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News - May 2019

Home Ice Feature

AHHF trio highlights special luncheon in Canmore

CANMORE - Mike Rogers, Mel Davidson and Al Coates were the featured guests at the special luncheon hosted in Canmore on Thursday in support of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Gala.

Rogers and Davidson are both Honoured Members of the AHHF, and Coates is a member of the AHHF selection committee. All three have extensive hockey resumes at the professional and international levels, and they shared some of their favourite memories during a hockey hot stove session.

The luncheon was co-hosted by Hockey Alberta, the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Canmore AHHF VIP Luncheon and Reception Committee, with members of the Canmore business community participating in an information session on sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 AHHF Gala. Luncheon sponsors included: Basecamp Lodge, Good Earth Coffeehouse (Banff), Stickworx and Canmore Raft Tours.

The AHHF Induction Gala is on Sunday, July 21, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. This year’s inductees are Shirley Cameron, Theoren Fleury, Kevin Lowe, Duncan MacDougall, Bob Ridley and the 1986-87 & 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers Memorial Cup Champions. 2019 Inductee Bios >

If you would like to become an integral part of the biggest celebration of hockey in Alberta, there are sponsorship opportunities available or plan to attend the 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration.

Purchase your Gala tickets >

Reserve a room at the Coast Hotel in Canmore Online >
Or by calling 1-800-663-1144. Please reference CCM-GFC 3880 or AHHF Awards - Attendees

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Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Team Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER - Time is running out for 2005-born male athletes to sign up for Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Team Alberta/WHL Skills Camp.

The camp, for U15 players, is set to run June 7-9, 2019 in Calgary at East Calgary Twin Arenas. The cost of the camp is $300.

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The WHL Skills Camp provides athletes with the opportunity to learn from an impressive array of instructors, including instructors from the WHL. Participants will be divided into eight teams for the weekend, and participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Friday: On and Off-Ice Combine testing
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, Yoga, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: one skill session, a dry land session and the event will wrap up with a game officiated by the WHL Officials Development Camp.
  • Goaltenders will also participate in an on and off-ice goaltender session.

NOTE: Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

The camp will focus on skill development and proper training techniques, and provides athletes with information about the Team Alberta process, information on the WHL, while challenging players to excel on and off the ice. The maximum capacity for the camp is 168 athletes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta


About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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2020 Provincial Championship Trial

RED DEER - During the 2018-19 hockey season, Hockey Alberta completed a trial project at the Peewee division to implement, test and review a new Provincial Championship Model under the Alberta One initiative. Under this trial, the previous Peewee A-D Provincial Championships transitioned to Peewee Tiers 1-4, with teams qualifying as League Champions from six Minor Leagues/organizations.

Representatives from Hockey Alberta’s Minor Regulations and Minor Leagues Committees have reviewed the data and feedback from the trial project in order to make the most informed decision going in to the 2020 Provincial Championships.

Committee members believe the trial project was successful in laying the foundation for the possible Provincial Championship structure of the future. However, it was agreed that one season is not enough to make a final decision related to the Provincial Championship structure.

Therefore, based on the review of the 2019 Peewee division trial project and taking into consideration results at the Bantam and Midget Zone Provincial Playdowns and Provincial Championships, which saw teams categorized based off league play, tiering, tournament and exhibition play through Minor Regulation 9.1 (c), it has been unanimously agreed to extend and amend the Provincial Championship Trial Project for the 2019-2020 season.

Under the revised trial project, the previous A-D Provincial Championships at the Peewee, Bantam and Midget divisions will move into Tiers 1-4. Teams will not participate in Zone Playdowns, but will instead qualify as League Champions from the following leagues/ organizations:

Hockey Calgary
Hockey Edmonton
Central Alberta Hockey League
Northern Alberta Interlock
All Peace Hockey League
North Eastern Alberta Hockey League

The Bantam Tiers 1-4 Provincial Championship Tournaments will take place on the weekend of March 19-22, 2020, while the Peewee and Midget Tiers 1-4 Provincial Championship Tournaments will happen on the weekend of March 26-29, 2020.

