Social media has seen a rapid rise in popularity in the last decade, and the average age of first-time users continues to decrease. It’s also become a large part of team culture, which poses many opportunities and risks for both individual players, and the team as a whole.
Parents are encouraged to stay involved and monitor their children’s social media activity, and make sure they are responsible with their own social media use. Any inappropriate or irresponsible use of social media can have negative effects on both the individual, and the team, even if it’s not necessarily hockey-related.
For more information and tips on responsible social media use, head to hockeyalberta.ca.
CALGARY - After scoring two late third period goals to tie the game, Team BC claimed bronze at the 2019 WHL Cup with a 5-4 overtime victory over Team Alberta.
Alberta took a 2-0 lead into the second period with goals from Billal Noori and Tyler MacKenzie, their fourth and third goals of the tournament, respectively.
Connor Gourley drew a penalty shot halfway through the second and gave his team a 3-0 lead, but BC answered back minutes later to make it a 3-1 game after two periods.
BC pulled within one early in the third, but Grayden Gotaas restored the two-goal lead with his first of the tournament. With just over a minute left in the game, BC scored two goals just 19 seconds apart to force overtime, where Jace Weir scored to complete the comeback for BC.
Alberta out-shot BC 33-28. Team Alberta netminder Justen Maric made 23 saves in his third start.
CALGARY - Team Saskatchewan scored three straight third period goals en-route to a 5-3 victory over Team Alberta on Saturday, sending Alberta to the bronze medal game at the 2019 WHL Cup.
After a scoreless first period, Saskatchewan opened the scoring four minutes into the second, but Rylen Roersma answered just over a minute later. Saskatchewan took the lead again on the powerplay, and Kaiden Ellertson tied things up for Team Alberta with his second goal of the tournament.
Tyler MacKenzie gave Alberta its first lead of the game just 28 seconds into the third period, but it was all Saskatchewan there, as they scored three third period goals to seal the 5-3 win.
Team Alberta netminder Nicholas Jones stopped 28 of 33 Saskatchewan shots in his second start of the WHL Cup.
Alberta will now face Team BC on Sunday morning in the bronze medal game at 9:30am. Saskatchewan will face Manitoba, who defeated BC 5-4 in Saturday’s other semi-final game, at 1:00pm. Both games are at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.
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CALGARY - Team Alberta jumped out to an early lead, and then held on for a 2-1 victory over Team British Columbia as round-robin action wrapped up Friday night at the 2019 WHL Cup.
Alberta scored the lone goal in the first period, and then extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second period. British Columbia closed the gap to 2-1 with just under three minutes remaining in the second, but that was as close as they would get. The third period was scoreless.
With the victory, Alberta finishes the round-robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. Alberta now meets Team Saskatchewan in the second semi-final (Saturday, 4:30 pm). Saskatchewan was edged, 4-3, by Team Manitoba earlier on Friday. British Columbia and Manitoba meet in the other semi-final at 1 pm.
All games are at WinSport’s Markin-MacPhail Arena.
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CALGARY - Team Alberta overcame two one-goal deficits en route to a 3-2 victory over Team Saskatchewan Thursday night at the 2019 WHL Cup.
After a scoreless first period, Saskatchewan opened the scoring 1:16 into the second, but Connor Gourley answered for Alberta just over a minute later. Saskatchewan took the lead again moments later, but Alberta took a 3-2 lead in the final frame thanks to goals from Billal Noori and Rieger Lorenz.
Team Alberta then held off Saskatchewan in the third to earn the win, moving to 2-0 in round-robin play. Lorenz was named Alberta’s Player of the Game.
Alberta held the edge in shots 31-25 over Saskatchewan. In his first start of the tournament, Nicholas Jones made 23 saves for the win.
"Hats off to them (Saskatchewan), they played a great game, it was a hard-fought battle," said Team Alberta Assistant Coach Cody Reynolds. "From a coaching perspective, I like it. There’s a lot of growing from this, and when a game happens like this early in the tournament and you have a lot of really good learning experiences from it, you just build on that. At the end of the day, we got the win, we found a way to do it, we had lots of guys step up and do a really good job, so we’re really looking forward to tomorrow."
Team Alberta closes out round-robin play on Friday with an all-important matchup against Team BC (2-0), with first place on the line. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.
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Tyler MacKenzie scored to open the second, and Noori added his second of the game, while Manitoba scored another late goal on the powerplay, giving Alberta a 6-2 lead heading into the third.
Josh Davies gave Alberta a 7-2 lead halfway through the third, and Manitoba answered again for a 7-3 final.
Alberta out-shot Manitoba 37-19, with Justen Maric making 19 stops to earn the win. Nate Danielson earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.
