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2023 Provincial Championship recap: Week one

Nineteen Provincial Champions were named during the first week of play.

With upsets, league rivalries, overtime and shootouts, the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships presented by ATB saw it all, and it’s only week one.

2023 Hockey Alberta Provincial Tournaments

Tournament action began on Thursday, March 23 and continued through to Sunday. On Sunday, 34 teams prepared for the game of the season, with 17 skating away champions.

Championship Games

AFHL U18 AAA – Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 4, Calgary Fire 3 (shootout)

U16 AA – NWCAA Bronks 2, Fort Saskatchewan Rangers 1

AEHL U15 AAA – Airdrie Xtreme 3, Calgary Bisons (CBHA) 2

AFHL U15 AA – Calgary Fire Red 3, Edmonton Pandas 2

U15 AA – Calgary NWCAA Stamps 6, Bow Valley Timberwolves 5 (overtime)

U15 Tier 1 – Cochrane 5, La Crete 4 (overtime)

U15 Tier 2 – 3 C’s Coyotes 7, St. Paul 6 (double overtime)

U15 Tier 3 – Elk Point Avalanche 5, High Level North Stars 4

U15 Tier 1 (NBC) – Springbank NBC 1 8, Trails West NBC 1 3

U15 Female A – GHC Outlaws 2, GHC Rangers 0

U15 Female B – Battle River Knights 5, GHC White 1

U13 Tier 1 – Okotoks 7, Glenlake 5

U13 Tier 2 – Drayton Valley 5, La Crete 3

U13 Tier 3 – Irvine 7, High Prairie 6

U13 Tier 4 – Delburne Outlaws 4, Fort Macleod Mavericks 3

U13 Female A – Cochrane 3, Grande Prairie 2 (overtime)

U13 Female B – Irma 10, St. Albert SA552 0

2023 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

Going into the weekend, two champions had already been named through their league playoffs.

The Cochrane Chaos of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League claimed the banner over the Sherwood Park Steele on Sunday, March 19, winning the best of five series in four games.

The Senior AAA division champs are the Innisfail Eagles after they swept the Stony Plain Eagles in three games.

The AEHL’s U18 AAA Calgary NW Flames lead the St. Albert Nektar Raiders two games in the best of five series. The Flames have a chance to seal the series, Wednesday March 29, in St. Albert. Games are available to stream live on HockeyTV.

In the Alberta Junior Hockey League, eight teams remain with series records at:

Okotoks 1, Brooks 1

Drumheller 1, Blackfalds 1

Bonnyville 2, Whitecourt 0

Spruce Grove 2, Sherwood Park 0

Play continues on Tuesday, March 28.

Provincial Championship Merchandise

This year, Hockey Alberta is offering 2023 Provincial Championship merchandise. There are a number of items to choose from and “Champions 2023” can be added to any merchandise purchased after a Provincials tournament. Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to [email protected].

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It’s time for Provincial Championships

The 2022-23 hockey season all comes down to this, the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships presented by ATB.

In total, 34 Provincial Champions will be crowned this year. Over three weekends, 30 divisions will battle it out in a tournament style format. While league play will determine four champions.

Tournament action begins March 23-26 with 112 teams set to take the ice in 17 divisions hosted in select locations across the province.

The first weekend of tournament play includes:

Meanwhile, two of four champions decided through league play have been determined.

The Cochrane Chaos of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League claimed the banner over the Sherwood Park Steele on Sunday, March 19, winning the best of five series in four games.

The Senior AAA division champs are the Innisfail Eagles after they swept the Stony Plain Eagles in three games.

The final two divisions determined through league play are in the midst of playoffs.

Eight teams remain in the hunt for an Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) title. With Blackfalds, Bonnyville, Brooks, Drumheller, Okotoks, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Whitecourt advancing to the second round. The AJHL champion will be competing at the Centennial Cup.

The Alberta Elite Hockey League’s U18 AAA division has the Calgary NW Flames facing off against the St. Albert Nektar Raiders in the final round of the play offs. The winner advances to the Pacific playoffs in hopes of competing at the 2023 Men’s U18 National Club Championship (formerly the Telus Cup).

Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) and AEHL games are available to stream on HockeyTV.

Tournament action will continue through weekends March 30 – April 2 and April 6-9. For more information on Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships presented by ATB and to see the schedules of each division, visit

This year, Hockey Alberta is offering 2023 Provincial Championship merchandise. There are a number of items to choose from and “Champions 2023” can be added to any merchandise purchased after a provincials tournament. Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to [email protected].

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Hockey Alberta university spotlight

Products of the Hockey Alberta system etched their names in the record books on both sides of the border this weekend.

Calgary’s Mount Royal University Cougars made history as the Women’s Hockey program claimed the school’s first ever USPORTS National Championship. The Cougars edged the Concordia Stingers in a 4-3 overtime thriller after tying it up with a buzzer-beating goal late in the third.

Lead by past Team Alberta Coach, Scott Rivett, 15 Alberta built athletes celebrated the win, including: Sydney Benko, Abbey Borbandy, Kaia Borbandy, Mackenzie Butz, Athena Hauck, Jordyn Hutt, Lyndsey Janes, Aliya Jomha, Courtney Kollman, Mackenzie Loupelle, Kaitlyn Ross, Taylor Sawka, Alexandria Spence, Breanne Trotter and Tianna Yaremko. Ross was also named the Championship Most Valuable Player.

Last week, former Alberta Female Hockey League forward, Shae Demale (Saint Mary’s University – Halifax) was named to the USPORTS Second Team All-Canadians. Keana McKibbin (University of Windsor) and Cassidy Rhodes (University of British Columbia) were selected to the All-Rookie Team.

South of the border, Team Alberta alum, Sarah Wozniewicz (2019 Canada Winter Games and 2019 National Women’s Under-18 Championship), helped Wisconsin University claim their seventh NCAA Championship. In a one goal game, Wisconsin upset defending champions, Ohio State University.

Two other Team Alberta alum competed in the coveted NCAA Frozen Four Championship, Emerson Jarvis (Ohio State) and Taze Thompson (Northeastern University).

Danielle Serdachny, of Colgate University, is the first Albertan to be selected as a top-three finalist for the Patti Kazmaier Award as the top women’s player in NCAA Division 1 hockey. Serdachny was selected as the runner-up, but nonetheless she posted a decorated season to conclude her university career. The Edmonton native broke program records on her way to being named the ECAC Forward of the Year and Player of the Year, as well was selected to the All-American First Team.

USPORTS Men’s Hockey

University of Calgary’s Mark Howell was named the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award recipient for the Fox40 Coach of the Year. While three Albertans were named to the All-Rookie Team, Eric Van Impe (Western University), Jake Lee (University of British Columbia) and Jakin Smallwood (University of Alberta).

University of Alberta battled their way to the championship game, but ultimately fell to the University of New Brunswick 3-0, to finish the season second overall.


Coach of the Month - February

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is announcing four coaches who are deserving of the recognition of Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

This season’s Coaches of the Month are Russ Glover, Darcy Gulbraa, Shannon Humphrey and Ryan Robbins.

Russ Glover

Russ Glover - of the Vulcan U11 Hawks - has coached for six years.

“When my kids started playing I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get involved,” said Glover. “It’s a great way to pay it forward to the next generation and give kids the skills they can use to enjoy hockey for a lifetime.”

Glover’s philosophy is simple – work hard, have a good attitude and show up for your team. And he understands that everyone has a role to play.

“We have a player who likes to announce the kids’ names and numbers in the dressing room before each game, just like a professional announcer,” said Glover. “It’s become a pregame tradition for us. At the end, the rest of the team joins in together to announce him so he’s not left out.”

Throughout the season, Glover finds the rewards in watching each of his players succeed and progress. He sees their individual wins as team wins.

“Seeing kids hit their individual milestones over the season is inspiring,” said Glover. “Our team has been on a mission to make sure each kid scored this year. When the last player got his, the whole team lost it!”

When he’s not at the rink, you can find Glover with his family on the farm, camping, kayaking, biking and playing ball in the yard.

Darcy Gulbraa

When his son’s team needed a coach, Darcy Gulbraa stepped up and 12 years later he is still behind the bench.

A volunteer coach with the Irma Aces U11 Male and U13 Female teams, Gulbraa believes in the importance of a positive atmosphere.

“I once heard the job of a minor hockey coach is to help kids to love the game more when they leave the rink than when they got there,” said Gulbraa.

Some of Gulbraa’s most memorable moments come from watching his players grow their love of the game – for example, when a player scores their first goal or a team qualifies for a provincial championship.

“One of the biggest things I enjoy is watching the players develop from the start of the year to the end of the season,” said Gulbraa. “In a lot of cases it’s hard to believe they are the same player.”

Gulbraa cherishes the relationships he’s made, including those with the great coaches he had throughout his hockey career.

“If they wouldn’t have taken time out of their lives to coach, who knows if I would be on the ice doing it,” said Gulbraa.

Shannon Humphrey

Playing hockey their whole life, Shannon Humphrey wanted to be around the game. Now that Humphrey’s kids love hockey, coaching is the favourite way to hang out with them.

“I’m a goalie coach by choice and a head coach by necessity,” said Humphrey. “I was empowered by my association to step into the role and every day I’m reminded that the kids are the reason I do what I do.”

Humphrey has coached hockey for five years. With years of coaching experience in soccer, roller derby, baseball and curling, Humphrey had a lot to offer.

“I had some pretty great coaches growing up who taught me to love the game,” said Humphrey. “I’m simply passing on their teachings and building on the foundation those coaches built for me.”

Aside from the coaching role, Humphrey works with Blackfalds Minor Hockey Association’s Board of Directors as director for equity, diversity and inclusion.

“This season our team has learned how to stand up for each other, create visibility, and be very strong allies for all diverse identities,” said Humphrey. “They’ve sent the message that hockey is intended to be a safe space for everyone regardless of their identity.”

Humphrey’s passion for hockey shines through the pride shown for the players and the game.

“Not only are we all learning to love and respect the game, we are learning to love and respect each other on and off the ice,” said Humphrey. “It’s my job as a coach to make sure each player feels seen, heard, and empowered. This is their game, their team and their safe space. I’m just here to facilitate it.”

