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Parent Engagement Series - Part One: Social Media

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to launch its Parent Engagement Video Series, aimed at helping parents navigate through the ups and downs of being a hockey parent.

Episode One features Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche and Jordan Eberle of the New York Islanders, and focuses on social media use among young athletes.

Social Media Tips > | Parent Engagement Guide >

Social media has seen a rapid rise in popularity in the last decade, and the average age of first-time users continues to decrease. It’s also become a large part of team culture, which poses many opportunities and risks for both individual players, and the team as a whole.

Parents are encouraged to stay involved and monitor their children’s social media activity, and make sure they are responsible with their own social media use. Any inappropriate or irresponsible use of social media can have negative effects on both the individual, and the team, even if it’s not necessarily hockey-related.

For more information and tips on responsible social media use, head to hockeyalberta.ca.

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Lethbridge to host 2020 Female Hockey Day

LETHBRIDGE - Hockey Alberta is hosting the annual Female Hockey Day celebrations in Lethbridge on January 25, 2020.

Female Hockey Day celebrates "Why We Play" and the growth of the female game. The day features a number of on-ice and off-ice sessions focusing on players, officials, parents, and coaches.

The day culminates with a USPORTS match-up between the Mount Royal Cougars and the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

“We are excited to build on the success of the first ever Female Hockey Day in Red Deer,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “Now we have the chance to take the event to a new community and influence a new group of female athletes."

Last year in Red Deer, over 160 athletes took part in activities throughout the day, which included on-ice sessions for players and officials of all levels, and off-ice sessions, such as dryland training, parent education, and sport ambassadors. The day was capped off by a CWHL game between the Calgary Inferno and Toronto Furies which drew a crowd of over 600 fans to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

2018 Female Hockey Day Photo Gallery >

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Registration now open for Dodge Caravan Kids

RED DEER - Registration is now open for Dodge Caravan Kids for Novice teams across Alberta.

The Dodge Caravan Kids Program is a joint effort between participating minor hockey associations and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram retailers that provides up to $500 in funding and access to exclusive hockey benefits to novice level hockey teams across Canada.

The goal of the Dodge Caravan Kids Program is to help enrich the game of hockey for participating coaches, players and their families and represents one of FCA Canada’s key community efforts.

Learn more at http://www.dodgecaravankids.ca/en/

Register >

Breakaway Giveaway >


Program Benefits
Each team enrolled in the Dodge Caravan Kids Program will receive:

Up to $500 in funding.
The opportunity to enter the Dodge Caravan Kids Photo Contest to win up to $500 in extra funding.
Team kits including an exclusive Dodge Caravan Kids gift for all players and an important information booklet for all parents/guardians.
The opportunity to enter our Score & Win contest for a chance to win a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 and $5,000 for your local Minor Hockey Association.

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Registration now open for Arctic Winter Games Selection Camps

RED DEER - Registration is now open for male athletes born 2005-2006 and female athletes born 2001-2006 to participate in the 2020 Arctic Winter Games Selection Camp.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic competition, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and Dene games. The cultural component is a pillar of the Games, featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region.

The male selection camp will be held in Fairview on December 6-8, while the female camp will take place in Manning on December 20-22. Staging/Training weekend for both teams will be hosted in Grande Prairie on February 7-8, 2020. The 2020 Arctic Winter Games take place in Whitehorse, YT on March 14-21.

Eligible communities for the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel. Players must live in one of these eligible communities.

Male Registration >

Female Registration >

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Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup returns for 2019-20 season

RED DEER - The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is here for 2019-20, and Peewee coaches in Alberta can now register to receive their Team Kit.

Coach’s Kit Signup >

Your free Good Deeds Cup Team Kit has everything you need to develop your players on the ice, and create awareness off the ice, all the while reaffirming important values learned through hockey. Every kit is a premium coach’s hockey bag that comes with 10 practice pucks, 24 lace bracelets, 20 emblem stickers and 20 vehicle decals.

As well, all coaches of registered Peewee hockey teams in Canada are eligible to compete for the Good Deeds Cup. This season marks the third year of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, during which time hundreds of good deeds have been completed by Peewee teams in communities across Alberta and the country. The Good Deeds Cup-winning team will receive a $100,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Submissions open on November 2.

