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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.

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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.

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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 >


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Curtis Glencross, Dennis Zukiwsky (Chair, Hockey Alberta Foundation), Tim Leer (Executive Director, Hockey Alberta Foundation), Jason Evanson (CEO, Ronald McDonald House Alberta), Jennifer Clermont ( Director of Operations, Ronald McDonald House Alberta),


Glencross and Friends Continue Support for Families Across Alberta

RED DEER – Two central Alberta charitable organizations are the beneficiaries of a contribution $170,000 for 2019 from Curtis Glencross & Friends.

The contribution includes funds raised through the 8th annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event, and a new undertaking in 2019 in conjunction with the Roughstock, a Truck Raffle.

Hockey Alberta Foundation, and its Every Kid Every Community program, and Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta, share the proceeds from the fundraising endeavours.

As well, one lucky individual is driving home with a new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Truck with elevation package, provided by Kipp Scott Motors in Red Deer. Mike Commodore had his ticket drawn and was presented with the truck on Friday.

The 2019 Roughstock event, which was co-sponsored by ATB and Calgary Flames Foundation, was hosted in August in Red Deer, and included a sponsor-only poker tournament and the charity rodeo. The Truck Raffle had 999 tickets available at $100 per ticket.

In total, over the eight years of the Roughstock event, more than $1.7 million has been raised for worthy organizations in Alberta.

Curtis Glencross was joined by event organizers on November 29 at the Hockey Alberta office at Red Deer College to present cheques to the event beneficiaries.

"This year, to celebrate eight years of the Charity Roughstock event, we tried something a little different to benefit Ronald McDonald House and Every Kid Every Community. The addition of the Truck Raffle allowed us an additional opportunity to raise funds to benefit families throughout central Alberta,” said Curtis Glencross. “None of this is possible without our dedicated volunteers, and the generosity of our supporters and sponsors. My thanks to everyone who worked so hard this year because otherwise there are many families across Alberta who would be looking elsewhere for support.”

The funds for Ronald McDonald House® go towards serving families, keeping the House operational, and ensuring that there are rooms available whenever they are needed.

"We want to thank Curtis, his family, and the hard-working committee and volunteers who made this event and raffle such a success. The impact of their donations over nearly a decade has increased our capacity to serve more families from more communities and we are incredibly grateful,” said Jason Evanson, CEO of RMHC Alberta. “Their efforts ensure that families are able to stay together when they need it most – during the serious illness or injury of their child.”

For the Hockey Alberta Foundation and Hockey Alberta, this funding goes to Every Kid Every Community, which has a goal of ensuring a pathway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport.

“Curtis, his family, and the incredible group of volunteers supporting the Roughstock event and Truck Raffle have done an incredible job again this year raising funds to help families not just in central Alberta, but across the province,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta Foundation. “The goal of Every Kid Every Community is to provide kids with the pathway to experience our great sport for the first time, and more kids now have that opportunity through program and player grants.”

Mike Commodore (centre) is presented with his 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 by Calvin Kokotailo (General Sales Manager) and Mike Samson (General Manager) of Kipp Scott GMC Cadillac Buick. Also on hand were Curtis Glencross and Kelsey Angeltvedt (Glencross and Friends).
Curtis Glencross addressing the media conference.

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(L to R) Kent Smith, Todd Thiessen, Dennis Zukiwsky, Jeff Robson and John Windwick


New Chair, Vice Chair for Hockey Alberta Foundation Board

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Foundation has a new Chair and Vice Chair of its Board of Directors after the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday at Red Deer College.

Dennis Zukiwsky (Red Deer) was acclaimed as the new Chair, taking over from John Windwick. Jeff Robson (Calgary) was acclaimed as the Vice Chair, taking over from Dennis Zukiwsky. Zukiwsky previously served as the Board’s Vice Chair, while Robson was previously a Director on the Board.

Two new Board Members were also voted in. Todd Thiessen, from Red Deer, and Kent Smith, from Medicine Hat. Both bring a wealth of experience and are sure to be an asset to the Board.

Board members continuing to support the HAF are John Windwick (Calgary) as the Past Chair, John Kosolowski (Edmonton) who remains the Board Treasurer, Bob Bartlett (Lethbridge), Graham MacLachlan (Calgary), Lorne Radbourne (Grande Prairie) and Chris Turchansky (Edmonton).

