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Northeast Trainer Karyn Fanstone. (Photo by: LA Media -

The Alberta Cup: Not Just For Players

While the Alberta Cup brings together 160 of the top bantam-aged male hockey players in the province every year, the impact of the even goes far beyond the ice.

Team Northeast Trainer Karyn Fanstone, Referee Supervisor Craig DeCoursey, and Edmonton Yellow Coach Mentor Matt Keillor share their Alberta Cup experiences, and the role it plays in the development of trainers, officials, and coaches.

The 2016 Alberta Cup was the second for Fanstone, who will return as the athletic therapist for the 2016 Team Alberta U16 Male program. She’ll be joined by Keiller, who will serve as assistant coach of the U16 team, after working as the team’s video coach in 2015.

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Terry Ledingham (right) with fellow 2016 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductee George Kingston.

Terry Ledingham awarded Hockey Canada Order of Merit

Former Hockey Alberta President Terry Ledingham was one of three recipients of the Hockey Canada Order of Merit Award, presented during Hockey Canada’s Spring Congress in Moncton, NB on the weekend. The Order of Merit is presented to individuals who have “served amateur hockey faithfully”.

Ledingham, from Bon Accord, has devoted his life to making a difference in the game of hockey, beginning in 1967. He’s held numerous roles - ranging from equipment manager, vice-president of a hockey league, and president of a minor hockey association to Zone director, vice president and eventually president of Hockey Alberta in 2007. He also served five years on Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors.

The following is a full overview of Ledingham’s hockey involvement. A summary of all award winners recognized by Hockey Canada is available here.

Also receiving Order of Merit Awards were Tom Donovan (Quispamsis, NB) and Judy Bain (Kenora, ON).

Terry Ledingham

2016 Hockey Canada Order of Merit Award (West)

Terry Ledingham always wanted to make a difference in the game. In the beginning, that meant the self-described rink rat sold tickets and programs and did security for the Junior A Crosstown Motor City Maple Leafs. Nearly five decades later that meant sitting on the Board of Directors for the sport’s national governing body. For this lifetime of devotion to - and indeed, making a difference in - the game, Hockey Canada is proud to present its Order of Merit to Terry Ledingham.

Since that first foray to the rink in 1967, Terry has created a lifetime of hockey memories not only for himself but for thousands of kids across Alberta. He’s been an equipment manager and a trainer, a road manager and a registrar, a sports director and a coach, the vice-president of a hockey league and the president of a minor hockey association.

In 1997, Terry took his first position with Hockey Alberta. Three years sitting on the Zone 2 Minor Council were followed by three more as the zone’s director. After two-year terms as Hockey Alberta vice-president of operations and vice-president of development, Terry was elected president. Terry went on to serve five years on Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors.

The success stories started early for Terry. He worked with his home community of Bon Accord, as well as neighbouring Gibbons, to form one minor hockey association, ensuring that the residents of the two small populations would have teams to call their own.

By the time he became a zone chairman for Hockey Alberta in the late 1990s, he was overseeing 39 minor hockey associations with teams spread across nine different leagues, handling registration, travel permits, discipline, clinics and provincial tournaments. In this role, Terry helped form a pilot project, Zone Team, to improve how operations are run in each zone.

When it comes to how the game is played, Terry has always understood that it’s not just fun first; it’s fun and safety first. Over the years he’s sat on committees dedicated to body-checking review, discipline and match penalties, he chaired the Risk and Safety Committee and he presently sits on the Second-Stage Appeal Committee for Hockey Alberta.

As Hockey Alberta’s vice-president of development he worked on a project that examined why body-checking should be taken out of lower levels of hockey. His concern and attention to detail extended beyond those who jump over the boards. As Hockey Alberta president, in 2008 he oversaw the mandate that all coaches, trainers, guest coaches and volunteers wear a helmet when on the ice during practice.