Ryan Robbins

For 15 years Ryan Robbins has volunteered his time to coaching. Currently the coach of Stettler’s U11 Female and U9 Oilers, Robbins also volunteers with the East Central Hockey School.

With over a decade of experience, locals know who to turn to when a coach is needed.

“One year, I wasn’t planning on coaching, but I helped with evaluations and after they were done the team didn’t have a coach,” said Robbins. “I was asked to take them on, which turned out to be an excellent opportunity. They were a great group of kids and we ended up winning provincials.”

Having good mentors, Robbins took an interest in coaching and officiating at a young age.

“My father coached me through the years, which laid some excellent groundwork for me now,” said Robbins. “But we had some really great recreation directors to learn from too.”

Robbins coaching philosophy is always moving forward, both in skills and athletes game play. As players move forward, Robbins enjoys watching the kids grow in their abilities as well as people.


Hockey Alberta Registration Fee changes for 2023-24

Hockey Alberta is implementing changes to its Registration Fee structure, as well as increasing the Hockey Alberta Registration Fee, effective for the 2023-24 season.

The Hockey Alberta Registration Fee is assessed for each registered Hockey Alberta participant (Team Official or Player). It is invoiced to registered Senior and Junior Teams, along with member Minor Hockey Associations, Accredited Schools, Pond Hockey, Recreational Hockey, and Para Hockey organizations.

The Hockey Alberta Registration Fee helps offset the costs associated with Hockey Alberta’s administration of operations, member service and development activities. The Registration Fee also includes designated allocations to the Facility and Technology Funds overseen by the Board of Directors.

For 2023-24, the following changes are being implemented:

  1. For Minor Hockey (including Accredited Schools), the Team Fee and Registration Fee structure is changing. The new structure incorporates the Team Fee into the Registration Fee for Minor Hockey (including Accredited Schools) and discontinues separate invoicing of the Team Fee, as both fees previously were allocated to cover similar types of expenses. The Team Fee continues to be invoiced separately for Junior and Senior division teams.
  2. Hockey Alberta is increasing the Registration Fee for all Players and Team Officials - except at the Intro to Hockey level. This increase is to help offset inflation. The change for Senior and Junior Hockey is $3 per individual. For Minor Hockey (excluding Accredited Schools), the change per individual is $5.50, which includes the merging of the Team Fee as noted above. For Accredited Schools, the change is $15.50 per individual, after merging the Team Fee.


  1. The shift to the new Hockey Alberta Registration Fee structure was done to maintain similar revenue levels for Hockey Alberta and similar expenses for Minor Hockey members as previously existed with the separate Team Fee. The new structure also preserves lower costs for those entering the game at the Intro to Hockey and Recreational levels.
  2. Hockey Canada is finalizing insurance rates for the 2023-24 season. The rates listed in the following chart are subject to change. Hockey Alberta will update members when Hockey Canada’s fees are approved.

Full details are outlined in Information Bulletin 22:09, including a chart with provides the full breakdown of fees collected on behalf of Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada, and the projected Total Fee per Participant. The chart will be updated once Hockey Canada fees are confirmed.

Information on Hockey Alberta’s finances is reported to the membership annually at the Annual General Meeting in Hockey Alberta’s Audited Financial Statements.



Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame calls the Class of 2023

RED DEER – Six individuals and the teams comprising a “decade of excellence” in women’s hockey are being called to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF) as the Class of 2023.

This year’s class includes:

  • CHARLIE HUDDY – one of seven Edmonton Oilers who was a member of all five of the franchise’s Stanley Cup winning teams (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990), and the NHL’s first recipient of the Plus/Minor Award in 1983. He played for 11 seasons and then served as an assistant coach for 23 years in the NHL.
  • TIM HUNTER – with more than four decades spent in the NHL and WHL as a player and coach, he helped bring a new focus to smart technology to the sport. In 1989, he lifted the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989 and continues his engagement in the community as an active alumnus.
  • EARL INGARFIELD SR. – played in the NHL for 13 seasons, he was the first player selected in the Pittsburgh Penguins expansion draft. In retirement, Earl scouted and coached with the New York Islanders.
  • KAREN KOST – spent 34 years as an official and leader in training and mentoring officials across Alberta and Canada. Karen worked almost every level of hockey nationally and internationally.
  • BOBBY OLYNYK – a dedicated volunteer in the game for nearly 60 years. He is well known for his role as a builder and leader of what is now known as the Alberta Elite Hockey League U18 AAA division.
  • JOHN UTENDALE – the first Black hockey player to sign an NHL contract. While he never played in the NHL, John is considered a trailblazer in the game in Canada and United States. He was the first Black member of the U.S. men’s coaching staff as a member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic champions in 1980.
  • EDMONTON CHIMOS: “A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE” – the longest running Senior Women’s AAA hockey program in Alberta, the organization’s 1983-1993 era captured every Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship (Senior A, Female AA, Female AAA) and three Abby Hoffman Cup National Women’s championships (1984, 1985, 1992).

The Class of 2023 was selected based on their outstanding achievements, dedication and commitment to building hockey in Alberta in all aspects of the game.

“Once again, we have the opportunity to celebrate the rich hockey history in this great province,” said Al Coates, Chairmen of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Committee. “It’s another outstanding class of inductees with an extensive list of achievements that reflect in the game today.”

The honoured inductees will be welcomed into the hall on Sunday, July 16 at the AHHF Induction Gala at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. Tickets for the AHHF Induction Gala are available to purchase on

Full biographies for the Class of 2023 can be found on the AHHF website.

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Access Respect Group programs at no cost.

Calling all Canadian hockey families and coaches! It has become apparent that Canadians want to make the game we all love more welcoming for everyone - especially our kids. That’s why Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (“Canadian Tire”) is giving the hockey community access to several Respect Group programs at no cost from February 21st till April 30th.

CLICK HERE to access the Respect Group programs

PLEASE NOTE: Once the Respect in Sport (RIS) program under the Jumpstart platform has been completed, the certificate MUST be imported to the Hockey Alberta platform. Once the certificate has be imported, it will show on the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) and can then be recognized by Hockey Alberta.

CLICK HERE to import a completed certificate

These critical tools are part of Canadian Tire and Respect Group’s ongoing commitment to players, parents, family members, caregivers, coaches and officials. They empower us to be the best we can be so we can all enjoy hockey together.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the first Programs being provided to all Hockey Branches and Member Partner organizations across the country.

Hockey Alberta News

These positive, proactive programs offer an opportunity, for all of us, to help ensure a safe and respectful hockey culture.


A Global Community

WETASKIWIN – The puck is set to drop on the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Global Girls Game and a celebration of female hockey in central Alberta.

Leduc Minor Hockey is hosting Alberta’s segment of the Global Game in Wetaskiwin as the U11 Leduc Roughnecks take on Westakiwin WE401F at 1 pm on Saturday, February 18 at the Civic Centre.

The Global Girls Game is an IIHF initiative to unite the hockey community by having players from around the globe play in the same game. A cumulative score is kept around the world between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after all games have been completed. Canada’s portion concludes on February 20, with a Rivalry Series Game between Canada and USA Women’s National Teams.

In Wetaskiwin, Hockey Canada has provided jerseys for each team featuring numbers worn by members of the 2022 Women’s World Hockey Championship team. Prior to the game, the U11 players will meet and mingle with the North Central Impact U15 AA team in the Alberta Female Hockey League. The Impact also will join the Roughnecks for pre-game warm-up.

Leduc is taking the IIHF Global Game a step further and engaging all levels of its female program to make it an unforgettable experience. Following the U11 game, the Impact will host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs in an AFHL tilt, with the U11 players cheering on their new friends with cupcakes and chocolate milk to celebrate females in the sport. Events in Wetaskiwin will wrap up with a U18B female game between Leduc and Wetaskiwin.

Leduc’s female teams (U15 B, U18 AA, and U13 A) are also in action on Saturday at home, in Edmonton and Sherwood Park.

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Elite Male Pathway

The Elite Male Pathway Guide outlines the exclusive opportunities that are available to Alberta’s elite male hockey players registered with a Hockey Alberta member organization. These opportunities include the competition, coaching and development they experience on the ice, along with the supports and services available off the ice. Member organizations include Minor Hockey Associations, Accredited Schools, and Junior Leagues.

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AFHL U15 AA and U13AA Franchises

Hockey Alberta’s Elite Female Hockey Committee has been reviewing the location and number of teams at each level of hockey within the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL).

On November 2, Hockey Alberta announced the addition of a new U13 AA division within the AFHL, as well as expansion of the U15 AA division, and officially opened an application process for Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) to apply to host those teams.

After a thorough review of all applications, Hockey Alberta’s Elite Female Hockey Committee is excited to announce the addition of the following Host MHAs, effective for the 2023-24 season:

  1. U13 AA - 16 Teams
    • Host MHAs: Airdrie, Bonnyville, Calgary (3), Camrose, Edmonton (2), Grande Prairie, Leduc, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, Red Deer, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert
  2. U15 AA - Addition of 2 Teams
    • 1 in Calgary (3 total)
    • 1 in Edmonton (2 total)

The Elite Female Committee also identified the need to address the operational structure of the South Central recruitment area. The current structure included two Host MHAs separately operating teams within the same recruitment area and lacked unified leadership. After working with the Host MHAs, it was determined one Host MHA was required, and Airdrie MHA will take on the responsibility of hosting all U13 AA, U15 AA and U18 AA teams in the South Central recruitment area.

The Elite Female Hockey Committee is working with all Host MHAs to finalize details of program and league operations for the upcoming season. We will also continue to review the structure and alignment of U18 AAA and U18 AA, discussing a potential expansion in the 2024-25 season.

For questions or more information, emails can be submitted to:

Lise Cote
Chair, Elite Female Committee

Kendall Newell
Manager, Female Hockey

Information Bulletin 22-08 >


Hockey Alberta announces partnership with CoachThem

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with CoachThem as the organization’s official Coach Practice Planning Tool.

With this partnership, Hockey Alberta coaches will receive membership to the CoachThem platform at a discounted rate, including access to 1400 marketplace drills with video and helpful articles to better your game.

As the premier coach practice planning platform, CoachThem and Hockey Alberta will collaborate to bring a revolutionary coach planning tool to associations and coaches across Alberta.

