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Welcome to National Coaches Week

RED DEER - National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. Along with parents and teachers, coaches have a profound impact on the future of our children. It is a great responsibility, and Canada’s two million coaches embrace it with passion and dedication. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.

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COVID-19 Update – Message from the CEO

To the Members of Hockey Alberta:

During the Member Zoom meetings held in early May, we spoke about the work being undertaken on various fronts to prepare for the return of hockey both in Alberta and across the country. We talked about how there were many questions to which we were looking to obtain and develop the answers.

Last week we all received the update letter from Hockey Canada with regard to COVID-19. Hockey Alberta is aligned with the details outlined in the letter.

Make no mistake, we want hockey back. As the Provincial Sport Organization for hockey in Alberta, this is not just our game, it is our passion.

Everyone involved with our sport recognizes the benefits of hockey for our participants – physically, socially, and emotionally. We know that hockey makes a difference in people’s lives, helps develop individual and group social skills, and is important for the physical literacy of our youth.

Simply said, we believe hockey is important. However, it is not more important than the health and safety of the participants, the larger hockey community, and society in general.

That is why Hockey Alberta is working with Hockey Canada, other provincial branches, and fellow Provincial Sport Organizations in Alberta as we develop our Return to Hockey Plan.

The intention is to provide the framework and minimum standards for any organization in our province to undertake hockey activities. That way, when facilities reopen, and athletes are allowed back on the ice, they can participate safely and securely and in a manner where the participants, their families and all of our other partners and stakeholders are protected and given the best chance for success.

As most of you are aware, opening arenas and recreation facilities currently is in Phase III of the province’s COVID-19 relaunch plan, and no firm timelines have been established for the implementation of Phase III.

We know that not having specific dates or timelines can be unsettling. But it is important for everyone to remember that amateur hockey of any kind cannot be played in Alberta until the government and health officials authorize rinks to be open and outline the minimum safety standards that must be followed.

Hockey Alberta’s responsibility is to have a plan in place that can be adapted to meet those requirements and allow participants back on the ice in a safe atmosphere.

The current focus is to work to ensure our game is ready to go in the fall, if allowed as part of the province’s relaunch plan. We also want to be prepared if rinks open sooner than that because we know that our participants, and the hockey community in general, are clamouring to return to hockey.

What will be included in the Return to Hockey Plan?

First and foremost, the plan abides by government directions with a focus on the health and safety of all involved. It reflects the reality that there will be new requirements in place for the safe operation of hockey facilities, which will impact hockey participants, including a checklist of items that participants will be required to do to be able to step on the ice. This will include items such as when to arrive at the arena, masks, sanitizer, parent access to help tie skates etc. The plan will also include resources and processes that Hockey Alberta will be developing to help our Members establish programming procedures to meet these requirements in a safe environment.

The plan calls for a phased-in approach, in keeping with the planning undertaken by government and health authorities. At this point, the plan has four phases, starting at the developmental program level and working up to a return to the traditional 5-on-5 game. As circumstances evolve and improve, we will update and adapt the plan to best allow for the return of hockey in Alberta.

Hockey Alberta will be seeking input from our associations, leagues, club teams, accredited schools and other stakeholders to help establish a coordinated process and the detailed timeline and parameters of what activities may look like in each phase.

We are committed to keeping our Members, and the larger hockey community, updated as the Return to Hockey plan is finalized and then made ready for implementation.

Rob Litwinski, CEO
Hockey Alberta


Online Professional Development opportunities available for coaches

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is running a series of online coach professional development sessions over the coming months, with the first three sessions set for May 28, June 3 and June 4. With a focus on coaches in the minor hockey system, these sessions will cover a number of topics ranging from Hockey I.Q. to coach interviews.

All sessions are open to Hockey Alberta members at no cost, and will be held on a ZOOM meeting platform.

Register >

Date Time Topic Description Facilitator Moderator
Thursday, May 28 6:30pm Mental Performance in Sport What is mental performance, and why it is important for coaches to begin a toolbox of awareness. Barry Medori Stephen Pattison
Wednesday, June 3 6:30pm The Fundamentals of Hockey Sense Exploring all pre-requisite skills of hockey I.Q. Mike McGinnis
Thursday, June 4 6:30pm Preparing for a Coach Interview Understanding what Managers and Administrators look for in Coaching Interviews. Kevin Higo Matt Weninger


U16 AA Pilot Project set for 2020-21 season

RED DEER - The South Central Alberta Hockey League (SCAHL) and Hockey Calgary, in partnership with Hockey Alberta’s AA Hockey Committee, have agreed to operate a U16 AA division during the 2020-21 season, in order to review and determine the place for this category of hockey going forward.

