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Lest We Forget

COLD LAKE – At Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country today, Canadians pause to remember those who have served, and continue to serve, our country.

For Captain Daniel Deluce, a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force stationed at CFB Cold Lake, Remembrance Day takes on special meaning for himself and his family.

“My grandpa was in the Air Force as well, he was a fighter pilot in World War II,” said Capt. Deluce. “If I can get airborne and go for a flight (on Remembrance Day), I will try to do that. That’s the best way for me to kind of put myself in my grandpa’s shoes.”

In fact, Remembrance Day this year holds special significance for Capt. Deluce because he recently received his grandfather’s service records.

“This year’s pretty cool. I’ve spent the last two years applying to get my grandpa’s records, and they just came in yesterday (November 5), so I got a little piece of history there,” said Capt. Deluce. “And my mom, her uncle was in the Army, and she just sent me a letter he had written to his girlfriend at the time. So, just finding ways to learn a bit more about what people were going through back then, and it is pretty interesting, and something very unique to those time periods.”

In addition to serving as a pilot for approximately 10 years, Capt. Deluce is also a part of the hockey community in Cold Lake, where the sport is a big part of life for not only himself, but for many individuals stationed at the base.

“Flying and playing hockey, it’s the two things I really like to do, so it’s nice to have the opportunity to do both,” Capt. Deluce said. “Normally, we have intramurals on the base, so between the different units, we’ll have hockey teams playing each other. That’s a nice way to just let loose a bit, and de-stress. Our jobs can be a little stressful sometimes.”

For Capt. Deluce, he is actively involved in the sport in several capacities. He plays in the intramural league at the base. He regularly dons the stripes, officiating in the intramural leagues, as well as games in the community. And he coaches – the CFB Cold Lake women’s team that competes at the national championship, and helping out with his daughter’s U7 team in Cold Lake.

“It’s a little difficult sometimes with our jobs, we deploy or we go away quite a bit,” he said. “So, I may not be able to be a full-time coach, but maybe an assistant coach is something I’d like to get involved in.”

For Capt. Deluce, hockey is a great way to get to know people in the community, and to unwind – especially with the stress that comes with flying high-performance airplanes.

“As an Officer, I play with a lot of the mechanics, and different support trades,” he said. “We’ll play against the Fire Hall and others, so you get to know people around the base as well, so it’s a bit of a networking thing. You might walk to your plane, and the person who’s helping you start, it’s like ‘oh, he was your right D the other night’, so it makes the squadron a little more personal.”

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Capt. Deluce said the squadron won’t necessarily be observing Remembrance Day in its traditional fashion.

“Usually, we’re having some sort of parade, so this year it might be a little different.” He said. “It might be more of the command team in a smaller ceremony laying wreaths.”

For Capt. Deluce, the key on November 11 is honouring not only those individuals who served in World War I or World War, but anyone who has served, and continues to serve our country.

“It doesn’t have to be WWI or WWII. There’s lots of things in between, or people currently serving, as well as any kind of front-line people. Especially this year with the pandemic, some of those people in the hospitals, or the first responders, those are going to be people you keep in mind.”

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Hockey community rallies around Springbank family

In the wake of the sudden and tragic loss of a long time Springbank coach and volunteer, the hockey community is once again proving just how powerful the game can be.

On October 13, Justin Ikebuchi was involved in a fatal car crash. In the days and weeks following, his wife, Jamie, and children Sydney, Raiden, Calder and Devin have seen the entire hockey community rally around them and show their support

“They check in on us, constantly check in on us,” said Jamie. “They’ve supported us with meals, with texts and emails, and small things, like the doorbell will ring and there will be a latte there for me. We’ve had little gifts and quite large gifts given to us. It’s pretty overwhelming overall, but in a good way; all of these gestures of kindness have really helped give us strength as we move through these last few weeks.”

Hockey Alberta NewsCoaching and volunteering was a huge part of Justin’s life. With Raiden (13), Calder (11) and Devin (9) all playing minor hockey, Justin was heavily involved as a coach, and as a member of the the Springbank Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) Board of Directors. He was the SMHA Timbits (U7) Coordinator for five years, and was the VP of Hockey for the last two.

“I know that he gave back because he truly enjoyed his experience as a child growing up getting to play sports, and he wanted to make sure he gave back like people did for him,” Jamie said.

Justin’s influence on the game is unmistakable, as seen by the lasting impression he left as a coach.

“He was definitely known as the coach with the red helmet and the red gloves, and he was the one who told (the players) all of the time to play hard and have fun,” Jamie said. “He wanted them to love the game as much as he loved the game, and he wanted them to not just love the game, but he wanted them to love being part of a team, because he felt like being part of a team and being a good teammate was a life skill.”

“Dad was the best coach,” said Raiden, Justin’s eldest son. “He was always very positive. The game wasn’t always about being the best to him, but working towards being the best. He wanted me to play hockey because I loved it, not because he wanted me to love it. That’s just kind of who he was.”

Raiden’s teammate, Jack McHarg, echoed that sentiment, and said Justin’s number-one goal was to make sure hockey was fun for everyone.

“He always came to practice with a smile,” he said. “With four kids, he always made our practices, he was very committed to the game, and he always made sure, even if we lost a game, he made us hold our heads up high, and he always made us feel good at the end of the day.”

Justin’s impact as a coach reached far beyond just the players, as the coaches he’s shared the ice with over the years speak very fondly of his coaching style and personality.

"Justin was a fantastic coach; he was always there for the boys and always there for the right reasons,” said Jack’s father, David McHarg, Justin’s co-coach and a family friend. “I think just because he loved the game so much, he wanted to add to it. Whether it was at an administration level within the Springbank Minor Hockey Association, or as a coach, or even just as a helper on the ice, a parent in the box, or doing anything, he was always there supporting everyone along the way - parents, players, coaches. It was all for the game.”

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Cory Larson, another of Justin’s co-coaches and a family friend, said Justin’s personality was infectious.

“I felt like he was the guy that was on the ice in practice, wherever he was, the kids sort of gravitated towards him” he said. “If they weren’t in a drill, they’d be over talking to him, and he was that guy that could be that supportive, fun-loving guy that was out there making sure everybody had a good time, all the time.”

Jonathan Black, also a co-coach and family friend, said Justin’s coaching style was a lot more than just drawing up plays on a clipboard.

“What he did better than most people was the relationship piece,” he said. “I would be at a tournament getting medals ready and handing things out, and he’s the guy who’s talking to each individual kid as they’re waiting, where typically coaches might just stand around. He coupled the idea of a real coach trying to improve the kids and teach them how to play a team sport, but also that relationship piece, which was so important with kids understanding and believing what he had to say.”

Brent Merchant, who coached alongside Justin for over six years and also became a family friend, said his commitment as a volunteer was something to behold.

“For most parents, it’s maybe a little intimidating just to jump in with both feet and commit to being a huge volunteer,” he said. “I think for Justin, it just came naturally; he was just was part of that Springbank hockey community from day one. Whether it was in a coaching role, or as part of the board of directors, he just seemed to kind of jump in with both feet, which you can appreciate - that’s not easy to do with the amount of energy and time it takes.”

Nicole Kraljic, the SMHA’s administrator, worked closely with Justin as a volunteer, and said the time and effort he put in to improving the game will have a positive effect on the association for years to come.

“He leaves behind the framework, of which we are working on still to this day at the board level, of our coaches, and doing our coach credentials, and keeping a legacy of information for our coaches and training them, and that’s something that his fingerprints will be all over when we’re done developing it,” she said. “Justin did everything with thought and purpose;. When he finalized a roster, he was always thinking about the player and their potential development, and that was every player.”

While the shockwave of Justin’s sudden passing hit Springbank hard, it was also felt around the entire hockey community. On October 20, in Raiden’s first game back with the NWCAA U15 AA Bronks, he scored a goal. In fitting fashion, it was the team’s eighth goal of the game - which just happens to be Justin’s favourite number.

“A very emotional night obviously for the boys, to have Raiden there and back with the group, and Jamie and her family in the stands,” said David McHarg. “It was emotional just being there, but also just to see him score that eighth goal, and with that being his dad’s favourite number, it was just extra special.”

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While Raiden’s entire team celebrated the emotional moment with him, the members of the CNHA Kings came together with the Bronks at the end of the game and raised their sticks in honour of Justin and his family.

“After we beat them, they still had the respect to do something like that,” Raiden said. “You battle it out on the ice, but after it’s all said and done, you’re all playing for the same reason, because you love what you do, and there’s a lot of respect there.”

In that game, the entire team also sported red tape on their sticks (Justin’s favourite colour), as well as Justin’s initials in red on their helmets - which Raiden said was done by all NWCAA U15 AA teams.

In the days following the game, Raiden’s touching story made its way around social media, and caught the attention of the entire hockey community, including the Calgary Flames. On October 28, two of the Flames - Milan Lucic and captain Mark Giordano - surprised Raiden and his teammates at practice.

Hockey Alberta News“Those guys are his heroes,” Jamie said. “What I thought was pretty awesome was that those men came to talk to my son, and they asked if it was okay if they spoke about their own personal loss, because both of them have lost loved ones tragically. They left their families for the day to come and speak to a boy, and it was a sad situation - it’s hard to talk to people who have lost someone, but they chose to do that.”

“That was very special,” said Raiden. “I was super surprised, I had no idea. I heard a couple of the boys saying that some of the Flames were being interviewed outside, but I didn’t think anything of it. Those guys have been my heroes; I’ve been a fan of Lucic since he won the (Stanley) Cup with Boston.”

Giordano and Lucic both said Raiden’s story hits very close to home for them, so they were more than happy to take the time to show their support. For Giordano, his sister died in a car crash at the age of 14. Lucic experienced the sudden death of his father.

“It’s never something that’s easy to deal with,” said Lucic. “Just to be here to support him is the least that I can do, and we can do as far as the Flames organization, happy to be here supporting him through a time like this.

Jamie added the gesture was especially touching because the impact went beyond the family.

“They got on the ice and practiced with the team. So the whole team got to have that experience, it was pretty awesome for them to have that bonding experience together, so I thought that was pretty great of those gentlemen,” she said.

As for the outpouring of support the Ikebuchi family has received, Giordano said he’s not surprised to see the hockey community come together in the face of tragedy.

“I’ve been playing hockey now for a long, long time, and the support we receive from family, friends, community - it’s second to none,” Giordano said. “When I was a young kid and had some tragedy in my life, one of the biggest things that helped me get through was coming to the rink and being with my buddies and teammates.”

And Jamie knows that hockey will be a key part of the recovery process for her three boys.

For Raiden, hockey has been his passion since he was three, and Jamie was concerned he would have a hard time going to hockey, because his dad was such a big part of the game for him.

Calder is a defenceman, whose love of hockey has developed over time, and it’s important to Jamie that he continues to enjoy the sport.

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“Devin is the happiest little hockey player you have ever seen,” she said. “So, my hope for him, because he said this weekend that hockey is not fun without his dad, that dad is what makes hockey fun, my hope is that he’ll find joy with hockey again.”

And Justin will not be forgotten within the local hockey community, as Springbank has named its yearly volunteer of the year award after him.

“Whether it was community members or friends, the outpouring of commitment from people was unreal. But what impresses me is that commitment that they have today, I think this is going to be for years down the road,” said Brent Merchant.

Jamie said the ongoing support their family has seen from the hockey community goes beyond what words can express.

“It’s very overwhelming, but in a good way. I love my husband, and I love him as a dad, and he touched so many people in our Springbank Minor Hockey community, and they are really helping us get through this very devastating and tragic time,” she said. ”There’s this life question Justin and I have talked about - in life, do you get what you get, or do you get what you give? He would say you get what you give, and I now know that to be true, and you get more.”

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Jake Neighbours and Ozzy Wiesblatt - A First Round Friendship

For a pair of best friends whose hockey journeys have been nearly identical, it’s only fitting they were both selected just five picks apart at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in October.

When Jake Neighbours and Ozzy Wiesblatt were drafted 26th overall and 31st overall by the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks, respectively, it was not only a tremendous moment for each athlete, but a chance to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

The two have been nearly inseparable since first hitting the ice together with the Calgary U18 AAA Buffaloes in 2017, and have been a big part of each other’s hockey experiences. Getting to share in each other’s big moment was a familiar, but welcome feeling.

"To go through all these experiences with your best friend is definitely something you cherish," Neighbours said during a recent interview where he and Wiesblatt joined the Centre Ice Podcast.

Whether it was suiting up together for Team Alberta at the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary, for Team Canada at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, or for Team Red at the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, Neighbours and Wiesblatt have spent plenty of time together on hockey’s biggest stages.

But, they’ve also been on opposing sides of centre ice a number of times, including at the 2017 Alberta Cup, the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and for the last two seasons in the Western Hockey League, with Neighbours a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings, and Wiesblatt with the Prince Albert Raiders.

Although they both admitted there was a bit of a competition to see who would be selected first, the pair agree that it was just a minor detail.

"I was lucky enough to see Jake get picked ahead of me," Wiesblatt said. "I’m happy for him, and it just about brought a little tear to my eye seeing him get picked, it was a special moment for him and his family. We’re competitive, but also very supportive at the same time."

Neighbours echoed that sentiment, adding that he and his family were almost more excited to hear Wiesblatt’s named called by the San Jose Sharks a few picks later.

"I think both of us were kind of hoping we’d be the one to (be drafted) higher, but we knew going into it that we’d probably be pretty close in terms of numbers and where we were going, so we were happy for each other," Neighbours said. "I remember when I found out Ozzy was going, it was almost a bigger reaction from my family and I than when I went, so we have very supportive families, and obviously going in both directions we’re happy for each other."

Although the two have only been close friends since first playing together for the Calgary Buffaloes as 15 year-olds, they’ve leaned on each other heavily for support, a relationship they both point to as a major key to their success both on and off the ice.

"It’s special," said Wiesblatt. "We’ve been through basically everything together with hockey. If it’s Team Alberta events or Team Canada events, we’re going through it together, so it’s definitely made it easier to have someone to talk to and go through it with."

Neighbours said the two maintain a close relationship during the season, but there are times where their competitive nature outweighs their friendship.

"We lean on each other for support, but we are competitors," Neighbours said. "After every game, we’re always texting each other, seeing how each other did. But, I don’t think (Prince Albert) versus Edmonton’s been the friendliest of games over the past couple of years, it’s been two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference going at it, so it’s always a good game with a lot of intensity, and we tend to lean towards our intense and competitive sides more than our friendship during those games."

But, Wiesblatt adds that the competitiveness between the two is a welcome addition, and is a big reason for his success.

"Having a best friend and someone you train with every day that pushes you, I think we can both say we’re very lucky to have that," said Wiesblatt. "It’s been awesome. I haven’t really had a friend that is as competitive as Jake is, and that wants to beat me in every single thing, so it’s fun, and it’s definitely shaped me into the person I am today."

While the two have been through more together in the last few years than many friendships will see in a lifetime, Neighbours looks back fondly on when it all started, and said he can’t wait to see what the future holds.

"We started talking when we were about 13 or 14, I think, and we finally got to meet each other at the Calgary Buffaloes tryouts, and I guess the rest is history. We just kind of hit it off right away, and basically did everything together, and I became this guy’s Uber. Proud to be it though, and I’m looking forward to more Uber rides."

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Alberta well-represented in NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its October ’Players to Watch’ list, with 18 Albertans making an appearance.

Two Albertan skaters are listed as ’A’ prospects; defenceman Corson Ceulemans and forward Dylan Guenther.

Goaltender Sebastian Cossa the lone Albertan in the ’B’ prospect category, with fifteen more listed as ’C’ prospects.

The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a second or third round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate.

The full list of Albertans named to the Players to Watch list can be found below:

Name Position Team League
A Prospects
Corson Ceulemans Defence Brooks Bandits AJHL
Dylan Guenther Forward Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
B Prospects
Sebastian Cossa Goaltender Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
C Prospects
Talyn Boyko Goaltender Tri-City Americans WHL
Lucas Ciona Forward Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
Colton Dach Forward Saskatoon Blades WHL
Jayden Grubbe Forward Red Deer Rebels WHL
Dru Krebs Defence Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
Marc Lajoie Defence Tri-City Americans WHL
Kyle Masters Defence Red Deer Rebels WHL
Brett Moravec Forward Calgary Canucks AJHL
Ty Mueller Forward Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
Zack Ostapchuk Forward Vancouver Giants WHL
Zack Stringer Forward Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL
Scout Truman Forward Des Moines Buccaneers USHL
Sean Tschigerl Forward Calgary Hitmen WHL
Kai Uchacz Forward Seaatle Thunderbirds WHL
Olen Zellweger Defence Everett Silvertips WHL

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Alberta’s Kaiden Guhle gearing up for 2020 NHL Draft

When NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings in April, 24 Albertans appeared on the list - 20 skaters, and four goaltenders.

Among those is Team Alberta alumnus and Prince Albert Raiders defenceman, Kaiden Guhle, who came in at number eight among North American skaters, and is projected by many to be drafted in the first round.

On the eve of the NHL draft, Guhle said the nerves hadn’t quite kicked in yet.

“I think I’m just a lot more excited, than anything," he said. "Waited a long time for this, got pushed back a bit, and I think I can speak for every kid in saying we’re just happy to finally have it here and to get things started.The nerves are there, but right now I’m not feeling them a whole lot. I bet (Tuesday) when I wake up, getting up early and waiting the whole day for it to happen, I’m sure the nerves will come pretty strong, but right now I think my mom’s a lot more nervous than me."

The 2020 NHL Draft will have a much different look than any other draft. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s draft will be done virtually, much like the 2020 NFL Draft.

Guhle said that although it’s disappointing not to be in Montreal as originally planned, he’s looking forward to sharing the experience at home with family and friends.

"I think in a way, it works out," he said. "I know if I was going to Montreal, you could only bring a handful of family members, you don’t want to pack the whole thing. I’m having 15 people coming to my house (on Tuesday), so I’ll have a lot of people there who have supported me through my whole hockey career."

Guhle adds that the pre-draft process has also been quite different than normal, but it’s still been a memorable experience for him.

"It was a lot of virtual meetings, a lot of Zoom calls," he said. "Obviously, you’d like to meet the teams in person, if we were in Montreal, I’d maybe meet a couple teams right before for one last chat. It’s been a big honour to talk to a lot of those teams, you never know who you’re going to go to, so I want to leave a good impression on all of them and show them my personality and what type of person I am."

The Guhle family is familiar with the NHL Draft process, as Kaiden’s older brother Brendan was drafted 51st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2015.

Guhle said the influence of his brother, who now plays for the Anaheim Ducks, has been critical to his growth as a player.

"He’s been massive," he said. "I’d be lying if I said he wasn’t the biggest reason (I started playing), he’s the reason I picked up a hockey stick. Watching him growing up, I’ve always wanted to follow his footsteps in that way. He’s been huge for my hockey career, he’s talked to me a lot about this whole draft process – the ups and the downs, teams maybe getting under your skin to see how you react, just trying to keep me level-headed though the whole thing."

Guhle isn’t the only member of the Prince Albert Raiders hailing from Alberta waiting to hear their name called at the draft, as teammate Ozzy Wiesblatt is also expected to be drafted.

"I’ll definitely text him during the draft," Guhle said. "We’ve definitely talked about it and leaned on each other, we’ve been communicating a lot about this. I think there’s a bit of friendly competition, we’re both pretty competitive guys. We like to go at it at practice, and like to make each other mad – we both compete very hard, we both want to make each other better and that’s the only way you’re going to do it. I’ll definitely shoot him a text and see how he is on draft day, I’m sure he’ll be pretty nervous, just like me, so it’s good to get to go through that with him, and get to go through the whole experience with one of my best buddies."

Although it’s easy for a player to speculate as to which team they could end up on, Guhle said he’s not focused on that, and is going to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

"I’m happy with whatever team picks me, I have no preference to where I go," he said. "I think any team that picks me, I am very lucky to be that pick."

Round one of the 2020 NHL Draft kicks off Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m., with rounds two through seven to be held on Wednesday, starting at 9:30 a.m.

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Ten Albertans to attend Canada’s National U17 Development Camp

CALGARY - Ten Albertans are among the 113 players invited to Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp in July.

Defenceman Keaton Dowhaniuk, along with forwards Nate Danielson, Josh Davies, Jordan Gustafson, Reiger Lorenz, Rylen Roersma, Matthew Savoie, Bowden Singleton, Oasiz Wiesblatt and Koehn Ziemmer will all take part in the virtual camp.

The camp runs July 19-25, with a variety of sessions focusing on player development through online education.

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Seven Albertans invited to Canada’s National Women’s Program Summer Camps

CALGARY - Seven Albertans are among the 109 female athletes invited to the BFL Canada National Women’s Development Team and National Women’s Under-18 team summer camps.

Hockey Canada has announced a pool of 109 of the country’s top young players invited to participate in a pair of virtual camps with Canada’s National Women’s Program.

Goaltender Sophie Lajeunesse (Calgary), blueliner Dayle Ross (Spirit River), and forwards Kyle Perry (Ponoka) and Sarah Wozniewicz (Cochrane) will attend the BFL National Women’s Under-18 Team Summer Camp. Wozniewicz is one of three players who won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s Championship.

As for the BFL Canada National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp, defender Stephanie Markowski and forwards Kassy Betinol and Danielle Serdachny are among the 59 players invited.

Former Team Alberta coach Howie Draper (Edmonton) is on staff as Head Coach of the U18 team, while Mel Davidson (Oyen) returns as Head Scout for the program.

As the virtual meetings progress through the summer, the athletes will cover topics that include at-home strength and conditioning plans, mental performance plans and check-ins, nutrition, dry-land skills, skating simulations, team-building activities, short-term international competition preparation and meetings with coaches.

The online sessions will take place up to twice weekly, with critical information being communicated to athletes to allow them to continue to evolve as high-performance athletes in this new environment, and will utilize the strengths and experience of Canada’s National Women’s Program leadership to help connect one-on-one, athlete-to-athlete.

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Eight Albertans invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp

CALGARY - Eight Albertans are among the 41 players invited to Canada’s virtual National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp.

Sebastian Cossa (Fort McMurray) and Taylor Gauthier (Calgary) are among the five goaltenders invited to the camp. Defencemen Bowen Byram (Lethbridge/Cranbrook), Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park) and Matthew Robertson received invites as well, along with forwards Ridly Greig (Lethbridge), Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek) and Peyton Krebs (Okotoks).

The virtual summer camp runs July 27-31, where players will participate in a variety of sessions with a focus on player development through online education.

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Kodie Curran (second from left) with father, Jerome (far left), sister Jessica, and brother-in-law Joey. (Photo courtesy of Kodie Curran)


An unrelenting love of the game key in Curran’s journey to the NHL

Although ’follow your dreams’ is a common phrase, few people have taken that advice to heart quite like Kodie Curran.

At age 30, the Calgarian recently signed his first NHL deal with Anaheim Ducks - a two-year, one-way contract, the culmination of years of hard work, perseverance, and a seemingly unmatched love for the game.

After two productive seasons in the Swedish Hockey League, including a league MVP title this past season, the blueliner caught the eye of NHL scouts, and the Ducks announced the signing on June 1.

While Curran’s unorthodox pathway to the NHL isn’t completely unheard of, it’s certainly not the ’cookie cutter’ route that many take to hockey’s highest level.

"I think a lot adversity through my career that I’ve had to battle," said Curran of his journey so far. "Not saying that other guys don’t, but there’s late bloomers, and then there’s really late bloomers, and I was a really late bloomer. I didn’t start playing high-end hockey until maybe I was 20, and then I took a bit of a break, and really got into my element when I was about 25."

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Kodie with his wife, Caitlin, and daughter Remi. (Photo courtesy of Kodie Curran)

Curran was certainly no stranger to adversity in his younger hockey days. After playing Bantam AAA with the Calgary Buffaloes organization, he was passed over in the WHL Bantam draft, and went on to play Midget AA (playing forward at the time), while many of his peers and former teammates were playing Midget AAA, and trending towards Major Junior hockey. Although somewhat disappointed at the time, he says it only helped push him harder.

"In Midget AA, you’re thinking ’why am I not on the AAA team, why am I not on the AAA team? Now what happens? Now I’m not going to get drafted," Curran said. "There’s so much doubt in your mind when you play in Midget AA at such a young age, but I think now kids are starting to be molded a little bit earlier to deal with that, which I think is great. I think it’s important just to remember that where ever you’re playing, you’re not the player you’re going to be in the future, down the road, so just really enjoy it, and that’s what I tried to do."

After graduating from minor hockey, Curran enjoyed a successful career in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Calgary Canucks and Spruce Grove Saints, winning an AJHL title with the latter in 2010. Following his junior career, Curran played five seasons for the University of Calgary Dinos, helping the team to the National Championship in 2001, and earning West First All-Star Team honours in 2014 and 2015.

