COACHING CLINIC REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2021-22 SEASON
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.
REGISTER NOW FOR HOCKEY ALBERTA’S MHA SAFETY LEADER TRAINING DAY
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.
HOCKEY CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW MALTREATMENT PLAYING RULE FOR 2021-22 SEASON
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.
CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES, AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS DISCUSSED DURING INDIGENOUS HOCKEY SUMMIT
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.
Today marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as declared in June by the Government of Canada.
According to the Government of Canada website, the day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
“For me, the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, it’s important for Indigenous people as it honours the stolen children that never came home and survivors of residential schools,” said Jordan Courtepatte, President of Enoch Cree Hockey Association. “It also uncovers the dark history of the Canadian government’s treatment of Indigenous people and the atrocities the kids faced while attending the residential schools.”
In May, 215 unmarked graves of Indigenous children were recovered in Kamloops, BC, at the site of a residential school. Since then, hundreds more have been uncovered across Canada. The National Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimates there are thousands yet to be found.
According to a CBC article more than 150,000 First Nation, Metis and Inuit children were forced to attend church-run, government-funded schools between the 1870s and 1997. Children were removed from their families and culture and forced to learn English, embrace Christianity and adopt the customs of the country’s white majority. Survivors often do not talk about their experience at the residential schools due to the physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse they suffered during their time at the schools.
“My Kookum, which is my grandmother, she was in residential school and that had a negative impact on my family. My Dad and all my uncles and aunties, they grew up in day school, foster care and eventually a lot of them were incarcerated, and that played a big impact in my life,” said Courtepatte. “We struggled coming up, but luckily my mother is a great mother and she helped break the cycle for my brother and I. Now we’ve broken the cycle for our kids and we hope to continue that and try to help build a better place for our kids to live in.”
First Nations Elders call September “the crying month” as that was when children would be taken from their homes. Orange Shirt Day – recognized on September 30 each year - is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC in May 2013. As part of the event, Phyllis Webstad told her story about being given a beautiful orange shirt by her grandmother for her first day of residential school. That shirt was taken away from her on her first day and never returned.
Through the power of social media, Orange Shirt Day has grown to be a national movement. This year, it will coincide with National Truth and Reconciliation Day.
“The National Truth and Reconciliation Day is important for everyone. It shows that action is taking place, the building of trust between Indigenous people. It also helps build the relationship between Indigenous people by bringing the dark history to light and creating an open dialogue of conversations that need to happen,” said Courtepatte. “I feel I have an obligation to my kids, and one day their kids, to help create a positive environment for them to live in. We all live in this country together and it’s going to take a collective effort to help make this place better for the present and future for all of us.”
Many members of the Alberta hockey community have their own residential school experience and orange shirt story to tell.
Today, we wear orange to remember the lost children and recognize the survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, acknowledge the truth of the dark history associated with residential schools, and begin conversations of reconciliation.
Based on the recent announcements by the Government of Alberta, Hockey Alberta has updated its 2021-2022 Season Plan that outlines the minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities this season.
The updated plan reflects CMOH Public Health Orders 44-2021 and 45-2021, and the implementation of the Restrictions Exemption Program.
The updated 2021-2022 Season Plan (current as of September 29) 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: Hockeyalberta.ca/members/return-hockey/
Please note that this updated Season Plan focuses on Minor Hockey (youth sport, 17 years and under). A separate Season Plan document has been created for Junior and Senior Hockey (adult sport, 18 years and over). It is also posted on the Hockey Alberta website.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Email: [email protected]
RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce that three long-time volunteers have been recognized with Life Membership status for their decades of service to minor hockey.
George Kallay, Terry Ledingham and Annie Orton are the new Life Members.
Life Membership is the highest honour which may be bestowed by Hockey Alberta, recognizing individuals who have dedicated their time and support to making the game of hockey better in Alberta.
"Our three new Life Members are exceptional individuals who have contributed so much to amateur hockey in their communities and across the province,” said Francois Gagnon, a member of the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors, and chair of the Life Member Selection committee. “It is a great honour to recognize their accomplishments and see Annie, Terry and George join such a distinguished group of people who have dedicated their lives to the game of hockey in Alberta and beyond."
George Kallay, of Drumheller, experienced the game of hockey from every level – as a player, parent, referee, volunteer and executive member with Hockey Alberta, the Hockey Alberta Foundation and Hockey Canada. George was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame twice - in 2015 as a Builder and again in 2018 as Director of Operations of the 1999 Canada Games gold-medal winning Team Alberta U16 Male squad. George passed away in 2020 at the age of 74.
