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Staff Applications Now Open for 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup

RED DEER – The sport we love is back and Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches, trainers and directors of operations for the 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge, and Prospects Cup. All events are taking place in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in April and May.

Anyone interested in volunteering in one of those key team positions can apply using the links below.

Applications for all positions close November 15.


2022 Alberta Cup

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Cup regional teams. The Alberta Cup will feature male players born in 2007.

AB Cup Coach Application > | AB Cup Trainer Application >

The 2022 Alberta Cup runs April 27-May 1. Regional camps will run April 1-3 in Spruce Grove, Calgary and Red Deer.


2022 Alberta Challenge

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Challenge regional teams. The Challenge will feature female players born in 2007 and 2008.

AB Challenge Coach Application > | AB Challenge Trainer Application >

The 2022 Alberta Challenge runs May 4-8. Regional camps will run April 8-10 in Cochrane and Beaumont.


2022 Prospects Cup

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one director of operations for each of the eight Prospect Cup regional teams. The Prospects Cup will feature male players born in 2009.

Prospects Cup Coach Application > | Prospects Cup Director of Operations Application >

The 2022 Prospect Cup runs from May 11-15. Regional camps will run April 15-17 in Olds, Calgary, Vegreville and Edmonton.

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Elite Coach Development Series now open for registration

Hockey Alberta is hosting an Elite Coach Development Series for those coaches looking to learn new tactics and systems from some of the best in the game. The virtual sessions will feature current WHL coaches covering a variety of topics, hosted via Zoom. There are five sessions that will take place on Monday’s at 8pm from October 18 - November 15, with no cost to attend.

Date Presenter Topic Registration Link
October 18 Mark O’Leary
(Moose Jaw Warriors)
Relentless Influence REGISTER >
October 25 Brent Kisio
(Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Penalty Kill REGISTER >
November 1 Mike Dyck
(Vancouver Giants)
Tracking to D-Zone Coverage REGISTER >
November 8 Kris Mallette
(Kelowna Rockets)
Powerplay REGISTER >
November 15 Brad Lauer
(Edmonton Oil Kings)
Forecheck REGISTER >

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Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced for 2021 WHL Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the U16 Male squad that will represent the province at the 2021 WHL Cup in Red Deer.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >


With no Alberta Cup this year due to COVID-19, the selection process had a different look in 2021. Nearly 400 2006-born Albertans attended Summer Selection Camp in Red Deer in August, and 72 were invited back for Fall Selection Camp in September. From there, the roster was narrowed down to a shortlist, where players were scouted individually to create the final Team Alberta Roster.

"As always, we had an incredibly talented group of Albertans to select from this year," said Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Male Hockey, Michael Kraichy. "Our staff did a fantastic job navigating the changes and challenges that this year brought our way, and we are confident in this group’s ability to compete at the WHL Cup.”

Joining Kraichy on the team staff are: Serge Lajoie (Head Coach), Alex Mandolidis (assistant coach), Kyle Tapp (assistant coach), James Poole (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Brent Gaudreau (therapist), Dave Campbell (equipment manager), Bobby Fox (head scout), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with nine different associations represented on the roster: Bonnyville, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Nanton, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Sylvan Lake, and Wainwright. Seven players also currently play in the Alberta Elite Hockey League.

The 2021 WHL Cup will feature the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.

While the WHL Cup usually features many players who were recently selected in the WHL Draft, this year’s tournament will happen prior to the WHL Draft, which will happen on Thursday, December 9.

The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

The 2021 WHL Cup runs October 20-24 at the Peavey Mart Centrium (unless indicated) in Red Deer. Team Alberta’s schedule can be found below:

  • Wednesday, October 20, 7:00pm vs Manitoba
  • Thursday, October 21, 7:00pm @ Saskatchewan
  • Friday, October 22, 12:30pm at British Columbia
  • Saturday, October 23, 12:30pm - Semi-Final 1
  • Saturday, October 23, 3:15pm - Semi-Final 2 (at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre)
  • Sunday, October 24, 10:00am - Bronze Medal Game
  • Sunday, October 24, 1:00pm - Gold Medal Game

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2021-22 Season Plan - Update

Based on the recent announcements by the Government of Alberta, Hockey Alberta has updated its 2021-2022 Season Plan that outlines the minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities this season.


The updated plan reflects CMOH Public Health Orders 44-2021 and 45-2021, and the implementation of the Restrictions Exemption Program.


The updated 2021-2022 Season Plan (current as of September 29) is enclosed with this Bulletin. The Plan and its appendices, along with other announcements and documents pertaining to COVID-19 and hockey in Alberta can be reviewed on the Hockey Alberta website: Hockeyalberta.ca/members/return-hockey/


Please note that this updated Season Plan focuses on Minor Hockey (youth sport, 17 years and under). A separate Season Plan document has been created for Junior and Senior Hockey (adult sport, 18 years and over). It is also posted on the Hockey Alberta website.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Hockey Alberta,
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 403-342-6777

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Hockey Canada Statement Announcing Fall Event Cancellations

CALGARY – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2021 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, 2021 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup and 2021 World Junior A Challenge. The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer:

“Despite a strong desire to work with three great communities to host the top players at various levels across the country this season, the health and safety of all participants and the communities at large continues to be of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada. The ongoing pandemic, in addition to the vaccination status of some international teams, has left us with no other option. We believe the decision to cancel these fall events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level, as well as the uncertainty around countries and regions being able to safely compete.

Hockey Canada is grateful for the continued support of local host committees and event partners, including B.C. Hockey, Hockey Eastern Ontario, Hockey Nova Scotia and the Canadian Junior Hockey League, as well as the communities of Bridgewater, N.S., Cornwall, Ont., and Dawson Creek, B.C., and all local and provincial funding partners. Our organization is appreciative of the commitment and support of all stakeholders to host these events and we look forward to showcasing our national events and all participants to fans next year.”

Hockey Canada will continue to work with event stakeholders to host the spring 2022 national championships and to continue to investigate opportunities to prepare Canadian athletes to represent Canada at the Olympic Winter Games, Paralympic Winter Games, IIHF world championships and other international events.

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TRAXX Coachlines On Board as Official Transportation Provider

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce TRAXX Coachlines as its official team transportation provider.

Traxx Coachlines will be the charter motor coach service of choice for Hockey Alberta, the Alberta Elite Hockey League and the Alberta Female Hockey League for the next two seasons. As the exclusive partner, TRAXX Coachlines will provide Hockey Alberta members, the AEHL, and AFHL teams across the province with transportation to games, tournaments, or events at a discounted rate.

With offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Medicine Hat, TRAXX Coachlines operates over 160 coaches across Western Canada. TRAXX Coachlines offers a variety of transportation services including luxury class tours, express charters and industrial transportation.

“When playing hockey in Alberta, we recognize that many teams travel by charter over the season. Hockey Alberta is excited to partner with TRAXX Coachlines to connect our members, the AEHL and the AFHL with a company committed to best practices in reliability, security, and safety,” said Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.

For more information on TRAXX Coachlines and their rates visit traxxcoachlines.ca. To learn more about Hockey Alberta, visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Register now for World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend

CALGARY - From Oct. 15-17, 2021, the International Ice Hockey Federation will lead the way on the 10th annual World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, with dozens of federations around the world taking part.

The goal of World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend is to have events from coast to coast to coast that recruit, retain and engage players, coaches, officials and fans – old and new. It aims to celebrate and grow the game while uniting Canadians through grassroots programming led by girls hockey associations, minor hockey associations and communities.

Since 2011, the IIHF has united countries around the globe for World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. Over the years, thousands of people have taken part and the celebration continues to grow – CLICK HERE to see events that have been hosted around the world!

More than 23,000 Canadians celebrated World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend in 2019 at over 225 events across the nation. From games and skills sessions to classroom activities and road hockey, people of all ages contributed to the growth of women’s hockey in their own unique way!

CLICK HERE for a list of the events that happened across the nation!

Applications to host an event can be submitted until September 24. Hockey Canada will supply gifts to approved events on a first come, first approved basis.

REGISTER AN EVENT >

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Red Deer to host 2021 WHL Cup

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League, in partnership with BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Saskatchewan, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada, announced on Tuesday that the City of Red Deer will serve as the host for the 2021 WHL Cup.

Scheduled to be held October 20-24, the 2021 WHL Cup will be played at the Peavey Mart Centrium – home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels – as well as at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic, and will feature teams from the four Western Canadian provinces competing in a round robin tournament format followed by playoffs.

