Hockey Alberta Regional Centre - Calgary To Team Up With Minor Hockey At Flames Superskills Event

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Regional Centre - Calgary is pleased to be a part of the Danone Flames Superskills event being held at the Saddledome on February 12th.

8 minor hockey players will take to the ice and compete in various skill competitions including Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot, Shot Accuracy and more! 

Before stepping onto the ice with the Flames, the players will take part in a Skill Session with Regional Centre - Calgary Coordinator, Chris Leinweber.

"It’s a really exciting opportunity. We’ll work on some power skating, shooting, puck handling as well as some positional play," said Leinweber. "Maybe we’ll be able to shave a couple seconds off their times at the skills competition."

Here is a list of the players that will be taking part in the Superskills:

Jersey #

Last Name

First Name

2 Ngo Curtis
3 Serrao Traeland
4 Riddell Branden
5 Kemp Kyler
7 Wenzel Dylan
8 Fioretti Chase
9 Struiksma Brandon
10 Zaharia Reid
11 Bay Jordan
12 Carruthers Joshua
14 Bett Kyle
15 MacKenzie Stephen
16 O’Brien Dawson
17 Jaman Jake
18 Megens Damon
19 Yewchuck Zak
31 Mallory William
34 Holmes Nick


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Coaching applications now open for 2020 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaching positions with the male and female Team Alberta North squads that will participate in the 2020 Arctic Winter Games.

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.

The male selection camp will be held in Fairview on December 6-8, while the female camp will take place in Manning on December 20-22. Staging/Training weekend for both teams will be hosted in Grande Prairie on February 7-8, 2020. The 2020 Arctic Winter Games take place in Whitehorse, YT from March 15-21.

Eligible communities for the Arctic Winter Games are located North of the 55th Parallel. Coaches and players must live in one of these eligible communities.

2020 Arctic Winter Games Coach Application

For more information, contact Blake Cosgrove, Manager of Hockey Alberta’s Northwest Regional Centre, at


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Showcase your community to Canada!

CALGARY - Hockey Canada is now accepting bids to play host to the 2021 World Junior A Challenge and 2021 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Every season, Hockey Canada hosts events across the country, in communities big and small. Hockey Canada seeks host communities of all sizes, who offer unique local opportunities while committing to the best overall player, fan and volunteer experience.

Bidding on a national or international event sparks an ongoing partnership between the host community and Hockey Canada. This partnership builds the foundation for which the success of the event is built on.

Hockey Canada welcomes all groups to submit bids in order to foster and promote the game of hockey in your community. We encourage all potential bidders to contact Hockey Canada with any questions regarding hosting an event, or regarding a bid application.

To submit a bid, or for more information, visit or email


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Kick off the Sledge Hockey season in Red Deer!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is kicking off the 2019-20 season with a two-day Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp and a Sledge Hockey Coach 2 - Coach Level Clinic at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on September 21 & 22.

Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp

Designed to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels, the camp will feature a unique combination of on-ice and off-ice skill development, an equipment session, and a game-play session for new and returning sledge hockey players.

The camp will be led by Canada’s Women’s National Para-Ice Hockey team Head Coach, Tara Chisholm. With a Masters in Adapted Physical Activity, Tara is a part-time Kinesiology instructor at Medicine Hat College and is very passionate about teaching and truly understanding what skills are required in sledge hockey while at the same time making sure the players are having fun!

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Sledge Hockey Coach 2 - Coach Level Clinic

***This clinic is Sledge Hockey Specific ***

Coach 2 - Coach Level is the in-person component to follow up the HU-ONLINE Coach 1/2. It emphasizes basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem and a love for the game. As part of your registration each coach will be granted access to the Hockey Canada Network App that will provide yearly practice plans, videos and additional coaching resources.

The cost for this clinic is $136.00 + GST and payment will only be accepted online. *Refunds will only be given up to 72 hours in advance less a $30 administration fee.*

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For more information, please contact Allison Marriott, Member Services Coordinator (


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Team Alberta U18 Female Shortlist announced

RED DEER - Twenty-Eight 2002 and 2003-born female athletes from Alberta are one step closer to representing their province in November.

Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U18 Female squad that will participate in the 2019 U18 National Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 16 forwards.


Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 9-14. Sixty-Eight players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“The talent and character of these players always makes it tough to select a shortlist, but we are very confident in the 28 players we have selected,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. “We look forward to seeing all of these players again in September for Fall Camp.”

The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, and meet in Edmonton for Fall Camp September 27-29, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2019 U18 National Championship Tournament runs November 3-9 in Morden and Winkler, MB.


Theoren Fleury announced as keynote speaker for 2019 Coach Conference

CALGARY - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce recently inducted Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame member Theoren Fleury as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Coach Conference in Calgary. Fleury will be joining an esteemed group of speakers, including Geoff Ward, Associate Coach of the Calgary Flames.

Fleury was one of the most competitive players on the ice over the course of his 15-year National Hockey League career, and a member of the 1989 Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames. Along with his ability on the ice, Theo’s charitable and social wellness endeavours since his retirement have helped solidify his role as a sporting and social leader.

Ward is entering his second season as associate coach with the Flames, after spending three years as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils and prior to that, seven seasons behind the bench with the Boston Bruins in an assistant role.

Other speakers include:

Speaker(s) Organization Bio
Mike Shaw & Hunter Visser HeadStartPro

Mike Shaw, a UBC Okanagan alumni and accomplished coach, comes to us from a background in action sports and freestyle skiing. He’s a subject matter expert in performance coaching and injury prevention.

Hunter Visser is a retired world-cup halfpipe skier who came to the field of mental performance and injury prevention training after sustaining a career-ending concussion.Today, Hunter works with regional to Olympic-level coaches, and an equally broad spectrum of multi-sport athletes, helping them improve focus, awareness, and mindfulness to enhance performance and prevent injuries.

Peter Anholt Lethbridge Hurricanes Peter Anholt is entering his third full season as the General Manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Anholt is one of 16 WHL coaches to record 400 or more victories, sitting 10th all-time with 466 wins. He has posted an all-time record of 466-487-66 as a Head Coach in the WHL.
Ken Babey Men’s National Para Hockey Team Ken Babey is the Head Coach of the National Para Hockey Team. Since 2015, he has led Canada to the world title in 2017 and the silver medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Prior to his position with Hockey Canada, Babey spent 27 years as the head coach of the men’s hockey team at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) from 1987-2014.
Wayne Harris U of C Dinos Football For nearly 40 years, Wayne Harris has been involved with the Dinos as a player, alumnus, assistant coach, and most recently defensive coordinator. Over the course of his coaching career with the Dinos, Harris has been part of seven Hardy Cup championship teams and participated in four Vanier Cups.
Bert Gilling Mount Royal University Hockey Bert Gilling joined Mount Royal as the men’s hockey head coach in 2014. Gilling established a new culture around the team and in his first season, he led the Cougars to their first-ever playoff victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies. He has since won Canada West Coach of the Year two times.
Dean Seymour Seymour Hockey

Dean Seymour played nine years of pro hockey that saw his career take him from the United States, to Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, highlighted by an invite to the 2001 Spengler Cup. Now in Calgary, Dean spends most of his time working for Hockey Canada developing players by sharing the skills and instruction he has received throughout North America and Europe.

The Hockey Alberta Coach Conference will give coaches of all levels the opportunity to learn about the latest strategies, trends and technologies from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches in the game.



AHHF Class of 2019 inducted in Canmore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full bio >

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

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

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

Full bio >

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

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

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

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

Full bio >

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

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

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

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

Full bio >

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

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

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

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

Full bio >

Hockey Alberta News


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Join Our Team!

Hockey Alberta is seeking a creative, knowledgeable and energetic Coordinator, Video to join the Marketing and Communications department in its Red Deer office.

