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Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Nineteen: Rob Litwinski & Lacey Senuk

RED DEER - The first episode of 2022 features Hockey Alberta’s CEO, Rob Litwinski, looking back on the year that was, what lies ahead in 2022, and sharing the organization’s long-term vision with HA2025. Plus, hear a bonus interview with Albertan official Lacey Senuk, who recently received the call to officiate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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Episode Links: Hockey Alberta Annual Report > | HA 2025 > | Female Hockey Day > | Job: Mentor, Female Hockey > | Coach of the Month > | Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Hockey Alberta Contribute $600,000 to Grassroots Programs > | A Dream Come True >

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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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Join Our Team!

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the position of Mentor, Female Hockey. This is a new role that focuses on providing quality service to coaches, membership, and stakeholders of Hockey Alberta. As a full-time position, the successful candidate will have the option to work from our Red Deer office, or remotely from his/ her home in Alberta. Under the direction of the Manager, Female Hockey, this position is responsible for the overall management of Team Alberta Female Mentorship and Elite and Tiered Female Coach Development, while supporting NCCP, Coach Development Pathway and Coach Exchange Program.

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The deadline to apply for this position is Monday, January 31.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 22:01

REGISTER NOW FOR FEMALE HOCKEY DAY

Registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s fourth annual Female Hockey Day, presented by ATB Financial - January 29 at the Servus Sports Centre in Lloydminster.

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SPRUNG ARENAS

Three Alberta based companies - Sprung Structures, Stantec and CANA have aligned to design and deliver three affordable, complete arena solutions for rural communities.

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COACH OF THE MONTH - RANDAL THIESSEN

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Randal Thiessen of Edmonton.

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REGISTER NOW FOR AN ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMP

Alberta Built Skills camps focus on teaching the right skills at the right time for your child. Hockey Alberta will be hosting multiple skills camps for all boys and girls from the U7 - U15 age levels.

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$600,000 DISTRIBUTED TO GRASSROOTS PROGRAMS ACROSS NORTHERN ALBERTA

44 Member Program Grant applications were fulfilled, totaling more than $600,000 with more funding to come in 2022, as the next application deadline is February 28.

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Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey for Life is our way of telling the stories from around the province that deserve to told!

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Coach of the Month - Randal Thiessen

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Randal Thiessen of Edmonton.

Randal has been coaching for eight years in the Millwoods organization, and is currently the head coach of the U13 Millwoods Bruins MW503 and an assistant coach with the U7 Millwoods Polar Bears.

With a passion for teaching and a love of sports, it was a natural fit for Randal to begin coaching and developing youth in his community. His work has not gone unnoticed by the parents and players that he has impacted over his years as a coach.

"Randal has dedicated many years towards coaching minor hockey. He demonstrates a genuine passion for coaching children and displays a true essence of leadership amongst his coach team. These qualities are easily seen and sensed through the children’s enjoyment on the ice and the strides they make in their hockey development each year," said the parent who nominated Randal. "Randal also has excellent communication skills, both in positive and difficult situations, with the children, families and management team."

Described as the most rewarding task he has ever taken on, Randal has many coaching memories over his eight years. The times that stick out most, are the messages he receives from players at seasons end. The encouraging words that let him know he is making a difference and leaving an impression inspire him to come back and help each year.

"My philosophy is ever evolving as I continue to learn and as my players continue to challenge me. It begins on a foundation of respect through all aspects of the team. I expect a high level of compete that drives a player’s training and their gameplay by identifying small victories as building blocks to something greater," said Randal. "Hockey is way too fun to bog it down with negativity, so it’s important to take responsibility, learn, and adapt to the challenges."


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The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

Minor hockey coaches will be selected throughout the hockey season and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nomination Form >

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Female Hockey Day Set for 2022

LLOYDMINSTER – Female Hockey Day celebrations are heading east to Lloydminster Saturday, January 29. The event encourages female players, parents, coaches and supporters of all ages to gather for the development, growth and celebration of the game.

After hosting the event virtually in 2021, Female Hockey Day - presented by ATB Financial - will include on and off-ice sessions for current and prospective players, development sessions for goaltenders and a coaching clinic for Hockey Moms. Try Hockey events for both youth and adults will be offered, as well as an Intro to Hockey event for U7 and U9 players. Players in U11, U13, and U15/U18 divisions will take part in on and off-ice development sessions.

The evening will feature the Alberta Female Hockey League’s U15 AA Lloydminster Richardson’s Jewellery Jr. Steelers facing off against the Sherwood Park Royals. To cap off the festivities, those who participated in the day’s activities will be invited to a free skate.

Registration is now open with more information to become available in the new year.

Registration >

Please check the Servus Sports Centre website for all COVID-19 vaccination requirements and updates.


Relive the fun of the 2020 Female Hockey Day:

2020 Female Hockey Day Photo Gallery

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Team Staff Named for 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup

RED DEER - The 118 volunteers who will lead teams at the 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup have been selected by Hockey Alberta.

A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach and two assistant coaches were selected for each team. Teams at the Alberta Cup and Alberta Challenge will be accompanied by a trainer. Alberta Challenge staff will also feature a coach apprentice shadowing each team’s coaching staff.

Volunteers for each team are listed below. Each of the events will be held on consecutive weeks at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer, starting with the Alberta Cup on April 27.

Registration and details regarding regional camps for each event will be released in the new year. Eligible participants for any of these Hockey Alberta programs must be registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta program.


2022 Alberta Cup Team Staff


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Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Eighteen: The World Juniors

In the hockey world, the holiday season brings about one of Canada’s favourite traditions; the World Junior Championship... and there’s more excitement than ever in Alberta as Edmonton and Red Deer get set to host. Episode Eighteen of Centre Ice is all about the World Juniors, with a trio of special guests:

  • 2022 Team Canada forward and Team Alberta alumnus Ridly Greig
  • Executive Director of the 2022 World Junior Championship Riley Wiwchar
  • Winnipeg Jets defenceman, Team Alberta alumnus and 2015 World Junior gold-medalist Josh Morrissey

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Episode Links: 2022 World Junior Championship > | 2022 HA Provincial Championship Host Communities > | 2022 Female Hockey Day > | 2021 WHL Draft Recap >

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships Return in 2022

RED DEER – After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, are returning in 2022.

A total of 32 provincial champions will be crowned during March and April. Host locations for the 29 weekend championship tournaments were announced December 17. The final three provincial champions will be determined through league playoffs.

Championship tournaments will be hosted in locations across the province – from Slave Lake in the north, west to Grande Prairie, east to Cold Lake and south to Picture Butte.

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For the first time, zone playdowns will not be used to determine the qualifying teams. Rather, participating teams for provincial championship tournaments will be determined through league playoffs.

