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Four Alberta Officials Headed To Level Six Seminar

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee are pleased to announce four officials have been selected to attend the Hockey Canada Level Six officiating seminar in Moncton, New Brunswick from November 3-8.

Cody Rude of Edmonton, Kevin Webinger and Reid Anderson of Calgary, and Chris Schlenker of Medicine Hat will be attending this event, which is the highest level in the officiating program in Canada. 

There are only about 80 level 6 officials registered in Canada each season, making this a very select group of top officials from across Canada. 

Hockey Alberta and the Officiating Committee would like to congratulate each official on their selection.

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World Junior A Challenge kicks off in Bonnyville

BONNYVILLE - The World Junior A Challenge returns to Alberta as the 2018 edition of the tournament kicks off in Bonnyville on Sunday.

This is the second time in three years Bonnyville has hosted the World Junior A Challenge, as the town was also awarded the tournament in 2016. It’s also just the third Alberta stop in WJAC history.

Five Albertans will compete in the tournament for Team Canada West: Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek), Austin Wong (Cochrane), Luke Bast (Red Deer), T.J. Lloyd (Lloydminster) and Matthew Davis (Calgary). Canada West opens tournament play Sunday at 5pm against the United States.

Tournament Schedule >

Five Alberta Officials have been chosen to work the World Junior A Challenge: Referees Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer) and Kyle Kowalksi (Edmonton), and Linesmen Jason Nedinis (Calgary), Will Moss (Calgary), and Przemek Iwaniec (Calgary).

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Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced for 2019 Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U16 Male team that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >

"The depth of hockey talent in this province is significant, which resulted in many difficult decisions for us," said Head Coach Bobby Fox. "Our staff is excited to work with this group of 20 players moving forward to the Canada Winter Games."

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, the Alberta Cup in April, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Camrose in July. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and from the Summer Camp, a shortlist roster was established and monitored in league play during the first months of the 2018-19 season.

Team staff includes: Bobby Fox (head coach), Brandin Cote (associate coach), Jeff Shantz (assistant coach), Alex Mandolidis (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Karyn Fanstone (athletic therapist), Dave Campbell (equipment manager), Jamie Porter (head scout), Michael Kraichy (Director of Hockey Operations), Dustin Moore (Assistant Director of Hockey Operations), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with 13 different associations represented on the roster: Airdrie, Alix, Beaumont, Beiseker, Bonnyville, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, St. Albert, and Whitecourt.

Since men’s hockey was first contested at the Canada Winter Games in 1967, Team Alberta owns 10 medals, including gold in 1967, 1975, 1999, and 2003. The U16 Male squad is coming off a silver medal at the most recent games in Prince George in 2015, a team that featured five recent invitees to the 2019 National Junior Team Selection Camp.

The Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Men’s Hockey competition set for February 17-22.

The entire Team Alberta U16 Male roster will meet for Christmas Camp in Red Deer on December 19-21. The team will host two exhibition games: Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30pm versus the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs, and Friday, December 21 at 2:00pm against the St. Albert Midget AAA Raiders. Both games are at the Enmax Centrium, and are open to the public.

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Life Member: Doug McKenzie

RED DEER - William (Doug) McKenzie, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, died on Tuesday, December 4.

Doug was involved with amateur hockey for more than seven decades – working at the local, regional, provincial and national levels.

His lifelong involvement with hockey began as a minor and junior player with Edmonton’s Canadian Athletic Club. After years of administrative involvement with the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association, Doug became involved with Hockey Alberta as Minor Council North Vice Chair and Vice President. Doug served as President of Hockey Alberta from 1975-80, and Past President for six years. In 1981, Doug became involved at the national level with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, serving as a Director and Senior Hockey Chair.

Doug was instrumental in building hockey relations with Japan and the Hokkaido Ice Hockey Federation. He first travelled with the University of Alberta Golden Bears to play in the Pacific Rim Tournament. This led to many exchanges with Japan and Hockey Alberta over the years. During his last trip to Japan, Doug presented the "McKenzie Friendship Cup" to the Hokkaido National Team.

Among his numerous accolades, Doug received Hockey Alberta’s President’s Award in 1981, was named a Hockey Alberta Life Member in 1992, and was inducted into both the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (1989) and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (2009). As well, in 1993, the McKenzie Cup, awarded to the Alberta/British Columbia Senior AAA champion, was named in his honour.

A funeral is scheduled for Mount Zion Lutheran Church (11533-135 Street NW) in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 12 at 2:30 pm.

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IIHF World Junior Championship Returns to Alberta

EDMONTON – The world’s best junior hockey players will be skating for gold on Alberta ice at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

From Hockey Canada:

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), has awarded the 45th edition of the international tournament to the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer.

“To return to Alberta is an incredible opportunity for Hockey Canada and the IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “The province of Alberta and the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer have a history of hosting successful, world-class events, including the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship in Red Deer, the 2012 edition of the tournament in Edmonton and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup last summer. We are confident in this committee’s ability to successfully execute on its vision for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we look forward to working with them to ensure we leave a lasting legacy in Alberta and across the country that helps us continue to grow and foster the game from the grassroots to elite levels.”

Smith was chair of the site-selection committee, which also included Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney, former Hockey Canada board chair Joe Drago and CHL president David Branch, and was supported by Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada as the committee’s resource staff.

Hockey Canada has played host to the IIHF World Junior Championship 12 times in the tournament’s 41-year history; the 13th IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice officially kicks off this month in Vancouver and Victoria. Organizers of the 2021 tournament will take part in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship as part of the preparation and planning for Edmonton and Red Deer.

Leading the committee are Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) in partnership with the City of Edmonton, and the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club in partnership with the City of Red Deer.

“Oilers Entertainment Group is thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with Hockey Canada, this time to help bring the IIHF World Junior Championship to Edmonton and Red Deer,” said Bob Nicholson, OEG CEO & vice chair. “We are continuing to build Edmonton’s international reputation as a destination for hockey and we know the hockey fans in our community will be excited to cheer on Team Canada on home ice.”

“On behalf of the Rebels organization, the City of Red Deer, our partners at Westerner Park and all junior hockey fans across Central Alberta, we are beyond excited to bring the IIHF World Junior Championship back to our community,” said Brent Sutter, owner, general manager and head coach of the Red Deer Rebels. “This marquee event was a game-changer for the region in 1995, and we’re sure fans from around the world will be embraced once again.”

“As a site-selection committee, finding the optimal site for the IIHF World Junior Championship is always our priority,” said Branch. As a partner, the CHL is instrumental in the hosting of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice, sharing in the event legacy for the development of high-performance junior hockey across the country, and lending its players, coaches and support staff to participating teams. “The interest and excitement to host this special event remains high as we look to 2021 and beyond. Today is about celebrating the selection of Edmonton and Red Deer as co-hosts in 2021 and the teams, volunteers, staff and fans who will make the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria an unforgettable experience beginning later this month.”

The Government of Alberta has committed its support to the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“Alberta’s towns and cities are rich with hockey culture and our government is proud to support the 2021 World Juniors,” said the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism for the Government of Alberta. “These championships will bring top-notch athletes and tourists from around the world to explore our beautiful province. This is an incredible opportunity for Alberta and I know co-hosting the games in Edmonton and Red Deer will be a winning combination.”

The 2021 World Juniors will be co-hosted at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels with regional economic impact expected to exceed $50-million.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Red Deer again after a great Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our outstanding hosting skills as well as Edmonton’s Rogers Place and Ice District to the world. Events like this have a significant local economic impact that will benefit Edmontonians and allow them to enjoy their ongoing love for hockey.”

"World Juniors is more than a hockey tournament. It is our national tradition. Red Deer is honoured to be a partner host City for the 2020/2021 World Juniors, especially given our strong community history of hosting Juniors in 1995", said Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. "We will build on this proud heritage with our government and hockey partners. Hockey Canada, the Oilers Entertainment Group and the Red Deer Rebels are to be applauded for the hockey and Canadian history we are writing today, and for the opportunity they have secured for us".

Tickets for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will be available to Edmonton Oilers, Oil Kings and Rebels season-seat holders in the spring. Tickets will go on sale to the public at a later date.

A legacy plan for potential profits from the event will provide for grassroots hockey program support across the province and throughout Hockey Canada’s 13 regional members, as well as the CHL. A portion of the profits are used by the IIHF to grow the game internationally.

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Team Alberta U18 Female roster announced for 2019 Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U18 Female team that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

"Our staff is really excited about this team," said Head Coach Carla MacLeod. "It has been a process to get to this point and all the girls involved have been a pleasure to work with. The 20 girls selected are all individually skilled and driven and we are looking forward to the next step of becoming an Alberta Built team. To play at the Canada Winter Games in Alberta is an honour that we cannot wait to experience."

Team staff includes: Carla MacLeod (head coach), Cassea Schols and Craig Perrett (assistant coaches), Amanda Tapp (goalie coach), Ally Bendfeld (video coach), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Amanda Bergen Henengouwen (equipment manager), Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning), Kendall Newell (Director of Hockey Operations), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

The 2019 U18 Female roster features six returning players from the 2017 U18 Nationals team: Kassy Betinol, Teghan Inglis, Stephanie Markowski, Jordan Mortlock, Danielle Serdachny, and Rachel Weiss. This will be the third time representing Alberta for Markowski and Weiss, who also played in the 2016 U18 Nationals.

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with 13 different associations represented on the roster: Beaverlodge, Calgary, Cochrane, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Irma, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, St. Albert, Wainwright and Whitecourt.

Team Alberta is coming off a bronze medal finish in women’s hockey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, a feat also accomplished by the 1999 team in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Team Alberta is a two-time gold medalist at the Canada Winter Games, most recently in 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the inaugural gold medal in 1991 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the first year women’s hockey was incorporated into the Games.

The Team Alberta selection process began at the Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp in May, followed by Summer Camp in July and Fall Camp in September. The Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Female Hockey competition set for February 24 - March 2.

The roster for Team Alberta U16 Male will be announce at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.

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AFHL November Wrap Up

RED DEER - The second month of the 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the Lloydminster PWM Steelers (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Sherwood Park Royals (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (41 pts)
2) St. Albert Slash (40 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (31 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (14 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)

Slash forward Madison Willan leads the league across the board, with 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points.

St. Albert’s goaltending tandem of Holly Borrett and Brianna Sank are off to red-hot starts to the season. Borrett leads the league with a 0.71 GAA and a 7-0-0 record, and sits second with three shutouts, while Sank is right behind with a 0.75 GAA and six wins, and leads all Midget AAA goaltenders with four shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (25 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
3) St. Albert Sharks (21 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (12 pts)
5) North Central Impact (7 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (30 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (28 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (18 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (17 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (4 pts)

Sherwood Park forward Madison Porter leads all Midget Elite skaters in goals (13) and points (16). Meanwhile, Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser sits atop the assist leaderboard with 10.

With a 4-0 record with the Calgary Fire Red, Rebecca Boswell’s minuscule 0.50 GAA leads the league, while Airdrie’s Jocelynn Pearce sits atop the leaderboard with seven wins, and is tied with Calgary Fire White netminder Cienna Kinghorn with three shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first two months of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into December are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Royals (29 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (29 pts)
3) North Central Impact (27 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (18 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (12 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (24 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (17 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (15 pts)
5) Olds Grizzlys (14 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (3 pts)

With 12 goals and 19 points, Lloydminster’s Lana Duriez leads the league in both categories, while North Central’s Jorja Nystrom leads all Bantam Elite skaters with 10 assists.

Asia Kachuk sits atop the league with a 0.71 GAA, while her Sherwood Park teammate Teegan Fedoruk leads the league with four shutouts. Lloydminster’s Tiana Stafford is tops in Bantam Elite with six wins.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s November Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Danielle Wheeler of Stettler.

A former Canadian Women’s Hockey League player, Danielle has been coaching since 2009, and currently coaches both the Stettler Novice Green and Stettler Novice Mites Grey teams. She also serves as the Registrar for Stettler Minor Hockey.

In addition to hockey, Danielle coaches baseball, soccer and lacrosse.

"I love passing my love of sports and activity onto the kids," she said. "Seeing them excel and improve is amazing especially with how far they come from the beginning of the year to the end at the younger ages."

"Danielle supports each player and encourages them beyond any parent expectation,’ said the parent who nominated Danielle. "Her guidance and skill is remarkable, quite likely the best coach my child will ever be lucky enough to work with."

Hockey Alberta is proud to recognize Danielle for her effort and accomplishments ahead of Female Hockey Day. Hockey Alberta is celebrating all aspects of female hockey on Saturday, December 15 in Red Deer with a day full of on and off-ice activities for players, coaches, officials, and parents of all levels.


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

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

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

Nomination Form >

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Three new Board members elected at 111th annual general meeting

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors on Saturday at the organization’s 111th Annual General Meeting.

Michael Bates of Cochrane, Francois Gagnon of Fort McMurray, and Wilson Gemmill of Grande Prairie were elected as new Directors at Large. A total of six individuals let their names stand for election for three positions.

Bates, Gagnon and Gemmill will join current members Terry Engen (Chair), Fran Zinger (Vice Chair), Rob Virgil (Past Chair), Len Samletzki (Finance Director), Brock Harrington and Allan Mowbray (Directors at Large).

Also recognized during the AGM for their years of volunteer service were:

  • 20 Years: Terry Engen
  • 10 Years: Randy Hupka, Danny Povaschuk
  • 5 Years: Barry Brost, Seema King, Gord Lane, Todd Vance
  • Retiring Long-Term Volunteers: Debbie Northcott (Minor Administration Committee), Danny Povaschuk (Minor Regulations Committee)

HOCKEY ALBERTA AWARDS

Prior to the AGM, six individuals, one team, and two minor hockey associations were recognized for their outstanding contributions to hockey in Alberta, as the 2018 Hockey Alberta Awards, sponsored by BFL Canada, were presented.

The Hockey Alberta Awards program was restructured this year to include awards that are open to nominations from Hockey Alberta member organization, staff member or volunteer, and others that are determined by Hockey Alberta through a review of eligible candidates.

The 2018 Hockey Alberta Award recipients are:

  • Order of Merit: Debbie Northcott (Caroline) and Brenda Dyck (Edmonton). A maximum of two awards presented to recognize exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Recipients have dedicated significant effort, time, and leadership to growing and/or developing amateur hockey, not only in their own community, but across the Province.
  • Coach of the Year: Kyle McLaughlin (Canmore). Presented to a coach who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Official of the Year: Chad Huseby (Red Deer). Presented to an official who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Team of the Year: St. Albert Slash Midget Female AAA. Presented to recognize a Team’s significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Exceptional Provincials Host Site: Whitecourt (Atom A) and Rimbey (Midget C). Presented to the Minor Hockey Association/ Host Committee judged to have implemented the most outstanding Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship during the current season.
  • Ernie Boruk Award: Kumail Moledina (Edmonton). Presented for outstanding dedication and contribution to Hockey Alberta Officials Committee.
  • Dave Ganley Award: Gary Goreniuk (Bonnyville). Presented for outstanding contribution to hockey officiating in Alberta

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Changing players, changing sport - Tufts

RED DEER – Hockey is changing, but more importantly, the kids who play it are changing.

And these changes have a significant impact on the role of minor hockey coaches and administrators.

Change, and its impact on the sport of hockey, was one of the themes stressed by Allyson Tufts, in her keynote address Friday night to open the 111th Annual General Meeting weekend for Hockey Alberta.

“When you talk about the game changing, you need to remember our youth is changing. So, if you start to see something funny with one of the kids, you don’t need to fix it, but you need to recognize it and tell somebody. It’s important,” said Tufts.

Tufts is a hockey mom from eastern Ontario who, in 2015, wrote about her experiences in a book entitled “Lessons from Behind the Glass.” Since then, she has worked with Hockey Canada and BC Hockey, and toured with former CFLer Mike ’Pinball’ Clemons and former NHL goalie Kirk Maclean, talking about creating a better atmosphere for young athletes.

In her presentation to more than 100 minor hockey association representatives and Hockey Alberta volunteers, Tufts reminded them of the key role they play in the development of our youth.

“When you think of you all here as volunteers, on a Friday night, in crappy weather, if you don’t think what you do is important, you are so wrong. What you do matters, and it matters for our youth,” said Tufts. “Our youth needs hockey, it needs sports, and it needs to learn how to be resilient.”

Tufts reflected on what her son gained from hockey while he was a player - integrity, strength, friendship and resilience.

“We didn’t teach him that, hockey did,” Tufts said.

And in this digital age of cell phones and social media, the hockey rink has emerged as the new “safe house” for our youth – where the phone is put away, and there is an opportunity for adults to talk and be heard.

“The one place where you can have influence is in the dressing room, in the arena. When they are on the ice, they’re there doing something they love,” Tufts said. “And we need to use the moments with them, when they’re listening, and they’re not on their phones, and they’re in the dressing room, to teach them to be strong good individuals, as well as good players.”

For more information on Allyson Tufts, go to her website: lessonsfrombehindtheglass.com.


The AGM weekend continues on Saturday at Red Deer College. In the morning, minor hockey association executive members will participate in a session with representatives from Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada. The focus is on building a new national direction, and resetting the focus of hockey in Alberta by building a plan that develops players, grows the game and educates parents. In the afternoon, Hockey Alberta Awards will be presented, followed by the AGM itself starting at 2:30 pm.

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SECOND INSTALLMENT: Officiating Video Partnership with WHL

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to present the second installment of the Western Hockey League’s officiating partnership video series.

The partnership will see the production of a series of videos that will be shared with all officials in Alberta and the other Western Branches.

This is an exciting opportunity for all officials to learn from some of the best officials in the country. The link to the first video is included below, and you will receive an email from Hockey Alberta each time that a new video is available for viewing. The videos will be uploaded to Hockey Alberta’s YouTube channel, so you can always access them on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Missed the first video? View it here:

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Lessons From Behind the Glass: Allyson Tufts to deliver keynote address at AGM

RED DEER - Allyson Tufts, author of Lessons from Behind the Glass, will serve as the keynote speaker on Friday night for the 2018 Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting.

A book designed specifically for parents with a child in organized sports, Lessons from Behind the Glass outlines the ups and downs that come from being a hockey parent, based on Tuft’s first-hand experience as a hockey mom.

"If I could go back and do all these things differently, I would’ve," said Tufts in a promotional video for the book. "So, in realizing I couldn’t, I thought the best way to deal with it was to write something to help other people."

Since the launch of her book in April 2015, Tufts has seen great success, selling thousands of copies across Canada and the United States. She’s been on an exciting speaking tour, presenting along side Tom Renney, the President of Hockey Canada, Pinball Clemons, CFL football star and motivational speaker and Kirk MacLean former NHL goalie. Allyson continues to spread her message to parents about creating a better atmosphere for our young athletes in whatever sport they choose.

Tufts will kick off the 2018 AGM weekend by speaking to the 100-plus delegates from Hockey Alberta’s member organizations from across province about her book, and the lessons stemming from it.

MHAs and club teams still have time to sign up for the Hockey Alberta AGM, which runs Friday and Saturday in Red Deer. Registration information and AGM details can be found on hockeyalberta.ca.

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Tips and resources for minor hockey parents

RED DEER - Parents are integral part of the minor hockey system, and are a key to ensuring that their children have the opportunity to play hockey.

Parents have many roles for their children, teams, and teammates. Depending on the day, a parent can be a supporter, advocate, chauffeur, equipment manager, or dietician, making sure that their children can experience and have fun participating in the sport of hockey.

Hockey Alberta has a new set of resources designed to support and assist our parents in providing the most positive experience for your young players.

Check out the new Parents tab at hockeyalberta.ca.

Information available on the Parents tab includes articles from various publications, tips from experts in areas such as nutrition, and updates from Hockey Alberta. Parents are encouraged to check back regularly to see new information as it is added.

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Help celebrate Female Hockey Day!

RED DEER - Registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Female Hockey Day, Saturday, December 15 – with everything happening at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

The day will feature on and off-ice development sessions for players, coaches, and officials – all to celebrate female hockey. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join. To help us celebrate, and to conclude a full day of Female Hockey Day activities, the Calgary Inferno will host the Toronto Furies in a Canadian Women’s Hockey League game.

FEMALE HOCKEY DAY SCHEDULE >


Player Development sessions are ongoing throughout Female Hockey Day, including on and off-ice instruction for current female players at all levels, from Intro to Hockey (Initiation and Novice) to Midget. Player Development sessions have a registration fee of $15 per participant, which includes a ticket to the Inferno/Furies game.

REGISTER – PLAYER SESSIONS >


There will also be Try Hockey sessions offered for both youth and adult females who are looking to play hockey for the first time. Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank will be on site to outfit all new players with equipment, and to accept donations of the following new or gently used equipment:

  • Skis & Snowboards (Under 120cm)
  • Large Skating & Hockey Helmets
  • Small Goalie Equipment
  • Baseball, Soccer & Football Gear
  • Badminton Racquets
  • Rollerblades (Size 4 and Under)
  • Basketball Shoes (All Sizes)

*All participants in the Try Hockey sessions must complete an EQUIPMENT OUTFITTING PACKAGE and attach it to their registration.*

REGISTER – TRY HOCKEY >


In conjunction with the CWHL Game, a Game Day Speaker Series is being hosted for all coaches involved in female hockey, which includes a seminar, a ticket to the Inferno/Furies game, and a de-brief after the game. Registration for the Game Day Speaker Series is $15 per person.

REGISTER – GAME DAY SPEAKER SERIES >


Female officials are also invited to take part in Female Hockey Day with a FREE afternoon clinic, that includes classroom and on-ice sessions.

REGISTER – FEMALE OFFICIALS CLINIC >


Additional tickets for the CWHL game are available for purchase online, or at the door at $15 each (plus GST).


Experience the Dream Contest

Hockey Alberta invites YOU to enter the Experience the Dream contest for a chance to skate with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League!

The Inferno will battle the Toronto Furies during Female Hockey Day on Saturday, December 15 in Red Deer, and one winner will be chosen to join them on ice during the warm-up and National Anthem.

To enter, tell us who your female role model is (hockey or non-hockey related) in a paragraph or short essay, outlining why you look up to them. Please also include a photo or drawing of your female role model.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m. (MT).

*The Experience the Dream contest is open to female residents of Alberta under the age of 18. By entering this contest, you agree to travel to Red Deer on December 15*

Enter Contest >

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Alberta Challenge coming to Leduc | Coach and Trainer applications now open

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2019 Alberta Challenge will be hosted in Leduc.

The Leduc Recreation Centre is the host site for the event, set for May 1-5.

“We are excited to bring the Alberta Challenge to Leduc, a city where female hockey continues to thrive,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. “Hockey Alberta is excited to be able to showcase the best of Bantam Female Hockey to the Capital Region”

As noted in the City’s bid, Leduc has successfully hosted a wide variety of provincial and international sporting events, including the 2016 Alberta Summer Games.

Regional Camps for the 2019 Alberta Challenge are set for April 5-7 in Fort Saskatchewan (North) and Cochrane (South). Registration for Regional Camps opens in January.

For more information on the Alberta Challenge, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abchallenge.ca.


Coach and Trainer Applications now open for 2019 Alberta Challenge

An exciting opportunity awaits coaches and trainers across the province, as Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches and trainers for the 2019 Alberta Challenge.

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Challenge teams.

The deadline for all applications is December 5.

Alberta Challenge Coach Application > | Alberta Challenge Trainer Application >

The Alberta Challenge is held in odd-numbered years, opposite to the Alberta Winter Games. The Alberta Challenge allows for athlete evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Coaches, trainers and director of operations also are evaluated to continue in the U16 and U18 development path. Athletes will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. Bantam-aged players (2004 & 2005-born) are eligible for the 2019 Alberta Challenge. Regional camps are open tryouts and are held in April prior to the Challenge.

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Players Bench Team Apparel Coach of the Month - October

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s October Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Dan Cavanagh of Calgary.

Cavanagh currently coaches three different teams in the Crowfoot Coyotes Minor Hockey Association; Peewee 4 Black, Minor Novice 3 and Jr. Timbits 2.

He’s been coaching for 7 years, and is also a Head Coach with Northwest Little League Baseball.

"I most enjoy seeing kids develop their skills as players and people," said Cavanagh. "Coaching provides an opportunity to pass on a love for the game. I also enjoy working with the other coaches to help athletes realize their potential. My coaching philosophy is to promote an atmosphere of hard work, respect for others, team play and fun. When we achieve that, success can come in many ways."

"Dan is a phenomenal coach who is knowledgeable, level-headed and inclusive," said one of Dan’s fellow coaches, who nominated him for the award. "He coaches or assistant coaches in three different levels of hockey for Crowfoot! I have coached with him for three years and he rarely misses an event. Dan Cavanagh is an asset to the Crowfoot Hockey organization!"


Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Players Bench Team Apparel as the new sponsor of the Coach of the Month Award.