2019-20 Good Deeds Cup >

The Chevrolet Hockey program seeks to inspire young Canadians to be better people by promoting the positive values learned through hockey, and acting on them by performing Good Deeds in their community. The goal is to develop our future hockey players on and off the ice. Through the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, Chevrolet makes donations to causes on behalf of Peewee Hockey teams across the country.

A limited number of kits are available, one kit per team. Don’t delay; go to chevrolethockey.ca today and register for your Good Deeds Cup Coach’s Kit.

FAQ >

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Communities set to celebrate World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend across Alberta

RED DEER - Twenty-five teams and organizations from across the province are set to celebrate the ninth annual World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend.

The International Ice Hockey Federation will lead the way on the ninth year of World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, with dozens of federations around the world taking part. The goal of this weekend is to have events from coast to coast to coast that recruit, retain and engage female players, coaches, officials and fans – old and new. This event aims to celebrate and grow the female game, and unite Canadians through grassroots programming led by female 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!

The list of teams and organizations who have organized WGIHW events can be found below:

Association/Team/Organization City/Town Event(s)
Airdrie Atom Female 1 Airdrie On-ice skills session
Bow River Bruins Minor Hockey Association Calgary Free skate for players and mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends
Prairie Thunder Brooks Floor hockey and games for all divisions
Cochrane Female Hockey Committee Cochrane 3-on-3 road hockey tournament and barbecue
Girls Hockey Calgary Jr. Inferno Atom B Calgary Skills session/celebration
Girls Hockey Calgary Jr. Inferno First Strides Calgary Kickoff of 16-week female learn-to-play program
Girls Hockey Calgary Novice 2 North White Calgary Skill development practice
Girls Hockey Calgary Atom 1 North Calgary On-ice practice and off-ice team building
Edmonton Wolves (Junior Female) Edmonton Edmonton Girls Hockey night at the Wolves game
Fort Saskatchewan Atom Fury Fort Saskatchewan Road hockey day and party
Leduc Minor Hockey Association Leduc Mother-daughter power skating session
Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association Lethbridge Free try-hockey skate
Manning Minor Hockey Association Manning Skill development weekend
Nampa Minor Hockey Association Nampa Free skate/shinny hockey
Okotoks Atom A Okotoks Road hockey team-bonding celebration
Okotoks Atom A Okotoks Team building event
Okotoks Peewee Okotoks Block party and barbecue with street hockey game
Red Deer Sutter Fund Atom Red Chiefs Red Deer Exhibition game
Red Deer Sutter Fund Peewee B Chiefs Red Deer Team yoga session
Redwater Minor Hockey Association Redwater Floor hockey, skills sessions and "bring the guys to the rink" free skate
Simons Valley Hockey Association Calgary Association-wide open skate
Sturgeon Hockey Club Morinville Free introduction to hockey camp and mini camp
SWAT Minor Hockey Association Edmonton Conditioning session for all female SWAT players
West Central Peewee A Wildcats Rocky Mountain House Exhibition game with Red Deer Sutter Fund Peewee A Chiefs
Whitemud West Hockey Association Edmonton Development sessions for all Northwest Zone female hockey players

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Host a Provincial Championship in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting bids from Minor Hockey Associations interested in hosting the 2020 Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Championships are some of the most exciting and high-profile events in which Hockey Alberta’s membership takes part each season, bringing together the top teams from across the province in each category.

The 2020 Provincial Championships will be held March 19-22 and March 26-29, in each of the respective categories. Further details can be found in the Provincial Bid Guidelines package below:

Provincial Bid Guidelines >

The bid guidelines document outlines the requirements involved, and the opportunities available, for a Minor Hockey Association interested in submitting a bid to host a Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship event.

The deadline to submit a bid to host Provincial Championships is Monday, November 4.


If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Skilnick, Manager, Member Services, at mskilnick@hockeyalberta.ca.

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Team Alberta U18 Female roster announced for 2019 National Women’s U18 Championships

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U18 Female team that will represent the province at the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

"We saw a lot of talent and determination throughout Summer and Fall Camp, which made the selection of this roster challenging," said Head Coach Craig Perrett. "Now that we have the team selected, our staff is looking forward to working with these players as we move towards competition at the 2019 U18 Nationals.”

Sixty-eight players were originally invited to the U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer in July, where a shortlist roster was established. The shortlisted players moved on to participate in Fall Camp held in Edmonton on September 27-29.

