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In Memoriam: George Kallay

RED DEER - George Kallay, a former Hockey Alberta board member and Chair of the Hockey Alberta Foundation board, passed away on Saturday, July 18 at the age of 74.

In addition to his roles with Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation, George served as a player, parent, referee, volunteer and executive member with Hockey Canada for more than two decades.

For his service to hockey in Alberta, George was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. His other accolades include a Hockey Alberta Development Award in 2005, a Hockey Alberta Centennial Award in 2007, Hockey Canada Volunteer of the Year in 2008, and the Alberta Cup 25th Anniversary Builders Award in 2011.

George’s resume with Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada is immense, as he served as Vice Chair of Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta from 1998-2003, the Chair of the Hockey Alberta Foundation from 2005-2009, and Chair of the Hockey Canada Development Committee from 2005-2008. He also spent many years with the Team Alberta program in various roles, and was Director of Operations for the gold-medal winning Team Alberta U16 Male at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and was once again inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 as a member of that group.

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Hockey Alberta Board of Directors Recruitment Notice

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for one (1) Director at Large position on its Board of Directors. Deadline to submit a nomination package is AUGUST 31, 2020.

APPLICATION / NOMINATION FORM >

Hockey Alberta is the governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta. The Board provides oversight and approves the vision and policy framework for the organization to carry out its operations. The Board operates under a policy governance model, and is accountable to its Members, ensuring that the mission, vision and values of Hockey Alberta are carried out by the organization. Operations are delegated to the Chief Executive Officer. The Board holds monthly meetings, either in-person in Hockey Alberta’s head office in Red Deer or via phone/ digital platform.


Candidate Qualifications

For 2020, the Board has approved the Nominations Committee to seek candidates that meet one or more of the following key criteria in each of two main categories:

I. Diversity

  • Female
  • Visible Minority
  • Younger Age Demographic

    II. Skills / Experience
  • Advocacy (such as government relations / lobbying)
  • Communications (such as public relation / sales/ marketing/ branding)
  • Hockey Alberta Member Knowledge/ Experience


In addition to the competencies identified above:

  • 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.

DIRECTOR AT LARGE JOB DESCRIPTION >


Process Overview

The Governance Committee of Hockey Alberta has created an external three-person Nominations Committee that includes a former Chair of the Board of Directors.

All submitted applications are reviewed by the Nominations Committee. Through the application and interview process, the Nominations Committee will prepare a group of qualified candidates endorsed by the Nominations Committee to be presented to the membership for election.

Board of Director positions are elected by the Members of Hockey Alberta at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The 2020 AGM is scheduled for Saturday, November 21. The intention is to have the meeting in person, however there are provisions if a virtual meeting is required. Elected individuals will serve a term of three years.

Each candidate is required to be nominated by a Member of Hockey Alberta, as defined in Article 2 of the Bylaws of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association.

The links below to the Hockey Alberta website provide more information on Hockey Alberta Bylaws, and the Board’s Governance Model, Code of Conduct, and Conflict of Interest policy. Candidates are required to complete a conflict of interest declaration with their application.

  1. BYLAWS AND REGULATIONS >
  2. BOARD GOVERNANCE, STRUCTURE AND POLICIES >

For more information, please contact:

Rob Virgil Rob Litwinski

Nominations Committee Chair, Hockey Alberta CEO, Hockey Alberta

[email protected] [email protected]

780-915-2873 403-342-6777

Hockey Alberta Foundation

#ChipinforKids and support the Hockey Alberta Foundation

RED DEER - While the Shaw Charity Classic has been cancelled for 2020, Shaw is committed to continuing the tournament’s legacy of giving.

In fact, Shaw has made it even easier to donate to the Hockey Alberta Foundation through its #ChipinforKids campaign.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and Shaw invite you to #ChipinforKids by texting KIDS107 to 30333 to donate $10 and help us provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey. To make your contribution go further, Shaw will match the donation, and then the Shaw Charity Classic will add up to an additional 50 per cent of the matched total. Your $10 donation can grow into a donation of $30 to the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has impacted over 41,000 kids in Alberta through disbursements that help support player fees and equipment, scholarships, and grassroots and mentorship programs. As we prepare to move forward with hockey in the fall, we know the demand and access to financial support services and alternate programming will be on the rise.Your donation and matched contributions raised through the #ChipinforKids program will help ensure that we will be able to continue supporting Alberta’s hockey community.