“With Hockey Alberta’s drive to grow the game by improving their player’s experience, CoachThem will support the coaching community by empowering the game of hockey through technology. “, said Mike Weaver, NHL Alumni and CEO of CoachThem. “I am excited to simplify and inspire the coaching experience as they teach the next generation.”

The partnership will feature:

“Hockey Alberta is always looking for new ways to engage our associations and their coaches to provide them with high-quality resources,” said Justin Fesyk, Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager of Hockey Development. “We are excited to work with CoachThem to enhance the coaching experience across the province.”

CoachThem is a web-based coaching platform for creating digital drills for a simple, fast, organized practice plan. With over 1400 free drills with video, you will never have to create another drill again. As the platform continues to evolve with 20k coaches, 600k drills created by coaches, 14 NHL teams and well over 170 associations, CoachThem is driven by innovation, simplicity, teamwork and their commitment to customers.

As one of the 13 members of Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta is the governing body for all sanctioned minor hockey in the province of Alberta. Their mission is to create positive opportunities and experiences for all players through innovative leadership and exceptional service with a vision of creating Hockey for Life.


It’s Your Game Contest

CONTEST: Show your commitment to making the game more inclusive by posing for a picture with one of Hockey Alberta’s anti-maltreatment banners or posters in your arena and you’ll be entered to win tickets for your hockey team to attend the Edmonton Oilers game on February 21.

The full package includes:

  • 52 tickets to the Rogers Place Sky Lounge Loft on February 21 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
  • Food and beverage for your entire team in the Sky Lounge
  • Transportation via bus to and from the game


These tickets were donated by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.


Sixteen Albertans named to NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2023 NHL draft with 16 Albertans making an appearance.

Two Albertan skaters landed in the top 32 of the North American skater rankings: Nate Danielson and Koehn Ziemmer.

Scott Ratzlaff and Jackson Unger are the two goaltenders to crack the top North American goaltenders.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

Midterm Rank Player Position Team League
13 Nate Danielson Forward Brandon Wheat Kings WHL
20 Koehn Ziemmer Forward Prince George Cougars WHL
66 Aiden Fink Forward Brooks Bandits AJHL
80 Mazden Leslie Defence Vancouver Giants WHL
97 Saige Weinstein Defence Spokane Chiefs WHL
130 Kai Uchacz Forward Red Deer Rebels WHL
143 Morgan Brady Defence Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
179 Cole Miller Forward Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
193 Nicholas Wolfenberg Defence Okotoks Oilers AJHL
198 Cade Christenson Defence Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
203 Jake Sloan Forward Tri-City Americans WHL
215 Matteo Fabrizi Defence Red Deer Rebels WHL
217 Harrison Lodewyk Forward Prince Albert Raiders WHL
222 Ty Daneault Forward Drumheller Dragons AJHL
6 Scott Ratzlaff Goaltender Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
17 Jackson Unger Goaltender Moose Jaw Warriors WHL


Bates returns to Board of Directors

RED DEER - Michael Bates of Cochrane is returning to Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors for 2023.

Bates is filling the Director vacancy created when it was announced at the 2022 Annual General Meeting that Fran Zinger was retiring. Zinger had one year remaining on her three-year term.

Bates previously completed a term as a Director at Large from 2018-2021.

He joins a Board which is comprised of chair Len Samletzki, vice chair Allan Mowbray, and directors Francois Gagnon, Bill Gourley, Kirstan Jewell, Karen Lee, Al-Amin Vira and Danielle Paradis.

Hockey Alberta News

For more information, go to the Board of Directors page on the Hockey Alberta website.


Female Hockey Day

CALGARY – Celebrate female hockey on Saturday, January 7!

Hockey Alberta is hosting Female Hockey Day, presented by ATB, at the Max Bell Centre in Calgary. In partnership with Girls Hockey Calgary, the day celebrates female hockey and bringing together supporters for the development, growth, and celebration of the game.

Female Hockey Day has something for everyone with a Try Hockey event, Try Goalie session, U11 and U13 Skills Competition, an officiating clinic, and Introduction to Coaching seminar taking place. As well, the day’s activities are highlighted by an Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) feature game.

At 12:30 P.M., The AFHL U18 AA division’s Calgary Fire White will take on the Airdrie Lightning. The game will be available to stream online at HockeyTV. With non-stop action, the game’s next generation of stars will step on the ice during the first intermission for a U7 scrimmage. During the second intermission, members of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) will host a meet and greet, giving the girls a chance to meet their idols.

The schedule caps off with a U11 and U13 Skills Competition. Girls Hockey Calgary U11 Teal, U11 Red, U13 Silver, and U13 Spark will showcase their skills, with the demonstrations being done by the members of the PWHPA.

Across the province, other Female Hockey Day celebrations are taking place as well, with the Hockey Alberta Foundation supporting festivities planned in Leduc, Sherwood Park, and Whitecourt.

Celebrating Female Hockey Day in your own community? Share with us by tagging Hockey Alberta on social media and use the hashtag - #whyweplay.

For more information on Female Hockey Day, visit


Photo Credit: Carmen Parsons

Inaugural U11 HADP Showcase set to begin in Red Deer

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is set to host the inaugural U11 HADP Showcase in Red Deer, beginning Friday, January 6.

Eight teams from around the province will converge on the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer for a weekend tournament.

Teams involved in the showcase include:

Each team will play four games starting at 9:30am on Friday, with the championship game being held on Sunday at 2:00pm. All games will be streamed for free on HockeyTV.


For the 2022-23 hockey season, Hockey Alberta has expanded the U11 AA Pilot Project province wide and renamed 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.

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Coach of the Month - Jen Lockridge and Jay Many Grey Horses

RED DEER – This season, Hockey Alberta is announcing two coaches per month who are deserving of the recognition of Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Coaches of the Month for November are Jen Lockridge of Sturgeon County and Jay Many Grey Horses of Cardston.

Jen Lockridge

Jen Lockridge’s coaching journey began 16 years ago when she was approached to coach a U18 team. After taking a break from coaching to start a family, Lockridge returned to coach when her two daughters started to play.

Lockridge is now coaching in her eighth season, as the head coach for the Sturgeon Fillies U15 Female team and an assistant coach with the Sturgeon Mustangs U13.

“My coaching philosophy is to create a team first environment that also encourages players to learn, develop and thrive on and off the ice. Every player has unique strengths and weaknesses and it’s my job to figure out how to coach them to build their confidence and rise to their potential,” said Lockridge. “I want to strengthen their abilities to handle adversity they face on and off the ice while instilling the importance of work ethic and teamwork. Most importantly, I want to see them enjoying their season and not wanting it to end.”

In the story of her coaching career thus far, Lockridge has bookmarked her most memorable coaching moment five years ago with a novice team. After the final game of the year, she noticed kids looked upset and started to cry during her post-game speech. Immediately thinking she missed something, she asked why everyone was upset.

“One kid stood up and said it was the best season he’s ever had and was just so upset it was over. Everyone around the room nodded,” recalled Lockridge. “I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of memorable moments as a coach but the team unity I felt in that moment was unforgettable. It goes to show that hockey is so much more than winning trophies and championships. Having a full team after seven months of hockey being that upset it was over for the year, was the biggest win I’ve experienced.”

Lockridge’s passion for the game extends beyond coaching. She volunteers as coach director for the Sturgeon Minor Hockey Association and is working to expand the female division from one female team to three next season.

Jay Many Grey Horses

When Jay Many Grey Horses started in coaching, his goal was to help the youth and share his knowledge of the game.

But after seven years, coaching is much more than that for Many Grey Horses.

“My goal is to make sure that every kid who puts on a jersey for me improves, works hard and knows their role on the team,” said Many Grey Horses. “The joy on a kid’s face when they learn a new skill is priceless.”

Many Grey Horses is a busy guy behind the bench. He is currently with the Cardston Thunder U13 and Fort Macleod Mustangs Senior AA team.

“I’m a strong believer that the hard work and determination it takes to be part of a team sets kids up to be confident, respectful and successful in anything they do,” said Many Grey Horses. “It’s my job to foster love and respect for the game of hockey and build up each player’s belief in themselves.”

His influence on his players is noticed off the ice but, for Many Grey Horses, his favourite coaching memory is winning a U18 gold medal at the Alberta Treaty Hockey Championships.

During the hockey season, Many Grey Horses can often be found at the rink, but when he’s not there he can be found on the golf course or at a rodeo.


2023 Provincial Championship hosts announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host communities for the 2023 Provincial Championships, presented by ATB.

A total of 34 provincial champions are slated to be crowned during March and April, including 30 weekend championship tournaments. The remaining four provincial champions are determined through league playoffs.

Championship tournaments are being hosted in locations across the province – from La Crete in the northwest, to Cold Lake in the east, and Lethbridge in the south.

2023 Provincial Hosts >

ATB is returning as the presenting sponsor of the 2023 Provincial Sponsorships.

“The Provincial Championships are an exciting time and opportunity that each team strives for from the beginning of the 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.”

Participating teams for the provincial championship tournaments are 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.

Week one (March 23-26) is the busiest weekend, with the following tournaments on the schedule: U18 Female AAA, U16 AA, U15 AAA, U15 AA, U15 Female AA, U15 Tier 1, U15 Tier 2, U15 Tier 3, U15 Tier 4, U15 Female A, U15 Female B, U13 Tier 1, U13 Tier 2, U13 Tier 3, U13 Tier 4, and U13 Female B.

Week two (March 30-April 2) features: Junior C, U18 Female AA, U18 AA, U18 Tier 1, U18 Tier 2, U18 Tier 3, U18 Female A, U18 Female B, and U13 AA.

The final weekend of 2023 provincial play wraps up April 6-9, as the tournaments showcase Senior AA, Junior B, and U17 AAA.

Senior AAA, Junior A, Junior Female, and U18 AAA provincial champions are decided through league playoffs.

Hockey Alberta is still accepting applications for the U18 Tier 4 and U13 Female A events. Interested hosts should contact Michelle Skilnick, Manager, Member Services ([email protected]) as soon as possible.


Coach of the Month - Stephanie Carlson and Bryan Ritten

RED DEER – This season, Hockey Alberta is announcing two coaches per month who are deserving of the recognition of Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

October’s Coaches of the Month are Stephanie Carlson of Bluffton and Bryan Ritten of Lacombe.

Stephanie Carlson

Stephanie Carlson has volunteered her time as a coach for the past five years, including this season with the Rimbey Motive X Excavation U9 Renegades.