Joining Perrett on the team staff are: Dayna Janzen (assistant coach), Brett Wold (assistant coach), Shanya Shwetz (video coach), Engi Lim (goalie coach), Brent Gaudreau (therapist), Johanna Mykyte (equipment manager), Nate Morris (strength & conditioning), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Kendall Newell (director of hockey operations) and Barry Medori (coach mentor).

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are very well-represented amongst the team, with 16 different associations represented on the roster: Beaverlodge, Blackfalds, Calgary, Clive, Cochrane, Didsbury, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Morinville, Sherwood Park, Spirit River, St. Albert, Thunderstars, and Whitecourt.

Among the 20 players, eight will be returning from the U18 team that won a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer earlier this year: Jaden Bogden, Hayleigh Craig, Aliya Jomha, Bree Kennedy, Sierra LaPlante, Brooklyn Schroeder, Alexandria Spence, and Sarah Wozniewicz.

The 2019 U18 Nationals will feature the top-rated female players in the under-18 age category from different provinces across Canada, and the tournament is the first step on the road to Canada’s National Women’s Team.

Team Alberta opens the tournament against Team Saskatchewan on November 5 in Winkler.

Full Schedule >

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Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced for 2019 WHL Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U16 Male team that will represent the province at the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >


"The selection process was very competitive, which made for some very difficult decisions," said Head Coach Brandin Cote. "Our staff is extremely excited to work with this talented group of players moving forward to compete at the 2019 WHL Cup.”

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, the Alberta Cup in April, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Red Deer in July. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and from the Summer Camp, a shortlist roster was established and monitored in league play during the first months of the 2019-20 season.

Joining Cote on the team staff are: Jay Pylypuik (assistant coach), Cody Reynolds (assistant coach), Adam Sergerie (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Myles Berlin (therapist), Dave Campbell (equipment manager), Bobby Fox (head scout), Michael Kraichy (Director of Hockey Operations) and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with 11 different associations represented on the roster: Airdrie, Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Mayerthorpe, Raymond, Red Deer, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, and Whitecourt.

The 2019 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.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

The 2019 WHL Cup runs October 23-27 at Winsport’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

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Save the Date - 2019 Annual General Meeting

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is hosting its 112th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 in Red Deer. The meeting will consist of presentations, information seminars and discussion forums for member associations and teams as well as registered programs.

It is important for Executive Members of member Minor Hockey Associations and Junior/Senior Club Teams to attend the AGM to exercise your right to vote in the election and for Notices of Motion for Bylaw changes. It is also important for registered Accredited Schools, Sledge Hockey programs, Recreational Hockey programs and sanctioned leagues to attend the AGM to participate in discussions with the membership about the future of the game.

The input of our membership and registered programs is extremely important. Friday evening features a special presentation, trade show and networking social. Saturday opens with a series of President Meetings where delegates will be engaged in discussions such a minor hockey boundaries, body checking in Bantam and Midget, and leading change within amateur hockey. The Annual General Meeting portion of the weekend will take place on Saturday afternoon. Registration will be available in early October.

Hockey Alberta has partnered with the Best Western Hotel and the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel to provide the best possible rates for accommodations. Please book your accommodations as soon as possible to access these rates. If you are booking by phone, please indicate you are with the Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting.

Information regarding Nominations for the Board of Directors and potential Notices of Motion will be circulated no less than thirty (30) days prior to the AGM. Please note that Member Dues for the 2019-2020 season and any overdue accounts must be paid in full for Members to be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. Please refer to Article 4, 4.6 (b) of the Hockey Alberta Bylaws and Regulations for information about voting privileges/procedures.


For any further information please contact either Michelle Skilnick (mskilnick@hockeyalberta.ca) or Allison Marriott (amarriott@hockeyalberta.ca).

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Team Alberta U18 Female set to kick off Fall Camp

EDMONTON - Twenty-Eight short listed players will take to the ice this weekend looking to earn a spot on the Team Alberta U18 Female team.

Hockey Alberta will be hosting their Team Alberta Female U18 Fall Selection Camp at Clare Drake Arena beginning Friday, September 27. A shortlist of 28 players was announced in July after 68 athletes had competed at a Summer Evaluation Camp held in Red Deer. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 16 forwards. The final roster of 20 players will compete at the 2019 U18 National Championship tournament in Morden and Winkler, MB.

