Hockey Alberta Foundation

The Piper Creek Optimist Club presents the Battle of Alberta for EKEC

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer to present the Battle of Alberta Fundraiser, benefiting the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program. Last year’s inaugural Battle of Alberta event raised $20,000 for EKEC.

The event runs on Saturday, January 6 at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, in conjunction with the Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m.) and Calgary Flames (8 p.m.) on Hockey Night in Canada. Red Deer Rebels game-day host, Troy Gillard, will be the night’s Master of Ceremonies.

The night will also feature a Hockey Hot Stove with Rob Brown, Curtis Glencross, and additional NHL alumni (to be confirmed).

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with hourly prize draws, an early-bird draw at 6 p.m., and the grand prize draws at 9:30 p.m. Two grand prizes are available to be won:

  • Four tickets to the January 25 Edmonton Oilers game against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Edmonton, and back.
  • Four tickets to the March 31 Calgary Flames game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Calgary, and back.

Tickets are $40 each, which includes snacks (courtesy of Bo’s), one beverage, and entry into the hourly draws, early bird draw and both grand prize draws.

A WestJet raffle prize (two tickets for anywhere WestJet flies, sold for $20 each), a 50/50 draw, and silent auction items will also be available throughout the night. As the organizers of the event, the Piper Creek Optimist Club has generously allocated the proceeds to the Every Kid Every Community program, which will go specifically to help Central Alberta kids into the game of hockey.

Only 375 tickets are available, and are sold on a first come, first served basis. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please email [email protected].

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, ATB Investor Services, McCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd., WestJet, the Molson Coors Brewing Company, Your Wedding Place and the FrèreRealty Team.

Another thank you goes out to the silent auction and door prize sponsors: Longball Inc, Stewart Creek Golf Club, Ryde RD, YogaNation, Troubled Monk Brewery, Famoso Red Deer, Red Deer Rebels, Calgary Hitmen, Heritage Lanes, Hansen Distillery, Cold Garden Beverage Company, Wild Rose Brewery, Tool Shed Brewing Company, Annex Ale Project, Last Best Brewing and Distilling, Coulee Brew Co, Stone Heart Distillery, Alley Kat Brewing Co, and Folding Mountain Brewing.

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Highlight Reel: 2017

RED DEER - As 2017 comes to a close, Hockey Alberta looks back on the year that was with some of our favourite moments (in no particular order).

Alberta Hockey Day - Why We Play

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Hockey Alberta held its inaugural Alberta Hockey Day on January 21 to celebrate and showcase female hockey across the province. This day combined a number of on and off-ice events catered to both new and existing participants, focusing on fun, skills and friendships.

Grande Prairie served as the host site of Alberta Hockey Day’s main event, with special guests in attendance, including two-time Olympic gold medallist and former Team Alberta player and coach Carla MacLeod. Additional Alberta Hockey Day celebrations were held across the province.

Alberta Hockey Day 2018 is set for January 20 in Westlock, Brooks, Paradise Valley, Strathmore, Red Deer and High Level, with a special focus on age-appropriate hockey.

Alberta Goalie Plan

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Hockey Alberta unveiled its Provincial Goaltender Development Plan in February, to ensure that Alberta’s goaltenders, and their coaches, are properly equipped for the best performance possible in the specialized position.

The first step was to identify and recruit six Regional Goaltending Leads, who are strategically located around the province, and will work as part of Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network. Each Regional Goalie Lead will provide leadership and support to minor hockey associations and Regional Centre Consultants in implementing Hockey Alberta’s Goaltending Development Plan throughout their region.

All six Goaltending Leads attended Hockey Alberta’s 2017 Development Seminars in Sylvan Lake in June, where they took part in a weekend of training and strategizing on how to carry out Hockey Alberta’s Goaltender Development Plan throughout the Province.

In addition to the Development Seminars, Hockey Alberta held three Goaltender Development Camps in May and June; a North and South Goaltender Camp in Edmonton and Cochrane, and an Elite Goaltender Development Camp in Sylvan Lake.

The true spirit of Provincials

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The 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, saw 16 host communities take part in True Spirit of Hockey Day: 3Cs, Athabasca, Battle River, Delburne, Elk Point, Fairview, Fort McMurray, Hanna, High Prairie, Kneehill, Okotoks, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, Sherwood Park and Strathmore.

In conjunction with the Provincial Championship tournament hosts in these communities, local schools hosted a number of fun activities, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport.

In the annual "March to a title", 39 new champions were crowned across the province from Atom to Senior.

Click here for a list of 2017 Provincial champions >

The South will rise again

It was a banner year for Southern Alberta players, as South teams came out on top at the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Peewee Prospects Cup.

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Team South went wire-to-wire as the tournament’s top team to win the 2017 Alberta Cup. South went undefeated (4-0-1) through the tournament, and clinched the Alberta Cup with a 5-1 win over Northwest. Click here for the full story >

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South Black also went undefeated (4-0-1) to win the 2017 Alberta Challenge, edging South White 1-0 in the championship final. Click here for the full story >

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South Black made it a clean sweep for South teams in 2017, rebounding from a slow start to win the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup, defeating North Grey 4-1 to clinch the title. Click here for the full story >

St. Albert Slash go all the way

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As the inaugural Alberta Female Hockey League season came to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), not only made league history, but National history as well.

