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BFL Coach of the Year Nominations Now Open

RED DEER – BFL Coach of the Year is back for the third season and nominations are now open!

The BFL Coach of the Year Awards recognize and honour female coaches who exemplify the positive values of hockey and sport, for their successful and outstanding achievements in player development and the leadership of their players and teams.

Honouring a female coach in each province at the community, competitive and high-performance level, the BFL Coach of the Year Award will be presented to coaches who have made outstanding contributions over an extended period of time coaching hockey programs within Hockey Canada female and/or minor hockey programs.

Provincial winners will be considered in the selection of the national BFL Coach of the Year Awards. Each provincial winner will receive a $1,000 bursary; while the national winners receive a $2,500 bursary, customized Team Canada jersey, a five-year subscription to the Hockey Canada Network, a Hockey Canada merchandise package and a tablet.


Categories

  • Community coach: Defined as a woman coaching athletes of all ages who play and compete in divisions where there is not a national championship identified as a culminating event.
  • Competitive Coach: Defined as a woman coach whose athletes play and compete in divisions where the participants are eligible to compete in National Championships, accredited Residential Schools or Sport Schools or provincially designated Programs of Excellence.
  • High-Performance Coach: Defined as a woman coach whose athletes are above the age of 16 and compete at the USports, Canadian Collegiate Hockey and Professional Women’s Hockey Player’s Association levels.

Criteria

The nominee:

  • Leads by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship,
  • Places the emotional and physical well-being ahead of a personal desire to win,
  • Places an emphasis on equitable participation of all players registered on the team,
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the development of every player and staff Member,
  • Treats each player as an individual and understands the range of emotional and physical development,
  • Does her best to provide a safe playing situation for all players,
  • Uses the coaching techniques that are appropriate for all of the age and skill level of her players,
  • Must be actively coaching at the female hockey, minor hockey or high-performance levels within the province the nomination originates from,
  • Must be trained and/or certified in the Hockey Canada National Coach Certification Program,
  • Must have completed all elements required to be an active coach,
  • Must be a Member in good standing within the Province the nomination originates from.

How to Nominate

Any individual may nominate a coach for the provincial coach awards. The nomination must clearly state whether the award nomination is for the community coach and competitive coach category or if the nomination is for the National high-performance coach.

The individual submitting the nomination should complete the online nomination form and should also include a covering letter of support (not to exceed 300 words). As well, the supporting materials will include testimonials as to why the individual should be considered.

Nominate a Coach

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Battle of Alberta Fundraiser Returning in the New Year

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Foundation is kicking off the new year with the Piper Creek Optimist Club at Bo’s Bar & Stage with the return of the Battle of Alberta fundraiser presented by MNP.

Doors open at 4:30 P.M. on January 8. Comedian Todd Ness will be filling the evening with laughs as guests enjoy complimentary appetizers and a beverage before the Edmonton Oilers will take on the New York Islanders. Intermission entertainment will feature a Hot Stove with Edmonton Oilers alumni, Mike Rogers, and Calgary Flames alumni, Collin Patterson.

Throughout the evening, there will be a silent and live auction with hockey memorabilia and ticket packages to Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames games.

Proceeds benefit the Every Kid Every Community Program. Over the years, the Battle of Alberta event has raised over $70,000 for the program, helping support grassroots hockey across Alberta.

Tickets are $40. Tickets are available by through members of the Piper Creek Optimist Club or online at bosbar.com.

Tickets

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Giving the Gift of the Game

GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.

According to its website, givingtuesday.ca, GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement where “charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes.”

This year, Hockey Alberta is pleased to highlight organizations that continue to make hockey accessible to every Albertan.

  • Sports Central provides sports equipment at no cost to kids in need. Based out of Edmonton, the volunteers also accept gently-used equipment by donation.
  • Calgary Flames Sports Bank helps kids and families across southern Alberta access equipment at no cost. The organization works with KidSport Calgary to breakdown the cost of fees and equipment to ensure every child has an opportunity to play sports. The Calgary Flames Sports Bank operates with the help of volunteers and donations.
  • KidSport offers grants to help cover the registration costs for sport, allowing all kids to play. Grants can be applied for online and the organization welcomes donations.
  • HEROS Hockey uses the game of hockey to teach life-skills and empower marginalized youth. The organizations provides free hockey programming for at risk children and youth, offering a safe and stable environment for them to grow, connect and succeed.