The 2021 WHL Cup will feature the top 2006-born players from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, each of whom is eligible for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. The 2021 WHL Prospects Draft is scheduled to be conducted online on Thursday, December 9.

Rosters and ticketing information for the 2021 WHL Cup will be announced at a later date.

The WHL Cup, established in 2009, is held every season except in years when the Canada Winter Games are held, and is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.

2021 WHL Cup – Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 20
Game 1 – British Columbia at Saskatchewan – 4 p.m. MT
Game 2 – Manitoba at Alberta – 7 p.m. MT

Thursday, October 21
Game 3 – British Columbia at Manitoba – 4 p.m. MT
Game 4 – Alberta at Saskatchewan – 7 p.m. MT

Friday, October 22
Game 5 – Alberta at British Columbia – 12:30 p.m. MT
Game 6 – Saskatchewan at Manitoba – 3:15 p.m. MT (Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic)

Saturday, October 23
Semifinal 1 – 12:30 p.m. MT
Semifinal 2 – 3:15 p.m. MT (Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic)

Sunday, October 24
Bronze Medal Game – 10 a.m. MT
Gold Medal Game – 1 p.m. MT

* all games at Peavey Mart Centrium unless otherwise indicated


About the WHL Cup

The majority of players participating in the event will be selected in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, or will go on to be listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, has been sponsored since 2009 by the Western Hockey League.

This year will mark the ninth year of the event. The first ever WHL Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alta., in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2011, the Moose Jaw Warriors and Hockey Saskatchewan hosted the event at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Sask. In 2012 and 2013, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. From 2015 through 2019, the WHL Cup was hosted in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

In 2010, 2014, and 2018, the WHL Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games.

Team Alberta is a five-time champion of the WHL Cup, hoisting the trophy in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016, while Team British Columbia won the event in 2012 and 2017. Team Saskatchewan is the defending champion of the WHL Cup, having won the tournament in 2019, beating Team Manitoba 4-2 in the Gold Medal game.


About the Western Hockey League

Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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Coach of the Month presented by Players Bench is Back!

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is teaming up with Players Bench Team Apparel once again to support the Coach of the Month program over the next two years.

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month - presented by Players Bench Team Apparel - recognizes coaches who go above and beyond for their teams. Throughout the year coaches will be recognized for their efforts, with each Coach of the Month receiving a coaching package valued at over $500.

“We see the impact that coaches make on youth that give them the confidence to succeed. Players Bench Team Apparel is proud to partner with Hockey Alberta to recognize the coaches who are devoting their time and giving back to the game,” said Marty Baceda of Players Bench Team Apparel.

Coaches are an integral part of minor hockey. Their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to play hockey in a safe and fun environment. If you have a coach that goes the extra mile in your community and deserves to be recognized, nominate him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month - presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Nominate a Coach of the Month

Get your nominations in early! Nominees remain eligible until the end of the season.

Click here for a list of coaches recognized by Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel. To learn more about Hockey Alberta, visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Hockey Canada announces new maltreatment playing rule for 2021-22 season

CALGARY - In furthering its commitment to being leaders in safety and inclusivity, Hockey Canada has introduced an update to its rulebook to focus on recognizing and reporting incidents of maltreatment.

In a special meeting of the Members held on June 22, 2021, Hockey Canada and its 13 Members unanimously approved the adoption of Section 11 – Maltreatment in the Hockey Canada Rulebook starting this season, which includes bringing all forms of maltreatment under one section of the rulebook and providing guidelines for escalating penalties based on the severity of the inappropriate behaviour from players and team officials.

“Hockey Canada has made a firm commitment to making the game safe and inclusive for all who wish to participate, and the introduction of Section 11 provides our 13 Members, local hockey associations and officials across the country with clearly-defined criteria for enforcing rules related to many different forms of inappropriate conduct,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “We believe this is a great step towards ensuring we limit the number of incidents that occur on and off the ice, and will allow players of all ages to enjoy our game free from abuse, discrimination, racism and all forms of maltreatment.”

As part of the new rules, certain infractions will include an indefinite suspension pending a hearing, as well mandatory hearings for repeat offenders. To read Section 11 of the Hockey Canada Rulebook in its entirety, please CLICK HERE.

In a further effort to eradicate discrimination of all forms from the game, Hockey Canada and its 13 Members also approved a new national reporting system for incidents of discriminatory taunts, insults or intimidation, both on the ice and outside of game play. The new rule and reporting system includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, skin colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

The national reporting system will allow Hockey Canada and its 13 Members to have a better understanding of where maltreatment incidents occur and their frequency, and will allow the organization to take progressive steps to eliminating incidents through action and education. A number of tools and resources will also be provided to Hockey Canada’s 13 Members and local hockey associations across the country to help educate participants on maltreatment, including a Rule 11 officiating module and coaching resource document.

“The addition of Section 11 to the Hockey Canada Rulebook is a major step towards making the game more inclusive for all, but the reporting system will allow Hockey Canada and its 13 Members to proactively implement change through education and create a better understanding of where issues are occurring,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “As we continue to learn and help foster an environment that is diverse, inclusive and safe, we believe the updated playing rule will greatly benefit all participants and allow more young children and adults to enjoy the game.”

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2021-22 Season Plan for Sanctioned Hockey in Alberta

From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Hockey Alberta has established COVID-related plans for our sport based on the guidance and requirements of the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. As those mandates have changed, Hockey Alberta Member organizations across the province have worked diligently to adapt and allow participants the opportunity to play our sport.

Within that framework, Hockey Alberta has developed a 2021-2022 Season Plan that outlines the minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities this season.

The 2021-2022 Season Plan is enclosed with this Bulletin. The Plan and its appendices, along with other announcements and documents pertaining to COVID-19 and hockey in Alberta can be reviewed on the Hockey Alberta website:

Hockeyalberta.ca/members/return-hockey/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Hockey Alberta,

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 403-342-6777

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Challenges, opportunities and potential solutions

RED DEER – Indigenous youth face many challenges when it comes to participating in hockey in Alberta.

And while the challenges are significant, the opportunities and potential solutions were an important focus during Friday night’s keynote discussion to open Hockey Alberta’s Indigenous Hockey Summit.

The virtual event opened with a Zoom roundtable featuring Theoren Fleury, Wacey Rabbit, Marvin Yellowhorn, and Jordan Courtepatte. The discussion was moderated by Travis Plaited Hair of the Blood Tribe.

Fleury is well known for his career with the Calgary Flames, and as a victor over trauma and abuse. Rabbit played on the 2003 Team Alberta squad that won gold at the Canada Winter Games, enjoyed a successful junior hockey career, and played professionally around the world, most recently in the East Coast Hockey League. Courtepatte’s career included junior hockey in the BCHL, and a professional stint in the Central Hockey League in Texas. And Yellowhorn has been involved in hockey most of his life as a parent (he is Rabbit’s father), coach, and volunteer.

FULL PANELIST BIOGRAPHIES >

As the panelists reflected on their careers and lives in hockey, they identified three areas where the hockey community can focus to help increase the number of Indigenous participants and improve their experience in the sport.

One area is cost. Rabbit reflected on how much the cost of a hockey stick or a pair of skates has increased since he played as a child, and said he believes “a lot of natural athletes are missing out because of the pricing.”

Courtepatte, who helped found the Enoch Cree Minor Hockey Association near Edmonton, said the sport is simply getting too expensive.

“The average family can’t afford to pay for one kid… There needs to be additional resources in place to offset costs,” said Courtepatte, adding that it’s also important to make sure parents are educated to know where to apply for assistance.

The second area that must be addressed is racism.

Courtepatte said that while steps have been taken to address racism, it continues, and it’s not acceptable.

“It’s a lonely place when it feels like no one wants you,” Courtepatte said.

Rabbit said he has experienced racism while playing hockey.

“It’s in the world right now, it’s happening everywhere,” Rabbit said. “It’s happened to everyone on this panel. It is important for minor hockey associations to acknowledge (when racism occurs) and do something about it.”

The third area involves understanding the challenges that Indigenous youth are facing in their personal lives. Fleury talked about a need for “trauma-informed education” within schools and the sporting community.

“We have no idea what these kids are experiencing before they get to the rink,” Fleury said. “A lot of their behaviour is based on what they’ve experienced at home. We have to be aware that when a kid is acting out it’s because of their trauma experience, not because he’s a bad kid. Often, the only place he gets peace and joy is playing hockey, so we’ve got to make it the best experience we can.”

The panelists agreed that a key part of the solution involves more Indigenous people being involved at all levels of the sport including board members, coaches, managers, and officials.