In his role as president, Terry accomplished two of his proudest achievements: opening up the first regional development centre in Grande Prairie and setting up an agreement with Hockey North that allowed their kids to come south and play at a higher level in Alberta.

In recent years Terry has taken great pride in working both with players at Hockey Canada’s national events and with national teams at IIHF events. In 2010, he was the board rep with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, the year the team won its first IIHF Women’s World U18 Championship.


Female Bantam and Midget Elite – hosts, recruitment areas announced

The Female Hockey Alberta Development Model (ADM) has been finalized for the 2016-17 season.

The ADM outlines the rules, regulations and operating procedures for all Female AAA and Elite hockey in Alberta. It also includes key dates and deadlines for player movement applications, tryouts, affiliations and registration.

Local Minor Hockey Associations (LMHAs) hosting teams within the Female Hockey ADM have been confirmed, and have started the planning process for the upcoming season. There are no boundaries for Midget AAA, while each Midget and Bantam Elite centre has a defined recruitment area.

The Female Hockey ADM includes an outline of the LMHAs that comprise each Elite centre recruitment area. The area name is listed in brackets below after the host centre name.

Host LMHAs for each category of hockey within the Female Hockey ADM are:

Midget AAA (6 teams)

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Lloydminster
  • Okotoks
  • Red Deer
  • St. Albert

Midget Elite (12 teams)

  • Airdrie (South Central)
  • Calgary (2 teams)
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie (Northwest)
  • Leduc (North Central)
  • Lethbridge (South)
  • Lloydminster (Northeast)
  • Okotoks (Foothills)
  • Red Deer (Central)
  • Sherwood Park (East Capital)
  • St. Albert (West Capital)

Bantam Elite (12 teams)

  • Calgary (2 teams)
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie (Northwest)
  • Leduc (North Central)
  • Lethbridge (South)
  • Lloydminster (Northeast)
  • Okotoks (Foothills)
  • Olds (South Central)
  • Red Deer (Central)
  • Sherwood Park (East Capital)
  • St. Albert (West Capital)

For more information on the Female Athlete Development model:

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Team Alberta Announces U16 Summer Camp invite list

Eighty 2001-born male hockey players have been invited to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s U16 program.

Invitations have been extended to the players to attend the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp, July 5-10 in Camrose.

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“We’re very happy with the list of players we’ve invited to our Summer camp, and these players should be very proud of themselves,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “We’re excited to see these players perform under higher expectations, with a chance to compete at the Western Challenge Cup on the line.”

The list includes eight goalies, 24 defensemen, and 48 forwards. The selection process is based on scouting during the 2015-16 season, and at the 2016 Alberta Cup in Canmore in April, where the players were evaluated by Team Alberta staff. From the camp in Camrose, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams until the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named in the fall.

The team will compete at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary in October.

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(From left) Peyton Krebs, Kirby Dach, and Bowen Byram. (Photos by LA Media)

Albertans go 1-2-3 at 2016 WHL Bantam Draft | Full list of Albertans drafted

CALGARY - For the first time since 1993, Albertans have gone 1-2-3 in the WHL Bantam Draft. In total, 73 players from Alberta were selected in the 2016 draft.

2016 Alberta Cup All-Star Peyton Krebs (Okotoks) was the first overall selection, going to the Kootenay Ice. Kirby Dach (Fort Sask) went to the Saskatoon Blades, who traded up one spot to select him second overall, and Bowen Byram (Lethbridge) rounded out the top three, as the Vancouver Giants took him third overall. A total of 10 players from Alberta went in the first round of the draft, the most out of any province.

Thirty-nine of the players taken at the draft from Alberta are forwards, 25 are defencemen selected, and nine are goalies.