Every kid in every community should have the opportunity to play hockey. Over the years the Hockey Alberta Foundation has given over $1.5 million to help support grassroots minor hockey initiatives and get new players involved in the game.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation raises funds to increase access to hockey throughout Alberta by administering two grant opportunities:

  • Every Kid Every Community offers two types of grants. The Player Assistance grant provides financial support to current or new players looking to play hockey. The Community Grant funds new programs or support an existing program focused on recruiting new players. Applications for Every Kid Every Community grants are due October 31, January 31, April 30 and July 31.
  • Hockey Alberta Member Grant presented by Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation supports hockey programming in Northern Alberta (Red Deer - north). Priority for funding is given to those in need for leadership development, introduction to hockey, female, para, Indigenous hockey programming, and any inclusion and diversity initiatives. Applications are due November 30 and February 28.

To donate to one of the organizations supporting hockey opportunities across the province, please contact the partner organization in your area or the Hockey Alberta Foundation at foundation.hockeyalberta.ca.

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Nov. 27-28

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the World Junior Trophy Tour, sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada, is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On November 27-28, the trophy will be making an appearance in Grande Cache. Here are some of the activities that the community has planned:

Grande Cache

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Three new Directors elected to Hockey Alberta Board

KIRSTAN JEWELL - Rimbey

KAREN LEE - Calgary

BILL GOURLEY - Calgary

RED DEER – Three new members were elected to Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors during the 114th Annual General Meeting held virtually on November 25.

Kirstan Jewell of Rimbey, Karen Lee of Calgary and Bill Gourley of Calgary were elected as Directors at Large to three-year terms. They replace Michael Bates of Cochrane, Wilson Gemmill of Grande Prairie, and Francois Gagnon of Fort McMurray, whose three-year terms have concluded.

Gagnon will continue as a member of the Board, shifting to the role of Finance Director, taking over for Donna Gallant of Edmonton.

The new Directors join Board Chair Len Samletzki, Vice Chair Allan Mowbray, and Directors at Large Fran Zinger and Al-Amin Vira.

The meeting was opened with a land acknowledgement and greetings from Chief Wilton Littlechild of Ermineskin Cree Nation.

In his opening remarks, Samletzki looked back at the hard work of the hockey community across the province during a difficult 2020-21 hockey season.

“Reflecting back on the last year, including the last 20 months, three words come to mind: gratitude, adaptability, players,” said Samletzki. “Gratitude for you, our volunteers, staff and stakeholders across Alberta…. Adaptability - how quickly everyone in hockey was able to change to ensure our game is played. Plans that were changed, stopped, and then changed again. Players - in difficult times - you were here for the right reasons - ensuring the game was there for our players.”

Samletzki also recognized the recent announcement of three new Hockey Alberta Life Members - Terry Ledingham (Bon Accord), Annie Orton (Blairmore) and George Kalley (Drumheller).

In addition to electing three new Board members, a Notice of Motion related to Life Memberships was approved by the Members.

Following the completion of the formal AGM agenda, several operational updates were provided to the Members. Dennis Zukiwsky, chair of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, recapped a very busy year for the Foundation. Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta, provided an financial update. And Hockey Alberta’s CEO Rob Litwinski provided a review of the 2020-21, and a look forward at the Objectives and Key Results that will shape the organization’s strategic priorities for the next four years.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:23

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

SPRING EVENTS RETURN TO RED DEER IN 2022

Hockey Alberta is excited to announce the return of the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup in 2022.

MORE INFORMATION > | ALBERTA CHALLENGE APPRENTICE COACH APPLICATIONS >


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YOUR NEW AT-HOME HOCKEY TRAINING APP

Hockey Labs has daily workouts, skill and IQ lessons, and exclusive live sessions for Alberta Hockey players wanting to improve their game. Sign up with code ALBERTA30 for a 14-day free trial and $30 off your subscription.


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HOCKEY ALBERTA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COACHES SITE

The Coaches Site is a community of like-minded coaches that are focused on sharing innovative tools and resources to build better programs, practice plans, and team dynamics. The partnership provides Hockey Alberta Members with access, for a reduced fee, to The Coaches Site and its abundance of coach resources.

MORE INFORMATION >


CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE 17: HONOURING OUR TROOPS/HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER

Episode Seventeen of the Centre Ice Podcast focuses on two very important occurrences in November; Remembrance Day, and Hockey Fights Cancer, the latter of which is a month-long initiative by the National Hockey League.


