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Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist announced

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

Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will participate in the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary. The shortlist includes four goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 19 forwards.

Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist Roster >

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 2-7. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

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

The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2019 WHL Cup runs October 22-27 in Calgary.

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Coach of the Month - October

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s February Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Greg Northcott of the Sturgeon Midget AA Sting.

Greg is currently the Head Coach of the Sturgeon Sting Midget AA Hockey team. He has been coaching for nine years with a variety of different teams in Edmonton and area, including the last four with Sturgeon Hockey.

"Coach Greg is a shining example of what leadership and mentorship should be. He has dedicated several years of coaching kids with no kid of his own on the team and he is always helping with other teams within the association," said the parent who nominated Greg for the award. "Greg leads by example he treats the boys with dignity and respect and they return it."

"I have grown to appreciate the life-long relationships formed through this game," said Greg. "It is great to spend time with the team and watch them develop as players and people. My goal is to make sure each player is better at the end of the season than they were at the start."


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

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

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2020 Alberta Winter Games Male Regional Camp Registration closes Friday

RED DEER - The deadline is fast approaching for 2007-born male athletes to register for regional selection camps for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games.

The 2020 Alberta Winter Games run February 14-17 in Airdrie.

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.
  3. All camps are currently full for the goaltender position. Please contact Bryden Burrell at bburrell@hockeyalberta.ca to be place on a waitlist.

All four male regional camps will take place December 6-8 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Capital - Kinsmen Twin Arena (Edmonton)
North - Vegreville Recreation Centre
South - Olds Sportsplex

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Space at each regional camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Regional Directory > | Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Bryden Burrell at bburrell@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.

The deadline to register for a male regional selection camp (subject to capacity) is Friday, November 15.


The deadline to register for female regional camps has now passed. Please contact Taryn Baumgardt at tbaumgardt@hockeyalberta.ca with any late registration inquiries.

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Alberta falls to BC, finishes sixth at U18 Nationals

WINKLER, MB - Team Alberta wrapped up the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championship with a 4-1 loss to BC on Friday, finishing the tournament in sixth place.

Following a two-goal performance on Thursday, Jaden Bogden scored her third goal of the tournament to put Alberta up 1-0 early in the first, but BC would counter just minutes later.

After a scoreless second period, BC scored three unanswered goals in the third period for a 4-1 victory.

It was a 24-24 tie on the shot clock, with Holly Borrett making 20 saves in her second start of the tournament. Dayle Ross earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

The U18 Nationals wrap up on Saturday, with Ontario Blue and Quebec going for bronze, and Ontario Red and Saskatchewan going head-to-head for gold.

For more stats and results from the 2019 U18 Nationals, click here.

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Team Alberta edges Atlantic 2-1

WINKLER, MB - Team Alberta earned its first win of the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championship on Thursday, defeating Team Atlantic 2-1 to finish third in Pool A.

After a scoreless first period, Jaden Bogden scored on the powerplay two minutes into the second, and added her second of the game just minutes later to put Alberta up 2-0. Dayle Ross and Sierra LaPlante earned the sole assist on each goal, respectively.

Team Atlantic got on the board partway through the third with a powerplay goal of their own, but Alberta shut the door from there to seal the 2-1 victory.

Alberta out-shot Atlantic 26-22, with Elise Hugens making 21 saves to earn her first win of the tournament. Bree Kennedy earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta will wrap-up the tournament Friday afternoon at 6:00pm MST in Winkler in the fifth place game against BC, who finished third in Pool B.

For more stats, schedule, and ticket information for the 2019 U18 Nationals, click here.

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Team Alberta Falls to Ontario Red 4-1

WINKLER, MB - Team Alberta fell to Ontario Red 4-1 in their second round robin game at the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championship.

Ontario Red opened the scoring just under eight minutes into the game, and added a power play goal to lead 2-0 after the first period.

They would add to their lead in the second period with goals 1:01 apart. Team Alberta Captain Alexandria Spence scored on the power play with seven seconds left to get the score to 4-1 at the intermission.

Both teams earned power plays and scoring chances in the third, but no one could find the back of the net and Ontario Red hung on to a 4-1 victory.

Final shots were 33-31 for Ontario Red, with Holly Borrett making 29 stops in the loss. Alexandria Spence earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta (0-2) will finish off their round robin play against Team Atlantic (0-1-1) on Thursday. Game time is 12:00 p.m. MST at Winkler Arena.