Terry Ledingham, of Bon Accord, has been involved in hockey at the minor hockey, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada levels. Terry volunteered with Hockey Alberta in a variety of roles including as President of Hockey Alberta. During his term as President, minor hockey coaches were directed to wear helmets during all on-ice practices and the first Regional Development Centre in Grande Prairie was opened. Terry also served for five years as a Vice Chair at Large for Hockey Canada and was inducted to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.
Annie Orton, of Blairmore, dedicated more than 30 years to the sport of hockey beginning with Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey Association before volunteering with Hockey Alberta and eventually becoming President of Hockey Alberta. Within her two-year term, Hockey Alberta partnered with Respect Group to provide access to the Respect in Sport Parent program and examined non-body contact options for players. Annie was the recipient of Hockey Canada’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013.
The new Life Members bring the list of Hockey Alberta’s Life Members to 25.
CALGARY – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2021 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, 2021 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup and 2021 World Junior A Challenge. The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer:
“Despite a strong desire to work with three great communities to host the top players at various levels across the country this season, the health and safety of all participants and the communities at large continues to be of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada. The ongoing pandemic, in addition to the vaccination status of some international teams, has left us with no other option. We believe the decision to cancel these fall events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level, as well as the uncertainty around countries and regions being able to safely compete.
Hockey Canada is grateful for the continued support of local host committees and event partners, including B.C. Hockey, Hockey Eastern Ontario, Hockey Nova Scotia and the Canadian Junior Hockey League, as well as the communities of Bridgewater, N.S., Cornwall, Ont., and Dawson Creek, B.C., and all local and provincial funding partners. Our organization is appreciative of the commitment and support of all stakeholders to host these events and we look forward to showcasing our national events and all participants to fans next year.”
Hockey Canada will continue to work with event stakeholders to host the spring 2022 national championships and to continue to investigate opportunities to prepare Canadian athletes to represent Canada at the Olympic Winter Games, Paralympic Winter Games, IIHF world championships and other international events.
The Centre Ice Podcast is back for the 2021-22 hockey season, and Episode Fourteen is all about celebrating National Coaches Week (Sept 18-26).
Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager of Hockey Development, Justin Fesyk, discusses Hockey Alberta’s Coach Development Plan, and the numerous learning opportunities available to coaches at any level across the province.
We’ll then hear a coaching panel with Hockey Alberta’s High Performance Coach Mentor Barry Medori, Mount Royal Cougars Men’s Hockey Assistant Coach and current Team Alberta U16 Assistant Coach Alex Mandolidis, and two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 Head Coach Carla MacLeod.
Centre Ice is the brand-new Hockey Alberta podcast, featuring the latest news and views on amateur hockey across the province. Subscribe now on your favourite podcast app!
RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce TRAXX Coachlines as its official team transportation provider.
Traxx Coachlines will be the charter motor coach service of choice for Hockey Alberta, the Alberta Elite Hockey League and the Alberta Female Hockey League for the next two seasons. As the exclusive partner, TRAXX Coachlines will provide Hockey Alberta members, the AEHL, and AFHL teams across the province with transportation to games, tournaments, or events at a discounted rate.
With offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Medicine Hat, TRAXX Coachlines operates over 160 coaches across Western Canada. TRAXX Coachlines offers a variety of transportation services including luxury class tours, express charters and industrial transportation.
“When playing hockey in Alberta, we recognize that many teams travel by charter over the season. Hockey Alberta is excited to partner with TRAXX Coachlines to connect our members, the AEHL and the AFHL with a company committed to best practices in reliability, security, and safety,” said Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.
Hockey Alberta is celebrating coaches at every level of the sport during National Coaches Week.
As associations and teams across the province prepare for the 2021-22 season, one thing is certain - a coach’s development is never finished. In fact, coaches are the lifeblood of the hockey system. A good coach generally equals a great experience for the players.
In Alberta, development opportunities for hockey coaches are coordinated through Hockey Alberta’s Coaching Pathway, which focuses on philosophies appropriate for every level of player - from grassroots through to the elite level.
“Creating a really comprehensive coach development plan is really important. We have focused on a coaching pathway, and within that pathway, first and foremost, coach development does start at the local level,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager of Hockey Development. “So, we want to create an environment where our associations put the amount of emphasis needed and support mechanisms in place to develop their coaches.”