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

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

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

Nomination Form >

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WHL extends partnership agreement with Hockey Alberta

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League announced today the WHL and Hockey Alberta have extended their current partnership agreement through the 2020-21 season. The new three-year partnership agreement will encompass the current 2018-19 season along with the upcoming 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

The agreement includes the WHL continuing to be a major sponsor of Hockey Alberta’s High Performance Programs and the Alberta Cup. Within the partnership, Hockey Alberta will continue to recognize the WHL as an official partner in Hockey Alberta’s Male Alberta Development Model, which includes the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League and the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League. The WHL will also continue as an official sponsor of other grassroots development programs.

“The WHL is very proud to continue serving as a major supporter of Hockey Alberta’s high performance and minor hockey system,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We are committed to assisting Hockey Alberta with the growth and development of the game throughout the province.”

“We have worked collaboratively with the Western Hockey League for several years to provide many positive development opportunities for players throughout the minor hockey system,” said Rob Litwinski, Hockey Alberta’s CEO. “We look forward to continuing this work for the benefit of players throughout the minor hockey system.”


About the Western Hockey League

Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.


About Hockey Alberta

Hockey Alberta is the Provincial Sports Organization and governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta. Hockey Alberta’s Vision is Hockey for Life, and Hockey Alberta encourages participation on both a competitive and recreational level for those who enjoy hockey for the sportsmanship, skill and enjoyment it can provide. Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network includes offices in Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge. In 2017-18, there were more than 105,000 registered participants, including more than 86,000 players in Alberta.

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series, presented by Finning Canada

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Junior Hockey League are pleased to announce the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series is returning for the 2018-19 season, with Finning Canada as the new presenting sponsor.

Coaches of all levels are invited join us for a game in a city near you, and have the opportunity to listen to both the home and visiting team coaches speak before and after the game. Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Coach Mentor will also provide a Professional Development session for Coaches before each game on a variety of topics.

Each Game Day experience costs $40 and includes (a $200 value):

  • Sessions with both Home and Away AJHL Coaches
  • Ticket to the AJHL game
  • Food/beverage voucher
  • Professional Development from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta Resource Package
  • Hockey Alberta Gift

Register >


Dates & Locations:

November 2 - Sherwood Park Crusaders @ Whitecourt Wolverines
Topic: Transition

December 7 - Canmore Eagles @ Brooks Bandits
Topic: Developing Defensive Play

January 15 - Sherwood Park Crusaders @ Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Topic: Penalty Kill

January 18 - Drumheller Dragons @ Camrose Kodiaks
Topic: Tying Tactics to Structure

February 1 - Spruce Grove Saints @ Lloydminister Bobcats
Topic: Faceoffs

November 2 - Sherwood Park Crusaders @ Whitecourt Wolverines
Topic: Transition

December 7 - Canmore Eagles @ Brooks Bandits
Topic: Developing Defensive Play

January 15 - Sherwood Park Crusaders @ Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Topic: Penalty Kill

January 18 - Drumheller Dragons @ Camrose Kodiaks
Topic: Tying Tactics to Structure

February 1 - Spruce Grove Saints @ Lloydminister Bobcats
Topic: Faceoffs


For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development at jhale@hockeyalberta.ca

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Peewee Coaches: Register now for the Good Deeds Cup and Team Kit!

RED DEER – The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is back for 2018-19, and Peewee coaches in Alberta can now register to receive their Team Kit.

Coach’s Kit Signup >

Your free Good Deeds Cup Team Kit has everything you need to develop your players on the ice, and create awareness off the ice, all the while reaffirming important values learned through hockey. Every kit is a premium coach’s hockey bag that comes with 10 practice pucks, 24 lace bracelets, 20 emblem stickers and 20 vehicle decals.

As well, all coaches of registered Peewee hockey teams in Canada are eligible to compete for the Good Deeds Cup. This season marks the third year of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, during which time hundreds of good deeds have been completed by Peewee teams in communities across Alberta and the country.

2018-19 Good Deeds Cup >

The Chevrolet Hockey program seeks to inspire young Canadians to be better people by promoting the positive values learned through hockey, and acting on them by performing Good Deeds in their community. The goal is to develop our future hockey players on and off the ice. Through the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, Chevrolet makes donations to causes on behalf of Peewee Hockey teams across the country.

A limited number of kits are available, one kit per team. Don’t delay; go to chevrolethockey.ca today and register for your Good Deeds Cup Coach’s Kit.

MORE INFORMATION AND FAQ >

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Info Bulletin: Nominations Committee Report

RED DEER - As outlined in Hockey Alberta Information Bulletin 18:05, there are three (3) positions of Director at Large up for election to the Hockey Alberta Board at the 2018 Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 24 in Red Deer.

Each successful candidate will be elected to serve a term of three (3) years.

The individuals listed in the information bulletin have filed a proper nomination application with the Nominations Committee.

Information Bulletin 18:05 >

To learn more about the candidates, please review the short video and summary of credentials for each nominee.

Nominee Videos >

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Four Alberta officials selected for Hockey Canada, IIHF events

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to recognize the four officials selected to represent the province on the national and international stage this season.

Referee Taylor Burzminski (St. Albert) has been assigned to Hockey Canada’s officiating team for the 2018 World Under-17 Challenge, which runs November 3-10 in Saint John/Quispamsis, New Brunswick.

Internationally, linesman Cody Huseby (Red Deer) is one of 23 Canadian officials selected for IIHF championships in 2018-19. Huseby will work the Group A games at the World Under-20 Division II Championships in Estonia, January 13-19.

Referee Fraser Lawrence (Edmonton) will also officiate at the IIHF World Championships in Division III in Iceland, January 14-20.

On the female side, referee Lacy Senuk (St. Albert) is doubling up this season, as she will work both the 2018 4 Nations Cup November 6-10 in Saskatoon, and the IIHF Women’s World Championship April 4-14 in Finland.

"A national or international assignment is the ultimate goal for an amateur official," said Craig DeCoursey, Chair of the Hockey Alberta Official’s Committee. "The selection of these four officials is a reflection of their commitment, dedication, and perseverance in their field. Not only are they leaders on the ice in Alberta, but their participation off the ice in supervision, mentorship and develepment programs makes their selection even more rewarding."

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Novice teams: register now for Dodge Caravan Kids!

RED DEER - Registration is now open for Dodge Caravan Kids for Novice teams across Alberta.

The Dodge Caravan Kids Program is a joint effort between participating minor hockey associations and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram retailers that provides up to $500 in funding and access to exclusive hockey benefits to novice level hockey teams across Canada.

The goal of the Dodge Caravan Kids Program is to help enrich the game of hockey for participating coaches, players and their families and represents one of FCA Canada’s key community efforts.

Learn more at http://www.dodgecaravankids.ca/en/

Register >


Program Benefits

Each team enrolled in the Dodge Caravan Kids Program will receive:

  • Up to $500 in funding.
  • The opportunity to enter the Dodge Caravan Kids Photo Contest to win up to $500 in extra funding.
  • Team kits including an exclusive Dodge Caravan Kids gift for all players and an important information booklet for all parents/guardians.
  • The opportunity to enter our Score & Win contest for a chance to win a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 and $5,000 for your local Minor Hockey Association.

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Midget Elite, Bantam Elite Seasons kick off

RED DEER - The 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League hits full stride this weekend, as the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons kick off Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Friday night features a pair of Midget Elite games, with the Rocky Mountain Raiders taking on the Sherwood Park Fury, and Airdrie Lightning visiting the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. Saturday sees five more games, with four more set for Sunday in a busy opening weekend.

On the Bantam Elite side, 10 of 12 teams kick their seasons off on Saturday, while the Calgary Fire Red and Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs will wait until the following weekend for their seasons to begin.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

Midget AAA Schedule > | Midget Elite Schedule > | Bantam Elite Schedule >

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Registration now open for 2018 Annual General Meeting

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s 111th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 in Red Deer.

The meeting will consist of presentations, information seminars and discussion forms for Executive Members of Minor Hockey Associations, Sports Schools and Junior/Senior Club Teams, as well as Executive Members of our sanctioned leagues.

Register >

Attending the AGM is important for your organization - to exercise your right to vote in the election and for Notices of Motion, and to participate in discussions about the future of the game.

Hockey Alberta is challenging the membership to make this our best-attended Annual General Meeting weekend ever. Friday evening features a special presentation, trade show and networking social. Saturday opens with a series of President Meetings followed by the Awards Presentations and Annual General Meeting.

In addition to the meetings, we are hosting our first ever ‘Every Kid, Every Community Cup’. In partnership with NHL Alumni and other special guests, we are inviting Executive members from member organizations to participate in a game of shinny in the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Space in the game is limited to the first 40 participants to sign up. More information and a registration link for the ‘Every Kid, Every Community Cup’ will be circulated in the coming weeks.

Hockey Alberta has partnered with the Best Western Hotel and the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel to provide the best possible rates for accommodations. Please book your accommodations as soon as possible to access these rates. If you are booking by phone, please indicate you are with the Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting.

Information regarding Nominations for the Board of Directors and potential Notices of Motion will be circulated no less than thirty (30) days prior to the AGM. Please note that Member Dues for the 2018-2019 season and any overdue accounts must be paid in full for Members to be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. Please refer to Article 4, 4.6 (b) of the Hockey Alberta Bylaws and Regulations for information about voting privileges/procedures.

For any further information please contact either Michelle Skilnick (mskilnick@hockeyalberta.ca) or Allison Marriott (amarriott@hockeyalberta.ca).

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2018 Boston Pizza Design-a-Mask contest

Boston Pizza and Bauer are excited to once again partner with Hockey Canada to give young Canadians the opportunity to get into the game on a global level and show their creativity through the Design-A-Mask program.

Guests of the restaurant are invited to design a goalie mask featuring the Hockey Canada logo and a Canadian theme. Two winners will be chosen, one in the under-13 category and one in the 13-to-18 category. The masks designed by the winner will be worn by Canada’s National Junior Team goaltenders during the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

In addition to having their designs featured on a global stage, both winners will also receive a trip for two to a game at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship along with a $50 Boston Pizza gift card, a Team Canada jersey, and their own painted mask autographed by Team Canada.

The contest closes November 7th, 2018. Head to your closest Boston Pizza to get your contest colouring sheet and submit your design to any participating Boston Pizza restaurant, email to bpdesign@hockeycanada.ca or mail to:

Attn: BP Design a Mask Contest
Hockey Canada
400 Kipling Ave
Toronto, ON
M8V 3L1

Visit https://bostonpizza.com/en/locations.html to find your local Boston Pizza.

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Sledge Hockey comes to Central Alberta!

RED DEER - The Paralympic Sports Association has started a new Sledge Hockey Program for Central Alberta. The program, operating in Red Deer, is available for participants of all ages looking to learn and improve their sledge hockey skills. The program will run out of the GH Dawe Arena on Fridays and the Kinex Arena on Sundays. Sleds and sticks are provided.

This program is open to all ages and abilities wanting to learn and play sledge hockey! Learn the basics and participate in drills and scrimmages. The program runs from October- March on Friday and Sunday evenings (please refer to schedule for exact dates- it is not a weekly program). The program will run out of the GH Dawe Arena on Fridays and the Kinex Arena on Sundays. Sleds and sticks are provided. Please bring your own protective equipment.

Who: Anyone!

Dates: October 5, 2018- March 15, 2019

Locations: GH Dawe Community Centre (56 Holt Street) | Kinex Arena (4309 48 Avenue)

Cost: Full Season- $180 | Drop In- $10

Cash will be accepted on site for drop in fees.

More Information >

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WHL Game Day Coach Series returns for 2018-19 season

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to once again partner with the Western Hockey League to bring the WHL Game Day Coach Series back for the 2018-19 season.

Hockey Alberta and the WHL invite you to join us for a game in a city near you, and have the opportunity to listen to both the home and visiting team coaches speak before and after the game. Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Coach Mentor will also provide a Professional Development session for Coaches before each game on a variety of topics.

Each Game Day experience costs $45 and includes (a $200 value):

  • Sessions with members of both home and away team coaching staff
  • Ticket to the WHL game
  • Food/beverage voucher
  • Professional Development from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta Resource Package
  • Hockey Alberta Gift

Register >


Dates & Locations

October 26 - Saskatoon Blades @ Red Deer Rebels
Topic: Tying Tactics to Structure

November 17 - Moose Jaw Warriors @ Lethbridge Hurricanes
Topic: The Canadian Way (*World Jr. Coaching Staff)

November 28 - Prince Albert Raiders @ Edmonton Oil Kings
Topic: Special Teams

December 7 - Swift Current Broncos @ Calgary Hitmen
Topic: Creating Team Chemistry

January 19 - Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Red Deer Rebels
Topic: Elite Player Habits

February 15 - Medicine Hat Tigers @ Calgary Hitmen
Topic: Special Teams

March 12 - Edmonton Oil Kings @ Red Deer Rebels
Topic: Player Evaluation/Player Development Plan


For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development at jhale@hockeyalberta.ca

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The ATB Centre in Lethbridge will be the host site of the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup. (Photo credit: City of Lethbridge)


Peewee Prospects Cup returning to Lethbridge

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup will take place in Lethbridge, May 8-12.

The 2017 edition of the tournament was played in Lethbridge as well. The 2019 event will be played at the ATB Centre.

"The 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup in Lethbridge could not have gone better, so we’re very excited to return in 2019," said Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta Male. "When the opportunity came about to host the tournament there again, we immediately jumped on it."

Coach applications are now being accepted for the Peewee Prospects Cup as well. The application deadline is November 9.

Peewee Prospects Cup Coach Application >

Regional camps for the Peewee Prospects Cup are set for April 12-14, locations TBD. Player registration for regional camps will open up in January.


About the Peewee Prospects Cup

The Peewee Prospects Cup runs every second year, alternating with the Alberta Winter Games.

The 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup features 2006-born male players, and begins with four regional camps in April, designed to allow athletes, coaches and trainers to show their skills and receive top-level instruction and evaluation. The top 40 athletes from each regional camp (two teams from each camp), six coaches, two coach mentors and two directors of operations will be selected to participate in the Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup competition.


If you have any questions about the Peewee Prospects Cup, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta Male, at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca

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Tom Renney on half-ice hockey in Alberta

RED DEER - Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney discusses the important of half-ice at the Intro to Hockey level, and the efforts being made in Alberta to ensure everyone’s first hockey experience is an enjoyable one.

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Alberta Cup coming to Red Deer

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Alberta Cup will be hosted in the City of Red Deer in 2019 and 2020.

The new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is the host location for the event. The 2019 event will be held April 24-28.

“We are excited to host the Alberta Cup in our new home at Red Deer College," said Rob Litwinski, Hockey Alberta CEO. "Part of the vision we’ve had for this facility was the ability to host signature regional, provincial, national hockey events in this location, and the Alberta Cup is a major Provincial Event. We look forward to working with our Host Committee, the community and region, and partners like the WHL to make the Alberta Cup a great success in 2019 and 2020.”

The Alberta Cup is a significant step in the identification and evaluation process for Team Alberta’s U16 Male provincial team. It is also the final opportunity for Western Hockey League scouts to evaluate players eligible for the WHL bantam draft.

As part of a busy week of hockey, the WHL Awards and Bantam Draft will be held in Red Deer in the days following the Alberta Cup in both 2019 and 2020.

“As a longstanding partner of Hockey Alberta and a major supporter of the Alberta Cup, the WHL is delighted that this event will be held in Red Deer in 2019 and 2020,” said Ron Robison, WHL Commissioner . “With our WHL Awards and Bantam Draft also being held in conjunction with the Alberta Cup, it promises to be an exciting week for hockey enthusiasts of all ages in Red Deer.”

Regional Camps for the 2019 Alberta Cup are set for March 29-31, locations TBD. Registration for Regional Camps will open in January.

The Alberta Cup also provides coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and officials the opportunity to be identified for potential positions at higher level events such as the Western Challenge, World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games. Alberta Cup Coach and Trainer applications will be open next week.

For more information on the Alberta Cup, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abcup.ca.

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Recognize an outstanding coach in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting nominations for Coach of the Month for the 2018-19 minor hockey season!

Coaches are an integral part of minor hockey and their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to play hockey. Help us recognize a coach in your community by nominating him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month!

Nominate a Coach of the Month ›

One coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package valued at over $350.

Get your nominations in early! Coaches not selected each month will be eligible until the end of the season.


For more information, contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development at hkobzey@hockeyalberta.ca

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Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp underway in Edmonton

EDMONTON - Twenty-eight female athletes from across the province hope to take a big step on the Road to Red Deer as the Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp goes this weekend in Edmonton.

The group of 28 is vying for a spot on Team Alberta’s 20 player roster for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Team Alberta U18 Female Shortlist >

Fall camp consists of three exhibition games for the Team Alberta hopefuls; one against the St. Albert Bantam AAA Raiders, two against the University of Alberta Pandas. The full schedule can be found below:

Friday, September 28 vs St. Albert Bantam AAA - Go Auto Arena (St. Albert), 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 29 vs U of A Pandas - Clare Drake Arena, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 30 vs U of A Pandas - Clare Drake Arena, 2:00 p.m.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Welcome to the 2018-19 season!

WELCOME LETTER FROM CEO ROB LITWINSKI

Welcome to the start of a new hockey season! 2018-19 marks the 111th season of Hockey Alberta as the governing body of amateur hockey in this Province. Each of these years comes with the same new sense of excitement for all of us involved in the game. As the new season begins, we would like to outline important changes, including regulation and playing rule revisions. It also highlights initiatives and programs both new and continuing that Hockey Alberta offers to facilitate growth for our minor hockey associations, along with players, coaches, officials and parents.

As our organization continues to strive towards our vision of “Hockey For Life”, we owe gratitude to our volunteers for continuing to push our game forward. Each year hockey is driven by the countless volunteers giving back thousands of hours to the game across the Province for all ages and levels of hockey. Thank you to our stakeholders who help make each season successful. We are excited to work on our new initiatives this season and tackle the challenges in front of us. Our entire organization is excited to execute the following initiatives, which focus on key stakeholders in the game who help lead to the positive hockey experience we want everyone to have.

  • To create new opportunities, and continue the existing ones within our Alberta Coach Development plan. A plan that is implemented province wide to improve leadership and educational opportunities for Alberta coaches
  • To continue the alignment of Alberta’s Officiating Model
  • To advance our Alberta ONE hockey system alignment model to provide consistent operations in leagues and associations; and the review of Provincial Championship format
  • To launch the Parent Engagement Strategy, which will include resources to assist us to be better sport parents
  • To further the Member Standards Model which is a dedicated program to help guide, serve and develop all aspects of our members
  • To continue, in partnership with the Hockey Alberta Foundation, finding new ways to add resources to growing the game and finding ways to enhance the opportunities for more Albertans to experience hockey and stay in the game

This season also marks two unique events for Hockey Alberta. We enter the first season in our new home inside the beautiful Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre located in Red Deer College. We are very excited for the opportunities this facility brings for Hockey Alberta. This season will also see Alberta, and host city Red Deer, welcome the nation as host of the Canada Winter Games. This is the first time since 1995 it has been hosted in our province.

I would like to personally extend well wishes to everyone across Alberta and hope that you all have a memorable hockey experience as we enter another season. We look forward to being with you every step of the way.

Yours in hockey,
Rob Litwinski, CEO


REGULATION AMENDMENTS

Hockey Alberta has implemented a number of regulation amendments for the 2018-19 season for the following areas:

  • Intro to Hockey
  • Minor Hockey
  • Junior & Senior Hockey
  • Sports Schools
  • Sledge Hockey
  • AA Hockey
  • Female Hockey ADM
  • Male Hockey ADM

To learn more about these amendments, please click here.


COACHING CLINICS

Hockey Alberta offers a variety of Coach Clinics targeted to the age and level of athletes coaches are leading. View Clinics >

MHAs and Club Teams must ensure that all teams and/or groups meet the requirements outlined by Hockey Alberta before November 15. Any team/group that does not meet the requirements outlined within the Hockey Alberta Regulations is not eligible to participate in sanctioned hockey games. Coach Requirements >


OFFICIATING

Fall is an important time of year for Officials in Alberta. Clinic season is in full swing and Hockey Alberta offers a number of officiating clinics throughout the province. For a listing of these clinics, please visit Hockey Canada’s EHOCKEY website.

*Please note that Hockey Canada has made rule changes for the 2018 season forward to improve the game for all participants. More Information >

Structure Changes > I 2018-2020 Hockey Canada Rulebook >


INTRO TO HOCKEY

Hockey Alberta’s Intro to Hockey Model, for all players aged 5-8 years, will be in effect for the 2019-20 season. It replaces previous models and programming at the Novice and Initiation levels. However, Minor Hockey Associations can opt to make the switch, or undertake a transition process, during the 2018-19 season. More Information >


FEMALE HOCKEY DAY

Mark your calendars! December 15 will mark the inaugural Female Hockey Day. Hosted in Red Deer, the day will feature on and off-ice development sessions for players, coaches, and officials all to celebrate female hockey! More details will be released shortly, but to help us celebrate, the Calgary Inferno will be facing off against the Toronto Furies at 7:00 p.m. in CWHL action! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join! We hope you can help us circle the date on the calendar and plan on being in Red Deer to show the hockey World #WhyWePlay!


WE HAVE MOVED


Photo credit: Red Deer College

Hockey Alberta has completed the transition to our new home in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College. While our phone numbers remain the same, the mailing address/directions to our office are now different. More Information/How to reach us >


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Sledge season kicks off in Calgary

RED DEER - September 15 & 16 marked the start of the 2018-2019 Sledge Hockey season with an enthusiastic group of players and coaches conjugating in Calgary for a weekend filled with sledge specific programs and events.

A Coach 2 - Coach Level clinic saw 13 coaches deepen their knowledge of the game while 22 players took part in a Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp that included a one hour skill session and two game play sessions.

The clinic and development camp were both run by Canada’s Women’s National Para-Ice Hockey team Head Coach, Tara Chisholm, and included guest coaches Monica Sparling, Steph Leslie and Geneva Coulter.

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AFHL releases 2018-19 schedule

RED DEER - The inaugural Midget AAA Showcase Weekend highlights the 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League schedule, which is set to kick off on Friday, October 5.

The 2018-19 AFHL schedule features a total of 400 games - 90 in Midget AAA, and 155 each in the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite leagues.

As the AFHL enters its third season, the Midget AAA league will kick off the year with a regular season tournament for the first time.

All six Midget AAA teams will take part in the Showcase Weekend in Edmonton on October 5-7 at the Clare Drake Arena.

The Midget Elite league will also take part in a Showcase Weekend in Leduc, February 2-3, featuring all 12 teams.

While the Midget AAA season kicks off on October 5, the Midget Elite season gets underway on October 19, with the Bantam Elite season beginning on October 20.

Midget AAA Schedule > | Midget Elite Schedule > | Bantam Elite Schedule >

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Respect in Sport information

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

Before a child steps onto the ice, Hockey Alberta requires at least one parent complete the RIS program. After completing the program, the parent will receive an RIS number. The parent must provide this RIS number to the team coach or manager before the first practice date. If a parent registers more than one child for hockey, all children must be registered with that RIS number.

Hockey Alberta also requires Parents and Coaches/Team Officials to recertify their Respect in Sport every four seasons.

To help with the process, an RIS FAQ has been compiled and can be found on the Hockey Alberta website. If you need help accessing your account, you MUST contact the Respect Group Helpdesk by phone: 1-866-945-9906 or Email rgihelp@respectgroupinc.com

Respect In Sport > | Respect In Sport FAQ >

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Intro to Hockey – Babcock is a believer

A two-time Olympic gold medallist and the only coach to earn membership in the IIHF Triple Gold Club, Mike Babcock is a strong proponent of half-ice hockey. The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach talks about the importance of the added puck touches, the need for games on the smaller ice to advance skills, and the challenges of embracing change and reinventing the game at the grassroots to maximize development.


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From left: 2018 AHHF honoured members Ron MacLean, Val Gill (1990 Team Alberta Female), Grant Fuhr, Wally Kozak, Mike Vernon, and Scott Hartnell (1999 Team Alberta Male)


AHHF nominations now open

RED DEER – Who will comprise the 2019 induction class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF)?

Is there a member of the Alberta hockey community who should join the AHHF, alongside the members of the 2018 Induction Class – Grant Fuhr, Mike Vernon, Ron Maclean, Wally Kozak, 1991 Team Alberta Female and 1999 Team Alberta Male (Canada Winter Games champions).

Nominations are now open for the 2019 AHHF Induction Class. A maximum of seven inductees will be recognized, including up to six individuals and/or two teams or groups. Nominations are sought from members of the public to recognize:

  • individuals who have made a significant contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta through regional, national, or international accomplishments, or for their contributions to the growth and development of the game in Alberta.
  • groups or teams who achieved a significant result at a National or International level or impacted on a provincial level under exceptional circumstances.

