News - Most Recent

News

Photo Credit: Dennis Pajot - Hockey Canada Images


Lloydminster selected as host of 2021 Esso Cup

LLOYDMINSTERThe Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, is headed back to Alberta in 2021 when the Lloydminster Steelers host the 13th edition of the event, April 18-24.

The 2021 Esso Cup represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, the Lloydminster Steelers and the local host organizing committee, which made the announcement Thursday in the Border City.

The host Steelers will face off against five regional champions – Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific Quebec and West – in their quest to capture a national championship at the 1,700-seat Centennial Civic Centre. The Steelers will look to become the first host team to win the Esso Cup and third host to earn a medal at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

“Hosting an event of this scale will provide our community an exciting opportunity to showcase our commitment to volunteerism and sport,” said Gerald Aalbers, mayor of the City of Lloydminster. “The Lloydminster Steelers play a pivotal role in the growth and development of female athletes within Alberta and it will be our shared privilege to stand with them in welcoming the nation’s top-performing female hockey players as they look to achieve personal goals and compete for the 2021 Esso Cup right here in our city.”

Although the Steelers have yet to appear in the Esso Cup, Pacific Region teams have won nine medals since the event’s inception, including three-consecutive national championships from 2017-19, two silver medals and four bronze.

Alberta has hosted Canada’s National Female Midget Championship three times in the event’s 11-year history, with Calgary (2009), St. Albert (2011) and Red Deer (2015) all welcoming the tournament.

“The City of Lloydminster is ecstatic to be selected as the host city for the 2021 Esso Cup, as our community has a proven record of hosting national events in the past and we look forward to once again showcasing hockey in the Border City,” said Ryan Sklapsky, co-chair of the local host organizing committee. “Lloydminster’s support for elite female hockey is widely recognized and we are excited for the athletes that will make up the Lloydminster Steelers roster for the 2020-21 hockey season as they will have the chance to compete for a national championship. Since the inception of the Midget program in 2004, the Steelers have been a premier organization on and off the ice, and the program continues to develop elite players that move on to the ACAC, U SPORTS and NCAA programs."

The 2021 Esso Cup marks the second Hockey Canada event held in Lloydminster, which also hosted the 2016 National Junior A Championship. As with all of Hockey Canada’s national championships, net proceeds from all ticket sales, sponsorship and grants at the event will stay within the host community to help support the growth and development of the game at the grassroots level. Recent editions of the Esso Cup have also resulted in an economic boost of up to $1.5 million to the host regions over the seven-day event.

The official tournament schedule and ticket information for the 2021 Esso Cup will be announced at a later date.

“The Esso brand takes great pride in its support of the Esso Cup,” said Susan Di Giorgio, fuels sponsorship manager for Imperial. “As a premier sponsor of Hockey Canada through the years and in partnership on programs such as Esso Medals of Achievement and Esso Fun Days, the Esso brand is committed to supporting the development of grassroots hockey across Canada.”

For more information on the 2021 Esso Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/EssoCup, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

News

Hockey Alberta gets recognized by Respect Group

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to be recognized by Respect Group for our long-time participation and leadership in the Respect in Sport program. Hockey Alberta was the first sport organization to implement Respect in Sport certification for parents and coaches, as well as the first to require mandatory recertification.

Co-founders of Respect Group – Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil – visited Hockey Alberta on Wednesday to present CEO Rob Litwinski and Director of Business Operations Mike Klass with a specially designed paddle.

The paddle symbolizes the support of organizations such as Hockey Alberta who partnered with Respect Group and adopted Respect in Sport programming before acknowledgement of the importance of preventing bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination was widely recognized.

News

Photo credit: Two Point Photography and Design


AFHL all-in on concussion safety with HeadCheck Health

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) today announced a new agreement with HeadCheck Health, Inc. (HeadCheck) to supply all teams with mobile and web-based technology to follow the league’s concussion protocol and record and share vital information on suspected concussions with medical professionals.

“We’re very pleased to be teaming up with HeadCheck to help solve some of our biggest challenges in concussion safety,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of the AFHL. “Their tech simplifies what’s normally a complicated process and provides our medical professionals with the information they want to make the most informed decisions possible on the welfare of our players.”

“It shows an incredible commitment to player safety on the part of the AFHL to kick off this agreement by bringing all three levels of play onto HeadCheck,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health, Inc. “This is just the first step in providing the league with unparalleled visibility into exactly where they can best allocate resources for concussion safety.”

As part of the agreement, all Bantam Elite, Midget Elite, and Midget AAA teams will be able to use HeadCheck beginning with the upcoming season. Team trainers, athletic therapists, and safety personnel can use HeadCheck’s mobile app to document suspected concussions, perform concussion assessments per what is appropriate for their qualifications and transfer the information collected to medical professionals and partner clinics to safely return players to the ice. The platform allows a player’s concussion history to transfer with them from team-to-team or level-to-level for more informed care.

Additionally, HeadCheck is customized to the league’s concussion protocol and provides administrators governance tools and the ability to monitor compliance in real-time. Where needed, HeadCheck will supply teams within the league with contracted athletic therapists to support team staff. HeadCheck is a secure system that meets all top line health privacy standards in Canada and the United States.

About the AFHL

The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) is home to 30 teams at the Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite levels, providing a competitive platform for young aspiring female athletes to enhance their skills. A collection of 12 host associations around the province are committed to the growth and development of AAA and Elite female hockey. The member associations include Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Leduc, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, Olds, and Red Deer. Through dedicated staff and volunteers, the AFHL offers opportunities for female athletes to receive mentorship, off-ice education sessions, female specific coaching, post-secondary exposure opportunities, academic & billet programs, and a competitive skill development atmosphere. https://www.afhl.ca

About HeadCheck Health, Inc.
HeadCheck is an innovative mobile and web-based platform that gives medical and non-medical personnel the appropriate tools to follow any concussion protocol, integrates all individuals involved in concussion care, and allows the data collected to be analyzed for health and safety improvements. Hundreds of teams across the world from minor through professional sports have adopted the HeadCheck platform including: the CFL, CJHL, BC Hockey, Trek Factory Racing, Volleyball Canada, UBC Athletics, BC Rugby, Eastern Washington University, Rugby Ontario, Western Lacrosse Association, Rugby Quebec, and more. For more information visit http://www.headcheckhealth.com

Media Contacts

Kari Kylo - kari@somaworks.com
604.889.8057

News

Photo credit: LA Media


Coaching applications now open for 2020 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaching positions with the male and female Team Alberta North squads that will participate in the 2020 Arctic Winter Games.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, 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.