The Coordinator, Video is a new, full-time position at Hockey Alberta. The Coordinator will have the exciting opportunity to lead all video initiatives and projects undertaken by the organization. The Coordinator requires a diverse skill set that includes the ability to work collaboratively with staff across the organization to identify video topics, and then complete pre-production work (including scripting), production, and post-production and distribution. The Coordinator will also help lead new audio projects for Hockey Alberta, including the creation of a regular podcast that will focus on key topics for coaches, players, parents and all participants.

The full-time, contract position is for a two-year term, with a review of the position at the end of the term. Salary is based on the Hockey Alberta Compensation Policy relative to the successful applicant’s education/ experience.


Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, July 31 at 11:59 pm (MT). Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist announced

RED DEER - Thirty-two 2004-born male athletes from Alberta are one step closer to representing their province in October.

Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will participate in the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary. The shortlist includes four goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 19 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 Red Deer, July 2-7. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“Once again, the entire Team Alberta staff was very impressed with the level of talent and competition at Summer Camp,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “Now, the final push is on for these 32 players to show us why they belong on Team Alberta.”

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 WHL Cup runs October 22-27 in Calgary.


Registration now open for 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program

Do you have a child aged 6-10 years who is ready to fall in love with hockey? Registration is now open for the 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.

The First Shift is a truly unique experience for new-to-hockey families, 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 learnin Blog g basic skills. Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment.

The First Shift will be offered in eight locations across Alberta in the fall, and another three locations in the winter:

Fall Programs:

  • Brooks
  • Grande Prairie
  • Calgary (Wednesday sessions)
  • Calgary (Saturday sessions)
  • Edmonton
  • Leduc
  • Lethbridge
  • Onoway
  • Strathcona

Winter Programs:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Ponoka

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 enrol 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!


Summer Development Camps kick off in Red Deer

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps begin this week in Red Deer, 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 Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

U16 Male Provincial Camp, July 2-7

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 WHL Cup in Calgary.

Officials Development Camp, July 2-7

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 9-14

The top 68 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 National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championship in Morden and Winkler, MB.

U16 Female Summer Camp, July 11-14

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 46 players participate in on and off-ice training and classroom sessions, and compete in game environments.

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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Team Alberta U18 and U16 Female Camp Invites Announced

RED DEER - A total of 114 female athletes from across Alberta are about to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program.

Invitations have been extended to 68 players to attend the Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp July 9-14 in Red Deer, which is the next step in the selection process for the 2019 U18 Nationals in Morden & Winkler, MB. 46 players have also been invited to the Team Alberta U16 Female Summer Camp, which runs in conjunction with the U18 camp from July 11-14.

U16 Female Summer Camp Invites >

U18 Female Summer Camp Invites >

"Summer camp is a big event for these athletes and for Hockey Alberta," said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. "The talent level that we have this year at both the U16 and U18 level is very encouraging to see, and we are excited to see these players show their skills."

The U16 camp list includes six goalies, 16 defence, and 24 forwards, while the U18 camp will host eight goalies, 24 defence, and 36 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2018-19 season, as well as the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge in Leduc in May. From the Summer Camp, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams and 25-27 players continuing on to Fall Camp where the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named.

U16 Summer Camp game schedule:

Date Time Away Team Home Team
Friday, July 12 6:00pm Blue Gold
Sunday, July 14 4:00pm Gold Blue

U18 Summer Camp game schedule:

Date Time Away Team Home Team
Wednesday, July 10 5:00pm Blue White
Wednesday, July 10 7:30pm Gold Black
Thursday, July 11 5:00pm Gold White
Thursday, July 11 7:30pm Blue Black
Saturday, July 13 5:00pm Gold Blue
Saturday, July 13 7:30pm White Black
Sunday, July 14 11:15am 4th seed 3rd seed
Sunday, July 14 1:30pm 2nd seed

1st seed

RED DEER -The coaching staff who will lead the Team Alberta U18 Female squad at the 2019 U18 National Championships has been announced by Hockey Alberta.