A complete list of Albertans taken at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft can be found below. Players marked with an asterisk (*) were 2016 Alberta Cup All-Stars.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown


1st Peyton Krebs* Kootenay Ice Forward Okotoks
2nd Kirby Dach Saskatoon Blades Forward Fort Saskatchewan
3rd Bowen Byram Vancouver Giants Defence Lethbridge
7th Matthew Robertson* Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Sherwood Park
9th Taylor Gauthier Prince George Cougars Goalie Calgary
12th Rhett Rhinehart Prince Albert Raiders Defence Lloydminster
13th Ethan Browne* Everett Silvertips Forward Sherwood Park
17th Jake Lee Seattle Thunderbirds Defence Sherwood Park
20th Brayden Tracey* Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Calgary
21st Liam Keeler Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton


23rd Byron Fancy Red Deer Rebels Goalie Claresholm
25th Carson Dyck Swift Current Broncos Forward Lethbridge
27th Daniel Baker Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Edmonton
29th Eric Van Impe Spokane Chiefs Defence Calgary
37th Bryce Bader Calgary Hitmen Forward Sherwood Park
38th Carter Chorney Spokane Chiefs Forward Sherwood Park


44th Deegan Mofford Kelowna Rockets Forward Rocky Mountain House
45th Nicholas Draffin Red Deer Rebels Defence Lethbridge
49th Zach Ashton* Saskatoon Blades Defence Calgary
50th Brett Balas Prince Albert Raiders Goalie Calgary
51st Kirby Proctor Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Okotoks


66th Nolan Orzeck Kootenay Ice Defence Calgary
67th Blake Stevenson Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
68th Tarun Fizer Victoria Royals Forward Chestermere
74th Carter Souch Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton
76th Kjell Kjemhus Regina Pats Forward Grande Prairie


88th Brett Wieschorster Kootenay Ice Forward Sherwood Park
90th Brady Nicholas Saskatoon Blades Forward St. Albert
91st Jakin Smallwood Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Leduc
94th Kash Rasmussen Tri-City Americans Forward Cochrane
96th Evan Fradette Portland Winterhawks Goalie St. Albert
99th Matthew Sanders Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Calgary
104th Bryan McAndrews Tri-City Americans Defence Edmonton
106th Ross Hawryluk Spokane Chiefs Goalie Lloydminster
108th Ethan Kruger* Brandon Wheat Kings Goalie Sherwood Park


114th Max Bulawka Vancouver Giants Forward Harvie Heights
115th Ethan Fitzgerald Moose Jaw Warriors Goalie Calgary
118th Liam Antoniuk Saskatoon Blades Defence Sherwood Park
120th Dylan Holloway Everett Silvertips Forward Bragg Creek
122nd Jackson Rider Calgary Hitmen Defence Lacombe
123rd Aaron Hladiuk Everett Silvertips Defence Calgary
126th Cyrus Toth Spokane Chiefs Defence Edmonton
127th Quinn Olson Price Albert Raiders Forward Calgary
128th Evan Ladoucer Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Athabasca
130th Konor Campbell Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Edmonton


136th Jaden Senkoe Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Westlock
138th Conrad Mitchell Everett Silvertips Forward Thorsby
139th Justin Hall Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Edmonton
141st Evan Patrician Vancouver Giants Forward Calgary
142nd Edge Lambert Prince George Cougars Forward Grande Prairie
149th Dylan Nevil Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Taber
152nd Niethan Salame Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Edmonton


155th Lukas Konashuk Vancouver Giants Forward Bonanza
156th Ethan Mack Saskatoon Blades Forward Edmonton
157th Adam Hall Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Edmonton
160th Connor Bouchard Tri-City Americans Forward Cochrane
161st Kurtis Labant Spokane Chiefs Forward St. Paul
163rd Eric Parker Prince George Cougars Defence Calgary
165th Drae Gardiner Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Calgary
167th Alex Young Everett Silvertips Forward Calgary
171st Graeme Bryks Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Edmonton
172nd Carter Wickson Lethbridge Hurricanes Goalie Calgary
173rd Kyle Crosbie Kelowna Rockets Forward Didsbury


181st Zachary Okabe Tri-City Americans Forward Okotoks
188th Michael Horon Everett Silvertips Forward Lethbridge


