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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 >


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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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.


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.