Most Minor Tiered and Minor Female events will feature eight teams - the host, a wild card and the champions from each division’s respective leagues: Hockey Calgary, Edmonton Federation Hockey League, Central Alberta Hockey League, Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, North Eastern Alberta Hockey League, Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League, and East Central Female Hockey League.

Two divisions in the Alberta Female Hockey League will kick off the March to a Title with the U15 Female AA and the U18 Female AAA champions being crowned on March 20.

Week two (March 24-27) will feature nine tournaments: AFHL U18 Female AA, Alberta Elite Hockey League U15 AAA, U15 AA, U15 Tier 1, U15 Tier 2, U15 Tier 3, U15 Tier 4, U15 Female A, and U15 Female B.

Another 15 tournaments are set for March 31 – April 3, including: Junior B, U18 AA, U18 Tier 1, U18 Tier 2, U18 Tier 3, U18 Tier 4, U18 Female A, U18 Female B, U13 AA, U13 Tier 1, U13 Tier 2, U13 Tier 3, U13 Tier 4, U13 Female A, and U13 Female B.

The final weekend of 2022 provincial play wraps up April 7-10, as the tournaments showcase the Senior AA and AEHL U16 AAA.

Junior A, Junior Female and the AEHL’s U18 AAA provincial champions are decided through league playoffs.

ATB Financial is returning as the presenting sponsor of the 2022 Provincial Sponsorships.

“We know playing for the championship is every young hockey player’s goal at the start of each season," said Kris Noble, Senior Manager, Sponsorship and Community Investment. "We are excited to be back as the Presenting Sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships and look forward to making these events a special experience for everyone involved; the players, parents, officials and volunteers."

Hockey Alberta is still accepting applications for the following events: U15 Tier 4, U15 Female A, U13 Tier 4, and U13 Female B. If interested in hosting a 2022 provincial championship tournament, contact Michelle Skilnick, Member Services ([email protected]).

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Hockey Canada Unveils Online 50/50 Draw for 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship

EDMONTON & RED DEER, Alta. – Following the success of the online 50/50 draws at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which reached a total jackpot of nearly $40 million, Hockey Canada has announced that online 50/50 is returning for the 2022 World Juniors in Edmonton and Red Deer.

Fans are encouraged to win bigger than ever with the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship online 50/50 draws, including nine draws in each participating province (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan) starting Dec. 17 and concluding with the Rivalry Series game on Jan. 6. Fans in participating provinces can purchase tickets starting at 9-9:30 a.m. local time (depending on province of purchase) on the day each draw opens for as low as $10 by visiting HockeyCanada.ca/5050.

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship online 50/50 draw dates include:

  • Dec. 23 (draw opens Dec. 17)
  • Dec. 26 (draw opens Dec. 24)
  • Dec. 28 (draw opens Dec. 27)
  • Dec. 29 (draw opens Dec. 29)
  • Dec. 31 (draw opens Dec. 30)
  • Jan. 2 (draw opens Jan. 1)
  • Jan. 4 (draw opens Jan. 3)
  • Jan. 5 (draw opens Jan. 5)
  • Jan. 6 (draw opens Jan. 6)

“Hockey Canada is excited to extend the 50/50 draws to five provinces during the 2022 World Juniors,” said Riley Wiwchar, executive director of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. “We know Canadians are passionate about the World Juniors, and we know hockey fans in the participating provinces will embrace the opportunity to not only support the event, but also help benefit grassroots hockey across our country.”

The winners of each 50/50 draw will take home half of the pot, while the other half will remain in the respective province to be reinvested into grassroots hockey programs that enable more people to get involved in the game and help improve their quality of life through hockey. Proceeds from the Dec. 23 draw in Alberta will benefit the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, with funds going towards helping improve the unit and provide care to over 400 families every year.

In addition to the 50/50 draw, Hockey Canada also announced two other initiatives to connect with fans during the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship: the Team Canada game-worn jersey auction and the Ice Barn in Red Deer.

The online jersey auction, which runs from Dec. 31-Jan. 6, is an opportunity for fans to bid on game-worn jerseys of all 25 Canadian athletes wearing the Maple Leaf at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. All game-worn jerseys can be viewed and bid on at HockeyCanada.ca/Auction, with proceeds from the auction supporting the Hockey Canada Foundation and its commitment to the development and promotion of grassroots hockey and ensuring those who want to play the game are able to participate at any level in their community.

The Ice Barn will serve as the ultimate gathering place for hockey fans in Red Deer from Dec. 26-Jan. 2. The free-admission venue, which is connected to the Peavey Mart Centrium, will allow fans to come together at Westerner Park for all pre- and post-game activities throughout the World Juniors. The Ice Barn will feature an affordable, full-service bar, as well as large TV screens showing every World Juniors game and live music as part of the Sirius XM Concert Series. The full line-up of performances, which includes several local and Canadian artists, will be unveiled in the coming days.

“We are excited to once again offer all Canadians the opportunity to bid on their favourite Team Canada jerseys, and to provide fans in Red Deer with a great venue to enjoy all the World Juniors festivities,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “We know hockey fans in Edmonton and Red Deer, as well as across the country, are excited to take part in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, and these three initiatives will allow fans to engage with the event and further enjoy the World Juniors experience while giving back to the hockey community.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and by using #WorldJuniors.

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Seven Albertans selected to Team Canada for 2022 World Junior Championship

RED DEER - Seven Albertans will suit up for Team Canada on home soil at the 2022 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer.

Following a four-day selection camp, Hockey Canada announced its 25-player roster on Sunday night. Forwards Ridly Greig (Lethbridge), Dylan Guenther (Edmonton), and Jake Neighbours (Airdrie) are among the 14 forwards selected, joined by defencemen Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park), Ronan Seeley (Olds) and Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan), as well as goaltender Sebastian Cossa (Fort McMurray).

Guhle is the lone Albertan with World Juniors experience, and just one of three on the team who won a silver medal with Canada in 2021.

All seven players are Team Alberta alumni, with Greig, Neighbours, Guhle, Seeley and Cossa all playing together at the 2017 WHL Cup, and Guenther and Zellweger skating for Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Albertans on staff include assistant coach Michael Dyck (Lethbridge), and team physician Dr. Barry Weins (Red Deer).

Canada’s National Junior Team will head to Banff, Alta., for a training camp at the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, Dec. 14-19. It will then travel to Red Deer for a pair of pre-tournament games on Dec. 19 and 20 against Switzerland and Sweden, respectively, before moving to Edmonton for its final pre-tournament match-up on Dec. 22 against Russia as part of the Lordco Road to the World Juniors.

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day with Canada kicking off its tournament against the Czech Republic. In addition to its opening-night match-up, Canada will also play Austria on Dec. 28, Germany on Dec. 29 and Finland on Dec. 31 to wrap up preliminary-round action. All Team Canada games will be played at 5 p.m. MT

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will carry extensive game coverage and analysis throughout the World Juniors. TSN will broadcast all 31 tournament games and five pre-tournament games, while RDS will broadcast all 31 tournament games and three pre-tournament games. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive coverage.

