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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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Just Go For It

Sadie Makokis was meant to be a hockey player. The fifth of eight children, she comes from a family of hockey players.

For the 18-year-old, the 2022-23 season proved to be a storybook ending to her minor hockey career. Not only did she commit to the University of New Hampshire to play Division I hockey, she represented Alberta at both the Canada Winter Games (CWG) and the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC).

“It’s amazing and surreal to say that I’ve been able to represent Alberta numerous times,” said Makokis. “It’s kind of cool to see how far I’ve come… I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates and coaches.”

Makokis first came on the scene five years ago when she played in the NAHC as a double under-age.

“As a rookie you have to earn your stripes and prove yourself a little bit more because people haven’t seen you play as much,” said Makokis. “You don’t have that experience that others may have had. Now I know what I need to do and how to prepare and play.”

Her confidence in her game didn’t happen overnight.

“Playing in short-term competition four times now at this level has made it a lot easier,” said Makokis. “I go into tryouts prepared and ready to go. I try to set that example for myself and for others, but overall, I just try to play my own game.”

Playing her own game is what Makokis does best, and it’s what solidified her spot on Team Alberta twice this season.

In December, Makokis was selected to Team Alberta U18 to compete at the 2023 CWG in Charlottetown, PEI. The team finished fifth overall. In May, Makokis brought home a bronze medal with Team Alberta Female from the 2023 NAHC in Winnipeg.

“The two are very different tournaments and styles,” said Makokis. “In PEI, it was super diverse and we were all there for hockey. At NAHC, we come from a common background and we are all there to play hockey as well as represent our people.”

A member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, the opportunity to represent her people is why Makokis continues to try out for NAHC each year.

“It’s really humbling to say that my NAHC teammates are all my friends now,” said Makokis. “I’ll have them forever because we share the same experiences, have the same backgrounds and where we come from.”

Saddle Lake is an hour and 45 minutes away from St. Albert, where Makokis now calls home. She’s aware that living in the city has provided her with more opportunities than other people from Saddle Lake – and she understands the responsibilities that accompany being part of a generation that is blazing a trail for Indigenous youth in Alberta.

“It’s cool to be able to create that path and have other Indigenous youth know that they can do this too,” said Makokis. “I’m very proud to be Cree, to be Black and White, and I never realized that I’ve had that impact (on the next generation) over my short life that I’ve had.”

It’s not uncommon for Makokis to receive a message of support from someone watching her story unfold.

“It’s really cool to see I’m able to inspire my younger cousins and the other families on the reserve,” said Makokis. “I get messages saying ‘we’re all rooting for you and we’re all supporting you’ and I know that I have my entire community as well as several other communities in Alberta behind me. That’s amazing.”

Makokis is honoured to represent the Indigenous community on this large of scale, but her message for the next generation is clear.

“Just go for it,” said Makokis. “It doesn’t matter where you played the year before - as long as you go into the tryouts and be you. Take a chance on yourself and trust yourself. You’ve been playing hockey a long time and know these skills, so just trust yourself that you’re able to do it. Just go for it.”


2023 BFL Female Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Krista Wilson and Tara Swanson on being named Alberta’s 2023 BFL Female Coaches of the Year by Hockey Canada. Through the BFL Female Coach of the Year, Hockey Canada’s mission is to recognize coaches who are leaders in hockey and leaders in life, both in community and high performance leagues.

2023 Alberta BFL Female Coach of the Year – Community

Wilson spent the 2022-23 season with the Airdrie U15 A Female Lightning. In total, she has 12 years of coaching experience, and holds her Development 1 certification. Wilson is always striving to improve her skillset and knowledge base to help her athletes be the best they can be on and off the ice.

As an advocate for mental health awareness, this season, Wilson held a Health Challenge for the players which provided challenges encouraging physical and mental wellness. She ensures her players are prepared and focused for hockey and prioritizes celebrating life outside of the game.

2023 Alberta BFL Female Coach of the Year – High Performance

Swanson is a veteran behind the bench who currently works with the North Central Impact of the U15 AA Alberta Female Hockey League. Her coaching philosophy emphasizes her players and their development. She works with each player individually and as a whole team to determine goals and expectations for the season. She makes it clear that improvement and success is not always measured by the score of the game.

Swanson leads by example. She creates an environment where players are comfortable to express themselves, ensures a team free of harassment, discrimination and bullying and is always the first off the bench to shake other coaches hands. She uses her experiences to help mentor young coaches in the association and gives back to the game at the provincial level. Her goal to make everyone around her better, makes her an excellent role model for the young adults with whom she works.

