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Hockey Canada Unveils Club Hockey Canada

Club Hockey Canada is a program developed by Hockey Canada - with the support of Hockey Canada’s partner branches - to provide added value to registered hockey players, their parents, coaches and officials. The official membership  card will be directly mailed to all those registered in the Hockey Canada Registry. Hockey Alberta is pleased to be a partner of Hockey Canada moving forward with this unique and innovative opportunity.

Membership cards should be coming out in late September and into October. 

Hockey Canada News Release

With the 2012-13 season set to start across Canada, Hockey Canada is excited to introduce Club Hockey Canada, a loyalty program for registered hockey players, their parents, coaches and officials.

Other features of Club Hockey Canada include The Hockey Zone, an online space for hockey fans of all ages to play games, watch exclusive videos and follow the latest hockey news. In addition, Club Hockey Canada’s online store will feature items from national brands, including gas and grocery gift cards, sporting equipment, and Hockey Canada merchandise, with a portion of each purchase automatically going into a household PUCK BUCKS account. PUCK BUCKS can be redeemed to off-set next season’s registration fees or team expenses, to help Canadian families lower the cost of hockey.

“Hockey Canada’s goal is, and has always been, to get more players participating in our game,” said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “We feel this is a tremendous opportunity to leverage the corporate partnerships we have and make the game more affordable and accessible. We want to maximize what is available to us, to bring down the costs associated with playing the game.” 

Every season, more than 550,000 players, along with tens of thousands of coaches and officials, take to ice in one of Hockey Canada’s 13 branches and thousands of minor hockey associations from coast to coast. Club Hockey Canada will reward their participation in Canada’s game by cutting down on costs just by doing everyday tasks, such as buying gas or dinner for the family.


Hockey Alberta Announces Team Alberta Roster For National Women’s Under-18 Championship

Hockey Alberta announced on Tuesday the top 20 athletes that have been named to the Team Alberta roster for the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, November 7-11 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.


The selection process started with an intense spring selection camp in May where a combined total of 88 athletes met to compete for one of the 46 spots at Summer Camp. Following the completion of the Summer Camp, the coaching and evaluation staff narrowed the talented field down to 27 players.

The short listed players then competed at a tournament in Edmonton facing the University of Alberta Pandas and two Bantam AAA male teams September 7 - 9.

“The tournament in Edmonton gave us a chance to see what the girls can do in game situations and against players at an elite level,” said Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Hockey Development, Mike Kraichy. “Narrowing down to just 20 players is difficult, but we believe we’ve put together a team that can play well in every facet of the game.”

The National Women’s U18 Championship is an event that brings together the top talent from across Canada. The event is held every year except when the Canada Winter Games are held (every four years). In 2011, Team Alberta finished seventh.

Of the 20 athletes, 12 are returning from the team that finished seventh in 2011, and three are returning from the team that won Gold at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

U18 Female is the final stage of the Team Alberta Female Program and one of the initial stages that Hockey Canada uses to help identify players for the National Program.


Leadership Weekend Energizes Core Volunteers For Hockey Season

Providing Hockey Alberta’s volunteers with a professional development experience is the purpose of Hockey Alberta’s Leadership Weekend that concluded Sunday in Sylvan Lake. Members of Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors, zone teams, councils and committees were among this year’s attendees.

“The focus of this year’s event was to get our volunteers and the Hockey Alberta staff to get to know another,” said Hockey Alberta’s Executive Director, Rob Litwinski. “There are a lot of new people involved with the organization and we felt it important that everyone got to know what their roles bring to the vision of Hockey Alberta.”

The Leadership Weekend was a chance for volunteers to take part in professional development sessions while engaging and sharing ideas with hockey peers.

The event started Friday evening with Litwinski and Hockey Alberta President, Rob Virgil going over the Governance Changes as well as reviewing the operation of the new Board of Directors.

Saturday began with a presentation from Change Management Specialist, Damon Heron focusing on the qualities and steps needed in order to enact changes successfully within an organization. Heron zeroed in on the focal points of leading change as well as some traps to avoid.

The day continued with introductions to all of Hockey Alberta’s staff and a series of workshops on topics including: organizational values, updates on Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centres, its website, coach clinics and Respect in Sport.

On Sunday, the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors met with Red Deer College President, Joel Ward and Vice-President of Community Relations, Michael Donlevy for the first time. The meeting gave the Board a chance to learn more on the new partnership between Hockey Alberta and Red Deer College, the benefits and the greater vision.

“The leadership weekend reinforces the solid support system we have at Hockey Alberta and it officially signals the kick off of the new hockey season,” added Litwinski. “We really focused on Hockey Alberta’s vision and our organization’s values.”