Nomination Forms >

At minimum, a nominee must have:

  • Made a significant impact to hockey during their time as an Alberta resident, having resided in Alberta for at least five years
  • Exceptional service or contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta or at a national or international level
  • Achieved significant personal, team and or professional accomplishment in the game
  • Made an impact in the game beyond a local or regional level
  • Received significant other recognition (i.e. inducted into the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, won a national or international medal or championship, major individual award)

For the 2019 inductions, the nomination period has changed. Nominations are now being accepted until the closing date of November 30. Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms found on the new Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame website (ahhf.ca).

The 2019 AHHF Induction Class will be announced early in the new year, with the inductees recognized at the annual special gala event held in Canmore in late July.

For more information on the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, including biographies of all Honoured Members, check out the new AHHF website.

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We have moved!

Hockey Alberta has completed the transition to our new home in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College.

Here is the important information you need to know if you are trying to reach us:

Sending by Canada Post:

Hockey Alberta
100 College Boulevard, Box 5005
Red Deer, AB
T4N 5H5

Visiting Us in Person:

Hockey Alberta
Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
120 College Circle
Suite 201

Phone and Email:

Phone: 403-342-6777

Email Hockey Alberta: info@hockeyalberta.ca
Email Hockey Alberta Foundation: foundation@hockeyalberta.ca

Office Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Weekends and Statutory Holidays

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Focusing on Development for coaches, officials and players

RED DEER - As the Hlinka Gretzky Cup continues in Edmonton this weekend, Hockey Alberta is offering numerous events to promote player, coach and official development, in conjunction with the Centre ICE Summit.

The weekend kicks off with the Alberta Built Coach Seminar, which runs all day Friday and Saturday at MacEwan University. The seminar is a rare opportunity for more than 100 Alberta coaches to participate in presentations from top level coaches, and internationally-renowned experts in the fields of coaching and player development. The list of presenters includes: Todd McLellan and Glen Gulutzan (Edmonton Oilers); Paul Dennis (University of Toronto); John Dunn (University of Alberta); Dr. Stephen Norris (iMobius Ingenuity Inc); Richard Monette (Active for Life); and panel discussions, including an IIHF panel with guest speakers from Slovakia, Germany and Switzerland.

Friday afternoon and evening features a special development opportunity for Hockey Alberta officials. The event features a 90-minute on-ice session led by Dave Smith, the NHL Officials Director of Fitness. Also included is a 60-minute classroom session with presentations from Hockey Alberta, the WHL, and other guest presenters.

On Saturday and Sunday, player development will take centre stage as Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), will host the first ever Summer ICE Jamboree for novice players. The event, open to any players born in 2010 and 2011, will be structured according to Hockey Alberta’s new Intro to Hockey model which focuses on long-term player development by utilizing smaller ice surfaces to enhance skating, passing, shooting and overall touches of the puck. Games will be ongoing throughout the weekend at the Downtown Community Arena.

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New registration/clinic process for on-ice officials

RED DEER – Hockey officials in Alberta will find a few changes in the registration and clinic process as they prepare for the 2018-19 season.

As part of a larger restructuring at the provincial and regional levels, Hockey Alberta is implementing a fully online registration and payment process for clinics that also requires ALL adult officials (19 years and older) to have a current Criminal Record Check (CRC) on file as a prerequisite to being allowed to register for a clinic.

Adult officials must complete a CRC every three seasons, as per Hockey Alberta’s policy. The CRC requirement has been in place for three seasons; therefore, officials who completed a CRC in that initial season will need to complete the CRC process again this year.

CRCs are accepted only through the online platform of Sterling Talent Solutions. Once received by Hockey Alberta, it may take up to a week for HCR to be updated; therefore, officials are advised to complete the CRC process as soon as possible.

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Clinic listings and registration links go live on the Hockey Alberta website on August. The deadline to register for a clinic is 10 days prior to the clinic date, to allow for materials to be shipped to instructors. Registration and payment for a clinic must be done online, with payment only accepted via Mastercard or Visa (no debit or prepaid credit cards allowed).

HOW TO REGISTER FOR A CLINIC >

For new officials, the requirement to complete Hockey University (HU – ONLINE OFFICIATING 1/2) prior to attending a clinic remains in place. This will require a new official to set up an eHockey account if the individual does not already have one.

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The changes to the registration and clinic process are components of the new operational structure for the Hockey Alberta Officials Committee, and the six Officials Regions effective for the 2018-19 season. The new Officials Committee includes:

  • Chair – Craig DeCoursey
  • Data Coordinator – Dave Butler
  • Supervision Coordinator – Dave Ganley
  • Match Penalty Coordinator – Kumail Moledina
  • Male Development Coordinator – TBD
  • Female Development Coordinator – Carrie Keller
  • Leadership Coordinator – Chris Bruce
  • Peace Region Coordinator – CJ Senkow
  • North East Region Coordinator – Rob Larson
  • North Region Coordinator – Stefan Brown
  • North Central Region Coordinator – Darren Kuz
  • Central Region Coordinator – Lance McKinnon
  • South Region Coordinator – David Shaw

“The new structure of the Officiating Committee will better support a broader and more provincial perspective where it comes to officiating in Alberta,” said Craig DeCoursey, Chair of the committee. “The committee remains largely unchanged from the previous season, allowing us to retain the vast experience and knowledge of the team members, and at the same time promotes a nimble decision-making process that will provide a new level of support for associations, teams and leagues. I’m excited to lead the group in the coming years and be a part of a new beginning for officiating in Alberta.”

Included in the changes is the addition of Curtis Nichols as the new Manager of Officials, based in the Hockey Alberta office in Red Deer.

For any questions pertaining to the new registration and clinic process, or regarding Criminal Record Checks, please contact Curtis Nichols, Manager, Officiating (Registration/Clinics), or Mike Klass, Director, Business Operations (Criminal Record Checks).

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Team Alberta U18 Female shortlist announced

RED DEER - Twenty-eight female hockey players from across Alberta are moving forward on the Road to Red Deer.

Team Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the squad that will participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defence, and 16 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Shortlist Roster >

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play at the Team Alberta U18 spring camp in May, and at the Provincial Camp in Camrose, July 10-15. Forty-six players were invited to Camrose from the spring camp, and worked through high-intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“These 28 athletes have worked hard to get this point,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “We look forward to seeing what they bring to the table at Fall Camp as they make the final push for a spot to represent their province on home ice in February.”

Team staff includes: Carla MacLeod (head coach), Cassea Schols and Craig Perrett (assistant coaches), Amanda Tapp (goalie coach), Ally Bendfeld (video coach), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Amanda Bergen Henengouwen (equipment manager), and Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning).

The shortlisted players will attend a fall camp in Edmonton in September, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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AHHF Class of 2018 inducted in Canmore

CANMORE - Four outstanding individuals, and and two Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning teams comprise the 2018 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Grant Fuhr, Wally Kozak, Ron MacLean, Mike Vernon, and 1991 Team Alberta U18 Female and 1999 Team Alberta U16 Male were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history on Sunday night at the AHHF Awards Gala, held at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.


Grant Fuhr was one of the National Hockey League’s greatest goaltenders, playing on five Stanley Cup champion teams over a 20-year career (1981-2000) and earning induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 in his first year of eligibility. The Spruce Grove native is best known for his 10 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers (1981-91).

In his speech, Fuhr said thank you to some of the people who made his Hall of Fame career possible, including: Spruce Grove Minor Hockey and the parents and volunteers who made playing hockey possible; the Oilers and Glen Sather, who took a chance on a kid who was a little rough around the edges; and the Calgary Flames for allowing him to finish his career in Alberta.

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Wally Kozak is known as one of the best technical hockey coaches in the world. A career coach and past Head Scout and manager of Player Development for Team Canada Women’s Team, he has been an instrumental part of developing female hockey in Canada thanks to more than four decades of involvement at all levels of the sport.

Kozak acknowledged four significant individuals from Alberta who pioneered coaching development programs in Canada - Dale Henwood, Clare Drake, Dr. George Kingston and Dave King. He also talked about his one year with Father David Bauer’s national team, and the influence Father Bauer had on the type of coach that Kozak would become.

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Ron MacLean has interviewed the greatest players, coaches and personalities, and his extensive knowledge and passion for the game of hockey, combined with three decades of hosting Hockey Night in Canada, has made him one of the country’s most famous and beloved broadcasters.

For MacLean, this was a weekend full of memories, as he also attended his 40th anniversary high school reunion. He had memories about each of the other members of the 2018 induction class, including recalling the best save he saw from Grant Fuhr, during an exhibition tour in Norway, and Mike Vernon’s performance in an exhibition game in the 1985-86 season against Moscow Dynamo.

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Mike Vernon is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and a Memorial Cup winner, who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League with four teams. Mike hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Calgary Flames, and then again in 1997 with the Detroit Red Wings.

In his speech, Vernon recalled how he used to attend camps coached by Wally Kozak, and how he and Fuhr squared off not just in the NHL, but also in the junior ranks. He extended thanks to his minor hockey coaches and teammates throughout the years; talked about how coach Bob Johnson made the game fun; and acknowledged the key roles played in his career by goaltending greats such as Glenn Hall, Dan Bouchard, Rejean Lemelin and Rick Wamsley.

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The 1991 Canada Winter Games in Charlottetown, PEI marked the first year for female hockey in the Canada Winter Games, and it was a record-setting performance for the players who were selected for the inaugural Team Alberta Female Hockey squad. First and foremost, the team won the gold medal, defeating British Columbia, 2-1, in the championship final.

Loretta Normandeau, one of the team’s assistant coaches, recalled the challenge was finding players to invite to the tryout camp. But the players who comprised the team were truly trailblazers who have helped female hockey expand from the 120 players who attended that first provincial development camp in Lacombe to the more than 8,000 registered in 2017-18 in Alberta.

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The 1999 Canada Winter Games marked a significant year for Newfoundland and Labrador. Not only was the province celebrating its 50th anniversary of Confederation with Canada, but it was also the first time the province had ever hosted a Canada Winter Games. For the members of the Team Alberta Male Hockey squad, they helped the host province celebrate by going undefeated to win Alberta’s third gold medal in male hockey in Canada Games competition.

Ben Kilgour recalled how the team was a unique mix of players from different levels of hockey who had played against each other their whole careers but came together as a team for the Games. Then, a fortunate puck bounce in overtime, “and (Scott) Hartnell sends us here today. It happens that quick.” Kilgour thanked all the parents for the time and travel; the minor hockey programs, coaches, managers and volunteers; junior programs that allowed their players to attend the Games; and Hockey Alberta for setting the professional hockey atmosphere and giving them the chance to know the thrill of victory.

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The evening concluded with a hot stove discussion hosted by Maclean. Fellow iInductees Fuhr, Vernon, Kozak, Hartnell and Val Gill from the 1991 Team Alberta Female squad reflected on some of the key moments of their careers and about hockey in general.


Sunday’s AHHF Gala kicked off in the afternoon with a VIP reception for the 2018 inductees, and included dinner and the awards presentation. The 20187 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala is presented by Hockey Alberta, the Hockey Alberta Foundation, and ATB Investor Services.

The 2018 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala runs in conjunction with the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, a key fundraiser for the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program.

The 13th annual Golf Classic also takes place in Canmore, beginning Monday evening with a special reception for all participants, as well the celebrity golfers. The tournament goes Tuesday at the Stewart Creek Golf Club. Celebrity golfers include Grant Fuhr, Jordan Eberle, Mark Giordano, Mel Davidson, Rob Brown, Curtis Glencross, 2018 World Junior gold medalists Dillon Dube and Cale Makar, and many more. For the 12th consecutive year, ATB Investor Services is the presenting sponsor of the Golf Classic.

In addition to the Golf Classic, Stewart Creek will also host the first half of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s annual Rinks to Links program on Tuesday morning, where 30 first-time hockey players will take part in a golf lesson. From there, the participants will head to the Banff Arena to be outfitted head-to-toe with new equipment, and take to the ice for the very first time.


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

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Hockey Alberta Female Skills Camps coming to Calgary & Red Deer

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is bringing a Female Skills Development Camp to Calgary and Red Deer this August.

These camps will focus specifically on female hockey players and providing the skills/development needed for unlocking athlete potential. The camps feature multiple on-ice skill development as well as multiple off-ice multi-sport sessions.

Some of the top female hockey and skills coaches in the area will comprise the on-ice staff. This group of instructors are very passionate about teaching and truly understand what skills are required at the next levels, while at the same time making sure the kids have lots of fun!


Calgary

Open to: 2006-2011 born female athletes
Cost: $250
Dates: August 10-12
Arena: Cardel Rec Centre, South

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Red Deer

Open to: 2006-2009 born female athletes
Cost: $158
Dates: August 25-26
Arena: Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre

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Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist announced

RED DEER - Thirty-five athletes from Alberta have taken the next step on the Road to Red Deer.

Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The shortlist includes five goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 20 forwards.

Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist Roster >

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Camrose, July 3-8. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“This year’s Summer Camp in Camrose showcased just how many talented athletes we have in Alberta,” said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “Now, as we move towards the Canada Winter Games, these 35 players are now one step closer to representing their home province in Red Deer.”

The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Hockey Alberta Summer Super Skills Camps coming to Calgary, Grande Prairie & Red Deer

Registration is now open for the Hockey Alberta Super Skills Development Camps taking place in Calgary, Grande Prairie and Red Deer this August.

The Hockey Alberta Super Skills Development Camp focuses on individual skill development on and off the ice.

On-ice sessions include drills in conjunction with Power Edge Pro, power skating, shooting specific techniques, position specific skills and small area games. Off-ice sessions work on agility, balance and coordination and incorporate other sports, to foster overall athleticism within the Long Term Player Development model. These off-ice sessions may include activities such as golf, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and more.

Cost: $499

Open to: 2006-2011 born athletes

This camp includes:

  • 5 consecutive days of activities (players are supervised 8:30-4:30 each day)
  • 10 on-ice sessions (2 daily)
  • 15 off-ice sessions (3 daily)
  • Hockey Alberta practice jersey, t-shirt and shorts

Grande Prairie

August 13-17, Coca Cola Centre

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Calgary

August 20-24, Vivo Arena

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Red Deer

August 27-31, Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre

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** Special Note: A Three day option is available for parents for this camp only

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Summer Development Camps kick off in Camrose

CAMROSE – Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps begin this week in Camrose and run throughout the month of July.

Some of Alberta’s best hockey talent will be on display at these camps, with more than 200 athletes take part in a variety of on-ice and off-ice development opportunities. All camps are open to the public and take place at the Border Paving Arena at the Camrose Recreation Centre.


U16 Female Summer Camp, June 28 – July 1

The U16 Female Provincial Camp is the second stage of development and identification process that feeds into the Team Alberta U18 Female program. The top 60 players participate in on and off-ice training and classroom sessions, and compete in game environments.


U16 Male Provincial Camp, July 3-8

The U16 Male Provincial Camp features the top 80 U16 athletes identified by Hockey Alberta working out in off-ice sessions, as well as on-ice games and practices. From Provincial Camp, a short list will be created, and players scouted with their club teams until the 20-player Team Alberta roster is named for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.


Officials Development Camp, July 3-8

The Officials Development Camp runs in conjunction with the U16 Male summer camp, as officials work provincial camp games and receive mentoring and evaluation. This is third stage of development for officials, starting with Alberta Cup zone camps, and progressing to the Alberta Cup competition.


Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp, July 10-15

The top 46 U18 female hockey players, selected from a spring camp held in Spruce Grove, take part in a variety of games and practices. After the summer camp, players are shortlisted to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. From there, the final 20-player Team Alberta roster will be selected for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.


AJHL Development Camp, July 17-22

Selected athletes receive both on and off-ice development directed by AJHL/Hockey Alberta staff, and facilitated by the High Performance I Coaching Seminar delegates. The on-ice program will consist of both practice and game sessions, and the off-ice portion will cover athleticism, mental skills and team building as well as the technical and tactical skills required to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

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George Hughes: 1924-2018

RED DEER - George Hughes, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, died on Tuesday, June 5 at the age of 93.

George had a long history of involvement in and service to the sport hockey - as a player, coach, manager, referee, executive and builder starting in 1938. George’s playing career included being a member of the University of Alberta hockey team, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950.

Professionally, George’s involvement in hockey continued in the 1970s when, as a City of Edmonton Commissioner, he was instrumental in building eight new arenas in 1973 and in the development of Northlands Coliseum in 1974. He later joined Edmonton Northlands as general manager, overseeing the Coliseum, Agricom and Trade Centre.

In 1981, George arranged a $140,000 donation by Edmonton Northlands to Hockey Alberta as part of the Canada Cup Series, enabling Hockey Alberta to start a scholarship program and acquire a permanent office. The donation also served as core funding for a Hockey Foundation.

Amongst more than 40 recognition awards, George was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, awarded a Hockey Alberta Life Membership in 1983, and inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Distinguished Contributions to Canada. In 2008 the City of Edmonton honoured George by naming the George S. Hughes South Side Arena after him.

A celebration of the life of George Hughes will be held on Friday, June 15, 1 p.m., at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home – Edmonton South, 4820 Meridian Street, Edmonton). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sport Central, of which George was a founding member.

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Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Forty-six female hockey players are now one step closer to skating for Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Hockey Alberta has extended invitations to 46 athletes born in 2001-2003 to compete at Team Alberta’s U18 Female Summer Development Camp, which runs July 10-15 in Camrose. The list includes six goalies, 16 defense, and 24 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp Invites >

"We’re excited for these 46 athletes to take the next step on the Road to Red Deer," said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. "This is a very talented group of individuals, and we look forward to seeing what they bring to Summer Camp in Camrose."

The 46 athletes were selected from 88 who attended the spring selection camp in Spruce Grove, which included fitness testing, mental skills preparations, on and off- ice skills sessions, and several games.

From the camp in Camrose, a shortlist will be established, with those players invited to another selection camp in the fall. Team Alberta will compete at the 2019 Canada Winter Games February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Registration now open for 2018-19 First Shift programs

Do you have a child aged 6-10 that is ready to fall in love with hockey? Registration is now open for the 2018-19 Canadian Tire First Shift program.

The First Shift is a truly unique experience designed to help your child fall in love with hockey before you buy all the gear. The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learning basic skills. Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment.

The First Shift will be offered in 12 locations throughout Alberta in the fall, and three in the winter:

Fall Programs:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie
  • Lamont
  • Leduc
  • Lethbridge
  • Onoway
  • Peace River
  • Red Deer*
  • Rocky Mountain House
  • Strathcona
  • Westlock

Winter Programs:

  • Airdrie
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton

*The First Shift Program in Red Deer will be hosted by Hockey Alberta.

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

The First Shift’s mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community and enroll their kids in our sport. Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, we designed The First Shift to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

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OEG Launches Summer ICE Jamboree Novice Hockey Event

EDMONTON - Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), in partnership with Hockey Alberta, announced today a new Novice hockey event taking place August 11-12, 2018 at the Downtown Community Arena.

In conjunction with the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and Centre ICE Summit, the Summer ICE Jamboree will bring Novice hockey players from across Alberta together to be immersed in the excitement of international hockey and the thrill of learning and playing alongside new teammates. Players will register individually and be placed on teams which will represent each of the eight nations competing in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup - Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Summer ICE Jamboree joins other existing Edmonton Oilers hockey programming including Oilers Hockey Institute, Oilers Hockey School, Oilers Hockey Clinic and Lil’ Oilers.

“Oilers Entertainment Group is proud to partner with Hockey Alberta and support the growth of grassroots hockey in our province,” said Oilers Entertainment Group CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson.” Growing the game from the bottom up has a very positive effect on our National teams, including Team Canada which will be competing at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer.”

Participation in the fun-filled weekend will include five half-ice games and a complimentary ticket to the Hlinka Gretzky Cup gold medal game on Saturday, August 11. Registration is open to any players born in 2010 and 2011. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and the deadline to register is Friday, July 27.

The event will be structured according to Hockey Alberta’s new Intro to Hockey model which focuses on long-term player development by utilizing smaller ice surfaces to enhance skating, passing, shooting and overall touches of the puck.

“Hockey Alberta is excited to partner with OEG and utilize this high-profile event to showcase our Intro to Hockey model. We believe the Jamboree will be an enjoyable experience for players and a great opportunity for Hockey Alberta to continue the education process for parents about Intro to Hockey,” said Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Alberta.

Coaching opportunities will also be available at the Summer ICE Jamboree. Interested coaches can apply at SummerIceJamboree.com. Hockey Alberta staff will be on-site to provide coaches with support in facilitating the new Intro to Hockey format. There will also be drop-in information sessions for parents and the public to attend to learn more about this new approach to Novice hockey. For more information regarding the Intro to Hockey Model, please visit www.hockeyalberta.ca/players/intro-hockey.

For more information or to register, please visit SummerIceJamboree.com. Please email info@summericejamboree.com with any questions or concerns.

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Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp kicks off in Spruce Grove

SPRUCE GROVE - Another step on the Road to Red Deer is underway as the 2018 Team Alberta U18 Female Spring Selection Camp kicks off in Spruce Grove.

Eighty-eight of the top 2001, 2002 and 2003-born female hockey players in Alberta will take to the ice this weekend as part the next step in the selection process for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Players are invited to the camp based on previous Team Alberta programs, as well as scouting of players through their Midget club teams. The camp is a four-day test of fitness, skill and mental preparedness.

The 2018 Spring Selection Camp runs through to Sunday at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove.

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From the Spring Selection Camp, 46 athletes are invited to attend the week-long Team Alberta Program U18 Provincial Summer Selection Camp in July. Players participate in high intensity on and off-ice training as well as classroom sessions and fitness testing.

The 2018 Summer Selection Camp will be held July 10-15 in Camrose.

After the provincial camp, a shortlist of players are identified to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. The fall camp will include on and off-ice sessions, and some exhibition games. From there, the Team Alberta coaching staff announce the final 20-player roster.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are set for February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Nearly 50 AFHL graduates commit to Post-Secondary schools

RED DEER - Close to 50 graduating Midget players from the Alberta Female Hockey League will be suiting up for post-secondary teams this fall.

In the AFHL’s second season, the number of graduating players has nearly doubled, after more than 20 graduating players were committed to post-secondary heading into the 2017-18 season.

The Alberta Female Hockey League is please to announce the following commitments for the 2018-19 season:

AFHL Program Name Post-Secondary Team
Calgary Fire Red Elite Karys Woodward SAIT
Calgary AAA Katie Crowther University of Regina
Calgary AAA Brooke Dennett University of Calgary
Calgary AAA Mary Hirsch Red Deer College
Calgary AAA Nicole Johnson Finlandia University Not finalized)
Calgary AAA Emily Johnston St. Francis Xavier University (Tryout)
Calgary AAA Kalaina Kozak University of Alberta (Tryout)
Calgary AAA Mackenzie Lausberg University of Lethbridge
Calgary AAA Holly Techlenburg Mount Royal University
Edmonton AAA Bronwyn Bjarnason Minot State
Edmonton AAA Alexis Bruce Olds College
Edmonton AAA Bree Edwards Olds College
Edmonton AAA Clarissa Lewis Minot State
Edmonton AAA Rebecca Roszell NAIT
Lloydminster AAA Chelsea Debusschere University of Saskatchewan
Lloydminster AAA Reece Laumbach University of New Brunswick
Lloydminster AAA Alex Thomson Grant MacEwan University
Lloydminster AAA Jaydon Thorpe Mount Royal University
PCFAC Storm Elite Shauna Johnson Olds College
Red Deer AAA Shae Demale Saint Mary’s University
Red Deer AAA Paige Grenier University of New Brunswick
Red Deer AAA Jenna Himer University of New Brunswick
Red Deer AAA Hannah MacDonald St. Francis Xavier University
Red Deer AAA Cassidy Maplethorpe Brock University
Red Deer AAA Kaley Mueller SAIT
Red Deer AAA Brandy Steinman NAIT
Red Deer AAA Emma Thomas St. Francis Xavier University
Red Deer AAA Alayna Wagstaff University of New Brunswick
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Emma Borbandy University of New Brunswick
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kennedy Brown University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Meagan Dyer University of Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA NIcole Fry University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Stephanie Gross University of Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Laura Jardin McGill University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kara Kondrat University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Mary MacDonald Saint Mary’s University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Isabella Pozzi University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Chloe Puddifant Dartmouth College
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Breanne Trotter Mount Royal University
Sherwood Park Elite Katrina Robinson Adrian College
Sherwood Park Elite Rayel Strayer Lindenwood University
St. Albert AAA Mackenzie Butz Mount Royal University
St. Albert AAA Jayme Doyle Grant MacEwan University
St. Albert AAA Camryn Drever University of Saskatchewan
St. Albert AAA Mckenzie Hewett University of Minnesota Duluth
St. Albert AAA Caleigh Meraw Saint Mary’s University
St. Albert AAA Tyra Meropoulis St. Francis Xavier University

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Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Eighty male athletes from across Alberta have been invited to take the next step on the Road to Red Deer.

Invitations have been extended to the players to attend the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp July 3-8 in Camrose, which is the next step in the selection process for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

U16 Male Summer Camp Invites >

"Our team staff did a fantastic job identifying the 80 players who will move on," said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. "It’s never an easy task, considering the depth of talent we have in Alberta, but we’re confident we have the right mix of players as we move along the Road to Red Deer."