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Hockey Canada Foundation Legacy Donation to EKEC

EDMONTON – As a result of funds raised at the 2019 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf, hosted in Edmonton last June, two Alberta charities are benefitting. The $371,649 legacy funding will be split evenly between the Oilers Entertainment Group’s 2nd Shift program and the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community programs to help provide children of all backgrounds and circumstances the opportunity to experience hockey.

Yesterday the Hockey Canada Foundation brought together members of the 2019 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf legacy committee at the Edmonton Oilers Hall of Fame to present the legacy cheques. Event co-chairs Ashif and Zainul Mawji and Hockey Alberta Foundation vice-chair Dennis Zukiwsky were on hand to accept the cheques.

The generous donation by the Hockey Canada Foundation will help ensure that any child in Alberta who wants to will be able to enjoy the game of hockey through the EKEC grant program.

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Golf and Gala events raise $129,000 for Every Kid Every Community

RED DEER - The Every Kid Every Community program has $129,000 coming its way, thanks to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala and Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, presented by ATB Wealth.

The three-day fundraising event in Canmore began on July 21 with the AHHF Awards Gala at the Coast Hotel, with money raised for EKEC through a wine pull, silent auction, and live auction.


The 13th annual HAF Golf Classic, presented by ATB Wealth, ran July 22 and 23 at Silvertip Golf Course.

The Talking Goalie once again withstood a barrage of shots from golfers throughout the day, raising $8,700, with challengers opting to show their support to either the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers. The Calgary Flames Foundation and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation each matched the amount raised in their name, bringing the grand total of funds raised by the Talking Goalie to $17,400.

The Silvertip Charitable Foundation also donated $25,000 back to Every Kid Every Community, while the Shaw Charity Classic Birdies for Kids program contributed $10,000.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all those who showed their support for the Every Kid Every Community program, helping to get more kids across the province into hockey. A special thank-you goes out to the Flames Foundation and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for their charity challenge contributions; the event’s title sponsor, ATB Wealth; and key contributing sponsors Vada Capital, Pillar Capital Corp, Q2 Artificial Lift Services, ATB Financial, and the Gord Bamford Foundation.


Photo credit: LA Media

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and ATB Wealth would like to congratulation the 2019 HAF Golf Classic Champions, Theo Fleury, Brock Melnyk, Shawn Stordy and Jennings Thuen. Congratulations are also in order for Mike Commodore, Celebrity Low Net champion.

For photos from both events, click here.


Rinks to Links 2019


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Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation partnered with HEROS Hockey out of Calgary for the 2019 Rinks to Links program.

The group had the unique experience of a trip to the mountains on Tuesday, July 23 to the Silvertip Golf Course in Canmore, and the Canmore Recreation Centre.

The day started with a bus trip to Canmore, where the kids hit the driving range and putting green at Silvertip, with a lesson from the course professionals.

After lunch, the group travelled to the Canmore Recreation Centre, where they were treated to a tour of the Canmore Eagles’ dressing room before hitting the ice for a one-hour on-ice session, with instruction from Hockey Alberta staff, and numerous volunteers, including members of the Eagles coaching staff.

On behalf of all Rinks to Links participants, the Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank Every Kid Every Community sponsor, ATB Wealth, as well as Silvertip Golf Course and the Canmore Eagles for their support.

For photos from the event, click here.

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Get your AHHF Gala tickets today

RED DEER - The 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration is now more than half way sold-out! Get your tickets today and join us in celebrating this year’s inductees: Shirley Cameron, Theoren Fleury, Kevin Lowe, Duncan MacDougall, Bob Ridley and the 1986-87 & 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers Memorial Cup Champions. 2019 Inductee Bios >

Become a part of the biggest celebration of hockey in Alberta, the AHHF Induction Gala is on Sunday, July 21, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. There are sponsorship opportunities available or plan to attend and purchase your Gala tickets >

Reserve a room at the Coast Hotel in Canmore Online >
Or by calling 1-800-663-1144. Please reference CCM-GFC 3880 or AHHF Awards - Attendees

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Introducing the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019

RED DEER - Five outstanding individuals, along with the only Alberta team to win back-to-back Memorial Cups, comprise the 2019 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation announced on Thursday the 2019 inductees who will be recognized at the AHHF Awards Gala on Sunday, July 21, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore:

  • Shirley Cameron – player, coach and builder of women’s hockey in Alberta
  • Theoren Fleury – NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner with the Calgary Flames and Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Kevin Lowe – six-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Duncan MacDougall – four decades of involvement with at the grassroots level of the officiating program in Edmonton
  • Bob Ridley – long-time play-by-play voice (and bus driver) of the Medicine Hat Tigers
  • Medicine Hat Tigers (1986-1987 and 1987-88) – two-time Memorial Cup champions, and the only Alberta team to win back-to-back Memorial Cups

Inductee Bios >

We invite you to celebrate the legacy of these Alberta hockey legends on Sunday, July 21 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. For ticket information, click here.