“I love seeing the smiles on the kids faces when they show up ready to learn and eager to play,” said Carlson. “The joy they feel when they finally master a skill or when a drill works its way into a game and everything just clicks. The hard work they put in is rewarded and, for me, that’s the payout.”

Her goal as a coach is to create quality humans both on and off the ice.

“Respect, work ethic and teamwork will move mountains in one’s life,” said Carlson. “Respect for yourself, respect for the game and respect for others playing and officiating it. I also believe in fueling a strong work ethic to show up, do the work and develop. If you want to improve or win, you have to do with work. And teamwork is crucial in sport. Work as a team, succeed as a team.”

Instilling those attributes in her players paid off last year when her U11 team went from an underdog position to the final game of their playoffs. The improvement showed by the team made it her most memorable hockey moment to date.

“My hockey role model was a coach that had no kids on the team…. He taught me more life skills than anything really which is where my philosophy comes from. Be a good human first, then a good hockey player,” said Carlson.

When Carlson is not at the rink, she works as a Registered Veterinary Technician at the Rimbey Vet Clinic. She also works on her family farm with cattle, chickens and ducks, and coaches baseball in the summer.

Bryan Ritten

Bryan Ritten is in his fourth year behind the bench, after getting started coaching hockey because his son’s novice team needed a head coach.

“The energy and enthusiasm the players bring to the hockey rink is refreshing and inspires me,” said Ritten. “Helping enable a young person experience being part of a team and recognize how their effort can contribute to their individual and team’s success is incredibly rewarding.”

Now coaching with the Lacombe Rysco Corrosion U13C Rockets, Ritten aims to show each player they can accomplish great things if they are willing to put in the effort and keep a positive attitude.

“Seeing a player or team I coach have moments of success on the ice is incredible, but the most memorable moments are the team building events outside the rink,” said Ritten. “The entire group of players having fun together at the hotel during an away tournament or sitting together to watch a local hockey team play is really special.”

Ritten’s employer, TELUS, recognizes the importance of volunteering in the community and enables him to continue to do so. In the summer, he coaches soccer and is a mentor for his daughter’s high school robotics team. Away from the rink, Ritten enjoys skiing, golfing, fly fishing, camping and traveling.


Samletzki re-elected Hockey Alberta Board chair

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Len Samletzki

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Allan Mowbray

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Danielle Paradis

RED DEER - Len Samletzki of St. Albert was re-elected as chair of the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors during the 115th Annual General Meeting held virtually on December 1.

Also re-elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term is Calgary’s Allan Mowbray. Joining the Board for her first term is Danielle Paradis of Edmonton after being elected as a new Director.

Paradis will step into a new elected Director position created through the approval of two Bylaw amendments during the AGM. In part, the amendments remove the position of Past Chair, and replace that with an elected director.

Biographies and short videos for Samletzki, Mowbray and Paradis can be found on the Hockey Alberta website. They join returning directors Al-Amin Vira, Karen Lee, Bill Gourlay, Kirstan Jewell and Francois Gagnon.

In his opening remarks, Samletzki thanked everyone who worked hard during the 2021-22 season as hockey returned after the COVID-19 pandemic. He also cited the work undertaken by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee in working to ensure that hockey is free from maltreatment and discrimination.

Samletzki also recognized the recent announcement of a new Hockey Alberta Life Member - Loren Krukowski (Warburg). A video tribute on Krukowski’s career as a hockey volunteer can be found by clicking the link below or going to Hockey Alberta’s YouTube channel.

To conclude the meeting, it was announced that Fran Zinger is stepping down from the Board of Directors. Samletzki thanked Fran for her 16 years of service, and introduced a special tribute video that includes memories and reflections from Zinger, fellow board members and staff at Hockey Alberta.

In addition to the elections, two Notices of Motion were passed by the Members pertaining to amendments of Hockey Alberta’s Bylaws. The Notices of Motion pertain to Article 5 - Nominations, and Articles 1, 5, 7 - Board Positions.

Following the completion of the formal AGM agenda, 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 a financial update. And Hockey Alberta’s CEO Rob Litwinski provided a review of the 2021-22 and an update on work undertaken in 2021-22 towards achieving the Objectives and Key Results that are shaping the organization’s strategic priorities between now and 2025.

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Fran Zinger receiving her Hockey Alberta jersey from Board Chair Len
Samletzki and CEO Rob Litwinski.


Roster announced for 2023 Team Alberta Male

RED DEER - Twenty male athletes from Alberta have been selected to represent their province at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

Two goaltenders, six defence, and 12 forwards have been named to the team that will travel to Prince Edward Island in February to participate in the Games which run February 18-March 5.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >

Players were selected to the roster based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 4-10. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions. From summer camp, thirty-three players were placed on a shortlist, and scouted with their club teams throughout the fall.

“Our staff has worked incredibly hard throughout this process, and we are thrilled to announce our final roster," said Serge Lajoie, Head Coach of Team Alberta U16 Male. “We are confident in the players we have chosen, and are excited to begin our preparations for the competition in February."

The Hockey competition will be split between Credit Union Place in Summerside and the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, PEI.


Hockey Alberta has set up an online store to purchase additional Team Alberta apparel. Please feel free to share the link with family and friends who wish to cheer on Team Alberta at the Canada Winter Games. There are a number of items to choose from, but jerseys are not available for purchase. The store is open until January 3. Orders will be shipped by February 1.


Any questions related to merchandise can be directed to – [email protected]


Hockey Gives Back on GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday celebrates its 10th anniversary today in Canada today.

The day that focuses on supporting charitable organizations got its start in 2012 in the United States, coming north of the border in 2013.

According to, the Tuesday following American Thanksgiving has become a global generosity movement where “charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favorite causes.”

Hockey Alberta believes everyone should have the opportunity to play hockey. That’s why the Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF) gave more than $974,000 to support communities and programs across Alberta throughout the 2021-22 season.

During the season, more than 80 communities were supported in order to get kids on the ice, female, para and Indigenous programming and coach education.

The HAF also supports and partners with organizations that continue to make hockey accessible for everyone:

  • 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 organization provides free hockey programming for at-risk children and youth, offering a safe and stable environment for them to grow, connect and succeed.

Because of the efforts of the HAF and its partners across the province, thousands of kids are able to pick up a stick each year.

GivingTuesday is not just about donating funds – it is also about volunteers working hard to carry out good deeds and give back to their community

In the spirit of GivingTuesday, Hockey Alberta is launching Hockey Gives Back. Throughout the holiday season, Hockey Alberta will feature teams and associations who are taking the time to help others. Whether it’s a food drive, shoveling snow or donating toys, teams and associations are giving back to their communities and Hockey Alberta wants to share it.

To share how your team or association is giving back this season, complete the following form:


For any questions or to send pictures, please contact Kara Spady, Marketing and Communications Coordinator.


ICE TIMES: Edition 22:22

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Spokane Chiefs Associate Coach Stefan Legein will lead the group on November 29 through a variety of techniques and tactics currently being implemented at the WHL level. The presentation will include discussion on the following components: Skating & Edgework Techniques, Stick detail, Setting and Maintaining Gaps, Sorting, and Tracking.




2022 AGM - Final Update

The 2022 Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting (AGM) is being held on Thursday, December 1. The meeting will be held virtually, using Zoom, starting at 7 PM (MST). The agenda and a package of supporting documents for the AGM can be found on the 2022 AGM page on the Hockey Alberta website.


It is important for Executive Members of Member organizations (MHAs, Recreational/ Pond Hockey Programs, Para/ Sledge Hockey Programs, Accredited Schools, Junior Leagues and Senior Leagues) to attend the AGM to exercise your right to vote in the elections and on Notices of Motion. It is also important for sanctioned Minor Hockey Leagues to attend to obtain valuable information.

The Annual Meeting of Hockey Alberta is held within six (6) months of the conclusion of the fiscal year. Hockey Alberta’s fiscal year runs August 1 to July 31. In addition to any other business that may be transacted, the following business shall be conducted this year:

  • The election of the Chair and Vice Chair, each for a three-year term;
  • The presentation of the independent auditor’s report and financial statements;
  • The appointment of the auditor for the ensuing fiscal year; and
  • The report of the Directors, if any.

Additionally, the 2022 AGM will include two Notices of Motion that are being presented by Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors to amend Bylaws related to ‘Nominations’ and ‘Board Positions’ (see the Notices of Motion posted to the 2022 AGM webpage).

Based on the outcome the Notices of Motion, the business of the AGM may include the election of one Director at Large position, for a three-year term.


Hockey Alberta’s Board of Director positions are elected by the members of Hockey Alberta at the AGM. The Chair and Vice Chair positions are up for election at this year’s AGM. Additionally, based on the outcome of the Notices of Motion, one (1) Director at Large position may be up for election. Each successful candidate will serve a term of three (3) years. Per Hockey Alberta Bylaw 5.2, the final date for nominations to be accepted for Board of Directors elections was November 17, 2022 and therefore the nomination process is now closed.

Per the Hockey Alberta Bylaws, the following recommended candidates will be presented for election to the Board of Directors at the 2022 Hockey Alberta AGM on Thursday, December 1:

Position Nominee Hometown
Chair Len Samletzki St. Albert
Vice Chair Allan Mowbray Calgary
Director at Large Danielle Paradis Edmonton

A credentials summary and short video of each candidate can be accessed at the following link on the Hockey Alberta website:

2022 Board of Directors Candidates >

Information Bulletin 22-06, 2022 Annual General Meeting - Final Update was distributed earlier this afternoon (November 18) to Hockey Alberta Member organizations, and includes important information on ensuring voting delegates are registered, as well as other information that will be covered at the AGM. The full text of the Bulletin is available on the Bulletins page on the Hockey Alberta website.

Bulletin 22-06 >


Online professional development opportunities available for coaches

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is hosting two free online professional development opportunities on November 29 and December 5.

Tuesday, November 29 @ 6:30pm - Defending the Rush

Spokane Chiefs Associate Coach Stefan Legein will lead the group through a variety of techniques and tactics currently being implemented at the WHL level. The presentation will include discussion on the following components:

  • Skating & Edgework Techniques
  • Stick detail,
  • Setting and Maintaining Gaps
  • Sorting
  • Tracking

The presentation will be 30-40 minutes followed by a question period.