BFL Female Coach of the Year

Coaches from coast to coast were nominated for Hockey Canada’s BFL Female Coach of the Year award. A selection committee chose the provincial and territorial winners for each category based on fair play and sportsmanship, emphasis on emotional and physical well-being of players, and commitment to developing every player and dedication to the game on and off the ice.

Each provincial and territorial winner receives a $2,500 bursary. A national winner from each category will be announced in June.


Registration now open for 2023-24 First Shift program

Do you have a child aged 6-10 years who is ready to fall in love with hockey? Registration is now open for the 2023-24 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families by offering a low-cost entry program to hockey.


Hockey Alberta News

Hockey Alberta will be running the First Shift Program from Nov. 4 - Apr. 5, 2024. In total, the First Shift will be offered in 11 locations across Alberta during the 2023-24 season:

Canmore - Spring

Calgary (Hockey Calgary) - Fall

Carstairs - Fall

Chestermere - Winter

Edmonton (Edmonton Oilers & Hockey Edmonton)- Fall and Winter

Elk Point - Fall

Grande Prairie - Fall

Lethbridge - Fall

Red Deer (Hockey Alberta) - Winter

Leduc - Fall

St. Albert - Spring

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


Staff Applications open for 2024 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta and Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta are now taking staff applications for the 2024 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC).

Applications are open for head coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and apprentice coaches for both Team Alberta Female and Male. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be of First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage and coaching Tier 1 or above during the 2023-2024 season.

Successful applicants must be available for the NAHC Summer Camp, August 3-6 in Red Deer and the NAHC scheduled for May 5-11 in Grande Prairie.

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

The annual event provides a forum for elite U18 aged Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nations, Métis and Inuit across the 13 provinces and territories. This annual event helps foster cultural unity and pride to celebrate Indigenous athletes and sport.

NAHC Team Alberta Male Coach Application >

NAHC Team Alberta Female Coach Application >

NAHC Trainer Application >

NAHC Apprentice Coach Application >

Deadline to submit an application is June 9.

Inquiries on coaching with Team Alberta at the NAHC, can be directed to Mike Applegate, Regional Manager North, Hockey Development, at [email protected].


2023 Team Alberta U18 Female Coaching Staff Announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff selected to lead Team Alberta U18 Female.

Chris Leeming (Edmonton) heads the bench staff with Ashley Shrode (Barrhead) and Jessie Olfert (Edmonton) as assistant coaches. Erin O’Toole (Lethbridge) joins the staff as the video coach and Jane Kish (Medicine Hat) as the goaltender coach.

The support roles include Rob Dawson (St. Albert) as the coach mentor, Dave Campbell (Grande Prairie) as the equipment manager, and Erin Gordon (Edmonton) as the athletic therapist. Completing the staff as Director of Operations is Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey, Kendall Newell (Red Deer).

“It is an honour to be named head coach of Team Alberta and have the opportunity to represent the province at a National Championship,” said Leeming. “We’ve assembled a strong staff, consisting of great humans, who I am eager to collaborate with and to learn from. Ultimately, if we find a way to align with our measures of success, and make the experience a memorable one for our athletes, we have won.”

Director of Hockey Operations Kendall Newell Red Deer
Coach Mentor Rob Dawson St. Albert
Head Coach Chris Leeming Edmonton
Assistant Coach Ashley Shrode Barrhead
Assistant Coach Jessie Olfert Edmonton
Video Coach Erin O’Toole Lethbridge
Goalie Coach Jane Kish Medicine Hat
Equipment Manager Dave Campbell Grande Prairie
Athletic Therapist Erin Gordon Edmonton

Leeming makes his second appearance with Team Alberta U18 Female, after joining the bench staff at the 2021 U18 Western Championships as an assistant coach. Currently the MacEwan University Griffins head coach competing in USport, he’s served as a coach mentor at the Alberta Challenge in 2022 and 2023 and spent time with the U16 program over the last five years in various roles.

Shrode has come full circle, playing for Team Alberta at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, she now coaches with Barrhead Minor Hockey Association. She has an extensive coaching resume that includes coach mentoring at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, head coach at the 2019 Alberta Challenge and at the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

Olfert is making the jump to assistant coach after supporting the 2023 Team Alberta Canada Winter Games squad as the video coach. Most recently coaching with the Alberta Female Hockey League’s U18 AAA Jr. Oilers White Female team, she has experience in the Team Alberta program as a head coach at the 2022 Alberta Challenge, and assistant coach at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games and 2019 Alberta Challenge.