Hockey Alberta NewsWhile the end of a post-secondary career could mark the last stop in a hockey player’s journey, Curran decided he wasn’t ready to give up on his dream. He signed a deal with the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ top affiliate, and split time between the Wolf Pack and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey League. After making the difficult decision to play pro hockey in Europe, far away from his family and friends, he played in Denmark and Norway in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively, before landing with Rögle BK of the Swedish Hockey League.

Curran credits the overwhelming support from his family and friends as a key contributing factor to his success in Europe.

"My family has meant everything to me," he said. "When I think about this moment, and sharing it with them, words aren’t enough to explain what they mean to me. To be that far away from home over in Europe, and to constantly be on FaceTime or getting texts from your family saying ’you’re doing the right thing’, they really solidified for me that I was in the right place in my life, and what I was doing was right."

Curran certainly made the most of his time in Europe, especially his two seasons in Sweden. This past season, he put up staggering numbers for a defenceman (12 goals and 37 points in 48 games), finishing second in the league in scoring, earning the title of league MVP. Curran was the first foreign-born player to be named the SHL’s MVP since current Calgary Flame Derek Ryan, who took a similar path to the NHL, making his league debut at 29 years old.

"Last year was an amazing season," Curran said. "I ended up getting onto a team with young guys, great players, and we got hot, and it was an amazing year, one I’ll never forget."

Despite nothing ever coming easy for him, Curran says his love of the game always got him through, and kept him looking towards the future.

"As you go through your career, everyone puts a label on the teams that you should be playing for, and the things that you should be doing, and where you should be at a certain age. I think a lot of kids, and parents especially, get caught up in that, and can put a lot of pressure on their kids. I didn’t have any pressure from my parents, they really just wanted me to love the game of hockey, and I did that. And I think that’s what got me through those tough times, was just my passion for the game. I didn’t do anything that the hockey world says we ’should do’, and here I am. So I think there are other ways to do it, and I hope this shows that there are other ways to get to your dreams."

Although his hockey career has recently taken him all over the world, Curran says his time playing grassroots hockey in Alberta were vital to his development and success.

"I think what’s so great about (grassroots hockey in Alberta), is the development, and all the branch-offs that you can go into to play to have success. I always remember my roots and where I came from, I think Hockey Alberta’s done a great job in developing young kids and making sure there’s enough areas for all types of skills to play."

While he could have walked away from the game with his head held high at any point in his career, and a number of impressive accomplishments under his belt, Curran never gave up on his dream, and hopes his story can help inspire young athletes to chase theirs, and never let anyone, or anything, stop them.

"I didn’t make a single (division) one team, I think ever, I didn’t make AAA, and I was at a crossroads of whether to play forward or defence at 17 years old," he said. "For me, I always just tried to really fall in love with the game of hockey. If you don’t love it, and it’s not for you, then that’s great. But I know there’s a ton of kids out there that love the game of hockey, so let that be your inspiration, and let that be something that pushes you through these tough times, is that you love the game for its purity."

While the work isn’t quite done for Curran, as the task of earning an NHL roster spot with the Ducks still lies ahead, he says he’s looking forward to the challenge, and in the meantime, will enjoy some much-deserved rest and down time with his family.

(Third photo of Kodie with sister Jessica (left) and mom Deborah (right), courtesy of Kodie Curran)

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Stories from the Rink: Alix/Clive Minor Hockey Association highlights star volunteer

ALIX, AB - As parents arrive at the rink on frigid Saturday mornings throughout the winter, they joke to themselves about seeing Tyler Copland’s truck parked in "his spot", as he is always the first to arrive before a game. Whether it’s as a board member, coach, friend, mentor, parent, or sponsor, Tyler wears many hats in the town of Alix.

Since his boys began playing hockey with the Alix and Clive combined association, Tyler has been involved as a volunteer on different levels. He invests a great deal of time and energy into helping mentor the kids during every practice and game. When one game ends, he is typically gearing up to head to another arena to support his other son’s teams.

"Tyler has only missed a handful of practices and games over the years. His commitment is impressive, as is the message he has for the kids: just keep showing up, regardless of what struggle might be in front of you, just keep showing up," said Lori Gibson, who shared the story with Hockey Alberta. "He doesn’t tell the kids what dedication is, he lives it every day."

Tyler’s positive attitude is infectious throughout the teams he coaches. He is always quick to flash a smile and joke around with the kids, and holds nothing back when it comes to helping the players achieve their goals. Always keeping things light and fun, he loves nothing more than celebrating an accomplishment for anyone on his team whether it’s a goal, assist, win, or just a great shift.

As the first guy to the rink to open the rooms and set out the pucks, a supporter of the concessions and 50/50 draws, and yearly corporate sponsor, Tyler values the deep roots he has created in his community, and they would like to thank him for everything he has done.


If you have a great story or volunteer that you would like Hockey Alberta to highlight, please send the information to [email protected].

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2019 Alberta Cup Rewind: Championship Final - Alberta Black vs Alberta Red

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta takes a look back on the 2019 Alberta Cup, with a feature game each day from Thursday to Sunday.

Friday’s feature Alberta Cup Rewind game goes back to the B Final on Sunday, April 28, as Alberta Yellow went head-to-head with Alberta Green:

Championship Final

Alberta Red 3 - Alberta Black 1

Players of the Game: Alberta Red: #31 Ian Mills | Alberta Black: #2 Carson Brisson

Boxscore > | AB Cup Results > | AB Cup Stats >


Interview: Zach Hodder of the WHL

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2019 Alberta Cup Rewind: B Final - Alberta Yellow vs Alberta Green

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta takes a look back on the 2019 Alberta Cup, with a feature game each day from Thursday to Sunday.

Friday’s feature Alberta Cup Rewind game goes back to the B Final on Sunday, April 28, as Alberta Yellow went head-to-head with Alberta Green:

B Final

Alberta Green 10 - Alberta Yellow 2

Players of the Game: Alberta Green: #18 Bowden Singleton | Alberta Yellow: #20 Matt Savoie

Boxscore > | AB Cup Results > | AB Cup Stats >


Interview: Hockey Alberta Officials Development Coordinator Colin Watt

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2019 Alberta Cup Rewind: Game 7 - Alberta Yellow vs Alberta Blue

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta takes a look back on the 2019 Alberta Cup, with a feature game each day from Thursday to Sunday.

Friday’s feature Alberta Cup Rewind game goes back to Friday, April 26 with the Game 7 matchup between Alberta Yellow and Alberta Blue:

Game #7

Alberta Yellow 6 - Alberta Blue 4

Players of the Game: Alberta Yellow: #18 Billal Noori | Alberta Blue: #14 Ty Hurley

Boxscore > | AB Cup Results > | AB Cup Stats >


Interview: Hockey Alberta CEO Rob Litwinski

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2019 Alberta Cup Rewind: Game 4 - Alberta Black vs Alberta Grey

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta takes a look back on the 2019 Alberta Cup, with a feature game each day from Thursday to Sunday.

Thursday’s feature Alberta Cup Rewind game goes back to Thursday, April 25 with the Game 4 battle between Alberta Grey and Alberta Black:

Game #4

Alberta Black 4 - Alberta Grey 2

Players of the Game: Alberta Black: #16 Reid MacKay | Alberta Grey: #20 Koehn Ziemmer

Boxscore > | AB Cup Results > | AB Cup Stats >


Interview: Team Alberta Trainer Mentor Dave Campbell

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Nine Albertans earn WHL Eastern and Western Conference honours

RED DEER/CALGARY - Alberta is once again very well-represented as the Western Hockey League (WHL) rolled out its 2019-20 Eastern and Western Conference award winners and All-Star teams.

Three WHL conference awards went to players hailing from Alberta:

Riley Fiddler-Schultz (Fort Saskatchewan), Calgary Hitmen - Eastern Conference Humanitarian of the Year
Dylan Guenther
(Edmonton), Edmonton Oil Kings - Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year
Ty Smith
(Lloydminster), Spokane Chiefs - Western Conference Top Defenceman

Riley Fiddler-Schultz is up for the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy against Western Conference winner Jake Gricius of the Portland Winterhawks. The winner will be announced Tuesday, May 12.

Dylan Guenther and Western Conference Rookie of the Year Logan Stankoven of the Kamloops Blazers go head-to-head for the Jim Piggot Memorial Trophy, which will be announced Friday, May 15.

Ty Smith goes up against Eastern Conference Top Defenceman Calen Addison of the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy. The winner will be announced Tuesday, May 19.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are up for the WHL’s Business Award, earning Eastern Conference honours, against the Western Conference Business of the Year in the Seattle Thunderbirds. The winner will be announced Wednesday, May 6.

Smith was also among the seven Albertans named to the WHL’s First and Second All-Star teams:

Eastern Conference First All-Star Team:
Forward - James Hamblin (Edmonton), Medicine Hat Tigers

Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team:
Defenceman - Matthew Robertson (Sherwod Park), Edmonton Oil Kings
Forward - Peyton Krebs (Okotoks), Winnipeg ICE

Western Conference First All-Star Team:
Defenceman - Ty Smith (Lloydminster), Spokane Chiefs

Western Conference Second All-Star Team:
Defenceman - Bowen Byram (Lethbridge/Cranbrook), Vancouver Giants
Forward - Zane Franklin (Marwayne), Kamloops Blazers
Forward - Bryce Kindopp (Lloydminster), Everett Silvertips

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Volunteer Spotlight - Tosha Sim & Pete and Crystal Swales

RED DEER - To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Hockey Alberta is shining the spotlight on a handful of volunteers who make a huge impact on the sport in Alberta.

More volunteer profiles can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Volunteer Appreciation page.


Tosha Sim

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterTosha is the trainer for the Red Deer Junior B Vipers, a position she’s held since 2016, having previously been the volunteer coordinator for the team. She has been a volunteer coach for the Red Deer City Soccer Association since she was 16 years old.

"I volunteer because so many people have volunteered for me," said Tosha. "Growing up playing competitive soccer and being actively involved in my school community has taught me the importance of giving time to people and causes."

Tosha’s most memorable moments are the pair of Heritage Junior Hockey League North Division and League titles the Vipers brought home in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

"It was an amazing opportunity to be part of the team and watch them work their way to the top," she said. "Also, I volunteer with my husband (Brady Sim). He has been with the team for 7-8 years. He does the play-by-play and announcing. It is really special to volunteer together, he is a superstar."

Tosha is currently an Elementary Education student, going in to her fourth year through the University of Alberta and Red Deer College.


Pete & Crystal Swales

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterPete and Crystal Swales are both longtime volunteers in Central Alberta, and currently volunteer with the Red Deer Senior AA Rustlers. Pete has been the team’s trainer since its inception a little over two years ago, with Crystal helping out in various roles during games and practices.

Both Pete and Crystal volunteer together in many roles outside of sport as well, including (what was then known as) the Suicide Prevention Line when they met 35 years ago.

As a registered RMT since 1995, Pete has worked with athletes in various roles, and began volunteering as a team trainer 15 years ago, spending five years with the Midget AAA team in Red Deer, before moving on to more volunteer roles outside of hockey, before returning to hockey in 2018 with the Senior Rustlers. In his sixth year with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, Pete is President of the Board of Directors.

"I was once asked why I volunteer... the simple answer is free pizza on the bus after a long trip to somewhere rural Alberta," said Pete. "The real reason is so much deeper, a sense of community and supporting others. At this point though, Crystal and I know now that if we need help or support the team is here for us. How do you put a price on that? Both my beautiful bride and I been so fortunate to have volunteered or served with so many groups and organizations, being asked to list them brings back many memories."

One of Pete’s favourite memories goes back to when he was first asked to join the Bantam AAA team for Westerns in B.C.

"It was a hectic week, neck injuries to band-aids on sore toes. What I didn’t realize then is for the most part the players of those days are part of our lives today," he said. "When Mikayla, our eldest granddaughter came to her first game, she leaned over the bench only to say ’oh Grandpa, those boys smell!’.

Outside of hockey, Crystal has volunteered with RCMP Victim Services, Suicide Prevent Crisis Line, helping organize Red Deer Firefighters retirement parties, and most recently was the Chairperson of the Central Albert Quilt Guild’s Quilt Show.

"I volunteer to give back and I feel that is so important," said Crystal. "Volunteers are the backbone of so many communities and organizations, which is very rewarding"

Crystal’s favourite moments came from volunteering with Red Deer’s Midget AAA team, travelling to Kenora in 2004 to the Telus Cup and bringing home bronze, and then again when Red Deer hosted in 2007 and won sivler.

Pete is the owner of a theraputic clinic in Red Deer, which is currently closed for safety reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a 30-year career as an emergency 9-1-1 dispatcher with Red Deer Emergency Services, Crystal retired and now is a part of the front-line staff at the Red Deer Hospital, and as an essential employee continues to work and serve her community.

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Volunteer Spotlight - Tom Chapman & Darren Smith

RED DEER - To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Hockey Alberta is shining the spotlight on a handful of volunteers who make a huge impact on the sport in Alberta.

More volunteer profiles can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Volunteer Appreciation page.


Tom Chapman

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterTom has been coaching hockey in Lethbridge for eight years, at every level from Peewee AA to Midget AAA. He also currently is the Lethbridge Hurricane’s assistant video coach.

"I volunteer because of my love for the game of hockey. Ever since I was a small boy hockey has been my world, it’s taught me so many life lessons and helped create lifelong friendships, and I can’t imagine my life with hockey," said Tom. "Teammates have become family the bond created between us is something that can’t be explained. I volunteer to help young players and their families fall in love with the game like I have. It’s truly amazing what the game of hockey can do for you, seeing young players fall in love with the game is priceless and why I will continue to volunteer for the rest of my life!"

Tom said his most memorable moment as an volunteer came back in the 2018-2019 season while coaching Midget AAA in Lethbridge.

"Our team attended the prestigious Macs Midget AAA tournament and earned our way to the finals, we were the first team from Lethbridge to make the finals in over 25 years," he said. "This is something myself, the rest of our staff and most importantly the players and their families will never forget."

Tom farms alongside his father in Lomond, and continues to work during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Darren Smith

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterDarren is a long-time hockey coach in Edmonton, and also coaches lacrosse and baseball. He’s also volunteered as an assistant coach in lacrosse, and as an player evaluator during hockey evaluations.

In addition to coaching, as a police dog handler with the Edmonton Police Service Canine Unit, Darren says he valued attending schools and community centers with his police dog to interact with elementary and junior high aged students, answering questions and discussing life choices.

As a police officer and the parent of a young athlete, I recognize the impact that sport and the coaching staff can have on the development of the individual as an athlete and who the individual develops into away from the game," said Darren. "As a member of the community developing individual values, personal life skills, and team life skills, the friendships developed through sport as an athlete, coach, or parent. I love the excitement of sports."

Darren says he’s been very fortunate as a coach to witness the excitement of the players as they celebrate winning a tournament championship, a city championship or Edmonton Minor Hockey Week.

"As a coach, my most memorable moments occur when I see players in the community whom I have coached in the past, and they stop to talk and tell me how they are doing, how their sports are going, how their schooling is going, or they invite me to watch them play," he said.

As a police officer, Darren is an essential worker, and continues to serve the city of Edmonton during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Volunteer Spotlight - Kevin Kuryluk & Janet Fairless

RED DEER - To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Hockey Alberta is shining the spotlight on a handful of volunteers who make a huge impact on the sport in Alberta.

More volunteer profiles can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Volunteer Appreciation page.


Kevin Kuryluk

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterKevin has held numerous volunteer positions in the Grande Prairie area, including coaching minor hockey and minor baseball, and has been a minor hockey board member since 2016.

Kevin also volunteers with Hockey Alberta in several capacities, including facilitating coach clinics, on-ice instruction at development camps, and volunteer coaching.

"I feel like if I can help a young athlete grow as a person and become more confident, I can help them accomplish more," said Kevin. "If that’s carried forward with them for their entire life, it will create opportunities for others. I also think back to my youth and how many great people influenced my life through their volunteer work, and I believe we build stronger communities through sport and teamwork and I enjoy watching the players I coach grow and develop. There’s no downside to volunteering."

Kevin notes his recent experience as being part of the Team Alberta North Male coaching staff for the 2020 Arctic Winter Games as one of his most memorable moments.

"Even though the games were cancelled, just being part of the process starting in August with applying for the job through to our training weekend with the players from both the male and female teams it was a fantastic experience," he said. "Another highlight for me has been working all of the Hockey Alberta PEP camps and being with the Hockey Alberta PEP program from the beginning."

Kevin operates a grain farm and is considered an essential worker, so he continues to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Janet Fairless

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterJanet is a long-time volunteer with Hockey Alberta as the Zone 1 Minor Administration Coordinator and Minor Administration Chair. Her long list of volunteer roles in hockey also includes coaching female hockey with the Grimshaw Minor Hockey Assoications, numerous team manager positions, registrar for Grimshaw MHA, and the manager and registrar for the Grimshaw Huskies Senior Men’s team. She also has been a member of the Arctic Winter Games Mission Staff since 2012.

Outside of hockey, Janet holds several other volunteer roles with Ducks Unlimited, the Grimshaw Community Services Board, and has volunteered for both the Alberta Summer and Alberta Winter Games.

"(I volunteer) for the joy it gives to the athletes, that’s the main reason," said Janet. "But also, these things need to be done so activities and organizations can run... someone has to do it. People ask me why I do it, what am I getting out of it. If you are doing it for the purpose of getting something out of it, then I don’t feel that you are there for the right reasons. My answer always is satisfaction from helping others, and the relationships. I have met so many great people and made so many wonderful friends through my volunteering."

Janet said her favourite moments always come from seeing the look of accomplishment on athlete’s faces when they win a banner or medal.

"One that really stands out was giving the Most Sportmanlike banner to the Indis Atom Hockey team last year at Provincials in Peace River," she said. "That was a very happy group of young players. You would think they had won the Stanley Cup and in my eyes they did. I almost cried presenting it to them, they were a great group, right from the bench staff, players to the fans."

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Volunteer Spotlight - Lesley Burton & Kayne Warwick

RED DEER - To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Hockey Alberta is shining the spotlight on a handful of volunteers who make a huge impact on the sport in Alberta.

More volunteer profiles can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Volunteer Appreciation page.


Lesley Burton

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterLesley holds a number of volunteer roles within her Southern Alberta community, most notably as a founding director of the University of Lethbridge Women’s Hockey Alumni Foundation.

She also is the manager of the Tilley Curling Club, President of the Tilley Hockey Academy, and a board member and coach for hockey and power skating. She also recently was a key volunteer for Hockey Alberta’s Female Hockey Day in Lethbridge.

"Growing up, I watched my parents help run our community and I was always very proud of what they did for all of us," said Lesley. "It takes a lot of work sometimes, but the friends you develop and the experiences you take away are what life is all about... ’leave it better than you found it’ is the way I look at it. Being a role model is very important to me as well, helping an athlete achieve their goals is so incredibly rewarding."

Lesley notes her time as a coach has been very memorable, as well as her position with the Tilley Curling Club, which is very near and dear to her family.


Kayne Warwick

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterKayne currently sits on the Sylvan Lake Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors as the Initiation Director, where he started the Learn To Play and Junior Coach programs.

In addition to coaching within SLMHA, Kayne represents the association within the West Country league, and has also coached baseball, lacrosse, and volleyball.

"(I volunteer) for the kids and the game. Whatever small part I can play to ensure that the kids have a safe, fun and a positive experience playing and learning the game I love," said Kayne. "My most memorable moments have come from seeing the kids within the new programs attain that sense of achievement of trying something new and realizing its okay to fall, and there’s nothing that a little determination and work can’t overcome."

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Volunteer Spotlight - Julie Feragen & Scott Henderson

RED DEER - To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Hockey Alberta is shining the spotlight on a handful of volunteers who make a huge impact on the sport in Alberta.

More volunteer profiles can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Volunteer Appreciation page.


Julie Feragen

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterJulie is currently Hockey Alberta’s Minor Female Chair, a position she’s held for four years, and is the Senior Midget Governor for NAI. She’s previously held the position of Vice President and President of the Ponoka Minor Hockey Association, and the Governor for the North Central.

"(Volunteering) brings much appreciation from many, people make a point of telling you that it’s worth it," said Julie. "I find that it’s a great way to meet new people and show that you appreciate others at the same time. Great networking!"

Julie says her most memorable moments are being a part of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships every year, and being there to see the excitement of the teams who make it to gold medal games.

Being in the agriculture industry, Julie is an essential employee and continues to work and serve her clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Scott Henderson

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterScott has given his time to the sport for 12 years as a coach, board member and director with Hockey Calgary, as well as the First Shift Program and the Calgary Flames Learn to Play Program.

"I’ve had all four of my children play hockey, and it gave so much to our family that I really like to give back," said Scott. "The satisfaction of seeing children progress from just starting on ice to skating and developing a love for the game is why I volunteer."

Scott currently works in the construction industry, and continues to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Volunteer Spotlight - Bernie Vanderham & Keith Hurd

RED DEER - To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Hockey Alberta is shining the spotlight on a handful of volunteers who make a huge impact on the sport in Alberta.

More volunteer profiles can be found on Hockey Alberta’s Volunteer Appreciation page.


Bernie Vanderham

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterBernie Vanderham is a volunteer coach with the Innisfail Timbit Eaglet program for four year-olds, a position he’s held for 14 years. Bernie has had the opportunity to coach the program alongside his son Logan, who was just 15 years old when he began coaching.

In addition to his role with the Eaglet program, Bernie also volunteered in various roles throughout his son’s time playing minor hockey, both as a coach and as a manager, earning him numerous awards and recognition, including a Citizen of the Year award from the Town of Innisfail, and a Governor’s Award.

Bernie is also a long-time volunteer at the Innisfail Ski Hill, performing maintenance and inspections when needed.

"My favorite moments are when the young 4 year old players finally get motion forward with their stride, the look on their faces is amazing, once they figure skating out, it’s really cool," said Bernie. "With the ski hill, it’s the same thing , the smile on their faces after a day of skiing."

As a Corrections Officer, Bernie is an essential employee, and continues to work and serve his community during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Keith Hurd

Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterKeith Hurd has been an active volunteer since 2007, including over 10 years with the Team Alberta program as a Director of Operations at the Alberta Cup, and Camp Coordinator at the Team Alberta U16 Summer Development Camp.

Keith has also served as a Team Manager for four different teams: Calgary Royals Minor Midget AAA (2007-2009), Calgary Royals Bantam AAA (2009-2014), Okotoks Bantam AAA (2014-2017) and Okotoks Midget AAA (2017-2018).

"I love being part of a team and helping to provide lifelong memories for young hockey players," said Keith. "I was on a plane in London Ontario, a couple years ago, on the way to Toronto, when a young man, who was boarding, looked at me and said ’are you Keith?’. It was Devan Reed, who was then attending Western University and had played in the Alberta Cup for Team Calgary North several years earlier... it truly is a lifelong connection."

Keith notes winning the AMBHL Championship and a silver medal in the Western Canadian Bantam Championship with the Okotoks Bantam AAA team, as well as winning the Alberta Cup with Team South in 2017 as two of his most memorable experiences as a volunteer.

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Twenty-four Albertans listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the 2020 NHL draft, with 24 Albertans on the list.

Six Albertans landed in the top 30 of the North American Skater rankings: Jake Sanderson (4), Kaiden Guhle (8), Dylan Holloway (12), Ridly Greig (14), Ozzy Wiesblatt (19) and Jake Neighbours (26).

Garin Bjorklund (5), Taylor Gauthier (19), Blake Lyda (26) and Brayden Peters (30) are listed among the top North American goaltenders.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting final rankings can be found below:

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
4 Jake Sanderson Defence USA U-18 NTDP
8 Kaiden Guhle Defence Prince Albert WHL
12 Dylan Holloway Forward Wisconsin Big 10
14 Ridly Greig Forward Brandon WHL
19 Ozzy Wiesblatt Forward Prince Albert WHL
26 Jake Neighbours Forward Edmonton WHL
50 Carter Savoie Forward Sherwood Park AJHL
57 Michael Benning Defence Sherwood Park AJHL
65 Connor McClennon Forward Winnipeg WHL
75 Ronan Seeley Defence Everett WHL
77 Ethan Edwards Defence Spruce Grove AJHL
103 Owen Pederson Forward Winnipeg WHL
130 Luke Prokop Defence Calgary WHL
139 Benjamin Zloty Defence Winnipeg WHL
145 Alex Young Forward Canmore AJHL
151 Rhett Rhinehart Defence Saskatoon WHL
166 Tyrel Bauer Defence Seattle WHL
178 Ryker Evans Defence Regina WHL
201 Noah Boyko Forward Lethbridge WHL
208 Kyle Crnkovic Forward Saskatoon WHL
5 Garin Bjorklund Goaltender Medicine Hat WHL
19 Taylor Gauthier Goaltender Prince George WHL
26 Blake Lyda Goaltender Seattle WHL
30 Brayden Peters Goaltender Calgary WHL

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Airdrie ’Kindness Ninjas’ visit the Alberta Winter Games

AIRDRIE - The Zone 5 Male hockey team learned a valuable off-ice lesson during the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, after a visit from the Kindness Ninjas Sunday afternoon.