After winning the first Midget AAA title in AFHL history, the Slash went on to win the 2017 Esso Cup, the first Alberta team to do so.

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The inaugural Midget Elite and Bantam Elite titles went to the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs and Calgary Fire White, respectively.

Alberta players, officials take the next step

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2017 was another a banner year for Alberta players and officials, achieving a number of accolades and recognition.

The 2017 WHL Bantam Draft was once again a strong showing for Albertans, with 74 players from Alberta drafted, including Sherwood Park’s Kaiden Guhle and Wainwright’s Connor McLennan, who were drafted first and second overall, respectively. It was the third straight year a player from Alberta was drafted first overall. Click here for the full story >

At the 2017 NHL draft, 16 Albertans heard their names called by an NHL team. Calgary’s Cale Makar made history by becoming the highest drafted player out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League when the Colorado Avalanche selected him fourth overall. Click here for the full story >

Six Albertans were among the 113 female hockey players selected in the 2017 Canadian Women’s Hockey League Draft. Defender Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail) was the first Albertan off the board, taken fifth overall by the Calgary Inferno. Click here for the full story >

Three Alberta officials took the next step in their careers in 2017, as Kyle Kowalksi (Edmonton), Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer), and Jordan Lightbrown (Medicine Hat) were selected to attend Hockey Canada’s Level Six Officiating Seminar in Moncton, New Brunswick. There are only about 80 level 6 officials registered in Canada each season, making this a very select group of top officials from across Canada.

Leading our leaders

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Hockey Alberta took coach development to a new level in 2017, bringing back successful events such as the Coach Conference, Coach Speaker Series, and Coach of the Month program, while adding new programs such as the WHL and AJHL Game Day Coach Series, and Coach Development Seminars.

The WHL and AJHL Game Day Coach Series took place in various Western Hockey League and Alberta Junior Hockey League cities and towns across the province on a game night. The coaches in attendance were treated to a seminar from Hockey Alberta, as well as the opportunity to hear from the home and away team’s coaches, and to watch the game.

In June, Hockey Alberta’s Development team and Regional Centre Consultants hosted four streams of local minor hockey groups together in Sylvan Lake for Coach Development Seminars, with a goal of educating on the best practices to deliver the game locally. The four streams included Development Directors, Skill Coaches, Hockey Alberta’s Facilitators, and the Regional Goaltending Leads.

Albertans get the call to The Hall

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Five outstanding individuals, and perhaps one of the most celebrated families in all of hockey comprised the 2017 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Mel Davidson, Bill Hay, Tony Kollman, Perry Pearn, Glen Sather, and the entire Sutter family were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history on Sunday night at the AHHF Awards Gala, held at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. Click here for the full story >

Former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Smyth and the 1984/85 NAIT Ooks were inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, while Calgary Flames legend Lanny McDonald, already a member of the AHHF, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and Hockey Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.

The experience of a lifetime

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“This has been the best day of my life.” - In nine words, one of the 33 participants summed up the 2017 Rinks to Links program, hosted by the Hockey Alberta Foundation on July 25 in Canmore.

The participants were youths from Calgary, most of whom had never played golf or skated before, and it was a day none will ever forget.

Click here for the full story >

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The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program took on a "hands-on" approach in 2017, taking to the ice in Red Deer with the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) for a learn-to-skate program, helping to teach new Canadians the fundamentals of hockey.

In addition to the on-ice instruction, the Foundation also provided equipment and apparel to the CARE program for all participants.

"The power of sport is its ability to change lives"

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The power of sport was at the forefront as Catriona Le May Doan delivered the keynote address to kick off Hockey Alberta’s 2017 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting in late September in Red Deer.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Olympic bronze medalist, shared stories of her journey, and the path that took her to the highest level of success an athlete can achieve.

"Those medals represent about two-and-a-half minutes of a 23-year journey. To me, success is about that entire journey," Le May Doan said of her three Olympic medals, which she brought with her to pass around the crowd. "The reason I was successful was because I didn’t burn out mentally.

Le May Doan also stressed the importance of being a multi-sport athlete, and focused on several examples of successful multi-sport athletes.

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The Greigs: making Alberta hockey history

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While members of the Greig family are no strangers to hockey accolades, brother and sister Ridly and Dara can now say they’ve made Hockey Alberta history.

With Ridly skating for Team Alberta’s U16 team at the 2017 WHL Cup, and Dara (for the second year) playing for the U18 squad at the 2017 U18 Nationals, the pair became the first brother and sister to play for Team Alberta at the same time.

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Kicking off the Road to Red Deer

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The Road to Red Deer officially kicked off in November, as Carla MacLeod and Serge Lajoie were announced as the head coaches of the Alberta squads competing in hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

MacLeod is the head coach for the Team Alberta U18 Female team, and Lajoie is the head coach for the Team Alberta U16 Male team. Both have previous experience in the Canada Winter Games and Team Alberta programs. Bobby Fox will join Lajoie as the U16 Male team’s associate coach.

