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AHHF Class of 2019 inducted in Canmore

CANMORE – Five outstanding individuals and back-to-back Memorial Cup champions comprise the 2019 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Theoren Fleury, Kevin Lowe, Shirley Cameron, Bob Ridley, Duncan MacDougall, and the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history on Sunday night at the AHHF Awards Gala, hosted by Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.

A consistent theme among the inductees was the interesting twists and turns that can happen in life, and especially in setting the direction of an individual’s career in hockey.


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THEOREN FLEURY

Theo Fleury played with the Calgary Flames for 11 seasons, from 1988 to 1998 and was an important part of their Stanley Cup championship in 1989. He led the team in regular season scoring six times, and five times in the playoffs. His NHL career also included stops with the Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

In his speech, Fleury reflected on some of the highlights of his career, including when he played junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors. He recalled the ice plant going down in the old “Crushed Can” in the playoffs against the eventual Memorial Cup champion Medicine Hat Tigers, and game four having to played in Regina. He suggested that the Tigers might only have won a single Memorial Cup had they played in Moose Jaw.

But Fleury focused on his work off the ice, and helping people deal with trauma, mental health and addiction issues.

“It’s nice to be recognized, but it’s more important what you leave behind,” said Fleury. “I try and help people understand what trauma does to an individual. I try to give them hope and inspiration.”

Full bio >


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KEVIN LOWE

Kevin Lowe is a pillar of the Edmonton community and one of the key leaders who built the Edmonton Oilers into a Stanley Cup dynasty team. As a defenceman, he was a solid positional player in his own zone, a team leader and an astute playmaker on offence. His leadership on and off the ice was a major component of Cup championships in both Edmonton and New York.

In his speech, Lowe recalled how he came to Edmonton in 1979, after being drafted by the Oilers, having not been further west in Canada than London, Ontario. At the time, he didn’t even realize the Oilers were in the NHL at the time. And the fact that he even was drafted by the Oilers with the final pick in the first round was a surprise, as he had been ranked as high as number four overall.

“But if you work hard, pay your dues, eventually good things will happen,” Lowe said. “And none of these things happen without the strong support of my family.”

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SHIRLEY CAMERON

Shirley Cameron is one of the most important individuals in the growth and development of women’s hockey in Alberta, dating back to the early 1970s as a player, coach and builder of the sport. Shirley was one of the founders of the Edmonton Chimos, and the team’s leader for more than three decades. The 1983-84 Chimos were inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

In her speech, Cameron recalled she could never have envisioned a lifelong involvement in hockey from her early days playing pond hockey in the Bonnyville area.

“My dreams could never possibly have gotten this far,” said Cameron. “I remember thinking wouldn’t it be the coolest thing to play for an all-girls team against another all-girls team, and we’d have jerseys.”

That dream came true when she answered a radio ad in Edmonton, and ended up playing for “the Tuesday night girls.” That group of players became the Edmonton Chimos, and that team helped the sport of female hockey grow by traveling throughout rural Alberta to play oldtimer teams and show girls the sport of hockey.

Full bio >


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DUNCAN MACDOUGALL

Duncan MacDougall has played a tremendous role in the development of on-ice officials over more than four decades of involvement in hockey in Alberta. Whether a new official just starting out in the officiating program, or a senior official preparing for provincial, national, international or professional work, Duncan has helped many of them with their achievements and advancements in officiating.

In his speech, MacDougall recalled how the first time he ever thought about the officials who work a hockey game was when he was 12 years old, and was watching the Western league all-star game in Edmonton. He was able to hear referee Lloyd Gilmour talking to the players, and was impressed with Gilmour’s demeanor.

After that, he answered a newspaper ad looking to recruit referees to work in northwest Edmonton.

“It was fun, it was challenging, and when you left the ice, you felt like you’d done a good job,” said MacDougall.