O’Toole is fresh off an appearance as a head coach at the Alberta Challenge with South Black and coaches with the Lethbridge Eagles of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League. A U18 Nationals alumna, Kish, joined South Black as an assistant coach at the Alberta Challenge and coaches with the South Alberta Hockey Academy of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.

Team Alberta U18 Female is slated to compete at a national competition November 3-11.

Team Alberta U18 Female

Team Alberta U18 Female, fueled by Gatorade, is one of the stages of identification for Canada’s national programs. The team competes at the national competition, November 3-11.

Team Alberta U18 Female program is open to 2006 and 2007 born athletes who are Alberta residents and who were registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta sanctioned program for the 2022-23 season. Athletes are invited to camp based on previous Team Alberta programs, as well as scouting of players at sanctioned Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta games or events.

Athletes identified for the program are invited to Summer Camp, July 11-16. Following the camp, athletes are shortlisted and selected for Fall Camp, September 22-24. Athletes need to be registered with a sanctioned program in the 2023-24 season in order to remain eligible for final team selection in the fall.

Invitations to Summer Camp will be extended May 26, only successful athletes are notified at this time. Camp attendees are to be posted publicly in July.

Key Dates:

Invitations: May 26

Summer Camp: July 11-16

Fall Camp: September 22-24

Competition: November 3-11

For more information, contact Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey.


Dream Your Future

Darren Reid quite literally dreamt his future.

The assistant coach of Team Alberta Male, who competed at the 2023 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), had a dream about playing hockey for a team with a lightning bolt at six-years-old.

When he was eight, he bought a pack of hockey cards, where he discovered the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ten years later, the Lightning drafted him 256th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Along the way, there were little signs that gave Reid motivation to keep honing his skills. Like the reoccurring dream he would have in his teenage years of driving in a city, with a little league baseball park, opening up to the city as he turned the corner. In his first year as a professional hockey player in Springfield, Massachusetts, Reid found himself in the exact scenario he had dreamed about for years.

“I went for a drive on one of my first days in Springfield. I saw the little league field on the right and I thought if there’s a city around this corner, then this is meant to be,” said Reid. “I turned the corner and I was in shock. I pulled over and I took it all in. I had this feeling this is where I’m supposed to be in life.”

Reid’s involvement in hockey stems back to his biggest inspiration, his grandfather.

“My grandfather led all the sports in our family. My Dad and my uncles grew up with it and my Dad wanted that for my brother and me,” said Reid. “I was three years old the first time I skated, and I fell in love with hockey.”

As a kid, Reid loved the game. He never missed an Edmonton Oilers or Detroit Red Wings game. His passion came from the generations before him and when his family saw his potential to go to the next level, they pushed him harder.

“I’m very grateful for my Dad’s belief in me. He saw that I had what it takes to go to the next level,” said Reid. “I recognized that I had that hard work, that passion, that wanting to get better skill, that would take me there.”

By the time he was 14, Reid was one of the better players on his team and in his leagues in the Lac La Biche area. But he wondered why some of the really good hockey players he grew up playing with never moved on.

“You wonder why sometimes, why some people get chosen and some people don’t,” said Reid. “Now that I’m a coach and I was a scout, you understand and can see the difference between hard working players and kids who are just good players. Hard work is something that you can’t teach, it’s instilled.”

Reid’s work ethic couldn’t be ignored. But growing up in the 1990s as an Indigenous male, neither could the racism he experienced.

“I hate to say it, but there was a lot of racism which prevented me from playing on different teams,” said Reid. “There were teams that I didn’t make that helped me get better in my own way. I honestly think I needed that because it pushed me 10 times harder to play.”

As Reid moved through the ranks in his career, he would compete against the same players he was cut for in Midget AAA, while he played Midget B at home.

“It was really hard mentally to figure out why I couldn’t make some of these teams. That’s something I can’t change, but I’m grateful that in hockey today, a lot of the Indigenous kids are getting the opportunities to showcase their talent,” said Reid.

In Lac La Biche, a local former professional player, Terry Ewasiuk, took notice. He convinced Milan Dragicevic, then head coach and general manager of the Drayton Valley Thunder in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, to watch Reid.

“Milan truly believed in me. Even though I only played for him for two games, he was the one who brought me to Drayton Valley and selected me to play,” said Reid. “Then Barry Medori took over. Barry gave me the opportunity.”

Medori was the coach that Reid needed - giving him an opportunity, and not giving up on him.