Competition at the Canada Winter Games runs February 14-23, 2019 for the Male squad, and February 23-March 2 for the Female squad.

Click here for the full story >

Team Alberta vs Canada’s National Women’s Team

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As they prepared for the 2017 WHL Cup, Team Alberta’s U16 Male squad had the rare opportunity to play against Canada’s National Women’s Team in Calgary, as part of Team Canada’s "Road to Pyeongchang".

Team Alberta and Team Canada battled in a modified special teams game, just two days before the WHL Cup kicked off, with Alberta skating away with a 9-4 win.

Hockey Gives Back

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Alberta’s hockey community is always at its best during the holiday season, and we’ve asked Minor Hockey Associations and teams from across Alberta to share their stories of giving back to the community with us.

This year, we saw an overwhelming influx of stories, with teams across the province working to make their season just as successful off the ice.

Click here for the full story >

Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email [email protected].


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AFHL December wrap-up

RED DEER - As the 2017 portion of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League comes to a close, the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs and Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), St. Albert Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) lead their respective leagues.

Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (39 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (39 pts)
3) St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash (38 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (27 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (11 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

Red Deer forward Cassidy Maplethorpe leads all skaters in assists (13) and points (24) through three months of play, and shares the lead for goals (11) with Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Breanne Trotter.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank sits atop the league with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (two) with teammate Camryn Drever, and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist. Drever, Sandquist and Raiders goalie Stephanie Gross all lead the league in wins, with seven each.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (38 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (27 pts)
3) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (18 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (15 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (13 pts)
6) North Central Impact (8 pts)

South Division:
1) Airdrie Lightning (32 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (29 pts)
3) Calgary Fire White (26 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (17 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (11 pts)

Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig leads the league with 18 points, while Airdrie forward Madison Black and Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko share the lead with 13 goals each. Peace Country’s Karsyn May and St. Albert’s Annika Neset are tied for the league lead in assists, with 10 each.

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead Midget Elite goaltenders with 11 wins. St. Albert’s Cecelia Michelutti’s 0.80 goals against average and .960 save percentage are both tops in the league, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal remains atop the leaderboard with three shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (28 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Royals (26 pts)
3) North Central Impact (24 pts)
4) St. Albert Raiders (24 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (22 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (21 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (42 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (24 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (23 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (16 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (12 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (8 pts)

Peace Country’s Arilyn Toews and Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser lead all Bantam Elite skaters with 18 points apiece, while Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with 15 goals, and North Central’s Jacquelyn Fleming’s 10 assists is tops in the league.

Alexandra Kieren continues her strong play with Calgary White, leading the way with a 0.87 GAA, a .950 save percentage, and four shutouts. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin is tied for the league lead in wins (eight) with Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk and North Central’s Laney Pasemko.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

December was an exciting month for the Bantam Elite division, as 102 players were selected to play in the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. Click here for the full story >

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Hockey gives back across Alberta

Alberta’s hockey community is always at its best during the holiday season, and we’ve asked Minor Hockey Associations and teams from across Alberta to share their stories of giving back to the community with us. If you would like to share your team’s story of giving back during the holidays, please email [email protected] with details and photos.

Airdrie Midget Elite

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The Airdrie Midget Elite team teamed up with the Airdrie Atom Female team to purchase turkeys to donate to the local food bank. They raised enough money to purchase 236 turkeys, well beyond their goal of 150.

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The team also collected 150 jackets and hoodies to donate to those in need in their communities.

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Barrhead Atom 1

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The Barrhead Atom 1 team is helping to fight hunger this holiday season by collecting food donations for the local food bank, advertising in the local paper and on social media, and set up a food bank hamper at their local arena. They have also adopted a family from the local FCSS for Christmas, using their tournament proceeds money to purchase Christmas gifts and the Christmas meal for the family. The boys have also decided to hold a snow shovelling blitz and shovel driveways and sidewalks in our community for free.

Barrhead Midget Steelers

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The Barrhead Midget Steelers have hosted a few events this season where they have given back to their community. In October, they honored their mothers and all women for Women’s Cancer month.In November, they donated the team’s proceeds from the 50/50 to the local FCSS Family Violence Prevention campaign. Lastly, they hosted a Toy Drive in December, and volunteered for the Food Bank and Santa’s Toy Box.

Beaumont Peewee 1 Braves

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The Beaumont Peewee 1 Braves spent an evening volunteering their time at the Edmonton Mustard Seed.

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Big Valley Bandits

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The Big Valley Mites and Novice Bandits teams invited spectators and teams to bring food bank donations, as well as cash donations to a home game, filling the back of a truck with donations.

Blackfalds Midget

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During the recent Midget tournament in Blackfalds, six local families were adopted, and received donations for everything they needed to have a Merry Christmas.

Central Alberta Peewee AA Selects

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The Central Alberta Peewee AA Selects spent an evening visiting the Lacombe senior’s home, complete with an interactive bingo game.

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Chestermere Minor Hockey

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The Chestermere Minor Hockey Association hosted a "Build it and They WIll Eat" structures challenge for the local food bank on Giving Tuesday (November 28).