Hockey Alberta’s Regional Managers – who are located around the province - can aid in the creation of an association’s Coach Development Plan. The Regional Managers also lead the implementation of National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for hockey in Alberta, which is a requirement for all coaches. A full list of coaching requirements is available on the Hockey Alberta website.
Coach certification clinics are ongoing now across the province. For a current list of clinic dates and locations, go to the Hockey Alberta website.
Registration must be done online through HCR, with one of the requirements being that each coach must have an account in the new HCR 3.0 platform.
For more information on coach development opportunities available to associations, or for individual coaches, contact a Hockey Alberta Regional Manager.
For more information about Hockey Alberta’s coaching pathway and the opportunities within the province, check out an interview with Justin Fesyk (below), or tune into Episode 14 of the Centre Ice Podcast, which airs on Thursday, Sept. 22.
CALGARY - From Oct. 15-17, 2021, the International Ice Hockey Federation will lead the way on the 10th annual World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, with dozens of federations around the world taking part.
The goal of World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend is to have events from coast to coast to coast that recruit, retain and engage players, coaches, officials and fans – old and new. It aims to celebrate and grow the game while uniting Canadians through grassroots programming led by girls hockey associations, minor hockey associations and communities.
Since 2011, the IIHF has united countries around the globe for World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. Over the years, thousands of people have taken part and the celebration continues to grow – CLICK HERE to see events that have been hosted around the world!
More than 23,000 Canadians celebrated World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend in 2019 at over 225 events across the nation. From games and skills sessions to classroom activities and road hockey, people of all ages contributed to the growth of women’s hockey in their own unique way!
CLICK HERE for a list of the events that happened across the nation!
Applications to host an event can be submitted until September 24. Hockey Canada will supply gifts to approved events on a first come, first approved basis.
CALGARY - The Western Hockey League, in partnership with BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Saskatchewan, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada, announced on Tuesday that the City of Red Deer will serve as the host for the 2021 WHL Cup.
Scheduled to be held October 20-24, the 2021 WHL Cup will be played at the Peavey Mart Centrium – home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels – as well as at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic, and will feature teams from the four Western Canadian provinces competing in a round robin tournament format followed by playoffs.
The 2021 WHL Cup will feature the top 2006-born players from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, each of whom is eligible for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. The 2021 WHL Prospects Draft is scheduled to be conducted online on Thursday, December 9.
Rosters and ticketing information for the 2021 WHL Cup will be announced at a later date.
The WHL Cup, established in 2009, is held every season except in years when the Canada Winter Games are held, and is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.
2021 WHL Cup – Event Schedule
Wednesday, October 20
Game 1 – British Columbia at Saskatchewan – 4 p.m. MT
Game 2 – Manitoba at Alberta – 7 p.m. MT
Thursday, October 21
Game 3 – British Columbia at Manitoba – 4 p.m. MT
Game 4 – Alberta at Saskatchewan – 7 p.m. MT
Friday, October 22
Game 5 – Alberta at British Columbia – 12:30 p.m. MT
Game 6 – Saskatchewan at Manitoba – 3:15 p.m. MT (Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic)
Saturday, October 23
Semifinal 1 – 12:30 p.m. MT
Semifinal 2 – 3:15 p.m. MT (Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic)
Sunday, October 24
Bronze Medal Game – 10 a.m. MT
Gold Medal Game – 1 p.m. MT
* all games at Peavey Mart Centrium unless otherwise indicated
About the WHL Cup
The majority of players participating in the event will be selected in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, or will go on to be listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, has been sponsored since 2009 by the Western Hockey League.
This year will mark the ninth year of the event. The first ever WHL Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alta., in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2011, the Moose Jaw Warriors and Hockey Saskatchewan hosted the event at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Sask. In 2012 and 2013, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. From 2015 through 2019, the WHL Cup was hosted in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
In 2010, 2014, and 2018, the WHL Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games.
Team Alberta is a five-time champion of the WHL Cup, hoisting the trophy in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016, while Team British Columbia won the event in 2012 and 2017. Team Saskatchewan is the defending champion of the WHL Cup, having won the tournament in 2019, beating Team Manitoba 4-2 in the Gold Medal game.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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.
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 hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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.”
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.
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]
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.
Email: [email protected]
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:
COACH 2 - COACH LEVEL CLINIC:
- 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
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
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CAMP:
- 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
For more information, please contact Darcy Smith, Members Services Coordinator.
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].