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Hockey Canada’s 95th Annual General Meeting Concludes In Calgary, AB

Hockey Canada’s 95th Annual General Meeting (AGM), attended by more than 250 delegates from across the country, wrapped up Saturday at the Westin Calgary after three days of discussion to benefit the growth and development of Canada’s game.

This year’s AGM was the last for Bob Nicholson, who will step down Sunday after 16 years as president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada.

“I cannot say thank you enough to the Hockey Canada staff, volunteers, players, coaches, officials and parents who have made these last 16 years so memorable,” said Nicholson. “It has been quite a ride, and I am so excited about where our game is on and off the ice. Canadian hockey is in great hands, and the future is bright.”

“On behalf of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors and every single Canadian involved in hockey from coast to coast, we thank Bob for his tireless efforts to improve the game,” said Jim Hornell, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. “There will be another president and CEO, but there will not be another Bob Nicholson.”

The AGM was also the official launch of Hockey Canada’s 100th anniversary celebrations. Over the coming weeks, more information will be revealed for the lead-up to the Dec. 4 milestone, including Hockey Canada visiting more than 100 communities and engaging more than one million Canadians.

To help make the game safer, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey have entered into a partnership to curb violence in the game.

The Long Game, which debuted during World Girls Hockey Weekend last October, will be extended in 2014, adding a Senior division. This year’s event will include more than 1,500 players in five divisions (Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Senior) playing from Newfoundland & Labrador to British Columbia.

Items approved by the Hockey Canada Board of Directors:

Hockey Canada has created a new governance structure to comply with the federal government`s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. The size of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors will be reduced, from 26 directors to nine.

A branch forum has been created to allow for improved communication between the board and branches on a regular basis. Hockey Canada councils (Female, Hockey Development, Junior, Minor and Senior) will continue to meet twice a year, while standing committees will be reduced from 26 to eight. In addition, work groups will be created to deal with new concerns throughout the year.

The Hockey Canada Board of Directors and councils have recommended the following communities host national events in the coming seasons:

- 2015 Esso Cup – Red Deer, AB

- 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship – Huntsville, ON

- 2016 TELUS Cup – Saint John/Quispamsis, NB

- 2016 RBC Cup – Lloydminster, AB


15 Hockey Alberta Alumni Drafted At 2014 NHL Entry Draft

Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate its 15 alumni that were selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft this past June 27-28 in Philadelphia.

“It’s always a proud moment for hockey in Alberta,” said Team Alberta’s Senior Manager, Tim Leer. “Obviously, getting drafted into the NHL is a dream come true for the athletes. It’s something they’ve worked their whole lives for and it’s a great accomplishment. Their parents, their Minor Hockey Association, coaches and former teammates should all be proud for helping along the way.”

Of the Hockey Alberta based players drafted, 13 participated in Team Alberta programs. 17 players were selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.






Team Alberta Involvement



Conner Bleackley

Colorado Avalanche

High River

Alberta Cup/ Western Canada Challenge Cup/ Team Pacific



John Quenneville

New Jersey Devils


Alberta Cup/ Western Canada Challenge Cup/ Team Pacific



Brett Pollock

Dallas Stars

Sherwood Park

Alberta Cup



Justin Kirkland

Nashville Predators


Alberta Cup



Brandon Hickey

Calgary Flames


Alberta Cup/ Team Pacific



Brycen Martin

Buffalo Sabres


Alberta Cup/ Western Canada Challenge Cup



Brayden Point

Tampa Bay Lightning


Alberta Cup/ Western Canada Challenge Cup



Ben Thomas

Tampa Bay Lightning


Alberta Cup



Jaedon Descheneau

St. Louis Blues


Alberta Cup/ Canada Winter Games



Nikolas Koberstein

Montreal Canadiens


Alberta Cup



Brandon Baddock

New Jersey Devils


Alberta Cup



Aaron Irving

Nashville Predators


Alberta Cup/ Western Canada Challenge Cup



Reid Duke

Minnesota Wild


Alberta Cup/ Western Canada Challenge Cup/ Team Pacific



Austin Carroll

Calgary Flames




Mackenzie Stewart

Vancouver Canucks


Two of the Hockey Alberta picks; Hickey and Koberstein were selected out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). The other 15 played in the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season.

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft had seven rounds where a total of 210 prospects from all over the world were selected by one of the 30 NHL teams.


Highlights From Hockey Alberta’s 2014 Hockey Conference & 107th Annual General Meeting; Hockey Alberta Award Winners

Hockey Alberta’s 2014 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was attended by over 250 delegates from across the province, concluded Sunday in Edmonton.

The event brought together representatives from regional hockey associations, Hockey Alberta’s board of directors, life members, member organizations, as well as committees that oversee female hockey, junior hockey, minor hockey, senior hockey and hockey development.

Highlights include:

- Hockey Alberta hosted the 2014 Hockey Conference, where the membership was presented information on the ‘Player-Centred Approach’ and ‘Building the Ideal Hockey Community’.

- The membership was presented with an update of Hockey Alberta’s Three Year Business Plan and Operational Structure.

- David Sevalrud was acclaimed as Director at Large.

- Fred Horbay was acclaimed as Director at Large.

2014-15 Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board - Terry Engen (Eckville)

Vice Chair of the Board - Fran Zinger (Sherwood Park)

Past Chair - Rob Virgil (Sherwood Park)

Director at Large - Fred Horbay (Crowsnest Pass)*

Director at Large - David Sevalrud (Calgary)*

Director of Finance - Len Samletzki (Edmonton)

Director at Large - Laury Schmidt (High River)


On Saturday, the Hockey Alberta Foundation hosted the Hockey Alberta Awards Gala. Over 400 people attended and over $4,500 was raised for the Hockey Alberta Foundation through a silent auction.

The following people and organizations were presented with a Hockey Alberta Award for 2013-2014:

President’s Award Winner: Earl Reid - Fort Saskatchewan

Minor Hockey Association Executive of the Year: Erron Steele - Leduc Minor Hockey

Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Stettler Minor Hockey

Meritorious Award winners:

- Sherry Haarstad (Bentley)

- Jannie Bettac (Fort Saskatchewan)

- Kim Marsh (Red Deer)

- Ken Vreeling (Manning)

Hockey Alberta Development Award Winners:

- Jody Ginther (Taber)

- Howie Draper (Edmonton)

- Maureen Medori (Onoway)

Investors Group Exceptional Provincials Host Site Award: La Crete Minor Hockey Association

Future Leader Scholarship Winners (Distinguished Leaders):

- Mark Hall (University of Lethbridge) - $4000

- Jeremy Beirnes (University of Alberta - Augustana) - $4000

Hockey Alberta Officiating Award Winners

Ernie Boruk Award: Curtis Nichols (Red Deer)

Dave Ganley Award:

- Brent Woods (Lethbridge)

- Herman Costa (Edmonton)

Future Leader Officiating Scholarship Winners (Distinguished Leaders):

- Noah Bradley (Kings College University) - $2500

- Cole Feth (University of Alberta - Augustana) - $2500

The 2014 inductees into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame were also recognized at the Hockey Alberta Awards Gala.

Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees:

- 1994 Olds Grizzlys Centennial Cup Winning Hockey Team

- Bill Moores (Edmonton)

- Gord Hira (Carstairs)

- Jim Fleming (Beaumont)

- LeRoy Johnson (Camrose)