The target audience for this presentation is AA and AAA coaches, but is open to anyone who would like to attend.


Monday, December 5 @ 6:30pm - Evidence Based Skill Acquisition

Hockey Alberta is excited to have Coach Brian Keane share his thought-provoking views on player development and skill acquisition. Brian has been immersed in the skill acquisition process for many years, not only in theory but also in practical application through his various coaching roles. Ever wonder why your players can execute in practice but not the game? Coach Keane will share various strategies and insights on how to best convert practice time into game results!

Brian Keane is a Former Umass Minuteman hockey player who naturally transitioned into a hockey development professional. He currently lives in the Chicago area and works with the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Mission Hockey Club, and also operates Prodigy Hockey Development.

The presentation will be 45 minutes followed by a question period.

The target audience for this presentation is AA and AAA coaches, but is open to anyone who would like to attend.



Like father, like son

STRATHCONA – Jason Michaud is just trying to create better people. Nikolas Michaud is just using the lessons his dad is teaching him.

Jason and Nikolas were named the 2022 the Coach of the Year and Player of the Year, two of the prestigious Hockey Alberta Awards presented by ATB. This marks the first time a father and son duo has received these awards.

“I’m honoured and humbled myself, but I’m super proud of (Nikolas),” said Jason. “I was blessed to have great coaches. I’ve always just wanted to model my craft to not only be a good hockey coach, but a coach of humans, to make kids better people.”

Tamara Dawson saw first-hand the positive influence the Michauds had on the team and in the community. She was one of the numerous people from the Strathcona area who nominated Jason and Nikolas.

“My son had been in hockey for a couple years before he had Jason as a coach,” said Dawson. “We really noticed a big difference with positive role modeling and encouraging the kids on sportsmanship, being a good person and working your hardest.”

Jason has now coached Dawson’s son for three years in the Strathcona Minor Hockey Association.

“It’s not always about winning, it’s about trying your best and developing the players as people first and then as players. He’s always done a really good job at that,” said Dawson.

Growing up playing hockey, Jason is now a teacher by trade. When his sons began playing hockey, he saw the chance to coach as an opportunity to join his love of the game and teaching skills.

“I’ve always said if I can have every single player sign up to play next year, that’s how I rate myself as a coach,” said Jason. “All 16 of my players last year are playing again this year. They’re all good people, doing wonderful things in the community. That’s the most important thing – kids who want to play hockey for life long and just be good people on and off the ice.”

The apples have not fallen far from the tree. Jason’s emphasis on the importance of being active in the community and giving back has been instilled into his sons, Ryan and Nikolas.

Jillian Michaud, Jason’s daughter and sister of Ryan and Nikolas, has a rare genetic disorder called Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS). The syndrome is a developmental disorder. Over the years, Ryan and Nikolas have hosted various events to raise funds and awareness for SMS. Most recently, they completed ‘Saves for SMS’.

“They had a garage sale and lemonade stand a couple years ago and it made $400 or $500,” said Jason. “With Saves for SMS, they were hoping to make $1,000. It was a modest goal.”

Saves for SMS was the brainchild of Ryan and Nikolas. Nikolas, a goaltender for the Tier 4 Strathcona Warriors ST505, wanted to use his goalie skills to raise awareness for SMS. In February, Ryan tallied each save that Nikolas made. Together, they collected pledges, sent weekly emails with statistics and posted videos to social media. After 83 saves, they raised over $25,000.

The money was donated to PRISMS (Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome), an organization that has helped the Michaud family with Jillian. Their hope is all the money goes to SMS research to improve the life of Jillian and children living with SMS.

“Our boys are blessed. They live with this so they are naturally innate with empathy, but to see it come out in the other boys … if you watch my daughter, there are other kids watching her, other boys in the association. This community is awesome. Strathcona Minor Hockey has embraced our family, has embraced this crazy life with our daughter,” said Jason.

To wrap up the month-long initiative, the Strathcona Warriors ST505 played the “Saves for SMS Celebration Game” at Saikers Acres – a well-known local outdoor rink for hosting charity events. With over 100 people in attendance, the game celebrated Jillian, Saves for SMS and continued to raise awareness.

“It was a really good experience for the kids and the parents to be a part of that and a part of the community,” said Dawson. “The kids really got to know Jillian and to know that being different is good and to be comfortable with it.”

Often talking about his sister, Nikolas makes her a part of his everyday life. So much so, Jillian became part of the team, calling them “her boys”.

“It felt great to have the team’s support,” said Nikolas. “The team did good with Jillian. Jillian had lots of friends on the team, they would hang out with her and give her hugs.”

Having a sibling with Smith-Magenis Syndrome comes with many challenges, but Nikolas is her biggest supporter.

“He is a good example of showing and embracing people who are different and working your hardest against all odds,” said Dawson of Nikolas. “It was just a really good feel-good community feeling and it’s really special to see Jason and Nikolas be such a positive influence on the players and the community.”

As part of the Hockey Alberta Awards program, award recipients receive $1,000 for their association. The Michauds couldn’t be more appreciative of their association.

“I’m blessed to coach these awesome kids and he’s blessed to have lifelong friends here,” said Jason. “They say it takes a village and Strathcona County, this association, has been a huge village for our family and we’re just blessed to be a part of it.”

Do you know someone who impacts your association or the game of hockey like Jason and Nikolas? Nominate them for a 2023 Hockey Alberta Award presented by ATB.

Nominations are being accepted until February 8.

Nominate >


2021-22 Hockey Alberta Awards announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual Hockey Alberta Awards, presented by ATB. These awards allow Hockey Alberta and the Alberta hockey community to recognize outstanding individuals, teams and associations for their hard work and accomplishments in making a positive difference for our participants in the game of hockey during the 2021-22 season.

The Hockey Alberta Awards program, presented by ATB, includes awards that are open to nominations from Hockey Alberta member organizations, staff members or volunteers, and others that are determined by Hockey Alberta through a review of eligible candidates. Award recipients will also receive $1,000 for their association (not including the Chair of the Board Award recipients).

The 2021-22 Hockey Alberta Award recipients are:

Volunteer of the Year: Jody Dickau (Wetaskiwin). Jody has been involved in minor hockey for over 14 years as a parent, coach, and board member. Currently the Vice President of Wetaskiwin Minor Hockey, Jody created the Heart of the Game Foundation in memory of a local coach who passed away to cancer. Through this foundation, Jody is committed to raising funds to keep kids on the ice.

Coach of the Year: Jason Michaud (Strathcona). Jason coached in the Strathcona Minor Hockey Association. He is passionate about developing the human first by creating opportunities and encouraging his players to positively contribute to the community. He helps players improve individually and as a team both on and off the ice.

Player of the Year: Nikolas Michaud (Strathcona). During the 2021-22 season, Nikolas created a fundraising initiative called “Saves for SMS” to raise awareness for Smith Magenis Syndrome (SMS). Through the initiative, Nikolas educated his teammates on SMS and encouraged them to give back to their community.

Official of the Year: Brayden Arcand (Edmonton). Brayden is a National High-Performance Referee who worked the final series of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He also represented Alberta at the Centennial Cup, officiating the championship game.

Team of the Year: Lloydminster Female U13 Blazers. The Blazers were the winners of the 2022 Good Deeds Cup for their plan to make their local arena more accessible. The team also hosted Try Para Hockey event to raise awareness about the sport and the importance of ensuring arenas across the province are accessible for individuals with different kinds of disabilities.

Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Whitecourt Minor Hockey Association. Whitecourt Minor Hockey and their key volunteers showed great leadership throughout the 2021-2022 season not only in their community but regionally and provincially as well. Significant steps were taken to review their overall governance, policies and overall delivery of Hockey within Whitecourt. Whitecourt is a proud member of Hockey Alberta and have always contributed to discussion and collaboration sessions in efforts of improving the participant experience. A key area of focus for WMHA was in growing and supporting the opportunities for female hockey, which will continue to benefit both Whitecourt and surrounding communities.

Exceptional Provincial Host Site Award:

Chair of the Board Award (2020): Dean Hengel (Edmonton). Dean spent 11 years as the Executive Director of Hockey Edmonton. Throughout his time, he served on various Hockey Alberta committees and was devoted to evolving the game, including his work in the development of the Alberta Elite Hockey League.

Chair of the Board Award (2021): Denise Broadbent (Leduc). Denise is the Vice President of Female Hockey for Leduc Minor Hockey. Her dedication and passion for the game is a direct correlation to the growth and success Leduc’s female program has experienced throughout Denise’s involvement.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and nominees. Hockey Alberta and the hockey community thank you for your contributions to our sport.

Nominations for the 2022-23 Hockey Alberta awards, presented by ATB, are now being accepted.

Hockey Alberta is looking for individuals/teams who are doing outstanding work in their communities to make the game better.

Nominations are now being accepted for:

  • Player of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Minor Hockey Association of the Year

Award recipients will receive $1,000 for their association.

Deadline to submit nominations is February 20.

Nominations >


Celebrate Female Hockey Day January 7

CALGARY – Female Hockey Day, presented by ATB, is coming to Calgary! Girls Hockey Calgary will host the celebration of female hockey on January 7 at the Max Bell Centre.

Registration is now open for the day of development, growth and celebration of the game. The day will include:

  • Try Hockey event for youth and adults who have never played hockey; event includes on-ice and off-ice activities.
  • Try Goaltending session for players born in 2014 or earlier; session includes on-ice and off-ice activities.
  • U11 and U13 Skills Competition featuring teams from Girls Hockey Calgary.
  • Intro to Coaching for females who are interested in becoming a hockey coach.
  • Officials Mini-Course to become a certified official.

Girls Hockey Calgary will be offering a parent information session for parents looking for more information GHC programming.

Register >

The day-long event also features an Alberta Female Hockey League U18 AA game, as Calgary Fire White hosts the Airdrie Lightning.

Female Hockey Day activities can be hosted anywhere across Alberta. For associations or teams interested in hosting a local Female Hockey Day event in their community, the Hockey Alberta Foundation is offering $1,000 Every Kid Every Community Grants to help support the activity. Applications for funding must be submitted by December 15.

Apply for Every Kid Every Community Grant >


11.4 Maltreatment Awareness Day

11.4 Maltreatment Awareness Day

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce a new initiative on Friday, November 4 – 11.4 Maltreatment Awareness Day.