Each hockey team is comprised of 17 players and two coaches. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu is awarded in each division. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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 from March 15-21.

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

2020 Arctic Winter Games Coach Application


For more information, contact Blake Cosgrove, Manager of Hockey Alberta’s Northwest Regional Centre, at bcosgrove@hockeyalberta.ca.

Home Ice Feature

Photo credit: Rob Wallator


Four Albertans named to Canada’s National Women’s Development and Under-18 Teams

CALGARY - Four Albertans will suit up for Team Canada this week in Lake Placid, New York, as the National Women’s Team announced its Development Team and Under-18 Team rosters.

Team Alberta alumnus Malia Schneider (Millarville) was named to Canada’s Development Team roster, while 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medalists Jaden Bogden (Edmonton) and Sarah Wozniewicz (Cochrane), along with Taze Thompson (Sherwood Park), will all play for the Under-18 squad.

All three Under-18 players are on Team Alberta’s shortlist roster for the 2019 U18 National Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB.

Both teams will play in a three-game series against the United States, August 14-17.

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 19:15

Hockey Alberta Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA COACH CONFERENCE - THIS WEEKEND!

Recently inducted Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame member Theo Fleury will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Hockey Alberta Coach Conference at Mount Royal University in Calgary on August 10-11. He will be joined by a number of esteemed coaches and presenters, including Geoff Ward from the Calgary Flames. SPEAKERS > | REGISTER >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL WITH OUR ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS!

Finish your summer strong with an Alberta Built Skills Camp offered by Hockey Alberta in August. Your young players can reach their potential at our Female Skills Camp in Calgary and/or Super Skills Camp in Red Deer, Calgary or Grande Prairie. INFO >


EVERY KID EVERY COMMUNITY RECEIVES BIG BOOST FROM GOLF & GALA EVENTS

The Every Kid Every Community program has $129,000 coming its way, thanks to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala and Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, presented by ATB Wealth.

Congratulations to the team of Theo Fleury, Brock Melnyk, Shawn Stordy and Jennings Thuen, 2019 HAF Golf Classic Champions! Congratulations are also in order for Mike Commodore, who won the celebrity low net. MORE >


First-Shift-2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT PROGRAM

The First Shift is a truly unique experience for new-to-hockey families, designed to help your child fall in love with hockey before you buy all the gear. The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learning basic skills. INFO > | REGISTER >


MHA SAFETY LEAD TRAINING SESSION - SEPTEMBER 7

As part of ensuring a safe environment for players, Hockey Alberta is encouraging each of its associations to identify a person who is passionate about safety in the game to fulfil the role of the Safety Lead. As part of this role, Hockey Alberta will be providing a one day training session on Saturday, September 7 at the Hockey Alberta office in Red Deer. BULLETIN > | REGISTER >


SLEDGE HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES - SEPTEMBER 21

Hockey Alberta is kicking off the 2019-20 season with a two-day Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on September 21 & 22. Along with the player camp, there will be a sledge hockey specific Coach 2 clinic offered for those who coach in the game. PLAYER REGISTRATION > | COACH REGISTRATION >


OFFICIATING CLINIC REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now available for all 2019-20 officiating clinics throughout Alberta. DETAILS >


SHOWCASE YOUR COMMUNITY TO CANADA!

Hockey Canada is now accepting bids to play host to the 2021 World Junior A Challenge and 2021 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. DETAILS >


GLENCROSS INVITATIONAL RODEO CHARITY ROUGHSTOCK RAFFLE

The Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event is giving you the chance to win this 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Truck with the elevation package. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by visiting the Hockey Alberta office or calling 403.342.6777. Proceeds support the Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation Every Kid Every Community program.


CELEBRATE THE GAME WITH IIHF GIRLS’ HOCKEY WEEKEND!

World Girls’ Hockey Weekend will celebrate the female game from coast to coast to coast – and beyond – Oct. 4-6. Will you join the party? Get your event registered now! DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta

INTRO TO HOCKEY MODEL FOR 2019-20 SEASON

Hockey Alberta has finalized the Intro to Hockey Model, which provides the general structural and administrative guidelines and specific playing rules for all players, ages 5-8 years. DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION PARTICIPATING IN THE 2019 BIRDIES FOR KIDS PROGRAM

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the 2019 Birdies for Kids program. This fundraising program is designed so that the Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100% of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50% of the original donations made. Your donation will support kids in Alberta who would otherwise not have access to the game. DONATE NOW >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - NUTRITION & TRAVELLING

Eating healthy while travelling can be a challenge, but is easier when the team is on the same page with the same goals. INFO >

View the Travelling information in our Parent Guide!


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Photo credit: LA Media


Golf and Gala events raise $129,000 for Every Kid Every Community

RED DEER - The Every Kid Every Community program has $129,000 coming its way, thanks to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala and Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, presented by ATB Wealth.

The three-day fundraising event in Canmore began on July 21 with the AHHF Awards Gala at the Coast Hotel, with money raised for EKEC through a wine pull, silent auction, and live auction.


The 13th annual HAF Golf Classic, presented by ATB Wealth, ran July 22 and 23 at Silvertip Golf Course.

The Talking Goalie once again withstood a barrage of shots from golfers throughout the day, raising $8,700, with challengers opting to show their support to either the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers. The Calgary Flames Foundation and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation each matched the amount raised in their name, bringing the grand total of funds raised by the Talking Goalie to $17,400.

The Silvertip Charitable Foundation also donated $25,000 back to Every Kid Every Community, while the Shaw Charity Classic Birdies for Kids program contributed $10,000.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all those who showed their support for the Every Kid Every Community program, helping to get more kids across the province into hockey. A special thank-you goes out to the Flames Foundation and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for their charity challenge contributions; the event’s title sponsor, ATB Wealth; and key contributing sponsors Vada Capital, Pillar Capital Corp, Q2 Artificial Lift Services, ATB Financial, and the Gord Bamford Foundation.


Photo credit: LA Media

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and ATB Wealth would like to congratulation the 2019 HAF Golf Classic Champions, Theo Fleury, Brock Melnyk, Shawn Stordy and Jennings Thuen. Congratulations are also in order for Mike Commodore, Celebrity Low Net champion.

For photos from both events, click here.


Rinks to Links 2019


Photo credit: LA Media

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation partnered with HEROS Hockey out of Calgary for the 2019 Rinks to Links program.

The group had the unique experience of a trip to the mountains on Tuesday, July 23 to the Silvertip Golf Course in Canmore, and the Canmore Recreation Centre.

