Hockey Alberta Foundation

From left: G.H. Dawe Community School Principal Sue Carmichael, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Tim Leer, and Math/Gym teacher Daryl Puzey stand with a handful G.H. Dawe students as the Foundation presents a grant through the Every Kid

G.H. Dawe School among Every Kid Every Community quarterly grant recipients

RED DEER - The G.H. Dawe Community School in Red Deer is one of five recipients of quarterly grants recently awarded by the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Along with the G.H. Dawe School, grants were awarded to the Sturgeon Hockey Club, the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, St. Albert Minor Hockey Association, and Bashaw Minor Hockey Association through the Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program.

G.H. Dawe School has earmarked its $4,250 for a learn-to-play program for students, where all the necessary equipment will be provided.

"Last year, we did an informal survey to find out how many students owned skates," said Sue Carmichael, Principal of G.H. Dawe. "Out of a couple classes, with over 30 students each, only four students owned skates. The vast majority of our students have never played or been exposed to skate-related sports. We currently have two large cupboards to house skates. The skates are well-used and often we don’t have enough sizes to fit students.”

Carmichael explained that last winter, the school had a sports expert assess the skates. It was determined that at least half need replacing, and that the school also was in short supply of helmets.

“With the generous grant from the Every Kid Every Community program, we will be able to purchase many pairs of used skates, and new helmets,” said Carmichael. “For the first time, we will be able to start a learn-to-play hockey program during Middle School options. A huge thank you to the Hockey Alberta Foundation!"

Through all of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s TEAMMATES, including ATB Investor Services, Quinn’s Energy Group of Companies, the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, the Glencross Legacy Fund, and Serdachny Hockey, these grants are made possible for communities throughout the province.

The deadline to apply for the next set of quarterly grants through the Every Kid Every Community program is November 30. For more information on how to apply for a grant, click here.

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.


2017 National Women’s U18 Championship set to begin in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY - Team Alberta U18 Female’s quest for gold begins tomorrow (Wednesday), as the 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship kicks off in Quebec City.

Team Alberta opens play on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. against Ontario Blue, followed by a match-up against Ontario Red on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.. Round-robin play wraps up on Friday as Team Alberta takes on Team Atlantic in the early-bird game, which starts at 8:00 a.m.. Semi-final and consolation round games are set for Saturday, with the gold and bronze medal games to be played on Sunday.

Team Alberta U18 Roster >

All preliminary-round games, placement games, semifinals, and the bronze-medal game will be streamed live online at

For a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.


Photo credit: Jordan Verlage/ Okotoks Western Wheel

AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Okotoks Oilers

OKOTOKS -Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Okotoks Oilers to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches on Saturday, November 4.

The Speaker Series features a game-day seminar session, with each session offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Okotoks Oilers in action.

The Seminar will be held at the Pason Centennial Arena in Okotoks. There are only 25 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $45 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta
  • Presentation from Okotoks Oilers Head Coach Tyler Deis
  • Presentation from Drumheller Dragons Coaching Staff.
  • Food/drink provided
  • A ticket to the game (Drumheller Dragons at Okotoks Oilers)
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

For more information, please contact Matt Weninger at [email protected]


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Alberta Winter Game Regional Camp registration deadline approaching

RED DEER - The deadline for for 2005-born male athletes, as well as 2003 & 2004-born female athletes to register for regional selection camps for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games is Friday, November 3.

The Alberta Winter Games run February 16-19, 2018 in Fort McMurray, AB.

*Players must be registered with Hockey Alberta to be eligible to participate in a regional selection camp.*

Male Regional Selection Camps

All four male regional camps will take place November 23-26, 2017 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Capital - Leduc Recreation Centre
North - Jubilee Recreation Centre (Fort Saskatchewan)
South - Olds Sportsplex

Register >

Not sure of your region? Click here for the Regional Directory, or click here for the Boundary Map.

Space at each regional camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a regional camp is Friday, November 3.

*Each camp has limited space for goaltenders*

Female Regional Selection Camps

Both female regional camps will take place December 8-10 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

North - Ray MacDonald Sports Centre (Morinville Arena)
South - Innisfail Twin Arena

Register >

Not sure of your region? Click here for the Boundary Map.

Space at each regional camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a regional camp is Friday, November 3.

*Each camp has limited space for goaltenders*

For more information on the Alberta Winter Games, click here.