Falling on November 4, the day coincides with Rule 11.4 in the Hockey Canada rulebook on Discrimination. The goal of the day is to educate and provide resources to make our game more inclusive. To help achieve this goal, Hockey Alberta is posting 11 times throughout the day on our social media platforms with informative pieces about the rule and the enhanced measures we are taking moving forward.

“All forms of discrimination are unacceptable in our game. Community is one of Hockey Alberta’s Values, and we know that a sense of belonging is important for our participants and stakeholders in our sport. We also know that establishing and maintaining that sense of community is hard work,” said Rob Litwinski, CEO of Hockey Alberta.

“Hockey Alberta has taken steps in dealing with maltreatment and discrimination with our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, along with the work undertaken in tracking and acting upon reported cases of Maltreatment. But there is still much work to do. Today is another step in that process for Hockey Alberta as we continue to educate and create awareness to remove discrimination and maltreatment from our game.”

Prior to the 2021-22 season, Section 11 - Maltreatment was implemented in the Hockey Canada rulebook. The rule encompasses five areas:

  • 1 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
  • 2 Disrespectful and Abusive Behaviour
  • 3 Spitting
  • 4 Discrimination, and
  • 5 Physical Harassment of Officials.

Hockey Alberta, along with the rest of the provincial branches began tracking infractions, allegations, and complaints of 11.4 Discrimination. The data tracked can be found on the Hockey Alberta website’s Maltreatment, Bullying and Harassment page under the “2021-22 Statistics” tab.

New this season, a confidential reporting mechanism overseen by an Independent Third Party (ITP) has been established for the reporting of all complaints of abuse, discrimination, and harassment.


As an additional resource for 11.4 Maltreatment Awareness Day, Hockey Alberta’s Centre Ice Podcast interviewed Bryden Burrell, Manager of Minor Hockey, and Brett Kelly, Manager of Officiating, about the creation, implementation, and review of the Maltreatment rule and tracking process.

11.4 Maltreatment Awareness Day is a springboard to the ongoing work of Hockey Alberta and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Thanks to funding provided from Safe & Welcoming Sport Grant through the InMotion Network and Government of Alberta, Hockey Alberta has set a goal to get informative signage up in 30 arenas around the province by the end of November. The messaging will focus on educating parents, participants, coaches, and others about Maltreatment.



2023 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships Host Bid Packages Open

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is looking for host locations for the 2023 Provincial Championships presented by ATB.

Bid Package >

The deadline for bids is November 30.

A total of 34 events will be held in communities around the province next March and April.

The Provincial Championships will open during the week of March 23-26, and carry on for three consecutive weeks until April 6-9. Below is a breakdown of events during each week:

Dates Number of Events
March 23 - 26 17
March 30 - April 2 11
April 6 - 9 2
League Playoffs 4

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.

Week one will feature the most events with 17, with a large majority of them taking place in the U13 and U15 divisions. Week two features 11 events, most of which will be in the U18 division. Junior B Male and U17 AAA will be the only events on the April 6-9 weekend, while four champions will be decided via playoffs.

Senior AAA Provincial Playoff


Senior AA March 30 - April 2


Junior A League Playoffs N/A
Junior B April 6-9 Okotoks Bisons
Junior C March 31 - April 2 Hockey Calgary
Junior Female League Playoffs N/A
U18 AAA League Playoffs N/A
U18 AA March 30 - April 2 TBD - Bids open to SCAHL teams only
U18 Tier 1 March 30 - April 2 TBD
U18 Tier 2 March 30 - April 2 TBD
U18 Tier 3 March 30 - April 2 TBD
U18 Tier 4 March 30 - April 2 TBD
U18 Female AAA March 23-26 TBD
U18 Female AA March 30 - April 2 TBD
U18 Female A March 30 - April 2 TBD
U18 Female B March 30 - April 2 TBD
U17 AAA April 6-9 TBD
U16 AA March 23-26 TBD - Bids open to Hockey Calgary teams only
U15 AAA March 23-26 TBD
U15 AA March 23-26 TBD - Bids open to NAHL teams only
U15 Tier 1 March 23-26 TBD
U15 Tier 2 March 23-26 TBD
U15 Tier 3 March 23-26 TBD
U15 Tier 4 March 23-26 TBD
U15 Female AA March 23-26 TBD
U15 Female A March 23-26 TBD
U15 Female B March 23-26 TBD
U13 AA March 30 - April 2 TBD - Bids open to Hockey Edmonton teams only
U13 Tier 1 March 23-26 TBD
U13 Tier 2 March 23-26 TBD
U13 Tier 3 March 23-26 TBD
U13 Tier 4 March 23-26 TBD
U13 Female A March 23-26 TBD
U13 Female B March 23-26 TBD


AFHL preparing for changes starting in 2023-24

The Alberta Female Hockey League is excited to announce several significant growth and expansion plans.

Over the past year, the AFHL has been reviewing the structure of elite female hockey in Alberta, to ensure alignment and progression within the entire hockey system. As a result, the following will occur starting in the 2023-2024 season:

1. Addition of a U13 AA division, to provide a competitive all-female option and development pathway for female athletes through the elite system.

2. Expansion of the number of teams within the U15 AA division, due to increased numbers of female players graduating through the system.

Within the new U13 AA division, the intent is to operate teams within three or four regionally-based divisions under the AFHL banner. Draw Zones will be developed to help support existing U15 AA draw zones. Tournament-style playoffs would lead to a provincial championship tournament.

Within the U15 AA division, new teams will be added to the league as part of a review of the existing Draw Zones based on current registration numbers.

All teams in the U13 AA division, and expansion teams in the U15 AA division, will be selected as part of a bid process where interested Hockey Alberta Member organizations can submit franchise hosting applications. Bid applications will be accepted starting November 15, with a December 15 deadline. The application package will be available on the Hockey Alberta and AFHL websites.

February 1 is the target date for finalizing U13 and U15 division changes for the 2023-24 season.

Additionally, during the 2022-2023 season, the Elite Female Committee will review the structure and alignment at U18 AAA for changes and potential expansion in the 2024-25 season.

For questions or more information, emails can be submitted to:

Lise Cote

Chair, Elite Female Committee

[email protected]

Kendall Newell

Manager, Female Hockey

[email protected]

Information Bulletin 22-05 >


Notice of 2022 Annual General Meeting

Hockey Alberta is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, December 1. The meeting will be held virtually, using Zoom, starting at 7:00 PM (MST).

It is important for Executive Members of Member organizations (MHAs, Recreational/ Pond Hockey Programs, Para/ Sledge Hockey Programs, Accredited Schools, Junior Leagues and Senior Leagues) to attend the AGM to exercise your right to vote in the elections and for Notices of Motion. It is also important for sanctioned Minor Hockey Leagues to attend to obtain valuable information.

Full details on the Annual General Meeting can be found on the Hockey Alberta website. Current information includes the following:

  • registration for voting delegates and observers
  • Notices of Motion
  • nominees for election to the Board of Directors

Additional information for the AGM will be added to the website as it becomes available.

2022 Hockey Alberta AGM >


All in at the Glencross Invitational Charity Event

RED DEER – The house won as more than $165,000 was raised at the Curtis Glencross Invitational Charity Event.

Proceeds from the event go to the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta.

“We are thrilled to be able to host the Glencross Invitational once again. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support,” said Curtis Glencross. “Hockey is a huge part of my life and I believe that all kids should experience a love for the game like I have. Having friends who have used the Ronald McDonald House, it’s a home away from home in times of need. Having the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta as beneficiaries to our event was a natural fit.”

The October 19 event started with four teams facing off for the Glencross Charity Camp Championship at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. Each team featured 15 skaters (including four NHL alumni) and one goalie, with celebrity coaches Tim Hunter, Joel Otto, Ron Stern and Brian Sutter behind the bench. After going undefeated, Team Sutter skated away with the inaugural championship.

That evening, players put it all on the table in the ninth annual Charity Poker Event at Westerner Park. Knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em rewarded Jason Volk as he took home the trophy buckle at the ninth Glencross Invitational Charity Poker Event.

“It’s an honour to continue to work with Curtis, his family and the organizing committee on this event,” said Dennis Zukiwsky, Chair of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “The impact from this event is felt throughout the province as we work to provide grant opportunities to help get kids on the ice in all Alberta communities. Curtis and his committee have been long time supporters of the Hockey Alberta Foundation and we can’t thank them enough for all they have done and continue to do in Alberta.”

To cap off the event, the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta presented Curtis with the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to the province. Curtis is one of only 7,000 Albertans to receive the Platinum Jubilee Medal which commemorates the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

“Curtis Glencross has contributed so much to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta. We were honoured to acknowledge his impact by presenting the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal at the Glencross Invitational while he was surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues,” said Jason Evanson, CEO of RMHC Alberta. “Curtis is an advocate and supporter of families with sick children who have to travel for medical care and need a home-away-from-home. His efforts to fundraise and bring awareness to our cause have profoundly impacted innumerable Albertans. We could think of no more deserving award recipient.”

In total, more than $1.8 million has been raised by the Glencross Invitational for charities across Alberta. This year marked the ninth annual Glencross Invitational. Previously the Glencross Invitational Roughstock Rodeo, the committee chose to send the broncs to pasture and instead feature a charity hockey camp.


About the Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF)

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to provide EVERY KID in EVERY COMMUNITY the opportunity to play hockey in Alberta. We work in collaboration with partners to fund those who need us, invest in those who will lead us and honour those before us. For more information on the HAF or to make a donation, visit

For more information from Hockey Alberta Foundation contact:

Tim Leer


[email protected]

About the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta

RMHC Alberta helps keep families together when they need it most. Our Houses in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat provide a home-away-from-home to over 1,200 families each year who must travel for their child’s vital medical treatment. By enabling families to stay together, in close proximity to a hospital, Ronald McDonald House vastly improves the quality and experience of the care of the child and the wellbeing of the family, while reducing the family’s stress, sense of isolation, and financial burden.

For more information from RMHC Alberta contact:

Suzanne Pescod


[email protected]



Becoming Player X

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has partnered with the House of Leaders to offer an exciting education-based program focused on developing young leaders.

