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Hockey Calgary expands non-body checking options, restructures Atom leagues

Hockey Calgary has announced changes that should have a positive impact for players at the Atom, Bantam and Midget levels.

Following a pilot program in 2015-16 where body checking was not allowed in Bantam 4 division and below, Hockey Calgary is expanding non-body checking options to include the Midget Division:

  • Body checking will not be permitted within the Bantam 4 division and below within Hockey Calgary league, exhibition or tournament play (same as 2015-16)
  • Body checking’ will not be permitted within the Midget 5 division and below within Hockey Calgary league, exhibition or tournament play

Body Checking - Details >

Hockey Calgary also announced a pilot program to examine a regional-based Atom League for specific divisions within the city. For the 2016-17 season, the League structure for Atom will be:

  • Divisions 1-3 will continue to play ‘City Wide’ (same as 2015-16)
  • Divisions 4-13 (from 2015-16), will be reduced to three wider bands, divisions 4-6 and play in three regional zones, (south, west and north) with associations required to select evenly evaluated teams to play in each of these divisions.

Details/Announcement >

FAQs League Structure >

For more information, go to the Hockey Calgary website at


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:

Female Athlete Development Model >


Last chance for tickets - Bob Nicholson in Red Deer!

If you want an inside look at the Edmonton Oilers and the world of hockey, this is the last opportunity to purchase tickets to a special luncheon featuring keynote speaker Bob Nicholson, the chief executive officer of the Oilers Entertainment Group, and former president and CEO of Hockey Canada.

Nicholson is the featured guest in Red Deer on Wednesday, May 25 at a special Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series luncheon in the Marquis Room at Westerner Park. Doors open at 11:30 am, with the luncheon running from 12 noon to 2 pm.

A limited number of tickets are still available; final deadline to purchase is Tuesday at 12 noon. Cost is $65 per ticket, or $475 for a table of eight.


Nicholson has been involved with hockey for more than five decades. He oversaw Canada winning 71 medals (44 golds) in international competition since 1990, before joining the Oilers Entertainment Group in 2014.

This Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series event is hosted by the Hockey Alberta Foundation in partnership with Hockey Alberta, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and the Oilers Entertainment Group. It is part of the Speaker Series which raises funds to create access to hockey for kids across Alberta.

For more information on the Hockey Alberta Foundation, or the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series, go to


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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.

Team Alberta U16 Summer Camp Invite List >

“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.

Team Alberta U16 Program Information >


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Red Deer set to host 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup | Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack winner

RED DEER - Central Alberta is the place to be for Junior hockey fans the next 10 days, as the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup kicks off in Red Deer.

It’s been more than four decades since the annual Canadian Junior Hockey League championship was last hosted in Alberta, the last time in Calgary in 1974.

The host Red Deer Rebels will look to bring the Memorial Cup back to Alberta after the Edmonton Oil Kings won it just two years ago. The Rebels will square off against the Brandon Wheat Kings (Western Hockey League champions), London Knights (Ontario Hockey League champions), and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions).

The Rebels open the tournament Friday (May 20) at 6:00 p.m. against the Knights. Round-robin play will continue until May 25, with the tournament wrapping up May 29. All games will be played at the Enmax Centrium.

Full Schedule > | Memorial Cup Website >

Fanfest/Special Events

Westerner Park in Red Deer will also be buzzing with activity for the duration of the Memorial Cup. Alongside the on-ice action, Fan Fest will have plenty of activities to entertain the whole family throughout the day. Hockey Alberta will be present at Fanfest every day, offering free activities and giveaways for fans. Fanfest kicks off Friday (May 20) and runs every day during the Memorial Cup.

Fanfest Activities > | Memorial Cup Special Events >

­­­­Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack winner

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Sean Jamieson of Fort Saskatchewan as the winner of the Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack. Sean spent the 2015-16 hockey season as the Head Coach of the Fort Sask Novice C2 Rangers.

"I believe the best part of coaching is the mentorship you provide to all participates involved in the activity you are coaching," said Sean. " Whether it is the young players or the assistant coaches, everyone has to be developed. Having the opportunity to share positive experiences and seeing the development of skill sets has always inspired me to continue to coach."

As a Coach of the Month nominee, Sean was one of more than 150 coaches entered in the draw to win the Memorial Cup prize pack, which includes game tickets, dinner and accommodations.

