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South Black wins the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup

LETHBRIDGE - After a slow start to the tournament, South Black defeated North Grey 4-1 to capture the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup.

South Black and North Grey both lost their first games of the week, but both rebounded to finish second in their respective pools, and won their semi-final games to earn a berth in the championship final.

It’s an extra-special victory for South Black Captain Liam Watkins and teammate Gavin Schmidt, as their older brothers Lucas and Hayden won the Alberta Cup with Team South just two weeks prior.

South Black’s win also marked a clean sweep for South teams this year, with South winning the Alberta Cup, and South Black winning the Alberta Challenge.

Prior to the Championship game, the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup Champions, Capital Green claimed third place with a 5-1 win over Calgary White.

The next Peewee Prospects Cup will be held in 2019.

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From left: Doug Brown receives the Dave Ganley award from Dave Ganley, Mike Rebus receives his Officials Lifetime Member ring from Curtis Nichols, and Darren Kuz presents Darren Pickering with his North Central Zone Award.

2017 Hockey Alberta Officials Committee award winners

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to announce recipients of Officials Committee awards for 2017.

The winners were revealed at the 2017 Officials Committee Annual General Meeting, which was held in Red Deer this past weekend.

Officials Lifetime Member: Mike Rebus (Edmonton)

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Mike Rebus (left) receives his Officials Lifetime Member ring from Curtis Nichols

Ernie Boruk Award: Dave Butler (Edmonton)

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Dave Butler (left) receives the Ernie Boruk award from Curtis Nichols

The Ernie Boruk Award is presented annually to an individual in appreciation of outstanding dedication and contribution to the
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Dave Ganley Award: Doug Brown (Okotoks)

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Doug Brown (left) receives the Dave Ganley award from Dave Ganley

The Dave Ganley Award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Hockey Officiating in Alberta.

Zone award winners:

  • South Zone: Joyce Graham (Picture Butte)
  • Central Zone: Mykle Davidson (Calgary), Brandon Renner (Cochrane), Ian Calverley (Calgary)
  • North Central Zone: Darren Pickering (Sylvan Lake)
  • North Zone: Darcy Carter (Stony Plain), Scott Hennig (Fort Saskatchewan), and George Hart (Edmonton)
  • North East Zone: Rob Larson (Cold Lake)
  • Peace Zone: Bryan Turner (Grande Prairie)

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Duane Moleni (right) works on his skating with Hockey Alberta Foundation Board Vice Chair Dennis Zukiwsky (left).

It’s never too late

RED DEER - While it’s a common sight every winter to see outdoor rinks across Canada full of youngsters learning to skate, you’ll also see the odd adult hitting the ice for the very first time.

Although admittedly “late to the party”, Duane Moleni took the opportunity this past winter to embrace Canada’s pastime. Originally from New Zealand, he moved to Canada 11 years ago, but only decided to learn to skate this year.

“Peer pressure,” Moleni said of his motivation to take up hockey. “When you’re in a country like Canada, and hockey’s a national sport, I think I’d being doing a disservice to myself if I didn’t come out and try to at least learn to skate. Winter in most parts of this country is six-plus months long, so I’d go crazy if I didn’t come out and do this.”

Moleni works with the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.), which hosted the Learn to Skate in Red Deer, an initiative the Hockey Alberta Foundation partnered to help deliver. The Learn to Skate program ran Saturdays during the winter at an outdoor community rink, offering New Canadians of all skill levels a chance to play hockey, or learn the basics of the game.

“It’s fantastic, the facility and the ice is fantastic, as is the support from the Hockey Alberta Foundation,” Moleni said. “You’ve got kids playing hockey, and you’ve got kids who are learning to skate working with coaches as well, which is where I’m at. It’s fantastic, just little techniques that when I first started learning how to skate, I had no idea, and no one showed me what to do or gave me any tips, so it’s just helping me get that confidence to keep going and try and a little bit harder, and do a little bit more, and lo and behold, I’ll be doing a toe-pick triple-axle in no time.”

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A former Rugby player, Moleni said the concept of hockey is something he’s still learning, even after living in Canada for more than ten years.