Becoming Player X is a remote learning, three-credit high school course available to students currently in grades 10-12. Those registered with Hockey Alberta are eligible to participate at no cost.

Becoming Player X was created by Willie Desjardins and Mike Valley. Currently the General Manager and Head Coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers, Desjardins has dedicated his life to the game with a resume that includes coaching stints with the Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings. After an extensive professional playing career, Valley proceeded to become a goaltender coach with the Dallas Stars, before transitioning to Director of Player Development and now offers mentorship and training to developing athletes. The course features 26 lessons from sports legends and mentors, including Desjardins and Valley, who have been to the top of the game.

“The concept originated from the Navy Seals. We looked at how great it would be to get leadership qualities in our young athletes,” said Desjardins. “Leadership can be learned as well. I think it’s inside all of us, but I think it can be learned and taken to a different level with training.”

Students receive a new 25-minute lesson every Monday, Wednesday and Friday that is sent directly to their phones. Following each video, students must answer questions to complete the lesson. As a division of the Prairie Rose School Division, students have access to a teacher throughout the course.

To date, over 275 students have completed the course, including Nate Corbet and Tyler Mackenzie.

For Corbet of the U16 AAA Northwest Calgary Flames, Becoming Player X has helped in more than just his hockey career.

“Through hockey you learn so many life lessons, but learning these lessons through Becoming Player X is obviously going to translate to real life,” said Corbet. “If you’re passionate about the game and passionate about the learning and trying to better yourself, you have to take this course. It’s only 20-25 minutes out of your day every second day and it’s going to help you tremendously.”

For Mackenzie of the Medicine Hat Tigers, the course changed his outlook on life.

“One thing you can take away from the course is leadership and becoming a great person. There’s a lot that talks about who you are off the ice just as much as who you are on the ice,” said Mackenzie. “I think it’s a huge thing in building great character and becoming the best version of you in life. It teaches you a lot about becoming a great teammate, good whatever it may be. It really changed my outlook on a lot of things toward hockey – not just hockey, but life.”

Players considering taking the course need to be registered by November 4. The course begins November 7. For more information visit


Program mentors include:

  • Willie Desjardins (former NHL coach)
  • Marc Crawford (NHL coach)
  • Glen Gulutzan (NHL coach)
  • Ken Hitchcock (former NHL coach)
  • Stu Barnes (former NHL player, coach, and current scout)
  • Paul Jerrard (former NHL coach)
  • Mike Valley (former NHL goalie coach)
  • Shawn Horcoff (former Edmonton Oilers Captain)
  • Brandon Sutter (NHL player)
  • Brian Elliott (NHL goalie)
  • Brianna Decker (USA Olympian)
  • Derek Dorsett (former NHL player)
  • Mel Davidson (former Head Coach and GM of Team Canada)
  • Cassie Campbell (former Olympian and Sportsnet Broadcaster)
  • Corey Hirsch (former NHL goaltender, coach, broadcaster, and mental health advocate)
  • Dallas Cowboys Social Media team
  • Gary Roberts (former Calgary Flames Captain, and sports performance coach)


Member Update

MISSISSAUGA – The 13 leaders of the provincial and territorial Hockey Canada Branches gathered for critical meetings on Saturday. Branch leaders embraced the recommendations of Justice Thomas Cromwell, C.C. in his Interim Governance Review Report and approved a number of Hockey Canada bylaw changes to support upcoming Hockey Canada Board elections on December 17, 2022.

Branch leaders felt that the frank and sometimes difficult conversations resulted in a productive day that puts us on a path to a better structure, greater transparency and restoring trust.

There was unanimous sentiment that this is a critical first step in support of the transformational change needed to get more and diverse voices to the table and the game in Canada to where it needs to be.

The full Cromwell Report, which will be received later this month, will serve as the blueprint for the 13 provincial and territorial Branches as well as the interim Hockey Canada Board.


Join our team!

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the position of Coordinator, Grassroots Growth and Retention. This role focuses on providing quality service to the membership, and stakeholders of Hockey Alberta, focusing on recruitment and retention strategies and to provide programming that introduces new players to the game. This position will also support the members, stakeholders and third-party groups delivering Indigenous programming within Indigenous communities. As a full time position, the Coordinator position includes, but is not limited to:

  • Administration
  • Growth and Retention Strategy
  • Recreational Hockey Programs
  • Indigenous Hockey

Under the direction of the Manager, Minor Hockey, this position will work alongside other staff and volunteers to lead and guide Hockey Alberta volunteers, connecting them to the annual strategies aimed at advancing the game.

Job Posting >

The deadline to apply for this position is Sunday, October 30.


Loren Krukowski recognized as Hockey Alberta Life Member

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce that Loren Krukowski of Warburg has been recognized with Life Membership status for his decades of service to minor hockey.

Life Membership is the highest honour which may be bestowed by Hockey Alberta, recognizing individuals who have dedicated their time and support to making the game of hockey better in Alberta.

"Loren Krukowski was an exceptional representative for minor hockey from the Warburg area, before becoming a key volunteer at provincial level, including serving as a President of Hockey Alberta. We are pleased to be able to recognize his commitment to hockey for life in Alberta,” said Fran Zinger, a member of the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors, and Chair of the Life Member committee.

Krukowski originally got involved in minor hockey in Warburg when his children started to play, coaching both his sons and his daughter throughout their careers. Along the way, he attended numerous coaching clinics to help his players improve their skills. His coaching philosophy focused on team spirit, fairness and respect for others.

In addition to coaching, Krukowski was instrumental in starting a female hockey program in Warburg, and eventually became a board member and president of the local association. He was Warburg’s representative for the Sturgeon Hockey League including overseeing discipline.

Krukowski believed in the importance of development in all areas of the sport, and he was known as a great problem solver. He organized and instructed skills clinics, player development camps and management seminars, and was involved provincially with the Alberta Cup, Alberta Winter Games, and various jamborees. He also served as the Hockey Alberta representative on a team tour to Czechoslovakia.

Provincially, Krukowski was elected to Minor Council for Zone 4 1n 1992 and served until 1997. He also served in the following roles:

  • 1997-2000: Hockey Alberta, Minor Council Chair, including representing Alberta at Hockey Canada meetings.
  • 2000-2003: Zone 4 Director, and Hockey Alberta Vice President
  • 2003-2005: President, Hockey Alberta
  • 2005-2007: Past President, Hockey Alberta

Krukowski passed away in October 2021

He will be recognized formally at Hockey Alberta’s 2022 annual general meeting on December 1.


Member update

Hockey Alberta is committed to making our game safer and more inclusive for participants in Alberta and across the country.

Hockey Alberta has identified that allegations of maltreatment, regardless of where or when they occur in our sport, need to be investigated and adjudicated by individuals with specialized skills. As a result, for the 2022-23 season, we have appointed a new Maltreatment Officer, and four new Maltreatment Investigators.

Hockey Alberta has also identified that Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives require leaders with special skills and experience. An EDI Task Force was created in October 2021 to help improve the experience of everyone in our sport. That Task Force has been shifted to full Committee status, with its members helping set a new and improved direction for our sport across Alberta.

Hockey Alberta has requested that Hockey Canada take certain actions and provide answers by specific deadlines. We have outlined that a lack of action may lead to Hockey Alberta taking other actions which include, but are not limited to, withholding participant fees.

We believe it is important to establish a set of actions within a national framework to improve the overall culture of our sport. We have provided input for Justice Cromwell’s governance review, and we are awaiting the report’s final recommendations. Our participation will continue during review sessions this month, and other processes moving forward.

Hockey Alberta continues to meet with Hockey Canada and our Branch partners across the country. We continue to ask the questions for which our Members and stakeholders are seeking answers. That is our commitment – to continue working towards an improved and stronger hockey system for Albertans and participants across the country.

Finally, to the entire hockey community in Alberta – hockey is being played across the province. That is not going to stop regardless of what is happening at the national level. Thank you to the tens of thousands of individuals – Members, volunteers, and parents – who continue to work hard every day to ensure that games and practices occur for our players.

Previous Member Updates

Member Update, August 26 >

Member Update, August 9 >


National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

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National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Read more >


National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Read more >


Hockey Alberta Hosting Two Female-Only NCCP Coach 2 Clinics

RED DEER – As part of providing an inclusive environment to all females, Hockey Alberta is hosting two female-only NCCP Coach 2 clinics this fall.

The clinics are being held in Leduc (reference number 2022002634) and Calgary (reference number 2022002638), and are intended for females who want to better understand the game of hockey or are considering coaching. Those who complete the course will be NCCP Coach 2 certified.

The introductory course includes information on team building, player experience, how to communicate with parents, how to organize a season and practice plans.

“These clinics are open to any female, whether a coach, parent or a young female, who is looking to improve the players experience,” said Danielle Wheeler, Female Hockey Mentor for Hockey Alberta. “There are misconceptions that these courses are only about tactics and drills; we cover that, but our goal is to give each player a positive experience and that can be achieved through coach education.”

Leduc’s clinic runs Oct. 2 starting at 8:30 am at the Leduc Recreation Centre. Calgary’s clinic will pilot a two-part format with an online session Oct. 30 starting at 6 pm, and an in-person portion November 6 starting at 9 am at Cardel South Rec Centre. These clinics are offered at a discounted rate.

Register >

Those looking to fulfill their coaching requirements must do so prior to November 15.

For more information regarding coach requirements visit or to learn how to bring a female-only clinic to your community, contact Danielle Wheeler ([email protected]).


Welcome to the 2022-23 Hockey Season

In the coming weeks, the 2022-23 hockey season will be getting underway. Players across the province will be on the ice for practices, tryouts, evaluations, games, and tournaments. They will be joined by coaches, officials, safety staff, and other volunteers whose hard work ensure that opportunities to play hockey exist across Alberta.

“After a successful season last year, in which players, coaches, and parents were able to come together at the rink once again, we are incredibly excited to get the 2022-23 season underway,” said Rob Litwinski, CEO of Hockey Alberta. “A big thank you to all of our volunteers and staff for their hard work throughout the offseason to get us ready for another year.”

New in 2022-23

U11 Hockey Alberta Development Program

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.


Non-Body Checking Implemented at U18 Tiers 4-6

Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee, which is comprised of Alberta’s six tiered Minor Hockey Leagues are implementing non-body checking/body contact only hockey at the Tier 4-6 categories of the U18 division for the 2022-23 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 seasons ago at the U15 division prior to the 2020-21 hockey season.