WATCH AND LISTEN > | MORE EPISODES >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA IS CALLING FOR CASINO VOLUNTEERS

Hockey Alberta is looking for volunteers to work a casino on December 28-29 in Edmonton. The organization is seeking volunteers to cover 40 shifts, which will help raise funds for kids across our province to enjoy this great game. Send us an email through the link below if you are interested!


GET INVOLVED >


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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!

ZACH BOYCHUK > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter


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Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Seventeen: Honouring Our Troops/Hockey Fights Cancer

Episode Seventeen of the Centre Ice Podcast focuses on two very important occurrences in November; Remembrance Day, and Hockey Fights Cancer, the latter of which is a month-long initiative by the National Hockey League.

Former University of Alberta Panda and Edmonton Chimo, Angie Ahn, and her partner, Canadian Armed Forces Commanding Officer, Major Leona Ahn, discuss the balance between being a military family and a hockey family, while the NHL’s Vice President of Community Development and Growth, Jeff Scott, shares the history of Hockey Fights Cancer, and the numerous way it helps those who are battling the disease.


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Episode Links: Honouring the Human Behind the Uniform > | Hockey FIghts Cancer > | Spring Events Return in 2022 > | 2022 Alberta Challenge Apprentice Coach Applications > | World Junior Trophy Tour >

More Episodes >


Centre Ice is the brand-new Hockey Alberta podcast, featuring the latest news and views on amateur hockey across the province. Subscribe now on your favourite podcast app!

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Hockey Alberta Welcomes The Coaches Site to the Team

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is stepping behind the bench with The Coaches Site over the next three seasons.

The Coaches Site is a community of like-minded coaches that are focused on sharing innovative tools and resources to build better programs, practice plans, and team dynamics.

The partnership provides Hockey Alberta Members with access, for a reduced fee, to The Coaches Site and its abundance of coach resources.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Hockey Alberta to strengthen the collective coaching knowledge across the province,” says Aaron Wilbur, Founder and CEO of The Coaches Site. “We are like-minded in our belief that coaches have the biggest influence on the player experience. We look forward to working with the team at Hockey Alberta to support the education and development of their coaches to ensure their program continues to lead the country.”

Hockey Alberta registered coaches will also be able to participate in the Global Skills Showcase hosted annually in the spring by The Coaches Site. Coaches can learn from top skill development leaders in the game. As well, The Coaches Site will present the Hockey Coaches Conference – an occasion for the hockey community – not only in Alberta but across the country – to interact and unite.

“Hockey Alberta is committed to creating an environment for our Members to emphasize coach development, and partnering with The Coaches Site provides resources for our coaches to broaden their scope and further their development,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager of Hockey Development. “Coach development is the pinnacle of hockey in Alberta and we know it starts at the local level. The Coaches Site offers equal access to resources to coaches across the province.”

Hockey Alberta’s Coaching Pathway includes NCCP certification, instructional stream courses, and professional development opportunities, along with resources such as The Coaches Site. For more information, check out the Hockey Alberta website: hockeyalberta.ca/coaches.

The Coaches Site is a platform where the best hockey leaders in the world share their expertise and experience with a global hockey network. For more information, visit thecoachessite.com.

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Three Albertans Called to Officiate 2022 World Juniors

RED DEER – Three Albertans will be officiating at the IIHF World Junior Championship on home ice this holiday season.

The three Hockey Alberta officials - Fraser Lawrence, Kyle Kowalski and Cody Huseby - will be part of crew of 26 officials donning the stripes in Red Deer and Edmonton.

For Lawrence (Edmonton), this is his third consecutive appearance at the World Juniors. He skated in the Edmonton bubble in 2021 and in the Czech Republic in 2020. Lawrence also worked the Western Hockey League final in 2019 and also has skated a number of other International assignments. He was named the Official of the Year for Hockey Alberta for 2019-20.

Kowalski (Edmonton) is also returning to the World Juniors after officiating in the Edmonton bubble, where he skated the Bronze Medal game in 2021. The son of a Hockey Alberta official and former member of the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons, Kowalski has worked the 2018 World Junior A Challenge, 2018 Hlinka/Gretzky Cup and was selected to officiate the 2020 USports Cup that was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Huseby (Red Deer) is getting his first call to the World Juniors. Huseby’s international experience includes the 2018 World Under 20 Division II Tournament and the 2017 Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic. In 2011, he and his twin brother, Chad, became the first twins to work the lines together in the WHL. Cody is also the Regional Coordinator for Hockey Alberta’s North Central officials’ region.