This Pilot Project stems from ongoing conversation in Alberta about providing additional options for 15-year-old players entering the U18 division (formally Midget), so that they can continue their development with like sized and like skilled players. Currently, the U16 AAA category of hockey is the only opportunity for 15-year-old players across the entire province to participate exclusively together. Additionally, the Rural & Edmonton Hockey League (REMHL) provides this option for players in select areas north of Red Deer.

The AA Hockey Committee has identified 11 host Minor Hockey Associations, who will each operate one team within the U16 AA division. Of those 11, seven currently host AA programs in the SCAHL, while four operate AA programs within Hockey Calgary. Additionally, those seven Host MHAs from the SCAHL have had Recruitment Areas assigned to them, which will allow them to draw 15-year-old players from their designated Recruitment Area to form their team.

Full details on the Pilot Project are outlined on the New for 2020-21 page.

NEW FOR 2020-21 >


Hockey Canada’s Open Letter to Canadians


First, and most importantly, to the front-line and essential workers who have gone above and beyond around the clock to keep Canadians safe – a simple thank you is not nearly enough for what you have done over the last three months.

Second, to our Members, partners, local hockey associations, volunteers and fans across Canada, thank you for keeping the spirit of hockey alive. Unprecedented times have called for unprecedented efforts at every level of the game.

As provinces and territories phase in a plan to reopen in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are questions about when hockey will return, and how it will look when it does.

Hockey Canada and its Members are diligently working on a multifaceted return-to-hockey plan that will happen when, and only when, provincial and territorial governments and health authorities deem it safe to do so.

This plan includes everything from health and safety regulations to communications, seasonal structure, customer engagement and national teams.

As the return-to-hockey plan progresses, it will do so at different speeds, and at different times, across the country, based on direction from health authorities. And the game will look different, that much we do know. We ask for patience as we continue to work towards ensuring hockey plays its role in bringing the sports community back.

The health and safety of everyone involved in the game will determine when we return, not our desire to get back on the ice. When our country is ready, Hockey Canada will be ready. Until then, continue to follow the guidelines set by your provincial and territorial government to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Only by working together will we be able to make a difference and safely return.

For more information and regular updates, please visit

Thank you for your passion and dedication to our game, and we hope to see you around the rink as soon as possible.

Michael Brind’Amour

Chair, Board of Directors

Tom Renney

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Smith

President & COO


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Hockey Alberta announces changes to Team Alberta Summer Development Programs

RED DEER - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Hockey Alberta has been monitoring and evaluating our 2020 Team Alberta Summer High Performance Programs. The primary concern is ensuring the safety of our players, officials, coaches, volunteers and families involved in our development programs.

As a result, Hockey Alberta is cancelling the 2020 U16 Female Summer Development Camp and postponing the U18 Female and U16 Male High Performance Summer Camps.

Hockey Alberta and Team Alberta urge everyone to take all precautions to stay safe. Follow the directions of local, provincial and federal health and government authorities as we work together with fellow Albertans, and citizens across the country, to help resolve this situation. More information about Government of Alberta protocols and recommendations can be found here.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to work through these uncharted waters.

For more on the changes to the program, please review this FAQ document.

Why did Hockey Alberta revise its 2020 High Performance Camps?

The prime concern for Hockey Alberta is player safety. With arenas closed across the province, athletes have not been able to train on ice for several months. We do not want to risk injury to any athlete by returning too quickly. We want to ensure that our athletes have the ability to return to the ice prior to our camps and that each athlete has the best chance for success at these camps.

Why did Hockey Alberta cancel the U16 Female Development Camp?

Due to the uncertainty around when camps can be held again, Hockey Alberta has streamlined its player development camp schedule. Only the camps that lead to team selection have been kept on the schedule for 2020 as these programs lead a Regional/National competition. Conducting the U16 Male and U18 Female High Performance Camps allows Hockey Alberta to identify the players for the WHL Cup and U18 National Championships.

Do you have tentative dates for rescheduled camps?

