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Hockey Alberta university spotlight

Products of the Hockey Alberta system etched their names in the record books on both sides of the border this weekend.

Calgary’s Mount Royal University Cougars made history as the Women’s Hockey program claimed the school’s first ever USPORTS National Championship. The Cougars edged the Concordia Stingers in a 4-3 overtime thriller after tying it up with a buzzer-beating goal late in the third.

Lead by past Team Alberta Coach, Scott Rivett, 15 Alberta built athletes celebrated the win, including: Sydney Benko, Abbey Borbandy, Kaia Borbandy, Mackenzie Butz, Athena Hauck, Jordyn Hutt, Lyndsey Janes, Aliya Jomha, Courtney Kollman, Mackenzie Loupelle, Kaitlyn Ross, Taylor Sawka, Alexandria Spence, Breanne Trotter and Tianna Yaremko. Ross was also named the Championship Most Valuable Player.

Last week, former Alberta Female Hockey League forward, Shae Demale (Saint Mary’s University – Halifax) was named to the USPORTS Second Team All-Canadians. Keana McKibbin (University of Windsor) and Cassidy Rhodes (University of British Columbia) were selected to the All-Rookie Team.

South of the border, Team Alberta alum, Sarah Wozniewicz (2019 Canada Winter Games and 2019 National Women’s Under-18 Championship), helped Wisconsin University claim their seventh NCAA Championship. In a one goal game, Wisconsin upset defending champions, Ohio State University.

Two other Team Alberta alum competed in the coveted NCAA Frozen Four Championship, Emerson Jarvis (Ohio State) and Taze Thompson (Northeastern University).

Danielle Serdachny, of Colgate University, is the first Albertan to be selected as a top-three finalist for the Patti Kazmaier Award as the top women’s player in NCAA Division 1 hockey. Serdachny was selected as the runner-up, but nonetheless she posted a decorated season to conclude her university career. The Edmonton native broke program records on her way to being named the ECAC Forward of the Year and Player of the Year, as well was selected to the All-American First Team.

USPORTS Men’s Hockey

University of Calgary’s Mark Howell was named the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award recipient for the Fox40 Coach of the Year. While three Albertans were named to the All-Rookie Team, Eric Van Impe (Western University), Jake Lee (University of British Columbia) and Jakin Smallwood (University of Alberta).

University of Alberta battled their way to the championship game, but ultimately fell to the University of New Brunswick 3-0, to finish the season second overall.


Coach of the Month - February

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is announcing four coaches who are deserving of the recognition of Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

This season’s Coaches of the Month are Russ Glover, Darcy Gulbraa, Shannon Humphrey and Ryan Robbins.

Russ Glover

Russ Glover - of the Vulcan U11 Hawks - has coached for six years.

“When my kids started playing I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get involved,” said Glover. “It’s a great way to pay it forward to the next generation and give kids the skills they can use to enjoy hockey for a lifetime.”

Glover’s philosophy is simple – work hard, have a good attitude and show up for your team. And he understands that everyone has a role to play.

“We have a player who likes to announce the kids’ names and numbers in the dressing room before each game, just like a professional announcer,” said Glover. “It’s become a pregame tradition for us. At the end, the rest of the team joins in together to announce him so he’s not left out.”

Throughout the season, Glover finds the rewards in watching each of his players succeed and progress. He sees their individual wins as team wins.

“Seeing kids hit their individual milestones over the season is inspiring,” said Glover. “Our team has been on a mission to make sure each kid scored this year. When the last player got his, the whole team lost it!”

When he’s not at the rink, you can find Glover with his family on the farm, camping, kayaking, biking and playing ball in the yard.

Darcy Gulbraa

When his son’s team needed a coach, Darcy Gulbraa stepped up and 12 years later he is still behind the bench.

A volunteer coach with the Irma Aces U11 Male and U13 Female teams, Gulbraa believes in the importance of a positive atmosphere.

“I once heard the job of a minor hockey coach is to help kids to love the game more when they leave the rink than when they got there,” said Gulbraa.

Some of Gulbraa’s most memorable moments come from watching his players grow their love of the game – for example, when a player scores their first goal or a team qualifies for a provincial championship.

“One of the biggest things I enjoy is watching the players develop from the start of the year to the end of the season,” said Gulbraa. “In a lot of cases it’s hard to believe they are the same player.”

Gulbraa cherishes the relationships he’s made, including those with the great coaches he had throughout his hockey career.

“If they wouldn’t have taken time out of their lives to coach, who knows if I would be on the ice doing it,” said Gulbraa.