The ’Kindness Ninjas’ are Kindergarten students at Windsong Heights Elementary School in Airdrie, part of a program to help teach the impact of kindness in the classroom, school, community and beyond.

The Ninjas stopped by the Ron Ebbesen Arena after Zone 5’s final round-robin game, as part of an initiative put forth by the team’s Director of Operations, Kim Buchan.

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The parents of the Zone 5 players presented the Kindness Ninjas with blankets to donate to the homeless, as part of their "Blankets of Hope" initiative.

According to Buchan, the parents were challenged to perform a good deed as a group, following a good deeds challenge put out to the team in December.

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She said she got the idea to work with the Kindness Ninjas after seeing a news story involving former Calgary Flame Lanny McDonald.

"One of our discussions with the boys was that it all starts with being a good person, and it starts with character," said Buchan. "It shows them that even the little things can mean a lot."

Buchan said she was put into contact with the two Kindergarten teachers involved with the Kindness Ninjas, and arranged for the students to come to the arena on Sunday.

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"Sport is such an important part of childhood, I feel," said Allie Apels, Kindergarten teacher at Windsong Heights. "I think it’s great to see that you can be on a team, and you can work together to spread kindness and have common values beyond the rink."


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Vote for the Crowfoot Coyotes Peewee AA in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup!

Congratulations to Hockey Calgary’s Crowfoot Coyotes, who are one of the regional finalists selected by Chevrolet in the Good Deeds Cup!

Now, it’s up to YouTube viewers across Alberta to help the Coyotes reach the final three and have a chance at $100,000 for their designated charity - Team Naomi Get Well Now.

The team will be donating the prize money they receive to the charity that supports pediatric cancer research, and they are hoping they can build on their donation by getting voted into the top three.

"Team Naomi Get Well Now is special to us because one of our team members has a relative who is currently suffering from pediatric cancer." Said head coach Mike LaPlante, "The goal was to help our community, and making it this far in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup already makes us feel like winners."

From now until February 9, all 10 semi-finalist videos are available for viewing at Chevrolet Canada’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ChevroletCanada. The three teams that receive the most views will each be eligible to win a Finalist Prize, which includes $5,000 to the team’s designated charity.

The three finalist entries then will be reviewed by a judging panel from Chevrolet and Hockey Canada, with a Good Deeds Cup champion selected and announced on February 17. The Good Deeds Cup champion receives a $100,000 cheque for its designated charity, along with prizes for individual team members.

216 entries were received from Peewee teams across the country for the Good Deeds Cup.

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Twenty-two Albertans listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL draft, with 22 Albertans on the list.

Six Albertans landed in the top 30 of the North American Skater rankings: Kaiden Guhle, Dylan Holloway, Jake Sanderson, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Ridly Greig and Jake Neighbours.

Garin Bjorklund, Jack McNaughton, Blake Lyda and Taylor Gautier are listed among the top North American goaltenders.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
7 Kaiden Guhle Defence Prince Albert WHL
10 Dylan Holloway Forward Wisconsin Big 10
11 Jake Sanderson Defence USA U-18 NTDP
14 Ozzy Wiesblatt Forward Prince Albert WHL
25 Ridly Greig Forward Brandon WHL
30 Jake Neighbours Forward Edmonton WHL
43 Connor McClennon Forward Winnipeg WHL
52 Carter Savoie Forward Sherwood Park AJHL
60 Michael Benning Defence Sherwood Park AJHL
73 Ronan Seeley Defence Everett WHL
85 Ethan Edwards Defence Spruce Grove AJHL
86 Luke Prokop Defence Calgary WHL
111 Rhett Rhinehart Defence Saskatoon WHL
121 Owen Pederson Forward Winnipeg WHL
168 Tyrel Bauer Defence Seattle WHL
177 Ryker Evans Defence Regina WHL
180 Noah Boyko Forward Lethbridge WHL
194 Carter Souch Forward Edmonton WHL
10 Garin Bjorklund Goaltender Medicine Hat WHL
14 Jack McNaughton Goaltender Calgary WHL
23 Blake Lyda Goaltender Seattle WHL
27 Taylor Gauthier Goaltender Prince George WHL

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Highlight Reel: 2019

With 2019 now in the rear-view mirror, Hockey Alberta looks back on the year that was with some of our favourite moments from the past year (in no particular order).


Canada Games Gold, Bronze for Team Alberta U18 Female and U16 Male

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Team Alberta U18 female defied the odds in March, taking down an undefeated Quebec team 2-1 to capture gold on home ice at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

The gold medal was Alberta’s 100th medal of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and second in hockey, with the Men’s team winning bronze in week one.

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After an 8-4 loss in the semi-finals at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Team Alberta U16 Male rebounded with a 12-0 win over Saskatchewan to claim the bronze medal.

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#AlbertaBuilt

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After giving up the first goal of the game, Team Alberta Red scored three unanswered goals to defeat Alberta Black 3-1, capturing the 2019 Alberta Cup title in Red Deer.

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North Yellow claimed the 2019 Alberta Challenge title in Leduc, defeating North Blue 5-2.

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The Peewee Prospects Cup had a long trip home from Lethbridge in 2019, with North Grey skating to a 6-2 win over North Blue in the championship final.

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March to a Title

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The 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, had a little different look than previous years in the Peewee Division. Hockey Alberta undertook a trial that saw the Peewee A-D championships transition to Peewee Tiers 1-4 based on the new standardized tiering model implemented for the 2018-19 season. There were 40 provincial champs crowned, ranging from Atom to Senior AAA, with events hosted at locations ranging from Grande Prairie to Fort Macleod to Cold Lake.

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Esso Cup Three-Peat

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After making history as the first team to repeat as Esso Cup champions in 2018, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League re-wrote history again in 2019, defeating the host Sudbury Lady Wolves to capture a third straight national title.

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Alberta players, officials take the next step

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Alberta saw a number of its players and officials earn accolades and recognition in 2019:

  • For the fifth straight year, an Albertan was the top selection at the Western Hockey League Bantam draft, as the Winnipeg Ice took Matthew Savoie with the first overall pick. Full Story >
  • A total of 12 Albertans were selected at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, including Kirby Dach, who went third overall to the Chicago Blackhawks, making him the highest-drafted Albertan since Jay Bouwmeester went third overall to the Florida Panthers in 2002. Full Story >
  • A number of on-ice officials achieved opportunities at high-profile national and international events. More Stories >

Albertans Get The Call To The Hall

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Five outstanding individuals and back-to-back Memorial Cup champions were enshrined as the 2019 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF): Theoren Fleury, Kevin Lowe, Shirley Cameron, Bob Ridley, Duncan MacDougall, and the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers.

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Leading Change

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Leading Change was the central theme of Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting in Red Deer in November, highlighted by keynote speaker Matt Symes.

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Hockey Alberta has a new Chair and Vice Chair at the helm of its Board of Directors after the organization’s 112th Annual General Meeting in Red Deer. Len Samletzki was acclaimed as the new Chair, taking over from Terry Engen. Allan Mowbray was acclaimed as the Vice Chair, taking over from Fran Zinger.

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The Hockey Alberta Foundation also saw a new Chair and Vice Chair of its Board of Directors in 2019. 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.

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Hockey Alberta Awards

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Hockey Alberta presented their annual Hockey Alberta Awards in conjunction with the Alberta Cup in April, recognizing outstanding individuals and teams for their hard work and accomplishments in making a positive difference for our participants in the game of hockey during the 2018-19 season.

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Every Kid Every Community - The Gateway to Hockey Opportunities Around the Province

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The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program, aimed at giving all kids across Alberta the chance to play hockey, saw no shortage of support in 2019.

To kick off the year, the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s annual Battle of Alberta fundraiser brought in nearly $15,000 for EKEC in January. The Foundation’s annual Golf and Gala events saw another $129,000 come in for the program in July, and the annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event raised $170,000 for EKEC, as well as Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta.

More than $45,000 was dispersed to organizations across the province, through Player Assistance Grants or Program Grants. Funding was provided directly by the Hockey Alberta Foundation to several charitable groups, including: Sport Central, Comrie’s Sports Bank, KidSport, HEROS Hockey and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.


National, International Championship Tournaments in Brooks and Medicine Hat

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Alberta saw a pair of high-profile events in 2019, with the National Junior A Championship taking place in Brooks in May, and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat in November (split with Swift Current).

The host Brooks Bandits took home the 2019 National Junior A Championship title.

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Leading Our Leaders

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Hockey Alberta strives to ensure every coach in the province has the opportunity to receive all the proper information and training needed to provide our players with the highest level of coaching at all levels. In 2019 alone, 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.

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Kicking Off the Sledge Season

Alberta’s Sledge Hockey season started out with a bang in Red Deer in September, with a two-day Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp for players of all ages and skill levels, led by Canada’s Women’s National Para-Ice Hockey team Head Coach, Tara Chisholm. A Sledge Hockey Coach 2 - Coach Level clinic ran in conjunction with the camp, emphasizing basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem, and a love for the game.

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Prairie Thunder Midgets hosted their 2nd annual Prairie Thunder Alumni game held on December 22


Hockey gives back across Alberta

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


Airdrie Atom 1

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The Airdrie Atom 1 team purchased $780 worth of groceries for the Davis ‘Fill the truck’ event, where all donations were provided to the Airdrie Food Bank.


Airdrie Atom 2 Red

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Airdrie’s Atom Tier 2 Red went shopping for pillows to donate to the Airdrie Lioness Club.


Airdrie Atom and Midget Female

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The Airdrie Female Atom and Midget girls teams were able to raise funds to purchase 808 turkeys to donate to the Airdrie Food Bank this holiday season.


Airdrie Peewee Female B

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Airdrie’s Female Pee Wee B donated their time assisting to fill backpacks for the Stephen’s Backpacks Society for Children In Need.


Airdrie Peewee 4

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Airdrie’s Pee Wee Tier 4 purchased goods and made up Care Packages for the less fortunate in their community this holiday season.


Beaverlodge Midget Female and Male

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On December 22, the Beaverlodge Minor Hockey Midget Male and Midget Female teams hosted a fun game against each other, including a game with our youngest Initiation players during the intermission. The Midget teams chose to donate the proceeds from the 50/50 during this game to the local food bank in Beaverlodge, with $492.50 donated. The community came together to support our two teams playing against each other.


Bow Valley Peewee AA Timberwolves

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The Bow Valley Timberwolves Peewee AA team hosted a ’Battle of the Badges’ game between local firefighters/EMS and police, raising funds for ’Project All In’, which supports first responders’ mental health and well-being. More Photos >


Calgary Fire Red Bantam Elite

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The Calgary Fire Red Bantam Elite team have spread holiday cheer by bringing gifts to the Calgary Women’s Shelter and sang carols to the residents at Brentwood Care Facility.


Calgary Midget AAA North Stars

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The Calgary Midget AAA Northstars have been busy giving back to the community this holiday season. The team, coaches, and parents participated in Canadian Blood Service’s #HockeyGivesBlood campaign, with seven 17 year-olds giving blood for the first time. The team also spent time shoveling sidewalks, ran a toy and coat drive to contribute to Project Warmth, and held a special mother’s game day for the leading ladies in their lives.


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Calgary North Stars Minor Midget AAA Blazers

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The CNHA MM AAA Blazers spent an evening packing backpacks at Stephen’s Backpacks for some of Calgary’s less fortunate children.


Edmonton Girls Hockey 603 and 605

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The EG603 and EG605 teams faced off earlier this month, and challenged each other to bring food bank donations to the game.


Edmonton Girls Hockey Peewee 505 and 506

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EG506 went head to head with EG505 for a league game on December 14, so they decided to add in a donation challenge. Both teams chose Boyle Street as our recipients of donations for their Donations In Kind program. They were able to fill a truck with topper to the brim, including the back seat, with all of the donations.


Fort McMurray Bouchier Peewee AA

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The Fort McMurray Bouchier Peewee AA Junior Oil Barons supported the Centre of Hope this Holiday season. They served homemade chilli and soup to the patrons, and presented them with a cheque for $3,060 from fundraising efforts.


Fort Saskatchewan Midget AA Rangers

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The Fort Saskatchewan Midget AA Rangers were busy helping the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank on December 21st. The team packed nearly 200 hampers including everything needed for a Christmas meal and toys for the little ones into volunteers’ vehicles for delivery.


Glenlake Hawks Atom 1 Green

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The Glenlake Hawks Atom 1 Green team came together to adopt a family through the Northeast Calgary Adopt-A-Family Society, providing a family of seven necessity items to ensure they will be warm this holiday season, and beyond. From shopping to wrapping to delivery the Hawks were motivated to make this Christmas a little brighter for this family.


Grande Prairie Peewee A2 Arctic Crane Knights

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Every second Sunday, the Pee Wee A2 Arctic Crane Knights get together and cook, bake and prep food for the Sunrise House in Grande Prairie. The Sunrise House is our local youth shelter that provides a home for homeless youth between the ages of 12-17. The players are required to do the shopping and all the work required in order to provide a nice meal for the youth at the Shelter.


Grande Prairie Atom 1 Knights

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On November 16, the Grande Prairie Atom A Knights went out into the community to ring the Kettle Bells for the Salvation Army. Groups of players spread out through various lcoations in the city ringing the bells, accepting donations, and handing out candy canes.


Grande Prairie Bantam AA Higson Dental Group Storm

The Grande Prairie Bantam AA Higson Dental Group Storm have been spending the whole first half of the season giving back to the community. They have donated over $500 to Kev’s Kids, donated pet food and supplies to Bandaged Paws, picked up litter in the community, donated to the GP Hospital Foundation, donated food and clothing to the homeless, helped with the Festival of Trees set-up, accepted donations for the Salvation Army, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and are supporting a teammate whose Father is battling cancer.


Lacoka Bantam Female

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The Lacoka Bantam females hosted a tournament last weekend and accepted donations for the local food back. All teams involved were very supportive - Leduc, Red Deer, Lloydminster, Stettler, and West Central.


Lethbridge Timbit Pirates

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The Lethbridge Timbit Pirates have joined the Lethbridge Foodbank’s "Snowball Effect" Food drive for the holiday season. The team had heard about the food drive and decided that it would be a perfect way to give back to the community. All players were asked to donate some non-perishables and bring them to weekly Saturday practice. The team was very happy to learn that they would be helping out less fortunate families have meals during the Christmas season.


Medicine Hat Atom Black Hounds

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The Medicine Hat Atom CAHL Black Hounds made a difference in the life of a local family this Christmas. In the 2nd annual "Giving Christmas Away" theme, the team adopted a family, raising close to $1400 that allowed them to make a deserving family’s Christmas dreams come true. They shopped together, wrapped together, and have learned a valuable lesson of giving back to the community through a sport that has taught them what it means to "be a good person".


Medicine Hat Peewee A Female Wildcats

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The Medicine Hat Peewee A Wildcats gave back to their community by ringing kettle bells for The Salvation Army on December 19.


Medicine Hat Peewee B Female Wildcats

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The Medicine Hat Peewee B Wildcats have been busy with their Kindness Campaign this season, beginning with sharing homemade cookies at the Irvine rink on Random Act of Kindness Day. They have also rang kettle bells and raised money for the Salvation Army, decorating the Masterpiece Southland Meadows retirement home for Christmas, shovelled neighbours walkways, and sent out a Christmas card to every Meals on Wheels recipient.


Olds Bantam AA Grizzlys

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The Olds Bantam AA Grizzlys players donated $465 to the Olds and District Christmas Angels. They collected this money by having dressing room/team standards, and if a player falters on these, they need to donate. Many of the players families added to the total once the players decided to donate the funds instead of having a team Christmas party. The team also headed to the Mountain View Seniors Lodge to fill over 90 stockings for the residents.


Onoway Bantam

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Over the holiday season, the Onoway Bantam team decided to help the neighbouring community by building 100 food hampers for those in need. This is sponsored by the Alberta Beach lions club. The players helped unload the trailers full of food, sort accordingly, and help fill up the hampers.


Peace Country Storm and Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Midget Elite

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The Peace Country Storm and the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs gave back to a family who needed some help during the holidays. Both teams donated food, water, blankets and $525.00 in gift cards. The Sutter Fund Chiefs also prepared and served a meal to approximately 150 people at Potters Hands in downtown Red Deer.


Prairie Thunder Midgets

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Prairie Thunder Midgets hosted their second annual Prairie Thunder Alumni game on December 22. The local charity this year was the Brooks Elks Canada annual toy drive, which raised over $300 in cash and donations of unwrapped toys. We like to thank everybody for coming out.


Red Deer Atom A Cambridge Chiefs and Minor Midget AAA North Star Chiefs

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On December 9, 2019, the Red Deer Cambridge Atom A and North Star Chiefs MM AAA spent the evening getting to know each other and the residents at Extendicare Michener Hill. The older players had the opportunity to be mentors to the young Atom players while playing games with the senior citizen residents. On December 14th, the Atoms had a follow up event where they went to cheer on their Minor Midget AAA buddies during their home game. The Atom players created personalized signs and shared snacks and smiles that led to a fun night for everyone involved.


Red Deer Atom B RCM Transport Chiefs

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On Dec. 11, the Red Deer Atom B RCM Transport Chiefs met at Extendicare Michener Hill in Red Deer to help bring all the residents to the common area, where a live band performed. They then played some pool noodle hockey with one hockey loving resident. After the band performed, the team ushered all of the residents back to their rooms, and helped the band carry out their equipment, put away all the chairs, and tidy up.


Red Deer Bantam Elite and Novice Chiefs

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The Red Deer Bantam Elite Sutter Fund and Novice Chiefs partnership program saw the two female teams get together and create care packages for families and their children staying at Ronald McDonald House. These care packages will be placed in the “Magic Room” where they are available to families staying at the House to provide a small sense of comfort. Afterwards the volunteers of Ronald McDonald House took time to educate the girls on their program & share stories of families that have been helped.


Rocky Mountain House Renegades

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During their home game on December 20, the Rocky Renegades held an event called Renegades Help Fight the Cold Weather! The team collected warm fuzzy toques, mittens, and socks for people in need. They donated 55 warm items to our local Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter on January 2. The Renegades are hoping that their efforts can help keep several families a little bit warmer this winter.


Rocky Mountain House Royals

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The Rocky Mountain House Royals (from left to right) #7 Assistant Captain Colton Bradshaw, #19 Captain Colin Muyres, #16 Assistant Captain Jason Roberts and #4 forward Hunter Girard dropped off 126lbs of food at the Lords Food Bank after their game on December 15th vs. Kneehill.


Rocky Mountain Raiders Midget AAA Female

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For the second year in a row, the Rocky Mountain Raiders Midget AAA Female hockey team partnered up with a local Supportive Living Seniors Care Home in Okotoks, Tudor Manor. The group spent the day interacting and spending time with the residents while making gingerbread houses.


SE439 Millwood Bruins

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The SE439 Millwoods Bruins ran a bottle drive, using the funds raised to purchase gifts for seniors who may not have anyone to give them a gift on Christmas.


SEAC Minor Midget AAA Tigers

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On December 20, the SEAC Minor Midget AAA Tigers went to Chinook Village in Medicine Hat to deliver wrapped gifts to seniors in assisted living. The team collected gifts for seniors in need at a home game in Medicine Hat on November 16 at the Hockey Hounds Arena, and then worked with the Santa for Seniors organization to deliver these gifts to seniors in our community of Medicine Hat. The team delivered gifts, sang a few songs, and visited with some of the seniors. The team also volunteered at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, serving a hot meal to around 100 people. They helped with serving a meal and coffee, visiting with people as well as doing dishes and clean up of the centre after the meal.


Sexsmith Atom 1 Vipers

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The Sexsmith Atom A Vipers helped out in the Town of Sexsmith’s Reverse Santa Parade on December 7th. Residents of the town put out bags of non-perishable food and toys on their front steps for donation to the community Christmas hampers. The Vipers walked through the town collecting the donated items and loaded them onto the horse drawn wagons. The Christmas hampers are given to families in Sexsmith and the surrounding area that need a little extra help during the Christmas season.

Sherwood Park Atom 2 Havoc

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The Sherwood Park Atom 2 Havoc helped spread some holiday cheer by visiting a couple of local Seniors Centers. The team enjoyed sharing some cookies and holiday treats with the residents and spent some time talking and visiting with the seniors in the afternoon.


Sherwood Park Peewee 1 Aces

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The Sherwood Park Peewee Aces have been busy giving back this season! On October 5, they spent the day collecting used sports equipment around Sherwood Park and area as part of SportsCentral’s Dave’s Drive, in honor of Dave Semenko. Following that, on November 13th and November 28th they participated in Strathcona County’s Snow Busters program where they spent the evenings shovelling driveways for those in need. Lastly, the Aces dedicated a few hours to helping our local sports store - Sin Bin Sports - move to their brand new location! The boys hauled and organized all the hockey sticks for Mike (the owner) to show their support for Sin Bin Sports and all they do for our hockey community.


Sherwood Park Peewee Assassins

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The Sherwood Park Peewee Assassins went door to door and collected food items for the Stratchona Food Bank. Their efforts brought in almost 740lbs of food and just over $100 in donations.


Sherwood Park Bantam 2 Royals

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The Sherwood Park Royals bantam team spread some holiday cheer by helping out at their local food bank. They were helping to unload food donations from the local “Stuff A Bus” food drive.


Simons Valley Midget 2 Storm

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The Simons Valley Midget 2 Storm and their families organized a bottle drive which raised $1,020. They used the money raised to purchase gifts for the Toys for Angels campaign.



St. Albert Raiders AA Bears

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The St. Albert Raiders AA Bears hosted a food bank drive and game against the AA Blues Sunday evening where a total of 1932 lbs if food were collected for the St. Albert food bank. Along with a cash donation of $330.


St. Paul Bantam 1 Canadiens

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Hockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterHockey Alberta Ice Times NewsletterEvery year, a bantam or midget team from St. Paul Minor Hockey helps out with the local Christmas hamper drive. This year, the Bantam 1 Canadiens team delivered hampers out to the local people in need around the area.


Tofield Titans Peewee 2

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On December 20, the Tofield Titans Peewee 2 team led a fundraiser at their local Midget game against Whitecourt. The fundraiser was for Elaiza Belda, a grade 6 student at Tofield School (where many of the players attend) who is battling Stage 4 bone cancer. The Peewee 2 team collected donations throughout the Midget game and the weekend before at their home tournament, raising over $2,000 for the family to help off- set the cost of spending many hours at the Stollery Hospital in Edmonton, AB. They hope that this helps the Belda family and allows them to concentrate on Elaiza’s health and wellness.


Trails West Bantam 5 Wolves

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The Trails West Bantam 5 Wolves hosted The Season of Giving Invitational on December 9-12, where they would battle with Crowfoot, Bow River, and The Knights in the spirit of play and friendly competition. In lieu of medals, the teams were awarded a cash donation, which would be made to a charity of each team’s choice. Trails West played for Kids Cancer Care, Crowfoot for the Ronald McDonald House, and Bow River and The Knights for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, all teams came together to donate filled backpacks for The Mustard Seed.


Trails West Novice 1 Red

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The Trails West 1 Novice 1 Red players decided that rather than having a gift exchange amongst themselves this year, they wanted to select gifts to donate to other less fortunate children, so the team donated their gifts to the Salvation Army’s Toy Angels program.


Trails West Peewee 2 Red

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The Trails West PW Red 2 team spent a winter evening at a Silvera senior’s centre playing games and entertaining the residents. The players enjoyed interacting with the seniors and trying the Silvera Olympic games. Some amazing stories were shared and the players took away valuable life lessons. The seniors encouraged them to keep up with their sports and always work hard. It was a wonderful night for both residents and players.

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Twenty Albertans land on updated ’Players to Watch’ list

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has updated its ’Players to Watch’ list, with 20 Albertans making an appearance.

All eighteen players listed in October are named once again, with two new Albertans, Kyle Crnkovic and Owen Pederson, making the list as well.

Three Albertan skaters are listed as ’A’ prospects: defencemen Kaiden Guhle and Jake Sanderson, and forward Dylan Holloway.

Seven Albertans are in the ’B’ prospect category, with ten more listed as ’C’ prospects.

The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a second or third round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate.