“When you come to the rink and see a person who looks like you, that’s important,” said Rabbit. He also reminded everyone that it’s important to celebrate the success stories, highlighting Brayden Arcand, an official who is now working in the Western Hockey League.

The panelists agreed that the benefits to addressing these challenges are immense. Positive hockey experiences will help Indigenous youth learn to deal better with adversity, develop important life skills, and have family and community growth opportunities. And, as Fleury suggested, he believes the next Wayne Gretzky is out there, if given the chance to play hockey.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, is hosting the Indigenous Hockey Summit to gather hockey leaders from around the province to continue the growth of the game in Indigenous hockey communities and allow for networking and sharing best practices.

The Summit continues Saturday with separate day-long sessions for Minor Hockey Administrators, Coaches and Officials.

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Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Thirty-six players from across Alberta have been selected to attend the 2021 Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp.

The Fall Camp roster is comprised of 2004-2005 born players, including four goaltenders, 12 defence and 20 forwards.

TEAM ALBERTA U18 FEMALE FALL CAMP INVITES

The camp will run September 24-26 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. The Team Alberta squad that will compete at the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship in Dawson Creek, BC will be named following the fall camp.

Players earned Fall Camp invitations through the Summer Selection Camp held August 13-15 in Red Deer. The summer camp was a three-day session where a total of 136 players participated in on-ice sessions that included game formats.

“It was extremely exciting to get these players back on the ice for summer camp over the course of three days," said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. “As an open camp, we were able to see more talent from across the province and are very pleased with the level of competition that was displayed, and are confident that this success will transfer over to our upcoming fall camp.”

The 2021 Team Alberta tryout was open to any 2004-2005 born player from Alberta registered in a Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season.

For more information on Team Alberta, please visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Hockey Alberta is ready for September

In just a few weeks the 2021-22 hockey season will be underway. Players across the province will be on the ice for practices, tryouts, evaluations, games and tournaments. They will be joined by coaches, officials, safety staff, and other volunteers whose hard work ensure that opportunities to play hockey exist across Alberta.


From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Hockey Alberta established COVID-related plans for our sport based on the guidance and requirements of the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. As Hockey Alberta prepares for the 2021-22 season, our planning continues to be based on current direction from those bodies. That also means we will adapt to any new directions that may be provided if circumstances change in Alberta.


Currently, the Government of Alberta has no Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) orders that place any restrictions on sport programming. Therefore, Hockey Alberta is preparing for a 2021-22 hockey season with few to no COVID-related restrictions.


At this time, there are no limits on the number of participants on the ice, use of dressing rooms, or access for spectators (unless other requirements are in place through the municipality or facility). Tournaments can be hosted, and Hockey Alberta is planning for the return of provincial championships in March after a two-year hiatus.


In preparation for the 2021-22 season, there is a lot to be done. Here are a few reminders:

  • Member Partnership Presentation – On August 25, a Zoom presentation is being hosted to outline partnership opportunities for Hockey Alberta Members.
  • Indigenous Hockey Summit – Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Indigenous Hockey Summit will be held August 27-28 via Zoom.
  • Player Registration – All member organizations are currently open and seeking players (MHAs, Recreational Hockey organizations, Para Hockey organizations, Accredited Schools, Junior and Senior Teams).
  • Coach Certification – Clinics are being scheduled, and registration occurs, through the HCR 3.0 platform.
  • Officials Certification – Clinics are being scheduled, and registration occurs, through the HCR 3.0 platform.
  • Tournament Sanctioning – Requests for tournament sanctions are now being accepted through the Centre Ice Portal. Sanctioned tournaments are listed on the Hockey Alberta website.

Hockey Alberta is excited to be planning for the 2021-22 season. But we also want to remind everyone of the ongoing need to be safe and vigilant. Throughout the past 18 months, everyone involved with our sport has focused on the health and safety of our participants. The health and safety of our participants remains paramount.


Hockey Alberta recommends the continuation of the hygiene and sanitization processes that became second nature to us last season. Hockey Alberta is not mandating vaccinations as a requirement to play hockey. However, the Government of Alberta and the Chief Medical Officer of Health have stated the importance of all eligible Albertans getting fully vaccinated as the most effective way in protecting yourself and others.

Finally, we ask everyone to remember that current plans could change at any moment (as we learned last year and even last week with the Government announcement on August 13), based on new decisions or requirements implemented by the Government of Alberta. As changes occur, and as hockey activities are impacted, Hockey Alberta will continue to work with the hockey community and our government partners to adjust and to ensure the safety of our participants is foremost as our sport returns for the 2021-22 season and beyond.


Hockey Alberta is ready and working with our Members and stakeholders, and we will provide regular updates and reminders, as we prepare for the 2021-22 season.

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Team Alberta U16 Male Fall Camp Invites Announced

RED DEER - Seventy-two players from across Alberta have been selected to attend the 2021 Team Alberta U16 Male Fall Camp.

The Fall Camp roster is comprised of 2006 born players, including eight goaltenders, 24 defence and 40 forwards.

Team Alberta U16 Male Fall Camp Invites

The camp will run September 17-19 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. The Team Alberta squad that will compete at the WHL Cup will be named following the fall camp.

Players earned Fall Camp invitations through the Summer Regional Camp held August 3-8 in Red Deer. The summer camp was divided into three, two-day regional sessions where a total of 394 players participated in on-ice sessions that included game formats.

“This year has been an anomaly on many levels, including our camp process,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Male Hockey. “We opened the camp so we were able to see more talent from across the province and we are confident that the fall camp will offer a selection of competitive and skilled individuals for Team Alberta.”

The 2021 Team Alberta tryout was open to any 2006 born player from Alberta registered in a Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season.

For more information on Team Alberta, please visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund Returns with $1 Million to Support Return to Hockey for Young Albertans

CALGARY, Alta. – The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund and its all-star team of ambassadors are returning for a second season to give young Canadians and their families an assist with registration fees, and get them back in the game they love.

Olympic gold medallists, Alberta’s own - Jarome Iginla and Marie-Philip Poulin, and Paralympic gold medallist Greg Westlake will lead the Hockey Canada Foundation lineup of supporters as the Assist Fund looks to surpass last year’s assist total of 1,032 Canadian kids, and distribute $1 million in funding during the 2021-22 hockey season.

“The tremendous response to the launch of the Assist Fund in 2020 demonstrated the real need families have for financial support to get their kids back to hockey. It also showed the desire of sponsors, hockey fans and members of the Canadian sport community to be a part of the solution,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “We know the need will be even greater this year, and with restrictions lifting across the country, the continued support we have from our many partners and the funding we have available, we can help even more young people get back in the game.”

The Assist Fund was created last year in response to the unique and challenging circumstances Canadians faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was brought to life through the ongoing commitment of the many partners of Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation, such as BFL CANADA, BHE Canada, Chevrolet and Scotiabank, who gave assists through donations and awareness. Past sponsors are returning to lend their generous support in 2021, with Scotiabank contributing $350,000 specifically for BIPOC applicants and Chevrolet integrating the Assist Fund into its Good Deeds Cup program. The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is also welcoming new partners this year, including BDO, the Cannonball Sport & Education Fund and the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund.

“The growing support for the Assist Fund from respected brands and experienced organizations is critical to us being able to help more Canadian kids take to the ice this year,” said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “Our Foundation is committed to helping remove barriers of access to the game of hockey for Canadians, and through our partners and the many Canadians who donate to us, we are helping thousands of kids every year. We plan to make the 2021-22 hockey season our biggest success yet.”

For more information about the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund, or to apply, visit HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund.

About the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund allows Canadians who meet the criteria and need a financial assist to apply for up to $500 in registration fee reimbursements per player. Canadians can apply for the fund from August 1, 2021 to December 3, 2021 at HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund. To enhance the impact and support for local communities, Canadians can also donate to the Assist Fund, with 100 per cent of all donated funds reaching young Canadians (the Hockey Canada Foundation will absorb all administration costs).

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Hockey Alberta Ready for Team Alberta Summer Development Camps

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is ready to host players from across the province at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer for the 2021 Team Alberta Summer Development Camps, fuelled by Gatorade. Team Alberta camps will span from July 26 – August 15.

The Team Alberta U16 Female Skill Development Camp runs from July 26-29. Focusing on position-specific skills, each position will participate in four on-ice sessions over two days.

Following the female camp, the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp will take place August 3-8. There will be three, two-day camps broken up by region (South Region August 3-4, Central Region August 5-6 and North Region August 7-8). The camp is the first step in the identification process for the WHL Cup, slated for October of 2021. A selection camp will be held September 17-19.

The Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp is scheduled to run from August 13-15, rounding out the trio of development camps. Players will participate in three on-ice sessions and an additional goaltender session. The U18 Female Fall Camp is planned for September 24-26, where players will be identified for the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship set for November in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Registration for the U16 and U18 camps was open to players from Alberta registered in a Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season. The U16 camps feature players born in 2006, while the U18 camp was open to 2004 and 2005 born players.

Coaches will also be in Red Deer on August 20-22 to complete the National Coaching Certification Program High Performance 1 (HP1) certification. All head coaches coaching U15 AAA, U16 AAA, U18 AAA, Junior A and Canadian Sport Schools Hockey League teams must be HP1 certified.

Other Hockey Alberta camps happening throughout the province include:

  • Team Alberta Elite Development Camp, Sherwood Park – Aug. 3-6
  • Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey School – Aug. 3-6
  • Team Alberta Elite Development Camp, Calgary – Aug. 9-12
  • Summer Prep, Grande Prairie – Aug. 9-13
  • Super Skills, Calgary – Aug. 9-13
  • Checking Skills, Lloydminster – Aug. 9-12
  • Female Skills Camp, Calgary – Aug. 13-15
  • Summer Weekend Camp, Calgary – Aug. 21-22
  • Summer Weekend Camp, Calgary – Sept. 4-5

For more information on upcoming Hockey Alberta camps, visit hockeyalberta.ca.

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Seventeen Albertans selected at 2021 NHL Draft

RED DEER - It was a banner year for Alberta at the 2021 NHL Draft, with 17 Albertans drafted to 13 different teams.

After three Albertans were selected in round one of the draft on Friday night, 11 more were drafted in rounds two through seven on Saturday.

Saturday’s portion of the draft saw a pair of Albertans drafted to the teams their older brothers currently play for, as Colton Dach will join older brother Kirby with the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Colorado Avalanche selected Taylor Makar, the younger brother of defenceman Cale.

The 17 Albertans drafted hail from nine different Minor Hockey Associations, 16 are alumni of the Alberta Elite Hockey League, and nine played for Team Alberta.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown MHA Former Team(s)

FIRST ROUND

9 Dylan Guenther Arizona Coyotes Forward Edmonton Hockey Edmonton (North West Zone) KC U15 AAA Squires (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX U18 Prep (CSSHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
15 Sebastian Cossa Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Fort McMurray Fort McMurray Fort McMurray U15 AA Oil Barons (NAHL), Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
25 Corson Ceulemans Columbus Blue Jackets Defenceman Beaumont Beaumont Leduc U15 AAA Oil Kings (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)

SECOND ROUND

34 Olen Zellweger Anaheim Ducks Defence Fort Saskatchewan Fort Saskatchewan Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
35 Ryker Evans Seattle Kraken Defence Calgary Hockey Calgary (Shaw Meadows) Calgary U15 AAA Royals, CRAA U16 AAA Blue (AEHL), Regina Pats (WHL)
39 Zack Ostapchuk Ottawa Senators Forward St. Albert St. Albert St. Albert U15 AAA Sabres (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Vancouver Giants (WHL)
62 Colton Dach Chicago Blackhawks Forward Fort Saskatchewan Fort Saskatchewan Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep (CSSHL), Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

THIRD ROUND

65 Jayden Grubbe New York Rangers Forward Calgary Hockey Calgary (Bow Valley) Calgary U15 AAA Bisons, CBHA U16 AAA Rangers, Calgary U18 AAA Buffaloes (AEHL), Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
91 Taige Harding Chicago Blackhawks Defence St. Albert St. Albert Spruce Grove U15 AAA PAC Saints, St. Albert U16 AAA Flyers, St. Albert U18 AAA Raiders (AEHL), Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)

FOURTH ROUND

103 Gannon Laroque San Jose Sharks Defence Edmonton Hockey Edmonton KC U15 AAA Squires, CAC U15 AAA Canadians (AEHL), NAX Elite 15s, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Victoria Royals (WHL)
112 Talyn Boyko New York Rangers Goaltender Drumheller Drumheller Airdrie U15 AAA Xtreme (AEHL), POE U15 Prep, POE Prep (CSSHL), Tri-City Americans (WHL)
118 Kyle Masters Minnesota Wild Defence Edmonton Hockey Edmonton (South West Zone) MLAC U15 AAA (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

FIFTH ROUND

130 Sean Tschigerl Anaheim Ducks Forward Whitecourt Whitecourt OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
148 Gage Alexander Anaheim Ducks Goaltender Okotoks Okotoks Rockyview U16 AAA Raiders, Okotoks U18 AAA Oilers (AEHL), Winnipeg Ice (WHL)

SIXTH ROUND

173 Lucas Ciona Calgary Flames Forward Edmonton Hockey Edmonton SSAC U15 AAA Lions (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
176 Dru Krebs Washington Capitals Defence Okotoks Okotoks Okotoks U15 AAA Oilers, Okotoks U18 AAA Oilers (AEHL), Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

SEVENTH ROUND

220 Taylor Makar Colorado Avalanche Forward Calgary Hockey Calgary (Crowchild) Calgary U15 AAA Flames, NWCAA U16 AAA Stampeders, Calgary U18 AAA Flames (AEHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)

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Schedule Announced for 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship

CALGARY – The long-awaited quest for a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship officially begins Aug. 20 when Canada’s National Women’s Team opens up against Finland.

Hockey Canada, on behalf of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), unveiled the full 31-game tournament schedule, with all games being played at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Aug. 20-31.

The IIHF announced Calgary as the new host city for the tournament in June, marking the eighth time Canada has hosted the event.

“The excitement has been building ever since Calgary was announced as the new host of the IIHF Women’s World Championship, and this is another reason the excitement continues to build for hockey fans,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “A tremendous amount of work has gone into hosting this international tournament with the collaborative efforts of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. This tournament would also not be possible without the support of the Province of Alberta, Hockey Alberta, the City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary and WinSport, and we are grateful to be able to showcase the best women’s hockey players in the world as they compete for a gold medal.”

The 10-team tournament features Canada in Group A with Finland, Russia, Switzerland and the United States, while Group B is comprised of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Japan.

In addition to Canada’s opening-day game against Finland, it will also play Russia on Aug. 22 and Switzerland on Aug. 24 before a cross-border match with its rivals from the United States on Aug. 26 to close out the preliminary round. Canada will play all of its preliminary-round games at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will carry extensive game coverage and analysis throughout the IIHF Women’s World Championship. TSN will will broadcast all preliminary-round games, quarterfinals, semifinals and medal games in Calgary. RDS will provide coverage of all Canada games, in addition to playoff round games.

Canada has captured 10 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012), in addition to eight silver (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and one bronze (2019).

For more information from the IIHF, please visit the official tournament website at 2021.womensworlds.hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Women’s Team and the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or following along through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Three Albertans selected in first round of the 2021 NHL Draft

RED DEER - Three Albertans heard their names called and had their dreams realized during the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday evening.

The first round of the draft, which was done virtually for the second straight year, saw three athletes from Alberta drafted, including Dylan Guenther, who was the first Albertan selected when the Arizona Coyotes selected him ninth overall.

Guenther’s Edmonton Oil Kings teammate Sebastian Cossa was the next Albertan to go, and was the first goaltender off the board as the Detroit Red Wings traded up to select him 15th overall.

Brooks Bandits defenceman Corson Ceulemans was the third and final Albertan selected in the first round, going to the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 25th pick.

All three players are Alberta Elite Hockey League alumni, and also all suited up for Team Alberta (Cossa at the 2017 WHL Cup, Ceulemans and Guenther at the 2019 Canada Winter Games).

Rounds two through seven of the 2021 NHL Draft will conclude on Saturday.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown MHA Former Team(s)

FIRST ROUND

9 Dylan Guenther Arizona Coyotes Forward Edmonton Edmonton KC U15 AAA Squires (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX U18 Prep (CSSHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
15 Sebastian Cossa Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Fort McMurray Fort McMurray Fort McMurray U15 AA Oil Barons (NAHL), Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
25 Corson Ceulemans Columbus Blue Jackets Defenceman Beaumont Beaumont Leduc U15 AAA Oil Kings (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)

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Hockey Alberta to conduct U11 AA pilot project

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta will conduct a U11 AA Pilot Project in the 2021-22 season that implements an amended regional hosting structure, player movement rules, league schedule and coach and player development standards. This pilot project is based largely off of the final report and recommendations of the Non-Sanctioned Hockey Workgroup of last season.