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BOB RIDLEY

As sports director for CHAT TV & Radio, Bob Ridley has spent 50 years covering and promoting amateur sports in Medicine Hat and surrounding area. Bob has been an integral part of the Medicine Hat Tigers Hockey Club since the team’s inception in 1970. Serving as the play-by-play voice for the Tigers, only missing one broadcast in over 3,900 games.

In his speech, Ridley talked about how he didn’t set out to become an announcer; rather he wanted to be a hockey player, until he recognized his size and ability wouldn’t let that happen.

He reflected on how special it was to be part of the same induction class as the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers teams. He also recalled the first Tigers team to reach the Memorial Cup in 1973, and the opportunity he had to call games in the Montreal Forum in the same broadcast booth as Danny Gallivan.

Ridley also reflected on more than 2,800,000 kilometres covered during his 45 years as the bus driver for the Tigers, and the hundreds of chats that were held at the front of the bus with players, including current NHL broadcaster Kelly Hrudey.

Full bio >


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MEDICINE HAT TIGERS

The 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers are the only Alberta team to win back-to-back Memorial Cups, as the Canadian major junior hockey champions, and one of only eight teams in the Cup’s 100-year history to win back-to-back titles.

Scott McCrady spoke on behalf of the teams and agreed with Ridley that inducting the two Medicine Hat teams would not have been complete without their broadcaster and bus driver.

“Thanks for always getting us home Bob,” McCrady said.

McCrady also reflected on the importance of decisions and lauded the team’s general manager Russ Farwell for making all the right decisions those two seasons, including hiring the right coaches, Bryan Maxwell and Barry Melrose. He recalled how, prior to the final game against Oshawa in 1987, Maxwell stressed how winning every little battle was going to be the key – including winning the ceremonial faceoff.

“Team first, individual second, and no one is bigger than the sum of the parts,” said McCrady.

Full bio >

Also recognized during the AHHF Gala was the gold medalist U18 Female Team Alberta hockey team from the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The team had gathered earlier in the day at the Iron Goat restaurant in Canmore for the presentation of their championship rings. It was the first time the team had been together since the victory on March 2.

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Sunday’s AHHF Gala kicked off in the afternoon with a VIP reception for the 2019 induction class at the Canmore Opera House, which included two hot stove sessions involving this year’s inductees.

The Gala also runs in conjunction with the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, a key fundraiser for the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program.

The 14th annual Golf Classic – presented by ATB Wealth – also takes place in Canmore, beginning Monday evening with a special reception for all participants, as well the celebrity golfers.The tournament goes Tuesday at the Silvertip Resort. Celebrity golfers include Mark Giordano, Mel Davidson, Jordan Eberle, Theo Fleury, Gord Bamford, Ben Hebert, Curtis Glencross, Carla MacLeod, Cale Makar, Kevin Lowe and Jamie Macoun.

In addition to the Golf Classic, Silvertip will also host the first half of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s annual Rinks to Links program on Tuesday morning, where 20 youths from the HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) program from the Calgary area will take part in a golf lesson. From there, the group will head to the Canmore Arena for an afternoon on-ice session.


The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time. Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey.

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Zones 4 and 7 win gold at 2020 Alberta Winter Games

AIRDRIE - It was a thrilling finish at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie on Monday, with Zones 4 and 7 winning gold in Female and Male hockey, respectively.

The female gold medal game went back and forth for the entire 60 minutes where Zone 3 and Zone 4 would need extra time to find a winner. Zone 4 scored the gold medal clinching goal just 1:41 into the extra frame, making the final score 2-1. Zone 7 claimed bronze with a 2-1 victory over Zone 5.

Female Rosters > | Female Results > | Female Stats >

On the Male side, Zone 7 broke away from Zone 3 in a tightly contested game for a 6-4 victory to earn gold. Meanwhile, Zone 2 completed a late comeback in the bronze medal game, defeating Zone 4 by a score of 7-5.

Male Rosters > | Male Results > | Male Stats >


2020 Alberta Winter Games Photos >

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2020 Alberta Winter Games: Day Two Recap

AIRDRIE - The Gold and Bronze medal matchups are set after Day Two of the 2020 Alberta Winter Games came to a close on Sunday.