For more information on the World Juniors visit iihf.com or becoming a Hockey Alberta official, visit officials.hockeyalberta.ca.

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Applications now being accepted for 2022 Alberta Challenge Apprentice Coach positions

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the position of Apprentice Coach at the 2022 Alberta Challenge in Red Deer.

The Apprentice Coach Program aims to provide an opportunity for six (6) aspiring female coaches to develop in a safe environment through the U16 Team Alberta Female High-Performance Program. If you are interested in learning more about coaching or are considering coaching in the future, this program presents the unique opportunity to learn from and engage with the Alberta Challenge Coaching Staffs and the Coach Mentor throughout the short-term competition process.

The Apprentice Coach Program will provide a safe environment for female coaches to:

  • Develop coaching skills in several areas
  • Transition from playing to coaching
  • Understand the principles of coaching in short-term competition
  • Give back to the sport
  • Foster an interest in coaching female hockey
  • Learn from others and create connections

The Process

  • All applications must be submitted via the online application form to the Hockey Alberta Office by December 6.
  • Apprentice Coaches will be selected and notified by the Hockey Alberta Coaches Selection Committee.
  • Unsuccessful coaches will be notified by email.

APPLY NOW >


About the Alberta Challenge

The Alberta Challenge allows for athlete evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Athletes will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. U15-aged players (2007 & 2008-born) are eligible for the 2022 Alberta Challenge. Regional camps are open tryouts and are held in April prior to the Challenge.

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Spring Events Return to Red Deer in 2022

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is excited to announce the return of the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup in 2022.

Returning after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trio of events will be held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic in April and May.

For the Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup (formerly the Peewee Prospects), this is the first step for athletes entering into the Team Alberta program.

For Alberta Cup athletes it is an opportunity for players to showcase their talents in hopes of being invited to U16 Team Alberta Summer Camp and ultimately representing Team Alberta at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

Prior to the spring competitions, regional camps will be hosted throughout the province for players to register and attend. More information, including registration and camp details, will be available in January.

All camps and competitions will be subject to COVID-19 protocols and restrictions in place at the time of the camp and event dates.


2022 Alberta Cup - April 27 - May 1

The Alberta Cup features male players born in 2007.

Regional camps run April 1-3 in Spruce Grove, Calgary and Red Deer.

Alberta Cup


2022 Alberta Challenge - May 4-8

The Alberta Challenge features female players born in 2007 and 2008.

Regional camps run April 8-10 in Cochrane and Beaumont.

Alberta Challenge


2022 Prospects Cup - May 11-15

The Prospects Cup features male players born in 2009.

Regional camps run April 15-17 in Olds, Calgary, Vegreville and Edmonton.

Prospects Cup

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Nov. 20-21

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the trophy tour is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On November 20-21, the trophy will be making an appearance in Nanton. Here are some of the activities that the community has planned:

Nanton

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Friday, November 19 6:00pm Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre Opening Ceremony for U7 & U9 Jamboree
Saturday, November 20 8:00am - 5:00pm Nanton & Stavely U7 & U9 Jamboree with Trophy on display
Sunday, November 21 8:00am - 3:00pm Nanton U7 & U9 Jamboree with Trophy on display

There will be multiple raffles and free draws available throughout the weekend thanks to support from sponsors, volunteers, and the Nanton community.

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Become a Lordco Future Star!

Applications are now open for the Lordco Future Stars contest! The contest is open to Alberta teams in the U11 and U13 age divisions. Teams will have the opportunity to announce the daily schedule for the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships, viewed across Hockey Canada’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Lordco Future Stars contest will consist of a team winner for each day of the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships and will receive Lordco swag.

The contest closes November 24, 2021. All selected teams will be notified by email. Video zoom calls to record announcements will occur between December 1-10, 2021.

See last years example here.

Apply >

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Host a Provincial Championship in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting bids from Minor Hockey Associations interested in hosting the 2022 Provincial Championships.

Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Championships are some of the most exciting and high-profile events in which Hockey Alberta’s membership takes part each season, bringing together the top teams from across the province in each category.

