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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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COVID-19 Update - Hockey Canada Statement

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Without question, this an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.

After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities*, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.

We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”

*Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities include all Hockey Alberta-sanctioned activities. This means that all Hockey Alberta league games, playoffs, practices, camps and Provincial, Regional and National Championships are cancelled at the Minor, Female, Junior, Senior and Sledge levels.

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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).

“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.

Click here for more information on the Alberta Cup.

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2018 Alberta Cup rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2018 Alberta Cup.

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Agrena in Spruce Grove April 25-29. 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 2003-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected in the aftermath of zone camps held March 23-25 throughout the province.

2018 Alberta Cup Rosters > | 2018 Alberta Cup Schedule >

"We are very excited to take the next step in the Road to Red Deer," said Manager of Team Alberta, Mike Kraichy. "We’re looking forward to a fantastic event in Spruce Grove this year, and for the high level of talent that will hit the ice."

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League.

Eighty players from this year’s competition will be selected to attend Team Alberta’s Provincial Camp in July, with a chance to represent their province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.


Tournament Passes

Tournament passes for the 2018 Alberta Cup are now on sale. A weekend pass is $59 (plus GST), a family weekend pass (two adults and two children) is $173 (plus GST), and a day pass is $17 (plus GST). Day Passes will also be available at the door.

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Alberta Cup Banquet

Tickets for the 2018 Alberta Cup Banquet are also now available for purchase. Tickets are $59 per person (plus GST). Only 180 tickets are available, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.. The Alberta Cup Banquet is Saturday, April 28 at 5 p.m. at the Stony Plain Pavilion.

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Volunteers

The 2018 Alberta Cup is looking for passionate, dedicated volunteers! If you are interested in being part of the Alberta Cup, numerous volunteer positions are available throughout the tournament, including: off-ice officials, admission table, program and 50/50 sales, security and more. To apply to be a volunteer, please fill out the form below.

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Alberta Cup Apparel

2018 Alberta Cup apparel is now available for pre-order. All orders must be placed by April 12. To place an order, click the link below.

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For more information on the Alberta Cup, click here.

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Standardized tiering coming to Alberta for 2018-19 season

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta, its two largest Minor Hockey Associations, and the four largest minor leagues in the province are pleased to announce that the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model will be in operation for the 2018-19 season.

Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League are implementing the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model for the upcoming hockey season.

Consistency in tiering has been a significant concern raised in feedback provided by families across the province in Participant Satisfaction Surveys conducted by Hockey Alberta in 2015 and 2017.

For the past year, these six organizations have worked within Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee to develop a tiering model that ensures teams are tiered accurately and consistently by accounting for the size of a minor hockey association, the size of a league, and various geographic factors.

The Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model includes:

  • Six tiers within the divisions of Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget.
  • A tiering grid to assist organizations in placing their teams within a specific division.
  • The ability for larger organizations to split tiers into smaller groups based on number of teams, games to be played and travel
  • The ability for smaller organizations to utilize the grid to determine the number of tiers to operate based on number of teams.
  • Teams proceed through tiering rounds for final placement determined by policies of the individual league.

Hockey Alberta’s member organizations were informed of the new Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model through an Information Bulletin on April 11.

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2019 Peewee Prospects Cup rosters announced

RED DEER - The 160 players competing in the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup in Lethbridge, May 8-12, have been selected by Hockey Alberta.

The Peewee Prospects Cup program is the first step of the Hockey Alberta Development program and is held in off years of the Alberta Winter Games. It provides second-year peewee athletes, coaches, trainers and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition.

The players are divided into the eight teams who will take to the ice at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge. Twenty 2006-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches and director of operations.

Peewee Prospects Cup Rosters > | Peewee Prospects Cup Schedule >

Rosters were selected following four regional camps held April 12-14 in Calgary, Olds, Edmonton and Vegreville, with two teams formed from each camp.

"We were once again very impressed with the level of talent displayed at all four regional camps this past weekend," said Dustin Moore, Coordinator of Team Alberta Male. "We’re looking forward to seeing what the 160 athletes selected to play in the Peewee Prospects Cup will bring to the ice in Lethbridge in May."

The Peewee Prospects Cup is a four-day, tournament-format competition. Round-robin action begins on Thursday, May 9 with six games. There are six games on Friday and four on Saturday, with the finals set for Sunday. All games are open to the public, and are free to attend.


For more information on the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup, please contact Dustin Moore at [email protected]

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2017 Alberta Cup rosters announced

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

Eight teams will take to the ice at the Canmore Recreation Centre April 26-30. The teams include two from each of Calgary and Edmonton, and one each representing the South, Central, Northeast and Northwest zones of the province.

Twenty 2002-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at zone camps held March 24-26 throughout the province.

2017 Alberta Cup Rosters >

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League (WHL).


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

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

Tickets > | 2017 Alberta Cup Schedule >


For more information on the Alberta Cup, click here.

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2018 Alberta Winter Games male rosters announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the male rosters for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

Eight teams will take to the ice in Fort McMurray on February 16-19, with 160 2005-born male players ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program. Two teams each were formed from the South (Zones 1 & 2), Calgary (Zones 3 & 4), Edmonton (Zones 5 & 6), and the North (Zones 7 & 8).

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 November 23-26 in Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Olds and Calgary.

2018 Alberta Winter Games Male Rosters >

Female Alberta Winter Games Regional Selection Camps run December 8-10 in Morinville and Innisfail, with the female roster announcement to follow.

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Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta released its Return to Hockey Plan on Tuesday, providing the framework and minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities.

The Plan also allows players, coaches, officials, parents and other stakeholders to understand the current guidelines for operating sanctioned hockey for the 2020-21 season.

The Return to Hockey Plan and its appendices, along with other announcements and documents pertaining to COVID-19 and its impact on hockey in Alberta, can be reviewed on the Hockey Alberta website:

RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN >

The Return to Hockey Plan incorporates the current requirements outlined in Stage 2 of the Government of Alberta’s Relaunch Plan, health and safety guidelines from Hockey Canada, and programming, registration and sanctioning for Hockey Alberta.

The health and safety of all participants in the sport is of paramount importance in all activities outlined in the Return to Hockey Plan. The threats and challenges posed by COVID-19 require specific steps to be taken to allow hockey back on the ice, and this plan addresses those requirements.

“It is important for our Members and families to know that there is a plan for hockey in Alberta for the coming season. Our players will be able to have fun, socialize with teammates and peers, and enjoy positive experiences in our game,” said Rob Litwinski, CEO of Hockey Alberta. “The Plan includes options to group players according to skill levels and engage in competition as they continue to develop their skills in preparation for returning to regular season play.”

The Return to Hockey Plan has three components:

  • Off-Season Skill Development
  • Development Season
  • Regular Season

The Development components provide direction on types of hockey activities that can be offered utilizing Physical Distancing or Cohorting; requirements for organizations in determining who is eligible to participate; estimated timelines for each component; travel and other limitations; and registration and sanctioning requirements.

The Return to Hockey Plan – including the timelines included within it - is subject to change, as new guidelines and requirements are put in place by the Government of Alberta.

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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

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

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

For more information, click here.


The Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series is presented by:

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