After a tightly fought round robin draw, Zones 3, 4, 5 and 7 each earned a spot in the Semi-Finals. The goalies stole the show in each of the evening games, as Zone 3 posted a 3-0 shutout win over Zone 7, and Zone 4 did the same in their game against Zone 5.

Day Three will begin with the 5th Place game featuring Zone 2 and Zone 6 at Rob Ebbeson Arena at 7:30am. Zone 5 will take on Zone 7 in the bronze medal game at 8:00am, and Zone 3 will play Zone 4 for gold at 10:15am, both at Genesis Place.

Female Rosters > | Female Schedule/Results >

With both pools wide-open on the Male side, Zones 2, 3, 4 and 7 all punched their tickets to the Semi-Finals. After trailing 6-3, Zone 4 mounted a comeback against Zone 7 to tie the game, but Zone 7 scored a late powerplay goal to earn their spot in the final. Meanwhile, Zone 3 won a tightly contested matchup against Zone 2, scoring less than a minute into 3-on-3 overtime to win 6-5.

Zone 2 will face Zone 4 at 9:30am for bronze, while Zones 3 and 7 battle for gold at 10am. Meanwhile, Zone 1 defeated Zone 8 by a score of 7-5 in the 5th Place game, and Zone 5 won the 7th Place game 5-4 over Zone 6.

Male Rosters > | Male Schedule/Results >

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2020 Alberta Winter Games: Day One Recap

AIRDRIE - A busy first day at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games went off without a hitch in Airdrie, with 14 games in the books.

Day one of the Female competition was full of close games and exciting action. Zone 5 leads the way as the only 2-0 team and sits at the top of Pool B, while Zone 3 and Zone 4 each picked up a win and sit tied atop Pool A with two points.

Female Rosters > | Female Schedule/Results >

The Male competition remains wide open after the first day of competition, with all eight teams still in contention. Zone 3 remains the lone undefeated team with a 2-0 record, and sits atop Pool A. It’s a four-way tie in Pool B, with all four zones holding an identical 1-1 record.

Male Rosters > | Male Schedule/Results >

Round-robin play wraps up on Sunday on both sides, starting at 8am, with the semi-finals and consolation games taking place later in the day.

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2020 Alberta Winter Games kick off in Airdrie

AIRDRIE - After months of preparation, the battle for provincial hockey supremacy heats up as the 2020 Alberta Winter Games take place in Airdrie this weekend.

The opening ceremonies are set for today (Friday) from 7-8 p.m. at Airdrie City Hall, with hockey running from February 15-17. Global News will live-stream the opening ceremonies on globalnews.ca, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Eight teams will compete on the male side, comprised of 2007-born players from across the province, while six teams will compete on the female side, comprised of 2005 and 2006-born players.

Male Rosters > | Female Rosters >

A full schedule for both the male and female competition can be found on the Alberta Winter Games section of the Hockey Alberta website:

Male Schedule & Results > | Female Schedule & Results >

For period-by-period updates, follow Team Alberta on Twitter.

Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program. The Winter Games provide players, coaches, trainers and referees an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey starting with the zone camp and selection process, through to competing in the Games.

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Registration now open for 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships Selection Camps

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2002-2006 born male and female athletes to participate in selection camps for the 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

Selection camps for both the male and female team will be held at the Servus Sports Centre in Lloydminster on April 10-12.

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

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

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

The 2020 edition of the NAHC is being held in Regina, at the Co-operators Centre, May 9-16. More than 500 elite bantam and midget Indigenous hockey players from across Canada will compete in male and female divisions in the tournament.

FEMALE REGISTRATION >

MALE REGISTRATION >

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Applications now being accepted for High Performance 1 Seminar

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the NCCP High Performance 1 Seminar being held in Red Deer July 21-26.

This seminar includes professional speakers focusing on the delivery of sessions including special teams, planning to perform, offensive/defensive team play, goaltending, game and bench management, ethics in coaching, teambuilding and many more.

