Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the team staff members for the eight zone teams that will compete at the 2013 ATB Alberta Cup, April 25-28 in Strathmore, Alberta.
“We look forward to working with each of these coaches and facilitating a learning and growing opportunity for them through the coach mentorship program,” says Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager of Hockey Development, Tim Leer. “The coaches were all selected because of the skill set they bring, philosophies on athlete development and willingness to grow and share as individuals.”
The staff from each of the eight zone teams - South, Calgary North, Calgary South, Central, Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Northeast and Northwest - is made up of six positions; Director of Operations, Coach Mentor, Head Coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer.
Each team staff member completes an application process to obtain their particular position. Prior experience, certification and Team Alberta program involvement are all taken into consideration.
The coaching staffs will be responsible for selecting the teams during zone camps taking place March 29-31, all across the province. Zone camps are open to all 1998-born male athletes. Registration for zone camps is open and can be found on the Hockey Alberta website.
Zone Camp Locations
Northwest - Spruce Grove
Northeast - Vegreville
Edmonton North - Bill Hunter Arena
Edmonton South - Bill Hunter Arena
Central - Blackfalds
Calgary North - Edge School
Calgary South - Edge School
South - Strathmore
The ATB Alberta Cup is the premier hockey event in the province that helps identify the top male bantam aged players from each zone 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 within the Team Alberta U16 and Team Pacific Programs.
Former Team Alberta program graduates include such players as Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, Braden Holtby, Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Dany Heatley, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Devin Setoguchi.
ATB Financial is the title sponsor of all Team Alberta programs, including the ATB Alberta Cup and the ATB Alberta Challenge. The Team Alberta Male Program is a two year progression for elite athletes that begins at the ATB Alberta Cup, a U15 age level event, and progresses to the U17 age level. The Team Alberta Female Program is a four year progression for elite athletes that begins at the ATB Alberta Challenge, a U16 age level event, and progresses to the U18 age level. Team Alberta programs feed into Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.