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Ross, Olsen, Pysyk Invited To World Jr. Tryout

 Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced three Alberta players - Brad Ross (Lethbridge, Alta), Dylan Olsen (Calgary,  Alta) and Mark Pysyk (Sherwood Park, Alta) - that have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, December 12-  15, 2010 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ont.

 Of the 39 players invited, three are returning players – Jared Cowen (Allan, Sask./Spokane, WHL), Calvin de Haan (Carp, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) and  Ryan Ellis (Freelton, Ont./Windsor, OHL) helped Canada earn the silver medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. Ellis also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ont. In addition, thirty-four of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2009 or 2010 NHL Entry Drafts, including eighteen first-round selections and four second-round picks.

Hockey Canada can still add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on December 12, in the event that NHL teams loan Canada’s National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL.

“On behalf of Hockey Canada, we want to congratulate the players named to the camp roster today, along with their club teams, parents and minor hockey coaches that have helped them reach this level,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey operations/national teams. “As well, we would like to thank the Canadian Hockey League for its partnership and support of the Program of Excellence.”

“Thanks to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, many of these players have already received the experience necessary to deal with high-paced international competition such as the World Juniors,” said Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence. “The quality and skill of the 39 players invited to the camp next week is a testament to the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey systems.”

Prendergast, who was named head scout in September, travelled coast to coast during the early months of the 2010-11 season, assessing players in preparation for the selection camp.

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, I would like to congratulate all players who have been named to the selection camp roster,” said David Branch, president of the CHL. “This is a tremendous honour, and all have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today.”

SELECTION CAMP INFORMATION
There will be two Red-White intrasquad games (December 12-13) and one game against the Canadian University National Team (December 14). The team, made up of CIS players, will be representing Canada at the 2011 FISU Games in January 2011. Due to limited seating at the MasterCard Centre, accreditation (team, media, scouts) will be required for all practices and games.  A select number of passes will be offered in a contest for Hockey Canada followers on its social media platforms. A draw for passes will occur on December 8.  For information on the draw, go to www.Facebook.com/HockeyCanada and www.twitter.com/HockeyCanada

CLICK HERE FOR CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP SCHEDULE

Once the final roster is named at the conclusion of the selection camp in Toronto on December 15, Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three pre-competition games in southern Ontario prior to the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26 to January 5 in Buffalo, N.Y. 

CLICK HERE FOR CANADA’S PRE-COMPETITION AND IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE

Canada will play its first game of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 versus Russia, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on The FAN Radio Network (check local listings).

Canada has medaled at twelve straight IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.

For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team and Hockey Canada, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca.

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Hockey Alberta Volunteer positions still available

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is currently accepting applications to fill vacant volunteer roles within our Operational Committees for the 2017-2018 hockey season.

Hockey Alberta has 17 established, standing operational committees that help to administer the game of hockey throughout the season. The volunteers on the committees provide service to member MHAs and Club Teams, interpret regulations and contribute to discussions about future changes to the game.

All Hockey Alberta Operational Committee Chair positions are appointed for two year terms while Coordinator and Committee Delegate positions are each appointed annually. Detailed information about each of these positions is linked below.

Anyone interested in a particular role should fill out the Volunteer Application Form and submit via email to info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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Available Positions

Female ADM Committee Chair Delegates

AA Hockey Committee Chair Terms of Reference

Aboriginal Hockey Committee Chair Terms of Reference

Zone Minor Regulation Coordinators Terms of Reference

Zone Minor Administration Coordinators Terms of Reference

Zone Minor Discipline Coordinators Terms of Reference

MHA Ambassadors

Minor Female Regulation Coordinators Terms of Reference

Sledge Hockey Committee Delegates

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Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp kicks off in Spruce Grove

SPRUCE GROVE - The next step in the Team Alberta U18 Female selection process is underway, as 88 of the top 2000, 2001 and 2002-born female hockey players come together in Spruce Grove for the 2017 Spring Selection Camp.

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 2017 Spring Selection Camp runs through to Sunday at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove.

Spring Camp Rosters > | Schedule >

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 2017 Summer Selection Camp will be held July 11-16 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 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championship will be held November 1-5 in Quebec City.

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Register now for the 2017 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, with support of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, is excited to return with the second annual Coaches Conference this July 8th and 9th at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

This unique event will feature coaches from the NHL, WHL, Hockey Canada, CIS and industry experts. Along with presentations, coaches will take part in an interactive breakout sessions, coaches social and networking opportunities.

Registration is now open, with limited space available. Cost to register will be $299 (plus GST), and will include:

  • Professional presentations and hot stove panel
  • Registration gift
  • Four meals
  • Coach’s social
  • Draw prizes

Coaches of all levels, from across Alberta and western Canada, will have the opportunity to learn about the latest strategies, trends and technologies from some from some of the best. Check back as we continue to update our speakers.

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Speakers at the 2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conferences included Mel Davidson (Hockey Canada), Kalle Valiaho (Finnish Ice Hockey Association), Guy Gadowski (Penn State), and Shaun Clouston (Medicine Hat Tigers). To view a full list of the 2016 Coaches Conference Speakers, click here.

For questions, or more information, please contact Drew Dixon (ddixon@hockeyalberta.ca), or Holly Kobzey (hkobzey@hockeyalberta.ca).

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Hockey Alberta Award nominations now open

RED DEER - Nominations are now being accepted for Hockey Alberta Awards.

Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game of hockey every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards.

The award winners are recognized at the awards luncheon and at the annual general meeting, both part of the annual Hockey Conference hosted by Hockey Alberta.

All members of the hockey community is encouraged to submit a nomination for a deserving individual or association.

Awards Nomination & Information Package >

Awards presented include:

  • Chairman’s Award
  • Hockey Development Award
  • Minor Hockey Executive of the Year Award
  • Minor Hockey Association of the Year Award
  • Meritorious Award
  • Provincial Championship Exceptional Host Site Award
  • Referee Council Awards

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Team Alberta U16 Male and Female Summer Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Eighty 2002-born males and 63 2002 and 2003-born females have been invited to take the next step with Hockey Alberta’s U16 programs.

Invitations have been extended to the players to attend the Team Alberta U16 Female Summer Camp June 29 - July 2, and the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp July 4-9 in Camrose.

U16 Male Summer Camp Invites > | U16 Female Summer Camp Invites >

The male list includes eight goalies, 24 defence, and 48 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2016-17 season, as well as the 2017 Alberta Cup in Canmore 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 in the fall.

"We have a very talented group coming to Camrose for Summer Camp," said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. "We’re looking forward to seeing these players elevate their game for a chance to compete at the 2017 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup."

The female invitees include nine goalies, 18 defence, and 36 forwards. Players were scouted by Team Alberta staff at the 2017 Alberta Challenge in Olds in May. This group of athletes is eligible to compete at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer as part of the Team Alberta U18 Female squad.

"We’re very happy with the list of players we’ve invited to our U16 Summer Camp this year," said Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator of Team Alberta Female. "These athletes are the future of our U18 program, and have a chance to make a good impression as we move towards the 2019 Canada Winter Games."

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Hockey Alberta’s Parent Engagement Program

RED DEER - As part of its three-year strategic planning process, Hockey Alberta is developing a new Parent Engagement Program (PEP) strategy.

Hockey Alberta’s PEP strategy will focus on better serving and supporting the parents, family members and coaches of hockey participants across the province. The strategy will focus on education on several core topics including:

  • Cyber-Bullying
  • Pre-Season Parent Meetings
  • Conversations on the Car Ride Home
  • Concussions
  • Behavior in the Arena
  • Supporting the athlete with good nutrition, hydration and sleep habits

A key component the PEP strategy are the Respect in Sport Parent and Activity Leader/Coach programs. Hockey Alberta has required successful completion of those programs since partnering with Respect Group in 2012.

Effective for the 2018-19 season, Hockey Alberta will require re-certification every four seasons for the RIS Parent and Activity Leader/Coach online programs. This will be mandatory for all families with players in sanctioned minor hockey and team officials. A minimum of one parent/caregiver per household must complete the Parent program. As well, Speak Out certification will no longer be recognized; those with Speak Out will require the appropriate Respect in Sport program.

An FAQ sheet has been developed to answer some questions. Over the course of the 2017-18 season, full details will be provided, including a renewal schedule and information about the PEP strategy.

For questions, please contact Mike Klass, Senior Manager, Business Operations at mklass@hockeyalberta.ca or 403-342-6777.

FAQs >

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South Black wins the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup

LETHBRIDGE – After a slow start to the tournament, South Black defeated North Grey 4-1 to capture the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup.

South Black and North Grey both lost their first games of the week, but both rebounded to finish second in their respective pools, and won their semi-final games to earn a berth in the championship final.

It’s an extra-special victory for South Black Captain Liam Watkins and teammate Gavin Schmidt, as their older brothers Lucas and Hayden won the Alberta Cup with Team South just two weeks prior.

South Black’s win also marked a clean sweep for South teams this year, with South winning the Alberta Cup, and South Black winning the Alberta Challenge.

Prior to the Championship game, the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup Champions, Capital Green claimed third place with a 5-1 win over Calgary White.

The next Peewee Prospects Cup will be held in 2019.

Schedule/Results > | Roster >

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2017 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day three recap

LETHBRIDGE - With semi-final Saturday in the books, North Grey and South Black will go head-to-head for the Peewee Prospect’s Cup.

South Black won the first semi-final game of the day over Capital Green 6-2, and North Grey defeated Calgary White 7-3.

Capital Green and Calgary White play in the bronze medal game at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, while South Black and North Grey battle for the title at 11.

Meanwhile, South Yellow took the C Final with a 5-4 overtime win over Capital Orange, and North Blue won the D Final against Calgary Red 9-1.

Schedule/Results > | Roster >

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2017 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day two recap

LETHBRIDGE - Day two of the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup marked the end of round-robin play, with Capital Green, North Grey, Calgary White and South Black advancing to the semi-finals.

In their lone games of the day, Pool B wrapped up with Calgary White clinching first place after a 5-2 win over Capital Orange. A 6-1 victory over North Blue gave South Black the same 1-1-1 record as Capital Orange, but South Black finished second in Pool B by virtue of a tie-breaker.

Capital Green won both games against South Yellow and Calgary Red to as the lone undefeated team, landing in first place in Pool A. North Grey earned a berth in the semi-finals as well, winning both games against Calgary Red and South Yellow to finish second.

Capital Green and South Black will battle in the first semi-final of the day at 1:00 p.m., with North Grey and Calgary White to follow at 3:30. Capital Orange and Calgary South play in the C final at 6:00 p.m., and the D final between North Blue and Calgary Red goes at 8:30 p.m.

Schedule/Results > | Roster >

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2017 Peewee Prospects Cup: Day one recap

LETHBRIDGE - After the first six games of the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup, six of eight teams came away with points.

Capital Orange sits atop Pool B after winning its first game of the day against North Blue 6-2, and tied 5-5 against South Black, who lost the first game of the day 5-2 to Calgary White. North Blue edged Calgary White 4-3, giving all four teams in Pool B at least one point.

Meanwhile, in Pool A, Capital Green and South Yellow won their lone games of the day, defeating North Grey 2-1 and Calgary South 6-4, respectively.

Day two of the Peewee Prospects Cup kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a battle between North Grey and Calgary South.

Schedule/Results > | Roster >

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Registration/Payment system back up and running

Hockey Alberta’s Registration and Payment Platform is back up and running after undergoing some unexpected maintenance and repairs on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank everyone for your patience.

If you experience any issues when trying to register for a Hockey Alberta program or event, please contact:

Brad Lyon, Senior Manager, Communications

Email: blyon@hockeyalberta.ca

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Lethbridge set to welcome the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup

LETHBRIDGE - Southern Alberta is set to host 160 of the top 2004-born male hockey players in Alberta, as the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup gets underway in Lethbridge.

Eight teams will go head-to-head at the Nicolas Sheran Arena from Thursday to Sunday. The teams include Calgary Red, Calgary White, Capital Green, Capital Orange, South Black, South Yellow, North Grey, and North Blue.

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition.Team rosters can be found here, and full tournament results will be displayed here. You can also follow along with the action on Twitter.


The Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup program is the start of the Hockey Alberta Development program and is held in alternate years with the Alberta Winter Games. The event provides second-year peewee athletes, along with coaches, trainers and administrators, an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition. Male 2004-born athletes are eligible for the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The Peewee Prospects Cup begins with four regional camps 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), four coaches, two coach mentors and two directors of operations are selected to participate in the competition.

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South Black wins the 2017 Alberta Challenge

OLDS - South Black went wire-to-wire as the tournament’s top team to win the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

South Black went undefeated (4-0-1) through the tournament, and clinched the Alberta Challenge with a 1-0 win over South White.

This is a special win for South Black’s DOP Val Alexander, who’s daughter Cylenna won the last Alberta Challenge as DOP with the North Predators in 2015. Alexander was also in competition with daughter Channia this weekend, who served as DOP for the North Grey team.

South Green claimed bronze earlier in the day. A couple of second period goals saw them defeat the third place ranked South Yellow by a score of 2-1.

Earlier in the day North Blue defeated North Grey by a score of 3-1 to claim fifth place in the tournment.

2017 is the first year the Alberta Challenge has been held in Olds. The next Alberta Challenge will take place in 2019.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule >

Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap > | Day Three Recap >


5TH Place

North Blue 3 - North Grey 1

Players of the Game: North Blue - #10 Alexis Butz | North Grey -#9 Payton Basterash

Boxscore >


Bronze Final

South Green 2 - North Yellow 1

Players of the Game: South Green- #16 Isobel Pettem-Shand | North Yellow - #9 Jillian Gulli

Boxscore >


Gold Final

South Black 1 - South White 0

Players of the Game: South Black - #17 Josie McLeod | South White - #4 Gracie Gilkyson

Boxscore >




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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2017 Alberta Challenge All-Stars announced

OLDS - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2017 Alberta Challenge All-Stars.

The tournament All-Stars were announced Saturday night at the Alberta Challenge banquet at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites. All-Stars were voted Scouts and Team Alberta staff.

Goaltender

#31 Jocelynn Pearce - South Black

GP: 2 | MP: 120 | W: 2 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 51 | GA: 1 | SVS: 50 | GAA: | SV%: .98%


Defence

#4 Sierra LaPlante - South Green

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 0 | Pts: 1 | PIM: 2


Defence

#6 Alexandra Spence - North Grey

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 0 | Pts: 1 | PIM:0


Forward

#11 Hayleigh Craig - South Black

GP: 4 | G: 3 | A: 4 | Pts: 7 | PIM: 0


Forward

#20 Sarah Wozniewicz - South White

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


Forward

#12 Aliya Jomha - North Yellow

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


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2017 Alberta Challenge : Day Three recap

OLDS - The final match-ups are set. South Black and South White will go head-to-head in the 2017 Alberta Challenge final on Sunday.

South Black emerged the front runner following round-robin play, finishing three days of competition with three wins and one tie. Tiebreaker determined South Black’s competition in the final would be South White.

North Yellow and South Green will play in Sunday’s Bronze game. North Yellow, finishing round-robin play with two wins, South Green finishing with one win.

North Blue and North Grey will play the first game of Sunday, for fifth place, each finishing with one win.

The final day of competition begins tomorrow, May 7, at 9:30 am.

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


Game #10

South White 7 - North Yellow 2

Players of the Game: South White - #10 Paige Dodd | North Yellow - #7 Robyn Short

Boxscore >


Game #11

North Grey 4 - South Green 0

Players of the Game: North Grey - #1 Aline Hironaka | South Green - #12 Faith Greenough

Boxscore >


Game #12

North Blue 1 - South Black 4

Players of the Game: North Blue - #5 Dayle Ross | South Black - #18 Jadynn Morden

Boxscore >



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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2017 Alberta Challenge : Day Two recap

OLDS - After another busy day of hockey at the 2017 Alberta Challenge, round robin play continued with each team competing in two games during the day.

After completing three games each, South Black and North Yellow are both 2-0-1 and, with five points a piece, and finish day two on top of team standings.

South Green finished the day with one win and one tie while South White finished the day with one loss and one tie. These results, combined with yesterday’s stats, these teams are now both tied for second place with three points each.

North Blue and North Grey squared off in the final game of the day with North Blue winning by a score of 3-0, climbing within one point of the teams tied for second place.

Saturday kicks off with South White and North Yellow playing at 10:00 am, followed by North Grey and South Green facing off at 12:15 pm. The final game of round robin play will commence at 2:30 pm between South Black and North Blue.

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


Game #4

South Green 3 - South White 1

Players of the Game: South Green - #4 Sierra Laplante | South White - #12 Nicole May

Boxscore >


Game #5

South Black 2 - North Grey 0

Players of the Game: South Black - #19 McKinley Nelson | North Grey - #12 Laurel Gollnick

Boxscore >


Game #6

North Yellow 3 - North Blue 2

Players of the Game: North Yellow - #10 Kelsey Hall | North Blue - #6 Jacelyn Scott

Boxscore >


Game #7

South Black 1 - South White 1

Players of the Game: South Black - #11 Hayleigh Craig | South White - #4 Gracie Gilkyson

Boxscore >


Game #8

South Green 1 - North Yellow 1

Players of the Game: South Green - #14 Bree Kennedy | North Yellow - #2 Aryn Chambers

Boxscore >


Game #9

North Grey 0 - North Blue 3

Players of the Game: North Grey - #6 Alexandra Spence | North Blue - #1Elise Hugens

Boxscore >



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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2017 Alberta Challenge: Day One Recap

OLDS - After a busy first day of the 2017 Alberta Challenge in Olds, three of six teams came away with points.

South Black, South White and North Yellow all earned two points from the first day of round-robin play, while South Green, North Blue and North Grey will seek redemption Friday.

All teams will play two games on day two. Round-robin play will continue Saturday morning with finals commencing on Sunday May 7th.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule >


Game #1

South Green 1 - South Black 5

Players of the Game: South Green - #19 Emily Straw | South Black -#9 Sydney Benko

Boxscore >


Game #2

South White 2 - North Blue 0

Players of the Game: South White - #20 Sarah Wozniewicz | North Blue - #16 Allison Reich

Boxscore >


Game #3

North Grey 3 - North Yellow 5

Players of the Game: North Grey: #10 Jaden Bogden | North Yellow - #17 Mikayla Sarapuk

Boxscore >


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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Olds set to welcome the Alberta Challenge

OLDS – For 120 female athletes from across Alberta, the next several days of competition will mark a significant milestone in their young hockey careers.

These athletes, born in 2002-03, have been named to the rosters of the six teams that will compete in Hockey Alberta’s 2017 Alberta Challenge, May 4-7 at the Olds Sportsplex.

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years when the Alberta Winter Games are not held, with three teams selected to represent the North, and three to represent the South. The players were selected from approximately 300 who attended regional camps held April 7-9 and April 14-16. Twenty athletes comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, coach mentor, trainer, and director of operations. The Challenge is part of the development process for female on-ice officials across the province.

Alberta Challenge Program >

In addition to pursuing the Challenge, the athletes are also vying for 63 spots at the U16 Female Summer Camp in July in Camrose, which is one of the stages in the identification and selection process for the Team Alberta U18 program.

“Spectators in Olds will have the opportunity to see some of the top young female athletes in the province, and will definitely be impressed by their talent,” said Mathieu Provencher, Hockey Alberta Coordinator for Team Alberta Female. “For the players, the Alberta Challenge is a great opportunity to measure themselves against others in the province, as well as receive instruction from elite caliber coaches.”

The teams play a modified round-robin competition. Preliminary round action gets underway on Thursday at 4 pm, with three games. There will be six games on Friday, starting at 8:30 am, with each team playing twice. On Saturday, preliminary action finishes, with three games, starting at 10 am. On Sunday, the 5th and 6th place teams play at 9:30 am, followed by the 3rd and 4th place teams at 12 noon. The Alberta Challenge champion will be decided starting at 2:30 pm.

There is also a banquet on Saturday night at the Pomeroy Inn and Suites at Olds College.

For more information, or to check the game results during the Alberta Challenge, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abchallenge.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Facebook and Twitter.

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South wins the 2017 Alberta Cup

CANMORE - Team South went wire-to-wire as the tournament’s top team to win the 2017 Alberta Cup.

South went undefeated (4-0-1) through the tournament, and clinched the Alberta Cup with a 5-1 win over Northwest.

It’s the second straight win with two different teams for South Head Coach Jamie Steer. Steer won the 2016 Alberta Cup with Calgary South, exactly 30 years after he won the very first Alberta Cup as a player with the same team.

The win is a special one for forward Ridly Greig as well. Greig’s dad, Mark, won the Alberta Cup with Calgary North in 1987. Now, 30 years later, the former NHLer watched his son hoist the very same trophy.

Defending champion Calgary South still earned a spot in the top three this year, as a quick two-goal outburst late in the third and two empty-netters gave them a 6-2 victory over Edmonton Yellow in the B Final.

Team South finished third in the tournament, beating Calgary North 4-1 in the B Final. Earlier in the day, Northeast used a five-goal third period to defeat Central 6-1 in the C Final, while Edmonton Blue broke a 4-4 tie with 40 seconds left in the game for a 6-4 win over Calgary North in the D Final.

2017 is the third and final year of the Alberta Cup in Canmore. Spruce Grove will host the Alberta Cup in 2018.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule >

Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap > | Day Three Recap >


A Final

South 5 - Northwest 1

Players of the Game: South - #31 Cole Tisdale | Northwest - #3 Ethan Edwards

Boxscore >


B Final

Calgary South 6 - Edmonton Yellow 2

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #19 Ozzy Weisblatt | Edmonton Yellow - #10 Cole Carrier

Boxscore >


C Final

Northeast 6 - Central 1

Players of the Game: Northeast - #17 Peyton McKenzie | Central - #20 Keaton Sorensen

Boxscore >


D Final

Edmonton Blue 6 - Calgary North 4

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #16 Ethyn Hopp | Calgary North - #17 Chalres Obobaifo

Boxscore >



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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St. Albert Slash win the 2017 Esso Cup

MORDEN, MB - For the first time in the tournament’s history, the Esso Cup is coming home to Alberta.

The Alberta Female Hockey League’s St. Albert Slash are 2017 Esso Cup Champions after defeating Quebec 1-0 in an overtime thriller Saturday night.

The Slash were dominant at the tournament, going a perfect 7-0 en route to a national championship.

St. Albert represented the Pacific Region at the Esso Cup, defeating the Greater Vancouver Comets in the Pacific Regional Championships, after winning the Hockey Alberta Midget Female AAA Provincial Championships.

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2017 Alberta Cup All-Stars announced

CANMORE - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2017 Alberta Cup All-Stars, and the 2017 All-Star Official.

The tournament All-Stars and All-Star Official were announced Saturday night at the Alberta Cup banquet at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. All-Stars were voted on by WHL scouts and Team Alberta staff.

Goaltender

#1 Garin Bjorklund - Calgary South

GP: 2 | MP: 119 | W: 1 | L: 1 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 63 | GA: 2 | SVS: 61 | GAA: | SV%: .970


Defence

#4 Kaiden Guhle - Northeast

GP: 4 | G: 2 | A: 1 | Pts: 3 | PIM: 4


Defence

#7 Luke Prokop - Edmonton Yellow

GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 0 | Pts: 1 | PIM:2


Forward

#9 Kyle Crnkovic - South

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


Forward

#16 Krz Plummer - Northwest

GP: 4 | G: 4 | A: 1 | Pts: 5 | PIM: 6


Forward

#18 Ethan Rowland - Calgary North

GP: 4 | G: 2 | A: 1 | Pts: 3 | PIM: 4


All-Star Official

Jonathan Kikuchi - North Zone

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2017 Alberta Cup : Day Three recap

CANMORE - The final match-ups are set, and Team Northwest and Team South will go head-to-head in the 2017 Alberta Cup final on Sunday.

