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Hockey Alberta Female Skills Camps coming to Calgary & Red Deer

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is bringing a Female Skills Development Camp to Calgary and Red Deer this August.

These camps will focus specifically on female hockey players and providing the skills/development needed for unlocking athlete potential. The camps feature multiple on-ice skill development as well as multiple off-ice multi-sport sessions.

Some of the top female hockey and skills coaches in the area will comprise the on-ice staff. This group of instructors are very passionate about teaching and truly understand what skills are required at the next levels, while at the same time making sure the kids have lots of fun!


Open to: 2006-2011 born female athletes
Cost: $250
Dates: August 10-12
Arena: Cardel Rec Centre, South

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Red Deer

Open to: 2006-2009 born female athletes
Cost: $158
Dates: August 25-26
Arena: Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre

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Team Alberta alumnae invited to National Women’s Development Team and U18 Selection Camps

CALGARY - Eight Team Alberta alumnae have received an invite to attend Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Under-18 Team selection camps.

Codie Cross (Airdrie), Emma Keenan (Calgary), Shae Labbe (Calgary), Malia Schneider (Millarville) and Abagael Thiessen (Red Deer) are among the 41 players invited to the National Women’s Development Team camp. Stephanie Markowski (Edmonton), Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton) and Rachel Weiss (Calgary) are among the 43 Under-18 invitees.

Former Team Alberta Coach Howie Draper (Edmonton) was named the Head Coach of the Under-18 team as well.

Both camps run August 4-12 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

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Rinks to Links – providing the first chance to try hockey

CANMORE - Sixteen youths from the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, many of whom had never skated or played golf before, are the beneficiaries of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s 2018 Rinks to Links program.

The group had the unique experience of a trip to the mountains on Tuesday, July 24 to the Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club in Canmore, and the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre.

The day started with a bus trip to Canmore, where the kids hit the driving range and putting green at Stewart Creek, with a lesson from the course professionals.

After lunch, the group made the quick trip over to Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, where each participant was outfitted with a full set of hockey equipment, provided by Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank in Calgary.

The kids then hit the ice for a one-hour introduction to hockey, with instruction from Hockey Alberta staff, and numerous volunteers, including members of the Canmore Eagles coaching staff.

On behalf of all Rinks to Links participants, the Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank presenting sponsor, ATB Investor Services, as well as the Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank and the Canmore Eagles for their support.

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Team Alberta U18 Female shortlist announced

RED DEER - Twenty-eight female hockey players from across Alberta are moving forward on the Road to Red Deer.

Team Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the squad that will participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defence, and 16 forwards.

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Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play at the Team Alberta U18 spring camp in May, and at the Provincial Camp in Camrose, July 10-15. Forty-six players were invited to Camrose from the spring camp, and worked through high-intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“These 28 athletes have worked hard to get this point,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “We look forward to seeing what they bring to the table at Fall Camp as they make the final push for a spot to represent their province on home ice in February.”

Team staff includes: Carla MacLeod (head coach), Cassea Schols and Craig Perrett (assistant coaches), Amanda Tapp (goalie coach), Ally Bendfeld (video coach), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Amanda Bergen Henengouwen (equipment manager), and Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning).

The shortlisted players will attend a fall camp in Edmonton in September, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster.

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


AHHF Class of 2018 inducted in Canmore

CANMORE - Four outstanding individuals, and and two Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning teams comprise the 2018 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Grant Fuhr, Wally Kozak, Ron MacLean, Mike Vernon, and 1991 Team Alberta U18 Female and 1999 Team Alberta U16 Male were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history on Sunday night at the AHHF Awards Gala, held at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.

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Grant Fuhr was one of the National Hockey League’s greatest goaltenders, playing on five Stanley Cup champion teams over a 20-year career (1981-2000) and earning induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 in his first year of eligibility. The Spruce Grove native is best known for his 10 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers (1981-91).

In his speech, Fuhr said thank you to some of the people who made his Hall of Fame career possible, including: Spruce Grove Minor Hockey and the parents and volunteers who made playing hockey possible; the Oilers and Glen Sather, who took a chance on a kid who was a little rough around the edges; and the Calgary Flames for allowing him to finish his career in Alberta.

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Wally Kozak is known as one of the best technical hockey coaches in the world. A career coach and past Head Scout and manager of Player Development for Team Canada Women’s Team, he has been an instrumental part of developing female hockey in Canada thanks to more than four decades of involvement at all levels of the sport.

Kozak acknowledged four significant individuals from Alberta who pioneered coaching development programs in Canada - Dale Henwood, Clare Drake, Dr. George Kingston and Dave King. He also talked about his one year with Father David Bauer’s national team, and the influence Father Bauer had on the type of coach that Kozak would become.

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Ron MacLean has interviewed the greatest players, coaches and personalities, and his extensive knowledge and passion for the game of hockey, combined with three decades of hosting Hockey Night in Canada, has made him one of the country’s most famous and beloved broadcasters.

For MacLean, this was a weekend full of memories, as he also attended his 40th anniversary high school reunion. He had memories about each of the other members of the 2018 induction class, including recalling the best save he saw from Grant Fuhr, during an exhibition tour in Norway, and Mike Vernon’s performance in an exhibition game in the 1985-86 season against Moscow Dynamo.