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Crowfoot Peewee 1 (Calgary)

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The Crowfoot Peewee 1 team in Calgary gave back in two ways this holiday season. They volunteered their time to join the two Crowfoot Timbits teams on the ice, and they visited the Arbour Lake Senior Residence to play bean bag baseball, and host a happy hour cookie and ice cream party.

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Drumheller Minor Hockey

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Peewee, Bantam and Midget players from Drumheller took part in the Salvation Army’s annual community food drive, volunteering to pick up and sort the food collected for the local food bank.

Duchess Minor Hockey

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Duchess Minor Hockey hosted "Hockey Weekend in Duchess" November 24-26. The weekend kicked off with a Teddy Bear Toss at the Midget game on Friday night, where the Novice team helped collect the bears off the ice to donate to the local Hospital, the Emergency Services Department, and the Women’s Shelter.

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Throughout the rest of the weekend there was a “fill-the-net” food bank and toy donation bin, Santa selling 50/50 rickets, a raffle table full of donated items, as well as soups and baking to raise money for the Brooks Health Foundation Dialysis Machine and the Oncology Unit at the Calgary Children’s Hospital.

Edmonton Bantam Elite Pandas

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The Edmonton Bantam Elite Pandas of the Alberta Female Hockey League volunteered as porters at the Santas Anonymous depot, spending several hours bring bags of toys to the drivers.

EGHA 690, BE888

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EG690 decided to challenge BE888 from Beaumont to bring toys to a game to donate to Santas Anonymous.

EGHA 700 Peewee A Swarm

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This year the EGHA 700 Pee Wee A Swarm participated in two events to give back to the community. On November 21, the Swarm went to the Edmonton Food Bank and sorted food donations. "The girls worked enthusiastically, for about two hours," said Head Coach Barry Benkendorf. "You could tell they knew they were doing something important. We also had a number of parents who participated. Everyone got to know each other a lot better, and came away from the event feeling good about themselves and their team."

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The Swarm were also were invited to participate in a Teddy Bear toss by the NE 288 Hawks. "All the girls came with new Teddy Bears and were excited about scoring the first goal," said Benkendorf. "It was a lot of fun, and added excitement to a normal game. The girls came away feeling like they made a difference for Santas Anonymous and made someone’s Christmas better. These events are important to our team as first and foremost, playing hockey is not about the hockey. For our team it is about having fun, developing a work ethic, building self-confidence, and learning how to be good people. It is our hope that the experiences we give our players will help, in some small way, to make them successful for the rest of their lives."

EGHA 705 Vipers

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For their last game of 2017, the EGHA 705 Vipers, along with their competitors, the NW290 Hawks, collected cans for the Edmonton Food Bank.

Foothills Bisons

All three Foothills Bisons teams (Peewee, Bantam and Midget) played in High River to benefit the long term care facility at the High River Hospital. All three teams donated prizes to a raffle table and a total of $1,933 was raised, as well as a few large baskets of groceries for the local food bank.

Hanna Minor Hockey

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Hanna minor hockey association hosted a town wide food drive that included participation from all teams. Over two truck loads of groceries were collected for the local food bank.

High Level Peewee Northstars

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The players placed small coin collection containers and posters at businesses around High Level and Rainbow Lake to raise money to purchase gifts for less fortunate families in the local communities. Once the coins were all collected and rolled, the team spent an afternoon shopping and then wrapping all the gifts. They were able to buy amazing gifts for everyone on their list, and still had over $2000 left over. The team decided to donate the rest of the money to the Christmas Food Hamper program and purchase grocery gift cards to help nearly 50 families.

Hinton Alstar Peewee Hornets

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The Hinton Alstar Peewee Hornets hosted a “Skate Your Socks Off” event, where they collected over 120 pairs of socks for Hinton’s Homeless Resource Room.

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Lethbridge Val Matteotti Bantam AAA Goldenhawks

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The Lethbridge Val Matteotti GoldenHawks Bantam AAA team took part in #snowballeffect2017 and raised $350 for Youth One, and $50 and a truck bed full of food for the local food bank

Lloydminster Pond Hockey

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The Lloyd Pond Hockey program participated in a variety of activities which included preparing & serving food at the community supper evening for the Olive Tree at the Fred North building, as well as at the MOM’s group at Southridge Community Church. After supper, the Pond Hockey players helped build crafts with the kids and entertained them with a variety of fun activities in the gym while the moms received guidance services.

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Lloydminster Peewee AA

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The Lloydminster Peewee AA team attended Points West Assisted Living Facility to perform Christmas carols for the residents.

Lloydminster PWM Steelers

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The Lloydminster PWM Midget AAA Steelers of the Alberta Female Hockey League provided a major boost to a local initiative called Project PJ, helping to collect new pajamas to donate to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.

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Maple Leaf Athletic Club (Edmonton) Bantam AA

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The Maple Leaf Athletic Club Bantam AA Team collected donations and built a gift basket for a specific homeless man in Edmonton. The team took the time to pick out some of his favourite things, including food and drinks, gift cards to restaurants for him to purchase meals and t-shirts that were specifically his size. Each of the members of the team wrote a personalized letter ot the man to brighten his spirits and wish him a happy holiday season.

