A two-time Olympic gold medallist and the only coach to earn membership in the IIHF Triple Gold Club, Mike Babcock is a strong proponent of half-ice hockey. The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach talks about the importance of the added puck touches, the need for games on the smaller ice to advance skills, and the challenges of embracing change and reinventing the game at the grassroots to maximize development.
RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting nominations for Coach of the Month for the 2018-19 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!
One coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package valued at over $350.
Get your nominations in early! Coaches not selected each month will be eligible until the end of the season.
For more information, contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
EDMONTON - Twenty-eight female athletes from across the province hope to take a big step on the Road to Red Deer as the Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp goes this weekend in Edmonton.
The group of 28 is vying for a spot on Team Alberta’s 20 player roster for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Fall camp consists of three exhibition games for the Team Alberta hopefuls; one against the St. Albert Bantam AAA Raiders, two against the University of Alberta Pandas. The full schedule can be found below:
Friday, September 28 vs St. Albert Bantam AAA - Go Auto Arena (St. Albert), 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 29 vs U of A Pandas - Clare Drake Arena, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 30 vs U of A Pandas - Clare Drake Arena, 2:00 p.m.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.
WELCOME LETTER FROM CEO ROB LITWINSKI
Welcome to the start of a new hockey season! 2018-19 marks the 111th season of Hockey Alberta as the governing body of amateur hockey in this Province. Each of these years comes with the same new sense of excitement for all of us involved in the game. As the new season begins, we would like to outline important changes, including regulation and playing rule revisions. It also highlights initiatives and programs both new and continuing that Hockey Alberta offers to facilitate growth for our minor hockey associations, along with players, coaches, officials and parents.
As our organization continues to strive towards our vision of “Hockey For Life”, we owe gratitude to our volunteers for continuing to push our game forward. Each year hockey is driven by the countless volunteers giving back thousands of hours to the game across the Province for all ages and levels of hockey. Thank you to our stakeholders who help make each season successful. We are excited to work on our new initiatives this season and tackle the challenges in front of us. Our entire organization is excited to execute the following initiatives, which focus on key stakeholders in the game who help lead to the positive hockey experience we want everyone to have.
- To create new opportunities, and continue the existing ones within our Alberta Coach Development plan. A plan that is implemented province wide to improve leadership and educational opportunities for Alberta coaches
- To continue the alignment of Alberta’s Officiating Model
- To advance our Alberta ONE hockey system alignment model to provide consistent operations in leagues and associations; and the review of Provincial Championship format
- To launch the Parent Engagement Strategy, which will include resources to assist us to be better sport parents
- To further the Member Standards Model which is a dedicated program to help guide, serve and develop all aspects of our members
- To continue, in partnership with the Hockey Alberta Foundation, finding new ways to add resources to growing the game and finding ways to enhance the opportunities for more Albertans to experience hockey and stay in the game
This season also marks two unique events for Hockey Alberta. We enter the first season in our new home inside the beautiful Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre located in Red Deer College. We are very excited for the opportunities this facility brings for Hockey Alberta. This season will also see Alberta, and host city Red Deer, welcome the nation as host of the Canada Winter Games. This is the first time since 1995 it has been hosted in our province.
I would like to personally extend well wishes to everyone across Alberta and hope that you all have a memorable hockey experience as we enter another season. We look forward to being with you every step of the way.
Yours in hockey,
Rob Litwinski, CEO
Hockey Alberta has implemented a number of regulation amendments for the 2018-19 season for the following areas:
To learn more about these amendments, please click here.
Hockey Alberta offers a variety of Coach Clinics targeted to the age and level of athletes coaches are leading. View Clinics >
MHAs and Club Teams must ensure that all teams and/or groups meet the requirements outlined by Hockey Alberta before November 15. Any team/group that does not meet the requirements outlined within the Hockey Alberta Regulations is not eligible to participate in sanctioned hockey games. Coach Requirements >
Fall is an important time of year for Officials in Alberta. Clinic season is in full swing and Hockey Alberta offers a number of officiating clinics throughout the province. For a listing of these clinics, please visit Hockey Canada’s EHOCKEY website.
*Please note that Hockey Canada has made rule changes for the 2018 season forward to improve the game for all participants. More Information >
INTRO TO HOCKEY
Hockey Alberta’s Intro to Hockey Model, for all players aged 5-8 years, will be in effect for the 2019-20 season. It replaces previous models and programming at the Novice and Initiation levels. However, Minor Hockey Associations can opt to make the switch, or undertake a transition process, during the 2018-19 season. More Information >
FEMALE HOCKEY DAY
Mark your calendars! December 15 will mark the inaugural Female Hockey Day. Hosted in Red Deer, the day will feature on and off-ice development sessions for players, coaches, and officials - all to celebrate female hockey! More details will be released shortly, but to help us celebrate, the Calgary Inferno will be facing off against the Toronto Furies at 7:00 p.m. in CWHL action! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join! We hope you can help us circle the date on the calendar and plan on being in Red Deer to show the hockey World #WhyWePlay!
