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Team Alberta

2024 Alberta Cup Rosters Announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has named the 120 athletes who are representing their regions at the 2024 Alberta Cup.

Two teams from each of the North, Central and South regions are facing off against each other in a modified round-robin tournament taking place in Renexd Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, April 24-28. Each of the six teams is comprised of two goaltenders, six defence and 12 forwards.


Athletes gathered at three Regional Camps over the weekend (March 29-31) in Calgary, Red Deer and Spruce Grove. Male players born in 2009 who participated in a Hockey Canada sanctioned program this season were eligible to try out.

“There were many talented kids from across the province who tried out for the Alberta Cup program,” said Blake Cosgrove, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Hockey Development. “While this opportunity focuses on player development, it is also another opportunity to evaluate players as we progress towards the WHL Cup. We are very excited for this age group to showcase themselves at Alberta Cup as well as future Hockey Alberta events.”

The Alberta Cup provides players and staff with an opportunity to experience elite level play in a short-term competition, and is part of the player evaluation process for selecting Team Alberta to compete at the WHL Cup in October.


Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase, fuelled by Gatorade, begins with the Alberta Cup. The Alberta Challenge (May 1-5) and the Prospects Cup (May 8-12) are also being played in Red Deer.

Partnership opportunities are available for the 2024 Spring Showcase and can be found in the document below:


The Alberta Cup aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with hundreds of players annually trying out for 120 spots (20 positions on each of the six regional teams). In addition to player development, the Alberta Cup also features opportunities for administrators, referees, coaches, therapists, and equipment managers to be identified for potential positions at higher level events, such as the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Alberta Cup, powered by Gatorade. A wide variety of merchandise items are available for purchase, with the deadline to place your order ending at 11 PM on April 10 in order to receive your merchandise by the Alberta Cup. Online orders placed by the deadline will deliver to the event for pickup at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on April 24. Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.


Team Alberta

2024 Team Alberta U18 Female Coaching Staff Announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has announced the coaching staff for Team Alberta U18 Female at the 2024 National Women’s U18 Championships.

After guiding Team Alberta to the bronze medal game at last year’s event, Chris Leeming (Edmonton) is returning for his second year as the team’s head coach. Leeming is also the head coach of the MacEwan University Griffins female team, as well as a Coach Mentor in the 2024 Alberta Challenge. He previously held the role of assistant coach for Team Alberta at the 2021 Western Branch Championship.

Joining Leeming are assistant coaches Jessie Olfert (Edmonton) and Erin O’Toole (Lethbridge), along with Video Coach Danielle Wheeler (Sylvan Lake) and Goaltending Coach Bella McKee (Paradise Valley).

“This is a very talented staff that comes with a lot of experience, which includes previously coaching at this tournament,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager, High Performance for Hockey Alberta. "I’m excited to see what this staff can do with this crop of talented U18 players.”

Other members of the staff for Team Alberta U18 Female include Therapist Paige Shannon (Calgary), Equipment Manager Dave Campbell (Grande Prairie), Head Scout Kendall Newell (Red Deer), Coach Mentor Rob Dawson (St. Albert) and Director of Operations Michael Kraichy (Red Deer).




Director of Operations

Michael Kraichy

Red Deer

Coach Mentor

Rob Dawson

St. Albert

Head Scout

Kendall Newell

Red Deer

Head Coach

Chris Leeming


Assistant Coach

Jessie Olfert


Assistant Coach

Erin O’Toole


Video Coach

Danielle Wheeler

Sylvan Lake

Goalie Coach

Bella McKee

Paradise Valley


Paige Shannon


Equipment Manager

Dave Campbell

Grande Prairie

Olfert returns for her second stint as an Assistant Coach for the U18 group. She is currently an Assistant Coach of the Nait Ooks Female hockey team. Her previous roles include coaching in the Alberta Challenge and was named Team Alberta’s Video Coach for the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

O’Toole takes over as an assistant coach after spending last year’s tournament as the team’s Video Coach. She is the Co-Head Coach of the Alberta Female Junior Hockey League’s Lethbridge Eagles and has gone through Hockey Alberta’s system by coaching at the Alberta Challenge.

Wheeler is a former professional player and played NCAA Division I for Mercyhurst University. Coupled with her work with Hockey Alberta, she has coached in the Alberta Challenge and at various local minor levels. A lifelong student of the game, she is currently coaching Male U15 AA.


Hockey Alberta officials putting their development to the test

RED DEER – Athletes and coaches aren’t the only people involved in the Alberta Cup who are looking to advance their skills with hopes of progressing to the next level.

A group that seemingly gets forgotten about is Hockey Alberta’s group of officials, who go through a rigorous process to get the chance to officiate the Alberta Cup.

“It really starts at the grassroots level where the officials who are at this tournament are identified in their local areas and are recommended for certain Hockey Alberta events over the course of the season such as the AEHL and AFHL showcases, as well as other things such as provincial playdowns and the Alberta Winter Games,” said Colin Watt, Hockey Alberta Officials, Development Coordinator.

Once officials are selected for those events, Watt, along with fellow coordinator Curt L’Heureux pair down the list of officials who are making the jump to the next level.

“We attend those events and are essentially scouting to identify which officials are our top up and comers,” Watt said. Those officials get selected for regional camps for the Alberta Cup. A different group of officials get selected for the Alberta Cup itself and then a separate group also get selected for the summer development camp that runs in July.”

L’Heureux said there are several aspects that he and Watt are looking for in their young officials.

“Skating fitness is one of the major components we look at. You need to be able to skate as well as the players at each level of hockey that you officiate at,” he said. “Communication is another key skill that we look for. Communication with the players, and coaches. Let the coaches know that there is an open line of communication. Judgement is another big one that we look for, regarding minor penalties … whether they get called or get overlook. The last one is standard. We want to see if the officials establish a standard at the beginning of the game and maintain it throughout the rest of the game.”

The key part of official’s development is of course the growth they make on a year-to-year basis. Both Watt and L’Heureux said they take a lot of pride in seeing their officials take that next step.

“It’s cool. To see these officials grow from when they’re identified at 15 or 16-years-old, and see them turn into elite officials, it just goes to show our group’s dedication and hard work going to these events,” L’Heureux said.

“It really rewarding,” Watt added. “I really enjoy when, when you have kind of some of those ‘aha’ moments, when you’ve said something to them, and they grasp it a little bit better. They put it into practice and it’s a little bit of a challenge. It’s different for them, right? Trying new things puts them in kind of a spot where they’re not necessarily as comfortable. But then when they do it well and they can see kind of the fruits of their labour as far as trying something different, that part is really rewarding for us.”

Numerous sports, including hockey, look to recruit new officials each year, but there are challenges, especially when it comes to abusive behaviour from coaches, players, and fans. Watt, who is currently an official in the AJHL, said officiating has taught him a lot about himself on and off the ice.

“You learn so many life skills in officiating, whether it’s dealing with people under pressure dealing with kind of hostile situations. One thing I really harp on a lot is just self evaluation throughout our games, and you learn how to do that type of stuff and have a certain level of self awareness in your personal life as well,” Watt said. “I’ve found personally that it’s made a huge difference in how I conduct myself off the ice all the time. It’s helped a ton as far in my professional life in never having these panic moments or having the ability to deal with some of the more challenging situations.”

Watt highlights the personal relationships he’s made over the years, which includes a longtime friendship with L’Heureux.

“As far as the personal relationships that you gain with the people you work with, it’s a unique situation because you’re working with your partners, but you’re also competing against them,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I think everyone in the officiating world has each’s others backs and it’s a very cool dynamic that you can have such a tight knit group who you know has your back but can also have a healthy and friendly competition with them too.”