TEAM ALBERTA U18 FEMALE SHORTLIST ROSTER >

Of the 28 players, 19 will be playing in the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) this upcoming season. Eight players hoping to make the team this fall already have experience at the provincial level, as Jaden Bogden, Hayleigh Craig, Aliya Jomha, Bree Kennedy, Sierra Laplante, Brooklyn Schroeder, and Alexandria Spence won a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Bogden and Schroeder were also part of the 2019 Esso Cup Champion St. Albert Slash along with Holly Borrett, Dayle Ross, Bronwyn Boucher, Natalie Kieser, and Allison Reich.

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 9-14. The 2019 U18 National Championship Tournament will be running November 3-9 in Morden and Winkler, MB.

U18 Fall Camp Game Schedule

Date Time Location Opponent
Friday, September 27 7:00pm Clare Drake Arena U of A Pandas
Saturday, September 28 2:00pm Clare Drake Arena U of A Pandas
Sunday, September 29 1:00pm Clare Drake Arena Sherwood Park Bantam AAA (Boys)

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Welcome to National Coaches Week

RED DEER - National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. Along with parents and teachers, coaches have a profound impact on the future of our children. It is a great responsibility, and Canada’s two million coaches embrace it with passion and dedication. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.

Get involved with National Coaches Week:

EVENTS >

PARTICIPATION GUIDE >

COACH SPOTLIGHT >

HOCKEY COACHING RESOURCES >

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Flames, Oilers team up for First Shift in Red Deer

RED DEER - The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are partnering with Hockey Alberta to bring the NHL/NHLPA First Shift to Red Deer this winter.

Registration is now open for the six-week learn-to-play program, which runs Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 am at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, beginning February 15. The focus of the on-ice sessions is fun-first, while teaching basic skating and fundamental hockey skills through play. Each week’s session also will feature alumni from the Flames and Oilers.

Register >

Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment. The First Shift is open to any new-to-hockey athletes aged six to 10 years (born between January 1, 2009 and March 1, 2014).

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift is a truly unique experience for new-to-hockey families, designed to ease kids and their families into the sport of hockey in a fun and friendly environment before you buy the gear. The ultimate goal is to create a path forward which includes follow-up programming that is accessible, affordable and fun.

A welcome event is set for Friday, January 24 for registered participants. That event offers information and activities to help build the athlete’s confidence, and for parents to feel comfortable in a hockey environment. It is also where the participants will get fitted with their equipment.

Aside from the Red Deer program, various other NHL/NHLPA First Shift programs are offered across the province in both the fall and winter, with limited spaces remaining. Alberta First Shift Programs >

For more information on the Calgary Flames/Edmonton Oilers First Shift program in Red Deer, please contact Bryden Burrell at bburrell@hockeyalberta.ca

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AHHF nominations now open

RED DEER - Who will comprise the 2020 induction class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF)?

Is there a member of the Alberta hockey community you feel should be recognized for their contributions?

Nominations are now open for the 2020 AHHF Induction Class. Nominations are sought from members of the public to recognize:
  • individuals who have made a significant contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta through regional, national, or international accomplishments, or for their contributions to the growth and development of the game in Alberta.
  • groups or teams who achieved a significant result at a National or International level or impacted on a provincial level under exceptional circumstances.

Nominate an Individual >

Nominate a Group or Team >

At minimum, a nominee must have:

  • Made a significant impact to hockey during their time as an Alberta resident, having resided in Alberta for at least five years
  • Exceptional service or contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta or at a national or international level
  • Achieved significant personal, team and or professional accomplishment in the game
  • Made an impact in the game beyond a local or regional level
  • Received significant other recognition (i.e. inducted into the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, won a national or international medal or championship, major individual award)

Nominations will be accepted until November 30.

The 2020 AHHF Induction Class will be announced early in the new year, with the inductees recognized at the annual special gala event.

For more information on the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, including biographies of all Honoured Members, check out the AHHF website.

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Coach and Trainer applications now open for 2020 Alberta Winter Games and Alberta Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches and trainers for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games (male and female programs) and the 2020 Alberta Cup.

The deadline for all applications is Friday, October 4.


2020 Alberta Winter Games

Female Program

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, one assistant coach, and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Winter Games regional teams.