For more stats, schedule, and ticket information for the 2019 U18 Nationals, click here.

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Team Alberta edged by Saskatchewan 3-2 in U18 Nationals opener

WINKLER, MB - Team Alberta began their 2019 National Women’s U18 Championship with a 3-2 loss against Team Saskatchewan.

It was a tight first period with both teams getting good scoring chances, but no one could find the back of the net.

The back and forth action continued into the second period, where once again the teams would head to the dressing room tied at 0-0.

Team Saskatchewan opened the scoring with a goal six minutes into the third period. Alberta’s Brooklyn Schroeder would score just under halfway through the period to tie the game up at 1-1. Saskatchewan would once again take the lead just minutes later and add on an insurance goal on the power play with 1:05 left to play. Taze Thompson scored with 24 seconds left to pull Alberta within one, but Saskatchewan would hang on for the 3-2 victory.

Final shots were 37-33 for Saskatchewan, with Elise Hugens making 34 stops in the loss. Jaden Bogden earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

Boxscore > | Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta (0-1) takes on Ontario Red (1-0) on Wednesday. Game time is 4:00 p.m. MST at Winkler Arena.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the 2019 U18 Nationals, click here.

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From left: Bree Kennedy, Alexandria Spence, Sierra LaPlante, Brooklyn Schroeder (Photo Credit: Rob Wallator)


Team Alberta U18 Female announces captains for U18 Nationals

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the leadership group for Team Alberta’s U18 Female team for the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championships in Morden & Winkler, MB.

Alexandria Spence (Lloydminster) will captain Team Alberta, with defender Sierra LaPlante (Calgary) and forwards Bree Kennedy (Chestermere) and Brooklyn Schroeder (Whitecourt) serving as Assistant Captains.

The 2019 U18 Nationals run November 5-9 at the Access Event Centre in Morden, and Winkler Arena in Winkler, MB. Tickets are available HERE.

Team Alberta kicks off round-robin play in Group A against Team Saskatchewan on Tuesday at noon MST, with games against Ontario Red (4:00pm MST) and Atlantic (noon MST) set for Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Semi-finals will be played on Friday, with the Group B winner and Group A runner up playing at noon MST, and Group A winner and Group B runner up at 4:00pm MST. The bronze medal game is set for Sunday at 11:00am MST, with the gold medal game to follow at 3:00pm MST. FULL SCHEDULE >

Team Alberta U18 Roster >

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2019 AGM Keynote Speaker announced | Registration now open

RED DEER - Are you a member of the board or executive with a Hockey Alberta member minor hockey association, club team or registered program?

Is your organization looking for answers on how to deal with the fast-paced changes in our sport and society?

Registration is now open for Minor Hockey Associations, club teams and registered programs from across the province to attend the 2019 Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting, with Matt Symes set to deliver the keynote address. The AGM runs November 22 and 23 in Red Deer.

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Symes is a founding Partner at Symplicity Designs. Over the last decade, he has helped introduce more than 350 organizations to the Principles, Methods, and Tools of Performance Excellence. Over the last six years, he has guided the deep transformation of numerous organizations in all sectors. Matt has led the successful transformation of companies as large as $30 million in revenue to as small as a two-person, $250,000 PR firm. Matt has also worked to help Government improve and co-led Symplicity’s largest and longest transformation with the Francophone education sector in New Brunswick

Symes will also present on Saturday morning with a leading change workshop’, followed by a session on complaint handling and policy development, led by Steve Indig.

Indig began his career with the Sport Law & Strategy Group in 2003 immediately after being called to the bar as a lawyer. Steve has had the opportunity to work with over 650 national, provincial, and local sport organizations providing consulting and legal services related to governance, employment, contracts, policies, disputes, and privacy. He is a regular guest speaker and presenter at AGMs, conferences, and workshops, and also acts as a mediator and adjudicator. During the early years of his career, Steve was certified by the NFL, CFL, MLS, and FIFA to represent professional athletes as a sports agent. He continues to be involved in sport as an athlete in swimming, hockey, basketball, softball and golf.

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For more information on the Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting, go to hockeyalberta.ca or email Michelle Skilnick at mskilnick@hockeyalberta.ca

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Parent Engagement Series - Part One: Social Media

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to launch its Parent Engagement Video Series, aimed at helping parents navigate through the ups and downs of being a hockey parent.

Episode One features Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche and Jordan Eberle of the New York Islanders, and focuses on social media use among young athletes.

