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April 7 officially declared Green Shirt Day in Alberta

April 7 – Green Shirt Day – will have additional significance this year for Albertans.

Since 2019, Canadians have been encouraged to wear green on April 7 to promote organ donation, in honour of Alberta’s Logan Boulet, one of the 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

This year, though, Green Shirt Day has official recognition in Alberta. Health Minister Tyler Shandro recently declared April 7, 2021 as Green Shirt Day in Alberta, to “raise awareness of the need for registered organ and tissue donors.”

Tuesday, April 6 marks three years since the tragic bus crash that eventually claimed the lives of Boulet and 15 other members of the Broncos organization. Boulet died the next day. He was a registered organ donor who had spoken to his parents about his wishes.

Boulet’s heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and corneas were donated to six different recipients. In a phenomenon that is now known as the “Logan Boulet Effect”, almost 150,000 Canadians registered as organ donors in the weeks following the crash.

This upswing in registrations inspired Green Shirt Day. The day honours, remembers and recognizes the victims and families of that fatal crash. And it carries on Boulet’s legacy to inspire more Canadians to register as organ and tissue donors, and to share their wishes with family, so that access to live-saving transplants can be improved.

For more details on Green Shirt Day, go to greenshirtday.ca .

Home Ice Feature

Volunteer Spotlight - Lisa Davies & Tom West

RED DEER - To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Hockey Alberta is shining the spotlight on a handful of volunteers who make a huge impact on the sport in Alberta.

More volunteer profiles can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Volunteer Appreciation page.

Lisa Davies - St. Paul

Lisa Davies has done it all as a volunteer over the past 22 years.

Whether it’s being a billet mom, volunteering at the Canada Winter Games or at a provincial championship both around St. Paul and with Hockey Alberta – Lisa is well-known around the community and the region.

At the provincial level with Hockey Alberta, Lisa serves as the Minor Administration committee member for the Northeast Region. In that role, she assists minor hockey associations with registration processes, completes team and player approvals, and player transfers in HCR.

She also has been involved with junior hockey. Previously, she served as president of the St. Paul Canadiens Junior B team for eight seasons, and now she is the vice president in charge of discipline the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League (NEAJBHL).

Lisa said the sense of community she gains, and shares through volunteering is what keeps her going.

"You get to meet new people, you get to network, and you get to learn new skills," she said. "It makes me happy.”

Although she couldn’t pin down just one, she said her favourite memories come from events like the Canada Winter Games, World Junior A Challenge, and Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships.

“You know they’re all having fun, they’re excited to be there, and they have reached their goal," she said. "So it always fun to see those happy faces.”

Lisa also volunteers outside of hockey, helping out with minor baseball, Skate Alberta and a variety of school programs.

It is the lifelong connection to the players in the game that keeps Lisa involved.

I was a billet mom for five years. They still call me mom, they still call if they need anything,” Lisa said.



Tom West - Grande Prairie

A dedicated volunteer, Tom West has served the community of Grande Prairie for more than a decade.

Tom began coaching in Fort St. John in 1999, but, after three years, went on hiatus once he and his wife started a family.

He re-joined the coaching world in 2010 in Grande Prairie at just about every level, and also served as the Manager for the Midget U16 AAA team.

Tom has been on the Board of Directors for Grande Prairie Minor Hockey since 2015, and, on top of his coaching and board positions, Tom also gets some extra ice time in as an official.

He began officiating in 2014, and since then, has worked every level of hockey up to Junior A/B, and Senior in the Grande Prairie area.

Tom said no matter what role he is serving, he makes sure to bring a positive attitude, and dedicate as much of his time and possible to the organization.

"Whether it’s a development team where kids are just learning to skate, or a AA or AAA team that is well on their way, to have the right attitude and kind of re-focus and bring it down to their level whatever age or whatever level that is, and work with them,” he said.

For Tom, volunteering is his favourite way to give back to the community.

"I know a lot of people say that, but for me, I enjoy seeing the operation and opportunity to guide and grow," he said. "Whether it’s someone my own age or in hockey, usually someone younger, watching them grow and develop as a person and a player and expand their knowledge and improve their skill set."

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 21:08

REGISTER NOW FOR THE FUTURE COACHES PROGRAM!

Hockey Alberta’s Future Coaches Program educates U18 level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership. The program will be held online via Zoom on April 24 & 25.

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HOCKEY CANADA OFFICIALS PATHWAY UNVEILED

Hockey Canada has unveiled its new Officials Pathway, effective for the 2021-22 season.


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CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE 10: BROADCASTING LEGENDS

Since 2019, Canadians have been encouraged to wear green on April 7 to promote organ donation, in honour of Alberta’s Logan Boulet, one of the 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. This year, though, Green Shirt Day has official recognition in Alberta.