Medicine Hat Atom B Knights and Flames

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The Medicine Hat Atom B Knights and Flames spread Christmas cheer by hosting a Teddy Bear Toss, delivering 232lbs of food to the local food bank, and delivering the Teddy Bears to the Hospital.

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Medicine Hat Atom Blackhawks and Wild

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The Atom Blackhawks and Atom Wild teams from Medicine Hat hosted a Teddy Bear Toss on December 8. The players and their families were thrilled to gather teddy bears for the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundatio, with over 200 bears collected.

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Medicine Hat Peewee AA Hounds

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The Medicine Hat Peewee AA Hounds took part in the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles Campaign to help raise money for those in need this holiday season.

Medicine Hat Peewee Knights and Candiens

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The Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Pee Wee Knights and Canadiens hosted a "WHL inspired" teddy bear toss game. Upon the first goal being scored, approximately 150 bears were thrown onto the ice by friends and families in the stands. These bears were gathered by both teams and on Sunday December 17, both teams met at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital and went around giving the bears to patients of all ages.

NAIT Ooks and MacEwan Griffins Mentorship Program with EGHA

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The NAIT Ooks and MacEwan Griffins have started a mentorship program for both coaches and players with Edmonton Girls Hockey Association. Five or six NAIT and MacEwan players are assigned to each EGHA team involved (Atom and Peewee), and those players attend two-to-three practices with their assigned team. Both NAIT and MacEwan also hosted a one-night coach workshop, a goalie session, and team building with all teams in the age group (about 80 players and 18 coaches), as well as a facility tour.

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Northwest Zone Peewee Raiders (Edmonton)

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The Raiders teamed up with the Edmonton Police West Division and Grovenor School to raise over $1000 AND 1000 pounds of food for the Edmonton Food Bank. The Raiders held a bottle drive that raised $1092.00 and met up with EPS to fill a police car with food. All of this was then added to Grovenor’s Grade 3 Food Bank.

NW288 Peewee Hawks

The NW288 Peewee hosted a Teddy Bear Toss game with the aforementioned EGHA700 Swarm, collecting Teddy Bears and stuffed animals for the "Santas Anonymous" fundraiser put on by a local radio station.

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"We thought that having our own Teddy Bear toss game with another team would be a great way to gather some items for 630 CHED’s Santas Anonymous," said Manager Lisa Scheu. "We contacted the EG700 team manager with the idea and they agreed immediately! Both teams invited friends and family to the game to join in the fun!"

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"It was exciting to watch the teams battle to get that first goal and once it happened, the ’bears’ were thrown and both teams excitedly gathered them up," said Scheu. "Santas Anonymous was the recipient of six large bags of stuffed toys for boys and girls of all ages to be sent out this Christmas season! As our hockey club is smaller than most, we are lucky enough to have many of the same players year after year, so this was the third Teddy Bear Toss for many of our boys."

North Central Impact Midget Elite (Leduc)

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The North Central Impact decided to play Santa’s helpers for a young girl in Thorsby. They secretly took her Christmas wish-list and purchased many of the items for her. She thought she was coming to watch her first every hockey game but was surprised when the team sang her Christmas carols and presented her with gifts from every player.

Okotoks Peewee AA Oilers

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The Okotoks Oilers PeeWee AA Black team helped give back to the community by supporting the Calgary Mustard Seed. The players did a bottle drive in Okotoks to raise enough funds to pay for food and supplies to make over 300 bagged lunches for the Calgary Mustard Seed. The team made and delivered the lunches to the Mustard Seed and then also presented them with a cheque for $800 (the remaining funds left from the bottle drive).

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Olds Bantam Elite Grizzlys

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The Olds Bantam Elite Grizzlys of the Alberta Female Hockey League joined in on the Sherwood Park Royals’ "Fill the Net" fundraiser for the local food bank.

Olds Peewee AA Grizzlys

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The Olds Peewee AA team split up into groups to purchase gifts for the Olds Christmas Angels. Each group chose a tag for a boy or girl in the community and purchased a gift for that child.

PAC Saints Midget 15AAA

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The PAC Saints Midget 15 AAA team was proud to support coach Tyler Pennington in his quest to raise money to support men’s health issues during "Movember". The boys were challenged to donate to the cause (using their own money). Head coach Mike Leonhardt supported the cause further by agreeing to match all money raised by the team. The end result was $550 raised for the Movember Foundation.

Peace River Midget AA Royals

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The annual Peace River Midget “AA” Royals “Fill the Net with Toys” toy drive took place in December, bringing in close to 100 pieces of toys for the local Salvation Army "Toys for Tots" campaign. An additional $425 was raised through a 50/50 draw, which was donated to the Salvation Army.

Red Deer Sutter Fund Midget AAA Chiefs

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The Red Deer Sutter Fund Midget AAA Chiefs of the Alberta Female Hockey League hosted a "Fill the Net" food drive for the Red Deer Food Bank during a home game on December 2.

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Rimbey Minor Hockey

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Rimbey’s Nordstrom Dental Midget Renegades and The NAL Resources Atom A team recently held a food drive and canvassed door to door accepting donations for the local food bank. In just two short hours, the players raised 1073lbs of food and $1,074 in cash donations for the Christmas Food Hamper Program.