Social Media Tips > | Parent Engagement Guide >

Social media has seen a rapid rise in popularity in the last decade, and the average age of first-time users continues to decrease. It’s also become a large part of team culture, which poses many opportunities and risks for both individual players, and the team as a whole.

Parents are encouraged to stay involved and monitor their children’s social media activity, and make sure they are responsible with their own social media use. Any inappropriate or irresponsible use of social media can have negative effects on both the individual, and the team, even if it’s not necessarily hockey-related.

For more information and tips on responsible social media use, head to hockeyalberta.ca.

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BC defeats Alberta 5-4 in overtime to claim bronze

CALGARY - After scoring two late third period goals to tie the game, Team BC claimed bronze at the 2019 WHL Cup with a 5-4 overtime victory over Team Alberta.

Alberta took a 2-0 lead into the second period with goals from Billal Noori and Tyler MacKenzie, their fourth and third goals of the tournament, respectively.

Connor Gourley drew a penalty shot halfway through the second and gave his team a 3-0 lead, but BC answered back minutes later to make it a 3-1 game after two periods.

BC pulled within one early in the third, but Grayden Gotaas restored the two-goal lead with his first of the tournament. With just over a minute left in the game, BC scored two goals just 19 seconds apart to force overtime, where Jace Weir scored to complete the comeback for BC.

Alberta out-shot BC 33-28. Team Alberta netminder Justen Maric made 23 saves in his third start.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Semi-Final Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

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Alberta falls 5-3 to Saskatchewan

CALGARY - Team Saskatchewan scored three straight third period goals en-route to a 5-3 victory over Team Alberta on Saturday, sending Alberta to the bronze medal game at the 2019 WHL Cup.

After a scoreless first period, Saskatchewan opened the scoring four minutes into the second, but Rylen Roersma answered just over a minute later. Saskatchewan took the lead again on the powerplay, and Kaiden Ellertson tied things up for Team Alberta with his second goal of the tournament.

Tyler MacKenzie gave Alberta its first lead of the game just 28 seconds into the third period, but it was all Saskatchewan there, as they scored three third period goals to seal the 5-3 win.

Team Alberta netminder Nicholas Jones stopped 28 of 33 Saskatchewan shots in his second start of the WHL Cup.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Alberta will now face Team BC on Sunday morning in the bronze medal game at 9:30am. Saskatchewan will face Manitoba, who defeated BC 5-4 in Saturday’s other semi-final game, at 1:00pm. Both games are at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Team Alberta clinches top spot with 2-1 win over BC

CALGARY - Team Alberta jumped out to an early lead, and then held on for a 2-1 victory over Team British Columbia as round-robin action wrapped up Friday night at the 2019 WHL Cup.

Alberta scored the lone goal in the first period, and then extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second period. British Columbia closed the gap to 2-1 with just under three minutes remaining in the second, but that was as close as they would get. The third period was scoreless.

Connor Gourley led the way for Alberta with a goal and an assist. Josh Davies scored what proved to be the game-winner for Alberta at 4:02 of the second. Other assists went to Keaton Dowhaniuk and Oasiz Wiesblatt. Alberta outshot British Columbia, 35-31.

Justen Maric earned the win in net for Alberta. He stood tall midway through the second period making what turned out to be a game-saving stop on a penalty shot by British Columbia’s Rilen Kovacevic.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

With the victory, Alberta finishes the round-robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. Alberta now meets Team Saskatchewan in the second semi-final (Saturday, 4:30 pm). Saskatchewan was edged, 4-3, by Team Manitoba earlier on Friday. British Columbia and Manitoba meet in the other semi-final at 1 pm.

All games are at WinSport’s Markin-MacPhail Arena.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Team Alberta edges Saskatchewan 3-2

CALGARY - Team Alberta overcame two one-goal deficits en route to a 3-2 victory over Team Saskatchewan Thursday night at the 2019 WHL Cup.

After a scoreless first period, Saskatchewan opened the scoring 1:16 into the second, but Connor Gourley answered for Alberta just over a minute later. Saskatchewan took the lead again moments later, but Alberta took a 3-2 lead in the final frame thanks to goals from Billal Noori and Rieger Lorenz.

Team Alberta then held off Saskatchewan in the third to earn the win, moving to 2-0 in round-robin play. Lorenz was named Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Alberta held the edge in shots 31-25 over Saskatchewan. In his first start of the tournament, Nicholas Jones made 23 saves for the win.