No, these camps are postponed until further notice. Without a clear timeline on returning to the rinks, we do not feel comfortable scheduling tentative camps at this point in time. We want to ensure that we are following the guidelines from the Provincial Government as well as Hockey Canada’s Return to Hockey framework on when it is safe to return to hockey. We will work to ensure that all athletes across the province will be able to access on ice training and arena facilities prior to attending a Team Alberta High Performance Camp.

What is the process that will be used for camp invitations?

Hockey Alberta is not extending any camp invitations to athletes at this time. Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, and the other Member Branches are reviewing the situation and its potential impact to previously scheduled Regional/National competitions. As more information becomes available, we will work with our Member Associations, Leagues and Club Teams to ensure Team Alberta camps will not conflict with team schedules so athletes are able to participate. Once dates are set, Hockey Alberta will solicit input from coaches, scouts, and other personnel within our scouting network to determine a short list of players. Invitations will then be issued from the Hockey Alberta office.

Will the U18 Female and U16 Male High Performance Camps be the same structures as previous years?

No, each camp will have a reduced number of participants.

Will the WHL Cup and U18 Nationals be hosted in their original time frame?

Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, and the other Member Branches are currently reviewing the situation. An update to this FAQ document will be provided once more information is provided.

If you have any questions regarding the Team Alberta High Performance Programs, please contact either Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta ([email protected]) or Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey ([email protected]).


Hockey Canada, BFL Canada Announce Female Coach of the Year Winners

CALGARY – Hockey Canada, in partnership with BFL CANADA, announced the first winners of the BFL Female Coach of the Year awards. Samantha Holmes-Domagala of Calgary has been named as the National Community Winner, and Shanya Shwetz of Edmonton has been named a Regional High Performance winner.

Giving back to the game that has given her so much, Holmes-Domagala coaches her daughter’s teams with Girls Hockey Calgary, serves as director of coaching for Timbits U7, U9 and U11 with the organization and runs skills clinics in Calgary for young girls. The Mississauga, Ont., native played 10 games with Canada’s National Women’s Team, winning gold at the 4 Nations Cup in 2000 and 2004. After playing with the Brampton Thunder of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), she moved west to join the Calgary Oval X-Treme of the Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL), winning gold at the Esso Women’s Nationals in 2003, and co-founded the Strathmore Rockies (WWHL) in 2008.

Alberta’s High Performance BFL Female Coach of the Year regional winner is Shanya Shwetz of Edmonton. Shanya spent the 2019-20 season as head coach of the Edmonton Pandas Bantam Elite team (AFHL). She has also worked with the Team Alberta Female program, most recently as a Head Coach at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games and Video Coach at the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championship.

A complete list of winners for each category by province and territory can be found HERE.


Hockey Alberta Awards Announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual Hockey Alberta Awards. These Awards allow Hockey Alberta and the Alberta hockey community to recognize outstanding individuals and teams for their hard work and accomplishments in making a positive difference for our participants in the game of hockey during the 2019-20 season.