There will be no three-peat for Calgary South, as Northwest punched their ticket to the final with a decisive 9-3 win in the first semi-final game, while South edged Edmonton Yellow 2-1 to close out the day. Calgary South and Edmonton Yellow will play in the B Final.

Earlier in the day, Central and Northeast secured spots in the C Final, while Edmonton Blue and Calgary North will square off in the D Final.

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


Game #13 - C/D Semi-Final 1

Central 9 - Calgary North 3

Players of the Game: Central - #3 Austin Klein | Calgary North - #5 Nate Prosser

Boxscore >


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

Boxscore >


Game #15 - A/B Semi-Final 1

Northwest 8 - Calgary South 2

Players of the Game: Northwest - #7 - Kaden Reinders | Calgary South - #19 Ozzy Wiesblatt

Boxscore >


Game #16 - A/B Semi-Final 2

South 2 - Edmonton Yellow 1

Players of the Game: South - #5 Anson McMaster | Edmonton Yellow - #7 Luke Prokop

Boxscore >



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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2017 Alberta Cup : Day Two recap

CANMORE - After another busy day of hockey at the 2017 Alberta Cup, round-robin play wrapped-up, and the standings are now set heading into Saturday.

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

With a pair of wins on Friday, Calgary South rebounded from a Day 1 loss to finish at the top of Pool B. Edmonton Yellow also finished with two wins, but finished second as Calgary South won the tie-breaker. Northeast finished in third in Pool B, and Central fourth.

Saturday kicks off with Central and Calgary North playing in the first C/D Semi-Final at 9:00 a.m., and Edmonton Blue and Northeast in the other at 9:30 a.m. Northwest and Calgary South battle in Semi-Final 1 at 11:45 a.m., and Day 3 closes out with the other Semi-Final game between Edmonton Yellow and South at 2:15 p.m.

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


Game #7

Northeast 10 - Central 1

Players of the Game: Northeast - #10 Noah Boyko | Central - #12 Bode Hagan

Boxscore >


Game #8

Calgary South 2 - Edmonton Yellow 0

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #31 Simi Gill | Edmonton Yellow - #1 Kanwar Gill

Boxscore >


Game #9

Northwest 6 - Calgary North 0

Players of the Game: Northwest - #31 Cameron Beson | Calgary North - #4 Cole Martin

Boxscore >


Game #10

South 4 - Edmonton Blue 1

Players of the Game: South - #19 Scout Truman | Edmonton Blue - #1 Colin Norrish

Boxscore >


Game #11

Edmonton Yellow 5 - Central 3

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #31 Blake Lyda | Central - #7 Ronan Seeley

Boxscore >


Game #12

Calgary South 1 - Northeast 0

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #1 Garin Bjorklund | Northeast - #4 Kaiden Guhle

Boxscore >



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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2017 Alberta Cup : Day One recap

CANMORE - After a busy first day of the 2017 Alberta Cup in Canmore, six of eight teams came away with points.

South sits on top of Pool A after a tie and a win, with Edmonton Blue and Calgary North just behind with two points each. Northwest earned a single point on the day with a tie and a loss.

In Pool B, Edmonton Yellow and Central each won their only games of the day, defeating Northeast and Calgary 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.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule >


Game #1

Northwest 2 - South 2

Players of the Game: Northwest - #16 Krz Plummer | South - #8 Kadyn Chabot

Boxscore >


Game #2

Calgary North 3 - Edmonton Blue 1

Players of the Game: Calgary North -#18 Ethan Rowland | Edmonton Blue - #6 Joel Sexsmith

Boxscore >


Game #3

Central 2 - Calgary South 1

Players of the Game: Central - #1 Talyn Boyko | Calgary South - #17 Braden Plaschewsky

Boxscore >


Game #4

Edmonton Yellow 3 - Northeast 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #31 Blake Lyda | Northeast - #4 Kaiden Guhle

Boxscore >


Game #5

Edmonton Blue 6 - Northwest 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #11 Jacob Franken | Northwest - #8 Jace Isley

Boxscore >


Game #6

South 7 - Calgary North 2

Players of the Game: South - #9 Kyle Crnkovic | Calgary North - #18 Ethan Rowland

Boxscore >



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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Hockey Alberta IT Upgrade

Starting at 4:30 pm on Thursday, April 27, Hockey Alberta will be undergoing some maintenance work to its email platform.

As a result, there could a disruption in email service, which could result in delays in responding to messages sent to hockeyalberta.ca email addresses.

Everything is expected to be in full operation again by no later than Friday morning. We apologize for any inconvenience that may occur.

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Canmore welcomes the 2017 Alberta Cup

CANMORE - For the third straight year, the Rocky Mountains will be the setting as Canmore hosts the 2017 Alberta Cup.

Some of the top 2002-born male hockey players in the province will go head-to-head, with eight teams will taking to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre from Thursday to Sunday. The teams include Calgary North, Calgary South, Edmonton Blue, Edmonton Yellow, South, Central, Northeast and Northwest.

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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Limited spots available for Team Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER - A unique skill development opportunity is available to 2003-born male hockey players in Alberta, as Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are co-hosting the third annual WHL Skills Camp.

Limited spots are available in the camp, 15 spots for forwards and seven spots for defence. Registration is on a first come, first-served basis.

The camp, for U15 players, is set to run June 9-11, 2017 in Calgary, AB.

The 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: Fitness Testing.
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, Long Term Player Development sessions, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: one skill session, and the event will wrap up with a game for each team.

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

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

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The St. Albert Slash celebrate their Pacific Regional Championship win


St. Albert Slash, Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings in the hunt for National titles

RED DEER - Alberta is well-represented on the National stage this week, as the St. Albert Slash and Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings 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, and are already off to a hot start. The Slash opened the Esso Cup Sunday afternoon in Morden, MB with a 6-0 win over Mid-Isle Wildcats, who are representing the Atlantic.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >


The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings kick off their quest for the Telus Cup tonight against the host Cariboo Cougars in Prince George, BC. The Oil Kings earned the right to represent the Pacific region after winning the Midget AAA Provincial Championship. With their opponent in the Pacific Regional Championships being the Cariboo Cougars, the Oil Kings automatically advanced to the Telus Cup.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >

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Registration now open for Team Alberta Peewee Skills Camp

RED DEER - Alberta males born in 2004 have the unique opportunity to participate in the second 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 23-25. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta process.

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. Goaltenders will also have an on and off ice skills session.

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

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For more information about the Team Alberta Peewee Skills Camp, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta.

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Team Alberta announces assistant and video coaches for 2017 U16 and U18 programs

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the assistant and video coaches of Team Alberta for the 2017 U16 Male and U18 Female programs.


Team Alberta U16 Male

Brandin Cote (Assistant Coach), Marian Gmitter (Assistant Coach), Alex Mandolidis (Video Coach), and Derek Purfield (Goalie Coach) will join Head Coach Spiros Anastas on Team Alberta U16 Male.

Cote just wrapped up his first season coaching in the WHL, serving the 2016-17 campaign as an Assistant Coach with the Prince Albert Raiders. He’s been involved with Hockey Alberta in numerous capacities, and has coached in two Alberta Cups.

Gmitter is currently the Head Coach of the Calgary Midget AAA Royals. This year will mark Gmitter’s third time coaching in the Alberta Cup program, as he’s set to serve as the Head Coach of Team Central at the 2017 Alberta Cup.

Mandolidis is the Head Coach of the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars. Like Gmitter, this is Mandolidis’s third time coaching in the Alberta Cup program, this year as the Head Coach of Calgary South.

Purfield currently works for World Pro Goaltending, and also served as the Goalie Coach for the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) and University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS) in 2016-17. This will be Purfields third straight year with Team Alberta U16 Male, having previously served as the Goalie Coach for the 2015 and 2016 gold medal-winning teams.

Along with the coaching staff, Curtis Arsenault (Athletic Therapist), Dave Campbell (Equipment Manager), and Jamie Porter (Head Scout), round out the Team Alberta U16 Male staff.

Arsenault, from Lethbridge, is the Athletic Therapist for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, and has previous experience in the Team Alberta program at the Alberta Cup.

Campbell just wrapped up his season as the Trainer for the Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL), and has served as a Mentor Trainer for Team Alberta in various camps and programs over the past five years.

Porter is the Director of Hockey Operations for the Swift Current Broncos (WHL), and was the Head Scout for the 2015 and 2016 gold medal-winning Team Alberta U16 teams.


Team Alberta U18 Female

Joining Head Coach Craig Perrett on Team Alberta U18 Female will be Cassea Schols (Assistant Coach), Bob Rutz (Assistant Coach), Sarah Hilworth (Video Coach), and Amanda Tapp (Goalie Coach).

Schols is currently the Female Prep Head Coach at the Northern Alberta Xtreme Hockey Academy, and was also an assistant coach with last year’s Team Alberta U18 team.

Rutz is the Head Coach of the Midget AAA Female Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs of the Alberta Female Hockey League. Rutz has previously served as a Head Coach and Mentor in various Team Alberta camps and programs.

Hilworth has been the Head Coach of the Olds College Broncos since 2015. She’s been involved in both the U16 and U18 female programs over the past four years.

Tapp is the Director of Female Development and the Lead Instructor at Top Prospect Goaltending. Tapp is a long-serving member of the Team Alberta U18 coaching staff, having served as the Goalie Coach for the past six years.

Mercedes Eustergerling (Trainer), Brodie St. Jacques (Equipment Manager), Heather Osgood (Strength & Conditioning Coach), and Doug MacLeod (Head Scout) have also been named to the Team Alberta U18 Female staff.

Eustergerling is the Owner and Physiotherapist at Vida Health & Wellness, and has been a Mentor Trainer for various Team Alberta camps and programs over the past three years.

St. Jacques currently serves as the Trainer for the Maple Leaf Athletic Club’s Bantam AAA team. St. Jacques is set to serve as the Trainer for Team North Grey at the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

Osgood is the Fitness Director at Vimy Ridge Academy, and has been a involved with Team Alberta for the past eight years.

MacLeod, a Regional Scout for Hockey Canada’s Women’s Program, is entering his second year with Team Alberta U18 Female, and has previous coaching experience with Team Alberta as well.


About Team Alberta

The U16 Male Program is the third stage of the development and identification process to select a roster for Team Alberta to compete at either the U16 Western Challenge or the Canada Winter Games. The Games are held every four years, with the next event set for 2019 in Red Deer. Players in the U16 Male program will be challenging for the opportunity to compete on one of the three teams that represent Canada each year at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.

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AJHL, Hockey Alberta host 2nd annual elite development camp

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) will host an elite development camp in July, looking to expand upon the success of the inaugural event in 2016.

Eighty elite athletes from the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League (AMMHL) have the opportunity to participate in the AJHL Development Camp presented by Hockey Alberta, July 18-23, at the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose.

Hockey Alberta works with AMMHL coaches on player identification, final player selections and invitations. The camp features 2001-born athletes who played in the AMMHL this year, and who are not currently on the protected list of a Western Hockey League team.

The inaugural edition of the camp proved very successful as 14 players who attended in 2016 were signed to an AJHL White Card or affiliated to an AJHL team during the 2016-17 season. The camp provided an excellent opportunity for AJHL teams to evaluate and interact with the prospects.

“The partnership between Hockey Alberta, the AMMHL and the AJHL has created a unique opportunity to enhance the development of these players and has proven to be an identification camp for our teams in just the first year,” said Fran Gow, AJHL Vice-President of Hockey Operations. “The camp also provides coaches with the option to complete their HP1 Certification and ensures high level instruction for the participants.”

Players participate in on-ice activities that include six practices and four games, and off-ice and classroom sessions. There will be an AJHL presentation for athletes and parents, and at the conclusion of the camp, each player will receive a scout package and evaluation summary.

“This camp provides the unique opportunity for Minor Midget-aged players in Alberta to learn from some of the top coaches, but also to showcase their talents for AJHL teams while they are learning,” said Drew Dixon, Manager of Coach Development for Hockey Alberta. “The fact that 20 per cent of last year’s participants had AJHL experience this season demonstrates the potential not just for individual skill development but also to help players start on their future career paths.”

For more information on the Alberta Junior Hockey League, go to ajhl.ca.

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2017 Alberta Challenge rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

Six teams will battle at the Olds Sportsplex May 3-7. The teams include three from the North (North Blue, North Grey, and North Yellow), and three from the South (South Black, South Green, and South White).

Twenty 2002 and 2003-born female athletes comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at zone camps held April 7-9 in Fort Saskatchewan and April 14-16 in Olds.

2017 Alberta Challenge Rosters >


Tournament passes for the 2017 Alberta Challenge are now on sale. Passes are $30 (plus admin fee and GST) per adult, or $70 (plus admin fee and GST) for a family tournament pass (maximum of two adults, no limit on children). Day passes can also be purchased at the door (cash only), and are $15 per day.

Tickets for the 2017 Alberta Challenge Banquet are also on sale. Banquet tickets are $30 per adult (plus admin fee and GST), $20 for youth aged 6-12 (plus admin fee and GST), and free for children under 5. The banquet is Saturday, May 6 at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College.

Tournament Passes > | Banquet Tickets > | Alberta Challenge Schedule >


For more information on the Alberta Challenge, click here.

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Wainwright Bisons win 2017 Keystone Cup

ARBORG, MB - The Keystone Cup is on its way back to Alberta, as the Wainwright Bisons defeated the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in overtime to claim the Western Canadian Junior B crown.

Wainwright went undfeated in round-robin play (3-0-2) to punch their ticket to the finals. The Bisons led 3-1 heading into the third period, but the Nitehawks forced overtime with two quick goals to open the final frame. With time ticking down in the first overtime period, Bryce Woodward scored the overtime winner, sealing the championship for the Bisons.

The Keystone Cup win is the first ever for Wainwright, following its first ever Provincial Championship win just two weeks prior. The Bisons are the first Alberta team to win the Keystone Cup since the Blackfalds Wranglers in 2011, and the tenth Alberta team in the tournament’s 35-year history.

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2017 Spring Conference registration now open

RED DEER - Registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Spring Conference.

The Spring Conference takes the place of the traditional Spring Zone Meetings, bringing together representatives from Local MInor Hockey Associations and Minor Leagues, and Hockey Alberta volunteers and staff to review the just-completed season, and focus on planning for the upcoming season. The goal is to provide new and enhanced opportunities to share information as we strive towards a goal of “Leading our Leaders.”

The Spring Conference is a one-day event on the weekend of May 6-7, with two opportunities for attendance. Delegates attend the session that best fits into their schedules. Conference sessions will be held:

  • Saturday, May 6: Okotoks, Best Western Plus
  • Sunday, May 7: Fort Saskatchewan, Dow Centennial Centre

Each session will start with check-in from 9:30-10 am, and will include a variety of sessions through until 4 pm. The Conference agenda will include updates from the past season, information about changes for the upcoming season as well as some conference and summit style presentations that will engage MHAs in discussion about the future of minor hockey.

Deadline for registration is Monday, May 1.

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2017 Peewee Prospects Cup rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup.

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Nicholas Sheran Arena in Lethbridge on May 10-14, with 160 2004-born players ready to make their first step in the Team Alberta program. Two teams each were formed from Calgary, Edmonton, the North and the South.

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 April 6-9 in Stony Plain, Leduc, Olds and Calgary.

2017 Peewee Prospects Cup Rosters >

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. All Peewee Prospects Cup games are open to the public.


Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series

The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce the next installment in the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series, set for Saturday, May 13 in Lethbridge, featuring Jamie McLennan, Rob Brown and Jason Strudwick.

The lunch event is in support of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program and the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, and will run in conjunction with the Peewee Prospects Cup. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., prior to the Peewee Prospects Cup semi-final games.

For more information, click here.


The Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series is presented by:

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2017 Player Satisfaction Survey

Hockey Alberta is undertaking a Participant Satisfaction survey for players who participated in minor hockey during the 2016-17 season. The anonymous survey is designed to give Hockey Alberta a snapshot of the state of the minor hockey system in the province in 2017.

A similar survey was sent out in 2015. The goal is to complete this survey every two years so that Hockey Alberta can track how any strategic changes and initiatives are shifting the overall “level of satisfaction” of the participants as Hockey Alberta continues to strive towards its Mission and Vision.

Information on the survey is being sent to participants via email today. Hockey Alberta is hoping for as many responses as possible to provide the best overview of the general sentiment toward the sport and Hockey Alberta from the province’s hockey community.

If you are the parent/guardian of a minor hockey player, and you do not receive an email about the survey, please use the following link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hasatisfactionsurvey

The survey will remain open until Wednesday, April 19. A summary of the results will be made available on the Hockey Alberta website, and be available for distribution to Minor Hockey Associations and other members of the hockey community in Alberta.

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Lloydminster Goaltender Bella McKee, one of the 2016-17 AFHL award winners. (Photo credit: Two Point Photography)


AFHL hands out inaugural league awards

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is proud to announce the 2016-17 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: Allison Reich, Sherwood Park
Top Goaltender: Jocelynn Peace, Olds
Top Rookie: Sarah Wozniewicz, Olds
Coach of the Year: Cassidy Delainey, Olds


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Danica Polson, Red Deer
Top Goaltender: Paige Jassman, Grande Prairie
Top Rookie: Avery Lajeunesse, Red Deer
Coach of the Year: Brad Koopmans, Red Deer


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Tyra Meropoulis, St. Albert
Top Goaltender: Bella McKee, Lloydminster
Top Rookie: Madison Willan, St. Albert
Coach of the Year: Dan Auchenberg, St. Albert


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Dean Trotter, Okotoks


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: Hayleigh Dansereau, North Central Midget Elite
Coach: Krista Wilson, Olds College/Olds Bantam Elite
Midget Elite: Alyssa Wilkie, Airdrie
Midget AAA: Carley Wlad, Red Deer

Congratulations to all AFHL Award winners and scholarship recipients!

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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 five new champions being crowned.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Nanton Palominos (Senior AA), Wainwright Bisons (Junior B), Wheatland Chiefs (Midget AA), Okotoks Oilers (Bantam AA), and Bow Valley Flames (Peewee AA). Okotoks and Olds each hosted True Spirit of Hockey Days in conjunction with Provincials, celebrating a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

As the Junior B Provincial champions, the Wainwright Bisons are now off to compete in the 2017 Keystone Cup, which runs April 13-16 in Arborg, Manitoba.

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 tied 1-1 in the South Division Final, as are the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the Whitecourt Wolverines in the North Division Final.

Alberta teams put forth a strong showing regionally on the weekend, as the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers earned a bronze medal at the 2017 Western Bantam AAA Championships in Saskatchewan.

Meanwhile, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League punched their ticket to the Esso Cup, defeating Greater Vancouver at the Pacific Regional Championships. St. Albert will now represent the Pacific Region in the 2017 Esso Cup in Morden, Manitoba on April 23-29.

Alberta will also be represented on the national stage on the male side, as the Midget AAA Provincial champion Leduc Oil Kings will compete in the 2017 Telus Cup, which runs April 24-30 in Prince George, B.C.


Previous Results

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


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win series 4-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Lacombe 5, Stony Plain 1
Game Six: Lacombe 10, Stony Plain 3

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc Oil Kings win series 3-1

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Foothills 4, Leduc 3 (2OT)
Game Four: Leduc 3, Foothills 1

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Jeff Rasmusen (left) and Brock Armstrong (right) will each enjoy a special "Coaches Night Out" after being nominated as Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month.


Coach of the Month - Coaches Night Out winners

RED DEER - Jeff Rasmuson of Duchess/Brooks and Brock Armstrong of Sylvan Lake are the winners of the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month Coaches Night Out packages.

Jeff Rasmuson is the first recipient of the NHL Coaches Night Out Calgary Flames Package. Jeff is both the Head Coach of the Duchess Peewee Storm and an Assistant Coach for the Brooks Female Novice Team. Jeff has been coaching for the better part of 15 years and has coached from Initiation all the way up to Senior.

“I wanted to give back what I received from coaches throughout the years,” Jeff said of his decision to begin coaching. “What hockey gives you is a preparation in life for being able to work hard at a job be a team player at work. Raise a family with values and structure knowing that it takes the whole family to be successful by working together. And also it means that nothing in life is easy so you want to be successful you have to work for it. That’s Hockey for Life.”

“Jeff is a kind-hearted man who leads by example and uses his own knowledge and experience that he has gained playing at many levels himself to help him teach and communicate to the kids," said the parent who nominated Jeff. "The kids love and respect him. They look forward to each practice because of what Jeff has to show them and the stories he shares. He is passionate and empathic, competitive and fun. Yet he understands what the differences and needs from each kid and inspires them all to believe in themselves and their potential all while adapting things to make all feel comfortable in their ability.”


Brock Armstrong is the recipient of the NHL Coaches Night Out Edmonton Oilers Package. Brock has been coaching Initiation in Sylvan Lake for the last three years and was recently appointed a Junior Coach Mentor role within his association.

“I try to make the rink a destination for both players and parents, I want the entire family to be excited to come to the rink," said Brock. "My job as a coach is to not only teach the FUNdementals, but to help stock the cupboard with skills that will help the player in everyday life.”

Brock said there are three elements of his coaching philosophy. “1. Work hard, 2. Have Fun, 3. Respect yourself, your teammates, and your opponent.”

“An enthusiastic, fun, accepting, caring and hardworking role model. He has a true love for the game that is infectious if you ever have the privilege to be a player or a parent on his team,” said a parent from Brock’s team.

“I feel the effect of his (Brock’s) coaching in the way my son is improving in other aspects of his life including patients at home and confidence at school," said another parent. "My son really looks up to him and I am so grateful for him to have a role model so passionate for the game and well-being of the kids.”

Thank you to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers for supplying the two NHL Coaches Night Out Packages which four tickets to a game, apparel, and food and beverage vouchers.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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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 five tournaments of 2017.

Provincial championships set for this weekend include: Senior AA (Wainwright), Junior B (St. Paul), Midget AA (Okotoks), Bantam AA (Olds), and Peewee AA (Edmonton). Okotoks and Olds each hosted True Spirit of Hockey Days in conjunction with Provincials, celebrating a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport

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 onTwitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).

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

Senior AA: Twitter | Facebook
Junior B: Twitter
Midget AA: Twitter | Facebook
Bantam 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 Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the Whitecourt Wolverines will battle in the North Division Final.


Previous Results

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


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win series 4-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Lacombe 5, Stony Plain 1
Game Six: Lacombe 10, Stony Plain 3

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc Oil Kings win series 3-1

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Foothills 4, Leduc 3 (2OT)
Game Four: Leduc 3, Foothills 1

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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2017 Alberta Cup rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2017 Alberta Cup.

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre April 26-30. 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 2002-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at zone camps held March 24-26 throughout the province.

2017 Alberta Cup Rosters >

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).


Tournament passes for the 2017 Alberta Cup are now on sale. Passes are $59+GST each, and include one Alberta Cup Program. Family passes for up to five people (maximum two adults) are $173+GST, and also include one program.