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2018 Arctic Winter Games Selection Camp registration now open

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Registration is now open for male Bantam players born in 2003-2004 (Bantam A or lower), and female Junior players born 1999-2004 (Senior, College, Midget AAA or lower) to attend Team Alberta North selection camps for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.Team Alberta North is coming off gold and silver medals at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in the Bantam Male and Junior Female categories, respectively.

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games are set for March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, Northwest Territories.

Male selection camp runs December 8-10 in High Prairie, while Female selection camp runs January 5-7 in Slave Lake.

Male Registration > | Female Registration >

Communities eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games are located on or above the 55th Parallel. Click here to view a list of eligible communities.

The registration deadline is December 5 for males, and January 1 for females.

The Arctic Winter Games is the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event, and celebrates athletic competition, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents.

For more information, contact Blake Cosgrove, Hockey Alberta Northwest Regional Centre Consultant at [email protected].


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BC defeats Team Alberta in overtime to win 2017 WHL Cup

CALGARY - Team Alberta narrowly missed out on another gold medal at the WHL Cup, falling 4-3 to Team BC in overtime on Sunday.

Alberta opened up the scoring once again, with Kaiden Guhle scoring his fifth goal of the tournament on the power-play halfway through the first, with Connor McLennon adding to the lead midway through the second.

BC answered back minutes later on the power-play, before scoring again late in the second period and early in the third to take a 3-2.

McClennon scored his sixth, and most important goal of the tournament on the power-play with just 1:44 left to tie the game, and force overtime.

It was the second straight year the WHL Cup would be decided in overtime between Alberta and BC, but this time it was BC who sealed the victory, as Ben King scored 2:37 into the extra frame.

In his second start of the tournament for Team Alberta, Sebastian Cossa saw 31 shots come his way, allowing four goals. His counterpart, Dylan Garand, stopped 24 of Alberta;s 27 shots in the victory.

Kyle Crnkovic added to his tournament-leading points total with two assists in the game, giving him a total of 12 in five games. Assists were also tallied by Jake Neighbours (2) and Guhle.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Semi-Final Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

McClennon was fittingly named Team Alberta’s player of the game for his efforts,, while King earned the honours for BC.

The gold medal is the second for Team BC in the tournament’s seven year history, last winning it in 2012.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Team Manitoba took the bronze medal after defeating Team Saskatchewan 4-2.

2017 WHL Cup All-Stars

G - Bryan Thomson (Team Saskatchewan) - Moose Jaw, Sask - Lethbridge Hurricanes
D - Kaiden Guhle (Team Alberta) - Sherwood Park, Alta. - Prince Albert Raiders
D - Daemon Hunt (Team Manitoba) - Brandon, Man. - Moose Jaw Warriors
F - Justin Sourdif (Team British Columbia) - Surrey, B.C. - Vancouver Giants
F - Kyle Crnkovic (Team Alberta) - Chestermere, Alta. - Saskatoon Blades
F - Connor McClennon (Team Alberta) - Wainwright, Alta. - Kootenay ICE

Leading Scorers

1. Kyle Crnkovic (AB; Saskatoon Blades) - 3G-9A - 12pts
2. Connor McClennon (AB; Kootenay ICE) - 6G-4A - 10pts
3. Kaiden Guhle (AB; Prince Albert Raiders) - 5G-4A - 9pts
4. Jake Neighbours (AB; Edmonton Oil Kings) - 1G-6A - 7pts
5. Tyler Horstmann (BC; Edmonton Oil Kings) - 0G-5A - 5pts


Photo credit: Derek Leung/WHL

Team Alberta advances to WHL Cup final with 7-1 win

CALGARY - Team Alberta will be going for gold at the 2017 WHL Cup on Sunday, following a 7-1 defeat of Team Manitoba in the first of two semi-final games on Saturday.

Kyle Crnkovic continued his strong play for Team Alberta, scoring two goals, including the game winner, along with an assist to give him 10 points in four games at the WHL Cup. Crnkovic was named Alberta’s Player of the Game for his efforts.

Ridly Greig opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game, with Crnkovic giving Alberta a 2-0 less than 5 minutes later. Seth Jarvis cut the lead in half moments later, scoring Mantitoba’s lone goal.

After that, it as all Team Alberta, with five unanswered goals from Connor McClennon, Joel Sexsmith, Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Borysiuk and Crnkovic.

