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Hockey Alberta hosts successful 2022 Summit

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to thank the sponsors, presenters, attendees, and staff who all contributed to a successful organizational summit.

The 2022 Hockey Alberta Summit presented by Sprung Arenas, Stantec and CANA took place in Red Deer, at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, June 10-12. The summit brought the leaders of our sport together for a weekend of Community, Collaboration & Innovation. Focusing on member appreciation and education, the Summit consisted of presentations, workshop sessions, expert panels and social engagement. Through these various forums, we explored both the challenges and opportunities facing our sport and our members that deliver it.

The summit began on Friday, June 10 with a powerful keynote presentation from Dr. Jody Carrington of Olds. Carrington told the approximately 200 people in attendance that society is facing a looming mental health crisis that is immense, and that our children are suffering from uncertainty, fear and “emotional dysregulation”. She noted that one in four children between the ages of 12 and 18 years have a plan to end their lives.

Moving into Saturday, the summit included presentation streams for both presidents and administrators, as well as development leaders. A wide variety of topics were covered by numerous speakers and the day was capped off with a member appreciation night at Bo’s Bar and Stage.

The final day featured more presentations in the morning, and a visit from Hockey Canada President & C.O.O, Scott Smith.

Hockey Alberta is asking for your feedback on the summit, whether you attended or not. Please take the time to fill out our survey below so we can better serve our members in the future.

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Hockey coaches - you could save a life

RED DEER – Minor hockey coaches are not only life-changers, but they could be life-savers, for their players.

That powerful message was delivered by Dr. Jody Carrington, a clinical psychologist from Olds, to kick off the 2022 Hockey Alberta Summit presented by Sprung Arenas, Stantec and CANA. The Summit runs until Sunday at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre.

“You are going to change a life this season, and probably save it,” said Carrington during her keynote address on Friday night.

Carrington told the approximately 200 people in attendance that society is facing a looming mental health crisis that is immense, and that our children are suffering from uncertainty, fear and “emotional dysregulation”. She noted that one in four children between the ages of 12 and 18 years have a plan to end their lives.

But hockey, and youth sports in general, can be part of the solution, with coaches playing a key role.

“Some of the most pivotal moments in my life happened in the hockey rink,” said Carrington, who is also a hockey coach. “Coaches, you are woven into their stories. No one forgets a hockey coach.”

Carrington emphasized that every coach will have traumatized kids on their team. That makes the role of coach integral in helping their players deal with the situations they are facing, not only with the team but in their personal lives. She talked about the importance of taking the time to get to know the players. And when they are hurting, the key is to provide genuine acknowledgement of the situation, not just an apology.

“When you’re acknowledged, you rise,” Carrington said. “Feeling seen is the only thing you need moving forward.”

For more on Dr. Jody Carrington, check out her website at https://www.drjodycarrington.com/.

The 2022 Hockey Alberta Summit continues on Saturday with sessions geared towards Administration and Coach/ Player Development – each with a series of presentations, workshop sessions, expert panels and social engagement.

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U11 Hockey Alberta Development Pilot Expanding in 2022-23 Season

For the 2022-23 hockey season, Hockey Alberta is expanding the U11 AA Pilot Project province wide and renaming it the U11 Hockey Alberta Development Pilot (U11 HADP). The focus of the U11 HADP is to implement amended hosting structures, player movement rules, league scheduling and Coach and Player Development Standards.

During the 2021-22 hockey season, Hockey Alberta established the U11 AA Pilot Project in conjunction with the Northern Alberta Interlock (NAI). The initial pilot offered scheduling options conducive to league geography, a formal tryout process (similar to that used within the AA Hockey Model) and allowed players to be certain of the level of competition at which they would participate. Feedback was positive and the interest in a predetermined top level of U11 HADP hockey continues to increase, which has resulted in expanding the pilot province wide.

Under the U11 HADP, Hockey Alberta will be working in collaboration with our Minor Hockey Leagues and their member MHAs. The Central Alberta Hockey League, Hockey Calgary, Edmonton Federation Hockey League will host the U11 HADP for their member associations, while the All Peace Hockey League, NAI and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League will work together to host the U11 HADP for their member associations.

The goal of the U11 HADP 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 followed, as the best philosophy for developing players is to create an environment where similarly skilled players can compete.

If you have any questions regarding the expansion and renaming of the U11 Hockey Alberta Development Pilot, please contact Hockey Alberta.


Please refer to Information Bulletin 21-11 for more information regarding the changes or the U11 HADP webpage.

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Registration now open for 2022-23 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 2022-23 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 News

Hockey Alberta will be running the First Shift Program from Feb. 11 - March 18, 2023. In total, the First Shift will be offered in nine locations across Alberta during the 2022-23 season:

  • Canmore - Fall
  • Calgary (Hockey Calgary) - Fall
  • Chestermere - Winter
  • Edmonton (Edmonton Oilers & Hockey Edmonton) - Fall & Winter
  • Grande Prairie - Fall
  • Red Deer (Hockey Alberta) - Winter
  • Leduc - Fall
  • Ponoka - Winter
  • Peace River - Fall

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

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Non-Body Checking Implemented at U18 Tiers 4-6

Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee, which is comprised of Alberta’s six (6) tiered Minor Hockey Leagues (CAHL, NAI, NEAHL, All Peace, EFHL & Hockey Calgary) have unanimously agreed to implement non-body checking/body contact only hockey at the Tier 4-6 categories of the U18 division for the 2022-2023 season.

The decision to extend non-body checking into the U18 division at the Tier 4 – 6 categories comes after having implemented the same changes two season ago at the U15 division prior to the 2020-2021 hockey season.

Minor Hockey Associations in any of the six (6) tiered Minor Hockey Leagues will be required to declare their teams in accordance with the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Grid.

If you have any questions regarding the implementation of non-body checking hockey at the U18 division, please contact either your League President or the Hockey Alberta Office.


Please refer to Information Bulletin 21-10 for more information regarding the changes.

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D-Op, Coach, and Trainer applications now being accepted for 2023 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the positions of Director of Operations, Coach, and Trainer for the 2023 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, is overseeing and coordinating the selection process for the players and coaches representing the province at the championships. That process includes recruiting and selecting the Indigenous coaching staff, registration and selection camps for players, team training, and designing the uniforms.

The Aboriginal Sport Circle established the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) in 2002 to serve as the premiere competition for young Aboriginal hockey players in Canada.

The annual event provides a forum for elite U15 and U18 aged Aboriginal male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nation, Inuit and Metis across the 13 provinces and territories. This annual event helps foster cultural unity and pride to celebrate the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across the country. The NAHC also serves as a focal point for grassroots and regional Aboriginal hockey development.

Details on the the 2023 edition of the NAHC will be released soon. More than 500 elite U15 and U18 Indigenous hockey players from across Canada will compete in male and female divisions in the tournament.

2023 NAHC TEAM ALBERTA DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS APPLICATION >

2023 NAHC TEAM ALBERTA COACHING APPLICATION >

2023 NAHC TEAM ALBERTA TRAINER APPLICATION >


For any questions, please contact Mike Applegate, Regional Manager, Northeast.

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Team Alberta U18 Female announces 2023 Canada Winter Games coaching staff

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the coaching staff that will be behind the bench for Team Alberta U18 Female at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

Leading the group is Brett Wold (Red Deer), who will be joined by Assistant Coaches Ally Bendfeld (Innisfail) and Evan Vossen (Medicine Hat), along with Video Coach Jessie Olfert (Edmonton), Goaltending Coach Marlène Boissonnault (Calgary), and Apprentice Coach Shanya Shwetz (Edmonton).

“As we head towards the 2023 Canada Winter Games in P.E.I., we are thrilled to have put together such a great coaching staff," said Kendall Newell, Manager, Female Hockey for Hockey Alberta. “The group has a lot of experience in the Team Alberta program, and we are looking forward to starting the evaluation process."

Other members of the staff for Team Alberta U18 Female include: Athletic Therapist Paige Shannon (Calgary), Equipment Manager Dave Campbell (Grande Prairie), and Director of Operations Kendall Newell (Red Deer).