For more information from the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit the official tournament website at 2022.worldjuniors.hockey.

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Dec. 11-12

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the trophy tour is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On December 11-12, the trophy will be making an appearance in Frog Lake. Here are some of the activities that the community has planned:

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DATE LOCATION EVENT
Saturday, December 11 Frog Lake First Nations Trophy Photo Opportunities
Saturday, December 11 Frog Lake First Nations Dancing & Singing
Saturday, December 11 Frog Lake First Nations U13 League Game
Saturday, December 11 Frog Lake First Nations Native Artisans
Saturday, December 11 Frog Lake First Nations Bannock Burgers
Saturday, December 11 Frog Lake First Nations Old Timers Game
Saturday, December 11 Frog Lake First Nations Ball Hockey Tournament
Saturday, December 11 Frog Lake First Nations Raffles

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:24

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2022 FEMALE HOCKEY DAY - PRESENTED BY ATB FINANCIAL

Registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s fourth annual Female Hockey Day, presented by ATB Financial, which will be held at the Servus Sports Centre in Lloydminster on January 29. The event includes on and off ice development sessions for players and parents, all in celebration of the female game.

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2022 WORLD JUNIOR TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE NOW

A limited number of ticket packages for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton and Red Deer are on sale now!


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BATTLE OF ALBERTA FUNDRAISER RETURNING IN THE NEW YEAR

The Hockey Alberta Foundation is kicking off the new year with the Piper Creek Optimist Club at Bo’s Bar & Stage on January 8 with the return of the Battle of Alberta fundraiser, presented by MNP.

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THREE NEW DIRECTORS ELECTED TO HOCKEY ALBERTA BOARD

Three new members were elected to Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors during the 114th Annual General Meeting held virtually on November 25. The new members are Kirstan Jewell of Rimbey, Karen Lee of Calgary and Bill Gourley of Calgary, who will each serve three-year terms


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HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

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Four Albertans selected in first round of 2021 WHL Draft | Full list of Albertans registered in Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned programs selected

RED DEER - Seventy-Three Albertans registered in Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned programs heard their names called at the 2021 WHL Draft on Thursday, including four in the first round.

Defenceman Charlie Elick (Calgary) was the first Albertan off the board, as the Brandon Wheat Kings selected him third overall. Two more defenders went back-to-back later on in the first round, as Marek Howell (Calgary) and Tristen Doyle (Edmonton) went 16th and 17th overall to the Moose Jaw Warriors and Lethbridge Hurricanes, respectively. With the final selection of the round, the Wheat Kings went back to Alberta to take forward Caleb Hadland (Sylvan Lake) with the 22nd pick.

Spencer Michnik (Sylvan Lake) was the first Albertan goalie taken, as the Seattle Thunderbirds selected him in the fifth round, 96th overall.

In total, 42 forward were selected, 21 defencemen, and 10 goaltenders.

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

3rd Charlie Elick Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Calgary
16th Marek Howell Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Calgary
17th Tristen Doyle Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Edmonton
22nd Caleb Hadland Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Sylvan Lake

SECOND ROUND

24th Hyde Davidson Seattle Thunderbirds Defence Edmonton
31st Gavin Garland Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
32nd Grady Martin Prince Albert Raiders Forward Oyen
35th Brady Ness Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Edmonton
38th Bryce Pickford Seattle Thunderbirds Defence Edmonton
45th Otto Hanson Swift Current Broncos Forward Calgary

THIRD ROUND

47th Zane Saab Red Deer Rebels Forward Edmonton
52nd Harrison Brunicke Kamloops Blazers Defence Calgary
55th Max Heise Prince Albert Raiders Forward Calgary
57th Owen Berge Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Edmonton
59th Reid Varkonyi Portland Winterhawks Forward Sherwood Park
60th Nate Corbet Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Calgary
64th Carter Klippenstein Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Lethbridge
67th Miles Cooper Winnipeg Ice Forward Calgary

FOURTH ROUND

68th Fraser Leonard Saskatoon Blades Defence Cochrane
72nd Ethan Hughes Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Edmonton
74th Matthew Keller Victoria Royals Defence Airdrie
78th Terik Parascak Prince George Cougars Forward Lethbridge
83rd Landen Ward Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Lloydminster
86th Carter Rimstad Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Edmonton
87th Max Sullivan Kamloops Blazers Forward Calgary
89th Teo Pisani Edmonton Oil Kings Forward St. Albert

FIFTH ROUND

90th Rhys Pederson Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Stettler
91st Keith McInnis Red Deer Rebels Defence Red Deer County
96th Spencer Michnik Seattle Thunderbirds Goaltender Sylvan Lake
100th Madden Mulawka Prince George Cougars Goaltender Edmonton
104th Ryan Seeley Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Olds
105th Jack Birch Calgary Hitmen Defence Edmonton
107th Brock Souch Regina Pats Forward Edmonton
109th Conner Radke Kamloops Blazers Forward Langdon
110th Nolan Dupont Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Calgary
111th Will Jamieson Spokane Chiefs Forward Delburne

SIXTH ROUND

114th Ethan Eskit Brandon Wheat Kings Goaltender Calgary
116th Kyle Marsden Winnipeg Ice Defence Fort McMurray
117th Oscar Lovsin Winnipeg Ice Forward Calgary
118th Coy Pighin Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Alix
121st Ty Gordon Prince Albert Raiders Forward St. Albert
122nd Kale Tipler Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Edgerton
123rd Christian Francis Calgary Hitmen Goaltender Spruce Grove
129th Carson Reagan Winnipeg Ice Forward Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

135th Escalus Burlock Red Deer Rebels Forward Edmonton
136th Nathan Free Portland Winterhawks Forward Calgary
142nd Garrett Thom Prince George Cougars Forward Edmonton
143rd Connor Baumbach Prince Albert Raiders Goaltender Red Deer
152nd Drew Williamson Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Wimborne

EIGHTH ROUND

156th Chase Bambrick Winnipeg Ice Defence Lethbridge
158th Lynden Donald-Gorman Everett Silvertips Forward Edmonton
160th Joshua Banini Moose Jaw Warriors Goaltender Edmonton
163rd Beck Boiteau Everett Silvertips Goaltender Medicine Hat
166th Reis Nyland Prince George Cougars Forward La Glace
168th Allen Sherpa Calgary Hitmen Forward Calgary
169th Marek Schlenker Portland Winterhawks Goaltender Okotoks
172nd Landon Young Winnipeg Ice Defence Edmonton
173rd Jacob Goudreau Vancouver Giants Forward St. Albert
174th Finn McLaughlin Saskatoon Blades Defence Canmore
176th Jake Pilon Edmonton Oil Kings Goaltender Calgary

NINTH ROUND

180th Nicholas Anisimoviscz Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
181st Spencer Masters Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Edmonton
183rd Josh Evaschesen Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Medicine Hat
186th Brendan McFatridge Kelowna Rockets Forward Fort Saskatchewan
190th Jacob Labant Kelowna Rockets Forward St. Paul
191st Deegan Kinniburgh Victoria Royals Forward Taber
192nd Thomas Byrne Kamloops Blazers Defence Calgary

TENTH ROUND

195th Ben Polhill Tri-City Americans Goaltender Cochrane
203rd Turner McIntyre Winnipeg Ice Forward St. Albert

ELEVENTH ROUND

206th Hudson Binder Victoria Royals Forward Calgary
211th Bowman Klippenstein Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Coaldale

TWELFTH ROUND

213th Ismail Abougouche Kelowna Rockets Defence Lac La Biche
214th Kayden Longley Kelowna Rockets Forward Wainwright

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Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup - Shift Change!