“It blows my mind that in this sport, you can go crazy fast on a surface like ice, with steel blades that are miniscule, and you make it look effortless," he said. "Then you throw in a puck and stick-handling, and navigating through players that are out there that are allowed to hit you, it blows my mind, that’s why I love the sport.”

After more than a decade of watching the sport, Moleni can pinpoint his love of the sport to one source - one of the hardest-hitting, toughest hockey players of all-time.

“When I first started watching the sport, Scott Stevens was (my idol), he was awesome," Moleni said. "He’s big, he’s strong, skates really well obviously, but the guy was just physically dominant. That’s not what hockey’s about, and hockey has changed since then.”

Moleni’s determination and attitude caught the attention of many at the rink, especially the people who were helping him.

"Duane is one of the big reasons why we had so much fun working with the C.A.R.E. program this winter," said Tim Leer, the Hockey Albert Foundation’s Executive Director. "Although we were there as part of the Every Kid Every Community program, Duane proved that it’s never too late to learn how to play."

With a full season on the ice now under his belt, Moleni said he’ll continue to work on his skating and skills, and without a doubt will be found out on the ice once again every Saturday this coming winter.

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Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp kicks off in Spruce Grove

SPRUCE GROVE - The next step in the Team Alberta U18 Female selection process is underway, as 88 of the top 2000, 2001 and 2002-born female hockey players come together in Spruce Grove for the 2017 Spring Selection Camp.

Players are invited to the camp based on previous Team Alberta programs, as well as scouting of players through their Midget club teams. The camp is a four-day test of fitness, skill and mental preparedness.

The 2017 Spring Selection Camp runs through to Sunday at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove.

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From the Spring Selection Camp, 46 athletes are invited to attend the week-long Team Alberta Program U18 Provincial Summer Selection Camp in July. Players participate in high intensity on and off-ice training as well as classroom sessions and fitness testing.

The 2017 Summer Selection Camp will be held July 11-16 in Camrose.

After the provincial camp, a shortlist of players are identified to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. The fall camp will include on and off-ice sessions, and some exhibition games. From there, the Team Alberta coaching staff announce the final 20-player roster.

The 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championship will be held November 1-5 in Quebec City.


Team Alberta U16 Male and Female Summer Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Eighty 2002-born males and 63 2002 and 2003-born females have been invited to take the next step with Hockey Alberta’s U16 programs.

Invitations have been extended to the players to attend the Team Alberta U16 Female Summer Camp June 29 - July 2, and the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp July 4-9 in Camrose.

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The male list includes eight goalies, 24 defence, and 48 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2016-17 season, as well as the 2017 Alberta Cup in Canmore in April. 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.

"We have a very talented group coming to Camrose for Summer Camp," said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. "We’re looking forward to seeing these players elevate their game for a chance to compete at the 2017 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup."

The female invitees include nine goalies, 18 defence, and 36 forwards. Players were scouted by Team Alberta staff at the 2017 Alberta Challenge in Olds in May. This group of athletes is eligible to compete at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer as part of the Team Alberta U18 Female squad.

"We’re very happy with the list of players we’ve invited to our U16 Summer Camp this year," said Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator of Team Alberta Female. "These athletes are the future of our U18 program, and have a chance to make a good impression as we move towards the 2019 Canada Winter Games."

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From left: Jason Strudwick, Jamie McClennan, Rob Brown, and MC Rob Kerr. (Photo credit: LA Media)

Strudwick, McLennan and Brown a hit in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE - The hockey stories were plentiful as Jason Strudwick, Jamie McLennan, and Rob Brown spoke at the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series in Lethbridge on May 13.

The three former NHL players had their broadcasting chops on display, entertaining the crowd with stories from their past. Rob Kerr from Sportsnet 960 in Calgary served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

The event was hosted by the Hockey Alberta Foundation, in partnership with the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, and ran in conjunction with the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup. All funds raised will go towards the Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program, as well as Lethbridge Minor Hockey community initiatives.

"The Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series in Lethbridge was a success, raising both funds and awareness for the EKEC program," said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. "We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended, our sponsors, Lethbridge Minor Hockey, and of course Jason Strudwick, Jamie McLennan, and Rob Brown for their support."