The male list includes eight goalies, 24 defence, and 48 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2017-18 season, as well as the 2018 Alberta Cup in Spruce Grove in April. From the camp in Camrose, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams until the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named.

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Viking Projects named 2019 Allan Cup title sponsor

RED DEER – The Lacombe Generals have announced Viking Projects as title sponsor for the 2019 Allan Cup.

In January, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada announced Lacombe as the host site for the annual Senior AAA national championship.

“We think it’s a great marriage, we are so excited to move forward from here to work towards giving the best Allan Cup we’ve ever seen,” said Steve Christie, Host Committee Chair.

Viking Projects is a pipeline, facility, fabrication, and construction company based in Alberta and Saskatchewan, with a main branch in Lacombe.

“We are looking forward to coming on board with the Generals and the Allan Cup, and really trying to drive our community and showcase to Canada how passionate we are about this community, and about the organizations within,” said Rob Wilson, Partner of Viking Projects Ltd. “For us it was an easy decision, and we look forward to getting behind it.”

The Generals previously hosted the Allan Cup in Red Deer in 2013, defeating the Clarenville Caribous in the final.

“The Allan Cup is history. Lacombe is known for its history as well, and we want to showcase the history of hockey,” said Jeff McInnis, General Manager of the Generals.

The event will be hosted at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex, April 8 -13, 2019. Six teams will participate in the round-robin, pool-play event, followed by sudden-death playoffs.

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Calling all volunteers!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for key volunteer positions across a number of committees for the 2018-19 hockey season.

Volunteers are the faces of Hockey Alberta within their communities, positively representing themselves and the organization in regular encounters on a daily basis with participants in our sport.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers play integral roles in ensuring that Hockey Alberta is able to deliver high quality and efficient programming and services to the more than 90,000 participants across the province. Responsibilities range from day-to-day involvement in administration and discipline decisions for minor hockey, to coaching, instructing and mentoring, to working as a trainer or equipment manager in the Team Alberta program.

Currently, applications are being sought from interested individuals for Chair positions on each of 11 Committees, Zone Coordinator positions on five Committees, and MHA Ambassadors.

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Volunteering with Hockey Alberta also offers the following opportunities:

  • To stay involved in the game that you love
  • To engage the community to improve the game of hockey in Alberta
  • To develop interpersonal skills that go beyond the game

More information can be found on the volunteer page of Hockey Alberta’s website.

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Central wins the 2018 Alberta Cup

SPRUCE GROVE - Team Central is skating away from Spruce Grove as 2018 Alberta Cup champions.

Drew Sim stopped 25 shots to earn his second-straight shutout, leading Central to a 2-0 win over Edmonton Yellow to avenge an 8-3 loss during round-robin play.

Brett Moravec and Myles Hilman scored for Central, while Charlie Wright added two assists.

Calgary South claimed bronze with a 2-1 overtime win over Edmonton Blue in the B Final. Earlier in the day, South defeated Calgary North 9-3 in the C Final, while Northwest scored with less than a minute left in overtime to beat Northeast 3-2 in the D Final.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap > | Day Three Recap >


A Final

Central 2 - Edmonton Yellow 0

Players of the Game: Central - #31 Drew Sim | Edmonton Yellow - #5 Kyle Masters

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B Final

Calgary South 2 - Edmonton Blue 1 (OT)

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #10 Dylan James | Edmonton Blue - #9 Colton Dach

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C Final

South 9 - Calgary North 3

Players of the Game: South - #2 Carson Haynes | Calgary North - #2 Kent Anderson

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D Final

Northwest 3 - Northeast 2 (OT)

Players of the Game: Northwest - #3 Graeme Hampton | Northeast - #1 Ashton Billesberger

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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From left: Keagan Slaney, Corson Ceulemans, Lochlan Gordon, Blake Eastman, Dylan Guenther and Kai Uchacz. (Photo credit: LA Media)


2018 Alberta Cup All-Stars announced

SPRUCE GROVE - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2018 Alberta Cup All-Stars, and the 2018 All-Star Official.

The tournament All-Stars and All-Star Official were announced Saturday night at the Alberta Cup banquet at Heritage Park in Spruce Grove. All-Stars were voted on by Alberta Cup team staff.

Goaltender

#1 Lochlan Gordon - Edmonton Yellow

GP: 2 | MP: 120 | W: 2 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 64 | GA: 4 | SVS: 60 | GAA: 2.00 | SV%: .940


Defence

#3 Corson Ceulemans - Northeast

GP: 4 | G: 3 | A: 2 | Pts: 5 | PIM: 4


Defence

#6 Keagan Slaney - Central

GP: 4 | G: 0 | A: 5 | Pts: 5 | PIM:2


Forward

#12 Blake Eastman - Edmonton Yellow

GP: 4 | G: 6 | A: 3 | Pts: 9 | PIM: 0


Forward

#14 Dylan Guenther - Edmonton Blue

GP: 4 | G: 6 | A: 6 | Pts: 12 | PIM: 8


Forward

#19 Kai Uchacz - South

GP: 4 | G: 7 | A: 3 | Pts: 10 | PIM: 6


All-Star Official

Brody McGrath - North Zone

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Slash repeat as champions at 2018 Esso Cup

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The St. Albert Slash became the first team in Esso Cup history to repeat as back-to-back champions, defeating the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 to win gold at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

“It was pretty amazing, nothing can beat it,” St. Albert Slash captain Tyra Meropoulis, of Edson, said of her feelings after the game. “Winning two in a row is unbelievable. It is such an amazing feeling.”

After suffering a 4-1 loss to the Stars in the preliminary round, the Slash rebounded in the championship game by opening the scoring with just under three minutes remaining in the first period. Late-period goals were the key to the team’s success, as St. Albert took a 2-0 lead with less than one minute remaining in the second period. The Stars cut the deficit in half 47 seconds into the third period, but could not find the back of net as time expired.

“[St. Albert] did a great job. An absolutely great job,” said Greg Slobodzian, head coach of the Saskatoon Stars. “We haven’t been pressured like that in a long time. Our girls didn’t know how to handle it at the beginning, but I thought we answered really well in the third period. It could have went either way."

Meropoulis led the Slash with one goal and one assist in the final, while veteran Madison Willan of Edmonton recorded the game-winning goal in the second period. Jayme Doyle of Calahoo also registered one assist in the game.

Goaltender Camryn Drever of Edmonton made 14 saves on her way to securing the win, while Mackenzie Butz of Sherwood Park earned player of the game honours for St. Albert.

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2018 Alberta Cup: Day Three recap

SPRUCE GROVE - The final match-ups are set, and Edmonton Yellow and Central will go head-to-head in the 2018 Alberta Cup final on Sunday.

Central defeated Calgary South 8-0, and Edmonton Yellow beat Edmonton 6-4. Calgary South and Edmonton Blue will play in the B Final.

Earlier in the day, Calgary North and South secured spots in the C Final, while Northeast and Northwest will square off in the D Final.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap >


Game #13 - C/D Semi-Final 1

Calgary North 7 - Northeast 6 (OT)

Players of the Game: Calgary North - #20 Dean Spak | Northeast - #9 Ryan Chambers

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Game #14 - C/D Semi-Final 2

Northeast 7 - Edmonton Blue 1

Players of the Game: Northeast - #18 Joshua Parker | Edmonton Blue - #3 Joe Hawkins

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Game #15 - A/B Semi-Final 1

South 4 - Northwest 2

Players of the Game: South - #31 Tyler Palmer | Northwest - #5 Marc Lajoie

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Game #16 - A/B Semi-Final 2

Edmonton Yellow 5 - Edmonton Blue 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #10 Dustyn Chetek | Edmonton Blue - #17 Ashton McNelly

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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2018 Alberta Cup: Day Two recap

SPRUCE GROVE - After another busy day of hockey at the 2018 Alberta Cup, round-robin play wrapped-up, and the standings are now set heading into Saturday.

After going undefeated (3-0-0) through round-robin play, Edmonton Yellow locked up first in Pool A. Central claimed the other semi-final spot, finishing 2-1, while Calgary North and Northwest finished third and fourth, respectively.

With a win and a loss on Friday, Calgary South finished at the top of Pool B. Edmonton Blue and South tied their final round-robin game to each finish 1-1-1, but Edmonton Blue clinched second place in Pool B by virtue of a tie-breaker, with Northeast coming in fourth.

Saturday kicks off with Northeast and Calgary North playing in the first C/D Semi-Final at 9:00 a.m., and Northwest and South in the other at 9:30 a.m. Calgary South and Central battle in Semi-Final One at 11:45 a.m., and Day Three closes out with the other Semi-Final game between Edmonton Yellow and Edmonton Blue at 2:15 p.m.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap >


Game #7

South 5 - Northeast 2

Players of the Game: South - #19 Kai Uchacz | Northeast - #14 Tyson Laventure

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Game #8

Calgary South 5 - Edmonton Blue 4

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #6 Trey Patterson | Edmonton Blue - # 9 Colton Dach

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Game #9

Edmonton Yellow 8 - Central 3

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #12 Blake Eastman | Central - #7 Charlie Wright

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Game #10

Calgary North 4 - Northwest 3

Players of the Game: Calgary North - #1 Dylan Lacroix | Northwest - #18 Ethan Sundar

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Game #11

Edmonton Blue 5 - South 5

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #10 Nicholas Degraves | South - #19 Kai Uchacz

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Game #12

Northeast 3 - Calgary South 0

Players of the Game: Northeast - #5 Austin Lusok | Calgary South - #12 Owen MacNeil

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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Members of Edmonton Yellow and Northwest pay tribute to all those affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. (Photo credit: LA Media)


2018 Alberta Cup: Day One recap

SPRUCE GROVE - After a busy first day of the 2018 Alberta Cup in Spruce Grove, Edmonton Yellow and Central came away with two wins, while Edmonton Blue and Calgary South won their only games of the day.

In Pool A, both Edmonton Yellow and Central defeated Northwest and Calgary North, while Edmonton Blue and Calgary South won their games over Northeast and South, respectively.

Pool B teams will each play a pair of games on day two, while Pool A teams will each play just one. Round-robin play wraps up after day two, with the top two teams in each pool earning a spot in the Alberta Cup semi-finals.

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Game #1

Edmonton Yellow 8 - Calgary North 4

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #12 Blake Eastman | Northwest - #20 Dean Spak

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Game #2

Central 6 - Northwest 2

Players of the Game: Central - #8 Craig Armstrong | Northwest - # 16 Codie Saunders

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Game #3

Calgary South 6 - South 3

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #12 Owen MacNeil | South - #4 Dru Krebs

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Game #4

Edmonton Blue 6 - Northeast 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #14 Dylan Guenther | Northeast - #3 Corson Ceulemans

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Game #5

Central 9 - Calgary North 2

Players of the Game: Central - #16 Ty Mueller | Calgary North -a #11 Jayden Davis

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Game #6

Edmonton Yellow 3 - Northwest 0

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #1 Lochlan Gordon | #2 Devin Aubin

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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Spruce Grove welcomes the 2018 Alberta Cup

SPRUCE GROVE - Many of the top 2003-born male hockey players from around the province have converged on Spruce Grove this week for the 2018 Alberta Cup.

Eight teams are taking to the ice at the Agrena from Thursday to Sunday: Calgary North, Calgary South, Central, Edmonton Blue, Edmonton Yellow, Northeast, Northwest and South.

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Full tournament results will be displayed on the score ticker at the top of both hockeyalberta.ca and abcup.ca. Schedules, stats and standings can also be found at abcup.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Twitter.

The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.

Alberta Cup graduates include Matt Dumba, Braden Holtby, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, and Andrew Ference.

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Orest Korbutt: 1937-2018

RED DEER - Orest Korbutt, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, died on Friday, April 20 at the age of 81.

Orest had a long history of volunteer service to amateur hockey in Alberta, across Canada, and around the world. He served as the President of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) for six years, from 1980-1986. During his time as President, he established the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, a Scholarship program, and an Endowment Fund.

At the national level, Orest served six years on the Board of Directors with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and was instrumental in establishing the national medical and liability insurance program. Internationally, Orest was actively involved in exchange programs with the Japanese and Chinese Ice Hockey Federations that lasted for more than three decades.

At the local level in Edmonton with the Knights of Columbus association, he was instrumental in the purchase of their twin ice pad and helped oversee operations of the arena complex.

Outside of hockey, Orest was a leader with several organizations. He served as Chair of the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Chair of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for 15 years, Chair of the task force that created the Alberta Sports Plan, and as a Board member with Sports Central.

Orest’s work and achievements have been recognized over the years, with numerous honours bestowed including: Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Order of Merit and Recognition Award, Alberta Amateur Hockey Association Life Membership, Edmonton Minor Hockey Association Life Membership and Recognition Award, Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductee (1988), Edmonton Sport Hall of Fame inductee, City of Edmonton Achievement Award, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2013) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013.

Hockey Alberta extends its deepest condolences to Orest’s wife of 63 years, Gertrude, and their family: children, Corrine (Fred), Therese, Greg (Stacey), Jackie (Michael); seven grandchildren; and one great grandson.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street NW, Edmonton, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Orest’s memory to Edmonton Sports Central.

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St. Albert Slash, Lethbridge Hurricanes in the hunt for National titles

RED DEER - Alberta is well-represented on the National stage this week, as the St. Albert Slash and Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes compete in the Esso Cup and Telus Cup, respectively.

The St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA) of the Alberta Female Hockey League are representing the Pacific region at the tournament for the second straight year, and are the reigning Esso Cup champions.

The Slash kick off their tournament Sunday afternoon at 12:30 against the Pionnières de Lanaudière in Bridgewater, N.S.

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The Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes kick off their quest for the Telus Cup Monday at 5:00 p.m. against host Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves .

The Hurricanes earned the right to represent the Pacific Regional after defeating the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in two straight games earlier this month.

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AFHL hands out 2017-18 league awards

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the 2017-18 league award and scholarship winners.

Four awards are handed out in each league: Most Valuable Player, Top Goaltender, Top Rookie, and Coach of the Year. One award is also given for the AFHL Administrator of the Year.


Bantam Elite

Most Valuable Player: Jenna Goodwin, Sherwood Park Royals
Top Goaltender: Ali Kieren, Calgary Fire White
Top Rookie: Jayde Cadieux, Lloydminster Jr. Steelers
Coach of the Year: Kath Surbey, Calgary Fire White


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Sydney Benko, Calgary Fire Red
Top Goaltender: Holly Borrett, St. Albert Sharks
Top Rookie: Hayleigh Craig, Lethbridge Cyclones
Coach of the Year: Tom Molloy, Calgary Fire White


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Bella McKee, Lloydminster PWM Steelers
Top Goaltender: Camryn Drever, St. Albert Slash
Top Rookie: Josie McLeod, Rocky Mountain Raiders
Coach of the Year: Paul Pozzi, Rocky Mountain Raiders


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Steve Hughes, Lloydminster Minor Hockey


AFHL Scholarship Winners

The Alberta Female Hockey League annually presents four scholarships; two to graduating players from the AFHL as well as two to young women currently attending post secondary and who are giving back to the game through coaching or officiating. All of these scholarships will be awarded to help off-set the costs of pursuing a post secondary degree at the institution of their choice.

The AFHL received an overwhelming response to the scholarship fund and recipients were chosen from an extremely deep pool of applicants. Finalists were chosen based on their strong academics, positive contribution to their team as well as their involvement with their community.

Offical: Emily Hill, Olds College
Coach: Tricia Van Vaerenberg, University of Lethbridge
Midget Elite: Alexis Pfeffer, North Central Impact
Midget AAA: Mackenzie Butz, St. Albert Slash

Congratulations to all AFHL Award winners and scholarship recipients!

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Coach of the Month - March

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for March is Kyle Johnson of Clive.

Kyle is currently the Head Coach of the Clive Initiation Blackhawks.

"This was actually my first year as a head coach," said Kyle. "Helping these kids develop a love for the game of hockey and contributing to their development is something I take very seriously. I had an awesome group of assistant coaches helping and our team did very well this season. It is an amazing gesture to be nominated for this type of award and I am very thankful."

"Kyle is all about the kids! What a great guy to have mentoring our Initiation aged kids," said the parent who nominated Kyle. "He makes a point of connecting with each child before a game or practice, and let’s them know that he’s so happy they’re there and he wishes them a great practice or game. His positivity radiates, and the kids just beam when he’s on the ice with them. He’s wonderful about making practices fun, but also explains to them the importance of the skills that they’re building. Fun is the top priority, but Kyle has worked hard to come up with practice plans that promote skill growth and fun. The kids are being equipped with the skills to move forward in a positive growth mindset, and having fun doing it. After each game Kyle will point out something that each child has done well, and shows the team how to celebrate each other’s successes and how together that adds up to the team having success as a group. Every child gets the same opportunity with Kyle, and he’s so proud of his little group and what they’ve achieved this season."

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award is sponsored by Howies Hockey Tape.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.

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Respect in Sport – Required Recertification

In the spring of 2017, Hockey Alberta announced that – effective for the 2018-19 season – Parents and Coaches/Team Officials would be required to recertify their Respect in Sport every four seasons. The requirement to recertify comes into effect on May 1.

For the 2018-19 season, the requirement to recertify affects Parents and Coaches/Team Officials who completed their Respect in Sport certification prior to the 2015-16 season.

The Respect in Sport Parent Program helps define a standard of behaviour for all parents and create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved. Parents want to do a great job supporting their kids. Respect in Sport provides parents with the tools to do just that.

The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates coaches and activity leaders to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. It may be the single most important training leaders receive to assist in creating a safe, healthy and respectful environment for all participants. NOTE: Speak Out is no longer recognized as a relevant program for coaches.

For more information on Respect in Sport, and the recertification process: Respect in Sport >

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BLOG: Community mourns young lives lost

Hockey Alberta’s Regional Consultant, South, Matt Weninger, contributes regularly to the Lethbridge Herald with his "Hockey Talk" column. His most recent piece focuses on the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, and the effect by the entire hockey world, the country, and beyond.


It is in quite a sombre and reflective mood that I write this article. Usually I like to start my column discussing the weather or some programs that Hockey Alberta is running. All of that seems to feel irrelevant this week based on both the tragedy in Humboldt and the news of Brock Hirsche passing away Sunday morning.

It is rather difficult to comprehend what happened in Humboldt and even more challenging to understand the magnitude of this accident. I coached Layne Matechuk at the U16 WHL Cup a few years ago (who remains in a coma at this point), played hockey with assistant coach Mark Cross last year and crossed paths several times with Logan Boulet over the years (both of whom passed away). As well, my neighbour Andrew Thompson was a member of the Broncos last year before a trade took him to Melfort where he finished the season, and saw his season end at the hands of the Broncos no less.

I have rode buses for hundreds of thousands of miles (maybe more but definitely not less) in both my playing and coaching career – blindly placing all of my trust in the bus driver to get us to our destination safely.

Those who have never played junior hockey (or even hockey in general) may not understand the sanctity of the bus. The bus is where we live, watch movies, do homework, play cards, sleep and socialize with our teammates. Where we drive from one location to the next in a travelling box that at its best the TVs work, the Wi-Fi works and is a tolerable place to be. At its worst it smells like the bathroom, is too hot or too cold and most assuredly is uncomfortable.

The reality is that anyone who has played a high level of hockey has more than a few unhappy stories of 16-hour bus rides, of hearing the rumble strips at 2 a.m. and of buses breaking down on the side of the road hours from your destination. We hate the bus, we dread the trips but we tolerate it because we love the game, we strive for the competition and we would do anything for the teammates we ride the bus for (even the ones whose personal hygiene in these confined spaces isn’t ideal and those who can’t hold it until the next time the bus stops).

I have ridden a bus from Canton, N.Y. to Houghton, Michigan, and Flin Flon, Man. to Estevan, Sask., and those are only a few of the horrible trips I can name. I used to bring a big, thick blanket, place it on the floor with a pillow over top and sleep on the floor through the night because that beat having to try and squish on a lumpy seat with the cold window as a pillow. The bus trips were not something to look forward to and the longer the trip and the worse the weather the more dreaded the trip home.

But that is part of the culture of hockey, and it will never change. I am not one to complain about that culture and I don’t want anyone to think I am complaining about the lifestyle. Because I don’t want it to change. Because as bad as those bus trips are, the reward of getting to play the game you love in front of thousands of people who either cheer you or jeer you is the rush that is worth the bus trip. The challenge of winning a game -and to those who don’t understand it, we know it is only a game – is worth the reward of the nine-hour bus ride. And should you lose – that nine-hour bus ride is necessary to cure the mental anguish of the loss.

It’s not about hockey players being a different breed. It’s about the friendships built on a team, the bond built within a group and the bus being the means to meet a challenge and to live a temporary dream that we all know will one day come to an end. The sad part of this story is so many in the hockey world can connect to life on the bus. We all feel so emotionally scarred seeing 16 individuals living the same dream that we can all connect with and seeing so many dreams and lives end in a tragic accident.

I will never forget hearing the news of that bus accident last weekend, and I will also never forget the many bus trips I have taken throughout my life, whether that was home from a loss or home from a win. But this weekend made me appreciate how lucky I was to be able to return home.

I’d also like acknowledge the loss our community feels with the passing of Brock Hirsche. My last column, I aimed to show my respect and gratitude of how incredible a person Brock was. Even when I was writing that column I still believed we’d have many more months of Brock with us, that I would run into Brock many more times. Unfortunately, Brock left us much too soon.

This weekend has hit our community extremely hard. To those we lost last weekend, you will be missed, and the reaction from the rest of the world assures your legacy will live on.

The memorial service for Brock will be on Friday at Nicholas Sheran, and the memorial for Logan will be Saturday at Nicholas Sheran. There are two families in our community that are hurting and this is a chance for us to show them our support.

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Standardized tiering coming to Alberta for 2018-19 season

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta, its two largest Minor Hockey Associations, and the four largest minor leagues in the province are pleased to announce that the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model will be in operation for the 2018-19 season.

Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League are implementing the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model for the upcoming hockey season.

Consistency in tiering has been a significant concern raised in feedback provided by families across the province in Participant Satisfaction Surveys conducted by Hockey Alberta in 2015 and 2017.

For the past year, these six organizations have worked within Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee to develop a tiering model that ensures teams are tiered accurately and consistently by accounting for the size of a minor hockey association, the size of a league, and various geographic factors.

The Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model includes:

  • Six tiers within the divisions of Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget.
  • A tiering grid to assist organizations in placing their teams within a specific division.
  • The ability for larger organizations to split tiers into smaller groups based on number of teams, games to be played and travel
  • The ability for smaller organizations to utilize the grid to determine the number of tiers to operate based on number of teams.
  • Teams proceed through tiering rounds for final placement determined by policies of the individual league.

Hockey Alberta’s member organizations were informed of the new Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model through an Information Bulletin on April 11.

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Slash, Hurricanes win Pacific Regional Championships

RED DEER - A pair of Alberta Midget AAA teams punched their tickets to National Championships over the weekend.

The St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash and Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes both won the Pacific Regional Championship to advance to the Esso Cup and Telus Cup, respectively.

In Richmond, BC, the St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League defeated the Greater Vancouver Comets for the second straight year, and will now defend their 2017 Esso Cup title.

The Slash took the three-game series two games to one, winning game one 4-2 and losing game two 4-2, before edging the Comets 1-0 to claim the Pacific Regional banner.

The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 22-28 in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.

Meanwhile, the Lethbridge Hurricanes swept the three-game series against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, winning games one and two by 5-3 and 6-1 scores, respectively.

The Hurricanes will head to the 2018 Telus Cup in Sudbury, Ontario, which runs April 23-29.

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Slash, Hurricanes set for Pacifics

RED DEER - A pair of Alberta teams look to punch their ticket to a national championship as the Midget AAA and Midget AAA Female Pacific Regional Championships go this weekend.

Less than a week removed from winning the Midget AAA provincial championship, the Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes head to Chilliwack, BC to take on the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the 2018 Telus Cup. Games one and two are set for Friday and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively, with game three scheduled for Sunday at 12 noon, if necessary.

The 2018 Telus Cup runs April 23-29 in Sudbury, Ontario.

Meanwhile, for the second straight year, the St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League will travel to Richmond to battle the Greater Vancouver Comets for a spot in the Esso Cup. The Slash defeated the Comets in last year’s Pacific Regional Championships en route to an Esso Cup championship.

Games one and two are scheduled for Friday at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon, with game three set for Sunday at 1 p.m., if necessary. The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 22-28 in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.

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Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Past President Kevin Walsh (left), with Hockey Alberta Foundation Executive Director Tim Leer.


Piper Creek Optimists’ Battle of Alberta brings in $21,000 for EKEC

RED DEER – The second annual Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser for the Every Kid Every Community program was a major success, with $21,000 going to the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The event was held in January at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, with Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans gathering for a night of hockey, stories, and a chance to win tickets to see the Battle of Alberta in Edmonton on January 25, and in Calgary on March 31.

