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Dr. Stephen Norris ready to challenge coaches at 2016 Coaches Conference

Calgary – A week removed from his keynote address at Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting, Dr. Stephen Norris has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Coaches Conference.

Dr. Norris headlines a group of 14 speakers set to present during the two-day conference at Mount Royal University in Calgary June 18-19.

During his presentation on Friday, members of Alberta’s hockey community were challenged by Dr. Norris to take a serious look at what the future looks like, and to remember that the future needs to focus on the children in their organization. A similar challenge will likely be put forth to the coaches in attendance this weekend as Dr. Norris focuses on the roles of coaches and the effects they have on athletes.

Dr. Norris is a Consultant, Performance and Development with Hockey Canada, after previously serving as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at the WinSport Canada in Calgary. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

Along with presentations, coaches will take part in an interactive hot stove, breakout sessions, social and networking opportunities. The full list of confirmed speakers/topics is as follows:

  • Dr. Stephen Norris (Consultant, Performance and Development, Hockey Canada) – Keynote Address
  • Kalle Valiaho (Regional Coach, Finnish Ice Hockey Association) – International Excellence
  • Mel Davidson (General Manager, National Women’s Team Programs) – Preparing for Short Term Competition
  • Guy Gadowsky (Head Coach, Penn State University Men’s team) – Teaching Habits over Systems
  • Shaun Clouston (Head Coach/General Manager, Medicine Hat Tigers) – Creating a Blueprint for Success
  • Steve Hamilton (Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings) – Coaching the Right Way
  • David Marcoux (Goaltending Coach, Carolina Hurricanes) – Goalie Strategies and Goal Scoring
  • Jeff Truitt (Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels) - Special Teams
  • Corey McNabb (Director of Hockey Development, Hockey Canada) – Linking Practice to Games
  • Bert Gilling (Head Coach, Mount Royal University Cougars Men’s team) – The Transition Game
  • Tyler Dellow (Analytics Consultant, Edmonton Oilers) - Stats and Analytics
  • Barry Medori (Team Alberta Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta) – Creating a Team Culture
  • Fran Gow (Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta/VP Hockey Operations, AJHL) – Game and Bench Management
  • Matt Brown (Mental Training Consultant) – Mental Preparation and Awareness

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference is open to coaches of all levels. The registration fee is $350, and includes conference presentations and breakout sessions, conference program/speaker materials, a registration gift, two lunches, one breakfast, one supper and a coaches social, and draw prizes.

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Summer Development Camps kick off in Camrose

CAMROSE – Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps begin this week in Camrose and run throughout the month of July.

Some of Alberta’s best hockey talent will be on display at these camps, with more than 200 athletes take part in a variety of on-ice and off-ice development opportunities. All camps are open to the public and take place at the Border Paving Arena at the Camrose Recreation Centre.


U16 Female Summer Camp, June 30 – July 3

The U16 Female Provincial Camp is the second stage of development and identification process that feeds into the Team Alberta U18 Female program. The top 60 players participate in on and off-ice training and classroom sessions, and compete in game environments.


U16 Male Provincial Camp, July 5-10

The U16 Male Provincial Camp features the top 80 U16 athletes identified by Hockey Alberta working out in off-ice sessions, as well as on-ice games and practices. From Provincial Camp, a short list will be created, and players scouted with their club teams until the 20-player Team Alberta roster is named for the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary.


Officials Development Camp, July 5-10

The Officials Development Camp runs in conjunction with the U16 Male summer camp, as officials work provincial camp games and receive mentoring and evaluation. This is third stage of development for officials, starting with ATB Alberta Cup zone camps, and progressing to the ATB Alberta Cup competition.


Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp, July 12-17

The top 46 U18 female hockey players, selected from a spring camp held in Spruce Grove, take part in a variety of games and practices. After the summer camp, players are shortlisted to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. From there, the final 20-player Team Alberta roster will be selected for the National Women’s Under 18 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan November 9-13.