Tickets for the 2017 Alberta Cup Banquet are also now available for purchase. Tickets are $50+GST for adults, and $27+GST for children (12 and under). The Alberta Cup Banquet is Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at the Coast Hotel.

Tickets > | 2017 Alberta Cup Schedule >


For more information on the Alberta Cup, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Results

RED DEER - As Week Two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with 19 teams crowned as 2017 Provincial champions.

Sixteen tournaments ran across the province from March 22-26, while three league champions also earned provincial championship honours last week.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Lacombe Generals (Senior AAA), Edmonton NEZ Northstars (Junior C), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Minor Midget AAA), Leduc Oil Kings (Midget AAA), Edmonton Seera Icemen (Midget A), Barrhead Steelers (Midget B), La Crete Lumberjacks (Midget C), Valleyview Ice Bears (Midget D), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Female Elite), Strathcona Stars (Midget Female A), Onoway Eagles (Midget Female B), St. Albert Blades (Bantam Female A), Medicine Hat Hounds (Peewee A), Bonnyville Pontiacs (Peewee B), Beaverlodge Blades (Peewee C), Irvine Bulldogs (Peewee D), GHC White (Peewee Female A), and Stettler Storm (Peewee Female B).

In addition to the on-ice action, seven host communities hosted a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore.

The 2017 Provincial Championships tournament schedule wraps up this coming weekend with five tournaments set for March 30 - April 2: Senior AA (Wainwright), Junior B (St. Paul), Midget AA (Okotoks), Bantam AA (Olds), and Peewee AA (Edmonton). Okotoks and Olds will both host True Spirit of Hockey Days in conjunction with Provincials.

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 Fort McMurray Oil Barons will have to wait for Game Seven between the Whitecourt Wolverines and Spruce Grove Saints to decide who they will face in the North Division Final.


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Junior C NEZ 5, Edmonton 2
Minor Midget AAA Lethbridge 7, CNHA 2
Midget A Seera 5, Strathmore 2
Midget BBarrhead 5, High Prairie 4
Midget CLa Crete 3, Tofield 1
Midget DValleyview 4, Eckville 0
Midget Female Elite Red Deer 4, Peace Country 1
Midget Female AStrathcona 6, Red Deer 1
Midget Female BOnoway 5, Irma 2
Bantam Female A St. Albert 2, Calgary 1
Peewee AMedicine Hat 8, Sherwood Park 2
Peewee BBonnyville 4, Drayton Valley 3
Peewee CBeaverlodge 3, Marwayne 2 (OT)
Peewee DIrvine 6, Paradise Valley 3
Peewee Female AGHC 3, Sherwood Park 2 (OT)
Peewee Female BStettler 4, Olds 3

Champions Photos >


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win series 4-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Lacombe 5, Stony Plain 1
Game Six: Lacombe 10, Stony Plain 3

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc Oil Kings win series 3-1

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Foothills 4, Leduc 3 (2OT)
Game Four: Leduc 3, Foothills 1

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatechewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Hockey Canada puts age-appropriate programming at forefront for 2017-18 season

CALGARYHockey Canada wants all of Canada on the same page when it comes to the delivery of its Initiation Program – traditionally a player’s first brush with organized hockey at the ages of five and six.

Although the Initiation Program – originally developed more than 35 years ago – always recommended cross- ice or half-ice small-area games, its delivery has varied from community to community. Beginning in the upcoming 2017-18 season, a new Hockey Canada policy now mandates that Initiation-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces.

“You would never put a five- or six-year-old child on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play basketball without any adjustments made for their size. Hockey is no different,” said Paul Carson, vice- president of membership development for Hockey Canada, who notes that while some provinces and communities already deliver cross-ice programming at the Initiation level, others have always utilized full ice for practices and games.

“The Initiation Program was developed to allow kids to have fun, learn skills, and develop confidence,” said Carson. “Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck-touches, which result in more chances to practice puck-control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill- development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility. Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The differences in skill-development opportunities with cross-ice or half-ice hockey are significant: players receive five times more passes and take six times more shots. They’re called on to have to make more decisions more quickly, and are overall more engaged in the game.

Special boards and bumpers have been developed that allow for quick and easy division of a regular-sized rink into two half-ice surfaces or three cross-ice rinks, with options to create different small-area configurations. Not only does re-sizing the playing surface allow for Initiation-aged players to develop their hockey skills more effectively, it also allows communities to maximize their ice time by safely putting more teams and games on the ice at one time.

Instruction on delivering age-appropriate programming will also be available to coaches trained in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach 1 – Intro Coach. This clinic, delivered by Hockey Canada’s 13 members, is geared towards coaches of entry-level players to provide resources that will aid in the implementation of skill-development and game play.

To ensure all members of the Alberta hockey community understand the new mandate for the Initiation Program, Hockey Alberta will be undertaking a multi-faceted communication plan that includes the following opportunities for engagement and updates:

  • May 6-7: in-person with Minor Hockey Association (MHA) presidents/executive members during SpringConference sessions held in Okotoks and Fort Saskatchewan.
  • June 17-18: in-person with Development Directors for MHAs, and Provincial Coach 1 Facilitators at the Hockey Alberta Development Seminar in Sylvan Lake.
  • September: in-person with Initiation Program Directors for MHAs (date/location TBA)
  • October-November 15: in-person as part of Coach 1 Clinic delivery (locations across the province)
  • Online at hockeyalberta.ca, where Initiation Program and development materials can be accessed by any member of the hockey community.

Resources such as the Hockey Canada Network – a best-in-class skill-development resource geared to coaches – features information on the purpose of cross-ice hockey and how to run effective on-ice sessions for the five-and six-year-old Initiation age group.

Hockey Canada has also produced a video that features renowned sport scientist Dr. Steve Norris; Olympic, World Cup, world, and Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby (Cole Harbour, N.S./Pittsburgh, NHL); Memorial Cup, World Cup, and IIHF World Championship-winning coach Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./ Carolina, NHL); and Olympic gold-medallist and two-time IIHF Women’s World Championship silver-medallist Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) describing the importance of small area games and cross-ice/half-ice hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Initiation Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Learn to play with Calgary Flames alumni!

CALGARY - An exciting opportunity awaits first-time hockey players, as the Calgary Flames’ Learn to Play program is coming to Sylvan Lake and Lethbridge.

The Learn to Play program is a six-week introductory program for kids between the ages of 4 and 8. Sessions are led by Calgary Flames alumni.

The Sylvan Lake program will be led by Curtis Glencross, while Jamie Macoun will lead the program in Lethbridge.

The program costs $175, and includes a free full set of equipment, six weeks of on-ice instruction (one icetime a week from April 29 - June 10).

Register >

For more details on the Calgary Flames Learn to Play program, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Preview

RED DEER - Sixteen new champions will be crowned this weekend, as week two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, gets underway across the province.

Provincial championships set for this weekend include: Junior C (Calgary), Minor Midget AAA (Grande Prairie - began March 22), Midget A (Strathmore), Midget B (Rocky Mountain House), Midget C (Slave Lake), Midget D (Elk Point), Midget Female Elite (Sherwood Park), Midget Female A (Edmonton), Midget Female B (High Prairie), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Peewee A (Lloydminster), Peewee B (3Cs), Peewee C (Athabasca), Peewee D (Kneehill), Peewee Female A (Calgary) and Peewee Female B (Lacoka - Lacombe/Ponoka).

Seven more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore. True Spirit of Hockey Day aims celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

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 onTwitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).

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

Midget Female Elite: Twitter
Peewee B:
Facebook
Peewee C:
Twitter
Peewee D: Twitter (For live streams of games in Trochu) | Facebook (For live streams of games in Three Hills)
Peewee Female B: Twitter


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. @ Lacombe
Game Six: Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. @ Leduc
Game Five (if necessary): Monday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. @ Foothills

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatechewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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2018 Alberta Cup coming to Spruce Grove

SPRUCE GROVE – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the City of Spruce Grove as the host of the 2018 Alberta Cup.

The Spruce Grove Agrena is the host location for the event, scheduled for April 25-28, 2018.

The Alberta Cup is a core Hockey Alberta development program, and a significant step in the identification and evaluation process for Team Alberta’s U16 Male provincial team that competes at either the U16 Western Challenge Cup or the Canada Winter Games. It is also the final opportunity for Western Hockey League scouts to evaluate players eligible for the WHL bantam draft.

On the ice, the Alberta Cup features 160 of the top bantam-aged male players in Alberta, divided into eight zone teams, playing in a four-day tournament format event. 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.

“Hosting an event like the Alberta Cup is a challenging undertaking. In addition to the on-ice action, there are a multitude of behind-the-scenes logistics such as accommodations, meals, travel, souvenirs, sponsorship and off-ice player preparation that need to be covered,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Team Alberta. “We were very impressed with the range of partners who will be involved in the event, and the thoroughness and attention to detail shown in the bid package submitted by Spruce Grove. We are confident that the 2018 Alberta Cup will be a memorable one for all participants.”

Spruce Grove’s Strategic Plan identifies that the community will become a leading recreation, leisure, and sports community, and be recognized as an event-hosting destination. The Alberta Cup will join a growing list of sporting events hosted in Spruce Grove, including curling, collegiate soccer, ringette, and junior hockey.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event in our community next year,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston. “Sports and recreation play an important role in our city and it’s always a pleasure when we are able to bring a large-scale event like the Alberta Cup to Spruce Grove. I have complete confidence that the players, coaches, spectators and everyone else who comes out to enjoy some fantastic hockey will feel right at home during their stay with us.”

The host committee will include municipal representatives, members of Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association, local businesses and other sports and not-for-profit organizations.

Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association will be coordinating volunteers for the 2018 event. Anyone interested in volunteering can email abcup2018@gmail.com.

The Town of Canmore is hosting the 2017 Alberta Cup, April 27-May 1. Zone selection camps are slated for March 24-26.

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

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Register now - Regional Leader Development Program

RED DEER - The deadline for future coaches to register for Hockey Alberta’s Regional Leader Development Program is Friday, March 24.

The Regional Leader Development Program is aimed to develop and train 1999 and 2000-born Midget level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership.

The delegates will be trained and mentored on and off ice through classroom sessions that include: leadership, team building and off-ice LTPD training. Along with classroom sessions, regional leaders will work through the NCCP Coach 2 program and with leave the program with a trained status. Delegates will also receive NCCP Instructional Stream-trained status. The total value of the program is more than $400. During the 2 day RLDP all registrants will be provided with:

• Lunch both days
NCCP Coach 2 Trained Status
NCCP Instructional Stream Trained Status
• Access to the new Hockey Canada Network App
• Coaching starter kit

The program cost is $50 (plus GST), and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Each location is limited to 30 registrants.


Dates & Locations

March 25 & 26
March 25 & 26
April 1 & 2
April 8 & 9
April 8 & 9
April 8 & 9
Calgary Sylvan Lake Lethbridge Edmonton Bonnyville Grande Prairie
Register Register Register Register Register Register

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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 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

One Midget team, six Bantam teams, and seven Atom teams skated away from their respective tournaments with gold medals: St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA), Midnapore Mavericks (Bantam A), RMAA Renegades (Bantam B), CNN Spurs (Bantam C), Boyle Blazers (Bantam D), Calgary Fire White (Bantam Female Elite), Irma Aces (Bantam Female B), St. Albert Lightning (Atom AA Major), Sylvan Lake Lakers (Atom AA Minor), Drayton Valley Meter All-Stars (Atom A), Athabasca Hawks (Atom B), Provost Blades (Atom C), Smoky River (Atom D), and the Stettler Storm (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: Athabasca, Battle River, Delburne, Fairview, Fort McMurray, Hanna, and Sherwood Park.

Provincial championships set for March 23-26 include: Junior C (Calgary), Minor Midget AAA (Grande Prairie), Midget A (Strathmore), Midget B (Rocky Mountain House), Midget C (Slave Lake), Midget D (Elk Point), Midget Female Elite (Sherwood Park), Midget Female A (Edmonton), Midget Female B (High Prairie), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Peewee A (Lloydminster), Peewee B (3Cs), Peewee C (Athabasca), Peewee D (Kneehill), Peewee Female A (Calgary) and Peewee Female B (Lacoka - Lacombe/Ponoka).

Seven more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore.


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Midget Female AAASt. Albert Slash 2, Rocky Mountain Raiders 1
Bantam A Midnapore Mavericks (Calgary) 5, Medicine Hat Hounds 1
Bantam B RMAA Renegades (Carstairs) 2, Lacombe Rockets 0
Bantam C CNN Spurs 3, Vermilion Tigers 0
Bantam DBoyle Blazers 5, Hanna Colts 2
Bantam Female Elite - Calgary Fire White 1, St. Albert Raiders 0
Bantam Female BIrma Aces 2, Olds Grizzlys 0
Atom AA MajorSt. Albert Lightning 6, Glenlake Hawks (Calgary) 5
Atom AA Minor Sylvan Lake 15 Lakers, Chestermere Lakers 7
Atom A Drayton Valley Meter All-Stars 5, Indus Hurricanes 2
Atom BAthabasca Hawks 6, La Crete Lumberjacks 2
Atom CProvost Blades 6, Redcliff Grizzlies 1
Atom DSmoky River Pirates 6, Clive Blackhaws 4
Atom FemaleStettler Storm 4, Okotoks Green 2

Champions Photos >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6 @ Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
@ Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7 @ Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8 @ Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Six: Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc leads best-of-five series 1-0

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Foothills @ Leduc

Game Three: Leduc @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Foothills @ Leduc
Game Five (if necessary): Leduc @ Foothills

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Best-of-five series tied 2-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1

Game Five: Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. - Fort Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One preview

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

Provincial championships set for March 16-19 include: Midget Female AAA (Okotoks), Bantam A (Grande Prairie), Bantam B (Springbank), Bantam C (CNN), Bantam D (Hanna), Bantam Female Elite (Olds), Bantam Female B (Leduc), Atom AA Major (Fort McMurray), Atom AA Minor (Sturgeon), Atom A (Foothills), Atom B (Fairview), Atom C (Provost), Atom D (Delburne), Atom Female (Battle River).

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).

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

Atom B - Facebook
Atom Female - Twitter
Bantam C -
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Midget Female AAA - Twitter


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

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

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4,
Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Friday, March 17, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Four
: Saturday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Five: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Six (if necessary): Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAATeams, dates TBD

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatchewan leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2,
Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Saturday, March 18, 5:15 p.m. - Lethbridge @ Fort Saskatchewan
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 19, 12:15 p.m. - Lethbridge @ Fort Saskatchewan
Game Five (If necessary): Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. - Fort Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Midget AAA season wrap-up | Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Provincials kick off

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League’s Midget AAA regular season has officially come to a close, and the Provincial Championships for Bantam Elite and Midget AAA kick off on Thursday and Friday.

The Midget AAA Division wrapped up its inaugural season on March 5. The regular season standings finished up with St. Albert (27-2-1) taking home the regular season crown. The final standings are as follows:

1) St. Albert Slash (81 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (55 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (36 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (35 pts)
5) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (34 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (29 pts)

St. Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan takes home the league scoring with 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points. Willan’s teammates Cassidy Maplethorpe and Tyra Meropoulis round out the top three point leaders with 46 and 45 respectively. Maplethorpe also finished the season leading the league in assists (29).

Two goaltenders tied for top save percentage of the seson, both with a .940; St. Albert’s Camryn Drever and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist (Red Deer). Drever boasts a 1.38 goals against average and a 14-3-0 record, while Sandquist appeared in 11 games, posting a 6-3-1 record with a 1.60 goals against average.

AFHL Action heated up as the race to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships kicked off last weekend. The regular season champion St. Albert received a bye into the tournament, as well as host association Rocky Mountain Raiders.

In the first round series, the third-place Calgary Fire faced off against the sixth-place Edmonton Pandas and won the two game, total point series by a score of 6-5. The other series featured the fourth-place Red Deer Chiefs and fifth-place Lloydminster in a low-scoring battle. Red Deer skated away victorious as Kaitlin Linnel scored on a rebound to seal the victory for Red Deer on Sunday afternoon.

The inaugural AFHL Midget AAA Provincial Championship will start on Friday morning, March 17 at Scott Seaman’s arena and will feature our top four teams from the regular season; (1) St. Albert, (2) Rocky Mountain Raiders, (3) Calgary, and (4) Lloydminster. If you are unable to make it Okotoks this weekend, you can still catch the games online! The live video and audio streams, as well as updates on scores will be provided on the AAA Provincial website.

The Bantam Elite Provincial Championships kick off this weekend as well in Olds March 16-19. The five-team tournament features the Calgary Fire White, Calgary Fire Red, St. Albert Raiders, Sherwood Park Royals, and Olds Grizzlys. Tournament information and scores can be found on the Bantam Elite Provincial website.

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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 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Tournament action will determine the majority of the 2017 provincial champions. 14 titles will be awarded on March 19. March 26 will see another 16 champions crowned. The remaining five champions will be determined on April 2. 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 this weekend, March 16-19 in fourteen locations around Alberta.

Provincial championships set for March 16-19 include: Midget Female AAA (Okotoks), Bantam A (Grande Prairie), Bantam B (Springbank), Bantam C (CNN), Bantam D (Hanna), Bantam Female Elite (Olds), Bantam Female B (Leduc), Atom AA Major (Fort McMurray), Atom AA Minor (Sturgeon), Atom A (Foothills), Atom B (Fairview), Atom C (Provost), Atom D (Delburne), Atom Female (Battle River).

Provincial championships set for March 22/23-26 include: Junior C (Calgary), Minor Midget AAA (Grande Prairie), Midget A (Strathmore), Midget B (Rocky Mountain House), Midget C (Slave Lake), Midget D (Elk Point), Midget Female Elite (Sherwood Park), Midget Female A (Edmonton), Midget Female B (High Prairie), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Peewee A (Lloydminster), Peewee B (3 Cs), Peewee C (Athabasca), Peewee D (Kneehill), Peewee Female A (Calgary), Peewee Female B (Lacoka).

Provincial championships set for March 30-April 2 include: Senior AA (Wainwright), Junior B (St. Paul), Midget AA (Okotoks), Bantam AA (Olds), Peewee AA (Edmonton).

Four champions will be determined via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

For schedules, arenas, host organizations, and other event-specific information, check the Hockey Alberta website at hockeyalberta.ca or the Provincial Championships website at haprovincials.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: 3Cs, Athabasca, Battle River, Delburne, Elk Point, Fairview, Fort McMurray, Hanna, High Prairie, Kneehill, Okotoks, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, Sherwood Park and Strathmore.

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Coach of the Month - February

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for February is Jake Rushton of Fairview.

Jake is currently the Head Coach of the Fairview Novice Bears, and has been coaching hockey for three years.

“Jake is the coach that goes beyond! He will help out in a heartbeat with equipment, booth shifts or to take five more minutes with a player struggling with a skill," said the parent who nominated Jake. "His enthusiasm and pride in his team, as well as all other teams shines in every direction of his life.”

“He (Jake) treats all the kids like his own and he’s very energetic and communicates great with the parents," said the second parent who nominated Jake. "If there is anything that any kid or even parent needs on the team he’s right there to help. He’s great at picking up on where these kids need a little extra help and making sure they reach their goals and succeed!”

“The thing I love most about coaching is the kids," said Jake. "Every child is unique in their own way. I like to stress teamwork on and off the ice whether it be in the dressing room or in their classroom.”


Tuesday, March 14 is the last day to nominate your coach as Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month! All nominated coaches will have a chance to win an NHL Coach’s Night Out prize package!

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Welcome New-to-Hockey families into YOUR Minor Hockey Association!

CALGARY - The Canadian Tire First Shift is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 application process to become a host Minor Hockey Association for The First Shift program. Minor Hockey Associations are encouraged to review the application criteria and submit an online application.

Application Forms >

The Canadian Tire First Shift Program is designed to ease kids and their families into the sport of hockey in a fun and welcoming environment. It is open to boys and girls ages 6-10 years old, who have never registered to play hockey. The registration fee is $199 for each participant and includes:

  • A Welcome Event - information, education, and an equipment fitting session
  • 6 "learn to play on-ice sessions, implemented by MHA
  • A complete set of Bauer equipment including: Helmet with facemask, neck guard, gloves, jersey & socks, shoulder & elbow pads, pants, skates, shin pads, jock/jill shorts, stick and a bag.

For more program information, visit thefirstshift.ca. Additional questions and inquiries can be sent to thefirstshift@hockeycanada.ca

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Inaugural AFHL Bantam Elite regular season comes to a close

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League’s Bantam Elite division wrapped up its inaugural season on February 26.

The Calgary Fire White (21-2-2) are taking home not South Division crown, but the league’s regular season title as well, although the Northern Division-leading St. Albert Raiders (21-3-4) gave them a run for their money.

The regular season Bantam Elite standings are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (61 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (55 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (47 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (41 pts)
5) North Central Impact (26 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (9 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (65 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (57 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (33 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (29 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (27 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (18 pts)

Olds’ Sarah Wozniewicz claimed the league scoring title, finishing with 27 goales and seven assists for 34 points. goals (23) and points (28). Calgary Red’s Emily Straw and North Central’s Chloe Reid round out the top three in points with 31 and 30, respectively.

Another Grizzly topped the regular season leaderboard, as netminder Jocelynn Pearce ended the regular season with a league-best .950 save percentage, to go allong with an 11-2-0 record and five shutouts.

The road to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, is now laid out, as the first-round playoff matchups are set. In the North Division, the St. Albert Raiders receive a first-round bye, while the North Central Impact will battle the Edmonton Pandas, and the Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm will take on the Sherwood Park Royals.

Calgary Fire White advance directly to the second round in the South, with the Rocky Mountain Raiders going head-to-head with Calgary Fire Red, and the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs up against the Lethbridge Cyclones. All playoff matchups are two game, total-goal series. The winning teams from each second round series will advance to the Provincial Championship.

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The Midget AAA and Midget Elite schedule wraps up this weekend, with playoffs set to start the following weekend.

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Mount Royal’s Sarah Weninger, Canada West’s Student-Athlete Community Service honouree


Albertans Weninger, Ganser and Cooke take home Canada West awards

EDMONTON – Three Alberta hockey players highlight the list of 2016-17 major award winners announced today by Canada West.

University of Alberta Panda forward Kennedy Ganser is the Canada West Rookie of the Year in Women’s Hockey, while Mount Royal’s Sarah Weninger is the Student-Athlete Community Service honouree. In Men’s Hockey, University of Saskatchewan netminder Jordon Cooke was named Goalie of the Year.

Ganser, a former Team Alberta forward from Provost, led all Canada West rookies with 17 points this season, suiting up in all 28 games. Her 17 points were two more than UBC Thunderbird Mairead Bast, of Red Deer, while her seven goals were tied with Manitoba Bison Sheridan Oswald for tops among rookies. Ganser also showed her potential as a strong two-way forward, adding 84 shots and a +13 rating this season. Ganser is now the Canada West nominee for the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year.

“Kennedy has been a tremendous addition to our roster. She is the kind of player that coaches can build a program around. She has a high degree of skill and a hockey IQ to match. These abilities have made her a strong addition to all of our specialty situations,” said Howie Draper, head coach of the Pandas. “Despite her smaller stature, she competes like a giant on both sides of the puck. She is already and will continue to be a tough player to play against in the next four years of her career.”

Weninger, a fifth-year forward from Lethbridge, excelled both on and off the ice at Mount Royal. She finished tied for MRU’s scoring title this season, registering nine goals and four assists in 25 games.