Shannon Humphrey

Playing hockey their whole life, Shannon Humphrey wanted to be around the game. Now that Humphrey’s kids love hockey, coaching is the favourite way to hang out with them.

“I’m a goalie coach by choice and a head coach by necessity,” said Humphrey. “I was empowered by my association to step into the role and every day I’m reminded that the kids are the reason I do what I do.”

Humphrey has coached hockey for five years. With years of coaching experience in soccer, roller derby, baseball and curling, Humphrey had a lot to offer.

“I had some pretty great coaches growing up who taught me to love the game,” said Humphrey. “I’m simply passing on their teachings and building on the foundation those coaches built for me.”

Aside from the coaching role, Humphrey works with Blackfalds Minor Hockey Association’s Board of Directors as director for equity, diversity and inclusion.

“This season our team has learned how to stand up for each other, create visibility, and be very strong allies for all diverse identities,” said Humphrey. “They’ve sent the message that hockey is intended to be a safe space for everyone regardless of their identity.”

Humphrey’s passion for hockey shines through the pride shown for the players and the game.

“Not only are we all learning to love and respect the game, we are learning to love and respect each other on and off the ice,” said Humphrey. “It’s my job as a coach to make sure each player feels seen, heard, and empowered. This is their game, their team and their safe space. I’m just here to facilitate it.”

Ryan Robbins

For 15 years Ryan Robbins has volunteered his time to coaching. Currently the coach of Stettler’s U11 Female and U9 Oilers, Robbins also volunteers with the East Central Hockey School.

With over a decade of experience, locals know who to turn to when a coach is needed.

“One year, I wasn’t planning on coaching, but I helped with evaluations and after they were done the team didn’t have a coach,” said Robbins. “I was asked to take them on, which turned out to be an excellent opportunity. They were a great group of kids and we ended up winning provincials.”

Having good mentors, Robbins took an interest in coaching and officiating at a young age.

“My father coached me through the years, which laid some excellent groundwork for me now,” said Robbins. “But we had some really great recreation directors to learn from too.”

Robbins coaching philosophy is always moving forward, both in skills and athletes game play. As players move forward, Robbins enjoys watching the kids grow in their abilities as well as people.

Home Ice Feature

You belong, Maltreatment does not

In January, the U18 Hinton Havoc travelled to a nearby community to play a regular season game. It was just another hockey game in another rural Alberta community.

For Hinton, it wasn’t just another hockey game though.

As the game went on, racial slurs echoed in the arena. At first, the Hinton Havoc’s manager, Charity Lawrence wasn’t sure what she heard. When she saw the mother of an Indigenous player with tears streaming down her face, she knew she heard correctly.

“I’m embarrassed to admit that this was my first experience with racism,” said Lawrence. “I did not know what to do. I was so angry, so emotional.”

The taunts and slurs were coming from a group of local young men. Lawrence confronted them, and when they denied it, she called the local minor hockey association.

After the game she spoke to the player and his mother who told Lawrence that this wasn’t the first time they had experienced this behaviour. As a team manager of seven years, she couldn’t believe that she did not know this was happening on her own team.

“I told this player and his mother that he never has to put up with things like this, it’s not okay,” said Lawrence. “His mother replied, ‘sometimes you just get tired of the same fight.’”

Lawrence responded with the will to fight for them and with them.

“The events of that day kept me awake at night,” said Lawrence. “I demanded the boys in the stands be identified and their parents contacted. I wanted them banned from future games we would play there and punished for what they did. But I didn’t feel like that was enough.”

It was only days later when Hockey Alberta’s Maltreatment Awareness contest came across Lawrence’s social media feed. The contest, in partnership with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF), was developed to bring awareness to Maltreatment happening in the game.

“It could not have come at a better time,” said Lawrence. “This contest was another opportunity for us as a team to show our support for not only this family, but for every family who has ever been treated so horribly in minor hockey.”

The contest encouraged pictures to be taken with the posters and banners that were distributed across facilities in Alberta. Lawrence took it a step further by creating posters for the team to sport during practice and submitted a photo.

The effort and creativity caught the eye of the selection committee. Selected as the winners, the Hinton Havoc were awarded tickets to the Sportsnet Lounge at Rogers Place for the Oilers’ February 21 match-up against the Philadelphia Flyers.

