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2021-22 Season Plan for Sanctioned Hockey in Alberta

From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Hockey Alberta has established COVID-related plans for our sport based on the guidance and requirements of the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. As those mandates have changed, Hockey Alberta Member organizations across the province have worked diligently to adapt and allow participants the opportunity to play our sport.

Within that framework, Hockey Alberta has developed a 2021-2022 Season Plan that outlines the minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities this season.

The 2021-2022 Season Plan is enclosed with this Bulletin. The Plan and its appendices, along with other announcements and documents pertaining to COVID-19 and hockey in Alberta can be reviewed on the Hockey Alberta website:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Hockey Alberta,

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 403-342-6777

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Coach of the Month presented by Players Bench is Back!

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is teaming up with Players Bench Team Apparel once again to support the Coach of the Month program over the next two years.

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month - presented by Players Bench Team Apparel - recognizes coaches who go above and beyond for their teams. Throughout the year coaches will be recognized for their efforts, with each Coach of the Month receiving a coaching package valued at over $500.

“We see the impact that coaches make on youth that give them the confidence to succeed. Players Bench Team Apparel is proud to partner with Hockey Alberta to recognize the coaches who are devoting their time and giving back to the game,” said Marty Baceda of Players Bench Team Apparel.

Coaches are an integral part of minor hockey. Their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to play hockey in a safe and fun environment. If you have a coach that goes the extra mile in your community and deserves to be recognized, nominate him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month - presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Nominate a Coach of the Month

Get your nominations in early! Nominees remain eligible until the end of the season.

Click here for a list of coaches recognized by Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel. To learn more about Hockey Alberta, visit or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


Hockey Canada announces new maltreatment playing rule for 2021-22 season

CALGARY - In furthering its commitment to being leaders in safety and inclusivity, Hockey Canada has introduced an update to its rulebook to focus on recognizing and reporting incidents of maltreatment.

In a special meeting of the Members held on June 22, 2021, Hockey Canada and its 13 Members unanimously approved the adoption of Section 11 – Maltreatment in the Hockey Canada Rulebook starting this season, which includes bringing all forms of maltreatment under one section of the rulebook and providing guidelines for escalating penalties based on the severity of the inappropriate behaviour from players and team officials.

“Hockey Canada has made a firm commitment to making the game safe and inclusive for all who wish to participate, and the introduction of Section 11 provides our 13 Members, local hockey associations and officials across the country with clearly-defined criteria for enforcing rules related to many different forms of inappropriate conduct,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “We believe this is a great step towards ensuring we limit the number of incidents that occur on and off the ice, and will allow players of all ages to enjoy our game free from abuse, discrimination, racism and all forms of maltreatment.”

As part of the new rules, certain infractions will include an indefinite suspension pending a hearing, as well mandatory hearings for repeat offenders. To read Section 11 of the Hockey Canada Rulebook in its entirety, please CLICK HERE.

In a further effort to eradicate discrimination of all forms from the game, Hockey Canada and its 13 Members also approved a new national reporting system for incidents of discriminatory taunts, insults or intimidation, both on the ice and outside of game play. The new rule and reporting system includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, skin colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

The national reporting system will allow Hockey Canada and its 13 Members to have a better understanding of where maltreatment incidents occur and their frequency, and will allow the organization to take progressive steps to eliminating incidents through action and education. A number of tools and resources will also be provided to Hockey Canada’s 13 Members and local hockey associations across the country to help educate participants on maltreatment, including a Rule 11 officiating module and coaching resource document.

“The addition of Section 11 to the Hockey Canada Rulebook is a major step towards making the game more inclusive for all, but the reporting system will allow Hockey Canada and its 13 Members to proactively implement change through education and create a better understanding of where issues are occurring,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “As we continue to learn and help foster an environment that is diverse, inclusive and safe, we believe the updated playing rule will greatly benefit all participants and allow more young children and adults to enjoy the game.”


Register now for Hockey Alberta’s MHA Safety Leader Training Day

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is holding a training workshop for Safety Lead positions with Local Minor Hockey Associations on Saturday, September 18.

The event will be hosted virtually through Zoom. This full day session will focus on being successful in the role, specific safety related practices and initiatives, and networking to discuss safety at the grassroots level.

