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Limited spots available for Team Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER - A unique skill development opportunity is available to 2003-born male hockey players in Alberta, as Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are co-hosting the third annual WHL Skills Camp.

Limited spots are available in the camp, 15 spots for forwards and seven spots for defence. Registration is on a first come, first-served basis.

The camp, for U15 players, is set to run June 9-11, 2017 in Calgary, AB.

The Skills Camp provides athletes with the opportunity to learn from an impressive array of instructors, including instructors from the WHL. Participants will be divided into eight teams for the weekend, and participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Friday: Fitness Testing.
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, Long Term Player Development sessions, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: one skill session, and the event will wrap up with a game for each team.

The camp will focus on skill development and proper training techniques, and provides athletes with information about the Team Alberta & Canada Winter Games process, as well as information on the WHL, while challenging players to excel on and off the ice.

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For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta

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The St. Albert Slash celebrate their Pacific Regional Championship win


St. Albert Slash, Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings in the hunt for National titles

RED DEER - Alberta is well-represented on the National stage this week, as the St. Albert Slash and Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings compete in the Esso Cup and Telus Cup, respectively.

The St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA) of the Alberta Female Hockey League are representing the Pacific region at the tournament, and are already off to a hot start. The Slash opened the Esso Cup Sunday afternoon in Morden, MB with a 6-0 win over Mid-Isle Wildcats, who are representing the Atlantic.

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The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings kick off their quest for the Telus Cup tonight against the host Cariboo Cougars in Prince George, BC. The Oil Kings earned the right to represent the Pacific region after winning the Midget AAA Provincial Championship. With their opponent in the Pacific Regional Championships being the Cariboo Cougars, the Oil Kings automatically advanced to the Telus Cup.

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Registration now open for Team Alberta Peewee Skills Camp

RED DEER - Alberta males born in 2004 have the unique opportunity to participate in the second annual Hockey Alberta Peewee Skills Camp, hosted by the Team Alberta program.

The camp takes place in Calgary at the Don Hartman Sportsplex on June 23-25. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta process.

The camp will consist of three sessions:

  • Checking Development
  • Position Specific training
  • Goal Scoring and Hockey Sense

The camp also includes a Team Alberta/Alberta Built presentation, a Long-Term Player Development Session, and will wrap-up with a full three-period game. Goaltenders will also have an on and off ice skills session.

The maximum capacity for the camp is 160 athletes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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For more information about the Team Alberta Peewee Skills Camp, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta.

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The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings celebrate their Midget AAA Provincial Championship win on home ice in March.


The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings: Not your typical Cinderella story

The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings are about to begin their quest for the Telus Cup. But, the road to Prince George was anything but easy for the Midget AAA team. The Oil Kings finished third in the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League season with a 14-15-5 record. From there, the team went on an impressive run through the AMHL Playoffs, claiming the Midget AAA Provincial Championship. They now find themselves ready to compete for a national title.

Ahead of the Telus Cup, Oil Kings Assistant Coaches Darin Wood and Colby McClachlan penned the following letter about their team of destiny:


The Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings aren’t your typical Cinderella story.

Expectations were high coming out of the gates with new coaching staff, four returning players, and a very well-rounded batch of incoming players.

With a tough schedule to begin the season, they got off to a mediocre start, playing to a 4-6-0 record in the first month. Goals were hard to come by, and under new systems and philosophies, there was a sharp learning curve to adjust to. Adding to the adversity, Carson Lux (one of four returning players, and team Captain at the time) got the call to take the step up to Drayton Valley in the AJHL.

November was more of the same, with offensive woes being the story, and the team’s record fell to 6-10-1. But the month was not without its ups, with Dillon Hamaliuk returning to the team after a late roster move by Seattle in the Western Hockey League. With the Macs Midget AAA tournament in Calgary looming, and with a goal that was set early in the year to play in the Macs, December was a turning point in the season. The Oil Kings started finding their stride.

Improving to a 3-1-2 record for the month (9-11-3 for the season), and boosting their offensive efforts, they solidified their place in the Macs.

With the Macs Tournament being a goal early on, the Oil Kings knew the competition was stiff and they had to raise their level of play. Great leadership and the close-knit nature of the club helped guide them to a 2-1-1 record in the tournament, narrowly missing the playoff rounds. But, a disappointing result for a very well-played tournament didn’t hinder the resilient group heading into the home stretch of the season, and with a newfound belief in the ability of the team and its potential, the Oil Kings finished the season 5-4-2 (14-15-5 overall), good enough for third place in the North Division.

The preliminary round of the playoffs was a hard-fought battle with the MLAC Beverly Optimists, where both games ended with a one goal differential, one of which was in overtime. A well-balanced attack, and a solid penalty kill was the story in the series, with 11 different players finding the score sheet, and going a perfect 9-for-9 shorthanded. Breydon Berthold led the way with two goals, including the series-winner.

The early series sweep added a lot of confidence to the group as they moved into the second round against the St. Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders. A typical second-seed vs. third-seed battle, the series took all five games to decide, with four one-goal games, two of which went into extra frames.

Exceptional resiliency (all three wins were come-from-behind) and penalty killing was once again the story for the series, allowing only one goal on 17 attempts, and adding a shorthanded marker. This set the stage for the North Division final against the top-seeded Sherwood Park Kings. A hard fought series from the start, which ended in two of three games requiring extra time, saw Easton Hesse assert himself as the leading playoff goaltender, stopping 113 shots in the three-game series, including a 49-save effort in the double-overtime game two. Once again the penalty kill group went a perfect 11-for-11 in the series, en route to a three-game sweep.