The night was hosted by Red Deer Rebel’s Game Night Host Troy Gillard. Special guests Rob Brown, Jason Strudwick and Curtis Glencross were also in attendance, and treated the crowd to an intimate hockey hot stove.


From left: Rob Brown, Curtis Glencross and Jason Strudwick

“We were thrilled to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer to bring the Battle of Alberta fundraising event back for a second year,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “The event was once again a major sucess, and we are very humbled by everyone’s support of Every Kid Every Community.”

The event brought in just under $30,000 total, with roughly $8,000 going back to the Piper Creek Optimist Club for other youth initiatives in Central Alberta.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, ATB Investor Services, McCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd., WestJet, the Molson Coors Brewing Company, Your Wedding Place and the FrèreRealty Team.

Another thank you goes out to the silent auction and door prize sponsors: Longball Inc, Stewart Creek Golf Club, Ryde RD, YogaNation, Troubled Monk Brewery, Famoso Red Deer, Red Deer Rebels, Calgary Hitmen, Heritage Lanes, Hansen Distillery, Cold Garden Beverage Company, Wild Rose Brewery, Tool Shed Brewing Company, Annex Ale Project, Last Best Brewing and Distilling, Coulee Brew Co, Stone Heart Distillery, Alley Kat Brewing Co, and Folding Mountain Brewing.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three results

RED DEER - The third and final weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with seven new champions being crowned.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Wainwright Bisons (Junior B), Sherwood Park Renegades (Junior C), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Midget AAA), Spruce Grove PAC Saints (Midget AA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Female Elite), Lakeland Panthers (Bantam AA), Medicine Hat Hounds (Peewee AA).

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals began on March 30. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are tied 1-1 in the South Division Final, while the Spruce Grove Saints carry a 2-0 lead over the Whitecourt Wolverines in the North Division Final.

The 2018 Bantam AAA Provincial Champion Airdrie Xtreme were one shot away from gold at the 2018 Western Bantam AAA Championships in Kamloops, losing in double overtime to bring home a silver medal.

2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Junior B - Wainwright Bisons 5, Red Deer Vipers 1
Junior C - Sherwood Park Renegades 9, Springbank Rockies 4
Midget AA - Spruce Grove PAC Saints 4, Lethbridge Hounds 2
Midget Female Elite - Calgary Fire White 2, St. Albert Sharks 0
Bantam AA - Lakeland Panthers 4, West Central Tigers 1
Peewee AA - Medicine Hat Hounds 2, Springbank Rockies 1 (2OT)

Champions Photos >


Previous Results

Week One Results > | Week Two Results >


2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win best-of-seven series 4-1

Game One: Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 4
Game Two:
Lacombe 3, Stony Plain 4
Game Three:
Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 7
Game Four
: Lacombe 6, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Stony Plain 1 @ Lacombe 6

Allan Cup – April 9-14 – Rosetown, Saskatchewan


Midget AAA – Lethbridge AAA Hurricanes vs Knights of Columbus Pats
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: KC 0 @ Lethbridge 4
Game Two: KC 4 @ Lethbridge 2
Game Three: Lethbridge 2 @ KC 4
Game Four: Lethbridge 5 @ KC 2
Game Five: KC 1 @ Lethbridge 6

Telus Cup – April 23-29 – Sudbury, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Airdrie Xtreme vs. St. Albert Sabres
Airdrie wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Airdrie 3, St. Albert 2 (OT)
Game Two: Airdrie 3,
St. Albert 2 (3OT)
Game Three: St. Albert 7, Airdrie 6 (OT)
Game Four: St. Albert 4, Airdrie 3
Game Five: Airdrie 2 @ St. Albert 1 (4OT)

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 29 - April 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia

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Volunteers sought for Officials Committee positions

RED DEER - Applications are now being accepted from experienced and interested individuals to serve in a leadership capacity with Hockey Alberta’s Officials Committee for the 2018-19 season.

Available positions include the Officials Committee Chair, as well as the Regional Coordinator (previously Zone Chair) positions for each of the six Officials Regions in the province: Peace, North, North East, North Central, Central and South.

In addition, applications also are being accepted for the following Coordinator positions: Data, Match Penalty, Supervision, Male Development and Female Development.

The Officials Committee provides oversight and monitoring of the delivery of the Hockey Canada Officiating Program within Hockey Alberta. The Committee is responsible for the administration, operational standards and development of new components regarding the officiating program in Alberta. Responsibilities include: recruiting, training, mentoring, developing and evaluating officials; selecting and appointing officials for all provincial, regional and national championship games/events hosted in Alberta; and providing guidance and leadership on all matters pertaining to officiating with leagues, minor hockey associations and other stakeholders.

Deadline for applications for the Committee Chair is May 1. Deadline for applications for the Coordinator positions is May 8.

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION >

Please note that Hockey Alberta’s application platform requires that once you start an application you must complete and submit in the same sitting.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Preview

RED DEER - The third and final week of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, kicks off on Thursday across the province with the final six tournaments of 2018.

Provincial championships set for March 29 - April 1 include: Junior B (Fort St. John), Junior C (Sherwood Park), Midget AA (Spruce Grove), Midget Female Elite (Calgary), Bantam AA (Edmonton), Peewee AA (Glenlake/Calgary).

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or on Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Snapchat (username: hockeyalberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a brand new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and send a photo to Hockey Alberta on Snapchat for a chance to win a gift card prize pack from Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Junior B:
Twitter
Midget AA: Twitter
Midget Female Elite: Twitter
Bantam AA: Twitter
Peewee AA: Twitter

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals begin on March 31. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are set to face off in the South Division Final, while the Whitecourt Wolverines and Spruce Grove Saints will battle in the North Division Final.


Previous Results

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Champions Photos >


2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win best-of-seven series 4-1

Game One: Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 4
Game Two:
Lacombe 3, Stony Plain 4
Game Three:
Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 7
Game Four
: Lacombe 6, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Stony Plain 1 @ Lacombe 6

Allan Cup – April 9-14 – Rosetown, Saskatchewan


Midget AAA – Lethbridge AAA Hurricanes vs Knights of Columbus Pats
Best-of-five series tied 1-1

Game One: KC 0 @ Lethbridge 4
Game Two: KC 4 @ Lethbridge 2
Game Three: Wednesday, March 28, 7:45 p.m. - Lethbridge @ KC
Game Four: Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. - Lethbridge @ KC
Game Five (if necessary): Sunday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. - KC @ Lethbridge

Telus Cup – April 23-29 – Sudbury, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Airdrie Xtreme vs. St. Albert Sabres
Airdrie wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Airdrie 3, St. Albert 2 (OT)
Game Two: Airdrie 3,
St. Albert 2 (3OT)
Game Three: St. Albert 7, Airdrie 6 (OT)
Game Four: St. Albert 4, Airdrie 3
Game Five: Airdrie 2 @ St. Albert 1 (4OT)

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 29 - April 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia

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2018 Alberta Cup rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2018 Alberta Cup.

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Agrena in Spruce Grove April 25-29. The teams include two from each of Calgary and Edmonton, and one each representing the South, Central, Northeast and Northwest zones of the province.

Twenty 2003-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected in the aftermath of zone camps held March 23-25 throughout the province.

2018 Alberta Cup Rosters > | 2018 Alberta Cup Schedule >

"We are very excited to take the next step in the Road to Red Deer," said Manager of Team Alberta, Mike Kraichy. "We’re looking forward to a fantastic event in Spruce Grove this year, and for the high level of talent that will hit the ice."

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League.

Eighty players from this year’s competition will be selected to attend Team Alberta’s Provincial Camp in July, with a chance to represent their province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.


Tournament Passes

Tournament passes for the 2018 Alberta Cup are now on sale. A weekend pass is $59 (plus GST), a family weekend pass (two adults and two children) is $173 (plus GST), and a day pass is $17 (plus GST). Day Passes will also be available at the door.

Tournament Passes >


Alberta Cup Banquet

Tickets for the 2018 Alberta Cup Banquet are also now available for purchase. Tickets are $59 per person (plus GST). Only 180 tickets are available, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.. The Alberta Cup Banquet is Saturday, April 28 at 5 p.m. at the Stony Plain Pavilion.

Banquet Tickets >


Volunteers

The 2018 Alberta Cup is looking for passionate, dedicated volunteers! If you are interested in being part of the Alberta Cup, numerous volunteer positions are available throughout the tournament, including: off-ice officials, admission table, program and 50/50 sales, security and more. To apply to be a volunteer, please fill out the form below.

Volunteer Form >


Alberta Cup Apparel

2018 Alberta Cup apparel is now available for pre-order. All orders must be placed by April 12. To place an order, click the link below.

Alberta Cup Apparel >


For more information on the Alberta Cup, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two results

RED DEER - Week Two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with 18 teams crowned as 2018 Provincial champions.

Fifteen tournaments ran across the province from March 21-25, while three league champions also earned provincial honours last week.

Teams skating away from this weekend’s tournaments with gold medals were: Bonnyville Sr. Pontiacs (Senior AA), Lethbridge Headwater Hurricanes (Minor Midget AAA), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Midget A), High Prairie Legionnaires (Midget B), Stettler Storm (Midget C), Kitscoty Pitbulls (Midget D), St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA), SPS Fuzion (Midget Female A ), Irma Aces (Midget Female B), Calgary Fire White (Bantam Female Elite), Cold Lake Ice (Peewee A), Provost Blades (Peewee B), Winfield Peewee (Peewee C), Irvine Bulldogs (Peewee D), and Okotoks Oilers (Peewee Female A).

Two league playoffs wrapped up on Wednesday evening in Senior AAA and Bantam AAA. The Lacombe Generals repeated as Senior AAA Provincial champs with a 6-1 win over the Stony Plain Eagles, taking the best-of-seven series four games to one.The Generals now head to the Allan Cup, which runs April 9-14 in Rosetown, SK.

An incredibly close Bantam AAA series between the Airdrie Xtreme and St. Albert Sabres, which saw a total of nine overtime periods, came to a close when Airdrie scored near the end of the fourth overtime of game five. The Xtreme advance to the Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship, March 29 - April 1 in Kamloops, BC.

The Alberta Junior Female Hockey League crowned a champion as well, with the Sherwood Park Steele skating away with the Provincial banner.

In addition to the on-ice action, five more host communities held a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: Daysland/Forestburg (Thunderstars), La Crete, Okotoks, Oyen, and Taber.

The 2018 Provincial Championships tournament schedule wraps up this coming weekend with six tournaments set for March 29 - April 1: Junior B (Fort St. John), Junior C (Sherwood Park), Midget AA (Spruce Grove), Midget Female Elite (Calgary), Bantam AA (Edmonton), Peewee AA (Glenlake/Calgary). The Midget AAA Provincials will wrap up by April 1 as well, with the best-of-five series between the Knights of Columbus Pats and Lethbridge Hurricanes tied at 1-1.

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals begin on March 31. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are set to face off in the South Division Final for the second straight year, while the Spruce Grove Saints will have to wait for Game Seven between the Whitecourt Wolverines and Fort McMurray Oil Barons to decide who they will face in the North Division Final.

2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Senior AA – Bonnyville Pontiacs 6, Elk Point Elks 2
Minor Midget AAA – Lethbridge Headwater Hurricanes 2, Rockyview Raiders 1
Midget A – Lethbridge Hurricanes 4, Sherwood Park Knights 2
Midget B – High Prairie Legionnaires 4, Barrhead Steelers 2
Midget C – Stettler Storm 9, Elk Point Avalanche 4
Midget D – Kitscoty Pitbulls 5, Oyen Bees 3
Midget Female AAA – St. Albert Slash 3, Rocky Mountain Raiders 2 (OT)
Midget Female A – SPS Fuzion 2, Strathmore Storm 1
Midget Female B –
Irma Aces 3, Whitecourt Wolverines 2 (OT)
Bantam Female Elite – Calgary Fire White 2, North Central Impact 0
Peewee A – Cold Lake Ice 6, Springbank Rockies 4
Peewee B – Provost Blades 9, Elk Point Avalanche 0
Peewee C – Winfield Peewee 7, Beaverlodge Blades 4
Peewee D – Irvine Bulldogs 5, Horse Lake Thunder 2
Peewee Female A – Okotoks Oilers 9, SPS Fuzion 1

Champions Photos >


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win best-of-seven series 4-1

Game One: Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 4
Game Two:
Lacombe 3, Stony Plain 4
Game Three:
Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 7
Game Four
: Lacombe 6, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Stony Plain 1 @ Lacombe 6

Allan Cup – April 9-14 – Rosetown, Saskatchewan


Midget AAA – Lethbridge AAA Hurricanes vs Knights of Columbus Pats
Best-of-five series tied 1-1

Game One: KC 0 @ Lethbridge 4
Game Two: KC 4 @ Lethbridge 2
Game Three: Wednesday, March 28, 7:45 p.m. - Lethbridge @ KC
Game Four: Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. - Lethbridge @ KC
Game Five (if necessary): Sunday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. - KC @ Lethbridge

Telus Cup – April 23-29 – Sudbury, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Airdrie Xtreme vs. St. Albert Sabres
Airdrie wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Airdrie 3, St. Albert 2 (OT)
Game Two: Airdrie 3,
St. Albert 2 (3OT)
Game Three: St. Albert 7, Airdrie 6 (OT)
Game Four: St. Albert 4, Airdrie 3
Game Five: Airdrie 2 @ St. Albert 1 (4OT)

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 29 - April 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia

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Silver, Bronze medals for Bantam Males and Junior Females at Arctic Winter Games

FORT SMITH/HAY RIVER - Team Alberta North is skating away from the 2018 Arctic Winter Games with a pair of medals.

Despite trailing for most of the game, the Bantam Males looked poised for overtime in the gold medal game against host Northwest Territories, before allowing a buzzer-beater with less than 10 seconds to go in the game.

Jacobi Rouleau and Joseph Gerwatoski (2) scored for Alberta North, who claimed the silver medal after winning gold at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games. Earlier in the day, Alaska edged Nunavut 3-2 to win the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, the Junior Females went the distance against the Yukon, and took home the bronze medal after a 3-2 shootout win. Tea Vasseur and Sanna Mierzewski scored for Alberta North, with Sanne Hansen scoring the shootout-winner.

In the championship game, Alaska edged host Northwest Territories 3-2 to claim the Junior Female gold medal.

Male Roster > | Female Roster > | Schedule/Results > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap > | Day Three Recap > | Day Four Recap >

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Arctic Winter Games: Day Four recap

FORT SMITH/HAY RIVER - Both Team Alberta North squads have a chance to medal at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, with the Bantam Males set to play for gold, and the Junior Females looking to capture bronze.

The Bantam Males opened up Thursday with a 3-3 tie against Nunavut to close out round-robin play, finishing fourth in the standings. Alberta North got goals from Jacobi Rouleau, Brandon MacIntyre and Hudson Chalifoux.

Later on in the day, the Bantam Males avenged a 7-2 loss on Monday against Alaska by upsetting the top-seeded team 2-1, earning a berth in the gold medal final, and a chance to repeat as Arctic Winter Games champions. Sheldon Parliament and Brandon MacIntyre were the goal-scorers for Alberta North.

The gold medal game is set for 4 p.m. on Friday against the host Northwest Territories, after Nunavut and Alaska battle for bronze.

Meanwhile, in the Junior Female’s semi-final matchup, Alberta North narrowly missed out on the championship final with a 3-2 loss to Northwest Territories. Sanne Hansen and Abigail-Marie Robinson scored for Alberta.

The Junior Females will go for bronze against the Yukon at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, while Alaska and host NWT will battle for gold at 6:00 p.m.

Male Roster > | Female Roster > | Schedule/Results > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap > | Day Three Recap >

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Arctic Winter Games: Day Three recap

FORT SMITH/HAY RIVER - The Team Alberta North Junior Female squad punched its ticket to the semi-finals, while the Bantam Males moved to a 1-2 record on Wednesday at the Arctic Winter Games.

A tough second period led to a 5-2 loss for the Bantam Males again the host Northwest Territories. After NWT opened the scoring, Ethan Alook-Ferguson answered for Alberta North, before allowing three unanswered goals in the second. Cooper Coates responed for Alberta in the third, before NWT put it away just minutes later.

The loss moves Alberta to 1-2 in round-robin play, but its two points are enough for a semi-final berth on Thursday afternoon. The Bantam Male team closes out round-robin play on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. against Nunavut.

Meanwhile, the Junior Females drew to a 3-3 tie with the Yukon on Wednesday evening to wrap up round-robin play, which was enough to seal a spot in the semi-finals. Myah Cassault, Sanne Hansen and Tea Vasseur were the goal-scorers for Alberta North.

The Junior Females will battle the host Northwest Territories Thursday at 5:00 p.m. for a spot in Friday’s gold medal game.

Male Roster > | Female Roster > | Schedule/Results > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap >

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two preview

RED DEER - Fifteen new champions will be crowned this weekend, as Week Two of the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, gets underway across the province.

Provincial championships set for March 22-25 include: Senior AA (Bonnyville), Minor Midget AAA (Lethbridge), Midget A (Sherwood Park), Midget B (Wetaskiwin), Midget C (Rimbey), Midget D (Taber), Midget Female AAA (Red Deer), Midget Female A (Strathcona), Midget Female B (Lac La Biche), Bantam Female Elite (Grande Prairie), Peewee A (Edmonton), Peewee B (La Crete), Peewee C (Thunderstars), Peewee D (Oyen), and Peewee Female A (Okotoks).

The Minor Midget AAA Provincials get underway on Wednesday afternoon, while the remaining 14 tournaments begin on Thursday evening.

Five more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: Daysland/Forestburg (Thunderstars), La Crete, Okotoks, Oyen, and Taber.

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Snapchat (username: hockeyalberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a brand new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and send a photo to Hockey Alberta on Snapchat for a chance to win a gift card prize pack from Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial.

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Peewee C: Facebook
Peewee Female A: Facebook
Midget D: Facebook


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win best-of-seven series 4-1

Game One: Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 4
Game Two:
Lacombe 3, Stony Plain 4
Game Three:
Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 7
Game Four
: Lacombe 6, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Stony Plain 1 @ Lacombe 6

Allan Cup – April 9-14 – Rosetown, Saskatchewan


Midget AAA – Lethbridge AAA Hurricanes vs Knights of Columbus Pats

Game One: Saturday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. - KC @ Lethbridge
Game Two: Sunday, March 25, 1:00 p.m. - KC @ Lethbridge
Game Three: Wednesday, March 28, 7:45 p.m. - Lethbridge @ KC
Game Four (if necessary): Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. - Lethbridge @ KC
Game Five (if necessary): Sunday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. - KC @ Lethbridge

Telus Cup – April 23-29 – Sudbury, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Airdrie Xtreme vs. St. Albert Sabres
Best-of-five series tied 2-2

Game One: Airdrie 3, St. Albert 2 (OT)
Game Two: Airdrie 3,
St. Albert 2 (3OT)
Game Three: St. Albert 7, Airdrie 6 (OT)
Game Four: St. Albert 4, Airdrie 3
Game Five: Wednesday, March 21, 6:45 p.m. - Airdrie @ St. Albert

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 29 - April 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia

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Arctic Winter Games: Day Two recap

FORT SMITH/HAY RIVER - It was another up and down day for the Team Alberta North Male and Female squads at the Arctic Winter Games.

The Junior Females, playing their third game in just over 24 hours, skated to a 4-1 loss against the Northwest Territories. NWT carried a 3-0 lead halfway through the third until Sanne Hansen put Alberta North on the board, but NWT responded to make it a 4-1 final.

The Junior Female team now holds a 1-2 record moving into its final round-robin game on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.against the Yukon.

After a 7-2 loss on Monday, the Bantam Males rebounded in a big way on Tuesday with an 8-0 win over the Yukon to move to 1-1 at the Arctic Winter Games. Joseph Gerwatoski, Ethan Alook-Ferguson, and Dalton Seniantha all had two-goal games for Alberta North, with Sheldon Parliament and Jacobi Rouleau adding tallies as well.

The males are back in action Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. against the Northwest Territories.

Male Roster > | Female Roster > | Schedule/Results > | Day One Recap >

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Arctic Winter Games: Day One recap

FORT SMITH/HAY RIVER - It was an up and down first day for Team Alberta North at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith and Hay River, NWT.

The Bantam Male squad dropped a 7-2 decision to Team Alaska on Monday in its only game of the day. Alberta and Alaska were tied 1-1 after the first period, with Alaska opening the scoring, and Joseph Gerwatoski replying for Alberta minutes later.

Alaska came back with four straight goals in the second period, and two more in the third before Adam Morrow stopped the bleeding for Alberta. The Bantam Males are back at it Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. against the Yukon.

Meanwhile, the Junior Female team kicked off the Arctic Games with a bang, shutting out Nunavut 7-0 in its first game of the day. Alberta North came out of the gate firing on all cylindars, with five goals in the first period from Kennedy Hartman, Shelby-Lyn Richards (2), Rhys Johnson and Kali Laderoute. Sanne Hansen and Hartman scored in the second to make it a 7-0 game.

After a short turnaround between games, the Junior Females were edged by Alaska 1-0 to move to 1-1 in the tournament. The game was deadlocked until Alaska broke the goose egg halfway through the third, and managed to shut out Alberta North the rest of the way.

The Female squad’s next game is Tuesday afternoon against the host Northwest Territories.

Male Roster > | Female Roster > | Schedule/Results >

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One Results

RED DEER - Fourteen new provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, highlighting a busy first weekend of the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Six Bantam Teams, one Peewee team, and seven Atom teams skated away from their respective tournaments with gold medals: Springbank Rockies (Bantam A), Athabasca Hawks (Bantam B), Westlock Warriors (Bantam C), Valleyview Icebears (Bantam D), Okotoks Oilers (Bantam Female A), Lloydminster Blazers (Bantam Female B), Olds Grizzlys (Peewee Female B), Whitemud Warriors (Atom AA Major), Canmore Eagles (Atom AA Minor), Drayton Valley DV Meter All Stars (Atom A), Didsbury Ramblers (Atom B), Drumheller Dragons (Atom C), Bentley Canucks (Atom D), and Vermilion Selte Fuels Tigers (Atom Female).

In addition to the on-ice action, seven host communities held a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: Beaverlodge, Bentley, Chestermere, Elk Point, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler and Whitecourt.

Provincial championships set for March 22-25 include: Senior AA (Bonnyville), Minor Midget AAA (Lethbridge), Midget A (Sherwood Park), Midget B (Wetaskiwin), Midget C (Rimbey), Midget D (Taber), Midget Female AAA (Red Deer), Midget Female A (Strathcona), Midget Female B (Lac La Biche), Bantam Female Elite (Grande Prairie), Peewee A (Edmonton), Peewee B (La Crete), Peewee C (Thunderstars), Peewee D (Oyen), and Peewee Female A (Okotoks).

Five more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: Daysland/Forestburg (Thunderstars), La Crete, Okotoks, Oyen, and Taber.


It was a busy weekend for post-secondary teams as well, as the MacEwan Griffins Men’s team repeated as ACAC Champions, one week after the Griffins’ Female team captured the ACAC title on the women’s side.

Meanwhile, the University of Alberta Golden Bears continued their winning ways, repeating as the U-Sports National Men’s Hockey champions.


2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Bantam A - Springbank Rockies 3, Innisfail Flyers 0
Bantam B - Athabasca Hawks 5, Okotoks Oilers 2
Bantam C - Westlock Warriors 2, Duchess Storm 0
Bantam D - Valleyview Icebears 3, Hanna Colts 2 (OT)
Bantam Female A - Okotoks Oilers 3, SPS Fuzion 2
Bantam Female B - Lloydminster Blazers 3, Warburg Wolves 0
Peewee Female B - Olds Grizzlys 2, Medicine Hat Wildcats 1 (OT)
Atom AA Major - Whitemud Warriors 4, St. Albert Lightning 2
Atom AA Minor - Canmore Eagles 4, Bonnyville Pontiacs 2
Atom A - Drayton Valley DV Meter All-Stars 9, Innisfail Flyers 3
Atom B - Didsbury Ramblers 7, Stettler Storm 3
Atom C - Drumheller Dragons 5, New Sarepta Eagles 1
Atom D - Bentley Canucks 10, Mallaig Monarchs 8
Atom Female - Vermilion Selte Fuels Tigers 5, Okotoks Oilers 1

Champions Photos >


2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals lead best-of-seven series 3-1

Game One: Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 4
Game Two:
Lacombe 3, Stony Plain 4
Game Three:
Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 7
Game Four
: Lacombe 6, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, March 23, 8:00 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Wednesday, March 28, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 9-14 – Rosetown, Saskatchewan


Midget AAA – Lethbridge AAA Hurricanes vs Knights of Columbus Pats

Game One: Saturday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. - KC @ Lethbridge
Game Two: Sunday, March 25, 1:00 p.m. - KC @ Lethbridge
Game Three: Wednesday, March 28, 7:45 p.m. - Lethbridge @ KC
Game Four (if necessary): Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. - Lethbridge @ KC
Game Five (if necessary): Sunday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. - KC @ Lethbridge

Telus Cup – April 23-29 – Sudbury, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Airdrie Xtreme vs. St. Albert Sabres
Best-of-five series tied 2-2

Game One: Airdrie 3, St. Albert 2 (OT)
Game Two: Airdrie 3,
St. Albert 2 (3OT)
Game Three: St. Albert 7, Airdrie 6 (OT)
Game Four: St. Albert 4, Airdrie 3
Game Five: Wednesday, March 21, 6:45 p.m. - Airdrie @ St. Albert

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 29 - April 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia

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2018 Arctic Winter Games kick off in Fort Smith, Hay River

FORT SMITH/HAY RIVER - The quest for gold begins on Monday for Team Alberta North Bantam Male and Junior Female, as the 2018 Arctic Winter Games get underway in Fort Smith and Hay River, Northwest Territories.

