2020 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2020 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

The month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during three weekends in March and April, along with five 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.

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A total of 40 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from Grimshaw in the north and west, Claresholm in the south, and Lloydminster in the east.

In addition, Hockey Alberta is expanding the Provincial Championship Model trial that started last year in the Peewee Division. The Bantam and Midget divisions are joining the Peewee division in the transition to Tiers 1-4 championships from A-D levels. Each Tier provincial championship with have eight teams - the host, a wild card, and the champions from Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League, Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League.

Week one (March 19-22) features 17 tournaments: Minor Midget AAA, Midget Female AAA, Bantam AA, Bantam Tiers 1-4, Bantam Female Elite, Bantam Female A and B, Atom AA Major, Atom AA Minor, Atom A-D, and Atom Female.

Another 16 tournaments are set for week two (March 26-29): Senior AA, Midget AA, Midget Tiers 1-4, Midget Female Elite, Midget Female A and B, Peewee AA, Peewee Tiers 1-4, and Peewee Female A and B.

The 2020 Provincials wrap up with Junior B, the lone tournament running April 2-5.

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

Atom teams participating in Provincial Championships qualify by winning a zone playdown. A playdown pilot is being undertaken in Bantam and Midget Female A and B, as the playdowns are being held within their respective leagues. Leagues involved in the pilot are Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League, East Central Female Hockey League, and All Peace Hockey League.

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

Hockey Alberta would also like to congratulate the Wainwright Bisons and the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs, who have been selected to host the 2021 Junior B and Senior AA Provincial Championships, respectively.


Grants available for Female Hockey Day celebrations



ELIGIBILITY: Hosts must include a “GROW THE GAME” component as part of their event.


- Try Hockey (ice or floor) for new participants

- “Skate with the players” - Following a community game

- “Bring a Buddy” – Existing players bring a friend to try it out during a practice

- Mother / Daughter skate / scrimmage

- Other exciting ideas!

DEADLINE TO APPLY: December 20th with successful host sites contacted December 27th.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applications will be reviewed by the Female Hockey Day Committee & those successful applications will be required to complete a brief post-event survey along with submitting of event photos.



Courtesy of Hockey Canada

2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Priority Draw

EDMONTON/RED DEER - Excitement is building with the return of the IIHF World Junior Championship to Canadian ice in just over a year in Edmonton and Red Deer, and fans can be the first in line to access ticket packages.

On Tuesday, the 2021 host committee, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League, officially announced the priority ticket draw for all fans interested in the 45th edition of the World Juniors, Dec. 26, 2020 to Jan. 5, 2021.

“The priority draw is the only way for fans to guarantee their chance to see the tournament live and in person, and we encourage everyone to enter the draw ahead of the Jan. 5 deadline,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “When Alberta last hosted the championship in 2012, over 175,000 entries were received for the priority draw. Based on the tremendous success of that tournament and the passion for hockey in the province and across the country, we’re expecting another exciting World Juniors.”

Fans can register at until the deadline at 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Fans randomly selected in the priority draw will be notified in early January and given the exclusive opportunity to purchase ticket packages in Edmonton and/or Red Deer.

Edmonton offers two ticket packages of eight games each, both starting at $495. Each package includes two preliminary-round games featuring Canada’s National Junior Team and either the bronze medal game or gold medal game. The Red Deer ticket package starts at $490 and features 16 games, including two pre-tournament games featuring Canada’s National Junior Team, 10 preliminary-round games and two quarter-finals.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit


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2020 Alberta Winter Games male rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the male rosters for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games.

Eight teams will take to the ice in Airdrie on February 14-17, with 160 male athletes born in 2007 ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program.

2020 Alberta Winter Games Male Rosters >

Twenty players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, coach mentor, and director of operations, as well as four trainers. Rosters were selected based on performances at regional camps held December 6-8 in Vegreville, Edmonton, Olds and Calgary.

The 2020 Alberta Winter Games female rosters were announced on December 3.

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.


2020 Arctic Winter Games male roster announced

RED DEER - Seventeen of the top 2005 and 2006-born male athletes living north of the 55th parallel have been selected to represent Team Alberta North for the 2020 Arctic Winter Games.