Heading into the provincial finals against the CFR Chemicals Bisons, it was clear that this team started seeing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, and with two key injuries on the blueline, they were put to the test. With a game one victory thanks to another 24 save performance by Hesse, and a perfect 4-for-4 penalty kill night, the series came home to Leduc with the Oil Kings up one game to none. Three lead changes, eight different goal-scorers, and another 3-for-3 penalty killing performance later, the Oil Kings found themselves in their sixth overtime game of the playoffs. Tyler Smithies buried his fifth goal of the playoffs, and Brendan Morrow went 100% in the faceoff dot to give LJAC a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Game three was nothing short of spectacular, as both teams exchanged prime scoring chances, and exceptional goaltending. The game went into overtime for the second time in a row, and seventh time in the playoffs for the Oil Kings. A phenomenal slap pass/deflection goal kept the Bisons alive, and for the first time, the Oil Kings had a chance to lock up a series at home. LJAC made history March 26, as they clinched game 4 in front of family and friends.

Their heart, evident by a 5-2 record in overtime, an earth-shattering seven wins coming from behind, and 98% penalty kill effort was the difference in the post season, which saw them go 11-3 overall. Even with their backs up against the wall, they stayed positive, focused, and poised. They played for each other, were accountable to each other, and never gave up on anyone wearing the crest. Other teams may have walked into the dressing room going into overtime exhausted, and sore, and used that as an excuse to shed 1% of their effort, but not this group. Some may have used a heartbreaking overtime loss as an excuse to point a finger in blame, or try and change the game plan. But not this group. Stats aside, it took 23 players to win the league. 23 unwavering efforts. 23 hearts and 23 souls. Some call it a “Cinderella Story”. The LJAC Oil Kings call it hockey.


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Team Alberta announces assistant and video coaches for 2017 U16 and U18 programs

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the assistant and video coaches of Team Alberta for the 2017 U16 Male and U18 Female programs.


Team Alberta U16 Male

Brandin Cote (Assistant Coach), Marian Gmitter (Assistant Coach), Alex Mandolidis (Video Coach), and Derek Purfield (Goalie Coach) will join Head Coach Spiros Anastas on Team Alberta U16 Male.

Cote just wrapped up his first season coaching in the WHL, serving the 2016-17 campaign as an Assistant Coach with the Prince Albert Raiders. He’s been involved with Hockey Alberta in numerous capacities, and has coached in two Alberta Cups.

Gmitter is currently the Head Coach of the Calgary Midget AAA Royals. This year will mark Gmitter’s third time coaching in the Alberta Cup program, as he’s set to serve as the Head Coach of Team Central at the 2017 Alberta Cup.

Mandolidis is the Head Coach of the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars. Like Gmitter, this is Mandolidis’s third time coaching in the Alberta Cup program, this year as the Head Coach of Calgary South.

Purfield currently works for World Pro Goaltending, and also served as the Goalie Coach for the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) and University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS) in 2016-17. This will be Purfields third straight year with Team Alberta U16 Male, having previously served as the Goalie Coach for the 2015 and 2016 gold medal-winning teams.

Along with the coaching staff, Curtis Arsenault (Athletic Therapist), Dave Campbell (Equipment Manager), and Jamie Porter (Head Scout), round out the Team Alberta U16 Male staff.

Arsenault, from Lethbridge, is the Athletic Therapist for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, and has previous experience in the Team Alberta program at the Alberta Cup.

Campbell just wrapped up his season as the Trainer for the Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL), and has served as a Mentor Trainer for Team Alberta in various camps and programs over the past five years.

Porter is the Director of Hockey Operations for the Swift Current Broncos (WHL), and was the Head Scout for the 2015 and 2016 gold medal-winning Team Alberta U16 teams.


Team Alberta U18 Female

Joining Head Coach Craig Perrett on Team Alberta U18 Female will be Cassea Schols (Assistant Coach), Bob Rutz (Assistant Coach), Sarah Hilworth (Video Coach), and Amanda Tapp (Goalie Coach).

Schols is currently the Female Prep Head Coach at the Northern Alberta Xtreme Hockey Academy, and was also an assistant coach with last year’s Team Alberta U18 team.

Rutz is the Head Coach of the Midget AAA Female Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs of the Alberta Female Hockey League. Rutz has previously served as a Head Coach and Mentor in various Team Alberta camps and programs.

Hilworth has been the Head Coach of the Olds College Broncos since 2015. She’s been involved in both the U16 and U18 female programs over the past four years.

Tapp is the Director of Female Development and the Lead Instructor at Top Prospect Goaltending. Tapp is a long-serving member of the Team Alberta U18 coaching staff, having served as the Goalie Coach for the past six years.

Mercedes Eustergerling (Trainer), Brodie St. Jacques (Equipment Manager), Heather Osgood (Strength & Conditioning Coach), and Doug MacLeod (Head Scout) have also been named to the Team Alberta U18 Female staff.

Eustergerling is the Owner and Physiotherapist at Vida Health & Wellness, and has been a Mentor Trainer for various Team Alberta camps and programs over the past three years.

St. Jacques currently serves as the Trainer for the Maple Leaf Athletic Club’s Bantam AAA team. St. Jacques is set to serve as the Trainer for Team North Grey at the 2017 Alberta Challenge.

Osgood is the Fitness Director at Vimy Ridge Academy, and has been a involved with Team Alberta for the past eight years.

MacLeod, a Regional Scout for Hockey Canada’s Women’s Program, is entering his second year with Team Alberta U18 Female, and has previous coaching experience with Team Alberta as well.


About Team Alberta

The U16 Male Program is the third stage of the development and identification process to select a roster for Team Alberta to compete at either the U16 Western Challenge or the Canada Winter Games. The Games are held every four years, with the next event set for 2019 in Red Deer. Players in the U16 Male program will be challenging for the opportunity to compete on one of the three teams that represent Canada each year at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.