AJHL Development Camp, July 19-24

Selected athletes receive both on and off-ice development directed by AJHL/Hockey Alberta staff, and facilitated by the High Performance I Coaching Seminar delegates. The on-ice program will consist of both practice and game sessions, and the off-ice portion will cover athleticism, mental skills and team building as well as the technical and tactical skills required to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

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Sam Steel (left-centre) and Kale Clague (right-centre), seen here celebrating Team Alberta’s 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup victory, are two of the 16 Albertans selected at this year’s NHL Entry Draft. (Photo by LA Media)


16 Albertans taken at 2016 NHL Entry Draft

When the 2016 NHL Entry Draft wrapped up on Saturday in Buffalo, 16 Albertans had heard their names called by an NHL team.

Calgary’s Jake Bean was the first to take the stage after the Carolina Hurricanes drafted the highly-touted defenceman in the first round, 13th overall.

Sam Steel, a Sherwood Park native, was the second and final Albertan drafted in the first round, taken 30th overall by the Anaheim Ducks.

The second round featured a pair of players drafted by their hometown teams, with Edmonton’s Tyler Benson and Cochrane’s Dillon Dube drafted 32nd and 56th overall by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, respectively. Former Team Alberta Captain Kale Clague of Lloydminster was also taken in the second round, going 51st overall to the Los Angeles Kings.

Another Sherwood Park product, Carter Hart, 2016 WHL (Western Conference) and CHL Goaltender of the Year, was the lone netminder drafted from Alberta, as he went 48th overall in the second round to the Philadelphia Flyers. Hart was the first goaltender taken in the NHL draft.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

13th Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen) Carolina Hurricanes Defence Calgary
30th Sam Steel (Regina Pats) Anaheim Ducks Forward Sherwood Park

SECOND ROUND

32nd Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants) Edmonton Oilers Forward Edmonton
48th Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Sherwood Park
51st Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings) Los Angeles Kings Defence Lloydminster
56th Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets) Calgary Flames Forward Cochrane

THIRD ROUND

74th Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs) Carolina Hurricanes Forward Calgary
82nd Carsen Twarynski (Calgary Hitmen) Philadelphia Flyers Forward Calgary
85th Joshua Mahura (Red Deer Rebels) Anaheim Ducks Defence Edmonton

FOURTH ROUND

111th Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw Warriors) San Jose Sharks Forward Beaumont

FIFTH ROUND

133rd Maxime Lajoie (Swift Current Broncos) Ottawa Senators Defence Calgary
144th Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels) St. Louis Blues Forward High River

SIXTH ROUND

159th Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels) Buffalo Sabres Forward Morinville
166th Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals) Calgary Flames Forward Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

200th David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers) New York Islanders Defence Edmonton
204th Brayden Chizen (Kelowna Rockets) Minnesota Wild Defence St. Albert

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Twenty-one Albertans invited to 2016 National Teams’ Summer Showcase

CALGARY – The top 196 players in Canada have been invited to attend Hockey Canada’s men’s camps as part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26-Aug. 6, with 21 Albertans on the list.

In its second summer, the National Teams’ Summer Showcase will bring together Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp (44 players) and Canada’s national under-17 development camp (111 players) in Calgary, at the Markin MacPhail Centre from July 26-Aug. 2. Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (41 players) will be hosted in Toronto July 30-Aug 2, and will feature a four-game series against the U.S., Sweden, and Finland from Aug. 3-6 in Plymouth, Mich.

Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, was responsible for all player selections, with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario) for the under-17 roster along with branch representatives, and with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League for the under-18 and under-20 rosters.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have across the country, and for our coaches and scouts to evaluate the players in our programs,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “These camps are key in selecting our international teams for the 2016-17 season, and we are looking forward to hosting 196 players as they work towards their ultimate goal of wearing the maple leaf.”

U20 Camp Participants:

Cart Hart (Sherwood Park)
Zach Sawchenko (Calgary)
Jake Bean (Calgary)
Dillon Dubé (Cochrane)
Nick Merkley (Calgary)

U18 Camp Participants:

Ian Scott (Calgary)
Brayden Gorda (Edmonton)
Ian Mitchell (Calahoo)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary)

U17 Camp Participants:

Carl Stankowski (Calgary)
Sean Comrie (Edmonton)
Jacob Herauf (Sherwood Park)
Jayden Platz (St. Albert)
Ty Smith (Lloydminster)
Jonathan Tychonick (Calgary)
Paycen Bjorklund (Grande Prairie)
Elijah Brown (Edmonton)
Eric Florchuk (Fort Saskatchewan)
Tristen Nielsen (Calgary/Fort St. John, B.C. )
Josh Tarzwell (Red Deer)
Chase Wouters (Lloydminster)

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, visit HockeyCanada.ca

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The Big Play program returns for a second season

CALGARY – Families looking for financial assistance in placing their children in minor hockey can now apply for The Big Play program for the 2016-17 season.