The team will be led by head coach Craig Perrett, who was on the bench as an assistant during the U18 Female gold medal run at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Flanking him will be assistant coaches Dayna Janzen and Brett Wold, who both recently finished head coaching stints at the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge. Other coaching staff members include goaltender coach Engi Lim, who has experience with the Team Alberta U16 program, and video coach Shanya Shwetz, who was an assistant coach at the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge.

"We are very excited about the experience level of this particular group of coaches," said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. "With the staff in place, we can now begin the process of building towards another successful year for the Team Alberta U18 Female program."

Invitations will be sent out to 68 players by the end of May to participate in the summer selection camp running from July 9-14 in Red Deer. A shortlist of players will be selected to participate in the final selection camp taking place September 27-29, where the final roster will be chosen. The team training weekend October 18-20 will be the final preparation before departing for the competition in Morden & Winkler, MB, November 3-9.

2019 Team Alberta U18 Staff

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the team staff that will lead Team Alberta U18 Female at the 2019 U18 Nationals.

Director of Operations
Kendall Newell
Coach Mentor
Barry Medori
Head Coach Craig Perrett
Assistant Coach
Dayna Janzen
Assistant Coach Brett Wold
Video Coach
Shanya Shwetz
Goalie Coach
Engi Lim


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We’re Hiring!

Hockey Alberta is accepting applications for the position of Manager, Hockey Development, based in the Red Deer Head Office.

Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Hockey Development, the Manager, Hockey Development is responsible for the overall management and implementation of the Regional Centre Strategy. In conjunction with the Senior Manager, Hockey Development the strategy is developed and continually evaluated to ensure it aligns with the overall direction of the organization. In addition, this position operates the Central Regional Centre. This position works closely with the Manager, Coach Development in implementing the NCCP and Alberta Coach Development Plan through the Regional Centres.

Application >

Hockey Alberta is an opportunity for you to work in a volunteer-based organization, with passionate people from across the province. If you share a similar passion about working in a dynamic sporting environment, we encourage you to apply.


Nominations sought for Board of Directors

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for the positions of Chair and Vice Chair on its Board of Directors.


Candidates interested in serving as the Chair or Vice Chair of Hockey Alberta will possess some, or all, of the following attributes:

  • Experience in role of Chair and/or Vice Chair.
  • Experience chairing/leading meetings.
  • Broad knowledge of board governance
  • Passion for amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Amateur hockey as an executive, administrator, coach or official
    • Strategic planning
    • Business planning
    • Risk management
    • Policy development
    • Financial management
    • Human resource management
    • Marketing/public relations
    • Lobbying

In addition, please note the following:

  • Previous experience on the Hockey Alberta Board is an asset.
  • Previous experience on a not-for-profit board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective are preferred.
  • An ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation or equivalent training or experience working with a Board is an asset.
  • Experience and understanding of the workings of a Provincial Sport Organization is an asset.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check is required.

If you are interested and would like to help shape the future of hockey in Alberta, please complete the online Nomination Form (including Credentials Summary and Conflict of Interest declaration) and submit via the Hockey Alberta website.

Nominations are to be submitted via this online form:


Deadline to submit a nomination package is JULY 31, 2019.


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Joe Quinn, Melody Davidson, and Sam Steel to speak at Development Leadership Weekend

RED DEER - As a part of Hockey Alberta’s strategy to continue educating minor hockey administrators and coaches, a Development Leadership Weekend will be held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on June 22-23.

The weekend will feature three different learning opportunities for minor hockey volunteers: Coaching Skills Seminar, Intro to Hockey Seminar (free), and Development Directors Seminar (free). Following the seminars, a keynote address and hotstove will be held for all delegates featuring Power Edge Pro Founder Joe Quinn, Olympic gold medal winning coach Melody Davidson, and Anaheim Ducks Forward Sam Steel.