“That’s what I teach kids today, I don’t give up on them. I don’t send them away, I want to teach them, until they show me they can’t,” said Reid.

Under Medori, Reid began to blossom. He was named rookie of the year and received full-ride scholarship offers to NCAA schools. Then the Western Hockey League (WHL) called. After discussing it with his family, Reid chose to enter the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

With the Tigers, Reid honed his game. He had a breakout season in 2004 when the Tigers won the WHL championship. After that, he knew he was ready for the next step in his hockey career.

But timing is everything and after realizing his dream of being drafted to the NHL, the timing in Reid’s career began to go awry.

What should have been his first NHL training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning was put on hold for a year due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout. He began his career in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Falcons under coach Dirk Graham. Reid received the True Grit award, an award presented to the player who exemplifies the traits of courage, determination, and a strong work ethic.

After five years in the Lightning system, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. The trade felt like a new chance at the NHL dream, especially since cracking the Lightning lineup was tough after they won the Stanley Cup in 2004. He played 14 games with the Flyers. But his time in the AHL with the Philadelphia Phantoms, playing for coach Craig Berube, was priceless.

“We were Indigenous and he took me under his wing. He showed me what hard work meant,” said Reid. “I learned at junior, the personal aspect. Dirk gave me the opportunity to play my game. Then you get a coach who was a Stanley Cup Champion level, and he showed you what to do to players to get them to respond through hard work.”

When Reid retired from playing in 2010, his resume included a Calder Cup Championship with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, a WHL championship and multiple accolades acknowledging him for his hard work and dedication to the game.

At the time, Reid didn’t realize the platform that he’d been given as an Indigenous player, especially in north central Alberta.

“I didn’t ask for a spotlight and I didn’t know what to do with it, I’m not that kind of person,” said Reid. “It took me awhile to learn that I actually have something to offer the Indigenous community, because I’ve been there and I’ve went through the steps. Now I want to help the next generation so they don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.”

Blessed with good coaching throughout his career, he began to understand how he could give back, it started with operating hockey schools across North American for Indigenous youth.

“I always wanted to coach, but for the first five years after playing, I felt I wasn’t ready to be the coach I wanted to be. I felt I needed to mature as a coach and as a person,” said Reid. “As time went on, I did…. I’m happy I can do stuff like that to give back to these kids. It’s something I have a passion for.”

In addition to Medori, Graham and Berube, he also credits his Tigers coach, Willie Desjardins for making him coach he is today.

“I’m still learning and I always will still learn, but I’m grateful for Barry, Willie, Dirk and Craig for teaching me how to be a great coach,” said Reid. “Willie made me who I am today as a coach. He instilled a lot of great coaching values in me. He knows how to dig into your soul and get the best out of you. He could have sent us home a lot of times, instead he put us on the right path.”

The combination of the four coaches who impacted his career and his own professional experience, has enabled Reid to grow into his position as an Assistant Coach at NAHC.

“Words can’t even explain how honoured I am to have been asked to help coach Team Alberta,” said Reid. “I wanted to be involved because I have this experience that a lot of our Indigenous youth don’t know.”

Reid is using this opportunity to share his wisdom with players of the next generation.

“If I had had this when I got to pro, it would have made me career a whole lot easier,” said Reid. “Helping these kids get to the next level and give them the best version of themselves to make it there, I’m just very honoured to help.”

As for envisioning his future, this is one dream he didn’t see coming.

“I never thought I’d be sitting here as a coach and be coaching Team Alberta,” said Reid. “We represent our province and that’s a big deal.”


Congratulations to the 2023 Award winners

RED DEER – Four individual and two minor hockey associations have been recognized as 2023 recipients of Hockey Alberta Awards, presented by ATB.

The Hockey Alberta Awards program provides the hockey community the opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals, teams and associations for their hard work and accomplishments in making a positive difference for participants in our sport each season.

Nominations are accepted from Hockey Alberta member organizations, staff members, volunteers and the hockey community. Each award recipient receives $1,000 for his/ her association.

The 2022-23 Hockey Alberta Award recipients are:

Coach of the Year: Chad Huseby (Red Deer). Chad was a coach of the Red Deer Minor Hockey U11B Flyers, and after a tragic incident occurred with the team’s head coach, Chad acted as support to the players and coaching staff to help guide them through the season.

Official of the Year: Taylor Burzminski (St. Albert). Taylor obtained his National High Performance Level certification in October. He skated two international events and the Alberta Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League playoffs. He also serves as the Development Coordinator in the North Region.