In its second season, The Big Play is an initiative by Hockey Canada and Jumpstart, aimed at bringing 30,000 kids into the game of hockey over three years.

The vision of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is: Canada, where all kids have a chance to fulfill their dreams. Jumpstart’s core purpose is to enrich the lives of kids in financial need through sports and physical activity.

Jumpstart is a registered charity that helps kids from financially disadvantaged families participate in organized sports and physical activity. National in scope, but local in its focus, Jumpstart delivers support to children and youth through a Canada-wide network of Chapters and Community Partners.

More Information > | Apply for The Big Play >

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Saturday night’s hot stove panel (from left): Kalle Valiaho (Finnish Ice Hockey Association), Kyle Rehman (NHL Official), Justin Fesyk (Hockey Alberta), Brad Lukowich (former NHL player), and moderator Rob Kerr (Sportsney 960 The Fan).


2016 Coaches Conference puts the focus on player development

CALGARY – As the inaugural Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference wrapped up on Sunday in Calgary, coaches departed with one resonating theme: process over outcome.

More than 80 coaches of all levels from across the province took part in the two-day conference, hearing from 17 of the top minds in the game.

The weekend opened with a keynote address from Dr. Stephen Norris, who challenged coaches to take a hard look at what the future looks like, and to focus that future on the children. Norris also talked about the importance of giving the game back to the players, as it is their game.

Following Dr. Norris on Saturday was Corey McNabb, Director Hockey Development, Hockey Canada (linking practice to games); Jeff Truitt, Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels (special teams); Dr. Matt Brown, Mental Training Consultant (mental preparation and awareness); Barry Medori, High Performance Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta (creating a team culture); David Marcoux, Goaltending Coach. Carolina Hurricanes (goalie strategies and goal scoring); and Guy Gadowsky, Head Coach Men’s Hockey, Penn State University (teaching habits over systems).

Saturday’s program wrapped up with a hot stove panel, hosted by Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s Rob Kerr, featuring Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager, Hockey Development Justin Fesyk, Finnish Ice Hockey Association Regional Coach Kalle Valiaho, NHL officiale Kyle Rehman, and former NHL player and two-time Stanley Cup champion Brad Lukowich.

On Sunday, Tyler Dellow, an Analytics Consultant with the Edmonton Oilers, opened with a presentation on analytics, breaking down what they really mean and how they can be employed by minor hockey coaches.

Sunday’s program also included Steve Hamilton, Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings (coaching the ‘right way’); Fran Gow, Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta, and Vice President, Hockey Operations of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (game and bench management); Bert Gilling, Head Coach Men’s Hockey, Mount Royal University (the transition game), Shaun Clouston, Head Coach, Medicine Hat Tigers (creating a blueprint for success), and Mel Davidson, General Manager, Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Programs (preparing for short-term competition).

To close out the weekend, Valiaho spoke about international excellence, outlining the similarities and differences in the development of coaches and players in Finland, compared to the process in Alberta.

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Curtis Nichols (left) accepts the 2016 Chair of the Board Award from Board Chair Terry Engen.


Nichols receives Chair’s award at 109th Hockey Alberta AGM

RED DEER - Terry Engen and Fran Zinger will return to their positions as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta).

Engen and Zinger were declared elected to their positions for three year terms during the 109th Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

Along with the election of officers, four notices of motion were passed. Included among the approved motions were changing the title Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer, and amending the date for the annual general meeting to require it to be held within six months of the end of fiscal year.


(From left) back row: Jerrold Lemko (Director at Large), Dave Sevalrud (Director at Large),
Rob Virgil (Past Chair), Rob Litwinski (CEO), Terry Engen (Chair), Len Samletzki (Director of Finance),
Fran Zinger (Vice Chair) and Freb Horbay (Director at Large). Front row: Life Members Bob Clark,
Don Gatto, Marv Bird and Ernie Boruk.

A highlight of the annual general meeting is the presentation, by Terry Engen, of the Chair of the Board Award. The 2016 recipient is Curtis Nichols, who has been a long time on-ice official, supervisor, zone executive member, and is the former chair of the Referee Council.