The events will consist of eight teams comprised of the league winners from the six above mentioned leagues/ organizations, one host team and one league runner-up that will be identified as a wild card team by the Minor Regulations and Minor Leagues Committees. Leagues/organizations will be scheduling play to ensure that league champions are determined no later than Sunday, March 8 (Bantam) and Sunday, March 15 (Peewee and Midget).

Provincial Championships at the Atom division will remain unchanged from past seasons. Minor Hockey Associations will declare their teams by December 1 with Zone Playdowns commencing in January.

BULLETIN 18:14 - 2020 Provincial Championship Trial Project

If you have any questions regarding the 2020 Provincial Championship Trial Project, please contact either your Zone Minor Regulations Coordinator or Bryden Burrell, Coordinator of Hockey Programs ([email protected]).

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Hockey Alberta to host Goalie Coach Seminar this weekend

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta will be hosting a Goalie Coach Seminar this Saturday, May 25 in Red Deer.

Over 50 delegates from around the province will gather at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre for a day full of learning sessions on a variety of different goalie topics from a highly esteemed group of presenters. Topics to be covered include:

  • Developmental Philosophy
  • Building a Minor Hockey Goalie Plan
  • Incorporating a Goalie Coach
  • Grassroots and Elite Programming
  • Practice Inclusion and Habits
  • Mental Health and Preparation

This seminar follows the 2018-19 Goalie Development Plan which has identified a need to support the development and education around all areas of the position of goaltender. The plan focuses on many areas, including implementation of specific training/development sessions, a clear and concise goalie evaluation policy, and implementation of off ice training.

The Goalie Coach Seminar will feature the following presenters:

DUSTIN SCHWARTZ • Edmonton Oilers Goalie Coach (NHL)
• Former Edmonton Oil Kings Goalie Coach (WHL)
MATT WENINGER • Regional Manager and Provincial Goaltending Lead for Hockey Alberta
• Moose Jaw Warriors Goalie Coach (WHL)
IAN GORDON • Regional Goalie Lead for Hockey Alberta and Owner of Ian Gordon Goaltending
• Seattle Thunderbirds Goalie Coach (WHL)
DEREK PURFIELD

• Regional Goaltending Lead for Hockey Alberta, Team Alberta U16 Goalie Coach
• Okotoks Oilers Goalie Coach (AJHL)

KRAYMER BARNSTABLE • Regional Goaltending Lead for Hockey Alberta and Owner of Stable in Net Goaltending
• Red Deer Rebels Goalie Coach (WHL)
BARRY MEDORI • Coach Consultant for Team Alberta and Team Canada U17
• Former AJHL Head Coach
BOB WILKIE • Former NHL player
• Mental Performance Coach at I Got Mind
DAVID MARCOUX • Former Goalie Coach with the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
• Owner of David Marcoux Goaltending

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2019 Team Alberta Peewee Skills Camp

RED DEER - Alberta males born in 2006 have the unique opportunity to participate in Hockey Alberta’s fourth annual Team Alberta Peewee Skills Camp.

The camp takes place in Calgary at the Cardel Rec South Arena on June 21-23. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta process.

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The camp will consist of three sessions:

  • Checking Development
  • Position Specific training
  • Goal Scoring and Hockey Sense

The camp also includes a Team Alberta/Alberta Built presentation, a Long-Term Player Development Session, and will wrap up with a full three-period game.

NOTE: Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

This camp is open to 126 athletes (72 forwards, 36 defence, 18 goalies). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta

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2019 Team Alberta U18 staff announced

RED DEER -The coaching staff who will lead the Team Alberta U18 Female squad at the 2019 U18 National Championships has been announced by Hockey Alberta.