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Bamford donation highlights Hometown Hockey weekend

LEDUC – Icy temperatures may have garnered the big headlines across the province.

But it was a generous donation, on national television through Rogers Hometown Hockey, by the Gord Bamford Foundation to the Hockey Alberta Foundation that provided the hot news.

Bamford was one of the special guests in attendance as part of Rogers Hometown Hockey, and he showed his love for the sport, and the kids who play hockey, in two ways. When Bamford took to the stage for a song, he was proudly sporting a Team Alberta jersey. Then, he presented Tim Leer, the Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, with a cheque for $10,000 in support of the Every Kid Every Community program.

The generous donation will help ensure that any child in Alberta who wants to will be able to enjoy the game of hockey through the EKEC grant program.

This weekend in Leduc was also a big weekend for female hockey in the province. The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) Midget Elite Showcase saw all 12 teams in the Midget Elite division on the ice for a total of 18 games. Game results, and a summary of what happened in the AFHL in January, can be found at the league’s website, afhl.ca.

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Hockey Alberta Foundation participating in the 2019 Birdies for Kids program

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the 2019 Birdies for Kids program. This fundraising program is designed so that the Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100% of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50% of the original donations made.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time through programs like Every Kid Every Community and Future Leaders. Hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their community. Keeping kids active in sport helps reduce childhood obesity, creates a safe and fun environment and forms friendships.

Donating is easy and open now!

Visit shawcharityclassic.com/donatenow/ and select ‘Hockey Alberta Foundation’ to donate online.

If you’d like to donate by cheque, make your cheque payable to ‘Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation” and using the memo section to indicate ‘Hockey Alberta Foundation’ and mail to:

Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation

Suite 1700, Bow Valley Square III
255 5th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3G6

Help us improve the quality of life of Albertans through hockey and donate now >

Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation.

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EKEC Speaker Series coming to Vegreville

The Hockey Alberta Foundation, in conjunction with Vegreville Minor Hockey and KidSport Vegreville, is bringing the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) Speaker Series to Vegreville. The evening will feature former NHL players Rob Brown and Jason Strudwick in a candid Hockey Hot Stove.

Tickets for the event are $50 for individuals or $350 for a table of 8 and includes a buffet dinner, door prizes, live and silent auctions, and entertainment.

  • DATE: Saturday, February 2
  • LOCATION: Vegreville Social Centre - 4802 47A Street
  • TIME: Doors open 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30, entertainment at 8 with a dance to follow

For tickets, contact Mike van der Torre at 780-603-7851, or Mandy Chipps at 780-777-9770 or [email protected]

All proceeds from the event will go towards Vegreville Minor Hockey, KidSport Vegreville and the Every Kid Every Community program.

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The Piper Creek Optimist Club’s Battle of Alberta for EKEC returns

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer for the third straight year to present the Battle of Alberta Fundraiser, benefiting the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program. In two years, the Battle of Alberta event has raised over $40,000 for EKEC, as well as $8,000 for additional youth programs in Central Alberta.

The event runs on Saturday, January 5 at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, in conjunction with the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vancouver Canucks (4:30 p.m.) and Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings (8:00 p.m.) on Hockey Night in Canada. The gold medal game of the World Junior Championship (6:00 p.m.) is also set for January 5. 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 NHL alumni Curtis Glencross, Jamie Macoun, Brian McGrattan and Colin Patterson.

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 19 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 April 6 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 400 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 Wealth, Black Crown Garage, WestJet, the Molson Coors Brewing Company, Your Wedding Place and the Frère Realty Team.

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Teammates Helping Teammates - Send your team to see the Calgary Flames!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta Foundation, in support of the Every Kid Every Community Grant Program, is reaching out to our TEAMMATES in minor hockey communities across Alberta.

Throughout the hockey season many teams, focus fundraising efforts on a charity of choice to support. We hope you will consider your teammates at the Hockey Alberta Foundation as your hockey charity of choice.

Here’s how:

We have launched the Teammates helping Teammates raffle in support of the Every Kid Every Community Grant Program.

There are only 100 tickets available. Tickets are available for $100 each and can be purchased by cash, cheque or credit card by contacting the Hockey Alberta Foundation office or completing the online form.

