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Hockey Alberta Foundation

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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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.


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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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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 mandychipps@gmail.com

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 pcobattleofalberta@gmail.com.


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 dkraichy@hockeyalberta.ca

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EKEC benefits from continued support of Glencross and Friends

Hockey Alberta NewsHockey Alberta News

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 foundation@hockeyalberta.ca.


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.

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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.

Tickets >


Please contact Holly Martin (Hockey Alberta) at 403-967-0059.or hmartin@hockeyalberta.ca, or Samantha Besler at (Calmar MHA) at sbesler@live.ca if you have any questions

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MacTavish to join Burke for EKEC Speaker Series in Olds

OLDS - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce Edmonton Oilers Vice President of Hockey Operations, Craig MacTavish as a guest speaker for the EKEC Speaker Series in Olds.

MacTavish will join Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations, Brian Burke, who was announced as a guest speaker in December.

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.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. at the Pomeroy, with a Hockey Hot Stove set for 6:15 with Burke and MacTavish. The event also features a silent auction and a 50/50 draw.

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 hmartin@hockeyalberta.ca

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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 pcobattleofalberta@gmail.com.


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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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 hmartin@hockeyalberta.ca

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Teammate of the Month - Q2 Artificial Lift Services

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is proud to recognize Q2 Artificial Lift Services as its TEAMMATE of the Month for October.

Q2 Artificial Lift Services (Quinns Energy Group of Companies) has been a TEAMMATE of the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community Program for four years, and is a major sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic - the Foundation’s largest fundraising event each year.

“Q2 Artificial Lift Services is proud to be a Teammate of the Hockey Alberta Foundation," said Doug Quinn, President and CEO of Q2 Artificial Lift Services. "We are strong believers in the power of sport in our community, and all communities across Alberta. We stand behind the Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program, and the initiative to give every kid in Alberta a chance to play the great game of hockey by eliminating any barriers to participation they may have”

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like the thank Q2 Artificial Lift Services for their ongoing support, helping assist thousands of kids across the province through their generous donation over the past four years.

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From left: G.H. Dawe Community School Principal Sue Carmichael, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Tim Leer, and Math/Gym teacher Daryl Puzey stand with a handful G.H. Dawe students as the Foundation presents a grant through the Every Kid


G.H. Dawe School among Every Kid Every Community quarterly grant recipients

RED DEER - The G.H. Dawe Community School in Red Deer is one of five recipients of quarterly grants recently awarded by the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Along with the G.H. Dawe School, grants were awarded to the Sturgeon Hockey Club, the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, St. Albert Minor Hockey Association, and Bashaw Minor Hockey Association through the Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program.

G.H. Dawe School has earmarked its $4,250 for a learn-to-play program for students, where all the necessary equipment will be provided.

"Last year, we did an informal survey to find out how many students owned skates," said Sue Carmichael, Principal of G.H. Dawe. "Out of a couple classes, with over 30 students each, only four students owned skates. The vast majority of our students have never played or been exposed to skate-related sports. We currently have two large cupboards to house skates. The skates are well-used and often we don’t have enough sizes to fit students.”

Carmichael explained that last winter, the school had a sports expert assess the skates. It was determined that at least half need replacing, and that the school also was in short supply of helmets.

“With the generous grant from the Every Kid Every Community program, we will be able to purchase many pairs of used skates, and new helmets,” said Carmichael. “For the first time, we will be able to start a learn-to-play hockey program during Middle School options. A huge thank you to the Hockey Alberta Foundation!"

Through all of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s TEAMMATES, including ATB Investor Services, Quinn’s Energy Group of Companies, the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, the Glencross Legacy Fund, and Serdachny Hockey, these grants are made possible for communities throughout the province.

The deadline to apply for the next set of quarterly grants through the Every Kid Every Community program is November 30. For more information on how to apply for a grant, click here.


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.