"I thought we did a lot of really good things, we played hard," said Head Coach Brandin Cote. "The habits were there at times, but we’re going to keep working at that. Our powerplay scored some goals, and we got some key saves at certain times in the game, which was nice to have. We’re really happy about the effort, so now we just have to build on that and be even better tomorrow."
The 2019 WHL Cup runs October 23-27 at Winsport’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
Team Alberta kicks off play round-robin play against Team Manitoba on Wednesday at 6:00pm, with games against Saskatchewan and BC set for Thursday and Friday at 6:00pm, respectively. Semi-finals will go on Saturday, with the 2nd and 3rd place teams playing at 1:00pm, and 1st and 4th at 4:30pm. The bronze medal game is set for Sunday at 9:30am, with the gold medal game to follow at 1:00pm.
Defencemen Corson Ceulemans (Beaumont) Kyle Masters (Edmonton) and Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan), and forwards Jayden Grubbe (Calgary), Dylan Guenther (Edmonton), Matthew Savoie (St. Albert), Sean Tschigerl (Whitecourt) and Kai Uchacz (Okotoks) 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, 112 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 with all three Canadian teams in action Saturday, November 2 at 7p.m. MT; Team Canada Red takes on Russia at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, and Team Canada Black will face off against Team Canada White at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.
Single-game tickets will be available for purchase starting at $10 for youth and $15 for adults on Oct. 16, and can be purchased online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.
Maschmeyer to suit up for Team Canada in November
Former Team Alberta U18 Female netminder Emerance Maschmeyer will take a familiar spot in net for Team Canada this November, as the Bruderheim native was named to the National Women’s Team roster for the two game-series against the United States set for November 8-10 in Cranberry Township, PA.
Team Canada will take on the United States at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. MT and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. MT. Both games are in preparation for the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship, March 31-April 10 in Halifax and Truro, N.S.
Six Albertans land on Team WHL for Canada Russia Series
Defencemen Bowen Byram (Lethbridge/Cranbrook) and Ty Smith (Lloydminster), along with forwards Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan), Dillon Hamaliuk (Leduc), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks) and Brayden Tracey (Calgary) will represent their league in games five and six of the annual series, set for November 13 in Saskatoon, and November 14 in Prince Albert.
LETHBRIDGE - Hockey Alberta is hosting the annual Female Hockey Day celebrations in Lethbridge on January 25, 2020.
Female Hockey Day celebrates "Why We Play" and the growth of the female game. The day features a number of on-ice and off-ice sessions focusing on players, officials, parents, and coaches.
The day culminates with a USPORTS match-up between the Mount Royal Cougars and the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
“We are excited to build on the success of the first ever Female Hockey Day in Red Deer,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “Now we have the chance to take the event to a new community and influence a new group of female athletes."
Last year in Red Deer, over 160 athletes took part in activities throughout the day, which included on-ice sessions for players and officials of all levels, and off-ice sessions, such as dryland training, parent education, and sport ambassadors. The day was capped off by a CWHL game between the Calgary Inferno and Toronto Furies which drew a crowd of over 600 fans to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
RED DEER - Registration is now open for Dodge Caravan Kids for Novice teams across Alberta.
The Dodge Caravan Kids Program is a joint effort between participating minor hockey associations and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram retailers that provides up to $500 in funding and access to exclusive hockey benefits to novice level hockey teams across Canada.
The goal of the Dodge Caravan Kids Program is to help enrich the game of hockey for participating coaches, players and their families and represents one of FCA Canada’s key community efforts.
Program Benefits Each team enrolled in the Dodge Caravan Kids Program will receive:
Up to $500 in funding. The opportunity to enter the Dodge Caravan Kids Photo Contest to win up to $500 in extra funding. Team kits including an exclusive Dodge Caravan Kids gift for all players and an important information booklet for all parents/guardians. The opportunity to enter our Score & Win contest for a chance to win a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 and $5,000 for your local Minor Hockey Association.
RED DEER - Registration is now open for male athletes born 2005-2006 and female athletes born 2001-2006 to participate in the 2020 Arctic Winter Games Selection Camp.
The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic competition, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and Dene games. The cultural component is a pillar of the Games, featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region.
The male selection camp will be held in Fairview on December 6-8, while the female camp will take place in Manning on December 20-22. Staging/Training weekend for both teams will be hosted in Grande Prairie on February 7-8, 2020. The 2020 Arctic Winter Games take place in Whitehorse, YT on March 14-21.
Eligible communities for the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel. Players must live in one of these eligible communities.
Your free Good Deeds Cup Team Kit has everything you need to develop your players on the ice, and create awareness off the ice, all the while reaffirming important values learned through hockey. Every kit is a premium coach’s hockey bag that comes with 10 practice pucks, 24 lace bracelets, 20 emblem stickers and 20 vehicle decals.