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AJHL, Hockey Alberta host 2nd annual elite development camp

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) will host an elite development camp in July, looking to expand upon the success of the inaugural event in 2016.

Eighty elite athletes from the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League (AMMHL) have the opportunity to participate in the AJHL Development Camp presented by Hockey Alberta, July 18-23, at the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose.

Hockey Alberta works with AMMHL coaches on player identification, final player selections and invitations. The camp features 2001-born athletes who played in the AMMHL this year, and who are not currently on the protected list of a Western Hockey League team.

The inaugural edition of the camp proved very successful as 14 players who attended in 2016 were signed to an AJHL White Card or affiliated to an AJHL team during the 2016-17 season. The camp provided an excellent opportunity for AJHL teams to evaluate and interact with the prospects.

“The partnership between Hockey Alberta, the AMMHL and the AJHL has created a unique opportunity to enhance the development of these players and has proven to be an identification camp for our teams in just the first year,” said Fran Gow, AJHL Vice-President of Hockey Operations. “The camp also provides coaches with the option to complete their HP1 Certification and ensures high level instruction for the participants.”

Players participate in on-ice activities that include six practices and four games, and off-ice and classroom sessions. There will be an AJHL presentation for athletes and parents, and at the conclusion of the camp, each player will receive a scout package and evaluation summary.

“This camp provides the unique opportunity for Minor Midget-aged players in Alberta to learn from some of the top coaches, but also to showcase their talents for AJHL teams while they are learning,” said Drew Dixon, Manager of Coach Development for Hockey Alberta. “The fact that 20 per cent of last year’s participants had AJHL experience this season demonstrates the potential not just for individual skill development but also to help players start on their future career paths.”

For more information on the Alberta Junior Hockey League, go to ajhl.ca.

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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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Wainwright Bisons win 2017 Keystone Cup

ARBORG, MB - The Keystone Cup is on its way back to Alberta, as the Wainwright Bisons defeated the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in overtime to claim the Western Canadian Junior B crown.

Wainwright went undfeated in round-robin play (3-0-2) to punch their ticket to the finals. The Bisons led 3-1 heading into the third period, but the Nitehawks forced overtime with two quick goals to open the final frame. With time ticking down in the first overtime period, Bryce Woodward scored the overtime winner, sealing the championship for the Bisons.

The Keystone Cup win is the first ever for Wainwright, following its first ever Provincial Championship win just two weeks prior. The Bisons are the first Alberta team to win the Keystone Cup since the Blackfalds Wranglers in 2011, and the tenth Alberta team in the tournament’s 35-year history.

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Team Alberta U18 alumnae invited to Hockey Canada Summer Camp

RED DEER - Eight former members of Team Alberta’s U18 program have been invited by Hockey Canada to attend the 2017 Summer Strength & Conditioning Camp, which runs May 3-7 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Abigail Benning (St. Albert), Codie Cross (Airdrie), Jess Healey (Edmonton), and Abagael Thiessen (Red Deer) are among the 30 development players attending the camp. Mairead Bast (Red Deer) and Karly Heffernan (Sherwood Park) were invited to the camp, but are unable to attend.

Two members of the most recent Team Alberta U18 squad, Dara Greig (Lethbridge) and Courtney Kollman (Calgary) will attend the camp as part of the 50-player U18 camp roster.

The focus of the camp will be entirely on off-ice sessions, which include dryland training, fitness testing, and physical and mental preparation.


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2017 Spring Conference registration now open

RED DEER - Registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Spring Conference.

The Spring Conference takes the place of the traditional Spring Zone Meetings, bringing together representatives from Local MInor Hockey Associations and Minor Leagues, and Hockey Alberta volunteers and staff to review the just-completed season, and focus on planning for the upcoming season. The goal is to provide new and enhanced opportunities to share information as we strive towards a goal of “Leading our Leaders.”

The Spring Conference is a one-day event on the weekend of May 6-7, with two opportunities for attendance. Delegates attend the session that best fits into their schedules. Conference sessions will be held:

  • Saturday, May 6: Okotoks, Best Western Plus
  • Sunday, May 7: Fort Saskatchewan, Dow Centennial Centre

Each session will start with check-in from 9:30-10 am, and will include a variety of sessions through until 4 pm. The Conference agenda will include updates from the past season, information about changes for the upcoming season as well as some conference and summit style presentations that will engage MHAs in discussion about the future of minor hockey.

Deadline for registration is Monday, May 1.

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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.

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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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Albertans move up in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings

RED DEER – NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the 2017 NHL draft, with a number of Albertans making a jump from the midterm rankings.

Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) remains the highest-ranked Albertan, moving up to number nine among North American skaters. Jaret-Anderson Dolan (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) jumped up 19 spots to 21, while Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL) moved from 45 to 35. Two Albertans, Dakota Krebs (Tri-City Americans, WHL) and Skyler McKenzie (Portland Winterhawks, WHL), made their way on to the list after not being included in the midterm rankings, sitting at 153 and 176, respectively.

A total of 20 Albertans made NHL Central Scouting’s final list of top-ranked North American skaters, while four netminders are among the top 31 North American goaltenders, with Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders, WHL) leading the way as the third highest-ranked goaltender. Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL) saw his draft stock increase, improving from ninth to fifth in the goalie rankings.