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode 34 - Lisa Vlooswyk

Join Troy Durrell on Centre Ice, The Hockey Alberta Podcast, as he sits down with special guest Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk from the Hockey Alberta Foundation Board. Lisa, a renowned Canadian long-drive champion and peak performance speaker, shares her journey as a trailblazer in sports and her impactful role as a hockey mom. Discover how Lisa is breaking barriers and ensuring every child in Alberta has access to the joy of hockey through her work on the board.

Newest episode is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music/Audible and TuneIn + Alexa.

Team Alberta

2024 Alberta Cup All-Stars Announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2024 Alberta Cup All-Stars:


#1 Seth Badry - Alberta Gold

GP: 3 | MP: 150 | W: 1 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | T: 1 | SO: 0 | SA: 101 | GA: 6 | SVS: 95 | GAA: 2.44 | SV%: .941


#2 Aden Bouchard - Alberta Blue

GP: 5 | G: 5 | A: 1 | Pts: 6 | PIM: 20


#2 Colt Carter - Alberta Grey

GP: 5 | G: 2 | A: 1 | Pts: 3 | PIM: 0


#10 Brock England - Alberta Black

GP: 5 | G: 4 | A: 5 | Pts: 9 | PIM: 4


#18 Luke Ruptash - Alberta Gold

GP: 5 | G: 4 | A: 2 | Pts: 6 | PIM: 16


#17 Jensen Marsh - Alberta Blue

GP: 5 | G: 4 | A: 4 | Pts: 8 | PIM: 4

Top Official

Grayson Pollock - Edmonton

Team Alberta

2024 Alberta Cup: Finals Recap

RED DEER – Alberta Blue are the 2024 Alberta Cup Champions. Blue defeated Alberta Grey in the final game 5-1 to take home the championship.

Read up on all three finals games below.

The 2024 Spring Showcase continues with the Alberta Challenge (May 2-5) and the Prospects Cup (9-12).

Games are livestreamed on FloHockey.

Standings > | Stats > | Schedule > | Round Robin Recap > | 2024 Alberta Cup All Stars >

Game #13

Alberta Black 8 – Alberta Red 3

Players of the Game: Alberta Black: #16 Crew Martinson | Alberta Red: #5 Nolan Pilsner

Alberta Black defeated Alberta Red 8-3 to win fifth place in the tournament. Alberta Cup All-Star Brock England and teammate Devin Pelletier led the charge for Black with two goals each, with Jordin St. Louis, Crew Martinson, Zachery Hall and Gavin Harrison also finding the back of the net in the win. Kyle Obobaifo, James Matheos and Carson Ward were Red’s goal scorers.

Boxscore >

Game #14

Alberta Green 7 – Alberta Gold 4

Players of the Game: Alberta Green: #18 Cohen Pentney | Alberta Gold: #2 Nathan Castonguay

In a rematch of the only tied round robin game, Alberta Green came away victorious with the third place victory, 7-4. Cohen Pentney (2), Antonio Cazac, Chad Clark, Sam Rishaug, Luke Jamieson and Boris Sigachev all scored for Green in their victory, while Gold’s goals came from Luke Ruptash (2), Asher Halliday and Rylan Poitras. Goaltender Seth Badry and Ruptash were named Alberta Cup All-Stars at the end of the game.

Boxscore >

Game #15

Alberta Blue 5 – Alberta Grey 1

Seeking revenge, Alberta Blue won their rematch against Alberta Grey, 5-1, to win the Alberta Cup. Hunter Colombe, Aden Bouchard, Mirco Dufour, Landon Horiachka and Jensen Marsh all scored for Blue in the victory, and Leif Oaten made 16 saves. Ben Harvey was the lone goal scorer for Grey. Bouchard, Marsh and Grey defenceman Colt Carter were all named as Alberta Cup All-Stars at the conclusion of the game.

Players of the Game: Alberta Grey: #17 Ben Harvey | Alberta Blue: #5 Harry Mattern

Boxscore >

Gatorade Canada #AlbertaBuilt Performer of the Day

#5 Harry Mattern - Alberta Blue

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

Home Ice Feature

Kim Buchan playing a key role in Alberta Cup

RED DEER – It wouldn’t feel like Alberta Cup if Kim Buchan wasn’t part of it.

Buchan, who is the Director of Operations for Alberta Blue at this weekend’s Alberta Cup, has been volunteering her time since 2016. Her love for the game of hockey is what set her on that path.

“We lived in Drayton Valley at that point, and I was part of the committee that had the provincials, and I met some people at Hockey Alberta through that event who reached out to me to me after provincials to see if I was interested in doing this,” Buchan recalls. “There were two factors that went into it; I love hockey and one day my kids won’t be playing anymore. It really set me up for having something to always be involved with the sport, enjoy hockey, and give back to others.”

Buchan is very proud of the fact she has held the role for six Alberta Cup events over the past eight years (including the two events lost to COVID).

“When I look back at the kids I’ve worked with and what you get out of it from them is as much as you give to them and I think I’ve been able to experience that during my time with Hockey Alberta,” Buchan said. “I have that passion for hockey, or I wouldn’t be doing this for as many years as I have been. I just want the kids to have that passion and for them to carry on, enjoy it and be excited about it and I think by giving them that opportunity helps with that success.”

For Buchan, she hopes that the players on her Alberta Cup teams come out of each event understanding a key lesson she has also learned – the importance of the overall event experience in the personal life of each participant.

“Especially with the Hockey Alberta experience, I believe that things are set up to be followed to make it the best that it can be. You do that every day, whether it’s your home or work life. I want everyone to have that same experience so they understand the importance and benefit of this experience and what it might do for them one day,” Buchan said. “Whatever happens today doesn’t define tomorrow, but what you want tomorrow to look like is up to you. Just like hard work, success will come at the end of the day. It might be minor, it might be major, but it will come. It’s just important that they understand to just give effort and they’ll see success.”

Buchan currently resides in Bay Tree, seven-and-a-half-hours away from Red Deer. On top of her volunteering ventures, she also juggles work and home life balance. She said the support of her family has allowed her to pay attention to all aspects of her life.

“I think my family has been very accepting of my passion. They’ve always been involved,” Buchan said. “My staff is the most understanding and I’m fortunate because we have good people that work for us. They pick up my slack and do what I need to so I can come here and do this. It’s a hectic April but I’m very fortunate that people support me and give me this opportunity.”

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Deadline to apply for High Performance 1 seminar is May 1. Coaches applying for the NCCP High Performance 1 seminar must be currently coaching in a competitive stream of hockey and be able to commit to attending all Virtual and In-Person components. Thirty-six successful candidates are going to be notified of their acceptance by May 7. The seminar takes place virtually in May and June with an in-person seminar in Red Deer in July.



Home Ice Feature

Kayla Cordingley helping trailblaze the way for young women and girls

RED DEER – Kayla Cordingley is looking to be a trailblazer and bring more diversity to professional sports.

Cordingley, who is spending this weekend with Alberta Green at the 2024 Alberta Cup and next weekend with South Black at the 2024 Alberta Challenge as the head trainer, wants to bring more female representation within the professional hockey, and sports in general.

In January 2022, Aisha Visram became the first, and so far only, female staffer to work on the bench of an NHL regular season game when she served as an athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Kings in a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Along with that, a recent study by National Library of Medicine reveals that only 1.3 percent of head athletic trainers in the major sports leagues – the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NFL and NHL – are women.

