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Hockey Alberta Foundation

Applications Open for the Hockey Alberta Member Grant Supported by Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

RED DEER – Grant applications for the 2022 Hockey Alberta Member Grant - supported by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation - are now being accepted.

The grant provides for new and exciting youth hockey programming opportunities in northern Alberta.

Priority for funding will be given to those in need for leadership development; introduction to hockey, female, para and Indigenous hockey programming; and inclusion and diversity initiatives.

The Member Grant is available to Hockey Alberta member organziations that are non-profit organizations located in the Red Deer area and north. It is awarded to a maximum of $20,000 per member organization.

To apply for Member Grant funding, complete the fillable form available on hockeyalbertafoundation.ca. There will be one application intake this season, with the application deadline September 30.

Apply Here >


Every Kid Every Community grant applications are also available for Community Grants and Player Assistance.

The Community Grant funds new programs or supports existing programs focused on recruiting new players to the game regardless of age, skill or environmental factors. The Player Assistance Grant offers financial support to current or new players looking to play the game of hockey.

Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey.

The Community Grant is awarded to a maximum of $5,000, while the Player Assistance Grant is awarded to a maximum of $3,000 per association.

Apply Here >


For families looking for player assistance, there are several options available including:

  • Hockey Canada Assist Fund
  • KidSport
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart

The Hockey Canada Assist Fund provides up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies to approved applicants who are registered with a Hockey Canada sanctioned association.

Hockey Canada Assist Fund >

KidSport provides financial assistance for organized sports registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. There are three programs available to hockey players in Alberta:

Return to Play Grant > | Flames EvenStrength Program > | Oil Country Hockey Assist Program >

Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart provides up to $300 per activity per child.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart >

News

New Partner Announcement

Red Deer, AB. - Hockey Alberta today announced a new fundraising partnership with FlipGive, a free and easy-to-use cashback app for teams, designed to help sports families lower the cost to play by shopping for the things they’re already buying from over 700 top brands.

FlipGive also offers a free team budgeting and fee scheduling solution to save managers and parents time and energy while tracking their team’s financial health throughout the season.

“The partnership comes at the most opportune time, with the start of the hockey season right around the corner, and fundraising on the minds of many parents and associations,” said Mike Klass, Senior Manager Business Operations. “Hockey Alberta is excited to connect its members with the FlipGive program and see members directly benefit through the funds raised.”

“FlipGive is thrilled to partner with Hockey Alberta to offer a modern fundraising solution to their members,” said Beth Mobley, Director of Partnerships. “FlipGive believes no family should have to choose between sports, their budget, and their time. We hope this partnership can help parents, coaches, and managers lower the cost to play and put focus back on the kids and their development both on and off the ice.”

The average family earns $1,000 through shopping on FlipGive to help pay for their kids’ sports and activities each year. As of August 2022, teams had raised $36.5 million and counting.

Create a team and start earning with FlipGive today.>

Interested in using FlipGive for your entire association? Visit try.flipgive.com/hockeyalberta-associations to book a call with a FlipGive representative.

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Board of Directors Recruitment Notice

Are you interested in helping set the direction for sanctioned amateur hockey in the province of Alberta? Do you have experience as a Board member within a policy governance structure?

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for three (3) positions on its Board of Directors.

Positions include:

  1. Chair
  2. Vice Chair
  3. Director at Large*

*This position is a NEW position that is intended to be elected only if a Notice of Motion to change the Past Chair position to an elected position is approved by the members.

Deadline to submit a nomination package is AUGUST 31, 2022.

APPLICATION / NOMINATION FORM >

Hockey Alberta is the governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta. The Board of Directors builds and monitors the strategy of the organization through its vision, mission, values and strategic direction. The Board operates under a Policy Governance Model and delegates operations to the Chief Executive Officer. The Board is elected by and accountable to the members of Hockey Alberta.

The Board holds regular meetings, either in-person in Hockey Alberta’s head office in Red Deer or via phone/ digital platform.


Candidate Qualifications

The Board of Directors is focused on being a diverse group comprised of individuals with a variety of skill sets and experiences. For 2021, candidates with previous board experience are being sought to fill the three available positions. Criteria to be considered by the Nominations Committee for each candidate include:

I. Skills/ Experience

  • Advocacy (such as government relations/ lobbying)
  • Communications/ Marketing/ Social Media
  • Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
  • Human Resources
  • Environmental and Social Responsibility

II. Diversity

  • Female
  • Visible Minority
  • Indigenous
  • Younger Age Demographic

In addition:

  • 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.
  • Experience and understanding of the workings of a Provincial Sport Organization is an asset.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check is required.

