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Rule update: adjustment to 7.4 - new emphasis, slew-footing

RED DEER - Hockey Canada has updated Tripping Rule 7.4 in the rule book for the 2016-17 season.

Rule 7.4(b), which pertains to slew footing, contains new language and penalties for this infraction. Rule 7.4(b) now reads:

A player who slew foots an opponent shall be assessed a double minor penalty plus a game misconduct if he is standing still while committing the foul. Should the player be moving (skating) or if an injury results from the infraction, the player shall be assessed a match penalty. A match penalty shall be assessed to any player who attempts to injure or deliberately injures an opponent with a slew foot.

The rationale for the change is to strengthen player safety and to eliminate injuries, namely to the head, from the resulting fall. We need to eradicate dangerous and unprovoked gestures, such as slew footing, from the game.
All people in the game – including players, coaches, officials and spectators – need to understand the rule and to respect the intent as we move to eliminate slew footing from hockey and strengthen player safety.

There is a video available from Hockey Canada that illustrates what officials are looking for when assessing a penalty for slew footing, which can be viewd below:

Hockey Alberta’s Referee Committee thanks everyone for their support and urges patience with the implementation of this rule as we move into the 2016-17 season.

Should you have questions, contact the Officials Zone Chair in your region, or email Dave Shaw at [email protected].

To download the info bulletin pertaining to Rule 7.4(b), click here.


Recognize an outstanding coach in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting nominations for Coach of the Month for the 2016-17 minor hockey season!

Coaches are an integral part of minor hockey and their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to play hockey. Help us recognize a coach in your community by nominating him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month!

Nominate a Coach of the Month ›

One coach will be selected each month from September through March and will receive a coaching package valued at over $350.

This package will include:

  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Track Suit
  • Coach Bag
  • Puck Bag
  • Rink Board
  • Coaching Resources

Get your nominations in early! Coaches not selected each month will be eligible until the end of the season.

For more information, contact Paige Krelow-Weinberger, Coordinator, Hockey Development at [email protected]


Two Hockey Alberta officials assigned to IIHF events

RED DEER – Two Alberta on-ice officials will be representing the province and Canada at international events in 2017.

Fraser Lawrence and Lacey Senuk have received assignments to prestigious IIHF events this season.

Lawrence, an Edmonton native, has been selected to work at the Division II Group B event of the IIHF U18 World Championship in Mexico City, March 17-19.

Senuk, also from Edmonton, will officiate at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic, January 7-14.

Hockey Alberta and its Provincial Officials Committee congratulate both officials for having their hard work rewarded with a chance to represent Alberta on the world stage.


Novice teams: register now for Dodge Caravan Kids!

Registration is now open for Dodge Caravan Kids for Novice teams across Alberta.

What is Dodge Caravan Kids?

The goal of Dodge Caravan Kids is to help enrich the game of hockey for participating coaches, players and their families. Dodge Caravan Kids represents one of FCA Canada’s key community endeavours.

Each year participating Novice-level hockey teams receive $500 in funding and access to exclusive hockey benefits. To-date, Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram retailers and FCA Canada Inc. have provided over $6 million to help more than 12,000 teams and 180,000 kids enjoy the game of hockey.

Who is Eligible?

- Canadian novice hockey teams and associations located within 150 kilometres of a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram retailer. Visit to locate your closest retailer. (NOTE: Atom divisions teams are ONLY eligible in Atlantic Canada.) Exemptions can be made upon request (i.e. in rural areas where car dealerships are not local).

- Teams and associations are eligible to participate regardless of other corporate sponsorships they may have, unless those partnerships are with a competing automaker or their associated retailer

Program Benefits?

Each team/association enrolled in the Dodge Caravan Kids program will receive:

- $500 in funding. Please contact your local branch/association for further information on funding policies.

- The opportunity to enter the Dodge Caravan Kids photo contest for a chance to win up to $500 in extra funding.

- The opportunity to win a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and $5,000 for your local minor hockey association.

Registration is available between September 23rd, 2016 and December 1st, 2016

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Lacing Up – helping Novice players develop their off-ice skills

RED DEER - After a successful program launch in January in Calgary and Edmonton, novice-aged hockey players across Alberta can participate in Lacing Up, an exciting partnership between Hockey Alberta and Respect Group.

Lacing Up is a free, optional, fun, interactive, online, game-based program that helps players aged 6-8 years learn the fundamentals of being a successful, respectful hockey player. Lacing Up focuses on the off-ice skills players need to know to stay healthy, play fair, support their teammates, respect officials, and contribute positively to their team.

The hour-long program features stories, adventures, games, and quizzes “hosted” by five young animated characters and their coach. Topics include:

  • Long Term Player Development: growth and development, nutrition, hydration, and sleep.
  • Playing fair: the Hockey Canada Fair Play Pledge, respect for teammates, officials, and opponents, and recognizing that everyone makes mistakes.
  • Bullying: types of bullying, and what to do if you are the target of bullying, or if you see it happening to someone else.
  • Respect: for the game, each other, and ourselves.

Up and coming hockey players who are just “lacing up” are encouraged to complete this program with a parent or other adult in the household.