Team Alberta North Male Roster >

Damon Jeffs and Kevin Kuryluk will serve as Team Alberta North Male’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively. Jeffs returns to Team Alberta North after winning a silver medal in 2018 as an Assistant Coach. Selection camps ran December 6-8 in Fairview, and saw over 90 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 15-21 in Whitehorse, YK.

Female team selection camp runs December 20-22 in Manning.

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.


Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s November Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Sheldon Ghostkeeper of the Slave Lake Atom and Novice Thunder.

Sheldon is currently coaching with the Slave Lake Thunder Atom 1 and Novice 2 hockey teams. He has been a head coach consecutively for five years, and spent over 15 as a goalie coach at various levels.

"Sheldon has been so good at getting everyone to be part of the team, and has done some great team building - which includes the parents as well." said the parent who nominated Sheldon. "Everyone on the team gets the same level of respect and they love to go to practices and games."

Outside of the rink, Sheldon also helps coach baseball in the summer, which he says allows him to experience new styles of coaching.

"I believe that coaching requires patience. A coach needs to be willing to take the time a player needs to meet his or her own potential. Not every player will grasp a concept at the same time and may require a different approach." said Sheldon. "Having a good understanding of each players personality, strengths, and weaknesses and applying that into how I plan practices and games will have a greater impact than having a coaching style that is a good fit to only one style of player."

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.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March 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 >

Hockey Alberta Foundation

2019 Future Leaders Scholarship recipients announced

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Future Leaders Scholarship.

Eight outstanding post-secondary students were chosen from the 2019 Future Leaders Development Program to receive a $1,000 scholarship, with the opportunity to receive an additional scholarship for achieving "distinguished leader" status. Distinguished Future Leaders will be announced in January.

The 2019 Future Leaders are:

  • Teagan Borbandy (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Laura Jardin (McGill University)
  • Danica L Dahlin (University of Lethbridge)
  • Paige Grenier (University of New Brunswick)
  • Braden Bystrom (Red Deer College)
  • Jantzen T Leslie (Red Deer College)
  • Ryan Graham (University of Calgary)
  • Annaliese Meier (University of Calgary)

“The Future Leaders Hockey Program allowed me to see the game I love from a whole new perspective, as a coach. I developed a better understanding on how to breakdown plays and skills to their basics, and then rebuild them through progressions,” said Borbandy. “This not only helped me better understand how to develop a practice plan, but also how to better explain and break down situations on the bench during a game. These are skills I believe will benefit me as I move forward in my coaching career”

For Jardin , she came away from the Future Leaders program with a different outlook on the game of hockey.

“As a player following coaches’ instructions is crucial. When you are on the receiving end of the instructions, not a lot of thought is put into what the purpose of a drill is. The Future Leaders program has broadened this view by teaching me to structure a practice, identify the key teaching points in a drill and to develop a coach’s philosophy,” said Jardin.

The Future Leader Development Program is designed to develop and train post-secondary students in the area of coaching. Areas of focus include proper instruction, administration, leadership, technical and tactical skills in hockey, so that the future leaders can carry those skills into our communities.

Learning how to coach players with a range of attitudes was a key area of growth for Leslie.

“I was able to take my learning in the Future Leaders Program and reflect on each coach’s style. The program taught me that players respond to each coaching style differently and to take elements of each coaching style I have personally experienced and add them to my own coaching style so that I can in turn find the correct coaching method for each individual ,” said Leslie.

For Grenier, she gained a better overall understanding of the work coaches undertake.

“The Future Leaders program gave me a greater respect for all the work coaches put in, not just for a single practice but all the preparation for a season. I feel more prepared and capable for all my future coaching endeavors whether that be with a team or even just for camps,” said Grenier[BEL] .

Since the Future Leaders Scholarship program was established in 1998, Hockey Alberta Foundation has invested annually in the development of great leaders for the future of the game and our communities in Alberta. The scholarship program operates in alignment with the Future Leaders Development Program, which focuses on educating and training our post-secondary student coaches to be strong and effective on-ice leaders.


Over 4,600 coaches benefit from clinics and other development opportunities

RED DEER – More than 4,600 hockey coaches in Alberta attended National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) and other professional coach development clinics offered this season through Hockey Alberta.

"One third of all coaches in Alberta have attended a Hockey Alberta hosted clinic so far this season. These coaches are showing great dedication to the game and their players by building their knowledge,” said Stephen Pattison, Manager, Central Regional Centre and Player Development for Hockey Alberta.

