Summer Development Camps kick off in Red Deer

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.


Registration now open for 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program

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:

Fall Programs:

  • Brooks
  • Grande Prairie
  • Calgary (Wednesday sessions)
  • Calgary (Saturday sessions)
  • Edmonton
  • Leduc
  • Lethbridge
  • Onoway
  • Strathcona

Winter Programs:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Ponoka

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!