The full list of Albertans appearing in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings can be found below:

North American Skaters

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
9 10 Cale Makar Defenceman Brooks Bandits AJHL
21 40 Jaret Anderson-Dolan Center Spokane Chiefs WHL
35 45 Ian Mitchell Defenceman Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
52 70 Lane Zablocki Right Wing Red Deer Rebels WHL
55 63 Mason Shaw Center Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
56 58 Kyle Olson Right Wing Tri-City Americans WHL
70 138 Tyler Steenbergen Center Swift Current Broncos WHL
86 87 Ryan Peckford Left Wing Victoria Royals WHL
128 129 Kale Howarth Left Wing Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL
132 141 Ethan McIndoe Left Wing Spokane Chiefs WHL
133 130 Brett Leason Center Tri-City Americans WHL
135 110 Dylan Plouffe Defenceman Vancouver Giants WHL
147 120 Brayden Gorda Defenceman Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
153 - Dakota Krebs Defenceman Tri-City Americans WHL
169 177 Ryan Hughes Center Portland Winterhawks WHL
176 - Skyler McKenzie Left Wing Portland Winterhawks
187 175 Brayden Burke Left Wing Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
202 152 Zackary Hayes Defenceman Price Albert Raiders WHL
205 163 Josh Patterson Center Saskatoon Blades WHL
210 134 Matthew Wedman Center Seattle Thunderbirds WHL

North American Goalies

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
3 2 Ian Scott Goalie Prince Albert Raiders WHL
5 9 Stuart Skinner Goalie Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL
25 31 Dawson Weatherill Goalie Spokane Chiefs WHL
29 24 Matthew Murray Goalie Fargo USHL

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Teammate of the Month - ATB Financial

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Foundation is proud to recognize ATB Financial as its very first Teammate of the Month.

ATB Financial has been a long-standing partner and supporter of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, assisting in getting more kids involved in hockey across the province. In addition to the Hockey Alberta Foundation, ATB Financial has been a long-time partner of Hockey Alberta. After three years as the title sponsor of the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Peewee Prospects Cup, ATB just wrapped up its second year as the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships.

"We’re thrilled to partner with the Hockey Alberta Foundation to ensure every kid in every community has a chance to play hockey," said Kris Noble, Manager, Community Initiatives at ATB Financial. "Being a part of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Hockey Alberta and various other hockey organizations in Alberta over the years, has been a privilege, and we’re looking forward to many more years of working together to make hockey in Alberta even better and more accessible for all.”

Not only does ATB Financial stand strongly behind Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation, but they are a major advocate for hockey in our province in many ways, with numerous partnerships and initiatives in place to celebrate and grow the game in Alberta at the grassroots level.

For these reasons, and more, we would like to thank ATB Financial for being an amazing Teammate!

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2017 Player Satisfaction Survey

Hockey Alberta is undertaking a Participant Satisfaction survey for players who participated in minor hockey during the 2016-17 season. The anonymous survey is designed to give Hockey Alberta a snapshot of the state of the minor hockey system in the province in 2017.

A similar survey was sent out in 2015. The goal is to complete this survey every two years so that Hockey Alberta can track how any strategic changes and initiatives are shifting the overall “level of satisfaction” of the participants as Hockey Alberta continues to strive towards its Mission and Vision.

Information on the survey is being sent to participants via email today. Hockey Alberta is hoping for as many responses as possible to provide the best overview of the general sentiment toward the sport and Hockey Alberta from the province’s hockey community.

If you are the parent/guardian of a minor hockey player, and you do not receive an email about the survey, please use the following link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hasatisfactionsurvey

The survey will remain open until Wednesday, April 19. A summary of the results will be made available on the Hockey Alberta website, and be available for distribution to Minor Hockey Associations and other members of the hockey community in Alberta.

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Lloydminster Goaltender Bella McKee, one of the 2016-17 AFHL award winners. (Photo credit: Two Point Photography)


AFHL hands out inaugural league awards

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is proud to announce the 2016-17 league award and scholarship winners.

Four awards are handed out in each league: Most Valuable Player, Top Goaltender, Top Rookie, and Coach of the Year. One award is also given for the AFHL Administrator of the Year.


Bantam Elite

Most Valuable Player: Allison Reich, Sherwood Park
Top Goaltender: Jocelynn Peace, Olds
Top Rookie: Sarah Wozniewicz, Olds
Coach of the Year: Cassidy Delainey, Olds


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Danica Polson, Red Deer
Top Goaltender: Paige Jassman, Grande Prairie
Top Rookie: Avery Lajeunesse, Red Deer
Coach of the Year: Brad Koopmans, Red Deer


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Tyra Meropoulis, St. Albert
Top Goaltender: Bella McKee, Lloydminster
Top Rookie: Madison Willan, St. Albert
Coach of the Year: Dan Auchenberg, St. Albert


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Dean Trotter, Okotoks


AFHL Scholarship Winners

The Alberta Female Hockey League annually presents four scholarships; two to graduating players from the AFHL as well as two to young women currently attending post secondary and who are giving back to the game through coaching or officiating. All of these scholarships will be awarded to help off-set the costs of pursuing a post secondary degree at the institution of their choice.

The AFHL received an overwhelming response to the scholarship fund and recipients were chosen from an extremely deep pool of applicants. Finalists were chosen based on their strong academics, positive contribution to their team as well as their involvement with their community.

Offical: Hayleigh Dansereau, North Central Midget Elite
Coach: Krista Wilson, Olds College/Olds Bantam Elite
Midget Elite: Alyssa Wilkie, Airdrie
Midget AAA: Carley Wlad, Red Deer

Congratulations to all AFHL Award winners and scholarship recipients!

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Team Alberta alumni to join National U18 team in Ontario

As Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team begins to assemble, three former Team Alberta players are among the first six players to join the team roster.

Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Ian Mitchell, and Ian Scott will head to Etobicoke, Ontario, for two pre-competition games in preparation of the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship, which runs April 13-23 in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia.

Another Team Alberta alumnus, Ty Smith, is one of the six under-aged players invited to take part in order to gain more international experience.