CHAIR OF THE BOARD JOB DESCRIPTION >

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 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). Elected individuals will serve a term of three years.

To be eligible for the Board of Directors, a 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.

I. BYLAWS AND REGULATIONS >

II. BOARD GOVERNANCE, STRUCTURE AND POLICIES >


For more information, please submit an email to:

[email protected]

21:13 Board of Directors Recruitment Notice >

News

Update to Members

Update to Members - August 26, 2022

1. Hockey Canada Statement to Stakeholders
2. Statement from the Interim Chair of Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada has posted two Statements to its website this week.

The first document is a Statement to Stakeholders that provides updates on its Action Plan, as well as additional information on Hockey Canada’s approach to sexual misconduct, the National Equity Fund, and the 2018 and 2003 incident allegations.

The second document is a Statement from Andrea Skinner, the interim chair of Hockey Canada.

The documents can be found on the Hockey Canada website at the following links:

Statement to Stakeholders >

Statement from Interim Chair >

News

AFHL and AEHL 2022-23 Season Schedules Released

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) and Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) have released their schedules for the 2022-23 season. The schedules for each division (U18 AAA, U18 AAA Female, U18 AA Female, U17 AAA, U15 AAA and U15 AA Female) can be viewed on their respective websites.

A total of 1,402 games have been scheduled across the 87 teams in the six divisions. The regular season starts for both U18 AAA divisions and U15 AAA on October 1, the U17 AAA season will kick-off on October 7, and the U18 AA and U15 AA Female divisions will follow on October 15.

Fans can follow all the action in the AFHL by downloading Hockey Alberta’s official mobile app (created by HockeyTech) from Apple or Google Play. The app features real-time scoring data direct from each arena. Follow every game in real time with complete box scores, game summary and up to the minute player stats. The Hockey Alberta app also features past Scores, future Schedules, Standings and both player and goalie stats.

AEHL and AFHL games will also be livestreamed exclusively on HockeyTV. HockeyTV enables fans to watch all games from the 2022-23 season live and on-demand from anywhere in the world. All livestreams will include live scoring and in-game overlays, giving viewers a high-quality experience and bridging the gap between the arena and watching from home. Fans can now sign up for a HockeyTV All-Access pass at the lowest price that it has ever been - $149.99. Visit HockeyTV.com to sign up.


AFHL

The U18 AAA division is comprised of six teams, while the U18 AA and U15 AA divisions are each comprised of 12 teams divided into two divisions, North and South. Each division will also feature a Showcase weekend, all in Red Deer. The U18 AA Showcase Weekend is December 2-4; U15 AA is December 9-11, and the U18 AAA division Showcase is February 3-5.

U18 AAA Schedule >

U18 AA Schedule >

U15 AA Schedule >


AEHL

A pre-season schedule of games has also been posted for the U17 AAA and U18 AAA divisions. Included for each division is a Showcase weekend. The U18 division will hold their Showcase early on in the season on October 8-9 at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton. The U17 Showcase will take place at the Spray Lakes Family Sports Centre in Cochrane on December 2-4, while the U15 Showcase weekend is set for February 2-5 at the Leduc Recreation Centre.

U18 AAA Schedule >

U17 AAA Schedule >

U15 AAA Schedule >

News

Registration to Host an Esso Fun Day is Now Open

Registration to host an Esso Fun Day is now open! Esso Fun Day programs provide new-to-hockey girls and women of all ages with a free, fun introduction to Canada’s game. The program originated in 1998 and has grown to become one of Hockey Canada’s largest recruitment tool for girls and women. This unique program was designed to help first-time players step on the ice and start their hockey journeys.

Esso Fun Day programs are designed to familiarize beginners to hockey with basic skills in a fun, positive and welcoming environment at no cost to the first-time participant. It enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, experience team spirit, develop self-confidence and experience a sense of achievement.

Programs can be delivered to girls and women of all ages, including the Hockey Canada Timbits U7 Program, so players can experience the sport early and enjoy the game for a lifetime.