The team will be led by head coach Craig Perrett, who was on the bench as an assistant during the U18 Female gold medal run at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Flanking him will be assistant coaches Dayna Janzen and Brett Wold, who both recently finished head coaching stints at the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge. Other coaching staff members include goaltender coach Engi Lim, who has experience with the Team Alberta U16 program, and video coach Shanya Shwetz, who was an assistant coach at the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge.

"We are very excited about the experience level of this particular group of coaches," said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. "With the staff in place, we can now begin the process of building towards another successful year for the Team Alberta U18 Female program."

Invitations will be sent out to 68 players by the end of May to participate in the summer selection camp running from July 9-14 in Red Deer. A shortlist of players will be selected to participate in the final selection camp taking place September 27-29, where the final roster will be chosen. The team training weekend October 18-20 will be the final preparation before departing for the competition in Morden & Winkler, MB, November 3-9.


2019 Team Alberta U18 Staff

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the team staff that will lead Team Alberta U18 Female at the 2019 U18 Nationals.

STAFF
POSITION NAME
Director of Operations
Kendall Newell
Coach Mentor
Barry Medori
Head Coach Craig Perrett
Assistant Coach
Dayna Janzen
Assistant Coach Brett Wold
Video Coach
Shanya Shwetz
Goalie Coach
Engi Lim

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North Grey wins the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup

LETHBRIDGE - The Peewee Prospects Cup has a long trip home from Lethbridge, as North Grey skated to a 6-2 win over North Blue to claim the 2019 title.

North Grey went wire-to-wire as the top team of the tournament, finishing with a perfect 5-0 record.

It was the first win for Head Coach John Sexsmith, a long-time coach with the Team Alberta program.

Earlier in the day, Calgary Red took the B Final with a 3-1 win over Capital Green.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap > | Day Three Recap >


B Final

Calgary Red 3 - Capital Green 1

Boxscore >


Championship Final

North Grey 6 - North Blue 2

Boxscore >


Hockey Alberta

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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2019 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day Three Recap

LETHBRIDGE - Day Three of the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup is in the books, and the Championship Final is set.

It will be an all-North battle for the Cup on Sunday, as North Grey and North Blue both punched their ticket to the Championship Final with 7-4 and 2-1 wins over Calgary Red and Capital Green, respectively.Calgary Red and Capital Green will meet in the B Final.

The B Final is set for Sunday at 9:00am, and the Championship Final will follow at 11:30am.

Later in the day, Calgary White defeated Capital Royal 5-2 in the C final, while South Yellow defeated South Black 4-2 in the D Final.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap >


Semi-Final 1

North Grey 7 - Calgary Red 4

Boxscore >


Semi-Final 2

North Blue 2 - Capital Green 1

Boxscore >


C Final

Calgary White 5 - Capital Royal 2

Boxscore >


D Final

South Yellow 4 - South Black 2

Boxscore >


Hockey Alberta

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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Brooks welcomes the 2019 National Junior A Championship

RED DEER - The Brooks Bandits are set to welcome four regional champions to the 49th edition of the National Junior A Championship, May 11-19.

The host Bandits will compete with the Oakville Blades (Central), Ottawa Jr. Senators (East), Prince George Spruce Kings (Pacific) and Portage Terriers (West) at the Centennial Regional Arena.

"Brooks has been waiting nearly a decade for this moment and we can’t wait for the Centennial Regional Arena to host a major national event that Bandit fans have come to know and love,” said Tyler King, chair of the host committee and business manager with the Bandits. “We want everyone to leave this place amazed by the quality of event and community that we’ll be showing them. None of this would be possible without hundreds of hours of work from the incredible hockey fans that surround this region. We’d like to thank everyone who made this possible and can’t wait to show what we’ve got!"

Organizers announced that limited ticket packages are still available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets. In addition, limited single-game tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. on each game day.

The 2019 National Junior A Championship features 10 preliminary-round games, including the Bandits’ tournament-opener against Oakville at 7 p.m. MT on May 11, along with two semifinals and the championship game.

TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast the championship game at 3 p.m. MT on May 19, while all other games will be available via live stream at HockeyCanada.ca/NJAC.

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2019 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day Two Recap

LETHBRIDGE - Day two of the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup saw round-robin play wrap up, with Calgary Red, Capital Green, North Blue and North Grey all earning spots in Saturday’s semi-finals.

North Grey won both its games on Friday to finish atop Pool A with a perfect 3-0 record, while Capital Green battled back to tie South Yellow 2-2, and then defeated Calgary White 5-3 to secure second place.

North Grey will now face Calgary Red in the first semi-final game on Saturday at 11:30am, with Capital Green and North Blue going head-to-head in the second semi-final game at 2:00pm.

In Pool B action, North Blue beat South Black 4-1 to earn first place in Pool B, and Calgary Red scored a late goal to defeat Capital Royal 2-1.

Calgary White and Capital Royal will meet in the C Final on Friday at 4:30pm, and South Black and South Yellow will play in the D final at 7:00pm.

The B Final is set for Sunday at 9:00am, and the Championship Final will follow at 11:30am.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap >


Game #7

North Grey 4 - Calgary White 3

Boxscore >


Game #8

South Yellow 2 - Capital Green 2

Boxscore >


Game #9

North Blue 4 - South Black 1

Boxscore >


Game #10

Calgary Red 2 - Capital 1

Boxscore >


Game #11

North Grey 4 - South Yellow 0

Boxscore >


Game #12

Capital Green 5 - Calgary White 3

Boxscore >


Hockey Alberta

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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Six Alberta officials set to work National Jr. A Championship

RED DEER - Alberta is well-represented on the officiating crew for the 2019 National Junior A Championship in Brooks that starts Saturday.

One referee and five linesmen from Alberta have been assigned to work the national championship hosted by the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. Other participating teams include the Oakville Blades, Ottawa Jr Senators, Portage Terriers and Prince George Spruce Kings.

Alberta’s officiating contingent is led by referee Kevin Webinger of Calgary. Webinger has been refereeing for 18 years and obtained his Level 6 in 2015. He has worked in the WHL, AJHL and USports for nine seasons and Para-Ice Hockey since 2011, including the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Korea. Notable assignments include this year include CJHL Top Prospects game, Allan Cup, and the World Para Ice Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.

Five Alberta linesmen also bring an impressive amount experience to the event. Linesmen are also working the event:

  • Travis Toomey: notable assignments include 2017-18 AJHL playoffs, 2018-19 WHL playoffs and AJHL finals, and the 2019 Doyle Cup.
  • Devin Kohlhauser: graduate of 2014 Hockey Alberta Officials’ Development Camp; notable assignments include 2015 Mac’s Tournament and Officials Program of Excellence; 2016 World U17 Challenge; 2017 NHL/CHL Camp; 2018 WHL Canada/Russia Series, CHL Prospects Game; and 2019 Doyle Cup.
  • Ethan Cronkhite: 15 years of experience including five seasons working WHL, CIS, and Jr. A; notable assignments include 2012 Telus Cup, 2016 WHL Canada/Russia Series, 2017 World U17 Championship, and 2019 AJHL finals and Allan Cup.
  • Jason Nedinis: has worked in the WHL and USports since 2015, and AJHL since 2013; notable assignments include 2019 CJHL Prospects Game, 2018 and 2019 Doyle Cup, 2018 World Jr. A Challenge gold medal game, and 2012 Telus Cup.
  • Deion Foster: notable assignments include 2012 Telus Cup, 2015 Western Canada Cup, 2016 RBC Cup, 2017 World Jr. Championship, 2019 University Cup, 2018 CIBC Canada/Russia Series, 2019 WHL finals, six AJHL finals, and two Doyle Cups.