2015-16 Coach of the Month winners >


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Therapists Needed for Team Alberta Summer Camps

Hockey Alberta is actively seeking therapists and/or trainers for our quickly approaching Team Alberta Development Camps. Held each summer in Camrose, these camps are great opportunities to network with elite coaches, gain experience working with elite athletes, and enhance your skills.

Upcoming Camps:

June 30th - July 3rd - U16 Female Camp
This camp consists of the top players from the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.

July 5th – 10th - U16 Male Camp
This camp consists of the top players from the 2016 Alberta Cup. Athletes at this camp will be vying for a spot to compete with Team Alberta at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

July 12th – 17th - U18 Female Camp
This camp consists of the top 46 female athletes of this age classification. Athletes at this camp will be vying for a spot to compete with Team Alberta at the 2016 National Women’s U18 Championship.

While in Camrose all athletes and team staffs, including trainers/therapists, stay at the Augustana University College campus dorms for the duration of camp. Food is provided on site and mileage is covered for travels to and from Camrose. Medical kits are on site, however we do recommend each trainer/therapist bring their own. Hockey Alberta will reimburse for any supplies used during the duration of camp.

We are seeking multiple trainers/therapists for each camp. If you are interested in any of the above camps, or have questions about the camps, please contact Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator, Team Alberta Female.

*Please note that this is a volunteer experience.*


The 2016 RBC Cup Host Committee. (Credit: Danielle Nichol / Fivepenny Photos)

Lloydminster welcomes the 2016 RBC Cup

LLOYDMINSTER - The top Junior A teams from across Canada have descended upon Lloydminster for the 2016 RBC Cup.

The annual national event returns to Alberta for the first time since 2011, when it was hosted by the Camrose Kodiaks. Five teams compete in round-robin play starting tomorrow (May 14), with the championship final set for May 22.

Alberta has a double-shot at the title, as the Brooks Bandits, who qualified as the runner-up at the recent Western Canada Cup in Estevan, will join the host Lloydminster Bobcats as Alberta Junior Hockey League representatives. The Bandits are the last AJHL team to hoist the RBC Cup, winning the national Junior A title in 2013.

Joining the Bandits and Bobcats are the West Kelowna Warriors (British Columbia Hockey League), Carleton Place Canadians (Central Canada Hockey League), and the Trenton Golden Hawks (Ontario Junior Hockey League).

The Bandits open their tournament against the Golden Hawks on Saturday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m., with the Bobcats hitting the ice against the Warriors immediately after at 7:30. All games take place at the Centennial Civic Centre.

Full schedule > | RBC Cup Website >


Pembina, Hockey Alberta partner on grant for Initiation Program rink dividers

RED DEER - Alberta’s youngest hockey players are the focus for a new grant program developed through a partnership between Hockey Alberta and Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

Hockey Alberta has adopted the Initiation Program as the formal structure for players six years and under. A key component of the Initiation Program sees these budding young athletes skating on a smaller ice surface in order to develop the essential skills of hockey.

To alleviate some of the financial burden for Minor Hockey Associations utilizing the Initiation Program in the 2016-17 season, Hockey Alberta and Pembina Pipeline Corporation have established a grant program to purchase foam rink divider boards. The foam dividers provide a safe and effective way to split the ice for the participants.

“Practicing and playing on a smaller ice surface helps in skill development. More associations having access to divider boards increases the opportunity for these young players to touch the puck more often, and develop the essential basic skills such as skating, shooting and stickhandling,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager, Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta.

The partnership is a natural one for Pembina’s community investment program, which focuses on initiatives that promote safety, health and community building. Pembina aims to create a culture of safety both within its business and in the communities where its employees live, work and play.

“In communities across the province, hockey is a way of life; and Pembina staff are often out on the ice with their families. This is why we have partnered with Hockey Alberta in support of rink dividers for minor hockey associations in our operating communities, as Pembina wants to ensure that kids across Alberta have fun, and stay safe while playing,” says Paul Murphy, Pembina’s Senior Vice President, Pipeline & Crude Oil Facilities.

The grants will be available in July, and Minor Hockey Associations who are looking to apply are encouraged to go to for more information.