The day started with a bus trip to Canmore, where the kids hit the driving range and putting green at Silvertip, with a lesson from the course professionals.

After lunch, the group travelled to the Canmore Recreation Centre, where they were treated to a tour of the Canmore Eagles’ dressing room before hitting the ice for a one-hour on-ice session, with instruction from Hockey Alberta staff, and numerous volunteers, including members of the Eagles coaching staff.

On behalf of all Rinks to Links participants, the Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank Every Kid Every Community sponsor, ATB Wealth, as well as Silvertip Golf Course and the Canmore Eagles for their support.

For photos from the event, click here.

News

Photo credit: Rob Wallator


News

Photo: Hockey Canada


Showcase your community to Canada!

CALGARY - Hockey Canada is now accepting bids to play host to the 2021 World Junior A Challenge and 2021 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Every season, Hockey Canada hosts events across the country, in communities big and small. Hockey Canada seeks host communities of all sizes, who offer unique local opportunities while committing to the best overall player, fan and volunteer experience.

Bidding on a national or international event sparks an ongoing partnership between the host community and Hockey Canada. This partnership builds the foundation for which the success of the event is built on.

Hockey Canada welcomes all groups to submit bids in order to foster and promote the game of hockey in your community. We encourage all potential bidders to contact Hockey Canada with any questions regarding hosting an event, or regarding a bid application.

To submit a bid, or for more information, visit hockeycanada.ca or email bids@hockeycanada.ca.

Home Ice Feature

Photo credit: LA Media


Five Team Alberta alumni headed to Hlinka Gretzky Cup

CALGARY - Five members of Team Alberta’s 2017 U16 Male squad have earned the opportunity to suit up for Team Canada’s National Men’s Summer U18 Team at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August.

Defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park), and forwards Ridly Greig (Lethbridge), Connor McClennon (Wainwright), Jake Neighbours (Airdrie) and Ozzy Wiesblatt (Calgary) are among the 22 players selected to represent Canada for the annual international under-18 tournament.

Hockey Canada finalized its roster Tuesday following a five-day selection camp that saw 44 players participate in on and off-ice sessions, including three intrasquad games, at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup runs August 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

News

Photo credit: MT Actions Photography


Kick off the Sledge Hockey season in Red Deer!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is kicking off the 2019-20 season with a two-day Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp and a Sledge Hockey Coach 2 - Coach Level Clinic at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on September 21 & 22.


Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp

Designed to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels, the camp will feature a unique combination of on-ice and off-ice skill development, an equipment session, and a game-play session for new and returning sledge hockey players.

The camp will be led by Canada’s Women’s National Para-Ice Hockey team Head Coach, Tara Chisholm. With a Masters in Adapted Physical Activity, Tara is a part-time Kinesiology instructor at Medicine Hat College and is very passionate about teaching and truly understanding what skills are required in sledge hockey while at the same time making sure the players are having fun!

Details/Register >


Sledge Hockey Coach 2 - Coach Level Clinic

***This clinic is Sledge Hockey Specific ***

Coach 2 - Coach Level is the in-person component to follow up the HU-ONLINE Coach 1/2. It emphasizes basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem and a love for the game. As part of your registration each coach will be granted access to the Hockey Canada Network App that will provide yearly practice plans, videos and additional coaching resources.

The cost for this clinic is $136.00 + GST and payment will only be accepted online. *Refunds will only be given up to 72 hours in advance less a $30 administration fee.*

Details/Register > | Coach Certification Requirements >


For more information, please contact Allison Marriott, Member Services Coordinator (amarriott@hockeyalberta.ca)

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 19:14

Development-Leadership-Speakers

TEAM ALBERTA SHORTLIST ROSTERS ANNOUNCED

Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps have completed and shortlist rosters have been assembled for the U16 Male and U18 Female programs. Evaluations will continue into the season and teams will be finalized in the fall. U16 MALE > | U18 FEMALE >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

THEOREN FLEURY AND GEOFF WARD HIGHLIGHT COACH CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Recently inducted Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame member Theo Fleury will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Hockey Alberta Coach Conference at Mount Royal University in Calgary on August 10-11. He will be joined by a number of esteemed coaches and presenters, including Geoff Ward from the Calgary Flames. SPEAKERS > | REGISTER >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL WITH OUR ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS!

Finish your summer strong with an Alberta Built Skills Camp offered by Hockey Alberta in August. Your young players can reach their potential at our Female Skills Camp in Calgary and/or Super Skills Camp in Red Deer, Calgary or Grande Prairie. INFO >


First-Shift-2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT PROGRAM

The First Shift is a truly unique experience for new-to-hockey families, designed to help your child fall in love with hockey before you buy all the gear. The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learning basic skills. INFO > | REGISTER >


MHA SAFETY LEAD TRAINING SESSION - SEPTEMBER 7

As part of ensuring a safe environment for players, Hockey Alberta is encouraging each of its associations to identify a person who is passionate about safety in the game to fulfil the role of the Safety Lead. As part of this role, Hockey Alberta will be providing a one day training session on Saturday, September 7 at the Hockey Alberta office in Red Deer. BULLETIN > | REGISTER >


SLEDGE HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES - SEPTEMBER 21

Hockey Alberta is kicking off the 2019-20 season with a two-day Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on September 21 & 22. Along with the player camp, there will be a sledge hockey specific Coach 2 clinic offered for those who coach in the game. PLAYER REGISTRATION > | COACH REGISTRATION >


HOCKEY CANADA SUMMER SHOWCASE

Beat the heat this summer with the Team Canada Summer Showcase, featuring the future of Canadian hockey and teams from around the world. See it FREE in Calgary at the Markin McPhail Centre at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park. DETAILS >

GLENCROSS INVITATIONAL RODEO CHARITY ROUGHSTOCK RAFFLE

The Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event is giving you the chance to win this 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Truck with the elevation package. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by visiting the Hockey Alberta office or calling 403.342.6777. Proceeds support the Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation Every Kid Every Community program.


Hockey Alberta

INTRO TO HOCKEY MODEL FOR 2019-20 SEASON

Hockey Alberta has finalized the Intro to Hockey Model, which provides the general structural and administrative guidelines and specific playing rules for all players, ages 5-8 years. DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

POWER EDGE PRO - TRAIN LIKE CONNOR!