WE HAVE MOVED
Photo credit: Red Deer College
Hockey Alberta has completed the transition to our new home in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College. While our phone numbers remain the same, the mailing address/directions to our office are now different. More Information/How to reach us >
RED DEER - September 15 & 16 marked the start of the 2018-2019 Sledge Hockey season with an enthusiastic group of players and coaches conjugating in Calgary for a weekend filled with sledge specific programs and events.
A Coach 2 - Coach Level clinic saw 13 coaches deepen their knowledge of the game while 22 players took part in a Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp that included a one hour skill session and two game play sessions.
The clinic and development camp were both run by Canada’s Women’s National Para-Ice Hockey team Head Coach, Tara Chisholm, and included guest coaches Monica Sparling, Steph Leslie and Geneva Coulter.
RED DEER - The inaugural Midget AAA Showcase Weekend highlights the 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League schedule, which is set to kick off on Friday, October 5.
As the AFHL enters its third season, the Midget AAA league will kick off the year with a regular season tournament for the first time.
All six Midget AAA teams will take part in the Showcase Weekend in Edmonton on October 5-7 at the Clare Drake Arena.
The Midget Elite league will also take part in a Showcase Weekend in Leduc, February 2-3, featuring all 12 teams.
While the Midget AAA season kicks off on October 5, the Midget Elite season gets underway on October 19, with the Bantam Elite season beginning on October 20.
The Respect in Sport program is an online certification program designed to protect our youth as well as enhance Hockey Alberta’s mandate of providing a safe and fun environment for all of our participants. Respect in Sport is Canada’s leading online bullying, abuse, harassment, and negligence prevention program for parents, coaches, and community leaders.
Before a child steps onto the ice, Hockey Alberta requires at least one parent complete the RIS program. After completing the program, the parent will receive an RIS number. The parent must provide this RIS number to the team coach or manager before the first practice date. If a parent registers more than one child for hockey, all children must be registered with that RIS number.
Hockey Alberta also requires Parents and Coaches/Team Officials to recertify their Respect in Sport every four seasons.
To help with the process, an RIS FAQ has been compiled and can be found on the Hockey Alberta website. If you need help accessing your account, you MUST contact the Respect Group Helpdesk by phone: 1-866-945-9906 or Email email@example.com
RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is seeking communities across the province to host an EKEC Speaker Series, benefiting both the Every Kid Every Community program, and your local Minor Hockey Association.
The event could be a luncheon, pub night, or breakfast event, and could include a silent or live auction, raffle, and a hockey hotstove with current or former NHL players. Past events have featured Jason Strudwick, Brian Trottier, Rob Brown and Jamie McLennan.
All costs for the event are covered by the Hockey Alberta Foundation, and fifty per cent of the proceeds will go directly to your local MHA.
Minor Hockey Associations that have previously hosted events include Calgary, Calmar, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Olds, and Red Deer.
For more information on hosting an EKEC Speaker Series in your community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Every Kid Every Community
The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.
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. Hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their community. Keeping kids active in sport helps reduce childhood obesity, creates a safe and fun environment and forms friendships.
RED DEER - Who will comprise the 2019 induction class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF)?
Is there a member of the Alberta hockey community who should join the AHHF, alongside the members of the 2018 Induction Class - Grant Fuhr, Mike Vernon, Ron Maclean, Wally Kozak, 1991 Team Alberta Female and 1999 Team Alberta Male (Canada Winter Games champions).
Nominations are now open for the 2019 AHHF Induction Class. A maximum of seven inductees will be recognized, including up to six individuals and/or two teams or groups. Nominations are sought from members of the public to recognize:
- individuals who have made a significant contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta through regional, national, or international accomplishments, or for their contributions to the growth and development of the game in Alberta.
- groups or teams who achieved a significant result at a National or International level or impacted on a provincial level under exceptional circumstances.
At minimum, a nominee must have:
- Made a significant impact to hockey during their time as an Alberta resident, having resided in Alberta for at least five years
- Exceptional service or contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta or at a national or international level
- Achieved significant personal, team and or professional accomplishment in the game
- Made an impact in the game beyond a local or regional level
- Received significant other recognition (i.e. inducted into the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, won a national or international medal or championship, major individual award)
For the 2019 inductions, the nomination period has changed. Nominations are now being accepted until the closing date of November 30. Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms found on the new Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame website (ahhf.ca).
The 2019 AHHF Induction Class will be announced early in the new year, with the inductees recognized at the annual special gala event held in Canmore in late July.
For more information on the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, including biographies of all Honoured Members, check out the new AHHF website.