TEAM ALBERTA SHORTLIST ROSTERS ANNOUNCED
Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps have completed and shortlist rosters have been assembled for the U16 Male and U18 Female programs. Evaluations will continue into the season and teams will be finalized in the fall. U16 MALE > | U18 FEMALE >
THEOREN FLEURY AND GEOFF WARD HIGHLIGHT COACH CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Recently inducted Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame member Theo Fleury will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Hockey Alberta Coach Conference at Mount Royal University in Calgary on August 10-11. He will be joined by a number of esteemed coaches and presenters, including Geoff Ward from the Calgary Flames. SPEAKERS > | REGISTER >
UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL WITH OUR ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS!
Finish your summer strong with an Alberta Built Skills Camp offered by Hockey Alberta in August. Your young players can reach their potential at our Female Skills Camp in Calgary and/or Super Skills Camp in Red Deer, Calgary or Grande Prairie. INFO >
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT PROGRAM
The First Shift is a truly unique experience for new-to-hockey families, 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. INFO > | REGISTER >
MHA SAFETY LEAD TRAINING SESSION - SEPTEMBER 7
As part of ensuring a safe environment for players, Hockey Alberta is encouraging each of its associations to identify a person who is passionate about safety in the game to fulfil the role of the Safety Lead. As part of this role, Hockey Alberta will be providing a one day training session on Saturday, September 7 at the Hockey Alberta office in Red Deer. BULLETIN > | REGISTER >
SLEDGE HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES - SEPTEMBER 21
Hockey Alberta is kicking off the 2019-20 season with a two-day Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on September 21 & 22. Along with the player camp, there will be a sledge hockey specific Coach 2 clinic offered for those who coach in the game. PLAYER REGISTRATION > | COACH REGISTRATION >
HOCKEY CANADA SUMMER SHOWCASE
Beat the heat this summer with the Team Canada Summer Showcase, featuring the future of Canadian hockey and teams from around the world. See it FREE in Calgary at the Markin McPhail Centre at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park. DETAILS >
GLENCROSS INVITATIONAL RODEO CHARITY ROUGHSTOCK RAFFLE
The Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event is giving you the chance to win this 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Truck with the elevation package. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by visiting the Hockey Alberta office or calling 403.342.6777. Proceeds support the Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation Every Kid Every Community program.
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 >
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 >
PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - LONG TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) or Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is a "made-in-Canada" framework to maximize a player’s potential and long term involvement in sport over the course of his/her life. INFO >
CALGARY - Five members of Team Alberta’s 2017 U16 Male squad have earned the opportunity to suit up for Team Canada’s National Men’s Summer U18 Team at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August.
Defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park), and forwards Ridly Greig (Lethbridge), Connor McClennon (Wainwright), Jake Neighbours (Airdrie) and Ozzy Wiesblatt (Calgary) are among the 22 players selected to represent Canada for the annual international under-18 tournament.
Hockey Canada finalized its roster Tuesday following a five-day selection camp that saw 44 players participate in on and off-ice sessions, including three intrasquad games, at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
The 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup runs August 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.
RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is kicking off the 2019-20 season with a two-day Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp and a Sledge Hockey Coach 2 - Coach Level Clinic at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on September 21 & 22.
Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp
Designed to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels, the camp will feature a unique combination of on-ice and off-ice skill development, an equipment session, and a game-play session for new and returning sledge hockey players.
The camp will be led by Canada’s Women’s National Para-Ice Hockey team Head Coach, Tara Chisholm. With a Masters in Adapted Physical Activity, Tara is a part-time Kinesiology instructor at Medicine Hat College and is very passionate about teaching and truly understanding what skills are required in sledge hockey while at the same time making sure the players are having fun!
Sledge Hockey Coach 2 - Coach Level Clinic
***This clinic is Sledge Hockey Specific ***
Coach 2 - Coach Level is the in-person component to follow up the HU-ONLINE Coach 1/2. It emphasizes basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem and a love for the game. As part of your registration each coach will be granted access to the Hockey Canada Network App that will provide yearly practice plans, videos and additional coaching resources.
The cost for this clinic is $136.00 + GST and payment will only be accepted online. *Refunds will only be given up to 72 hours in advance less a $30 administration fee.*
For more information, please contact Allison Marriott, Member Services Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
RED DEER - Twenty-Eight 2002 and 2003-born female athletes from Alberta are one step closer to representing their province in November.
Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U18 Female squad that will participate in the 2019 U18 National Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 16 forwards.
Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 9-14. Sixty-Eight players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.
“The talent and character of these players always makes it tough to select a shortlist, but we are very confident in the 28 players we have selected,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. “We look forward to seeing all of these players again in September for Fall Camp.”
The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, and meet in Edmonton for Fall Camp September 27-29, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2019 U18 National Championship Tournament runs November 3-9 in Morden and Winkler, MB.
CALGARY - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce recently inducted Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame member Theoren Fleury as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Coach Conference in Calgary. Fleury will be joining an esteemed group of speakers, including Geoff Ward, Associate Coach of the Calgary Flames.
Fleury was one of the most competitive players on the ice over the course of his 15-year National Hockey League career, and a member of the 1989 Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames. Along with his ability on the ice, Theo’s charitable and social wellness endeavours since his retirement have helped solidify his role as a sporting and social leader.
Ward is entering his second season as associate coach with the Flames, after spending three years as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils and prior to that, seven seasons behind the bench with the Boston Bruins in an assistant role.
Other speakers include:
|Mike Shaw & Hunter Visser||HeadStartPro||
Mike Shaw, a UBC Okanagan alumni and accomplished coach, comes to us from a background in action sports and freestyle skiing. He’s a subject matter expert in performance coaching and injury prevention.
Hunter Visser is a retired world-cup halfpipe skier who came to the field of mental performance and injury prevention training after sustaining a career-ending concussion.Today, Hunter works with regional to Olympic-level coaches, and an equally broad spectrum of multi-sport athletes, helping them improve focus, awareness, and mindfulness to enhance performance and prevent injuries.
|Peter Anholt||Lethbridge Hurricanes||Peter Anholt is entering his third full season as the General Manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Anholt is one of 16 WHL coaches to record 400 or more victories, sitting 10th all-time with 466 wins. He has posted an all-time record of 466-487-66 as a Head Coach in the WHL.|
|Ken Babey||Men’s National Para Hockey Team||Ken Babey is the Head Coach of the National Para Hockey Team. Since 2015, he has led Canada to the world title in 2017 and the silver medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Prior to his position with Hockey Canada, Babey spent 27 years as the head coach of the men’s hockey team at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) from 1987-2014.|
|Wayne Harris||U of C Dinos Football||For nearly 40 years, Wayne Harris has been involved with the Dinos as a player, alumnus, assistant coach, and most recently defensive coordinator. Over the course of his coaching career with the Dinos, Harris has been part of seven Hardy Cup championship teams and participated in four Vanier Cups.|
|Bert Gilling||Mount Royal University Hockey||Bert Gilling joined Mount Royal as the men’s hockey head coach in 2014. Gilling established a new culture around the team and in his first season, he led the Cougars to their first-ever playoff victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies. He has since won Canada West Coach of the Year two times.|
|Dean Seymour||Seymour Hockey||
Dean Seymour played nine years of pro hockey that saw his career take him from the United States, to Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, highlighted by an invite to the 2001 Spengler Cup. Now in Calgary, Dean spends most of his time working for Hockey Canada developing players by sharing the skills and instruction he has received throughout North America and Europe.
The Hockey Alberta Coach Conference will give coaches of all levels the opportunity to learn about the latest strategies, trends and technologies from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches in the game.
CANMORE – Five outstanding individuals and back-to-back Memorial Cup champions comprise the 2019 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).
Theoren Fleury, Kevin Lowe, Shirley Cameron, Bob Ridley, Duncan MacDougall, and the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history on Sunday night at the AHHF Awards Gala, hosted by Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.
A consistent theme among the inductees was the interesting twists and turns that can happen in life, and especially in setting the direction of an individual’s career in hockey.
Theo Fleury played with the Calgary Flames for 11 seasons, from 1988 to 1998 and was an important part of their Stanley Cup championship in 1989. He led the team in regular season scoring six times, and five times in the playoffs. His NHL career also included stops with the Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.
In his speech, Fleury reflected on some of the highlights of his career, including when he played junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors. He recalled the ice plant going down in the old “Crushed Can” in the playoffs against the eventual Memorial Cup champion Medicine Hat Tigers, and game four having to played in Regina. He suggested that the Tigers might only have won a single Memorial Cup had they played in Moose Jaw.
