As part of an ongoing review of the Male Alberta Development Model (ADM) by Hockey Alberta’s Elite Development Committee, a number of changes have been approved by Hockey Alberta to Elite Draw Zones for the 2015-16 season.
The changes reflect proposals for draw zone changes that were submitted by member Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) during the past year. The changes include:
- Red Deer Draw Zone to reduce to hosting one (1) Bantam AAA team;
- Slave Lake MHA moved from the St. Albert Draw Zone to the Grande Prairie Draw Zone;
- Bashaw MHA moved from the Leduc Draw Zone to the Sherwood Park/Camrose Draw Zone;
- New Sarepta MHA moved from the Sherwood Park/Camrose Draw Zone to the Leduc Draw Zone;
- 3C’s MHA (formerly Castor, Coronation and Consort) added to the Medicine Hat Draw Zone;
- CR MHA (formerly Calahoo and Rivière Qui Barre) added to the St. Albert Draw Zone; and
- Enoch Cree Hockey Association (new member) added to the St. Albert Draw Zone.
The ADM was developed in 2007 to enable the province’s top hockey athletes to compete at the highest level in a fair and equitable manner. The goal is to ensure that the needs of players and teams are considered with regard to player opportunity and movement.
Elite Draw Zones have been established to facilitate feeder systems into Bantam AAA, Minor Midget AAA and Midget AAA programs. There are 12 Elite Draw Zones across the province, with each zone having at least one team in each of the AAA divisions. These AAA teams comprise the three provincial Elite leagues – Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL), Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League (AMMHL), and Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League (AMBHL).
Elite Draw Zone host centres include: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Airdrie/Okotoks, Leduc, Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park/Camrose, St. Albert/Spruce Grove, Lloydminster, Grande Prairie, Calgary and Edmonton.
During the upcoming season, additional work planned by the Elite committee includes each Draw Zone hosting a meeting of its area MHAs to discuss the curate state of AAA hockey in the zone and the province, and initiate discussion on future options.