The tiered minor leagues are: Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), Northern Alberta Interlock (NAI), North East Alberta Hockey League (NEAHL), All-Peace Hockey League (APHL), Edmonton Federation Hockey League (EFHL), and Hockey Calgary.


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 has implemented several 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.


Interleague Play

Hockey Alberta and our tiered Minor Hockey Leagues are implementing an Interleague Play Pilot Project for the 2022-23 hockey season.

Interleague Play is a mechanism within Alberta One that will help reduce travel by allowing certain associations to play League games against like-tiered teams from another Minor League. The outcome of this Pilot Project will be to identify the best overall standards required to ensure Interleague play is a viable option across the entire province to reduce travel.


Coach Clinics

Coach clinics for the 2022-23 season are still in the process of being finalized. More information on clinic registration will be released in the coming weeks.

You may still register for the HU – Online Coach 1/Coach 2 course HERE.

The deadline to meet all coach certification requirements is November 15.


Officiating Clinics

Officiating Clinics are now live and accepting registrations. Certification at all levels is available around the province.

Level 1 and 2 Clinics are in-person and Level 3+ Clinics are online.



Respect in Sport

Parents and Coaches/Team Officials are required to complete the Respect in Sport program. Certification in the Respect in Sport program is valid for up to four seasons and is associated with a May 1 expiry date.

The Respect in Sport Program is an online certification program designed to protect our youth as well as enhance Hockey Alberta’s mandate of providing a safe and fun environment for all participants. It is Canada’s leading online bullying, abuse, harassment, and negligence prevention program for parents, coaches, and community leaders. It is offered in two different streams: Respect in Sport Parent and Respect in Sport Activity Leader.


Funding Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities for organizations and individuals to receive financial support for the upcoming hockey season through the Hockey Alberta Foundation, KidSport, Jumpstart, and more.


Para Hockey

Hockey Alberta is hosting a para hockey development weekend at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on September 10-11. The weekend will kick off with a Player Development Camp on Saturday, designed to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels and feature on-ice skill development and gameplay. Equipment (sledges/ sticks) will be provided for new players. A bonus “drop-in” ice time will be available for those who can make it on Sunday from 9-10 am.


Sunday will also feature a specialty Para Coach Development Clinic facilitated by Tara Chisholm (head coach of women’s National Para Team). The session will focus on basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self esteem, and a love for the game. Coaches will be given a tailored course for those working with Para programs, an introduction to player development, coaching tools to increase knowledge of the game and effectively communicate with athletes and parents, and support Para athletes in team, practice, and game settings.


Hockey Alberta’s Preferred Partners

Flip Give – Check out Flip Give, a free and easy-to-use cashback app for teams, designed to help sports families lower the cost to play by shopping for the things they’re already buying from over 700 top brands.


TeamGenius – Turn tryouts into a breeze this year with our partner, TeamGenius. They help volunteers ditch the paperwork and spreadsheets for a single in-app experience.


The Coaches Site – Set your coach up for success this season with a membership to The Coaches Site, where the game’s best coaches share their skills, drills, and tactics to the global coaching community.


Best Western – If you need a home away from home for games or tournaments this hockey season, visit Best Western for exclusive Hockey Alberta membership rates.


Traxx Coachlines – In need of safe transport this hockey season? Start with TRAXX Coachlines, a transportation and tour solutions company, providing first-class charter motor coach services throughout Western Canada.


Vereburn Medical Supply - Vereburn Medical Supply is the official medical kit supply company to Hockey Alberta and is offering all Hockey Alberta members with reduced pricing on medical kits and supplies.


MHA Minor Leagues Communication Pathway

Streamlining communication channels between Hockey Alberta, Minor Hockey Associations, and Leagues is a key element of the ongoing review of the Minor League structure for tiered Minor Hockey and Minor Female Hockey. With the collaboration of the Leagues, Hockey Alberta has developed an MHA Communication Season Pathway which highlights deadlines and key contacts for items such as Player and Team Registrations and Discipline and Sanctioning for the streamlined Alberta One regulations, policies, and procedures as well as those of the Regional Minor Leagues. It is intended to be a training tool for MHAs that can be provided to new and existing executive members.


Good luck in the 2022-23 hockey season!


Coach 1 Clinics being offered at a discounted rate for 2022-23

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce that all in-person Coach 1 – Intro to Coach clinics will be offered a discounted rate of $22 (plus GST) for the 2022-23 season.

The new one-time rate comes as part of the $1.5 million funding support provided by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and Calgary Flames Foundation in an effort to increase coach education at the U7 and U9 levels.

“We are hoping that this discounted rate will encourage all head and assistant coaches to take the Coach 1 – Intro to Coach course,” said Stephen Pattison, Hockey Alberta Manager, Hockey Development. “The biggest impact on a player’s experience in their first few seasons is their coach, and with more certified coaches, we hope to positively impact more participants.”

Coach clinics are now open for registration and available across the province. The deadline to have all coaching certifications completed is November 15.



Photo credit: LA Media

Dates announced for 2023 Spring Showcase

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is excited to announce the return of the Spring Showcase in 2023.

The three-week event, which features the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge, and Prospects Cup will be returning to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic in April and May.

For the Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup, 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 WHL Cup.

Prior to the spring competitions, regional tryout camps will be hosted throughout the province for players to register and attend.

Partnership opportunities are available for the 2023 Spring Showcase and can be found in the document below.

2023 Spring Showcase Partnership Opportunities

2023 Alberta Cup - April 26 – 30

Coach applications open: October 3 – November 3.

The Alberta Cup features male players born in 2008.

Regional camp registration will open on January 9, 2023.

  • Cost: $250.00
  • Includes:
    • 3 virtual sessions from guest speakers to prepare players for regional camp
    • Jersey
    • 4 ice sessions

Regional camps run March 31 – April 2, 2023 in Calgary, Red Deer, and Spruce Grove.

Alberta Cup

2023 Alberta Challenge - May 3-7

Coach applications open: October 3 – November 3.

The Alberta Challenge features female players born in 2008 and 2009.

Regional camp registration will open on January 16, 2023.

  • Cost: $250.00
  • Includes:
    • 3 virtual sessions from guest speakers
    • Jersey
    • 4 ice sessions

Regional camps run April 7-9 in Beaumont and Cochrane.

Alberta Challenge

2023 Prospects Cup - May 10-14

Coach Applications Open: October 3 – November 3

The Prospects Cup features male players born in 2010.

Regional Camp Player Registration will open on January 23, 2023.

  • Cost: $250.00
  • Includes:
    • 3 virtual sessions from guest speakers to prepare players for regional camp
    • Jersey
    • 4 ice sessions

Regional camps run April 14-16, 2023 in Calgary, Edmonton Area (TBD), Olds, and Vegreville.

Prospects Cup


Enhanced Focus on Maltreatment for the 2022-23 Season

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is recruiting five volunteers to oversee investigations and decision-making pertaining to Maltreatment infractions and allegations based on discriminatory grounds.

The appointment of a Maltreatment Officer and four Maltreatment Investigators is part of the ongoing work to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all hockey participants by establishing a consistent process for investigation and decision-making pertaining to allegations of Maltreatment and Discrimination.

To facilitate these new positions, Hockey Alberta has amended its ‘Maltreatment, Bullying and Harassment’ Policy.

Full details on the policy, Section 11 – Maltreatment in the Hockey Canada rulebook, and the online reporting form for incidents of Maltreatment and Discrimination can be found on the Hockey Alberta website:

Maltreatment, Bullying and Harassment >

The Maltreatment Officer will work with Hockey Alberta staff to set out the requirements and guidelines for the investigation and adjudication process, as well as ensuring investigations are completed in accordance with Hockey Alberta Policy. The Maltreatment Officer will receive reports from the Maltreatment Investigators and issue all decisions. The Maltreatment Officer has been selected for the 2022-23 season.

The Maltreatment Investigators will conduct all investigations and/or hearings related to infractions and allegations based on discriminatory grounds. The Investigators will compile written reports of their findings and recommendations and submit them to the Maltreatment Officer.

Hockey Alberta is seeking qualified applicants to fill the Maltreatment Investigator positions. Included with this Bulletin is the Maltreatment Investigator Job Description. Qualified applicants should have strong communication, questioning, interview and analytical skills, and knowledge of Hockey Canada/ Hockey Alberta Bylaws and Regulations, Human Rights Legislation, Natural Justice and sanctioning to influence positive behavior.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to submit their application HERE.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Hockey Alberta office by email at [email protected].


In Memoriam: Malcolm (Mac) MacLeod

Malcolm (Mac) MacLeod, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta and an Honoured Member of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, passed away on Friday, September 2, at the age of 89.

A resident of Mannville, Mac was involved in hockey for over 60 years as a player, coach, volunteer, bus driver and anything else required to assist to make the game possible for local youth.

Beginning in 1990, Mac joined Hockey Alberta as volunteer, including positions as Zone 2 Minor Hockey Chair (1990-94), Zone 2 Director (1994-98), and Hockey Alberta President for two years and Past President for two years. In 1998 he was awarded the Chairman’s award for his dedication to the game and exceptional service to the sport in Alberta.

In 2003, Mac received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medallion and was honoured as a Hockey Alberta Life Member. Three years later, he was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.

He will be forever remembered by his children: Debbie MacLeod (Garry Poliakiwski), Bonnie MacLeod (Pam Oakden), Terri (Murray) Zelinski, Scott MacLeod (Rhonda Milton). As well as survived by his grandchildren: Meggan, Lyndon, Brendan, Keyaira, Mack, Jaidyn, Tyler, Courtney and Taylor; great-granchildren: Laurel, Seth, Karsen, Jarrett, Karley and Erik; and great-great-grandchildren: Paisley and Westyn.

Mac’s service is September 10 at 1 P.M. at the Mannville Community Centre.


ICE TIMES - Edition 22:16

Hockey Alberta News

In the coming weeks, the 2022-23 hockey season will be getting underway. Players across the province will be on the ice for practices, tryouts, evaluations, games, and tournaments. They will be joined by coaches, officials, safety staff, and other volunteers whose hard work ensure that opportunities to play hockey exist across Alberta. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming year on the ice.