It wasn’t until after they were selected that Hockey Alberta was made aware of how close to the heart this contest was for the team. After learning of Hinton’s experience, the EOCF invited the team to spend the day at Rogers Place. Together the team took in the Oilers and Flyers morning skate, toured the Oilers Hall of Fame, and met alumni, Kevin Lowe. Flyers forward, Kevin Hayes, even gave his stick to one of the boys.

“This event sparked conversations with families and the team,” said Lawrence. “I appreciate this opportunity given to us by Hockey Alberta and the EOCF, not just to go to the Oilers game, but to show this young man and his family how much we care.”

Maltreatment does not belong in the game of hockey. Hockey Alberta wants to create an environment that welcomes everyone. If you or someone you know experiences or witnesses Maltreatment, please report it. Hockey Alberta is committed to ensuring an investigation of all reports of Maltreatment, Bullying or Harassment involving participants takes place. To learn more about Maltreatment and how you can report it, visit

If your facility or Minor Hockey Association is interested in the Maltreatment posters or banners, please contact Darcy Smith, [email protected].


Hockey Alberta Registration Fee changes for 2023-24

Hockey Alberta is implementing changes to its Registration Fee structure, as well as increasing the Hockey Alberta Registration Fee, effective for the 2023-24 season.

The Hockey Alberta Registration Fee is assessed for each registered Hockey Alberta participant (Team Official or Player). It is invoiced to registered Senior and Junior Teams, along with member Minor Hockey Associations, Accredited Schools, Pond Hockey, Recreational Hockey, and Para Hockey organizations.

The Hockey Alberta Registration Fee helps offset the costs associated with Hockey Alberta’s administration of operations, member service and development activities. The Registration Fee also includes designated allocations to the Facility and Technology Funds overseen by the Board of Directors.

For 2023-24, the following changes are being implemented:

  1. For Minor Hockey (including Accredited Schools), the Team Fee and Registration Fee structure is changing. The new structure incorporates the Team Fee into the Registration Fee for Minor Hockey (including Accredited Schools) and discontinues separate invoicing of the Team Fee, as both fees previously were allocated to cover similar types of expenses. The Team Fee continues to be invoiced separately for Junior and Senior division teams.
  2. Hockey Alberta is increasing the Registration Fee for all Players and Team Officials - except at the Intro to Hockey level. This increase is to help offset inflation. The change for Senior and Junior Hockey is $3 per individual. For Minor Hockey (excluding Accredited Schools), the change per individual is $5.50, which includes the merging of the Team Fee as noted above. For Accredited Schools, the change is $15.50 per individual, after merging the Team Fee.


  1. The shift to the new Hockey Alberta Registration Fee structure was done to maintain similar revenue levels for Hockey Alberta and similar expenses for Minor Hockey members as previously existed with the separate Team Fee. The new structure also preserves lower costs for those entering the game at the Intro to Hockey and Recreational levels.
  2. Hockey Canada is finalizing insurance rates for the 2023-24 season. The rates listed in the following chart are subject to change. Hockey Alberta will update members when Hockey Canada’s fees are approved.

Full details are outlined in Information Bulletin 22:09, including a chart with provides the full breakdown of fees collected on behalf of Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada, and the projected Total Fee per Participant. The chart will be updated once Hockey Canada fees are confirmed.

Information on Hockey Alberta’s finances is reported to the membership annually at the Annual General Meeting in Hockey Alberta’s Audited Financial Statements.


Team Alberta

2023 Canada Winter Games Recap

RED DEER – Team Alberta Male U16 and Team Alberta Female U18, fuelled by Gatorade, both returned with fifth place finishes from the Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island.

Competing in Summerside, the U16 team finished round robin with a 2-1-0 record before falling to Quebec in the quarterfinals. The squad rebounded to finish fifth overall, with a 4-1 win over Manitoba.

“The Canada Winter Games were an unbelievable experience for the staff and the team,” said Serge Lajoie, head coach of the U16 team. “Although we did not meet our on-ice expectation of winning a medal at the Games, our daily commitment to excellence and being supportive of each other throughout this journey has helped us all grow, not only as players and coaches, but most importantly as people.“

The U18 team was on the ice in Charlottetown in week two of competition. The team finished with a 1-1-1 record in round-robin, before also meeting Quebec in the quarterfinals, losing 3-0. Team Alberta then defeated Saskatchewan 6-2 to finish fifth.

"We couldn’t have been more proud as a staff of the group regardless of our outcome,” said Brett Wold, head coach of the U18 team. “Falling short of the medal rounds was tough, but our team bought in from day one at summer camp and that never wavered. Lots made new friendships that will last a lifetime, and the girls soaked in the atmosphere of the Canada Winter Games."