A number of Operational Committee volunteers were recognized for their years of dedicated service. Sherry Haarstad was recognized for 10 years as a volunteer, while Jamie Salm, Janet Fairless, Sherri Barrett, Connie Anderson and Michelle Malbeuf were recognized for five years of service.


Sherry Haarstad (centre) receives her 10 year service award from Rob Litwinski (left) and Terry Engen (right).

Several long-time volunteers who are not returning for 2016-17 were also recognized, including: Barrett (Zone 5 Minor Administration Coordinator), Craig Decoursey (Referee Committee), Craig Reid (Operations Advisory Committee), and Lil Fulton (Junior/Senior Female Committee).

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From left: Tim Leer, Colin Derko (Boyle Minor Hockey), Paul Isaac, Boris Rybalka, Rob Dawson, Kevin Kobelka (Hockey Calgary), and Rod Bischke.


Individuals and MHAs honoured with 2016 Hockey Alberta Awards

RED DEER – Six individuals and two minor hockey associations have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to hockey in Alberta.

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Awards were handed out during an awards luncheon Saturday afternoon, sponsored by BFL Canada, as part of Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting.

Minor Hockey Association Executive of the Year: Rod Bischke (Olds Minor Hockey)
Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Hockey Calgary
Meritorious Awards: Rob Dawson, Gary Snydmiller
Provincial Championships Exception Host Site Award: Boyle Minor Hockey (Peewee D Provincials)
Hockey Development Awards: Wade Borynec, Boris Rybalka, Tim Leer

Recipients of the 2016 Referee Committee Awards were also recognized during the luncheon:

Ernie Boruk Award: Craig Decoursey (Cochrane)
Dave Ganley Award: Paul Isaac (Sundre), Ken Dentzien (Sturgeon County)

Zone award winners:

  • South Zone: Ken Heggie (Raymond)
  • Central Zone: Dave Coles, Chris Bruce, and Laurie Rutherford (Calgary)
  • North Central Zone: Brent Ramsay (Spruce View)
  • North Zone: Darryl Holt (Leduc County), Shelley Knowlton (St. Albert) and Jim McAuley (Edmonton)
  • North East Zone: Phil Bexson (Marwayne)
  • Peace Zone: Al Petersen (Grande Prairie)

Award Winner Bios >

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Dr. Stephen Norris, keynote speaker for Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference, spoke about growing our game.


Do what’s best for the children in your minor hockey association: Dr. Stephen Norris

RED DEER – Members of Alberta’s hockey community were challenged to take a serious look at what the future looks like, and to remember that the future needs to focus on the children in their organization.

The challenge came from Dr. Stephen Norris, Consultant Performance and Development with Hockey Canada. He was the keynote speaker on Friday to kick off Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

Norris told the approximately 150 people in attendance that it is their job to step beyond the gossip that tends to dominate their time, and to overcome the existing practices and common ways of doing things to help ensure the future success and existence of the sport. He cited the statistic that hockey in Canada sees a 50 per cent drop in player numbers at each age level.

"We need to think even more creatively in how we are going to keep this sport alive in this province," said Norris. "If you add up all the years of experience in hockey in this room, we should be able to solve anything. But we don’t allow ourselves to."

Norris said that the focus must be on what is best for the players, the children who are interested in playing hockey.

"When kids start playing hockey in Initiation, we have no idea where they’re going in their lives," Norris said. "If we do our jobs well, when they graduate from minor hockey, if they say they learned a lot, and had a great time, you will have done your job. The most precious commodity we have in this commodity-rich province is our children."

The focus of the 2016 Hockey Conference is “Building Your Team”. The goal is help those in attendance develop techniques to:

  • Influence people to embrace change and strive towards being an organization that provides positive experiences for all participants
  • Educate on the reasons why change is beneficial by considering age/level appropriate programming
  • Implement a structure that enables the organization to establish and operate successful programs.

"As you soon as you step up and say, ’I want to be involved,’ there is a responsibility," said Norris.

Following the keynote presentation, Norris was joined in a round-table panel discussion by Keith Hansen, retired volleyball coach at Red Deer College and member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta.

During the round-table discussion, the panel talked about some of the key aspects that resonated for them from Norris’ comments in their respective areas of athletics.