The 2022 Provincial Championships will be held:

CATEGORY/DIVISION DATES LOCATION/HOST
Senior AAA Provincial Playoff N/A
Senior AA April 7-10

N/A

Junior A League Playoffs N/A
Junior B March 31 - April 3 N/A
Junior C TBD TBD
Junior Female League Playoffs N/A
U18 AAA League Playoffs N/A
U16 AAA April 7-10 TBD
U18 AA March 31 - April 3 N/A
U18 Tier 1 March 31 - April 3 N/A
U18 Tier 2 March 31 - April 3 TBD
U18 Tier 3 March 31 - April 3 TBD
U18 Tier 4 March 31 - April 3 N/A
U18 Female AAA March 18-20 TBD
U18 Female AA March 24-27 TBD
U18 Female A March 31 - April 3 N/A
U18 Female B March 31 - April 3 TBD
U15 AAA March 24-27 N/A
U15 AA March 24-27 TBD
U15 Tier 1 March 24-27 TBD
U15 Tier 2 March 24-27 TBD
U15 Tier 3 March 24-27 TBD
U15 Tier 4 March 24-27 TBD
U15 Female AA March 17-20 TBD
U15 Female A March 24-27 TBD
U15 Female B March 24-27 TBD
U13 AA March 31 - April 3 TBD
U13 Tier 1 March 31 - April 3 TBD
U13 Tier 2 March 31 - April 3 N/A
U13 Tier 3 March 31 - April 3 N/A
U13 Tier 4 March 31 - April 3 TBD
U13 Female A March 31 - April 3 TBD
U13 Female B March 31 - April 3 TBD

Provincial Championships Bid Guidelines >

The bid guidelines document outlines the requirements involved, and the opportunities available, for a Minor Hockey Association interested in submitting a bid to host a Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship event.

The deadline to submit a bid to host Provincial Championships is Wednesday, November 24.


If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Skilnick, Manager, Member Services, at [email protected].

Team Alberta

Staff Applications Now Open for 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup

RED DEER – The sport we love is back and 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.

Anyone interested in volunteering in one of those key team positions can apply using the links below.

Applications for all positions close November 15.


2022 Alberta Cup

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Cup regional teams. The Alberta Cup will feature male players born in 2007.

AB Cup Coach Application > | AB Cup Trainer Application >

The 2022 Alberta Cup runs April 27-May 1. Regional camps will run April 1-3 in Spruce Grove, Calgary and Red Deer.


2022 Alberta Challenge

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Challenge regional teams. The Challenge will feature female players born in 2007 and 2008.

AB Challenge Coach Application > | AB Challenge Trainer Application >

The 2022 Alberta Challenge runs May 4-8. Regional camps will run April 8-10 in Cochrane and Beaumont.


2022 Prospects Cup

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one director of operations for each of the eight Prospect Cup regional teams. The Prospects Cup will feature male players born in 2009.

Prospects Cup Coach Application > | Prospects Cup Director of Operations Application >

The 2022 Prospect Cup runs from May 11-15. Regional camps will run April 15-17 in Olds, Calgary, Vegreville and Edmonton.

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Nov. 13-14

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the trophy tour is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On November 13-14, the trophy will be making appearances in Canmore and Lacombe. Here are some of the activities that each community has planned:

Canmore

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Friday, November 12 12:00pm Canmore Recreation Centre

CAHL Tournament Registration
with Trophy on display

Saturday, November 13 8:00am Canmore McDonald’s Coffee with the Trophy
Saturday, November 13 8:00am - 6:00pm Canmore Recreation Centre CAHL Tournament Games
with Trophy on display
Saturday, November 13 11:00am Camore Recreation Centre Female Grassroots Session
Sunday, November 14 8:00am Canmore Recreation Centre CAHL Tournament Games begin
Sunday, November 14 8:00am Canmore McDonald’s Coffee with the Trophy
Sunday November 14 1:00pm Canmore Recreation Centre Tournament Final Games begin

Lacombe

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Friday, November 12 11:00am Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex U13 Tournament with Trophy on display
Saturday, November 13 8:00am - 8:00pm Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex U13 Tournament with Trophy on display
Sunday, November 14 8:00am - 6:00pm Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex U13 Tournament with Trophy on display

Home Ice Feature

Honouring the Human Behind the Uniform

In 2021, November has notably marked the return of hockey. Life has returned to the busy routine of moving from one activity from the next.

But today, November 11, Hockey Alberta encourages everyone to take a moment to remember those who have fought for our freedoms and honour those who continue to serve.

One of those current officers is also a member of Alberta hockey community - Canadian Armed Forces Commanding Officer, Major Leona Ahn.

