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2019 Alberta Challenge kicks off in Leduc

LEDUC - For 120 female athletes from across Alberta, the next several days of competition will mark a significant milestone in their young hockey careers.

These athletes, born in 2004-05, have been named to the rosters of the six teams that will compete in Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Alberta Challenge, May 2-5 at the Leduc Recreation Centre.

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years opposite of the Alberta Winter Games, with three teams selected to represent the North, and three to represent the South. The players were selected from approximately 300 who attended regional camps held April 5-7 in Cochrane and Fort Saskatchewan. Twenty athletes comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, coach mentor, trainer, and director of operations. The Challenge is also part of the development process for female on-ice officials across the province.

Rosters >

In addition to pursuing the Challenge, the athletes are also vying for a spot at the U16 Female Summer Camp, held July 11-14 in Red Deer, and is one of the stages in the identification and selection process for the Team Alberta U18 program.

“Leduc will play host to some of the top young female athletes in the province, and spectators will definitely be impressed by their talent,” said Taryn Baumgardt, Hockey Alberta’s Coordinator of Female Hockey. “For the players, the Alberta Challenge is a great opportunity to measure themselves against others in the province, as well as receive instruction from elite caliber coaches.”

The teams play a modified round-robin competition. Preliminary round action gets underway on Thursday at 4 pm, with three games. There will be six games on Friday, starting at 8:30 am. On Saturday, preliminary action finishes, with three games, starting at 10 am. The tournament concludes on Sunday with the championship game set for 2:30 pm.

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For more information, or to check the game results during the Alberta Challenge, go to or You can also follow along with the action on Facebook and Twitter.

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


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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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.

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


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.


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North Yellow Wins the 2019 Alberta Challenge Cup

LEDUC - North Yellow defeated North Blue 5-2 to win the 2019 Alberta Challenge Cup.

North Yellow got on the board just under four minutes into the game on a goal by Sadie Makokis. They then rattled off three goals in the final three minutes of the second period to take a 4-0 lead into the final frame, where they would add one more.

Emerson Jarvis led the way for North Yellow with two goals, while Paige Ring added a goal and an assist, and Ainsley Mccoy-Birk scored a goal of her own. Mackenzie Dojahn and Erika Lind stopped a total of 23 shots in the victory. Maya Serdachny and Andie Hammel scored the goals for North Blue.

Earlier in the day, North Grey defeated South Green 1-0 in the B Final. South White won the C Final over South Black 5-1.


C Final

South White 5 - South Black 1

Players of the Game: Alberta White: #18 Ayah Salem | South Black: #4 Ryann Holbein

Boxscore >

B Final

North Grey 1 - South Green 0

Players of the Game: North Grey: #7 Raine Murdoch | South Green: #18 Leighanna Rizarri

Boxscore >

Championship Final

North Yellow 5 - North Blue 2

Players of the Game: North Yellow: #17 Sophie McKinley | North Blue: #3 Shaelyn Hopkins

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 Alberta Challenge All-Stars Announced

2019 Alberta Challenge All-Stars

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2019 Alberta Challenge All-Stars:


Alberta Challenge All-Star Misty Rey

#31 Misty Rey - South Green

GP: 2 | MP: 118 | W: 2 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 0 | SA: 59 | GA: 1 | SVS: 58 | GAA: 0.51 | SV%: .980


Alberta Challenge All-Star Payten Evans

#2 Payten Evans - South White

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


Alberta Challnege All-Star Andie Proulx

#4 Andie Proulx - North Yellow

GP: 4 | G: 2 | A: 1 | Pts: 3 | PIM: 0


Alberta Challenge All-Star Jordyn Hutt

#12 Jordyn Hutt - South White

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


Alberta Challenge All-Star Michela Naccarato

#15 Michela Naccarato - North Blue

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 5 | Pts: 6 | PIM: 0


Alberta Challenge All-Star Emerson Jarvis

#12 Emerson Jarvis - North Yellow

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


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St. Albert’s Savoie goes first overall at 2019 WHL Bantam Draft | Full list of Albertans selected

RED DEER - For the fifth straight year, an Albertan was the top selection at the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft as the Winnipeg Ice took Matthew Savoie with the first overall pick. The St. Albert native is coming off a strong performance at the 2019 Alberta Cup, as well as a bronze medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, where he skated for Team Alberta U16 Male as an under-aged player. Savoie became the first draft pick for the Ice since moving to Winnipeg from Cranbrook following the 2018-19 WHL season.