As well, all coaches of registered Peewee hockey teams in Canada are eligible to compete for the Good Deeds Cup. This season marks the third year of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, during which time hundreds of good deeds have been completed by Peewee teams in communities across Alberta and the country. The Good Deeds Cup-winning team will receive a $100,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Submissions open on November 2.
The Chevrolet Hockey program seeks to inspire young Canadians to be better people by promoting the positive values learned through hockey, and acting on them by performing Good Deeds in their community. The goal is to develop our future hockey players on and off the ice. Through the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, Chevrolet makes donations to causes on behalf of Peewee Hockey teams across the country.
A limited number of kits are available, one kit per team. Don’t delay; go to chevrolethockey.ca today and register for your Good Deeds Cup Coach’s Kit.
RED DEER - Twenty-five teams and organizations from across the province are set to celebrate the ninth annual World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend.
The International Ice Hockey Federation will lead the way on the ninth year of World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, with dozens of federations around the world taking part. The goal of this weekend is to have events from coast to coast to coast that recruit, retain and engage female players, coaches, officials and fans – old and new. This event aims to celebrate and grow the female game, and unite Canadians through grassroots programming led by female 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!
The list of teams and organizations who have organized WGIHW events can be found below:
Airdrie Atom Female 1
On-ice skills session
Bow River Bruins Minor Hockey Association
Free skate for players and mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends
Floor hockey and games for all divisions
Cochrane Female Hockey Committee
3-on-3 road hockey tournament and barbecue
Girls Hockey Calgary Jr. Inferno Atom B
Girls Hockey Calgary Jr. Inferno First Strides
Kickoff of 16-week female learn-to-play program
Girls Hockey Calgary Novice 2 North White
Skill development practice
Girls Hockey Calgary Atom 1 North
On-ice practice and off-ice team building
Edmonton Wolves (Junior Female)
Edmonton Girls Hockey night at the Wolves game
Fort Saskatchewan Atom Fury
Road hockey day and party
Leduc Minor Hockey Association
Mother-daughter power skating session
Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association
Free try-hockey skate
Manning Minor Hockey Association
Skill development weekend
Nampa Minor Hockey Association
Free skate/shinny hockey
Okotoks Atom A
Road hockey team-bonding celebration
Okotoks Atom A
Team building event
Block party and barbecue with street hockey game
Red Deer Sutter Fund Atom Red Chiefs
Red Deer Sutter Fund Peewee B Chiefs
Team yoga session
Redwater Minor Hockey Association
Floor hockey, skills sessions and "bring the guys to the rink" free skate
Simons Valley Hockey Association
Association-wide open skate
Sturgeon Hockey Club
Free introduction to hockey camp and mini camp
SWAT Minor Hockey Association
Conditioning session for all female SWAT players
West Central Peewee A Wildcats
Rocky Mountain House
Exhibition game with Red Deer Sutter Fund Peewee A Chiefs
Whitemud West Hockey Association
Development sessions for all Northwest Zone female hockey players
RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U18 Female team that will represent the province at the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB.
"We saw a lot of talent and determination throughout Summer and Fall Camp, which made the selection of this roster challenging," said Head Coach Craig Perrett. "Now that we have the team selected, our staff is looking forward to working with these players as we move towards competition at the 2019 U18 Nationals.”
Sixty-eight players were originally invited to the U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer in July, where a shortlist roster was established. The shortlisted players moved on to participate in Fall Camp held in Edmonton on September 27-29.
Joining Perrett on the team staff are: Dayna Janzen (assistant coach), Brett Wold (assistant coach), Shanya Shwetz (video coach), Engi Lim (goalie coach), Brent Gaudreau (therapist), Johanna Mykyte (equipment manager), Nate Morris (strength & conditioning), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Kendall Newell (director of hockey operations) and Barry Medori (coach mentor).
Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are very well-represented amongst the team, with 16 different associations represented on the roster: Beaverlodge, Blackfalds, Calgary, Clive, Cochrane, Didsbury, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Morinville, Sherwood Park, Spirit River, St. Albert, Thunderstars, and Whitecourt.
Among the 20 players, eight will be returning from the U18 team that won a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer earlier this year: Jaden Bogden, Hayleigh Craig, Aliya Jomha, Bree Kennedy, Sierra LaPlante, Brooklyn Schroeder, Alexandria Spence, and Sarah Wozniewicz.
The 2019 U18 Nationals will feature the top-rated female players in the under-18 age category from different provinces across Canada, and the tournament is the first step on the road to Canada’s National Women’s Team.
Team Alberta opens the tournament against Team Saskatchewan on November 5 in Winkler.