June 13, 2019
DAVIDSON AND STEEL HIGHLIGHT DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP WEEKEND
Only a few seats remain for a rare opportunity to listen to Hockey Canada’s Melody Davidson and Anaheim Ducks Forward Sam Steel during Hockey Alberta’s Development Leadership weekend in Red Deer on June 22-23. The weekend is focused on minor hockey volunteers, with seminars on Coaching Skills, Intro to Hockey, and Development Directors. As part of the weekend, delegates will hear a keynote address and hot stove featuring Steel, Davidson and Power Edge Pro’s Joe Quinn. REGISTER NOW >
UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL WITH OUR ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS!
Registration is ongoing for Alberta Built Skills Camps offered by Hockey Alberta. Your young players can reach their potential at one of the following camps: Female Skills, Lethbridge Hurricanes Summer Skills, New Season Conditioning, and Super Skills. Upcoming camps are scheduled in numerous locations across the province. INFO >
2019 ELITE GOALTENDER CAMPS COMING TO RED DEER
Hockey Alberta is pleased to host some of the top minor hockey goaltenders in the province over the next two weekends, with the male camp running June 15-16, and female camp June 22-23. This is a development opportunity for 54 bantam & midget males and 36 females with a focus on mental preparation, career preparation, vision training, and technical & tactical components. GOALTENDER DEVELOPMENT >
INTRO TO HOCKEY MODEL FOR 2019-20 SEASON
Hockey Alberta has finalized the Intro to Hockey Model, which provides the general structural and administrative guidelines and specific playing rules for all players, ages 5-8 years. DETAILS >
POWER EDGE PRO - TRAIN LIKE CONNOR!
Minor Hockey Associations all around Alberta have been registering with PEP to develop their players in an efficient, productive, and professional manner. Is it a fit for your association? DETAILS >
ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GALA TICKETS - TICKETS OVER HALF SOLD!
The 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 21 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. Get your tickets before they sell out! TICKETS >
Contact Erin Zatylny at 403-967-0064 with any questions or for sponsorship inquiries.
HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION PARTICIPATING IN THE 2019 BIRDIES FOR KIDS PROGRAM
The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the 2019 Birdies for Kids program. This fundraising program is designed so that the Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100% of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50% of the original donations made. Your donation will support kids in Alberta who would otherwise not have access to the game. DONATE NOW >
HOCKEY ALBERTA COACH CONFERENCE RETURNS TO CALGARY
The 2019 Hockey Alberta Coach Conference is coming to Mount Royal University in Calgary on August 10-11. Prepare for the 2019-20 season with professional presentations from esteemed speakers and learn about the latest strategies, trends, and technologies. INFO & REGISTRATION >
AIRDRIE MHA SELLING MINI BOARD SYSTEM
Airdrie Minor Hockey is selling their Mini Boards. They have two sets in excellent condition with no logos on them. They are asking $5000 per set or best offer. If your association is interested in purchasing our boards, please contact Cindy Kunitz by email at [email protected] or call 403-912-2680.
PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - FUNDRAISING
Fundraising is a great way to collaborate as a team and community to achieve financial benefit. Fundraising can also be used as a means to promote healthy behaviours to athletes. As a team, you should decide on a fundraising platform - the more of you interested in the fundraiser, the greater the likelihood that your fundraiser will be a success!
View the Fundraising information in our Parent Guide!
Team Alberta U18 and U16 Female Camp Invites Announced
RED DEER - A total of 114 female athletes from across Alberta are about to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program.
Invitations have been extended to 68 players to attend the Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp July 9-14 in Red Deer, which is the next step in the selection process for the 2019 U18 Nationals in Morden & Winkler, MB. 46 players have also been invited to the Team Alberta U16 Female Summer Camp, which runs in conjunction with the U18 camp from July 11-14.
U16 Female Summer Camp Invites >
U18 Female Summer Camp Invites >
"Summer camp is a big event for these athletes and for Hockey Alberta," said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. "The talent level that we have this year at both the U16 and U18 level is very encouraging to see, and we are excited to see these players show their skills."
The U16 camp list includes six goalies, 16 defence, and 24 forwards, while the U18 camp will host eight goalies, 24 defence, and 36 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2018-19 season, as well as the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge in Leduc in May. From the Summer Camp, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams and 25-27 players continuing on to Fall Camp where the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named.
U16 Summer Camp game schedule:
|Date||Time||Away Team||Home Team|
|Friday, July 12||6:00pm||Blue||Gold|
|Sunday, July 14||4:00pm||Gold||Blue|
U18 Summer Camp game schedule:
|Date||Time||Away Team||Home Team|
|Wednesday, July 10||5:00pm||Blue||White|
|Wednesday, July 10||7:30pm||Gold||Black|
|Thursday, July 11||5:00pm||Gold||White|
|Thursday, July 11||7:30pm||Blue||Black|
|Saturday, July 13||5:00pm||Gold||Blue|
|Saturday, July 13||7:30pm||White||Black|
|Sunday, July 14||11:15am||4th seed||3rd seed|
|Sunday, July 14||1:30pm||2nd seed||
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
|Head Coach||Craig Perrett|
|Assistant Coach||Brett Wold|
Hockey Alberta is accepting applications for the position of Manager, Hockey Development, based in the Red Deer Head Office.
Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Hockey Development, the Manager, Hockey Development is responsible for the overall management and implementation of the Regional Centre Strategy. In conjunction with the Senior Manager, Hockey Development the strategy is developed and continually evaluated to ensure it aligns with the overall direction of the organization. In addition, this position operates the Central Regional Centre. This position works closely with the Manager, Coach Development in implementing the NCCP and Alberta Coach Development Plan through the Regional Centres.
Hockey Alberta is an opportunity for you to work in a volunteer-based organization, with passionate people from across the province. If you share a similar passion about working in a dynamic sporting environment, we encourage you to apply.
Twelve Albertans selected at 2019 NHL Draft
RED DEER - It was another solid year for Alberta at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.
A total of 12 players with Alberta roots were selected, including seven in the first two rounds.
Four Team Alberta alumni were taken in the first round alone, with Fort Saskatchewan’s Kirby Dach going third overall to the Chicago Blackhawks, making him the highest-drafted Albertan since Jay Bouwmeester went third overall to the Florida Panthers in 2002.
Dach’s Team Alberta teammate Bowen Byram was selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the next pick, while Peyton Krebs and Brayden Tracey went 17th and 29th to the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks, respectively.
Carter Gylander of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Sherwood Park Crusaders was the lone Alberta netminder selected in the draft, going to the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round.
A full list of Albertans/Team Alberta alumni drafted can be found below:
|3rd||Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades, WHL)||Chicago Blackhawks||Forward||Fort Saskatchewan|
|4th||Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants, WHL)||Colorado Avalanche||Defence||Cranbrook|
|17th||Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg Ice, WHL)||Vegas Golden Knights||Forward||Okotoks|
|29th||Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw, WHL)||Anaheim Ducks||Forward||Calgary|
|49th||Matthew Robertson (Edmonton, WHL)||New York Rangers||Defence||Edmonton|
|55th||Dillon Hamaliuk (Seattle, WHL)||San Jose Sharks||Forward||Leduc|
|56th||Brett Leason (Prince Albert, WHL)||Washington Capitals||Forward||Calgary|
|92nd||Quinn Olson (Okotoks, AJHL)||Boston Bruins||Forward||Calgary|
|120th||Maxwell Crozier (Sioux Falls, USHL)||Tampa Bay Lightning||Defence||Calgary|
|191st||Carter Gylander (Sherwood Park, AJHL)||Detroit Red Wings||Goaltender||Edmonton|
|199th||Matthew Wedman (Seattle, WHL)||Florida Panthers||Forward||Edmonton|
|206th||Kieran Ruscheinski (Calgary, AMHL)||Montreal Canadiens||Defence||Calgary|
True Spirit of Hockey Day at Lois E. Hole Elementary School
ST. ALBERT - Grade 4 classes at Lois E. Hole Elementary School in St. Albert held a True Spirit of Hockey Day event in March, putting their creative abilities to work while showcasing their passion for hockey. The students each illustrated and explained their suggestion for a Hockey Alberta Digital Mascot, which could be used to highlight the positive impact of hockey. With such overwhelming participation, and to thank the students for their incredible effort, Hockey Alberta presented a plaque and hosted a pizza party for the classes.
It’s no surprise that these students showed great passion for this project, as Lois E. Hole Elementary School boasts a Hockey Academy as part of their programming. The Hockey Academy is open to male and female students of all skill levels who are passionate about the game, want to improve themselves, and have a desire to learn and commit to improvement and progression. Their philosophy is one of growth and development. The academy promotes both on-ice and life skills in student athletes, creating quality citizens who will make wise choices, be respectful, enthusiastic, confident, cooperative and independent.
The students were also provided with a number of different items to keep their fandom for the game burning, including foam fingers, clappers and thunders sticks. Thank you to Melissa Kueber and Cindy Jeffery, who were instrumental in leading this initiative and making this day special for their students. Hockey Alberta would also like to extend a special thank you to Dominos St. Albert, who generously donated all of the pizzas for this event.
Nominations sought for Board of Directors
The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for the positions of Chair and Vice Chair on its Board of Directors.
Candidates interested in serving as the Chair or Vice Chair of Hockey Alberta will possess some, or all, of the following attributes:
- Experience in role of Chair and/or Vice Chair.
- Experience chairing/leading meetings.
- Broad knowledge of board governance
- Passion for amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta
- Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Amateur hockey as an executive, administrator, coach or official
- Strategic planning
- Business planning
- Risk management
- Policy development
- Financial management
- Human resource management
- Marketing/public relations
In addition, please note the following:
- Previous experience on the Hockey Alberta Board is an asset.