Player of the Year: Ryley Budd (Calgary). Ryley, a goaltender with the Calgary Northstars of the Alberta Elite Hockey League, raised $5,000 for HEROS Hockey this season through a fundraising initiative with EnerCorp. The funds Ryley raised sent a goalie (and his team) in the HEROS program to Ontario for their first hockey tournament.

Volunteer of the Year: Janet Fairless (Grimshaw). Janet has volunteered with Hockey Alberta since 2009 in a variety of roles, including serving on the Minor Administration Committee.

Minor Hockey Association of the Year: St. Albert Minor Hockey Association (SAMHA). During the 2022-23 season, SAMHA demonstrated it was one of the most progressive organizations keeping the development of their players and support of voluteers at the forefront.

Exceptional Provincial Host Site Awards:

  • Olds Minor Hockey Association – U13 AA
  • St. Albert Minor Hockey Association – U17 AAA

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


Lin Luymes - longtime Hockey Alberta volunteer

Hockey Alberta NewsLin Luymes, a long-time volunteer with Hockey Alberta, passed away on May 8 after some recent health issues. She was 55.

Lin had served as Registrar with Lacombe Minor Hockey for eight years until 2014, when she joined Hockey Alberta as a member of the Minor Administration Committee. In her volunteer role, Lin assisted minor hockey associations with the sometimes daunting tasks of registration processes, team and player approvals, and approving player transfers in HCR.

In 2019, she received her five-year award as a Hockey Alberta volunteer from CEO Rob Litwinski and Terry Engen, then-Board Chair.

In addition to her volunteer work with Hockey Alberta, Lin was also a deacon at Woody Nook Christian Reformed Church.

Lin is survived by her husband Andrew, sister Maureen Tabak, sons Mark (Laura), Peter (Kate), David (Ashley), grandchildren Bradley, Abigail, Blake, Lacie, and Josie, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews, and friends.

A Public Visitation is set for Monday, May 15 from 6-8 pm at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel with a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, May 16 at 1 pm at the Woody Nook CRC, 40104 Range Road 281 (west of Lacombe).


Eight Albertans selected in first round of the 2023 WHL Draft

RED DEER - Eight Alberta players, registered in Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned programs, heard their names called during the first round of the 2023 WHL Draft on Thursday.

Albertans were selected first and second overall and five going in the top 10.

Prince Albert Raiders had the first two picks, selecting Lacombe’s Daxon Rudolph first overall, and Cochrane’s Riley Boychuk with the number two pick.

Five Albertans were selected in the top 10 including:

  • 4th: Keaton Verhoeff, Fort Saskatchewan (Victoria Royals)
  • 7th: Ty Meunier, St.Albert, (Prince Albert Raiders)
  • 8th: Brett Olson, Spruce Grove (Vancouver Giants).

Rounding out the list of Albertans selected in the first round were 13th Cruz Pavao, Calgary (Tri-City Americans), 16th Aaron Sawatzky, Didsbury (Moose Jaw Warriors), and 22nd Carter Esler, Okotoks (Spokane Chiefs)

Five of the eight Albertans are from the Alberta Elite Hockey League.