The Bantam Male squad’s tournament kicks off at 11 a.m. on Monday against Alaska in Hay River, while the Junior Females battle Nunavut at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Smith.

2018 Male Roster > | 2018 Female Roster > | Schedule/Results >

The Bantam Males will play four round-robin games, with the semi-finals set for Thursday afternoon, and the medal rounds on Friday. On the Junior Female side, there will be three round-robin games, with the semi-finals to go on Thursday and the finals on Friday.

You can follow along with Team Alberta North Male and Female on hockeyalberta.ca, the Arctic Winter Games website, or by following Team Alberta on Twitter.


The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and Dene games. The cultural component is a pillar of the Games, featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region.

Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each division. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Eligible communities for the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One preview

RED DEER – The 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, officially kick off today (Thursday) with 14 tournaments across the province.

Provincial championships set for March 15-18 include: Bantam A (Marwayne), Bantam B (Rocky Mountain House), Bantam C (Drumheller), Bantam D (Elk Point), Bantam Female A (Brooks), Bantam Female B (Stettler), Peewee Female B (Medicine Hat), Atom AA Major (Glenlake/Calgary), Atom AA Minor (Chestermere), Atom A (Whitecourt), Atom B (Beaverlodge), Atom C (Spirit River), Atom D (Bentley), and Atom Female (St. Paul).

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Snapchat (username: hockeyalberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a brand new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and send a photo to Hockey Alberta on Snapchat for a chance to win a gift card prize pack from Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial.

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Atom AA Major: Twitter | Instagram
Atom AA Minor:
Twitter | Facebook
Atom A: Facebook
Atom D:
Twitter | Facebook
Bantam B:
Facebook

Seven host communities are also celebrating True Spirit of Hockey Day this week, with Beaverlodge, Bentley, Chestermere, Elk Point, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler and Whitecourt all hosting a number of fun activities at local schools, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport.


2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Game One: Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 4
Game Two:
Lacombe 3, Stony Plain 4
Game Three:
Friday, March 16, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Four
: Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Five: Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Six (if necessary): Friday, March 23, 8:00 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Wednesday, March 28, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 9-14 – Rosetown, Saskatchewan


Midget AAA – Teams, dates TBD

Telus Cup – April 23-29 – Sudbury, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Airdrie Xtreme vs. St. Albert Sabres
Airdrie leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Airdrie 3, St. Albert 2 (OT)
Game Two: Airdrie 3,
St. Albert 2 (3OT)
Game Three: Saturday, March 17, 3:30 p.m. - St. Albert @ Airdrie
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 18, 1:30 p.m. - St. Albert @ Airdrie
Game Five (If necessary): Wednesday, March 21, 6:45 p.m. - Airdrie @ St. Albert

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 29 - April 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia

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Mike Vernon, Grant Fuhr, Wally Kozak, Ron MacLean, and the 1991 Team Alberta Female and 1999 Team Alberta Male squads comprise the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018


Introducing the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2018

RED DEER – Four outstanding individuals, along with a pair of gold medal-winning Team Alberta squads comprise the 2018 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2018 inductees who will be recognized at the AHHF Awards Gala in Canmore:

  • Grant Fuhr, five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers
  • Mike Vernon, two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings
  • Wally Kozak, former Head Scout/Manager of Player Development for Canada’s National Women’s team
  • Ron MacLean, host of Hockey NIght in Canada and Rogers Hometown Hockey
  • 1991 Team Alberta Female, Canada Winter Games gold medalists
  • 1999 Team Alberta Male, Canada Winter Games gold medalists

Inductee Bios >

We invite you to celebrate the legacy of these Alberta hockey legends on Sunday, July 22 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. For ticket information, click here.

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Communities and teams across Alberta gearing up for Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

RED DEER – Six months of regular season and tournament action, including up to six weeks of games in Zone playdowns, culminates this month, as teams prepare to “March to a title” at the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Tournament action will determine the majority of the 2018 provincial champions. Fourteen titles will be awarded on March 18. March 25 will see another 15 champions crowned, and the remaining six champions will be determined on April 1. Tournament champions will emerge from a weekend of round-robin pool play and playoff action in their respective tournaments.

The slate of provincial championship tournaments starts next weekend, March 15-18 in 14 locations around Alberta.

Provincial championships set for March 15-18 include: Bantam A (Marwayne), Bantam B (Rocky Mountain House), Bantam C (Drumheller), Bantam D (Elk Point), Bantam Female A (Brooks), Bantam Female B (Stettler), Peewee Female B (Medicine Hat), Atom AA Major (Glenlake/Calgary), Atom AA Minor (Chestermere), Atom A (Whitecourt), Atom B (Beaverlodge), Atom C (Spirit River), Atom D (Bentley), and Atom Female (St. Paul).

Provincial championships set for March 21/22-25 include: Senior AA (Bonnyville), Minor Midget AAA (Lethbridge), Midget A (Sherwood Park), Midget B (Wetaskiwin), Midget C (Rimbey), Midget D (Taber), Midget Female AAA (Red Deer), Midget Female A (Strathcona), Midget Female B (Lac La Biche), Bantam Female Elite (Grande Prairie), Peewee A (Edmonton), Peewee B (La Crete), Peewee C (Thunderstars), Peewee D (Oyen), and Peewee Female A (Okotoks).

Provincial championships set for March 29 - April 1 include: Junior B (Fort St. John), Junior C (Sherwood Park), Midget AA (Spruce Grove), Midget Female Elite (Calgary), Bantam AA (Edmonton), Peewee AA (Glenlake/Calgary).

Four champions will be determined via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA. The final round of the Senior AAA provincials kicks off tonight (Friday) between the Lacombe Generals and the Stony Plain Eagles. Playoffs are just underway in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, while the Midget AAA Division Finals begin on Sunday. The Bantam AAA Provincial Championship is now set, with the St. Albert Sabres and Airdrie Xtreme squaring off, beginning on Saturday.

For schedules, arenas, host organizations, and other event-specific information, check the Provincial Championships website at haprovincials.ca or the Hockey Alberta website at hockeyalberta.ca. You can also follow Hockey Alberta on Twitter and Facebook.

Provincial championship host locations were awarded in mid-December, and in the ensuing months, organizing committees in communities across Alberta have been busy securing local sponsors, organizing opening ceremonies, confirming teams and schedules, ordering souvenirs and player gifts, arranging for accommodations, and numerous other tasks to ensure that the participating teams have a memorable experience.

In addition to the on-ice action, several communities will participate in True Spirit of Hockey Day activities in their location communities. In conjunction with the Provincial Championship tournament hosts in these communities, a local school is hosting a number of fun activities, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport. Participating communities are: Beaverlodge, Bentley, Chestermere, Daysland/Forestburg, Elk Point, La Crete, Okotoks, Oyen, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, Taber and Whitecourt.

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Registration now open for 2018 Small Area Games camps

RED DEER - Male and female athletes across the province can now register for Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Small Area Games camps.

Hockey Alberta is offering seven Small Area Games camps in March, April and May in Calgary (two), Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.

Small Area Games Camps >

Hockey Alberta’s Small Area Games Camp is a multi-week program, usually running for four or five weeks, with one or two sessions scheduled each week. The focus of the camp is to utilize 3-on-3, cross-ice games at both ends of the rink to teach individual and team tactics, in a fun and competitive environment.

With fewer skaters than a traditional game and special rules, small area games focus on the development of specific skills by increasing puck touches and repetitions, and on developing spatial awareness, thinking skills, and creativity.

Each camp accepts a specified number of skaters and goalies to allow for grouping and team formation. Goalies rotate through both nets within their assigned group. Teams will be changed on a weekly basis, and different game skills will be stressed each week.

Age eligibility may vary camp, so please check the detailed information that is included with the camp registration information. Every attempt is made to group players based on age and ability.

Small Area Games Camps, as well as a number of other specialized player development camps, are held at various locations throughout Alberta, and are coordinated by the Hockey Alberta Regional Centres.

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Coach of the Month - February

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for February is Charles Vance of Calgary.

Charles is currently the Head Coach of the Calgary Saints Peewee 4 team.

"This year, I have a great group of kids, parents and coaching staff," said Charles. "We were lucky enough to win a contest to represent Alberta in the Canada 150 Tournament in Ottawa. It was amazing to go through the process of creating the video and hearing what the players love about their country, and hockey. Being a coach is such a rewarding part of my life. I get to see players grow as athletes and in their personal life. I am humbled when players from previous years make it a point to come and tell me what has been going on with them both with hockey and life in general. I try to impact each and every player in a positive way and keep their passion for the game of hockey alive."

"This gentleman is what all coaches should aspire to be like, he is making a good impact on so many kids in our association," said the person who nominated Charles. "He walks around the Don Hartman Arena like a celebrity, because every kid that walks by has to go over and say ’hello, Coach’. If you spend any time around him you will be soon be sucked in and helping out with a team or a player that needs some extra help, because Charlie has this way of inspiring coaches and players to go out and help other teams. He gets the players engaged and makes deals with players that he will die his hair if they “try their best for the rest of the year”. This year he heard about an Atom goalie that was having a hard year and decided to set up some Junior goalie coaches and himself to go out and help her out. He even went as far as making a deal with her that he will do push-ups for every save she makes in a game. He is truly inspiring these kids to be better people be leading by example and being a better person. Thank you Charlie, please know you have made a difference!"

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award is sponsored by Howies Hockey Tape.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.

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AFHL March wrap-up

RED DEER - As the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League regular season comes to a close, the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), St. Albert Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) lead their respective leagues. This weekend marks the final weekend of regular season action for Midget AAA and Midget Elite, while the Bantam Elite playoffs kick off on Friday.


Midget AAA

Heading into February, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Rocky Mountain Raiders (68 pts)
2) St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash (58 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (49 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (44 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (26 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (10 pts)

Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Nicole Fry heads into the final weekend of play atop the Midget AAA leaderboard with 40 points, while teammates Breanne Trotter and Chloe Puddifant lead the league in goals and assists, with 22 goals and 23 assists, respectively.

St. Albert goaltender Camryn Drever carries the league’s best goals against average, heading into March with a 1.36 GAA, and is tied with teammate Brianna Sank with a .940 save percentage, while Rocky Mountain Raiders goalie Stephanie Gross leads all Midget AAA goalies with 12 wins.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After four months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (58 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (53 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (29 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (29 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (26 pts)
6) North Central Impact (14 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (53 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (53 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (49 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (29 pts)
5) Lethbridge Cyclones (26 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (19 pts)

Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko leads the league in goals (30) and points (37), while Peace Country’s Karsyn May and St. Albert’s Annika Neset both lead the way with 14 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett leads all Midget Elite goaltenders with a 0.92 goals against average, and .950 save percentage, while Airdrie’s Cianna Weir leads the league with with 13 wins.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Raiders (51 pts)
2) North Central Impact (44 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (43 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (39 pts)
5) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (36 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (28 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (63 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (49 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (40 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (35 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (19 pts)

Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin ended the Bantam Elite season on a strong note, sitting atop the league in goals (24) and points (34), with North Central’s Jacquelyn Fleming leading the way in assists, with 16.

Alexandra Kieren wrapped up her outstanding season with Calgary White, leading the way with a 0.92 GAA, a .950 save percentage, while North Central’s Laney Pasemko is the regular season leader in wins with 15.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

The 2018 Bantam Elite playoffs officially kick off on Friday, as the Olds Grizzlys (4) battle the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. The other South Division series between the Rocky Mountain Raiders (3) and Lethbridge Cyclones (6) begins on Saturday, as do the North Division series between Sherwood Park (3) and Lloydminster (6), and Edmonton (4) and Peace Country (5). The St. Albert Raiders (1 North), North Central Impact (2 North), Calgary Fire White (1 South) and Calgary Fire Red (2 South) all earned first-round byes.

Bantam Elite Playoff Schedule >

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Registration now open for Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Peewee Skills Camp

RED DEER - Alberta males born in 2005 have the unique opportunity to participate in the third annual Hockey Alberta Peewee Skills Camp, hosted by the Team Alberta program.

The camp takes place in Calgary at the Don Hartman Sportsplex on June 22-24. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta process.

REGISTER >

The camp will consist of three sessions:

  • Checking Development
  • Position Specific training
  • Goal Scoring and Hockey Sense

The camp also includes a Team Alberta/Alberta Built presentation, a Long-Term Player Development Session, and will wrap up with a full three-period game.

The capacity for this camp is 160 players (96 forwards, 48 defence, 16 goalies). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta

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Zone 2 sweeps the gold at Alberta Winter Games

FORT MCMURRAY - Zone 2 swept the gold medals in the hockey competition, as the 2018 Alberta Winter Games wrapped up in Fort McMurray on Monday.

In the Female Division, Zone 2 eked out a 3-2 victory over Zone 6 in the gold medal game. Meanwhile, in the Male Division, Zone 2 blanked Zone 3, 2-0, to capture the gold.

In the bronze medal games, it was also a sweep, as Zone 7 captured third place honours in both divisions. On the Female side, Zone 7 defeated Zone 3, 3-1. In the Male Division, Zone 7 defeated Zone 6, 7-2.

Action started on Saturday, with round-robin pool play for the eight male teams and six female teams.

In the Male Division, Zone 7 finished first and Zone 3 second in Pool A, while Zone 6 and Zone 2 were tied atop Pool B, with Zone 6 being awarded top spot. In the semi-finals, both first-place finishers were upset, as Zone 2 defeated Zone 7, 8-1, and Zone 3 defeated Zone 6, 5-2.

In the Female Division, Zone 2 finished first and Zone 3 second in Pool A, while all three teams in Pool B tied with 2 points. Zone 7 was awarded first, and Zone 6 second. In the semi-finals, Zones 2 and 6 emerged victorious with identical 3-1 wins, to advance to the gold medal game.

For all the scores and complete standings:

MALE DIVISION >

FEMALE DIVISION >

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World Junior A Challenge returns to Alberta in 2018

BONNYVILLE - For the second time in three years, Bonnyville will host the World Junior A Challenge.

The annual showcase of Canadian and international Junior A talent returns to Alberta December 9-15, 2018.

The 2018 World Junior A Challenge represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), and Hockey Alberta, as well as the local host committee and NHL Central Scouting. Similar to previous years, two Canadian teams – Canada East and Canada West – will compete with four international entries for a gold medal in Bonnyville.

Bonnyville was an excellent host to teams, fans, and our partners at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, and it’s great to be returning there in 2018,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “Its previous success and strong community support in 2016 resulted in a strong legacy for the community, and we look forward to continuing to support the growth of and development of hockey, and the positive financial impact to the area, with this year’s tournament.”

The World Junior A Challenge host committee will look to emulate the success of the 2016 event, which was staged by nearly 150 community volunteers.

“The level of support we received in 2016 from the region, funding partners, and volunteers was truly incredible,” said Robb Hunter, co-chair of the local host committee. “This support is the reason our group has the opportunity to bring the elite competition of the World Junior A Challenge back to Bonnyville so quickly, and we are excited to create another memorable event for all participating teams through the continued passion for junior hockey in our community.”

Team Canada West claimed its fifth gold medal at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge in Truro, N.S., defeating the United States 5-1 in front of a sell-out crowd at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

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2018 Alberta Winter Games kick off in Wood Buffalo

FORT MCMURRAY - After months of preparation, the battle for provincial hockey supremacy heats up as the 2018 Alberta Winter Games take place in the region of Wood Buffalo this weekend.

The opening ceremonies are set for today (Friday) with hockey running from February 17-19. Global News will live-stream the opening ceremonies on globalnews.ca, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Eight teams will compete on the male side, comprised of 2005-born players from across the province, while six teams will compete on the female side, comprised of 2003 and 2004-born players.

Male Rosters > | Female Rosters >

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

Male Schedule & Results > | Female Schedule & Results >

For more information on the 2018 Alberta Winter Games, visit albertasport.ca/alberta-games/winter-games.

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

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Registration now open for 2018 Power Edge Pro Skill Development Camps

RED DEER - Male and female players across the province can now take their skill development to the next level with Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Power Edge Pro (PEP) Skill Development Camps.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with PEP, is offering six skill development camps in April and May in Calgary (two), Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Red Deer and St. Albert.

Power Edge Pro Skill Development Camps >

Each camp features Power Edge Pro’s Reactive Countering Training™, a uniquely designed on-ice player development system that focuses on engaging multiple motor skills simultaneously to develop a player’s small area game performance. All patterns are completed while maintaining puck control and are designed to provide five times as many repetitions as standard drill based practices, leading to faster development of elite skills.

Athletes who train with Power Edge Pro include Connor McDavid, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Jason Spezza, Aaron Ekblad, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brayden Schenn, Nathan MacKinnon, Morgan Rielly, Sam Steel. PEP has also trained four of the past five WHL draft first overall selections, all of whom have hailed from Alberta.

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Registration now open for the 2018 Hockey Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER - A unique skill development opportunity is available to 2004-born male hockey players in Alberta, as Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are co-hosting the fourth annual WHL Skills Camp.

The camp, for U15 players, is set to run June 8-10, 2018 in Calgary. The cost of the camp is $300.

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

  • Friday: On and Off-Ice Combine testing
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, Yoga, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: one skill session, a dry land session and the event will wrap up with a game officiated by the WHL Officials Development Camp.
  • Goaltenders will also participate in an on and off-ice goaltender session.

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

The maximum capacity for the camp is 160 athletes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta

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Midget Elite North, Bantam Elite South win 2018 AFHL Prospects Games

EDMONTON - The 2018 Alberta Female Hockey League Prospects Games were a huge success, with the Midget Elite North and Bantam Elite South teams coming out on top in their respective games.

Both games took place at the NAIT Arena in Edmonton, complete with on-ice goalie and skills sessions, team-building activities, and a fitting booth with one of the day’s sponsors, CCM, giving players the chance to try out various pieces of equipment throughout the day.

In the Midget Elite All-Star game, the North team edged the South 3-2, with goals from Reagan Korber, Madison Porter and Brooklyn Schroeder. Madison Black and Brooke Palin scored for the South.

Midget Elite Prospects Rosters >

It was a tight match-up in the Bantam Elite Prospects Game as well, with the South coming out on top 4-3. Claire Hobbs, Megan Yakiwchuk, Hailey Wiltshire, and Sarah Gaiser scored for the South team, while North got goals from Ardyn Hawryshko (2) and Jenna Goodwin.

Bantam Elite Prospects Rosters >

Two forwards and one defence from each AFHL team were selected to their respective rosters by AFHL coaches, while goaltenders were selected based on their statistical ranking as of January 10. The coaches chosen to represent the North and South teams in each league are from the first and second place teams within each division.

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The Alberta Female Hockey League would like to thank all the parents, players and coaches for making the AFHL Prospects games such a success. The AFHL would also like to thank all of the event sponsors: Gatorade Canada, CCM, Two Point Photography and Skate to Excel.

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Coach of the Month - January

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for January is Kraig Radtke of Leduc.

Kraig is currently the Head Coach of the Leduc Roughnecks Atom 1 team.

"This year, I was fortunate to be surrounded by a great group of kids, parents, managers and coaches. The entire coaching staff and managers on our Leduc Atom 1 Hockey team have made significant contributions that support my overall coaching philosophy and goals," said Kraig. "Hockey and coaching takes up a huge part of my life and I look forward to every moment I have with the kids on the ice, on the bench and in the dressing room. It is extremely rewarding to see the kids enjoy the game as much as I do and to know that I helped foster or create that passion for the game."

"Kraig has shown several qualities of an outstanding coach for our Atom team," said the individual who nominated Kraig. "He had shown interest in all of the boys’ individual success and continues to focus on helping them reach their goals. One of the things that really stood out was the way he continues to emphasize the importance of being a team player, not just on the ice in a practice or game setting but outside of the rink and in life. He has had several talks with the team about the importance of being respectful, looking out for one another, and being accountable for you’re actions. It is so important to teach our young hockey players life lessons through sports and I think he and the other coaching staff have been doing a great job in reinforcing this. He has been completely dedicated to the team and our team appreciates everything he has brought forward."

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award is sponsored by Howies Hockey Tape.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.

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AFHL January wrap-up

RED DEER - With the first month of 2018 in the books, the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), St. Albert Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) lead their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into February, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Rocky Mountain Raiders (53 pts)
2) St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash (46 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (42 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (40 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (20 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (6 pts)

It’s a four-way tie atop the Midget AAA leaderboard between Rocky Mountain Raiders forwards Chloe Puddifant, Breanne Trotter, and Nicole Fry, along with Red Deer’s Cassidy Maplethorpe, all with 24 points through four months of play. Trotter and Fry lead the way with 16 goals and 15 assists, respectively.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank is still tops the league with a 1.32 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (two) with teammate Camryn Drever, Lloydminster’s Molly Mitchell and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist. Rocky Mountain Raiders goalie Stephanie Gross leads all Midget AAA goalies with 10 wins.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After four months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (47 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (39 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (24 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (21 pts)
6) North Central Impact (9 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire Red (40 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (39 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (39 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (23 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (16 pts)

Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko leads the league in goals (19) and points (24), while Peace Country’s Karsyn May leads the way with 12 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett leads all Midget Elite goaltenders with a 1.02 goals against average, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal remains atop the leaderboard with a .960 save percentage. Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead the way with 12 wins, while Cardinal and Calgary Fire White netminder Cassidy Brown are tied with four shutouts each.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Raiders (44 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Royals (38 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (37 pts)
4) North Central Impact (33 pts)
5) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (31 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (25 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (60 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (38 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (31 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (29 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (15 pts)

Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin ended January on a strong note, sitting atop the league in goals (20) and points (29), with North Central’s Jacquelyn Fleming leading the way in assists, with 12.

Alexandra Kieren continues her standout season with Calgary White, leading the way with a 0.81 GAA, a .950 save percentage, while St. Albert’s Layla Hood is tied for the league lead in wins (12) with Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk. Hood and Kieren both lead the league in shutouts, with 5 apiece.

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AFHL action will be on hold for the first weekend of February, as the AFHL Prospects Games take place on February 3 in Edmonton.

Midget Elite Prospects Rosters > | Bantam Elite Prospects Rosters >

Two forwards and one defence from each AFHL team were selected to their respective rosters by AFHL coaches, while goaltenders were selected based on their statistical ranking as of January 10. The coaches chosen to represent the North and South teams in each league are from the first and second place teams within each division.

Both AFHL Prospects games are set for February 3 at the NAIT Arena in Edmonton. The Bantam Elite Prospects Game goes at 2:30 p.m., with the Midget Elite Prospects Game to follow at 5:00 p.m.

Prior to each Prospects games, participating players will take part in on-ice goalie and skills sessions, as well as a team-building activity. CCM will also be on site to allow players the chance to try out various pieces of equipment throughout the day.

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Calling all goalies – registration now open for Hockey Alberta Skills Camps

RED DEER – Goaltenders of all ages and abilities can improve their skills and learn from some of the province’s top goaltending instructors by attending one of Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Goaltender Development Camps.

As part of its Provincial Goaltender Development Plan unveiled last year, Hockey Alberta is hosting three sets of goaltender development camps this spring. The schedule features two goalie Skill Development camps, two camps for Elite level goalies, and two U14 camps offered in partnership with Hockey Canada.

“Being a goaltender is a unique and challenging position on any hockey team. We want to ensure that goalies of all abilities and experience levels have the opportunity to learn the skills of the position from knowledgeable instructors, and to have fun at the same time,” said Matt Weninger, Hockey Alberta’s Goaltending Lead and Regional Centre Consultant in Lethbridge.

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT CAMP: Hockey Alberta has offered goaltender skill development camps for several years, providing goalies across the province with training and techniques to develop a solid base of skills. This camp is open to all goaltenders born in 2003-09. The 2018 camps will feature Hockey Alberta’s new group of Regional Goaltending Leads who work with minor hockey associations across the province on goaltender development plans.

