Parent Engagement Series - Part One: Social Media

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to launch its Parent Engagement Video Series, aimed at helping parents navigate through the ups and downs of being a hockey parent.

Episode One features Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche and Jordan Eberle of the New York Islanders, and focuses on social media use among young athletes.

Social Media Tips > | Parent Engagement Guide >

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


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BC defeats Alberta 5-4 in overtime to claim bronze

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.

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


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Alberta falls 5-3 to Saskatchewan

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.

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

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.

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


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Team Alberta clinches top spot with 2-1 win over BC

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.

Connor Gourley led the way for Alberta with a goal and an assist. Josh Davies scored what proved to be the game-winner for Alberta at 4:02 of the second. Other assists went to Keaton Dowhaniuk and Oasiz Wiesblatt. Alberta outshot British Columbia, 35-31.

Justen Maric earned the win in net for Alberta. He stood tall midway through the second period making what turned out to be a game-saving stop on a penalty shot by British Columbia’s Rilen Kovacevic.

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

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.

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


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Team Alberta edges Saskatchewan 3-2

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."

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

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.

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


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Team Alberta defeats Manitoba 7-3

CALGARY - Team Alberta opened up the 2019 WHL Cup with a 7-3 win over Team Manitoba.

Alberta came out strong with four straight goals in the first from Kaiden Ellertson, Billal Noori, Jaren Brinson and Jordan Gustafson, before Manitoba answered back late in the period.

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."

Boxscore > | Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta (1-0) takes on Saskatchewan (0-1) on Thursday night. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.

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


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Team Alberta U16 Male announces leadership group for 2019 WHL Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the leadership group for Team Alberta’s U16 Male team for the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.

Jordan Gustafson (Fort Saskatchewan) will captain Team Alberta, with defenceman Graydon Gotaas (Camrose) and forwards Nate Danielson (Red Deer) and Rylen Roersma (Lethbridge) serving as Assistant Captains.

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.

Team Alberta U16 Roster >

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Albertans land on Team Canada, Team WHL rosters

RED DEER - Wednesday was quite the day for a number of Albertans, as the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, National Women’s Team and Team WHL rosters were all announced.

Eight Team Alberta alumni selected for World U17 Hockey Challenge

Eight players from Team Alberta’s 2019 Canada Winter Games U16 squad have been selected to play in the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current.

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

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

Six Albertans will suit up for Team WHL during the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Saskatoon and Prince Albert in November.

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 to host 2020 Female Hockey Day

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.

2018 Female Hockey Day Photo Gallery >


Registration now open for Dodge Caravan Kids

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.

Learn more at the Dodge Caravan Kids website

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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.


Registration now open for Arctic Winter Games Selection Camps

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.

Male Registration >

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Alberta well-represented in NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its October ’Players to Watch’ list, with 18 Albertans making an appearance.

Three Albertan skaters are listed as ’A’ prospects: defencemen Kaiden Guhle and Jake Sanderson, and forward Dylan Holloway.

Seven Albertans are in the ’B’ prospect category, with eight more listed as ’C’ prospects.

The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a second or third round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate.

The full list of Albertans named to the Players to Watch list can be found below:

Name Position Team League
A Prospects
Kaiden Guhle Defence Prince Albert WHL
Dylan Holloway Forward Wisconsin Big Ten
Jake Sanderson Defence USA U-18 NTDP
B Prospects
Ridly Greig Forward Brandon WHL
Connor McClennon Forward Winnipeg WHL
Jack McNaughton Goaltender Calgary WHL
Jake Neighbours Forward Edmonton WHL
Luke Prokop Defence Calgary WHL
Carter Savoie Forward Sherwood Park AJHL
Ozzy Wiesblatt Forward Prince Albert WHL
C Prospects
Tyrel Bauer Defence Seattle WHL
Michael Benning Defence Sherwood Park AJHL
Garin Bjorklund Goaltender Medicine Hat WHL
Noah Boyko Forward Lethbridge WHL
Ethan Edwards Defence Spruce Grove AJHL
Rhett Rhinehart Defence Prince George WHL
Ronan Seeley Defence Everett WHL
Carter Souch Forward Edmonton WHL


Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup returns for 2019-20 season

RED DEER - The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is here for 2019-20, and Peewee coaches in Alberta can now register to receive their Team Kit.

Coach’s Kit Signup >

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.

2019-20 Good Deeds Cup >

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 today and register for your Good Deeds Cup Coach’s Kit.



Communities set to celebrate World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend across Alberta

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:

Association/Team/Organization City/Town Event(s)
Airdrie Atom Female 1 Airdrie On-ice skills session
Bow River Bruins Minor Hockey Association Calgary Free skate for players and mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends
Prairie Thunder Brooks Floor hockey and games for all divisions
Cochrane Female Hockey Committee Cochrane 3-on-3 road hockey tournament and barbecue
Girls Hockey Calgary Jr. Inferno Atom B Calgary Skills session/celebration
Girls Hockey Calgary Jr. Inferno First Strides Calgary Kickoff of 16-week female learn-to-play program
Girls Hockey Calgary Novice 2 North White Calgary Skill development practice
Girls Hockey Calgary Atom 1 North Calgary On-ice practice and off-ice team building
Edmonton Wolves (Junior Female) Edmonton Edmonton Girls Hockey night at the Wolves game
Fort Saskatchewan Atom Fury Fort Saskatchewan Road hockey day and party
Leduc Minor Hockey Association Leduc Mother-daughter power skating session
Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association Lethbridge Free try-hockey skate
Manning Minor Hockey Association Manning Skill development weekend
Nampa Minor Hockey Association Nampa Free skate/shinny hockey
Okotoks Atom A Okotoks Road hockey team-bonding celebration
Okotoks Atom A Okotoks Team building event
Okotoks Peewee Okotoks Block party and barbecue with street hockey game
Red Deer Sutter Fund Atom Red Chiefs Red Deer Exhibition game
Red Deer Sutter Fund Peewee B Chiefs Red Deer Team yoga session
Redwater Minor Hockey Association Redwater Floor hockey, skills sessions and "bring the guys to the rink" free skate
Simons Valley Hockey Association Calgary Association-wide open skate
Sturgeon Hockey Club Morinville Free introduction to hockey camp and mini camp
SWAT Minor Hockey Association Edmonton 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 Edmonton Development sessions for all Northwest Zone female hockey players


Team Alberta U18 Female roster announced for 2019 National Women’s U18 Championships

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.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

"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.

Full Schedule >


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Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced for 2019 WHL Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U16 Male team that will represent the province at the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >

"The selection process was very competitive, which made for some very difficult decisions," said Head Coach Brandin Cote. "Our staff is extremely excited to work with this talented group of players moving forward to compete at the 2019 WHL Cup.”

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, the Alberta Cup in April, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Red Deer in July. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and from the Summer Camp, a shortlist roster was established and monitored in league play during the first months of the 2019-20 season.

Joining Cote on the team staff are: Jay Pylypuik (assistant coach), Cody Reynolds (assistant coach), Adam Sergerie (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Myles Berlin (therapist), Dave Campbell (equipment manager), Bobby Fox (head scout), Michael Kraichy (Director of Hockey Operations) and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with 11 different associations represented on the roster: Airdrie, Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Mayerthorpe, Raymond, Red Deer, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, and Whitecourt.

The 2019 WHL 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.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2019 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.

The 2019 WHL Cup runs October 23-27 at Winsport’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.