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

Pick Player Team Position Hometown
1st Daxon Rudolph Prince Albert Raiders Defence Lacombe
2nd Riley Boychuk Prince Albert Raiders Forward Cochrane
4th Keaton Verheoff Victoria Royals Defence Fort Saskatchewan
7th Ty Meunier Prince Albert Raiders Forward St. Albert
8th Brett Olson Vancouver Giants Forward Spruce Grove
13th Cruz Pavao Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
16th Aaron Sawatzky Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Didsbury
22nd Carter Esler Spokane Chiefs Goaltender Okotoks
27th Bennett Kelly Prince Albert Raiders Defence Cochrane
29th Zachery Olsen Saskatoon Blades Forward Calgary
30th Sawyer Dingman Swift Current Broncos Forward Edmonton
32nd Rhys Jamieson Everett Silvertips Forward Calgary
33rd Easton LaPlante Calgary Hitmen Defence Calgary
34th Parker Snell Edmonton Oil Kings Goaltender St. Albert
37th Kayden Lemire Prince George Cougars Forward Edmonton
39th Jordan Duguay Portland Winterhawks Forward Edmonton
41st Cooper Williams Saskatoon Blades Forward Calgary
42nd Ryley Budd Saskatoon Blades Goaltender Calgary
43rd Dermot Johnston Prince George Cougars Defence Olds
44th Townes Kozicky Prince George Cougars Forward Calgary
50th Steele Bass Prince Albert Raiders Goaltender High River
54th Finn Werner Everett Silvertips Goaltender St. Albert
55th Jesse McKinnon Tri-City Americans Forward St. Albert
57th Cage Smith Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Brooks
58th Braydon Riggall Vancouver Giants Defence Calgary
62nd Cole Prelusky Victoria Royals Goaltender Calgary
63rd Patrick Sopiarz Prince George Cougars Forward Edmonton
66th Caelen Joudrey Winnipeg ICE Forward Airdrie
69th Rhett Sather Victoria Royals Defence Rocky View
70th Nathan Guenther Saskatoon Blades Defence Edmonton
72nd Isaac Davies Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Carstairs
76th Owen Folstrom Kelowna Rockets Forward Calgary
79th Matthew Williams Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Leduc
85th Liam Eisnor Saskatoon Blades Defence Edmonton
88th Grady Pichette Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Okotoks
89th Tracen Ashley Seattle Thunderbirds Defence Calgary
91st Dallin Antos Kelowna Rockets Defence Red Deer
92nd Finn Bagley Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Airdrie
94th Ryan Boyce Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Calgary
95th Knox Bendera Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Sherwood Park
102nd Brody Rotar Lethbridge Hurricanes Goaltender Lethbridge
104th Nolan Stewart Victoria Royals Forward Edmonton
105th Will McLaughlin Portland Winterhawks Defence Canmore
110th Radoslav Dmitrov Winnipeg ICE Defence Spruce Grove
114th Owen Cooper Everett Silvertips Forward Calgary
116th Gabriel O’Brien Kelowna Rockets Forward Edmonton
119th Brayden Ryan-Mackay Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Calgary
136th Ben McBeath Kelowna Rockets Defence Calgary
137th Noah Chadi Kamloops Blazers Defence Edmonton
140th Emile Plourde Prince George Cougars Forward Sherwood Park
143rd Rylan Ng Calgary Hitmen Forward Lethbridge
144th David Byrne Calgary Hitmen Defence Calgary
145th Sullivan Fogolin Kelowna Rockets Defence St. Albert
146th Easton Daneault Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Red Deer
149th Nash Nicolay Portland Winterhawks Forward Rocky Mountain House
150th Noah Milford Red Deer Rebels Forward Okotoks
153rd Brendan Rudolph Seatttle Thunderbirds Forward Calgary
156th Joshua McKague Winnipeg ICE Defence Edmonton
158th Griffin Horne Calgary Hitmen Forward Lac Des Arcs
159th Avery Watson Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Edmonton
161st Rockston Ror-Chow Vancouver Giants Forward Edmonton
166th Darius Hordal Prince Albert Raiders Defence Edmonton
168th Hayden Iron Shirt Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Lethbridge
169th Ryan Pedersen Prince George Cougars Defence Rocky View
172nd Kade Pierson Red Deer Rebels Forward Chestermere
176th Grady Wedman Winnipeg ICE Forward Leduc Country
179th Mathieu Lajoie Victoria Royals Forward St. Albert
184th Aiden Sexsmith Swift Current Broncos Forward Calgary
188th Kai Zurowski Regina Pats Goaltender St. Albert
190th William Hogan Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Edmonton
193rd Tate Hanson Portland Winterhawks Forward Strathmore
194th Nate Yellowaga Red Deer Rebels Defence Calgary
195th Kohen Lodge Saskatoon Blades Forward Red Deer
197th Keegan Bailey Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Airdrie
203rd Ty Krooshoop Prince Albert Raiders Defence Rocky View
205th Kaden Hayes Vancouver Giants Forward Chestermere
207th Tafri Chingwaru Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Edmonton
216th Nolan Schmidt Red Deer Rebels Forward Edmonton
217th Rhett Romanchuk Saskatoon Blades Defence Dewberry
236th Riley Thorpe Moose Jaw Warriors Forward

St. Albert

238th Saul Astill Red Deer Rebels Defence


240th Rory Frew Kamloops Blazers Forward



256th Theron Bensler Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Medicine Hat
258th Dylan Deets Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Calgary
262nd Damien Wiebe Kamloops Blazers Defence Sherwood Park


Hockey Alberta gliding into Prospects Cup

RED DEER – The Prospects Cup is gliding into Red Deer, May 11-14. Hockey Alberta’s youngest tournament for under-13 male athletes concludes the 2023 Spring Showcase.

Play starts with North Grey and Capital Royal on Thursday at 11:30 am at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Eight teams are competing for a spot in the championship game on Sunday at 3:30 pm.

