October 14, 2021
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2022 ALBERTA CUP, CHALLENGE & PROSPECTS COACHES AND TRAINERS
Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches, trainers and directors of operations for the 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge, and Prospects Cup. All events are taking place in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in April and May. Applications for all positions close November 15.
HOCKEY ALBERTA HOSTING ELITE COACH DEVELOPMENT SERIES
Hockey Alberta is hosting an Elite Coach Development Series featuring current WHL coaches covering a variety of topics, hosted via Zoom. There are five sessions that will take place on Monday’s at 8pm from October 18 - November 15, with no cost to attend.
TEAM ALBERTA U16 MALE ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 WHL CUP
Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the U16 Male squad that will represent the province at the 2021 WHL Cup in Red Deer.
HOCKEY FOR LIFE
Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!
The evening of Oct. 7, Calgary Buffalo Hockey Association trainers, Haley Patyna, Shyin Dixon and Blair Olsen, were wrapping up U21 baseline concussion testing at Cardel Rec South in Calgary, when they were called to action.
Out of the rink where a 55-plus recreational league game was being played, two guys came out saying they needed an AED (automated external defibrillator), there was a guy on the ice having a heart attack.
Through quick thinking and teamwork, the trainers jumped to action. Together, they saved a life that night.
Read the full story on hockeycanada.ca.
RED DEER – Ten communities around the province are preparing to host a stop on the World Junior Trophy Tour in celebration of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Beginning November 6-7, the World Junior Championship Trophy will travel around the province before landing in its eventual destination of Edmonton. The trophy tour encourages communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.
With support from Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors, these communities will host player and coach development sessions, tournaments, volunteer appreciation, feature games, and other events with prizes, swag, and more.
November 6 – 7
November 13 – 14
November 20 – 21
November 27 – 28
December 4 – 5
December 11 – 12
December 18 – 19
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will take place in Edmonton and Red Deer from December 26 – January 5.
To get involved, please reach out to your nearest host association.
RED DEER - Another Team Alberta comeback fell just short on Sunday, as Team BC took gold at the 2021 WHL Cup with a 5-2 win.
After a scoreless opening period, BC got on the board first just over a minute into the second period, before Gavin Garland evened things up with his third of the tournament five minutes later.
BC would score again late in the second, and took a 2-1 lead into the third after netminder Jesse Sanche stopped Alberta forward Zane Saab on a penalty shot.
Five minutes into the third, BC took a 3-1 lead, but Alberta made it a one goal game once again as Garrett Thom scored on a short-handed breakaway with just over five minutes to go in regulation.
BC shut the door from there, and scored two empty-net goals to take it 5-2.
Netminder Madden Mulawka stood tall in goal for Team Alberta, stopping 32 of 35 shots, while his counterpart Sanche made 30 saves for the win.
Mulawka was named Alberta’s Player of the Game for the second straight day, while defenceman Keith McInnis was named a WHL Cup All-Star for his efforts throughout the tournament.
RED DEER - Team Alberta punched its ticket to the 2021 WHL Cup finals with a 2-0 win over Manitoba on Saturday afternoon.
From there, netminder Madden Mulawka, in his second start, shut the door, earning the shutout win with 24 saves. For his efforts, he was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.
Alberta draws BC in the gold medal game, who defeated Saskatchewan 9-2 on Saturday morning. Despite coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period, Alberta fell 5-4 in overtime to BC when the two teams met on Friday during round-robin play.
Manitoba will face Saskatchewan Sunday at 10am in the bronze medal game, while Alberta and BC square off at 1pm. Both games are at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, and are free to attend. (COVID-19 protocals will be in place for all attendees).
RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its October "Players to Watch" list, with 15 Albertans making an appearance.
One Albertan skater is listed an "A" prospect; forward Matt Savoie.