The full list of Albertans named to the Players to Watch list can be found below:


Name Position Team League
A Prospects
Kaiden Guhle Defence Prince Albert WHL
Dylan Holloway Forward Wisconsin Big Ten
Jake Sanderson Defence USA U-18 NTDP
B Prospects
Ridly Greig Forward Brandon WHL
Connor McClennon Forward Winnipeg WHL
Jack McNaughton Goaltender Calgary WHL
Jake Neighbours Forward Edmonton WHL
Luke Prokop Defence Calgary WHL
Carter Savoie Forward Sherwood Park AJHL
Ozzy Wiesblatt Forward Prince Albert WHL
C Prospects
Tyrel Bauer Defence Seattle WHL
Michael Benning Defence Sherwood Park AJHL
Garin Bjorklund Goaltender Medicine Hat WHL
Noah Boyko Forward Lethbridge WHL
Kyle Crnkovic Forward Saskatoon WHL
Ethan Edwards Defence Spruce Grove AJHL
Owen Pederson Forward Winnipeg WHL
Rhett Rhinehart Defence Prince George WHL
Ronan Seeley Defence Everett WHL
Carter Souch Forward Edmonton WHL

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Albertans land on Team Canada, Team WHL rosters

RED DEER - Wednesday was quite the day for a number of Albertans, as the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, National Women’s Team and Team WHL rosters were all announced.


Eight Team Alberta alumni selected for World U17 Hockey Challenge

Eight players from Team Alberta’s 2019 Canada Winter Games U16 squad have been selected to play in the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current.

Defencemen Corson Ceulemans (Beaumont) Kyle Masters (Edmonton) and Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan), and forwards Jayden Grubbe (Calgary), Dylan Guenther (Edmonton), Matthew Savoie (St. Albert), Sean Tschigerl (Whitecourt) and Kai Uchacz (Okotoks) are among the 66 players chosen to represent Canada.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 112 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

The tournament opens with all three Canadian teams in action Saturday, November 2 at 7p.m. MT; Team Canada Red takes on Russia at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, and Team Canada Black will face off against Team Canada White at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

Single-game tickets will be available for purchase starting at $10 for youth and $15 for adults on Oct. 16, and can be purchased online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.


Maschmeyer to suit up for Team Canada in November

Former Team Alberta U18 Female netminder Emerance Maschmeyer will take a familiar spot in net for Team Canada this November, as the Bruderheim native was named to the National Women’s Team roster for the two game-series against the United States set for November 8-10 in Cranberry Township, PA.

Team Canada will take on the United States at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. MT and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. MT. Both games are in preparation for the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship, March 31-April 10 in Halifax and Truro, N.S.


Six Albertans land on Team WHL for Canada Russia Series

Six Albertans will suit up for Team WHL during the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Saskatoon and Prince Albert in November.

Defencemen Bowen Byram (Lethbridge/Cranbrook) and Ty Smith (Lloydminster), along with forwards Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan), Dillon Hamaliuk (Leduc), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks) and Brayden Tracey (Calgary) will represent their league in games five and six of the annual series, set for November 13 in Saskatoon, and November 14 in Prince Albert.

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Alberta well-represented in NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its October ’Players to Watch’ list, with 18 Albertans making an appearance.

Three Albertan skaters are listed as ’A’ prospects: defencemen Kaiden Guhle and Jake Sanderson, and forward Dylan Holloway.

Seven Albertans are in the ’B’ prospect category, with eight more listed as ’C’ prospects.

The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a second or third round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate.

The full list of Albertans named to the Players to Watch list can be found below:


Name Position Team League
A Prospects
Kaiden Guhle Defence Prince Albert WHL
Dylan Holloway Forward Wisconsin Big Ten
Jake Sanderson Defence USA U-18 NTDP
B Prospects
Ridly Greig Forward Brandon WHL
Connor McClennon Forward Winnipeg WHL
Jack McNaughton Goaltender Calgary WHL
Jake Neighbours Forward Edmonton WHL
Luke Prokop Defence Calgary WHL
Carter Savoie Forward Sherwood Park AJHL
Ozzy Wiesblatt Forward Prince Albert WHL
C Prospects
Tyrel Bauer Defence Seattle WHL
Michael Benning Defence Sherwood Park AJHL
Garin Bjorklund Goaltender Medicine Hat WHL
Noah Boyko Forward Lethbridge WHL
Ethan Edwards Defence Spruce Grove AJHL
Rhett Rhinehart Defence Prince George WHL
Ronan Seeley Defence Everett WHL
Carter Souch Forward Edmonton WHL

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Four Albertans named to Canada’s National Women’s Development and Under-18 Teams

CALGARY - Four Albertans will suit up for Team Canada this week in Lake Placid, New York, as the National Women’s Team announced its Development Team and Under-18 Team rosters.

Team Alberta alumnus Malia Schneider (Millarville) was named to Canada’s Development Team roster, while 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medalists Jaden Bogden (Edmonton) and Sarah Wozniewicz (Cochrane), along with Taze Thompson (Sherwood Park), will all play for the Under-18 squad.

All three Under-18 players are on Team Alberta’s shortlist roster for the 2019 U18 National Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB.

Both teams will play in a three-game series against the United States, August 14-17.

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Five Team Alberta alumni headed to Hlinka Gretzky Cup

CALGARY - Five members of Team Alberta’s 2017 U16 Male squad have earned the opportunity to suit up for Team Canada’s National Men’s Summer U18 Team at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August.

Defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park), and forwards Ridly Greig (Lethbridge), Connor McClennon (Wainwright), Jake Neighbours (Airdrie) and Ozzy Wiesblatt (Calgary) are among the 22 players selected to represent Canada for the annual international under-18 tournament.

Hockey Canada finalized its roster Tuesday following a five-day selection camp that saw 44 players participate in on and off-ice sessions, including three intrasquad games, at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup runs August 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

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Six Albertans invited to National Women’s Development and U18 selection camps

CALGARY - Six Albertans will head to Calgary in August for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Development and Under-18 team selection camps.

Forwards Jaden Bogden (Edmonton), Taze Thompson (Sherwood Park) and Sarah Wozniewicz (Cochrane) will attend the BFL National Women’s U18 selection camp, while goaltender Kirsten Chamberlin (Cochrane) and forwards Malia Schneider (Millarville) and Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton) will skate in the BFL National Women’s Development Team selection camp.

Coming off a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games as the Head Coach of Team Alberta U18 Female, Carla Macleod (Calgary) will serve as an Assistant Coach on the Development Team, while former gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 coach Howie Draper (Edmonton) will serve as the Head Coach of the Under-18 team.

The BFL National Women’s Development and Under-18 Team selection camps run August 2-11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. Both teams will compete in a pair of three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid, NY, August 14-17.

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Twelve Albertans selected at 2019 NHL Draft

RED DEER - It was another solid year for Alberta at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

A total of 12 players with Alberta roots were selected, including seven in the first two rounds.

Four Team Alberta alumni were taken in the first round alone, with Fort Saskatchewan’s Kirby Dach going third overall to the Chicago Blackhawks, making him the highest-drafted Albertan since Jay Bouwmeester went third overall to the Florida Panthers in 2002.

Dach’s Team Alberta teammate Bowen Byram was selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the next pick, while Peyton Krebs and Brayden Tracey went 17th and 29th to the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks, respectively.

Carter Gylander of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Sherwood Park Crusaders was the lone Alberta netminder selected in the draft, going to the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round.

A full list of Albertans/Team Alberta alumni drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

3rd Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades, WHL) Chicago Blackhawks Forward Fort Saskatchewan
4th Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants, WHL) Colorado Avalanche Defence Cranbrook
17th Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg Ice, WHL) Vegas Golden Knights Forward Okotoks
29th Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw, WHL) Anaheim Ducks Forward Calgary

SECOND ROUND

49th Matthew Robertson (Edmonton, WHL) New York Rangers Defence Edmonton
55th Dillon Hamaliuk (Seattle, WHL) San Jose Sharks Forward Leduc
56th Brett Leason (Prince Albert, WHL) Washington Capitals Forward Calgary

THIRD ROUND

92nd Quinn Olson (Okotoks, AJHL) Boston Bruins Forward Calgary
FOURTH ROUND
120th Maxwell Crozier (Sioux Falls, USHL) Tampa Bay Lightning Defence Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

191st Carter Gylander (Sherwood Park, AJHL) Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Edmonton
199th Matthew Wedman (Seattle, WHL) Florida Panthers Forward Edmonton
206th Kieran Ruscheinski (Calgary, AMHL) Montreal Canadiens Defence Calgary

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True Spirit of Hockey Day at Lois E. Hole Elementary School


True Spirit of Hockey Day at Lois E. Hole Elementary School

ST. ALBERT - Grade 4 classes at Lois E. Hole Elementary School in St. Albert held a True Spirit of Hockey Day event in March, putting their creative abilities to work while showcasing their passion for hockey. The students each illustrated and explained their suggestion for a Hockey Alberta Digital Mascot, which could be used to highlight the positive impact of hockey. With such overwhelming participation, and to thank the students for their incredible effort, Hockey Alberta presented a plaque and hosted a pizza party for the classes.

It’s no surprise that these students showed great passion for this project, as Lois E. Hole Elementary School boasts a Hockey Academy as part of their programming. The Hockey Academy is open to male and female students of all skill levels who are passionate about the game, want to improve themselves, and have a desire to learn and commit to improvement and progression. Their philosophy is one of growth and development. The academy promotes both on-ice and life skills in student athletes, creating quality citizens who will make wise choices, be respectful, enthusiastic, confident, cooperative and independent.

The students were also provided with a number of different items to keep their fandom for the game burning, including foam fingers, clappers and thunders sticks. Thank you to Melissa Kueber and Cindy Jeffery, who were instrumental in leading this initiative and making this day special for their students. Hockey Alberta would also like to extend a special thank you to Dominos St. Albert, who generously donated all of the pizzas for this event.

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AHHF trio highlights special luncheon in Canmore

CANMORE - Mike Rogers, Mel Davidson and Al Coates were the featured guests at the special luncheon hosted in Canmore on Thursday in support of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Gala.

Rogers and Davidson are both Honoured Members of the AHHF, and Coates is a member of the AHHF selection committee. All three have extensive hockey resumes at the professional and international levels, and they shared some of their favourite memories during a hockey hot stove session.

The luncheon was co-hosted by Hockey Alberta, the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Canmore AHHF VIP Luncheon and Reception Committee, with members of the Canmore business community participating in an information session on sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 AHHF Gala. Luncheon sponsors included: Basecamp Lodge, Good Earth Coffeehouse (Banff), Stickworx and Canmore Raft Tours.

The AHHF Induction Gala is on Sunday, July 21, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. This year’s inductees are 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 >

If you would like to become an integral part of the biggest celebration of hockey in Alberta, there are sponsorship opportunities available or plan to attend the 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration.

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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Grade 5 Girls Introduced to Hockey Basics

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta staff took part in the 16th annual Go Girl event at the Collicutt Centre on Thursday to introduce over 100 Grade 5 girls to floor hockey. The girls worked on the basics of passing and stick handling, culminating in fun small area games.

Go Girl, with Red Deer College’s Be Fit For Life Centre, is a one day event with a focus on physical activity, health and confidence for young girls. This year had nearly 800 Grade 5 girls from Red Deer schools participate to gain new skills and knowledge while building friendships. Each student got to experience four different session through the day.

If you have a daughter who has an interest in hockey or has been playing for a number of years – there are a number of great opportunities for her to become involved in female hockey in Alberta.

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Hockey Alberta Awards Presented

RED DEER - This past Sunday, April 28, Hockey Alberta presented their annual Hockey Alberta Awards in conjunction with the Alberta Cup. These Awards allow Hockey Alberta and the Alberta hockey community to recognize outstanding individuals and teams for their hard work and accomplishments in making a positive difference for our participants in the game of hockey during the 2018-19 season.

The Hockey Alberta Awards program includes awards that are open to nominations from Hockey Alberta member organization, staff member or volunteer, and others that are determined by Hockey Alberta through a review of eligible candidates.

The 2019 Hockey Alberta Award recipients are:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Jody Forbes (Calgary). Presented to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Coach of the Year: Kent Beagle (Rimbey). Presented to a coach who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Player of the Year: Kason Buffalo-Rain (Maskwacis). Presented to a player who has achieved significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Official of the Year: Lacey Senuk (St. Albert). Presented to an official who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Ernie Boruk Award: David Mousseau (Red Deer). Presented for outstanding dedication and contribution to Hockey Alberta Officials Committee.
  • Dave Ganley Award: Michael Roberts (Calgary). Presented for outstanding contribution to hockey officiating in Alberta
  • Team of the Year: Springbank Peewee AA Rockies. Presented to recognize a Team’s significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Order of Merit: These awards recognize exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Awards may be presented in the categories of Administration, Coaching/Development and officiating. Recipients have dedicated significant time, effort and leadership to the growth and development of amateur hockey, not only in their own community, but across the province.
    • Administration - Chris Hurley (Edmonton)
    • Coaching/Development - Bobby Fox (Medicine Hat)
    • Coaching/Development - Ally Bendfeld (Innisfail)
  • Exceptional Provincials Host Site: Vermilion Minor Hockey Association (Bantam B) and Olds Minor Hockey Association (Peewee Female A). Presented to the Minor Hockey Association/ Host Committee judged to have implemented the most outstanding Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship during the current season.
  • Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Lacombe Minor Hockey Association. Presented to recognize a Minor Hockey Association (MHA) judged to have made a significant impact on the game through their day to day operations.

Congratulations to all of the Award recipients and nominees and Hockey Alberta and the hockey community thank you for your contributions to our sport.

We encourage everyone to look at the full overview of the Hockey Alberta Awards program and consider who makes a difference to you, your team and your community in 2019-20.

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Alberta Cup Kids Fun Zone

RED DEER - Come visit the Alberta Cup Kids Fun Zone at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre today and tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) from 8:30-3:00. This fun, free and interactive activity corner utilizes three key skills to being successful in hockey.

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Passing

Passing the puck to a teammate helps move the puck up the ice faster, gets the puck into a better position to score a goal, and helps a team defend their own net. Tips on making a good pass include:

  • your hands and arms should be relaxed and away from your body
  • look where you would like to pass
  • release the puck or ball from the heel to the toe of the stick and finish by pointing to the target with your stick blade.

Shooting

In hockey, we want to score more goals than the other team by shooting the puck into the net. A good shot features a quick release and accurate directing of the puck or ball. There are different types of shots (slap, wrist, snap, backhand), but all shots have common techniques for a quick and accurate release:

  • your arms should be relaxed and away from your body,
  • the puck or ball should start toward your back leg,
  • as you take the shot your weight should move from your back leg to your front leg
  • finally follow through by pointing to the target with your stick blade.

Stickhandling
Stickhandling allows a player to keep the puck while s/he moves around the ice, avoid defenders and get to a better scoring area. Important stickhandling tips include:

  • your “top” hand “hides” the top end of your stick
  • your “bottom” hand’s thumb and index finger grips the stick like a “V”
  • keep the puck or ball in the middle of your stick blade
  • guide the stick with your “top” hand while sliding your “bottom” hand up and down.

For more information on these or any of the other hockey related skills please visit Hockey Canada’s player development section.


Do you want to try hockey?

Hockey Alberta and Minor Hockey Associations across the province offer various youth program options (minor hockey, rec hockey, pond hockey etc) designed to fit your busy life. Or you can check out programs such as the Canadian Tire First Shift that give you an introduction to the game - and includes free equipment.

For more details or to ask questions:

Hockey Alberta website: hockeyalberta.ca/players/

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 403-342-6777

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Twenty Albertans listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings ahead of the 2019 NHL draft, with 20 Albertans on the list.

Six Albertans landed in the top 30 of the North American Skater rankings: Kirby Dach, Bowen Byram, Peyton Krebs, Brayden Tracey, Brett Leason and Matthew Robertson.

Byram moved up two spots to become the highest ranked Albertan, while Tracey’s outstanding rookie season in the WHL, which landed him the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year nod, saw him jump up 52 spots in the rankings.

Taylor Gauthier, Carter Gylander and Matthew Davis were both listed among the top North American goaltenders.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

Final Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
7 Taylor Gauthier Goalie Prince George WHL
10 Carter Gylander Goalie Sherwood Park AJHL
24 Matthew Davis Goalie Spruce Grove AJHL
2 Bowen Byram Defence Vancouver WHL
3 Kirby Dach Forward Saskatoon WHL
10 Peyton Krebs Forward Kootenay WHL
21 Brayden Tracey Forward Moose Jaw WHL
25 Brett Leason Forward Prince Albert WHL
26 Matthew Robertson Defence Edmonton WHL
85 Maxwell Crozier Defence Sioux Falls USHL
105 Quinn Olson Forward Okotoks AJHL
137 Luke Bast Defence Brooks AJHL
147 Jake Lee Defence Seattle WHL
170 Bryce Kindopp Forward Everett WHL
179 Chase Felgueiras Defence Humboldt SJHL
197 Kirby Proctor Defence Des Moines USHL
199 Tarun Fizer Forward Victoria WHL
201 Zachary Okabe Forward Grande Prairie AJHL
202 David Kope Forward Edmonton WHL
Limited Viewing Dillon Hamaliuk Forward Seattle WHL

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Brooks Novice Jamboree – “It’s a great day for hockey”

Sunday March 23, 2019
by Jamie Langley
Player/Coach Development
Brooks Minor Hockey Association
Jamie Langley organized a four-team half-ice Novice jamboree to wrap up the 2018-19 season in Brooks. Here are his thoughts about a fantastic day for all the participants.

BROOKS - The day began with excitement and uncertainty as all four teams prepared for the four games in six hours journey. The goal was to host an event to celebrate the half-ice hockey game and reward the players with something fun, challenging and exciting.

All teams received a complimentary gift basket of Gatorade, fruit, energy bars, a hockey bracelet and helmet sticker to mark the event.

Setting the tone was announcer extraordinaire Devin Campbell as he energized and welcomed everyone to the “IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY” Novice Jamboree.

Team and player introductions followed and all four teams took their place on the two blue lines. Pre game festivities concluded with the singing of O’ Canada.

Four teams participated in the event; Lacombe Red Rockets, Bow Island Rebels, Brooks Jr. Bandits Novice Red and Brooks Jr. Bandits Novice Blue.

The excitement in the kids’ eyes was contagious as they heard their names over the sound system as they skated to their respective blue lines. This really set the tone for the day. To round things out all games were played with music being played through the sound system truly making it a fun and exciting day for the kids playing the game.

Every player, coach, parent and fan had a tremendous day either playing or watching the action which featured two games back-to-back, a pizza break for teams to meet and mingle while enjoying free pizza from Domino’s, followed by two more games.

Highlighting the “IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY” Jamboree was the focus on team work and sportsmanship, which was evident as the Jamboree signed off after the last two games with a giant handshake line and group picture with all four teams at centre ice, celebrating the parents and the excitement of the day.

As for the teams, they all had an extraordinary day of hockey, fun, excitement and a little exhaustion. They were thrilled to be taking part and are excited to be invited back next year for “IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY” Jamboree, part two.

The future of hockey lies with today’s youth. Because of this, Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta have developed age appropriate programming to encourage the growth of foundational skills for young players in hockey. Minor hockey associations and coaches lead the implementation of the Initiation and Novice programs with the assistance of volunteers, parents and others associated with hockey.

The programming must provide opportunities for a wide range of people to get involved to improve the quality of the hockey experience through sound instruction and enjoyable play.

Effective for the 2019-20 season, Initiation and Novice hockey in Alberta will run under the title Intro to Hockey. The goals and objectives of Intro to Hockey programming are to:

  • Teach the basic skills of hockey so players can enjoy the game,
  • Assist in the development and enhancement of physical literacy and basic motor patterns,
  • Deliver a program that is age appropriate for the size, skill and age of the players,
  • Encourage the aspects of fitness, fair play and co-operation while having fun playing the game.

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Seven Albertans win Canada West awards

RED DEER - It was another banner year for Alberta’s collegiate athletes as Canada West announced its year-end honours on Wednesday.

Seven Albertans - three in Men’s Hockey and four in Women’s Hockey, were recognized for their outstanding seasons.

Canmore’s Luke Philp (University of Alberta) repeated as the Canada West Player of the Year, while Edmonton’s Grayson Pawlenchuk (University of Alberta) was named the Rookie of the Year. Sherwood Park native Riley Kieser (University of Alberta) was honoured with the Student-Athlete Community Service Award.

Both Philp and Pawlenchuk are Team Alberta alumni, with Philp winning bronze with Alberta at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

It was a clean-sweep for Albertans in Women’s Hockey, with all four awards going to Team Alberta alumni. Edmonton native Alex Poznikoff (University of Alberta) earned top honours as the Canada West Player of the Year, Okotoks’ Breanne Trotter (Mount Royal University) was named the Rookie of the Year, and the Student Athlete Community Service Award went to Anna Purschke (Mount Royal University) of Sherwood Park. Former Team Alberta Coach Howie Draper (University of Alberta) was named Coach of the Year.

Poznikoff won a bronze medal with Team Alberta at the 2013 National Women’s U18 Championship, and again at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Draper coached the bronze-medal winning 2015 team, and also led Team Alberta to gold at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

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Canada Winter Games come full circle for 1967 gold medal-winner

Hockey Alberta NewsRED DEER - The Canada Winter Games attract volunteers and spectators from all walks of life, but for one volunteer, the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer are particularly special.

Billings, a Red Deer native, was back in his hometown during the winter months for the first time in nearly ten years, as he and his wife both volunteered for the 2019 games.

According to Billings, it was important for him to take part in the Canada Winter Games in his hometown, as he was part of the inaugural games in 1967. In fact, Billings was a member of the gold medal-winning University of Alberta Golden Bears, who represented Alberta at the games.

"It makes me feel old, for one thing," said Billings on volunteering for the Canada Winter Games 52 years after winning gold. "I’m glad to still be here to enjoy it, and it probably means more to me now than when it happened, because I understand things a little better, you know, you cherish things more. I’m excited for all the young kids too, I’m looking forward to seeing it and being a part of it again."

Billings said as time passed by, he gained a greater appreciation for the one-in-a-lifetime experience in 1967.

"I didn’t really understand it all back then, I was just 19 years old, and in my first year of University," he said. "It was just exciting to be part of it. We played in the Quebec Coliseum, the building that Jean Beliveau built, that’s exciting. You walk in there, and you look up and see all these guys and say ’wow, I can’t believe I’m here’. Then we finally won, and that was hard to accept, we sat there and thought ’wow, did we really do this’? Then it hits home after awhile, and just like anything that you win, it was surreal."

Billings had the honour of representing the historic 1967 Men’s Hockey team at the 2019 Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies as well, as was selected as one of the final torch-bearers.

Although 52 years have passed, Billings said he still carries fond memories of the 1967 Canada Winter Games, and is looking forward to make new memories in 2019.

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Canada Winter Games: Alberta’s Tradition of Success

RED DEER - Hockey has been included as an event in the Canada Winter Games since its inaugural year in 1967. Throughout each passing year, the sport has seen its share of different winners and famous alumni. Since its inception, Alberta has been the only province to compete in each iteration of the Canada Winter Games, achieving great results in both the male and female competitions.

The 2019 Games set to begin on Friday - the first to be held in Alberta since 1995. Here is a look at the history of Team Alberta at the Canada Winter Games:

Team Alberta Male

Male hockey was introduced at the 1967 Canada Winter Games with just three teams participating: Alberta, BC, and Ontario. Team Alberta won the gold medal, followed that up with a silver in 1971, and then gold again in 1975. Each tournament contained three teams.

The 1979 Games marked the first year where all provinces and territories entered a team into the tournament. Over the next three Canada Winter Games, Team Alberta finished out of the medals, with 1987 the last Games where Team Alberta Male did not win a medal. Since 1991, Team Alberta has finished with two bronze, three silver, and two gold medals. Alberta is the only province to win a medal in each of the last seven Canada Winter Games events.

The 1999 gold medal winning team was a 2018 inductee into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame. They were led by notable alumni Jay Bouwmeester and Scott Hartnell.

Team Alberta U16 Roster/Schedule >

Team Alberta Female

Female hockey was introduced to the Canada Winter Games in 1991. Team Alberta wasted no time finding success, taking home the gold medal with a team that included 13-year-old Hayley Wickenheiser. Since 1991, Team Alberta earned bronze in 1999 and 2015 while taking home the gold for a second time in 2011.

The 1991 gold medal winning squad was also inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

Team Alberta U18 Roster/Schedule >

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Vote for Springbank - Vote for Alberta!

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The Springbank Rockies are the only Alberta team to qualify as a semi-finalist in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. Help win $100,000 for an Alberta charity. CLICK HERE or on the photo above to watch this incredible 60 second video. Each view equals one vote. Once you click and watch the FULL video, it registers your vote. The entire hockey community is encouraged to get involved... every age group, every team, every association to help win $100,000 for the Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation and The Calgary Food Bank.

CALGARY - The Springbank Peewee AA Rockies agreed that the team should perform a “good deed” in the community that would bring value to the team and community and inspire others to participate or support the “good deed”.

The Rockies took their inspiration from their superhero Nathan O’Brien and The Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation support for the Calgary Food Bank. Nathan was a member of the Springbank Rockies Timbit Senators at the time of his tragic death in 2014. This season the AA team proudly wears the Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation logo on their helmets and pre-game warm-up gear.