In addition to classroom sessions, coaches will be provided practical learning and development by running on-ice session and coach on the bench with our AJHL Player Development camp which is run the same week. Coaches selected to attend this Seminar will be guided by some of the best leaders and mentors in Canada.

The requirement set nationally is that “All Head Coaches coaching Bantam, Midget and Junior A teams that compete in Inter-provincial or National Championships or the highest level as determined by the branch, must be High Performance 1 Certified. It is recommended that all Assistant Coaches be at minimum Development 1 trained.”

Please refer to Coach Requirements for those who would require this course for coaching within Alberta.

Coaches looking to apply should meet the following criteria:

  • Currently coach elite athletes in a competitive stream
  • Currently or will be coaching in one of the 5 required leagues
  • Certified at the Development 1 Level

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Serge Lajoie named Head Coach for Team Alberta U16 Male | Assistant, Video Coach applications now open

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Serge Lajoie as Head Coach of the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will compete in the 2020 WHL Cup.

This will be Lajoie’s second time at the helm of Team Alberta, having guided the U16 team to gold at the 2013 WHL Cup.

"We are excited to bring Serge back into the fold again this year," said Mike Kriachy, Manager, Team Alberta. "He’s been an integral part of the Team Alberta program in previous years, and will bring a lot to the program again this time around."

Lajoie is currently the Head Coach of the OHA Edmonton Midget Prep team, and previously served as Head Coach of the University of Alberta Men’s Hockey Team, winning a U SPORTS National Championship in 2018.


Hockey Alberta is also now accepting applications for two Assistant Coach positions, and one Video Coach position for Team Alberta U16 Male.

U16 Coach Application >

Key dates for the U16 Male program include the Alberta Cup (April 29 - May 3, Red Deer), Team Alberta Summer Camp (July 6-12, Red Deer), and the WHL Cup (TBD).

The deadline for all coaching applications is March 4 at 4pm.

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Coach applications now open for Team Alberta U18 Female

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting coach applications for the Team Alberta U18 Female team that will be competing in National Women’s U18 Championship.

Team Alberta U18 Female is seeking one Head Coach, two Assistant Coaches, one Video Coach, and one Goaltender Coach.

U18 Coach Application >

Key dates for the U18 Female program include Team Alberta Summer Camp (July 13-19, Red Deer), Fall Camp (September 25-27, Edmonton), and the U18 Nationals (November 1-7, BC).

The deadline for all coaching applications is March 4 at 4pm.


The Team Alberta U18 program is the final stage of identification and evaluation towards Team Alberta and one of the stages of identification for Canada’s national programs. Through on and off-ice evaluation, the high performance U18 program works towards the final goal of taking Team Alberta to the National Women’s U18 Hockey Championship or the Canada Winter Games.

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Two Albertans experience 2020 Global Girls’ Game

ST. JOHN’S, NL - Two of Alberta’s Bantam Female players got a once in a lifetime experience while participating in the Global Girls’ Game this past weekend.

Bryn Weinkauf (Daysland) and Emily Harty (St. Albert) arrived in St. John’s on Friday to take in the Global Girls’ Game activities. They got the opportunity to spend the weekend participating in activities focusing on empowerment and team-building in order to foster greater self-confidence, learn from one another, and form friendships, before taking part in the Global Girls’ Game.

The game was neck and neck until the final period when Team Blue (in red, since it’s Canada) pulled ahead for the 7-5 win.

The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. The unique game began on February 8 and was played in 28 different countries across the globe before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment. The goal of the game is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family. A cumulative score was kept across all 28 countries with Team Blue defeating Team White by a score of 127-111.

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Registration now open for the Hockey Alberta U12 Skills Camp

RED DEER - Male athletes from across Alberta born in 2008 have the unique opportunity to participate in the Hockey Alberta U12 Skills Camp, hosted by the Team Alberta program.

The camp takes place in Calgary at the Great Plains Recreation Facility, May 29-31. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta program, as well as two goalie sessions for goaltenders only.

