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Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund Returns with $1 Million to Support Return to Hockey for Young Albertans

CALGARY, Alta. – The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund and its all-star team of ambassadors are returning for a second season to give young Canadians and their families an assist with registration fees, and get them back in the game they love.

Olympic gold medallists, Alberta’s own - Jarome Iginla and Marie-Philip Poulin, and Paralympic gold medallist Greg Westlake will lead the Hockey Canada Foundation lineup of supporters as the Assist Fund looks to surpass last year’s assist total of 1,032 Canadian kids, and distribute $1 million in funding during the 2021-22 hockey season.

“The tremendous response to the launch of the Assist Fund in 2020 demonstrated the real need families have for financial support to get their kids back to hockey. It also showed the desire of sponsors, hockey fans and members of the Canadian sport community to be a part of the solution,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “We know the need will be even greater this year, and with restrictions lifting across the country, the continued support we have from our many partners and the funding we have available, we can help even more young people get back in the game.”

The Assist Fund was created last year in response to the unique and challenging circumstances Canadians faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was brought to life through the ongoing commitment of the many partners of Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation, such as BFL CANADA, BHE Canada, Chevrolet and Scotiabank, who gave assists through donations and awareness. Past sponsors are returning to lend their generous support in 2021, with Scotiabank contributing $350,000 specifically for BIPOC applicants and Chevrolet integrating the Assist Fund into its Good Deeds Cup program. The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is also welcoming new partners this year, including BDO, the Cannonball Sport & Education Fund and the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund.

“The growing support for the Assist Fund from respected brands and experienced organizations is critical to us being able to help more Canadian kids take to the ice this year,” said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “Our Foundation is committed to helping remove barriers of access to the game of hockey for Canadians, and through our partners and the many Canadians who donate to us, we are helping thousands of kids every year. We plan to make the 2021-22 hockey season our biggest success yet.”

For more information about the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund, or to apply, visit

About the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund allows Canadians who meet the criteria and need a financial assist to apply for up to $500 in registration fee reimbursements per player. Canadians can apply for the fund from August 1, 2021 to December 3, 2021 at To enhance the impact and support for local communities, Canadians can also donate to the Assist Fund, with 100 per cent of all donated funds reaching young Canadians (the Hockey Canada Foundation will absorb all administration costs).

Hockey Alberta Foundation

$92,500 Raised for Every Kid Every Community

RED DEER – Every kid in every community will have a better opportunity to hit the ice this year with the $92,500 raised at the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic presented by the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Golf Classic, held on July 19-20, in Canmore, included two days of golf at top-tier courses and the Every Kid Every Community reception.

“On behalf of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, we are grateful for the continued support we receive at this event,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “Thanks to our sponsors and the generous support we’ve received, we are able to provide kids in every community an opportunity to play hockey each year.”

Nine teams teed off on July 19 at Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club for Monday’s VIP Golf event. Long-time supporters from Red Deer Lock and Safe and ATB Financial, Kevin Engel, Melanee Bobyck, Paula Bodnar and their celebrity guest, Rob Brown, took home championship belts, while Kris Noble walked away with the lowest net score.

The Every Kid Every Community reception held Monday night at Cornerstone Theatre included a live and silent auction with items donated by generous supporters from across the province and all proceeds raised going directly to Every Kid Every Community program.

On July 20, 37 teams brought their A-game to Silvertip Golf Course for the annual Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic. The challenging course was once again no match for celebrity guest Rob Brown and his winning team from ATB Financial; John Windwick, Jason Collins and Brad Beebe. Theo Fleury notched the lowest celebrity net score.

Hockey Alberta Foundation Board of Directors Chair, Dennis Zukiwsky and Executive Director, Tim Leer, greeted golfers on Hole 1, where golfers could participate in the Charity Putting Challenge. Funds raised from the Putting Challenge were matched by the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, up to $10,000. For a donation, golfers could try their hand at a 54’ putt, for their chance to win $1,000. The first to sink the putt, Richard Doerkson, offered to donate the money back to split the winnings with anyone else who sunk the putt. He ended the day splitting the winnings three ways as Darcy Watwood and Mike Rogers found their way to the hole, with all three donating their winnings back.

The 2022 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic is scheduled for July 18-19, with the return of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala, to be held Sunday, July 17, making for an exciting few days in Canmore!