We will be working in collaboration with the Northern Alberta Interlock League (Host League), the North East Alberta Hockey League, the All Peace Hockey League and, of course, their member MHA’s. We are looking to create a series of actionable recommendations that will be identified in time for implementation of a new, province wide, U11 model in the 2022-2023 season.

The outcome of this pilot is to identify the best overall structure for the top level of U11 and to ensure alignment and progression within the entire hockey system. The principles of Long-Term Athlete Development and Hockey Canada’s U11 Pathway will be adhered to within all recommendations. The best philosophy for developing players is to create an environment where similarly skilled players can compete together and against each other.

To make it fair and equitable for all teams within the pilot, regions have been established. These regions ensure there is an opportunity for all players that reside within the pilot areas that want to play and have the skill to play at the top level of U11, can. These regions largely follow the U13AA recruitment areas. The established regions allow for the progression of players from Tiered Minor Hockey programs, through to the host programs within this pilot.

Hockey Alberta has established a Workgroup for this U11AA Pilot Project, members include:

Brett Kelly – Hockey Alberta Staff, Innisfail, AB

Mike Applegate – Hockey Alberta Staff, Lloydminster, AB

Hudson Kelly – Hockey Alberta Staff, Red Deer, AB

Randy Mak – NAI Liaison, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Rick Nordstrom – Grande Prairie, AB

Jason Grinevitch – Bonnyville, AB


If you have any questions, please contact Brett Kelly, Manager, Officiating at [email protected]

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Grow the Game: Online Anti-racism Resources

Grant MacEwan University has developed the “Grow the Game” initiative for online anti-racism resources for hockey. The goal of the project is to fill the gap around racism information, education, awareness and its impact on those in the hockey community, both on and off the ice.

Federally funded by the Canada Heritage Anti-Racism Program, Grow the Game was created by Alim Tharani and Irfan Chaudhry as a virtual summit in December 2020. The summit featured a diverse line-up of experts to speak on a variety of different racial experiences in hockey including: the impact, anti-racism, unconscious bias and barriers in addressing racial discrimination.

“The biggest thing that we heard from people is just having a baseline of what racism is and how it manifests in the sport of hockey; and what can be done about it,” said Chaudhry. “People don’t know where to turn or what to do and then it (racism) often times does not get addressed in a meaningful way.”

Grow the Game resources are available online. To begin the education process, there is a “Starter Kit” available with definitions, articles and videos to highlight the impact of racial discrimination in hockey. As well, the website includes recordings of the discussions at the virtual summit in December.

For more information on Grow the Game, visit growthegame.hockey or contact Tharani and Chaudhry by clicking here.

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Hockey Alberta and TeamGenius Announce Player Evaluation Technology Partnership

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta and TeamGenius, the leading hockey player evaluation app based out of Minneapolis, MN, have entered into a partnership to improve tryouts at minor hockey associations across Alberta.

TeamGenius solves a unique problem for minor hockey associations with its customizable hockey player evaluation platform. The platform allows staff and board members to prepare for tryouts by setting up criteria, uploading players, scheduling ice sessions, and more.

“SPMHA adopted TeamGenius three seasons ago to help streamline our player evaluation process,” said Brad Hunka, General Manager, Sherwood Park Minor Hockey. “Their software has allowed us to minimize our volunteer requirements during evaluations while increasing the speed, accuracy, integrity, and oversight of evaluation data. They’ve been a welcome addition to our evaluation process.”

Coaches use a mobile app rather than paper to evaluate players during tryouts. Scores and notes are submitted in real-time to avoid the time-consuming paper and spreadsheet transfer, and the TeamGenius analytics back-end will give coaches a deeper view into the data they need to make important roster decisions.

“Tryouts should be celebrated as the kick-off to a new hockey season for association staff, coaches, players, and parents alike,” said Chris Knutson, CEO of TeamGenius. “Our goal is to shift the old narrative that tryouts are a stressful and time-consuming event. This partnership will open the door for hockey associations looking to improve the lives of their staff and coaches, so they can further their commitment to providing a positive playing experience for all athletes.”

Board members and staff interested in learning how to improve the tryout process for this upcoming season should go to TeamGenius.com for more information.


About Hockey Alberta

Hockey Alberta is the Provincial Sports Organization and governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta, encouraging competition on both a competitive and recreational level for those who enjoy hockey for the sportsmanship, skill, and enjoyment it can provide. For more information, visit hockeyalberta.ca.

About TeamGenius

TeamGenius is the leading hockey evaluation software provider for minor hockey associations. Founded in 2015, TeamGenius serves thousands of youth athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers with an easy-to-use platform for managing tryouts, clinics, coach & player development programs. TeamGenius is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, visit http://teamgenius.com.

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Ready for Hockey: A message from the CEO

A Message to the Members:

Today is June 30, 2021.

Exactly one year ago Hockey Alberta released the initial version of our Return to Hockey Plan.

In the ensuing 12 months, the Return to Hockey Plan has been updated several times, and renamed Hockey’s Path Forward, and now Ready For Hockey!

Each change in requirements and guidelines by the Government of Alberta led to changes in the Return to Hockey plan. And that resulted in the ongoing need by our Member organizations and Leagues to create new plans, procedures and programming.

Thank you for your hard work over the past year despite being faced with constantly changing circumstances in our province and our sport. Everyone did a remarkable job in working on behalf of players, parents, coaches, trainers, board members, officials and volunteers across Alberta.

Tomorrow, Stage 3 of the Government of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan opens.

With Stage 3 expected to contain few (if any) restrictions, Hockey Alberta is planning that 2021-22 will be a full hockey season.

This is exciting for everyone involved in our sport.

Many of our Minor Hockey Associations are already well into registration and planning for the 2021-22 season.

And Hockey Alberta is READY, as we continue to work with the Government and our member organizations to focus on health and safety, and ensuring our participants have the best hockey experience possible.

As new information becomes available, we will make sure our Members and the hockey community are informed. And you can always check our Return to Hockey page for current requirements and guidelines.

Yours in hockey,

Rob Litwinski, CEO
Hockey Alberta


If you have questions throughout the summer as your organization is preparing for the upcoming season, please reach out to your contacts in Member Development at Hockey Alberta, or email us and we will connect with you:

Email: [email protected]

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Hockey Alberta names 2021 Team Alberta U18 Female Coaching Staff

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has selected Ashley Shrode (Barrhead) to lead Team Alberta as the head coach of the 2021 U18 Female team.

Joining Shrode on the bench as assistant coaches are Shanya Shwetz (Edmonton) and Chris Leeming (Olds). Rounding out the coaching staff are Annette Jensen (Lloydminster) as video coach and Marlène Boissonnault (Calgary) as goaltending coach.

“It is an exciting time for Team Alberta as we get to resume our selection process for the 2021 U18 Women’s National Championships,” said Kendall Newell, Manager, Female Hockey for Hockey Alberta. “We are extremely pleased to announce this staff group and to get the process started as we look forward to summer camp."

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Director of Hockey Operations Kendall Newell Red Deer
Coach Mentor Barry Medori Spruce Grove
Head Coach Ashley Shrode Barrhead
Assistant Coach Shanya Shwetz Edmonton
Assistant Coach Chris Leeming Olds
Video Coach Annette Jensen Lloydminster
Goalie Coach Marlène Boissonnault Calgary

Team Alberta will hold summer camp in August in Red Deer to select the U18 Female team that will represent the province at the 2021 Women’s National Championships slated for later this fall in Dawson Creek, BC.

Shrode was named the 2021 BFL Female Community Coach of the Year for Alberta, and has spent her most recent years coaching in the Barrhead and Whitecourt Minor Hockey Associations. She has also spent time within the Team Alberta program as a Head Coach at the 2018 Alberta Winter Games and 2019 Alberta Challenge, before moving on to become a Coach Mentor at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games.

Shwetz has spent the past three years with the Edmonton Female Athletic Club (EFAC) as a head and assistant coach with the U15 AA Pandas. With Team Alberta, her experience has been vast, as she has coached at the U16 Female Summer Camp twice, was an assistant coach at the 2019 Alberta Challenge, and head coach at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games. At the U18 level, Shwetz was named as the video coach for the 2019 Women’s National Championships in Morden & Winkler, MB. She was also named as the Alberta’s BFL Female High Performance Coach of the Year in 2019.

Leeming is the heading into his fourth season as head coach of the ACAC’s Olds College Broncos, where he was named the 2019-20 ACAC Women’s Hockey Coach of the Year. He has been a head coach at both the 2019 Alberta Challenge and 2020 Alberta Winter Games.