- Previous experience on a not-for-profit board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective are preferred.
- An ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation or equivalent training or experience working with a Board is an asset.
- Experience and understanding of the workings of a Provincial Sport Organization is an asset.
- Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check is required.
If you are interested and would like to help shape the future of hockey in Alberta, please complete the online Nomination Form (including Credentials Summary and Conflict of Interest declaration) and submit via the Hockey Alberta website.
Nominations are to be submitted via this online form:
APPLICATION / NOMINATION FORM >
Deadline to submit a nomination package is JULY 31, 2019.
Joe Quinn, Melody Davidson, and Sam Steel to speak at Development Leadership Weekend
RED DEER - As a part of Hockey Alberta’s strategy to continue educating minor hockey administrators and coaches, a Development Leadership Weekend will be held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on June 22-23.
The weekend will feature three different learning opportunities for minor hockey volunteers: Coaching Skills Seminar, Intro to Hockey Seminar (free), and Development Directors Seminar (free). Following the seminars, a keynote address and hotstove will be held for all delegates featuring Power Edge Pro Founder Joe Quinn, Olympic gold medal winning coach Melody Davidson, and Anaheim Ducks Forward Sam Steel.
Joe Quinn is the Founder and President of the revolutionary hockey training system Power Edge Pro (PEP). Power Edge Pro is an on-ice player development system utilizing propriety equipment and training patterns. The system focuses on Reactive Countering Trainingâ¢, engaging multiple motor skills simultaneously to develop a player’s small area game performance. Quinn, who was named to The Hockey News Top 100 People of Power and Influence in 2018, has worked with such players as Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Dylan Larkin, and Aaron Ekblad.
Melody Davidson, a native of Oyen, AB, has been the head scout for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Programs since 2010. Prior to that, she led Team Canada to back to back Olympic gold medals in 2006 in Turin, and 2010 in Vancouver. Along with her two gold medals as head coach, she was also an assistant on the 2002 winning team. Davidson has also coached at the national level in a number of world championships and other competitions. She was also the head coach of Team Alberta at the 1995 Canada Winter Games.
Sam Steel, a native of Ardrossan, AB, is just beginning his NHL career after being drafted by the Anaheim Ducks 30th overall in 2016. Steel was a standout player for the Sherwood Park Midget AAA Crusaders before graduating to the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, which included a 131 point season in 2016-17. He was an important part of Team Canada’s 2018 World Junior gold medal winning team with nine points in seven games. Steel played 22 games for the Ducks during the 2018-19 season, notching 11 points.
COACHING SKILLS REGISTRATION > | INTRO TO HOCKEY REGISTRATION > | DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS REGISTRATION >
Get your AHHF Gala tickets today
RED DEER - The 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration is now more than half way sold-out! Get your tickets today and join us in celebrating this year’s inductees: 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 >
Become a part of the biggest celebration of hockey in Alberta, the AHHF Induction Gala is on Sunday, July 21, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. There are sponsorship opportunities available or plan to attend and 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
John Jacobs: 1954-2019
RED DEER - John Jacobs, an Honoured Member of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and a Life Member of the Hockey Alberta Referee Council, passed away on Thursday, May 30 at the age of 65.
John’s officiating career begin in 1967. Over the course of his career, John obtained a Level 4L the highest ranking a linesman can achieve. He worked numerous national and international events, including serving as a linesman in six Viking Cups and several Team Canada Cups. Off the ice, John worked as a supervisor at three Viking Cups, and once at the Royal Bank Cup.
John’s list of contributions to officiating in Alberta is a lengthy one, starting in 1982 when he began instructing at the Hockey Alberta Officiating Development Camp, and was the Development Camp Coordinator for over 10 years, with 25 years of involvement with the camp. He was the Chair of the North Central Zone Referees Committee for four seasons, followed by six seasons as Hockey Alberta’s Referee Council Chair. He also served as a member of Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors, as the officials’ representative.
John’s decades of work with officials in Alberta was recognized with a number of awards, including Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Development Award (2004), the Ernie Boruk Award (2008), and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation Award (2008).
John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna; his daughters Terine (Derek) Forrester and Penny (Scotte) Titus; sister Val (Merv) Zwicker; mother-in-law Betty Hansen; sisters-in-law Carol (John) Zerkee and Lorraine Hansen; brothers-in-law Ted Hansen and Tim (Sandra) Hansen, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
For his contributions to hockey in Alberta, John was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. And he was honoured as an Officials’ Life Member in 2011. Officials are encouraged to wear their uniforms, and golfers and encouraged to wear their golf shirts.
Donations in John’s memory can be made to Stettler Minor Hockey, the Stettler Food Bank, or another charity of your own choice.
A celebration of John’s life will be held on Friday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. in his hometown of Stettler, at the arena where John spent so many of his weekends.