RED DEER - World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend, sponsored by BFL Canada, is quickly approaching, and your team can help us celebrate the female game across the province, country, and world!
From Oct. 4-6, the International Ice Hockey Federation will lead the way on the ninth year of World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, with dozens of federations around the world taking part. The goal of this weekend is to have events from coast to coast to coast that recruit, retain and engage female players, coaches, officials and fans – old and new. This event aims to celebrate and grow the female game, and unite Canadians through grassroots programming led by female hockey associations, minor hockey associations and communities.
Since 2011, the IIHF has united countries around the globe for World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. Over the years, thousands of people have taken part and the celebration continues to grow – click here to see events that have been hosted around the world!
Get involved in your own unique way or check this list to find events you can attend in your community!
Associations and teams from across Alberta are encouraged to join in on the global celebration by hosting an event - it doesn’t even have to be about playing the game! Need a few ideas? Click here.
Interested in hosting an event or celebration? CLICK HERE!
RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to be recognized by Respect Group for our long-time participation and leadership in the Respect in Sport program. Hockey Alberta was the first sport organization to implement Respect in Sport certification for parents and coaches, as well as the first to require mandatory recertification.
Co-founders of Respect Group – Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil – visited Hockey Alberta on Wednesday to present CEO Rob Litwinski and Director of Business Operations Mike Klass with a specially designed paddle.
The paddle symbolizes the support of organizations such as Hockey Alberta who partnered with Respect Group and adopted Respect in Sport programming before acknowledgement of the importance of preventing bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination was widely recognized.
RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) today announced a new agreement with HeadCheck Health, Inc. (HeadCheck) to supply all teams with mobile and web-based technology to follow the league’s concussion protocol and record and share vital information on suspected concussions with medical professionals.
“We’re very pleased to be teaming up with HeadCheck to help solve some of our biggest challenges in concussion safety,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of the AFHL. “Their tech simplifies what’s normally a complicated process and provides our medical professionals with the information they want to make the most informed decisions possible on the welfare of our players.”
“It shows an incredible commitment to player safety on the part of the AFHL to kick off this agreement by bringing all three levels of play onto HeadCheck,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health, Inc. “This is just the first step in providing the league with unparalleled visibility into exactly where they can best allocate resources for concussion safety.”
As part of the agreement, all Bantam Elite, Midget Elite, and Midget AAA teams will be able to use HeadCheck beginning with the upcoming season. Team trainers, athletic therapists, and safety personnel can use HeadCheck’s mobile app to document suspected concussions, perform concussion assessments per what is appropriate for their qualifications and transfer the information collected to medical professionals and partner clinics to safely return players to the ice. The platform allows a player’s concussion history to transfer with them from team-to-team or level-to-level for more informed care.
Additionally, HeadCheck is customized to the league’s concussion protocol and provides administrators governance tools and the ability to monitor compliance in real-time. Where needed, HeadCheck will supply teams within the league with contracted athletic therapists to support team staff. HeadCheck is a secure system that meets all top line health privacy standards in Canada and the United States.
About the AFHL
The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) is home to 30 teams at the Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite levels, providing a competitive platform for young aspiring female athletes to enhance their skills. A collection of 12 host associations around the province are committed to the growth and development of AAA and Elite female hockey. The member associations include Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Leduc, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, Olds, and Red Deer. Through dedicated staff and volunteers, the AFHL offers opportunities for female athletes to receive mentorship, off-ice education sessions, female specific coaching, post-secondary exposure opportunities, academic & billet programs, and a competitive skill development atmosphere. https://www.afhl.ca
About HeadCheck Health, Inc. HeadCheck is an innovative mobile and web-based platform that gives medical and non-medical personnel the appropriate tools to follow any concussion protocol, integrates all individuals involved in concussion care, and allows the data collected to be analyzed for health and safety improvements. Hundreds of teams across the world from minor through professional sports have adopted the HeadCheck platform including: the CFL, CJHL, BC Hockey, Trek Factory Racing, Volleyball Canada, UBC Athletics, BC Rugby, Eastern Washington University, Rugby Ontario, Western Lacrosse Association, Rugby Quebec, and more. For more information visit the HeadCheck Health Website
CALGARY - Four Albertans will suit up for Team Canada this week in Lake Placid, New York, as the National Women’s Team announced its Development Team and Under-18 Team rosters.
Team Alberta alumnus Malia Schneider (Millarville) was named to Canada’s Development Team roster, while 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medalists Jaden Bogden (Edmonton) and Sarah Wozniewicz (Cochrane), along with Taze Thompson (Sherwood Park), will all play for the Under-18 squad.
All three Under-18 players are on Team Alberta’s shortlist roster for the 2019 U18 National Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB.
Both teams will play in a three-game series against the United States, August 14-17.
The three-day fundraising event in Canmore began on July 21 with the AHHF Awards Gala at the Coast Hotel, with money raised for EKEC through a wine pull, silent auction, and live auction.
The 13th annual HAF Golf Classic, presented by ATB Wealth, ran July 22 and 23 at Silvertip Golf Course.
The Talking Goalie once again withstood a barrage of shots from golfers throughout the day, raising $8,700, with challengers opting to show their support to either the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers. The Calgary Flames Foundation and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation each matched the amount raised in their name, bringing the grand total of funds raised by the Talking Goalie to $17,400.
The Silvertip Charitable Foundation also donated $25,000 back to Every Kid Every Community, while the Shaw Charity Classic Birdies for Kids program contributed $10,000.
The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all those who showed their support for the Every Kid Every Community program, helping to get more kids across the province into hockey. A special thank-you goes out to the Flames Foundation and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for their charity challenge contributions; the event’s title sponsor, ATB Wealth; and key contributing sponsors Vada Capital, Pillar Capital Corp, Q2 Artificial Lift Services, ATB Financial, and the Gord Bamford Foundation.
Photo credit: LA Media
The Hockey Alberta Foundation and ATB Wealth would like to congratulation the 2019 HAF Golf Classic Champions, Theo Fleury, Brock Melnyk, Shawn Stordy and Jennings Thuen. Congratulations are also in order for Mike Commodore, Celebrity Low Net champion.
The group had the unique experience of a trip to the mountains on Tuesday, July 23 to the Silvertip Golf Course in Canmore, and the Canmore Recreation Centre.
The day started with a bus trip to Canmore, where the kids hit the driving range and putting green at Silvertip, with a lesson from the course professionals.
After lunch, the group travelled to the Canmore Recreation Centre, where they were treated to a tour of the Canmore Eagles’ dressing room before hitting the ice for a one-hour on-ice session, with instruction from Hockey Alberta staff, and numerous volunteers, including members of the Eagles coaching staff.
On behalf of all Rinks to Links participants, the Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank Every Kid Every Community sponsor, ATB Wealth, as well as Silvertip Golf Course and the Canmore Eagles for their support.