Register > | Position Description >

Safety Management involves proper planning and preparation on and off the ice with regard to any issues that could impact the health, safety or well-being of players, coaches, trainers, parents, officials or anyone else involved in the game.

Safety Management includes everything from examining the physical surroundings at the arena, to utilizing age appropriate practice drills on the ice, to proper planning for travel and accommodations at out of town games or tournaments. For more details on Safety Management, click here.

For more information on Hockey Alberta’s Safety Leader Training Day, contact Jeremy Haluschak at [email protected]


Para Hockey Player and Coach Development Opportunities

Hockey Alberta has secured space at the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge to host the third Para Hockey Season Kick-Off Event on September 11 & 12, 2021 in Calgary.

The event will consist of a Coach 2 – Coach Level certification course on Saturday and a Player Development Camp on Sunday.

The Coach Clinic is para hockey specific – current para hockey coaches or anyone who would like to coach para hockey in the future is invited to register. The course has three parts – an online course (four hours); in-person classroom session (four hours); ice session (one hour). The ice session can be done in a sledge or on skates. This is a great opportunity for para hockey players to develop leadership skills and learn the basics of coaching. Recommended for ages 16+.

The Player Development Camp is for new and returning players of all ages, abilities and skill levels. There will be 2 ice sessions on Sunday that will focus on skill development and game play. Equipment (sledge/sticks) will be provided for new players to use at the camp.

Details for the event and information on registration can be found below:


  • Location: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

    (11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW, Calgary, Alberta T3G 5H3)

  • Date: September 11, 2021
  • Components: Classroom (12:30-4:30 P.M.), On-ice (4:45-5:45 P.M.)
  • Cost: $136 per coach
    • $29 for Hockey University - Online Coach 1/2

Register for Coach 2 - Coach Level

HU - Online Coach 1/2:

  • Components: Online session (four hours; 12 modules)
    • To be completed prior to the in-person sessions.
  • Cost: $29 per coach

Register for Hockey University - Online Coach 1/2 >


  • Location: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

    (11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW, Calgary, Alberta T3G 5H3)

  • Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Sessions: 2 ice times (9:45-11:45 A.M. and 2:45-4:45 P.M.)
  • Cost: $25 per player

Register for the Para Hockey Player Development Camp >

For more information, please contact Darcy Smith, Members Services Coordinator.


Government of Alberta Announces Face Mask Mandate

The Government of Alberta announced a new masking mandate for the Province of Alberta. Effective 8 am, Saturday, September 4, 2021, masks are required to be worn in all public spaces and workplaces in the province.

Until specific details or updates are provided pertaining to team sports, Hockey Alberta is interpreting the mandate as follows:

  • Face masks are not required by any player on the ice or on the players’ bench.
  • Face masks are not required by coaches or on-ice officials on the ice surface during sport/ physical activity.
  • Face masks are required by coaches and team staff while on the bench, and all penalty/ timekeeping staff.
  • Face masks are required by anyone while in a dressing room.

Please note: Municipalities and individual facilities may have different interpretations of the new mandate. It is the responsibility of the Member organization or participating team to consult with the municipality or facility and be aware of any local government and/ or facility-specific health and safety mandates that may differ from Hockey Alberta’s interpretation.

As additional guidance or clarification is made available, Hockey Alberta will provide updates.

If there are questions, please contact Hockey Alberta by email at [email protected].

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Coaching Clinic registration is now open for 2021-22. With a new platform, the registration process has changed from previous years, so make sure you view our Coaching Requirements page for instructions on how to get registered properly. All coaching requirements must be completed by November 15, 2021. Officials clinics should be open for registration within the next week.


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On September 18, join Hockey Alberta for a day focusing on providing the opportunity for MHA Safety Leaders to develop their skills as leaders and share resources and best practices that will enhance safety within your association. Sessions will be held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer, and made available online via Zoom.


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In furthering its commitment to being leaders in safety and inclusivity, Hockey Canada has introduced an update to its rulebook to focus on recognizing and reporting incidents of maltreatment.


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Indigenous youth face many challenges when it comes to participating in hockey in Alberta. And while the challenges are significant, the opportunities and potential solutions were an important focus during Friday night’s keynote discussion to open Hockey Alberta’s Indigenous Hockey Summit.


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