“It’s been tough for females to gain that same recognition and representation as men, especially in hockey. It takes an effort and I know there are so many females in the profession now that are working towards the same goal as me. I’m just grateful that we support one another and that I’m part of that group,” said Cordingley.

Cordingley has become a familiar face at Hockey Alberta events over the past few years, getting her start from a recommendation from someone at the Circle K Classic in Calgary.

“He said I would be a good fit for Hockey Alberta and gave me Dave Campbell’s contact information. I bugged him a little bit, but it was during COVID so I couldn’t really get on. (Dave) probably had me bugging him for about two years … I finally got on and now I’m in my third year. I love it,” said Cordingley

So, what is it about Hockey Alberta and Spring Showcase that continues to bring her back?

“It’s the people. I love getting to meet new coaches, all the Directors (of Operations), and the athletes as well. Every year is so fun, and I gain so much out of it that it’s hard not to come back,” she said. “Just in terms of the networking, in terms of the experience, Hockey Alberta really builds you up.”

Cordingley has a major role in ensuring that the coaches and players can solely focus their attention and energy on the game. As the Trainer, she’s in charge of but not limited to; managing and preventing injuries, taping, manual soft tissue work, making sure the athletes are hydrated and prioritizing nutrition, setting up the dressing room, sharpening skates and fixing anything that happens in the middle of the game whether it be injury or equipment related.

“We’ve got to have that quick reaction to be able to manage anything that comes our way,” Cordingley said. "You have to be someone who thrives under pressure, and I’ve always been that person. I look forward to those moments because you do anything you can to get the players back in the game. Honestly it becomes a bit of a blur because you just lock in and do your job.”

Cordingley has gained a ton of experience since embarking on her journey towards working for a professional sports team. Some of the previous roles she’s held includes being the Trainer for the Calgary Royals program, Trainer for the Rocky Mountain Raiders U18 AAA team, Student Athletic Therapist at the University of Calgary working with the women’s basketball and football, as well as participating in several events with Hockey Alberta such as Spring Showcase, WHL Cup and National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

Once she’s finished tending to the athletes these next two weekends, Cordingley is off to Saskatchewan as she earned an internship with the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“I wanted to go into medicine my whole life, that was something I always knew I wanted,” said Cordingley. “I applied for a medical company when I was younger, not expecting to do this, but my first shift was with a hockey team. From that day forward I wanted to stick to hockey and sports. I love the people, love the culture and it’s something that once you’re in it, you’ll never want to leave.”

Similar to athletes and coaches, there are some subtle changes that need to be made in order for Cordingley to transition from dealing with a team for an entire season versus short term competition that she’ll be seeing over the next two weekends.

“You have to emphasize a bit more on team building and building those relationships,” she said. “I find in hockey that a lot of these kids and coaches are used to the short-term competition. While there are some differences, I find that it’s easier to build those relationships quickly because you’re all working towards a common goal. It is sad though because it’s shorter. So, it’s always heartbreaking for me when it’s done because you only get a few months with them during the buildup and tournament itself.”

Team Alberta

2024 Alberta Cup Preview

RED DEER – The best U16 male athletes from across the province are taking to the ice April 25-28 for Alberta Cup.

The tournament kicks off Thursday (April 25) with Alberta Green taking on Alberta Blue at 9 A.M. It is the first of five games to mark the beginning of the tournament. The championship game is set to take place on Sunday (April 28) at 2 P.M. To watch live, ticket packages are available at the Gary W. Harris Centre box office or online.


Throughout the weekend, six teams are facing off in a modified round-robin tournament at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Each team is comprised of two goaltenders, six defence and 12 forwards.

Players were selected at the conclusion of three Regional Camps last month in Calgary, Red Deer and Spruce Grove. Male born players born in 2009 who participated in a Hockey Canada sanctioned program this season were eligible to try out.


Over the course of three weeks, Hockey Alberta will welcome hundreds of people from across the province to Red Deer for the Spring Showcase. The Alberta Cup launches the annual event, followed by the Alberta Challenge (May 1-5) and Prospects Cup (May 8-12).

All Alberta Cup games are being livestreamed on FloHockey.

Throughout the duration of the tournament a progressive 50/50 is taking place, with the draw planned for Sunday, April 28. Tickets can be purchased on-site or online.



Hockey Alberta University Spotlight

Eight athletes who previously went through Hockey Alberta’s system were crowned champions on both sides of the border.

Defenceman Sam McGinley (Calgary) was part of the undefeated University of New Brunswick Reds that went 43-0 en route to winning their second consecutive University Cup on March 17. UNB took out eighth seeded Brock University 4-0, blew by Toronto Metropolitan 7-0 before finishing off their perfect season with a 4-0 victory over Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). The 21-year-old defenceman suited up in 11 games for the Reds, posting four assists while also adding a goal in five playoff games. McGinley assisted on UNB’s third goal in the championship game, while also going +3.

McGinley played for the U15 and U16 AAA Calgary Royals, and Edge School before going onto the Western Hockey League where he played for both Regina and Swift Current. McGinley also played in the Alberta Cup.

After her fourth season at Clarkson University, Stephanie Markowski (Edmonton) played a crucial role this season in helping the Ohio State Buckeyes win the NCAA Division I Female National Championship on March 25. Ohio State took down Minnesota Duluth 9-0 to punch its ticket to the Frozen Four tournament. There the Buckeyes defeated Clarkson 4-1 and Wisconsin 1-0 to win the school’s second national championship. Markowski finished with 27 points in 39 games while also keeping the oppositions top forwards off the scoresheet.

Markowski played for the St. Albert Slash, Pursuit of Excellence and suited up twice with Team Alberta at the National Women’s U18 Championship.

Six Albertans were part of the University of Denver Pioneers national championship squad that defeated the University of Boston College 2-0 in the Frozen Four championship game on April 13. Goaltenders Matt Davis (Calgary) and Freddie Halyk (Cochrane); defencemen Cale Ashcroft (St. Albert) and Kent Anderson (Calgary); and forwards Rieger Lorenz (Calgary) and Carter King (Calgary) were part of the Pioneers victory with all six members playing key roles on the road to the Frozen Four. Lorenz assisted on the game-winning goal and scored the insurance marker in the win over Boston College. Denver had three 2-1 victories over Massachusetts, Cornell, and Boston University to earn their way to the championship game.

Davis, Ashcroft, Lorenz, and Anderson all participated in the Alberta Cup at various points over the past several seasons.

Merrimack College defender Raice Szott (Daysland) was nominated for the 2024 Hockey Humanitarian Award in the NCAA. Szott launched the Merrimack College Women’s Hockey Community Service Committee, which has led to several volunteer and fundraising opportunities in the Merrimack Valley. She has coordinated fundraisers to support local nonprofits, including first responders and the Ellie Fund, a local foundation that assists men and women suffering from breast cancer. Szott has coordinated volunteers for Merrimack’s Relay For Life, local girls’ hockey programs and after-school programs at local elementary schools.

Connor Bouchard named USports men’s hockey player of the year

Sullivan Trophy as USports men’s hockey player of the year.

Bouchard scored 23 goals and 34 assists in 25 games with the Cougars (2.28 points per game), becoming the first player in 23 years to surpass the 50-point plateau. His totals were aided by a 24-game point streak and 12 power play goals.

Brock University’s Connor Ungar (Calgary) won the Clare Drake Trophy for rookie of the year. Bouchard was named First Team All-Canadian, with Ungar and University of Calgary defenceman Colson Gengenbach (Edmonton) named Second Team All-Canadians. Ungar also was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Home Ice Feature

Calgary Buffaloes following captain Tyson Murray’s lead into Telus Cup

After a dominant 2023-24 campaign, it’s no surprise the Calgary Buffaloes qualified for the 2024 Telus Cup in Membertou, Nova Scotia.