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Director of Hockey Operations Kendall Newell Red Deer
Head Coach Brett Wold Red Deer
Assistant Coach Ally Bendfeld Innisfail
Assistant Coach Evan Vossen Medicine Hat
Video Coach Jessie Olfert Edmonton
Goalie Coach Marlène Boissonnault Calgary
Canada Games Apprentice Coach Shanya Shwetz Edmonton
Athletic Therapist Paige Shannon Calgary
Equipment Manager Dave Campbell Grande Prairie

Wold has spent the last two seasons as the Head Coach of the U18 AAA Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, where he was named 2021-22 Coach of the Year for the Alberta Female Hockey League. In the Team Alberta program, Wold joined the 2019 U18 Women’s National Championship team as an Assistant Coach.

Bendfeld works as an Assistant Coach with the Olds College Broncos of the ACAC. She has also been involved in many events with the Team Alberta program, including as an Assistant Coach with the gold medal winning 2019 Canada Winter Games team. Most recently, she was a Coach Mentor for South White at the 2022 Alberta Challenge.

Vossen is the current head coach of South Alberta Hockey Academy Female U18 Prep. At the 2022 Alberta Challenge he was part of the championship team, South Black, as an Assistant Coach. Aside from the Challenge, the Canada Winter Games will mark his debut behind the bench for Team Alberta.

Olfert spent 2021-22 as the head coach of the U15 AA North Central Impact. She has been involved in the Alberta Challenge and Alberta Winter Games as both an assistant and head coach. Recently, the head coach for North Blue at the 2022 Alberta Challenge.

Boissonnault joined the Team Alberta U18 team as the goaltender coach at the 2021 Western Regional Championships, where they earned silver. She is a Canada Winter Games Alumni, then a goaltender for Team New Brunswick in 2015.

Shwetz spent the past season as an assistant coach with the provincial champions, the U18 AAA Edmonton Pandas. She has also been involved with the Alberta Challenge, Alberta Winter Games, and with the U18 Provincial Team as a Video Coach (2019) and Assistant Coach (2021). At the 2022 Alberta Challenge, she stepped behind the bench as head coach of North Yellow.

Canada Games Apprentice Coach Information

Canada Games Apprentice Coach Program

The 2023 Canada Winter Games run February 18 - March 5 in Prince Edward Island. For more information on Team Alberta, please visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Male AAA/AA Tryout Process Updates

Hockey Alberta has created new pages detailing the tryout process for players wishing to pursue Male AAA/AA hockey. Updates to the process have been made to simplify the tryout process for players, including the removal of the Male Elite Notification of Tryout form. Players will only need to register with their Elite Draw Zone association/AA Recruitment Area association.

Pages outlining the tryout process are available for review here:

Elite Male Hockey AAA > | AA Hockey >

Please direct any questions to Hockey Alberta.


Please refer to Information Bulletin 21-09 for more information regarding the changes.

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Reconnecting the Hockey Community with Dr. Jody Carrington

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is inviting you to Dr. Jody Carrington! Her message, “Kids These Days – Reconnecting our Hockey Community,” embraces Hockey Alberta’s values and can be heard on Friday, June 10, at the Hockey Alberta Summit presented by Sprung Arenas, Stantec and CANA.

The evening is open to the public and will feature Dr. Carrington, appetizers and a social with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each plus fees and are available on hockeyalberta.ca. Deadline to purchase tickets is June 5 and you must be 18 years of age or older to attend. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Dr. Carrington is a renowned psychologist, hockey Mom, coach and resident Albertan. Her work focuses on reconnection as the key to healthy relationships and productive teams and the importance of acknowledging each other as a starting point.

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Hockey Edmonton and the Edmonton Oilers Announce Partnership

EDMONTON – Hockey Edmonton and the Edmonton Oilers are partnering to offer a revolutionized elite hockey program in the city. The first program of its kind, will include the renaming of Hockey Edmonton’s two male U18 AAA Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) teams to the Edmonton Junior Oilers, beginning the 2022-23 season.

Through this partnership, the Edmonton Oilers will provide the teams access to world-class resources, including: player and coach development opportunities, facility utilization, apparel and equipment, and social media support. While the teams will be guided by Hockey Edmonton’s four pillars of player development: technical-tactical, physical, mental, and life skills.

Aiming to foster well-rounded individuals both on and off the ice, Hockey Edmonton will also ensure that academic supports are available to these elite student athletes. Additionally, to ensure that this innovative club hockey program limits barriers to access, the fees will remain affordable and effective for families, compared to other program options offered regionally.

“The Alberta Elite Hockey League congratulates Hockey Edmonton on their partnership with the Edmonton Oilers to support truly elite hockey in the capital city,” said Aaron Rawlake, AEHL Vice-Chair. “This partnership is innovative, community-centered and has the athlete experience as the pillars which will make it successful. Congratulations to Hockey Edmonton and the Oilers for continuing to grow hockey in Alberta.”

The Edmonton Junior Oilers will be managed by Hockey Edmonton’s Hockey Development Committee (HDC). The committee includes respected hockey development experts such as Craig MacTavish, Billy Moores, Dan Kordic, Umberto Fiorillo, Stephen Zipp, and Joel Lenius. Collectively this group consists of NHL, AHL, WHL and AJHL, and post-secondary, playing and coaching experience. Hockey Edmonton recently hired accomplished coaches Nathan Papirny and Derek Hemsley to Head Coach the two teams in the inaugural season.

The Edmonton Junior Oilers Spring ID Camp will run May 30 to June 1. Additional program details will be available on hockeyedmonton.ca.

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SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE 2022 PARTICIPANT SATISFACTION SURVEY

We are asking each player, in cooperation with parents/ guardians, to complete the survey and provide your honest and candid feedback - whether it is positive or negative - so that we can continue planning for the future of sanctioned hockey in Alberta.

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Battle of Alberta Benefits Hockey in Your Community

RED DEER – It’s the most exciting time in the NHL season – playoffs. After 31 years, Alberta’s favourite rivalry is back for a best-of-seven series as the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames face-off in Round two. With all eyes on the professionals, these hockey superstars started their journey at the grassroots level.

Minor hockey is offered to youth up to 18 years old with an Intro to Hockey program available for ages 5-8. To register in hockey, contact your minor hockey association near you. Due to the assistance from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the Calgary Flames Foundation, there are community organizations that continue to make hockey accessible to every Albertan, including:

  • Sport Central provides sports equipment at no cost to kids in need. Based out of Edmonton, the volunteers also accept gently-used equipment by donation.
  • Calgary Flames Sports Bank helps kids and families across southern Alberta access equipment at no cost. The organization works with KidSport Calgary to breakdown the cost of fees and equipment to ensure every child has an opportunity to play sports. The Calgary Flames Sports Bank operates with the help of volunteers and donations.
  • KidSport offers grants to help cover the registration costs for sport, allowing all kids to play. Grants can be applied for online and the organization welcomes donations.
  • HEROS Hockey uses the game of hockey to teach life-skills and empower marginalized youth. The organizations provides free hockey programming for at risk children and youth, offering a safe and stable environment for them to grow, connect and succeed.

Thanks to the support from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation are proud to have awarded over $820,000 to organizations across northern Alberta during the 2021-22 season through the Member Grant. The funds were used to support programs and initiatives hosted by members of Hockey Alberta.

In addition to the Member Grant, the Hockey Alberta Foundation offers the Every Kid Every Community Grant to aid in player assistance and community programs. Through these grants, the foundation is able to support programs that ensure everyone has the opportunity to try hockey.

You can do your part to give back to the game this season too! In Round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs, proceeds from the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames 50/50 will be going back to the community. The Edmonton Oilers Mega 50/50 runs from May 15-24. While the Calgary Flames Remax 50/50 Multi-Day Jackpot takes place May 19-20. There’s a chance to win early bird prizes every day and purchases can be made online.

What could be more thrilling than a Battle of Alberta? The opportunity to win big, of course!

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Eight Albertans selected in first round of 2022 WHL Draft | Full list of Albertans registered in Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned programs selected

RED DEER - Eight Albertans registered in Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned programs heard their names called during the first round of the 2022 WHL Draft on Thursday, with Calgarian Jackson Smith going second overall.