Having served for more than 16 years, Leona is currently stationed in Edmonton. As a 23-year-old, she deployed to Afghanistan. Since returning to home soil, she has worked in international events such as the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, relief efforts after natural disasters such as the 2013 floods in Southern Alberta, and 2016 wildfires in Northern Alberta. Most recently, she has aided in the fight against COVID-19.

Though Leona didn’t grow up playing hockey, she fell in love because of the sport. Leona met her spouse, Angie, during a ball hockey tournament. An ice hockey player herself including a stint with the University of Alberta Pandas, Angie enrolled Leona in hockey lessons and Leona was hooked. Sealing their fate of being hockey Moms, their five-year-old daughter began playing Timbits this season.

With a family at home, Leona credits Angie and their two kids for her success and drive.

“I would be nothing without Angie and our family and I know that a lot of military members would say the same thing,” said Leona. “We cannot do what we do, we cannot do what we love, without our families and the incredible sacrifices of parenting alone. The postings, the instability for families sometimes and putting them through that and still having a smile and supporting, that means the world to us.”

For Angie, who is a teacher, being part of a military family means that schedules can change quite quickly, depending on Leona’s role at the time. But it is worth it.

“It’s a real honour to be a spouse to someone in uniform, that’s representing our country,” said Angie. “I always look at it as a really great opportunity for our kids to see somebody who’s not just looking out for family, but looking out for our community and our country.”

For the Ahn family, Remembrance Day is a time to set aside political affiliation or thoughts on foreign policy, and “support the human behind the uniform.”

“Remembrance Day is a great week to be in reflection and full of gratitude for the abundance of what we have as Canadians and to reflect on all the veterans that are no longer with us today and to the soldiers that are currently serving right now,” said Leona. “Because we’re mothers and fathers, we’re sisters and brothers, we’re your friends, we’re your neighbours.”

And the last 18 months have provided a new, contemporary context for the role of the military in Canada.

“Never did we think that the Canadian Armed Forces would be in long-term care facilities during a global pandemic. Never did we think that we’d be sending military nurses to be at the Royal Alex supporting ICU capacity, or did we think that we were going to do vaccine distribution in Indigenous communities up north,” Leona said. “These are your everyday soldiers. It’s not all about the bloodshed and combat, we’re a pretty holistic force as we’ve proven this year. We’re fighting fires, we’re doing flood relief operations, we’re up north, as well as trying to build relations, diplomatic ties, securities in other regions outside Canada where they don’t have the same privileges as us.”

This Remembrance Day take a moment. Reflect on those who have served, honour those who continue to serve and respect the thousands of military families who have sacrificed for our freedom and our country. Lest we forget.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:22

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOST A PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Hockey Alberta is now accepting bids from Minor Hockey Associations interested in hosting the 2022 Provincial Championships.

HOST A PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

ALBERTA CUP, CHALLENGE, AND PROSPECTS COACH AND TRAINER APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 15

There are only a few more days to apply to become a coach or trainer for the 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge, or Prospects Cup in Red Deer.


APPLY FOR A POSITION >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

COACH CERTIFICATIONS DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 15

The deadline for coaches across Alberta to have their certifications completed in order to be eligible for the 2021-22 season is November 15. If you have completed a clinic, but your certifications are not showing properly, please have your association contact us.

REGISTER FOR A CLINIC > | COACHING REQUIREMENTS >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA IS CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Hockey Alberta is looking for volunteers to work a casino on December 28-29 in Edmonton. The organization is seeking volunteers to cover 40 shifts, which will help raise funds for kids across our province to enjoy this great game. Send us an email through the link below if you are interested!


GET INVOLVED >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

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!

PETE VANDERMEER > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter


Hockey Alberta News

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Call for Volunteers

Hockey Alberta is looking for volunteers to work a casino on December 28-29 in Edmonton.

The organization is seeking volunteers to cover 40 shifts.

To volunteer or for more information, email Jeremy Haluschak at [email protected].

Team Alberta

Alberta falls to BC 3-2 in overtime of gold medal final

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB - Team Alberta fell 3-2 to Team BC in overtime of the gold medal game at the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship.

Team Alberta got off to an early lead thanks to Ryann Perrett’s tournament-leading sixth goal. but BC answered back late in the period to tie things up.

Hanna Perrier gave Alberta a 2-1 lead late in the second period, before BC tied things up again early on in the third.

With no goals being scored the rest of the way in regulation, the game went to extra time, where BC scored the winner shortly after the halfway mark of the period.

