RED DEER – The 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships have a new presenting sponsor – ATB Financial.
Hockey fans will have the opportunity to watch teams pursue a 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship, presented by ATB Financial, as tournaments will be hosted in communities across the entire province – at locations ranging from High Level in the north and Taber in the south, to Provost in the east and Grande Prairie in the west.
The sponsorship and hosting announcements were made on December 15 during a media conference at the Red Deer Arena.
“We are pleased to welcome ATB Financial as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships which are staple events in the month of March for everyone in the province’s hockey community. Hockey Alberta has been fortunate to partner with ATB Financial for the past few years. We believe that ATB and the Provincial Championships are a natural fit, as thousands of people across the province are involved in ensuring that the participants have memories that last a lifetime,” said Rob Litwinski, Executive Director of Hockey Alberta.
As the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, ATB Financial is continuing a longstanding relationship with Hockey Alberta that has included support of the Team Alberta program.
“Playing in the provincials is every young hockey player’s goal at the start of each season,” said John Windwick, ATB’s Vice President, Community Initiatives. “We can’t wait to see the smiles on the players’ faces when they arrive at the championship tournaments across the province. We’ll definitely do our part to make sure it’s a special experience for everyone involved, including the parents, officials and volunteers who make these events possible.”
ATB’s Vice President, Community Initiatives John Windwick (left) and Hockey Alberta’s Executive
Director Rob Litwinski (right) unveil the new logo for the 2016 Provincial Championships.
Hockey Alberta’s month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during four weekends in March, along with four champions crowned through league playoff series. Organizations interested in hosting a provincial championship tournament completed a detailed bid process, with a bid committee evaluating the submissions.
The majority of teams competing in minor Provincial Championship tournaments qualify by winning a zone playdown. Playdowns start in mid-January across the province, with up to 1,000 teams vying for the right to represent their zone at the provincial championships. Host teams receive an automatic berth in the championship they are hosting, although they do participate in zone playdowns, and have the opportunity to win their zone title.
For Midget Female AAA, Midget AAA Minor, and Bantam Female AAA, championship tournaments are held to conclude league playoffs. The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.
Hosts for the following events are still being reviewed: Senior Female, Midget A, Bantam A, Bantam Female B, and Peewee Female B.
Provincial championship weekend in a dozen communities will also have a unique off-ice component. For the third year, Tundra Process Solutions is sponsoring True Spirit of Hockey Day events that will connect Provincial Championships and local schools, allowing students to learn about the excitement, teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport of hockey. Through a schedule of planned activities at each school, students will learn the rules of the game, engage with their classmates, and learn the importance of teamwork and skill development.
True Spirit of Hockey Day events will be held in conjunction with Provincial Championships hosted by Springbank, Oyen, Taber, High Prairie, High Level, Fort McMurray, Foothills, Drayton Valley, Grimshaw, Lacombe, Duchess, and Innisfail.
For more information on the 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, go to hockeyalberta.ca/provincials.