The deadline to purchase tickets is 12 noon on March 25, 2019, or once all 100 tickets are sold. Draws will take place at 2:00pm on March 25 at the Hockey Alberta Office in Red Deer.

There are 2 identical grand prizes available:

  • 25 tickets to the Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks game on Friday, March 29th, 2019.
  • Transportation via motorcoach to and from Scotiabank Saddledome.

Buy your ticket today and help us raise $10,000, and together, we as TEAMMATES can give Every Kid in Every Community a chance to play hockey.

Contest Rules > | About Every Kid Every Community >


If you have any questions about the Teammates Helping Teammates raffle, please email Danielle Kraichy at [email protected]

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EKEC benefits from continued support of Glencross and Friends

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RED DEER - For the second consecutive year, the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event is contributing $190,000 to two central Alberta charitable organizations.

Hockey Alberta Foundation, and its Every Kid Every Community program, and the Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer, will share the proceeds. The 2018 event, which was co-sponsored by ATB and Calgary Flames Foundation, was hosted August 23-24, and included a sponsor-only poker tournament and the charity rodeo.

In total, over the seven years of the Roughstock event, more than $1.6 million has been raised.

Curtis Glencross was joined by several event organizers on November 23 at Ronald McDonald House to present cheques to the event beneficiaries.

“For the past seven years, the Charity Roughstock event has benefitted from the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers, and from the generosity of supporters and sponsors who return each year to enjoy the event and the camaraderie that goes with it,” said Curtis Glencross. “I want to say thank you to everyone who makes this event a success because, without your efforts, there are many families across Alberta who would be looking elsewhere for support. Your efforts help Albertans experience opportunities they might not have otherwise.”

The funds delivered to the Ronald McDonald House go towards serving families, keeping the House operational - and ensuring that there are rooms available whenever they are needed.

“This significant donation benefits every single family who will need the Ronald McDonald House this year”, said Jason Evanson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta, “Their support over the past seven years translates over 4,700 nights of comfort for families - their impact on Albertans facing serious childhood illness or injury is profound. The Glencross family, and their friends, are lifelines for the families of the Ronald McDonald House”.

For the Hockey Alberta Foundation and Hockey Alberta, this funding goes to the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program. EKEC has a goal of ensuring a pathway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport.

“Each year for the past seven years, it has been a privilege to work with Curtis, his family and the organizing committee for this event,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta Foundation. “As Teammates in support of the Every Kid Every Community program, their efforts and generosity are felt not just in central Alberta, but across the province as more and more kids have the opportunity to experience our great sport for the first time through program and player grants.”

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EKEC Speaker Series coming back to Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE - The Hockey Alberta Foundation, with support from Kirks Tirecraft, Lethbridge Hurricanes and ATB Wealth are bringing another Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) Speaker Series event to Lethbridge.

The afternoon will feature Lethbridge Broncos’ alumni Bryan Trottier and Brian Sutter. Trottier, a former New York Islander and Stanley Cup champion, will share stories with Sutter, the former St.Louis Blues captain, in a Hockey Hot Stove.

Tickets for the event are $50 for individuals or $400 for a table of 8 and include a beverage, appetizers, entrance to the event and a game day ticket to see the Lethbridge Hurricanes take on the Medicine Hat Tigers.

  • DATE: Sunday, December 30
  • LOCATION: Enmax Center, Canadian Western Bank Lounge
  • TIME: Doors open 3 pm; Speaker Series at 3:30 pm; Hurricanes vs Tigers at 6 pm.

TICKETS >

Through the generous support of the Lethbridge Hurricanes gameday sponsor, Kirks Tirecraft, every dollar from tickets sold and auctions on site will directly to the Every Kid Every Community Program. The Lethbridge Hurricanes have also committed all proceeds from the chuck-a-puck contest during the game to the EKEC program.

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EKEC supports Super HEROS

CALGARY - A new hockey program launches this week in Calgary that provides a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment to youth with cognitive challenges, including Autism and Down Syndrome.

Super HEROS is the newest program offered by Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) Hockey, a pilot project providing the opportunity to play hockey for a group of young people who often face a range of challenges including isolation, disconnection from their peers, and not feeling fully integrated in the community.

Super HEROS was recently named a recipient of $5,000 from the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) Grant fund.

EKEC’s goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time. The funding will help cover ice rental costs.