That doesn’t make the achievement any less special for Buffaloes captain Tyson Murray, who said it’s surreal the team is one of the top U18 AAA teams in Canada after defeating Vancouver North East Chiefs in the Pacific Regional Championship.

“It’s super special,” Murray said. "It means a lot. We have a great group of guys, and they show up to work every day. Everyone has earned it and it took all of the players and coaches to get here. I’ve always wanted to play in a tournament this big … it’s going to be a lot of fun, I can’t wait.”

The Buffaloes went 27-9-2 in 38 regular season games. Murray said he knew early on that this season could be a special one for the group.

“Honestly it was probably pretty early in the season,” Murray said. “It was probably the fourth or fifth game. We started to get on a run, started playing better and I thought we started clicking. Everyone connected so well to each other. I thought we had a good group from the start and I’m just super happy we’ve been able to make it this far.”

The Telus Cup features the best teams and players from across the country. Murray, who finished the season with 34 points in 35 games, says it’s a great opportunity for him and his teammates to measure themselves up against other top competitions. The Buffaloes begin their tournament this evening (April 22) against the hosting Sydney Rush.

“It’s super exciting to play against the best. That’s always what you want to do. You always want to play against the best and be the best. But we’re not satisfied with just getting here. “We want to do our thing and try to have some success,” he said. “We know how good we are and while it’s going to be a bit different since we’ve never played these teams, I feel confident. I like our group of guys, I think we have a great team, great coaches and a great gameplan.”

Murray is a dependable 200-foot forward that can produce offence but is also responsible defensively. Due to his attention to detail and work ethic, he was named the Buffaloes captain for this season.

“I’m very proud to wear the ‘C’. It’s an honour to have that distinction, especially for a team like this,” he said. “I just try to give it everything I have, whether it be dry land, practice or on the ice. I try to go 100 percent all the time, not leave anything out there and try to lead by example. I’m not the most vocal guy so I have to lead by example on the ice. Everyone has bought into what we’re trying to do and hopefully we can cap this season off the right way.”

The team’s full schedule can be found below:

2024 Telus Cup Schedule (All times MT.)

April 22

Calgary Buffaloes vs Sydney Rush

4:00 P.M.

April 23

Calgary Buffaloes vs Kensington Wild

1:00 P.M.

April 24

Calgary Buffaloes vs Markham Waxers

8:00 A.M.

April 25

Calgary Buffaloes vs Brandon Wheat Kings

8:00 A.M.

April 26

Calgary Buffaloes vs Cantonniers de Magog

8:00 A.M.

April 27



April 28

Bronze Medal Game

10:00 A.M.

April 28

Gold Medal Game

2:00 P.M.

Home Ice Feature

Riley Scorgie skating past adversity enroute to Esso Cup

Riley Scorgie has become accustomed to handling adversity in her life.

So, when the Edmonton Jr. Oilers White found themselves in a one-goal game with the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs in the Alberta Female Hockey League U18 AAA Provincial Championships gold medal game, there was no panicking on the Oilers bench, and they were able to nurse home a 2-1 victory.

“I think I just burst into tears, I couldn’t contain myself,” Scorgie said. “Us and Red Deer had gone back and forth all season and there is a clear rivalry there with them. That game especially, emotions were so up and down, and it was just one of those games where you must keep your emotions in check and capitalize on the opportunities given. Thankfully it worked out in our favour.”

The victory punched Edmonton’s ticket to the 2024 Esso Cup in Vernon, B.C., where they will face the top U18 AAA teams from across the country in Canada’s National Championship tournament.

“I’m so excited and I know the girls can say the same as well. This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” she said. “My dad was showing me the statistics of probability for someone to make Esso Cup and it was like zero point zero something percent just due to the sheer number of female teams there are in the country. So, we’re definitely going to go and make the most of it.”

The Cornell University commit was an integral part of the Jr. Oilers success this season, posting 23 points in 30 regular season games in a two-way forward role while also adding an assist during provincials. She said she knew early on that she was part of a special group.

“On paper we knew we had a lot of talented people coming in. We all fit so well as a group and I genuinely don’t think I’ve played on a team that’s been so close,” she said. “I’m proud to call this team my family and I think from the get-go we just had that connection because we all wanted the same thing. Every team has their best qualities and with us it was only a matter of weeks with (head coach) Joel (Lenius) reinforcing the same habits and simple plays that we were able to figure out our team identity. Then about midway through the season we started to skyrocket and stayed consistent.”

Scorgie had to overcome a lot to even get on the ice the past couple of seasons, let alone help her team to the Esso Cup. In October of 2018, she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack their nerves, causing weakness, numbness, and sometimes paralysis.

“When it happened, I was very confused … I didn’t really understand what was going on. We thought it maybe had to do with growing up, getting older, hitting that puberty phase in your life and it ended up not being the case,” Scorgie said. “I started to slowly lose feeling in my legs and ability to walk, which was terrifying. But I feel like I was so young, where I didn’t really understand that this disease could be really bad for me.”

Scorgie’s love and passion for the game of hockey was what kept her motivated through the trials and tribulations of her recovery.

“Hockey was really the main thing that kept me going during that part of my life. Obviously, there were times that it got hard such as relearning how to skate. That was a very hard and emotional process but at the end of the day I’m very proud of how far I’ve come,” she said. “It definitely taught me what adversity can do for people and how it’s beneficial. I feel like I’m a much stronger person now and it has really helped me with my hockey journey. It was such a great factor in helping me grow as a person as well as a player, so as traumatic as that experience was, I’m very grateful for it.”

The 17-year-old forward has built a large social media platform for herself, garnering almost 15,000 followers on Instagram. She has parlayed her platform into becoming an ambassador for Sherwood Hockey as well as inspiring a younger generation of female hockey players to get involved in the sport.

“I not only wanted to promote the women’s game and show people how great we can be, but I also wanted to be the positive aspect of women’s hockey,” Scorgie said. “Growing up I always say the negatives because there’s always those people that are like ‘women shouldn’t be playing hockey; women should be in the kitchen or figure skating’. I just wanted to squash all of those stereotypes and give more respect to the women’s game because female athletes are incredible, and they deserve to have recognition.”

Scorgie’s end goal is the Professional Women’s Hockey League, where she hopes, she can continue to inspire the younger generation into accomplishing their goals and dreams. But before she can take the next step to the professional or even the college ranks, she has her eyes set on wrapping up her minor hockey career by capturing the Esso Cup.

Edmonton’s first game is taking place April 21 against the Quebec league champion at 4:00 pm (MT). They follow that up with games on April 22 to 25 against the remaining champions from across the country.

The team’s full schedule can be found below:

Edmonton Jr. Oilers White Esso Cup schedule (all times MT)

April 21

Edmonton Jr. Oilers White vs Quebec

4:00 pm

April 22

Edmonton Jr. Oilers White vs Thompson-Okanagan Lakers

5:00 pm.

April 23

Edmonton Jr. Oilers White vs West

6:00 pm

April 24

Edmonton Jr. Oilers White vs Atlantic

6:00 pm

April 25

Edmonton Jr. Oilers White vs Ontario

12:00 noon

April 26



April 27

Bronze Medal Game

1:00 pm

April 27

Gold Medal Game

5:00 pm

Hockey Alberta Foundation

National Volunteer Week: Brock Armstrong

Brock Armstrong is doing his part to ensure kids from across the province are getting introduced to the game of hockey.