For more information on the Hockey Alberta Foundation or the Golf Classic, visit

Monday VIP Golf:

Lowest Team Net Score

Rob Brown, Kevin Engel, Melanee Bobyck, Paula Bodnar

Lowest Net Score

Kris Noble

Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic:

Lowest Team Net Score

Rob Brown, John Windwick, Jason Collins, Brad Beebe

Second Place

Dale Nahirney, Mark Blair, Ron Czuj, Rob Hobbins

Third Place

Bud Kelly, Dustin Snider, Brennen Wowk, Desmond Bouteiller

Lowest Celebrity Score

Theo Fleury

Most Honest

Corinne Ethier, D’Arcy Hutchinson, Nate Cormier-Letcher, Jeremy Brown



  • 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship
  • Birchcliff Energy
  • McCaw Blasting & Drilling
  • Tide Water Midstream & Infrastructure Ltd.
  • Vada Capital
  • Red Deer Lock & Safe

Team Sponsors

  • Flames Foundation
  • Edmonton Community Foundation
  • Al Star Oilfield
  • Q2 Artificial Lift Services
  • Troubled Monk
  • Players Bench
  • Bo’s Red Deer
  • HyTech Production
  • RSM Canada
  • Silvertip Golf Resort
  • Red Deer Discount Golf


  • Respect Group Inc. and Murieta’s
  • WHL, Hockey Calgary, CAC Hockey Club Edmonton

Team Alberta

Hockey Alberta Ready for Team Alberta Summer Development Camps

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is ready to host players from across the province at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer for the 2021 Team Alberta Summer Development Camps, fuelled by Gatorade. Team Alberta camps will span from July 26 – August 15.

The Team Alberta U16 Female Skill Development Camp runs from July 26-29. Focusing on position-specific skills, each position will participate in four on-ice sessions over two days.

Following the female camp, the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp will take place August 3-8. There will be three, two-day camps broken up by region (South Region August 3-4, Central Region August 5-6 and North Region August 7-8). The camp is the first step in the identification process for the WHL Cup, slated for October of 2021. A selection camp will be held September 17-19.

The Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp is scheduled to run from August 13-15, rounding out the trio of development camps. Players will participate in three on-ice sessions and an additional goaltender session. The U18 Female Fall Camp is planned for September 24-26, where players will be identified for the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship set for November in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Registration for the U16 and U18 camps was open to players from Alberta registered in a Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season. The U16 camps feature players born in 2006, while the U18 camp was open to 2004 and 2005 born players.

Coaches will also be in Red Deer on August 20-22 to complete the National Coaching Certification Program High Performance 1 (HP1) certification. All head coaches coaching U15 AAA, U16 AAA, U18 AAA, Junior A and Canadian Sport Schools Hockey League teams must be HP1 certified.

Other Hockey Alberta camps happening throughout the province include:

  • Team Alberta Elite Development Camp, Sherwood Park – Aug. 3-6
  • Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey School – Aug. 3-6
  • Team Alberta Elite Development Camp, Calgary – Aug. 9-12
  • Summer Prep, Grande Prairie – Aug. 9-13
  • Super Skills, Calgary – Aug. 9-13
  • Checking Skills, Lloydminster – Aug. 9-12
  • Female Skills Camp, Calgary – Aug. 13-15
  • Summer Weekend Camp, Calgary – Aug. 21-22
  • Summer Weekend Camp, Calgary – Sept. 4-5

For more information on upcoming Hockey Alberta camps, visit


Seventeen Albertans selected at 2021 NHL Draft

RED DEER - It was a banner year for Alberta at the 2021 NHL Draft, with 17 Albertans drafted to 13 different teams.

After three Albertans were selected in round one of the draft on Friday night, 11 more were drafted in rounds two through seven on Saturday.

Saturday’s portion of the draft saw a pair of Albertans drafted to the teams their older brothers currently play for, as Colton Dach will join older brother Kirby with the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Colorado Avalanche selected Taylor Makar, the younger brother of defenceman Cale.

The 17 Albertans drafted hail from nine different Minor Hockey Associations, 16 are alumni of the Alberta Elite Hockey League, and nine played for Team Alberta.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown MHA Former Team(s)


9 Dylan Guenther Arizona Coyotes Forward Edmonton Hockey Edmonton (North West Zone) KC U15 AAA Squires (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX U18 Prep (CSSHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
15 Sebastian Cossa Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Fort McMurray Fort McMurray Fort McMurray U15 AA Oil Barons (NAHL), Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
25 Corson Ceulemans Columbus Blue Jackets Defenceman Beaumont Beaumont Leduc U15 AAA Oil Kings (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)