Smith was selected by the Tri-City Americans with the second pick, and is the highest-drafted Albertan since Matthew Savoie went first overall to the Winnipeg Ice in 2019.

Braeden Cootes (Sherwood Park) was next off the board, going 10th overall to the Kamloops Blazers, followed by Connor Schmidt (Sturgeon County), Hayden Harsanyi (Calgary), Luke Vlooswyk (Calgary), Aaron Obobaifo (Calgary) and Julien Maze (Edmonton).

A full list of Albertans registered in Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned programs drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

2nd Jackson Smith Tri-City Americans Defence Calgary
10th Braeden Cootes Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Sherwood Park
13th Nathan Behm Kamloops Blazers Forward Calgary
14th Connor Schmidt Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Sturgeon County
16th Hayden Harsanyi Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Medicine Hat
17th Luke Vlooswyk Red Deer Rebels Defence Calgary
19th Aaron Obobaifo Vancouver Giants Forward Calgary
20th Julien Maze Everett Silvertips Forward Edmonton

SECOND ROUND

23rd Kadon McCann Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Cochrane
24th Cash Koch Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
26th Jace McFaul Swift Current Broncos Defence Edmonton
29th Wyatt Pisarczyk Calgary Hitmen Defence Airdrie
40th Noah Degenstein Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Airdrie

THIRD ROUND

45th Matt Paranych Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Edmonton
61st Aiden Foster Prince George Cougars Forward Lloydminster
62nd Lochlan Tetarenko Saskatoon Blades Forward Bragg Creek
63rd Andrew Thomson Kamloops Blazers Forward Sherwood Park
66th Ryan Miller Portland Winterhawks Forward Medicine Hat

FOURTH ROUND

70th Brayden Klimpke Saskatoon Blades Defence Calgary
71st Owen Schoettler Spokane Chiefs Defence Edmonton
73rd Ryan Grout Tri-City Americans Goalie Sturgeon County
75th Luke Powell Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton
77th Hudson Gainer Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Medicine Hat
79th Jerrett Ross Victoria Royals Defence Leduc
80th Landon McFadden Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Edmonton
86th Corbin Sanderman Everett Silvertips Goalie Three Hills
88th Ashton Brown Winnipeg ICE Forward Sherwood Park

FIFTH ROUND

89th Jack Kachkowski Medicine Hat Tigers Defence St. Albert
90th Jaxen Adam Tri-City American Defence Cochrane
91st Caleb Matthews Victoria Royals Forward Calgary
93rd Trennen Redlick Spokane Chiefs Forward St. Albert
95th Kale Dach Calgary Hitmen Forward Fort Saskatchewan
96th Parker Seymour Spokane Chiefs Defence Fort McMurray
108th Ethan Makokis Everett Silvertips Defence St. Albert
110th Owen Brees Winnipeg ICE Defence Lethbridge

SIXTH ROUND

111th Jordan Switzer Medicine Hat Tigers Goalie Edmonton
114th Cohen Carter Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Drayton Valley
115th Finn Kallay Spokane Chiefs Forward St. Albert
126th Noah Smith Prince Albert Raiders Defence Brooks
130th Lukas Kaplan Everett Silvertips Forward Spruce Grove
131st Caleb Gartner Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

134th Rhett Serfas Kelowna Rockets Defence Turin
136th Cruz Chase Regina Pats Goalie Airdrie
140th Jaxen Gauchier Swift Current Broncos Forward High Prairie
141st Samuel Laplante Regina Pats Defence Okotoks
143rd Dylan Ruff Victoria Royals Forward Sylvan Lake
144th Dominic Grieco Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Lethbridge
145th Mitchell DeCoste Prince George Cougars Defence Airdrie
149th Tyler Deakos Saskatoon Blades Forward Cochrane
150th Rowan McDonald Prince George Cougars Forward Spruce Grove
152nd Liam Magnuson Vancouver Giants Defence Calgary
154th Christian Stephanson Winnipeg ICE Forward Calgary

EIGHTH ROUND

157th Ethan Watkins Victoria Royals Forward Calgary
162nd Austin Wentz Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Bonnyville
169th Jaxen Smyth Kelowna Rockets Forward Red Deer
171st Matthew Kondro Red Deer Rebels Goalie St. Albert
176th Hudson Landmark Winnipeg ICE Forward Sherwood Park

NINTH ROUND

177th Connor Wolitski Everett Silvertips Defence Spruce Grove
178th Sam Saskiw Spokane Chiefs Goalie Sherwood Park
183rd Jake DeMone Kelowna Rockets Defence Lethbridge
184th Brennen Hocher Swift Current Broncos Defence Calgary
187th Roghan Walker Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Beaverlodge
196th Kyler Beechinor Kelowna Rockets Defence Bentley
198th Jaden Kokosha Winnipeg ICE Forward Ardrossan

TENTH ROUND

204th Zachary Larmour Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Edmonton
209th Nate Crashley Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Calgary
211th Malakai Zwiers Saskatoon Blades Goalie Lloydminster
219th Jager Gugyelka Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Coaldale

ELEVENTH ROUND

224th Cade Bolding Vancouver Giants Defence Sherwood Park
227th Carson Croteau Kelowna Rockets Defence Bonnyville
231st Cole Fisher Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Dunmore
236th Colten Scott Seattle Thunderbirds Goalie Calgary
239th Hunter Yanick Kamloops Blazers Forward Fort Saskatchewan

TWELFTH ROUND

263rd Jack Toogood Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Devon
THIRTEENTH ROUND
286th Griffin Wright Winnipeg ICE Goalie Edmonton

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Share your experiences in the 2022 Participant Satisfaction Survey

Hockey Alberta wants to hear from you!

Earlier today, emails were sent to youth participants (or parents/ guardians) registered in the Hockey Alberta system in the 2021-22 season. The emails contained a link to Hockey Alberta’s 2022 Participant Satisfaction Survey. The survey asks a number of questions about your experiences in hockey during the just-completed season.

Based on Hockey Alberta’s Vision, Mission and Values, the association’s Board of Directors has provided strategic direction for Hockey Alberta to establish strategic objectives, key results and goals for the next four years as we work towards a revolutionized hockey system - HA 2025. As part of this process, Hockey Alberta has committed to measure the player experience and adjust as necessary to continually improve.

We are asking each player, in cooperation with parents/ guardians, to complete the Survey and provide your honest and candid feedback - whether it is positive or negative - so that we can continue planning for the future of sanctioned hockey in Alberta.

There are three versions of the survey - one for players registered with a Minor Hockey Association, one for players registered in a Pond or Recreational Hockey program, and one for players registered at an Accredited School. Please make sure you complete the correct survey. And, if you had more than one child participating in Hockey Alberta-sanctioned activities in the 2021-22 season, please fill out a separate survey with each child.

As well, please try not to focus on COVID-19 issues (for example, masking, facility limitations etc) when completing this survey. Wherever possible, please respond based on your hockey experiences alone.

If you did not receive a survey via email, you are encouraged to click on the appropriate link below, and complete the survey.

If you have questions, they can be submitted to [email protected]

The survey will remain open until May 31.

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North Grey Claims the 2022 Prospects Cup

RED DEER - The 2022 Prospects Cup came to a close on Sunday with North Grey overcoming North Blue to win the championship with a score of 5-3.

North Grey went undefeated at the tournament as Osten Strickland opened the scoring early for North Grey in the final game. Gavin Harrison stood on the back door to tap in goal number two and Connor Nickle capitalized on the powerplay to make it 3-0 after the first. In the second period, Domonic Neville struck again for North Grey to add another. Nearly five minutes into the third period, Adam Cutting scored on the powerplay to get North Blue on the board. Looking for the comeback, Landan Horiachka posted two back-to-back to make it a one goal game. But it was Neville who added the insurance goal to seal North Grey the championship.

Championship Sunday’s schedule shook out to be a battle of the regions at the Prospects Cup, as each region faced-off in their final games of the tournament.

To start the day, Capital Royal got their first win over Capital Green with a score of 5-2 to finish seventh overall. Following, South Black overcame South Gold in a 8-4 decision to finish in fifth place. In a battle for third place, Calgary Red and Calgary White were back and forth until the third where White scored three unanswered goals. At the end of 60 minutes of play, Calgary White came out on top in a 5-2 win to claim third.