Through the NHL/NHLPA First Shift Program which is designed to ensure a positive experience for new hockey families. The program is open to all children between the ages of six and 10 years old, who have never previously enrolled in minor hockey within Canada or the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.

After growing up and coaching in Sylvan Lake, Armstrong joined the program in 2015. He has been involved with it since and was one of the volunteers for the most recent event in Red Deer, which included mentor coaches from the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens.

“It’s so rewarding. Um, what I tell our mentor coaches in the Kings and Queens is you are these kids first ever hockey coach. And that’s a really important role in our community, in our culture, in Canada and anywhere,” Armstrong said. “Building that impact and building that relationship is super rewarding. It’s not easy but if you can get down and build a relationship and work with the kids, it’s awesome. It’s, it’s so rewarding. You get to see the, what I like to call the aha moment. You know, a kid that is struggling, skating across the ice and then within half the lesson, suddenly, they’re burning around on their edges. And it’s not because you’re a good coach. It’s because you provide an environment that allows them to be comfortable. To be on the ice with them … I look forward to my Saturday mornings.”

Armstrong said it was an easy choice for him to get involved in the program because he loves the sport and it has done a lot for him growing up, which included bringing him closer to his father.

“Hockey does so much for our community. Hockey has done so much for me in my youth and growing up,” he said. I was always an okay player. But I was always a coach. My dad was my coach. He passed away just at the beginning of my coaching journey. It’s kind of been a bit of a healing for me. So, to give back is super easy for that.”

Armstrong believes that having the ability to host this program in cities across the province, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton, is hugely important and beneficial to the next generation of hockey players.

“It’s really cool. It allows Central Alberta to come together, the kids are from all over Central Alberta. So, to be able to come together and meet kids within the hockey world that are from different communities, I think is really special” he said. “Having the connection to Hockey Alberta right here really helps, as well as the Flames and Oilers along with their alumni and mascots. Not every community gets that. Being central, being here in Red Deer, it has so much to offer. With this facility and everything, but to he able to be so close to both Edmonton and Calgary is amazing. It’s awesome to be able to have all three cities along with the surrounding communities represented and get the chance to play this game.”

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Hockey Alberta News


Hockey Alberta welcomes over 400 athletes, 200 volunteers, 150 scouts and thousands of family and friends to the Red Deer area for the annual Spring Showcase at the Gary W. Harris Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic.

The Spring Showcase is a three-week event featuring three elite level competitions for players who participated in a Hockey Canada sanctioned program this season:

Alberta Cup (for U15 males) - April 24-28
Alberta Challenge (for U15 females) - May 1-5
Prospects Cup (for U13 males) - May 8-12

Each competition is five days in length, and features the top athletes in each region, coached and staffed by some of the most knowledgeable in the province. The event serves as development to introduce athletes and staff to short-term competition.


Hockey Alberta Foundation

Delia School producing provincial winners with help from Hockey Alberta Foundation

While the village of Delia might be small in stature, it makes up for in quality.

Twelve students at Delia School were able to enrol in the school’s hockey program with help from the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program.

The hockey option allowed for registered hockey players to continue playing but also gave those who have never touched the ice before on skates the opportunity to try the sport as well.

“Unfortunately, our local arena no longer offers minor hockey programming for players over the age of eight,” said Amber Marshall, President of the Delia School Enhancement Society. “Therefore, local kids need to travel to neighbouring communities to participate in hockey activities on teams.”

While options were limited for the 125 students, the EKEC grant provided students an opportunity that previously didn’t exist. The grant dollars were also able to help cover the costs of the three instructors leading the program.

“For our school, the goal of the grant was to get as many students on the ice as possible with little or no cost associated with the program,” she said. “Thanks to the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Delia School was able to do just that. Regardless of skill level, hockey experience or financial capabilities we were able to get 12 students from grades 7-11 on the ice for a two-week credited hockey option. With the Every Kid Every Community grant our school has been able to provide the opportunity to learn the game, improve their skills, all with a focus on sportsmanship, community involvement, physical fitness and nutrition.”

Students who participated in the program this year were able to work on their skills and apply what they learned on the ice immediately as eight of the 12 students helped their respective teams win provincial championships this season.

Seven students travelled to Hanna to play on the U18 Tier 2 Hanna Colts while one other played in Delburne for the U15 Tier 3 Outlaws. Hanna defeated Fairview 2-1 with Delburne taking down Bieseker 6-3 in their respective championship finals.

While winning provincials is a crowning achievement on a successful initiative, the main takeaway was how much everyone enjoyed the experience.

“Learning the game of hockey and the love for sport goes beyond the ice,” Marshall said. “The programming that became possible through Hockey Alberta and the EKEC grant pulled a group of students together that otherwise wouldn’t have crossed paths. Watching older players interact, teach and laugh with younger, less experienced players, was incredibly rewarding and a testament to the impact this grant makes on our small communities.”

EKEC grants are available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey.



Seventeen Albertans named to final NHL Central Scouting List

RED DEER – Seventeen Alberta born/trained players have been named to the NHL Central Scouting’s North America Final Rankings for 2023-2024.

Calgary Hitmen defenceman Carter Yakemchuk (Calgary) is the highest ranked Albertan in the list, ending the season at number 11 out of all eligible North American players. Terik Parascak (Lethbridge) of the Prince George Cougars is not far behind, ranked at number 15. Of the eligible players on the list, sixteen are playing in the WHL, and the other two play in the AJHL and USHL.

The full list of players named to the list can be found below. The 2024 NHL Draft Combine takes place in Buffalo, New York from June 2-8, and the 2024 NHL Draft takes place in Paradise, Nevada at the Sphere from June 28-29.

Note: All players listed are considered as Hockey Alberta members/alumni.







NA Ranking

Carter Yakemchuk



Calgary Hitmen




Terik Parascak


Right Wing

Prince George Cougars




Andrew Basha


Left Wing

Medicine Hat Tigers




Charlie Elick



Brandon Wheat Kings




Harrison Brunicke



Kamloops Blazers




Eric Jamieson



Everett Silvertips




Finn McLaughlin



Fargo Force




Keets Fawcett


Right Wing

Calgary Hitmen




Miles Cooper



Wenatchee Wild




Rhys Pederson



Edmonton Oil Kings

Red Deer/NAX



Shane Smith



Medicine Hat Tigers




Easton Hewson



Calgary Canucks




Bryce Pickford



Seattle Thunderbirds




Dax Williams



Calgary Hitmen




Caleb Hadland

Sylvan Lake

Left Wing

Brandon Wheat Kings

Red Deer



Landen Ward


Left Wing

Lethbridge Hurricanes




Jackson Unger



Moose Jaw Warriors



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2024 Prospects Cup Rosters Announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the 160 athletes who will wear the Hockey Alberta logo for the first time at the Prospects Cup.

Eight teams play a round-robin style tournament May 8-12 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. Each team’s 20-person roster is made up of two goaltenders, six defence and 12 forwards.


The Prospects Cup is the first step of the Hockey Alberta Development program. It provides second year U13 male athletes, coaches, trainers, and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition.

Over the April 12-14 weekend, hundreds of players participated in four regional camps in Calgary, Edmonton, Olds, and Vegreville. Two teams from each camp were selected to compete in the Prospects Cup tournament. Male players born in 2011 who participated in a Hockey Canada sanctioned program this season were eligible to try out.

“The Prospects Cup is the introduction to the Hockey Alberta process for these athletes as it focuses on their development and growth while also introducing the majority of them to short-term competition,” said Blake Cosgrove, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Hockey Development. “This group of players are exciting to watch, and I hope they enjoy the experience.”

Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase fuelled by Gatorade concludes with the Prospects Cup. The Alberta Cup (April 24-28) and the Alberta Challenge (May 1-5) also comprise the Spring Showcase.

Partnership opportunities are available for the 2024 Spring Showcase and can be found in the document below:


Home Ice Feature

National Volunteer Week: Jacinda Davis

With over 20 years of experience in various roles, Jacinda Davis is synonymous with Fort McMurray Minor Hockey.

“I’ve been in the association now for 22, almost 23 years,” Davis said. "I started out originally where I was just helping manage (her oldest son’s team). I was eased into management, then into a director role. I jumped right in and took my major role on the board that I have right now, which is the VP of Communications for Fort McMurray Minor Hockey.”

As the VP of Communications, Davis dedicates her time to the special events happening around the city.

“I work with everyone with their special events, help with our branding partners, I take care of all sponsorship, sponsors for programs, all of our volunteers … anything that has to do with our brand, those fall under my role,” she said.

What has kept Davis going throughout the years? The ability to be able to combine her two passions.

“I love the volunteering aspect of it. I truly love hockey,” Davis said. “What it has done for my kids and what I’ve seen for other kids is amazing. That’s why I put my heart and soul into it and have for many years. Even once my kids have graduated, I will continue to put many hours in to keep the programs up and going.”

One of those events that Davis was a key figure in, was Fort McMurray’s Female Hockey Day in January, an event that was very successful. It featured two days of events such as goal scoring and defensive skill sessions, as well as a try hockey event to introduce young girls to the game.

“It was a huge undertaking, because it happened right after our minor hockey week, so it was kind of one event to the other,” she said. “But it is a very passionate program with the females in it and seeing it grow. It was so worth putting in all those hours into the program to have a special event for all the girls and women.”

There has been a lot of growth in the female game across the province as well as the country. This is thanks in part to the tireless efforts of people like Davis who set up and run events such as Female Hockey Day.

“Just watching the growth, I really, truly believe it’s the power in numbers and those numbers are helping our program grow. Where we started was such a small number and now, we’ve grown to seven teams,” Davis said. “We have 132 girls in our program now, and just watching it grow … there are girls recruiting more girls. It’s a very special program for them to give them that feeling of togetherness.”

While she keeps busy around the rink, Davis said it’s also very important to ensure that she finds balance between work and personal life.

“Well, I originally started my job as my own business owner to be able to work my job around hockey hours,” Davis said. “So, I have continued doing that right up until today. I do put in a lot of hours, but I know that it’s going to come to an end (when her daughter graduates out next year) and I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. So, I’m going to take advantage of it while it’s still going.”

A hockey community is always looking for more volunteers to help the game run smoothly and grow successfully. Volunteers are part of the blueprint that helps the community bloom during hockey season. Davis believes that volunteering can be the most rewarding and enjoyable experience.

“It may seem big and overwhelming at first, but the scariness of it is not as bad as it looks or seems. What you get back is rewarding … when people are in awe or so thankful, you see the kids laughing and smiling, that’s what it’s all about,” Davis said. “All those hiccups that you think you’re going to have, or may have, nobody knows those weren’t supposed to happen. To the outside world, it’s flawless. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering and it’s been so worth it.”

Home Ice Feature

The passing of the torch: Jason Chimera passing on hockey knowledge to daughter Ryann

Like father, like daughter.

The U15 AA Edmonton Pandas Black won the Alberta Female Hockey League Provincial Championship on March 24 in a thrilling gold medal win over the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. Two key pieces of that championship team were former National Hockey League player Jason Chimera and his daughter, Ryann.

Ryann, a star forward in the U15 division was the second leading point producer with 20 goals and 66 points in 31 games, while also leading the provincial tournament with eight points in five games. Her father was the team’s head coach, and with the help of assistant coach Dave Cooper guided the Pandas to a 25-5-1 record as well as a provincial championship.

“It was amazing, I wasn’t even thinking in the moment. It was just so overwhelming because at the start of the season, none of us really thought we would be at Provincials,” Ryann said following the 3-1 gold medal win. “It was amazing to win and have that moment for our team.”

“I was crying at the end of it because our girls performed so well. They were doing everything right,” Jason said. “They did everything we practiced, and they brought it to a whole new level, which was really cool for the coaches. Dave and I were just super thrilled with the girls and as a coach as well as a dad, it was an outstanding effort from our goalies on out and you couldn’t have asked for anything more from them.”

The 44-year-old Chimera played parts of 17 seasons and more than 1,100 games in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks. Once he retired, he transitioned into coaching, first coaching his son Cale before spending the past two seasons with Ryann.

While the family connection is there, the last name being the same doesn’t result in special treatment.

“I always tell the girls that she’s not my daughter when I’m coaching,” Jason said. “I coach everyone the same way and while I couldn’t be prouder of her, both as a coach and a father. But I try to remove myself from that when I’m coaching. She works extremely hard, and she works for everything that she gets.”

Ryann said that while she doesn’t get special treatment, her father’s coaching guidance has helped her take her game to the next level.

“Some days are good, and some days are bad. But I love it because I’m getting help from him away from the rink that I wouldn’t get from another coach,” she said. “He’ll tell me what I can do better, and he pushes me harder. I think if I had another coach, they wouldn’t be as straight forward with me, and I couldn’t be as straight forward with them. It’s a win-win situation.”

The duo are both competitive people, always trying to one up each other in their daily lives, which makes for an interesting and exciting dynamic between them.

“We’re always competing with one another and it’s a good challenge because we see each other 24/7. I see him on the bench, I see him at the rink, see him at home. We make each other better because we’re not scared to tell each other what they need to hear,” Ryann said. “I’m not afraid to tell him that he needs to relax a bit on the bench when he’s going a bit too crazy. We’re very up front with one another and it helps. We still have a lot to learn from each other, but I wouldn’t want to go through it with anyone else.”

“Sometimes as a coach, you kind of get in a mode where you’re all over the place,” Jason said. “If the game gets tense and she’s like, ‘hey, Jason, relax. We got this.’ It’s like, okay, we do have this. For her to be 13, soon to be 14 and have that composure … it’s cool for me to witness.”

Ryann is looking to follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming a professional hockey player. With the Professional Women’s Hockey League having so much success in its first season, having the opportunity to play professionally is now a reality that she dreamed about growing up.

“Before (the PWHL) I was like ‘what am I going to do for a job when I’m older?’ Then all of a sudden all of these options come up,” she said. “For a long time now, I’ve wanted to go to Boston College, and I’ve always wanted to play professional hockey … but I couldn’t play in the NHL. Now with the PWHL, it’s so cool to see all these girls have their dreams come true. They have somewhere to play when they’re older. It’s such an exciting thought to know I have somewhere to go and something to work towards.”

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Comedy Night raises $24,000 for the Hockey Alberta Foundation

RED DEER – The Piper Creek Optimist Club and the Hockey Alberta Foundation came together to raise $24,000 during Comedy Night at Bo’s Bar and Stage on February 24.

Guests were treated to a performance from comedian Kelly Taylor and witnessed the Calgary Flames defeat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 in the third iteration of the Battle of Alberta.

“Thanks to the Piper Creek Optimist Club for choosing the Hockey Alberta Foundation as their charity of choice for the seventh year,” said Darcy Smith, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Hockey Alberta Foundation and Recruitment. “The Every Kid Every Community initiative and the game of hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their respective communities. We couldn’t give kids the opportunity to experience hockey without events such as Comedy Night and the help of our great sponsors.”