DONATE NOW >

Hockey Alberta Foundation

New-look Golf Classic raises $25,000 for EKEC | Lisa ’Longball’ Vlooswyk joins Hockey Alberta Foundation Board

CANMORE - The 15th year of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic had a different look as 18 teams took the links at Silvertip Golf Resort in support of Every Kid Every Community.

The 2020 event had COVID-19 safety protocols - including a restriction on golfers and using individual golf carts. The event also featured the introduction of the newest Board member for the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Lisa Vlooswyk joined Foundation Board Chair Dennis Zukiwsky on the second hole, hosting a “Drive for Donations” competition for the participating teams.

Lisa, otherwise known as “Lisa Longball” due to her status as an eight-time Canadian Long Drive Champion, used her long drives to help raise over $7,100 for Every Kid Every Community.

Lisa currently competes on the Golf Channel’s World Long Drive Association Tour, and finished as high as second in the world long drive championships. Lisa was the first woman to ever hit it the length of 3 ½ NFL football fields in competition and currently holds the Canadian Women’s Long Drive record at 350 yards 2 feet 2 inches.

In addition to her competitive career, Lisa is a Golf Journalist for several publications including Inside Golf Magazine and has had her own column in Golf Digest Canada. Lisa is a successful keynote Peak Performance Speaker at conferences and conventions, and runs her own Golf School for Women in Canada and the United States. Her entrepreneurial success was recognized when she was awarded the Bank of Montreal Celebrating Women award for Expansion and Growth in Small Business.

The total raised through Lisa’s efforts on Hole 2 will be matched through the Shaw Charity Classic Altalink Birdies for Kids Program. A silent auction also generated an additional $8300. In total over $25,000 was raised in the single day modified event.

A big thank you to all teams, donors and celebrities that came out to support or donated in lieu of attending. We look forward to the prospect of returning in 2021 with a full 36 team event again.

For those who wish to support the Hockey Alberta Foundations Every Kid Every Community program online, please visit https://shawcharityclassic.com/donate/

For more information on the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic or to get involved for 2021 please contact Danielle Kraichy – [email protected] .

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ICE TIMES: Edition 20:14

HOCKEY ALBERTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECRUITMENT NOTICE

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for one (1) Director at Large position on its Board of Directors. Deadline to submit a nomination package is August 31, 2020.

INFORMATION ON THE POSITION > | NOMINATION/APPLICATION FORM >


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ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS ARE BACK!

With a Return to Hockey plan in place, Hockey Alberta is excited to bring back Alberta Built Skills Camps to prepare your young athlete for the 2020-21 season. Current camps available include Goalie Skills, Female Skills, and Pre-Season Prep.

REGISTER FOR A CAMP NOW >


#CHIPINFORKIDS TO SUPPORT THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and Shaw invite you to #ChipinforKids by texting KIDS107 to 30333 to donate $10 and help us provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey. To make your contribution go further, Shaw will match the donation.

DONATE NOW >


JOIN THE HOCKEY ALBERTA TEAM

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the position of Coordinator, Member Development. This is a maternity leave position based out of Red Deer and will extend until September 2021.

JOB POSTING >


InStat ON BOARD AS AEHL AND AFHL VIDEO ANALYST PARTNER

The Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) and Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL), along with Hockey Alberta are excited to announce a new partnership with InStat Sport. The partnership sees InStat Sport provide the AEHL and AFHL and their teams with a reduced rate on utilizing the statistics and analytical features of the InStat Hockey platform.

FULL PARTNERSHIP DETAILS >


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Bob Clark - 1937-2020

RED DEER – Bob Clark, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, and a member of the 2020 Induction Class of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, passed away on Thursday, July 9 at the age of 83.

Bob Clark’s Obituary >

Bob, a resident of Carstairs, was involved in hockey in Alberta for more than half a century, displaying a passion for growing and improving the game for athletes and administrators.

Bob got his start as a goaltender in minor hockey, and served as a coach, general manager, administrator and committee member at the local, provincial and national levels. His involvement included work with Carstairs Minor Hockey, Hockey Alberta, and the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Bob was the face of Junior A hockey in Alberta. From 1987-95, Bob was general manager of the Olds Grizzlys who captured three Alberta Junior Hockey League championships and the Centennial Cup in 1994. Bob also served as team president for two years. Bob served as the AJHL’s board chair and Hockey Alberta’s Junior A Committee chair, and was a special advisor to the AJHL, and director with the Friends of Alberta Junior Hockey Scholarship Program.