Assists were tallied by Jake Neighbours (2), Ronan Seeley, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Krz Plummer, Brayden Morrison, Crnkovic and McClennon.

Alberta heavily out-shot Manitoba 50-18, and chased starting goaltender Nikulas Jerris just 12:45 into the first period, who allowed three goals on 11 shots. Dante Giannuzzi allowed four goals on 39 shots in relief.

Garin Bjorklund stopped all but one of the 18 shots sent his way for Alberta, earning his third win of the tournament.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Alberta will battle for the WHL Cup title in the gold medal game at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport) in Calgary. It’s a rematch of last year’s gold medal game, as B.C. defeated Saskatchewan 7-0 in the other semi-final matchup on Saturday. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 a.m. on Sunday between Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.


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Alberta edges Manitoba, 4-3, at WHL Cup

CALGARY - Team Alberta jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second period, and then held off Team Manitoba for a 4-3 victory in the final round-robin game at the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary.

With the victory, Team Alberta heads into Saturday’s semi-final action as the top seed with an unblemished record of three wins.

But there is not much rest either team, as Alberta and Manitoba square off in a rematch at 1 pm in the first semi-final at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

Brayden Morrison scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 16:31 mark of the second period. Manitoba scored 35 seconds later, and added one more in the third period, but Alberta held on for the victory.

Jake Sanderson scored on the power play in the first period for Team Alberta, and Ronan Seeley and Noah Boyko scored in the second period for Alberta. Assists were tallied by Kaiden Guhle (2), Connor McClennon (2), Kyle Crnkovic (2), Boyko and Ozzie Wiesblatt.

Garin Bjorklund earned the win in net for Team Alberta. Alberta outshot Manitoba, 27-15.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

In the other game on Friday, B.C. blanked Saskatchewan, 6-0. Those teams will meet in the other semi-final at 4:30 p.m.

Semi-final winners meet in the gold medal final on Sunday at 1:30 pm. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 am on Sunday.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.


Photo credit: Derek Leung/WHL

Team Alberta defeats BC 6-2

CALGARY - Team Alberta moved to 2-0 at the 2017 WHL Cup with a 6-2 win over Team BC on Thursday night.

After opening the tournament with an 8-3 win over Team Saskatchewan, Alberta’s offence showed no signs of slowing down against BC.

Connor McLennon opened the scoring for Alberta with his second goal of the tournament, and Kaiden Guhle gave Alberta a 2-0 lead heading into the second period with his third goal in two games.

McClennon added his second goal of the game and third overall early into the second period for his second-straight game winning goal, and added an assist en-route to being named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Team BC got one back moments later, but Alberta answered with three straight goals, before BC notched another goal to make it a 6-2 final.

Kyle Crnkovic also had a big night for Alberta, scoring a goal and adding three assists, giving him five points through two games.

Alberta had the slight edge in shots, out-shooting BC 29-28. Sebastian Cossa made 26 stops for Team Alberta to earn his first win of the tournament.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta (2-2) closes out round-robin play on Friday night against Team Manitoba (1-1), and can clinch first place with a win. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.


Photo Credit: Dave Holland/Hockey Canada

Team Alberta opens 2017 WHL Cup with 8-3 win

CALGARY - Team Alberta U16 Male opened its 2017 WHL Cup with a bang, defeating Team Saskatchewan 8-3 on Wednesday night.

Ridly Greig opened the scoring for Team Alberta, who took a 1-0 lead into the second period, and a 4-2 lead into the third before scoring four straight goals. Saskatchewan added a goal late to make it an 8-3 final.

Forward Noah Boyko led the way offensively for Alberta with a goal and two assists, while defender Kaiden Guhle added two goals from the backend.

With one assist, Captain Jake Neighbours earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

Alberta out-shot Saskatchewan 39-17, with goaltenders Gjarin Bjorklund and Sebastian Cossa splitting time. Bjorklund earned the win, stopping seven of eight shots sent his way, while Cossa allowed two goals on nine shots in the second half of the game.

Boxscore > | Team Alberta Roster >

Up next for Team Alberta is Team BC, who fell 3-2 in a shootout to Manitoba on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.


Photo Credit: Dave Holland/Hockey Canada

2017 WHL Cup kicks off in Calgary

CALGARY - The title defense is on for Team Alberta U16 Male, as the 2017 WHL Cup (formerly the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup) begins today in Calgary.

