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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:08

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



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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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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Coach of the Month - Lee Zalasky

As a wrap-up to the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is featuring four outstanding coaches as recipients of the Coach of the Month recognition - sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. These coaches were nominated by parents, players, and fellow coaches due to their exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult season.

Today Hockey Alberta is pleased to recognize Lee Zalasky of St. Albert.

ST. ALBERT - Lee Zalasky was the head coach of the Canadian Athletic Club U15 AAA team (AEHL) in Edmonton during the 2020-21 season. After an extensive playing career which saw him make stops in Prince George (WHL) and the University of Alberta (U Sports), Lee still felt the itch to be involved in the game. It was through his first job as a teacher where he met Hockey Alberta Coach Mentor Barry Medori who connected him with the Spruce Grove AAA program where he began coaching.

Throughout the difficult 2020-21 season, Lee went the extra mile to allow for his players to build on their development while being away from the ice. Facilitating team meetings via Zoom, bringing on guest speakers and scouts, setting up virtual workouts, yoga classes, stickhandling, and sports psychology sessions were just some of the ways that he was able to keep his team engaged. Before the pause of the season, Lee placed a huge emphasis on the importance of supporting the community and encouraged his players to rake leaves for their neighbours as a team.

"I know our coach has a history of helping the community and you can tell he wants to build that culture in our team everyday, which he has done a great job of doing so," said the player who submitted the nomination. "Coach Lee is definitely the best coach that I have had, and he definitely deserves this recognition after all he’s done for us!"

In a typical year, Lee volunteers to coach sports at his school which include basketball, badminton, and track and field. It is the dressing room comradery and lifelong relationships developed along that way that are his favourite part of coaching. His personal philosophy as a coach and teacher is to construct a learning environment where the foundation is based on the values of trust, caring, respect, hard work, and effective communication. For him, 2020 was a reminder to slow things down and just enjoy the process.

"It is important to provide players with the necessary supports to meet their individual needs to further promote personal growth both on and off the ice." said Lee. "As players move on beyond your team, it’s exciting to watch them grow both as citizens within the community and the hockey world."


Hockey Canada Safety Program/RIS – Parent & Activity Leader Extension

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta has worked with both Hockey Canada and the Respect Group Inc. to facilitate an extension of the expiration dates for the Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP) and Respect in Sport Parent/Activity Leader Programs.

Any parent, coach or team official that has valid certification in any of the above programs will have their expiration automatically extended by one year.
• For HCSP, the certification will extend from three to four years.
• For RIS Parent and Activity Leader, the certification will extend from four to five years.

These extensions will be reflected on an individual’s Hockey Canada Registry profile for HCSP & RIS Activity Leader and the child’s profile of which it is connected for RIS – Parent. Because RIS is a multi-sport platform and this change is specific to Hockey Alberta, the extension will not be reflected in an individual’s RIS profile. This may affect any prerequisites currently set up through 3rd party registration platforms.

For those with HCSP Level 2, an additional year may be granted but if any supplemental qualifications (Standard First Aid) have expired, valid documentation must be submitted with your application.

These programs play significant roles in achieving Hockey Alberta’s mandate of providing a safe and fun environment for all participants. We are confident that a one-year extension to these programs will not impact these areas of our game and will provide a degree of financial relief to our parents, volunteers and Member Associations in what has been a challenging year on many levels.


Coach of the Month - Derek McEwan

As a wrap-up to the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is featuring four outstanding coaches as recipients of the Coach of the Month recognition - sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. These coaches were nominated by parents, players, and fellow coaches due to their exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult season.

Today Hockey Alberta is pleased to recognize Derek McEwan of St. Albert.

ST. ALBERT - Derek McEwan (known as Coach Tug) spent the 2020-21 season as the head coach of the U13 Tier 1 SA503 Chargers. He has been coaching with St. Albert Minor Hockey for the last four seasons, with this being his first as a head coach.