"Hats off to them (Saskatchewan), they played a great game, it was a hard-fought battle," said Team Alberta Assistant Coach Cody Reynolds. "From a coaching perspective, I like it. There’s a lot of growing from this, and when a game happens like this early in the tournament and you have a lot of really good learning experiences from it, you just build on that. At the end of the day, we got the win, we found a way to do it, we had lots of guys step up and do a really good job, so we’re really looking forward to tomorrow."

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

Team Alberta closes out round-robin play on Friday with an all-important matchup against Team BC (2-0), with first place on the line. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Team Alberta defeats Manitoba 7-3

CALGARY - Team Alberta opened up the 2019 WHL Cup with a 7-3 win over Team Manitoba.

Alberta came out strong with four straight goals in the first from Kaiden Ellertson, Billal Noori, Jaren Brinson and Jordan Gustafson, before Manitoba answered back late in the period.

Tyler MacKenzie scored to open the second, and Noori added his second of the game, while Manitoba scored another late goal on the powerplay, giving Alberta a 6-2 lead heading into the third.

Josh Davies gave Alberta a 7-2 lead halfway through the third, and Manitoba answered again for a 7-3 final.

Alberta out-shot Manitoba 37-19, with Justen Maric making 19 stops to earn the win. Nate Danielson earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

"I thought we did a lot of really good things, we played hard," said Head Coach Brandin Cote. "The habits were there at times, but we’re going to keep working at that. Our powerplay scored some goals, and we got some key saves at certain times in the game, which was nice to have. We’re really happy about the effort, so now we just have to build on that and be even better tomorrow."

Boxscore > | Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta (1-0) takes on Saskatchewan (0-1) on Thursday night. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Team Alberta U16 Male announces leadership group for 2019 WHL Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the leadership group for Team Alberta’s U16 Male team for the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.

Jordan Gustafson (Fort Saskatchewan) will captain Team Alberta, with defenceman Graydon Gotaas (Camrose) and forwards Nate Danielson (Red Deer) and Rylen Roersma (Lethbridge) serving as Assistant Captains.

The 2019 WHL Cup runs October 23-27 at Winsport’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Team Alberta kicks off play round-robin play against Team Manitoba on Wednesday at 6:00pm, with games against Saskatchewan and BC set for Thursday and Friday at 6:00pm, respectively. Semi-finals will go on Saturday, with the 2nd and 3rd place teams playing at 1:00pm, and 1st and 4th at 4:30pm. The bronze medal game is set for Sunday at 9:30am, with the gold medal game to follow at 1:00pm.

Team Alberta U16 Roster >

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Lethbridge to host 2020 Female Hockey Day

LETHBRIDGE - Hockey Alberta is hosting the annual Female Hockey Day celebrations in Lethbridge on January 25, 2020.

Female Hockey Day celebrates "Why We Play" and the growth of the female game. The day features a number of on-ice and off-ice sessions focusing on players, officials, parents, and coaches.

The day culminates with a USPORTS match-up between the Mount Royal Cougars and the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

“We are excited to build on the success of the first ever Female Hockey Day in Red Deer,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “Now we have the chance to take the event to a new community and influence a new group of female athletes."

Last year in Red Deer, over 160 athletes took part in activities throughout the day, which included on-ice sessions for players and officials of all levels, and off-ice sessions, such as dryland training, parent education, and sport ambassadors. The day was capped off by a CWHL game between the Calgary Inferno and Toronto Furies which drew a crowd of over 600 fans to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

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Registration now open for Dodge Caravan Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Registration now open for Arctic Winter Games Selection Camps

RED DEER - Registration is now open for male athletes born 2005-2006 and female athletes born 2001-2006 to participate in the 2020 Arctic Winter Games Selection Camp.

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

The male selection camp will be held in Fairview on December 6-8, while the female camp will take place in Manning on December 20-22. Staging/Training weekend for both teams will be hosted in Grande Prairie on February 7-8, 2020. The 2020 Arctic Winter Games take place in Whitehorse, YT on March 14-21.

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

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Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup returns for 2019-20 season

RED DEER - The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is here for 2019-20, and Peewee coaches in Alberta can now register to receive their Team Kit.

Coach’s Kit Signup >

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

As well, all coaches of registered Peewee hockey teams in Canada are eligible to compete for the Good Deeds Cup. This season marks the third year of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, during which time hundreds of good deeds have been completed by Peewee teams in communities across Alberta and the country. The Good Deeds Cup-winning team will receive a $100,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Submissions open on November 2.

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

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

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