Approximately 250 representatives from the hockey community in Alberta attended the two-day event, which was held at the Calgary Westin. Participants included executive members and coach directors from minor hockey associations, coaches, volunteers, and Hockey Alberta staff members.
A number of individuals and minor hockey associations were recognized for outstanding achievements as part of the Awards Luncheon. Recipients were:
Minor Hockey Association Executive of the Year: Graham Tanner, St. Alberta Minor Hockey Association
Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Killam Minor Hockey Association
Meritorious Awards: Darcy Haugan, Peace River; Gary Tremblay, Leduc
Provincial Championships Exceptional Host Site Awards: Hockey Edmonton/SEERA, Peewee AA Minor; Lacoka (Lacombe/Ponoka), Bantam Female A.
Hockey Development Awards: Blair Becker, Craig DeCoursey, Chris Turnbull
Ernie Boruk Award (for contributions to the Hockey Alberta Referee Council): Don Roberts
Dave Ganley Award (for contributions to officiating at the local or provincial level): Aaron Brown, Gary Greenough
Officials Zone Awards: Marty Tingstad (Peace); Robert Olynyk, Hockey Edmonton, Chris Rebus (North); Derek Krys (North East); Paul Coad (North Central); Geoff DaSilva, Sean Brett, Corey Halford (Central); and Aaron Brown (South).
During the AGM, chair of the Board of Directors Terry Engen presented the Chair of the Board award to Edmonton’s Betty Chmilar. As well, Jerrold Lemko was elected as a Director at Large to the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors.
The Hockey Conference and AGM opened on Friday night with a keynote address from Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames. The keynote was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dean Molberg and Rhett Warrener of Sportsnet 960. Burke joined panelists Ray Bennett (assistant coach St. Louis Blues), Brendan Morrison (retired NHL player), Kyle Rehman (NHL referee), Paul Carson (Vice President, Membership Development with Hockey Canada), and Fran Gow (Hockey Alberta Coach Mentor). The group talked about a variety of topics, including half-ice and year-round hockey, coaching, and body-checking.
Approximately 250 representatives from the hockey community in Alberta attended the event, which was held at the Calgary Westin. Participants included executive members and coach directors from minor hockey associations, coaches, volunteers, and Hockey Alberta staff members.