The Prospects Cup marks the end of Hockey Alberta’s 2022 Spring showcase events. Prior to the Prospects Cup, the three-week stretch featured the Alberta Cup and the Alberta Challenge.

Standings > | Stats > | Schedule > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap > | Day Three Recap >


Game #13

Capital Royal 5 - Capital Green 2

Players of the Game: Capital Royal: #12 Evan Dowling | Capital Green: #11 Owen Morrow

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Game #14

South Black 8 - South Gold 4

Players of the Game: South Black: #20 Gus Rustebakke | South Gold: #8 Tayte Hoiland

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Game #15

Calgary White 5 - Calgary Red 2

Players of the Game: Calgary White: #1 Tyce Falvi | Calgary Red: #12 Caelan Laverty

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Championship

North Grey 5 - North Blue 3

Players of the Game: North Grey: #7 Osten Strickland | North Blue: #14 Kade Hughes

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Gatorade Alberta Built Performer of the Day - Connor Nickle (North Grey)

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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2022 Prospects Cup: Day Three Recap

RED DEER - Day three at the Prospects Cup is in the books and the matchups are set for Sunday’s final.

North Grey punched their ticket to the championship game and remained undefeated with a 5-2 victory of South Gold in the opening game of the day. The second game of the day featured Calgary White who defeated Capital Green 9-2.

North Blue earned their spot in Sunday’s championship game with a thrilling 8-5 win over Calgary Red. The final game of the day featured Capital Royal and South Black, with Black getting the win 6-2.

Each game on Sunday will feature a region vs. region matchup, starting with Capital Green taking on Capital Royal at 8:00am. The next game will feature South Gold vs. South Black at 10:30am. Playing for third place will be Calgary White and Calgary Red at 1:00pm, before the championship game between North Grey and North Blue at 3:30pm.

Watch the action live or on HockeyTV.ca.

Standings > | Stats > | Schedule > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap >


Game #9

North Grey 5 - South Gold 2

Players of the Game: North Grey: #15 Jagger John | South Gold: #4 Brock Dingman

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Game #10

Calgary White 9 - Capital Green 2

Players of the Game: Calgary White: #15 Sam Rishaug | Capital Green: #4 Lucas McConnell

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Game #11

North Blue 8 - Calgary Red 5

Players of the Game: North Blue: #11 Asher Halliday | Calgary Red: #20 Boris Sigachev

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Game #12

South Black 6 - Capital Royal 2

Players of the Game: South Black: #16 Crew Martinson | Capital Royal: #1 Max Booth

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Gatorade Alberta Built Performer of the Day - #20 Ayden Stuckless (North Blue)

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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Rec Hockey Model - providing affordable opportunities for hockey

Hockey Alberta’s new Recreational Hockey Model is entering its second year of ensuring that families have access to affordable, fun, and safe opportunities to participate in youth hockey with a low time commitment.

Hockey Alberta’s Recreational Hockey Model provides participants with a moderately structured stream of hockey with modified playing rules, limited registration rules and no residency requirements.

As a sanctioned organization/ program within Hockey Alberta, a group has the flexibility to create and maintain its own internal processes to ensure their programming meets the needs of the participants.

And as an incentive for the 2022-2023 season, any program not previously registered with Hockey Alberta that wishes to register a Recreational Hockey Program will be eligible for a reduced rate per participant (players & team officials) for their first season.

Hockey Alberta will be hosting a Recreational Hockey Model Open House on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 pm via Zoom. If you have questions, or want to know more about how the Recreational Hockey Model could work for your organization, make sure you attend this session.

REGISTER NOW FOR OPEN HOUSE >

The Recreational Hockey Model consists of three (3) streams of hockey, and organizations can choose the stream that makes the most sense for their participants. Each stream offers a varied competitive structure and level of commitment appropriate to the level(s) and age(s) of the participant(s).

When programs are sanctioned under the Recreational Hockey Model, organizers and participants also enjoy an extensive list of benefits, which include:

  • Medical and Dental Insurance Coverage for registered participants (players, officials, team officials)
  • Directors and Officers Liability Insurance coverage for your Executives and Volunteers.
  • Administration and Operational Support from Hockey Alberta staff.
  • Player and Coach Development support from Hockey Alberta Regional Managers.
  • Support and policy guidance regarding Risk and Conduct Management protocols and processes (screening, complaint handling, Maltreatment, Abuse and Harassment, etc.)
  • Access to Hockey Alberta certified officials.
  • Plus much more..

If your organization is ready to join our already 50+ sanctioned programs and 5000+ participants, please fill out the Recreational Hockey Program Application.

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2022 Alberta Challenge Allstars Announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2022 Alberta Challenge All-Stars:

Goaltender

#1 Alyssa Barrette - South White

GP: 3 | MP: 186 | W: 3 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | SOL: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 50 | GA: 3 | SVS: 47 | GAA: 0.97 | SV%: .940


Defence

#5 Ella Lloyd - North Blue

GP: 5 | G: 1 | A: 0 | Pts: 1 | PIM: 10


Defence

#6 Cadence Richards - North Yellow

GP: 5 | G: 2 | A: 1 | Pts: 3 | PIM: 2


Forward

#18 Emelia McDermid - South Green

GP: 5 | G: 3 | A: 1 | Pts: 4 | PIM: 0


Forward

#18 Kara Mitenko - South Black

GP: 5 | G: 3 | A: 1 | Pts: 4 | PIM: 2


Forward

#20 Paige Smith - North Yellow

GP: 5 | G: 2 | A: 0 | Pts: 2 | PIM: 0

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2022 Alberta Challenge: Day Three Recap

RED DEER - Day three wrapped up the round-robin play at the 2022 Alberta Challenge in Red Deer. With three games on the schedule, match-ups were determined for championship Sunday.

North Yellow dominated Game 10 with a 5-1 win over South Green. North Yellow finishes round-robin action with a 3-0-1 record, solidifying their sport in the final. While South Green completes the round-robin with a 2-2-0 record.

South Black put the pieces together for a 7-2 victory over South White. Both South Black and South White conclude the round robin with a 2-2-0 record.

It was North Blues early two goal lead that secured the 2-1 triumph over North Grey. North Blue and North Grey close the round robin round with 1-2-1 and 1-3-0 records, respectively.

After an exciting day three at the Alberta Cup that saw a three-way tie for second seed, match-ups were decided using the tie-breaker process. Championship Sunday will feature three games at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. Starting with a rematch-up of North Grey (6th) and North Blue (5th) at 9:30 am, South Green (4th) will battle it out with South White (3rd) at 12 pm. Facing off in the championship game is South Black (2nd) and North Yellow (1st) at 2:30 pm.

Watch the action live or online at HockeyTV.com.

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Game #10

North Yellow 5 - South Green 1

Players of the Game: North Yellow: #16 Madyson Naumann | South Green: #16 Jennifer Keller

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Game #11

South Black 7 - South White 2

Players of the Game: South Black: #17 Ashley McCallum | South White: #16 Silken Nicholas

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Game #12

North Blue 2 - North Grey 1

Players of the Game: North Blue: #19 Tayah Wallace | North Grey: #17 Christina Ngandu

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Gatorade Alberta Built Performer of the Day - Sydney Klebanosky (North Yellow)

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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2022 Alberta Challenge: Day Two Recap

RED DEER - Two days of the 2022 Alberta Challenge have passed, with North Yellow sitting alone atop the standings with five points. Right behind them are South Green and South White, who each have four.

The day began with a tight matchup between South Green and North Grey where Green would hold on to a 2-1 victory. Following that, North Blue got into their first of two games on the day, ending in a 1-1 tie with North Yellow.

South Black took to the ice looking for their first win and that is exactly what they got as they defeated previously unbeaten South Green. To cap off the day, South White took home a 4-1 victory over North Blue.