The team worked with the Foundation and the O’Brien family to keep Nathan’s spirit alive, make a significant impact in the community, inspire others, and represent Springbank Minor Hockey, the Foundation, and the Calgary Food Bank as proud ambassadors.

The team set a goal to make a significant contribution to the Calgary Food Bank in support of The Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation. The goal - to fill a 40-foot transport trailer with non-perishable food. In order to achieve this goal, Purolator graciously provided a 53-foot transport trailer - 13 feet more than planned. The 53-foot challenge was eagerly embraced. Here is what was accomplished in a week:

  • 1,200 volunteer hours.
  • More than 5,000 bags distributed throughout the Springbank community and collected several days later.
  • Total amount of food collected: 53 feet = 16,752 lbs (approx. value $43,555)
  • Total cash donated: $4,920 (or approx. 9,500 lbs of food)
  • Total equivalent of approx. 16,200 meals to Calgarians.

The team recognized the significance of its undertaking and realized the opportunity (and need) to inspire the entirety of Springbank’s Peewee division to help fill the trailer. Proudly, EVERY Springbank Peewee team - House league through AA - participated in this year’s Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup competition.

The enthusiasm and commitment from the Peewee division was truly amazing, producing results that were equally spectacular. The 53-foot trailer was filled from front to back with almost 17,000 pounds of food and nearly $5,000 was collected - all within one week.

In addition, the Peewee AA team gained an appreciation of their Good Deed’s significance when they invested more than three hours at the Calgary Food Bank and witnessed firsthand the need in Calgary. The team and parents received a tour, sorted food into hampers, and learned that there are neighbours in the community who rely on the Calgary Food Bank for groceries - something that is generally taken for granted.

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Sixteen Albertans listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2019 NHL draft, with 16 Albertans on the list.

Five Albertans landed in the top 20 of the North American Skater rankings: Kirby Dach, Bowen Byram, Peyton Krebs, Brett Leason and Matthew Robertson.

Taylor Gauthier and Matthew Davis were both listed among the top North American goaltenders.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
2 Kirby Dach Forward Saskatoon WHL
4 Bowen Byram Defence Vancouver WHL
8 Peyton Krebs Forward Kootenay WHL
17 Brett Leason Forward Prince Albert WHL
18 Matthew Robertson Defence Edmonton WHL
73 Brayden Tracey Forward Moose Jaw WHL
78 Jake Lee Defence Seattle WHL
97 Kirby Proctor Defence Des Moines USHL
154 Quinn Olson Forward Okotoks AJHL
158 Luke Bast Defence Brooks AJHL
159 David Kope Forward Edmonton WHL
176 Chase Felgueiras Defence Humboldt SJHL
201 Zachary Okabe Forward Grande Prairie AJHL
Limited Viewing Dillon Hamaliuk Forward Seattle WHL
5 Taylor Gauthier Goaltender Prince George WHL
30 Matthew Davis Goaltender Spruce Grove AJHL

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Highlight Reel: 2018

RED DEER - With 2018 now in the rear-view mirror, Hockey Alberta looks back on the year that was with some of our favourite moments (in no particular order).


Alberta Hockey Day / Female Hockey Day

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A pair of popular participation events served as book-ends for 2018 to highlight hockey development in the province: Alberta Hockey Day and Female Hockey Day.

Alberta Hockey Day was celebrated on January 20 in six different communities across Alberta: Brooks, High Level, Paradise Valley, Red Deer, Strathmore and Westlock. Alberta Hockey Day had a special focus on age-appropriate programming at the Initiation and Novice levels.

Alberta Hockey Day Photo Gallery >

The inaugural Female Hockey Day ran December 15 at the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer, with on and off-ice activities in all areas of the game, including coaching, officiating, and parenting. The day was capped off the the very first Canadian Women’s Hockey League game in Red Deer, as the Calgary Inferno took on the Toronto Furies in a regular season game, which saw more than 600 fans an attendance.

Female Hockey Day Photo Gallery >


#AlbertaBuilt

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The 2018 Alberta Winter Games in Fort McMurray saw a clean sweep in hockey as Zone 2 won gold in both the Male and Female categories. Full Story >

Team Central skated away from Spruce Grove as the 2018 Alberta Cup champions with a 2-0 win over Edmonton Yellow. Full Story >

Team Alberta North earned a pair of podium finishes at the 2019 Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith and Hay River, NWT. The Bantam Male squad narrowly missed out on gold, with the host Northwest Territories scoring the decisive goal with less than 10 seconds to go in regulation. Meanwhile, the Junior Female team defeated the Yukon in a shootout to claim bronze. Full Story >


The March to a Title

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Back-to-back winners and multiple championships highlighted the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincials, presented by ATB Financial.

The Wainwright Bisons (Junior B), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Minor Midget AAA), St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA), Calgary Fire White (Bantam Female Elite), Irvine Bulldogs (Peewee D), and Drayton Valley Meter All Stars (Atom A) all repeated as Provincial champions.

It was quite the year for Lethbridge Minor Hockey in the Midget category as well. In addition to Minor Midget AAA, the Lethbridge Hurricanes also took home a provincial title in Midget AAA and Midget A.

2018 Parade of Champions >


History at the Esso Cup

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After becoming the first team from Alberta to win the Esso Cup in 2017, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League made history again in 2018, becoming the first-ever team to repeat as Esso Cup champions.

After claiming the Midget AAA provincial title for the second straight year, the Slash defeated the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 to win gold once again. Full Story >


The Humboldt Broncos

Hockey Alberta News

April 6, 2018 is a date most will never forget. But, in the wake of the unthinkable Humboldt Broncos tragedy, a country came together as one.

In addition to a Canadian record-setting $15 million GoFundMe campaign, an outpouring of support came in from across Canada, and beyond. #HumboldtStrong became an immediate movement on social media, as did #JerseysForHumboldt and #PutYourSticksOut, which encouraged Canadians to leave a hockey stick at their front door to honour to victims of the crash.

On opening night of the 2018 Alberta Cup, Team Northwest and Team Edmonton Yellow paid tribute to those affected by the tragedy, including four Broncos who previously played in the Alberta Cup.


Alberta players, officials take the next step

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Every year, Alberta sees many of its players and officials take the next step in their career, and earn a number of accolades and recognition. 2018 was no different.

For the fourth straight year, an Albertan was the top selection at the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft as the Edmonton Oil Kings took Dylan Guenther with the first overall pick. A total of 11 Albertans were taken in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft, including fellow Alberta Cup All-Stars Kai Uchacz and Keagan Slaney, who were selected 10th and 20th overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds and Edmonton Oil Kings, respectively. Full Story >

At the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas, seven players from Alberta heard their names called by NHL teams. Lloydminster’s Ty Smith, a former number one pick in the WHL Bantam Draft, was the highest Albertan selected, going number 17 overall to the New Jersey Devils. Jacob Bernard-Docker also went in the first round, taken 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Full Story >

Meanwhile, in October, four of Alberta’s officials, Taylor Burzminski, Cody Huseby, Fraser Lawrence, and Lacy Senuk, were selected to represent the province on the national and international stage this season in Hockey Canada and IIHF events. Full Story >


Centre Ice Summit - Focus on Development

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In conjunction with the Centre ICE Summit and the Hlinka/Gretzky Cup, Hockey Alberta offered several events to promote player, coach and officials development in August.

For players, in addition to the two-day Summer ICE Jamboree tournament for novice-aged players, Hockey Edmonton hosted a special session for parents to discuss the benefits of half-ice hockey.

The weekend also featured the Alberta Built Coach Seminar, a rare opportunity for more than 100 Alberta coaches to hear presentations from Todd McLellan and Glen Gulutzan (Edmonton Oilers); Dr. Paul Dennis (University of Toronto); Dr. John Dunn (University of Alberta); Dr. Stephen Norris (iMobius Ingenuity Inc); and Richard Monette (Active for Life).

For officials, the weekend included an on-ice session led by Dave Smith, the NHL Officials Director of Fitness and a classroom session with presentations from Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League.


Albertans Get The Call To The Hall

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Four outstanding individuals, and two Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning teams comprised the 2018 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF) in July.

Grant Fuhr, Wally Kozak, Ron MacLean, Mike Vernon, and 1991 Team Alberta U18 Female and 1999 Team Alberta U16 Male were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history at the AHHF Awards Gala in Canmore. Full Story >


Lessons From Behind The Glass / Hockey Alberta Awards

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Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Annual General Meeting was held November 23-24 in Red Deer. Allyson Tufts, author of the book ’Lessons from Behind the Glass’, delivered the Keynote Address to kick off the weekend. Her address focused on the ways hockey is changing - both the game itself, and the kids who play it. Full Story >

The 2018 AGM also saw a new format for the Hockey Alberta Awards, which included the inaugural recipients named in several new categories including Coach of the Year, Official of the Year, and Team of the Year, . Full Story >


The Road to Red Deer Continues

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2018 saw many steps taken on the Road to Red Deer, as the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female squads prepared for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

On the male side, the process began with the 2018 Alberta Cup in Spruce Grove, where 80 players were identified and chosen to attend Summer Camp in Camrose in July. From there, a shortlist roster was established, with the final roster announced in December. The Canada Games team got together for three days in December for Christmas Camp, which was highlighted by a pair of exhibition games against the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs and the St. Albert Raiders.

For the Female team, 88 athletes were invited to take part in the Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp in Spruce Grove in May. Forty-six of those athletes attended Summer Camp in Camrose in July, with a shortlist roster of 28 players established for September’s Fall Camp in Edmonton. The final roster was announced in December, with the team converging in Red Deer for Christmas Camp, playing exhibition games against the Red Deer Bantam AAA Rebels and the Leduc AAA Oil Kings.


Hockey Alberta’s New Home

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Hockey Alberta completed the transition to our new home in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College. The new offices are located on the second floor of the facility, with boardroom windows overlooking the ice surface.

Hockey Alberta was proud to host the first official events on the new ice surface - a Super Skills Camp and Female Development Camp. Hockey Alberta has hosted several coaching and officiating clinics, player development camps, and Female Hockey Day, and will be hosting the 2019 Alberta Cup at the new facility.


Every Kid Every Community - The Gateway to Hockey Opportunities Around the Province

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The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program, aimed at giving all kids across Alberta the chance to play hockey, saw no shortage of support in 2018.

To kick off the year, the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s annual Battle of Alberta fundraiser brought in $21,000 for EKEC in January. The Foundation’s annual Golf and Gala events saw another $107,000 come in for the program in July, and the annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event raised $190,000 for EKEC, as well as Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta.

More than $54,000 was dispersed to organizations across the province, through Player Assistance Grants or Program Grants.


Intro to Hockey - For Our Youngest Players

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As part of the continuing evolution of development for our youngest players, Hockey Alberta unveiled the new Intro to Hockey model for Initiation and Novice divisions.

The Intro to Hockey model operates as part of the Hockey Canada mandate that all Novice-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on half-ice surfaces effective for the 2019-20 season.

The Intro to Hockey model evolved to its final format through on-ice demonstration events, and a variety of meetings and sessions with minor hockey associations. The model includes specific details on Seasonal Structure, Grouping of Players, Practice Environment, and Game Format requirements for Initiation and Novice hockey, starting in 2019-20


Standardized Tiering

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A new Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model was developed and has been in operation for the 2018-19 season.

Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League worked within Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee to develop a tiering model that accounts for the size of a minor hockey association, the size of a league, and geographic factors. The model features six tiers within the divisions of Atom, Peewee, Bantam, and Midget.

As well, Hockey Alberta is undertaking a trial Provincial Championship Model. The trial will see the Peewee A-D Provincial Championships transition to Peewee Tiers 1-4. The Peewee Tiers 1-4 Provincial Championship Tournaments will take place March 28-31 with eight teams - six champions from the participating Alberta One leagues/ organizations, one host team and one wild card team.


Parent Engagement

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Hockey Alberta’s goal is to ensure all parents, coaches, and families are engaged, educated and supported in all areas of hockey. To achieve that goal, Hockey Alberta has developed a Parent Engagement Guide, and added a Parents component to the website.

A key aspect of supporting our athletes is providing resources and support for parents across the province. Parents are encouraged to check the Hockey Alberta website regularly, under the Parents Tab, for links to articles and videos to you support your athlete.

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Three Team Alberta players selected to Canada’s National Women’s U18 team

RED DEER - Just days after being selected to Team Alberta U18 Female for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, three Albertans were named to the National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

Forwards Danielle Serdachny and Rachel Weiss, and blueliner Stephanie Markowski will all suit up for Team Canada in Obihiro, Japan, just over a month before stepping on the ice in Red Deer for the Canada Games.

All three athletes competed as part of Canada’s National Women’s U18 team in a three-game series against the United States in August, and have all previously played for Team Alberta at the U18 Nationals - Serdachny in 2017, and Markowski and Weiss in both 2016 and 2017.

The 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship runs January 6-13, with the Canada Winter Games running February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Female Hockey competition set for February 24 - March 2.


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Six Albertans invited to National Junior Team Selection Camp

CALGARY - Six Albertans are among the 34 players invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Goaltender Ian Scott, defencemen Jacob Bernard-Docker, Ian Mitchell and Ty Smith, and forwards Jaret-Anderson Dolan and Brett Leason will all vie for a spot on Team Canada.

All six players are Team Alberta alumni. Scott, Mitchell, Smith, Anderson-Dolan and Leason all played for Team Alberta U16 Male at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Smith also represented Alberta at the 2015 WHL Cup, along with Smith, winning gold.

Calgary native Tim Hunter will serve as the Head Coach of Team Canada, joined by fellow Calgarian Brent Kisio, who was selected as an Assistant Coach.

The National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp runs December 11-14 in Victoria. The World Junior Championship is set for December 26 - January 5 in Vancouver and Victoria.


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Fourteen Albertans land on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its October ’Players to Watch’ list, with 14 Albertans making an appearance.

Four Albertan skaters were listed as ’A’ prospects: Defencemen Bowen Byram and Matthew Robertson, along with forwards Kirby Dach and Peyton Krebs.

Goaltender Taylor Gauthier was the lone Albertan in the ’B’ prospect category, with nine skaters listed as ’C’ prospects.

The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a second or third round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate.

The full list of Albertans named to the Players to Watch list can be found below:

NAME POSITION TEAM LEAGUE
A PROSPECTS
Byram, Bowen Defence Vancouver Giants WHL
Dach, Kirby Forward Saskatoon Blades WHL
Krebs, Peyton Forward Kootenay Ice WHL
Robertson, Matthew Defence Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
B PROSPECTS
Gauthier, Taylor Goaltender Prince George Cougars WHL
C PROSPECTS
Bast, Luke Defence Brooks Bandits AJHL
Comrie, Sean Defence University of Denver NCAA
Felgueiras, Chase Defence Humboldt Broncos SJHL
Hamaliuk, Dillon Forward Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
Kope, David Forward Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
Lee, Jake Defence Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
Okabe, Zachary Forward Grande Prairie Storm AJHL
Proctor, Kirby Defence Des Moines Buccaneers USHL
Tracey, Brayden Forward Moose Jaw Warriors WHL

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Golf and Gala events raise over $107,000 for Every Kid Every Community

RED DEER - The Every Kid Every Community program has $107,719 coming its way, thanks to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala and Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, presented by ATB Investor Services.

The three-day fundraising event in Canmore began on July 22 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 Investor Services, ran July 23 and 24 at the Stewart Creek Golf Club.

The Talking Goalie once again raised a significant portion of funds for EKEC, withstanding a barrage of shots from golfers throughout the day, raising $10,500, 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 $21,000.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all those who showed their support for the Hockey Alberta Foundation and 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 Foundation would also like to thank its title sponsor, ATB Investor Services, key contributing sponsors Vada Capital, Q2 Artificial Lift Services, ATB Financial, Hytech Productions Ltd, and Shaw Birdies for Kids for their continued support.

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Team Alberta Male alumni win Hlinka Gretzky Cup, Female alumnae named to Team Canada Development and U18 Teams

EDMONTON/CALGARY - It was quite the weekend for 11 former members of Team Alberta’s U16 Male and U18 Female teams, with six alumni winning the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and five alumnae named to Team Canada’s Development and U18 team rosters.

Bowen Byram, Kirby Dach, Taylor Gauthier, Dylan Holloway, Peyton Krebs and Matthew Robertson took home a gold medal with Team Canada on Saturday at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton, defeating Sweden 6-2. All six players were members of Team Alberta’s gold-medal winning U16 Male squad at the 2016 WHL Cup.

Meanwhile, Team Alberta Female alumnae Stephanie Markowsk, Danielle Serdachny and Rachel Weiss were named to Canada’s National Women’s Team’s Under-18 roster on Sunday, while alumnae Alex Poznikoff and Malia Schneider were among the 22 players named to Canada’s National Women’s Development team.

Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will take part in a pair of three-game series against the United States, Aug. 16-19 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.


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Six Team Alberta alumni headed to Hlinka Gretzky Cup

CALGARY - Six members of Team Alberta’s 2016 WHL Cup gold medal-winning squad will suit up for Team Canada at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton and Red Deer August 6-11.

Forwards Kirby Dach, Dylan Holloway and Peyton Krebs, defencemen Bowen Byram and Matthew Robertson, and goaltender Taylor Gauthier are among the 22 players selected to represent Canada in Red Deer and Edmonton for the annual international under-18 tournament.

Canada hits the ice in Red Deer on Saturday, August 4 at 7 p.m. for a pre-tournament game against the Czech Republic before heading to Edmonton to open round-robin play against Switzerland on Monday at 7p.m.

This year marks the first time the newly rebranded Hlinka Gretzky Cup will be played in Canada. Ticket packages and single-game tickets for Red Deer and Edmonton can be purchased at HlinkaGretzkyCup.com.

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Team Alberta alumnae invited to National Women’s Development Team and U18 Selection Camps

CALGARY - Eight Team Alberta alumnae have received an invite to attend Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Under-18 Team selection camps.

Codie Cross (Airdrie), Emma Keenan (Calgary), Shae Labbe (Calgary), Malia Schneider (Millarville) and Abagael Thiessen (Red Deer) are among the 41 players invited to the National Women’s Development Team camp. Stephanie Markowski (Edmonton), Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton) and Rachel Weiss (Calgary) are among the 43 Under-18 invitees.

Former Team Alberta Coach Howie Draper (Edmonton) was named the Head Coach of the Under-18 team as well.

Both camps run August 4-12 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.


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Seven Albertans selected in 2018 NHL Entry Draft

RED DEER - It was a dream weekend for a handful of Albertans at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas.

Seven players from Alberta were taken over the weekend, including Lloydminster’s Ty Smith, who was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round, 17th overall.

Two more Albertan bluelines were off the board next in Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jonathan Tychonick, who were both selected by the Ottawa Senators with the 26th and 48th picks, respectively.

Riley Sutter was the first forward from Alberta off the board, as the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals selected him with the 93rd pick in the third round, making him the 12th Sutter to be drafted into the NHL.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

17th Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) New Jersey Devils Defence Lloydminster
26th Jacob Bernard-Docker (Okotoks Oilers, AJHL) Ottawa Senators Defence Canmore

SECOND ROUND

48th Jonathan Tychonick (Penticton Vees, BCHL) Ottawa Senators Defence Calgary

THIRD ROUND

93rd Riley Sutter (Everett Silvertips, WHL) Washington Capitals Forward Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

204th Trey Fix-Wolansky (Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL) Columbus Blue Jackets Forward Edmonton
215th Austin Wong (Okotoks Oilers, AJHL) Winnipeg Jets Forward Cochrane
217th Eric Florchuk (Saskatoon Blades, WHL) Washington Capitals Forward Fort Saskatchewan

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Edmonton’s Guenther goes first overall at 2018 WHL Bantam Draft | Full list of Albertans selected

For the fourth straight year, an Albertan was the top selection at the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft as the Edmonton Oil Kings took Dylan Guenther with the first overall pick. The Edmonton native is coming off a strong performance at the 2018 Alberta Cup, where he was named to the Alberta Cup All-Star team.

A total of eleven Albertans were taken in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft, including fellow Alberta Cup All-Stars Kai Uchacz and Keagan Slaney, who were selected 10th overall and 20th overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds and Edmonton Oil Kings, respectively.

Seven forwards from Alberta went in the first 10 picks of the draft, and St. Albert’s Marc Lajoie was the first Albertan defenceman selected, going 14th overall to the Tri-City Americans.

A total of 70 Albertans were selected this year: 40 forwards, 22 defence and eight goaltenders.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

1st Dylan Guenther Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton
4th Sean Tschigerl Calgary Hitmen Forward Whitecourt
6th Colton Dach Saskatoon Blades Forward Fort Saskatchewan
7th Jayden Grubbe Red Deer Rebels Forward Calgary
8th Zack Stringer Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Lethbridge
9th Craig Armstrong Prince George Cougars Forward Airdrie
10th Kai Uchacz Seattle Thunderbirds Forward De Winton
12th Zack Ostapchuk Vancouver Giants Forward St. Albert
14th Marc Lajoie Tri-City Americans Defence St. Albert
16th Kyle Masters Red Deer Rebels Defence Edmonton
20th Keagan Slaney Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Airdrie

SECOND ROUND

24th Brett Hyland Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Edmonton
28th Trey Patterson Red Deer Rebels Defence Calgary
31st Tyson Laventure Prince Albert Raiders Forward Lloydminster
32nd Lucas Ciona Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Edmonton
36th Tristan Zandee Calgary Hitmen Forward Airdrie
37th Dylan James Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Calgary
38th Dru Krebs Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Okotoks
39th Owen Macneil Spokane Chiefs Forward Calgary
42nd Olen Zellweger Everett Silvertips Defence Fort Saskatchewan
44th Blake Eastman Price George Cougars Forward Ardrossan

THIRD ROUND

45th Matt Smith Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Edmonton
46th Drew Sim Vancouver Giants Goaltender Tees
47th Mark Pocherewny Calgary Hitmen Goaltender Calgary
50th Josh Medernach Red Deer Rebels Forward Lloydminster
53rd Dean Spak Prince Albert Raiders Forward Calgary
57th Lochlan Gordon Portland Winterhawks Goaltender Edmonton
58th Carson Haynes Tri-City Americans Defence Taber
60th Ty Mueller Prince George Cougars Forward Cochrane
66th Jayden Davis Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Calgary

FOURTH ROUND

70th Charlie Wright Saskatoon Blades Defence Olds
71st James Gibson Calgary Hitmen Forward Edmonton
75th Devin Aubin Spokane Chiefs Defence Falher
79th Josh Hoekstra Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Edmonton
80th Tyson Greenway Tri-City Americans Forward St. Albert
81st Jake Snashall Regina Pats Forward Calgary

FIFTH ROUND

91st Sam Popwich Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Camrose
92nd Colby Knight Edmonton Oil Kings Goaltender Red Deer
97th Brett Moravec Prince Albert Raiders Forward Airdrie
99th Rhett Parsons Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Cremona
100th Corson Ceulemans Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Beaumont
108th Jaxon Dube Brandon Wheat Kings Forward St. Albert
109th Jonah Bevinton Portland Winterhawks Forward Edmonton
110th Nathan Airey Kootenay Ice Goaltender Cochrane

SIXTH ROUND

112th Kent Anderson Prince George Cougars Defence Calgary
113th Jacob Romanchuk Calgary Hitmen Defence Fort McMurray
120th Dylan Lacroix Red Deer Rebels Goaltender Calgary
122nd Wyatt Cook Vancouver Giants Forward Sherwood Park
127th Ethan Sundar Kootenay Ice Forward St. Albert

SEVENTH ROUND

133rd Jayden Henderson Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Sylvan Lake
134th Alex Walicki Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Calgary

EIGHTH ROUND

157th Parker Berge Regina Pats Defence Edmonton
158th Evan Waldie Kootenay Ice Forward Sherwood Park
161st Bosten Lajeunesse Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Red Deer
162nd Jayden Watson Saskatoon Blades Forward Grande Prairie
164th Reid Schaefer Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Spruce Grove
173rd Brody Tallman Portland Winterhawks Defence Lethbridge

NINTH ROUND

177th Kade Turner Saskatoon Blades Defence Calgary
185th Myles Hilman Prince Albert Raiders Forward Blackfalds
188th Shea Dougan Swift Current Broncos Defence Vermilion
189th Graeme Hampton Victoria Royals Defence Sturgeon County
193rd Zachery Burns Spokane Chiefs Forward Eckville
197th Caleb Wyrostok Swift Current Broncos Forward Medicine Hat

TENTH ROUND

202nd Colby Ball Kootenay Ice Defence Sherwood Park
208th Cole Larocque Tri-City Americans Forward Lethbridge
211th Tyler Palmer Spokane Chiefs Goaltender Lethbridge
212th Ashton McNelly Swift Current Broncos Forward Westlock
215th Cameron Emigh Swift Current Broncos Defence Bonnyville

ELEVENTH ROUND

218th Brett Huxley Victoria Royals Forward Calgary
222nd Ashton Billesberger Swift Current Broncos Goaltender Edmonton

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Giving back to the game

Few coaches carry the pedigree of 2017 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Perry Pearn, and he brought that knowledge with him as a Coach Mentor at the 2018 Alberta Cup.