AWG Female Coach Application > | AWG Female Trainer Application >

Male Program

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach and two assistant coaches for each of the eight Alberta Winter Games regional teams.

AWG Male Coach Application >

The 2020 Alberta Winter Games run February 14-17 in Airdrie.


2020 Alberta Cup

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach and two assistant coaches for each of the six Alberta Cup regional teams.

AB Cup Coach Application > | AB Cup Trainer Application >

The 2020 Alberta Cup runs April 29 - May 3 in Red Deer.

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Registration now open for 2020 Alberta Winter Games Regional Camps

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2007-born male athletes, as well as 2005 & 2006-born female athletes to take part in regional selection camps for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games.

The 2020 Alberta Winter Games run February 14-17 in Airdrie.

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

Male Regional Selection Camps

All four male regional camps will take place December 6-8 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Capital - Kinsmen Twin Arena (Edmonton)
North - Vegreville Recreation Centre
South - Olds Sportsplex

Register >

Space at each regional camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. *Each camp has limited space for goaltenders*

Regional Directory > | Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.

The deadline to register for a male regional selection camp (subject to capacity) is Friday, November 15.


Female Regional Selection Camps

Both female regional camps will take place November 29 - December 1 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

North - Wetaskiwin Civic Centre Twin Arenas
South - Innisfail Twin Arenas

Register >

Space at each regional camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. *Each camp has limited space for goaltenders*

Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Taryn Baumgardt at tbaumgardt@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.

The deadline to apply for a female regional selection camp (subject to capacity) is Friday, November 8.

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World Girls Hockey Weekend - Join the celebration!

RED DEER - World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend, sponsored by BFL Canada, is quickly approaching, and your team can help us celebrate the female game across the province, country, and world!

From Oct. 4-6, the International Ice Hockey Federation will lead the way on the ninth year of World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, with dozens of federations around the world taking part. The goal of this weekend is to have events from coast to coast to coast that recruit, retain and engage female players, coaches, officials and fans – old and new. This event aims to celebrate and grow the female game, and unite Canadians through grassroots programming led by female 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!

Get involved in your own unique way or check this list to find events you can attend in your community!

Associations and teams from across Alberta are encouraged to join in on the global celebration by hosting an event - it doesn’t even have to be about playing the game! Need a few ideas? Click here.

Interested in hosting an event or celebration? CLICK HERE!

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Lloydminster selected as host of 2021 Esso Cup

LLOYDMINSTERThe Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, is headed back to Alberta in 2021 when the Lloydminster Steelers host the 13th edition of the event, April 18-24.

The 2021 Esso Cup represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, the Lloydminster Steelers and the local host organizing committee, which made the announcement Thursday in the Border City.

The host Steelers will face off against five regional champions – Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific Quebec and West – in their quest to capture a national championship at the 1,700-seat Centennial Civic Centre. The Steelers will look to become the first host team to win the Esso Cup and third host to earn a medal at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

“Hosting an event of this scale will provide our community an exciting opportunity to showcase our commitment to volunteerism and sport,” said Gerald Aalbers, mayor of the City of Lloydminster. “The Lloydminster Steelers play a pivotal role in the growth and development of female athletes within Alberta and it will be our shared privilege to stand with them in welcoming the nation’s top-performing female hockey players as they look to achieve personal goals and compete for the 2021 Esso Cup right here in our city.”

Although the Steelers have yet to appear in the Esso Cup, Pacific Region teams have won nine medals since the event’s inception, including three-consecutive national championships from 2017-19, two silver medals and four bronze.

Alberta has hosted Canada’s National Female Midget Championship three times in the event’s 11-year history, with Calgary (2009), St. Albert (2011) and Red Deer (2015) all welcoming the tournament.

“The City of Lloydminster is ecstatic to be selected as the host city for the 2021 Esso Cup, as our community has a proven record of hosting national events in the past and we look forward to once again showcasing hockey in the Border City,” said Ryan Sklapsky, co-chair of the local host organizing committee. “Lloydminster’s support for elite female hockey is widely recognized and we are excited for the athletes that will make up the Lloydminster Steelers roster for the 2020-21 hockey season as they will have the chance to compete for a national championship. Since the inception of the Midget program in 2004, the Steelers have been a premier organization on and off the ice, and the program continues to develop elite players that move on to the ACAC, U SPORTS and NCAA programs."