Off the ice, Weninger is involved in several volunteer initiatives, including Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) program, which uses the game of hockey to teach life-skills and empower Canada’s marginalized youth. In addition to her involvement with HEROS, Weninger also attended Hockey Alberta’s Future Leaders Camp, which helps prepare coaches to play an active role in Hockey Alberta programs and within their communities.

Academically, Weninger has achieved a combined GPA of 3.66 over her last two academic semesters and is on pace to be an Academic All-Canadian this season. Weninger now moves forward as the conference nominee for the Marion Hilliard Award as the nation’s top student-athlete.

“Sarah is extremely committed to try and better those around her, whether it is in the hockey community, or life in general,” said Scott Rivett, head coach at Mount Royal. “Her relationship with HEROS is truly remarkable. Sarah has brought other players from our team out to work with them and many are continuing to build their own relationships with these kids on a weekly basis and are having a true impact in their lives. We raised over $3,000 and created an evening for these kids that most have never experienced and it was in large part to all the work that Sarah has put in.”

For a second consecutive season Jordon Cooke has been named Canada West’s top goalie, after posting a 19-4-1 record, 1.94 GAA, and .929 SV%. The Leduc native was the backbone of Saskatchewan’s tremendous campaign, which saw the Huskies claim the conference regular season title for a second straight season.

2016-17 has been a phenomenal season for Cooke, as the Leduc, Alta. product was also named to Canada’s team at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland over the holiday break. Cooke’s four shutouts this season tied the Canada West single-season record, and his seven career shutouts are the most among any active Canada West goalie.

Cooke now moves forward as the conference nominee for the U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year award, which has been won by a Canada West goalie all but once since being created in 2009-10, including last season by Cooke.

"Last year, Jordon stood out in his first full-year as our No. 1 goaltender. He helped calm a young team, leading us to the Canada West pennant," said Dave Adolph, head coach at the University of Saskatchewan. "In 2016-17, he made things look routine as our team skated to a first-place‎ finish in the regular season. He and our young defence enabled us to lead the league with a very stingy 2.11 goals GAA. He loves to play and loves the challenge. We are very fortunate to have him in a Huskie uniform.”

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1984-85 NAIT Ooks, Ryan Smyth selected for Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

RED DEER - The number of hockey teams in both the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame will grow to seven when the 1984-85 NAIT Ooks enter the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on May 26 in Red Deer.

The NAIT squad is the only team, and one of two from hockey, among the dozen inductees announced this morning in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. The 2017 inductee list includes Athletes, Builders, Pioneers, Media and Achievement personnel.

The only Alberta-based national hockey champions of the male gender to go unbeaten and untied in the regular season and post season, NAIT joins the 1947-48 Edmonton Flyers, 1950 Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys, 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs, 1952 Olympic Champion Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys, 1962-63 Edmonton Oil Kings, and 1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings as teams enshrined in both of Alberta’s Halls of Fame. The NAIT squad was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

The 1984-85 Ooks were the first varsity national hockey champions from Western Canada to have a true (or complete) perfect season with 25 wins in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season, five victories in the ACAC playoffs and three triumphs at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) National Hockey Championships in Moose Jaw. With 33 wins in 33 regular season and post season outings, the team (which still holds six conference records) has the most wins of the five men’s national hockey champions from the CCAA, U Sports, and NCAA to have a winning percentage of 1.000. They were also the first team to defeat a university team in its CIAU (now U Sports) national championship season en route to winning a CCAA National Hockey Championship.


Back Row: Bruce Watson (Manager), Brenn Leach, Ken Goodwin, Mike Spencer, Darryl Bokenfohr (Assistant Coach), Ross Kenny, Dave Simmons, Gary Leach, Scott Melnyk, Brian Stein (Communications/Public Relations)
Middle Row: Patti Dahl (Trainer), Perry Pearn (Head Coach), Dr. Bill McBride (TeamDoctor), Rick Yaschyshyn (Trainer), Don Simpson, Ron Amyotte, Hugh McCaskill, Garth Hayes, Sid Cranston, Kevin Stapleton, John Phelan (Assistant Coach), Paul St. Cyr (Assistant Coach), Wayne Perkins (Assistant Coach), Cindy Schultheiss (Trainer)
Front Row: Cleo Rowein, Murray Melnyk, Mark Schultz, Kevin Imrie, Tom Tookey, Jamie Bartman, Gary Haddon, Mike Tookey, Randy Repchuk, Jeff Lastiwka

Also a member of the 2017 induction class is former Edmonton Oiler star Ryan Smyth, who played in 1,270 games and amassed 842 points during his 19-year NHL career. He played for the Edmonton Oilers for 15 years and represented Canada internationally 12 times, playing in 78 games.

Smyth earned the nickname “Captain Canada” as he was team captain at six World Championships. He won five gold medals while wearing the Team Canada jersey including the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, when the team won the first hockey gold medal in 50 years. Smyth also won gold at the World Hockey Championships in 2003 and 2004, the World Cup of Hockey in 2004, and the World Junior Hockey Championship in 1995.

For more information on the 2017 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class, go to http://ashfm.ca/

The 2017 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Class will be announced in March.

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Team Alberta announces U16 and U18 Head Coaches

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the appointment of Spiros Anastas and Craig Perrett as the Head Coaches of Team Alberta for the 2017U16 Male and U18 Female Programs.

Anastas comes into the head coach position for Team Alberta’s U16 team after winning gold last year at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup as an assistant coach. He’s served as the Head Coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS) since 2014, having previously spent time as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, and with Western Michigan University and Lebanon Valley College. At the international level, Anastas won gold medals With South Korea at the 2015 IIHF World Championships as the Assistant Coach of the Division I, Group B Men’s National Team, and as the Head Coach of the Division II, Group A Korean U18 team.

Perrett is currently an Assistant Coach with the Mount Royal Cougars Women’s hockey team, and returns to Team Alberta after serving as an Assistant Coach on Team Alberta’s gold medal-winning U16 team in 2015. Perrett has spent many years with the Team Alberta program in various roles, most recently serving as a Coach Mentor at the Alberta Cup and Alberta Winter Games, and will mentor once again at the upcoming Alberta Challenge.

“We’re looking forward to having both Spiros and Craig back with the Team Alberta program,” said Mike Kraichy, manager of Team Alberta. “Both coaches are coming off gold medals in their respective years, and we’re excited to see how they will build off those successes.”

The U16 Male Program is the third stage of the development and identification process to select a roster for Team Alberta to compete at either the U16 Western Challenge or the Canada Winter Games. The Games are held every four years, with the next event set for 2019 in Red Deer. Players in the U16 Male program will be challenging for the opportunity to compete on one of the three teams that represent Canada each year at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.

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Coach of the Month - January

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for January is Joe Bouvier of Clive.

In addition to serving as the Head Coach of the Clive Atom team, Joe is the Assistant Coach of Clive’s Novice and Initiation teams, to go along with his duties as the Vice President and Coach Mentor of the Clive Minor Hockey Association.

Joe has a long history as a player and a coach. Growing up, Joe played minor hockey in Central Alberta and went on to play in the WHL in Saskatchewan. He then moved to New Brunswick for University, where he played CIS hockey. Shortly after University, he moved to Austria to play professional hockey. Joe has been coaching for a total of twelve years at all levels across Canada.

“Joe has a passion for hockey, a skill set for teaching, knowledge of the game, and the skills to demonstrate and understand the process of making kids love and learn the game, and maybe most importantly, Joe believes there is a place in hockey for all kids,” said a fellow coach, who nominated Joe for the award. “He (Joe) is always available for our association’s coaches to ask him questions. And, he understands the game and the kids so well that he can give good guidance to all our coaches on a daily basis. Once a month, he goes on the ice with each of our teams and mentors the coaches by running a skills and drills practice. This gives the coaches age appropriate drills and explanations why to do these drills, as well as what to look for to correct and develop each child. Joe has been a huge role model for all of our players and has helped our Clive kids reach their full potential.”


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Hockey Alberta unveils provincial Goaltender Development Plan

RED DEER – The goaltender position has evolved dramatically over the past few decades.

Not only has the equipment changed and improved, so has the coaching, mechanics and mental training associated with the position.

In order to ensure that Alberta’s goaltenders, and their coaches, are properly equipped for the best performance possible in this specialized position, Hockey Alberta has developed a new Provincial Goaltender Development Plan.

“The goaltender position is a unique one in the sport of hockey. In working with coaches and athletes across the province, we have identified the need to better support the overall training and development of goaltenders,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Management of Development. “Hockey Alberta’s new goaltender development plan focuses on ensuring goalies at all levels have the chance to enjoy the position and the game of hockey to the fullest.”

The Goaltender Development Plan has a multi-pronged approach. One focal point is on developing the knowledge and expertise of coaches, both regionally and within individual associations. The other prong involves providing goaltenders with specialized training opportunities, where they can work with other goalies as well as some of the most experienced goaltender coaches in the province.

The initial stages of the plan are being implemented over the next few months, in preparation for full operation starting in September for the 2017-18 season.

The first step is to identify and recruit six Goaltender Coach Leads who will be strategically located around the province and work as part of Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network. Each Regional Goalie Lead will provide leadership and support to minor hockey associations and Regional Centre Consultants in implementing Hockey Alberta’s Goaltending Development Plan throughout their region.

The position outline and application instructions for the Regional Goaltender Lead positions are available on the Hockey Alberta website. Deadline for applications is February 22.

Regional Goaltender Lead Application >

“The Regional Goalie Leads will be the keys to the success of the Goaltender Development Plan,” said Matt Weninger, Regional Centre South Consultant, and a former Junior A and NCAA goaltender. “The Leads will coordinate support to our minor hockey associations, educating coaches, planning practices and camps, supporting MHAs with their goalie evaluation process, and mentoring coaches.”

In addition to selecting the Regional Leads, a number of training weekends are already scheduled for goaltenders, coaches, and development directors.

For goalies, three goaltender camps have been organized - two open to any 2000-2007 born goaltender, and one targeted at elite level goalies:

  • South: May 27-28, Cochrane (led by World Pro Goaltending); Register >
  • North: June 3-4, Edmonton (led by ATC Goaltending); Register >
  • Elite: June 24-25, Sylvan Lake (led by industry experts). Application forms from interested AAA, AA and Female Elite goaltenders will be reviewed, and 18 male and 18 female goalies to participate. Apply >

The big event for coaches and development directors will be June 17-18 at Sylvan Lake, Each Local Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) in Alberta will be able to nominate an individual to attend the Goalie Coach Training Seminar. As well, LMHA development directors will receive training on building a goalie development plan for their own organization. More details on both segments of the Sylvan Lake event will be available in March.

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AFHL January wrap-up

RED DEER – The first month of 2017 has come to a close in the Alberta Female Hockey League, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA) still in the lead, while the Sherwood Park Fury (Midget Elite), and St. Albert Raiders (Bantam Elite) have moved to the top of their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

At the end of January, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (57 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (42 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (28 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (24 pts)
6) Calgary Fire (21 pts)

St Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan continues to lead all skaters in goals (17), assists (18) and points (35), with her teammates Cassidy Maplethorpe and Tyra Meropoulis right behind her in total points with 31 and 28, respectively.

Four goaltenders sit tied atop the league with a save percentage of .940; St. Albert’s Brianna Sank, Calgary’s Katie Crowther, Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee. Sank boosts the top goals against average with 1.31 and three shutouts on the season while her counterpart in St Albert, Camryn Drever, leads the way with 11 wins.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

Things still remain tight in the hunt for the Midget Elite regular season title as three points separate the top three teams in the South. The Midget Elite standings at the end of January are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (46 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (42 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (25 pts)
4) St. Albert Sharks (19 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (42 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (41 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (39 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (27 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)

Red Deer’s Danica Polson leads all skaters in points (22) and goals (17) as January comes to a close, while Calgary Fire White’s Sydeny Spicer holds the lead in assists with 11.

Red Deer’s Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues to lead the way for goaltenders with a .75 goals against average, while also boasting a .960 save percentage and seven wins on the season. Sherwood Park’s Sara McNamara also sports a .960 save percentage and sits tied with Thompson for the league lead, while Peace Country’s Paige Jassman continues to lead in wins and shutouts, with 12 and six, respectively

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

The inaugural AFHL All Star Game was hosted in Penhold, Alberta on January 14, 2017. A full recap and list of participants can be seen here.


Bantam Elite

The Bantam Elite standings heading into February are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (50 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (43 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (39 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (27 pts)
5) North Central Impact (22 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (45 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (42 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (24 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (20 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (16 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (13 pts)

OldsSarah Wozniewicz heads into February the league-leader in goals (23) and points (28). Sherwood Parks’ Vanessa Verbitsky is not far behind with 25 points, and leads the league with 15 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett and OldsJocelynn Pearce continue to lead the way with 0.960 save percentages and .68 and .89 goals against averages, respectively. Borrett’s counterpart in St. Albert, Elle Boyko, remains the league-leader wins with seven.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

The inaugural AFHL All Star Game was hosted in Strathmore, Alberta on January 14, 2017. A full recap and list of participants can be seen here.


Outside of the rink, many of our AFHL Teams participated in the inaugural Alberta Hockey Day. The focus and theme was on the introduction, development and celebration of female hockey. Thank you to our AFHL members Calgary, Lloydminster and Leduc (North Central) for participating and helping spread the message of #WhyWePlay.

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Register Now: Spring Development Program - Calgary

RED DEER - Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Alberta, is pleased to announce the registration for the 2017 Spring Development Program. This program is available for Initiation through to Midget-aged hockey players.

This ten week program will run in Calgary, at the Winsport complex, and at Great Plains Arena, from April 3rd until June 11th (dates subject to change).

This Spring Development Program is a multisport training and hockey skill development program. Each on-ice session is paired with an off-ice athletic development session. Multisport training includes: basketball, lacrosse, floorball, soccer, football, physical literacy, and more.

Athletes will receive:

  • 16-20 on-ice skill development sessions run by Hockey Canada trained instructors
  • 16-20 off-ice athletic development sessions
  • 4-6 game ice times (scrimmages)
  • 1 on-ice tournament with the option to participate in a second tournament as well

Register:

INITIATION

Cost: $600

Register

NOVICE

Cost: $900

Register

ATOM

Cost: $1,000

Register

PEEWEE

Cost: $1,100

Register

BANTAM

Cost: $1,200

Register

MIDGET

Cost: $1,200

Register


*Please note - there are fewer sessions for initiation age group players.

All on-ice skill sessions are individual skill based. Efforts will be made to group players of similar skill sets into the same sessions to promote optimal player growth and foster teaching opportunities. Goaltender specific instruction/mentorship is included in every session.


For questions and more information, or if you are interested in registering a large group or team for this program, please contact Ross Maclean at Hockey Canada (403-777-3615).

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WHL Game Day Speaker Series - Medicine Hat Tigers

MEDICINE HAT - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Western Hockey League to present another installment of the WHL Game Day Speaker Series with the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, February 15.

This seminar is open to all local minor hockey coaches registered with Hockey Alberta. The seminar will allow for coaches to attend a Medicine Hat Tigers home game, where participants will get a behind-the-scenes experience to talk and learn from WHL coaches. With both practical and theoretical learning experiences, this is a great educational opportunity for coaches.

The seminar costs $50 per coach, and includes:

  • Tigers game ticket
  • One drink voucher
  • Pre-game appetizers
  • Souvenir Medicine Hat Tigers hat
  • Coach resource package from Hockey Alberta

Register >

The seminar takes place at the home of the Tigers, the Canalta Centre, and feature a pre-game presentation from Hockey Alberta, a visit from Victoria Royals’ Head Coach, Dave Lowry, a ticket to watch the Tigers game, and a Q&A session after the game with members of the Medicine Hat Tigers coaching staff.

The seminar has a maximum capacity of 30 participants, and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


Date: Wednesday, February 15 vs Victoria
Visiting team presenter: Dave Lowry, Royals Head Coach


Coach Bios

Shaun Clouston

Shaun is in his 14th season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He has been the Head Coach for seven seasons, and the General Manager for five seasons.

He has also been the Assistant Coach for Team Canada’s U18 squad at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament, and was the Head Coach for Team Canada at the U18 World Championships.

Dave Lowry

Dave has been the Head Coach of the Victoria Royals for the past 5 seasons. Last season, Dave won the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as the WHL Coach of the Year. He was also the Head Coach of Team Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championships and was an assistant at the 2015 World Junior Championships (winning gold).

Prior to his coaching career Dave played in 1084 NHL games with Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose and Calgary.


For more information, please contact Matt Weninger, Consultant, Regional Centre South

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Midget Elite South, Bantam Elite North win inaugural AFHL All-Star Games

RED DEER/STRATHMORE – The inaugural Alberta Female Hockey League All-Star celebrations were a huge success, with the Midget Elite South and Bantam Elite North teams coming out on top in their respective games.


In the Midget Elite All-Star game, which was hosted in Red Deer, the South team used a three-goal second period to defeat the North team 5-1, with five different players (Shaelynne Bilodeau, Paige Koochin, Rebecca Toney, Brooklyn Palmer and Hannah Chase) lighting the lamp for the South. Payden Bialowas scored the lone marker for the North.

Gabriella Durante, Jenna Patrician and Jayda Thompson each spent a period in goal for the South, while Natasha Borrett, Rebecca Bridge and Sara McNamara shared duties for the North.

AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Rosters >


In Strathmore for the Bantam Elite All-Star Game, the North edged the South in an exciting 1-0 contest. Justine Brady scored the lone goal of the game for the North, with Holly Borett, Elle Boyko and Molly Mitchell all combining for the shutout win. Jessica Flegel and Jocelynn Pearce split time in goal for the South.

AFHL Bantam Elite All-Star Rosters >


Click below for photos from the AFHL All-Star Games:

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The Alberta Female Hockey League would like to thank all the parents, players and coaches for making the AFHL All-Star games such a success. The AFHL would also like to thank all of the event sponsors: ATB Financial Strathmore, Canadian Tire, Longball Inc, Stantec, and Looker Office Furniture.

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Nominate your coach as Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month

RED DEER - Nominate a coach who makes a difference in your community as Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, and they could win a special NHL Coach’s Night Out!

This season, Hockey Alberta - in collaboration with the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers - will be selecting two deserving coaches, who will each win an NHL Coach’s Night Out package.

Each package includes four tickets to a game, an apparel package, and food and beverage vouchers. Every coach who has been nominated this season is eligible to win!

Nominations for this season will be accepted until March 14.

Click here for more information on Coach of the Month.

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Hockey Alberta 2017 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.

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. In cases where only one team declared an interest in competing at the Provincials, that team has earned a direct berth to the championships.

All Zone Playdowns are two-game, total-goal series. Playdown draw brackets, completion dates, and results can be viewed on the Hockey Alberta website. Results will be updated on a regular basis. Click here for Zone Playdown draws.

Provincial Championships begin as early as March 16, click here for a list of Provincial hosts and dates.

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ParticipACTION 150 Playlist – A celebration of hockey

CALGARY – Hockey Canada is inviting all Canadians to celebrate hockey on Saturday, January 28, in conjunction with ParticipACTION.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION created the ParticipACTION 150 Play List – the ultimate list of activities that define us as Canadians! The top 150 activities – across sport, recreation and the activities of daily life – have been selected by Canadians and highlighted throughout this initiative across the country to show how physical activity is part of what it means to be Canadian.

Saturday, January 28 has been set aside to celebrate #99 on the ParticipACTION 150 Play List - the sport of hockey. In collaboration with ParticipACTION, Hockey Canada invites all Canadians to celebrate hockey in all its forms and post their photos on social media; whether you enjoy pond hockey, sledge hockey, street hockey, mini-stick hockey, floorball – show Canada through social media by using the following hashtags: #150PlayList and #HockeyCanada.

In addition, during the week of January 23-29, Hockey Canada invites coaches and managers of Minor Hockey Teams across the country to participate in a voluntary ‘’Bring a Friend to the Rink’’ campaign for kids of Atom ages or younger. Teams with flexibility to run this initiative are supported by Hockey Canada, with the following minimum equipment mandatory: helmet and full-face mask, neck guard, gloves and skates.

Minor Hockey Teams interested in hosting a ‘’Bring a Friend to the Rink’’ event can obtain the necessary information, including a fun Hockey Canada / ParticpACTION 150 on-ice practice plan here.

Let’s all be active and participate in Canada’s national winter sport!

If you have any questions, please email tryhockey@hockeycanada.ca

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Fort McMurray Oil Barons

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons 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 Fort McMurray Oil Barons in action.

The Seminar will take place at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray. There are only 30 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $40 (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 (Whitecourt Wolverines & Fort McMurray Oil Barons)
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Date: Thursday February 16, 2017 at Casman Centre.

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For more information, please contact Mike Applegate, Consultant, Hockey Alberta Regional Centre Northwest.

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Hockey Alberta’s Coach Development Speaker Nights return to Calgary and Edmonton

CALGARY/EDMONTON – Hockey Alberta is pleased to bring back the very popular Coach Development Speaker Nights to Calgary and Edmonton in January.

Calgary’s Speaker Night in on January 16 at Mount Royal University, with Edmonton’s Speaker Night on January 17 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre.

Hockey Alberta’s Coach Development Speaker Nights offer minor hockey coaches a unique opportunity to learn from some of the most successful coaches in the province.

Each seminar costs $20 (plus GST), and includes a delegate gift, snacks and beverages. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.


CALGARY:

Date: Monday, January 16
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Royal University – Ross Glen Hall (4825 Mt Royal Gate SW)

Presenters:

Dave Cameron – Q & A Session
Assistant Coach, Calgary Flames
Eight years coaching in the NHL, silver medal as the HC of Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Ken Babey – Game and Bench Management
Head Coach, Canada’s National Sledge Team
Nine ACAC Conference Championship appearances with the SAIT Trojans

Bert Gilling – Practicing With a Purpose
Head Coach, Mount Royal University Men’s Hockey
Two-time Canada West Coach of the Year.

Fran Gow – Breaking Down Skill through Small Area Games
Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta / Vice President, Hockey Operations, Alberta Junior Hockey League
Three AJHL Titles, one Doyle Cup, one RBC Cup National Championship in 18 years with the AJHL

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EDMONTON:

Date: Tuesday, January 17
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre (4520 76 Ave NW)

Presenters:

Ian Herbers – Offensive Team Play
Assistant Coach, Edmonton Oilers
Three-time Canada West champion, two-time CIS National Champion with U of A Golden Bears

Steve Hamilton – Coaching the Right Way
Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings
Three-time AJHL Coach of the Year

Tim FragleGetting the Most Out of Practice
Head Coach, NAIT Ooks Men’s Hockey
2015 World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal with Canada West (Head Coach)

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*Please note - refunds will not be available for this event.*

For more information, please contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development

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Head Coach of the Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red, Kelsey Leifson (bottom right) celebrates a Wickfest championship with her team.


Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December is Kelsey Leifson, head coach of the Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red. Kelsey had an overwhelming amount of support for this award.

Kelsey comes from a small town in Saskatchewan and recalls her favorite memories coming from the rink after school. Playing hockey from the age of six all the way until her last year of University, Kelsey’s passion for the game has since shifted into the coaching side of the sport. When Kelsey moved to Calgary, she started working with the MRU Cougars hockey team from 2014-2016, and this year took over the head coaching role for the AFHL’s Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red team.