The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is back! This year the program is rallying the hockey community together to make hockey more inclusive than ever.

Over the last six years, the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup has recognized thousands of players from across Canada for good deeds performed in their communities. In 2021 Canmore’s U13 Eagles finished in the top three nationally in the Good Deeds Cup, earning $5,000 towards supporting Rocky Mountain Adaptive – an organization which removes barriers in sport and recreation for those living with physical and cognitive disabilities.

This season, Hockey Canada/ Hockey Alberta registered U11, U13, or U15 teams can make a shift change to win $100,000 for a Canadian charity by getting more people from all backgrounds and abilities into the game we love, so more people have the chance to play.

Ideas for initiatives include:

  • Making hockey more adaptive.
  • Getting more BIPOC players involved in the game.
  • Getting more young women involved in the game.
  • Making more equipment accessible.

To submit your team’s pitch:

  1. Ensure your hockey team is U11, U13 or U15 and registered with Hockey Canada/ Hockey Alberta.
  2. Rally your team together for a brainstorming session to decide on the best Good Deed to Shift Change in your community. Have your Good Deed approved using the pre-approval form.
  3. Do the Good Deed and rally your community together! Make sure to record the progress. We want to see a 30-60 second video of your Good Deed in action.
  4. After receiving your approval from Hockey Canada, submit your video link and share your entry on your team’s social networks so that we can cheer you on!

Entries submitted by January 6 are eligible for early bird prizes. Deadline for submissions is February 1.

For more information on the Chevrolet Good Deed Cup, chevrolet.ca/en/good-deeds-cup.

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Hockey Alberta Announces Partnership with Lordco Auto Parts

CALGARY, Alta. – Building off an IIHF World Junior Championship partnership, Hockey Alberta welcomes Lordco Auto Parts Ltd as its newest partner. Hockey Canada has announced the auto parts retailer and distributer as their newest national marketing partner.

“In 2021, Hockey Alberta was thrilled to join forces with Lordco Auto Parts and Hockey Canada during the IIHF World Junior Championship for the inaugural Futures Stars program,” said Mike Klass, director of business operations with Hockey Alberta. “We are excited to again join forces with them both for the 2022 World Juniors and expanding our relationship as Lordco brings its reputation of quality and customer service in the auto parts industry to Alberta.”

As a national marketing partner with a three-year agreement through to 2024, Lordco becomes the presenting sponsor of this year’s Road to the World Juniors pre-tournament schedule and owns the rights to the Future Stars digital program presented during the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“Hockey Canada is proud to welcome Lordco Auto Parts to our corporate partner family and as presenting sponsor of the Road to the World Juniors,” said Dana Gladstone, vice-president of partnership strategy and licensing with Hockey Canada. “Since its initial commitment to the World Juniors in 2018-19, Lordco has continued to increase its involvement and support of Hockey Canada. This partnership reaffirms that commitment that also extends to Hockey Alberta. We are excited to welcome Lordco to Canada’s largest team as it continues to support premier international events and national championships every year.”

Hockey Canada first established a partnership with Lordco in 2018 when it was announced as presenting sponsor of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and the pre-tournament schedule as part of the Lordco Road to the World Juniors. That support continued two years later when it again was a sponsor of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton.

“As a Canadian-owned and operated company, Lordco Auto Parts is proud to partner with Hockey Canada,” said Sarah Durant, vice-president of marketing. “We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to support our country’s most talented players as they compete on the international stage at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. Lordco has also supported minor hockey in British Columbia for many years and most recently forged a partnership with Hockey Alberta to do the same. By sharing our company’s core values of loyalty, family and community beyond our core business, we can positively impact the future of young Canadians.”

The auto parts retailer and distributor will also own the rights to all Hockey Canada national events.


About Lordco Parts Ltd.

Lordco Auto Parts is Canada’s largest privately held automotive parts distributor and Western Canada’s largest distributor and retailer of aftermarket parts and accessories. With over 85 retail locations, two machine shops, seven distribution centres and more than 2,200 employees, Lordco Auto Parts delivers an exceptional customer experience. Visit Lordco.com to learn about the products available and services offered at Lordco Auto Parts locations throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

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Team Alberta to return to NAHC in 2023

EDMONTON – The Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta and Hockey Alberta have made the difficult decision not to send teams to the 2022 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC).

The decision was made to allow both organizations to take the time to build a sustainable program model that will benefit Indigenous youth across Alberta in the years to come. Both organizations thank the NAHC and Aboriginal Sport Circle, and send appreciation to the Membertou NAHC 2022 Host Society for their commitment in organizing the national championships. We look forward to Team Alberta returning to the national championships in 2023.

Team Alberta selection camps for 2023 will take place in late May or early June 2022. More details on date(s) and location(s) will be shared once they are confirmed.

Background

ISCA and Hockey Alberta entered a partnership in 2019 to facilitate the growth and development of Indigenous hockey across Alberta. This partnership included Hockey Alberta operating the Team Alberta Male and Female squads competing at the NAHC. The 2020 and 2021 national championships were cancelled due to COVID-19.


For further information:

ISCA Hockey Alberta

Jake Hendy, Executive Director Brad Lyon, Senior Manager, Communications

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Coach of the Month - Greg Eisler

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for November, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Greg Eisler of Calgary.

Currently the head coach of the Crowfoot U11 D1 Coyotes and an assistant coach of the NWCAA U13 Stamps, Eisler has been coaching for six years.

He began coaching when his son started playing hockey, because it gave him a reason to give back to the game.

“Having great coaches growing up, I wanted to pass along skills I learned. When my son started playing hockey, that gave me the excuse to get back behind the bench,” said Eisler. “I don’t necessarily want to help a player become the best player, but instead push to support all players become their best.”