There are four Esso Fun Day formats available:

  1. One-day on-ice:
    • One on-ice session with a focus on basic skills and concepts (60-90 minutes), led by certified instructors.
    • One off-ice session with a focus on team-building, icebreakers and an introduction to the basic rules and terminology of hockey.
  2. One-day off-ice:
    • One off-ice session with a focus on basic skills and hockey concepts (60-90 minutes), led by certified instructors.
    • One off-ice session with a focus on team-building, icebreakers and an introduction to the basic rules and terminology of hockey.
  3. Six-week on-ice sessions:
    • An introductory first day, as outlined above in (1), followed by five additional weekly on-ice sessions.
    • Six-week programs create greater on-ice confidence, increasing the likelihood of continued participation.
  4. Six-week limited ice sessions:
    • An introductory first day, as outlined above in (1) or (2), followed by additional weekly sessions which may be either on-ice, off-ice of any combination of the two.
    • Six-week programs create greater on-ice confidence, increasing the likelihood of continued participation.

Hosts must be affiliated with a local hockey association in good standing with Hockey Alberta. Hosts should fill out the online application at least four weeks prior to their proposed program date. Host associations determine which program format suits their goals and resources. Reimbursement amounts are applicable for each version to off-set the costs of hosting the program.

More Information >

Register to Host Esso Fun Days >

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 22:15

Hockey Alberta News
MEMBER GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Grant applications for the 2022 Hockey Alberta Member Grant - supported by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation - are now being accepted. The grant provides for new and exciting youth hockey programming opportunities in northern Alberta. There will be one application intake this season, with the application deadline September 30.

APPLY NOW


VIEW THE REST OF THE ICE TIMES NEWSLETTER >

Team Alberta

Over 150 Players Attended the U18 NAHC Selection Camp

RED DEER - Over 150 players attended the male and female U18 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) Selection Camp in Red Deer, with the goal of being selected to a Team Alberta roster and representing the province at the 2023 championships.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta (ISCA), is overseeing and coordinating the selection process for the players and coaches representing the province at the championships. The camps were held August 4-7 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

The national championships provide a forum for elite U18-aged Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nation, Inuit and Metis players across the country.

“Hockey Alberta is honoured to partner with the ISCA in assisting in the process of forming the 2023 NAHC Team Alberta female and male teams,” said Mike Applegate, Regional Manager North, Hockey Development, for Hockey Alberta.

“ISCA is very proud of the partnership we have with Hockey Alberta for the 2023 NAHC,” said Shannon Dunfield, Chair of the ISCA. “This is reconciliation in action and the ongoing collaboration creates a space in which Hockey Alberta learns from ISCA on culture and protocols, and we learn from them on processes that allow for safe and equitable tryouts for our Indigenous youth in Hockey. We look forward to Team Alberta making its way back to the NAHC in 2023!”

The Team Alberta rosters will be announced October 31. The 2023 NAHC will take place in Winnipeg, May 7-13.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Donating $1.5 Million to Hockey Alberta Foundation

August 8, 2022 (Edmonton, Alberta) – The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is teaming up the with the Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF) for the second consecutive season by donating $1.5 million to make minor hockey accessible for thousands of families and help grow the game in Alberta. Donations from the EOCF to the Hockey Alberta Foundation have totaled $3 Million over the last two years.

This donation will support the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Grant Program, the Hockey Alberta Member Grant Program and the Hockey Alberta Volunteer Recognition/Thank You Program.

“We are once again proud and honoured to partner with the Hockey Alberta Foundation to help make hockey possible for thousands of kids across our province,” said Corey Smith, EOCF Board Chair. Seeing all those kids take the ice for the first time last year, and the smiles and tears in their parents eyes, we saw firsthand just how important these funds were for families across Alberta. This partnership has made an enormous impact on growing the game of hockey from the grass roots level and making Canada’s game accessible for all kids in Albertaone of the EOCF’s core mandates.”

During the 2021-22 season, the Hockey Alberta Member Grant Program, supported by the EOCF, impacted over 13,000 participants, coaches and members. Focused on Northern Alberta, 83 associations and organizations received grants across 60 different communities.

“The effect that the Member Grant had on communities across Northern Alberta last season was remarkable. It truly made a difference in communities and associations, whether it was putting a stick in a child’s hands, implementing a para hockey program or infrastructure development. Thanks to the continued partnership with the EOCF, we can continue to reach more participants and grow the game in the right direction,” said Dennis Zukiwsky, HAF Board Chair.

The Hockey Alberta Member Grant Program, supported by the EOCF, allows access to funding for Hockey Alberta members in Red Deer area and north. Priority for funding will be given to those in need for leadership development, introduction to hockey, female, para, Indigenous hockey programming and any inclusion and diversity initiatives.