Kelsey’s coaching philosophy comes from her experience with hockey. “The life experiences and friendships I have gained through the game are impossible to replace and I believe in providing the players I coach with the same opportunities," she said. "I want my players to understand the importance of respect, accountability, and individuality as ultimately it is each individuals strength who bring success to the team together.”

Many of Kelsey’s players and parents from the team had wonderful things to say about their coach.

“I think my coach deserves this award because she stepped up for our team when we were in need. She’s not only there to make us better hockey players, but also better people,” said a player of Kelsey’s.

“Kelsey is an excellent role model for Female hockey players because she gets what it mean to be a female hockey player and she takes interest in every individual player," said another player of Kelsey’s. "Coach Kelsey encourages us to be confident in ourselves so we can work together on the ice.”

“She (Kelsey) has brought a positive infectious attitude to the team that the players are feeding off of every day. She has shown a passion for developing the total athlete both on and off the ice and has created an environment where every athlete is free to be the best they can be,” said a team parent.

“I truly admire her (Kelsey) and hope to grow to be like her one day she is, confident, strong, athletic, beautiful, and so smart. I’ve very glad that my coach has recreated an environment that I am proud to be a part of, and I’m so happy to have her as a coach,” said a third player, who also nominated Kelsey for the award.

December’s Coach of the Month winner was selected from a pool of female coach nominations, in anticipation of Alberta Hockey Day on January 21. To learn more about Alberta Hockey Day, click here.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, 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 runs on Friday, February 10, and features a game-day seminar 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 Seminar will take place 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 $40 (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
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Register >

For more information, please contact Blake Cosgrove, Consultant, Hockey Alberta Regional Centre Northwest.

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More than a game: #PassItForward

CALGARY – For Canadian hockey fans, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year; between the World Juniors in Montreal and Toronto, Team Canada around the world, and minor hockey tournaments across the country – not to mention family games on the backyard rinks – hockey options abound.

Hockey Canada is giving Canadians one more way to take part in Canada’s game with the endless pass. And the best part is, all ages and skill-levels can take part.

The initiative, which leverages social media channels, is part of the #PassItForward campaign celebrating the positive impact hockey has on its participants and fans.

“At the root of this campaign is a reminder of what hockey brings to the lives of Canadians from all walks of life, and the overwhelming answers have nothing to do with on-ice skills,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO, Hockey Canada. “Hockey should be about fun, teamwork, being active and healthy, and building those key characteristics that make us great citizens. PassItForward highlights what hockey is to Canadians, and encourages everyone to take part in talking about our great game.”

Celebrities from national team players such as Mélodie Daoust, Greg Westlake, and Patrice Bergeron to Hollywood A-lister Michael J. Fox are part of the television spots which see Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life take a pass and #PassItForward as they talk about how they have developed through hockey. The spots will air in French and English on a number of networks, including Hockey Canada’s broadcast partners TSN and RDS.

Canadians can upload their own videos and see them added to the piece by visiting HockeyCanada.ca/PassItForward.

To kick-start the campaign, Hockey Canada is inviting Canadians to take to their social media networks on Dec. 31 to take part in the endless pass. The concept is simple – participants are asked to post a video or simply write out what hockey did for them using the campaign hashtag, and #PassItForward by tagging a teammate, friend, or family member.

“We want to close out 2016 with a celebration of hockey and what it means to be Canadian,” said Renney. “It’s easy to take for granted the role hockey and organized sport plays in the development of life skills. This campaign is a celebration of that, and we hope it also encourages Canadians to get involved in our great game – as a fan, participant, or volunteer.”

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AFHL December wrap-up

RED DEER – As the 2016 portion of the Alberta Female Hockey League season comes to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective leagues heading into 2017.


Midget AAA

After three months of play, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (45 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (36 pts)
3) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (18 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (18 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (17 pts)

St Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan closes out 2016 leading all skaters in points (24) and assists (11). Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Nicole Fry is tied with Willan for the lead league in points, and leads the way goals (15).

AFHL puck stoppers had another strong month with three goaltenders at the top all with a .940 save percentages: St. Albert’s Brianna Sank, Calgary’s Katie Crowther and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee. Sank boasts three shutouts while her counterpart in St Albert, Camryn Drever, leads the way with 8 wins on the season.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Fire, Lloydminster Steelers and Rocky Mountain Raiders traveled to Saskatchewan to compete in the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament. All three teams has a strong showing and competed hard throughout the weekend.


Midget Elite

Our Midget Elite teams had a hard fought first half of the season as the competitiveness of this division increases. The Midget Elite standings at the end of December are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (36 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (31 pts)
3) St. Albert Sharks (19 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (16 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (36 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (35 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (27 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (27 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)

Calgary Fire White’s Danika Stang has taken over the league lead in points with 19, while Red Deer’s Danica Polson holds the lead in goals (14), and St. Albert’s Payden Bialowas leads the way in assists (10).

Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues to lead all Midget Elite goaltenders with a .860 goals against average, a 960 save percentage, along with six wins on the season. Peace Country’s Paige Jassman leads the way in wins and shutouts, with 12 and six, respectively.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

Rosters for the inaugural AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Game were announced on December 20. Rosters >


Bantam Elite

Things remain tight in the hunt for the Bantam Elite regular season title! Four points separate third from first in the North, whereas down south, Calgary White and the Olds Grizzlys are battling it out for top position. The Bantam Elite standings heading into January are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (34 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (31 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (30 pts)
4) North Central Impact (19 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (18 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (29 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (28 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (16 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (15 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (12 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)

There are three skaters currently on top of the leaderboard with 18 points each to close out 2016; North Central’s Chloe Reid, Lethbridge’s Isabelle Dyck, and Calgary Fire Red’s Emily Straw. OldsSarah Wozniewicz has 13 goals to lead all Bantam skaters, while Lloydminster’s Madison MacDuff leads the way with 12 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett and OldsJocelynn Pearce both sit atop the league with a 0.960 save percentage, while Borrett’s counterpart in St. Albert, Elle Boyko, leads the way in wins with seven.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

Rosters for the inaugural AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Game were announced on December 20. Rosters >

Teams have earned a well-deserved winter break and league play will resume on January 7, after the holidays. January will be an exciting month as league play resumes as well the AFHL host its inaugural All Star Games and AFHL teams will help celebrateAlberta Hockey Day on January 21.

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Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for November is Kent Goodreau from Pincher Creek.

Kent, currently the coach of the Pincher Creek Midget 1 team, has been coaching since the 2002-2003 season, and since then he has been head coach or assistant coach of multiple teams each year. This will be his last year coaching.

“I have been fortunate to coach with some excellent people along the way, which has taught me a lot and has made it easy for me to enjoy the game,” said Kent.

“He (Kent) has been coaching since our kids were about six years old," said the parent who nominated Kent. "Kent provides guidance to our Midget players but, at the same time lets them play their style of game. He has a great relationship with each player and enjoys the team as a whole. He has been such an amazing coach for all these years!”

Kent’s coaching philosophy is very player centered. “My coaching philosophy is to bring out the best in every player, and to always have fun and improve every time you step on the ice to practice or play a game. To create pride for what you accomplish through hard work, and respect all that participates in the game of hockey. Also to have these values continued into everyday life. What makes a great coach is a great team of players!”


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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2017 AFHL All-Star Rosters announced

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the rosters for the inaugural Midget Elite and Bantam Elite AFHL All-Star games.

Midget Elite All-Star Rosters > | Bantam Elite All-Star Rosters >

Two forwards and one defence from each AFHL team were selected to their respective All-Star rosters by AFHL coaches, while goaltenders were selected based on their statistical ranking as of December 19. 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 All-Star games are set for January 14 – with Red Deer hosting the Midget Elite game, and Strathmore hosting the Bantam Elites. The Midget Elite All-Star game begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Penhold Regional Multiplex, and the Bantam Elite All-Star game gets underway at 1:45 at the Strathmore Family Centre.

In addition to the All Star games, the host Associations will be offering development clinics for female athletes within their communities.

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2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

2017 Provincial Host Sites >

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from Fort McMurray in the north, the Foothills (High River and Blackie) in the south, to Lloydminster in the east and Grande Prairie in the west.

Host sites for two 2018 Provincial Championships have also been confirmed, with the Bonnyville Pontiacs hosting the Senior AA championship, and the Fort St. John Huskies hosting the Junior B championships.

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, 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.

The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

Hosts for the following events are still being accepted and reviewed: Midget Female Elite, Bantam Female A, Atom AA Minor, and Atom A. Interested applicants can contact Bryden Burrell, Coordinator, Hockey Operations.

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Alberta Hockey Day: Celebrating the female game

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Hockey Alberta is proud to host its inaugural Alberta Hockey Day on January 21, 2017, to celebrate and showcase female hockey across the province.

This day will combine a number of on and off-ice events catered to both new and existing participants, focusing on fun, skills and friendships.

Grande Prairie will be the host site of Alberta Hockey Day’s main event, with special guests scheduled to attend, including two-time Olympic gold medallist and former Team Alberta player and coach Carla MacLeod.

Edmonton, Calgary, Leduc, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Olds and Banff/Canmore will also host Alberta Hockey Day Events.

Event Details >

Hockey Alberta’s goal is to develop female players, coaches and officials who are currently in our program while introducing the sport to new participants. All sessions offered throughout the day will be at no cost to the participants, in an effort to connect our sport to a larger audience.

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Get your tickets now for the 2016 World Junior A Challenge!

BONNYVILLE — For Junior A hockey fans, Bonnyville is the place to be, Dec. 11-17, as the best players from Canada’s 10 Junior A leagues will be competing in the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

And tickets are still available for the event — online and at the Bonnyville District & Centennial Centre box office.

Two Canadian teams and four international squads make up the two pools of three teams that will face off in the 11th edition of the tournament at the R.J. Lalonde Arena.

Canada East will be the first Canadian team to see action, taking on the Czech Republic in the tournament-opener on Sunday, Dec. 11, while Canada West will make its debut that night when it faces Switzerland.

Defending champions Team Canada West plays in Group A with Russia and Switzerland, while Team Canada East is in Group B with the Czech Republic and the United States.

This is the second time the event is held in an Alberta community since the tournament’s inception; Camrose hosted the World Junior A Challenge in 2008.

The first-place team in each group will receive a bye to the semifinals on Thursday, Dec. 15, with the second-place and third-place teams crossing over for the quarterfinals Wednesday, Dec. 14. The losers of the semifinals will meet for the bronze medal on Friday, Dec. 16, while the winners will face off for gold on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Since the first World Junior A Challenge in 2006, more than 260 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 36 first-round selections. Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took the top prize in 2011 and 2015. The team also earned silver in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and won bronze in 2013. Canada East earned silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008.

For more information on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/WJAC, or follow along via social media on Facebook or Twitter.

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WHL Game Day Speaker Series - Lethbridge Hurricanes

LETHBRIDGE - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Western Hockey League to present two more installments of the WHL Game Day Speaker Series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

These seminars are open to all local minor hockey coaches registered with Hockey Alberta. The seminar will allow for coaches to attend a Lethbridge Hurricanes home game, where participants will get a behind-the-scenes experience to talk and learn from WHL coaches. With both practical and theoretical learning experiences, this is a great educational opportunity for coaches.

Each seminar costs $45 per coach, and includes:

  • Hurricanes game ticket
  • One drink voucher
  • Chicken wings
  • Souvenir Lethbridge Hurricanes hat.

Both seminars take place at the home of the Hurricanes, the Enmax Centre, and feature a pre-game presentation from Hockey Alberta, a visit from the visiting team’s Coach, a ticket to watch the Hurricanes game, and a Q&A session after the game with members of the Lethbridge Hurricanes coaching staff.

Seminar dates, details, and registration information can be found below. Each seminar has a maximum capacity of 30 participants, and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


Date: Wednesday, December 14 vs Kamploops Blazers
Visiting team presenter: Don Hay, Blazers Head Coach


Date: Saturday, February 4 vs Moose Jaw Warriors
Visiting team presenter: Tim Hunter, Warriors Head Coach

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For more information, please contact Matt Weninger, Consultant, Regional Centre South

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Chevrolet Power of Play is back!

RED DEER - Peewee coaches across Alberta still have time to register for the Chevrolet Power of Play Program for the 2016-17 season.

Registration is now open to all Peewee teams in Alberta, and a limited number of coach kits are available on a first come, first served basis.

Register >

Registration is intended to be completed by the team’s coach for Hockey Canada verification purposes.

Each team accepted into the Chevrolet Power of Play program will receive a coach’s kit, which includes a premium coach’s hockey bag with a set of:

  • 20 rolls of hockey tape
  • 20 sets of skate laces with inspirational words from Team Canada gold medalists
  • 20 ‘Most Inspirational Player’ awards for coaches to give out to players who best display these values, and
  • 20 pucks.

Go to ChevroletHockey.com for more information on the Chevrolet Power of Play program.

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Two more Alberta officials assigned to World Junior A Challenge

RED DEER – A total of five officials from Alberta will now be representing their province at the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, as two more have been assigned to work the event.

Referee Fraser Lawrence (Edmonton) and Linesman Chad Huseby (Red Deer) will join previously-assigned Referee Cody Rude (Edmonton), and Linesmen Deion Foster (Edmonton) and Jared Mackey (Calgary) at the annual international Junior A challenge.

Hockey Alberta and its Provincial Officials Committee congratulate all five officials for having their hard work rewarded with a chance to represent Alberta at the World Junior A Challenge.

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Hockey Alberta Presents the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Camrose Kodiaks to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches.

The Speaker Series features two game-day seminar sessions, with each session offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Camrose Kodiaks in action.

Both seminars take place at the EnCana Arena in Camrose. There are only 30 seats available per seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $40 (plus GST) per coach per seminar, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • 1.5 hour presentation from Hockey Alberta led by Coach Mentor Fran Gow
  • Pre- and post-game contributions from the coaches for both AJHL teams
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift and other giveaway items

Date: Thursday, November 24 vs Olds Grizzlys
Presentation topic: Game and Bench Management
AJHL Presenters: pre-game session: Dana Lattery, Olds; post-game session: Boris Rybalka, Camrose.


Date: Tuesday, January 17 vs Brooks Bandits
Presentation topic: Special Teams - Power Play vs Penalty Kill
AJHL Presenters: pre-game session: Ryan Papaionnou, Brooks; post-game session: Boris Rybalka, Camrose.

Register for January 17 >


For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development.

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Coach of the Month - October

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for October 2016 is Charles Hainsworth of Eckville.

Charles only started coaching hockey last season, but has been a coach for a total of four years. This season, he is both the Assistant Coach for the Eckville Novice Eagles and Head Coach of the Eckville Atom Eagles.

“I started when my kids were getting involved with sports and I wanted to be there to motivate and encourage them" said Hainsworth. "As my coaching progresses, I want all the kids to have the same opportunities. I enjoy volunteering my time for local organizations.”

“He provides more enthusiasm than one can imagine, always showing up well prepared and proving to be a great role model, even the parents are motivated by him,” said a parent and member of his coaching staff, who nominated Charles for the award. “Charles wants his coaching to provide the kids with the tools to not only be better hockey players but good members of society.”


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Introducing the Hockey Alberta Coach Workshop Series

LETHBRIDGE/MEDICINE HAT – Hockey Alberta has partnered with the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, and the Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Association to offer a series of coach development workshops, hosted by Hockey Alberta’s South Regional Centre.

The Coach Workshop Series will equip coaches with the tools to better teach fundamental skills and team tactics, improve player evaluation skills, and provide new ideas on how to deliver a practice and to develop their ability to progress and regress drills to best suit their athletes.

The seminars are free of charge and open to coaches of all levels. To RSVP, please contact Matt Weninger, Consultant, Hockey Alberta South Regional Centre.


Lethbridge

Date/Time Topic Presenter
Nov 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Practice Expectations and Player Habits Mike Craig, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Nov 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Details of Defensive Hockey Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta
Dec 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Where Do Goals Come From? - Offensive Play Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta
Dec 12, 6:30-8:45 p.m. Goaltending Skills and Development Matt Weninger, Hockey Alberta
Jan 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Developing Defensemen Bryan Maxwell, Former NHL/WHL Player and Coach
Jan 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Being and Building Leaders Josh Hoetmer, Alberta Sport Development Centre SW
Feb 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Scouting and Player Evaluation Wade Klippenstein, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

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Date/Time Topic Presenter
Nov 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Details of Defensive Hockey Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta
Dec 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Where Do Goals Come From? - Offensive Play Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta
Dec 13, 6:00-9:30 p.m. Goaltending Skills and Development Matt Weninger, Hockey Alberta
Jan 10, 6:00-9:30 p.m. Developing Defensemen Bryan Maxwell, Former NHL/WHL Player and Coach
Jan 24, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Being and Building Leaders Josh Hoetmer, Alberta Sport Development Centre SW
Feb 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Scouting and Player Evaluation Wade Klippenstein, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

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Alberta beats Saskatchewan, finishes fifth at U18 Nationals

REGINA - Team Alberta defeated Saskatchewan 6-4 Saturday afternoon to finish the National Women’s U18 Championship in fifth place.

Alberta took a 2-1 lead out of the first period thanks to goals from Chloé Puddifant and Courtney Kollman,and led 4-2 heading into the third after Taylor Sawka and Tyra Meropoulis scored in the second period. Saskatchewan made tied the game with goals just 15 seconds apart early in the third, before Dara Greig put Alberta ahead for good six minutes later. Kollman later netted her second goal of the game with an empty Saskatchewan net. Sawka was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

In her second start for Alberta, goaltender Camryn Drever made 33 saves to earn her first win of the tournament. Both Drever and Amanda Zeglen finished the tournament with a 1-1 record in net.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Results: Quebec 6, Alberta 2 > | Game Two Results: Alberta 2, Manitoba 1 > | Game Three Results: B.C. 3, Alberta 1 >

The fifth place finish is a notable improvement on last year’s eight place finish for Team Alberta, while Saskatchewan moved up one spot from last year’s results, from seventh to sixth.

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Team Alberta loses 3-1 to B.C.

REGINA – Team Alberta fell 3-1 to Team B.C. on Friday morning, missing out on a semi-final berth at the National Women’s U18 Championships.

B.C. got off to a hot start with two goals in the first ten minutes of the game, before Ireland Perrott answered for Alberta to make it a 2-1 game. Following a scoreless second period, B.C. put up an insurance marker seven minutes into the third for a 3-1 final.

Amanda Zeglen put up her second-straight 30-plus save performance, stopping 31 shots as Team Alberta was out-shot 34-28. Forward Courtney Kollman was named Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Results: Quebec 6, Alberta 2 > | Game Two Results: Alberta 2, Manitoba 1 >

After finishing third in their pool with a 1-2- record, Team Alberta will wrap up tournament play Saturday at noon in the fifth-place game at noon.

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Team Alberta edges Manitoba 2-1

REGINA – Team Alberta evened its record at 1-1, with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Team Manitoba on Thursday morning at the 2016 National Women’s U18 Championship.

Captain Taylor Sawka opened the scoring half-way through the second period to give Team Alberta a 1-0 lead. Ashton Bell tied the game eight minutes into the third period for Manitoba.But, Alberta took advantage of some good fortune, tallying what proved to the game-winner less than two minutes later on an own-goal by Manitoba. Tyra Meropoulis was credited with the goal.

Amanda Zeglen stood tall in net for Team Alberta as Manitoba fired 38 shots her way, including a barrage of 21 shots in the third period alone. She was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game for her 37-save performance.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Results: Quebec 6, Alberta 2 >

Team Alberta finishes round-robin play Thursday morning at 9 am against Team B.C..

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Team Alberta falls 6-2 to Quebec

REGINA – Team Alberta opened the 2016 National Women’s U18 Championship with a 6-2 loss to Team Quebec on Wednesday afternoon.

Quebec got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game, before Alberta answered back with a power-play goal from Emily Moore. Quebec would go on to score three unanswered goals before Dara Greig replied for Alberta. Defender Alexa McMillan was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Quebec out-shot Alberta 35-16, with goaltender Camryn Drever making 29 stops. Her counterpart, Édith D’Astous-Moreau, stopped 14 of 16 shots for the win.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score >

Up next for Team Alberta is a 9 a.m. match-up against Team Manitoba on Thursday morning. Manitoba is coming off a narrow 3-2 loss to Team B.C. on Wednesday morning.

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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2016 National Women’s U18 Championship begins in Regina

REGINA – The quest for gold for Team Alberta’s U18 Female team starts now, as the 2016 National Women’s U18 Championship kicks off in Regina.

Team Alberta opens play today (Wednesday) at noon against Team Quebec, followed by back-to-back 9 a.m. match-ups on Thursday and Friday against Team Manitoba and Team B.C., respectively, to close out round-robin play. 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 >

The five-day tournament sees eight teams – Alberta, host Saskatchewan, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario Blue, and reigning champs, Ontario Red – go head-to-head for national supremacy.

All preliminary-round games, placement games, semifinals, and the bronze-medal game will be streamed live online at www.hockeycanada.ca/nwu18c, while TSN will broadcast the gold-medal game Sunday, Nov. 13 starting at 5 pm Mountain Time.

For a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Team Alberta alumnus and World U17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Ty Smith (left) celebrates a goal with his Team Canada Black teammate. (Photo courtesy of Hockey Canada)


Team Alberta alumni earn silver medals at 4 Nations Cup and World U17 Hockey Challenge

JARVENPAA, FINLAND – Former Team Alberta goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer earned yet another medal in international competition on Sunday, bringing home silver with Team Canada at the 4 Nations Cup following a 5-3 loss to the United States.

It’s the second silver medal in as many years for Maschmeyer and Team Canada, having narrowly missed out on gold last year against the U.S..


SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO – Four skaters from the 2015 gold medal-winning Team Alberta U16 squad came away with a silver medal at the World U17 Hockey Challenge after a narrow 2-1 loss to Sweden.

Ty Smith, Eric Florchuk, Sean Comrie and Chase Wouters all helped Team Canada Black reach the final game of the tournament, and came up just one goal short of earning a second straight gold medal for Canada. With two goals and two assists in six games, Smith was named one of the tournament’s All-Star defencemen.

In total, nine Team Alberta alumni suited up for the World U17 Hockey Challenge: Jonathan Tychonick, Elijah Brown and Tristen Nielsen finished in fourth place with Team Canada White, while Carl Stankowski and Josh Tarzwell finished right behind in fifth place with Team Canada Red.

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On-ice study: smaller ice surfaces and skating development

In August 2016, Hockey Alberta partnered with Powerscout Hockey and St. Albert Minor Hockey to conduct a study on the effectiveness of smaller ice surfaces in skill development. The study featured 40 Initiation-aged players (five- and six-year-olds) who participated in a series of tests to collect data on a number of game and practice scenarios.

Hockey Alberta has worked with Minor Hockey Association Development Directors over the past couple of years to implement the Initiation guidelines. As part of that process, Hockey Alberta has received feedback that asks whether the smaller surface limits skating development, rather than enhancing it.

With regard to skating development, specific data for skating speed and acceleration was collected from the following scenarios:

• 200-foot sprints
• cross-ice games
• half-ice games, and
• a full ice game.

Overall, an analysis of the data and observation of the on-ice sessions reinforce that using a smaller ice surface at the Initiation level helps in the overall positive development of skating skills and skating acceleration for our youngest players, thereby better preparing them for when they are old enough to move to higher levels of hockey.

To read more about the findings from this study, click here.