Over 200 students from École Mother Theresa School and École Camille J. Lerouge School are to be in attendance between Thursday and Friday. The Hockey Alberta Foundation has partnered with local schools to allow students to experience the great game of hockey.

The Prospects Cup is a round-robin tournament. The 20-player rosters are made up of two goaltenders, six defence and 12 forwards. Prior to this tournament under-15 male and female players competed at the Alberta Cup (April 27-30) and Alberta Challenge (May 4-7), respectively, as part of the Spring Showcase.

Games are being livestreamed on HockeyTV.

For more information on the Prospect Cup, visit or follow Hockey Alberta on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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About Prospects Cup

The Prospects Cup is the first step of the Hockey Alberta Development program. It provides second-year U13 athletes, coaches, trainers, and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition.


Sixteen Albertans named to NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its final 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, Jackson Unger and Cooper Michaluk are the three 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
7 Nate Danielson Forward Brandon Wheat Kings WHL
25 Koehn Ziemmer Forward Prince George Cougars WHL
63 Aiden Fink Forward Brooks Bandits AJHL
107 Justin Kipkie Defence Victoria Royals WHL
115 Kai Uchacz Forward Red Deer Rebels WHL
125 Mazden Leslie Defence Vancouver Giants WHL
132 Saige Weinstein Defence Spokane Chiefs WHL
135 Morgan Brady Defence Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
141 Matteo Fabrizi Defence Red Deer Rebels WHL
195 Ty Daneault Forward Drumheller Dragons AJHL
205 Cole Miller Forward Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
212 Nicholas Wolfenberg Defence Okotoks Oilers AJHL
216 Cade Christenson Defence Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
4 Scott Ratzlaff Goaltender Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
19 Jackson Unger Goaltender Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
23 Cooper Michaluk Goaltender Spokane Chiefs WHL


Pacific Regional Championships Recap

The Alberta Elite Hockey League’s (AEHL) U18 AAA Calgary (NW) Flames punched their ticket to the Hockey Canada Men’s U18 National Club Championships, while the Alberta Female Hockey League’s (AFHL) U18 AAA Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs hosted the Fraser Valley Rush in the Pacific Regional Championships April 7-8.

AEHL Pacific Regional Championships

The Flames swept the Okanagan Rockets in two games to claim the Pacific Regional Championship.

The series took place in Calgary at the Father David Bauer Arena, and offence was on display for both teams.

In game one, the Rockets scored twice in the third period to send the game to overtime. But it only 23 seconds in the extra frame for Wade Wallace to score the winning goal in the 5-4 victory. Calgary goals in regulation time were scored by Braden Ivey, Brett Wilson, Max Heise, and Aidan Larose.

In game two on Saturday, the Okanagan jumped out to a 4-2 lead after one. But the Flames scored five straight goals in a 15-minute span, and then held on for an 8-6 victory. Calgary was led by Joshua Wiebe with three goals and two assists, while Larose also added a hat-trick. Ivey and Russ Demo had the singles. Wilson had three assists, while Heise and Nolan Kelly had a pair of helpers each.

The Flames will now travel to the Men’s U18 National Club Championship to take on the top five U18 AAA teams from across the country. The tournament runs from April 24-20 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.

AFHL Pacific Regional Championships

Game one of the best-of-three series took place on Friday. In a back-and-forth game, Red Deer couldn’t find the back of the net as the Rush pulled away with a 3-0 win. Rebecca Noble earned the shutout for Fraser Valley.

Back at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on Saturday for game two, Red Deer got goals from Nadia Lavoie and Rylee McLeod, but it wasn’t enough as the Rush prevailed 5-2.

The Fraser Valley Rush will compete at the Esso Cup April 23-29 in Prince Albert, Sask.


2023 Provincial Championship recap: Week three

The 2023 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships presented by ATB have come to an end.

Over three weeks, in 23 communities across the province, thirty-four teams were named provincial champions.

2023 Hockey Alberta Provincial Tournaments

The third weekend of provincial tournament action took place April 5-9.

Championship Games

Senior AA – Wainwright Rustlers 6, Siksika Buffaloes 1

Junior B – Wainwright Bisons 3, Carstar Okotoks Bisons 1

U18 Tier 1 (NBC) – Trails West White 2, NWZ 704 1

U17 AAA – Okotoks Oilers 1, Fort Saskatchewan South Fort Chev Rangers 0

2023 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is the last league playing for a title. In the division finals, the Brooks Bandits lead the South in a two-game lead over the Blackfalds Bulldogs. While the Spruce Grove Saints have taken two games against the Bonnyville Pontiacs.