Jensen is the head coach of the Lloydminster U18AAA PWM Steelers, with ten years of coaching experience, and Boissonnault is currently a goaltender with Team Scotiabank of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association and goaltender coach with Top Prospects Goaltending.

Other members of the staff for Team Alberta U18 Female include: Barry Medori (Spruce Grove), coach mentor; and Kendall Newell (Red Deer), director of operations.

Registration for Team Alberta’s U18 Female Summer Camp, Fuelled by Gatorade, which will take place on August 10-15 (dates determined by region), is now open.

U18 Female Summer Camp Registration >

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Registration now open for 2021-22 First Shift program

Do you have a child aged 6-10 years who is ready to fall in love with hockey? Registration is now open for the 2021-22 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families by offering a low-cost entry program to hockey.

Register For the First Shift Program Now >

Hockey Alberta is proud to once again host a First Shift program in Red Deer, February 19 - March 26 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Register >

Hockey Alberta News

The First Shift will be offered in eleven locations across Alberta in the winter

  • Brooks - Fall
  • Calgary (Hockey Calgary) - Fall
  • Carstairs - Fall
  • Edmonton (Edmonton Oilers & Hockey Edmonton) - Fall & Winter
  • Grande Prairie - Fall
  • Red Deer (Hockey Alberta) - Winter
  • Lamont - Fall
  • Leduc - Fall
  • Lethbridge - Fall
  • Ponoka - Winter
  • Siksika - Fall

To register for a First Shift program near you, and for more information, click here.

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Hockey Alberta and its member minor hockey associations are READY

Hockey Alberta and its member minor hockey associations are READY and encouraging you to get registered for the 2021-22 hockey season.

Not sure where to go or who to contact to register? Here’s what to do:

  1. Check the Hockey Alberta Region Map.
  2. Determine the region in which you live, and contact the Regional Minor Administration Coordinator. If you are not sure of your regional service area, contact the Hockey Alberta office.
  3. Contact your MHA for all the information you need to register. Many MHAs have their own websites which provide valuable information to their members.

If you are in need of financial assistance, accessing equipment or support for programming, information on these resources can be found through our Hockey Alberta Foundation page.

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Registration now open for 2021 U16 Female Development Camp

RED DEER - Registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s 2021 U16 Female Development Camp, Fuelled by Gatorade, which runs July 26-29 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

This is a position specific skill development camp and is open to 2006 and 2007-born female athletes from Alberta who were registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season. Each position will participate in 4 on-ice position specific skill sessions over two days:

  • July 26-27 Goaltenders: positioning, movement, puck skills & tactics
  • July 26-27 Defence: skating skills, puck skills, defending & shooting
  • July 28-29 Forwards: skating skills, puck skills, deception & goal scoring

Register >

It is important to note that there are no evaluations or selections associated with this camp.

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered female athletes born in 2006 and 2007 are eligible to register.
  3. The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 14.

Refund Policy >

Cost for the camp is $200 plus GST.

For any registration inquiries, please contact Taryn Baumgardt, Coordinator, Female Hockey at [email protected]


About Gatorade

Gatorade is a proud partner of Hockey Alberta. Gatorade Sports Drink was created to fuel athletic performance. Over the last 50 years, countless hours in the lab and on the field enabled us to ensure that every single ingredient within it is a reflection of that mission. For more information on the science behind the fuel, or its products visit Gatorade’s website.

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Registration now open for 2021 Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Selection Camp

RED DEER - Registration is now open for the 2021 Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Selection Camp, Fuelled by Gatorade, which runs August 10-15 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

The Summer Selection Camp is the first step in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program that will represent the province at the 2021 U18 Female National Championship. It is open to 2004 and 2005-born female athletes from Alberta who were registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season.

*NOTE - Registration is now closed*

Cost for the camp is $200 plus GST. Each player will participate in one on-ice session and three games with an additional session for goaltenders.

For any registration inquiries, please contact Kendall Newell, Manager, Female Hockey at [email protected]


About Gatorade

Gatorade is a proud partner of Hockey Alberta and its Team Alberta athletes. Gatorade Sports Drink was created to fuel athletic performance. Over the last 50 years, countless hours in the lab and on the field enabled us to ensure that every single ingredient within it is a reflection of that mission. For more information on the science behind the fuel, or its products visit Gatorade’s website.

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Registration now open for 2021 Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Selection Camp

RED DEER - Registration is now open for the 2021 Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Selection Camp, Fuelled by Gatorade, which runs August 3-8 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

The Summer Selection Camp is the the first step in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program that will represent the province at the 2021 WHL Cup. It is open to 2006-born male athletes from Alberta who were registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season.

The Camp will be broken into three two-day camps based on region:

  • August 3-4: South Region
  • August 5-6: Central Region
  • August 7-8: North Region

Register >

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered male athletes born in 2006 are eligible to register.
  3. The deadline to register is Friday, July 2.

Registration Directory >

Each player will participate in three on-ice sessions, with an additional session for goaltenders.

For any registration inquiries, please contact Mike Kraichy, Manager, Elite Male Hockey at [email protected]


About Gatorade

Gatorade is a proud partner of Hockey Alberta and its Team Alberta athletes. Gatorade Sports Drink was created to fuel athletic performance. Over the last 50 years, countless hours in the lab and on the field enabled us to ensure that every single ingredient within it is a reflection of that mission. For more information on the science behind the fuel, or its products visit Gatorade’s website.

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Hockey Alberta Names 2021 Team Alberta U16 Male Coaching Staff

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has selected Serge Lajoie (St. Albert) to lead Team Alberta as the head coach of the 2021 U16 Male team.

Joining Lajoie on the bench as assistant coaches are Alex Mandolidis (Calgary) and Kyle Tapp (Lloydminster). Rounding out the coaching staff are James Poole (Calgary) as video coach and Derek Purfield (Calgary) as goaltending coach.

“We are extremely excited to not only resume the Team Alberta process, but to do so with such an exceptional staff,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager, Elite Male Hockey for Hockey Alberta. “The combined experience amongst these coaches is second-to-none, and we’re looking forward to seeing what this group can accomplish.”

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Director of Hockey Operations Michael Kraichy Red Deer
Coach Mentor Barry Medori Spruce Grove
Head Scout Bobby Fox Calgary
Head Coach Serge Lajoie St. Albert
Assistant Coach Alex Mandolidis Calgary
Assistant Coach Kyle Tapp Lloydminster
Video Coach James Poole Calgary
Goalie Coach Derek Purfield Calgary

Team Alberta will hold summer and fall camps in August and September in Red Deer to select the U16 Male team that will represent the province at the 2021 WHL Cup slated for later this fall.

Lajoie – currently the Head Coach of the OHA Edmonton U18 Prep team – has a storied history in the Team Alberta program. In 2011, he won a bronze medal at the Canada Winter Games as an assistant coach. In 2013, he was the head coach of Team Alberta at the Western Canada Challenge Cup (now the WHL Cup), leading the team to the gold medal.

Mandolidis is entering his third season as an assistant coach with the Mount Royal University Cougars. He has also been a fixture within Hockey Alberta programming. As video coach with Team Alberta, he won a bronze medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games and silver at the 2017 WHL Cup. He has also had various roles at the Alberta Cup.

Tapp is the head coach of the Lloydminster U18 AAA Bobcats of the Alberta Elite Hockey League. He brought home a silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Alberta from the 2012 Western Canada Challenge Cup. He has also volunteered as a coach and mentor in the Alberta Cup program.

Poole is a head coach at the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary and Purfield is the goalie coach for the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Other members of the staff for Team Alberta U16 Male include: Bobby Fox (Calgary), head scout; Barry Medori (Spruce Grove), coach mentor; and Michael Kraichy (Red Deer), director of operations.

Registration for Team Alberta’s U16 Male Summer Camp, Fuelled by Gatorade, which will take place in August (dates determined by region), will open on Friday, June 11 at 10 am, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Team Alberta Path Forward >

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Team Alberta’s Path Forward

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has announced details for the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female Summer Camps, Fuelled by Gatorade.


Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp

Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp is open to 2006-born male athletes from Alberta who were registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season. The camp runs August 3-8 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

The Camp will be broken into three two-day camps based on region:

  • August 3-4: South Region
  • August 5-6: Central Region
  • August 7-8: North Region

Registration Directory >

Each player will participate in three on-ice sessions, with an additional session for goaltenders.

Registration for Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp will open on Friday, June 11 at 10am. Please note that space in the camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Team Alberta U16 Male Fall Camp will run September 17-19, with the 2021 WHL Cup tentatively set for October.