Minor Hockey Associations all around Alberta have been registering with PEP to develop their players in an efficient, productive, and professional manner. Is it a fit for your association? DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION PARTICIPATING IN THE 2019 BIRDIES FOR KIDS PROGRAM

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the 2019 Birdies for Kids program. This fundraising program is designed so that the Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100% of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50% of the original donations made. Your donation will support kids in Alberta who would otherwise not have access to the game. DONATE NOW >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - LONG TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) or Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is a "made-in-Canada" framework to maximize a player’s potential and long term involvement in sport over the course of his/her life. INFO >

View the Long Term Player Development information in our Parent Guide!


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

News

Photo credit: KUDAxyz Media


Team Alberta U18 Female Shortlist announced

RED DEER - Twenty-Eight 2002 and 2003-born female athletes from Alberta are one step closer to representing their province in November.

Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U18 Female squad that will participate in the 2019 U18 National Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 16 forwards.

TEAM ALBERTA U18 FEMALE 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 U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 9-14. Sixty-Eight players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“The talent and character of these players always makes it tough to select a shortlist, but we are very confident in the 28 players we have selected,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. “We look forward to seeing all of these players again in September for Fall Camp.”

The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, and meet in Edmonton for Fall Camp September 27-29, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2019 U18 National Championship Tournament runs November 3-9 in Morden and Winkler, MB.

News

Theoren Fleury announced as keynote speaker for 2019 Coach Conference

CALGARY - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce recently inducted Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame member Theoren Fleury as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Coach Conference in Calgary. Fleury will be joining an esteemed group of speakers, including Geoff Ward, Associate Coach of the Calgary Flames.

Fleury was one of the most competitive players on the ice over the course of his 15-year National Hockey League career, and a member of the 1989 Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames. Along with his ability on the ice, Theo’s charitable and social wellness endeavours since his retirement have helped solidify his role as a sporting and social leader.

Ward is entering his second season as associate coach with the Flames, after spending three years as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils and prior to that, seven seasons behind the bench with the Boston Bruins in an assistant role.

Other speakers include:

Speaker(s) Organization Bio
Mike Shaw & Hunter Visser HeadStartPro

Mike Shaw, a UBC Okanagan alumni and accomplished coach, comes to us from a background in action sports and freestyle skiing. He’s a subject matter expert in performance coaching and injury prevention.

Hunter Visser is a retired world-cup halfpipe skier who came to the field of mental performance and injury prevention training after sustaining a career-ending concussion.Today, Hunter works with regional to Olympic-level coaches, and an equally broad spectrum of multi-sport athletes, helping them improve focus, awareness, and mindfulness to enhance performance and prevent injuries.

Peter Anholt Lethbridge Hurricanes Peter Anholt is entering his third full season as the General Manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Anholt is one of 16 WHL coaches to record 400 or more victories, sitting 10th all-time with 466 wins. He has posted an all-time record of 466-487-66 as a Head Coach in the WHL.
Ken Babey Men’s National Para Hockey Team Ken Babey is the Head Coach of the National Para Hockey Team. Since 2015, he has led Canada to the world title in 2017 and the silver medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Prior to his position with Hockey Canada, Babey spent 27 years as the head coach of the men’s hockey team at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) from 1987-2014.
Wayne Harris U of C Dinos Football For nearly 40 years, Wayne Harris has been involved with the Dinos as a player, alumnus, assistant coach, and most recently defensive coordinator. Over the course of his coaching career with the Dinos, Harris has been part of seven Hardy Cup championship teams and participated in four Vanier Cups.
Bert Gilling Mount Royal University Hockey Bert Gilling joined Mount Royal as the men’s hockey head coach in 2014. Gilling established a new culture around the team and in his first season, he led the Cougars to their first-ever playoff victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies. He has since won Canada West Coach of the Year two times.
Dean Seymour Seymour Hockey

Dean Seymour played nine years of pro hockey that saw his career take him from the United States, to Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, highlighted by an invite to the 2001 Spengler Cup. Now in Calgary, Dean spends most of his time working for Hockey Canada developing players by sharing the skills and instruction he has received throughout North America and Europe.

The Hockey Alberta Coach Conference will give coaches of all levels the opportunity to learn about the latest strategies, trends and technologies from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches in the game.

REGISTER >

News

AHHF Class of 2019 inducted in Canmore

CANMORE – Five outstanding individuals and back-to-back Memorial Cup champions comprise the 2019 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Theoren Fleury, Kevin Lowe, Shirley Cameron, Bob Ridley, Duncan MacDougall, and the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history on Sunday night at the AHHF Awards Gala, hosted by Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.

A consistent theme among the inductees was the interesting twists and turns that can happen in life, and especially in setting the direction of an individual’s career in hockey.


Hockey Alberta News

THEOREN FLEURY

Theo Fleury played with the Calgary Flames for 11 seasons, from 1988 to 1998 and was an important part of their Stanley Cup championship in 1989. He led the team in regular season scoring six times, and five times in the playoffs. His NHL career also included stops with the Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

In his speech, Fleury reflected on some of the highlights of his career, including when he played junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors. He recalled the ice plant going down in the old “Crushed Can” in the playoffs against the eventual Memorial Cup champion Medicine Hat Tigers, and game four having to played in Regina. He suggested that the Tigers might only have won a single Memorial Cup had they played in Moose Jaw.

But Fleury focused on his work off the ice, and helping people deal with trauma, mental health and addiction issues.

“It’s nice to be recognized, but it’s more important what you leave behind,” said Fleury. “I try and help people understand what trauma does to an individual. I try to give them hope and inspiration.”

Full bio >


Hockey Alberta News

KEVIN LOWE

Kevin Lowe is a pillar of the Edmonton community and one of the key leaders who built the Edmonton Oilers into a Stanley Cup dynasty team. As a defenceman, he was a solid positional player in his own zone, a team leader and an astute playmaker on offence. His leadership on and off the ice was a major component of Cup championships in both Edmonton and New York.

In his speech, Lowe recalled how he came to Edmonton in 1979, after being drafted by the Oilers, having not been further west in Canada than London, Ontario. At the time, he didn’t even realize the Oilers were in the NHL at the time. And the fact that he even was drafted by the Oilers with the final pick in the first round was a surprise, as he had been ranked as high as number four overall.

“But if you work hard, pay your dues, eventually good things will happen,” Lowe said. “And none of these things happen without the strong support of my family.”

Full bio >


Hockey Alberta News

SHIRLEY CAMERON

Shirley Cameron is one of the most important individuals in the growth and development of women’s hockey in Alberta, dating back to the early 1970s as a player, coach and builder of the sport. Shirley was one of the founders of the Edmonton Chimos, and the team’s leader for more than three decades. The 1983-84 Chimos were inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

In her speech, Cameron recalled she could never have envisioned a lifelong involvement in hockey from her early days playing pond hockey in the Bonnyville area.