All four players were a part of the Team Alberta squad that won silver at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Smith, who played in the Canada Winter Games as an under-age player, also won gold with Team Alberta at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.


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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Results

RED DEER - The third and final weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with five new champions being crowned.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Nanton Palominos (Senior AA), Wainwright Bisons (Junior B), Wheatland Chiefs (Midget AA), Okotoks Oilers (Bantam AA), and Bow Valley Flames (Peewee AA). Okotoks and Olds each hosted True Spirit of Hockey Days in conjunction with Provincials, celebrating a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

As the Junior B Provincial champions, the Wainwright Bisons are now off to compete in the 2017 Keystone Cup, which runs April 13-16 in Arborg, Manitoba.

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals begin on March 31. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are tied 1-1 in the South Division Final, as are the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the Whitecourt Wolverines in the North Division Final.

Alberta teams put forth a strong showing regionally on the weekend, as the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers earned a bronze medal at the 2017 Western Bantam AAA Championships in Saskatchewan.

Meanwhile, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League punched their ticket to the Esso Cup, defeating Greater Vancouver at the Pacific Regional Championships. St. Albert will now represent the Pacific Region in the 2017 Esso Cup in Morden, Manitoba on April 23-29.

Alberta will also be represented on the national stage on the male side, as the Midget AAA Provincial champion Leduc Oil Kings will compete in the 2017 Telus Cup, which runs April 24-30 in Prince George, B.C.


Previous Results

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Champions Photos >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win series 4-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Lacombe 5, Stony Plain 1
Game Six: Lacombe 10, Stony Plain 3

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc Oil Kings win series 3-1

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Foothills 4, Leduc 3 (2OT)
Game Four: Leduc 3, Foothills 1

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Jeff Rasmusen (left) and Brock Armstrong (right) will each enjoy a special "Coaches Night Out" after being nominated as Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month.


Coach of the Month - Coaches Night Out winners

RED DEER - Jeff Rasmuson of Duchess/Brooks and Brock Armstrong of Sylvan Lake are the winners of the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month Coaches Night Out packages.

Jeff Rasmuson is the first recipient of the NHL Coaches Night Out Calgary Flames Package. Jeff is both the Head Coach of the Duchess Peewee Storm and an Assistant Coach for the Brooks Female Novice Team. Jeff has been coaching for the better part of 15 years and has coached from Initiation all the way up to Senior.

“I wanted to give back what I received from coaches throughout the years,” Jeff said of his decision to begin coaching. “What hockey gives you is a preparation in life for being able to work hard at a job be a team player at work. Raise a family with values and structure knowing that it takes the whole family to be successful by working together. And also it means that nothing in life is easy so you want to be successful you have to work for it. That’s Hockey for Life.”

“Jeff is a kind-hearted man who leads by example and uses his own knowledge and experience that he has gained playing at many levels himself to help him teach and communicate to the kids," said the parent who nominated Jeff. "The kids love and respect him. They look forward to each practice because of what Jeff has to show them and the stories he shares. He is passionate and empathic, competitive and fun. Yet he understands what the differences and needs from each kid and inspires them all to believe in themselves and their potential all while adapting things to make all feel comfortable in their ability.”


Brock Armstrong is the recipient of the NHL Coaches Night Out Edmonton Oilers Package. Brock has been coaching Initiation in Sylvan Lake for the last three years and was recently appointed a Junior Coach Mentor role within his association.

“I try to make the rink a destination for both players and parents, I want the entire family to be excited to come to the rink," said Brock. "My job as a coach is to not only teach the FUNdementals, but to help stock the cupboard with skills that will help the player in everyday life.”

Brock said there are three elements of his coaching philosophy. “1. Work hard, 2. Have Fun, 3. Respect yourself, your teammates, and your opponent.”

“An enthusiastic, fun, accepting, caring and hardworking role model. He has a true love for the game that is infectious if you ever have the privilege to be a player or a parent on his team,” said a parent from Brock’s team.

“I feel the effect of his (Brock’s) coaching in the way my son is improving in other aspects of his life including patients at home and confidence at school," said another parent. "My son really looks up to him and I am so grateful for him to have a role model so passionate for the game and well-being of the kids.”

Thank you to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers for supplying the two NHL Coaches Night Out Packages which four tickets to a game, apparel, and food and beverage vouchers.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Preview

RED DEER - The third and final week of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, kicks off on Thursday across the province with the final five tournaments of 2017.

Provincial championships set for this weekend include: Senior AA (Wainwright), Junior B (St. Paul), Midget AA (Okotoks), Bantam AA (Olds), and Peewee AA (Edmonton). Okotoks and Olds each hosted True Spirit of Hockey Days in conjunction with Provincials, celebrating a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or onTwitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Senior AA: Twitter | Facebook
Junior B: Twitter
Midget AA: Twitter | Facebook
Bantam AA: Twitter

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals begin on March 31. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are set to face off in the South Division Final, while the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the Whitecourt Wolverines will battle in the North Division Final.


Previous Results

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Champions Photos >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win series 4-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Lacombe 5, Stony Plain 1
Game Six: Lacombe 10, Stony Plain 3

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc Oil Kings win series 3-1

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Foothills 4, Leduc 3 (2OT)
Game Four: Leduc 3, Foothills 1

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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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.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Bakke, Van Vaerenbergh named distinguished Future Leaders

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation are pleased to announce Brady Bakke and Tricia Van Vaerenbergh as distinguished Future Leaders.

Bakke and Van Vaerenbergh are among the eight post-secondary students accepted into the 2016 Future Leader Development Program, which saw them fill a role during the U16 Male & U16 Female Provincial Camps in Camrose in July 2016. Both were selected as distinguished future leaders for their leadership, professionalism, enthusiasm and willingness to give back to the game of hockey.