It’s Eisler’s enthusiasm and philosophy that has made him a stand-out coach. He teaches players about the responsibility and privilege that comes with playing and sets expectations for players to be mentally and physically prepared for both games and practices. Parents believe that it is these outlooks that will make their children not only better hockey players, but better citizens of society as well.

For Eisler, his most memorable moments are seeing players apply practiced skills to success in games. He enjoys seeing kids realize their own potential and watch them grow as players, teammates and individuals.

When he’s not at the rink, he tries to take in as many of his daughter’s ballet performances as he can. In his spare time, Eisler spends his time outdoors hunting and fishing.


The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

Minor hockey coaches will be selected throughout the hockey season and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nomination Form >

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Dec. 3-5

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the trophy tour is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On December 3-5, the trophy will be making an appearance in Whitecourt. Here are some of the activities that the community has planned:

Whitecourt

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Friday, December 3 11:00am - 3:00pm Pat Hardy School World Junior Trophy Tour around the schools
Friday, December 3 4:00pm - 10:00pm Downtown Whitecourt Shopping Scavenger Hunt
Friday, December 3 5:00pm - 6:00pm Scott Safety Centre Female Hockey Game
Friday, December 3 7:30pm Scott Safety Centre Whitecourt Wolverines vs. GP Storm AJHL Game
Saturday, December 4 11:00am - 3:00pm Rotary Park BBQ & Bonfire, Trophy Photos, Coaches Hot Stove, Games
Saturday, December 4 1:00pm Rotary Park Live auction for World Junior Tickets
Saturday, December 4 11:30am - 3:00pm Rotary Park Street Hockey Tournament
Saturday, December 4 7:00pm Downtown Whitecourt Santa Claus & Jersey Parade with Trophy
Sunday, December 5 4:00pm - 6:00pm Scott Safety Centre World Junior Trophy Mini Tournament

Whitecourt Minor Hockey is holding a progressive 50/50 draw until December 6, with proceeds going towards providing opportunities for all members of the Whitecourt community to participate in a quality, affordable hockey program. Proceeds for the fundraiser will also support other local youth organizations.

PURCHASE TICKETS >

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Giving the Gift of the Game

GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.

According to its website, givingtuesday.ca, GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement where “charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes.”

This year, Hockey Alberta is pleased to highlight organizations that continue to make hockey accessible to every Albertan.

  • Sports 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.

Every kid in every community should have the opportunity to play hockey. Over the years the Hockey Alberta Foundation has given over $1.5 million to help support grassroots minor hockey initiatives and get new players involved in the game.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation raises funds to increase access to hockey throughout Alberta by administering two grant opportunities:

  • Every Kid Every Community offers two types of grants. The Player Assistance grant provides financial support to current or new players looking to play hockey. The Community Grant funds new programs or support an existing program focused on recruiting new players. Applications for Every Kid Every Community grants are due October 31, January 31, April 30 and July 31.
  • Hockey Alberta Member Grant presented by Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation supports hockey programming in Northern Alberta (Red Deer - north). Priority for funding is given to those in need for leadership development, introduction to hockey, female, para, Indigenous hockey programming, and any inclusion and diversity initiatives. Applications are due November 30 and February 28.

To donate to one of the organizations supporting hockey opportunities across the province, please contact the partner organization in your area or the Hockey Alberta Foundation at foundation.hockeyalberta.ca.

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Nov. 27-28

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the World Junior Trophy Tour, sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada, is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On November 27-28, the trophy will be making an appearance in Grande Cache. Here are some of the activities that the community has planned:

Grande Cache

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Three new Directors elected to Hockey Alberta Board

KIRSTAN JEWELL - Rimbey

KAREN LEE - Calgary

BILL GOURLEY - Calgary

RED DEER – Three new members were elected to Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors during the 114th Annual General Meeting held virtually on November 25.

Kirstan Jewell of Rimbey, Karen Lee of Calgary and Bill Gourley of Calgary were elected as Directors at Large to three-year terms. They replace Michael Bates of Cochrane, Wilson Gemmill of Grande Prairie, and Francois Gagnon of Fort McMurray, whose three-year terms have concluded.

Gagnon will continue as a member of the Board, shifting to the role of Finance Director, taking over for Donna Gallant of Edmonton.

The new Directors join Board Chair Len Samletzki, Vice Chair Allan Mowbray, and Directors at Large Fran Zinger and Al-Amin Vira.

The meeting was opened with a land acknowledgement and greetings from Chief Wilton Littlechild of Ermineskin Cree Nation.

In his opening remarks, Samletzki looked back at the hard work of the hockey community across the province during a difficult 2020-21 hockey season.

“Reflecting back on the last year, including the last 20 months, three words come to mind: gratitude, adaptability, players,” said Samletzki. “Gratitude for you, our volunteers, staff and stakeholders across Alberta…. Adaptability - how quickly everyone in hockey was able to change to ensure our game is played. Plans that were changed, stopped, and then changed again. Players - in difficult times - you were here for the right reasons - ensuring the game was there for our players.”

Samletzki also recognized the recent announcement of three new Hockey Alberta Life Members - Terry Ledingham (Bon Accord), Annie Orton (Blairmore) and George Kalley (Drumheller).

In addition to electing three new Board members, a Notice of Motion related to Life Memberships was approved by the Members.

Following the completion of the formal AGM agenda, several operational updates were provided to the Members. Dennis Zukiwsky, chair of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, recapped a very busy year for the Foundation. Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta, provided an financial update. And Hockey Alberta’s CEO Rob Litwinski provided a review of the 2020-21, and a look forward at the Objectives and Key Results that will shape the organization’s strategic priorities for the next four years.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:23

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

SPRING EVENTS RETURN TO RED DEER IN 2022

Hockey Alberta is excited to announce the return of the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup in 2022.

MORE INFORMATION > | ALBERTA CHALLENGE APPRENTICE COACH APPLICATIONS >


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YOUR NEW AT-HOME HOCKEY TRAINING APP

Hockey Labs has daily workouts, skill and IQ lessons, and exclusive live sessions for Alberta Hockey players wanting to improve their game. Sign up with code ALBERTA30 for a 14-day free trial and $30 off your subscription.


START A FREE TRIAL >


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HOCKEY ALBERTA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COACHES SITE

The Coaches Site is a community of like-minded coaches that are focused on sharing innovative tools and resources to build better programs, practice plans, and team dynamics. The partnership provides Hockey Alberta Members with access, for a reduced fee, to The Coaches Site and its abundance of coach resources.

MORE INFORMATION >


CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE 17: HONOURING OUR TROOPS/HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER

Episode Seventeen of the Centre Ice Podcast focuses on two very important occurrences in November; Remembrance Day, and Hockey Fights Cancer, the latter of which is a month-long initiative by the National Hockey League.