“My dreams could never possibly have gotten this far,” said Cameron. “I remember thinking wouldn’t it be the coolest thing to play for an all-girls team against another all-girls team, and we’d have jerseys.”

That dream came true when she answered a radio ad in Edmonton, and ended up playing for “the Tuesday night girls.” That group of players became the Edmonton Chimos, and that team helped the sport of female hockey grow by traveling throughout rural Alberta to play oldtimer teams and show girls the sport of hockey.

Full bio >


Hockey Alberta News

DUNCAN MACDOUGALL

Duncan MacDougall has played a tremendous role in the development of on-ice officials over more than four decades of involvement in hockey in Alberta. Whether a new official just starting out in the officiating program, or a senior official preparing for provincial, national, international or professional work, Duncan has helped many of them with their achievements and advancements in officiating.

In his speech, MacDougall recalled how the first time he ever thought about the officials who work a hockey game was when he was 12 years old, and was watching the Western league all-star game in Edmonton. He was able to hear referee Lloyd Gilmour talking to the players, and was impressed with Gilmour’s demeanor.

After that, he answered a newspaper ad looking to recruit referees to work in northwest Edmonton.

“It was fun, it was challenging, and when you left the ice, you felt like you’d done a good job,” said MacDougall.

Full bio >

Hockey Alberta News

BOB RIDLEY

As sports director for CHAT TV & Radio, Bob Ridley has spent 50 years covering and promoting amateur sports in Medicine Hat and surrounding area. Bob has been an integral part of the Medicine Hat Tigers Hockey Club since the team’s inception in 1970. Serving as the play-by-play voice for the Tigers, only missing one broadcast in over 3,900 games.

In his speech, Ridley talked about how he didn’t set out to become an announcer; rather he wanted to be a hockey player, until he recognized his size and ability wouldn’t let that happen.

He reflected on how special it was to be part of the same induction class as the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers teams. He also recalled the first Tigers team to reach the Memorial Cup in 1973, and the opportunity he had to call games in the Montreal Forum in the same broadcast booth as Danny Gallivan.

Ridley also reflected on more than 2,800,000 kilometres covered during his 45 years as the bus driver for the Tigers, and the hundreds of chats that were held at the front of the bus with players, including current NHL broadcaster Kelly Hrudey.

Full bio >


Hockey Alberta News

MEDICINE HAT TIGERS

The 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers are the only Alberta team to win back-to-back Memorial Cups, as the Canadian major junior hockey champions, and one of only eight teams in the Cup’s 100-year history to win back-to-back titles.

Scott McCrady spoke on behalf of the teams and agreed with Ridley that inducting the two Medicine Hat teams would not have been complete without their broadcaster and bus driver.

“Thanks for always getting us home Bob,” McCrady said.

McCrady also reflected on the importance of decisions and lauded the team’s general manager Russ Farwell for making all the right decisions those two seasons, including hiring the right coaches, Bryan Maxwell and Barry Melrose. He recalled how, prior to the final game against Oshawa in 1987, Maxwell stressed how winning every little battle was going to be the key – including winning the ceremonial faceoff.

“Team first, individual second, and no one is bigger than the sum of the parts,” said McCrady.

Full bio >

Also recognized during the AHHF Gala was the gold medalist U18 Female Team Alberta hockey team from the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The team had gathered earlier in the day at the Iron Goat restaurant in Canmore for the presentation of their championship rings. It was the first time the team had been together since the victory on March 2.

Hockey Alberta News


Sunday’s AHHF Gala kicked off in the afternoon with a VIP reception for the 2019 induction class at the Canmore Opera House, which included two hot stove sessions involving this year’s inductees.

The Gala also runs in conjunction with the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, a key fundraiser for the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program.

The 14th annual Golf Classic – presented by ATB Wealth – also takes place in Canmore, beginning Monday evening with a special reception for all participants, as well the celebrity golfers.The tournament goes Tuesday at the Silvertip Resort. Celebrity golfers include Mark Giordano, Mel Davidson, Jordan Eberle, Theo Fleury, Gord Bamford, Ben Hebert, Curtis Glencross, Carla MacLeod, Cale Makar, Kevin Lowe and Jamie Macoun.

In addition to the Golf Classic, Silvertip will also host the first half of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s annual Rinks to Links program on Tuesday morning, where 20 youths from the HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) program from the Calgary area will take part in a golf lesson. From there, the group will head to the Canmore Arena for an afternoon on-ice session.


The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time. Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey.

Home Ice Feature

Six Albertans invited to National Women’s Development and U18 selection camps

CALGARY - Six Albertans will head to Calgary in August for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Development and Under-18 team selection camps.

Forwards Jaden Bogden (Edmonton), Taze Thompson (Sherwood Park) and Sarah Wozniewicz (Cochrane) will attend the BFL National Women’s U18 selection camp, while goaltender Kirsten Chamberlin (Cochrane) and forwards Malia Schneider (Millarville) and Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton) will skate in the BFL National Women’s Development Team selection camp.

Coming off a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games as the Head Coach of Team Alberta U18 Female, Carla Macleod (Calgary) will serve as an Assistant Coach on the Development Team, while former gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 coach Howie Draper (Edmonton) will serve as the Head Coach of the Under-18 team.

The BFL National Women’s Development and Under-18 Team selection camps run August 2-11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. Both teams will compete in a pair of three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid, NY, August 14-17.

News

Photo credit: Rob Wallator


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.

News

Registration now open for 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program

Do you have a child aged 6-10 years who is ready to fall in love with hockey? Registration is now open for the 2019-20 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.

The First Shift is a truly unique experience for new-to-hockey families, designed to help your child fall in love with hockey before you buy all the gear. The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learnin Blog g basic skills. Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment.

The First Shift will be offered in eight locations across Alberta in the fall, and another three locations in the winter:

Fall Programs:

  • Brooks
  • Grande Prairie
  • Calgary (Wednesday sessions)
  • Calgary (Saturday sessions)
  • Edmonton
  • Leduc
  • Lethbridge
  • Onoway
  • Strathcona

Winter Programs:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Ponoka

To register for a First Shift program near you, click here.

The First Shift’s mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community and enrol their kids in our sport. Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, we designed The First Shift to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

News

Summer Development Camps kick off in Red Deer

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps begin this week in Red Deer, and run throughout the month of July.

Some of Alberta’s best hockey talent will be on display at these camps, with more than 200 athletes take part in a variety of on-ice and off-ice development opportunities. All camps are open to the public and take place at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.