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank its presenting sponsor, ATB Investor Services, as well as ATB Financial, Cavendish Farms, and Melcor.

The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.

Funding through Every Kid Every Community is 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. Hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their community. Keeping kids active in sport helps reduce childhood obesity, creates a safe and fun environment and forms friendships.


Hockey Alberta’s Parent Engagement Program

RED DEER - As part of its three-year strategic planning process, Hockey Alberta is developing a new Parent Engagement Program (PEP) strategy.

Hockey Alberta’s PEP strategy will focus on better serving and supporting the parents, family members and coaches of hockey participants across the province. The strategy will focus on education on several core topics including:

  • Cyber-Bullying
  • Pre-Season Parent Meetings
  • Conversations on the Car Ride Home
  • Concussions
  • Behavior in the Arena
  • Supporting the athlete with good nutrition, hydration and sleep habits

A key component the PEP strategy are the Respect in Sport Parent and Activity Leader/Coach programs. Hockey Alberta has required successful completion of those programs since partnering with Respect Group in 2012.

Effective for the 2018-19 season, Hockey Alberta will require re-certification every four seasons for the RIS Parent and Activity Leader/Coach online programs. This will be mandatory for all families with players in sanctioned minor hockey and team officials. A minimum of one parent/caregiver per household must complete the Parent program. As well, Speak Out certification will no longer be recognized; those with Speak Out will require the appropriate Respect in Sport program.

An FAQ sheet has been developed to answer some questions. Over the course of the 2017-18 season, full details will be provided, including a renewal schedule and information about the PEP strategy.

For questions, please contact Mike Klass, Senior Manager, Business Operations at [email protected] or 403-342-6777.

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2017 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day three recap

LETHBRIDGE - With semi-final Saturday in the books, North Grey and South Black will go head-to-head for the Peewee Prospect’s Cup.

South Black won the first semi-final game of the day over Capital Green 6-2, and North Grey defeated Calgary White 7-3.

Capital Green and Calgary White play in the bronze medal game at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, while South Black and North Grey battle for the title at 11.

Meanwhile, South Yellow took the C Final with a 5-4 overtime win over Capital Orange, and North Blue won the D Final against Calgary Red 9-1.

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2017 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day two recap

LETHBRIDGE - Day two of the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup marked the end of round-robin play, with Capital Green, North Grey, Calgary White and South Black advancing to the semi-finals.

In their lone games of the day, Pool B wrapped up with Calgary White clinching first place after a 5-2 win over Capital Orange. A 6-1 victory over North Blue gave South Black the same 1-1-1 record as Capital Orange, but South Black finished second in Pool B by virtue of a tie-breaker.

Capital Green won both games against South Yellow and Calgary Red to as the lone undefeated team, landing in first place in Pool A. North Grey earned a berth in the semi-finals as well, winning both games against Calgary Red and South Yellow to finish second.

Capital Green and South Black will battle in the first semi-final of the day at 1:00 p.m., with North Grey and Calgary White to follow at 3:30. Capital Orange and Calgary South play in the C final at 6:00 p.m., and the D final between North Blue and Calgary Red goes at 8:30 p.m.

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Albertans land on Hockey Canada’s centralized Olympic roster

CALGARY - Six Albertans were on the list as Hockey Canada announced it’s 28-player Olympic Centralized roster on Thursday.

Goaltender Shannon Szabados (Edmonton) and Defender Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert) were both selected as players. Melody Davidson, James Emery (Calgary), Brad Kirkwood (Calgary), and Christine Atkins (Fort Mcleod) are all a part of the team staff.

Szabados, Mikkelson, and 26 other players will be centralized in Calgary throughout the 2017-18 season in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim) is one of two alternate goaltenders who will be available to support the centralization roster throughout the 2017-18 season but will remain with their club teams.

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2017 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day one recap

LETHBRIDGE - After the first six games of the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup, six of eight teams came away with points.

Capital Orange sits atop Pool B after winning its first game of the day against North Blue 6-2, and tied 5-5 against South Black, who lost the first game of the day 5-2 to Calgary White. North Blue edged Calgary White 4-3, giving all four teams in Pool B at least one point.