Derek has been involved with hockey since he was five years old, both as a player and a coach. His love for the game is one of the main reasons why he stepped up when a friend asked him to coach. Through his passion for hockey, he has really enjoyed watching the young players on his teams develop as players, athletes, and human beings. Derek has been instrumental in helping build the identity and confidence of the players he works with and ensures that everyone on the team feels valued. During the pause of the season, he kept the team engaged by organizing Zoom calls, online workouts, digital hockey watch parties, and bringing in guest speakers.

"Coach Tug takes a vested interest in helping each athlete on the team be not only the best hockey players they can be, but to be the best people they can be as well," said the parent who submitted the nomination. "He does all of this through positive encouragement, personal relationships, and high expectations."

Coming from a family with four younger brothers, Derek has always found himself in a leadership role while supporting them in their lives and athletic pursuits. That experience as a mentor has helped him connect with the players in a positive way, since he does not have a child of his own on the team. Away from the arena, Derek describes himself as a big sports fan overall. He loves to spend time at the golf course during the summertime and also opens up some ice sessions for former players to help keep them sharp.

"I can take a great number of aspects from playing hockey and relate that to life experiences and for me that’s my number one goal," said Derek. "I want my players each season to look back and remember it a one of their favorite seasons in minor hockey and how it impacted their young lives."


2021 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup Cancelled

RED DEER Hockey Alberta has cancelled the 2021 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.

The decision was made after a review of current Government of Alberta restrictions regarding youth sports, and an evaluation of priority areas pertaining to Team Alberta programming.

As a result, Hockey Alberta will focus on planning High Performance Camps to select its Team Alberta U18 Female and U16 Male squads. These teams will represent the province at Hockey Canada’s U18 Female national championship, and the WHL Cup in the fall. Currently, those events remain scheduled for their normal time frame – October for the WHL Cup, and early November for the U18 Nationals.

The evaluation and selection process for the Team Alberta squads will be different than in previous years. While the format has not been finalized, the following tentative camp dates have been set – subject to Government of Alberta COVID-19 restrictions allowing for meaningful competition to occur.

  • 2006-born males eligible for the Alberta Cup and WHL Cup tentative dates for selection camps are July 6-11, August 3-8, and September 17-19.
  • 2004- and 2005-born females eligible for the U18 Nationals – tentative dates for selection camps are July 13-18, August 10-15, and September 24-26.
  • All camps would be held in Red Deer.

In addition, Hockey Alberta is planning to offer development camps for athletes who would have been eligible for the Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.

For 2006- and 2007-born female players (Alberta Challenge), the tentative timeframe for this program is July 26-August 1. For 2008-born male players (Prospects Cup), skill development sessions are also being planned. More details about these development opportunities will be provided as they are confirmed.

For questions regarding Team Alberta High Performance programs, please contact:

Kendall Newell

Manager, Female Hockey

Email: [email protected]

Mike Kraichy

Manager, Elite Male Hockey

Email: [email protected]


Coach of the Month - Tracy Desmarais

As a wrap-up to the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is featuring four outstanding coaches as recipients of the Coach of the Month recognition - sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. These coaches were nominated by parents, players, and fellow coaches due to their exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult season.

Today Hockey Alberta is pleased to recognize Tracy Desmarais of Paradise Valley.

PARADISE VALLEY - Tracy Desmarais was an Assistant Coach with the U11 and U15 Paradise Valley Jets. She has been coaching for 10 years between the U7 and U15 levels.

Coming from a small community, Tracy has always believed it is important to step up and help with her children’s sports teams. As a coach, she believes in every player who steps onto the ice and she pushes each young player to work hard to bring out the best in themselves. Tracy is the type of coach who connects with the players at their level. She is on the ice skating along with each athlete and always encouraging them to never give up.