WATCH AND LISTEN > | MORE EPISODES >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA IS CALLING FOR CASINO VOLUNTEERS

Hockey Alberta is looking for volunteers to work a casino on December 28-29 in Edmonton. The organization is seeking volunteers to cover 40 shifts, which will help raise funds for kids across our province to enjoy this great game. Send us an email through the link below if you are interested!


GET INVOLVED >


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HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

ZACH BOYCHUK > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Seventeen: Honouring Our Troops/Hockey Fights Cancer

Episode Seventeen of the Centre Ice Podcast focuses on two very important occurrences in November; Remembrance Day, and Hockey Fights Cancer, the latter of which is a month-long initiative by the National Hockey League.

Former University of Alberta Panda and Edmonton Chimo, Angie Ahn, and her partner, Canadian Armed Forces Commanding Officer, Major Leona Ahn, discuss the balance between being a military family and a hockey family, while the NHL’s Vice President of Community Development and Growth, Jeff Scott, shares the history of Hockey Fights Cancer, and the numerous way it helps those who are battling the disease.


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Episode Links: Honouring the Human Behind the Uniform > | Hockey FIghts Cancer > | Spring Events Return in 2022 > | 2022 Alberta Challenge Apprentice Coach Applications > | World Junior Trophy Tour >

More Episodes >


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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Hockey Alberta Welcomes The Coaches Site to the Team

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is stepping behind the bench with The Coaches Site over the next three seasons.

The Coaches Site is a community of like-minded coaches that are focused on sharing innovative tools and resources to build better programs, practice plans, and team dynamics.

The partnership provides Hockey Alberta Members with access, for a reduced fee, to The Coaches Site and its abundance of coach resources.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Hockey Alberta to strengthen the collective coaching knowledge across the province,” says Aaron Wilbur, Founder and CEO of The Coaches Site. “We are like-minded in our belief that coaches have the biggest influence on the player experience. We look forward to working with the team at Hockey Alberta to support the education and development of their coaches to ensure their program continues to lead the country.”

Hockey Alberta registered coaches will also be able to participate in the Global Skills Showcase hosted annually in the spring by The Coaches Site. Coaches can learn from top skill development leaders in the game. As well, The Coaches Site will present the Hockey Coaches Conference – an occasion for the hockey community – not only in Alberta but across the country – to interact and unite.

“Hockey Alberta is committed to creating an environment for our Members to emphasize coach development, and partnering with The Coaches Site provides resources for our coaches to broaden their scope and further their development,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager of Hockey Development. “Coach development is the pinnacle of hockey in Alberta and we know it starts at the local level. The Coaches Site offers equal access to resources to coaches across the province.”

Hockey Alberta’s Coaching Pathway includes NCCP certification, instructional stream courses, and professional development opportunities, along with resources such as The Coaches Site. For more information, check out the Hockey Alberta website: hockeyalberta.ca/coaches.

The Coaches Site is a platform where the best hockey leaders in the world share their expertise and experience with a global hockey network. For more information, visit thecoachessite.com.

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Three Albertans Called to Officiate 2022 World Juniors

RED DEER – Three Albertans will be officiating at the IIHF World Junior Championship on home ice this holiday season.

The three Hockey Alberta officials - Fraser Lawrence, Kyle Kowalski and Cody Huseby - will be part of crew of 26 officials donning the stripes in Red Deer and Edmonton.

For Lawrence (Edmonton), this is his third consecutive appearance at the World Juniors. He skated in the Edmonton bubble in 2021 and in the Czech Republic in 2020. Lawrence also worked the Western Hockey League final in 2019 and also has skated a number of other International assignments. He was named the Official of the Year for Hockey Alberta for 2019-20.

Kowalski (Edmonton) is also returning to the World Juniors after officiating in the Edmonton bubble, where he skated the Bronze Medal game in 2021. The son of a Hockey Alberta official and former member of the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons, Kowalski has worked the 2018 World Junior A Challenge, 2018 Hlinka/Gretzky Cup and was selected to officiate the 2020 USports Cup that was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Huseby (Red Deer) is getting his first call to the World Juniors. Huseby’s international experience includes the 2018 World Under 20 Division II Tournament and the 2017 Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic. In 2011, he and his twin brother, Chad, became the first twins to work the lines together in the WHL. Cody is also the Regional Coordinator for Hockey Alberta’s North Central officials’ region.

For more information on the World Juniors visit iihf.com or becoming a Hockey Alberta official, visit officials.hockeyalberta.ca.

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Applications now being accepted for 2022 Alberta Challenge Apprentice Coach positions

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the position of Apprentice Coach at the 2022 Alberta Challenge in Red Deer.

The Apprentice Coach Program aims to provide an opportunity for six (6) aspiring female coaches to develop in a safe environment through the U16 Team Alberta Female High-Performance Program. If you are interested in learning more about coaching or are considering coaching in the future, this program presents the unique opportunity to learn from and engage with the Alberta Challenge Coaching Staffs and the Coach Mentor throughout the short-term competition process.

The Apprentice Coach Program will provide a safe environment for female coaches to:

  • Develop coaching skills in several areas
  • Transition from playing to coaching
  • Understand the principles of coaching in short-term competition
  • Give back to the sport
  • Foster an interest in coaching female hockey
  • Learn from others and create connections

The Process

  • All applications must be submitted via the online application form to the Hockey Alberta Office by December 6.
  • Apprentice Coaches will be selected and notified by the Hockey Alberta Coaches Selection Committee.
  • Unsuccessful coaches will be notified by email.

APPLY NOW >


About the Alberta Challenge

The Alberta Challenge allows for athlete evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Athletes will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. U15-aged players (2007 & 2008-born) are eligible for the 2022 Alberta Challenge. Regional camps are open tryouts and are held in April prior to the Challenge.

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Spring Events Return to Red Deer in 2022

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is excited to announce the return of the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup in 2022.

Returning after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trio of events will be held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic in April and May.

For the Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup (formerly the Peewee Prospects), this is the first step for athletes entering into the Team Alberta program.

For Alberta Cup athletes it is an opportunity for players to showcase their talents in hopes of being invited to U16 Team Alberta Summer Camp and ultimately representing Team Alberta at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

Prior to the spring competitions, regional camps will be hosted throughout the province for players to register and attend. More information, including registration and camp details, will be available in January.

All camps and competitions will be subject to COVID-19 protocols and restrictions in place at the time of the camp and event dates.


2022 Alberta Cup - April 27 - May 1

The Alberta Cup features male players born in 2007.

Regional camps run April 1-3 in Spruce Grove, Calgary and Red Deer.

Alberta Cup


2022 Alberta Challenge - May 4-8

The Alberta Challenge features female players born in 2007 and 2008.

Regional camps run April 8-10 in Cochrane and Beaumont.

Alberta Challenge


2022 Prospects Cup - May 11-15

The Prospects Cup features male players born in 2009.