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The camp will consist of four sessions:

  • Checking skills
  • Position-specific training
  • Small area games
  • Power Edge Pro

NOTE: Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, please contact Mike Kraichy, Manager, Team Alberta at [email protected]

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Hockey Alberta Awards nominations now open

RED DEER – Who has made an impact on you or the sport this season?

Nominate that individual or team for one of six Hockey Alberta Awards, presented for outstanding achievements or contributions to amateur hockey in Alberta.

Awards Nomination Form >

Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards Program. All members of the hockey community in Alberta are encouraged to submit a nomination for a deserving individual or team.

There are six awards open for nominations including: Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Official of the Year, and Team of the Year. Nominations are also being accepted for the Order of Merit, which recognizes exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Order of Merit may be presented for Administration, Coaching/ Development, or Officiating.

The 2020 deadline for application is March 31.

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Coach of the Month - January

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s January Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Shawn Van Buuren of the Coaldale Cobras Peewee 2 and Coaldale Bantam teams.

Shawn is currently head coach of the Coaldale Cobras Peewee 2 and an assistant coach of the Coaldale Cobras Bantam team. He has been coaching hockey for eleven years, and also coaches baseball in the spring.

"Shawn is great with the kids, finding a balance between between being firm, and also creating an environment where the kids can learn, grow, and flourish," said a fellow coach who nominated Shawn. "He has taken the initiative to better both himself and the rest of the coaching team by always coming prepared with a plan in mind and consulting with a Coach Mentor to grow and learn."

Shawn plays hockey himself, and also enjoys camping and dirt biking with his family during the summer.

"I enjoy watching each player’s progression from the beginning of the season to the end and how their love for the sport grows." said Shawn. "My goal is to grow the kid’s love for the game by having fun, but still being competitive."


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

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nomination Form >

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Registration now open for the 2020 Hockey Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are pleased to be co-hosting the annual WHL Skills Camp for the sixth consecutive year.

The camp is a unique skill development opportunity for 2006-born (U15) male hockey players. Participants must be registered with Hockey Alberta/ Hockey Canada to be eligible.

The camp runs May 29-31 in Calgary at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex. Cost is $330 per player.

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The camp will focus on skill development and proper training techniques, and provides athletes with information about the Team Alberta process and the WHL, while challenging players to excel on and off the ice.

The Skills Camp provides athletes with the opportunity to learn from an impressive array of instructors, including instructors from the WHL. Participants will be divided into eight teams for the weekend, and participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Friday: On and off-ice combine testing
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, one off-ice session, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: One skill session, one off-ice session and a game to wrap up the weekend
  • Goaltenders will also participate in an on and off-ice goaltender session.

The maximum capacity for the camp is 168 athletes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact Michael Kraichy, Manager, Team Alberta at [email protected]

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Coaching Applications now being accepted for National Aboriginal Hockey Championship

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting coaching applications for the 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

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

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

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

The 2020 edition of the NAHC is being held in Regina, at the Co-operators Centre, May 9-16. More than 500 elite bantam and midget Indigenous hockey players from across Canada will compete in male and female divisions in the tournament.

Completed coaching applications can be submitted to Mike Applegate, Regional Manger, Northeast .

COACHING APPLICATION >

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Parent Engagement Series - Part Two: Multisport

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

Episode Two features Olympic gold medalist Ben Hebert, and Canmore Eagles Head Coach Andrew Milne, and focuses on the importance of being a multi-sport athlete.


Parent Engagement Guide >

Both the Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Models recommend allowing young athletes to participate in multiple sports rather than specializing at an early age. Participating in multiple sports allows young athletes to learn a variety of motor skills, hone them efficiently and increase their physical literacy. It teaches them diverse movement patterns, varied skill sets and cognitive understanding of game sense.

Encouraging your child to participate in a variety of athletic activities decreases the risk of burnout due to stress, decreased motivation and lack of enjoyment. A study by Ohio State University found that children who specialized early in a single sport led to higher rates of adult physical inactivity. Those who commit to one sport at a young age are often the first to quit, and suffer a lifetime of consequences. Athletes in the study who specialized were 70% to 93% more likely to be injured than children who played multiple sports.