About the Grant Program:

The grant is available to associations using the Initiation Guidelines in the 2016-17 season. Associations can apply for a full set of foam rink dividers (valued at approximately $3,000) or for funding towards the cost of a set of puck board rink dividers (valued at approximately $6,000).

To be eligible to apply, an MHA must:

  • Be in good standing with Hockey Alberta;
  • Operate within the Hockey Alberta Initiation Guidelines;
  • Have a parent education strategy outlining the Hockey Alberta Initiation Guidelines;
  • Have a Development Director on its executive to support the Initiation Program; and
  • Have an Initiation Director on its executive to lead the Initiation Program.
  • NOTE: Based on response to the grant program, preference may be given to areas with a Pembina field office location.

A committee will review all applications, and successful applicants will be contacted. Once an LMHA has been notified, the requested rink divider system will be ordered by Hockey Alberta, with each order shipped to the MHA upon completion.


United Cycle, Sport Central team up for the Sport for the North Equipment Drive

EDMONTON - In anticipation of a substantial need for sports equipment following the losses in northern Alberta due to wildfires, United Cycle and Sport Central are teaming up for the Sport for the North Equipment Drive.

United Cycle and Sport Central will be collecting donations of new and used sporting equipment for those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas.

Sport Central is a registered charity whose sole mission to to provide sporting equipment to kids ages 3-17 who are in need.

Both United Cycle (7620 Gateway Blvd NW) and Sport Central (11847 Wayne Gretzky Drive NW) are accepting donations at their respective locations.

For further information please contact:
United Cycle: [email protected] or 780-433-1181 ext. 457
Sport Central: or 780-477-1166

If you know of any Northern Alberta players or families, teams or communities who need specific sport equipment or sports gear to stay active, contact [email protected] 780-433-1181 ext. 457.


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Brooks Bandits headed to the RBC Cup

ESTEVAN, SK - Despite losing to the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors in the Western Canada Cup final, the Brooks Bandits are RBC Cup bound.

The Bandits defeated the MJHL champion Portage Terriers 2-1 in Sunday’s runner-up game to claim the second West spot in the RBC Cup, denying the Terriers a chance to repeat as national champions.

After becoming the first ever 4-0 team at the Western Canada Cup following round-robin play, the Bandits advanced straight to the championship final, where they fell 6-0 to West Kelowna.

The Bandits qualified for the 2013 RBC Cup in the same manner, and went on to win a national title.

Alberta will be well represented at the 2016 RBC Cup, as the Lloydminster Bobcats will also be competing for the title as the tournament’s host.

RBC Cup Website >


Hockey Canada Summer Super Skills Camp

Hockey Canada Super Skills, Presented by Hockey Alberta

The Hockey Canada Summer Super Skills Camp focuses on individual skill development on and off the ice, following the principles of Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model. The Summer Super Skills Camp is led by Hockey Canada trained instructors, and is open to both male and female athletes.

The camp will focus on individual skill development on and off the ice, through on-ice drills focused on skating, puck control, passing and shooting. Off-ice sessions will work on agility, balance and coordination, following the principles of Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development Model. Off-ice sessions will also incorporate other sports, to foster overall athleticism within the LTPD model.

All camps are full days, with athletes being supervised from beginning to end of day.

The Camp Includes:

  • Multiple on ice sessions daily
  • Multiple off ice sessions daily
  • Hockey Canada practice jersey
  • Hockey Canada t-shirt and shorts

Age groups, dates and prices differ from camp to camp. The following camps will be run during summer 2016:

Lethbridge > | Medicine Hat > | Calgary > | Penhold > | Spruce Grove > | Grande Prairie >

Please click one of the above links to find out more information about a specific camp.


(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


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.

Go to >


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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.

Alberta Cup All-Stars >

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

Boxscore >

B Final

South 4 - Calgary North 1

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

Boxscore >

C Final

Edmonton Blue 9 - Northwest 7

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

Boxscore >

D Final

Central 5 - Edmonton Yellow 4

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

Boxscore >


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.


Hockey Alberta News

#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


Hockey Alberta News

#2 Zach Ashton - Calgary South

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


Hockey Alberta News

#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


Hockey Alberta News

#16 Peyton Krebs - South

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


Hockey Alberta News

#9 Ethan Browne - Northeast

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

All-Star Official

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Todd Layton (left) - Central Zone