While the overall numbers are impressive (4,618 coaches in total attended a clinic), the benefits experienced by players across the province are the most important outcome. For every coach who has attended a clinic and learned current coaching techniques and philosophies, that coach is able to provide learning and development for the 15-20 players on his or her team, as well as other team members and members of their minor hockey association.

“Ultimately it is the players who really see the benefits from the skills and tactics learned at these clinics,” said Pattison.

Hockey Alberta offers two types of coach development - NCCP certification clinics and Instructional Stream clinics.

Specified levels of NCCP certification are required to coach certain age divisions, and more than 3,000 coaches completed that required certification this year.

In addition, another 1,600 coaches have attended at one of 75 free Instructional Stream and Professional Development coach clinics covering such topics as Creating Offense, Developing Defencemen, Goaltending, Small Area Games, Skating, and Skill Development.

The Instructional Stream program was created by Hockey Canada to provide opportunities for coaches of all levels to enhance their knowledge and development in specified areas of the game throughout the season. The clinics consist of three hours of classroom and on-ice instruction and offer coaches practical sessions on teaching skills and tactics. The clinics provide a welcoming environment for coaches to educate themselves on new skill development techniques for their players.

Instructional Stream clinics are offered free of charge to coaches in Alberta and are delivered by Hockey Alberta-trained instructors. Clinics are ongoing at various locations around the province until the end of January.


NCCP coach clinic season begins in late August and runs until the coach certification deadline on November 15. This year, 164 NCCP clinics were hosted by Hockey Alberta instructors over the course of 15 weeks, including Coach 1, Coach 2, Development 1 and Checking Skills.

For more information on Coach development and certification, go the COACHES TAB at

Breakdown by clinic:

Clinic Type

Clinics Held

Coaches Attended

Coach 1 – Intro to Coach



Coach 2 – Coach Level



Checking Skills



Development 1



Instructional Stream/Coach PD






Hockey Alberta Foundation

Piper Creek Optimist’s Battle of Alberta for EKEC returns for 2020

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer for the fourth straight year to present the Battle of Alberta Fundraiser at Bo’s Bar & Stage, benefiting the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program. In three years, the Battle of Alberta event has raised over $50,000 for EKEC, as well as $15,000 for additional youth programs in Central Alberta.

Once again, two grand prizes will be available to win through a raffle:

  • Four tickets to the January 11 Calgary Flames game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Calgary, and back.
  • Four tickets to the January 29 Edmonton Oilers game against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Edmonton, and back.

Only 400 tickets will be sold. The draw for both grand prizes will be done on Saturday, January 4 at Bo’s Bar and Grill. You do not need to be present on January 4 to win either of the grand prizes.

Tickets >

Raffle tickets are $40 each (plus online fees). Your ticket will also grant you entry to Bo’s on January 4, as well as an appetizer buffet, one beverage courtesy of Molson Coors, a chance to win the early bird prize, and door prizes throughout the night. The night also features a Hockey Hot Stove, sponsored by MNP, with former Calgary Flame, two-time Stanley Cup Champion Jamie Macoun, and Kevin McClelland, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers.

Doors for the event will open at 5pm, with the Early Bird Draw at 6:30pm, and the final draw at 9:30pm. You must be in attendance to win early bird and door prizes.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Every Kid Every Community program, as well as other youth initiatives in Central Alberta.

Tickets can be purchased online, or by emailing the Piper Creek Optimist Club.

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, MNP, Viking Projects Ltd, Vada Capital, Gavin Heintz - Century 21 and the Molson Coors Brewing Company.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Battle of Alberta fundraiser are still available. Sponsorship Package >

Raffle license #548400. Maximum 400 tickets sold. Each grand prize is valued at approximately $2,000


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2020 Alberta Winter Games female rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the female rosters for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games.

Six teams will take to the ice in Airdrie on February 14-17, with 120 female players (born in 2005 and 2006) ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program.

2020 Alberta Winter Games Female Rosters >

Twenty players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coach, apprentice coach, coach mentor, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at regional camps held November 29 - December 1 in Innisfail and Wetaskiwin.

Of the 120 players selected, 106 play in the Bantam Elite division of the Alberta Female Hockey League.

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.