For more information on multisport, and for other parent tips, head to hockeyalberta.ca.

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Nominate your coach for the BFL Female Coach of the Year!

RED DEER - Do you have a coach that has made a significant impact on your team this season? Nominate her for the BFL Coach of the Year award!

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

The BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards will honor one female community coach and one female high-performance coach in each province who have made outstanding contributions over an extended period of time coaching hockey programs within Hockey Canada female and/or minor hockey programs.

In addition, BFL Female Coach of the Year Award provincial winners will be considered in the selection of the national BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards for community coach and high-performance coach.


Criteria

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

How to Nominate

Any individual may nominate a coach for the provincial coach awards. The nomination must clearly state whether the award nomination is for the community coach and high-performance coach category. The individual submitting the nomination should complete the online nomination form and should also include a covering letter of support (not to exceed 300 words). As well, the supporting materials will include testimonials as to why the individual should be considered.

Provincial Finalists will each receive:

  • A cash bursary of $1,000 toward future coaching development

Grand Prize Winners will each receive:

  • A trip for two (2) to the 2020 Women’s World Championship in Halifax, NS
  • A cash bursary of $2,500 toward future coaching development

NOMINATION FORM >

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Welcome new-to-hockey families into your Minor Hockey Association!

RED DEER - Is your Minor Hockey Association looking to grow its membership?

Bauer, Hockey Canada, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the application process for the 2020-21 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program. The 2020-21 season will mark the seventh year of the program, which has seen more than 800 programs executed across Canada, resulting in more than 30,000 girls and boys across the country trying hockey for the first time.

MHAs are encouraged to review the application criteria and submit an online application if they wish to be selected as a host community for Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and new this upcoming season, Spring 2021. The objective for 2020-21 season is to host a minimum of 225 programs (coed, all girls and Para hockey), with a potential of more the 8,200 participants.

FIRST SHIFT HOST INFO >

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift provides boys and girls ages 6-10 an opportunity to easily try hockey for $229, which includes a six-week on-ice trial, expertly fitted head-to-toe Bauer equipment, and in-depth parent education.

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2020 Alberta Cup registration now open | Alberta Cup staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2005-born male athletes to participate in one of three regional selection camps for the 2020 Alberta Cup.

The Alberta Cup is being held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer, April 29 - May 3.

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NOTES:

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

All regional camps will take place March 27-29 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary Regional Camp - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Red Deer Regional Camp -
Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Spruce Grove Regional Camp -
Spruce Grove Agrena

Alberta Cup Regional Directory >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Mike Kraichy at [email protected] prior to registration.


2020 Alberta Cup staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2020 Alberta Cup. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, two assistant coaches, and one trainer were selected for each of the six teams.

2020 Team Staff >


The Alberta Cup aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with hundreds of players annually trying out for 120 spots (20 positions on each of the six regional teams).

In addition to player development, the Alberta Cup also features opportunities for administrators, referees, coaches, therapists and equipment managers to be identified for potential positions at higher level events, such as the World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games.

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Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s December Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Chris Friesen of the Trails West Novice 3 Red in Calgary.

Chris is currently coaching with the Trails West Novice 3 Red and GHC Senior Timbits 1 hockey teams. He has been coaching hockey for three years, with 2019-20 being his first time as a head coach.

"Both on and off the ice, Chris has excelled at his level of organization as a head coach," said the Team Manager who nominated Chris. "From his well thought out and developed practice plans - to his focus on the kids on the ice, always taking the time to engage in each member helping to develop their skills."

Away from the rink, Chris also helps coach his kids’ T-ball and soccer teams in the summer.

"I enjoy the challenge of getting a group to work together and seeing the improvement in individual and team skills over a season." said Chris. "My goal is to work hard to ensure that each player grows both on and off the ice throughout a season."


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

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nomination Form >