Fresh off a silver medal with the National Women’s Team at the 2018 Olympics, the former NHL coach volunteered his time to serve as a Coach Mentor for Edmonton Yellow, helping Edmonton reach the championship final.

Pearn and Edmonton Yellow Head Coach Alex Mandolidis took the time to share their experience at the Alberta Cup:

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Brotherly Love

SPRUCE GROVE - With both of their brothers taking part in the 2018 Alberta Cup, former Team Alberta forwards Peyton Krebs and Kirby Dach took in the action in Spruce Grove, and reflected on their time at the 2016 Alberta Cup, and their journey through the Team Alberta program.

Krebs’ younger brother, Dru, plays for Team South, while Dach’s younger brother, Colton, players for Edmonton Blue.

Krebs suited up for Team South at the 2016 Alberta Cup, while Dach played for Edmonton Yellow. Both players were chosen in the WHL Draft the following week, Krebs first overall by the Kootenay Ice, and Dach second overall by the Saskatoon Blades. Krebs and Dach also played together for Team Alberta that year, winning the 2016 WHL Cup.

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Mic’d up at the 2018 Alberta Cup

SPRUCE GROVE: Step behind the bench at the 2018 Alberta Cup with Edmonton Yellow Head Coach Alex Mandolidis during Edmonton’s final round-robin game against Central.

Edmonton Yellow won the game 8-3 and finished round-robin play 3-0 to clinch first place in Pool A.

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SPRUCE GROVE - For four members of Team Northwest, the 2018 Alberta Cup presents a rare opportunity.

Spruce Grove natives Evan Forrest, Reid Schaefer and Jack Parker, along with Stony Plain’s Michael Lovsin, are all relishing the chance to play against some of the province’s top players in front of their home town crowd.

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Strong showing for Albertans in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings

RED DEER - Alberta is once again very well-represented heading into the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, as NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for North American skaters.

A total of 15 Albertans make an appearance on the list, led by Lloydminster’s Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs, WHL), who comes in at 14.

Defenders Jacob Bernard-Docker (Okotoks Oilers, AJHL) and Jonathan Tychonick (Penticton Vees, BCHL) also crack the top 50, sitting at 33 and 36, respectively.

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft is set for June 22-23 in Dallas, Texas.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

North American Skaters

Final Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
14 Ty Smith Defence Spokane Chiefs WHL
33 Jacob Bernard-Docker Defence Okotoks Oilers AJHL
36 Jonathan Tychonick Defence Penticton Vees BCHL
80 Riley Sutter Right Wing Everett Silvertips WHL
92 Chase Wouters Centre Saskatoon Blades WHL
108 Sean Comrie Defence Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
110 Eric Florchuk Centre Saskatoon Blades WHL
121 Cole Reinhardt Left Wing Brandon Wheat Kings WHL
163 Josh Paterson Right Wing Saskatoon Blades WHL
174 Austin Wong Centre Okotoks Oilers AJHL
178 Kody McDonald Right Wing Prince Albert Raiders WHL
185 Dylan Plouffe Defence Vancouver Giants WHL
188 Jacob Herauf Defence Red Deer Rebels WHL
197 Josh Prokop Centre Vernon Vipers BCHL
208 Ben Sanderson Left Wing Okotoks Oilers AJHL

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Seven Team Alberta alumni named to National U18 Training Camp Roster

RED DEER - Three members of the 2015 Team Alberta U16 Male squad, along with four from the 2016 team, will join Canada’s U18 National Team’s training camp ahead of the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Defencemen Ty Smith and Jonathan Tychonick, and forward Chase Wouters, will be joined by blueliners Bowen Byram and Matthew Robertson, and forwards Kirby Dach and Peyton Krebs in Etobicoke, Ontaria next week.

Following training camp, the players selected to Team Canada will travel to Chelyabinsk, Russia for two pre-tournament games. The 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship runs April 19-29 in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk.


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Albertans bring home WHL hardware

RED DEER/CALGARY - Alberta was very well-represented when the Western Hockey League announced its 2017-18 Eastern and Western Conference award winners and All-Star teams on Wednesday.

Three WHL awards went to a pair of players hailing from Alberta:

Cale Klague (Lloydminster), Moose Jaw Warriors - Eastern Conference Top Defenceman
Carter Hart
(Sherwood Park), Everett Silvertips - Western Conference Player of the Year, Western Conference Top Goaltender

Both players were among the 12 Albertans named to the WHL’s First and Second All-Star teams:

Eastern Conference First All-Star Team:
Defenceman - Kale Clague (Lloydminster, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors
Defenceman - David Quenneville (Edmonton), Medicine Hat Tigers

Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team:
Goaltender- Logan Thompson (Calgary), Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman - Josh Mahura (St. Albert), Regina Pats
Defenceman - Colby Sissons (Edmonton), Swift Current Broncos
Forward - Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, AB), Swift Current Broncos
Forward - Brayden Burke (Edmonton), Moose Jaw Warriors

Western Conference First All-Star Team:
Goaltender - Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, AB), Everett Silvertips
Defenceman - Ty Smith (Lloydminster), Spokane Chiefs
Forward - Matthew Phillips (Calgary, AB), Victoria Royals
Forward - Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary), Spokane Chiefs

Western Conference Second All-Star Team:
Forward - Dillon Dube (Cochrane), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Award Winners > | WHL All-Star Teams >


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Alberta girls go global

RED DEER - Two outstanding young Albertans are on their way to take part in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Global Girls Hockey Game in Toronto.

Kamyrn Oddan of Clandonald and Emilie Morin of Enoch were selected out of more than 25 applicants to attend the international event. Two female hockey players from each province are headed to the Global Game, which will see 37 IIHF member organizations hold events across the globe this weekend.

Oddan is a 15 year-old forward with the Vermilion Female Bantam B Tigers.

"I am so honoured and excited to have the awesome opportunity to play in the 2018 Global Game," she said. "It’s so great to have the chance to meet girls from all across Canada who have the passion as I do. My favourite thing about hockey is the fun I have playing with my teammates. I always try to improve and grow, and I think the Global Game is an awesome experience to learn from, while having fun along the way!"

In addition to hockey, Oddan also plays volleyball and badminton, and is involved in her local 4-H club.

Morin is a 13 year-old defender, who currently plays for the Edmonton Bantam A Sabres.

"Hockey is my passion," she said. "I am so honoured to be representing Alberta, female hockey and Indigenous Canadians at the Global Game!"

Outside of female hockey, Morin also takes part in her school’s Hockey Academy, and plays 3-on-3 hockey in the summer, along with softball.

Participants spend the weekend in Toronto participating in skills clinics, listening to guest speakers, visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as participating in the main event, the Global Game on Sunday afternoon.


About the Global Game

The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation, is hosting the Global Game March 10-11 in Toronto. The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on Saturday and will be played in 28 different countries before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment of the game. A cumulative score is kept across all 28 countries between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after the Canadian portion of the game. The goal this game is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

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Alberta well represented in NHL Central Scouting’s 2018 Midterm Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2018 NHL draft, with 16 Albertans on the list.

Former Team Alberta Captain Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) is the highest-ranked Albertan, coming in at 14. Jonathon Tychonikc (Penticton Vees, BCHL) also cracked the top 50, sitting at number 45.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
14 Ty Smith Defence Spokane Chiefs WHL
45 Jonathon Tychonick Defence Penticton Vees BCHL
62 Jacob Bernard-Docker Defence Okotoks Oilers AJHL
72 Riley Sutter Right Wing Everett Silvertips WHL
93 Eric Florchuk Centre Saskatoon Blades WHL
97 Ryan Peckford Left Wing Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
103 Chase Wouters Centre Saskatoon Blades WHL
105 Sean Comrie Defence Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
115 Maxwell Crozier Defence Nanaimo Clippers BCHL
164 Cole Reinhardt Left Wing Brandon Wheat Kings WHL
169 Brad Ginnell Centre Kootenay Ice WHL
175 Josh Prokop Centre Vernon Vipers BCHL
188 Reece Harsch Defence Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
203 Jacob Herauf Defence Red Deer Rebels WHL
208 Dylan Plouffe Defence Vancouver Giants WHL
214 Austin Wong Centre Okotoks Oilers WHL

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Seven Albertans named to Canada’s National Men’s team

CALGARY - Seven Albertans will head to Pyeongchang in February to help Canada earn its third straight Olympic gold medal in Men’s Hockey, as Hockey Canada announced its National Men’s Team roster on Thursday.

Ben Scrivens (Spruce Grove) is one of three goaltenders selected by Team Canada, and will be joined on Canada’s back end by defenders Mat Robinson (Calgary) and Karl Stollery (Camrose).

Rene Bourque (Lac La Biche), Rob Klinkhammer (Lethbridge), Brandon Kozun (Calgary), and Mason Raymond (Cochrane) are among the 14 forwards named to Team Canada.

Team Canada opens its Olympic schedule on Thursday, February 15 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, when it meets Switzerland in Group A. The gold-medal game is set to take place on February 25.

Alberta will also have representation on the female side at the Olympics, as goaltender Shannon Szabados (Edmonton) and defender Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert) were named to the Canada’s National Women’s team roster in December.


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Highlight Reel: 2017

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


Alberta Hockey Day - Why We Play

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

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

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


Alberta Goalie Plan

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

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

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

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


The true spirit of Provincials

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

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

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

Click here for a list of 2017 Provincial champions >


The South will rise again

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

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

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

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


St. Albert Slash go all the way

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

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

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


Alberta players, officials take the next step

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

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

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

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

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


Leading our leaders

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

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

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


Albertans get the call to The Hall

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

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

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


The experience of a lifetime

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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The Greigs: making Alberta hockey history

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

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

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Kicking off the Road to Red Deer

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

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

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

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Team Alberta vs Canada’s National Women’s Team

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

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


Hockey Gives Back

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

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

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Hockey gives back across Alberta

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


Airdrie Midget Elite

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

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

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Barrhead Atom 1

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


Barrhead Midget Steelers

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


Beaumont Peewee 1 Braves

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

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Big Valley Bandits

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


Blackfalds Midget

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


Central Alberta Peewee AA Selects

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

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Chestermere Minor Hockey

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

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Crowfoot Peewee 1 (Calgary)

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

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Drumheller Minor Hockey

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


Duchess Minor Hockey

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

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


Edmonton Bantam Elite Pandas

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


EGHA 690, BE888

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


EGHA 700 Peewee A Swarm

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

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


EGHA 705 Vipers

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


Foothills Bisons

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


Hanna Minor Hockey

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


High Level Peewee Northstars

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


Hinton Alstar Peewee Hornets

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

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Lethbridge Val Matteotti Bantam AAA Goldenhawks

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

Lloydminster Pond Hockey

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

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Lloydminster Peewee AA

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


Lloydminster PWM Steelers

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

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Maple Leaf Athletic Club (Edmonton) Bantam AA

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


Medicine Hat Atom B Knights and Flames

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

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Medicine Hat Atom Blackhawks and Wild

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

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Medicine Hat Peewee AA Hounds

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


Medicine Hat Peewee Knights and Candiens

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


NAIT Ooks and MacEwan Griffins Mentorship Program with EGHA

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

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Northwest Zone Peewee Raiders (Edmonton)

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


NW288 Peewee Hawks

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

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

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


North Central Impact Midget Elite (Leduc)

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


Okotoks Peewee AA Oilers

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

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Olds Bantam Elite Grizzlys

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

Olds Peewee AA Grizzlys

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


PAC Saints Midget 15AAA

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


Peace River Midget AA Royals

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


Red Deer Sutter Fund Midget AAA Chiefs

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

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Rimbey Minor Hockey

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

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Sexsmith Minor Hockey

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


Sherwood Park Atom AA Arrows

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

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Sherwood Park Midget Elite Fury

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

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

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


Spruce Grove PAC AA Timberwolves/PAC Saints Bantam AAA

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

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St. Albert Atom Hawks

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


St. Albert Peewee A Steel

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


St. Alberta Peewee Spitfires

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

St. Albert Peewee Crunch

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

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Sturgeon Peewee AA Sting

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


Wainwright Racks-Oilfield Bantam

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

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West Central Tigers

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


Westlock Midget

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

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Alberta Hockey Day 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Eight Albertans invited to Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp

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

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

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

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


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Five Albertans land on Team Canada West

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Lloydminster PWM Steelers present 513 pairs of pajamas to Olivia Brockhoff for Project PJ


Lloydminster Steelers propel Project PJ to success

LLOYDMINSTER - What started out as a local initiative for the Lloydmister PWM Steelers of the Alberta Female Hockey League, quickly turned into a league and province-wide success story this holiday season.

Project PJ was started by 12 year-old Olivia Brockhoff in 2015, after a friend of her sister, who was going through cancer treatment at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, complained about the pajamas provided to her by the hospital. Now, every year, Olivia collects donations of pajamas to give to the hospital.

Tanya Plamondon, whose daughter plays for the Steelers, brought the idea to the Midget AAA team, and it snowballed from there.

"I’ve known Olivia and her parents for a long time, and I’ve been donating pajamas since she started (Project PJ)," said Tanya. "I wanted our team to do something big this season, so I mentioned it to (Head Coach) Randy (Laumbach), and we went from there. It worked out awesome since we had six home games to collect the pajamas in November, and we collected 89 pairs our first game through all us and our fans. The following weekend, we had the Calgary Fire and Edmonton Pandas accept our challenge to them, which was all in good fun, and the response was great. We also had the Rocky Mountain Raiders accept our challenge."

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The Fire, Pandas and Raiders collected a combined 140 pairs of pajamas. The captain of last year’s Steelers team, Tessa Mitchell, also challenged her current team, the MacEwan Griffins, to join the cause, adding another 125 pairs of pajamas to the team’s total, which were presented to the team on November 25, with Mitchell conducting the ceremonial faceoff.

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After an incredibly successful campaign for Project PJ, the Steelers managed to collect an astounding 513 pairs of pajamas, which were presented to Olivia during the team’s game on November 26.

As of December 1, Olivia has collected over 1000 pairs of Pajamas through Project PJ, all of which will be donated to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.


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Seventeen Albertans invited to Canada West Camp for World Junior A Challenge

RED DEER - Seventeen Albertans, including five Team Alberta alumni, are among the 60 players named to Team Canada West’s camp roster ahead of the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

Markus Bougaslavsky (Calgary), Levi Glasman (Red Deer), Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek), Jacob Kendall (Camrose), Kyler Kupka (Camrose), Jamie Rome (Calgary), Isaac Saniga (Spruce Grove), Parker Saretsky (Wainwright), Jordan Taupert (Medicine Hat), Blake Wells (Blackie), and Austin Wong (Cochrane) are among the 36 forwards invited to Canada West’s camp.

On defence, Alberta will be represented at the camp by Jacob Bernard-Docker (Canmore), Sean Comrie (Edmonton), Jarrod Gourley (Calgary), TJ Lloyd (Lloydminster) and Jonny Tychonick (Calgary/Penticton). Hunter Virostek (Turner Valley) is one of six goaltenders vying for a spot on Team Canada West.

Bonnyville Pontiacs’ Head Coach and General Manager, Rick Swan (Edmonton), will serve as an Assistant Coach for Team Canada West, after serving as Canada West’s Video Coach in 2016.

The Canada west hopefuls will assemble in Calgary December 2-5 for four days of practices and games as part of the Team Canada West selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport. The players were selected from the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

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


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The Greigs: making Alberta hockey history

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

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

“It’s been neat to share the Hockey Alberta process together, and to share and trade stories throughout the process,” said Dara. “It’s really cool to learn that we are the first brother and sister to represent Alberta in the same year, it’s something we can share for a lifetime.”

“I’ve enjoyed that Dara and I can talk about the experiences we’ve (both) had in making Team Alberta,” said Ridly. “To know that we are the first brother and sister to represent (Alberta) has been awesome.”

The apple apparently doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Ridly and Dara’s father, Mark, is a former professional hockey player. Drafted 15th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, the former WHL standout is a veteran of over 1000 games as a pro, including 125 in the NHL.

“What a great honour for them to both have the opportunity, and be fortunate enough to make the teams,” said Mark. “They’ve talked about that in the past that they may have the experience together, and (we) feel pretty fortunate that it came true.”

With Dara already going through the Team Alberta process in 2016, Ridly was able to lean on his older sister and draw from her experience during his journey to the WHL Cup.

“The best advice Dara has given me regarding the Team Alberta process was the make sure I was prepared physically and mentally for all of the camps, prior to being selected.”

Prior to Ridly and Dara both being named to their respective Team Alberta rosters, the Greigs experienced another memorable hockey moment when Ridly won the 2017 Alberta Cup with Team South, exactly 30 years after Mark won the 1987 Alberta Cup with Calgary North.

“It’s great that years and years later, after I had such a wonderful experience, that this Hockey Alberta program is still going strong, and providing these experiences for the kids,” said Mark.

Ridly and Team Alberta narrowly missed out on a gold medal at the WHL Cup in October, losing 3-2 to Team BC in overtime. Meanwhile, Dara will be playing in the fifth-place game on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the U18 Nationals in Quebec, after Team Alberta finished round-robin play with a 1-2 record.


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Nine Team Alberta alumni to represent Canada at World U17 Challenge

RED DEER - Nine players from Team Alberta’s 2016 gold medal-winning U16 squad have been selected to play in the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Goaltender Taylor Gauthier (Calgary), defencemen Bowen Byram (Lethbridge), Jake Lee (Sherwood Park), Rhett Rhinehart (Lloydminster), and Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park), and forwards Connor Bouchard (Cochrane), Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks), and Brayden Tracey (Calgary) are among the 66 players chosen to represent Canada.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 111 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

The tournament opens Nov. 5 at the Encana Events Centre in an all-Canadian affair as last year’s silver-medallist, Team Canada Black, takes on Team Canada White at 2:30 p.m. The opening day concludes with Sweden facing Russia at North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.


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Twelve Albertans named to Team WHL for Canada Russia Series

RED DEER - Alberta will be very well-represented during the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, with 12 Albertans named to Team WHL’s roster.

On Tuesday, the Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, Moose Jaw Warriors, Swift Current Broncos and Hockey Canada, announced today the roster for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Forwards Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary), Tyler Benson (Edmonton), Dillon Dube (Cochrane), Matthew Phillips (Calgary), Sam Steel (Sherwood Park), and Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake) will all suit up for Team WHL up front. On defence, Jake Bean (Calgary), Kale Clage (Lloydminster), Josh Mahura (St. Albert), and David Quenneville (Edmonton) will all be part of an Albertan-heavy blueline, in front of goaltenders Carter Hart (Sherwood Park) and Stuart Skinner (Edmonton).

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Moose Jaw on Monday, November 6, before continuing on to Swift Current for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 7. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6.

For more information on the Canada Russia Series, click here.


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Three Alberta officials to attend Level Six Seminar

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Officials Committee are pleased to announce three officials have been selected to attend the Hockey Canada Level Six officiating seminar in Moncton, New Brunswick on Novemer 22-26.

Kyle Kowalski (Edmonton), Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer), and Jordan Lightbown (Medicine Hat) will be attending this event, which is the highest level in the officiating program in Canada.

There are only about 80 level 6 officials registered in Canada each season, making this a very select group of top officials from across Canada.

Hockey Alberta and the Officials Committee would like to congratulate each official on their selection.

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Six Albertans selected in CWHL Draft

RED DEER - Six Albertans were among the 113 female hockey players selected in the 2017 Canadian Women’s Hockey League Draft.

Defender Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail) was the first Albertan off the board, taken fifth overall by the Calgary Inferno. Goaltender Robyn Chemago (Slave Lake) was selected three picks later, eighth overall by the Boston Blades, while the Inferno used its next pick, 12th overall, on another Albertan, defender Kelly Murray (Calgary).

Cassidy Delainey (Edmonton) was the next Albertan chosen, as the Toronto Furies selected the left-winger 37th overall. The Calgary Inferno continued the trend with its 61st and 87th picks, selecting left-winger Kennedy Brown (Okotoks) and right-winger Krista Wilson (Olds), respectively.

Baumgardt, Chemago, Murray, and Brown have all represented Team Alberta at the U18 level; Baumgardt three times, Chemago and Murray twice, and Brown once. Brown is also the first graduate of the Alberta Female Hockey League to be drafted into the CWHL, having played for the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA) during the league’s inaugural season in 2016-17.

Delainey and Wilson have both coached at the Alberta Challenge, and Delainey was the Head Coach, and Wilson the Assistant Coach of the Olds Grizzlys (Bantam Elite) of the AFHL during the 2016-17 season.


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Team Alberta alumnae invited to National Women’s Development Team and U18 Camps

CALGARY - Six Team Alberta alumnae have received an invite to attend Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Under-18 Team selection camps.

Codie Cross (Airdrie), Jess Healey (Edmonton), and Abagael Thiessen (Red Deer) are among the 25 players invited to the National Women’s Development Team camp. Karly Heffernan (Sherwood Park) was also invited, but is unable to attend. Dara Greig (Lethbridge) and Courtney Kollman (Calgary) are among the 42 Under-18 invitees.

Former Team Alberta Coaches Carla MacLeod (Calgary) and Adam Tresoor (Edmonton) will also be in attendance, as both were recently named to the Development Team’s staff.

Both camps are part of the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase, and run August 5-13 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.


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Legendary University of Alberta Coach Clare Drake headed to HHOF

RED DEER - In what many are calling a long over-due honour, Clare Drake is finally headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The legendary University of Alberta coach will join Dave Andreychuck, Danielle Goyette, Jeremy Jacobs, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, and Teemu Selanne as the Class of 2017.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Drake moved to Edmonton following his graduation from the University of British Columbia in the early 1950’s. He played one season of hockey with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, and earned a Bachelor of Education Degree there. Drake then completed his Master of Science degree at the University of Washington, and continued on to the University of Oregon.

Drake returned to Edmonton as a teacher, and in 1955, he joined the Golden Bears as interim Head Coach, winning his first league championship. He was named the full-time Head Coach in 1958, a post he held for 28 season, amassing 697 wins, 17 Canada West titles, and six national championships behind the bench. Popularly-known as "the dean of coaching", Drake is the only university coach to win a national championship in both hockey and football in the same year, a feat he accomplished in 1967.

In the inaugural Canada Winter Games in 1967, Drake led the Golden Bears, who represented Team Alberta, to a gold medal.

Drake also coached the Edmonton Oilers during the 1975-76 World Hockey Association season, served as an Assistant Coach with the Winnipeg Jets in 1989-90, and worked with the Dallas Stars during the 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs. Internationally, Drake was the co-coach of the 1980 Canadian Olympic Hockey team, and the mentor coach for Canada’s National Women’s Team leading up to the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Drake was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, and had the University of Alberta’s hockey rink, formerly the Varsity Arena, named after him.


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Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar speaks to the media after being selected in the first round, fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche (Photo credit: College Hockey Inc.)


Thirteen Albertans selected at 2017 NHL Entry Draft

RED DEER - It was another solid year for Albertans at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, including a history-making selection in the first round.

Thirteen players from Alberta were taken over the weekend, including Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar, who became the highest drafted player in Alberta Junior Hockey League history when then Colorado Avalanche selected him fourth overall.

Spokane Chiefs forward Jaret-Anderson Dolan was the next Alberta off the board, selected in the second round by the LA Kings. Another AJHL defender, Ian Mitchell of the Spruce Grove Saints, was selected in the second round as well, taken 57th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.

A pair of Albertan netminders also heard their names called on Saturday, as the Lethbridge Hurricane’s Stuart Skinner was selected in the third round by his hometown Edmonton Oilers, and Price Albert Raider Ian Scott was taken in the fourth round by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

4th Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) Colorado Avalanche Defence Calgary

SECOND ROUND

41st Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) Los Angeles Kings Forward Calgary
57th Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL) Chicago Blackhawks Defence Calahoo

THIRD ROUND

78th Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL) Edmonton Oilers Goalie Edmonton
79th Lane Zablocki (Red Deer Rebels, WHL) Detroit Red Wings Forward Wetaskiwin

FOURTH ROUND

97th Mason Shaw (Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL) Minnesota Wild Forward Wainwright
110th Ian Scott (Price Albert Raiders, WHL) Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie Calgary
122nd Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans, WHL) Anaheim Ducks Forward Calgary

FIFTH ROUND

128th Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos, WHL) Arizona Coyotes Forward Sylvan Lake
140th Zach Fischer (Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL) Calgary Flames Forward Lloydminster
144th Parker Foo (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) Chicago Blackhawks Forward Edmonton
148th Kale Howarth (Trail Smoke Eaters, BCHL) Columbus Blue Jackets Forward Red Deer

SEVENTH ROUND

198th Skyler McKenzie Winnipeg Jets Forward Sherwood Park
Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

13th Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen) Carolina Hurricanes Defence Calgary
30th Sam Steel (Regina Pats) Anaheim Ducks Forward Sherwood Park

SECOND ROUND

32nd Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants) Edmonton Oilers Forward Edmonton
48th Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Sherwood Park
51st Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings) Los Angeles Kings Defence Lloydminster
56th Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets) Calgary Flames Forward Cochrane

THIRD ROUND

74th Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs) Carolina Hurricanes Forward Calgary
82nd Carsen Twarynski (Calgary Hitmen) Philadelphia Flyers Forward Calgary
85th Joshua Mahura (Red Deer Rebels) Anaheim Ducks Defence Edmonton

FOURTH ROUND

111th Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw Warriors) San Jose Sharks Forward Beaumont

FIFTH ROUND

133rd Maxime Lajoie (Swift Current Broncos) Ottawa Senators Defence Calgary
144th Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels) St. Louis Blues Forward High River

SIXTH ROUND

159th Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels) Buffalo Sabres Forward Morinville
166th Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals) Calgary Flames Forward Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

200th David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers) New York Islanders Defence Edmonton
204th Brayden Chizen (Kelowna Rockets) Minnesota Wild Defence St. Albert

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Former Team Alberta captain Cale Clague is one the thirty Albertans invited to attend Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase in July. (Photo credit: LA Media)


Thirty Albertans invited to Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase

CALGARY - Thirty hockey players from Alberta are among the 197 invited to Hockey Canada’s annual National Team’s Summer Showcase in July.