Minor hockey associations and members will be able to access the funding application at: hockeyalbertafoundation.ca.

As part of the partnership, the Hockey Alberta Volunteer Recognition/Thank You Program is back. Volunteers are crucial to the success of amateur hockey in the province and Hockey Alberta wants to give their thanks. Coaches, parents, and players will have an opportunity to be inspired by their Oilers or Oil Kings heroes.

The HAF works to inspire every kid in every community’s passion for hockey. In collaboration with the EOCF, the HAF can continue to grow the game in Northern Alberta.

For more information on the HAF visit hockeyalbertafoundation.ca or the EOCF visit nhl.com/oilers/eocf.

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ABOUT THE EDMONTON OILERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is a proud supporter of Oil Country and has been contributing to our community’s success since 2001. With a focus on programs aimed at those most vulnerable in our community, especially in Edmonton’s downtown, and youth hockey programming with a goal to increase participation of under-represented groups in our community, the Oilers Foundation is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership and continues its deep legacy of giving back. Thanks to the generosity of our valued hockey fans, Oilers players and alumni, the EOCF Board of Directors, OEG employees and the Katz Family, the Foundation has contributed over $86 million to more than 2900 charitable organizations and minor hockey programs across Oil Country since 2001.

ABOUT THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION (HAF)

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to provide EVERY KID in EVERY COMMUNITY the opportunity to play hockey in Alberta. We work in collaboration with partners to fund those who need us, invest in those who will lead us and honour those before us. For more information on the HAF or to make a donation, visit hockeyalberta.ca.

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Update to Members - Hockey Canada’s National Equity Fund

The following Member Update was shared with Hockey Alberta’s Member organizations this week. Members of the hockey community in the province are encouraged to review the Update, along with the documents.

The past few weeks have been challenging times for the hockey community across Canada, with intense attention from the federal government, the media, and participants in our sport.

Hockey Canada’s use of the National Equity Fund in the settlement of 2018 sexual misconduct allegations has been a key component of the ongoing public discussion. The media has reported some member organizations and participants are questioning whether their fees should go to Hockey Canada in the future.

Hockey Alberta has been working with the other 12 Member Branch partners across Canada to gain clarity for our member organizations and participants when it comes to the National Equity Fund.

Linked in this message is a Memo from Brian Cairo, Chief Financial Officer for Hockey Canada. Mr. Cairo put together this Memo at the request of the 13 Member Branches to answer questions on the National Equity Fund, how the dollars within that fund are collected, and how it will be used going forward.

HOCKEY CANADA MEMO - NATIONAL EQUITY FUND >

Also linked in this email is the Action Plan that Hockey Canada published recently, outlining the steps that will be undertaken by Hockey Canada to drive culture change within our sport.

HOCKEY CANADA - ACTION PLAN >

Please review both documents. They can be used internally and when speaking with your participants.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Hockey Alberta Office so that we can work to obtain the clarity your organization is seeking.

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Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is Back for the 2022-23 Season

In its ongoing commitment to ensure access to hockey for young Canadians, the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is back for the 2022-23 season. The relaunch of the program follows a tremendous year in 2020-21, when more than 2,000 Canadian families received an assist.

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is once again making $1 million available to help Canadians experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19. It will provide up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies to approved applicants who are registered with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association.

The goal: Help young Canadians get back on the ice and enjoying the game they love in their communities.

If you or someone you know could use an assist with registration fees, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund for more information, or to apply.

If you have any questions, please look at the FAQs or contact [email protected].

When it comes to play, we can all use an assist.

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Registration now open for Arctic Winter Games Selection Camps

RED DEER - Registration is now open for both male and female athletes to participate in the 2023 Arctic Winter Games Selection Camps.

The U15 Male Selection camp is being hosted in Slave Lake on September 16-18, while the U18 Male Selection camp is being hosted in Peace River on September 23-25. Both selection camps are for athletes that are playing at or will be playing at the Tier 1 level or lower for the 2022-23 season.

U15 MALE REGISTRATION

U18 MALE REGISTRATION

The Female selection camp will be held in Manning on October 7-9. This camp is for players born in 2004-2009 playing at any level for the 2022-23 season.

FEMALE REGISTRATION

Communities eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games are located on or above the 55th Parallel. Click here to view a list of eligible communities.

The 2023 Arctic Winter Games are set for January 28 - February 4, 2023 in Fort McMurray.