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

The 2020 Hockey Alberta Award recipients are:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Shane Hainstock (Chestermere). Shane been on the board of Chestermere Minor Hockey for 17 years, including 11 years as president. Shane also volunteered two years with the Referee Association and spent 11 years as a minor hockey referee. Shane is also involved in the community, supporting great causes such as the annual Can Struck food bank drive, and has helped the Ice Edge Figure Skating Club facilitate the Battle of the Blades.
  • Coach of the Year: Mike Lees (Edmonton). Mike was the head coach of Hockey Edmonton’s KC St. Matthew Thunder Novice team and an assistant coach in the Timbits program last season - his ninth season coaching hockey in Edmonton. Mike enjoys building the lasting relationships with the players that are created through coaching. He takes the time to go around the room, and have a brief, personal interaction with each athlete, letting them know they are important to the coach and achieving the team’s common goals.
  • Player of the Year: Elise Hugens (Sherwood Park). Elise was named the top goaltender in the Alberta Female Hockey League’s Midget AAA division in 2019-20 as she finished her minor hockey career with the Edmonton Female Athletic Club Pandas. She led the league in goals against average (.960) and shutouts (six).
  • Official of the Year: Fraser Lawrence (Edmonton). Fraser is a Level 6 official from Edmonton who represented Canada internationally last season at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic. He has been involved provincially and regionally as an Instructor and Supervisor at Hockey Alberta’s Officials Development Camp and supervising the Alberta Cup.
  • Ernie Boruk Award: CJ Senkow (Grande Prairie). CJ has been involved in various capacities in both the North Central and Peace Region executives since 2001. He has worked all levels of hockey in Alberta and the WHL, officiated numerous Provincial and National championships, and just retired this year from the AJHL.
  • Dave Ganley Award: Geoff Da Silva (Calgary). Geoff has been officiating since the age of 16. Through Geoff’s efforts, Central Region has been able to identify and develop officials effectively and efficiently. Geoff’s ongoing contributions include participation as a league supervision in both the Alberta Junior and Midget AAA levels.
  • Team of the Year: Crowfoot Coyotes Peewee AA (Calgary). Calgary’s Crowfoot Coyotes Peewee AA team gained national recognition as Alberta’s finalist in the 2020 Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. As a regional finalist, the team won $2,000 for the charity of their choice – Team Naomi Get Well Now – a program to support children’s cancer research.
  • Order of Merit: These awards recognize exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Awards may be presented in the categories of Administration, Coaching/Development and officiating. Recipients have dedicated significant time, effort and leadership to the growth and development of amateur hockey, not only in their own community, but across the province.
    • AdministrationTania Horseman (Hythe). Tania is the president of Horse Lake Minor Hockey Association, serving in that role for more than 10 years. Tania has worked countless hours, to finish up whatever paperwork is required. She even helps with rides to and from games and practices, or with fuel and meal money.
    • AdministrationMichael Tymko (St. Albert). Michael has been with St. Albert Minor Hockey Association for more than 10 years, starting as Peewee Director and moving to Vice President of Hockey Operations. He is committed to improving and bettering St. Albert’s programs to help the players develop.
    • Coaching/DevelopmentFran Gow (Sherwood Park). Fran is the Coach Mentor in Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta, a role he has held for six years. As a Coach Mentor, Fran is leading instructor at coach clinics across the province, and shares his knowledge with coaches of all levels, and even speaks at sessions for on-ice officials to help them understand the perspective of hockey bench staff.
    • Coaching/Development Rick Swan. Rick has been the Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) Head Coach and General Manager since 2013, where he is the winningest coach in franchise history. Rick was named Head Co-Coach for Team AJHL (AJHL All-Stars) who played in the 2019 Junior Club World Cup in Sochi, Russia winning a silver medal.
  • Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association. Lethbridge Minor Hockey has been a leader in its attempts to grow the game in Alberta, especially with their Female program. Lethbridge has shown growth at all levels of Female hockey, with the increased registration numbers coming from a combination of player development and retention.

Congratulations to all of the Award recipients and nominees and Hockey Alberta and the hockey community thank you for your contributions to our sport. We encourage everyone to look at the full overview of the Hockey Alberta Awards program and consider who makes a difference to you, your team and your community in 2020-21.


AHHF Induction Gala Delayed to 2021

RED DEER – The induction gala for the 2020 Class of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally scheduled for July 19 in Canmore, the celebration event for the Class of 2020 will be held in July 2021.

Members of the induction class are: Bill Bucyk, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Bob Clark, John Davidson, Dr. Randy Gregg, Ken Hitchcock, Jamie Macoun, and the 1974-75 Lethbridge Native Sons

“This was a difficult choice but ultimately the right decision based on the continuing uncertainty in Alberta with regard to the ongoing COVID-19 situation,” said Al Coates, chair of the AHHF. “The induction gala is an evening of recognition and celebration for the inductees, their families and friends. The AHHF strives to bring Alberta’s hockey family together, and we want to do our best to ensure that those who want to be in attendance have the opportunity, and that means delaying the official inductions until next year.”

Members of the induction class were informed of the decision earlier this week, and everyone who purchased tickets for the event has been contacted.

In addition to the decision on the 2020 Gala event, the AHHF has decided not to recognize a Class of 2021. Nominations from the public can still be submitted for individuals and teams to be recognized as part of the Class of 2022.

The online nomination form, and the full list of Honoured Members in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, can be found at


Minor Leagues to implement U15 non-checking/body contact only for tiers 4-6

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee, represented by Alberta’s six (6) tiered Minor Hockey Leagues (CAHL, NAI, NEAHL, All Peace, Edmonton Federation & Hockey Calgary) have unanimously supported the implementation of non-checking/body contact only hockey at the Tiers 4 – 6 categories of the U15 division for the 2020-2021 season.