  • North Camp: May 5-6 in Edmonton
  • South Camp: May 26-27 in Calgary

ELITE CAMP: Hockey Alberta is offering the Elite Camp for the second year. Enrolment in the Elite Camp is by application, and the goal of the camp is to work with the province’s top male and female goaltenders to help them with the transition to the next stage of their development. The instructional staff includes an impressive list of WHL goalie coaches, and Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta staff.

  • Elite Female Camp: June 16-17 in Cochrane, open to the top 36 Bantam and Midget goaltenders.
  • Elite Male Camp: June 23-24 in Camrose, open to the top 36 Bantam and top 18 Minor Midget goaltenders in Alberta.

HOCKEY CANADA U14 CAMP: Working in partnership with Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta is offering this new camp for 2018 focused on Peewee and Bantam AA goaltenders, and includes four hours of on-ice time, and five off-ice sessions.

  • South Camp: April 6-7 in Calgary
  • North Camp: April 14-15 in Edmonton

For more information, or to register/apply for any of these camps, check the Hockey Alberta website.

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Congratulations Minor Hockey Week Champions!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the 2018 Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week and Calgary’s Esso Minor Hockey Week champions.

In Edmonton, nearly 70 teams in Novice through Midget were crowned Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week champs. In Calgary, 65 teams skated away from Esso Minor Hockey Week as the champion.

Calgary Winners > | Edmonton Winners >

This year’s Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week marked the 55th year of the tournament, which started in 1964. In Calgary, Minor Hockey Week has been celebrated for 48 years, including 2018.

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Hockey Alberta 2018 Zone Playdown draws set

RED DEER - The road to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, has officially begun for hundreds of teams and thousands of players across the province as Zone Playdowns get underway.

Zone Playdown Draws > | 2018 Provincial Hosts >

The Zone Playdowns serve as the qualifying process for teams to earn the right to represent their zone at the Provincial Championships in March. In some Zones, teams are faced with the arduous task of having to play as many as four or five rounds of Playdown action by the end of February in the bid to earn their Zone crown.

All Zone Playdowns are two-game, total-goal series. All Playdown draw brackets, completion dates, and results can be viewed on the Hockey Alberta website, or by going to haplaydowns.ca. Results will be updated on a regular basis.

Provincial Championships begin as early as March 15.

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Six communities set to host Alberta Hockey Day

RED DEER - Six communities across the province are set to celebrate Hockey Alberta’s second annual Alberta Hockey Day on Saturday, January 20.

Brooks, High Level, Paradise Valley, Red Deer, Strathmore and Westlock will all host a variety of activities on Alberta Hockey Day, as well as the day before and after, with a special focus on age-appropriate programming at the Initiation and Novice levels.

Fun and interactive on-ice activities are scheduled throughout the day, with special skills development clinics and other events, along with a variety of off-ice sessions and seminars for players, coaches and parents. All events are designed for both new and existing participants in our great sport with a focus on fun, skills and friendships.

Many on-ice events are based around teams’ pre-existing ice times, while other on and off-ice events are open to the public to attend, with several coach instructional streams requiring registration ahead of time.

Albertans are encouraged to join in on the Alberta Hockey Day celebrations - which coincides with Hockey Day in Canada - by attending the events nearest them.

Alberta Hockey Day Schedule >

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Lacombe to host 2019 Allan Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada are pleased to announce the Lacombe Generals as the hosts of the 2019 Allan Cup, Canada’s annual Senior AAA national championship.

"After a thorough review of the submitted bids, I would like to congratulate the Lacombe Generals and their Host committee on being awarded this opportunity,” said Jamie Salm, Hockey Alberta’s Chair, Senior Hockey. “Hockey Alberta is looking forward to working with the host committee on what is sure to be an exciting week of hockey for fans across Alberta.”

The event will be hosted at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in April 2019 (complete schedule and ticket information to be announced). Six teams will participate in the round-robin, pool-play event, followed by sudden-death playoffs.

“On behalf of the Host Committee I want to thank Hockey Alberta for selecting our proposal to host the 2019 Allan Cup," said Steve Christie, Bid Committee Chair. "We look forward to working together in delivering this prestigious event to the Hockey world. Our Committee members are ecstatic to be representing such a great organization in the Lacombe Generals and helping showcase and promote the incredibly supportive and vibrant City of Lacombe, together we have the experience, facilities and enthusiasm to make this the best Allan Cup event yet.”

The Allan Cup was last hosted in Alberta in 2013 in Red Deer.

The 2018 Allan Cup is set for April 9-18 in Rosetown, SK. For details on the 2018 Allan Cup, go to allancup.ca.

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Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December is Mark Fournier of Smoky River.

Mark is currently the Head Coach of the Smoky River Smoky Seed Bantams and the Assistant Coach of the Smoky River Novice Richardson Pioneers.

"One of the things I enjoy the most about coaching year after year is seeing their improvement," said Mark. "Having coached some of these kids since they were 3 and coaching them now at 13 is rewarding beyond words. Hockey to me is so much more than just a sport. It is an opportunity that our kids have when coached properly to learn about respect, team work, leadership, pride, accountability, disappointment, perseverance, belonging and commitment. These are skills they will take away with them and use in their everyday lives not only now but as they become adults. It’s important to me that my teams know that the hard work they put in today will always pay off at some point and that in the meantime, it’s also important to have fun!"

"Mark has always played a key integral role in our Minor Hockey Association since way before his first son started initiation in 2008," said the parent who nominated Mark. "He served as a community at large member on the board, took the referee clinic annually, held many roles, wore many hats including referee in chief, coached the local ladies team and shockingly coached initiation level for nearly 10 years as he always had a child in the program. Everyone knows it takes an exceptionally patient, reasonable and considerate person to coach the little ones, to volunteer your time, encourage them, believe in them when they don’t believe in themselves and listened to the 1000’s of stories they have to tell. The # of 1st goals witnessed, and high fives given would have been nearly impossible to keep track of! Mark continues to empower, mentor and inspire the players, referees and fellow coaches, he is also highly respected by parents, officials, coaches and players! He is a dream to now have at the head of our association, he is passionate about the sport and the success and enjoyment of the sport for all!"

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award is sponsored by Howies Hockey Tape.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.

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2018 AFHL Prospects Game rosters announced

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2018 Midget Elite and Bantam Elite AFHL Prospects games.

Midget Elite Prospects Rosters > | Bantam Elite Prospects Rosters >

Two forwards and one defence from each AFHL team were selected to their respective rosters by AFHL coaches, while goaltenders were selected based on their statistical ranking as of January 10. The coaches chosen to represent the North and South teams in each league are from the first and second place teams within each division.

Both AFHL Prospects games are set for February 3 at the NAIT Arena in Edmonton. The Bantam Elite Prospects Game goes at 2:30 p.m., with the Midget Elite Prospects Game to follow at 5:00 p.m.

Prior to each Prospects games, participating players will take part in on-ice goalie and skills sessions, as well as a team-building activity. CCM will also be on site to allow players the chance to try out various pieces of equipment throughout the day.

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2018 Alberta Cup registration now open | Alberta Cup staff announced

*REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. For late registration inquiries,please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca.*

The 2018 Alberta Cup runs April 25-29 in Spruce Grove.

Register >

All zone camps will take place March 23-25 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary North and South - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Central - Blackfalds Multiplex
Edmonton - Jubilee Recreation Centre (Fort Saskatchewan)
Northeast - Vegreville Recreation Centre
Northwest - Grant Fuhr/Stu Barnes Arena (Spruce Grove)
South - Pason Centennial Arena (Okotoks)

Please note: The zone boundaries have been re-aligned for the 2018 Alberta Cup, to more closely coincide with the Male Alberta Development Model. Please review the revised zone boundary directory, as players will now attend the appropriate camp based on where they would attend their first tryout for Bantam AAA, unless otherwise indicated. Entire Minor Hockey Associations are within a specific Alberta Cup zone and not split. If you have any questions on the zone boundary changes, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca before registering for a zone camp.

Alberta Cup Zone Directory >


2018 Alberta Cup staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2018 Alberta Cup. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, two assistant coaches, and one trainer were selected for each of the eight zone teams.

2018 Team Staff >


The Alberta Cup aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with more than 700 players annually trying out for 160 spots (20 positions on each of the eight zone teams).

The Alberta Cup is a comprehensive and unique program, and an absolute grassroots program where every bantam-aged player, regardless of experience or community size, has the opportunity to try out for his Zone team.

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

Click here for more information on the 2018 Alberta Cup.

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The Road to Red Deer: Announcing the staff for Team Alberta

RED DEER - The next step in the Road to Red Deer is now complete, as Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the full list of staff members for the teams that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

The staff members will join Head Coaches Carla MacLeod and Serge Lajoie on Team Alberta’s U18 Female and U16 Male teams, respectively. MacLeod and Lajoie were named the Head Coaches of Team Alberta in November, officially kicking off the Road to Red Deer.

"We’re very excited about both groups we have assembled to lead Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games," said Michael Kraichy, Manager, Team Alberta. "Each staff member brings an immense amount of experience within the game, as well as familiarity with the Team Alberta program. They have all earned the opportunity to represent Alberta, and we look forward to carrying on the province’s rich tradition at the Canada Winter Games."


Team Alberta U18 Female Staff

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Director of Hockey Operations Kendall Newell Red Deer
Coach Mentor Barry Medori Spruce Grove
Head Scout Doug MacLeod Lethbridge
Head Coach Carla MacLeod Calgary
Assistant Coach Craig Perrett Calgary
Assistant Coach Cassea Schols Edmonton
Goalie Coach Amanda Tapp Calgary
Video Coach Ally Bendfeld Innisfail
Athletic Therapist Farah Mukadam Calgary
Strength & Conditioning Heather Osgood Edmonton

Team Alberta U16 Male Staff

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Director of Hockey Operations Michael Kraichy Red Deer
Coach Mentor Barry Medori Spruce Grove
Head Scout Jamie Porter Edmonton
Head Coach Serge Lajoie Edmonton
Associate Coach Bobby Fox Medicine Hat
Assistant Coach Brandin Cote Red Deer
Goalie Coach Derek Purfield Calgary
Video Coach Matt Keillor Grande Prairie
Skills Coach Jeff Shantz Calgary
Athletic Therapist Karyn Fanstone Brooks
Equipment Manager Dave Campbell Grande Prairie

Competition at the Canada Winter Games runs February 14-23, 2019 for the Male squad, and February 23-March 2 for the Female squad.

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Female roster announced for 2018 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER - Seventeen of the top female athletes living north of the 55th parallel have been selected to represent Team Alberta North for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Team Alberta North Female Roster >

Mike Carlsen and Roxy Brocklebank will serve as Team Alberta North Female’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively. Selection camps ran January 5-7, and saw over 40 athletes turn out to compete for a spot with Team Alberta North.

Hockey Alberta’s Junior Female squad, along with a Bantam Male team, will compete in the Arctic Winter Games March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, NWT.

Male team selection camp ran December 8-10 in High Prairie, with the roster announced on December 12.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and Dene games. The cultural component is a pillar of the Games, featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region.

Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each division. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Eligible communities for the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel.

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AFHL December wrap-up

RED DEER - As the 2017 portion of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League comes to a close, the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs and Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), St. Albert Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) lead their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (39 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (39 pts)
3) St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash (38 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (27 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (11 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

Red Deer forward Cassidy Maplethorpe leads all skaters in assists (13) and points (24) through three months of play, and shares the lead for goals (11) with Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Breanne Trotter.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank sits atop the league with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (two) with teammate Camryn Drever, and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist. Drever, Sandquist and Raiders goalie Stephanie Gross all lead the league in wins, with seven each.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (38 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (27 pts)
3) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (18 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (15 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (13 pts)
6) North Central Impact (8 pts)

South Division:
1) Airdrie Lightning (32 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (29 pts)
3) Calgary Fire White (26 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (17 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (11 pts)

Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig leads the league with 18 points, while Airdrie forward Madison Black and Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko share the lead with 13 goals each. Peace Country’s Karsyn May and St. Albert’s Annika Neset are tied for the league lead in assists, with 10 each.

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead Midget Elite goaltenders with 11 wins. St. Albert’s Cecelia Michelutti’s 0.80 goals against average and .960 save percentage are both tops in the league, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal remains atop the leaderboard with three shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (28 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Royals (26 pts)
3) North Central Impact (24 pts)
4) St. Albert Raiders (24 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (22 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (21 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (42 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (24 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (23 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (16 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (12 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (8 pts)

Peace Country’s Arilyn Toews and Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser lead all Bantam Elite skaters with 18 points apiece, while Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with 15 goals, and North Central’s Jacquelyn Fleming’s 10 assists is tops in the league.

Alexandra Kieren continues her strong play with Calgary White, leading the way with a 0.87 GAA, a .950 save percentage, and four shutouts. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin is tied for the league lead in wins (eight) with Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk and North Central’s Laney Pasemko.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

December was an exciting month for the Bantam Elite division, as 102 players were selected to play in the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. Click here for the full story >

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Hockey Alberta to Partner with Power Edge Pro Hockey

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, jointly with Power Edge Pro Hockey (PEP), is pleased to announce PEP as its official skill development partner moving into 2018.

The partnership entails extensive use of the PEP training system, known as Reactive Countering TrainingTM, from grassroots to elite level hockey programs across Alberta.

“Hockey Alberta is pleased to be working with Power Edge Pro Hockey to enhance skill development opportunities for players of all ages in Alberta,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager, Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta. “PEP’s array of on-ice equipment and teaching resources will provide coaches at all levels with new and creative instruction techniques for individual skill development within a team environment.”

Hockey Alberta and Power Edge Pro will work together to offer PEP’s unique training methodologies to all of Hockey Alberta’s members. The partnership will allow teams to purchase, at exclusive Hockey Alberta pricing, PEP’s expertise (initial coach training and bi-weekly webinars), resources (iPad app and HUDL software), and patented on-ice equipment to implement PEP directly in practices.

The partnership will leverage Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre structure and PEP’s certified instructor network, with further opportunities to use the PEP training system at every practice through PEP’s Youth Association Partnerships program.

“We are very familiar with the hockey community in Alberta,” said Joe Quinn, President of Power Edge Pro Hockey, “This partnership illustrates Hockey Alberta’s progressiveness in the skill development space, as well as its desire to adopt innovative and fun training programs to engage its members in the sport for life.”

PEP has trained four of the past five WHL draft first overall selections, all of whom have hailed from Alberta.


About Power Edge Pro Hockey

Power Edge Pro is a player development system utilizing Reactive Countering TrainingTM. RCT engages multiple motor skills simultaneously, syncing the hands, feet, and mind, to accelerate a player’s skill development and game transfer. PEP’s Reactive Countering TrainingTM has been a key element of NHL MVP Connor McDavid’s training since he was 11 years old, and has since been adopted by players from house league, to competitive minor hockey, to the NHL. Other pros training with PEP include John Tavares, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, and Sam Gagner. PEP prides itself on unparalleled skill development and its ability to engage the hockey community through unique and fun practice programs.

Visit the PEP website >


About Hockey Alberta

Hockey Alberta is the Provincial Sports Organization and governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta. Hockey Alberta’s Vision is Hockey for Life, and Hockey Alberta encourages participation on both a competitive and recreational level for those who enjoy hockey for the sportsmanship, skill and enjoyment it can provide. Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network includes offices in Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge. In 2016-17, there were more than 65,000 registered players on approximately 4,000 teams in Alberta.

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Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for November is Derek Selte of Vermilion.

Derek is currently in his third season as Head Coach of the Vermilion Atom Female Tigers.

"I truly enjoy watching the girls develop personally and as a team and knowing I have played a part of that makes every minute worth it," said Derek. "Their genuine enjoyment of the game and the bonding they do as a team makes the time spent with these girls very fulfilling."

"Derek is a highlight in my daughters week," said the parent who nominated Derek. "We are starting our second season with him, and she is excited for every practice, she never complains. On the ice he is always working the girls and they are getting better with every practice, he makes practices a challenge and the girls love it. Derek is exactly what I hope for in a coach for my child. I am thankful for every year we have him as a coach."


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.

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2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

2018 Provincial Host Sites >

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from La Crete in the north, Taber in the south, to Marwayne in the east and Fort St. John in the west.

Week one (March 15-18) features 14 tournaments: Bantam A, Bantam B, Bantam C, Bantam D, Bantam Female A, Bantam Female B, Atom AA Major, Atom AA Minor, Atom A, Atom B, Atom C, Atom D, and Atom Female.

Another 15 tournaments are set for week two (March 22-25): Senior AA, Midget A, Midget B, Midget C, Midget D, Midget Female AAA, Midget Female A, Midget Female B, Peewee A, Peewee B, Peewee C, Peewee D, and Peeweee Female A.

The 2018 Provincials wrap up with six tournaments in week three (March 29 - April 1): Junior B, Junior C, Midget AA, Midget Female Elite, Bantam AA, Peewee AA.

The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

ATB Financial will once again headline as the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, continuing a long-standing relationship with Hockey Alberta.

Hockey Alberta’s month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during three weekends in March and April, 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.

Hosts for the following events are still being accepted and reviewed: Midget Female B, Bantam Female B, and Atom AA Major . Interested applicants can contact Bryden Burrell, Coordinator, Hockey Operations.

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2018 Alberta Winter Games female rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the female rosters for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

Six teams will take to the ice in Fort McMurray on February 16-19, with 120 female players (born 2003 and 2004) ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program.

2018 Alberta Winter Games Female Rosters >

Twenty players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coach, coach mentor, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at regional camps held December 8-10 in Morinville and Innisfail.

Of the 120 players selected, 102 play in the Bantam Elite division of the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Male rosters were announced on November 29.

2018 Alberta Winter Games Male Rosters >


The Alberta Winter Games is a multi-sport event for developing athletes, aged 11-17 years old. The Winter Games were first hosted in 1976 in Banff, and occur each even-numbered year. The athletes are selected to represent the eight zones in Alberta in 20 sports such as hockey, badminton, gymnastics, skiing and skating. Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program.

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Male roster announced for 2018 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER – Seventeen of the top 2003 and 2004-born male athletes living north of the 55th parallel have been selected to represent Team Alberta North for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Team Alberta North Male Roster >

Simon Juckes and Damon Jeffs will serve as Team Alberta North Male’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively. Juckes returns to Team Alberta North after winning a gold medal in 2016 as an Assistant Coach. Selection camps ran December 8-10 in High Prairie, and saw over 150 athletes turn out to compete for a spot with Team Alberta North.

Hockey Alberta’s Bantam Male squad, along with a Junior Female team, will compete in the Arctic Winter Games March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, NWT.

Female team selection camp runs January 5-7 in Slave Lake.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and Dene games. The cultural component is a pillar of the Games, featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region.

Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each division. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Eligible communities for the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel.

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AFHL November wrap-up

RED DEER - The second month of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), St. Alberta Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (32 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (30 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (28pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (27 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (10 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

Red Deer forward Cassidy Maplethorpe leads all skaters in points (17) through two months of play, while Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Breanne Trotter (10 goals) and Calgary forward Mackenzie Loupelle (nine assists) lead the league in their respective categories.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank sits atop the league across the board with six wins, a 0.87 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (24 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (16 pts)
3) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (13 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (11 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (4 pts)

South Division:
1) Airdrie Lightning (20 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (16 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (14 pts)
4) Calgary Fire White (12 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (9 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (7 pts)

Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig leads the league with 16 points, and is tied with Airdrie forward Madison Black and Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko with eight goals, while Peace Country’s Karsyn May holds the lead in assists with eight.

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead Midget Elite goaltenders with seven wins. St. Albert’s Cecelia Michelutti’s minuscule 0.67 goals against average is tops in the league, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal’s remains atop the leaderboard with two shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (20 pts)
2) St. Albert Raiders (20 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (19 pts)
4) Sherwood Park Royals (19 pts)
5) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (18 pts)
6) North Central Impact (18 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (33 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (19 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (13 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (9 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (2 pt)

Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser leads all Bantam Elite skaters with 16 points, while Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with 10 goals, and Lloydminster’s Jayde Cadieux is tied with Gaiser for the league leader in assists, with eight.

Alexandra Kieren continues her strong play with Calgary White, with a stingy 0.20 GAA and .990 save percentage in five games, earning a shutout in all four of her wins. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin leads the league with seven wins.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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Now open - The Hockey Alberta Shoppe

RED DEER – Just in time to help with everyone’s hockey-related Christmas shopping, Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the opening of the Hockey Alberta Shoppe.

Hockey Alberta Shoppe >

The Hockey Alberta Shoppe is the official, online store for purchasing Hockey Alberta branded apparel.

The Shoppe features a wide array of garments – with styles for males, females, and youths – in several colours, adorned with the Hockey Alberta logo. Each item can be personalized with an individual’s name, team or club name, and/or number.

The Shoppe includes clothing for males, females and youth, as well as hats, and bags from different manufacturers.

The Shoppe can be accessed directly from the Hockey Alberta website, hockeyalberta.ca, or by going to hockeyalberta.entripyshops.com.

Shipping is free on all orders over $50. To help ensure your order arrives before Christmas, be sure to place your order by December 3.

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2018 Alberta Winter Games male rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the male rosters for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

Eight teams will take to the ice in Fort McMurray on February 16-19, with 160 2005-born male players ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program. Two teams each were formed from the South (Zones 1 & 2), Calgary (Zones 3 & 4), Edmonton (Zones 5 & 6), and the North (Zones 7 & 8).

Twenty players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, coach mentor, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at regional camps held November 23-26 in Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Olds and Calgary.

2018 Alberta Winter Games Male Rosters >

Female Alberta Winter Games Regional Selection Camps run December 8-10 in Morinville and Innisfail, with the female roster announcement to follow.

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2018 Alberta Winter Games coaching staffs announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the coaching staffs for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

The eight coaching staffs for the male program are comprised of one director of operations, one coach mentor, one head coach, and two assistant coaches. The six coaching staffs for the female program are comprised of one director of operations, one coach mentor, one head coach and one assistant coach.

Male Program Staffs > | Female Program Staffs >

Male Regional Selection Camps for the Alberta Winter Games kick off today (Thursday) and Friday across the province, while the female selection camps are set for December 8-10.

The Alberta Winter Games are set for February 16-19 in Fort McMurray.

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MacLeod, Lajoie named Canada Winter Games head coaches

RED DEER – Carla MacLeod and Serge Lajoie will be at the helm of the Alberta squads competing in hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Hockey Alberta kicked off “The Road to Red Deer” on Wednesday with the announcements that MacLeod is the head coach for the Team Alberta U18 Female team, and Lajoie is the head coach for the Team Alberta U16 Male team.

Both have previous experience in the Canada Winter Games and Team Alberta programs.

MacLeod was a member of Team Alberta as a player at two Canada Winter Games (1995 and 1999), and was the head coach of Team Alberta at the National Women’s U18 Championship in 2016. As a player, her international experience includes Olympic Gold Medals in 2006 and 2010. She also coached Team Japan at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Currently, she is the Midget Female Prep head coach at the Edge School for Athletes.

“This is a tremendous honour. It has been a goal to get back involved with the Canada Games. Having been involved as a player, it almost feels like I’m coming full circle to come back as a coach. I know the magnitude of the Games, and I’m excited to have a front-row seat to some kids living that dream,” said MacLeod.

Lajoie was an assistant coach with the Team Alberta Male squad that won the bronze medal at the 2011 Games in Halifax, and head coach of the gold medalist U16 male squad at the 2013 Western Canada Challenge Cup. He also was an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. As a player, Lajoie participated in the inaugural Alberta Cup, winning a silver medal in 1986. Currently, he is the head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

“This is quite an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to coach at the Canada Winter Games. I had the experience in 2011, and I know it is a big event,” said Lajoie. “I really look forward to the opportunity and the challenge to get the most out of the players and make it an experience they will remember for a long time.”

Bobby Fox will join Lajoie as the U16 Male team’s associate coach. Fox, currently an assistant coach with the Medicine Hat Tigers, has coached Team Alberta U16 squads twice, including as head coach of the gold medal squad at the 2015 Western Canada Challenge Cup.

Competition at the Canada Winter Games runs February 14-23, 2019 for the Male squad, and February 23-March 2 for the Female squad.


Assistant Coaches and Video Coaches

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for an Assistant Coach and a Video Coach for each Canada Winter Games squad. Application forms are available below:

Team Alberta U16 Male > | Team Alberta U18 Female >

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Coach of the Month - October

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for October is Chad Goeree of Sherwood Park.

Chad is the Head Coach for the SPS Fuzion Peewee team, and the Assistant Coach for the SPS Fuzion Bantam team.

"My coaching philosophy is simply, first and foremost, making sure the athletes are having fun, learning team work, respecting others, and understanding the importance of hard work," said Chad. "I try to teach players that the only limitations they face in both hockey and life are the limitations they put on themselves, and that through hard work and dedication, they can accomplish anything."