U16 Male Provincial Camp, July 2-7

The U16 Male Provincial Camp features the top 80 U16 athletes identified by Hockey Alberta working out in off-ice sessions, as well as on-ice games and practices. From Provincial Camp, a short list will be created, and players scouted with their club teams until the 20-player Team Alberta roster is named for the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.


Officials Development Camp, July 2-7

The Officials Development Camp runs in conjunction with the U16 Male summer camp, as officials work provincial camp games and receive mentoring and evaluation. This is third stage of development for officials, starting with Alberta Cup zone camps, and progressing to the Alberta Cup competition.


Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp, July 9-14

The top 68 U18 female hockey players, selected from a spring camp held in Spruce Grove, take part in a variety of games and practices. After the summer camp, players are shortlisted to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. From there, the final 20-player Team Alberta roster will be selected for the National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championship in Morden and Winkler, MB.


U16 Female Summer Camp, July 11-14

The U16 Female Provincial Camp is the second stage of development and identification process that feeds into the Team Alberta U18 Female program. The top 46 players participate in on and off-ice training and classroom sessions, and compete in game environments.


AJHL Development Camp, July 17-22

Selected athletes receive both on and off-ice development directed by AJHL/Hockey Alberta staff, and facilitated by the High Performance I Coaching Seminar delegates. The on-ice program will consist of both practice and game sessions, and the off-ice portion will cover athleticism, mental skills and team building as well as the technical and tactical skills required to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

News

Photo credit: KUDAxyz Media


Team Alberta U18 and U16 Female Camp Invites Announced

RED DEER - A total of 114 female athletes from across Alberta are about to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program.

Invitations have been extended to 68 players to attend the Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp July 9-14 in Red Deer, which is the next step in the selection process for the 2019 U18 Nationals in Morden & Winkler, MB. 46 players have also been invited to the Team Alberta U16 Female Summer Camp, which runs in conjunction with the U18 camp from July 11-14.

U16 Female Summer Camp Invites >

U18 Female Summer Camp Invites >

"Summer camp is a big event for these athletes and for Hockey Alberta," said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. "The talent level that we have this year at both the U16 and U18 level is very encouraging to see, and we are excited to see these players show their skills."

The U16 camp list includes six goalies, 16 defence, and 24 forwards, while the U18 camp will host eight goalies, 24 defence, and 36 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2018-19 season, as well as the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge in Leduc in May. From the Summer Camp, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams and 25-27 players continuing on to Fall Camp where the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named.

U16 Summer Camp game schedule:

Date Time Away Team Home Team
Friday, July 12 6:00pm Blue Gold
Sunday, July 14 4:00pm Gold Blue

U18 Summer Camp game schedule:

Date Time Away Team Home Team
Wednesday, July 10 5:00pm Blue White
Wednesday, July 10 7:30pm Gold Black
Thursday, July 11 5:00pm Gold White
Thursday, July 11 7:30pm Blue Black
Saturday, July 13 5:00pm Gold Blue
Saturday, July 13 7:30pm White Black
Sunday, July 14 11:15am 4th seed 3rd seed
Sunday, July 14 1:30pm 2nd seed

1st seed


RED DEER -The coaching staff who will lead the Team Alberta U18 Female squad at the 2019 U18 National Championships has been announced by Hockey Alberta.

The team will be led by head coach Craig Perrett, who was on the bench as an assistant during the U18 Female gold medal run at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Flanking him will be assistant coaches Dayna Janzen and Brett Wold, who both recently finished head coaching stints at the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge. Other coaching staff members include goaltender coach Engi Lim, who has experience with the Team Alberta U16 program, and video coach Shanya Shwetz, who was an assistant coach at the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge.

"We are very excited about the experience level of this particular group of coaches," said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. "With the staff in place, we can now begin the process of building towards another successful year for the Team Alberta U18 Female program."

Invitations will be sent out to 68 players by the end of May to participate in the summer selection camp running from July 9-14 in Red Deer. A shortlist of players will be selected to participate in the final selection camp taking place September 27-29, where the final roster will be chosen. The team training weekend October 18-20 will be the final preparation before departing for the competition in Morden & Winkler, MB, November 3-9.


2019 Team Alberta U18 Staff

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the team staff that will lead Team Alberta U18 Female at the 2019 U18 Nationals.

STAFF
POSITION NAME
Director of Operations
Kendall Newell
Coach Mentor
Barry Medori
Head Coach Craig Perrett
Assistant Coach
Dayna Janzen
Assistant Coach Brett Wold
Video Coach
Shanya Shwetz
Goalie Coach
Engi Lim

Home Ice Feature

Photo credit: Chicago Blackhawks


Twelve Albertans selected at 2019 NHL Draft

RED DEER - It was another solid year for Alberta at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

A total of 12 players with Alberta roots were selected, including seven in the first two rounds.

Four Team Alberta alumni were taken in the first round alone, with Fort Saskatchewan’s Kirby Dach going third overall to the Chicago Blackhawks, making him the highest-drafted Albertan since Jay Bouwmeester went third overall to the Florida Panthers in 2002.

Dach’s Team Alberta teammate Bowen Byram was selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the next pick, while Peyton Krebs and Brayden Tracey went 17th and 29th to the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks, respectively.

Carter Gylander of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Sherwood Park Crusaders was the lone Alberta netminder selected in the draft, going to the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round.

A full list of Albertans/Team Alberta alumni drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

3rd Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades, WHL) Chicago Blackhawks Forward Fort Saskatchewan
4th Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants, WHL) Colorado Avalanche Defence Cranbrook
17th Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg Ice, WHL) Vegas Golden Knights Forward Okotoks
29th Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw, WHL) Anaheim Ducks Forward Calgary

SECOND ROUND

49th Matthew Robertson (Edmonton, WHL) New York Rangers Defence Edmonton
55th Dillon Hamaliuk (Seattle, WHL) San Jose Sharks Forward Leduc
56th Brett Leason (Prince Albert, WHL) Washington Capitals Forward Calgary

THIRD ROUND

92nd Quinn Olson (Okotoks, AJHL) Boston Bruins Forward Calgary
FOURTH ROUND
120th Maxwell Crozier (Sioux Falls, USHL) Tampa Bay Lightning Defence Calgary

SEVENTH ROUND

191st Carter Gylander (Sherwood Park, AJHL) Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Edmonton
199th Matthew Wedman (Seattle, WHL) Florida Panthers Forward Edmonton
206th Kieran Ruscheinski (Calgary, AMHL) Montreal Canadiens Defence Calgary

Home Ice Feature

True Spirit of Hockey Day at Lois E. Hole Elementary School


True Spirit of Hockey Day at Lois E. Hole Elementary School

ST. ALBERT - Grade 4 classes at Lois E. Hole Elementary School in St. Albert held a True Spirit of Hockey Day event in March, putting their creative abilities to work while showcasing their passion for hockey. The students each illustrated and explained their suggestion for a Hockey Alberta Digital Mascot, which could be used to highlight the positive impact of hockey. With such overwhelming participation, and to thank the students for their incredible effort, Hockey Alberta presented a plaque and hosted a pizza party for the classes.