For any registration inquiries, please contact Mike Kraichy, Manager, Elite Male Hockey at [email protected]


Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp

Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp is open to 2004 and 2005-born female athletes from Alberta who were registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season. The camp runs August 10-15 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

The Camp will be broken into two three-day camps based on region:

  • August 10-12: South Region
  • August 13-15: North Region

Registration Directory >

Each player will participate in three on-ice sessions, with an additional session for goaltenders.

Registration for Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp will open on Monday, June 14 at 10am. Please note that space in the camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp will run September 24-26, with the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship set for October 31 – November 6 in Dawson Creek, BC.

For any registration inquiries, please contact Kendall Newell, Manager, Female Hockey at [email protected]


About Gatorade

Gatorade is a proud partner of Hockey Alberta and its Team Alberta athletes. Gatorade Sports Drink was created to fuel athletic performance. Over the last 50 years, countless hours in the lab and on the field enabled us to ensure that every single ingredient within it is a reflection of that mission. For more information on the science behind the fuel, or its products visit Gatorade’s website.

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Save the Date – 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, is pleased to announce the inaugural Indigenous Hockey Summit, set for August 27-28.

This virtual summit will gather hockey leaders from around the province to continue the growth of the game in Indigenous hockey communities, and allow for networking and sharing best practices.

The Indigenous Hockey Summit kicks off on the evening of Friday, August 27 with a keynote discussion. Training sessions and clinics follow on Saturday, August 28, with three streams: MHA administration, coaches, and officials.

The Friday night keynote panel is open to all minor hockey associations, coaches and officials across the province, while the Saturday MHA Stream will focus on the Indigenous Minor Hockey Associations, with the opportunity for any other Minor Hockey Associations to attend and participate. Coaching and Officiating clinics will only be available for members of Indigenous Minor Hockey Associations and other Indigenous hockey leaders.

Registration information and speakers for the event will be released later this month. Click here to receive a direct email when registration opens >

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AEHL Celebrates Progress and Looks Toward Next Season at 2021 AGM

RED DEER – The Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) celebrated the progress made by the league in its inaugural season and developed new initiatives for the 2021-22 season at its Annual General Meeting on May 27.

In preparation for the 2020-21 season, the AEHL launched new website platforms in partnership with HockeyTech, and offered fans a livestream service through HockeyTV. The league also partnered with InStat, a statistic and analytic platform, to ensure each team received accurate and consistent statistics throughout the season,

The AEHL undertook new initiatives to recognize current and past players through the “Rinkside” and “Alumni of the Month” features. With limited competition able to be played due to COVID-19 restrictions, the initiatives highlighted how players were staying motivated and continuing to make hockey a part of their lives.

Looking ahead to the 2021-22 season, players from across the AEHL’s three divisions (U15 AAA, U16 AAA and U18 AAA) will participate in a showcase weekend. The AEHL is also planning to implement the following:

  • U15 AAA and U16 AAA will play 34 regular season games with U18 AAA playing 38 games.
  • Regular season games that end in a tie after regulation will go to a five minute, 3-on-3, overtime period.
  • All three divisions will play an unbalanced regular season schedule with a focus on regional play.
  • Post-season play will consist of a new format in all three divisions.

Sixty-one teams participated in the virtual meeting that would normally be held in-person.

For more information, visit the AEHL websites at: aehl.ca, u18aaa.ca, u16aaa.ca, or u15aaa.ca.

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We’re Hiring!

Hockey Alberta is seeking a talented and energetic professional to join the organization as our newest Coordinator, Hockey Development. This is a full-time maternity leave position, based out of Red Deer, AB, and will extend until July 31, 2022.

The Coordinator, Hockey Development position plays a significant role in the pursuit of the vision and mission of Hockey Alberta. Under the direction of the Manager, Female Hockey, this position focuses on providing quality service to the membership and stakeholders of Hockey Alberta, as well as positive experiences for players within Alberta. Working alongside other staff and volunteers, this position leads and guides Hockey Alberta volunteers, connecting them to the annual strategies aimed at advancing the game as it pertains specifically to coach development.

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The deadline to apply for this position is Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 11:59pm (MT).

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2021 BFL Female Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Ashley Shrode and Allyson Bendfeld on being named Alberta’s 2021 BFL Female Coaches of the Year by Hockey Canada. Through the BFL Female Coach of the Year, Hockey Canada’s mission is to recognize coaches who are leaders in hockey and leaders in life, both in community and high performance leagues.

2021 Alberta BFL Female Coach of the Year – Community

Shrode has coached with the Barrhead Minor Hockey Association for nine years, currently with the U9 program. She embodies sportsmanship and fair play by ensuring players receive equal playing time and are treated with respect, and she provides a positive experience to players, officials and parents. Shrode is committed to the development of players on and off the ice, as she works with minor hockey associations and mentors coaches through her through her company called GAS’D, an acronym for Goals and Attitude Skills Development.

“Being selected for this award is a great accomplishment and a great reminder that it does matter,” said Shrode. “I don’t coach for the recognition, I coach to be a part of the athletes milestone in achieving their goals. Being able to help with their core fundamentals in skill development is so rewarding.”

Whether it is through coaching with Barrhead, Team Alberta, Whitecourt Minor Hockey or her company, Shrode is dedicated to the sport of hockey, to the players and to making the sport grow.

2021 Alberta BFL Female Coach of the Year – High Performance

Bendfeld is a 15-year veteran behind the bench who currently works with the Olds College Broncos of the ACAC. Her coaching philosophy emphasizes what can be controlled and reacting to situations on and off the ice. She believes that within the game of hockey, everyone is working to be the best versions of themselves and that mistakes will always occur no matter how you are involved in the game.

“I am extremely honoured to be nominated and then to be selected (for this award). Coaching has always been something that I do to have fun and give back to the game that I love so much,” said Bendfeld. “It is always nice to be recognized for the time, hard work and dedication that it takes to coach, I hope it inspires others to do the same.”

As a former student-athlete, Bendfeld can relate to the pressure her players feel when trying to balance academics and athletics. Her connection to the players underscores the importance of the development of each player by focusing on a foundation of well-being, making her an excellent role model for the young adults with whom she works.

BFL Female Coach of the Year

Coaches from coast to coast were nominated for Hockey Canada’s BFL Female Coach of the Year award. A selection committee chose the provincial and territorial winners for each category based on fair play and sportsmanship, emphasis on emotional and physical well-being of players, and commitment to developing every player and dedication to the game on and off the ice.

The selection committee consisted of Olympic gold medalists, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Gina Kingsbury and Caroline Ouellette; Steve Lacoste vice-president of sports and leisure with BFL; and Teal Gove, manager of hockey development with Hockey Canada.

Each provincial and territorial winner receives a $1,000 bursary. A national winner from each category will be announced in June.

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AEHL Extends Partnership with InStat

RED DEER – The Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) is excited to announce a one-year extension of its partnership with InStat Sport.


The extended partnership will see InStat Sport provide all 57 teams in the AEHL with the statistics and analytical features of the InStat Hockey platform.


“InStat Sport is passionate about growing our hockey platform across North America and we are happy our partnership with the AEHL remains part of that process. When hockey returns, we’re ready to get all 57 teams back on and active on our leading video analysis and stats platform,” said Mark Yates, Director, InStat North America.


InStat Sport, founded in 2007, is a leading provider of performance analysis services in soccer, basketball and hockey. Hockey clients include teams in the NHL, CHL, NCAA, and USports. Coaches and players can receive detailed reports after each game, statistical breakdowns, and links to corresponding video or playlists for the purpose of development and exposure to the next level. 


“Despite being anything but a normal hockey season, InStat was committed to working with the AEHL and growing the partnership. We know with the return of hockey next season the InStat platform will play a big role in coach and player development for all teams in the AEHL,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager, Elite Male Hockey, for Hockey Alberta.


For more information regarding InStat, go to its website, www.instatsport.com, or check out their YouTube channel.


For more information on the AEHL, check out aehl.ca, or any of the division sites at u18aaa.ca, u16aaa.ca or u15aaa.ca.

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Coach of the Month - Lee Zalasky

As a wrap-up to the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is featuring four outstanding coaches as recipients of the Coach of the Month recognition - sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. These coaches were nominated by parents, players, and fellow coaches due to their exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult season.

Today Hockey Alberta is pleased to recognize Lee Zalasky of St. Albert.

ST. ALBERT - Lee Zalasky was the head coach of the Canadian Athletic Club U15 AAA team (AEHL) in Edmonton during the 2020-21 season. After an extensive playing career which saw him make stops in Prince George (WHL) and the University of Alberta (U Sports), Lee still felt the itch to be involved in the game. It was through his first job as a teacher where he met Hockey Alberta Coach Mentor Barry Medori who connected him with the Spruce Grove AAA program where he began coaching.