Day three of the Alberta Challenge features three games, starting with a top matchup between North Yellow and South Green at 10am at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

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Game #6

South Green 2 - North Grey 1

Players of the Game: South Green: #10 Brynn Evans | North Grey: #31 Rowan Houweling

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Game #7

North Blue 1 - North Yellow 1

Players of the Game: North Blue: #5 Ella Lloyd | North Yellow: #19 Keelyn Pisani

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Game #8

South Black 3 - South Green 0

Players of the Game: South Black: #31 Brooke Davis | South Green: #14 Olivia Imperato

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Game #9

South White 4 - North Blue 1

Players of the Game: South White: #1 Alyssa Barrette | North Blue: #17 Emma Tilander

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Gatorade Alberta Built Performer of the Day - Ella Lloyd (North Blue)

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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We need a new teammate!

Love sport? Love social media? Love being part of a team? Hockey Alberta is seeking an energetic and creative social media expert to join the organization as our newest Marketing and Communications team member, with a focus on social media.

The Marketing and Communications department provides expertise, leadership, and services to Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation. This includes: social media, website and online digital content, direct communication, media relations, public relations, promotions, graphic design, event planning and execution, photography, and video. Marketing and Communications staff work with internal and external stakeholders, including Hockey Alberta and Hockey Alberta Foundation staff and volunteers, Member organizations, participants, external agencies, Hockey Canada and its Member Branches, the media, and other partners in the hockey community.

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This is a full-time position based in our Red Deer office, operating under the direction of the Manager, Marketing and Communications. The successful candidate liaises closely and works collaboratively with a team of Marketing Communications Coordinators, the Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications, and staff members across the organization.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 18.

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Sixteen Albertans listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, with 16 Albertans making an appearance - 14 skaters, and two goaltenders.

Team Alberta alumnus, Matthew Savoie leads the way for Albertans at number four among the North American Skaters. While Ty Young cracks the North American Goaltender rankings at number six.

Two more team Alberta alumni are among the top 20 North American skaters: forwards, Jagger Firkus, and Rieger Lorenz.

The full list of Albertans named to NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings can be found below:

Final Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
NORTH AMERICAN SKATERS
4 Matthew Savoie Forward Winnipeg Ice WHL
12 Jagger Firkus Forward Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
17 Rieger Lorenz Forward Okotoks Oilers AJHL
31 Reid Schaefer Forward Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
37 Dylan James Forward Sioux City Musketeers USHL
43 Jordan Gustafson Forward Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
69 Josh Davies Forward Swift Current Broncos WHL
86 Ben Hemmerling Forward Everett Silvertips WHL
87 Rylen Roersma Forward Brandon Wheatkings WHL
111 Jake Sloan Forward Tri-City Americans WHL
120 Keaton Dowhaniuk Defence Prince George Cougars WHL
142 Charlie Wright Defence Saskatoon Blades WHL
189 Kent Anderson Defence Green Bay Gamblers USHL
191 Nicholas Wolfenberg Defence Okotoks Oilers AJHL
NORTH AMERICAN GOALTENDERS
6 Ty Young Goaltender Prince George Cougars WHL
10 Emmett Croteau Goaltender Waterloo Black Hawks USHL

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Alberta Cup comes full circle for former pro Duncan Milroy

RED DEER - Former Montreal Canadiens draft pick Duncan Milroy left his mark on the Alberta Cup as a player back in 1998, and is hoping to do the same as a coach over two decades later.

Milroy set the (then) all-time Alberta Cup record for goals in a single tournament with Team Northeast in 1998 with 10, and still sits in second behind Devin Setoguchi, who notched 11 in 2002 with Team South.

After being selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, the Edmonton native went on to enjoy a 10 year professional career with in the American Hockey League, and in Europe.

Now, he’s turned his focus to coaching, and made his Alberta Cup coaching debut in 2022 as an Assistant Coach with Team Alberta Yellow, where he hopes to pass on the knowledge of his past experiences to the next generation of athletes.

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2022 Alberta Cup: Day Two Recap

RED DEER - After two days of round-robin play, Alberta Grey sits atop the 2022 Alberta Cup standings with a 2-0-1-0 record.

Grey opened up the day with a 4-0 win over Alberta Green to remain undefeated, with netminder Ryan Grout posting his second shutout of the tournament as many starts.

Alberta Yellow won its second straight game, 3-2 over Alberta Blue, while Alberta Black skated to a tie once again, this time 3-3 with Alberta Green. Alberta Red capped off the day by earning its first win of the tournament with a 5-3 victory over Alberta Blue.

Round-robin play wraps up on Saturday with three games, starting with Alberta Yellow vs Alberta Green at 10am.

Standings > | Stats > | Schedule > | Day One Recap >


Game #6

Alberta Grey 4 - Alberta Green 0

Players of the Game: Alberta Grey: #18 Landen McFadden | Alberta Green: #16 Kyle McDonough

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Game #7

Alberta Yellow 3 - Alberta Blue 2

Players of the Game: Alberta Yellow: #3 Ethan Makokis | Alberta Blue: #10 Tyler Deakos

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Game #8

Alberta Black 3 - Alberta Green 3

Players of the Game: Alberta Black: #16 Kadon McCann | Alberta Green: #17 Christian Stephanson

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Game #9

Alberta Red 5 - Alberta Blue - 3

Players of the Game: Alberta Red: #12 Cash Koch | Alberta Blue: #1 Cruz Chase

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Gatorade Alberta Built Performer of the Day - Finn Kallay (Alberta Yellow)

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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2022 Alberta Cup: Day One Recap

RED DEER - After a busy first day of the 2022 Alberta Cup in Red Deer, five games are in the books, with Alberta Black and Alberta Grey leading the way with three points apiece.

Alberta Black and Alberta Grey each opened the tournament with 5-2 and 1-0 wins over Alberta Yellow and Alberta Red, respectively, before skating to a 3-3 tie when the two teams met later on the day.

Alberta Yellow earned its first win of the tournament to close out the day, defeating Alberta Red 4-2, while Alberta Blue edged Alberta Green 4-3 in the lone game of the day for both teams.

Day two of the Alberta Cup features four games, starting with Alberta Grey versus Alberta Green at 9am at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

Standings > | Stats > | Schedule >


Game #1

Alberta Black 5 - Alberta Yellow 2

Players of the Game: Alberta Black: #16 Kadon McCann | Alberta Yellow: #1 Hudson Perry

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Game #2

Alberta Grey 1 - Alberta Red 0

Players of the Game: Alberta Red: #5 Jackson Smith | Alberta Grey: #1 Ryan Grout

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Game #3

Alberta Blue 4 - Alberta Green 3

Players of the Game: Alberta Blue: #9 Braeden Cootes | Alberta Green: #11 Hayden Harsanyi

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Game #4

Alberta Black 3 - Alberta Grey 3

Players of the Game: Alberta Black: #19 Austin Wentz | Alberta Grey: #17 Julien Maze

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Game #5

Alberta Yellow 2 - Alberta Red 2

Players of the Game: Alberta Yellow: #12 Lukas Kaplan | Alberta Red #20: Lochlan Tetarenko


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Gatorade Alberta Built Performer of the Day - Cash Koch (Alberta Red)

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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2022 Alberta Cup kicks off in Red Deer

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase kicks off on Thursday as the 2022 Alberta Cup gets underway in Red Deer.

Six teams, comprised of 120 of the province’s top 2007-born male athletes, are taking to the ice at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre from Thursday to Sunday: Alberta Black, Alberta Blue, Alberta Green, Alberta Grey, Alberta Red and Alberta Yellow.

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Full tournament results will be displayed on the score ticker at the top of abcup.ca, where you can also find schedules, stats and standings. All 2022 Alberta Cup games will be streamed live on HockeyTV. You can also follow along with the action on Twitter.

Tournament passes are still available online or at the door for $42 (includes GST and service fee), and children 12 and under will be free of charge. Day Passes will also be available at the door or online for $10.50 each.

Throughout the weekend 50/50 tickets are available for purchase online. Proceeds from the Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta 50/50 will be used to offset athlete costs, enhance the athlete experience, and provide development opportunities for Team Alberta coaches and support staff.

The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.

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National Volunteer Week: Wally Kozak and Perry Cavanagh

National Volunteer Week is April 24-30. Throughout the week Hockey Alberta is showcasing individuals who have dedicated their time to giving back to the game.