Team captain Cassidy Rhodes was named Alberta’s Player of the Game. Perrett was named as the tournament’s top forward after recording 11 points in five games. Emerson Jarvis was awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament with nine points in five games.

Boxscore > | Roster/Stats >

Team Alberta

Alberta to play for gold at 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB - Team Alberta will play for gold at the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship after sealing a 2-0 victory over Team Saskatchewan on Friday afternoon.

The game remained scoreless until the midway point of the second period when Evelyn Lawrence found the puck in a scramble and buried it to give Alberta the 1-0 lead.

The third period went back and forth until Robyn Brokenshire scored to make it 2-0 with just 2:42 left to play. Farah Walker would shut the door the rest of the way to cap off the win.

After recording a shutout, Walker was named Alberta’s Player of the Game. She turned away 20 shots in the game, while Alberta put 35 towards the Saskatchewan net.

Team Alberta will play in the championship game Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm MDT at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, MB. Their opponent will be determined after the second semi-final game between Manitoba and British Columbia. All games can be streamed on HockeyTV.

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Nov. 6-7

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the trophy tour is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On November 6-7, the trophy will be making it’s first appearances in Strathcona and Olds. Here are some of the activities that each community has planned:

Strathcona

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Saturday, November 6 10:30am - 3:00pm Ardrossan Rec Complex (ARC) Pancake Brunch
Saturday, November 6 11:45am - 4:45pm ARC/SOC 4 on 4 Tournament
Saturday, November 6 2:30pm - 5:00pm Strathcona Olympiette

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Coach Clinic

Saturday, November 6 5:00pm - 6:15pm Strathcona Olympiette Come Try Hockey!
Saturday, November 6 8:30pm - 11:00pm ARC - MacMillan East Arena SMHA Alumni Game
Sunday, November 7 10:30am - 3:30pm ARC/SOC 4 on 4 Tournament
Sunday, November 7 3:30pm - 6:00pm Strathcona Olympiette Strathcona Bruins vs. Beaumont Chiefs (Jr. B)
Sunday, November 7 3:45pm - 6:00pm ARC - MacMillan East Arena SP Steele vs. Calgary Titans (Jr. A Female)
Sunday, November 7 6:15pm - 8:30pm Strathcona Olympiette Strathcona Warriors vs. SEERA Icemen (Jr. C)

Strathcona is also running an online 50/50 for their event which runs until Sunday - BUY TICKETS >


Olds

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Saturday, November 6 10:00am Centennial Park

Trophy Arrives - Wear your favourite jersey!

Saturday, November 6 10:30am Centennial Park Trophy & Jersey Parade
Saturday, November 6 11:00am - 1:00pm Olds Sportsplex

Street Hockey - Enter as team or individual

Saturday, November 6 11:00am - 1:00pm Olds Sportsplex Slap Shot Game - Donations to Mountain View Food Bank
Saturday, November 6 12:00pm - 1:00pm Olds Sportsplex Complimentary BBQ
Saturday, November 6 1:00pm - 3:00pm Olds Sportsplex "Try Hockey" Ice Time
Saturday, November 6 6:15pm - 6:40pm Olds Sportsplex AJHL Coach Hotstove
Saturday, November 6 7:00pm Olds Sportsplex Olds Grizzlys vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)
Saturday, November 6 7:15pm - 9:15pm Olds Sportsplex Trophy on Concourse for photos
Sunday, November 7 1:15pm - 2:15pm Olds Sportsplex Female Hockey Development with ACAC Broncos (U7-U11)
Sunday, November 7 2:15 Olds Sportsplex Photos with Trophy
Sunday, November 7 2:30pm - 4:15pm Olds Sportsplex Female Hockey Development with ACAC Broncos (U13-U18)

To volunteer for the event or register for the street hockey tournament please email: [email protected]

Team Alberta

Alberta earns 2-1 victory over BC

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB - Team Alberta clinched the first seed at the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship with a 2-1 victory over Team British Columbia Thursday afternoon.

Team British Columbia scored the first goal just a few minutes into the game but Alberta would respond quickly when Ryann Perrett scored her fifth goal of the tournament to make it 1-1.

After no goals were scored in the second period, it took until late in the third period when Haley Trudeau scored to put Team Alberta up 2-1, a lead which they would hang on to.

Payten Evans was named Alberta’s player of the game.

Goaltender Ridleigh Hanson made 23 saves for the win, with Alberta landing 25 shots on BC.

