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Hockey Alberta Provincial Playdown Draws Set

RED DEER - The road to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, begins this weekend 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 10, click here for a list of Provincial hosts and dates.

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2016 Alberta Cup rosters announced

RED DEER – The rosters have been announced for Hockey Alberta’s 2016 Alberta Cup.

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre April 28-May 1. 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 2001-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 25-27 throughout the province.

The 2016 Alberta Cup marks the 30th Anniversary of the very first Alberta Cup which was held in Edmonton in 1986.

2016 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).

2016 Alberta Cup Schedule

“The coaching staffs were faced with some very difficult decisions when it came to selecting the 20 players for each team. For the athletes who have earned a roster spot, congratulations. But the work is just beginning, not just for this edition of the Alberta Cup, but also in the competition to earn a spot on the Team Alberta squad that will compete later this year,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s manager of Team Alberta.

Eighty players will be invited to the U16 Male Provincial Camp in July. This year, players are also vying for spots on Team Alberta at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in October in Calgary.

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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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.

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For more information on the Alberta Cup, click here.

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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.

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The Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series is presented by:

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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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Implementation Process Underway For New Female Hockey Model

RED DEER – The implementation process is underway to restructure the operational model for Female Hockey at all levels in Alberta.

When complete, Hockey Alberta’s new Female Hockey Model will provide a standardized, province-wide pyramid system of hockey and the opportunity for female players to develop and progress from a strong foundation of Grassroots programming through to the Elite and Midget AAA levels and into Team Alberta’s high performance programs.

The first step in the implementation process for the new Female Hockey Model is announcing six communities selected by Hockey Alberta to host Midget AAA franchises. The communities are Calgary, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Okotoks, Red Deer and St. Albert.

The six communities selected to host Midget AAA franchises were chosen based on a comprehensive process that included a review of regional demographics for female hockey, and an application, interview, and in-person presentation process coordinated by an Elite Female implementation committee. There will be no defined boundaries for Midget AAA teams, with players able to choose the team for which they wish to try out.

In addition to hosting AAA franchises, the six centres will host Midget Elite and Bantam Elite teams. The Midget and Bantam Elite divisions each will have 12 teams. These teams will be located strategically in communities across northern, central and southern Alberta to ensure players have access to an Elite division program within a reasonable distance from their homes. Elite division teams will have defined geographical regions that determine the team for which a player is eligible to try out. Hockey Alberta is in the process of confirming host locations for the remaining six Midget and Bantam elite teams based on current female hockey programming, geography, and registration demographics.

Establishing the structure and numbers of teams for the Midget AAA, and Midget and Bantam Elite divisions was an integral part of the work that has been undertaken over the past three years by the Female Hockey Review Committee. Providing the best environment for athlete development was the overarching goal of the committee, which included members representing a cross-section of levels, leagues and communities.

“Ultimately, the final decision in establishing the locations of the Midget AAA and Elite division teams was based on three pillars,” said Greg Nesom, a member of the Female Hockey Review Committee. “First, it was imperative to establish a model where teams are set up for success, where the athletes play with their peers in skill and age. Second, by playing within an appropriate level division, our athletes will have better opportunities to advance to higher levels of competition. They will develop enhanced fundamental skills through more puck touches, quality ice time, and system play.”

“The new model provides each female player in Alberta with the chance to start playing in her home community, then progress to a regionally-based Elite team at Bantam or Midget, and potentially move to the top of the pyramid at Midget AAA,” Nesom said.

The Review committee determined that approximately 10 per cent of all female hockey players in Alberta should be playing at the Midget AAA level. For the Midget and Bantam Elite levels, which are designed as a bridge between the Grassroots and AAA Midget programs, it was determined that approximately 20 per cent of players, or 12 teams, should be playing at that level.

The remaining approximately 70 per cent of female hockey players would play within a grassroots model of tiered divisions. Grassroots Female hockey would see approximately 60 teams playing at each of the Atom and Peewee level across the province, with approximately 40 Bantam and 35 Midget grassroots teams, in addition to the AAA and Elite teams in divisions.

“With the new model, female hockey players across Alberta will be able to develop their skills by playing in consistent leagues that will better prepare them as they strive to advance to the highest level of competition in the province,” said Mel Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs. “Players will now have the opportunity to excel from the grassroots level in their local communities through to the Elite and Midget AAA levels where they will be able to develop by competing and practicing in an appropriate division against the top female talent in the province.”

Specific recommendations regarding the new structure for Grassroots Female hockey are being finalized by Hockey Alberta’s Grassroots Implementation Committee. The focus for the Grassroots committee is to provide the opportunity for female players to access teams within close proximity to their home town, while also ensuring that peers are playing with peers in age and ability.

Work has been ongoing for three years on developing a new Female Hockey Model. A third-party report in 2013 stated that participants within the game felt very strongly that an overall structural change was required to facilitate the growth of the female game. In 2015, recommendations from a Female Review Committee were approved by Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors leading to the creation of the Elite and Grassroots committees, with a goal of having a new structure for Female Hockey in place for the 2016-17 season.

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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.

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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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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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Albertans go 1-2-3 at 2016 WHL Bantam Draft | Full list of Albertans drafted

CALGARY - For the first time since 1993, Albertans have gone 1-2-3 in the WHL Bantam Draft. In total, 73 players from Alberta were selected in the 2016 draft.

2016 Alberta Cup All-Star Peyton Krebs (Okotoks) was the first overall selection, going to the Kootenay Ice. Kirby Dach (Fort Sask) went to the Saskatoon Blades, who traded up one spot to select him second overall, and Bowen Byram (Lethbridge) rounded out the top three, as the Vancouver Giants took him third overall. A total of 10 players from Alberta went in the first round of the draft, the most out of any province.