This decision to implement non-checking/body contact only at the Tier 4 – 6 categories of the U15 division comes after a thorough review of the survey feedback received from Hockey Alberta’s membership with regards to the proposal to implement non-checking hockey.

An FAQ document has been created to assist Minor Hockey Associations in the planning and implementation of non-checking/ body contact only hockey (Non-Checking) at the Tiers 4-6 categories of the U15 division. Hockey Alberta is also drafting a Parent Resource Document around Checking Education that will be made available.

Bulletin 19:10 - U15 Non-Checking/Body Contact Only

U15 Non-Checking Hockey FAQ >


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2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup cancelled

CALGARY - Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Hockey Canada has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, which was to be hosted Aug. 3-8 in Edmonton and Red Deer.

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer:

“The health and safety of players, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada, and although this was a difficult decision to make, we believe it is in the best interest of everyone involved given the uncertainty at this time.

Hockey Canada is grateful for the continued support of our event partners, including the National Hockey League (NHL), Canadian Hockey League (CHL), Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), the Red Deer Rebels, Hockey Alberta, the Czech Ice Hockey Association and the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation, as well as the Government of Alberta, the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer, Edmonton Events and Tourism Red Deer. We look forward to returning to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for the 2021 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and will continue to work with our partners to ensure the event will be a success in Alberta in 2022.

Those who have purchased tickets for the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup through private ticket launches will be contacted by May 15 regarding ticketing options, including a full refund. At this time, Hockey Canada is continuing to work with OEG and the Red Deer Rebels in preparation for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.”


Recognizing Hockey’s Volunteers Across Alberta

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to join organizations across Alberta and Canada in celebrating National Volunteer Week, which runs April 19-25.

Hockey in Alberta relies on thousands of volunteers who freely give tens of thousands of hours of their time each year. Those volunteer roles include, but certainly aren’t limited to, serving as:

  • Executive members, directors, coaches, trainers, managers and many other positions within our Minor Hockey Associations, leagues and club teams, ensuring that the more than 3000 teams in the province can play, practice, and travel throughout the season;
  • Chairs, members or delegates on Hockey Alberta’s operational committees, making key decisions to ensure the smooth operation on a day-to-day basis; and
  • Coaches, trainers, directors of operations and mentors within Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta high performance programming.

Over the course of National Volunteer Week, Hockey Alberta is proud to present the names and faces of a handful of Alberta’s hockey volunteers, without whom our sport does not operate, and our players do not get the opportunity to experience our great game.

Volunteer Spotlights >

We encourage you to take a few moments to recognize and thank those key volunteers with your MHA or team.


Six Albertans selected in first round of 2020 WHL Bantam Draft | Full list of Albertans registered in Hockey Canada sanctioned programs selected

RED DEER - Seventy-five Albertans registered in Hockey Canada sanctioned programs heard their names called during 2020 WHL Bantam Draft on Wednesday, including six in the first round.

Zemlak was taken by the Victoria Royals, with blueliner Mazden Leslie (Lloydminster) going right after him, 10th overall to the Vancouver Giants. Cole Miller (Edmonton) went 16th overall to the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Saige Weinstein (Edmonton) to the Spokane Chiefs at 18, Dawson Seitz (Medicine Hat) to the Edmonton Oil Kings with the 20th pick, and the Prince George Cougars wrapped up the first round by selecting Ryker Singer (Lloydminster) 22nd overall.

Alberta also boasted the first two goaltenders taken in the draft, with Seattle drafting Scott Ratzlaff (Irma) in the second round, 43rd overall, and Moose Jaw selecting Jackson Unger (Calgary) in the third round, 53rd overall.