Every Kid Every Community  was launched in 2011 and has the goal of providing every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.

Thank you to the Comedy Night sponsors for the continued support:

About the Hockey Alberta Foundation

The Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF) raises funds to provide EVERY KID in EVERY COMMUNITY the opportunity to play hockey in Alberta. We work in collaboration with partners to fund those who need us, invest in those who will lead us and honour those before us.


Alberta’s Kyle Rehman hits 1,000 game plateau in the NHL

EDMONTON – Kyle Rehman wasn’t sure if he would officiate one National Hockey League game, let alone a thousand.

But that’s exactly what the Red Deer native did when he accomplished the feat on March 28 during a contest between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place. Rehman was recognized by the league, the Oilers, and Kings, receiving a Tiffany crystal from the league, jerseys from both teams as well as a pair of Adirondack chairs that had his name, the NHL logo and ‘1,000 games’ on it.

“I would have never thought to do one (game), let alone a thousand, so it’s a very special milestone for me,” Rehman said. “It comes with a lot of sacrifice, not only for myself, but for my family. It’s been an incredible journey and I’ve got a long way to go.”

Rehman said the best part of the whole evening was having his family at his side and allowing them to get some recognition for everything they’ve done for him.

“I got the chance to have my two boys on the ice with me before the game, which is something I’ll never forget. Then to have my family on the ice with me during the ceremony, it was good to get them some recognition because they’ve sacrificed so much,” Rehman said. “My wife is a rockstar. She’s pretty much a driver for the kids, taking them to all their activities, so for them to get some of that recognition was cool. Then to have my brother and my parents there as well was awesome as well. They jumped on board when I was younger and really supported, pushed, and encouraged me to go as far as I can.”

The 45-year-old referee got his start in 2000 in Red Deer where he got the opportunity to officiate U18 AAA and Senior AAA games. He moved onto the Western Hockey League shortly after and got the call to the NHL in 2007. His first game was January 22, 2008, featuring the Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Over the course of his career, Rehman has gotten the chance to officiate some of the biggest events the NHL had to offer - Stanley Cup playoff games, NHL Global Series in Sweden, and the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars.

“The whole atmosphere, being outdoors with 85,000 fans, the NHL does a really good job of putting on those types of events,” said Rehman. “Both fanbases were awesome, seeing the Nashville fans travel to Dallas and seeing how much support the city gave to the Stars … it was a great game and I’m proud to say I was part of it.”

Numerous sports, including hockey, look to recruit new officials each year, but there are challenges, especially when it comes to abusive behaviour from coaches, players, and fans. Rehman asks that spectators ease off the young officials.

“We’re losing officials every year. I have two boys that play hockey and I want them to be able to play games and leagues need referees. I think it’s important for people to be at the rink and to appreciate these games and volunteers,” Rehman said. “The younger kids are just learning … guys at the NHL level, we’re the top officials in the world and we sometimes make mistakes, just like the coaches and players because we’re human. Let the emotion of the game be on the ice, because if we continue to trend in the direction we’re going in, we aren’t going to have any officials left.”

For younger people hesitant to enter the game in the officiating capacity, Rehman’s advice is to go out there and do your best and enjoy the process of improving.

“Go out there and work hard every game. As long as you can come off the ice, look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘I left it all out there, I worked hard and I hustled’, it’s a great feeling to know you went out there and did your best,” said Rehman. “You don’t necessarily need to make the NHL either, there are a lot of great opportunities with Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta. I hope our younger generation of officials stick with it and continue to support one another.”

Team Alberta

2024 Alberta Challenge Rosters Announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has named the 120 players who earned themselves a spot at the Alberta Challenge.

Six teams (three from each of the North and South regions) will compete in a modified round-robin tournament May 1-5 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. Two goalies, six defence and 12 forwards comprise each team.


Regional Camps were held April 5-7 in Cochrane and Beaumont. Female players born in 2009 and 2010 who were registered with a Hockey Alberta or Hockey Canada sanctioned program this season were eligible to tryout.

“This year’s group of players is very talented and that was on display at the Regional Camps, said Danielle Wheeler, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Development. “The competition at Alberta Challenge will truly showcase best-on-best competition and allow for athletes and staff to take the next step in their hockey journey.”

The Alberta Challenge is the sole female-only event part of Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase. It is the first opportunity for athletes, coaches, therapists, equipment managers and administrators to experience short-term competition and an introduction to Team Alberta programming.

The Spring Showcase opens with the Alberta Cup (April 24-28) and wraps with the Prospects Cup (May 8-12).

Partnership opportunities are available for the 2024 Spring Showcase and can be found in the document below.


TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Alberta Challenge, powered by Gatorade. A wide variety of merchandise items are available for purchase, with the deadline to place your order ending at 11 PM on April 16 in order to receive your merchandise by the Alberta Challenge. Online orders placed by the deadline will deliver to the event for pickup at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on May 1. Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.



Spring Showcase partnership opportunities now available

RED DEER – Partnership opportunities are now available for the 2024 Spring Showcase.

There is a variety of packages available for potential sponsors, including four levels of sponsorship opportunities ranging from program advertising to being the title sponsor of Spring Showcase.


The Spring Showcase is one of Hockey Alberta’s premiere events, focusing on the province’s next generation of elite female and male players. For an Alberta business, signing on as a sponsor for the Spring Showcase is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of an event that supports the emerging athlete, coach, official, trainers and support staff from across Alberta," said Tim Leer, Hockey Alberta’s Director of Partnerships and Marketing.

Hockey Alberta welcomes over 400 athletes, 200 volunteers, 150 scouts and thousands of families and friends to the Red Deer area throughout the Spring Showcase. The Showcase is a three-week long event, featuring three elite-level competitions: the Alberta Cup featuring the top U15 males, the Alberta Challenge for U15 females, and the Prospects Cup for U13 males.

Each competition is five days and features the top athletes in each region, coached and staffed by some of the best in the province. The event serves as a development opportunity to introduce athletes and staff to short-term competition.

For more information, contact Tim Leer, Hockey Alberta’s Partnerships and Marketing Director or Kara Spady, Hockey Alberta’s Marketing and Promotions Manager.


2024 Hockey Alberta Provincials Recap - Week 3

Two teams have been crowned champions over the third weekend of the 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships hosted by ATB.

Read below to see who walked away with the banner in the final week of play.

2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

The third week of action kicked off on Wednesday, April 4 and ran until Sunday, April 7. Four teams hit the ice in search of the championship banner on Sunday.

Junior B - The Carstar Okotoks Bisons of the HJHL won the Junior B Championship over the La Crete Lumber Barons by a score of 6-3.

U17 AAA AEHL - The St. Albert Raiders Flyers defeated the NWCAA (Calgary Flames) in double overtime, 3-2, to win the U17 AAA championship.


2024 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

In Alberta Junior Hockey League action, the Calgary Canucks defeated the Drumheller Dragons in their best-of-seven series, 4-1, to advance to the InterPipline Cup Final. They await the winner of the series between the Whitecourt Wolverines and Canmore Eagles, with their series tied up at three games apiece and Game 7 taking place on April 9.

In the Alberta Elite Hockey League’s U18 AAA division, the Calgary Buffaloes are on their way to the Telus Cup after defeating the Vancouver NE Chiefs in the Pacific Regionals.

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TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, powered by ATB. A number of merchandise items are available to purchase with options to customize items (for example "Champions 2024). Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

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Alberta’s Landon DuPont introduced as first Exceptional Status defenceman in WHL history

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League announced today, on behalf of Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta, that Landon DuPont (Calgary, Alta.) has been granted Exceptional Player Status and is eligible to play in the WHL on a full-time basis beginning with the 2024-25 WHL Regular Season.