Radford talked about the challenges that can exist in putting together a successful administrative team, and the importance of ensuring diversity and a variety of personalities, philosophies and opinions.

Hansen outlined some of the developments that occurred in the world of volleyball at younger age divisions to help overall skill development for all 12 players on a team. He suggested that to reduce the number of players leaving the sport hockey needed to take a new look at how training occurs for athletes at all ages.

And Litwinski reminded everyone that real change has to be inspired locally, it is not something that can be mandated by a provincial body.

Norris previously served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at Winsport Canada. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

The Hockey Conference runs through Saturday, with morning and afternoon sessions focused on guiding and assisting Hockey Operations and Hockey Development personnel to better provide positive services and experiences to the players, and other hockey stakeholders, in their associations.

Other events on Saturday include the annual Hockey Alberta Awards luncheon, and the Annual General Meeting.

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Olds to host 2017 Alberta Challenge

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Olds as the host site of the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

The bid was submitted by Olds College and the Town of Olds, who will partner to plan and execute the tournament, set for May 4-7, 2017.

"Olds College and the Town of Olds are thrilled to be a part of developing future leaders in female hockey and our Host Organizing Committee is committed to providing a unique and memorable experience for all participants and staff of the 2017 Alberta Challenge in Olds," said Host Organizing Committee Chair Trina Radcliffe.

“Hockey Alberta and Team Alberta are looking forward to bringing the 2017 Alberta Challenge to Olds,” said Team Alberta Manager Michael Kraichy. “The community put together an excellent bid package and hosted a great facility tour, and we’re confident the event will be a major success.”

Olds is no stranger to hosting Hockey Alberta events, having most recently held the 2015 Midget Female A Provincial Championships, and the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta Female Development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years when the Alberta Winter Games are not held. The province is divided into North and South regions, with three teams selected from each region. The six teams compete in the Alberta Challenge tournament May 4-7.

Alberta Challenge Information >

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2016 Hockey Alberta Referee Committee award and scholarship winners

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce recipients of Referee Committee awards and scholarships for 2016.

The winners were revealed at the 2016 Referee Committee Annual General Meeting, which was held in Red Deer this past weekend.

Ernie Boruk Award: Craig Decoursey (Cochrane)


Craig Decoursey (left) receives his 2016 Ernie Boruk Award.

The Ernie Boruk Award is presented annually to an individual in appreciation of outstanding dedication and contribution to the
Hockey Alberta Referee Committee.


Dave Ganley Award: Paul Isaac (Sundre), Ken Dentzien (Sturgeon County)


Paul Issac (right) receives the Dave Ganley Award as one of two winners.

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


Zone award winners:

  • South Zone: Ken Heggie (Raymond)
  • Central Zone: Dave Coles, Chris Bruce, and Laurie Rutherford (Calgary)
  • North Central Zone: Brent Ramsay (Spruce View)
  • North Zone: Darryl Holt (Leduc County), Shelley Knowlton (St. Albert) and Jim McAuley (Edmonton)
  • North East Zone: Phil Bexson (Marwayne)
  • Peace Zone: Al Petersen (Grande Prairie)

Referee Committee Scholarship Recipients: Cole Feth (Camrose), Matthew Moldenhauer (Calgary) & Matt Wass (Medicine Hat)

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2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference adds international flair

CALGARY – The inaugural Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference will have an international feel, as Kalle Valiaho of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association is among the 13 speakers already confirmed for the two-day event.

Along with Valiaho, attendees can look forward to hearing from Mel Davidson, General Manager of the National Women’s Team programs, Penn State University Head Coach Guy Gadowski, and Medicine Hat Tigers Head Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston, fresh off a stint as Head Coach of Team Canada at the IIHF U18 World Championship.