Albertan forwards, Josh Davies and Rieger Lorenz and one defenceman, Kent Anderson crack the list in the "B" prospect category, with 11 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:
|Matt Savoie||Forward||Winnipeg Ice||WHL|
|Kent Anderson||Defence||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL|
|Josh Davies||Forward||Swift Current Broncos||WHL|
|Rieger Lorenz||Forward||Okotoks Oilers||AJHL|
|Cale Ashcroft||Defence||Sherwood Park Crusaders||AJHL|
|Keaton Dowhaniuk||Defence||Prince George Cougars||WHL|
|Jagger Firkus||Forward||Moose Jaw Warriors||WHL|
|Jordan Gustafson||Forward||Seattle Thunderbirds||WHL|
|Ben Hemmerling||Forward||Everett Silvertips||WHL|
|Dylan James||Forward||Sioux City||USHL|
|Marcus Nguyen||Forward||Portland Winterhawks||WHL|
|Reid Schaefer||Forward||Seattle Thunderbirds||WHL|
|Bowden Singleton||Forward||Okotoks Oilers||AJHL|
|Kai Uchacz||Forward||Red Deer Rebels||WHL|
|Charlie Wright||Defence||Saskatoon Blades||WHL|
The Western Hockey League’s Senior Manager, Hockey Operations Greg Thomson joins us to discuss what the WHL Cup is all about, and Winnipeg Ice forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Connor McClennon shares his experience at the event with Team Alberta back in 2017.
Episode Links: 2021 WHL Cup > | Team Alberta U16 Male Roster > | 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship Announcement > | Team Alberta U18 Female Roster Announcement > | Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup Team Staff Applications > | EOCF Commits $1.5 million to Hockey Alberta Foundation > | 2021 Hockey Alberta Life Members Announcement > | Elite Coach Development Series >
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RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has named the 20-player roster that will sport the Team Alberta colours at the inaugural 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, November 1-6.
The roster features 10 players who competed at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games and nine players who dressed for the 2019 Alberta Challenge.
“It has been a very interesting and challenging 2021 U18 Team Alberta experience for players, parents and staff. The ability for everyone involved to pivot throughout the process leads me to believe we have a very resilient bunch heading into a western competition,” said Team Alberta U18 Head Coach, Barry Medori. “I am proud of all participants from the first camp to the final selections. All athletes made coming up with a final list of 20 athletes to represent Alberta extremely difficult.”
The selection process was different this year. In August, Hockey Alberta welcomed 136 players to Red Deer for the Summer Selection Camp. Over the course of three days, the players were evaluated with 36 invitations extended to the Fall Camp from which the 20-player roster was selected.
“We are preparing to make Alberta proud with our team a few short weeks away from competing for a championship. I am excited to see what we can achieve with this group of amazing athletes, training staff and coaches,” said Medori.
Medori will be joined on the bench by assistant coaches Shanya Shwetz and Chris Leeming. Rounding out the team’s staff are Annette Jensen (Video Coach), Marlène Boissonnault (Goalie Coach), and Kendall Newell (Director of Operations).
Twelve Minor Hockey Associations are represented on the team, including: Airdrie, Beaumont, Calgary, Calmar, Chestermere, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Mundare, Red Deer, Sherwood Park, St. Albert and Strathcona. Eleven team members are competing in the AFHL this season.
Team Alberta will compete against teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. at the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship. A three-game round robin will be played, followed by semi-finals with teams advancing to either the Bronze or Gold Medal final. A schedule and ticket information will be available in the coming weeks.
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MAN. - Hockey Manitoba, Hockey Saskatchewan, Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship, November 1-6 at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
Following the cancellation of the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship, which is a key part of the development process for Canada’s high performance U18 female athletes, Hockey Canada’s four western provincial hockey branches agreed it was important to hold an event for these athletes. The goal of this event is to provide an elite development opportunity while also furthering the development of female hockey in Western Canada.
Planning and coordination has been a collaboration between the western branches, with welcomed support, guidance, and funding from Hockey Canada.
The 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship is a four-team tournament consisting of:
- A three-game round robin;
- Bronze Medal game;
- Gold Medal game.
Competition commences on November 1 with all games being played at Stride Place - the home of the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and host to the RBC Cup in 2015. Games will be open to the public based on the most recent public health orders with admission being charged at the gate.
The Female Program of Excellence is designed to provide high performance female players with the opportunity to develop advanced skills as well as an introduction to the concepts needed to play at an elite level. Players from the Program of Excellence go on to play at the CIS, NCAA, and international level.
Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the Hockey Alberta Foundation Team Up to Support Grassroots Hockey in Northern & Central Alberta
EDMONTON – In a team effort to make a significant impact in growing the game of hockey in Northern Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) has generously committed $1.5 million in funding to the Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF).