Team Manitoba and Team B.C. kick off the tournament this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3 pm, while Team Alberta’s quest for gold begins tonight at 6:30 pm against Team Saskatchewan. Team Alberta also hits the ice again Thursday night against Team BC, and wraps up round-robin play Friday night against Manitoba. All three Team Alberta games are set for 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport.

Team Alberta U16 Roster >

Following round-robin play, the 1st and 4th place teams and the 2nd and 3rd place teams will battle in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon, with the bronze and gold medal games set for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, respectively.

The WHL Cup will feature some of the top 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.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

For more schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.


Scheduled maintenance: Online registration and payment system

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s online registration and payment system will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, and will temporarily unavailable.

The maintenance is expected to be complete by early afternoon on Wednesday, and the registration and payment platform will once again be available.

An update will be provided once the work is completed.

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Nine Team Alberta alumni to represent Canada at World U17 Challenge

RED DEER - Nine players from Team Alberta’s 2016 gold medal-winning U16 squad have been selected to play in the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Goaltender Taylor Gauthier (Calgary), defencemen Bowen Byram (Lethbridge), Jake Lee (Sherwood Park), Rhett Rhinehart (Lloydminster), and Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park), and forwards Connor Bouchard (Cochrane), Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks), and Brayden Tracey (Calgary) are among the 66 players chosen to represent Canada.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 111 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

The tournament opens Nov. 5 at the Encana Events Centre in an all-Canadian affair as last year’s silver-medallist, Team Canada Black, takes on Team Canada White at 2:30 p.m. The opening day concludes with Sweden facing Russia at North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.

Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email [email protected].

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Twelve Albertans named to Team WHL for Canada Russia Series

RED DEER - Alberta will be very well-represented during the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, with 12 Albertans named to Team WHL’s roster.

On Tuesday, the Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, Moose Jaw Warriors, Swift Current Broncos and Hockey Canada, announced today the roster for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Forwards Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary), Tyler Benson (Edmonton), Dillon Dube (Cochrane), Matthew Phillips (Calgary), Sam Steel (Sherwood Park), and Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake) will all suit up for Team WHL up front. On defence, Jake Bean (Calgary), Kale Clage (Lloydminster), Josh Mahura (St. Albert), and David Quenneville (Edmonton) will all be part of an Albertan-heavy blueline, in front of goaltenders Carter Hart (Sherwood Park) and Stuart Skinner (Edmonton).

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Moose Jaw on Monday, November 6, before continuing on to Swift Current for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 7. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6.

For more information on the Canada Russia Series, click here.

Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email [email protected].


WHL Game Day Coach Series returns for 2017/18 season

RED DEER - A unique learning opportunity is now open for minor hockey coaches with Hockey Alberta’s WHL Game Day Coach Series.

This exciting partnership between Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Western Hockey League teams will offer nine different seminars between October and February, giving coaches the chance to learn from some of the top coaches in the game.

Each seminar costs $45 per coach, and include the following ($200 value):

  • A ticket to a WHL Game
  • Food/beverage voucher
  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta resource package
  • Hockey Alberta gift and other giveaway items (may include golf shirt, hat, or quarter-zip pullover)

Coaches will have the opportunity to hear the both the home and visiting Head Coaches speak before and after each game. Additionally, Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Coach Mentor, Fran Gow, will provide professional development for coaches before each game on a variety of topics, listed by the dates and locations below:

October 24 - Medicine Hat Tigers @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: The Transition Game) *FULL*
November 3 - Saskatoon Blades @ Medicine Hat Tigers (Topic: Developing D-Zone)
November 22 - Portland Winterhawks @ Calgary Hitmen (Topic: Effective Practive)
November 28 - Portland Winterhawks @ Lethbridge Hurricanes (Topic: Importance of Faceoffs)
December 1 - Regina Pats @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: Importance of Faceoffs)
December 7 - Moose Jaw Warriors @ Edmonton Oil Kings (Topic: Creating Offense)
January 3 - Vancouver Giants @ Edmonton Oil Kings (Topic: Developing D-Zone)
January 19 - Kamloops Blazers @ Calgary Hitmen (Topic: Creating Offense)
February 7 - Calgary Hitmen @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: Special Teams)

For more information, and for a full list of speakers, please click here.

** No refunds will be given for these seminars as per our refund policy fees and structure**