Along with presentations, coaches will take part in an interactive hot stove, breakout sessions, social and networking opportunities. The full list of confirmed speakers/topics is as follows:

  • Kalle Valiaho (Regional Coach, Finnish Ice Hockey Association) – International Excellence
  • Mel Davidson (General Manager, National Women’s Team Programs) – Preparing for Short Term Competition
  • Guy Gadowsky (Head Coach, Penn State University Men’s team) – Teaching Habits over Systems
  • Shaun Clouston (Head Coach/General Manager, Medicine Hat Tigers) – Creating a Blueprint for Success
  • Steve Hamilton (Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings) – Coaching the Right Way
  • David Marcoux (Goaltending Coach, Carolina Hurricanes) – Goalie Strategies and Goal Scoring
  • Jeff Truitt (Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels) - Special Teams
  • Corey McNabb (Director of Hockey Development, Hockey Canada) – Linking Practice to Games
  • Bert Gilling (Head Coach, Mount Royal University Cougars Men’s team) – The Transition Game
  • Tyler Dellow (Analytics Consultant, Edmonton Oilers) - Stats and Analytics
  • Barry Medori (Team Alberta Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta) – Creating a Team Culture
  • Fran Gow (Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta/VP Hockey Operations, AJHL) – Game and Bench Management
  • Matt Brown (Mental Training Consultant) – Mental Preparation and Awareness

The list of speakers will be updated regularly in the days leading up to the conference.

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference is open to coaches of all levels.The registration fee is $350, and includes conference presentations and breakout sessions, conference program/speaker materials, a registration gift, two lunches, one breakfast, one supper and a coaches social, and draw prizes.

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Dr. Stephen Norris confirmed as keynote speaker at Hockey Conference

RED DEER – Dr. Stephen Norris will be the keynote speaker to open Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

The keynote address by Norris will kick off two days of sessions and discussions for members of the amateur hockey community in Alberta focused on “Building Your Team.”

Norris is a Consultant, Performance and Development with Hockey Canada, after previously serving as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at the WinSport Canada in Calgary. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference provides the opportunity for member Minor Hockey Associations, Senior and Junior Club teams, Sport Schools, league administrators, and other hockey industry people, coaches, parents and officials to participate in interactive sessions targeted at some of the hottest topics in the game today.

Following the keynote address on Friday, Norris joins a round table panel to continue the discussion about “Building Your Team”. The goal is help those in attendance develop techniques to:

  • Influence people to embrace change and strive towards being an organization that provides positive experiences for all participants
  • Educate on the reasons why change is beneficial by considering age/level appropriate programming
  • Implement a structure that enables the organization to establish and operate successful programs.

The panelists bring expertise from the financial, sports and volunteer sectors: Lee Deary, Branch Manager, ATB Financial; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta.

On Saturday, the focus on “Building Your Team” will continue in two streams - one for Hockey Operations personnel, the other Hockey Development staff.

Sessions for Hockey Operations include Strategic Governance and Leadership (led by Scott Robinson, CEO of the 2019 Canada Winter Games), and Efficient Conduct Management (led by Jeremy Haluschak and Ray Boudreau from Hockey Alberta). Sessions for Hockey Development include Affecting the Athlete Experience through Coaching (led by Hockey Alberta’s Fran Gow), and The Athlete Development Matrix (led by Hockey Alberta’s Justin Fesyk). There will also be a joint session on Managing Change Within Your Community, which will feature representatives from several Minor Hockey Associations sharing best practices they have employed to build or restructure their organizations.

Saturday’s schedule also includes the BFL Hockey Alberta Awards Luncheon, and the Annual General Meeting. The AGM, which starts at 4 pm, is the final event of the weekend, and includes elections for positions available on the Board of Directors.

For the complete weekend itinerary, and to register, click here.

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Team Alberta releases U18 Female summer camp invites

RED DEER - Forty-six female hockey players are now one step closer to lacing up for Team Alberta at the 2016 National Women’s Under 18 Championship.

Hockey Alberta has extended invitations to 46 athletes born 1999-2001 to compete at Team Alberta’s U18 Female Summer Development Camp, which runs July 12-17 in Camrose. The list includes six goalies, 16 defense, and 24 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp Invite List >

“We’re looking forward to seeing how these 46 athletes perform under elevated pressure at the upcoming camp in Camrose. The level of competition will be extremely high, with a chance to represent Alberta at the U18 Championship on the line.” said Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator of Team Alberta, Female.

The 46 athletes were selected from 88 who attended the spring selection camp in Spruce Grove, which included fitness testing, mental skills preparations, on and off- ice skills sessions, and several games.

From the camp in Camrose, a shortlist will be established, with those players invited to another selection camp in the fall. Team Alberta will compete at the 2016 National Women’s Under 18 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan, November 9-13.