RED DEER – Calgary’s Wally Kozak and Perry Cavanagh epitomize the definition of volunteers who have given back to hockey not just across the province, but across Canada as well.

Kozak was instrumental in the development of female hockey in Canada. Known as one of the best technical hockey coaches in the world, Kozak has more than four decades of involvement at all levels. His work includes serving as head scout and manager of player development for Canada’s Women’s Team, and winning a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics Gold Medal as an assistant coach for Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team.

While Kozak reached national success, he never forgot about the grassroots and continues to serve the game at all ages and levels. To share his knowledge and continue to learn, Kozak started the “Sharks” Club. What started in a small coffee shop in Calgary, now has well over 150 weekly members from across the world who share their experience, leadership and hockey wisdom.

After leaving Hockey Canada, Kozak dedicated himself to serve “the good of the game,” bringing his knowledge and experience to Hockey Alberta. For more than a decade, Kozak has served as a writer/developer, skills coach, course conductor and mentor in Team Alberta’s grassroots program. In 2018, Kozak was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.

Cavanagh is a devoted volunteer. Like many, Cavanagh began volunteering in minor hockey as a coach for his oldest son’s team. From there he moved to the administrative side. Taking on several branch committee responsibilities, he also served as a member of Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors. Cavanagh also served as President of Hockey Calgary and was the Board Chair of Sport Calgary. During his tenure with Hockey Calgary, he was influential in the implementation of the Respect in Sport program throughout the organization. He has been an avid supporter of minor hockey in Calgary for over 30 years.

To recognize Kozak’s and Cavanagh’s contributions to the game, the City of Calgary announced the renaming of two arenas in Calgary in March. Max Bell Arena #2 will be named the Perry Cavanagh Arena and the Village Square Leisure Centre Arena #2 will be known as the Wally Kozak Arena.

In the City of Calgary press release to announce the renaming of the arenas, Ward 10 Councillor Andre Chabot said:

“Calgary has a rich sporting history and Perry Cavanagh and Wally Kozak’s contributions are unquestionably a part of that fabric. Their success and excellence as sport and community leaders merits this recognition.”

For Kozak and Cavanagh, an arena seems like the most fitting legacy.

“We believe that the arena is the heart of every community, and we can’t think of better men to share their names and legacies on facilities in the City of Calgary,” said Rob Litwinski, Hockey Alberta’s Chief Executive Officer.

Volunteers like Cavanagh and Kozak are key builders to the development and growth of hockey in Alberta. To every volunteer who continues to give back to the game, thank you.

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Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Twenty-Three: The Spring Showcase (with Hanna Paquette & Morgan Klimchuk)

Episode 23 of the Centre Ice Podcasts features 2017 Alberta Challenge alumna and 2022 Alberta Challenge Apprentice Coach Hanna Paquette, as well as 2010 Alberta Cup and 2011 Canada Winter Games alumnus Morgan Klimchuk, who is set to coach at the 2022 Prospects Cup.

Hockey Alberta’s 2022 Spring Showcase kicks off on April 28, with the Alberta Cup (April 28-May 1), the Alberta Challenge (May 5-8) and Prospects Cup (May 12-15), all at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

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Episode Links: National Volunteer Week > | Lloydminster U13 Female Blazers Win Chevy Good Deeds Cup > | Team Alberta U16 Male Coaching Staff Announced > | Hlinka Gretzky Tickets On Sale > | KidSport Hockey Assist Program >

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Centre Ice is the brand-new Hockey Alberta podcast, featuring the latest news and views on amateur hockey across the province. Subscribe now on your favourite podcast app!

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Dr. Jody Carrington Headlines Hockey Alberta Summit

RED DEER – Dr. Jody Carrington will be the opening night keynote speaker at the Hockey Alberta Summit, presented by Sprung Arenas, Stantec and CANA.

Dr. Carrington is a renowned psychologist, hockey Mom, coach and resident Albertan. Her work focuses on reconnection as the key to healthy relationships and productive teams and the importance of acknowledging each other as a starting point.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Carrington to the Hockey Alberta Summit,” said Drew Dixon, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Member Services. “After being unable to gather over the last couple years, the Summit is a way for our Members to connect with each other and collaborate. Dr. Carrington’s message – “Reconnecting Community” – very much aligns with what we’re trying to achieve and is sure to build the foundation for the entire weekend.”

The Summit runs from June 10-12 at the Cambridge Hotel in Red Deer. Open to Hockey Alberta Members, the summit aims to bring the leaders of amateur hockey together for a weekend of community, collaboration and innovation.

Dr. Carrington heads a list of presenters who will be discussing topics affecting administration, development and officiating in the game. Besides reconnection, Summit session topics include: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, conflict resolution, selling our sport, parent education, coach and player development plans, intro to hockey model, the U11 model and best practices across the province.

Saturday night will feature comedian Todd Ness, and a closing keynote speaker (to be announced at a later date) will cap off the weekend on Sunday.

Attendees are invited to arrive early and take in all of what central Alberta has to offer.

For more information on the Hockey Alberta Summit presented by Sprung Arenas, Stantec and CANA, visit hockeyalberta.ca.

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Team Alberta U16 Male announces 2023 Canada Winter Games coaching staff

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the coaching staff that will join Head Coach Serge Lajoie behind the bench for Team Alberta U16 Male at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

Joining Lajoie are Assistant Coaches James Poole (Calgary) and Cody Reynolds (Sylvan Lake), along with Video Coach Derrick Martin (Edmonton) and Goaltending Coach Derek Purfield (Calgary).

“We are extremely excited for the 2023 Canada Winter Games, and to go through the entire process with such a talented 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.”

Other members of the staff for Team Alberta U16 Male include: Athletic Therapist Paige Shannon (Calgary), Equipment Manager Dave Campbell (Grande Prairie), Head Scout Bobby Fox (Calgary), Coach Mentor Barry Medori (Spruce Grove) and Director of Operations Michael Kraichy (Red Deer).

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 James Poole Calgary
Assistant Coach Cody Reynolds Sylvan Lake
Video Coach Derrick Martin Edmonton
Goalie Coach Derek Purfield Calgary
Athletic Therapist Paige Shannon Calgary
Equipment Manager Dave Campbell Grande Prairie

Lajoie – currently the Head Coach of the OHA Edmonton U18 Prep team – has a storied history in the Team Alberta program. He was an assistant coach with the Team Alberta Male squad that won the bronze medal at the 2011 Games in Halifax, and head coach of the gold medalist U16 male squad at the 2013 Western Canada Challenge Cup. He served as Head Coach for Team Alberta once again at the 2021 WHL Cup, earning a silver medal.

Poole is currently the U18 Prep Head Coach at the Edge School, a position he’s held since 2017. He previously served as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Okotoks Oilers from 2010-2016, and the Calgary Canucks from 2016-2017, both in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. This will be his second time with Team Alberta, having served as Video Coach for the 2021 WHL Cup in Red Deer.

Reynolds is currently an Associate Coach with the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings men’s hockey team, a position he also held from 2016-2020, and returned to for the 2021-22 season after serving as Head Coach of the Red Deer U18 AAA Chiefs for the 2020-21 season. This will be Reynolds’ second time as Assistant Coach with Team Alberta, having been behind the bench at the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.

Martin is currently the U16 Prep Head Coach at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Edmonton, and Purfield is the goalie coach for the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

The 2023 Canada Winter Games run February 18 - March 5 in Prince Edward Island.

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New Hockey Assist Program Created so All Kids Can Play

Edmonton – The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is proud to announce a $2 Million donation to KidSport to help grow the game of hockey in Oil Country. The donation will fund KidSport’s Hockey Assist Program, through which qualified kids in Alberta from Red Deer north will have their full registration fees covered and access to no-cost equipment.

“Imagine hearing your friends at school talk about their hockey game over the weekend, knowing you will never have the chance to play in one,” said Corey Smith, EOCF Board Chair. “The reality is that hockey is expensive, and for many families it just isn’t possible. That’s why we are excited to partner with Kidsport to help alleviate the cost of playing hockey for kids from underrepresented groups. With this donation, we will ensure that Canada’s game is within reach for all kids across Oil Country.”