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HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

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Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Ten: Broadcasting Legends

Episode Ten of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of Albertan broadcasting legends in longtime Hockey Night in Canada Host Ron MacLean, and Medicine Hat Tigers play-by-play announcer Bob Ridley.

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Episode Links: Hockey’s Path Forward > Two Albertans invited to National Women’s Team selection camp > | Five Albertans Named to National Men’s Under-18 Team > | 2021 AHHF Gala Postponed > | 2021 Future Coaches Program >

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Centre Ice is the brand-new Hockey Alberta podcast, featuring the latest news and views on amateur hockey across the province. Subscribe now on your favourite podcast app!

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AHHF Induction Gala postponed until 2022

RED DEER – The induction gala for the 2020 Class of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF) has been postponed for another year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The celebration event is now scheduled for Sunday, July 18, 2022 in Canmore.

Members of the induction class are: Bill Bucyk, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Bob Clark, John Davidson, Dr. Randy Gregg, Ken Hitchcock, Jamie Macoun, and the 1974-75 Lethbridge Native Sons.

“It’s been a challenging year for many and with the uncertainty around COVID-19 and restrictions in place, the AHHF committee made the difficult decision to postpone the event for another year,” said Al Coates, chair of the AHHF. “The AHHF strives to bring Alberta’s hockey family together, and we want to ensure our inductees have the opportunity to do just that. We look forward to seeing everyone safe and healthy at the event in 2022.”

The 2022 Gala will mark the 40th anniversary of the AHHF. In addition to the 2020 inductees, it is expected that a Class of 2022 will be recognized.

Nominations for the AHHF can be submitted year-round for individuals and teams. The online nomination form, and the full list of Honoured Members in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, can be found at ahhf.ca.

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 21:07

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Hockey Alberta is seeking a talented and energetic professional to join the organization as our newest Coordinator, Elite Male Hockey.

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CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE 9: COACHING SUCCESS STORIES

Episode Nine of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of Alberta’s coaching success stories, with former National Women’s Team Coach and four-time Olympic gold medalist Mel Davidson, and Colorado Avalanche Assistant Coach Ray Bennett, who’s been coaching in the NHL for over 20 years.


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REGISTER NOW FOR THE FUTURE COACHES PROGRAM!

Hockey Alberta’s Future Coaches Program educates U18 level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership. The program will be held online via Zoom on April 24 & 25.

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Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

APRIL 7 OFFICIALLY DECLARED GREEN SHIRT DAY IN ALBERTA

Since 2019, Canadians have been encouraged to wear green on April 7 to promote organ donation, in honour of Alberta’s Logan Boulet, one of the 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. This year, though, Green Shirt Day has official recognition in Alberta.

MORE INFORMATION >


ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS

Alberta Built Skills Camps are back for Spring 2021! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills, and follow the principles of the Long Term Player Development model adopted by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada.

CHECK OUT THE CAMPS >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

RAY BENNETT > | LANNY MCDONALD > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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Five Albertans Named to National Men’s Under-18 Team

MATT WENINGER

South Regional Manager,
Hockey Alberta

CALGARY – Three players and two team staff members from Alberta have been named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team.

Hockey Canada unveiled the 25 players and the staff members named to the team that will compete at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship, April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan) and Corson Ceulemans (Beaumont) were named as two of the eight defencemen on the team, while Dylan Guenther (Edmonton) is one of the 14 forwards on the roster.

The roster features 23 players who played for Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red or Team Canada White at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current. The team was selected by Alan Millar, director of player personnel, and Benoit Roy, manager of national teams.

Also named as team staff members are Hockey Alberta’s Matt Weninger as the team’s Goaltending Consultant, and A.J. Murley of Beaumont as the Equipment Manager.

The coaching staff is Dave Barr (Toronto) head coach, with assistant coaches Gordie Dwyer (Dalhousie, N.B.) and Mike Stothers (Toronto)

“We are excited to announce the 25 players that have been selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship. Despite a difficult year for our players and staff, we are confident this group will represent our country with pride while giving us a chance to compete for a gold medal in Texas,” said Millar. “We are also pleased to have Dave, Mike and Gordie as a part of our coaching staff, and to welcome a number of excellent support staff who bring unique skills to our team. We know the extensive experience of our coaching staff and the dedication of our support staff will greatly benefit our team at the world championship.”

Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, players and staff will self-isolate at home starting April 12 and will be tested for COVID-19 three times. Upon arrival in Texas, all team personnel will enter a four-day quarantine at the hotel before starting a pre-tournament camp on April 21. The team will take on Finland in its lone pre-tournament game on April 24 at 7 p.m. MT.

Canada will open the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship against Sweden on April 26 at 7 p.m. MT, and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in preliminary-round action. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast select games throughout the tournament and will announce details at a later date.

Since 2002, Canada has won three gold medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship (2003, 2008, 2013), in addition to one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.