Throughout the difficult 2020-21 season, Lee went the extra mile to allow for his players to build on their development while being away from the ice. Facilitating team meetings via Zoom, bringing on guest speakers and scouts, setting up virtual workouts, yoga classes, stickhandling, and sports psychology sessions were just some of the ways that he was able to keep his team engaged. Before the pause of the season, Lee placed a huge emphasis on the importance of supporting the community and encouraged his players to rake leaves for their neighbours as a team.

"I know our coach has a history of helping the community and you can tell he wants to build that culture in our team everyday, which he has done a great job of doing so," said the player who submitted the nomination. "Coach Lee is definitely the best coach that I have had, and he definitely deserves this recognition after all he’s done for us!"

In a typical year, Lee volunteers to coach sports at his school which include basketball, badminton, and track and field. It is the dressing room comradery and lifelong relationships developed along that way that are his favourite part of coaching. His personal philosophy as a coach and teacher is to construct a learning environment where the foundation is based on the values of trust, caring, respect, hard work, and effective communication. For him, 2020 was a reminder to slow things down and just enjoy the process.

"It is important to provide players with the necessary supports to meet their individual needs to further promote personal growth both on and off the ice." said Lee. "As players move on beyond your team, it’s exciting to watch them grow both as citizens within the community and the hockey world."

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Hockey Canada Safety Program/RIS – Parent & Activity Leader Extension

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta has worked with both Hockey Canada and the Respect Group Inc. to facilitate an extension of the expiration dates for the Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP) and Respect in Sport Parent/Activity Leader Programs.

Any parent, coach or team official that has valid certification in any of the above programs will have their expiration automatically extended by one year.
• For HCSP, the certification will extend from three to four years.
• For RIS Parent and Activity Leader, the certification will extend from four to five years.

These extensions will be reflected on an individual’s Hockey Canada Registry profile for HCSP & RIS Activity Leader and the child’s profile of which it is connected for RIS – Parent. Because RIS is a multi-sport platform and this change is specific to Hockey Alberta, the extension will not be reflected in an individual’s RIS profile. This may affect any prerequisites currently set up through 3rd party registration platforms.

For those with HCSP Level 2, an additional year may be granted but if any supplemental qualifications (Standard First Aid) have expired, valid documentation must be submitted with your application.

These programs play significant roles in achieving Hockey Alberta’s mandate of providing a safe and fun environment for all participants. We are confident that a one-year extension to these programs will not impact these areas of our game and will provide a degree of financial relief to our parents, volunteers and Member Associations in what has been a challenging year on many levels.

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The Best Hockey Mom: Mother’s Day Contest

Why is your mom the best hockey mom? We want to know!

Submit your one-minute (or less) video telling us why your mom is the BEST hockey mom for a chance to win a special Mother’s Day prize package!

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Video guidelines:

  • Shoot landscape (lengthwise)
  • Ensure lighting is good
  • Record in a quiet place and be sure to speak clear and loud
  • Have fun and get creative!

Rules:

  • Contest closes, Thursday, May 6th at 12pm.
  • One (1) submission per person (siblings can submit individual videos)
  • Winner will be selected and contacted on Friday, May 7, and announced on Sunday, May 9.
  • By completing the contest entry form and submitting your video, you consent to allow Hockey Alberta authorization to post to Hockey Alberta social media platforms, YouTube and website.

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Coach of the Month - Derek McEwan

As a wrap-up to the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is featuring four outstanding coaches as recipients of the Coach of the Month recognition - sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. These coaches were nominated by parents, players, and fellow coaches due to their exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult season.

Today Hockey Alberta is pleased to recognize Derek McEwan of St. Albert.

ST. ALBERT - Derek McEwan (known as Coach Tug) spent the 2020-21 season as the head coach of the U13 Tier 1 SA503 Chargers. He has been coaching with St. Albert Minor Hockey for the last four seasons, with this being his first as a head coach.

Derek has been involved with hockey since he was five years old, both as a player and a coach. His love for the game is one of the main reasons why he stepped up when a friend asked him to coach. Through his passion for hockey, he has really enjoyed watching the young players on his teams develop as players, athletes, and human beings. Derek has been instrumental in helping build the identity and confidence of the players he works with and ensures that everyone on the team feels valued. During the pause of the season, he kept the team engaged by organizing Zoom calls, online workouts, digital hockey watch parties, and bringing in guest speakers.

"Coach Tug takes a vested interest in helping each athlete on the team be not only the best hockey players they can be, but to be the best people they can be as well," said the parent who submitted the nomination. "He does all of this through positive encouragement, personal relationships, and high expectations."

Coming from a family with four younger brothers, Derek has always found himself in a leadership role while supporting them in their lives and athletic pursuits. That experience as a mentor has helped him connect with the players in a positive way, since he does not have a child of his own on the team. Away from the arena, Derek describes himself as a big sports fan overall. He loves to spend time at the golf course during the summertime and also opens up some ice sessions for former players to help keep them sharp.

"I can take a great number of aspects from playing hockey and relate that to life experiences and for me that’s my number one goal," said Derek. "I want my players each season to look back and remember it a one of their favorite seasons in minor hockey and how it impacted their young lives."

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2021 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup Cancelled

RED DEER Hockey Alberta has cancelled the 2021 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.

The decision was made after a review of current Government of Alberta restrictions regarding youth sports, and an evaluation of priority areas pertaining to Team Alberta programming.

As a result, Hockey Alberta will focus on planning High Performance Camps to select its Team Alberta U18 Female and U16 Male squads. These teams will represent the province at Hockey Canada’s U18 Female national championship, and the WHL Cup in the fall. Currently, those events remain scheduled for their normal time frame – October for the WHL Cup, and early November for the U18 Nationals.

The evaluation and selection process for the Team Alberta squads will be different than in previous years. While the format has not been finalized, the following tentative camp dates have been set – subject to Government of Alberta COVID-19 restrictions allowing for meaningful competition to occur.

  • 2006-born males eligible for the Alberta Cup and WHL Cup tentative dates for selection camps are July 6-11, August 3-8, and September 17-19.
  • 2004- and 2005-born females eligible for the U18 Nationals – tentative dates for selection camps are July 13-18, August 10-15, and September 24-26.
  • All camps would be held in Red Deer.

In addition, Hockey Alberta is planning to offer development camps for athletes who would have been eligible for the Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.

For 2006- and 2007-born female players (Alberta Challenge), the tentative timeframe for this program is July 26-August 1. For 2008-born male players (Prospects Cup), skill development sessions are also being planned. More details about these development opportunities will be provided as they are confirmed.


For questions regarding Team Alberta High Performance programs, please contact:

Kendall Newell

Manager, Female Hockey

Email: [email protected]

Mike Kraichy

Manager, Elite Male Hockey

Email: [email protected]

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Coach of the Month - Tracy Desmarais

As a wrap-up to the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is featuring four outstanding coaches as recipients of the Coach of the Month recognition - sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. These coaches were nominated by parents, players, and fellow coaches due to their exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult season.

Today Hockey Alberta is pleased to recognize Tracy Desmarais of Paradise Valley.

PARADISE VALLEY - Tracy Desmarais was an Assistant Coach with the U11 and U15 Paradise Valley Jets. She has been coaching for 10 years between the U7 and U15 levels.

Coming from a small community, Tracy has always believed it is important to step up and help with her children’s sports teams. As a coach, she believes in every player who steps onto the ice and she pushes each young player to work hard to bring out the best in themselves. Tracy is the type of coach who connects with the players at their level. She is on the ice skating along with each athlete and always encouraging them to never give up.

"She makes drills fun and has not forgotten what it’s like to be a kid. She gets right in there doing the fun things kids like to do like diving under a hockey stick stood up by pylons," said the parent who submitted the nomination. "Tracy is the most dedicated, consistent, encouraging, hard-working coach there is."

Tracy is a mother of three boys and has been coaching their teams since they were old enough to skate. Even with a busy schedule, she never misses a practice or game. Outside of the rink, she helps coach baseball and any other sports her kids are involved in, along with being a leader for the 4H Beef Club. Her coaching philosophy is that if you are doing your best and trying hard, you will have fun!

"I really enjoy getting to know all of the kids on a different level and being able to see the difference you can make one-on-one with a kid," said Tracy. "There is nothing better than being on the bench when your kids win a playoff or Provincial game and getting to celebrate with them right then and there."