34 Olen Zellweger Anaheim Ducks Defence Fort Saskatchewan Fort Saskatchewan Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
35 Ryker Evans Seattle Kraken Defence Calgary Hockey Calgary (Shaw Meadows) Calgary U15 AAA Royals, CRAA U16 AAA Blue (AEHL), Regina Pats (WHL)
39 Zack Ostapchuk Ottawa Senators Forward St. Albert St. Albert St. Albert U15 AAA Sabres (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Vancouver Giants (WHL)
62 Colton Dach Chicago Blackhawks Forward Fort Saskatchewan Fort Saskatchewan Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep (CSSHL), Saskatoon Blades (WHL)


65 Jayden Grubbe New York Rangers Forward Calgary Hockey Calgary (Bow Valley) Calgary U15 AAA Bisons, CBHA U16 AAA Rangers, Calgary U18 AAA Buffaloes (AEHL), Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
91 Taige Harding Chicago Blackhawks Defence St. Albert St. Albert Spruce Grove U15 AAA PAC Saints, St. Albert U16 AAA Flyers, St. Albert U18 AAA Raiders (AEHL), Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)


103 Gannon Laroque San Jose Sharks Defence Edmonton Hockey Edmonton KC U15 AAA Squires, CAC U15 AAA Canadians (AEHL), NAX Elite 15s, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Victoria Royals (WHL)
112 Talyn Boyko New York Rangers Goaltender Drumheller Drumheller Airdrie U15 AAA Xtreme (AEHL), POE U15 Prep, POE Prep (CSSHL), Tri-City Americans (WHL)
118 Kyle Masters Minnesota Wild Defence Edmonton Hockey Edmonton (South West Zone) MLAC U15 AAA (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Red Deer Rebels (WHL)


130 Sean Tschigerl Anaheim Ducks Forward Whitecourt Whitecourt OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
148 Gage Alexander Anaheim Ducks Goaltender Okotoks Okotoks Rockyview U16 AAA Raiders, Okotoks U18 AAA Oilers (AEHL), Winnipeg Ice (WHL)


173 Lucas Ciona Calgary Flames Forward Edmonton Hockey Edmonton SSAC U15 AAA Lions (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
176 Dru Krebs Washington Capitals Defence Okotoks Okotoks Okotoks U15 AAA Oilers, Okotoks U18 AAA Oilers (AEHL), Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)


220 Taylor Makar Colorado Avalanche Forward Calgary Hockey Calgary (Crowchild) Calgary U15 AAA Flames, NWCAA U16 AAA Stampeders, Calgary U18 AAA Flames (AEHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)


Three Albertans selected in first round of the 2021 NHL Draft

RED DEER - Three Albertans heard their names called and had their dreams realized during the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday evening.

The first round of the draft, which was done virtually for the second straight year, saw three athletes from Alberta drafted, including Dylan Guenther, who was the first Albertan selected when the Arizona Coyotes selected him ninth overall.

Guenther’s Edmonton Oil Kings teammate Sebastian Cossa was the next Albertan to go, and was the first goaltender off the board as the Detroit Red Wings traded up to select him 15th overall.

Brooks Bandits defenceman Corson Ceulemans was the third and final Albertan selected in the first round, going to the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 25th pick.

All three players are Alberta Elite Hockey League alumni, and also all suited up for Team Alberta (Cossa at the 2017 WHL Cup, Ceulemans and Guenther at the 2019 Canada Winter Games).

Rounds two through seven of the 2021 NHL Draft will conclude on Saturday.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown MHA Former Team(s)


9 Dylan Guenther Arizona Coyotes Forward Edmonton Edmonton KC U15 AAA Squires (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX U18 Prep (CSSHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
15 Sebastian Cossa Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Fort McMurray Fort McMurray Fort McMurray U15 AA Oil Barons (NAHL), Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
25 Corson Ceulemans Columbus Blue Jackets Defenceman Beaumont Beaumont Leduc U15 AAA Oil Kings (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)


Hockey Alberta to conduct U11 AA pilot project

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta will conduct a U11 AA Pilot Project in the 2021-22 season that implements an amended regional hosting structure, player movement rules, league schedule and coach and player development standards. This pilot project is based largely off of the final report and recommendations of the Non-Sanctioned Hockey Workgroup of last season.

We will be working in collaboration with the Northern Alberta Interlock League (Host League), the North East Alberta Hockey League, the All Peace Hockey League and, of course, their member MHA’s. We are looking to create a series of actionable recommendations that will be identified in time for implementation of a new, province wide, U11 model in the 2022-2023 season.