"She makes drills fun and has not forgotten what it’s like to be a kid. She gets right in there doing the fun things kids like to do like diving under a hockey stick stood up by pylons," said the parent who submitted the nomination. "Tracy is the most dedicated, consistent, encouraging, hard-working coach there is."

Tracy is a mother of three boys and has been coaching their teams since they were old enough to skate. Even with a busy schedule, she never misses a practice or game. Outside of the rink, she helps coach baseball and any other sports her kids are involved in, along with being a leader for the 4H Beef Club. Her coaching philosophy is that if you are doing your best and trying hard, you will have fun!

"I really enjoy getting to know all of the kids on a different level and being able to see the difference you can make one-on-one with a kid," said Tracy. "There is nothing better than being on the bench when your kids win a playoff or Provincial game and getting to celebrate with them right then and there."


Coach of the Month - Brad McCoy

As a wrap-up to the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is featuring four outstanding coaches as recipients of the Coach of the Month recognition - sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. These coaches were nominated by parents, players, and fellow coaches due to their exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult season.

Today Hockey Alberta is pleased to recognize Brad McCoy of Fort McMurray.

FORT MCMURRAY - Brad McCoy was an Assistant Coach with the U13 AA Fort McMurray Bouchier Junior Oil Barons. This was his first year with the team after coaching at a variety of minor hockey levels for the past 15 years.

As a coach, Brad went above and beyond for the players on his team during the long pause of the past season. Throughout the year, he kept the players engaged by sending daily dryland challenges and coaching the kids on sports performance, nutrition, and sleep. When the team was on the ice, Brad was always ready with a plan that ensured the players were still being challenged and learning new skills.

"Brad’s dedication as a coach has shown that he truly cares about the well-being of the youth and the success of the entire team," said the parent who submitted the nomination. "Brad and the team provided a positive and healthy distraction from the overall stresses of the pandemic this season."

As a dentist with five kids who all participate in competitive sports, Brad is limited with his spare time, but he still finds time to be a coach and volunteer for baseball, gymnastics, dance, and cheer on top of being a hockey coach. Living in Fort McMurray through the fires, floods, and now COVID-19, he has learned just how important being part of the community is.

"Fort Mac is kind of special because a lot of us come here from all over Canada and beyond to work. Oftentimes your family IS the community," said Brad. "Coaching is a fantastic way to give back to your community, and also an incredible way to receive from your community. Coaching is not always easy and not always fun, but it has always been rewarding!"

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Volunteer Spotlight - Karyn Fanstone & Tony Jacbosen

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.

Karyn Fanstone - Brooks

Hockey Alberta NewsAlthough hockey is already a full-time job for Karyn Fanstone, she still takes the time to give back to the game any chance she can get.

Since moving to Alberta from Manitoba in 2015, Karyn has been heavily involved in hockey in the province as both an Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager. She is currently the Athletic Therapist for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, a position she’s held since 2017, and previously worked for the Drayton Valley Thunder and the Bonnyville Pontiacs.

Karyn has also been an avid volunteer with Hockey Alberta since 2015, having been a part of the Team Alberta program in just about every capacity. She’s served as an Athletic Therapist at all three Team Alberta events: the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge, and Prospects Cup, as well as with Team Alberta U16 Male on numerous occasions. Her work with the U16 program includes back-to-back WHL Cup Championships in 2015 and 2016, and a bronze medal the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

She has also volunteered at the Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp, leaving serving as Athletic Therapist for a competition on the female side as the only checkmark missing from Karyn’s Team Alberta bucket list.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity to kind of get my name out with hockey (in Alberta),” she said. “Ever since my first camp, my hockey family has grown exponentially, and getting to work with kids, and be a part of their process as they develop and accomplish their goals, as cheesy as it sounds, it’s an indescribable feeling.”

Karyn said even though her initial reason for volunteering was to network and get a feel for the game in Alberta, it’s become so much more than that for her.