A full list of Albertans registered in Hockey Canada sanctioned programs drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown


9th Austin Zemlak Victoria Royals Defence Fort McMurray
10th Mazden Leslie Vancouver Giants Defence Lloydminster
16th Cole Miller Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Edmonton
18th Saige Weinstein Spokane Chiefs Defence Edmonton
20th Dawson Seitz Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Medicine Hat
22nd Ryker Singer Prince George Cougars Forward Lloydminster


24th Talon Brigley Red Deer Rebels Forward Sylvan Lake
31st Matteo Fabrizi Red Deer Rebels Defence St. Albert
37th Harrison Lodewyk Prince Albert Raiders Forward Red Deer
39th Josh Van Mulligen Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Medicine Hat
40th Kooper Gizowski Spokane Chiefs Forward Edmonton
43rd Scott Ratzlaff Seattle Thunderbirds Goalie Irma


46th Rylan Brown Prince George Cougars Defence Sherwood Park
47th Tanner Gould Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
49th Marcus Pacheco Kelowna Rockets Forward Edmonton
51st Shane Smith Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Duchess
53rd Jackson Unger Moose Jaw Warriors Goalie Calgary
56th Ethan Semeniuk Vancouver Giants Forward Calgary
57th Teydon Trembecky Brandon Wheat Kings Forward Strathcona
58th Aiden Oiring Winnipeg Ice Forward Calgary
65th Carter Yakemchuk Calgary Hitmen Defence Calgary
66th Zackary Shantz Prince George Cougars Forward Grande Prairie


70th Chase Walker Prince George Cougars Forward Byemoor
77th Mikhail Volotovskii Saskatoon Blades Forward Calgary
79th Eastyn Mannix Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Wainwright
80th Ashton Cumby Winnipeg Ice Defence Bonnyville
82nd Emmitt Finnie Kamloops Blazers Forward Lethbridge
86th Carter Kowalyk Edmonton Oil Kings Defence St. Albert


90th Zachary Wilson Prince Albert Raiders Forward Wetaskiwin
91st Hunter Sawka Calgary Hitmen Forward Cochrane
92nd Ephram McNutt Prince George Cougars Defence Red Deer
94th Ty Fraser Winnipeg Ice Forward Raymond
96th Carter Capton Brandon Wheat Kings Goalie Lethbridge
98th Colin Reay Vancouver Giants Goalie Sherwood Park
101st Benjamin Stokes Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
103rd Wesley Golden Prince Albert Raiders Defence Grande Prairie
105th Andrew Basha Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Calgary
106th Kai Matthew Kamloops Blazers Forward Edmonton


110th John Szabo Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Lethbridge
114th Logan Dochuk Kelowna Rockets Defence Edmonton
117th Jackson Romeril Kelowna Rockets Defence Calgary
118th Cooper Michaluk Spokane Chiefs Goalie Sherwood Park
119th Drew Freer Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
120th Dax Hughes-Williams Calgary Hitmen Defence Calgary
123rd Hunter St. Martin Medicine Hat Tigers Forward Edmonton
124th Kyle Federico Spokane Chiefs Defence Calgary
125th Justin Kipkie Victoria Royals Defence Calgary
128th Ivan Kedrov Prince Albert Raiders Forward Calgary
129th Luke McCrady Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Calgary
130th Xander Shulte Calgary Hitmen Forward Stony Plain


133rd Carmelo Crandell Saskatoon Blades Forward St. Albert
139th Alex Scheiwiller Kelowna Rockets Goalie Calgary
141st Oakley Mcilwain Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Lloydminster
142nd Ryan Arnold Red Deer Rebels Forward St. Albert
146th Nolan Kelly Spokane Chiefs Forward Calgary
149th Logan Cunningham Victoria Royals Goalie Sherwood Park


154th Brock Lott Winnipeg Ice Goalie Red Deer
158th Josh Karman Winnipeg Ice Defence Calgary
161st Josh Perreault Spokane Chiefs Forward Red Deer
170th Zach Zahara Medicine Hat Tigers Goalie Rocky View County
172nd Matthew Paskiewicz Everett Silvertips Forward Calgary
173rd Reid Larson Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Calgary


180th Ethan Neutens Kelowna Rockets Forward Cochrane
187th Brent Hoshowski Victoria Royals Forward Bonnyville
189th Connor Dale Winnipeg Ice Forward St. Albert
191st Kaden Phillips Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Sundre
194th Eric Jamieson Everett Silvertips Defence Calgary


199th Thomas Matte Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Calgary
204th Cole Unger Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Medicine Hat
206th Hayden Fechner Saskatoon Blades Forward Edmonton
207th Logan Greenough Everett Silvertips Defence Calgary
215th Nicholas Johnson Portland Winterhawks Forward Calgary


220th Jadon Iyogun Saskatoon Blades Forward Calgary


226th Luke Roberts Seattle Thunderbirds Goalie St. Albert
228th Jack Ketsa Winnipeg Ice Defence St. Albert



Hockey Alberta Now Accepting Volunteer Applications

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for key volunteer positions across a number of committees for the 2020-21 hockey season.