Fifteen Albertans will head to the under-17 development camp in Calgary: goaltenders Byron Fancy (Claresholm) and Taylor Gauthier (Calgary), defencemen Daniel Baker (Edmonton), Bowen Byram (Lethbridge), Jake Lee (Sherwood Park), Kirby Proctor (Okotoks), Rhett Rhinehart (Lloydminster), and Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park), and forwards Connor Bouchard (Cochrane), Ethan Browne (Sherwood Park), Carter Chorney (Sherwood Park), Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan), Liam Keeler (Edmonton), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks), and Brayden Tracey (Calgary).

Goaltender Carl Stankowski (Calgary), defenceman Ty Smith (Lloydminster) and forward Chase Wouters (Lloydminster) will vie for a spot on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 team.

Meanwhile, 12 more Albertans will head to Plymouth, Mich., for the Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp: Goaltenders Carter Hart (Sherwood Park) and Stuart Skinner (Edmonton), defencemen Jake Bean (Calgary), Kale Clague (Lloydminster), Josh Mahura (St. Albert), Cale Makar (Calgary), and David Quenneville (Edmonton), and forwards Tyler Benson (Edmonton), Dillon Dubé (Cochrane), Matthew Phillips (Calgary), Mason Shaw (Wainwright), and Sam Steele (Sherwood Park).


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Six Albertans invited to Hockey Canada Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp

CALGARY - Six netminders will be among the 30 attending Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goaltending Camp, which runs June 9-11 in Calgary.

Carter Hart (Sherwood Park), Ian Scott (Calgary), and Stuart Skinner (Edmonton) will take part at the Under-20 level, Carl Stankowski (Calgary) at the Under-18 level, while Byron Fancy (Claresholm) and Taylor Gauthier (Calgary) will attend the Under-17 development camp.

The weekend-long camp brings together some of the country’s top goaltending talent with elite-level instructors from across North America. The camp is the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selection camps in the under-17, under-18 and under-20 levels.


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Duane Moleni (right) works on his skating with Hockey Alberta Foundation Board Vice Chair Dennis Zukiwsky (left).


It’s never too late

RED DEER - While it’s a common sight every winter to see outdoor rinks across Canada full of youngsters learning to skate, you’ll also see the odd adult hitting the ice for the very first time.

Although admittedly “late to the party”, Duane Moleni took the opportunity this past winter to embrace Canada’s pastime. Originally from New Zealand, he moved to Canada 11 years ago, but only decided to learn to skate this year.

“Peer pressure,” Moleni said of his motivation to take up hockey. “When you’re in a country like Canada, and hockey’s a national sport, I think I’d being doing a disservice to myself if I didn’t come out and try to at least learn to skate. Winter in most parts of this country is six-plus months long, so I’d go crazy if I didn’t come out and do this.”

Moleni works with the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.), which hosted the Learn to Skate in Red Deer, an initiative the Hockey Alberta Foundation partnered to help deliver. The Learn to Skate program ran Saturdays during the winter at an outdoor community rink, offering New Canadians of all skill levels a chance to play hockey, or learn the basics of the game.

“It’s fantastic, the facility and the ice is fantastic, as is the support from the Hockey Alberta Foundation,” Moleni said. “You’ve got kids playing hockey, and you’ve got kids who are learning to skate working with coaches as well, which is where I’m at. It’s fantastic, just little techniques that when I first started learning how to skate, I had no idea, and no one showed me what to do or gave me any tips, so it’s just helping me get that confidence to keep going and try and a little bit harder, and do a little bit more, and lo and behold, I’ll be doing a toe-pick triple-axle in no time.”

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A former Rugby player, Moleni said the concept of hockey is something he’s still learning, even after living in Canada for more than ten years.

“It blows my mind that in this sport, you can go crazy fast on a surface like ice, with steel blades that are miniscule, and you make it look effortless," he said. "Then you throw in a puck and stick-handling, and navigating through players that are out there that are allowed to hit you, it blows my mind, that’s why I love the sport.”

After more than a decade of watching the sport, Moleni can pinpoint his love of the sport to one source - one of the hardest-hitting, toughest hockey players of all-time.

“When I first started watching the sport, Scott Stevens was (my idol), he was awesome," Moleni said. "He’s big, he’s strong, skates really well obviously, but the guy was just physically dominant. That’s not what hockey’s about, and hockey has changed since then.”

Moleni’s determination and attitude caught the attention of many at the rink, especially the people who were helping him.

"Duane is one of the big reasons why we had so much fun working with the C.A.R.E. program this winter," said Tim Leer, the Hockey Albert Foundation’s Executive Director. "Although we were there as part of the Every Kid Every Community program, Duane proved that it’s never too late to learn how to play."

With a full season on the ice now under his belt, Moleni said he’ll continue to work on his skating and skills, and without a doubt will be found out on the ice once again every Saturday this coming winter.


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Albertans land on Hockey Canada’s centralized Olympic roster

CALGARY - Six Albertans were on the list as Hockey Canada announced it’s 28-player Olympic Centralized roster on Thursday.

Goaltender Shannon Szabados (Edmonton) and Defender Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert) were both selected as players. Melody Davidson, James Emery (Calgary), Brad Kirkwood (Calgary), and Christine Atkins (Fort Mcleod) are all a part of the team staff.

Szabados, Mikkelson, and 26 other players will be centralized in Calgary throughout the 2017-18 season in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim) is one of two alternate goaltenders who will be available to support the centralization roster throughout the 2017-18 season but will remain with their club teams.


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Two of a kind

OLDS - While many players at the Alberta Challenge and Alberta Cup are following in the footsteps of their older siblings, it’s not often two can share the experience at the same time.

Twins Ali and A.J. Macaulay have the rare opportunity to watch eachother compete against the best in the province.

Ali is currently competing with North Yellow at the Alberta Challenge, while A.J. skated with Northeast just a week prior at the Alberta Cup.

The two spoke about their sibling rivalry, and how they’ve leaned on eachother throughout the experience.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Cup, click here.


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Training the trainers

OLDS - The Alberta Challenge is not only a great opportunity for players to develop, but trainers as well. Every year, a Mentor Trainer is in place at the competition to oversee each Team Trainer, and help guide them through the process.

This year’s Mentor Trainer, Dave Campbell, discusses the importance of the Trainer program and how it’s helped him grow as a Trainer.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Challenge, click here.


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Team Alberta U18 Head Coach Craig Perrett, who is also serving as a Coach Mentor at the 2017 Alberta Challenge, will be just the third coach to serve on both the male and female sides of the Team Alberta program.


The view from the other side

OLDS - While many coaches have had the opportunity to be a part of the Team Alberta program over the years, 2017 Team Alberta U18 Female Head Coach Craig Perrett will be just the third to do so on both the male and female side.

Perrett, who is also serving as a Mentor at the 2017 Alberta Challenge, was an Assistant Coach with Team Alberta’s gold medal winning U16 Male team in 2015, and has spent many years with the Team Alberta program in various roles, most recently serving as a Coach Mentor at the Alberta Cup and Alberta Winter Games.

Now, as he makes the transition from the male side to the female side of the program, Perrett has already noticed the differences and similarities between the two, and says he’s looking forward to the new challenge.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Challenge, click here.


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Former Team Alberta player Channia Alexander (right) and her mom, Val, will be going head-to-head this weekend as Directors of Operations at the 2017 Alberta Challenge.


Giving back to Team Alberta

OLDS - Although Val Alexander’s team will be competing against her daughter Channia’s team at the 2017 Alberta Challenge, the mother-daughter duo are enjoying the experience together.

It’s Val’s third Alberta Challenge as a Director of Operations, this year with South Black, while Channia, the Director of Operations for North Grey, is volunteering with the Challenge for the first time.

Channia played in Team Alberta’s U18 Female program from 2012-15, winning a bronze medal with Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Both Channia and Val are excited to give back to the Team Alberta program, and provide the same experience they both received while Channia was coming up through the program.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Challenge, click here.


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(From left) Alberta Cup All-Stars Garin Bjorklund, Kaiden Guhle, Luke Prokop, Krz Plummer, Kyle Crnkovic and Ethan Rowland were all selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. Guhle was the first overall selection, going to the Prince Albert Raiders. Photo cre


Albertans go 1-2 at 2017 WHL Bantam Draft | Full list of Albertans drafted

For the third straight year, an Albertan has been selected first overall at the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. In total, 74 players from Alberta were drafted, one more than in 2016.

2017 Alberta Cup All-Star Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park) was the top pick in the draft, going to the Prince Albert Raiders. Connor McLennan (Wainwright) was selected right after by the Kootenay Ice, giving Alberta yet another 1-2 punch at the draft.Another Alberta Cup All-Star, Garin Bjorklund (Calgary), was the first goaltender taken in the draft, going 21st overall to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Seven Albertans went in the top 10 picks, and 11 player were selected in the first round, the most of the four Western provinces.

Fourty of the players drafted are forwards, 25 are defence, and nine are goaltenders.

A recap of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft can be found by clicking here.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

1st Kaiden Guhle Prince Albert Raiders Defence Sherwood Park
2nd Connor McClennon Kootenay Ice Forward Wainwright
4th Jake Neighbours Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Airdrie
7th Luke Prokop Calgary Hitmen Defence Edmonton
8th Ridly Greig Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Lethbridge
9th Joel Sexsmith Swift Current Broncos Defence Edmonton
10th Kyle Crnkovic Saskatoon Blades Forward Chestermere
16th Noah Boyko Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Redwater
20th Ronan Seeley Everett Silvertips Defence Olds
21st Garin Bjorklund Medicine Hat Tigers Goalie Calgary
22nd Ethan Rowland Red Deer Rebels Forward Calgary

SECOND ROUND

23rd Anson McMaster Kootenay Ice Defence Siksika
25th Ozzy Wiesblatt Prince Albert Raiders Forward Calgary
26th Logan Dowhaniuk Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Camrose
31st Braden Plaschewsky Saskatoon Blades Forward Calgary
32nd Dallon Melin Victoria Royals Forward Camrose
36th Sebastian Cossa Edmonton Oil Kings Goalie Fort McMurray
41st Tyrel Bauer Seattle Thunderbirds Defence Cochrane
43rd Scout Truman Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Lethbridge

THIRD ROUND

46th Krz Plummer Vancouver Giants Forward Whitecourt
48th Raphael Pelletier Edmonton Oil Kings Forward St. Albert
52nd Kaden Reinders Victoria Royals Defence Grande Prairie
53rd Talyn Boyko Tri-City Americans Goalie Drumheller
59th Peyton McKenzie Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Sherwood Park
63rd Jordan Borysiuk Red Deer Rebels Forward Mannville
66th Sheldon Kwiatkowski Calgary Hitmen Forward Grande Prairie

FOURTH ROUND

67th Jake Sanderson Kootenay Ice Defence Calgary
71st Cole Carrier Kelowna Rockets Forward Strathcona
74th Jack Zayat Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Calgary
79th Cole Dubinsky Regina Pats Forward Ardrossan
82nd Jarod Newell Tri-City Americans Defence Wainwright
86th Blake Lyda Everett Silvertips Goalie Edmonton
87th Noah Danielson Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Olds

FIFTH ROUND

89th Owen Pederson Kootenay Ice Forward Stony Plain
92nd Samuel McGinley Regina Pats Defence Calgary
93rd Ty Yoder Victoria Royals Forward Camrose
95th Braydan Peters Calgary Hitmen Goalie Taber
107th Jace Isley Red Deer Rebels Defence Grande Prairie
108th Brayden Morrison Everett Silvertips Forward Calgary
110th Brett Meerman Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Blackfalds

SIXTH ROUND

111th Benjamin Zloty Kootenay Ice Defence Calgary
117th Alex Thacker Swift Current Broncos Forward St. Albert
118th Noah Lamb Victoria Royals Defence Camrose
124th Jackson Berry Moose Jaw Warriors Goalie Chestermere
131st Kadyn Chabot Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Lethbridge

SEVENTH ROUND

133rd Gage Alexander Kootenay Ice Goalie Okotoks
136th Brendan Kuny Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Camrose
139th Greg Nelson Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Veteran
142nd Michael Benning Victoria Royals Defence St. Albert
148th Riley Fiddler-Schultz Calgary Forward Edmonton
151st Riley Ginnell Kamloops Blazers Forward Calgary
152nd Ryley Morgan Everett Silvertips Forward St. Albert
154th Daron Cyr Swift Current Broncos Defence St. Albert

EIGHTH ROUND

157th Cole Tisdale Kelowna Rockets Goalie Lethbridge
162nd Bode Hagan Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Beaumont
163rd Chase Leslie Red Deer Defence Camrose
165th Ethan Edwards Portland Winterhawks Defence St. Albert
167th Nickolas De Beurs Red Deer Rebels Forward Cochrane
173rd Ty Marcinkowski Seattle Thunderbirds Goalie Camrose

NINTH ROUND

177th Aidan Bangs Regina Pats Forward Calgary
187th Jacob Boucher Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward St. Albert
193rd Robert Kincaid Kelowna Rockets Defence Barrhead
197th Brayden Kapty Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Coalhurst
198th Carter Savoie Regina Pats Forward St. Albert

TENTH ROUND

204th Ethan Leyer Portland Winterhawks Forward St. Albert
207th Blake Gustafson Red Deer Rebels Defence Sherwood Park
211th Daylan Kuefler Kamloops Blazers Forward Stettler
216th Stephen Rosier Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Calgary

ELEVENTH Round

218th Hale Schoneck Calgary Hitmen Defence Calgary
219th Nathan Morgan Victoria Royals Forward Calgary
222nd Maxwell Goldade Everett Silvertips Defence Calgary
223rd Tyler Bates Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Calgary
224th Jared Miller Regina Pats Forward Crossfield

TWELFTH ROUND

227th Austin Spiridakis Everett Silvertips Forward Sturgeon County

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(From left) Mark and Ridly Greig, Jake and Geoff Sanderson, and Brayden and Brendan Morrison.


Like father, like son

CANMORE - A trio of former NHL players can be found in the stands in Canmore this weekend, watching their sons play in the 2017 Alberta Cup.

Geoff Sanderson, Brendan Morrison, and Mark Greig all have the opportunity to cheer on their sons Jake, Brayden and Ridly, as they compete for the Alberta Cup with Team South.


For Greig, the tournament is a blast from the past, as he won the 1987 Alberta Cup with Calgary North. Now, 30 years later, he’s in the stands, hoping his son Ridly can do the same.

Sanderson’s older son, Benjamin, also played in the Alberta Cup in 2015. Greig’s daughter, Dara, played for Team Alberta’s U18 Female team in 2016.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Cup, click here.


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Edmonton Yellow defenceman Luke Prokop is one of four athletes playing in the Alberta Cup whose brother played in Team Alberta’s U16 program.


Keeping it in the family

CANMORE - For four athletes participating in the 2017 Alberta Cup, they have a unique opportunity to mirror the accomplishments of their older brothers.

Peyton Mckenzie (Northeast), Garin Bjorklund (Calgary South), Kaiden Guhle (Northeast) and Luke Prokop (Edmonton Yellow), are all following in the footsteps of their siblings: Skyler, Paycen, Brendan and Josh.

Not only did the four older brothers play in the Alberta Cup - they all went on to play for Team Alberta’s U16 team: Brendan in 2012, Skyler in 2013, and both Paycen and Josh in 2015. All four won gold at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in their respective years.

For Peyton, Garin, Kaiden and Luke, they’re all looking forward to following in their brothers’ footsteps, and hope to use their experiences to make the next step in the Team Alberta program.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Cup, click here.


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Joe Hawkins (Edmonton Blue), a 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup champion with Edmonton Green, looks back on his experience in 2015 and how it helped prepare him for the Alberta Cup


Looking back at the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup

CANMORE - For many of the 2002-born athletes taking to the ice in Canmore this week, the 2017 Alberta Cup isn’t their first taste of Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program.

Many players were a part of the inaugural Peewee Prospects Cup in 2015, and are the first group to play in the Alberta Cup after taking part in the new program.

Joe Hawkins (Edmonton Blue), Cole Carrier (Edmonton Yellow), Ronan Seeley (Central), Noah Danielson (Central), and Steven Ewaskiw (Assistant Coach, Northwest) shared their experiences at the Peewee Prospects Cup, and how it helped prepare them for the Alberta Cup. Hawkins and Ewaskiw were both part of the Edmonton Green team that won the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup.

For more scores, stats and stories from the 2017 Alberta Cup, click here.


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The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings celebrate their Midget AAA Provincial Championship win on home ice in March.


The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings: Not your typical Cinderella story

The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings are about to begin their quest for the Telus Cup. But, the road to Prince George was anything but easy for the Midget AAA team. The Oil Kings finished third in the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League season with a 14-15-5 record. From there, the team went on an impressive run through the AMHL Playoffs, claiming the Midget AAA Provincial Championship. They now find themselves ready to compete for a national title.

Ahead of the Telus Cup, Oil Kings Assistant Coaches Darin Wood and Colby McClachlan penned the following letter about their team of destiny:


The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings aren’t your typical Cinderella story.

Expectations were high coming out of the gates with new coaching staff, four returning players, and a very well-rounded batch of incoming players.

With a tough schedule to begin the season, they got off to a mediocre start, playing to a 4-6-0 record in the first month. Goals were hard to come by, and under new systems and philosophies, there was a sharp learning curve to adjust to. Adding to the adversity, Carson Lux (one of four returning players, and team Captain at the time) got the call to take the step up to Drayton Valley in the AJHL.

November was more of the same, with offensive woes being the story, and the team’s record fell to 6-10-1. But the month was not without its ups, with Dillon Hamaliuk returning to the team after a late roster move by Seattle in the Western Hockey League. With the Macs Midget AAA tournament in Calgary looming, and with a goal that was set early in the year to play in the Macs, December was a turning point in the season. The Oil Kings started finding their stride.

Improving to a 3-1-2 record for the month (9-11-3 for the season), and boosting their offensive efforts, they solidified their place in the Macs.

With the Macs Tournament being a goal early on, the Oil Kings knew the competition was stiff and they had to raise their level of play. Great leadership and the close-knit nature of the club helped guide them to a 2-1-1 record in the tournament, narrowly missing the playoff rounds. But, a disappointing result for a very well-played tournament didn’t hinder the resilient group heading into the home stretch of the season, and with a newfound belief in the ability of the team and its potential, the Oil Kings finished the season 5-4-2 (14-15-5 overall), good enough for third place in the North Division.

The preliminary round of the playoffs was a hard-fought battle with the MLAC Beverly Optimists, where both games ended with a one goal differential, one of which was in overtime. A well-balanced attack, and a solid penalty kill was the story in the series, with 11 different players finding the score sheet, and going a perfect 9-for-9 shorthanded. Breydon Berthold led the way with two goals, including the series-winner.

The early series sweep added a lot of confidence to the group as they moved into the second round against the St. Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders. A typical second-seed vs. third-seed battle, the series took all five games to decide, with four one-goal games, two of which went into extra frames.

Exceptional resiliency (all three wins were come-from-behind) and penalty killing was once again the story for the series, allowing only one goal on 17 attempts, and adding a shorthanded marker. This set the stage for the North Division final against the top-seeded Sherwood Park Kings. A hard fought series from the start, which ended in two of three games requiring extra time, saw Easton Hesse assert himself as the leading playoff goaltender, stopping 113 shots in the three-game series, including a 49-save effort in the double-overtime game two. Once again the penalty kill group went a perfect 11-for-11 in the series, en route to a three-game sweep.

Heading into the provincial finals against the CFR Chemicals Bisons, it was clear that this team started seeing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, and with two key injuries on the blueline, they were put to the test. With a game one victory thanks to another 24 save performance by Hesse, and a perfect 4-for-4 penalty kill night, the series came home to Leduc with the Oil Kings up one game to none. Three lead changes, eight different goal-scorers, and another 3-for-3 penalty killing performance later, the Oil Kings found themselves in their sixth overtime game of the playoffs. Tyler Smithies buried his fifth goal of the playoffs, and Brendan Morrow went 100% in the faceoff dot to give LJAC a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Game three was nothing short of spectacular, as both teams exchanged prime scoring chances, and exceptional goaltending. The game went into overtime for the second time in a row, and seventh time in the playoffs for the Oil Kings. A phenomenal slap pass/deflection goal kept the Bisons alive, and for the first time, the Oil Kings had a chance to lock up a series at home. LJAC made history March 26, as they clinched game 4 in front of family and friends.

Their heart, evident by a 5-2 record in overtime, an earth-shattering seven wins coming from behind, and 98% penalty kill effort was the difference in the post season, which saw them go 11-3 overall. Even with their backs up against the wall, they stayed positive, focused, and poised. They played for each other, were accountable to each other, and never gave up on anyone wearing the crest. Other teams may have walked into the dressing room going into overtime exhausted, and sore, and used that as an excuse to shed 1% of their effort, but not this group. Some may have used a heartbreaking overtime loss as an excuse to point a finger in blame, or try and change the game plan. But not this group. Stats aside, it took 23 players to win the league. 23 unwavering efforts. 23 hearts and 23 souls. Some call it a “Cinderella Story”. The LJAC Oil Kings call it hockey.


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Team Alberta U18 alumnae invited to Hockey Canada Summer Camp

RED DEER - Eight former members of Team Alberta’s U18 program have been invited by Hockey Canada to attend the 2017 Summer Strength & Conditioning Camp, which runs May 3-7 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Abigail Benning (St. Albert), Codie Cross (Airdrie), Jess Healey (Edmonton), and Abagael Thiessen (Red Deer) are among the 30 development players attending the camp. Mairead Bast (Red Deer) and Karly Heffernan (Sherwood Park) were invited to the camp, but are unable to attend.

Two members of the most recent Team Alberta U18 squad, Dara Greig (Lethbridge) and Courtney Kollman (Calgary) will attend the camp as part of the 50-player U18 camp roster.

The focus of the camp will be entirely on off-ice sessions, which include dryland training, fitness testing, and physical and mental preparation.


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Albertans move up in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the 2017 NHL draft, with a number of Albertans making a jump from the midterm rankings.

Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) remains the highest-ranked Albertan, moving up to number nine among North American skaters. Jaret-Anderson Dolan (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) jumped up 19 spots to 21, while Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL) moved from 45 to 35. Two Albertans, Dakota Krebs (Tri-City Americans, WHL) and Skyler McKenzie (Portland Winterhawks, WHL), made their way on to the list after not being included in the midterm rankings, sitting at 153 and 176, respectively.

A total of 20 Albertans made NHL Central Scouting’s final list of top-ranked North American skaters, while four netminders are among the top 31 North American goaltenders, with Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders, WHL) leading the way as the third highest-ranked goaltender. Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL) saw his draft stock increase, improving from ninth to fifth in the goalie rankings.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

North American Skaters

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
9 10 Cale Makar Defenceman Brooks Bandits AJHL
21 40 Jaret Anderson-Dolan Center Spokane Chiefs WHL
35 45 Ian Mitchell Defenceman Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
52 70 Lane Zablocki Right Wing Red Deer Rebels WHL
55 63 Mason Shaw Center Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
56 58 Kyle Olson Right Wing Tri-City Americans WHL
70 138 Tyler Steenbergen Center Swift Current Broncos WHL
86 87 Ryan Peckford Left Wing Victoria Royals WHL
128 129 Kale Howarth Left Wing Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL
132 141 Ethan McIndoe Left Wing Spokane Chiefs WHL
133 130 Brett Leason Center Tri-City Americans WHL
135 110 Dylan Plouffe Defenceman Vancouver Giants WHL
147 120 Brayden Gorda Defenceman Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
153 - Dakota Krebs Defenceman Tri-City Americans WHL
169 177 Ryan Hughes Center Portland Winterhawks WHL
176 - Skyler McKenzie Left Wing Portland Winterhawks
187 175 Brayden Burke Left Wing Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
202 152 Zackary Hayes Defenceman Price Albert Raiders WHL
205 163 Josh Patterson Center Saskatoon Blades WHL
210 134 Matthew Wedman Center Seattle Thunderbirds WHL

North American Goalies

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
3 2 Ian Scott Goalie Prince Albert Raiders WHL
5 9 Stuart Skinner Goalie Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL
25 31 Dawson Weatherill Goalie Spokane Chiefs WHL
29 24 Matthew Murray Goalie Fargo USHL

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Team Alberta alumni to join National U18 team in Ontario

As Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team begins to assemble, three former Team Alberta players are among the first six players to join the team roster.

Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Ian Mitchell, and Ian Scott will head to Etobicoke, Ontario, for two pre-competition games in preparation of the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship, which runs April 13-23 in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia.

Another Team Alberta alumnus, Ty Smith, is one of the six under-aged players invited to take part in order to gain more international experience.

All four players were a part of the Team Alberta squad that won silver at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Smith, who played in the Canada Winter Games as an under-age player, also won gold with Team Alberta at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.


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Team Alberta alumni Sam Steel (centre) and Kale Clague (right) celebrate Team Alberta’s 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup win. (Photo credit: LA Media)


Albertans bring home WHL hardware

RED DEER/CALGARY - Alberta was very well-represented when the Western Hockey League announced its 2016-17 Eastern and Western Conference award winners and All-Star teams on Wednesday.

Four Albertans took home major awards:

Sam Steel (Sherwood Park), Regina Pats - Eastern Conference Player of the Year, WHL Top Scorer
Zach Sawchenko (Calgary), Moose Jaw Warriors - Eastern Conference Top Goaltender
Carter Hart (Sherwood Park), Everett Silvertips - Western Conference Top Goaltender
Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake), Swift Current Broncos - Eastern Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player

All four players were also among the eight Albertans named to the WHL’s First and Second All-Star teams:

Eastern Conference First All-Star Team:
Goaltender - Zach Sawchenko (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors
Defenceman - Kale Clague (Lloydminster, AB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward - Sam Steel (Sherwood Park, AB), Regina Pats
Forward - Tyler Wong (Cochrane, AB), Lethbridge Hurricanes

Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team:
Defenceman - Jake Bean (Calgary, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward - Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, AB), Swift Current Broncos

Western Conference First All-Star Team:
Goaltender - Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, AB), Everett Silvertips
Forward - Matthew Phillips (Calgary, AB), Victoria Royals

WHL Award Winners > | WHL All-Star Teams >


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Former Team Alberta players and staff win National Championship

EDMONTON - Twelve former Team Alberta players and three former staff are now U Sports national champions as members of the University of Alberta Pandas.

The sixth-seeded Pandas defeated the fourth-seeded McGill Martlets in double-overtime Sunday night in Napanee, Ontario to clinch the championship.

Taylor Kezama, Cayle Dillon, Ashley Morin, Deanna Morin, Amy Boucher, Alex Poznikoff, Hanna Olenyk, Regan Wright, Abby Benning, Kirsten Chamberlin, Dayna Owen, and Kennedy Ganser have all previously played in the Team Alberta U18 Female program.

Kezama netted the double-overtime winner for the Panadas, while Poznikoff, who was recently named to the Canada West All-Star team, was named one of the tournament all-stars.

Head Coach Howie Draper, Assistant Coach Leah Copeland, and Equipment Manager Wes Nystrom were also previously involved with the Team Alberta program.


About the Team Alberta U18 Female Program

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.


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Alberta girls go global

Two outstanding young Albertans are on their way to take part in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Global Girls Hockey Game in Toronto.

Samantha Boutin of St. Albert and Jasmine Rodak of Calgary were selected out of more than 25 applicants to attend the international event. Two female hockey players from each province are headed to the Global Game, which will see 37 IIHF member organizations hold events across the globe this weekend.

Boutin is a 14 year-old forward with the St. Albert Bantam A Blades.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Global Girls Hockey Game in Toronto, playing in a game like this gives me the opportunity to meet with other girls from across the country to play a game that we all love,” she said. “Hopefully we can all make some amazing long-lasting friendships as we get to experience this opportunity of a lifetime. Being one of two players selected from the province is a huge honour for me and I can’t wait to represent Hockey Alberta in Toronto.”

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“Hockey is my escape from the pressures that come with being a teen today... no social media, no boys, just me and my skates. There is nowhere that I am happier than on the ice with my teammates. My family, my coaches, and the community have made sacrifices for myself and others to be able to play this game.”

In addition to her hockey activities, Boutin is an active volunteer in her community. She helps out at a senior centre and her school, and also helped prepare a meal and serve it at the Mustard Seed in Edmonton.

Rodak, also 14, is currently a goaltender for the Bantam A Hawks in Calgary.

“I am very excited to be a part of the second annual Global Game,” she said. “Hockey to me isn’t just a game, it’s about making lifelong friendships and having fun. Some of my strongest friendships have been made in my early years of Novice and Atom hockey and have continued into Bantam girls hockey. I’ve been so lucky to be playing with such amazing teammates and coaches who have helped me grow and develop my hockey game and life in general. I can’t wait for the amazing experiences and many lifelong memories that I will make at the Global Game 2017.”

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Rodak also believes in giving back to the community, volunteering as a Goalie Mentor for two female goalies in the Crowfoot association in Calgary.


About the Global Game

The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation, is hosting the Global Game February 18-19 in Toronto. The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on Saturday and will be played in 28 different countries before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment of the game. A cumulative score is kept across all 28 countries between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after the Canadian portion of the game. The goal this game is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

Two teams comprised of participants from across Canada will compete for Team White and Team Blue in the Canadian portion of the Global Game. Alberta selected two players - one forward and one goaltender - to represent the province at this event. Participants spend the weekend in Toronto participating in skills clinics, listening to guest speakers, visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as participating in the main event, the Global Game.


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Alberta in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2017 NHL draft, with 24 Albertans on the list.

Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) is the highest-ranked Albertan, coming it at number 10. Jaret-Anderson Dolan (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) and Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL) also cracked the top 50, sitting at number 40 and 45, respectively.

A total of 19 Albertans made NHL Central Scouting’s list of top-ranked North American skaters, while three netminders are among the top 31 North American goaltenders, with Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders, WHL) leading the way as the second highest-ranked goaltender.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

North American Skaters

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
10 Cale Makar Defenceman Brooks Bandits AJHL
40 Jaret Anderson-Dolan Center Spokane Chiefs WHL
45 Ian Mitchell Defenceman Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
58 Kyle Olson Right Wing Tri-City Americans WHL
63 Mason Shaw Center Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
70 Lane Zablocki Right Wing Red Deer Rebels WHL
87 Ryan Peckford Left Wing Victoria Royals WHL
110 Dylan Plouffe Defenceman Vancouver Giants WHL
120 Brayden Gorda Defenceman Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
129 Kale Howarth Left Wing Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL
130 Brett Leason Center Tri-City Americans WHL
134 Matthew Wedman Center Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
138 Tyler Steenbergen Center Swift Current Broncos WHL
141 Ethan Mcindoe Left Wing Spokane Chiefs WHL
152 Zackary Hayes Defenceman Prince Albert Raiders WHL
163 Josh Patterson Center Saskatoon Blades WHL
175 Brayden Burke Left Wing Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
177 Ryan Hughes Center Portland Winterhawks WHL
212 Brinson Pasichnuk Defenceman Arizona State ACHA
213 Jarrod Gourley Defenceman Spruce Grove Saints AJHL

North American Goalies

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
2 Ian Scott Goalie Prince Albert Raiders WHL
9 Stuart Skinner Goalie Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL
24 Matthew Murray Goalie Fargo USHL
31 Dawson Weatherill Goalie Spokane Chiefs WHL

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Hockey Alberta’s Top Moments of 2016

RED DEER - As 2016 comes to a close, Hockey Alberta looks back on the year that was with some of our favourite moments (in no particular order).


New look(s) for Hockey Alberta

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2016 started off with a bang for Hockey Alberta, as our newly re-designed website (hockeyalberta.ca) launched at the end of January after more than six months of work.

Click here for the full story.

In fact, it was a very busy year on the technology front, with the unveiling of the new Provincial Championships sites (haprovincials.ca), the Alberta Cup site (abcup.ca), and the transition of the Hockey Alberta Foundation website (hockeyalbertafoundation.ca) back to the Hockey Alberta platform.

Then, in August, Hockey Alberta proudly announced a new visual identity, unveiling a new logo that combines a number of elements that focus on how to best represent hockey in Alberta.

Click here for the full story.


Team Alberta finds the podium

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2016 was another successful year for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with medals in three different inter-provincial events.

Team Alberta U16 Male continued its winning ways at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in October, earning its third-straight gold medal, and fifth in the tournament’s six-year history. Click here for the full story.

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Team Alberta North came out of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in March with a gold medal on the male side, and a silver medal on the female. Click here for the full story.

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At the Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat in February, it was Zone 6 Male (Edmonton) and Zone 5 Female (Yellowhead/Blackgold) skating away with gold medals, proving to be the best in the province. Click here for the full story.


The March to a title

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The 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, saw 39 different battles for provincial supremacy from Atom to Senior. Provincials were hosted across the Alberta as far north as High Level, and as far south as Taber. The annual “March to a title” is always a high point for minor hockey across Alberta, and 2016 marked the first year with ATB Financial as presenting sponsor.

Click here for a list of the 2016 Provincial champions.


30 years of the Alberta Cup

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Despite trailing 2-0 and 3-2 at different points in the game, Calgary South used a six goal third period to defeat Northeast 9-3 to capture the 2016 Alberta Cup. The win is an extra-special one for Calgary South Head Coach Jamie Steer, as he won the first ever Alberta Cup as a player with Calgary South in 1986, a story-book ending to the celebration of 30 years of the Alberta Cup.

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Alberta’s players and officials continue to excel

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2016 was a banner year for Alberta players and officials, achieving a number of accolades and recognition.

For the first time since 1993, Alberta players were selected 1-2-3 in the WHL Bantam Draft. Peyton Krebs of Okotoks was taken first overall by the Kootenay Ice, with Fort Saskatchewan native Kirby Dach and Cochrane’s Bowen Byram going second and third to the Saskatoon Blades and Vancouver Giants, respectively. In total, 73 players from Alberta were selected in the 2016 draft. Click here for the full story.

At the 2016 NHL draft, 16 Albertans heard their names called by an NHL team. Jake Bean was the highest-drafted Albertan, going 13th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes. Team Alberta alumnus Sam Steel also went in the first round, as the Anaheim Ducks selected him with the 30th pick. Click here for the full story.

Alberta’s officials were assigned to numerous high-profile events throughout 2016. In March, 12 Alberta officials were assigned to the Western Canada Bantam Championships in Okotoks. In April, six Alberta officials were assigned to the RBC Cup in Lloydminster, and in November, five Alberta officials were assigned to the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville.


“Do what’s best for the children in your Minor Hockey Association”

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At Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting in June, keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Norris, delivered a powerful message about doing what’s best for children in minor hockey. Following the keynote presentation, Norris was joined in a round-table panel discussion by Keith Hansen, retired volleyball coach at Red Deer College and member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer, Hockey Alberta.

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Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Coaches Conference

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Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Coaches Conference saw over 80 minor hockey coaches from across Alberta come together in Calgary for two days presentations from 17 of the top minds in hockey. Presenters included Hockey Canada coaching legend Mel Davidson, Medicine Hat Tigers Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston, Hockey Alberta Coach Mentors Barry Medori and Fran Gow, and Finnish Ice Hockey Association Regional Coach Kalle Valiaho.

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Albertans get the call to The Hall

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Five outstanding individuals and one team were enshrined in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in July, including former Boston Bruins legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Johnny Bucyk.

Joining Bucyk in the class of 2016 was Mike Rogers (retired NHL and WHA player, and former Calgary Flames broadcaster), Dr. George Kingston (internationally-renowned coach), Terry Ledingham (long-time Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada volunteer), the 1965-66 champion Edmonton Oil Kings, and Larry Kwong, the first player of Asian descent to play in the NHL. Click here for the full story.

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In February, Female Hockey Builder Shirley Cameron was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. The Edmonton native was at the forefront of women’s ice hockey in Canada for 30 years as a player, coach and builder from the early 1970s until her retirement from the game in 2006. Click here for the full story.


Continued growth of the Initiation Program

Hockey Alberta’s Initiation Program continued to grow in 2016, with enhanced focus on our game’s youngest players.

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A partnership with Pembina Pipeline Corporation offered a special grant to Minor Hockey Associations to obtain a full set of foam rink dividers, or fundraising towards a set of puck board rink dividers. The response was overwhelming, with nearly 60 minor hockey associations across Alberta applying to receive ice dividers. And Pembina responded by ensuring that every eligible applicant had a set of divider boards in place for the 2016-17 season. Click here for the full story.

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In August, Hockey Alberta partnered with Powerscout Hockey and St. Albert Minor Hockey to conduct a study on the effectiveness of smaller ice surfaces in skill development. Results reinforced that using a smaller ice surface at the Initiation level helps in the overall positive development of skating skills and skating acceleration for our youngest players, thereby better preparing them for when they are old enough to move to higher levels of hockey. To read more about the findings from this study, click here.


The Alberta Female Hockey League kicks off its inaugural season

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As part of the implementation of Hockey Alberta’s new female hockey model, the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) was created, and its inaugural season kicked off in October. The league is comprised of three levels: Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite.

In November, seven Midget AAA players from the AFHL suited up with Team Alberta at the National Women’s U18 Championships in Regina.

In December, the AFHL announced its rosters for the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite All-Star games, which will be held on January 14 in Red Deer and Strathmore, respectively.


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The SPMHA Atom A Jets teams volunteered their time at the Edmonton Food Bank to help sort food donations, just one of the many stories of how Alberta’s hockey community gives back during the holiday season.


Hockey gives back across Alberta

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

McKnight Mustangs

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The Calgary McKnight Mustangs Atom 4 Black team raised a total of $175 for Ronald McDonald House at the team’s Christmas party. The team’s co-managers are nurses, and the team wanted to give back to other kids in the community, kids who could possibly be playing hockey with them if they weren’t sick. The team fashioned the “McKnight Christmas Cup”, which was filled with candy. Each guess cost $1 on the number of pieces of candy in the cup. There were 454 pieces, and defenceman Josh Penner had the closest guess at 450. In the spirit of the night, he shared his prize with his teammates.


Airdrie MHA

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Airdrie Minor Hockey Association’s main Christmas initiative for 8 years running has been to support the Airdrie Lioness Hamper Program by collecting much needed items. This year, we collected scarves, mittens and toques over the course of a weekend.

We also have a Hockey Fights Hunger campaign that goes for two weeks. Each division is given a large moving box in the lobby of the arena and the division that fills their box the most times, becomes the Hockey Fights Hunger champions for that season. This year, the champions were the Peewee Division. It’s always a different division each year, so everyone gets very involved.

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Teams invite their out-of-town competitors to join the fun, and this year a Peewee team from Okotoks won a friendly competition and collected the most food between the two teams, forcing the Airdrie Peewee Ruff Dogs to do the chicken dance at center ice.

AMHA teams have also collected Turkeys for the Food bank (Midget AA Female and Atom Female) and donated toys to the Children’s Hospital.

In general this season, we have seen the most contributions and the most participation and as usual we are so proud of our teams on and off the ice.


Calgary Midget AAA Fire

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The Calgary Fire Midget AAA Fire got together to fill, and deliver warm sock to the Mustard Seed Foundation.


Claresholm MHA & Pincher Creek MHA

The Claresholm and Pincher Creek Bantam teams are banding together this Friday (December 23) for the last game of 2016 and charging an admission of a food bank item to donate to those less fortunate during the Holiday Season. The game starts at 7:45 on Friday and we are hoping to fill the stands.


CNN Spurs

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The CNN Spurs families gave back to the Bon Accord and Gibbons Food Bank. Each level decorated a tree at the annual fundraiser with high-demand donation items. Making spirits bright; Go Spurs!


Cold Lake Hornets

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Cold Lake’s Novice 3 team, the Hornets, spent two hours on Dec 10th braving the cold to help out with the annual Fill-a-Bus campaign, raising donations for the local food bank. Led by Coach Robyn Stenz, the Hornets brought with them 274 kg (604 lbs) of items to donate, and helped to collect much, much more from Sobey’s patrons.

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The Hornets had a great turn out with 14 team members, as well as coaches, managers and parents!


Duchess Minor Hockey

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Duchess Minor Hockey hosted "Hockey Day in Duchess" where all 6 of our teams from Initiation up to Midget played back-to-back. We collected for our local food bank, as well as toys to be donated at Christmas to families in need through a local organization - Oil People Helping Oil People (OPHOP). All 6 teams also donated their 50/50 proceeds from the day and a silent auction to OPHOP. Many people from the community came for the day and the visiting teams donated as well.


Grande Prairie MHA

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Last Friday, the Grande Prairie Minhas Brothers Peewee AA team hosted a sponsorship night to show how grateful our team is for the community support we have received and also to show our hockey family how we have been busy giving back to our wonderful city of Grande Prairie. In the past two weeks our team volunteered for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles, Did a food bank drive and had time to send a Christmas Card to a 9 year old little girl on the other side of the country asking in the news for Christmas Cards to lift her spirits with her ongoing battle with cancer.

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My son Lucas and I recently went to Africa as part of a giving back initiative. Our Peewee hockey team filled a hockey bag of mini sticks and balls that we took with us. When my son and I were visiting an orphanage he went out into the middle of the field and taught about 40 kids how to play with a hockey stick. The children were very intrigued and even though there was no common language it was amazing to watch them play. This particular village in rural Uganda now has about 70 mini sticks and enough balls for their school to use this for phys ed class.

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Each year, the Grande Prairie Salvation Army helps families who are in need. The Grande Prairie Bantam A team volunteered to help organize all of their gift bags the night before they were to distribute them.

It was overwhelming to see just how many unfortunate families there are in our community. The boys organized of 600 bags with smiles on their faces.


Grande Prairie Midget AAA Storm

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The Grande Prairie Midget AAA Storm collected two bins filled with food donations at their game this past weekend for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Also collected were gift cards, which will be donated to local youths in need.


Lakeland College Bantam Tigers

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Last week, our team of 13-14 year old boys went carolling at our local Nursing Home, Seniors Lodge and some downtown businesses to spread some Christmas Cheer. We wanted to do some community activities and chose to visit three different Senior residences to sing some Christmas carols and brighten their evening. We were rewarded with smiles from residents and staff, some of them singing along with us, and plenty of warm wishes and thanks for our time. It was good for the boys to share these moments - the seniors appreciated their efforts, it was fun for all of us.


Lethbridge City League

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The Pee Wee Division in the Lethbridge City League was challenged on the weekend to fill several food bins for the Lethbridge Food Bank Society. Six games were held over the weekend and the teams were able to gather over 300lbs of donated food. Thanks to the Milestone Mazda Bandits for organizing and all teams that helped with this project.


Medicine Hat MHA

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The Atom Wildcat girls gathered to have a Secret Santa gift exchange as well as collect and donate items for the Women’s Shelter. We are encouraging these young ladies to be a community on and off the ice.

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On December 8th, the Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Atom A Hurricanes and Senators hosted a WHL inspired "teddy bear toss" exhibition game. When the first goal was scored, approximately 150 bears came tumbling onto the ice. The bears were collected and held by the parents and coaches until Saturday December 17. On this day, both teams met at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital with all the bears. The players then went through four wings of the hospital and handed the bears out to patients of all ages on behalf of Medicine Hat Minor Hockey. The reaction from the patients was amazing and they were very appreciative. It was also, amazing to see how the kids responded when handing the bears out and wishing people, whom they do not know, a "Merry Christmas" and "hope you feel better soon".

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The Peewee Hounds Black team rang bells and collected donations for the Salvation Army on December 7.

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The Peewee Hounds Orange team also rang bells and collected donations for the Salvation Army, on December 9.

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The Peewee City Flames bought and donated gifts for the United Way Toy Drive on December 17.

The SEAC Midget 15’s collected food donations for the Brooks Food Bank Foundation and the Medicine Hat & Disctrict Food Bank Association at their home games on December 17 & 18. The players are also working with the United Way to help prepare food hampers.


Sherwood Park MHA

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The SPMHA Atom A Jets teams volunteered their time at the Edmonton Food Bank to help sort food donations.


Spruce Grove Peewee AA Broncos

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The Spruce Grove Peewee AA Broncos donated and did a food and toy drive to support the Spruce Grove Kinettes Christmas Hamper Program. The team raised over $350 and had a truck full of food and toys.


West Central Bantam AA Tigers

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The West Central Bantam AA Tigers, Foothill Bisons and all the West Central home community supporters at a home game on Saturday December 3, participated in a Teddy Bear/Gift Card Toss. We raised over $500 in gift cards/cash and 102 Teddy Bears were tossed! A special thank you to the Foothills Bisons for helping support and participate in this event as well- both teams were on the ice for this event and it was a special moment to see!

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The gift cards and teddy bears were distributed throughout local charities in Sylvan Lake, Bentley, Rimbey, Eckville, Spruceview, Caroline, Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer. The Tiger players hand delivered to each community group.

Also, some of our boys have helped and volunteered in community Canskate programs as Program Assistants in Rimbey, AB.


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(From left) Team Alberta Head Coach Carla Macleod, Goalie/Video Coach Amanda Tapp, and Assistant Coach Cassea Schols.


All roads lead back to (Team) Alberta

REGINA - This year’s National Women’s U18 Championships will be a blast from the past for a trio of Team Alberta coaches.

Head Coach Carla MacLeod, Assistant Coach Cassea Schols, and Goalie/Video Coach Amanda Tapp come into the tournament sharing the same distinction - coaching the team they once suited up for.

Having represented Team Alberta twice at the Canada Winter Games in 1995 (as a 12 year-old) and in 1999, MacLeod says it’s an honour to return to her roots.

“It’s pretty awesome, actually,” she said. “You know, you look back on your ‘good old days,’ and obviously, having an opportunity to play for Team Alberta was a major step in my career when I was a younger player, and memorable. So, to fast forward here and to have the opportunity to work with the young players here in Alberta and to be a part of Team Alberta again, it’s very special.”

Along with her Team Alberta experience, MacLeod brings a winning pedigree to the program, with numerous international medals to her name as a member of Team Canada, most notably back-to-back Olympic gold medals in 2006 and 2010.

“I think what you learn from sports, regardless of what level you play, is that the values of sport are what matter, and that’s making sure you’re a good teammate and taking care of the people around you,” MacLeod said. “Of course these girls have dreams about winning Nationals, and we’re going to do everything we can to help them reach those dreams, without a doubt, but I think ensuring that the experience we provide them is a positive one is what’s most critical.”

For Tapp, 2016 will mark her fourth year as part of the Team Alberta staff, and the second straight year coaching alongside MacLeod, her teammate at the 1999 Canada Winter Games.

Tapp says, whether it’s on the ice or behind the bench, representing her province never gets old.

“It has been an absolute privilege every single time I’ve been asked to represent Team Alberta,” Tapp said. “I still remember the first time I had the honour of putting on the (Team Alberta) jersey and taking to the ice alongside the very best players in our province. For most of us, the U-18 National Championships was our first taste of high performance hockey at its best, both on and off the ice. Hockey Alberta has given me many opportunities to study the sport and receive mentorship from the best in the game. I will forever be in debt to Hockey Alberta for all it has done for me, both as a player and coach. ”

A member of Team Alberta at the 2007 Canada Winter Games, Schols is set to make her coaching debut for the program she attributes a large part of her success to.

“To give back to the program that helped me grow into the person that I am and the hockey player that I was has been the greatest honour,” Schols said. “Hockey Alberta and all of the coaches that have come through the program devote so much of their time and energy to each and every player to make sure they achieve their best, and after coming up through the program, I wanted to be a coach that gave the same time and devotion that was given to me.”

While the entire Team Alberta staff brings a wealth of knowledge from all sides of the game, MacLeod says the trio of Team Alberta alumnae can bring their personal experience to the program.

“Our whole staff is awesome, and really dedicated, and certainly for Amanda, Cassea and myself, we get to relive our glory days a little more - we keep bringing them up anyways. We all thought we were hot stuff back in the day, so it makes for some good laughs,” MacLeod said. “There’s an ownership to the program, in a sense, because we took pride in it as a player, and certainly as a coach, you want to do right by Hockey Alberta and Team Alberta, and what that program has done for us. I think for the three of us, it’s a unique opportunity; it’s a special occasion for us. It’s not the main focus, by any means, but every once in a while we take the time to appreciate where we’re at and the opportunity we’ve been given.”

Team Alberta opens the National Women’s U18 Championships Wednesday at noon against Team Quebec. For a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.


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