Meanwhile, in Pool A, Capital Green and South Yellow won their lone games of the day, defeating North Grey 2-1 and Calgary South 6-4, respectively.

Day two of the Peewee Prospects Cup kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a battle between North Grey and Calgary South.

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Lethbridge set to welcome the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup

LETHBRIDGE - Southern Alberta is set to host 160 of the top 2004-born male hockey players in Alberta, as the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup gets underway in Lethbridge.

Eight teams will go head-to-head at the Nicolas Sheran Arena from Thursday to Sunday. The teams include Calgary Red, Calgary White, Capital Green, Capital Orange, South Black, South Yellow, North Grey, and North Blue.

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition.Team rosters can be found here, and full tournament results will be displayed here. You can also follow along with the action on Twitter.

The Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup program is the start of the Hockey Alberta Development program and is held in alternate years with the Alberta Winter Games. The event provides second-year peewee athletes, along with coaches, trainers and administrators, an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition. Male 2004-born athletes are eligible for the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The Peewee Prospects Cup begins with four regional camps designed to allow athletes, coaches and trainers to show their skills and receive top-level instruction and evaluation. The top 40 athletes from each regional camp (two teams from each camp), four coaches, two coach mentors and two directors of operations are selected to participate in the competition.


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South Black wins the 2017 Alberta Challenge

OLDS - South Black went wire-to-wire as the tournament’s top team to win the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

South Black went undefeated (4-0-1) through the tournament, and clinched the Alberta Challenge with a 1-0 win over South White.

This is a special win for South Black’s DOP Val Alexander, who’s daughter Cylenna won the last Alberta Challenge as DOP with the North Predators in 2015. Alexander was also in competition with daughter Channia this weekend, who served as DOP for the North Grey team.

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South Green claimed bronze earlier in the day. A couple of second period goals saw them defeat the third place ranked South Yellow by a score of 2-1.

Earlier in the day North Blue defeated North Grey by a score of 3-1 to claim fifth place in the tournment.

2017 is the first year the Alberta Challenge has been held in Olds. The next Alberta Challenge will take place in 2019.

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5TH Place

North Blue 3 - North Grey 1

Players of the Game: North Blue - #10 Alexis Butz | North Grey -#9 Payton Basterash

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Bronze Final

South Green 2 - North Yellow 1

Players of the Game: South Green- #16 Isobel Pettem-Shand | North Yellow - #9 Jillian Gulli

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Gold Final

South Black 1 - South White 0

Players of the Game: South Black - #17 Josie McLeod | South White - #4 Gracie Gilkyson

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

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

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Two of a kind

OLDS - While many players at the Alberta Challenge and Alberta Cup are following in the footsteps of their older siblings, it’s not often two can share the experience at the same time.

Twins Ali and A.J. Macaulay have the rare opportunity to watch eachother compete against the best in the province.

Ali is currently competing with North Yellow at the Alberta Challenge, while A.J. skated with Northeast just a week prior at the Alberta Cup.

The two spoke about their sibling rivalry, and how they’ve leaned on eachother throughout the experience.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Cup, click here.

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2017 Alberta Challenge All-Stars announced

OLDS - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2017 Alberta Challenge All-Stars.

The tournament All-Stars were announced Saturday night at the Alberta Challenge banquet at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites. All-Stars were voted Scouts and Team Alberta staff.


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#31 Jocelynn Pearce - South Black

GP: 2 | MP: 120 | W: 2 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 51 | GA: 1 | SVS: 50 | GAA: | SV%: .98%


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#4 Sierra LaPlante - South Green

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 0 | Pts: 1 | PIM: 2


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#6 Alexandra Spence - North Grey

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


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#11 Hayleigh Craig - South Black

GP: 4 | G: 3 | A: 4 | Pts: 7 | PIM: 0


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#20 Sarah Wozniewicz - South White

GP: 4 | G: 3 | A: 2 | Pts: 5 | PIM: 2


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#12 Aliya Jomha - North Yellow

GP: 4 | G: 2 | A: 3 | Pts: 5 | PIM: 4