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Sexsmith Minor Hockey

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Sexsmith Minor Hockey Association participated in a “reverse Santa Parade”. Some members of the Atom A and Peewee B teams, along with Coaches went door to door collecting food and toy donations for the local FCSS food bank.

Sherwood Park Atom AA Arrows

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The Sherwood Park Atom AA Arrows donated their time to help out at the Strathcona County Food Bank.

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Sherwood Park Midget Elite Fury

The Sherwood Park Midget Elite Fury of the Alberta Female Hockey League, along with other Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club teams, collected dozens of bags and hundreds of pounds of food with their "Fill the Net" initiative at the annual "Kings Day" on December 2.

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"Since Steve Mancini started coaching the (Fury), his players and he have “given back”, especially with three years of a weakened economy in Alberta," said Manager Jeff Markowski. "Despite the Strathcona County area being relatively stable, many families are overcome by unemployment, abuse, and medical/health issues that disable their lives in unseen ways. Our local Bureaus and helping agencies are seeing fewer donors and funds come there way with each passing season."

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"This season the Fury players and staff spent an evening at the local Christmas Bureau, finding and wrapping gifts and collecting food for those that would go without," said Markowski. "Just over 30 families this year will be able to enjoy the their upcoming Holidays with a bit less stress on their minds, a few gifts of kindness, and food in their stomachs. Great giving Fury, and thanks for being the terrific young people you are!"

Spruce Grove PAC AA Timberwolves/PAC Saints Bantam AAA

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The PAC Bantam AA Timberwolves delivered nearly 400 fliers for the Spruce Grove Kinettes’ Christmas hamper program prior to one of their home games. The Spruce Grove PAC Saints Bantam AAA team did the same for the Spruce Grove Kinettes on November 22.

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St. Albert Atom Hawks

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The St. Albert Atom Knights collected 100 pounds of food and sorted 1000 pounds of food at the local food bank.

St. Albert Peewee A Steel

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The St. Albert Peewee A Steel volunteered their time at the St. Albert Food Bank to prepare 200 bags of soup for families in need.

St. Alberta Peewee Spitfires

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St Albert’s Peewee SA763 "Spitfires" constructed a tower of food bank donations for the Wainwright Food Bank while at a tournament.

St. Albert Peewee Crunch

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The St. Albert Peewee Crunch were one of many teams who supported the St. Albert Kinettes this holiday season. The Crunch participated in the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, where each player collected food to fill a hamper in order to provide a family in need with a variety of meals, one type of food item per day. Each player also included a toy, something that he would like to receive on Christmas morning. Finally, the team, along with many parents, spent time helping to sort through and organize donated items at the Kinettes’ warehouse.

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Sturgeon Peewee AA Sting

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The Sturgeon Peewee AA Sting have collected and donated to local charities this year. The Sting gifted over 700lbs of food in February and this October, and more than 400 lbs of clothing. They also hosted a community celebration of hockey at the recent Sturgeon Sting Peewee AA Outdoor Classic game; an NAHL league game vs Ft. St. John.

Wainwright Racks-Oilfield Bantam

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The Wainright Racks-Oilfield Bantam team visited the Wainwright Battle River Lodge. The evening was filled with games (snowball hockey), cookies, juice and also we helped celebrate one the of the residents 93rd birthday.

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West Central Tigers

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During a game against the Bow Valley Timberwolves, the West Central Tigers held a Christmas food drive for the food banks in Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House, Eckville, Spruceview and Sylvan Lake communities.

Westlock Midget

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The Westlock Midget team went shopping for the two families they chose to sponsor through Santas Anonymous, with proceeds from the annual Gord Smith Memorial tournament they host each December.

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Hockey Alberta to Partner with Power Edge Pro Hockey

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, jointly with Power Edge Pro Hockey (PEP), is pleased to announce PEP as its official skill development partner moving into 2018.

The partnership entails extensive use of the PEP training system, known as Reactive Countering TrainingTM, from grassroots to elite level hockey programs across Alberta.

“Hockey Alberta is pleased to be working with Power Edge Pro Hockey to enhance skill development opportunities for players of all ages in Alberta,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager, Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta. “PEP’s array of on-ice equipment and teaching resources will provide coaches at all levels with new and creative instruction techniques for individual skill development within a team environment.”

Hockey Alberta and Power Edge Pro will work together to offer PEP’s unique training methodologies to all of Hockey Alberta’s members. The partnership will allow teams to purchase, at exclusive Hockey Alberta pricing, PEP’s expertise (initial coach training and bi-weekly webinars), resources (iPad app and HUDL software), and patented on-ice equipment to implement PEP directly in practices.

The partnership will leverage Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre structure and PEP’s certified instructor network, with further opportunities to use the PEP training system at every practice through PEP’s Youth Association Partnerships program.

“We are very familiar with the hockey community in Alberta,” said Joe Quinn, President of Power Edge Pro Hockey, “This partnership illustrates Hockey Alberta’s progressiveness in the skill development space, as well as its desire to adopt innovative and fun training programs to engage its members in the sport for life.”

PEP has trained four of the past five WHL draft first overall selections, all of whom have hailed from Alberta.