The outcome of this pilot is to identify the best overall structure for the top level of U11 and to ensure alignment and progression within the entire hockey system. The principles of Long-Term Athlete Development and Hockey Canada’s U11 Pathway will be adhered to within all recommendations. The best philosophy for developing players is to create an environment where similarly skilled players can compete together and against each other.

To make it fair and equitable for all teams within the pilot, regions have been established. These regions ensure there is an opportunity for all players that reside within the pilot areas that want to play and have the skill to play at the top level of U11, can. These regions largely follow the U13AA recruitment areas. The established regions allow for the progression of players from Tiered Minor Hockey programs, through to the host programs within this pilot.

Hockey Alberta has established a Workgroup for this U11AA Pilot Project, members include:

Brett Kelly – Hockey Alberta Staff, Innisfail, AB

Mike Applegate – Hockey Alberta Staff, Lloydminster, AB

Hudson Kelly – Hockey Alberta Staff, Red Deer, AB

Randy Mak – NAI Liaison, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Rick Nordstrom – Grande Prairie, AB

Jason Grinevitch – Bonnyville, AB

If you have any questions, please contact Brett Kelly, Manager, Officiating at [email protected]


Grow the Game: Online Anti-racism Resources

Grant MacEwan University has developed the “Grow the Game” initiative for online anti-racism resources for hockey. The goal of the project is to fill the gap around racism information, education, awareness and its impact on those in the hockey community, both on and off the ice.

Federally funded by the Canada Heritage Anti-Racism Program, Grow the Game was created by Alim Tharani and Irfan Chaudhry as a virtual summit in December 2020. The summit featured a diverse line-up of experts to speak on a variety of different racial experiences in hockey including: the impact, anti-racism, unconscious bias and barriers in addressing racial discrimination.

“The biggest thing that we heard from people is just having a baseline of what racism is and how it manifests in the sport of hockey; and what can be done about it,” said Chaudhry. “People don’t know where to turn or what to do and then it (racism) often times does not get addressed in a meaningful way.”

Grow the Game resources are available online. To begin the education process, there is a “Starter Kit” available with definitions, articles and videos to highlight the impact of racial discrimination in hockey. As well, the website includes recordings of the discussions at the virtual summit in December.

For more information on Grow the Game, visit or contact Tharani and Chaudhry by clicking here.

Hockey for Life

Community Partners Inspire Hockey for Life

With Hockey Alberta ready for Stage 3 of the Government of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, the Hockey Alberta Foundation and Every Kid Every Community has teamed up with Sports Central, Calgary Flames Sports Bank and KidSport to help eliminate the financial barriers of playing hockey.

Sports Central provides sports equipment at no cost to kids in need. Based out of Edmonton, the volunteers also accept gently-used equipment by donation.

Calgary Flames Sports Bank helps kids and families across southern Alberta access equipment at no cost. The organization works with KidSport Calgary to breakdown the cost of fees and equipment to ensure every child has an opportunity to play sports. The Calgary Flames Sports Bank operates with the help of volunteers and donations.

KidSport offers grants to help cover the registration costs for sport, allowing all kids to play. Grants can be applied for online and the organization welcomes donations.

Every kid in every community should have the opportunity to play hockey. Contact the partner organization in your area or Hockey Alberta.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

World Juniors are teeing up with the Hockey Alberta Foundation

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship as the official presenting sponsor of the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic.

The annual event will be held July 19-21 at the prestigious Silvertip Golf Resort in Canmore and all funds raised go directly to the Every Kid Every Community program. A portion of the World Juniors commitment to the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic will be used to match funds raised on the charity donation hole – up to $10,000.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship as a presenting sponsor of the golf classic this year,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “Hosting the World Juniors two years in a row inspires kids across the province to play hockey and the foundation has the capacity to help make those dreams a reality for every kid in every community across Alberta.”

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship is set to return to Edmonton and Red Deer from Dec. 26 – Jan. 5, 2022.

“The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship is proud to support the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic,” said Riley Wiwchar, Executive Director of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. “As part of the World Junior legacy, we want to build the game into a more welcoming and inclusive environment and engage new players into the sport, an opportunity that the foundation provides.”

The Hockey Alberta Foundation raises funds through events, such as the golf classic, to support initiatives that provide programming, enhance development and enable kids across the province to participate in hockey. Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation provide quarterly grants through the Every Kid Every Community program for player assistance or community programming.

About the Hockey Alberta Foundation

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to provide EVERY KID in EVERY COMMUNITY the opportunity to play hockey in Alberta. The organization works in collaboration with partners to fund those in need, invest in those who will lead and those who came before. For more information on the Hockey Alberta Foundation visit or to make a donation please click here.