“Volunteering is the opportunity to do what I absolutely love, and use that to help others reach their goals,” said Karyn. “I had lots people when I was up-and-coming and still in school who took that extra time to mentor me to make sure I felt comfortable with what I was doing and learning, and to be able to be that person for other people is my goal.”

Tony Jacobsen - Grande Prairie

Hockey Alberta NewsAnthony (Tony) Jacobsen has been a committed volunteer in Grande Prairie since 2011.

Tony has coached all levels of minor hockey over the last 10 years, from U7 to U15. The relationships and connections that Tony has built are what he enjoys most about coaching.

“It’s a pretty cool learning experience overall,” said Tony. “There are a lot of people that you’re dealing with like parents, other teams, coaches, and dealing with a lot of kids. I would say volunteering is a great learning experience for anybody.”

The Jacobsens are a big hockey family with three kids playing with Grande Prairie Minor Hockey and Deunne, Tony’s wife, coaching on the female side. During his time coaching, Tony is proud to have been able to see his players grow and develop.

“You know what’s really rewarding? Recently I was on the ice with the U15 group. These are kids that are my kid’s age and I coached them back in novice, and when I watch them skate around, all of them can skate better than I can and all of them are playing heads up high-level hockey. That’s really cool when you had a little tiny hand in that,” said Tony.

Tony won the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association (GPMHA) Recreation Coach of the Year in 2016 and continues to serve the community as a coach in Grande Prairie.

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Volunteer Spotlight - Tom O’Toole & Chris Williams

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.

Tom O’Toole - Okotoks

Hockey Alberta NewsAs a former professional hockey player, Tom O’Toole knows the importance of giving back to the game, and has been doing just that for over 40 years.

Once his pro career ended, Tom wanted to stay connected to the game, and to give back and share his knowledge about the game.

“One of the (reasons) was to help kids understand the game,” he said. “And to me, it wasn’t about the game in itself, I just wanted to share some of my ideas, and I had a lot of people help me along the way so I figured I owed that to the kids to teach (them).”

Tom’s coaching career began by running goalie clinics in Okotoks on a volunteer basis. He also has served as an Assistant Coach at the Midget AA and AAA, and Bantam AA and AAA levels throughout Southern Alberta, along with Peewee and Bantam teams on the female side. He currently serves as the goalie coach for the U16 AAA team in Okotoks.

The passion for volunteering throughout the hockey community is common in the O’Toole family; two of Tom’s daughters have a key roles in Minor Hockey in Alberta, one is a coach and the other is a physical trainer.

“If anyone is looking to do it, any aspiration; if you want to coach try to coach, it’s really rewarding,” Tom said.

Chris Williams - Okotoks

Volunteer Appreciation - Chris WilliamsChris Williams has volunteered with Okotoks Minor Hockey Association as a coach for nearly a decade.

His coaching career began in 2004 as an assistant coach with the Timbits program. Chris then took a 10-year hiatus to establish his career and family, but his passion for the game brought him back to coaching in 2014.

Chris believes in giving back to the community.

“I’m a huge believer that young kids need guidance, not just from parents or teachers, but they need it from coaches and other mentors,” he said. “It’s kind of an honour to be one of those people who get to jump in.”

Between 2014 and 2018, Chris served as the Head Coach of the Midget AA team in Okotoks, as an assistant coach for the Midget AAA team in 2019, and currently serves as the Head Coach of the U16 AAA team.

Chris is also a high school teacher in Okotoks, and said while there are many similarities between coaching and teaching, they are definitely not the same.

“There’s Coach Chris at the rink and there is Mr. Williams at school. I have to act professionally in both settings but there’s a difference,” he said. “You’re a bit looser at the rink, you can be a bit more buddy-buddy, but while you’re at school, you’re a professional. It’s what you do, but it really helps you see the different sides of the kids.”

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

Hockey Alberta NewsLisa 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

Hockey Alberta NewsA 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."

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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


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 .


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

Matt Wenniger - South Regional Manager, Hockey Alberta


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, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.