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Four Alberta Officials Headed To Level Six Seminar

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee are pleased to announce four officials have been selected to attend the Hockey Canada Level Six officiating seminar in Moncton, New Brunswick from November 3-8.

Cody Rude of Edmonton, Kevin Webinger and Reid Anderson of Calgary, and Chris Schlenker of Medicine Hat will be attending this event, which is the highest level in the officiating program in Canada. 

There are only about 80 level 6 officials registered in Canada each season, making this a very select group of top officials from across Canada. 

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee would like to congratulate each official on their selection.


Team Alberta Rallies For 6-3 Win Over BC

CALGARY - Despite trailing in the early goings of the game, Team Alberta kicked off the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup with a 6-3 win over BC Wednesday night.

In a rematch of the 2013 Gold Medal game, which Team Alberta won, BC jumped out to an early lead on goals by Liam Kindree and LukaBurzan, before Josh Tarzwell put Alberta on the board late in the first period. 

BC would regain a two-goal lead in the second period thanks to Tyler Popowich, but goals from Josh Prokop and Nicholas Bowman just 24 seconds apart would tie the game at 3-3 after two. 

Team Alberta carried the momentum into the third, taking its first lead of the game on Chase Wouters’ marker, and added a pair of insurance goals as Bowman and Prokop each landed their second goals of the game. 

Goalie Carl Stankowski was able to brush off a shaky start and earn the win for Alberta, stopping 19 of the 22 shots he faced. 

Jordan Naylor took the loss for BC, allowing five goals on 33 shots before being pulled and replaced by Donovan Buskey, who allowed one goal on three shots in relief. 

With two assists, Spencer Moe was named the Player of the Game for Team Alberta, while Captain Ethan Cap took the honour for BC. 

"It’s something we discussed as a team in pre-planning, with the ins and outs of a short-term competition," Coach Bobby Fox said of his team’s come-from-behind win. "You could be down two in the first 5 minutes, but there’s 55 minutes left in the game. The guys showed character, remained poised, and didn’t stop working."

Team Alberta now shifts its focus to Team Saskatchewan, who are coming off a narrow 4-3 loss to Team Manitoba Wednesday afternoon. 

The two teams hit the ice at 3 p.m. at the MarkinMacPhail Centre in Calgary, followed by BC and Manitoba at 7 p.m. 

Click here for the full tournament schedule, ticket information, and updated stats.


Lloydminster Ready To Shrink The Rink

LLOYDMINSTER – Everyone is welcome to check out the new look for Initiation hockey in Alberta this weekend in Lloydminster.

Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) is hosting two days of special events to demonstrate the new guidelines, goals and expectations for the Initiation Program (players aged six years and under).

On Friday evening, a “hot stove session” features experienced coaches, and Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta representatives discussing Initiation Program guidelines and Long Term Player Development (LTPD). The session is open to all coaches, parents and members of the public interested in learning more about these significant topics. The hot stove session will be held at the Days Inn, 5411-44 Street in Lloydminster, starting at 7 pm.

On Saturday, action shifts to the Servus Sports Centre, located at 5202-12 Street. Initiation and Novice division players will be the focus of attention during “Shrink the Rink”, a day filled with cross-ice games, as well as interactive games, and a public information session. All events during the day are designed to demonstrate and discuss the benefits of Initiation guidelines and LTPD.

On-ice action will be held in the Rusway Arena, starting with opening ceremonies at 8:30 am, and games running from 9 am to 5 pm. The off-ice interactive games will be held from 11 am to 3 pm in the Synergy Credit Union Field House. The public forum will be held in the OTS room from 1:30-2:30 pm. There will also be Hockey Alberta and Bauer information booths open throughout the day.

Hockey Alberta announced new guidelines for the Initiation Program in April. The guidelines are based on Hockey Canada’s LTPD model. The goal is to ensure that players have fun, and that the first impression of hockey is a positive one for all players and parents. The guidelines, along with information for instructors and parents, can be reviewed and downloaded from the Players section of the Hockey Alberta website. 

For more information, contact:

Darrell Wagner, General Manager,
Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association
Phone: 780-872-0525
Cell: 780-871-3075
Email: [email protected]


"WGHW Long Game" Coming To Okotoks And Lethbridge

OKOTOKS – As part of the IIHF and Hockey Canada’s World Girl’s Hockey Weekend October 9-October 11, Okotoks and Lethbridge will host the Alberta leg of "The Long Game" on October 10.