The average cost of a minor hockey registration fee across Oil Country is $750 per season. Currently 25 localized KidSport chapters in Oil Country raise funds in their community to assist with $250 per season. Only being able to provide $250 to low-income families leaves a gap which prevents many kids from participating in hockey. With this donation, KidSport is proceeding with the Hockey Assist Program for registrations for the 2022-23 minor hockey season.

“It is important to recognize the leadership that the EOCF is demonstrating by investing back into the hockey community to grow the game of hockey in Oil Country. It is unfortunate that the game has become financially inaccessible to many families. This strategic partnership with KidSport will ensure that low income, Indigenous, and new Canadian kids are able to play,” said Greg Ingalls, Executive Director at KidSport Alberta. “Our 25 local KidSport chapters are collaborating with local minor hockey associations to grow the game in their community. Our partners at Sport Central and Rosenau Transport are going to ensure that we are able to get hockey equipment to those kids who need it as well. The Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta is going to help us get more Indigenous kids playing and Hockey Alberta has played a huge role in connecting everyone in the hockey community. This project is truly a team effort to get more kids playing hockey in Oil Country.”

"My kids love being a part of something special, said a current KidSport parent about the program. My son loves scoring goals. My oldest daughter has struggled with depression and anxiety and when she’s on the ice she feels like a different person with no stress. When they play, it helps them learn to contribute at home. They know that being a good member of society and in the home is the key to being a great team player.”

Families in Oil Country can go to kidsportHAP.ca to learn more and register.


About Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is a proud supporter of Oil Country and has been contributing to our community’s success since 2001. With a focus on programs aimed at those most vulnerable in our community, especially in Edmonton’s downtown, and youth hockey programming with a goal to increase participation of under-represented groups in our community, the Oilers Foundation is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership and continues its deep legacy of giving back. Thanks to the generosity of our valued hockey fans, Oilers players and alumni, the EOCF Board of Directors, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) employees and the Katz Family, the Foundation has contributed over $66 million to charitable organizations and minor hockey programs across Oil Country since 2001.


About KidSport

KidSport’s core business as a charity is subsidizing sport registration fees for kids from low-income families. We believe that playing hockey promotes the development of children’s social, mental, and physical well being. We fundamentally believe that all kids who want to play hockey should be able to regardless of their family’s socioeconomic status. We have 25 KidSport chapters throughout Oil Country that provide the infrastructure to get funds to those families who need it to get their kids playing hockey. In addition, the Provincial KidSport Fund covers those communities where we do not have a chapter and the Indigenous KidSport Fund supports kids in Indigenous communities. A simple one-page application process gets things started. Once approved KidSport sends a cheque to the minor hockey association on the child’s behalf for the registration fee. In our last normal year 2019 our 38 chapters across Alberta assisted 13,677 kids into 40 sport’s by paying $3.2 million in registration fees.

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World Juniors and Hlinka Gretzky Cup Return to Alberta this Summer

CALGARY – Hockey Canada has announced that two marquee international hockey events will be coming to Alberta this summer: the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, presented by RAM.

“While we were disappointed to have not been able to complete the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship as intended in December, our focus quickly shifted to hosting the event again when it was safe to do so,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “Now, fans will be able to cheer on Team Canada at the World Juniors in Edmonton and at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer.

“Under the most unique of circumstances, this summer will be unforgettable for Canadian hockey fans, and we cannot wait to drop the puck at both events.”

After being cancelled in December, the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will return to Rogers Place in Edmonton from Aug. 9-20, in partnership with Oilers Entertainment Group. The results from games played in December will not be carried over to this summer’s World Juniors, and players born in 2002 or later will remain eligible to represent their respective countries.

Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States will form Group A, with Canada, Czechia, Finland, Latvia and Slovakia competing in Group B.

Tournament packages will be available to the general public on May 10 at HockeyCanada.ca, while Hockey Canada Insiders and fans who purchased tickets for the 2021 or 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will have access to a pre-sale window beginning April 27.

Hosted in partnership with the Red Deer Rebels, the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, presented by RAM, will run from July 31-Aug. 6 at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, Alta., marking the first time the best-on-best tournament has been hosted in Canada by one community.

Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team will play its preliminary-round games in Group A against Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, while Czechia, Finland, Germany and the United States face each other in Group B.

Since its inception in 1991, the event has featured premier under-18 players from some of the world’s greatest hockey nations and has seen Canada win a tournament-record 22 gold medals.

Fans will be able to buy tournament packages beginning April 22 at HockeyCanada.ca.

“We are thrilled to bring these two marquee hockey events to fans in Canada this summer and provide safe environments for the competing teams to chase gold in Alberta,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “The economic impact of these tournaments will be in the millions of dollars for Edmonton, Red Deer and the Province of Alberta, and we are excited to work with both host communities to establish legacy initiatives that will impact the grassroots game in Alberta for years to come.”

Full tournament and broadcast schedules will be shared at a later date.

For more information on Hockey Canada, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, become a Hockey Canada Insider, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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2022 Prospects Cup Regional Selection Camps kick off across Alberta

RED DEER - 2009-born male athletes from across Alberta will hit the ice this weekend as 2022 Prospects Cup Regional Selection Camps get underway on Friday.

Regional selection camps for the 2022 Prospects Cup Regional will take place April 15-17 at the following locations:

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North Regional Camp - Wally Fedun Arena (Vegreville) | Schedule >

The 2022 Prospects Cup will take place on May 11-15 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer, the third of three events for Hockey Alberta’s 2022 Spring Showcase, preceded by the Alberta Cup (April 27 - May 1) and Alberta Challenge (May 5-8).

The Prospects Cup aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with hundreds of players annually trying out for 160 spots (20 positions on each of the eight regional teams).

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Schedules and Ticket Packages Announced for 2022 Esso Cup and 2022 TELUS Cup

CALGARY – Hockey Canada has announced that the 2022 Esso Cup and 2022 TELUS Cup will be played in Okotoks, Alta., from May 16-22. The tournaments were originally scheduled for Prince Albert, Sask., and Cape Breton, N.S., respectively, before being moved to a centralized location to ensure the safety of all participants.

The 2022 Esso Cup will begin on May 16 with the host Prince Albert Bears facing the Ontario titlists at 10 a.m. MT, followed by the Atlantic champions taking on the West winners at 1:30 p.m. MT and a 5 p.m. MT puck drop between the Pacific and Quebec champs.

The host Sydney Rush opens the 2022 TELUS Cup against the Central champions at 11:30 a.m. MT on May 16, before the West and Atlantic winners face off at 3 p.m. MT and the Quebec and Pacific titlists meet at 6:30 p.m. MT.

Both events will conclude with championship games on May 22. The Esso Cup final will begin at 3:30 p.m. MT, and the TELUS Cup final will start at 7:30 p.m. MT.

Fans looking to attend the national U18 club championships can get their tickets now at HockeyCanada.ca. Event packages begin at $70 plus fees, while single-game tickets can be bought for as low as $10 for preliminary-round games.

“We are thrilled to bring two Hockey Canada national championships to Okotoks this May,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “Fans in southern Alberta will have the opportunity to watch some of the top teams and players in the country, and we look forward to welcoming the competing participants.

“Three years after the St. Albert Slash won the most recent Esso Cup and the Toronto Young Nationals hoisted the TELUS Cup, we cannot wait to experience this year’s tournaments in a safe and competitive environment.”

All games at the 2022 Esso Cup and 2022 TELUS Cup will be streamed on HockeyCanada.ca.

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Volunteer Committee Applications Now Open

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for key volunteer positions across several committees for the 2022-23 season.

The committees aid in the administration of the game throughout the season. Volunteers on the committees provide service to member MHAs and club teams, interpret regulations, and contribute to discussions about future changes in the game.

Volunteers are the backbone to amateur hockey in Alberta. They give back to the game, positively representing themselves and Hockey Alberta within the communities and through their engagement with 1,000’s of participants each year.

Hockey Alberta is proud to say our volunteers are reliable, respectful, invested and professional in and out of the arena.

Volunteering with Hockey Alberta offers the following opportunities:

  • To stay involved in the game that you love.
  • To engage the community to improve the game of hockey in Alberta.
  • To develop interpersonal skills that go beyond the game.