The funding will generate support for three areas;
- Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Grant Program,
- a new Hockey Alberta Member Grant Program, supported by the EOCF and
- the creation of a Hockey Alberta Volunteer Recognition/Thank You Program.
“Support for minor hockey and the growth of the game has always been an important mandate for the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation,” said Corey Smith, Board Chair, EOCF. “This past year was difficult for minor hockey participants, their families, coaches and all minor hockey associations throughout our province. This new program provides funding to continue to grow the game of hockey in our community. We are hockey and we are so proud to support programs aimed at growing the game and getting more kids, from all backgrounds involved.”
“The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has always been a strong supporter of our efforts, contributing annually to our Every Kid Every Community program. With this new funding, we’re excited at the opportunity to increase support in Northern Alberta hockey communities while also being able to recognize the key people in those same communities,” said Dennis Zukiwsky, Board Chair, Hockey Alberta Foundation.
The new Hockey Alberta Member Grant Program will allow access to funding for Hockey Alberta members in Northern and Central Alberta. Priority for funding will be given to those in need for leadership development, introduction to hockey, female, para, indigenous hockey programming and any inclusion and diversity initiatives. Members will be able to access the funding application at hockeyalberta.ca.
Throughout the pandemic, volunteers have been the backbone of minor hockey. To thank the volunteers, the ECOF and HAF have formed the Hockey Alberta Volunteer Recognition/Thank You Program. Coaches, parents, and players will have an opportunity to be inspired by their Oilers or Oil Kings heroes by attending games and getting more connected to the teams.
The HAF works to inspire every kid in every community’s passion for hockey. In collaboration with the EOCF, the HAF can continue to grow the game in Northern Alberta.
ABOUT THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION
The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to provide EVERY KID in EVERY COMMUNITY the opportunity to play hockey in Alberta. We work in collaboration with partners to fund those who need us, invest in those who will lead us and honour those before us. For more information on the HAF or to make a donation, visit hockeyalbertafoundation.ca.
ABOUT THE EDMONTON OILERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership and continues its deep legacy of giving back. Thanks to the generosity of our valued hockey fans, Oilers players and alumni, the EOCF Board of Directors, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) employees and the Katz Family, the Foundation has contributed over $56 million to charitable organizations and minor hockey programs across Oil Country since 2001. For more information, visit OilersFoundation.ca.
RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the U16 Male squad that will represent the province at the 2021 WHL Cup in Red Deer.
With no Alberta Cup this year due to COVID-19, the selection process had a different look in 2021. Nearly 400 2006-born Albertans attended Summer Selection Camp in Red Deer in August, and 72 were invited back for Fall Selection Camp in September. From there, the roster was narrowed down to a shortlist, where players were scouted individually to create the final Team Alberta Roster.
"As always, we had an incredibly talented group of Albertans to select from this year," said Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Male Hockey, Michael Kraichy. "Our staff did a fantastic job navigating the changes and challenges that this year brought our way, and we are confident in this group’s ability to compete at the WHL Cup.”
Joining Kraichy on the team staff are: Serge Lajoie (Head Coach), Alex Mandolidis (assistant coach), Kyle Tapp (assistant coach), James Poole (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Brent Gaudreau (therapist), Dave Campbell (equipment manager), Bobby Fox (head scout), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).
Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with nine different associations represented on the roster: Bonnyville, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Nanton, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Sylvan Lake, and Wainwright. Seven players also currently play in the Alberta Elite Hockey League.
The 2021 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.
While the WHL Cup usually features many players who were recently selected in the WHL Draft, this year’s tournament will happen prior to the WHL Draft, which will happen on Thursday, December 9.
The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.
The 2021 WHL Cup runs October 20-24 at the Peavey Mart Centrium (unless indicated) in Red Deer. Team Alberta’s schedule can be found below:
- Wednesday, October 20, 7:00pm vs Manitoba
- Thursday, October 21, 7:00pm @ Saskatchewan
- Friday, October 22, 12:30pm at British Columbia
- Saturday, October 23, 12:30pm - Semi-Final 1
- Saturday, October 23, 3:15pm - Semi-Final 2 (at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre)
- Sunday, October 24, 10:00am - Bronze Medal Game
- Sunday, October 24, 1:00pm - Gold Medal Game