For more information on Team Alberta and the Canada Winter Games, visit or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Home Ice Feature

International Women’s Day

RED DEER – International Women’s Day is March 8. This year, Hockey Alberta is taking the time to celebrate and recognize the female staff and volunteers who dedicate their time to making our game great!

International Women’s Day is a global day to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Celebrated annually, the day serves to celebrate women’s achievements, educate and raise awareness for women’s equality, call for positive change advancing women and lobby for accelerated gender parity.

Hundreds of women have created a space in the game for themselves as players, coaches, officials, executives and volunteers at all levels. In the Hockey Alberta realm, 52 women have carved a path as staff members or volunteer committee members.

In addition, each year there are dozens of women volunteering annually as executive members on Regional Officials committees, and as coaches, trainers and therapists, and directors of operations for events such as the Alberta Challenge and the Summer Showcase, and Team Alberta programming.

Today, Hockey Alberta is recognizing all of the women who are involved with Hockey Alberta, and celebrating all women who across the province who work within the sport and who continue to inspire.

Hockey Alberta Staff

Cassie Campbell, Morgen Kidney, Danielle Kraichy, Kendall Newell, Holly McDavid, Katrina Papke, Stacey Pattison, Ellery Platts, Michelle Skilnick, Darcy Smith, Kara Spady and Danielle Wheeler.

Hockey Alberta Board of Directors

Kirstan Jewell, Karen Lee, Danielle Paradis

Hockey Alberta Foundation Board of Directors

Lisa Vlooswyk

Life Member

Annie Orton

Posthumous Life Member

Anne Hayden

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Taryn Barry, Lauren Dormer, Zahra Nurani and Alicia Souveny

Administration Committee

Amber Boman, Pam Douglas, Janet Fairless, Jennifer Foster, Seema King, Dawn Lemaistre, Lin Lumye and Diane Ziemer.

Appeals Committee

Debbie Northcott

Club Team Administrator

Lisa Davies

Elite Female Committee

Lise Cote and Stacey Keyowski

Female Officials Development Coordinator

Ricki Lee Brown

Maltreatment Committee

Renee Cook, Shelina Rawji and Jamie Williamson

Member Liaison

Chantel Timmons

Minor Discipline Committee

Sharlene Cook, Michelle Malbeuf and Robin Latajka

Minor Female Committee

Julie Feragen, Nicole Halvorson and Dana Henfrey

Para Hockey Committee

Tara Chisholm, Janice Coulter, Desiree Desrochers-Pegueno, Brooke Martens, Katrina Maximuchuk, Jen Sales and Sharon Veeneman

Team Alberta

Photo Credit: Lind Schoenfeldt

Type 1 Superpower

Kate Holan is a Type 1 diabetic.

The Canada Winter Games Team Alberta Female Goaltender calls it her superpower.

“It makes you put in that extra thought and work a little bit harder because you have to manage so much on top of hockey,” said Holan.

Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the pancreas makes little or no insulin. A Type 1 diabetic must monitor their blood sugars and manage the condition accordingly.

“I was diagnosed when I was 15 so almost three years ago,” said Holan. “I started having symptoms and when we ran the tests, the results weren’t a surprise being that it’s hereditary.”

Both Holan’s mother, Lisa and oldest brother Jack, are also Type 1 diabetics, so when Holan was diagnosed, she was surrounded by support.

“Knowing that I had their support took the weight off my shoulders,” said Holan. “It showed me that there’s people that can play hockey and manage their diabetes at the same time and they do it seamlessly, it just takes a little more detail in my everyday life.”

Diabetes isn’t the only thing she has in common with Jack. He is also a goalie. Watching him manage his sugars, Holan knew she could continue to play hockey. But she also had questions.

“There were thoughts of uncertainty like will I be able to manage at a high level and take care of my sugars and all my little things,” said Holan. “I’ve learned the biggest thing is knowing my body and knowing how I feel.”

NHLer Max Domi is diabetic and has said he is able to check his blood sugar on the bench as part of managing his diabetes while playing. Being a goalie, Holan doesn’t have the opportunity to check between shifts.

“I have to trust that if I checked (my sugars) in between periods and they were fine, that they are still fine. But I also have to make sure to be alert and to be in tune during the game,” said Holan.

Her regime starts well before she gets to the arena though.

“I have to be organized and stay one step ahead,” said Holan. “That’s not taking too much insulin if I know I have a practice that day and cutting back and managing my day before I get to the rink. And checking in and being on top of it once I’m there.”