“Super HEROS does exactly what EKEC is all about - giving kids a chance to play hockey who otherwise likely wouldn’t have that opportunity,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The program features 21 boys and girls, ages 7-17 years, with cognitive challenges. Participants rotate through four or five stations, each with a different short duration/ low intensity skill development opportunity. The focus is on fundamentals such as skating and puck skills through fun activities.

In the EKEC application, it was noted “there is currently no place for this population of kids to play. There are many barriers; physical, emotional, social that make organized hockey of any kind unrealistic;. This does not mean that they are not passionate about hockey, or sports in general, it just means they are limited in that there isn’t anywhere they can take part. Super HEROS will provide them with a place to take part in a sport they love and have aspired to play.”

The Super HEROS program operates at the Max Bell Centre, and includes introductory hockey skills training and workshops, along with helping the young participants establish a sense of belonging. Equipment fitting occurs on Wednesday, October 10, with the program starting Sunday, October 14 and continuing until mid-March.

For more information on Every Kid Every Community, go to hockeyalbertafoundation.ca. For more information on Super HEROS, go to heroshockey.com.

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2018 Future Leaders Scholarship recipients announced

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Future Leaders Scholarship.

Seven outstanding post-secondary students were chosen from the 2018 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 2018 Future Leaders are:

Tyler Charlet (MacEwan University)
Hayley Douglas (University of Windsor)
Scott Ferguson (Red Deer College)
Kaely McMurtry (Red Deer College)
Brett Ponich (University of Alberta Augustana)
Ben Sowa (Concordia University)
Jake Wozney (Red Deer College)

"I always felt that if a time came I could not actively play hockey (anymore), my involvement with the sport would come to an end," said recipient Brett Ponich. "(The Future Leaders) program has shown me that I can still get some of the same benefits from being a coach that i did as a player."

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.

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.

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Host an EKEC Speaker Series in your community!

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is seeking communities across the province to host an EKEC Speaker Series, benefiting both the Every Kid Every Community program, and your local Minor Hockey Association.

The event could be a luncheon, pub night, or breakfast event, and could include a silent or live auction, raffle, and a hockey hotstove with current or former NHL players. Past events have featured Jason Strudwick, Brian Trottier, Rob Brown and Jamie McLennan.

All costs for the event are covered by the Hockey Alberta Foundation, and fifty per cent of the proceeds will go directly to your local MHA.

Minor Hockey Associations that have previously hosted events include Calgary, Calmar, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Olds, and Red Deer.

For more information on hosting an EKEC Speaker Series in your community, please contact [email protected].


About Every Kid Every Community

The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.

Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey. Hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their community. Keeping kids active in sport helps reduce childhood obesity, creates a safe and fun environment and forms friendships.

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Rinks to Links – providing the first chance to try hockey

CANMORE - Sixteen youths from the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, many of whom had never skated or played golf before, are the beneficiaries of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s 2018 Rinks to Links program.

The group had the unique experience of a trip to the mountains on Tuesday, July 24 to the Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club in Canmore, and the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre.

The day started with a bus trip to Canmore, where the kids hit the driving range and putting green at Stewart Creek, with a lesson from the course professionals.

After lunch, the group made the quick trip over to Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, where each participant was outfitted with a full set of hockey equipment, provided by Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank in Calgary.

The kids then hit the ice for a one-hour introduction to hockey, with instruction from Hockey Alberta staff, and numerous volunteers, including members of the Canmore Eagles coaching staff.

On behalf of all Rinks to Links participants, the Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank presenting sponsor, ATB Investor Services, as well as the Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank and the Canmore Eagles for their support.

For photos from the event, click here.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Photo credit: LA Media


CMHA Comedy Night & Speaker Series - Calmar

Hockey Alberta NewsCALMAR - The Hockey Alberta Foundation, along with Calmar Minor Hockey Association are excited to announce the CMHA Comedy Night and Speaker Series featuring Rob Brown and Jason Strudwick on April 21.

The event runs on Saturday, April 21 at the Calmar Curling Rink. Tickets to the event are $40 each, or $320 for a table of eight (includes dinner).

Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Calmar Curling Club, dinner will be served at 6, followed by a comedy show at 7:30, an auction at 9, and a Hockey Hot Stove with Brown and Strudwick at 9:30, and a dance to follow.

Proceeds from this event will go towards the Every Kid Every Community program and the Calmar Minor Hockey Association.

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Please contact Holly Martin (Hockey Alberta) at 403-967-0059.or [email protected], or Samantha Besler at (Calmar MHA) at [email protected] if you have any questions