To Access Lacing Up

  1. Go to:
  2. Select Register Your Profile
  3. Parents/Guardians with an existing Respect in Sport, Respect in Sport Parent Program, Respect in the Workplace, or Respect in School profile: Click the button Lookup. Once you have found your profile and completed registration, you will be prompted to associate existing children to Lacing Up, or Add New Children to your profile
  4. New users for Respect Group programs: Click Register. Parents/Guardians should register themselves in the system first, then follow the prompts to add children to their profile.
  5. Have fun with Coach Mike and the team!


Courtesy of Hockey Canada

Catch some of Canada’s best at the National Women’s Team Fall Festival

RED DEER - Don’t miss your chance to catch some of the top female hockey players in the country at Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival in Calgary.

The 44 players selected will take to the ice on two teams, Red and White, over the seven-day camp that will feature eight games along with practices at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Tickets for all games featuring National Women’s Team hopefuls and alumnus will be available for purchase at the door for $5.

Three Team Alberta alumnae have been invited to take part in the Fall Festival: goaltenders Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim) and Shannon Szabados (Edmonton), and defender Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert).

The full game schedule can be found below:

Thursday, September 15
5:00 p.m. Team Red vs. Midget AAA Flames
8:15 p.m. Team White vs. Midget AAA Royals

Friday, September 16
5:30 p.m. Midget AAA Flames vs. Midget AAA Royals
8:30 p.m. Team White vs. Team Red

Saturday, September 17
12:30 p.m. Team White vs. Midget AAA Flames
3:45 p.m. Team Red vs. Midget AAA Royals

Sunday, September 18
9:00 a.m. Team Red vs. Team White
12:15 p.m. Midget AAA Royals vs. Midget AAA Flames

The Fall Festival serves as an important evaluation opportunity for Canada’s National Women’s Team coaching staff. Following Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival, players will be monitored at the Women’s National Team events, Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team and Development Team events, and international events, such as the 2016 4 Nations Cup in Vierumäki, Finland, as well as with their club teams during the 2016-17 season.

These evaluations will assist coaches and scouts in selecting the team that will represent Canada at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Mich., March 31 - April 7, 2017.


Last chance to sign up for Hockey Alberta’s Development Director Seminars!

RED DEER - MHAs have just two days left to sign up for Hockey Alberta’s Development Director Seminars, which run across the province this Saturday and Sunday.

As a kickoff to the 2016-2017 hockey season, and a follow up the Development Stream of the 2016 Hockey Conference and AGM, Hockey Alberta will be hosting six Development Director Seminars targeting those that support the development of coaches and players within their respective LMHA. These one day seminars will take place on the weekend of September 10 and 11, focusing on the below topics:

  • Coach Development Plan
  • Player Development Plan
  • Goaltending Development Plan
  • Hockey Canada Network App
  • Initiation Implementation

Hockey Alberta News
Hockey Alberta’s four pillars to player development.

Each seminar will be led by the Hockey Alberta Regional Centre Consultant, providing information and networking opportunities that will support the Development Director positions throughout the province. As Hockey Alberta continues to grow the network and support the development of LMHA’s within Alberta, it is imperative for each association to identify a Development Director who can aid in establishing or refining a coach & player support system. Lunch will be provided and everyone in attendance will receive a registration gift. Hockey Alberta is presenting these seminars free of charge.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

  • Coca Cola Centre, Grande Prairie
  • Red Deer College, Red Deer
  • Max Bell Centre, Calgary

Sunday, September 11, 2016

  • Border Paving Athletic Centre, Spruce Grove
  • Nicholas Sheran Arena, Lethbridge
  • Vermillion Stadium Auditorium, Vermillion

Register Now >


Introducing the new Alberta Female Hockey League website

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce a brand new website for the newly created Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL).

The new site,, is the official portal for the three divisions of the Alberta Female Hockey League: Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite.

Some key features of the new AFHL Website include:

- A fully responsive site that automatically adjusts to the size of your screen, including mobile devices and tablets.
- Full schedules for each league, including a link to the Google map location of each rink.
- A score ticker across the top of the page.
- A stats page for both players and goaltenders, updated automatically once a game score is inputted.
- A league message board, so teams can interact with each other throughout the season.
- A Social Media feed allowing you to keep up with the AFHL on Twitter and Facebook.

The main page of the site will also be updated regularly with league news and information.

Schedules have been added for Midget AAA and Bantam Elite, with the Midget Elite schedule to be added once it’s finalized.

The new website was designed by Edmonton’s Pixel Army, who also re-designed, and created and , both of which the AFHL site is modeled from. Pixel Army worked with Hockey Alberta staff to ensure functionality and appearance that meets the needs of the organization, and the entire hockey community across the province.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

2016 Rinks to Links in Calgary - 25 budding new hockey players

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s 2016 Rink to Links program took place at Country Hills Golf Course and Crowfoot Arena in Calgary, giving 25 kids a chance to hit the driving range and ice all in one day.

Each kid also received a full set of hockey equipment, thanks to Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank in Calgary and United Cycle in Edmonton. A special thanks also goes out to ATB Financial and Hockey Calgary for sponsoring the event.

For photos from the event, click here.