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Three Alberta officials selected for the World Junior A Challenge

RED DEER – Three Alberta officials will have the opportunity to represent their province on home soil at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville.

Referee Cody Rude (Edmonton), along with Linesmen Deion Foster (Edmonton) and Jared Mackey (Calgary) have received the assignment to officiate the annual international Junior A challenge.

Hockey Alberta and its Provincial Officials Committee congratulate all three officials for having their hard work rewarded with a chance to represent Alberta at the World Junior A Challenge.

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Coach of the Month - September

The first coach of the month award for the 2016-17 season goes to Josh Gork of Edmonton.

Josh is the head coach for the KC West Peewee Ice Wolves. This is his third year head coaching, and he has previously coached teams at the Peewee and Atom levels.

“He is just a volunteer, his son is two years old and he doesn’t have a child in the club. He just does it for the love of the game and the kids.” said a parent from the team, who nominated Josh for this award. “Josh is genuinely a kind hearted man. You can see this in the way he works with all the kids and how he deals with the parents, it is just so welcoming.”

“I believe that hockey should be fun as well as competitive.” Josh said, when asked about his coaching philosophy. “I try to take bottom players and develop and shape them into the top team players. I start with the fundamentals and push the kids towards more advanced drills as a team. We win as a team and we lose as a team.”


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Carter Chorney (left) celebrates his gold medal-winning overtime goal with his Team Alberta teammates. (Photo courtesy The WHL/LA Media)


Team Alberta wins U16 gold in overtime thriller

CALGARY - Team Alberta’s penchant for the dramatic was on display once again, skating away with gold at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup after a 3-2 overtime win over Team BC.

Carter Chorney played the hero for Team Alberta, scoring the medal-winning goal just 31 seconds in to the extra frame.

Team Alberta jumped out to a 2-0 with goals from Ethan Browne and Dylan Holloway, and took a 2-1 lead into the third period after Ethan Leyh replied for Team BC. Alex Swetlikoff knotted the score at two with just five minutes left in the game, setting up a dramatic, albeit short, overtime battle.

Goaltender Taylor Gauthier stood tall for Team Alberta in net, stopping 32 of 34 shots en route to a gold medal. Roman Basran took the overtime loss for BC, making 26 saves on 29 shots.

"We got the job done today, it was a close game," said Head Coach Bram Stephen. "All week, there were certain points in games, in the Saskatchewan game they tied it up late, and in this game (BC) tied it up late, and it wasn’t easy, none of the games were. They all seemed to come together in key moments, the group got closer as the week went on, and they played a strong team game."

Boxscore > | Game 1 Recap > | Game 2 Recap > | Game 3 Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Chorney fittingly was named Team Alberta’s player of the game for his overtime heroics, while Leyh earned the honours for BC.

The gold medal is the third in a row for Alberta at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, and fifth medal overall in the tournament’s six-year history.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Team Manitoba took the bronze medal after defeating Team Saskatchewan 4-1.


2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup All-Star Team

Goaltender – Byron Fancy (Alberta)
DefencemanKaedan Korczak (Saskatchewan)
Defenceman – Braden Schneider (Saskatchewan)
Forward – Logan Barlage (Saskatchewan)
Forward – Peyton Krebs (Alberta)
Forward – Joshua Williams (British Columbia)

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Team Alberta edges BC - earns berth in final

CALGARY – Team Alberta will defend the Western Canada U16 Challenge crown after a 3-2 victory over Team BC on Friday night.

Connor Bouchard scored the winning goal with just over six minutes to play, as Team Alberta finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. Ethan Browne and Dylan Holloway assisted on the game-winner.

Brayden Tracey took care of the rest Team Alberta’s offence with his third and fourth goals of the tournament to erase an early 1-0 BC lead. Tracey got his first of the game with less than three minutes remaining in the second period, on assists from Peyton Krebs and Kirby Dach, and followed that with a penalty shot tally just over a minute into the third period.

BC tied the game 2-2 three minutes later, setting the stage for Bouchard’s winner. Joshua Williams scored both goals for Team BC.

Byron Fancy earned the win in net for Team Alberta, stopping 25 of 27 shots. Roman Basran took the loss in the BC net.

Boxscore > | Game 1 Recap > | Game 2 Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Tracey and Williams were named the players of the game.

Team Alberta advances directly to the championship final on Sunday at 1 pm. They will play the winner of Saturday’s semi-final between Team BC and Team Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan earned its semi-final berth with a 3-2 overtime win over Team Manitoba Friday afternoon.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the Western Canada U16 Challenge, click here.

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Team Alberta stays perfect with 5-1 win over Manitoba

CALGARY – After narrowly escaping with a win against Saskatchewan to open the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, Team Alberta left nothing to chance on Thursday night, taking down Manitoba 5-1 to move to a perfect 2-0 record.

Manitoba struck first just 1:32 into the game, but Alberta responded with five unanswered goals to skate away with a victory.

Brayden Tracey paced Team Alberta with a pair of goals, while Carter Souch had two points of his own with a goal and an assist.

In his first start of the tournament, netminder Byron Fancy stopped all but one of the 31 shots sent his way by Manitoba. Fancy’s counterpart Danton Belluk also made 30 saves, allowing five goals on 35 shots.

Boxscore > | Game 1 Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

With an assist on the game-winning goal by Ethan Browne, defenceman Bowen Byram was named the Player of the Game for Team Alberta. Manitoba blueliner Michael Ladyman earned the honours for his team.

The win sets up an exciting match-up with Team B.C. on Friday night, as both teams come into the game a perfect 2-0. The winner of Friday’s game will finish in first place, and will advance straight to Sunday’s gold medal final. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the Western Canada U16 Challenge, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Presents: Rebels Game Day Coaches Series

RED DEER – A unique learning opportunity awaits minor hockey coaches in Central Alberta with Hockey Alberta’s new Rebels Game Day Coaches Series.

The exciting new partnership between Hockey Alberta and the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League will offer five different seminars between November and February, offering the chance to learn from some of the top coaches in the game.

Each seminar costs $40 per coach, and include the following ($200 value):

  • A ticket to the Red Deer Rebels game
  • Food/drink voucher
  • 1.5 hour presentation from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta resource package
  • Hockey Alberta gift and other giveaway items

All five seminars take place at the home of the Rebels, the Enmax Centrium, and feature a pre-game presentation from one of Hockey Alberta’s Coach Mentors, Fran Gow or Barry Medori, a visit from the visiting team’s Coach, a ticket to watch the Rebels game, and a Q&A session after the game with Brent Sutter, Head Coach and General Manager of the Red Deer Rebels, along with other Rebels staff.

Seminar dates, details, and registration information can be found below. Each seminar has a maximum capacity of 20 participants, and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


Date: Friday, November 18 vs Medicine Hat Tigers
Presentation topic: Team Building/Culture with Barry Medori
Visiting team presenter: Shaun Clouston, Tigers Head Coach and General Manager.


Date: Wednesday, November 30 vs Saskatoon Blades
Presentation Topic: Linking Practice to Game with Fran Gow
Visiting team presenter: Dean Brockman, Blades Head Coach

Register >


Date: Tuesday, December 13 vs Kamploops Blazers
Presentation Topic: Creating Offense with Fran Gow
Visiting team presenter: Don Hay, Blazers Head Coach

Register >


Date: Saturday, January 21 vs Victoria Royals
Presentation topic: Defensive Play with Fran Gow
Visiting team presenter: Dave Lowry, Royals Head Coach

Register >


Date: Wednesday, February 1 vs Lethbridge Hurricanes
Presentation topic: Player Habits and the Little Things with Barry Medori
Visiting team presenter: Brent Kisio, Hurricanes Head Coach

Register >


For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development.

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Buzzer-beater leads Team Alberta past Saskatchewan

CALGARY – With overtime all but a certainty, Team Alberta opened the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup with a 4-3 victory over Saskatchewan, thanks to Dylan Holloway’s goal with 2.6 seconds left in regulation.

Alberta jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Saskatchewan pulled within one late in the first, and tied it in the dying minutes of the second period. Team Alberta took the lead again in the third, only to see Saskatchewan tie it yet again, setting up the dramatic finish from Holloway.

Boxscore > | Team Alberta Roster >

"I thought we came out really strong in the first period," said Head Coach Bram Stephen. "We were sharp, we were snappy, we were playing hard at both ends of the ice, and we were engaged. It probably went that way until about mid-way through the second, and then we started getting a little bit loose in our structure and discipline, we had to kill off some penalties, and that could’ve been a bit better."

"You’ve got to give Saskatchewan credit, I thought they played a really good third period, they battled back from a deficit a couple of times, and we got some timely goals, obviously," said Stephen. "There’s a lot to work on as far as structure goes and just making sure our group is accountable to eachother, but, you know what, it’s a win, and it puts us in a better situation moving forward."

Captain Peyton Krebs led the way for Team Alberta, scoring two goals and setting up Holloway for the game-winner, earning Player of the Game honours for his efforts. Liam Keeler pitched in a goal and and assist for Alberta, while defender Jake Lee added two helpers.

Taylor Gauthier made 18 saves for Team Alberta, while his counterpart Logan Maier made 22 stops for Saskatchewan.

Logan Barlage was named the Player of the Game for Saskatchewan, who will face Team B.C. Thursday afternoon.

Up next for Team Alberta is Team Manitoba, who fell 7-3 to B.C. on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the Western Canada U16 Challenge, click here.

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2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup kicks off in Calgary

CALGARY – The title defense is on for Team Alberta U16 Male, as the 2016 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 another championship begins tonight at 6:30 pm against Team Saskatchewan. Team Alberta also hits the ice again Thursday night against Team Manitoba, and wraps up round-robin play Friday night against B.C. All three Team Alberta games are set for 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport.

Team Alberta U16 Roster >

Wednesday night’s game also marks a very special occasion for Team Alberta – the official unveiling of jerseys that feature Hockey Alberta’s new logo. Team members first saw the new jerseys on Monday during a team photo, but this will be the first time players representing the province of Alberta have donned the new logo in competition.

The winner of round-robin play advances straight to Sunday’s Championship game, while the 2nd and 3rd place teams will battle in the semi-final on Saturday afternoon.

The Western Canada U16 Challenge 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 2016 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

For more schedule and ticket information for the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, click here.

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Lethbridge to host 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the City of Lethbridge as the host site for the 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey program will assist Hockey Alberta with the execution of the Peewee Prospects Cup. The City of Lethbridge is no stranger to Hockey Alberta events, having previously hosted the Albert Cup in 2011 and 2012.

“We’re very excited to bring the Peewee Prospects Cup to Lethbridge,” said Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta. “We’re looking forward to working with the Pronghorns to deliver a memorable experience for everyone involved.”

The Peewee Prospects Cup is a core development program for male players, and the first step in the Team Alberta Male program. The event provides players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.


About the Peewee Prospects Cup

The Peewee Prospects Cup runs every second year, alternating with the Alberta Winter Games. The inaugural Peewee Prospects Cup was held in 2015 in Olds.

The 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup features 2004-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.

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Nine Albertans selected for World U-17 Hockey Challenge

RED DEER – Nine members of the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup-winning Team Alberta squad are set to suit up for Team Canada this fall.

Goaltender Carl Stankowski, defencemen Sean Comrie, Ty Smith and Jonathan Tychonick, and forwards Elijah Brown, Eric Florchuk, Tristen Nielsen, Josh Tarzwell and Chase Wouters are among the 66 players named to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Smith and Nielsen are also among the players selected who already have international experience, winning a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

The process, which began with 111 players who took part in a seven-day development camp in late July, will be finalized next week when the 66-player roster is divided to make up the three Canadian teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White - who will face the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for gold.

Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence officially begins with the under-17 development camp in July, and runs through the men’s high-performance camps and teams up to, and including, Canada’s National Junior Team.

The 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge runs Oct 27 – Nov 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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Introducing the new Hockey Canada Community

Welcome to the Hockey Canada Community, a new webpage that will feature grassroots content on a weekly basis.

Hockey Canada Community >

The Hockey Canada Community will feature the people and the stories that make hockey happen in communities across Canada, as well as a new video blog series, ‘Tom’s Talks’, featuring Hockey Canada’s President & CEO Tom Renney.

You can also check out another new initiative - the Hockey Canada Ambassador program - where you can nominate players, coaches or volunteers in your community who contribute to the game every year. For details on the Ambassador program, check out the introductory video below:

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Announcing 2016 Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female rosters

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the Team Alberta rosters for the 2016 U16 Male and U18 Female provincial teams.

The U16 Male squad will compete in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup and the U18 Female team will represent Alberta at the National Women’s U18 Championships.

Team Alberta U16 Male > | Team Alberta U18 Female >

The U16 Male squad won the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. The team will seek to continue Alberta’s success at the event, Oct. 19-23 at the Markin MacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary.

"We are incredibly pleased to see our roster announced today,” said Head Coach Bram Stephen. “The 20 young men we have selected are deep in skill and character, and our coaching staff is excited to start working with the athletes and help Team Alberta become a strong cohesive unit."

The Western Canada U16 Challenge 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 2016 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

For ticket, schedule and roster information for the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, click here.


The U18 Female team heads to the National Women’s U18 Championships in Regina, Nov. 9-13, looking to improve on last year’s eighth-place finish.

"As a staff, we are incredibly excited about the team we’ve been able to assemble,” said Head Coach Carla MacLeod. “It’s a group that is willing to earn their opportunities and we’re all looking forward to representing Alberta with pride next month."

Prior to the Nationals, the U18 Female squad will play an exhibition game in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Flames at the Kyle Stuart Arena, located at 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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Inaugural AFHL season kicks off

RED DEER – The 2016-17 season for the newly-created Alberta Female Hockey League begins today (Saturday) across the province.

All six Midget AAA teams are in action Saturday, officially kicking off the league’s inaugural season.

The Lloydminster PWM Steelers are at home against the Rocky Mountain Raiders, the Calgary Fire are set to host the Edmonton Pandas, and the St. Albert Slash pay a visit to the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs.

The Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons both get underway on October 15. Keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

To read a message from the AFHL Chair, Greg Nesom, click here.

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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 2016-17 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 September through March and will receive a 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 Paige Krelow-Weinberger, Coordinator, Hockey Development at pkrelow@hockeyalberta.ca

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Two Hockey Alberta officials assigned to IIHF events

RED DEER – Two Alberta on-ice officials will be representing the province and Canada at international events in 2017.

Fraser Lawrence and Lacey Senuk have received assignments to prestigious IIHF events this season.

Lawrence, an Edmonton native, has been selected to work at the Division II Group B event of the IIHF U18 World Championship in Mexico City, March 17-19.

Senuk, also from Edmonton, will officiate at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic, January 7-14.

Hockey Alberta and its Provincial Officials Committee congratulate both officials for having their hard work rewarded with a chance to represent Alberta on the world stage.

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Novice teams: register now for Dodge Caravan Kids!

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

What is Dodge Caravan Kids?

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

Each year participating Novice-level hockey teams receive $500 in funding and access to exclusive hockey benefits. To-date, Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram retailers and FCA Canada Inc. have provided over $6 million to help more than 12,000 teams and 180,000 kids enjoy the game of hockey.

Who is Eligible?

- Canadian novice hockey teams and associations located within 150 kilometres of a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram retailer. Visit www.dodge.ca to locate your closest retailer. (NOTE: Atom divisions teams are ONLY eligible in Atlantic Canada.) Exemptions can be made upon request (i.e. in rural areas where car dealerships are not local).

- Teams and associations are eligible to participate regardless of other corporate sponsorships they may have, unless those partnerships are with a competing automaker or their associated retailer


Program Benefits?

Each team/association enrolled in the Dodge Caravan Kids program will receive:

- $500 in funding. Please contact your local branch/association for further information on funding policies.

- The opportunity to enter the Dodge Caravan Kids photo contest for a chance to win up to $500 in extra funding.

- The opportunity to win a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and $5,000 for your local minor hockey association.


Registration is available between September 23rd, 2016 and December 1st, 2016

Register > | More Information >

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Rule update: adjustment to 7.4 - new emphasis, slew-footing

RED DEER - Hockey Canada has updated Tripping Rule 7.4 in the rule book for the 2016-17 season.

Rule 7.4(b), which pertains to slew footing, contains new language and penalties for this infraction. Rule 7.4(b) now reads:

A player who slew foots an opponent shall be assessed a double minor penalty plus a game misconduct if he is standing still while committing the foul. Should the player be moving (skating) or if an injury results from the infraction, the player shall be assessed a match penalty. A match penalty shall be assessed to any player who attempts to injure or deliberately injures an opponent with a slew foot.

The rationale for the change is to strengthen player safety and to eliminate injuries, namely to the head, from the resulting fall. We need to eradicate dangerous and unprovoked gestures, such as slew footing, from the game.
All people in the game – including players, coaches, officials and spectators – need to understand the rule and to respect the intent as we move to eliminate slew footing from hockey and strengthen player safety.

There is a video available from Hockey Canada that illustrates what officials are looking for when assessing a penalty for slew footing, which can be viewd below:



Hockey Alberta’s Referee Committee thanks everyone for their support and urges patience with the implementation of this rule as we move into the 2016-17 season.

Should you have questions, contact the Officials Zone Chair in your region, or email Dave Shaw at chairman@hareferees.ca.

To download the info bulletin pertaining to Rule 7.4(b), click here.

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Lacing Up – helping Novice players develop their off-ice skills

RED DEER – After a successful program launch in January in Calgary and Edmonton, novice-aged hockey players across Alberta can participate in Lacing Up, an exciting partnership between Hockey Alberta and Respect Group.

Lacing Up is a free, optional, fun, interactive, online, game-based program that helps players aged 6-8 years learn the fundamentals of being a successful, respectful hockey player. Lacing Up focuses on the off-ice skills players need to know to stay healthy, play fair, support their teammates, respect officials, and contribute positively to their team.

The hour-long program features stories, adventures, games, and quizzes “hosted” by five young animated characters and their coach. Topics include:

  • Long Term Player Development: growth and development, nutrition, hydration, and sleep.
  • Playing fair: the Hockey Canada Fair Play Pledge, respect for teammates, officials, and opponents, and recognizing that everyone makes mistakes.
  • Bullying: types of bullying, and what to do if you are the target of bullying, or if you see it happening to someone else.
  • Respect: for the game, each other, and ourselves.

Up and coming hockey players who are just “lacing up” are encouraged to complete this program with a parent or other adult in the household.


To Access Lacing Up

  1. Go to: lacingupalberta.respectgroupinc.com
  2. Select Register Your Profile
  3. Parents/Guardians with an existing Respect in Sport, Respect in Sport Parent Program, Respect in the Workplace, or Respect in School profile: Click the button Lookup. Once you have found your profile and completed registration, you will be prompted to associate existing children to Lacing Up, or Add New Children to your profile
  4. New users for Respect Group programs: Click Register. Parents/Guardians should register themselves in the system first, then follow the prompts to add children to their profile.
  5. Have fun with Coach Mike and the team!

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Introducing the new Alberta Female Hockey League website

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce a brand new website for the newly created Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL).

The new site, afhl.ca, is the official portal for the three divisions of the Alberta Female Hockey League: Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite.

Some key features of the new afhl.ca include:

- A fully responsive site that automatically adjusts to the size of your screen, including mobile devices and tablets.
- Full schedules for each league, including a link to the Google map location of each rink.
- A score ticker across the top of the page.
- A stats page for both players and goaltenders, updated automatically once a game score is inputted.
- A league message board, so teams can interact with each other throughout the season.
- A Social Media feed allowing you to keep up with the AFHL on Twitter and Facebook.

The main page of the site will also be updated regularly with league news and information.

Schedules have been added for Midget AAA and Bantam Elite, with the Midget Elite schedule to be added once it’s finalized.

The new website was designed by Edmonton’s Pixel Army, who also re-designed hockeyalberta.ca, and created haprovincials.ca and abcup.ca , both of which the AFHL site is modeled from. Pixel Army worked with Hockey Alberta staff to ensure functionality and appearance that meets the needs of the organization, and the entire hockey community across the province.

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2015 World Junior A Challenge champions, Team Canada West. (Photo courtesy Hockey Canada)


Tickets on sale now for 2016 WJAC

CALGARY – While Canadians enjoy the final weeks of summer, Bonnyville, Alta., is already thinking ahead to December, when the town will welcome the best players from Canada’s 10 Junior A leagues for the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

The host committee and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) are already in “hockey mode” with the launch of the event schedule and full-tournament ticket packages, available online and at the Bonnyville District & Centennial Centre box office.

Two Canadian teams and four international squads make up the two groups of three teams that will face off in the 11th edition of the tournament Dec. 11-17 at the R.J. Lalonde Arena of the Bonnyville District & Centennial Centre.

Canada East will be the first Canadian team to see action, taking on the Czech Republic in the tournament-opener on Sunday, Dec. 11, while Canada West will make its debut that night when it faces Switzerland.

“It’s such an honour for our community to host this tournament for our hockey fans,” said Robb Hunter, co-chair of the 2016 World Junior A Challenge. “We’ve been working for months with a dedicated group of volunteers and we’re looking forward to the puck-drop.”

Defending champions Team Canada West plays in Group A with Russia and Switzerland, while Team Canada East is in Group B with the Czech Republic and the United States.

“"The CJHL is extremely proud and excited to bring this event to Bonnyville,” said Kirk Lamb, president of the CJHL. “The community, the volunteers and the fans will create an excellent atmosphere for the teams and will be treated to exceptional competition in return.”


Community impact

Previous editions of the World Junior A Challenge have generated more than $3 million in total economic activity in the host community and province. In addition to the local economic boom, net profits from the event stay in the community to benefit youngsters playing the game at a grassroots level.

This is the second time the event is held in an Alberta community since the tournament’s inception; Camrose hosted the World Junior A Challenge in 2008.

“We are very pleased with our partnership with the CJHL that allows its players to compete at this high-calibre tournament and represent Canada,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “With its 125 communities, the CJHL is a strong part of the Canadian hockey fabric from coast to coast to coast. By hosting events like the World Junior A Challenge collaboratively with the CJHL, we are able to leave a strong legacy, raise funds for local hockey programs, and create an economic impact in excess of $3 million in the host community.”

The first-place team in each group will receive a bye to the semifinals on Thursday, Dec. 15, with the second-place and third-place teams crossing over for the quarterfinals Wednesday, Dec. 14. The losers of the semifinals will meet for the bronze medal on Friday, Dec. 16, while the winners will face off for gold on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took the top prize in 2011 and 2015. The team also earned silver in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and won bronze in 2013. Canada East earned silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008.

For more information on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/WJAC.

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Get your kid in the game with The First Shift

Bauer and Hockey Canada’s The First Shift returns to Alberta again this season, with a new partner: Canadian Tire.

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.

More than 144 the First Shift programs have been confirmed for the 2016-17 season in provinces right across the country, many of whom are already fully subscribed. The response from Canadian families is no surprise to program organizers.

“Since those first four pilots in the spring of 2014, the interest in the First Shift has continued to grow, and it has not been an unusual occurrence for us to have to turn away interested families – in fact, it’s much more common for us to see the programs over-subscribed than under,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada. “As much as Canada identifies with hockey as a symbol of our country and our citizenship, for parents who didn’t grow up playing the game – be it new Canadians or simply didn’t take part in the sport themselves growing up – The First Shift provides an easy way for them to let their kids try out the sport, and for them to become familiar with hockey’s fundamentals and the basics of the game and the equipment.