Week one results >

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Alberta to host Pacific Regional Championships

The Alberta Female Hockey League and Alberta Elite Hockey League U18 AAA division are set to host Pacific Regional Championships in Red Deer and Calgary April 7-9.

All games are available to stream live on Hockey TV.

Alberta Female Hockey League

The Alberta Female Hockey League’s U18 AAA Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs are hosting the Fraser Valley Rush in the Pacific Regional Championships.

In the best-of-three series, games begin at 6 P.M. on Friday.

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The winner of the series will go on to represent the Pacific Region at the Esso Cup in Prince Albert, Sask., April 23-29.

Throughout the season, the Chiefs sat in the top three of the league standings. At provincials, they overcame the Calgary Fire in a shoot-out to claim the championship.

Alberta Elite Hockey League

The U18 AAA Calgary (NW) Flames of the Alberta Elite Hockey League are looking to extend their win streak versus Okanagan Rockets.

Games begin on Friday at 6 P.M. at the Father David Bauer Arena.

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The winner of the best-of-three series, will represent the Pacific Region at the Men’s U18 National Club Championships April 24-30 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.

Calgary finished second in the South Division during regular season play. The team went on to sweep the St. Albert Nektar Raiders in a best-of-five series to win the provincial championship.


2023 Provincial Championship preview: Week three

After three weeks, 23 communities, and 34 events, the final weekend is here for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB.

Action begins today (April 5) with the Junior B provincials in Okotoks, and continues through to Sunday, April 9.

Other championship tournaments this weekend are:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is down to four teams seeking the provincial championship. Playing in the South Division final are the Brooks Bandits and Blackfalds Bulldogs, while the Bonnyville Pontiacs and Spruce Grove Saints will go head-to-head in the North Division.

For more information on Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB, and to see the schedules of each division, visit

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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2023 Provincial Championship recap: Week two

Ten teams skated away with titles as week two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB, wrapped up on Sunday.

Unlike week one, which included overtime and a shootout to decide several championships, regulation time was all that was needed to determine the week two champions.

2023 Hockey Alberta Provincial Tournaments

Play began on Thursday, March 30 across the province. On Sunday, 18 teams suited up for the final game, and nine were crowned champions.

Championship Games

Junior C – Calgary Wolverines 8, Springbank Rockies 6

AFHL U18 AA – Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 1, North Central Impact 0

U18 AA – Edmonton Canadian Athletic Club (CAC) 6, West Central Tigers 3

U18 Tier 1 – Calgary Trails West (BC1) 4, Calgary Bow Valley (BC1) 1

U18 Tier 2 – La Crete 5, Athabasca 2

U18 Tier 3 – Fairview 6, Vegreville 4

U18 Female A – GHC Jr. Inferno Flyers 3, Stettler 2

U18 Female B – Cold Lake 4, Battle River Knights 0

U13 AA – Lethbridge 5, Calgary NWCAA Stamps 0

2023 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

Calgary NW Flames claimed the AEHL U18 AAA provincial championship in three games over the St. Albert Nektar Raiders. The Flames will go on to host the Okanagan Rockets in Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, April 7-9, in the Pacific Regional Championships.

AEHL U18 AAA Recap >

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is one step closer to naming a champion. The Spruce Grove Saints and Bonnyville Pontiacs will face each other in round three. Brooks Bandits await their round three opposition as Blackfalds and Drumheller will look to game seven to determine who is moving on.

Play continues on Tuesday, April 3.

Provincial Championship Merchandise

This year, Hockey Alberta is offering 2023 Provincial Championship merchandise. There are several 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].



2023 Provincial Championships preview: Week 2

The Alberta Elite Hockey League U18AAA champions were crowned on Wednesday night.

The Calgary (NW) Flames will join nine more champions decided during week two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB.

The Flames swept St. Albert Nektar Raiders in a best-of-five series and now represent Alberta at the Pacific Regional Championships in Calgary against the BC champion Okanagan Rockets. The winner will go on to play at the Men’s U18 National Club Championship.

In Provincial Championship action this weekend (March 30-April 2), nine tournaments are taking place throughout the province, including:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League continue their playoffs with eight teams remaining. Series records can be found on

The final Provincial Championship tournaments will be played April 5-9. In total, 34 titles will be handed out.

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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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.



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.

IIHF Global Girls Game >


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.

U11 HADP Information >


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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.

Hockey Alberta News

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.

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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.

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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 >