Currently, applications are being accepted to fill volunteer roles within the Operational and Officials Committees for the 2022-23 season. For more information on the various roles and to apply, click the link below:

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Results

RED DEER – The 2022 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships presented by ATB, are officially in the books. On April 10, two more teams added provincial champions to their resumes.

The Lacombe Generals (Senior AA) skated away with the banner after an overtime win over the host-team, the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs.

The CAC Canadians claimed the Alberta Elite Hockey League’s U16 AAA banner with a 5-2 win over the Calgary Royals.

In total, 31 champions were crowned across four weeks of provincial championship action.

Week 1 Results > | Week 2 Results > | Week 3 Results >


2022 Hockey Alberta Provincial Tournaments

Championship Games

Senior AA – Lacombe Generals 3, Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs 2

U16 AAA –CAC United Cycle 5, Calgary Royals 2


2022 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

In the Alberta Junior Hockey League, the North and South Division Finals are underway.

In the South Division, Brooks Bandits lead the series 2-0 over the Okotoks Oilers.

Meanwhile, the Spruce Grove Saints are up 2-0 on Drayton Valley Thunder in the North Division Final.

Both finals are a best-of-seven series.


Hockey Alberta Progressive 50/50

Congratulations to Julie Foerger, who took home $10,000 from the Hockey Alberta Progressive 50/50. Thank you to those who purchased tickets in support of developing hockey across the province.

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Win big with Hockey Alberta!

RED DEER – Congratulations to those who won big off the ice this provincial season! From March 17 – April 10, the organization launched it’s inaugural progressive 50/50 during the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships presented by ATB.

Hockey Alberta, its members, and their volunteers work together to provide positive experiences to over 60,000 players each year. Proceeds from the Hockey Alberta Provincial 50/50 will be used to advance Hockey Alberta in building the capacity of our associations and teams, their coaches, and our officials who all have a direct influence on the players enjoyment of the game.

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Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize (April 10) – Guaranteed $10,000.
    • Winner: Julie Foerger
  • Early Bird Prize (April 3) – Weekend Getaway to Canmore – Ford Mustang Rental courtesy of Lacombe Ford; two-night stay at the Solara Resort; $100 gift card to Murrieta’s; $100 gift card to the Iron Goat; two $50 gift cards to Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club; $200 gift card for Canmore Raft Tours.
    • Winner: Jason Cadzow
  • Early Bird Prize (March 27) – Four LOGE tickets to the Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, April 9.
    • Winner: Debbie Moon
  • Early Bird Prize (March 20) – 2022 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Package – four tickets to the 2022 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Canmore and a one night stay at the Coast Hotel Canmore (two rooms).
    • Winner: Julie Watton

Prizes can be claimed by emailing [email protected]. The holder of the winning ticket must reach out by email within 48 hours of the draw.

Licence number: 592797

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Changes for Male AAA and AA Hockey

In collaboration with the Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL), the Elite Male Committee and the AA Committee, Hockey Alberta is announcing a number of changes to AAA and AA male hockey. Changes include:

  • AEHL transitioning U16 AAA to U17 AAA.
  • U16 AA expanding to provincial pilot project.
  • U13 AA structure changes, including new criteria on the minimum number of U13 players in a recruitment area and amending the numbers at which more than one team is required.

Please direct any questions to Hockey Alberta.


Please refer to Information Bulletin 21-07 for more information regarding the changes.

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Coach of the Month - Dave Lopatka

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for March, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Dave Lopatka of Edmonton.

Dave has been a coach for three years, and just wrapped up the 2021-22 season as the Head Coach of the Confederation CO210 Tigers.

The father of four, Dave originally took up coaching as a way to spend more quality time with his kids, while giving back to the community at the same time. He said he most enjoys the ability to ensure the players leave with a positive attitude towards hockey, as well as teamwork.

"It is such a fun age group (to coach)," he said. "I love how the kids become more of a team over the course of the year, and how they build bonds and friendships.

"Coach Dave connects with the kids" said the fellow coach who nominated Dave. " It’s not uncommon to see him helping get a few kids to practice, or to help a parent tie a pair of skates. This year has been one of my favourites to coach, and to be a part of minor hockey."

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Preview

RED DEER – The 2022 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB, wraps up with week four of competition with two tournaments taking place.

Provincial championships set for April 7-10 are Senior AA (Fort Saskatchewan) and U16 AAA (Grande Prairie).

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #TeamATB), or on Instagram (username: hockey.alberta).

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Senior AA: Twitter | Livestream (YouTube)
U16 AAA: Facebook | Livestream (Hockey TV)

Week 1 Results > | Week 2 Results > | Week 3 Results >


Hockey Alberta Progressive 50/50 Draw

This year, everyone has a chance to win big with the Hockey Alberta Progressive 50/50, with a guaranteed prize of $10,000! Buy your tickets today to qualify for early bird prizing. Purchase your tickets before Sunday, April 10 at 6 P.M. for a last chance to win the grand prize.

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2022 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

The Alberta Junior Hockey League begins their division finals on April 8.

The Okotoks Oilers will face the Brooks Bandits in the South Final. While the North Division will see Drayton Valley Thunder take on the Spruce Grove Saints.

Both series are a best-of-seven.

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Skating into the history books

PICTURE BUTTE – Ten female officials were a part of Hockey Alberta history in Picture Butte during the U13 Female A Provincials this past weekend.

For the first time in Provincial Championship history, the officiating crew at the tournament was made up of all female officials.

Among that group was 15 year-old Picture Butte resident Rayann Campmans, who, with just two years of officiating under her belt, was the youngest official on the crew.

“When I was growing up, there were no female officials to be seen (in Picture Butte), or even Lethbridge, so I feel honoured to be a part of it,” she said. “Female Hockey has started to become a big thing, and there’s a lot of changes happening, so I feel proud to be part of that change.”

Campmans added it was a welcome sight to have fans back in the stands in her hometown rink, and a relief to be back on the ice.

“I am very elated that hockey is back,” she said. “I played for the majority of my life, and I missed it so much. Now, I’m proud that I can be giving back in a way that keeps me skating and keeps me involved in the game.”

Ten-year officiating veteran Brooke Akune, who turned 21 the day before the tournament kicked off, is happy to see increased visibility for female officials, and was honoured to be a part of history.

“I’ve always reffed with boys,” she said. “This is kind of my first two years of reffing female hockey. I was born in a small town, and that’s where I started reffing – with a bunch of boys.”

Piper Ell, an 18-year old official with six years of experience, echoed Akune’s sentiment, and hopes to be a role model for younger females in the game.

“It means quite a bit,” she said. “I grew up in boys hockey, and I never had a female official in my town, so it was always really cool to see a female official. Now, I’m really happy to be able to be that female official for the young girls.”

Francis Rankin, the Officials Supervisor for the U13 Female A Provincials, and the Female Coordinator for the Southern Region Officials Committee, said all ten officials earned their spot in the tournament, and should be incredibly proud to be a part of history.

“It shows and showcases what these females have accomplished,” he said. “They’re not out there just because they happen to be female. “They’re out there because they’re the ones who are qualified to do this tournament. Hopefully, this continues and will encourage younger females to stick with the game.”

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Edmonton Pandas, Calgary Buffaloes fall in Pacific Regional Championships

RED DEER - Despite a pair of hard-fought series, the Alberta Female Hockey League’s Edmonton U18 AAA Pandas and the Alberta Elite Hockey League’s Calgary U18 AAA Buffaloes both fell in the Pacific Regional Championships over the weekend.

Taking on the Fraser Valley Rush, the Edmonton Pandas lost Game One 4-3 in overtime, and then fell 3-2 as the Rush swept the best-of-three series to advance to the 2022 Esso Cup, which will be held May 16-22 in Alberta.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Buffaloes were looking to punch their ticket to the 2022 Telus Cup against the Vancouver NE Chiefs. After winning Game One in overtime, Vancouver held off a late Calgary comeback to win Game Two in overtime 4-3, and then held on for a 2-1 win to advance to the National Championship tournament, which also runs in Alberta May 16-22.