In Bob’s professional life, he was elected to the Alberta Legislature in 1960, and in 1966, he was appointed Alberta’s (and Canada’s) first-ever Minister of Youth. As Minister, Bob commissioned a study with the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association on the state of hockey in the Province. Recommendations from this report led to the development of coaching and refereeing clinics across Western Canada.

Among his other numerous accolades, Bob was inducted into the Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, received Hockey Alberta’s President’s Award in 2003 and Centennial Award in 2007, received Hockey Canada’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2009, was the Chair of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee for four years, and was a member of Hockey Alberta Foundation Board of Directors for six years.

During Bob’s involvement in hockey, he was strongly supported by the wife of 55 years Norma, their two children Dean and Donna, and their families.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to PO Box 553, Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0.


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Join Our Team!

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the position of Coordinator, Member Development. This is a maternity leave position based out of Red Deer, AB and will extend until September 2021. Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Member Development, this position is responsible for leadership/support in the assigned safety, coaching and officiating areas within Hockey Alberta. These components consist of the Hockey Canada Safety Program and player safety committee, coaching certification programs, officiating clinics and Member Development.

The successful candidate will join a team ensuring that Hockey Alberta provides support and leadership to Minor Hockey Associations.

Job Posting >

The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, July 31.

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InStat Sport on board as AEHL and AFHL video analyst partner

RED DEER – The Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) and Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL), along with Hockey Alberta are excited to announce a new partnership with InStat Sport.

The partnership sees InStat Sport provide the AEHL and AFHL and their teams with a reduced rate on utilizing the statistics and analytical features of the InStat Hockey platform.

“InStat Sport is looking forward to growing our hockey platform across North America and we are excited to partner with Hockey Alberta’s elite leagues as part of that process. When hockey returns, we are ready to provide AEHL and AFHL teams with our leading video analysis and stats platform,” said Mark Yates, Director, InStat North America.

InStat Sport, founded in 2007, is a leading provider of performance analysis services in soccer, basketball and hockey. Hockey clients include teams in the NHL, CHL, NCAA, and USports. The company’s North American base is in Philadelphia.

The InStat Hockey platform is used by league and federation offices, coaches, scouts and management as a communication tool for coaching, player development and/or scouting purposes. At the team level, coaches and players can receive detailed reports after each game, statistical breakdowns, and links to corresponding video or playlists for the purpose of development and exposure to the next level.

“Hockey Alberta is pleased to be able to partner with InStat Sport connecting the organizations and teams of the AEHL and AFHL with the industry leaders in video stats and analytics. We see this as a partnership that will not only benefit individual teams but gives us an international platform to showcase our league talent as well,” said Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.

For more information regarding InStat, go to their website, www.instatsport.com, or check out their YouTube channel.

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ICE TIMES: Edition 20:13

PARENT ENGAGEMENT SERIES - PART FOUR: GAME DAY NUTRITION

Episode Four of the Hockey Alberta Parent Engagement Series features Edmonton Oilers/Edmonton Eskimos Head Team Physician Dhiren Naidu, and focuses on the importance of proper game day nutrition for athletes.

GAME DAY NUTRITION VIDEO >


HOCKEY ALBERTA’S RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN

Hockey Alberta released its Return to Hockey Plan on June 30, providing the framework and minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities. The Plan also allows players, coaches, officials, parents and other stakeholders to understand the current guidelines for operating sanctioned hockey for the 2020-21 season.

RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN >


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ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS ARE BACK!

With a Return to Hockey plan in place, Hockey Alberta is excited to bring back Alberta Built Skills Camps to prepare your young athlete for the 2020-21 season. Current camps available include Goalie Skills, Female Skills, and Pre-Season Prep.

REGISTER FOR A CAMP NOW >


ONLINE COACH DEVELOPMENT VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE

In June, Hockey Alberta ran a series of online coach professional development sessions with a focus on coaches in the minor hockey system, covering a number of topics ranging from Hockey I.Q. to coach interviews. The video series is now available on Hockey Alberta’s YouTube Channel.

ONLINE COACH DEVELOPMENT VIDEOS > | MORE COACHING RESOURCES >


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Parent Engagement Series - Part Four: Game Day Nutrition

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to continue its Parent Engagement Video Series, aimed at helping parents navigate through the ups and downs of being a hockey parent.

Episode Four features Edmonton Oilers/Edmonton Eskimos Head Team Physician Dhiren Naidu, and focuses on the importance of proper game day nutrition for athletes.

Parent Engagement Guide >

For more information on nutrition, and for other parent tips, head to hockeyalberta.ca.