A total of seven Albertans were taken in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft, with Albertans selected with four of the top five picks. Sherwood Park’s Keaton Downhaniuk and Mayerthorpe’s Koehn Ziemmer went third and fourth overall, respectively, to the Prince George Cougars, while the Brandon Wheat Kings took Red Deer forward Nate Danielson with the fifth overall pick.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown


1st Matthew Savoie Winnipeg Ice Forward St. Albert
3rd Keaton Dowhaniuk Prince George Cougars Defence Sherwood Park
4th Koehn Ziemmer Prince George Cougars Forward Mayerthorpe
5th Nate Danielson Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Red Deer
8th Jordan Gustafson Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Ardrossan
12th Oasiz Wiesblatt Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Calgary
16th Rylen Roersma Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Lethbridge


33rd Rhett Melnyk Tri-City Americans Forward Fort Saskatchewan
36th Jaren Brinson Prince George Cougars Defence Airdrie
40th Ross Stanley Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Yellowhead County
41st Samuel Huck Regina Pats Forward Calgary
43rd Bowden Singleton Vancouver Giants Forward Calgary
44th Graydon Gotaas Prince Albert Raiders Defence Camrose


48th Tanner Scott Victoria Royals Forward Sherwood Park
49th Ben Hemmerling Everett Silvertips Forward Sherwood Park
54th Josh Davies Swift Current Broncos Forward Airdrie
55th Jake Sloan Tri-City Americans Forward Leduc County
56th Ryan Nolan Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Calgary
65th Reid MacKay Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Irma


68th Rieger Lorenz Winnipeg Ice Forward Calgary
71st Jayden Joly Kelowna Rockets Forward Fort Saskatchewan
75th Liam Watkins Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Okotoks
76th Cale Ashcroft Saskatoon Blades Defence St. Albert
78th Connor Gourley Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Calgary
79th Billal Noori Calgary Hitmen Forward Edmonton
82nd Jagger Firkus Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Irma
84th Ty Hurley Swift Current Broncos Forward Sherwood Park


90th Kaiden Wiltsie Regina Pats Forward Calgary
93rd Nicholas Jones Brandon Wheat Kings Goaltender Calgary
94th Jamie Weller Kamloops Blazers Defence Calgary
96th Kaiden Ellertson Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Red Deer
98th Justen Maric Red Deer Rebels Goaltender Edmonton
103rd Avery Trotter Spokane Chiefs Defence Olds
104th Carson Brisson Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Leduc County
106th Cyle Clayton Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Strathmore


113th Matthew Sutter Calgary Hitmen Defence Spruce Grove
115th Jari Kykkanen Kelowna Rockets Goaltender Lloydminster
120th Daniel Hauser Winnipeg Ice Goaltender Chestermere
122nd Tyler MacKenzie Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Red Deer
128th Shea Van Olm Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Calgary


135th Riley Applegate Regina Pats Defence Marwayne
138th Nash Bamford Kamloops Blazers Forward Camrose County
140th Jackson Smith Kelowna Rockets Defence Calgary
142nd Hayden Pakkala Winnipeg Ice Forward Okotoks
144th Emanual Hudson Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Lethbridge
145th Jacob Lamoureux Calgary Hitmen Forward Sherwood Park
149th Ian Mills Everett Silvertips Goaltender Calgary
151st Ty Daneault Saskatoon Blades Forward Red Deer
153rd Adam Hamilton Vancouver Giants Defence Calgary
154th Porter Pennock Prince Albert Raiders Defence Elnora


156th Josh Mettimano Winnipeg Ice Defence Cochrane
157th Owen Boucher Winnipeg Ice Defence Bonnyville
158th Ty Young Prince George Goaltender Coaldale
169th Carter Spirig Winnipeg Ice Forward Fort Saskatchewan
172nd Matthew Langdon Spokane Chiefs Forward Sherwood Park
173rd Nicholas Wolfenberg Saskatoon Blades Defence Calgary


183rd Landon Van Engelen Portland Winterhawks Forward Tofield
191st Ayden Peters Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Calgary
192nd Flynn Maxcy Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton
193rd Connor Claughton Prince George Cougars Defence Red Deer


198th Gavin Schmidt Prince George Cougars Forward Foothills
100th Shawn Paul St. Arnaud Tri-City Americans Forward Westlock
103rd Joah Morberg Calgary Hitmen Defence Calgary
106th Erick Roest Lethbridge Hurricanes Goaltender Lethbridge
107th Sam Callahan Saskatoon Blades Forward Nanton


113th Marcus Nguyen Portland Winterhawks Forward Calgary


124th Austin Elliot Saskatoon Blades Goaltender Strathmore
126th Jack Silverberg Prince Albert Raiders Forward Sherwood Park