It’s no surprise that these students showed great passion for this project, as Lois E. Hole Elementary School boasts a Hockey Academy as part of their programming. The Hockey Academy is open to male and female students of all skill levels who are passionate about the game, want to improve themselves, and have a desire to learn and commit to improvement and progression. Their philosophy is one of growth and development. The academy promotes both on-ice and life skills in student athletes, creating quality citizens who will make wise choices, be respectful, enthusiastic, confident, cooperative and independent.

The students were also provided with a number of different items to keep their fandom for the game burning, including foam fingers, clappers and thunders sticks. Thank you to Melissa Kueber and Cindy Jeffery, who were instrumental in leading this initiative and making this day special for their students. Hockey Alberta would also like to extend a special thank you to Dominos St. Albert, who generously donated all of the pizzas for this event.

True Spirit of Hockey Day at Lois E. Hole Elementary SchoolTrue Spirit of Hockey Day at Lois E. Hole Elementary School

News

Nominations sought for Board of Directors

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for the positions of Chair and Vice Chair on its Board of Directors.

NOTICE OF RECRUITMENT >

Candidates interested in serving as the Chair or Vice Chair of Hockey Alberta will possess some, or all, of the following attributes:

  • Experience in role of Chair and/or Vice Chair.
  • Experience chairing/leading meetings.
  • Broad knowledge of board governance
  • Passion for amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Amateur hockey as an executive, administrator, coach or official
    • Strategic planning
    • Business planning
    • Risk management
    • Policy development
    • Financial management
    • Human resource management
    • Marketing/public relations
    • Lobbying

In addition, please note the following:

  • Previous experience on the Hockey Alberta Board is an asset.
  • Previous experience on a not-for-profit board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective are preferred.
  • An ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation or equivalent training or experience working with a Board is an asset.
  • Experience and understanding of the workings of a Provincial Sport Organization is an asset.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check is required.

If you are interested and would like to help shape the future of hockey in Alberta, please complete the online Nomination Form (including Credentials Summary and Conflict of Interest declaration) and submit via the Hockey Alberta website.

Nominations are to be submitted via this online form:

APPLICATION / NOMINATION FORM >

Deadline to submit a nomination package is JULY 31, 2019.

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 19:12

Hockey Alberta Newsletter
June 13, 2019

Development-Leadership-Speakers

DAVIDSON AND STEEL HIGHLIGHT DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP WEEKEND

Only a few seats remain for a rare opportunity to listen to Hockey Canada’s Melody Davidson and Anaheim Ducks Forward Sam Steel during Hockey Alberta’s Development Leadership weekend in Red Deer on June 22-23. The weekend is focused on minor hockey volunteers, with seminars on Coaching Skills, Intro to Hockey, and Development Directors. As part of the weekend, delegates will hear a keynote address and hot stove featuring Steel, Davidson and Power Edge Pro’s Joe Quinn. REGISTER NOW >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL WITH OUR ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS!

Registration is ongoing for Alberta Built Skills Camps offered by Hockey Alberta. Your young players can reach their potential at one of the following camps: Female Skills, Lethbridge Hurricanes Summer Skills, New Season Conditioning, and Super Skills. Upcoming camps are scheduled in numerous locations across the province. INFO >


2019 ELITE GOALTENDER CAMPS COMING TO RED DEER

Hockey Alberta is pleased to host some of the top minor hockey goaltenders in the province over the next two weekends, with the male camp running June 15-16, and female camp June 22-23. This is a development opportunity for 54 bantam & midget males and 36 females with a focus on mental preparation, career preparation, vision training, and technical & tactical components. GOALTENDER DEVELOPMENT >


Hockey Alberta

INTRO TO HOCKEY MODEL FOR 2019-20 SEASON

Hockey Alberta has finalized the Intro to Hockey Model, which provides the general structural and administrative guidelines and specific playing rules for all players, ages 5-8 years. DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

POWER EDGE PRO - TRAIN LIKE CONNOR!

Minor Hockey Associations all around Alberta have been registering with PEP to develop their players in an efficient, productive, and professional manner. Is it a fit for your association? DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GALA TICKETS - TICKETS OVER HALF SOLD!

The 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 21 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. Get your tickets before they sell out! TICKETS >

Contact Erin Zatylny at 403-967-0064 with any questions or for sponsorship inquiries.


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION PARTICIPATING IN THE 2019 BIRDIES FOR KIDS PROGRAM

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the 2019 Birdies for Kids program. This fundraising program is designed so that the Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100% of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50% of the original donations made. Your donation will support kids in Alberta who would otherwise not have access to the game. DONATE NOW >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA COACH CONFERENCE RETURNS TO CALGARY

The 2019 Hockey Alberta Coach Conference is coming to Mount Royal University in Calgary on August 10-11. Prepare for the 2019-20 season with professional presentations from esteemed speakers and learn about the latest strategies, trends, and technologies. INFO & REGISTRATION >


AIRDRIE MHA SELLING MINI BOARD SYSTEM

Airdrie Minor Hockey is selling their Mini Boards. They have two sets in excellent condition with no logos on them. They are asking $5000 per set or best offer. If your association is interested in purchasing our boards, please contact Cindy Kunitz by email at officeadmin@airdriehockey.com or call 403-912-2680.


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - FUNDRAISING

Fundraising is a great way to collaborate as a team and community to achieve financial benefit. Fundraising can also be used as a means to promote healthy behaviours to athletes. As a team, you should decide on a fundraising platform - the more of you interested in the fundraiser, the greater the likelihood that your fundraiser will be a success!

View the Fundraising information in our Parent Guide!


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

News

Photo Credit: Power Edge Pro, IIHF, HockeyDB


Joe Quinn, Melody Davidson, and Sam Steel to speak at Development Leadership Weekend

RED DEER - As a part of Hockey Alberta’s strategy to continue educating minor hockey administrators and coaches, a Development Leadership Weekend will be held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on June 22-23.