Bakke, a Red Deer native, is in his second year playing for Concordia University, following three years with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, and two years of Midget AAA in Red Deer.

Van Vaerenbergh, orginally from Picture Butte, is in her second year at the University of Lethbridge, and previously skated for Team Alberta’s bronze medal-winning team at the U18 Nationals in 2013.

In addition to the original $1,000 scholarship awarded to participants of the program, the two distinguished Future Leaders will each receive an additional $3,000 scholarship.


2017 Future Leaders Development Program

Applications are still being accepted for the 2017 Future Leaders Development Program. The application deadline is April 12, and the FLDP runs April 28-30 in Sylvan Lake.

Apply >

For more information on the Future Leaders Development Program, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Results

RED DEER - As Week Two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with 19 teams crowned as 2017 Provincial champions.

Sixteen tournaments ran across the province from March 22-26, while three league champions also earned provincial championship honours last week.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Lacombe Generals (Senior AAA), Edmonton NEZ Northstars (Junior C), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Minor Midget AAA), Leduc Oil Kings (Midget AAA), Edmonton Seera Icemen (Midget A), Barrhead Steelers (Midget B), La Crete Lumberjacks (Midget C), Valleyview Ice Bears (Midget D), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Female Elite), Strathcona Stars (Midget Female A), Onoway Eagles (Midget Female B), St. Albert Blades (Bantam Female A), Medicine Hat Hounds (Peewee A), Bonnyville Pontiacs (Peewee B), Beaverlodge Blades (Peewee C), Irvine Bulldogs (Peewee D), GHC White (Peewee Female A), and Stettler Storm (Peewee Female B).

In addition to the on-ice action, seven host communities hosted a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore.

The 2017 Provincial Championships tournament schedule wraps up this coming weekend with five tournaments set for March 30 - April 2: Senior AA (Wainwright), Junior B (St. Paul), Midget AA (Okotoks), Bantam AA (Olds), and Peewee AA (Edmonton). Okotoks and Olds will both host True Spirit of Hockey Days in conjunction with Provincials.

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals begin on March 31. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are set to face off in the South Division Final, while the Fort McMurray Oil Barons will have to wait for Game Seven between the Whitecourt Wolverines and Spruce Grove Saints to decide who they will face in the North Division Final.


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Junior C NEZ 5, Edmonton 2
Minor Midget AAA Lethbridge 7, CNHA 2
Midget A Seera 5, Strathmore 2
Midget BBarrhead 5, High Prairie 4
Midget CLa Crete 3, Tofield 1
Midget DValleyview 4, Eckville 0
Midget Female Elite Red Deer 4, Peace Country 1
Midget Female AStrathcona 6, Red Deer 1
Midget Female BOnoway 5, Irma 2
Bantam Female A St. Albert 2, Calgary 1
Peewee AMedicine Hat 8, Sherwood Park 2
Peewee BBonnyville 4, Drayton Valley 3
Peewee CBeaverlodge 3, Marwayne 2 (OT)
Peewee DIrvine 6, Paradise Valley 3
Peewee Female AGHC 3, Sherwood Park 2 (OT)
Peewee Female BStettler 4, Olds 3

Champions Photos >


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win series 4-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Lacombe 5, Stony Plain 1
Game Six: Lacombe 10, Stony Plain 3

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc Oil Kings win series 3-1

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Foothills 4, Leduc 3 (2OT)
Game Four: Leduc 3, Foothills 1

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatechewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Hockey Canada puts age-appropriate programming at forefront for 2017-18 season

CALGARYHockey Canada wants all of Canada on the same page when it comes to the delivery of its Initiation Program – traditionally a player’s first brush with organized hockey at the ages of five and six.

Although the Initiation Program – originally developed more than 35 years ago – always recommended cross- ice or half-ice small-area games, its delivery has varied from community to community. Beginning in the upcoming 2017-18 season, a new Hockey Canada policy now mandates that Initiation-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces.

“You would never put a five- or six-year-old child on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play basketball without any adjustments made for their size. Hockey is no different,” said Paul Carson, vice- president of membership development for Hockey Canada, who notes that while some provinces and communities already deliver cross-ice programming at the Initiation level, others have always utilized full ice for practices and games.

“The Initiation Program was developed to allow kids to have fun, learn skills, and develop confidence,” said Carson. “Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck-touches, which result in more chances to practice puck-control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill- development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility. Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The differences in skill-development opportunities with cross-ice or half-ice hockey are significant: players receive five times more passes and take six times more shots. They’re called on to have to make more decisions more quickly, and are overall more engaged in the game.

Special boards and bumpers have been developed that allow for quick and easy division of a regular-sized rink into two half-ice surfaces or three cross-ice rinks, with options to create different small-area configurations. Not only does re-sizing the playing surface allow for Initiation-aged players to develop their hockey skills more effectively, it also allows communities to maximize their ice time by safely putting more teams and games on the ice at one time.

Instruction on delivering age-appropriate programming will also be available to coaches trained in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach 1 – Intro Coach. This clinic, delivered by Hockey Canada’s 13 members, is geared towards coaches of entry-level players to provide resources that will aid in the implementation of skill-development and game play.

To ensure all members of the Alberta hockey community understand the new mandate for the Initiation Program, Hockey Alberta will be undertaking a multi-faceted communication plan that includes the following opportunities for engagement and updates:

  • May 6-7: in-person with Minor Hockey Association (MHA) presidents/executive members during SpringConference sessions held in Okotoks and Fort Saskatchewan.
  • June 17-18: in-person with Development Directors for MHAs, and Provincial Coach 1 Facilitators at the Hockey Alberta Development Seminar in Sylvan Lake.
  • September: in-person with Initiation Program Directors for MHAs (date/location TBA)
  • October-November 15: in-person as part of Coach 1 Clinic delivery (locations across the province)
  • Online at hockeyalberta.ca, where Initiation Program and development materials can be accessed by any member of the hockey community.