Thirty-nine of the players taken at the draft from Alberta are forwards, 25 are defencemen selected, and nine are goalies.

A complete list of Albertans taken at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft can be found below. Players marked with an asterisk (*) were 2016 Alberta Cup All-Stars.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

1st Peyton Krebs* Kootenay Ice Forward Okotoks
2nd Kirby Dach Saskatoon Blades Forward Fort Saskatchewan
3rd Bowen Byram Vancouver Giants Defence Lethbridge
7th Matthew Robertson* Edmonton Oil Kings Defence Sherwood Park
9th Taylor Gauthier Prince George Cougars Goalie Calgary
12th Rhett Rhinehart Prince Albert Raiders Defence Lloydminster
13th Ethan Browne* Everett Silvertips Forward Sherwood Park
17th Jake Lee Seattle Thunderbirds Defence Sherwood Park
20th Brayden Tracey* Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Calgary
21st Liam Keeler Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton

SECOND ROUND

23rd Byron Fancy Red Deer Rebels Goalie Claresholm
25th Carson Dyck Swift Current Broncos Forward Lethbridge
27th Daniel Baker Medicine Hat Tigers Defence Edmonton
29th Eric Van Impe Spokane Chiefs Defence Calgary
37th Bryce Bader Calgary Hitmen Forward Sherwood Park
38th Carter Chorney Spokane Chiefs Forward Sherwood Park

THIRD ROUND

44th Deegan Mofford Kelowna Rockets Forward Rocky Mountain House
45th Nicholas Draffin Red Deer Rebels Defence Lethbridge
49th Zach Ashton* Saskatoon Blades Defence Calgary
50th Brett Balas Prince Albert Raiders Goalie Calgary
51st Kirby Proctor Lethbridge Hurricanes Defence Okotoks

FOURTH ROUND

66th Nolan Orzeck Kootenay Ice Defence Calgary
67th Blake Stevenson Tri-City Americans Forward Calgary
68th Tarun Fizer Victoria Royals Forward Chestermere
74th Carter Souch Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Edmonton
76th Kjell Kjemhus Regina Pats Forward Grande Prairie

FIFTH ROUND

88th Brett Wieschorster Kootenay Ice Forward Sherwood Park
90th Brady Nicholas Saskatoon Blades Forward St. Albert
91st Jakin Smallwood Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Leduc
94th Kash Rasmussen Tri-City Americans Forward Cochrane
96th Evan Fradette Portland Winterhawks Goalie St. Albert
99th Matthew Sanders Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Calgary
104th Bryan McAndrews Tri-City Americans Defence Edmonton
106th Ross Hawryluk Spokane Chiefs Goalie Lloydminster
108th Ethan Kruger* Brandon Wheat Kings Goalie Sherwood Park

SIXTH ROUND

114th Max Bulawka Vancouver Giants Forward Harvie Heights
115th Ethan Fitzgerald Moose Jaw Warriors Goalie Calgary
118th Liam Antoniuk Saskatoon Blades Defence Sherwood Park
120th Dylan Holloway Everett Silvertips Forward Bragg Creek
122nd Jackson Rider Calgary Hitmen Defence Lacombe
123rd Aaron Hladiuk Everett Silvertips Defence Calgary
126th Cyrus Toth Spokane Chiefs Defence Edmonton
127th Quinn Olson Price Albert Raiders Forward Calgary
128th Evan Ladoucer Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Athabasca
130th Konor Campbell Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Edmonton

SEVENTH ROUND

136th Jaden Senkoe Edmonton Oil Kings Forward Westlock
138th Conrad Mitchell Everett Silvertips Forward Thorsby
139th Justin Hall Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Edmonton
141st Evan Patrician Vancouver Giants Forward Calgary
142nd Edge Lambert Prince George Cougars Forward Grande Prairie
149th Dylan Nevil Moose Jaw Warriors Forward Taber
152nd Niethan Salame Brandon Wheat Kings Defence Edmonton

EIGHTH ROUND

155th Lukas Konashuk Vancouver Giants Forward Bonanza
156th Ethan Mack Saskatoon Blades Forward Edmonton
157th Adam Hall Lethbridge Hurricanes Forward Edmonton
160th Connor Bouchard Tri-City Americans Forward Cochrane
161st Kurtis Labant Spokane Chiefs Forward St. Paul
163rd Eric Parker Prince George Cougars Defence Calgary
165th Drae Gardiner Moose Jaw Warriors Defence Calgary
167th Alex Young Everett Silvertips Forward Calgary
171st Graeme Bryks Seattle Thunderbirds Forward Edmonton
172nd Carter Wickson Lethbridge Hurricanes Goalie Calgary
173rd Kyle Crosbie Kelowna Rockets Forward Didsbury

NINTH ROUND

181st Zachary Okabe Tri-City Americans Forward Okotoks
188th Michael Horon Everett Silvertips Forward Lethbridge

TENTH ROUND

202nd Rajvir Sangha Tri-City Americans Defence Calgary
206th Ryker Evans Regina Pats Defence Calgary
210th Brody Green Kamloops Blazers Forward Edmonton
211th Connor Brock Calgary Hitmen Forward Calgary

Eleventh Round

214th Braden Potter Edmonton Oil Kings Goalie Edmonton
222nd Justin MacDonald Brandon Wheat Kings Defence St. Albert

TWELFTH ROUND

224th Nicksha Eric Kamloops Blazers Defence Fort McMurray
227th Lucas Jones Red Deer Rebels Defence Calgary

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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.

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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.

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For more information on the Alberta Challenge, click here.