Regional camps run April 15-17 in Olds, Calgary, Vegreville and Edmonton.

Prospects Cup

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Nov. 20-21

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the trophy tour is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On November 20-21, the trophy will be making an appearance in Nanton. Here are some of the activities that the community has planned:

Nanton

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Friday, November 19 6:00pm Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre Opening Ceremony for U7 & U9 Jamboree
Saturday, November 20 8:00am - 5:00pm Nanton & Stavely U7 & U9 Jamboree with Trophy on display
Sunday, November 21 8:00am - 3:00pm Nanton U7 & U9 Jamboree with Trophy on display

There will be multiple raffles and free draws available throughout the weekend thanks to support from sponsors, volunteers, and the Nanton community.

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Nov. 13-14

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the trophy tour is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On November 13-14, the trophy will be making appearances in Canmore and Lacombe. Here are some of the activities that each community has planned:

Canmore

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Friday, November 12 12:00pm Canmore Recreation Centre

CAHL Tournament Registration
with Trophy on display

Saturday, November 13 8:00am Canmore McDonald’s Coffee with the Trophy
Saturday, November 13 8:00am - 6:00pm Canmore Recreation Centre CAHL Tournament Games
with Trophy on display
Saturday, November 13 11:00am Camore Recreation Centre Female Grassroots Session
Sunday, November 14 8:00am Canmore Recreation Centre CAHL Tournament Games begin
Sunday, November 14 8:00am Canmore McDonald’s Coffee with the Trophy
Sunday November 14 1:00pm Canmore Recreation Centre Tournament Final Games begin

Lacombe

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Friday, November 12 11:00am Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex U13 Tournament with Trophy on display
Saturday, November 13 8:00am - 8:00pm Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex U13 Tournament with Trophy on display
Sunday, November 14 8:00am - 6:00pm Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex U13 Tournament with Trophy on display

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:22

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOST A PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Hockey Alberta is now accepting bids from Minor Hockey Associations interested in hosting the 2022 Provincial Championships.

HOST A PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

ALBERTA CUP, CHALLENGE, AND PROSPECTS COACH AND TRAINER APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 15

There are only a few more days to apply to become a coach or trainer for the 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge, or Prospects Cup in Red Deer.


APPLY FOR A POSITION >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

COACH CERTIFICATIONS DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 15

The deadline for coaches across Alberta to have their certifications completed in order to be eligible for the 2021-22 season is November 15. If you have completed a clinic, but your certifications are not showing properly, please have your association contact us.

REGISTER FOR A CLINIC > | COACHING REQUIREMENTS >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA IS CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Hockey Alberta is looking for volunteers to work a casino on December 28-29 in Edmonton. The organization is seeking volunteers to cover 40 shifts, which will help raise funds for kids across our province to enjoy this great game. Send us an email through the link below if you are interested!


GET INVOLVED >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

PETE VANDERMEER > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter


Hockey Alberta News

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Call for Volunteers

Hockey Alberta is looking for volunteers to work a casino on December 28-29 in Edmonton.

The organization is seeking volunteers to cover 40 shifts.

To volunteer or for more information, email Jeremy Haluschak at [email protected].

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BFL Coach of the Year Nominations Now Open

RED DEER – BFL Coach of the Year is back for the third season and nominations are now open!

The BFL Coach of the Year Awards recognize and honour female coaches who exemplify the positive values of hockey and sport, for their successful and outstanding achievements in player development and the leadership of their players and teams.

Honouring a female coach in each province at the community, competitive and high-performance level, the BFL Coach of the Year Award will be presented to coaches who have made outstanding contributions over an extended period of time coaching hockey programs within Hockey Canada female and/or minor hockey programs.

Provincial winners will be considered in the selection of the national BFL Coach of the Year Awards. Each provincial winner will receive a $1,000 bursary; while the national winners receive a $2,500 bursary, customized Team Canada jersey, a five-year subscription to the Hockey Canada Network, a Hockey Canada merchandise package and a tablet.


Categories

  • Community coach: Defined as a woman coaching athletes of all ages who play and compete in divisions where there is not a national championship identified as a culminating event.
  • Competitive Coach: Defined as a woman coach whose athletes play and compete in divisions where the participants are eligible to compete in National Championships, accredited Residential Schools or Sport Schools or provincially designated Programs of Excellence.
  • High-Performance Coach: Defined as a woman coach whose athletes are above the age of 16 and compete at the USports, Canadian Collegiate Hockey and Professional Women’s Hockey Player’s Association levels.

Criteria

The nominee:

  • Leads by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship,
  • Places the emotional and physical well-being ahead of a personal desire to win,
  • Places an emphasis on equitable participation of all players registered on the team,
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the development of every player and staff Member,
  • Treats each player as an individual and understands the range of emotional and physical development,
  • Does her best to provide a safe playing situation for all players,
  • Uses the coaching techniques that are appropriate for all of the age and skill level of her players,
  • Must be actively coaching at the female hockey, minor hockey or high-performance levels within the province the nomination originates from,
  • Must be trained and/or certified in the Hockey Canada National Coach Certification Program,
  • Must have completed all elements required to be an active coach,
  • Must be a Member in good standing within the Province the nomination originates from.

How to Nominate

Any individual may nominate a coach for the provincial coach awards. The nomination must clearly state whether the award nomination is for the community coach and competitive coach category or if the nomination is for the National high-performance coach.

The individual submitting the nomination should complete the online nomination form and should also include a covering letter of support (not to exceed 300 words). As well, the supporting materials will include testimonials as to why the individual should be considered.

Nominate a Coach

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World Junior Trophy Tour - Nov. 6-7

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are pleased to support ten Alberta communities as they host the prestigious IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship trophy each weekend leading up to the 2022 tournament.

The goal of the trophy tour is to encourage communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

On November 6-7, the trophy will be making it’s first appearances in Strathcona and Olds. Here are some of the activities that each community has planned:

Strathcona

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Saturday, November 6 10:30am - 3:00pm Ardrossan Rec Complex (ARC) Pancake Brunch
Saturday, November 6 11:45am - 4:45pm ARC/SOC 4 on 4 Tournament
Saturday, November 6 2:30pm - 5:00pm Strathcona Olympiette

Hockey AB Shooting & Scoring
Coach Clinic

Saturday, November 6 5:00pm - 6:15pm Strathcona Olympiette Come Try Hockey!
Saturday, November 6 8:30pm - 11:00pm ARC - MacMillan East Arena SMHA Alumni Game
Sunday, November 7 10:30am - 3:30pm ARC/SOC 4 on 4 Tournament
Sunday, November 7 3:30pm - 6:00pm Strathcona Olympiette Strathcona Bruins vs. Beaumont Chiefs (Jr. B)
Sunday, November 7 3:45pm - 6:00pm ARC - MacMillan East Arena SP Steele vs. Calgary Titans (Jr. A Female)
Sunday, November 7 6:15pm - 8:30pm Strathcona Olympiette Strathcona Warriors vs. SEERA Icemen (Jr. C)

Strathcona is also running an online 50/50 for their event which runs until Sunday - BUY TICKETS >


Olds

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Saturday, November 6 10:00am Centennial Park

Trophy Arrives - Wear your favourite jersey!