Resources such as the Hockey Canada Network – a best-in-class skill-development resource geared to coaches – features information on the purpose of cross-ice hockey and how to run effective on-ice sessions for the five-and six-year-old Initiation age group.

Hockey Canada has also produced a video that features renowned sport scientist Dr. Steve Norris; Olympic, World Cup, world, and Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby (Cole Harbour, N.S./Pittsburgh, NHL); Memorial Cup, World Cup, and IIHF World Championship-winning coach Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./ Carolina, NHL); and Olympic gold-medallist and two-time IIHF Women’s World Championship silver-medallist Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) describing the importance of small area games and cross-ice/half-ice hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Initiation Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Learn to play with Calgary Flames alumni!

CALGARY - An exciting opportunity awaits first-time hockey players, as the Calgary Flames’ Learn to Play program is coming to Sylvan Lake and Lethbridge.

The Learn to Play program is a six-week introductory program for kids between the ages of 4 and 8. Sessions are led by Calgary Flames alumni.

The Sylvan Lake program will be led by Curtis Glencross, while Jamie Macoun will lead the program in Lethbridge.

The program costs $175, and includes a free full set of equipment, six weeks of on-ice instruction (one icetime a week from April 29 - June 10).

Register >

For more details on the Calgary Flames Learn to Play program, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Preview

RED DEER - Sixteen new champions will be crowned this weekend, as week two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, gets underway across the province.

Provincial championships set for this weekend include: Junior C (Calgary), Minor Midget AAA (Grande Prairie - began March 22), Midget A (Strathmore), Midget B (Rocky Mountain House), Midget C (Slave Lake), Midget D (Elk Point), Midget Female Elite (Sherwood Park), Midget Female A (Edmonton), Midget Female B (High Prairie), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Peewee A (Lloydminster), Peewee B (3Cs), Peewee C (Athabasca), Peewee D (Kneehill), Peewee Female A (Calgary) and Peewee Female B (Lacoka - Lacombe/Ponoka).

Seven more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore. True Spirit of Hockey Day aims celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or onTwitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Midget Female Elite: Twitter
Peewee B:
Facebook
Peewee C:
Twitter
Peewee D: Twitter (For live streams of games in Trochu) | Facebook (For live streams of games in Three Hills)
Peewee Female B: Twitter


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. @ Lacombe
Game Six: Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. @ Leduc
Game Five (if necessary): Monday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. @ Foothills

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatechewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Team Alberta alumni Sam Steel (centre) and Kale Clague (right) celebrate Team Alberta’s 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup win. (Photo credit: LA Media)


Albertans bring home WHL hardware

RED DEER/CALGARY – Alberta was very well-represented when the Western Hockey League announced its 2016-17 Eastern and Western Conference award winners and All-Star teams on Wednesday.

Four Albertans took home major awards:

Sam Steel (Sherwood Park), Regina Pats - Eastern Conference Player of the Year, WHL Top Scorer
Zach Sawchenko (Calgary), Moose Jaw Warriors - Eastern Conference Top Goaltender
Carter Hart (Sherwood Park), Everett Silvertips - Western Conference Top Goaltender
Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake), Swift Current Broncos – Eastern Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player

All four players were also among the eight Albertans named to the WHL’s First and Second All-Star teams:

Eastern Conference First All-Star Team:
Goaltender – Zach Sawchenko (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors
Defenceman – Kale Clague (Lloydminster, AB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Sam Steel (Sherwood Park, AB), Regina Pats
Forward – Tyler Wong (Cochrane, AB), Lethbridge Hurricanes

Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team:
Defenceman – Jake Bean (Calgary, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, AB), Swift Current Broncos

Western Conference First All-Star Team:
Goaltender – Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, AB), Everett Silvertips
Forward – Matthew Phillips (Calgary, AB), Victoria Royals

WHL Award Winners > | WHL All-Star Teams >


Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at hockeyalberta.ca. Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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2018 Alberta Cup coming to Spruce Grove

SPRUCE GROVE – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the City of Spruce Grove as the host of the 2018 Alberta Cup.

The Spruce Grove Agrena is the host location for the event, scheduled for April 25-28, 2018.

The Alberta Cup is a core Hockey Alberta development program, and a significant step in the identification and evaluation process for Team Alberta’s U16 Male provincial team that competes at either the U16 Western Challenge Cup or the Canada Winter Games. It is also the final opportunity for Western Hockey League scouts to evaluate players eligible for the WHL bantam draft.

On the ice, the Alberta Cup features 160 of the top bantam-aged male players in Alberta, divided into eight zone teams, playing in a four-day tournament format event. The Alberta Cup also provides coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and officials the opportunity to be identified for potential positions at higher level events such as the Western Challenge, World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games.

“Hosting an event like the Alberta Cup is a challenging undertaking. In addition to the on-ice action, there are a multitude of behind-the-scenes logistics such as accommodations, meals, travel, souvenirs, sponsorship and off-ice player preparation that need to be covered,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Team Alberta. “We were very impressed with the range of partners who will be involved in the event, and the thoroughness and attention to detail shown in the bid package submitted by Spruce Grove. We are confident that the 2018 Alberta Cup will be a memorable one for all participants.”

Spruce Grove’s Strategic Plan identifies that the community will become a leading recreation, leisure, and sports community, and be recognized as an event-hosting destination. The Alberta Cup will join a growing list of sporting events hosted in Spruce Grove, including curling, collegiate soccer, ringette, and junior hockey.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event in our community next year,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston. “Sports and recreation play an important role in our city and it’s always a pleasure when we are able to bring a large-scale event like the Alberta Cup to Spruce Grove. I have complete confidence that the players, coaches, spectators and everyone else who comes out to enjoy some fantastic hockey will feel right at home during their stay with us.”