The weekend will feature three different learning opportunities for minor hockey volunteers: Coaching Skills Seminar, Intro to Hockey Seminar (free), and Development Directors Seminar (free). Following the seminars, a keynote address and hotstove will be held for all delegates featuring Power Edge Pro Founder Joe Quinn, Olympic gold medal winning coach Melody Davidson, and Anaheim Ducks Forward Sam Steel.

Joe Quinn is the Founder and President of the revolutionary hockey training system Power Edge Pro (PEP). Power Edge Pro is an on-ice player development system utilizing propriety equipment and training patterns. The system focuses on Reactive Countering Trainingâ„¢, engaging multiple motor skills simultaneously to develop a player’s small area game performance. Quinn, who was named to The Hockey News Top 100 People of Power and Influence in 2018, has worked with such players as Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Dylan Larkin, and Aaron Ekblad.

Melody Davidson, a native of Oyen, AB, has been the head scout for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Programs since 2010. Prior to that, she led Team Canada to back to back Olympic gold medals in 2006 in Turin, and 2010 in Vancouver. Along with her two gold medals as head coach, she was also an assistant on the 2002 winning team. Davidson has also coached at the national level in a number of world championships and other competitions. She was also the head coach of Team Alberta at the 1995 Canada Winter Games.

Sam Steel, a native of Ardrossan, AB, is just beginning his NHL career after being drafted by the Anaheim Ducks 30th overall in 2016. Steel was a standout player for the Sherwood Park Midget AAA Crusaders before graduating to the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, which included a 131 point season in 2016-17. He was an important part of Team Canada’s 2018 World Junior gold medal winning team with nine points in seven games. Steel played 22 games for the Ducks during the 2018-19 season, notching 11 points.

COACHING SKILLS REGISTRATION > | INTRO TO HOCKEY REGISTRATION > | DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS REGISTRATION >

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Get your AHHF Gala tickets today

RED DEER - The 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration is now more than half way sold-out! Get your tickets today and join us in celebrating this year’s inductees: Shirley Cameron, Theoren Fleury, Kevin Lowe, Duncan MacDougall, Bob Ridley and the 1986-87 & 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers Memorial Cup Champions. 2019 Inductee Bios >

Become a part of the biggest celebration of hockey in Alberta, the AHHF Induction Gala is on Sunday, July 21, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. There are sponsorship opportunities available or plan to attend and purchase your Gala tickets >

Reserve a room at the Coast Hotel in Canmore Online >
Or by calling 1-800-663-1144. Please reference CCM-GFC 3880 or AHHF Awards - Attendees

News

John Jacobs: 1954-2019

RED DEER - John Jacobs, an Honoured Member of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and a Life Member of the Hockey Alberta Referee Council, passed away on Thursday, May 30 at the age of 65.

John’s officiating career begin in 1967. Over the course of his career, John obtained a Level 4L the highest ranking a linesman can achieve. He worked numerous national and international events, including serving as a linesman in six Viking Cups and several Team Canada Cups. Off the ice, John worked as a supervisor at three Viking Cups, and once at the Royal Bank Cup.

John’s list of contributions to officiating in Alberta is a lengthy one, starting in 1982 when he began instructing at the Hockey Alberta Officiating Development Camp, and was the Development Camp Coordinator for over 10 years, with 25 years of involvement with the camp. He was the Chair of the North Central Zone Referees Committee for four seasons, followed by six seasons as Hockey Alberta’s Referee Council Chair. He also served as a member of Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors, as the officials’ representative.

John’s decades of work with officials in Alberta was recognized with a number of awards, including Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Development Award (2004), the Ernie Boruk Award (2008), and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation Award (2008).

John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna; his daughters Terine (Derek) Forrester and Penny (Scotte) Titus; sister Val (Merv) Zwicker; mother-in-law Betty Hansen; sisters-in-law Carol (John) Zerkee and Lorraine Hansen; brothers-in-law Ted Hansen and Tim (Sandra) Hansen, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

For his contributions to hockey in Alberta, John was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. And he was honoured as an Officials’ Life Member in 2011. Officials are encouraged to wear their uniforms, and golfers and encouraged to wear their golf shirts.

Donations in John’s memory can be made to Stettler Minor Hockey, the Stettler Food Bank, or another charity of your own choice.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on Friday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. in his hometown of Stettler, at the arena where John spent so many of his weekends.

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 19:11

Hockey Alberta Newsletter
May 30, 2019

Hockey Alberta Newsletter

UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL WITH OUR ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS!

Registration is ongoing for Alberta Built Skills Camps offered by Hockey Alberta. Your young players can reach their potential at one of the following camps: Female Skills, Lethbridge Hurricanes Summer Skills, New Season Conditioning, Team AB Peewee Skills, and Super Skills. Upcoming camps are scheduled in numerous locations across the province. INFO >


Hockey Alberta

INTRO TO HOCKEY MODEL FOR 2019-20 SEASON

Hockey Alberta has finalized the Intro to Hockey Model, which provides the general structural and administrative guidelines and specific playing rules for all players, ages 5-8 years. DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

POWER EDGE PRO - A FIT FOR ANY ASSOCIATION!

Minor Hockey Associations all around Alberta have been registering with PEP to develop their players in an efficient, productive, and professional manner. DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP WEEKEND - JUNE 22-23

Hockey Alberta is hosting a Development Leadership weekend for minor hockey volunteers in Red Deer on June 22-23. Sessions include: Coaching Skills Seminar, Intro to Hockey Seminar, and Development Directors Seminar. MHAs are encouraged to send three volunteers to this event. INFO & REGISTRATION >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GALA TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

The 16th Anniversary Awards Gala & Hockey Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 21 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS >

Contact Erin Zatylny at 403-967-0064 with any questions or for sponsorship inquiries.


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

HOCKEY ALBERTA COACH CONFERENCE RETURNS TO CALGARY

The 2019 Hockey Alberta Coach Conference is coming to Mount Royal University in Calgary on August 10-11. Prepare for the 2019-20 season with professional presentations from esteemed speakers and learn about the latest strategies, trends, and technologies. INFO & REGISTRATION >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for key volunteer positions across a number of committees for the 2019-20 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. APPLICATION FORM >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - FOUR PILLARS OF DEVELOPMENT

Hockey Alberta has identified four key pillars that are crucial to building a successful player and person within the game of hockey. The four pillars are: Physical, Mental, Life Skills, and Technical.

View the Four Pillars of Development information in our Parent Guide!


Hockey Alberta Newsletter