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George Hughes: 1924-2018

RED DEER - George Hughes, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, died on Tuesday, June 5 at the age of 93.

George had a long history of involvement in and service to the sport hockey - as a player, coach, manager, referee, executive and builder starting in 1938. George’s playing career included being a member of the University of Alberta hockey team, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950.

Professionally, George’s involvement in hockey continued in the 1970s when, as a City of Edmonton Commissioner, he was instrumental in building eight new arenas in 1973 and in the development of Northlands Coliseum in 1974. He later joined Edmonton Northlands as general manager, overseeing the Coliseum, Agricom and Trade Centre.

In 1981, George arranged a $140,000 donation by Edmonton Northlands to Hockey Alberta as part of the Canada Cup Series, enabling Hockey Alberta to start a scholarship program and acquire a permanent office. The donation also served as core funding for a Hockey Foundation.

Amongst more than 40 recognition awards, George was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, awarded a Hockey Alberta Life Membership in 1983, and inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Distinguished Contributions to Canada. In 2008 the City of Edmonton honoured George by naming the George S. Hughes South Side Arena after him.

A celebration of the life of George Hughes will be held on Friday, June 15, 1 p.m., at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home – Edmonton South, 4820 Meridian Street, Edmonton). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sport Central, of which George was a founding member.

Edmonton Journal Notice – George Hughes >

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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 28 – July 1

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 3-8

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 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.


Officials Development Camp, July 3-8

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 Alberta Cup zone camps, and progressing to the Alberta Cup competition.


Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp, July 10-15

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 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.


AJHL Development Camp, July 17-22

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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Photo credit: Ty Smith (Twitter)


Seven Albertans selected in 2018 NHL Entry Draft

RED DEER - It was a dream weekend for a handful of Albertans at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas.

Seven players from Alberta were taken over the weekend, including Lloydminster’s Ty Smith, who was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round, 17th overall.

Two more Albertan bluelines were off the board next in Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jonathan Tychonick, who were both selected by the Ottawa Senators with the 26th and 48th picks, respectively.

Riley Sutter was the first forward from Alberta off the board, as the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals selected him with the 93rd pick in the third round, making him the 12th Sutter to be drafted into the NHL.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

17th Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) New Jersey Devils Defence Lloydminster
26th Jacob Bernard-Docker (Okotoks Oilers, AJHL) Ottawa Senators Defence Canmore

SECOND ROUND

48th Jonathan Tychonick (Penticton Vees, BCHL) Ottawa Senators Defence Calgary

THIRD ROUND

93rd Riley Sutter (Everett Silvertips, WHL) Washington Capitals Forward Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

204th Trey Fix-Wolansky (Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL) Columbus Blue Jackets Forward Edmonton
215th Austin Wong (Okotoks Oilers, AJHL) Winnipeg Jets Forward Cochrane
217th Eric Florchuk (Saskatoon Blades, WHL) Washington Capitals Forward Fort Saskatchewan

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Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Forty-six female hockey players are now one step closer to skating for Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Hockey Alberta has extended invitations to 46 athletes born in 2001-2003 to compete at Team Alberta’s U18 Female Summer Development Camp, which runs July 10-15 in Camrose. The list includes six goalies, 16 defense, and 24 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp Invites >

"We’re excited for these 46 athletes to take the next step on the Road to Red Deer," said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. "This is a very talented group of individuals, and we look forward to seeing what they bring to Summer Camp in Camrose."

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 2019 Canada Winter Games February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Registration now open for 2018-19 First Shift programs

Do you have a child aged 6-10 that is ready to fall in love with hockey? Registration is now open for the 2018-19 Canadian Tire First Shift program.

The First Shift is a truly unique experience designed to help your child fall in love with hockey before you buy all the gear. The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learning basic skills. Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment.

The First Shift will be offered in 12 locations throughout Alberta in the fall, and three in the winter:

Fall Programs:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie
  • Lamont
  • Leduc
  • Lethbridge
  • Onoway
  • Peace River
  • Red Deer*
  • Rocky Mountain House
  • Strathcona
  • Westlock

Winter Programs:

  • Airdrie
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton

*The First Shift Program in Red Deer will be hosted by Hockey Alberta.

To register for a First Shift program near you, click here.

The First Shift’s mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community and enroll their kids in our sport. Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, we designed The First Shift to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!