Joe Quinn is the Founder and President of the revolutionary hockey training system Power Edge Pro (PEP). Power Edge Pro is an on-ice player development system utilizing propriety equipment and training patterns. The system focuses on Reactive Countering Trainingâ„¢, engaging multiple motor skills simultaneously to develop a player’s small area game performance. Quinn, who was named to The Hockey News Top 100 People of Power and Influence in 2018, has worked with such players as Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Dylan Larkin, and Aaron Ekblad.

Melody Davidson, a native of Oyen, AB, has been the head scout for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Programs since 2010. Prior to that, she led Team Canada to back to back Olympic gold medals in 2006 in Turin, and 2010 in Vancouver. Along with her two gold medals as head coach, she was also an assistant on the 2002 winning team. Davidson has also coached at the national level in a number of world championships and other competitions. She was also the head coach of Team Alberta at the 1995 Canada Winter Games.

Sam Steel, a native of Ardrossan, AB, is just beginning his NHL career after being drafted by the Anaheim Ducks 30th overall in 2016. Steel was a standout player for the Sherwood Park Midget AAA Crusaders before graduating to the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, which included a 131 point season in 2016-17. He was an important part of Team Canada’s 2018 World Junior gold medal winning team with nine points in seven games. Steel played 22 games for the Ducks during the 2018-19 season, notching 11 points.



John Jacobs: 1954-2019

RED DEER - John Jacobs, an Honoured Member of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and a Life Member of the Hockey Alberta Referee Council, passed away on Thursday, May 30 at the age of 65.

John’s officiating career begin in 1967. Over the course of his career, John obtained a Level 4L the highest ranking a linesman can achieve. He worked numerous national and international events, including serving as a linesman in six Viking Cups and several Team Canada Cups. Off the ice, John worked as a supervisor at three Viking Cups, and once at the Royal Bank Cup.

John’s list of contributions to officiating in Alberta is a lengthy one, starting in 1982 when he began instructing at the Hockey Alberta Officiating Development Camp, and was the Development Camp Coordinator for over 10 years, with 25 years of involvement with the camp. He was the Chair of the North Central Zone Referees Committee for four seasons, followed by six seasons as Hockey Alberta’s Referee Council Chair. He also served as a member of Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors, as the officials’ representative.

John’s decades of work with officials in Alberta was recognized with a number of awards, including Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Development Award (2004), the Ernie Boruk Award (2008), and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation Award (2008).

John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna; his daughters Terine (Derek) Forrester and Penny (Scotte) Titus; sister Val (Merv) Zwicker; mother-in-law Betty Hansen; sisters-in-law Carol (John) Zerkee and Lorraine Hansen; brothers-in-law Ted Hansen and Tim (Sandra) Hansen, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

For his contributions to hockey in Alberta, John was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. And he was honoured as an Officials’ Life Member in 2011. Officials are encouraged to wear their uniforms, and golfers and encouraged to wear their golf shirts.

Donations in John’s memory can be made to Stettler Minor Hockey, the Stettler Food Bank, or another charity of your own choice.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on Friday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. in his hometown of Stettler, at the arena where John spent so many of his weekends.


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Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Team Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER - Time is running out for 2005-born male athletes to sign up for Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Team Alberta/WHL Skills Camp.

The camp, for U15 players, is set to run June 7-9, 2019 in Calgary at East Calgary Twin Arenas. 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.

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

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

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

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.


2020 Provincial Championship Trial

RED DEER - During the 2018-19 hockey season, Hockey Alberta completed a trial project at the Peewee division to implement, test and review a new Provincial Championship Model under the Alberta One initiative. Under this trial, the previous Peewee A-D Provincial Championships transitioned to Peewee Tiers 1-4, with teams qualifying as League Champions from six Minor Leagues/organizations.

Representatives from Hockey Alberta’s Minor Regulations and Minor Leagues Committees have reviewed the data and feedback from the trial project in order to make the most informed decision going in to the 2020 Provincial Championships.