About Power Edge Pro Hockey

Power Edge Pro is a player development system utilizing Reactive Countering TrainingTM. RCT engages multiple motor skills simultaneously, syncing the hands, feet, and mind, to accelerate a player’s skill development and game transfer. PEP’s Reactive Countering TrainingTM has been a key element of NHL MVP Connor McDavid’s training since he was 11 years old, and has since been adopted by players from house league, to competitive minor hockey, to the NHL. Other pros training with PEP include John Tavares, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, and Sam Gagner. PEP prides itself on unparalleled skill development and its ability to engage the hockey community through unique and fun practice programs.

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About Hockey Alberta

Hockey Alberta is the Provincial Sports Organization and governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta. Hockey Alberta’s Vision is Hockey for Life, and Hockey Alberta encourages participation on both a competitive and recreational level for those who enjoy hockey for the sportsmanship, skill and enjoyment it can provide. Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network includes offices in Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge. In 2016-17, there were more than 65,000 registered players on approximately 4,000 teams in Alberta.

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Hockey Alberta holiday hours

Hockey Alberta’s offices will observe the following hours this holiday season:

Friday, December 22: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.*
Monday, December 25: CLOSED
Tuesday, December 26: CLOSED
Wednesday, December 27: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
Thursday, December 28: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
Friday, December 29: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
Monday, January 1: CLOSED

*Note - Staff will be on hand to answer phone inquiries on December 27, 28 and 29, and will be monitoring email messages submitted at [email protected]. Please note that every effort will be made to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible; however, due to the holiday season, longer than normal delays in responding could be possible.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for November is Derek Selte of Vermilion.

Derek is currently in his third season as Head Coach of the Vermilion Atom Female Tigers.

"I truly enjoy watching the girls develop personally and as a team and knowing I have played a part of that makes every minute worth it," said Derek. "Their genuine enjoyment of the game and the bonding they do as a team makes the time spent with these girls very fulfilling."

"Derek is a highlight in my daughters week," said the parent who nominated Derek. "We are starting our second season with him, and she is excited for every practice, she never complains. On the ice he is always working the girls and they are getting better with every practice, he makes practices a challenge and the girls love it. Derek is exactly what I hope for in a coach for my child. I am thankful for every year we have him as a coach."

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.


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2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

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A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from La Crete in the north, Taber in the south, to Marwayne in the east and Fort St. John in the west.

Week one (March 15-18) features 14 tournaments: Bantam A, Bantam B, Bantam C, Bantam D, Bantam Female A, Bantam Female B, Atom AA Major, Atom AA Minor, Atom A, Atom B, Atom C, Atom D, and Atom Female.

Another 15 tournaments are set for week two (March 22-25): Senior AA, Midget A, Midget B, Midget C, Midget D, Midget Female AAA, Midget Female A, Midget Female B, Peewee A, Peewee B, Peewee C, Peewee D, and Peeweee Female A.

The 2018 Provincials wrap up with six tournaments in week three (March 29 - April 1): Junior B, Junior C, Midget AA, Midget Female Elite, Bantam AA, Peewee AA.

The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

ATB Financial will once again headline as the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, continuing a long-standing relationship with Hockey Alberta.

Hockey Alberta’s month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during three weekends in March and April, along with four champions crowned through league playoff series. Organizations interested in hosting a provincial championship tournament completed a detailed bid process, with a bid committee evaluating the submissions.

The majority of teams competing in minor Provincial Championship tournaments qualify by winning a zone playdown. Playdowns start in mid-January across the province, with up to 1,000 teams vying for the right to represent their zone at the provincial championships. Host teams receive an automatic berth in the championship they are hosting, although they do participate in zone playdowns, and have the opportunity to win their zone title.

Hosts for the following events are still being accepted and reviewed: Midget Female B, Bantam Female B, and Atom AA Major . Interested applicants can contact Bryden Burrell, Coordinator, Hockey Operations.


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2018 Alberta Winter Games female rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the female rosters for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

Six teams will take to the ice in Fort McMurray on February 16-19, with 120 female players (born 2003 and 2004) ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program.

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Twenty players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coach, coach mentor, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at regional camps held December 8-10 in Morinville and Innisfail.

Of the 120 players selected, 102 play in the Bantam Elite division of the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Male rosters were announced on November 29.

2018 Alberta Winter Games Male Rosters >

The Alberta Winter Games is a multi-sport event for developing athletes, aged 11-17 years old. The Winter Games were first hosted in 1976 in Banff, and occur each even-numbered year. The athletes are selected to represent the eight zones in Alberta in 20 sports such as hockey, badminton, gymnastics, skiing and skating. Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program.


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Male roster announced for 2018 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER - Seventeen of the top 2003 and 2004-born male athletes living north of the 55th parallel have been selected to represent Team Alberta North for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

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Simon Juckes and Damon Jeffs will serve as Team Alberta North Male’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively. Juckes returns to Team Alberta North after winning a gold medal in 2016 as an Assistant Coach. Selection camps ran December 8-10 in High Prairie, and saw over 150 athletes turn out to compete for a spot with Team Alberta North.