The 2015 Long Game initiative marks the event’s third straight year, and involves over 2000 female hockey players across the country.

The first game kicks off in Newfoundland at 6 a.m. MT, and the final game will be played in British Columbia at 8 p.m MT.

The four games in Okotoks are part of the tiering weekend for the Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League, and with an additional game in Lethbridge, make up the Alberta leg of the Long Game initiative across Canada.

Game times and locations are as follows:

  • Atom: Olds Grizzlys versus Okotoks Atom – 3 p.m. at the Murray Arena (Okotoks)
  • Peewee: Okotoks PWA vs Red Deer PWA – 4 p.m. at the Piper Arena (Okotoks)
  • Bantam: Okotoks Bantam B vs GHC B2A – 5 p.m. at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink (De Winton)
  • Midget: Olds Grizzlys vs Okotoks 1A – 6:15 p.m. at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink (De Winton)
  • Junior: Lethbridge Eagles vs. Calgary Warriors - 7:00 p.m. at the Henderson Arena (Lethbridge)

To wrap up the day, the Calgary Inferno will take on a team of Okotoks First Responders at 7 p.m. at the Piper Arena in Okotoks.

Click here for more information on The Long Game.

Click here for more information on World Girls Hockey Weekend.


Jason Kaban

Coach Of The Month - September

The first Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month award for the 2015-2016 hockey season goes to Jason Kaban of Edmonton.

Jason is the head coach of the Millwoods Novice 7A Wolves, his second year in a head coaching role after spending last season at the helm of the Millwoods Blue Sharks in the Initiation program.

"I have seen many coaches on the ice as we share rink time throughout the season," said one of Jason’s assistant coaches, who nominated him for the award. "Coach Jason has stood out from all. He has gone above and beyond in only our first few weeks. He shows positive energy both on and off the ice, constantly praising the kids. He has put in a great deal of time organizing the parents, coaching staff, etc. By doing this he has taken my view of volunteering as something I am doing to spend time with my kids, to a position of wanting to learn more so I may help our players."

"My goal for coaching is to build an environment where every player is striving for their best while having fun," said Jason. "I believe that players develop much faster when they love coming to practice and games. My personal measurement of a successful year is seeing that every player wants to return to play hockey again next season."

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.


Announcing Team Alberta For The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

CALGARY – The Western Hockey League, in partnership with Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada, announced team rosters, an event schedule, and ticket information for the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup on Monday.

This year’s event will take place from October 28-November 1 at the Markin MacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary.

The roster for Team Alberta was announced Monday, along with rosters for British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Click here to view the Team Alberta U16 Male Roster.

Team Alberta won the title at the last Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup held in 2013. Team Alberta’s 2015 roster features one returning player (Ty Smith) from the squad that won a silver medal at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC.

The staff for the team includes: Bobby Fox (head coach), Craig Perrett and Bram Stephen (assistant coaches), Matt Keillor (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Jamie Porter (head scout), KarynFanstone (athletic therapist), Alexander Le (equipment manager), Barry Medori (coach mentor), and Mike Kraichy (director of operations).

"Our coaching staff is extremely excited about this group of players," said Bobby Fox, head coach of Team Alberta. "There were many difficult decisions, as the depth of talent in Alberta is strong. It will be an honour and a privilege for our entire staff to work with the final 20 players selected to represent team Alberta at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup."

Team Alberta opens against British Columbia on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Team Alberta also plays Saskatchewan on Thursday at 3 p.m., and concludes round-robin play on Friday at 7 p.m. against Manitoba. The semi-finals go Saturday afternoon, with bronze and gold-medal games on Sunday.

Click here to view all rosters, schedules and ticket information.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players. Additionally, the event assists the four provincial hockey associations in evaluating top prospects for future high performance programs.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

This year will mark the fifth year of the event, which is held in non-Canada Winter Games years. The first Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was held in Blackfalds in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. Other events have been hosted in Moose Jaw, SK in 2011, and Calgary in 2012 and 2013.

“The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup provides the top prospects in each province with their first opportunity to compete against the best players in their age group,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “The WHL, together with the four Western Branches and Hockey Canada, are proud to support this first step in the Program of Excellence which will showcase the future stars of the WHL and Canada’s National Teams for the first time.”

Past participants in this event include Matt Dumba (2009), Jake Virtanen (2011), Nick Merkley (2012), and upcoming NHL Draft prospects Tyler Benson, Sam Steel and Kale Clague (2013).