The 2021 Esso Cup marks the second Hockey Canada event held in Lloydminster, which also hosted the 2016 National Junior A Championship. As with all of Hockey Canada’s national championships, net proceeds from all ticket sales, sponsorship and grants at the event will stay within the host community to help support the growth and development of the game at the grassroots level. Recent editions of the Esso Cup have also resulted in an economic boost of up to $1.5 million to the host regions over the seven-day event.

The official tournament schedule and ticket information for the 2021 Esso Cup will be announced at a later date.

“The Esso brand takes great pride in its support of the Esso Cup,” said Susan Di Giorgio, fuels sponsorship manager for Imperial. “As a premier sponsor of Hockey Canada through the years and in partnership on programs such as Esso Medals of Achievement and Esso Fun Days, the Esso brand is committed to supporting the development of grassroots hockey across Canada.”

For more information on the 2021 Esso Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/EssoCup, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hockey Alberta gets recognized by Respect Group

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to be recognized by Respect Group for our long-time participation and leadership in the Respect in Sport program. Hockey Alberta was the first sport organization to implement Respect in Sport certification for parents and coaches, as well as the first to require mandatory recertification.

Co-founders of Respect Group – Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil – visited Hockey Alberta on Wednesday to present CEO Rob Litwinski and Director of Business Operations Mike Klass with a specially designed paddle.

The paddle symbolizes the support of organizations such as Hockey Alberta who partnered with Respect Group and adopted Respect in Sport programming before acknowledgement of the importance of preventing bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination was widely recognized.

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AFHL all-in on concussion safety with HeadCheck Health

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) today announced a new agreement with HeadCheck Health, Inc. (HeadCheck) to supply all teams with mobile and web-based technology to follow the league’s concussion protocol and record and share vital information on suspected concussions with medical professionals.

“We’re very pleased to be teaming up with HeadCheck to help solve some of our biggest challenges in concussion safety,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of the AFHL. “Their tech simplifies what’s normally a complicated process and provides our medical professionals with the information they want to make the most informed decisions possible on the welfare of our players.”

“It shows an incredible commitment to player safety on the part of the AFHL to kick off this agreement by bringing all three levels of play onto HeadCheck,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health, Inc. “This is just the first step in providing the league with unparalleled visibility into exactly where they can best allocate resources for concussion safety.”

As part of the agreement, all Bantam Elite, Midget Elite, and Midget AAA teams will be able to use HeadCheck beginning with the upcoming season. Team trainers, athletic therapists, and safety personnel can use HeadCheck’s mobile app to document suspected concussions, perform concussion assessments per what is appropriate for their qualifications and transfer the information collected to medical professionals and partner clinics to safely return players to the ice. The platform allows a player’s concussion history to transfer with them from team-to-team or level-to-level for more informed care.

Additionally, HeadCheck is customized to the league’s concussion protocol and provides administrators governance tools and the ability to monitor compliance in real-time. Where needed, HeadCheck will supply teams within the league with contracted athletic therapists to support team staff. HeadCheck is a secure system that meets all top line health privacy standards in Canada and the United States.

About the AFHL

The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) is home to 30 teams at the Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite levels, providing a competitive platform for young aspiring female athletes to enhance their skills. A collection of 12 host associations around the province are committed to the growth and development of AAA and Elite female hockey. The member associations include Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Leduc, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, Olds, and Red Deer. Through dedicated staff and volunteers, the AFHL offers opportunities for female athletes to receive mentorship, off-ice education sessions, female specific coaching, post-secondary exposure opportunities, academic & billet programs, and a competitive skill development atmosphere. https://www.afhl.ca

About HeadCheck Health, Inc.
HeadCheck is an innovative mobile and web-based platform that gives medical and non-medical personnel the appropriate tools to follow any concussion protocol, integrates all individuals involved in concussion care, and allows the data collected to be analyzed for health and safety improvements. Hundreds of teams across the world from minor through professional sports have adopted the HeadCheck platform including: the CFL, CJHL, BC Hockey, Trek Factory Racing, Volleyball Canada, UBC Athletics, BC Rugby, Eastern Washington University, Rugby Ontario, Western Lacrosse Association, Rugby Quebec, and more. For more information visit http://www.headcheckhealth.com

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