But Fleury focused on his work off the ice, and helping people deal with trauma, mental health and addiction issues.
“It’s nice to be recognized, but it’s more important what you leave behind,” said Fleury. “I try and help people understand what trauma does to an individual. I try to give them hope and inspiration.”
Kevin Lowe is a pillar of the Edmonton community and one of the key leaders who built the Edmonton Oilers into a Stanley Cup dynasty team. As a defenceman, he was a solid positional player in his own zone, a team leader and an astute playmaker on offence. His leadership on and off the ice was a major component of Cup championships in both Edmonton and New York.
In his speech, Lowe recalled how he came to Edmonton in 1979, after being drafted by the Oilers, having not been further west in Canada than London, Ontario. At the time, he didn’t even realize the Oilers were in the NHL at the time. And the fact that he even was drafted by the Oilers with the final pick in the first round was a surprise, as he had been ranked as high as number four overall.
“But if you work hard, pay your dues, eventually good things will happen,” Lowe said. “And none of these things happen without the strong support of my family.”
Shirley Cameron is one of the most important individuals in the growth and development of women’s hockey in Alberta, dating back to the early 1970s as a player, coach and builder of the sport. Shirley was one of the founders of the Edmonton Chimos, and the team’s leader for more than three decades. The 1983-84 Chimos were inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.
In her speech, Cameron recalled she could never have envisioned a lifelong involvement in hockey from her early days playing pond hockey in the Bonnyville area.
“My dreams could never possibly have gotten this far,” said Cameron. “I remember thinking wouldn’t it be the coolest thing to play for an all-girls team against another all-girls team, and we’d have jerseys.”
That dream came true when she answered a radio ad in Edmonton, and ended up playing for “the Tuesday night girls.” That group of players became the Edmonton Chimos, and that team helped the sport of female hockey grow by traveling throughout rural Alberta to play oldtimer teams and show girls the sport of hockey.
Duncan MacDougall has played a tremendous role in the development of on-ice officials over more than four decades of involvement in hockey in Alberta. Whether a new official just starting out in the officiating program, or a senior official preparing for provincial, national, international or professional work, Duncan has helped many of them with their achievements and advancements in officiating.
In his speech, MacDougall recalled how the first time he ever thought about the officials who work a hockey game was when he was 12 years old, and was watching the Western league all-star game in Edmonton. He was able to hear referee Lloyd Gilmour talking to the players, and was impressed with Gilmour’s demeanor.
After that, he answered a newspaper ad looking to recruit referees to work in northwest Edmonton.
“It was fun, it was challenging, and when you left the ice, you felt like you’d done a good job,” said MacDougall.
As sports director for CHAT TV & Radio, Bob Ridley has spent 50 years covering and promoting amateur sports in Medicine Hat and surrounding area. Bob has been an integral part of the Medicine Hat Tigers Hockey Club since the team’s inception in 1970. Serving as the play-by-play voice for the Tigers, only missing one broadcast in over 3,900 games.
In his speech, Ridley talked about how he didn’t set out to become an announcer; rather he wanted to be a hockey player, until he recognized his size and ability wouldn’t let that happen.
He reflected on how special it was to be part of the same induction class as the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers teams. He also recalled the first Tigers team to reach the Memorial Cup in 1973, and the opportunity he had to call games in the Montreal Forum in the same broadcast booth as Danny Gallivan.
Ridley also reflected on more than 2,800,000 kilometres covered during his 45 years as the bus driver for the Tigers, and the hundreds of chats that were held at the front of the bus with players, including current NHL broadcaster Kelly Hrudey.
MEDICINE HAT TIGERS
The 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers are the only Alberta team to win back-to-back Memorial Cups, as the Canadian major junior hockey champions, and one of only eight teams in the Cup’s 100-year history to win back-to-back titles.
Scott McCrady spoke on behalf of the teams and agreed with Ridley that inducting the two Medicine Hat teams would not have been complete without their broadcaster and bus driver.
“Thanks for always getting us home Bob,” McCrady said.