202nd Rajvir Sangha Tri-City Americans Defence Calgary
206th Ryker Evans Regina Pats Defence Calgary
210th Brody Green Kamloops Blazers Forward Edmonton
211th Connor Brock Calgary Hitmen Forward Calgary

Eleventh Round

214th Braden Potter Edmonton Oil Kings Goalie Edmonton
222nd Justin MacDonald Brandon Wheat Kings Defence St. Albert


224th Nicksha Eric Kamloops Blazers Defence Fort McMurray
227th Lucas Jones Red Deer Rebels Defence Calgary


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Calgary South repeats as Alberta Cup Champs | Canmore announced as 2017 host

CANMORE - For the second straight year, Calgary South are the Alberta Cup Champions.

Despite trailing 2-0 and 3-2 at different points in the game, Calgary South used a six goal third period to defeat Northeast 9-3. All-star defenceman Zach Ashton led the way for Calgary South with a goal and two assists, while Ryan Shostak chipped in with a goal and two assists of his own. Taylor Gauthier stood tall for Calgary South, stopping 35 shots, while All-Star goalie Ethan Kruger made 33 saves for Northeast.

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Calgary South Captains (from left: Zach Ashton, Nolan Coventry, Matthew Sanders,
and Alex Young) accept the Alberta Cup.

The win is an extra-special one for Calgary South Head Coach Jamie Steer, as he won the first ever Alberta Cup as a player with Calgary South in 1986.

"I want to thank Hockey Alberta for the opportunity to coach (Calgary South) 30 years later," said Steer. "It’s something we set out to do as a team, and as a coaching staff. Obviously every body wanted to win, but to actually come out on top and make it an even 30 years is really exciting."

Team South finished third in the tournament, beating Calgary North 4-1 in the B Final. Earlier in the day, Edmonton Blue erased a 6-1 deficit to defeat Edmonton Blue 9-7 in the C Final, while Central took the D Final over Edmonton Yellow by a score of 5-4.

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Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Results > | Day Two Results > | Day 3 Results >

As the 2016 Alberta Cup comes to a close, Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the 2017 Alberta Cup will be held in Canmore for the third straight year.

"We couldn’t be more excited to bring the Alberta Cup back to Canmore next year," said Michael Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. "This year’s Alberta Cup was even better than the last, and the Host Committee has done an outstanding job once again."

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

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

A Final

Calgary South 9 - Northeast 3

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #4 Drae Gardiner | Northeast - #4 Jake Lee

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B Final

South 4 - Calgary North 1

Players of the Game: South - #16 Peyton Krebs | Calgary North - #9 Connor Brock

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C Final

Edmonton Blue 9 - Northwest 7

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #19 Mitchell Verenka | Northwest - #8 Cameron Aucoin

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D Final

Central 5 - Edmonton Yellow 4

Players of the Game: Central - #15 Deegan Mofford | Edmonton Yellow - #10 Kirby Dach

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From Left: Ethan Browne, Brayden Tracey, Peyton Krebs, Zach Asthon, Matthew Robertson, and Ethan Kruger. (Photo by LA Media -

2016 Alberta Cup All-Stars, All-Star Official Announced

At Saturday night’s Alberta Cup Banquet at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club, the Tournament All-Stars were announced. All-Stars were voted on by WHL scouts and Team Alberta staff.


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#31 Ethan Kruger - Northeast

GP: 2 | MP: 128 | W: 2 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 59 | GA: 2 | SVS: 57 | GAA: 0.94 | SV%: .970


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#2 Zach Ashton - Calgary South

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


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#6 Matthew Robertson - Northeast

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


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#19 Brayden Tracey - Calgary North

GP: 4 | G: 8 | A: 2 | Pts: 10 | PIM: 17


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#16 Peyton Krebs - South

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 3 | Pts: 4 | PIM: 0


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#9 Ethan Browne - Northeast

GP: 4 | G: 5 | A: 3 | Pts: 8 | PIM: 0

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Todd Layton (left) - Central Zone