Hockey Alberta’s Bantam Male squad, along with a Junior Female team, will compete in the Arctic Winter Games March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, NWT.

Female team selection camp runs January 5-7 in Slave Lake.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and Dene games. The cultural component is a pillar of the Games, featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region.

Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each division. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Eligible communities for the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel.

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Alberta Hockey Day 2018

RED DEER - Book the date on your calendar now - Saturday, January 20.

Hockey Alberta is proud to celebrate the second annual Alberta Hockey Day across the province.

The theme for the 2018 edition of Alberta Hockey Day is age-appropriate hockey, and the importance of using cross-ice or half-ice surfaces at the Initiation and Novice levels.

Alberta Hockey Day is being hosted in six locations - Brooks, High Level, Paradise Valley, Red Deer, Strathmore and Westlock

Fun and interactive on-ice activities are scheduled throughout the day, with special skills development clinics and other events, along with a variety of off-ice sessions and seminars for players, coaches and parents. All events are designed for both new and existing participants in our great sport with a focus on fun, skills and friendships.

Alberta Hockey Day Schedule >

Activities in some locations require pre-registration, while others are open on a drop-in basis. Check back regularly, as activities for each location are being updated regularly as details are confirmed.

For the current information on Alberta Hockey Day activities in your area, check

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Two Team Alberta alumnae named to Team Canada for 2018 Nations Cup

RED DEER - Two former Team Alberta players are among the 21 selected to play for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team at the 2018 Nations Cup.

Defenders Codie Cross (Airdrie) and Jess Healey (Edmonton) will help Team Canada go for gold this year at the annual tournament. Cross played for Team Alberta three times: twice at the National Women’s Under 18 Championships in 2013 and 2015, as well as the Canada Winter Games in 2015, while Healey skated for Team Alberta in 2012 and 2013 at the U18 Nationals.

A pair of Albertans will also be a part of the team’s coaching staff for the 2018 Nations Cup, including former Team Alberta player and coach Carla MacLeod (Calgary), who was recently selected as the Head Coach of Team Alberta’s U18 Female squad for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Joining MacLeod on staff will be Video Coach Adam Tresoor (Calgary).

The 2018 Nations Cup runs January 3-6 in Füssen, Germany.

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Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series coming to Olds

Hockey Alberta NewsOLDS - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series in Olds with Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke.

The event runs on February 2 at the Pomeroy Inn and Suites in Olds, as well the Olds Sportsplex, in conjunction with the Olds Grizzlys game against the Camrose Kodiaks.

Olds Minor Hockey Association, Olds College Broncos, and Olds Grizzlys have partnered with the Foundation to make this entertaining evening possible.

Tickets to the event are $50 each, or $400 for a table of eight.

Each ticket includes:

  • One entry into the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites in Olds
  • Complimentary wings, courtesy of the Pomeroy Inn & Suites
  • One beverage, courtesy of the Olds College Brewery
  • One fair market value tax receipt
  • One ticket to the Olds College Broncos game against the NAIT Ooks on February 1 (non-transferable)
  • One ticket to the Olds Grizzlys game against the Camrose Kodiaks on February 2 (non-transferable)
  • Complimentary shuttle service from the Pomeroy to the Olds Sportsplex for the Grizzlys game from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Tickets also include admission to the Grizzlys game. Following the Hot Stove, a shuttle service to the Olds Sportsplex will be provided from 7:30-8:30 p.m. to attend the game, with an autograph session available in the first intermission.

Proceeds from this event will go towards the Every Kid Every Community program, Olds Minor Hockey, the Olds College Broncos and the Olds Grizzlys.

For more information about Every Kid Every Community, please click here.

For more information on the event, or for any ticket inquiries please call Holly Martin at 403-342-6777 or email [email protected]

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Eight Albertans invited to Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp

RED DEER - Eight Albertans will have the chance to don the red and white at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship, as Hockey Canada announced its 32-player selection camp roster.

Goaltender Carter Hart (Sherwood Park), defencemen Jake Bean (Calgary), Kale Clague (Lloydminster), Josh Mahura (St. Albert) and Cale Makar (Calgary), and forwards Dillon Dube (Cochrane), Sam Steel (St. Albert), and Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake) will take part in Team Canada’s selection camp December 12-15 in St. Catharines, Ont.

Hart, Bean, Clague and Dube were all a part of Canada’s silver medal-winning team in 2017, while Steel was a camp invite last year as well.

The 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship runs December 26 - January 5 in Buffalo, New York.

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Five Albertans land on Team Canada West

RED DEER - Five Albertans will represent their home province at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge (WJAC) in Nova Scotia.

Defencemen Jacob Bernard-Docker, Jarrod Gourley, T.J. Lloyd and Jonny Tychonick, along with forward Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek), are among the 22 players who will compete in the WJAC with Team Canada West.

Albertans Rick Swan and Jamie McCaig, both Assistant Coaches, will be part of Canada West’s coaching staff.

The five skaters were among the 17 Albertans invited to take part in Canada West’s selection camp, which ran December 2-5 in Calgary.

The players were selected from the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

The 2017 World Junior A Challenge runs December 10-16 in Truro, Nova Scotia.

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