Committee members believe the trial project was successful in laying the foundation for the possible Provincial Championship structure of the future. However, it was agreed that one season is not enough to make a final decision related to the Provincial Championship structure.

Therefore, based on the review of the 2019 Peewee division trial project and taking into consideration results at the Bantam and Midget Zone Provincial Playdowns and Provincial Championships, which saw teams categorized based off league play, tiering, tournament and exhibition play through Minor Regulation 9.1 (c), it has been unanimously agreed to extend and amend the Provincial Championship Trial Project for the 2019-2020 season.

Under the revised trial project, the previous A-D Provincial Championships at the Peewee, Bantam and Midget divisions will move into Tiers 1-4. Teams will not participate in Zone Playdowns, but will instead qualify as League Champions from the following leagues/ organizations:

Hockey Calgary
Hockey Edmonton
Central Alberta Hockey League
Northern Alberta Interlock
All Peace Hockey League
North Eastern Alberta Hockey League

The Bantam Tiers 1-4 Provincial Championship Tournaments will take place on the weekend of March 19-22, 2020, while the Peewee and Midget Tiers 1-4 Provincial Championship Tournaments will happen on the weekend of March 26-29, 2020.

The events will consist of eight teams comprised of the league winners from the six above mentioned leagues/ organizations, one host team and one league runner-up that will be identified as a wild card team by the Minor Regulations and Minor Leagues Committees. Leagues/organizations will be scheduling play to ensure that league champions are determined no later than Sunday, March 8 (Bantam) and Sunday, March 15 (Peewee and Midget).

Provincial Championships at the Atom division will remain unchanged from past seasons. Minor Hockey Associations will declare their teams by December 1 with Zone Playdowns commencing in January.

BULLETIN 18:14 - 2020 Provincial Championship Trial Project

If you have any questions regarding the 2020 Provincial Championship Trial Project, please contact either your Zone Minor Regulations Coordinator or Bryden Burrell, Coordinator of Hockey Programs (


Hockey Alberta to host Goalie Coach Seminar this weekend

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta will be hosting a Goalie Coach Seminar this Saturday, May 25 in Red Deer.

Over 50 delegates from around the province will gather at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre for a day full of learning sessions on a variety of different goalie topics from a highly esteemed group of presenters. Topics to be covered include:

  • Developmental Philosophy
  • Building a Minor Hockey Goalie Plan
  • Incorporating a Goalie Coach
  • Grassroots and Elite Programming
  • Practice Inclusion and Habits
  • Mental Health and Preparation

This seminar follows the 2018-19 Goalie Development Plan which has identified a need to support the development and education around all areas of the position of goaltender. The plan focuses on many areas, including implementation of specific training/development sessions, a clear and concise goalie evaluation policy, and implementation of off ice training.

The Goalie Coach Seminar will feature the following presenters:

DUSTIN SCHWARTZ • Edmonton Oilers Goalie Coach (NHL)
• Former Edmonton Oil Kings Goalie Coach (WHL)
MATT WENINGER • Regional Manager and Provincial Goaltending Lead for Hockey Alberta
• Moose Jaw Warriors Goalie Coach (WHL)
IAN GORDON • Regional Goalie Lead for Hockey Alberta and Owner of Ian Gordon Goaltending
• Seattle Thunderbirds Goalie Coach (WHL)

• Regional Goaltending Lead for Hockey Alberta, Team Alberta U16 Goalie Coach
• Okotoks Oilers Goalie Coach (AJHL)

KRAYMER BARNSTABLE • Regional Goaltending Lead for Hockey Alberta and Owner of Stable in Net Goaltending
• Red Deer Rebels Goalie Coach (WHL)
BARRY MEDORI • Coach Consultant for Team Alberta and Team Canada U17
• Former AJHL Head Coach
BOB WILKIE • Former NHL player
• Mental Performance Coach at I Got Mind
DAVID MARCOUX • Former Goalie Coach with the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
• Owner of David Marcoux Goaltending