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Mike Vernon is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and a Memorial Cup winner, who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League with four teams. Mike hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Calgary Flames, and then again in 1997 with the Detroit Red Wings.

In his speech, Vernon recalled how he used to attend camps coached by Wally Kozak, and how he and Fuhr squared off not just in the NHL, but also in the junior ranks. He extended thanks to his minor hockey coaches and teammates throughout the years; talked about how coach Bob Johnson made the game fun; and acknowledged the key roles played in his career by goaltending greats such as Glenn Hall, Dan Bouchard, Rejean Lemelin and Rick Wamsley.

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The 1991 Canada Winter Games in Charlottetown, PEI marked the first year for female hockey in the Canada Winter Games, and it was a record-setting performance for the players who were selected for the inaugural Team Alberta Female Hockey squad. First and foremost, the team won the gold medal, defeating British Columbia, 2-1, in the championship final.

Loretta Normandeau, one of the team’s assistant coaches, recalled the challenge was finding players to invite to the tryout camp. But the players who comprised the team were truly trailblazers who have helped female hockey expand from the 120 players who attended that first provincial development camp in Lacombe to the more than 8,000 registered in 2017-18 in Alberta.

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The 1999 Canada Winter Games marked a significant year for Newfoundland and Labrador. Not only was the province celebrating its 50th anniversary of Confederation with Canada, but it was also the first time the province had ever hosted a Canada Winter Games. For the members of the Team Alberta Male Hockey squad, they helped the host province celebrate by going undefeated to win Alberta’s third gold medal in male hockey in Canada Games competition.

Ben Kilgour recalled how the team was a unique mix of players from different levels of hockey who had played against each other their whole careers but came together as a team for the Games. Then, a fortunate puck bounce in overtime, “and (Scott) Hartnell sends us here today. It happens that quick.” Kilgour thanked all the parents for the time and travel; the minor hockey programs, coaches, managers and volunteers; junior programs that allowed their players to attend the Games; and Hockey Alberta for setting the professional hockey atmosphere and giving them the chance to know the thrill of victory.

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The evening concluded with a hot stove discussion hosted by Maclean. Fellow iInductees Fuhr, Vernon, Kozak, Hartnell and Val Gill from the 1991 Team Alberta Female squad reflected on some of the key moments of their careers and about hockey in general.

Sunday’s AHHF Gala kicked off in the afternoon with a VIP reception for the 2018 inductees, and included dinner and the awards presentation. The 20187 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala is presented by Hockey Alberta, the Hockey Alberta Foundation, and ATB Investor Services.

The 2018 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala runs in conjunction with the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, a key fundraiser for the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program.

The 13th annual Golf Classic also takes place in Canmore, beginning Monday evening with a special reception for all participants, as well the celebrity golfers. The tournament goes Tuesday at the Stewart Creek Golf Club. Celebrity golfers include Grant Fuhr, Jordan Eberle, Mark Giordano, Mel Davidson, Rob Brown, Curtis Glencross, 2018 World Junior gold medalists Dillon Dube and Cale Makar, and many more. For the 12th consecutive year, ATB Investor Services is the presenting sponsor of the Golf Classic.

In addition to the Golf Classic, Stewart Creek will also host the first half of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s annual Rinks to Links program on Tuesday morning, where 30 first-time hockey players will take part in a golf lesson. From there, the participants will head to the Banff Arena to be outfitted head-to-toe with new equipment, and take to the ice for the very first time.

The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time. Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey.


Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist announced

RED DEER - Thirty-five athletes from Alberta have taken the next step on the Road to Red Deer.

Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The shortlist includes five goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 20 forwards.

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Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Camrose, July 3-8. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“This year’s Summer Camp in Camrose showcased just how many talented athletes we have in Alberta,” said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “Now, as we move towards the Canada Winter Games, these 35 players are now one step closer to representing their home province in Red Deer.”

The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.


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Hockey Alberta Summer Super Skills Camps coming to Calgary, Grande Prairie & Red Deer

Registration is now open for the Hockey Alberta Super Skills Development Camps taking place in Calgary, Grande Prairie and Red Deer this August.

The Hockey Alberta Super Skills Development Camp focuses on individual skill development on and off the ice.

On-ice sessions include drills in conjunction with Power Edge Pro, power skating, shooting specific techniques, position specific skills and small area games. Off-ice sessions work on agility, balance and coordination and incorporate other sports, to foster overall athleticism within the Long Term Player Development model. These off-ice sessions may include activities such as golf, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and more.

Cost: $499

Open to: 2006-2011 born athletes

This camp includes:

  • 5 consecutive days of activities (players are supervised 8:30-4:30 each day)
  • 10 on-ice sessions (2 daily)
  • 15 off-ice sessions (3 daily)
  • Hockey Alberta practice jersey, t-shirt and shorts

Grande Prairie

August 13-17, Coca Cola Centre

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August 20-24, Vivo Arena

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Red Deer

August 27-31, Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre

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** Special Note: A Three day option is available for parents for this camp only