“We’ve found a substantive market for The First Shift, and are really excited about the opportunity to welcome one of Hockey Canada’s long-standing partners, Canadian Tire, to the program as we seek to reach double the number of Canadian families this season alone.”

This year, the First Shift returns to 59 communities, while 64 new communities will welcome the program. All programs are run locally by minor hockey associations, and powered by volunteers.


Growing the female game

New this season are 14 all-girl programs. The First Shift has always been open to both boys and girls, but one all-girl program was piloted in 2015-16 in Quebec, and this year, more communities have come on board as part of their strategy to grow the female game in their areas.

With an emphasis on fun, the First Shift allows kids ages 6-10 to easily try hockey for $199, which includes enrollment for a six-week, on-ice curriculum and head-to-toe BAUER equipment that each child can keep. The initiative began in 2014 with four pilot programs in Ontario and Nova Scotia, expanded the following year to 35 programs, and doubled to 81 programs delivered in the 2015-16 hockey season.

Based on surveys of families and parents whose children participated in the First Shift, 86 per cent of participants re-enroll into hockey in the First Shift Transition Program, 100 per cent of parents said their kids had fun, and 100 per cent of parents would recommend the program to a friend.

To learn more about the First Shift and how to register, please visit TheFirstShift.ca.

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

Fall Programs:

  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie
  • Calgary
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Cold Lake
  • Sherwood Park

Winter Programs:

  • Calgary
  • St. Albert
  • Grande Prairie
  • Edmonton
  • Sherwood Park
  • Lac La Biche

For more information on the program nearest you, please visit the Program Locator section at http://www.thefirstshift.ca

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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Pembina doubles grant – almost 60 sets of ice dividers awarded

RED DEER – The response was overwhelming, with nearly 60 minor hockey associations across Alberta applying to receive ice dividers to help operate Hockey Alberta’s Initiation Program within their organizations.

And Pembina Pipeline Corporation has responded by ensuring that every eligible applicant has a set of divider boards in place for the 2016-17 season.

The Initiation Program encourages associations to have dividers in place to split the ice into smaller sections, thereby providing an emphasis on skill development and safety for players six years and under.

Pembina Pipeline and Hockey Alberta originally partnered on a special grant program that would see Pembina fund approximately 30 sets of divider boards for the upcoming season. However, Pembina agreed to double the grant, thereby ensuring none of this year’s applicants are left out.

“We all know that when we sign our kids up for hockey, we’re doing it to provide them with an opportunity to be a part of a team, learn some new skills, and get some exercise, all in a safe and fun environment. We also know that many families and communities have been hit hard by the economic downturn and that having to purchase temporary boards or foam rink dividers in addition to annual fees would be an additional financial burden. This is a real opportunity for Pembina to get involved, as it hits so many of our core values,” said Don Carter, Pembina’s Athabasca District Manager.

The goal of the grant program is to remove the financial burden for Minor Hockey Associations who require these divider boards.

“We were very pleased with the overwhelming response from our associations, as it shows the importance of offering the Initiation Program for their youngest players,” said Mike Klass, Senior Manager, Business Operations, for Hockey Alberta. “Then, we were ecstatic when Pembina agreed to enhance the grant program, thereby ensuring every eligible applicant would receive divider boards.”

Associations receiving support for divider boards to help operate the Initiation Program are: Airdrie, Blackfalds, Bonnyville, Bowden, Camrose, Castor, Clairmont, Claresholm, Coaldale, Crossfield, Delburne, Drayton Valley, Eckville, Edmonton, Edson, Foothills, Fort Macleod, Fort McMurray, Fort Saskatchewan, Girls Hockey Calgary, Grande Prairie, Hanna, Innisfail, Kneehill, Lac La Biche, Lake Bonavista, Leduc, Lethbridge, Manning, Medicine Hat, Midnapore, Millet, New Sarepta, Pembina, Picture Butte, Red Deer, Redwater, Rocky Mountain House, Rycroft, Sherwood Park, Southwest, Spruce View, St. Paul, Sturgeon, Sylvan Lake, Vegreville, Vulcan, Wabamun, and Winfield.

The dividers are scheduled to be delivered in October.


About the Grant Program:

The grant was available to associations using the Initiation Guidelines in the 2016-17 season. Associations could apply for a full set of foam rink dividers (valued at approximately $3,000) or for funding towards the cost of a set of puck board rink dividers (valued at approximately $6,000).

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Hockey Alberta – proudly unveiling our new visual identity

RED DEER – The newest chapter in the 109-year history of Hockey Alberta begins today.

The body that has overseen amateur hockey in the province since its inception in 1907 is proud to unveil its new visual identity.

The new logo combines a number of elements that focus on how to best represent hockey in Alberta.

Alberta is represented through the use of the official gold and blue colours of the province; a stylized letter ‘A’ that also forms the profile of a net; and the inclusion of the Alberta wordmark at the base of the logo. In addition to the profile of the net, hockey is represented by the silhouette of a player. The player reflects Hockey Alberta’s new Mission statement (adopted in 2015) which focuses on ensuring that all players have the opportunity to participate and enjoy the sport, as well as Hockey Alberta’s status as a member of Hockey Canada.

“We believe the new logo connects our entire organization. For our players from each corner of the province, from grassroots to elite, and for all of our stakeholders who work so hard to ensure everyone has a positive experience in the sport, the new Hockey Alberta brand reflects our pride in our sport in our province,” said Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Alberta.


Hockey Alberta staff proudly celebrate and display the organization’s new logo.

The new logo was created in conjunction with Paul Ongaro of Stadium Sportswear in Edmonton. It replaces the Hockey Alberta logo that had been in place since 2003, and the Team Alberta logo developed over the past decade.

The new visual identity can be noticed immediately at the Hockey Alberta office in Red Deer, where new exterior signage has been installed; on the website at hockeyalberta.ca; on the cover of the 2016-17 Bylaws and Regulations book (also available in digital form on the website); and on all of Hockey Alberta’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube).

The logo will adorn the jerseys worn by on-ice officials this season, as well as Hockey Alberta’s provincial team jerseys. Unveilings of the new Team Alberta jerseys will be held in the fall for the U16 Male team competing at the Western Canada Challenge (Oct. 18-23) in Calgary, and the U18 Female squad heading to the National Women’s U18 championship (Nov. 9-13) in Regina.

The transition to the new visual identity will continue throughout the fall with a new logo for the Hockey Alberta Foundation, new signage for Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centres located in Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton; new event and program logos; and new-look stationery and clothing items.

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Team Alberta U18 Female shortlist roster announced

RED DEER - Twenty-seven female hockey players born in 1999-2001 have taken the next step in Hockey Alberta’s U18 Female program.

Team Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the squad that will participate in Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Regina. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, 9 defence, and 15 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 12-17. 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.

“We had a great Provincial Camp in Camrose, and were very pleased with level of talent displayed by all 46 players,” said Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator of Team Alberta, Female. “The 27 shortlisted athletes worked hard to take the next step, and we look forward to seeing what they can bring to Fall Camp in September.”

Team staff includes: Carla MacLeod (head coach), Cassea Schols and Grant Glowinski (assistant coaches), Amanda Tapp (goalie/video coach), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Amanda Kopjar (equipment manager), and Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning).

The shortlisted players will attend a fall camp in Calgary September 23-25, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster.

The national championship event, set for November 9-13, brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada in an eight-team tournament that will feature teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario (Red and White), Quebec and Atlantic.

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Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist Announced

RED DEER – Thirty-two 2001-born players have advanced to the next stage in Hockey Alberta’s U16 Male program.

Team Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the squad that will participate in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in the fall. The shortlist includes four goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 18 forwards.

Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist Roster >

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta program performance, and at the U16 Provincial Camp in Camrose, July 5-10. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“We were very impressed with the group of athletes we had at Summer Camp this year,” said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “The next step now is for our team staff to evaluate these 32 players as they compete against their peers, and select our final roster for the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.”

The staff for the team includes: Bram Stephen (head coach), Matt Keillor and Spiros Anastas (assistant coaches), Ryan Allen (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Jamie Porter (head scout), Karyn Fanstone (athletic therapist), and Dave Campbell (equipment manager).

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 Challenge Cup brings together the top U16 players from Western Canada with teams representing British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Alberta Official making the jump to the NHL

The National Hockey League has hired four new officials for the 2016-17 season, including Medicine Hat’s Chris Schlenker.

From scoutingtherefs.com:

Schlenker, 31, was recently named the WHL’s top official, having received the Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy earlier this year. He completed his third season in the WHL, working the Finals as well as being named to officiate the 2016 Memorial Cup. Schlenker made his professional debut on October 17, 2015, working a game between the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and Albany Devils.

Schlenker, from Medicine Hat, Alberta, played in the WHL. He suited up with the Regina Pats and Prince Albert Raiders from 2001-2005, picking up 786 penalty minutes along the way. The blueliner headed to Europe for a season before returning home and trading his stick for a whistle.

“You just keep your head down and keep working, control what you can control and hope the rest takes care of itself,” said Schlenker at the WHL’s awards banquet. “The last five years it’s kind of gone from junior A to the Western Hockey League and the American League this year. I’ve been pretty fortunate to be in the position I’m in and I’ve had lots of help along the way.”

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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 30 – July 3

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 5-10

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 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary.


Officials Development Camp, July 5-10

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 ATB Alberta Cup zone camps, and progressing to the ATB Alberta Cup competition.


Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp, July 12-17

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 National Women’s Under 18 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan November 9-13.


AJHL Development Camp, July 19-24

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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Sam Steel (left-centre) and Kale Clague (right-centre), seen here celebrating Team Alberta’s 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup victory, are two of the 16 Albertans selected at this year’s NHL Entry Draft. (Photo by LA Media)


16 Albertans taken at 2016 NHL Entry Draft

When the 2016 NHL Entry Draft wrapped up on Saturday in Buffalo, 16 Albertans had heard their names called by an NHL team.

Calgary’s Jake Bean was the first to take the stage after the Carolina Hurricanes drafted the highly-touted defenceman in the first round, 13th overall.

Sam Steel, a Sherwood Park native, was the second and final Albertan drafted in the first round, taken 30th overall by the Anaheim Ducks.

The second round featured a pair of players drafted by their hometown teams, with Edmonton’s Tyler Benson and Cochrane’s Dillon Dube drafted 32nd and 56th overall by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, respectively. Former Team Alberta Captain Kale Clague of Lloydminster was also taken in the second round, going 51st overall to the Los Angeles Kings.

Another Sherwood Park product, Carter Hart, 2016 WHL (Western Conference) and CHL Goaltender of the Year, was the lone netminder drafted from Alberta, as he went 48th overall in the second round to the Philadelphia Flyers. Hart was the first goaltender taken in the NHL draft.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

13th Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen) Carolina Hurricanes Defence Calgary
30th Sam Steel (Regina Pats) Anaheim Ducks Forward Sherwood Park

SECOND ROUND

32nd Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants) Edmonton Oilers Forward Edmonton
48th Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Sherwood Park
51st Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings) Los Angeles Kings Defence Lloydminster
56th Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets) Calgary Flames Forward Cochrane

THIRD ROUND

74th Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs) Carolina Hurricanes Forward Calgary
82nd Carsen Twarynski (Calgary Hitmen) Philadelphia Flyers Forward Calgary
85th Joshua Mahura (Red Deer Rebels) Anaheim Ducks Defence Edmonton

FOURTH ROUND

111th Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw Warriors) San Jose Sharks Forward Beaumont

FIFTH ROUND

133rd Maxime Lajoie (Swift Current Broncos) Ottawa Senators Defence Calgary
144th Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels) St. Louis Blues Forward High River

SIXTH ROUND

159th Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels) Buffalo Sabres Forward Morinville
166th Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals) Calgary Flames Forward Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

200th David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers) New York Islanders Defence Edmonton
204th Brayden Chizen (Kelowna Rockets) Minnesota Wild Defence St. Albert

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Twenty-one Albertans invited to 2016 National Teams’ Summer Showcase

CALGARY – The top 196 players in Canada have been invited to attend Hockey Canada’s men’s camps as part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26-Aug. 6, with 21 Albertans on the list.

In its second summer, the National Teams’ Summer Showcase will bring together Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp (44 players) and Canada’s national under-17 development camp (111 players) in Calgary, at the Markin MacPhail Centre from July 26-Aug. 2. Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (41 players) will be hosted in Toronto July 30-Aug 2, and will feature a four-game series against the U.S., Sweden, and Finland from Aug. 3-6 in Plymouth, Mich.

Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, was responsible for all player selections, with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario) for the under-17 roster along with branch representatives, and with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League for the under-18 and under-20 rosters.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have across the country, and for our coaches and scouts to evaluate the players in our programs,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “These camps are key in selecting our international teams for the 2016-17 season, and we are looking forward to hosting 196 players as they work towards their ultimate goal of wearing the maple leaf.”

U20 Camp Participants:

Cart Hart (Sherwood Park)
Zach Sawchenko (Calgary)
Jake Bean (Calgary)
Dillon Dubé (Cochrane)
Nick Merkley (Calgary)

U18 Camp Participants:

Ian Scott (Calgary)
Brayden Gorda (Edmonton)
Ian Mitchell (Calahoo)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary)

U17 Camp Participants:

Carl Stankowski (Calgary)
Sean Comrie (Edmonton)
Jacob Herauf (Sherwood Park)
Jayden Platz (St. Albert)
Ty Smith (Lloydminster)
Jonathan Tychonick (Calgary)
Paycen Bjorklund (Grande Prairie)
Elijah Brown (Edmonton)
Eric Florchuk (Fort Saskatchewan)
Tristen Nielsen (Calgary/Fort St. John, B.C. )
Josh Tarzwell (Red Deer)
Chase Wouters (Lloydminster)

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, visit HockeyCanada.ca

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The Big Play program returns for a second season

CALGARY – Families looking for financial assistance in placing their children in minor hockey can now apply for The Big Play program for the 2016-17 season.

In its second season, The Big Play is an initiative by Hockey Canada and Jumpstart, aimed at bringing 30,000 kids into the game of hockey over three years.

The vision of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is: Canada, where all kids have a chance to fulfill their dreams. Jumpstart’s core purpose is to enrich the lives of kids in financial need through sports and physical activity.

Jumpstart is a registered charity that helps kids from financially disadvantaged families participate in organized sports and physical activity. National in scope, but local in its focus, Jumpstart delivers support to children and youth through a Canada-wide network of Chapters and Community Partners.

More Information > | Apply for The Big Play >

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Saturday night’s hot stove panel (from left): Kalle Valiaho (Finnish Ice Hockey Association), Kyle Rehman (NHL Official), Justin Fesyk (Hockey Alberta), Brad Lukowich (former NHL player), and moderator Rob Kerr (Sportsney 960 The Fan).


2016 Coaches Conference puts the focus on player development

CALGARY – As the inaugural Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference wrapped up on Sunday in Calgary, coaches departed with one resonating theme: process over outcome.

More than 80 coaches of all levels from across the province took part in the two-day conference, hearing from 17 of the top minds in the game.

The weekend opened with a keynote address from Dr. Stephen Norris, who challenged coaches to take a hard look at what the future looks like, and to focus that future on the children. Norris also talked about the importance of giving the game back to the players, as it is their game.

Following Dr. Norris on Saturday was Corey McNabb, Director Hockey Development, Hockey Canada (linking practice to games); Jeff Truitt, Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels (special teams); Dr. Matt Brown, Mental Training Consultant (mental preparation and awareness); Barry Medori, High Performance Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta (creating a team culture); David Marcoux, Goaltending Coach. Carolina Hurricanes (goalie strategies and goal scoring); and Guy Gadowsky, Head Coach Men’s Hockey, Penn State University (teaching habits over systems).

Saturday’s program wrapped up with a hot stove panel, hosted by Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s Rob Kerr, featuring Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager, Hockey Development Justin Fesyk, Finnish Ice Hockey Association Regional Coach Kalle Valiaho, NHL officiale Kyle Rehman, and former NHL player and two-time Stanley Cup champion Brad Lukowich.

On Sunday, Tyler Dellow, an Analytics Consultant with the Edmonton Oilers, opened with a presentation on analytics, breaking down what they really mean and how they can be employed by minor hockey coaches.

Sunday’s program also included Steve Hamilton, Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings (coaching the ‘right way’); Fran Gow, Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta, and Vice President, Hockey Operations of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (game and bench management); Bert Gilling, Head Coach Men’s Hockey, Mount Royal University (the transition game), Shaun Clouston, Head Coach, Medicine Hat Tigers (creating a blueprint for success), and Mel Davidson, General Manager, Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Programs (preparing for short-term competition).

To close out the weekend, Valiaho spoke about international excellence, outlining the similarities and differences in the development of coaches and players in Finland, compared to the process in Alberta.

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Dr. Stephen Norris ready to challenge coaches at 2016 Coaches Conference

Calgary – A week removed from his keynote address at Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting, Dr. Stephen Norris has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Coaches Conference.

Dr. Norris headlines a group of 14 speakers set to present during the two-day conference at Mount Royal University in Calgary June 18-19.

During his presentation on Friday, members of Alberta’s hockey community were challenged by Dr. Norris to take a serious look at what the future looks like, and to remember that the future needs to focus on the children in their organization. A similar challenge will likely be put forth to the coaches in attendance this weekend as Dr. Norris focuses on the roles of coaches and the effects they have on athletes.

Dr. Norris is a Consultant, Performance and Development with Hockey Canada, after previously serving as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at the WinSport Canada in Calgary. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

Along with presentations, coaches will take part in an interactive hot stove, breakout sessions, social and networking opportunities. The full list of confirmed speakers/topics is as follows:

  • Dr. Stephen Norris (Consultant, Performance and Development, Hockey Canada) – Keynote Address
  • Kalle Valiaho (Regional Coach, Finnish Ice Hockey Association) – International Excellence
  • Mel Davidson (General Manager, National Women’s Team Programs) – Preparing for Short Term Competition
  • Guy Gadowsky (Head Coach, Penn State University Men’s team) – Teaching Habits over Systems
  • Shaun Clouston (Head Coach/General Manager, Medicine Hat Tigers) – Creating a Blueprint for Success
  • Steve Hamilton (Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings) – Coaching the Right Way
  • David Marcoux (Goaltending Coach, Carolina Hurricanes) – Goalie Strategies and Goal Scoring
  • Jeff Truitt (Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels) - Special Teams
  • Corey McNabb (Director of Hockey Development, Hockey Canada) – Linking Practice to Games
  • Bert Gilling (Head Coach, Mount Royal University Cougars Men’s team) – The Transition Game
  • Tyler Dellow (Analytics Consultant, Edmonton Oilers) - Stats and Analytics
  • Barry Medori (Team Alberta Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta) – Creating a Team Culture
  • Fran Gow (Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta/VP Hockey Operations, AJHL) – Game and Bench Management
  • Matt Brown (Mental Training Consultant) – Mental Preparation and Awareness

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference is open to coaches of all levels. The registration fee is $350, and includes conference presentations and breakout sessions, conference program/speaker materials, a registration gift, two lunches, one breakfast, one supper and a coaches social, and draw prizes.

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Curtis Nichols (left) accepts the 2016 Chair of the Board Award from Board Chair Terry Engen.


Nichols receives Chair’s award at 109th Hockey Alberta AGM

RED DEER - Terry Engen and Fran Zinger will return to their positions as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta).

Engen and Zinger were declared elected to their positions for three year terms during the 109th Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

Along with the election of officers, four notices of motion were passed. Included among the approved motions were changing the title Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer, and amending the date for the annual general meeting to require it to be held within six months of the end of fiscal year.


(From left) back row: Jerrold Lemko (Director at Large), Dave Sevalrud (Director at Large),
Rob Virgil (Past Chair), Rob Litwinski (CEO), Terry Engen (Chair), Len Samletzki (Director of Finance),
Fran Zinger (Vice Chair) and Freb Horbay (Director at Large). Front row: Life Members Bob Clark,
Don Gatto, Marv Bird and Ernie Boruk.

A highlight of the annual general meeting is the presentation, by Terry Engen, of the Chair of the Board Award. The 2016 recipient is Curtis Nichols, who has been a long time on-ice official, supervisor, zone executive member, and is the former chair of the Referee Council.

A number of Operational Committee volunteers were recognized for their years of dedicated service. Sherry Haarstad was recognized for 10 years as a volunteer, while Jamie Salm, Janet Fairless, Sherri Barrett, Connie Anderson and Michelle Malbeuf were recognized for five years of service.


Sherry Haarstad (centre) receives her 10 year service award from Rob Litwinski (left) and Terry Engen (right).

Several long-time volunteers who are not returning for 2016-17 were also recognized, including: Barrett (Zone 5 Minor Administration Coordinator), Craig Decoursey (Referee Committee), Craig Reid (Operations Advisory Committee), and Lil Fulton (Junior/Senior Female Committee).

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From left: Tim Leer, Colin Derko (Boyle Minor Hockey), Paul Isaac, Boris Rybalka, Rob Dawson, Kevin Kobelka (Hockey Calgary), and Rod Bischke.


Individuals and MHAs honoured with 2016 Hockey Alberta Awards

RED DEER – Six individuals and two minor hockey associations have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to hockey in Alberta.

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Awards were handed out during an awards luncheon Saturday afternoon, sponsored by BFL Canada, as part of Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting.

Minor Hockey Association Executive of the Year: Rod Bischke (Olds Minor Hockey)
Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Hockey Calgary
Meritorious Awards: Rob Dawson, Gary Snydmiller
Provincial Championships Exception Host Site Award: Boyle Minor Hockey (Peewee D Provincials)
Hockey Development Awards: Wade Borynec, Boris Rybalka, Tim Leer

Recipients of the 2016 Referee Committee Awards were also recognized during the luncheon:

Ernie Boruk Award: Craig Decoursey (Cochrane)
Dave Ganley Award: Paul Isaac (Sundre), Ken Dentzien (Sturgeon County)

Zone award winners:

  • South Zone: Ken Heggie (Raymond)
  • Central Zone: Dave Coles, Chris Bruce, and Laurie Rutherford (Calgary)
  • North Central Zone: Brent Ramsay (Spruce View)
  • North Zone: Darryl Holt (Leduc County), Shelley Knowlton (St. Albert) and Jim McAuley (Edmonton)
  • North East Zone: Phil Bexson (Marwayne)
  • Peace Zone: Al Petersen (Grande Prairie)

Award Winner Bios >

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Dr. Stephen Norris, keynote speaker for Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference, spoke about growing our game.


Do what’s best for the children in your minor hockey association: Dr. Stephen Norris

RED DEER – Members of Alberta’s hockey community were challenged to take a serious look at what the future looks like, and to remember that the future needs to focus on the children in their organization.

The challenge came from Dr. Stephen Norris, Consultant Performance and Development with Hockey Canada. He was the keynote speaker on Friday to kick off Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

Norris told the approximately 150 people in attendance that it is their job to step beyond the gossip that tends to dominate their time, and to overcome the existing practices and common ways of doing things to help ensure the future success and existence of the sport. He cited the statistic that hockey in Canada sees a 50 per cent drop in player numbers at each age level.

"We need to think even more creatively in how we are going to keep this sport alive in this province," said Norris. "If you add up all the years of experience in hockey in this room, we should be able to solve anything. But we don’t allow ourselves to."

Norris said that the focus must be on what is best for the players, the children who are interested in playing hockey.

