulldogs (Peewee Tier 3), and Loon River Jets (Peewee Tier 4).

The Senior AAA Provincial title was decided in a two-game, total-goal series between the Lacombe Generals and Innisfail Eagles, with Lacombe winning 7-4. Both teams will compete in the Allan Cup, which will be hosted by the Generals.

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals began on March 30. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are tied 1-1 in the South Division Final, while the Sherwood Park Crusaders hold a 2-0 lead over the Spruce Grove Saints in the North Division Final.

One Provincial championship is yet to be decided, as the Junior B Provincials are set for April 4-7 in Wetaskiwin.


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Senior AA - Morinville Kings 7, Daysland Northstars 0
Junior C - Edmonton Avalanche 6,
Springbank Rockies 4
Midget AA - Medicine Hat Hounds 5,
CNHA Canucks 2
Midget Female Elite - Calgary Fire Red 5,
St. Albert Sharks 1
Peewee AA - Leduc Roughnecks 3,
Glenlake Hawks 1
Peewee Tier 1 - Slave Lake Thunder 4,
La Crete Lumberjacks 2
Peewee Tier 2 - Medicine Hat Hounds 3,
Westlock Warriors 2
Peewee Tier 3 - Fox Creek Bulldogs 5,
Provost Blades 2
Peewee Tier 4 - Loon River Jets 6,
Irvine Bulldogs 5 (OT)

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Champion Photos >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Innisfail wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Innisfail plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine Provincial champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 2
Game Six: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 4 (OT)

Innisfail Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe wins two-game, total-goal series 7-4

Game One: Lacombe 4, Innisfail 1
Game Two: Lacombe 3, Innisfail 3

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Edmonton 2, Cochrane 1


Midget AAA – St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Calgary wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Calgary 3, St. Albert 2
Game Two: Calgary 4, St. Albert 3
Game Three: Calgary 7, St. Albert 4

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Red Deer 5, Fort Sask 2
Game Four: Red Deer 3, Fort Sask 0
Game Five: Fort Sask 5, Red Deer 4 (2OT)