Saturday, November 6 10:30am Centennial Park Trophy & Jersey Parade
Saturday, November 6 11:00am - 1:00pm Olds Sportsplex

Street Hockey - Enter as team or individual

Saturday, November 6 11:00am - 1:00pm Olds Sportsplex Slap Shot Game - Donations to Mountain View Food Bank
Saturday, November 6 12:00pm - 1:00pm Olds Sportsplex Complimentary BBQ
Saturday, November 6 1:00pm - 3:00pm Olds Sportsplex "Try Hockey" Ice Time
Saturday, November 6 6:15pm - 6:40pm Olds Sportsplex AJHL Coach Hotstove
Saturday, November 6 7:00pm Olds Sportsplex Olds Grizzlys vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)
Saturday, November 6 7:15pm - 9:15pm Olds Sportsplex Trophy on Concourse for photos
Sunday, November 7 1:15pm - 2:15pm Olds Sportsplex Female Hockey Development with ACAC Broncos (U7-U11)
Sunday, November 7 2:15 Olds Sportsplex Photos with Trophy
Sunday, November 7 2:30pm - 4:15pm Olds Sportsplex Female Hockey Development with ACAC Broncos (U13-U18)

To volunteer for the event or register for the street hockey tournament please email: [email protected]

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Coach of the Month - Shawn Hodgins

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for October, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Shawn Hodgins of Wabasca.

Shawn is currently head coach of the Wabasca U18 Eagles and also an assistant coach with the Wabasca U13 Eagles. Over the past ten years, he has coached nearly every level of hockey with four different Minor Hockey Associations (Bow Island, High Level, Medicine Hat, and Wabasca).

As an RCMP officer, Shawn sees the importance of being involved in the community that he polices, a lesson that he learned from his father. His goal is to utilize hockey to engage the local public and interact with community members while not on duty. He achieves this by building a strong bond with the players on his team, and renting additional ice for the RCMP to interact, teach, and socialize with local youth.

"As a head coach and an assistant, Coach Shawn took it upon himself to learn as much as he could about the Metis and Dene population, which allowed him to associate personally with the Indigenous kids on the team," said the parent who submitted the nomination. "He has utilized his ability to gain buy-in from the players he coaches by encouraging them to take chances and play hockey without fear of making mistakes."

Shawn spends the majority of his free time at the rink, as he also volunteers as an official and was a minor hockey board member for ten years. When at home, he spends his time watching and cheering on the Edmonton Oilers and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"Hockey should be an escape from the stresses in each player’s life, so it is imperative that coaches foster an atmosphere which is free from consequences for trying and failing," said Shawn. "Coaches can empower every player by highlighting their importance to the team no matter what their skill level may be."


Hockey Alberta News

The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

Minor hockey coaches will be selected throughout the hockey season and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nomination Form >

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Ten communities selected to host World Junior Trophy Tour

RED DEER – Ten communities around the province are preparing to host a stop on the World Junior Trophy Tour in celebration of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Beginning November 6-7, the World Junior Championship Trophy will travel around the province before landing in its eventual destination of Edmonton. The trophy tour encourages communities to incorporate their culture throughout a weekend event celebrating and growing community spirit through the game of hockey.

With support from Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors, these communities will host player and coach development sessions, tournaments, volunteer appreciation, feature games, and other events with prizes, swag, and more.

Host Communities:

Dates

Hosts

November 6 – 7

Olds & Strathcona

November 13 – 14

Canmore & Lacombe

November 20 – 21

Nanton

November 27 – 28

Grande Cache

December 4 – 5

Whitecourt

December 11 – 12

Frog Lake

December 18 – 19

Edmonton & Red Deer

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will take place in Edmonton and Red Deer from December 26 – January 5.

To get involved, please reach out to your nearest host association.

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Notice of 2021 Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors Nominations Update

Hockey Alberta is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, November 25. The meeting will be held virtually, using Zoom, starting at 7:00 PM (MST). This bulletin outlines the meeting details, provides an update on the Nominations process and the Notice of Motion that will be presented during the meeting. Please note that Hockey Alberta’s Audited Financial Statements and the complete Annual Meeting Package will be posted approximately two weeks prior to the meeting date.


Please refer to Information Bulletin 21-04 for updates pertaining to the AGM, including voting details, nominations update as well as a notice of motion.

Info Bulletin 21:04 >

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Hockey Canada Event Vaccination Policy

Earlier today, Hockey Canada announced it is implementing a COVID-19 Vaccination policy.

Hockey Canada’s policy (hockeycanada.ca) mandates vaccination by all participants in national and international events hosted In Canada. While Hockey Canada strongly recommends vaccination for all participants in Hockey Canada sanctioned activities within its provincial branches, the policy does not mandate COVID-19 vaccination.

For sanctioned hockey activities in Alberta, nothing is changing. As outlined in the most recent update to Hockey Alberta’s Season Plan, Hockey Alberta and its member organizations are operating based on the COVID-19 mandates of the Government of Alberta, current CMOH Public Health Orders, and the provisions of the Restrictions Exemption Program (where applicable).

Hockey Alberta continues to support the recommendation by the Government of Alberta and the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health that everyone who is eligible should receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Details on Hockey Alberta’s Season Plan for 2021-22 can be found at www.hockeyalberta.ca.


For more information, please contact:

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2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MAN. - Hockey Manitoba, Hockey Saskatchewan, Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship, November 1-6 at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Following the cancellation of the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship, which is a key part of the development process for Canada’s high performance U18 female athletes, Hockey Canada’s four western provincial hockey branches agreed it was important to hold an event for these athletes. The goal of this event is to provide an elite development opportunity while also furthering the development of female hockey in Western Canada.

Planning and coordination has been a collaboration between the western branches, with welcomed support, guidance, and funding from Hockey Canada.

The 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship is a four-team tournament consisting of:

  • A three-game round robin;
  • Semi-finals;
  • Bronze Medal game;
  • Gold Medal game.

Competition commences on November 1 with all games being played at Stride Place - the home of the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and host to the RBC Cup in 2015. Games will be open to the public based on the most recent public health orders with admission being charged at the gate.

Click here to see the event schedule.

The Female Program of Excellence is designed to provide high performance female players with the opportunity to develop advanced skills as well as an introduction to the concepts needed to play at an elite level. Players from the Program of Excellence go on to play at the CIS, NCAA, and international level.

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Elite Coach Development Series now open for registration

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

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