Team Alberta will play in the first semi-final on Friday morning at 11:15am MDT at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, MB. Their opponent will be determined after the final round robin game Thursday evening. All games can be streamed on HockeyTV.

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Alberta beats Manitoba 4-2

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB - Team Alberta improved to 2-0-0 at the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship with a 4-2 victory over Team Manitoba Wednesday evening.

Manitoba would open the scoring and take their 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Alberta got off to a quick start in the second as Ryann Perrett would score first for Alberta, en route to a three goal period with Payten Evans and Sadie Makokis also finding the net. That momentum carried into the third with Perrett scoring her second goal of the game to give Alberta a 4-1 lead. Manitoba would score once more to cut the lead to 4-2, which ultimately ended as the final score.

With her two goal performance, Perrett was named Alberta’s player of the game.

Goaltender Farah Walker made 25 saves in the victory, while Alberta fired 31 shots at the Manitoba net.

Team Alberta is back at it Thursday afternoon with first place on the line against Team BC at 12:30pm at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, MB. The game can also be streamed on HockeyTV.

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Coach of the Month - Shawn Hodgins

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for October, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Shawn Hodgins of Wabasca.

Shawn is currently head coach of the Wabasca U18 Eagles and also an assistant coach with the Wabasca U13 Eagles. Over the past ten years, he has coached nearly every level of hockey with four different Minor Hockey Associations (Bow Island, High Level, Medicine Hat, and Wabasca).

As an RCMP officer, Shawn sees the importance of being involved in the community that he polices, a lesson that he learned from his father. His goal is to utilize hockey to engage the local public and interact with community members while not on duty. He achieves this by building a strong bond with the players on his team, and renting additional ice for the RCMP to interact, teach, and socialize with local youth.

"As a head coach and an assistant, Coach Shawn took it upon himself to learn as much as he could about the Metis and Dene population, which allowed him to associate personally with the Indigenous kids on the team," said the parent who submitted the nomination. "He has utilized his ability to gain buy-in from the players he coaches by encouraging them to take chances and play hockey without fear of making mistakes."

Shawn spends the majority of his free time at the rink, as he also volunteers as an official and was a minor hockey board member for ten years. When at home, he spends his time watching and cheering on the Edmonton Oilers and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"Hockey should be an escape from the stresses in each player’s life, so it is imperative that coaches foster an atmosphere which is free from consequences for trying and failing," said Shawn. "Coaches can empower every player by highlighting their importance to the team no matter what their skill level may be."


Hockey Alberta News

The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

Minor hockey coaches will be selected throughout the hockey season and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nomination Form >

Team Alberta

Alberta defeats Saskatchewan 7-1

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB - Team Alberta opened up the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship with a 7-1 win over Team Saskatchewan Tuesday afternoon.

After Saskatchewan got on the board first, Alberta responded quickly when Emerson Jarvis scored on the power play to tie the game up at 1-1. Alberta would keep rolling from there as Ryann Perrett would score with less than 30 seconds left in the first period to give Alberta a 2-1 lead at the break.

Perrett would net her second of the game as the only goal in the second period and Alberta would lead 3-1 heading to the third. Alberta would put the game away in the third with goals from Jarvis (2), Keana McKibbin, and Jorja Nystrom to cap off a 7-1 victory.

With a hat trick and three assists, Jarvis was named Alberta’s player of the game. Her linemate Perrett accounted for two goals and three assists in the contest.

Netminder Ridleigh Hanson made 16 saves for the win, while Alberta fired 24 shots Saskatchewan’s way.

Alberta is back at it Wednesday evening against Team Manitoba at 5:30pm at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, MB. The game can also be streamed on HockeyTV.

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Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Sixteen: the Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship

The next episode of the Centre Ice Podcast comes a little bit early, as it focuses on the Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship, which runs in Portage la Prairie, MB, Nov 2-6.

Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey, Kendall Newell, who is also the Director of Operations for Team Alberta U18 Female, joins us to talk about the tournament, and how it came about in the wake of the National Women’s U18 Championship’s cancellation.

Two-time Team Albertan Danielle Serdachny, who captained Team Alberta to a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, also joins the show to talk about her Team Alberta experience, as well as the opportunity to suit up for Team Canada, and her post-secondary experience so far.

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Episode Links: Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship > | Team Alberta U18 Female Roster > | Calgary Buffaloes Trainers Called to Action > | Ten Communities Selected to Host World Junior Trophy Tour >

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