Home Ice Feature

Grade 5 Girls Introduced to Hockey Basics

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta staff took part in the 16th annual Go Girl event at the Collicutt Centre on Thursday to introduce over 100 Grade 5 girls to floor hockey. The girls worked on the basics of passing and stick handling, culminating in fun small area games.

Go Girl, with Red Deer College’s Be Fit For Life Centre, is a one day event with a focus on physical activity, health and confidence for young girls. This year had nearly 800 Grade 5 girls from Red Deer schools participate to gain new skills and knowledge while building friendships. Each student got to experience four different session through the day.

If you have a daughter who has an interest in hockey or has been playing for a number of years – there are a number of great opportunities for her to become involved in female hockey in Alberta.

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2019 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day One Recap

LETHBRIDGE - After a busy opening day of the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup, six games are in the books, with six of eight teams earning a point.

Calgary White and North Grey both sit atop Pool A after victories over South Yellow and Capital Green, respectively.

Pool B remains wide open after two games for each team, with all four earning at least one point. North Blue leads the way with three points following a 7-2 win over Capital Royal, and a 4-4 tie with Calgary Red.

Day two features six more games of round-robin play, with Calgary White and North Grey kicking things off at 9am.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule >


Game #1

South Black 3 - Calgary Red 3

Boxscore >


Game #2

North Blue 7 - Capital Royal 2

Boxscore >


Game #3

North Grey 7 - Capital Green 2

Boxscore >


Game #4

Calgary White 4 - South Yellow 3

Boxscore >


Game #5

North Blue 4 - Calgary Red 4

Boxscore >


Game #6

Capital Royal 7 - South Black 4

Boxscore >


Hockey Alberta

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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Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Eighty 2004-born male athletes from across Alberta are about to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program.

Invitations have been extended to the players to attend the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp July 1-7 in Red Deer, which is the next step in the selection process for the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.

U16 Male Summer Camp Invites >

"We saw an outstanding level of talent at the 2019 Alberta Cup in Red Deer," said Michael Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. "It wasn’t an easy task for our staff to select the eighty players to attend Summer Camp, but we’re excited to see what this group can show us as they move forward in the Team Alberta process.

The list includes eight goalies, 24 defence, and 48 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2018-19 season, as well as the 2019 Alberta Cup in Red Deer in April. From the Summer Camp, 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.


2019 Team Alberta U16 staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the team staff that will lead Team Alberta U16 Male at the 2019 WHL Cup.

STAFF
POSITION NAME
Director of Hockey Operations
Michael Kraichy
Coach Mentor
Barry Medori
Head Scout
Bobby Fox
Head Coach Brandin Cote
Assistant Coach
Jay Pylypuik
Assistant Coach Cody Reynolds
Video Coach
Adam Sergerie
Goalie Coach
Derek Purfield
Equipment Manager Dave Campbell

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Lethbridge set to welcome the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup

LETHBRIDGE - The 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup is set to begin in Lethbridge, with 160 male athletes from across the province ready to take their first step in the Team Alberta program.

Eight teams are taking to the ice at the ATB Centre from Thursday to Sunday: Calgary Red, Calgary White, Capital Green, Capital Royal, North Blue, North Grey, South Black, and South Yellow.

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. All games are free to attend.

Schedule >

"The Peewee Prospects Cup is an exciting time for these athletes, and their families, as it’s a significant step in their young hockey careers," said Dustin Moore, Coordinator of Team Alberta Male. "We’re looking forward to the level of talent we’re going to see on the ice, as well as the growth that will happen off the ice over the course of the tournament."

Round-robin play kicks off on Thursday with six games, and another six games on Friday. The top two teams in each pool after round-robin play will battle in the semi-finals on Saturday, with the C and D finals playing out later in the day. The tournament concludes on Sunday with the B Final at 9:00am, and the Championship Final at 11:30am.

Full tournament results will be displayed on the score ticker at the top of both peeweeprospects.ca and hockeyalberta.ca. Schedules, stats and standings can also be found at peeweeprospects.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.