“On behalf of the WHL Board of Governors, I would like to congratulate Landon on being the first defenceman in WHL history to be granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada,” commented WHL Commissioner Dan Near. “Landon is a fine young man, who not only possesses tremendous talent on the ice, but has been raised with solid moral character, a positive attitude, and a great work ethic. These attributes make him truly deserving of being among those exceptional players to come before him, and we look forward to him continuing his development in the WHL.”

An Exceptional Player must possess a level of mental, social, and emotional maturity that belies his age, along with hockey skills that greatly exceed those of other elite level players both in their age group and among players several years older. For an individual who is granted exceptional status, they earn the rare privilege of participating in the Western Hockey League at an early age. It is believed their development is more likely to be enhanced significantly by playing in the WHL as a 15-year-old, than by participating in their designated age division.

The Exceptional Player Status process was administered by Hockey Alberta with a Hockey Canada Special Evaluation Panel, which reviewed DuPont’s hockey and academic documentation. The process also assessed DuPont’s level of maturity.

“Hockey Canada wishes to congratulate Landon DuPont and his family on the impressive achievement of becoming only the second player to be granted Exceptional Status into the WHL, and the ninth player in the entire CHL,” said Scott Salmond, Senior Vice-President of High Performance and Hockey Operations with Hockey Canada. “Landon not only boasts impressive hockey ability that will allow him to succeed in the WHL at a young age, but he also possesses the incredible maturity required to be an exemplary young person off the ice.”

Born May 28, 2009, the 14-year-old DuPont is eligible to be selected in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 9.

A 5-foot-11, 170-pound right shot defenceman, DuPont spent the 2023-24 season playing for the Edge School U18 Prep squad in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL), where he recorded 62 points (19G-43A) in 30 regular season games to finish third in CSSHL U18 scoring. His 62 points led all blueliners and established a new CSSHL U18 Prep single-season scoring record for defencemen. DuPont added another 16 points (5G-11A) in five playoff games, tying the CSSHL U18 Championship scoring record held by former Edmonton Oil Kings and Seattle Thunderbirds star Dylan Guenther. DuPont’s record-tying performance earned him CSSHL U18 Prep Championship MVP honours as he helped Edge capture the CSSHL U18 title.

“It is such an honour for me to receive Exceptional Player Status from Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada. I’m extremely humbled to have received this designation,” DuPont said. “I would like to thank my family, all of my coaches, trainers, advisors and most of all, my teammates, through my entire hockey journey for helping me get to this point. I’m excited to continue my development in the WHL and will work hard every day to continue to improve.”

DuPont becomes the first defenceman and second player in WHL history to be granted Exceptional Player Status by Hockey Canada, following Connor Bedard (2020 – Regina Pats / West Van Academy Prep).

“Congratulations to Landon DuPont on being the first-ever player from Alberta granted Exceptional Status with the Western Hockey League. Landon’s achievement is a testament to his skills, desire, and hard work,” said Rob Litwinski, CEO and President, Hockey Alberta. “It also reflects the commitment and effort of everyone involved in Landon’s hockey circle. This is a proud day for Landon, the DuPont family, and the staff and students at Edge School, and the entire Hockey Alberta community shares that pride.”

DuPont is the third defenceman and ninth player in Canadian Hockey League (CHL) history to be granted Exceptional Player Status by Hockey Canada. He was preceded by defencemen Aaron Ekblad (2011 – Barrie Colts / Sun County Panthers) and Sean Day (2013 – Mississauga Steelheads / Compuware 16U AAA), along with forwards John Tavares (2005 – Oshawa Generals / Toronto Marlboros), Connor McDavid (2012 – Erie Otters / Toronto Marlboros), Joe Veleno (2015 – Saint John Sea Dogs / Lac St-Louis Lions), Shane Wright (2019 – Kingston Frontenacs / Don Mills Flyers), Michael Misa (2022 – Saginaw Spirit / Mississauga Senators).


Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships Week 3 Preview

The Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB has reached its final weekend.

Action begins today (April 3) with the Junior B provincials in Peace River, and continues through to Sunday, April 7. The six teams competing in the tournament are the Carstar Okotoks Bisons, La Crete Lumber Barons, North Peace Navigators, NWCAA Stampeders, St. Albert Merchants, and Wainwright Bisons.

The AEHL U17 AAA provincials features five clubs. The Airdrie Cannex Avalanche, Calgary Flames (NWCAA), Sherwood Park Squires, St. Albert Raiders Flyers and LJAC Techmation Oil Kings are preparing for battle in Leduc. Games for that tournament starts tomorrow (April 4).

The Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs are midway through the semi-final series. The Whitecourt Wolverines are up two games to one in their best-of-seven series against the Canmore Eagles with the Calgary Canucks also find themselves up two games to one over the Drumheller Dragons. Game 4 in both series is tonight.

The final Provincial Championship tournaments will be played April 3-7. Schedules for each division are available on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships page.


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2024 Hockey Alberta Provincials Recap – Week 2

Eleven teams have been crowned champions over the weekend in their respective divisions in hard fought battles all throughout the province as part of the 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships hosted by ATB.

Read below to see who walked away with the banner in the second week of play.

2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

The second week of action kicked off on Thursday, March 28 and ran until Sunday, March 31. Twenty-two teams hit the ice in search of the championship banner on Sunday.

Junior C - Wolverines 6, Chestermere Lakers 4

AFHL U18 AA - Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 2, Calgary Fire White 1

U18 AA - Strathcona Warriors 5, KC Colts 1

U18 Tier 1 - La Crete 5, Edson Octane Controls Sabres 1

U18 Tier 1 NBC - Trails West Red 4, SZ707 2

U18 Tier 2 - Hanna U18 Colts 2, Fairview 1 (OT)

U18 Tier 3 - Kneehill U18 Chiefs 3, Thorsby-West 39 U18 Bucks 0

U15 Female Tier 1 - Irma U15 Aces 2, Cochrane 0

U15 Female Tier 2 - Grande Prairie Female U15 2, Camrose 1

U13 AA - Red Deer Wesco 4, Calgary Northstars Green 1

AFHL U13 AA - Lloydminster Western Financial Steelers 3, Calgary Fire Red 1

Tournament action concludes this weekend (April 3-7) with Junior B in Peace River and the Alberta Elite Hockey League U17 AAA in Leduc. Schedules for the Junior B division are available on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships page, while the schedule for the U17 AAA provincials is available on their AEHL website.


2024 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

In Alberta Junior Hockey League action, the semi-finals are currently underway in best-of-seven series. The Whitecourt Wolverines and Canmore Eagles are currently tied 1-1, while the Calgary Canucks are up 2-0 on the Drumheller Dragons.

In the Alberta Elite Hockey League’s U18 AAA division, the Calgary Buffaloes defeated the Sherwood Park Ennis Kings in three games to win the league championship. The Buffaloes are now set to take on the Vancouver NE Chiefs AAA in the Pacific Regional Championship, beginning on April 5.

The 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships are Powered by ATB. ATB is sharing the top tips for players, teams and families to take to the ice without breaking the bank. Tap into their Good Advice for all things financial well-being, including how to teach your kids about money at every age.

Plus the ultimate savings, a chance to win the Possibility Pot. That’s $2,500 for yourself, and $2,500 for you to direct to a charity of your choice.

Enter to win >

Good luck to all the final teams taking the ice this weekend!

TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, powered by ATB. A number of merchandise items are available to purchase with options to customize items (for example "Champions 2024). Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

Shop Here >