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

Each year, hundreds of volunteers play integral roles in ensuring that Hockey Alberta is able to deliver high quality and efficient programming and services to the more than 100,000 participants across the province.

Volunteering with Hockey Alberta offers the following opportunities:

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

Currently, applications are being sought from interested individuals to fill volunteer roles within our Operational and Officials Committees for the 2020-21 hockey season. For more information on the various roles and to apply please click the appropriate links below.

Operational Committee Roles and Application >

Officials Committee Roles and Application >


Hockey Alberta Requesting Proposals for League Website Design, Construction and Hosting

RED DEER - In preparation for the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is undertaking a website project to create a new online home for its Male and Female elite leagues. Upon completion, the U18AAA, U16AAA and U15AAA divisions in the new male AAA hockey league, and the U18AAA, U18AA and U15AA divisions Alberta Female Hockey League will be located within this platform. The goal is to provide the hockey community in Alberta, and beyond, with a one-stop location for all news, game results, and statistics pertaining to male and female elite hockey in the province.

Hockey Alberta is seeking a qualified, experienced partner to design, develop, construct, update, maintain and host its new leagues website. Interested individuals/ companies are asked to review Request for Proposal – 15 for the scope of the project, and the requirements for submitting for a proposal. Deadline for the submission of proposals is Thursday, April 23 at 1 pm (MT).



LEFT: Dave Eggleston, RIGHT: Mike Lees

Coach of the Month - March

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s March Coaches of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, are Dave Eggleston of Stettler and Mike Lees of KC St. Matthew in Edmonton.

Both coaches were selected from all of the Coach of the Month applications received by Hockey Alberta throughout the 2019-20 Minor Hockey season. Dave and Mike will receive a coach prize pack courtesy of Players Bench, along with a pair of tickets to see the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers, once the NHL resumes play.

Dave Eggleston is an assistant coach with the Stettler Storm Mites, Atom Female, and Peewee Female teams. He has been coaching for two years and also coaches minor female softball and tyke lacrosse during the summer months.

"Dave is one of those coaches that every team needs. He only started coaching in the last couple of years, but he has jumped in with both feet and doesn’t miss a single ice session," said the fellow coach who nominated Dave. "His commitment is second to none, but that isn’t even the biggest reason why he deserves this award. Dave’s positive attitude with all the players at each level is just amazing. Win, lose, or draw, Dave was always encouraging the players and putting smiles on their face regardless of the situation."

Dave says that his favourite part of coaching is creating bonds with the kids throughout the course of the season. To him, it’s not so much about winning as it is having fun. He enjoys laughing and joking with the players and showing his support for them, no matter what is happening on the ice.

"My coaching philosophy is to lead by example," said Dave. "If I ask something of them, on or off the ice, I want to show that I can do it too."

Mike Lees is the Head Coach of the KC St. Matthew Thunder Novice team and was an assistant with their Timbits program. This past season was his ninth year of coaching hockey in Edmonton. He has also coached little league softball, volleyball, and soccer in previous years.

"Coach Mike has been an amazing coach this entire season; it has been awesome to watch the team’s skills take off," said the parent who nominated Mike. "He makes practices so fun that the kids probably don’t even realize the skills that they are learning."

It was a particularly tough season for the Novice Thunder off the ice, as one of their team members, Nate, passed away.

"While Nate was sick, Coach Mike (and his wife Kristina) encouraged the whole team to come together. He also encouraged those who were able to attend the funeral, where they attended as a team and Coach Mike spoke."

"As Head Coach for the KC St. Matthew Thunder Novice team, Mike Lees went above and beyond what could have been expected. Mike made a difference for every player on this team. He navigated the difficult circumstances this team encountered with class and compassion," said KC St. Matthew President Andrew Westervelt.

Mike enjoys building the lasting relationships with the players that are created through coaching. He likes to build confidence in the athletes and help them see themselves in a positive light, where every member of the team has value, regardless of strengths and weaknesses.