McCrady also reflected on the importance of decisions and lauded the team’s general manager Russ Farwell for making all the right decisions those two seasons, including hiring the right coaches, Bryan Maxwell and Barry Melrose. He recalled how, prior to the final game against Oshawa in 1987, Maxwell stressed how winning every little battle was going to be the key – including winning the ceremonial faceoff.
“Team first, individual second, and no one is bigger than the sum of the parts,” said McCrady.
Also recognized during the AHHF Gala was the gold medalist U18 Female Team Alberta hockey team from the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The team had gathered earlier in the day at the Iron Goat restaurant in Canmore for the presentation of their championship rings. It was the first time the team had been together since the victory on March 2.
Sunday’s AHHF Gala kicked off in the afternoon with a VIP reception for the 2019 induction class at the Canmore Opera House, which included two hot stove sessions involving this year’s inductees.
The 14th annual Golf Classic – presented by ATB Wealth – 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 Silvertip Resort. Celebrity golfers include Mark Giordano, Mel Davidson, Jordan Eberle, Theo Fleury, Gord Bamford, Ben Hebert, Curtis Glencross, Carla MacLeod, Cale Makar, Kevin Lowe and Jamie Macoun.
In addition to the Golf Classic, Silvertip will also host the first half of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s annual Rinks to Links program on Tuesday morning, where 20 youths from the HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) program from the Calgary area will take part in a golf lesson. From there, the group will head to the Canmore Arena for an afternoon on-ice session.
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.
Hockey Alberta is seeking a creative, knowledgeable and energetic Coordinator, Video to join the Marketing and Communications department in its Red Deer office.
The Coordinator, Video is a new, full-time position at Hockey Alberta. The Coordinator will have the exciting opportunity to lead all video initiatives and projects undertaken by the organization. The Coordinator requires a diverse skill set that includes the ability to work collaboratively with staff across the organization to identify video topics, and then complete pre-production work (including scripting), production, and post-production and distribution. The Coordinator will also help lead new audio projects for Hockey Alberta, including the creation of a regular podcast that will focus on key topics for coaches, players, parents and all participants.
The full-time, contract position is for a two-year term, with a review of the position at the end of the term. Salary is based on the Hockey Alberta Compensation Policy relative to the successful applicant’s education/ experience.
Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, July 31 at 11:59 pm (MT). Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
CALGARY - Six Albertans will head to Calgary in August for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Development and Under-18 team selection camps.
Forwards Jaden Bogden (Edmonton), Taze Thompson (Sherwood Park) and Sarah Wozniewicz (Cochrane) will attend the BFL National Women’s U18 selection camp, while goaltender Kirsten Chamberlin (Cochrane) and forwards Malia Schneider (Millarville) and Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton) will skate in the BFL National Women’s Development Team selection camp.
Coming off a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games as the Head Coach of Team Alberta U18 Female, Carla Macleod (Calgary) will serve as an Assistant Coach on the Development Team, while former gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 coach Howie Draper (Edmonton) will serve as the Head Coach of the Under-18 team.
The BFL National Women’s Development and Under-18 Team selection camps run August 2-11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. Both teams will compete in a pair of three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid, NY, August 14-17.
RED DEER - Thirty-two 2004-born male athletes from Alberta are one step closer to representing their province in October.
Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will participate in the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary. The shortlist includes four goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 19 forwards.
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 Red Deer, July 2-7. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.
“Once again, the entire Team Alberta staff was very impressed with the level of talent and competition at Summer Camp,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “Now, the final push is on for these 32 players to show us why they belong on Team Alberta.”
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 WHL Cup runs October 22-27 in Calgary.
Do you have a child aged 6-10 years who is ready to fall in love with hockey? Registration is now open for the 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.
The First Shift is a truly unique experience for new-to-hockey families, 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 learnin Blog g basic skills. Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment.
The First Shift will be offered in eight locations across Alberta in the fall, and another three locations in the winter:
- Grande Prairie
- Calgary (Wednesday sessions)
- Calgary (Saturday sessions)
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 enrol 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!
RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps begin this week in Red Deer, 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 Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
U16 Male Provincial Camp, July 2-7
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 WHL Cup in Calgary.
Officials Development Camp, July 2-7
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 9-14
The top 68 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 Hockey Championship in Morden and Winkler, MB.
U16 Female Summer Camp, July 11-14
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 46 players participate in on and off-ice training and classroom sessions, and compete in game environments.
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.