October 3, 2019
HOCKEY ALBERTA ANNOUNCES TEAM ALBERTA U18 FEMALE ROSTER
Hockey Alberta has announced 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. ROSTER >
HOCKEY ALBERTA ANNOUNCES TEAM ALBERTA U16 MALE ROSTER
Hockey Alberta has announced the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U16 Male team that will represent the province at the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary. ROSTER >
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2020 ALBERTA WINTER GAMES REGIONAL CAMPS
Registration is now open for 2007-born male athletes, as well as 2005 & 2006-born female athletes to take part in regional selection camps for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games. The 2020 Alberta Winter Games run February 14-17 in Airdrie. INFO > | MALE REGISTRATION > | FEMALE REGISTRATION >
COACH AND TRAINER APPLICATION FOR 2020 ALBERTA WINTER GAMES AND ALBERTA CUP
Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches and trainers for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games (male and female programs) and the 2020 Alberta Cup. The deadline for all applications is Friday, October 4. INFO >
DODGE CARAVAN KIDS BACK FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON
The Dodge Caravan Kids program provides up to $500 worth of funding and access to exclusive hockey benefits to Novice-level hockey teams across Canada. REGISTER NOW >
COACHES AND PLAYERS BENEFIT FROM SUCCESSFUL SLEDGE HOCKEY WEEKEND
Hockey Alberta hosted a sledge hockey event September 21-22 where 14 coaches received their sledge specific Coach 2 - Coach Level certification and 15 players attended the development session which featured warm up and cool down training, on-ice skills, and equipment maintenance sessions. SLEDGE >
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2019 WORLD U17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE
The 2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge is coming to Medicine Hat and Swift Current on Nov. 2-9 and tickets are available now! The tournament features the top Under-17 players from around the world, including three Canada teams, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and USA. TICKETS > | SCHEDULE >
ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
Is there a member of the Alberta hockey community you feel should be recognized for their contributions? Nominations are now open for the 2020 AHHF Induction Class, which will be comprised of individuals and groups or teams who have made a significant to hockey during their time as an Alberta resident. Nominations will be accepted until November 30. NOMINATE AN INDIVIDUAL > | NOMINATE A GROUP/TEAM >
COACH OF THE MONTH IS BACK FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON
One coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package valued at over $500, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. Nominations are now open! NOMINATION FORM >
FUNDRAISING FORE YOUR TEAM
Canada Golf Card has partnered with the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community Program to create a fundraiser fore your team. Canada Golf Card is Canada’s Favorite Golf Savings Program with over 800 Golf Courses participating across Canada, giving its members access to 4 discounts per course (including the USA and Mexico), featuring 2 for 1 golf and more! INFO >
EVERY KID EVERY COMMUNITY APPLICATION DEADLINE - OCTOBER 31
The Every Kid Every Community Grant (EKEC) is an annual program to support hockey in Alberta. The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to encourage all Alberta-based Community Groups, Pond Hockey Programs, Youth Groups, Recreational Groups, Community Leagues and Local Minor Hockey Associations (LMHA) and clubs who have an idea, project or program that align with the EKEC guiding principles whereby an individual OR group may benefit from a Player Assistance or Program Grant to apply. The deadline to submit your application for funding is October 31. APPLICATION FORM >
FLAMES AND OILERS TEAM UP FOR FIRST SHIFT IN RED DEER
The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are partnering with Hockey Alberta to bring the NHL/NHLPA First Shift to Red Deer this winter. Registration is now open for the six-week learn-to-play program, which runs Saturdays at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, beginning February 15. Each week’s session also will feature alumni from the Flames and Oilers. INFO > | REGISTER >
GLENCROSS INVITATIONAL RODEO CHARITY ROUGHSTOCK RAFFLE
The Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event is giving you the chance to win this 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Truck with the elevation package. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by visiting the Hockey Alberta office or calling 403-342-6777. Proceeds support the Ronald McDonald HouseÂ® Central Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation Every Kid Every Community program.
PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - PLAYER SAFETY
Hockey Alberta is committed to a safe and fun environment for all participants to enjoy the game. Player safety can take many forms, but three that are consistently focused on are attitude, training, and equipment. READ MORE >
View the Player Safety information in our Parent Guide!
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 hockeyalberta.ca.
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 >
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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:
|Kaiden Guhle||Defence||Prince Albert||WHL|
|Dylan Holloway||Forward||Wisconsin||Big Ten|
|Jake Sanderson||Defence||USA U-18||NTDP|
|Carter Savoie||Forward||Sherwood Park||AJHL|
|Ozzy Wiesblatt||Forward||Prince Albert||WHL|
|Michael Benning||Defence||Sherwood Park||AJHL|
|Garin Bjorklund||Goaltender||Medicine Hat||WHL|
|Ethan Edwards||Defence||Spruce Grove||AJHL|
|Rhett Rhinehart||Defence||Prince George||WHL|
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.
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.