"My personal coaching philosophy is that if you give your athletes respect and treat them each as important players, essential to achieving a common goal, your athletes will give you everything in return," said Mike. "I take time to go around the room and have a brief personal interaction with each athlete. This interaction lets each player know that their presence is important to me and that I am interested in them. In turn, when we step on the ice, each player is personally engaged in the lessons we implement as a coaching staff."

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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.

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Hockey Alberta - COVID-19 Update

RED DEER - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Hockey Alberta has cancelled all May programming. Hockey Alberta offices will also remain closed until further notice.

Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, Hockey Alberta has made the decision to cancel all programming until May 31. We understand that this is a trying time for many, and we will work diligently with each participant to ensure a proper refund is executed.

Due to the volume of refunds that we are processing, we ask for your patience over the next 4-6 weeks as we work though each registration. Our registration and payment platform provides us with all of the necessary information to complete the refund, so no additional action is required on your part.

All refunds for cancelled programs up to April 30 have now been processed. If you have not received notification that your refund has been processed, contact Hockey Alberta as soon as possible.

If you have questions, please submit via email to [email protected].

While the office remains closed, Hockey Alberta is still open for business, with staff working remotely. We are striving to carry on regular operations with as little interruption as possible. During this time, the best way to contact us is via the following channels:

As per government regulations, the office will remain closed until further notice. As circumstances develop, we will keep everyone informed of changes and updates. We apologize for any issues or inconvenience that may arise due to the office being closed.

Please take all precautions to stay safe. Follow the directions of local, provincial and federal health and government authorities, as we work together with fellow Albertans, and citizens across the country, to help resolve this situation.


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AFHL announces 2019-20 award and scholarship winners

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the 2019-20 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: Chloe Goofers, North Central Impact
Top Goaltender: Jorja Fisher, Calgary Fire Red
Top Rookie: Chloe Goofers, North Central Impact
Coach of the Year: Annette Jensen, Sherwood Park Royals

Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Kendal Pierson, Southern Express
Top Goaltender: Cienna Kinghorn, St. Albert Sharks
Top Rookie: Kendal Pierson, Southern Express
Coach of the Year: James King, Southern Express

Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Kaia Borbandy, Rocky Mountain Raiders
Top Goaltender: Elise Hugens, Edmonton Pandas
Top Rookie: Cassidy Rhodes, St. Albert Slash
Coach of the Year: Dustin Borbandy, Rocky Mountain Raiders

Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Dan Basterash, Edmonton Female Athletic Club

AFHL Scholarship Winners

Midget Elite: Alex Walsh, Lethbridge Cyclones

Alex was born in Fort Saskatchewan, and has grown into a graduating player from the SPKAC Midget Elite Fury. After playing with the Fury for the past three seasons, her plan is to play hockey at the post secondary level. Alex has been offered two scholarships but is still yet to commit. She credits her coaches, among others, who have supported her throughout her hockey journey.

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

Midget AAA: Alesha Santos, Rocky Mountain Raiders

Alesha Santos is a graduating defenseman from the Midget AAA Rocky Mountain Raiders, and currently lives in Calgary. Other than playing Ice Hockey, Alesha also plays Field Hockey for her High School team. Some of her most notable achievements include being a two time Ice Hockey Provincial Champion (2016-2017 Bantam Elite Fire White, 2017-2018 Midget Elite Fire White), receiving two MVP Awards for Field Hockey (2018 season, 2019 season), and being a consistent Honour Roll student. Playing hockey has also given her many volunteer opportunities which included volunteering at Tudor Manor Seniors Home, and mentoring young female hockey players. When she’s not playing sports, Alesha enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In the Fall, Alesha will be playing for the Red Deer College Queens Hockey team while pursuing a Nursing Degree.

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Hockey Alberta Awards nomination deadline approaching

RED DEER – There is still time to recognize those who have made an impact on you or the sport this season.

Nominate that individual or team for one of six Hockey Alberta Awards, presented for outstanding achievements or contributions to amateur hockey in Alberta.

Awards Nomination Form >

Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards Program. All members of the hockey community in Alberta are encouraged to submit a nomination for a deserving individual or team.

There are six awards open for nominations including: Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Official of the Year, and Team of the Year. Nominations are also being accepted for the Order of Merit, which recognizes exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Order of Merit may be presented for Administration, Coaching/ Development, or Officiating.

The 2020 deadline for application is March 31.