The host committee will include municipal representatives, members of Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association, local businesses and other sports and not-for-profit organizations.

Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association will be coordinating volunteers for the 2018 event. Anyone interested in volunteering can email abcup2018@gmail.com.

The Town of Canmore is hosting the 2017 Alberta Cup, April 27-May 1. Zone selection camps are slated for March 24-26.

For more information on the Alberta Cup, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abcup.ca.

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Register now - Regional Leader Development Program

RED DEER - The deadline for future coaches to register for Hockey Alberta’s Regional Leader Development Program is Friday, March 24.

The Regional Leader Development Program is aimed to develop and train 1999 and 2000-born Midget level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership.

The delegates will be trained and mentored on and off ice through classroom sessions that include: leadership, team building and off-ice LTPD training. Along with classroom sessions, regional leaders will work through the NCCP Coach 2 program and with leave the program with a trained status. Delegates will also receive NCCP Instructional Stream-trained status. The total value of the program is more than $400. During the 2 day RLDP all registrants will be provided with:

• Lunch both days
NCCP Coach 2 Trained Status
NCCP Instructional Stream Trained Status
• Access to the new Hockey Canada Network App
• Coaching starter kit

The program cost is $50 (plus GST), and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Each location is limited to 30 registrants.


Dates & Locations

March 25 & 26
March 25 & 26
April 1 & 2
April 8 & 9
April 8 & 9
April 8 & 9
Calgary Sylvan Lake Lethbridge Edmonton Bonnyville Grande Prairie
Register Register Register Register Register Register

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One Results

RED DEER - Fourteen new provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, highlighting a busy first weekend of the 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

One Midget team, six Bantam teams, and seven Atom teams skated away from their respective tournaments with gold medals: St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA), Midnapore Mavericks (Bantam A), RMAA Renegades (Bantam B), CNN Spurs (Bantam C), Boyle Blazers (Bantam D), Calgary Fire White (Bantam Female Elite), Irma Aces (Bantam Female B), St. Albert Lightning (Atom AA Major), Sylvan Lake Lakers (Atom AA Minor), Drayton Valley Meter All-Stars (Atom A), Athabasca Hawks (Atom B), Provost Blades (Atom C), Smoky River (Atom D), and the Stettler Storm (Atom Female).

In addition to the on-ice action, seven host communities held a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: Athabasca, Battle River, Delburne, Fairview, Fort McMurray, Hanna, and Sherwood Park.

Provincial championships set for March 23-26 include: Junior C (Calgary), Minor Midget AAA (Grande Prairie), Midget A (Strathmore), Midget B (Rocky Mountain House), Midget C (Slave Lake), Midget D (Elk Point), Midget Female Elite (Sherwood Park), Midget Female A (Edmonton), Midget Female B (High Prairie), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Peewee A (Lloydminster), Peewee B (3Cs), Peewee C (Athabasca), Peewee D (Kneehill), Peewee Female A (Calgary) and Peewee Female B (Lacoka - Lacombe/Ponoka).

Seven more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore.


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Midget Female AAASt. Albert Slash 2, Rocky Mountain Raiders 1
Bantam A Midnapore Mavericks (Calgary) 5, Medicine Hat Hounds 1
Bantam B RMAA Renegades (Carstairs) 2, Lacombe Rockets 0
Bantam C CNN Spurs 3, Vermilion Tigers 0
Bantam DBoyle Blazers 5, Hanna Colts 2
Bantam Female Elite - Calgary Fire White 1, St. Albert Raiders 0
Bantam Female BIrma Aces 2, Olds Grizzlys 0
Atom AA MajorSt. Albert Lightning 6, Glenlake Hawks (Calgary) 5
Atom AA Minor Sylvan Lake 15 Lakers, Chestermere Lakers 7
Atom A Drayton Valley Meter All-Stars 5, Indus Hurricanes 2
Atom BAthabasca Hawks 6, La Crete Lumberjacks 2
Atom CProvost Blades 6, Redcliff Grizzlies 1
Atom DSmoky River Pirates 6, Clive Blackhaws 4
Atom FemaleStettler Storm 4, Okotoks Green 2

Champions Photos >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6 @ Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
@ Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7 @ Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8 @ Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Six: Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc leads best-of-five series 1-0

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Foothills @ Leduc

Game Three: Leduc @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Foothills @ Leduc
Game Five (if necessary): Leduc @ Foothills

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Best-of-five series tied 2-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1

Game Five: Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. - Fort Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

Home Ice Feature

Photo credit: U Sports


Former Team Alberta players and staff win National Championship

EDMONTON - Twelve former Team Alberta players and three former staff are now U Sports national champions as members of the University of Alberta Pandas.

The sixth-seeded Pandas defeated the fourth-seeded McGill Martlets in double-overtime Sunday night in Napanee, Ontario to clinch the championship.

Taylor Kezama, Cayle Dillon, Ashley Morin, Deanna Morin, Amy Boucher, Alex Poznikoff, Hanna Olenyk, Regan Wright, Abby Benning, Kirsten Chamberlin, Dayna Owen, and Kennedy Ganser have all previously played in the Team Alberta U18 Female program.

Kezama netted the double-overtime winner for the Panadas, while Poznikoff, who was recently named to the Canada West All-Star team, was named one of the tournament all-stars.

Head Coach Howie Draper, Assistant Coach Leah Copeland, and Equipment Manager Wes Nystrom were also previously involved with the Team Alberta program.


About the Team Alberta U18 Female Program

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.


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