"When kids start playing hockey in Initiation, we have no idea where they’re going in their lives," Norris said. "If we do our jobs well, when they graduate from minor hockey, if they say they learned a lot, and had a great time, you will have done your job. The most precious commodity we have in this commodity-rich province is our children."

The focus of the 2016 Hockey Conference is “Building Your Team”. The goal is help those in attendance develop techniques to:

  • Influence people to embrace change and strive towards being an organization that provides positive experiences for all participants
  • Educate on the reasons why change is beneficial by considering age/level appropriate programming
  • Implement a structure that enables the organization to establish and operate successful programs.

"As you soon as you step up and say, ’I want to be involved,’ there is a responsibility," said Norris.

Following the keynote presentation, Norris was joined in a round-table panel discussion by Keith Hansen, retired volleyball coach at Red Deer College and member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta.

During the round-table discussion, the panel talked about some of the key aspects that resonated for them from Norris’ comments in their respective areas of athletics.

Radford talked about the challenges that can exist in putting together a successful administrative team, and the importance of ensuring diversity and a variety of personalities, philosophies and opinions.

Hansen outlined some of the developments that occurred in the world of volleyball at younger age divisions to help overall skill development for all 12 players on a team. He suggested that to reduce the number of players leaving the sport hockey needed to take a new look at how training occurs for athletes at all ages.

And Litwinski reminded everyone that real change has to be inspired locally, it is not something that can be mandated by a provincial body.

Norris previously served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at Winsport Canada. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

The Hockey Conference runs through Saturday, with morning and afternoon sessions focused on guiding and assisting Hockey Operations and Hockey Development personnel to better provide positive services and experiences to the players, and other hockey stakeholders, in their associations.

Other events on Saturday include the annual Hockey Alberta Awards luncheon, and the Annual General Meeting.

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Olds to host 2017 Alberta Challenge

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Olds as the host site of the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

The bid was submitted by Olds College and the Town of Olds, who will partner to plan and execute the tournament, set for May 4-7, 2017.

"Olds College and the Town of Olds are thrilled to be a part of developing future leaders in female hockey and our Host Organizing Committee is committed to providing a unique and memorable experience for all participants and staff of the 2017 Alberta Challenge in Olds," said Host Organizing Committee Chair Trina Radcliffe.

“Hockey Alberta and Team Alberta are looking forward to bringing the 2017 Alberta Challenge to Olds,” said Team Alberta Manager Michael Kraichy. “The community put together an excellent bid package and hosted a great facility tour, and we’re confident the event will be a major success.”

Olds is no stranger to hosting Hockey Alberta events, having most recently held the 2015 Midget Female A Provincial Championships, and the 2015 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta Female Development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years when the Alberta Winter Games are not held. The province is divided into North and South regions, with three teams selected from each region. The six teams compete in the Alberta Challenge tournament May 4-7.

Alberta Challenge Information >

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2016 Hockey Alberta Referee Committee award and scholarship winners

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce recipients of Referee Committee awards and scholarships for 2016.

The winners were revealed at the 2016 Referee Committee Annual General Meeting, which was held in Red Deer this past weekend.

Ernie Boruk Award: Craig Decoursey (Cochrane)


Craig Decoursey (left) receives his 2016 Ernie Boruk Award.

The Ernie Boruk Award is presented annually to an individual in appreciation of outstanding dedication and contribution to the
Hockey Alberta Referee Committee.


Dave Ganley Award: Paul Isaac (Sundre), Ken Dentzien (Sturgeon County)


Paul Issac (right) receives the Dave Ganley Award as one of two winners.

The Dave Ganley Award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Hockey Officiating in Alberta.


Zone award winners:

  • South Zone: Ken Heggie (Raymond)
  • Central Zone: Dave Coles, Chris Bruce, and Laurie Rutherford (Calgary)
  • North Central Zone: Brent Ramsay (Spruce View)
  • North Zone: Darryl Holt (Leduc County), Shelley Knowlton (St. Albert) and Jim McAuley (Edmonton)
  • North East Zone: Phil Bexson (Marwayne)
  • Peace Zone: Al Petersen (Grande Prairie)

Referee Committee Scholarship Recipients: Cole Feth (Camrose), Matthew Moldenhauer (Calgary) & Matt Wass (Medicine Hat)

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2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference adds international flair

CALGARY – The inaugural Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference will have an international feel, as Kalle Valiaho of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association is among the 13 speakers already confirmed for the two-day event.

Along with Valiaho, attendees can look forward to hearing from Mel Davidson, General Manager of the National Women’s Team programs, Penn State University Head Coach Guy Gadowski, and Medicine Hat Tigers Head Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston, fresh off a stint as Head Coach of Team Canada at the IIHF U18 World Championship.

Along with presentations, coaches will take part in an interactive hot stove, breakout sessions, social and networking opportunities. The full list of confirmed speakers/topics is as follows:

  • Kalle Valiaho (Regional Coach, Finnish Ice Hockey Association) – International Excellence
  • Mel Davidson (General Manager, National Women’s Team Programs) – Preparing for Short Term Competition
  • Guy Gadowsky (Head Coach, Penn State University Men’s team) – Teaching Habits over Systems
  • Shaun Clouston (Head Coach/General Manager, Medicine Hat Tigers) – Creating a Blueprint for Success
  • Steve Hamilton (Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings) – Coaching the Right Way
  • David Marcoux (Goaltending Coach, Carolina Hurricanes) – Goalie Strategies and Goal Scoring
  • Jeff Truitt (Associate Coach, Red Deer Rebels) - Special Teams
  • Corey McNabb (Director of Hockey Development, Hockey Canada) – Linking Practice to Games
  • Bert Gilling (Head Coach, Mount Royal University Cougars Men’s team) – The Transition Game
  • Tyler Dellow (Analytics Consultant, Edmonton Oilers) - Stats and Analytics
  • Barry Medori (Team Alberta Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta) – Creating a Team Culture
  • Fran Gow (Provincial Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta/VP Hockey Operations, AJHL) – Game and Bench Management
  • Matt Brown (Mental Training Consultant) – Mental Preparation and Awareness

The list of speakers will be updated regularly in the days leading up to the conference.

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Coaches Conference is open to coaches of all levels.The registration fee is $350, and includes conference presentations and breakout sessions, conference program/speaker materials, a registration gift, two lunches, one breakfast, one supper and a coaches social, and draw prizes.

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Dr. Stephen Norris confirmed as keynote speaker at Hockey Conference

RED DEER – Dr. Stephen Norris will be the keynote speaker to open Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

The keynote address by Norris will kick off two days of sessions and discussions for members of the amateur hockey community in Alberta focused on “Building Your Team.”

Norris is a Consultant, Performance and Development with Hockey Canada, after previously serving as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at the WinSport Canada in Calgary. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.

Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference provides the opportunity for member Minor Hockey Associations, Senior and Junior Club teams, Sport Schools, league administrators, and other hockey industry people, coaches, parents and officials to participate in interactive sessions targeted at some of the hottest topics in the game today.

Following the keynote address on Friday, Norris joins a round table panel to continue the discussion about “Building Your Team”. The goal is help those in attendance develop techniques to:

  • Influence people to embrace change and strive towards being an organization that provides positive experiences for all participants
  • Educate on the reasons why change is beneficial by considering age/level appropriate programming
  • Implement a structure that enables the organization to establish and operate successful programs.

The panelists bring expertise from the financial, sports and volunteer sectors: Lee Deary, Branch Manager, ATB Financial; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta.

On Saturday, the focus on “Building Your Team” will continue in two streams - one for Hockey Operations personnel, the other Hockey Development staff.

Sessions for Hockey Operations include Strategic Governance and Leadership (led by Scott Robinson, CEO of the 2019 Canada Winter Games), and Efficient Conduct Management (led by Jeremy Haluschak and Ray Boudreau from Hockey Alberta). Sessions for Hockey Development include Affecting the Athlete Experience through Coaching (led by Hockey Alberta’s Fran Gow), and The Athlete Development Matrix (led by Hockey Alberta’s Justin Fesyk). There will also be a joint session on Managing Change Within Your Community, which will feature representatives from several Minor Hockey Associations sharing best practices they have employed to build or restructure their organizations.

Saturday’s schedule also includes the BFL Hockey Alberta Awards Luncheon, and the Annual General Meeting. The AGM, which starts at 4 pm, is the final event of the weekend, and includes elections for positions available on the Board of Directors.

For the complete weekend itinerary, and to register, click here.

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Team Alberta releases U18 Female summer camp invites

RED DEER - Forty-six female hockey players are now one step closer to lacing up for Team Alberta at the 2016 National Women’s Under 18 Championship.

Hockey Alberta has extended invitations to 46 athletes born 1999-2001 to compete at Team Alberta’s U18 Female Summer Development Camp, which runs July 12-17 in Camrose. The list includes six goalies, 16 defense, and 24 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp Invite List >

“We’re looking forward to seeing how these 46 athletes perform under elevated pressure at the upcoming camp in Camrose. The level of competition will be extremely high, with a chance to represent Alberta at the U18 Championship on the line.” said Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator of Team Alberta, Female.

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 2016 National Women’s Under 18 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan, November 9-13.

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Terry Ledingham (right) with fellow 2016 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductee George Kingston.


Terry Ledingham awarded Hockey Canada Order of Merit

Former Hockey Alberta President Terry Ledingham was one of three recipients of the Hockey Canada Order of Merit Award, presented during Hockey Canada’s Spring Congress in Moncton, NB on the weekend. The Order of Merit is presented to individuals who have “served amateur hockey faithfully”.

Ledingham, from Bon Accord, has devoted his life to making a difference in the game of hockey, beginning in 1967. He’s held numerous roles – ranging from equipment manager, vice-president of a hockey league, and president of a minor hockey association to Zone director, vice president and eventually president of Hockey Alberta in 2007. He also served five years on Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors.

The following is a full overview of Ledingham’s hockey involvement. A summary of all award winners recognized by Hockey Canada is available here.

Also receiving Order of Merit Awards were Tom Donovan (Quispamsis, NB) and Judy Bain (Kenora, ON).


Terry Ledingham

2016 Hockey Canada Order of Merit Award (West)

Terry Ledingham always wanted to make a difference in the game. In the beginning, that meant the self-described rink rat sold tickets and programs and did security for the Junior A Crosstown Motor City Maple Leafs. Nearly five decades later that meant sitting on the Board of Directors for the sport’s national governing body. For this lifetime of devotion to – and indeed, making a difference in – the game, Hockey Canada is proud to present its Order of Merit to Terry Ledingham.

Since that first foray to the rink in 1967, Terry has created a lifetime of hockey memories not only for himself but for thousands of kids across Alberta. He’s been an equipment manager and a trainer, a road manager and a registrar, a sports director and a coach, the vice-president of a hockey league and the president of a minor hockey association.

In 1997, Terry took his first position with Hockey Alberta. Three years sitting on the Zone 2 Minor Council were followed by three more as the zone’s director. After two-year terms as Hockey Alberta vice-president of operations and vice-president of development, Terry was elected president. Terry went on to serve five years on Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors.

The success stories started early for Terry. He worked with his home community of Bon Accord, as well as neighbouring Gibbons, to form one minor hockey association, ensuring that the residents of the two small populations would have teams to call their own.

By the time he became a zone chairman for Hockey Alberta in the late 1990s, he was overseeing 39 minor hockey associations with teams spread across nine different leagues, handling registration, travel permits, discipline, clinics and provincial tournaments. In this role, Terry helped form a pilot project, Zone Team, to improve how operations are run in each zone.

When it comes to how the game is played, Terry has always understood that it’s not just fun first; it’s fun and safety first. Over the years he’s sat on committees dedicated to body-checking review, discipline and match penalties, he chaired the Risk and Safety Committee and he presently sits on the Second-Stage Appeal Committee for Hockey Alberta.

As Hockey Alberta’s vice-president of development he worked on a project that examined why body-checking should be taken out of lower levels of hockey. His concern and attention to detail extended beyond those who jump over the boards. As Hockey Alberta president, in 2008 he oversaw the mandate that all coaches, trainers, guest coaches and volunteers wear a helmet when on the ice during practice.

In his role as president, Terry accomplished two of his proudest achievements: opening up the first regional development centre in Grande Prairie and setting up an agreement with Hockey North that allowed their kids to come south and play at a higher level in Alberta.

In recent years Terry has taken great pride in working both with players at Hockey Canada’s national events and with national teams at IIHF events. In 2010, he was the board rep with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, the year the team won its first IIHF Women’s World U18 Championship.

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Hockey Calgary expands non-body checking options, restructures Atom leagues

Hockey Calgary has announced changes that should have a positive impact for players at the Atom, Bantam and Midget levels.

Following a pilot program in 2015-16 where body checking was not allowed in Bantam 4 division and below, Hockey Calgary is expanding non-body checking options to include the Midget Division:

  • Body checking will not be permitted within the Bantam 4 division and below within Hockey Calgary league, exhibition or tournament play (same as 2015-16)
  • Body checking’ will not be permitted within the Midget 5 division and below within Hockey Calgary league, exhibition or tournament play

Body Checking - Details >

Hockey Calgary also announced a pilot program to examine a regional-based Atom League for specific divisions within the city. For the 2016-17 season, the League structure for Atom will be:

  • Divisions 1-3 will continue to play ‘City Wide’ (same as 2015-16)
  • Divisions 4-13 (from 2015-16), will be reduced to three wider bands, divisions 4-6 and play in three regional zones, (south, west and north) with associations required to select evenly evaluated teams to play in each of these divisions.

Details/Announcement >

FAQs League Structure >

For more information, go to the Hockey Calgary website at hockeycalgary.ca.

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Female Bantam and Midget Elite – hosts, recruitment areas announced

The Female Hockey Alberta Development Model (ADM) has been finalized for the 2016-17 season.

The ADM outlines the rules, regulations and operating procedures for all Female AAA and Elite hockey in Alberta. It also includes key dates and deadlines for player movement applications, tryouts, affiliations and registration.

Local Minor Hockey Associations (LMHAs) hosting teams within the Female Hockey ADM have been confirmed, and have started the planning process for the upcoming season. There are no boundaries for Midget AAA, while each Midget and Bantam Elite centre has a defined recruitment area.

The Female Hockey ADM includes an outline of the LMHAs that comprise each Elite centre recruitment area. The area name is listed in brackets below after the host centre name.

Host LMHAs for each category of hockey within the Female Hockey ADM are:

Midget AAA (6 teams)

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Lloydminster
  • Okotoks
  • Red Deer
  • St. Albert

Midget Elite (12 teams)

  • Airdrie (South Central)
  • Calgary (2 teams)
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie (Northwest)
  • Leduc (North Central)
  • Lethbridge (South)
  • Lloydminster (Northeast)
  • Okotoks (Foothills)
  • Red Deer (Central)
  • Sherwood Park (East Capital)
  • St. Albert (West Capital)

Bantam Elite (12 teams)

  • Calgary (2 teams)
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie (Northwest)
  • Leduc (North Central)
  • Lethbridge (South)
  • Lloydminster (Northeast)
  • Okotoks (Foothills)
  • Olds (South Central)
  • Red Deer (Central)
  • Sherwood Park (East Capital)
  • St. Albert (West Capital)

For more information on the Female Athlete Development model:

Female Athlete Development Model >

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Team Alberta Announces U16 Summer Camp invite list

Eighty 2001-born male hockey players have been invited to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s U16 program.

Invitations have been extended to the players to attend the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp, July 5-10 in Camrose.

Team Alberta U16 Summer Camp Invite List >

“We’re very happy with the list of players we’ve invited to our Summer camp, and these players should be very proud of themselves,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “We’re excited to see these players perform under higher expectations, with a chance to compete at the Western Challenge Cup on the line.”

The list includes eight goalies, 24 defensemen, and 48 forwards. The selection process is based on scouting during the 2015-16 season, and at the 2016 Alberta Cup in Canmore in April, where the players were evaluated by Team Alberta staff. 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 in the fall.

The team will compete at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary in October.

Team Alberta U16 Program Information >

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Red Deer set to host 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup | Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack winner

RED DEER – Central Alberta is the place to be for Junior hockey fans the next 10 days, as the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup kicks off in Red Deer.

It’s been more than four decades since the annual Canadian Junior Hockey League championship was last hosted in Alberta, the last time in Calgary in 1974.

The host Red Deer Rebels will look to bring the Memorial Cup back to Alberta after the Edmonton Oil Kings won it just two years ago. The Rebels will square off against the Brandon Wheat Kings (Western Hockey League champions), London Knights (Ontario Hockey League champions), and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions).

The Rebels open the tournament Friday (May 20) at 6:00 p.m. against the Knights. Round-robin play will continue until May 25, with the tournament wrapping up May 29. All games will be played at the Enmax Centrium.

Full Schedule > | Memorial Cup Website >


Fanfest/Special Events

Westerner Park in Red Deer will also be buzzing with activity for the duration of the Memorial Cup. Alongside the on-ice action, Fan Fest will have plenty of activities to entertain the whole family throughout the day. Hockey Alberta will be present at Fanfest every day, offering free activities and giveaways for fans. Fanfest kicks off Friday (May 20) and runs every day during the Memorial Cup.

Fanfest Activities > | Memorial Cup Special Events >


­­­­Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack winner

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Sean Jamieson of Fort Saskatchewan as the winner of the Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack. Sean spent the 2015-16 hockey season as the Head Coach of the Fort Sask Novice C2 Rangers.

"I believe the best part of coaching is the mentorship you provide to all participates involved in the activity you are coaching," said Sean. " Whether it is the young players or the assistant coaches, everyone has to be developed. Having the opportunity to share positive experiences and seeing the development of skill sets has always inspired me to continue to coach."

As a Coach of the Month nominee, Sean was one of more than 150 coaches entered in the draw to win the Memorial Cup prize pack, which includes game tickets, dinner and accommodations.

2015-16 Coach of the Month winners >

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2016 Hockey Conference & AGM Information

Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held June 10-11 in Red Deer.

The 2016 Hockey Conference provides opportunities for member Minor Hockey Associations, Senior and Junior Club Teams, Sport Schools, League Administrators, and other hockey industry people, coaches, parents, and officials to participate in interactive sessions targeted at some of the hottest topics in the game today.

The conference includes guest speakers, presentations, panel discussions and workshops involving people from all different aspects of sport. The weekend also includes an Awards Luncheon and the Annual General Meeting.

Registration > | 2016 Delegate Package >


To book a room(s) at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer with the Hockey Alberta discount, please click the following link:

Reservations >

*The Sheraton has noted on their reservation page that they will hold the group rate for Hockey Alberta while availability permits, or until May 10th (whichever comes first).


For more information, contact Michelle Skilnick; Manager, Hockey Operations.

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The 2016 RBC Cup Host Committee. (Credit: Danielle Nichol / Fivepenny Photos)


Lloydminster welcomes the 2016 RBC Cup

LLOYDMINSTER – The top Junior A teams from across Canada have descended upon Lloydminster for the 2016 RBC Cup.

The annual national event returns to Alberta for the first time since 2011, when it was hosted by the Camrose Kodiaks. Five teams compete in round-robin play starting tomorrow (May 14), with the championship final set for May 22.

Alberta has a double-shot at the title, as the Brooks Bandits, who qualified as the runner-up at the recent Western Canada Cup in Estevan, will join the host Lloydminster Bobcats as Alberta Junior Hockey League representatives. The Bandits are the last AJHL team to hoist the RBC Cup, winning the national Junior A title in 2013.

Joining the Bandits and Bobcats are the West Kelowna Warriors (British Columbia Hockey League), Carleton Place Canadians (Central Canada Hockey League), and the Trenton Golden Hawks (Ontario Junior Hockey League).

The Bandits open their tournament against the Golden Hawks on Saturday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m., with the Bobcats hitting the ice against the Warriors immediately after at 7:30. All games take place at the Centennial Civic Centre.

Full schedule > | RBC Cup Website >

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Pembina, Hockey Alberta partner on grant for Initiation Program rink dividers

RED DEER – Alberta’s youngest hockey players are the focus for a new grant program developed through a partnership between Hockey Alberta and Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

Hockey Alberta has adopted the Initiation Program as the formal structure for players six years and under. A key component of the Initiation Program sees these budding young athletes skating on a smaller ice surface in order to develop the essential skills of hockey.

To alleviate some of the financial burden for Minor Hockey Associations utilizing the Initiation Program in the 2016-17 season, Hockey Alberta and Pembina Pipeline Corporation have established a grant program to purchase foam rink divider boards. The foam dividers provide a safe and effective way to split the ice for the participants.

“Practicing and playing on a smaller ice surface helps in skill development. More associations having access to divider boards increases the opportunity for these young players to touch the puck more often, and develop the essential basic skills such as skating, shooting and stickhandling,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager, Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta.

The partnership is a natural one for Pembina’s community investment program, which focuses on initiatives that promote safety, health and community building. Pembina aims to create a culture of safety both within its business and in the communities where its employees live, work and play.

“In communities across the province, hockey is a way of life; and Pembina staff are often out on the ice with their families. This is why we have partnered with Hockey Alberta in support of rink dividers for minor hockey associations in our operating communities, as Pembina wants to ensure that kids across Alberta have fun, and stay safe while playing,” says Paul Murphy, Pembina’s Senior Vice President, Pipeline & Crude Oil Facilities.

The grants will be available in July, and Minor Hockey Associations who are looking to apply are encouraged to go to hockeyalberta.ca/players/initiation-program/ for more information.


About the Grant Program:

The grant is available to associations using the Initiation Guidelines in the 2016-17 season. Associations can apply for a full set of foam rink dividers (valued at approximately $3,000) or for funding towards the cost of a set of puck board rink dividers (valued at approximately $6,000).

To be eligible to apply, an MHA must:

  • Be in good standing with Hockey Alberta;
  • Operate within the Hockey Alberta Initiation Guidelines;
  • Have a parent education strategy outlining the Hockey Alberta Initiation Guidelines;
  • Have a Development Director on its executive to support the Initiation Program; and
  • Have an Initiation Director on its executive to lead the Initiation Program.
  • NOTE: Based on response to the grant program, preference may be given to areas with a Pembina field office location.

Deadline for applications is Friday, July 15. Applications are available on the Hockey Alberta website, or by clicking here. Completed applications should be emailed to Hockey Alberta at info@hockeyalberta.ca, with Attn: Ice Divider Grant in the subject line. Late submissions will not be considered.

A committee will review all applications, and successful applicants will be contacted. Once an LMHA has been notified, the requested rink divider system will be ordered by Hockey Alberta, with each order shipped to the MHA upon completion.

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Brooks Bandits headed to the RBC Cup

ESTEVAN, SK - Despite losing to the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors in the Western Canada Cup final, the Brooks Bandits are RBC Cup bound.

The Bandits defeated the MJHL champion Portage Terriers 2-1 in Sunday’s runner-up game to claim the second West spot in the RBC Cup, denying the Terriers a chance to repeat as national champions.

After becoming the first ever 4-0 team at the Western Canada Cup following round-robin play, the Bandits advanced straight to the championship final, where they fell 6-0 to West Kelowna.

The Bandits qualified for the 2013 RBC Cup in the same manner, and went on to win a national title.

Alberta will be well represented at the 2016 RBC Cup, as the Lloydminster Bobcats will also be competing for the title as the tournament’s host.

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(From left) Peyton Krebs, Kirby Dach, and Bowen Byram. (Photos by LA Media)