"Coaching isn’t just about what happens on the ice, it matters what happens off the ice too. Kids need to come away from games and practices feeling good about themselves and Chad inevitably makes this happen," said the parent who nominted Chad. "Not only does Chad help grow the players, he helps grow his bench staff, including himself. Personal growth as leaders is encouraged and supported within the team. When we have coaches in the system that have become great leaders, it is important that they are recognized. It is my belief that Chad personifies this type of leader and should be recognized as such!"


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Grande Prairie Storm

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Grande Prairie Storm to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches.

The Speaker Series features a game-day seminar session, with each session offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Grande Prairie Storm in action.

The night will feature presentations from Grande Prairie Storm Head Coach Matt Keillor, and Spruce Grove Saints Head Coach Bram Stephen, who coached together on Team Alberta’s gold medal-winning U16 team in 2016.

The Seminar will be held at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie. There are only 20 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $45 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta led by Coach Mentor Fran Gow
  • Pre- and post-game contributions from the coaches for both AJHL teams (Grande Prairie Storm & Spruce Grove Saints)
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Date: Friday December 29, 2017


For more information, please contact Blake Cosgrove, Consultant, Hockey Alberta Regional Centre Northwest.

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Team Alberta defeats Quebec, finishes fifth at U18 Nationals

QUEBEC CITY - For the second straight year, Team Alberta claimed fifth place at the National Women’s U18 Championship, wrapping up the tournament with a 4-1 win over Quebec.

Danielle Serdachny opened the scoring for Alberta just under seven minutes into the first, and Kassy Betinol doubled the lead with her second goal of the tournament midway through the second period. Chloe Puddifant and Mackenzie Butz added two more for Alberta to begin the third, before Quebec broke the shutout bid with just seven minutes to go for a 4-1 final.

In her second start of the tournament, goaltender Camryn Dever made 24 saves for the win, and was named Alberta’s Player of the Game. Both Drever and Erin Fargey finished the tournament with a 1-1 record in net.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap >

For more stats and information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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AFHL October wrap-up

RED DEER - The first month of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), St. Alberta Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

After the first month of play, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (17 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (16 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (15 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (11 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (6 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (1 pt)

Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Chloe Puddifant leads all skaters in points (12) through the first month of play, while Lloydminster forward Kelsey Hall (five goalies) and Calgary forward Mackenzie Loupelle (five assists) lead the league in their respective categories.

Goaltender Bella McKee was strong in net for Lloydminster in October, with a league-leading four wins. McKee’s 1.20 goals against average puts her second in the league, behind teammate Molly Mitchell, who currently holds a 1.00 GAA, while both goalies are tied for the league lead with a .960 save percentage.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of league play, eight AFHL players were named to Team Alberta’s U18 roster in October, and are currently competing at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Quebec.


Midget Elite

Heading into November, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (12 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (10 pts)
3) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (7 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (6 pts)
5) Sherwood Park Fury (6 pts)
6) North Central Impact (2 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (9 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (9 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (9 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (6 pts)
5) Lethbridge Cyclones (6 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (5 pts)

Peace Country’s Shauna Johnson sits atop the leaderboard in goals (six), and is tied with Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig for the lead league in points (eight), while Johnson’s teammate, Karsyn May, holds the lead in assists (six).

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir and Peace Country’s Madison Doucette both set the pace for goaltenders in October with three wins each. Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal recorded two shutouts in four appearances (with two wins), while seven goaltenders sit tied for second with one shutout in October, including St. Alberta’s Cecelia Michelutti, who leads the league with a 0.50 GAA and a .970 save percentage in two starts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Edmonton Pandas (13 pts)
2) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (13 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (10 pts)
4) North Central Impact (6 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (18 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (8 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (7 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (7 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (5 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (1 pt)

Peace Country’s Charlieze Sallis set the pace for skaters in October with 10 points. Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with six goals, while Edmonton’s Sydney Dutertre is the league leader in assists, with five.

Through three games, Alexandra Kieren has been a wall in net for Calgary White, with a stingy 0.32 GAA and .980 save percentage in two wins and a shootout loss, along with two shutouts. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin, and Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk are tied for the league lead with four wins each.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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Alberta blanks Team Atlantic 3-0

QUEBEC CITY - Team Alberta closed out round-robin play at the U18 Nationals with a 3-0 win over Team Atlantic on Friday morning.

After being shut-out by both Ontario teams in the first two games, forward Kassy Betinol snapped Alberta’s goalless streak just 33 seconds into the second period. Team Alberta built on it’s lead early in the third with goals from Breanne Trotter and Courtney Kollman to seal its first win of the tournament.

In her second start, goaltender Erin Fargey shut the door on Team Atlantic, stopping all 25 shots sent her way to earn the shutout win, and earned Player of the Game honours for her efforts.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap >

Team Alberta and Team Atlantic both sit with a 1-2 record following round-robin play. Alberta now awaits the results of the game between Ontario Red (1-1) and Ontario Blue (1-1) to find out when its game will be on Saturday.

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Ontario Red defeats Team Alberta 2-0

QUEBEC CITY - Team Alberta fell to 0-2 at the 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship following a 2-0 loss to Ontario Red on Thursday afternoon.

Ontario Red opened the scoring with less than four minutes left in the first period, and doubled its lead with a late second period goal.

Team Alberta out-shot Ontario 27-25, but goaltender Madelyn McArthur shut the door on Alberta, stopping all 27 shots sent her way. Alberta’s Erin Fargey made 23 saves in the loss.

Forward Courtney Kollman was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Recap >

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Alberta falls 4-0 to Ontario Blue

QUEBEC CITY - Team Alberta opened its 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship with a 4-0 loss to Team Ontario Blue on Wednesday.

Ontario Blue opened the scoring 9:16 into the game, and would add two more in the first period to take a 3-0 lead. After a scoreless second frame, Ontario added one more in the third to make it a 4-0 final.

Team Alberta was just narrowly out-shot by Ontario, 28-26. Camryn Drever stopped 24 of 28 shots, while her counterpart, Erica Fryer, stopped all 26 shots to earn the shutout win.

Forward Rachel Weiss was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game in the loss.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score >

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Peewee teams - Enter the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup!

RED DEER - The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is back for another season, and will be awarded to the Peewee team who has the best season off the ice.

The Good Deeds Cup is open to Peewee teams across Canada who give back to their community.

To compete for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, your team will need to make a commitment to off-the-ice improvement by performing at least one good deed in your community. The more impressive the deed, the better your team’s chances of winning will be.

Good deeds can be entered at chevrolethockey.com with a one-minute YouTube video of your team’s deed.

The top ten finalists will be selected, and will be voted on by Canadians. The winner of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup will be chosen from the top three vote-getters.

The Good Deeds Cup champions will receive:

  • $15,000 to the team’s charity of choice
  • A profile of the team of Sportsnet
  • Chevrolet and Hockey Canada branded swag
  • The team name engraved on the Good Deeds Cup
  • A summer skate with a Chevrolet Hockey Ambassador

Prizes will also be awarded to the finalists and semi-finalists.

The deadline to enter the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is December 31.


For more information on the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, please email chevrolethockey@momentumww.com

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2017 National Women’s U18 Championship set to begin in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY – Team Alberta U18 Female’s quest for gold begins tomorrow (Wednesday), as the 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship kicks off in Quebec City.

Team Alberta opens play on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. against Ontario Blue, followed by a match-up against Ontario Red on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.. Round-robin play wraps up on Friday as Team Alberta takes on Team Atlantic in the early-bird game, which starts at 8:00 a.m.. Semi-final and consolation round games are set for Saturday, with the gold and bronze medal games to be played on Sunday.

Team Alberta U18 Roster >

All preliminary-round games, placement games, semifinals, and the bronze-medal game will be streamed live online at www.hockeycanada.ca/nwu18c.

For a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Okotoks Oilers

OKOTOKS -Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Okotoks Oilers to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches on Saturday, November 4.

The Speaker Series features a game-day seminar session, with each session offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Okotoks Oilers in action.

The Seminar will be held at the Pason Centennial Arena in Okotoks. There are only 25 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $45 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta
  • Presentation from Okotoks Oilers Head Coach Tyler Deis
  • Presentation from Drumheller Dragons Coaching Staff.
  • Food/drink provided
  • A ticket to the game (Drumheller Dragons at Okotoks Oilers)
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017


For more information, please contact Matt Weninger at mweninger@hockeyalberta.ca

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2018 Arctic Winter Games Selection Camp registration now open

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Registration is now open for male Bantam players born in 2003-2004 (Bantam A or lower), and female Junior players born 1999-2004 (Senior, College, Midget AAA or lower) to attend Team Alberta North selection camps for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.Team Alberta North is coming off gold and silver medals at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in the Bantam Male and Junior Female categories, respectively.

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games are set for March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, Northwest Territories.

Male selection camp runs December 8-10 in High Prairie, while Female selection camp runs January 5-7 in Slave Lake.

Male Registration > | Female Registration >

Communities eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games are located on or above the 55th Parallel. Click here to view a list of eligible communities.

The registration deadline is December 5 for males, and January 1 for females.


The Arctic Winter Games is the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event, and celebrates athletic competition, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents.

For more information, contact Blake Cosgrove, Hockey Alberta Northwest Regional Centre Consultant at bcosgrove@hockeyalberta.ca.

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BC defeats Team Alberta in overtime to win 2017 WHL Cup

CALGARY - Team Alberta narrowly missed out on another gold medal at the WHL Cup, falling 4-3 to Team BC in overtime on Sunday.

Alberta opened up the scoring once again, with Kaiden Guhle scoring his fifth goal of the tournament on the power-play halfway through the first, with Connor McLennon adding to the lead midway through the second.

BC answered back minutes later on the power-play, before scoring again late in the second period and early in the third to take a 3-2.

McClennon scored his sixth, and most important goal of the tournament on the power-play with just 1:44 left to tie the game, and force overtime.

It was the second straight year the WHL Cup would be decided in overtime between Alberta and BC, but this time it was BC who sealed the victory, as Ben King scored 2:37 into the extra frame.

In his second start of the tournament for Team Alberta, Sebastian Cossa saw 31 shots come his way, allowing four goals. His counterpart, Dylan Garand, stopped 24 of Alberta;s 27 shots in the victory.

Kyle Crnkovic added to his tournament-leading points total with two assists in the game, giving him a total of 12 in five games. Assists were also tallied by Jake Neighbours (2) and Guhle.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Semi-Final Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

McClennon was fittingly named Team Alberta’s player of the game for his efforts,, while King earned the honours for BC.

The gold medal is the second for Team BC in the tournament’s seven year history, last winning it in 2012.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Team Manitoba took the bronze medal after defeating Team Saskatchewan 4-2.


2017 WHL Cup All-Stars


G – Bryan Thomson (Team Saskatchewan) – Moose Jaw, Sask – Lethbridge Hurricanes
D – Kaiden Guhle (Team Alberta) – Sherwood Park, Alta. – Prince Albert Raiders
D – Daemon Hunt (Team Manitoba) – Brandon, Man. – Moose Jaw Warriors
F – Justin Sourdif (Team British Columbia) – Surrey, B.C. – Vancouver Giants
F – Kyle Crnkovic (Team Alberta) – Chestermere, Alta. – Saskatoon Blades
F – Connor McClennon (Team Alberta) – Wainwright, Alta. – Kootenay ICE

Leading Scorers


1. Kyle Crnkovic (AB; Saskatoon Blades) – 3G-9A – 12pts
2. Connor McClennon (AB; Kootenay ICE) – 6G-4A – 10pts
3. Kaiden Guhle (AB; Prince Albert Raiders) – 5G-4A – 9pts
4. Jake Neighbours (AB; Edmonton Oil Kings) – 1G-6A – 7pts
5. Tyler Horstmann (BC; Edmonton Oil Kings) – 0G-5A – 5pts

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Team Alberta advances to WHL Cup final with 7-1 win

CALGARY - Team Alberta will be going for gold at the 2017 WHL Cup on Sunday, following a 7-1 defeat of Team Manitoba in the first of two semi-final games on Saturday.

Kyle Crnkovic continued his strong play for Team Alberta, scoring two goals, including the game winner, along with an assist to give him 10 points in four games at the WHL Cup. Crnkovic was named Alberta’s Player of the Game for his efforts.

Ridly Greig opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game, with Crnkovic giving Alberta a 2-0 less than 5 minutes later. Seth Jarvis cut the lead in half moments later, scoring Mantitoba’s lone goal.

After that, it as all Team Alberta, with five unanswered goals from Connor McClennon, Joel Sexsmith, Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Borysiuk and Crnkovic.

Assists were tallied by Jake Neighbours (2), Ronan Seeley, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Krz Plummer, Brayden Morrison, Crnkovic and McClennon.

Alberta heavily out-shot Manitoba 50-18, and chased starting goaltender Nikulas Jerris just 12:45 into the first period, who allowed three goals on 11 shots. Dante Giannuzzi allowed four goals on 39 shots in relief.

Garin Bjorklund stopped all but one of the 18 shots sent his way for Alberta, earning his third win of the tournament.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Alberta will battle for the WHL Cup title in the gold medal game at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport) in Calgary. It’s a rematch of last year’s gold medal game, as B.C. defeated Saskatchewan 7-0 in the other semi-final matchup on Saturday. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 a.m. on Sunday between Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Alberta edges Manitoba, 4-3, at WHL Cup

CALGARY - Team Alberta jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second period, and then held off Team Manitoba for a 4-3 victory in the final round-robin game at the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary.

With the victory, Team Alberta heads into Saturday’s semi-final action as the top seed with an unblemished record of three wins.

But there is not much rest either team, as Alberta and Manitoba square off in a rematch at 1 pm in the first semi-final at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

Brayden Morrison scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 16:31 mark of the second period. Manitoba scored 35 seconds later, and added one more in the third period, but Alberta held on for the victory.

Jake Sanderson scored on the power play in the first period for Team Alberta, and Ronan Seeley and Noah Boyko scored in the second period for Alberta. Assists were tallied by Kaiden Guhle (2), Connor McClennon (2), Kyle Crnkovic (2), Boyko and Ozzie Wiesblatt.

Garin Bjorklund earned the win in net for Team Alberta. Alberta outshot Manitoba, 27-15.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

In the other game on Friday, B.C. blanked Saskatchewan, 6-0. Those teams will meet in the other semi-final at 4:30 p.m.

Semi-final winners meet in the gold medal final on Sunday at 1:30 pm. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 am on Sunday.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Team Alberta defeats BC 6-2

CALGARY - Team Alberta moved to 2-0 at the 2017 WHL Cup with a 6-2 win over Team BC on Thursday night.

After opening the tournament with an 8-3 win over Team Saskatchewan, Alberta’s offence showed no signs of slowing down against BC.

Connor McLennon opened the scoring for Alberta with his second goal of the tournament, and Kaiden Guhle gave Alberta a 2-0 lead heading into the second period with his third goal in two games.

McClennon added his second goal of the game and third overall early into the second period for his second-straight game winning goal, and added an assist en-route to being named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Team BC got one back moments later, but Alberta answered with three straight goals, before BC notched another goal to make it a 6-2 final.

Kyle Crnkovic also had a big night for Alberta, scoring a goal and adding three assists, giving him five points through two games.

Alberta had the slight edge in shots, out-shooting BC 29-28. Sebastian Cossa made 26 stops for Team Alberta to earn his first win of the tournament.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta (2-2) closes out round-robin play on Friday night against Team Manitoba (1-1), and can clinch first place with a win. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Team Alberta opens 2017 WHL Cup with 8-3 win

CALGARY – Team Alberta U16 Male opened its 2017 WHL Cup with a bang, defeating Team Saskatchewan 8-3 on Wednesday night.

Ridly Greig opened the scoring for Team Alberta, who took a 1-0 lead into the second period, and a 4-2 lead into the third before scoring four straight goals. Saskatchewan added a goal late to make it an 8-3 final.

Forward Noah Boyko led the way offensively for Alberta with a goal and two assists, while defender Kaiden Guhle added two goals from the backend.

With one assist, Captain Jake Neighbours earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

Alberta out-shot Saskatchewan 39-17, with goaltenders Gjarin Bjorklund and Sebastian Cossa splitting time. Bjorklund earned the win, stopping seven of eight shots sent his way, while Cossa allowed two goals on nine shots in the second half of the game.

Boxscore > | Team Alberta Roster >

Up next for Team Alberta is Team BC, who fell 3-2 in a shootout to Manitoba on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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2017 WHL Cup kicks off in Calgary

CALGARY – The title defense is on for Team Alberta U16 Male, as the 2017 WHL Cup (formerly the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup) begins today in Calgary.

Team Manitoba and Team B.C. kick off the tournament this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3 pm, while Team Alberta’s quest for gold begins tonight at 6:30 pm against Team Saskatchewan. Team Alberta also hits the ice again Thursday night against Team BC, and wraps up round-robin play Friday night against Manitoba. All three Team Alberta games are set for 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport.

Team Alberta U16 Roster >

Following round-robin play, the 1st and 4th place teams and the 2nd and 3rd place teams will battle in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon, with the bronze and gold medal games set for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, respectively.

The WHL Cup will feature some of the top players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

For more schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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WHL Game Day Coach Series returns for 2017/18 season

RED DEER - A unique learning opportunity is now open for minor hockey coaches with Hockey Alberta’s WHL Game Day Coach Series.

This exciting partnership between Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Western Hockey League teams will offer nine different seminars between October and February, giving coaches the chance to learn from some of the top coaches in the game.

Each seminar costs $45 per coach, and include the following ($200 value):

  • A ticket to a WHL Game
  • Food/beverage voucher
  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta resource package
  • Hockey Alberta gift and other giveaway items (may include golf shirt, hat, or quarter-zip pullover)

Coaches will have the opportunity to hear the both the home and visiting Head Coaches speak before and after each game. Additionally, Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Coach Mentor, Fran Gow, will provide professional development for coaches before each game on a variety of topics, listed by the dates and locations below:

October 24 - Medicine Hat Tigers @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: The Transition Game) *FULL*
November 3 - Saskatoon Blades @ Medicine Hat Tigers (Topic: Developing D-Zone)
November 22 - Portland Winterhawks @ Calgary Hitmen (Topic: Effective Practive)
November 28 - Portland Winterhawks @ Lethbridge Hurricanes (Topic: Importance of Faceoffs)
December 1 - Regina Pats @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: Importance of Faceoffs)
December 7 - Moose Jaw Warriors @ Edmonton Oil Kings (Topic: Creating Offense)
January 3 - Vancouver Giants @ Edmonton Oil Kings (Topic: Developing D-Zone)
January 19 - Kamloops Blazers @ Calgary Hitmen (Topic: Creating Offense)
February 7 - Calgary Hitmen @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: Special Teams)

For more information, and for a full list of speakers, please click here.


** No refunds will be given for these seminars as per our refund policy fees and structure**

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AFHL Midget Elite, Bantam Elite schedules kick off Saturday

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season is officially in full-swing, as the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons get underway on Saturday.

The AFHL season began on October 1 for the Midget AAA division, two weeks ahead of the Midget and Bantam Elite seasons.

Eight of 12 teams on both Midget and Bantam Elite sides begin their season on Saturday, while the remaining four get their 2017/18 season underway on Sunday.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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Team Alberta U16 and U18 teams set for exhibition action in Calgary

CALGARY - Both the Team Alberta U16 Male and Team Alberta U18 Female teams will hit the ice in Calgary over the next five days ahead of the WHL Cup and National Women’s Under-18 Championships, respectively.

The U18 squad will play a pair of exhibition games on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 at the Edge School in Calgary (33055 Township Road 250). Saturday’s game is at 4:00 p.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Royals, and Sunday’s game is at 11:15 a.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Bisons.

Team Alberta U18 Female heads to Quebec in just under a month for the U18 Nationals, which run November 1-5.

On Monday, October 16th, Team Alberta U16 Male will take on Canada’s National Women’s Team in a special-teams exhibition game, as a final tune-up ahead of the WHL Cup. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport).

The WHL Cup runs October 18-22 at the Markin MacPhail Centre. For schedule and ticket information, click here.

All three exhibition games are open to the public, and are free to attend.

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Recognize an outstanding coach in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting nominations for Coach of the Month for the 2017-18 minor hockey season!

Coaches are an integral part of minor hockey and their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to play hockey. Help us recognize a coach in your community by nominating him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month!

Nominate a Coach of the Month ›

One coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a CCM coaching package valued at over $350.

This package will include:

  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Track Suit
  • Coach Bag
  • Puck Bag
  • Rink Board
  • Coaching Resources

Get your nominations in early! Coaches not selected each month will be eligible until the end of the season.


For more information, contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development at hkobzey@hockeyalberta.ca

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2017 Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2017 U16 Male provincial team.

The U16 Male squad will compete in the 2017 WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >

The U16 Male squad won the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. The team will seek to continue Alberta’s success at the event, Oct. 18-22 at the Markin MacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary.

"We’re heading into the WHL Cup with a very talented group of players,” said Team Alberta Manager Mike Kraichy. “These 20 young men have earned the right to represent their province, and we’re confident in their ability to compete hard at the competition, and make Alberta proud."

The 2017 WHL Cup will feature the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

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2017 Team Alberta U18 Female roster announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2017 U18 Female provincial team.

The U18 Female team heads to the National Women’s U18 Championships in Quebec City, Nov. 1-5, looking to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

"We saw a very talented group of individuals during this year’s Team Alberta selection process,” said Coordinator of Team Alberta Female, Mathieu Provencher. “We’re confident in the 20 players we’ve selected to represent their province, and look forward to seeing what they can do on the ice in November."

Prior to the Nationals, the U18 Female squad will play two exhibitions game in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4:00 p.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Royals, and Sunday, October 15 at 11:15 a.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Bisons. Both games will be played at the Edge School for Athletes, 33055 Township Road 250 in Calgary.

The National Championship event brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada in an eight-team tournament, featuring teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario (Red and Blue), Quebec and Atlantic.

For schedule and ticket information for the National Women’s U18 Championships, click here.

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2017/18 AFHL season kicks off

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season officially gets underway today (Sunday) across the province, with all six Midget AAA teams in action.

The Lloydminster PWM Steelers are at home against the Edmonton Pandas, the Rocky Mountain Raiders are set to host the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, and the Calgary Fire pay a visit to the St. Albert Slash.

The Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons both get underway on Saturday, October 14.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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Doug Kinsella (left), accepts the Chairman of the Board award from Terry Engen during Hockey Alberta’s Annual General Meeting


Harrington, Mowbray elected to Hockey Alberta Board

RED DEER – Brock Harrington, of Drumheller, and Allan Mowbray, of Calgary, were elected as new Directors at Large of the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors on Saturday.

The election was part of the 110th Annual General Meeting held at Red Deer College. A total of six individuals let their names stand for election.

Harrington and Mowbray will join current members Terry Engen (Chair), Fran Zinger (Vice Chair), Rob Virgil (Past Chair), Len Samletzki (Finance Director), and Jerrold Lemko (Director at Large).

Fred Horbay and David Sevalrud are the outgoing members of the Board. Engen presented each with a farewell gift from Hockey Alberta, and thanked them for their years of service to the organization, and the perspectives and challenging questions that each brought to discussions around the Board table.


From left: Rob Litwinski, Fred Horbay, and Terry Engen


From left: Rob Litwinski, Dave Sevelrud, and Terry Engen

In other business at the AGM, Notices of Motion were approved to expand the Board of Directors to nine members, and to shift the Finance Director position from an elected position to one that is appointed annually. As a result, the 2018 AGM will have three Directors-at-Large positions up for election.

Doug Kinsella was recognized with 2017 Chair of the Board award, presented by Terry Engen. Kinsella led the process that resulted in the creation of CR Knights through the merger of the Calahoo and Riviere Qui Barre minor associations. Kinsella is currently the Past President of the CR Minor Hockey Association.

Also recognized for volunteer service were:

  • Five Years: Aaron Rawlake, Trevor Hittel, Dave Butler
  • Ten Years: Betty Chmilar, Fran Zinger
  • Retiring Long-Term Volunteers: Greg Nesom, Bonnie Ogilvie

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Catriona Le May Doan served as the keynote speaker at Hockey Alberta’s 2017 Hockey Conference and AGM


The power of sport is its ability to change lives – Le May Doan

RED DEER - The power of sport was at the forefront as Catriona Le May Doan delivered the keynote address to kick off Hockey Alberta’s 2017 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting on Friday night at the Sheraton Hotel.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Olympic bronze medalist, shared stories of her journey, and the path that took her to the highest level of success an athlete can achieve.

"Those medals represent about two-and-a-half minutes of a 23-year journey. To me, success is about that entire journey," Le May Doan said of her three Olympic medals, which she brought with her to pass around the crowd. "The reason I was successful was because I didn’t burn out mentally.

Le May Doan also stressed the importance of being a multi-sport athlete, and focused on several examples of successful multi-sport athletes.

"It’s our duty to say, in hockey, and in all sports, ’what else do you do?’" she said.

She also told the 150 people in attendance it’s their job to ensure kids don’t get burnt out mentally, and to make sure they’re still having fun.

"We’re seeing kids over-scheduled these days, and w