In her third year of playing in the Alberta Female Hockey League’s U18 AAA division with the St. Albert Slash, she’s proven that elite hockey is no match for managing diabetes. Now with Team Alberta, Holan is literally living out her dream.

“I have dreamed of this since I was a little kid,” said Holan. “You look back at the history of the teams before you and you see the names that are huge hockey names and I feel so grateful to have this experience to represent Alberta.”

After this season, Holan will look to university hockey as a Mount Royal Cougar.

“To any kid out there with diabetes, never let it hold you back,” said Holan. “You could look at it as something that makes you unique or different but never something that could hold you back.”


Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame calls the Class of 2023

RED DEER – Six individuals and the teams comprising a “decade of excellence” in women’s hockey are being called to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF) as the Class of 2023.

This year’s class includes:

  • CHARLIE HUDDY – one of seven Edmonton Oilers who was a member of all five of the franchise’s Stanley Cup winning teams (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990), and the NHL’s first recipient of the Plus/Minor Award in 1983. He played for 11 seasons and then served as an assistant coach for 23 years in the NHL.
  • TIM HUNTER – with more than four decades spent in the NHL and WHL as a player and coach, he helped bring a new focus to smart technology to the sport. In 1989, he lifted the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989 and continues his engagement in the community as an active alumnus.
  • EARL INGARFIELD SR. – played in the NHL for 13 seasons, he was the first player selected in the Pittsburgh Penguins expansion draft. In retirement, Earl scouted and coached with the New York Islanders.
  • KAREN KOST – spent 34 years as an official and leader in training and mentoring officials across Alberta and Canada. Karen worked almost every level of hockey nationally and internationally.
  • BOBBY OLYNYK – a dedicated volunteer in the game for nearly 60 years. He is well known for his role as a builder and leader of what is now known as the Alberta Elite Hockey League U18 AAA division.
  • JOHN UTENDALE – the first Black hockey player to sign an NHL contract. While he never played in the NHL, John is considered a trailblazer in the game in Canada and United States. He was the first Black member of the U.S. men’s coaching staff as a member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic champions in 1980.
  • EDMONTON CHIMOS: “A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE” – the longest running Senior Women’s AAA hockey program in Alberta, the organization’s 1983-1993 era captured every Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship (Senior A, Female AA, Female AAA) and three Abby Hoffman Cup National Women’s championships (1984, 1985, 1992).

The Class of 2023 was selected based on their outstanding achievements, dedication and commitment to building hockey in Alberta in all aspects of the game.

“Once again, we have the opportunity to celebrate the rich hockey history in this great province,” said Al Coates, Chairmen of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Committee. “It’s another outstanding class of inductees with an extensive list of achievements that reflect in the game today.”

The honoured inductees will be welcomed into the hall on Sunday, July 16 at the AHHF Induction Gala at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. Tickets for the AHHF Induction Gala are available to purchase on

Full biographies for the Class of 2023 can be found on the AHHF website.

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Team Alberta

Time for U18 female squad to shine at Canada Winter Games

RED DEER – Team Alberta’s U18 Female hockey team is headed east to Prince Edward Island to defend its Canada Winter Games title.

The team, fueled by Gatorade, is slated to begin their journey on Monday, February 27 versus Nova Scotia at 4:30 pm (MT). With Manitoba and Ontario also in their pool, round robin action will continue through Wednesday. The tournament will conclude on March 5.

This year’s team is striving to earn Alberta’s fourth consecutive Winter Games medal. Alberta won gold in 2019 and 2011 and bronze in 2015. Aside from the current record, Alberta has an additional gold (1991) and bronze (1999) medal, to total five podium finishes in eight appearances.

“We’re focused on the next seven days of competition. This is a new year and every day is a new day with a new game,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. “Our goal is to find success in the little things that both the logo on the front and name on the back can be proud of.”

Two goaltenders, six defence and 12 forwards make up Team Alberta. The entire roster has experience participating in short-term competition in the Team Alberta program.

Prior to departing for the Games, Team Alberta U18 Female announced their leadership group. Sporting the “C” will be Robyn Brokenshire, with assistant captains Hanna Perrier, Sadie Makokis, Summer Fomradas.

The selection process for the Canada Winter Games began in the 2021-22 season, where athletes were evaluated with their Hockey Canada sanctioned team. In July, Hockey Alberta invited 72 female athletes born in 2005-07 to the U18 Summer Camp, in Red Deer. Twenty-eight players were shortlisted and invited back to Red Deer in September for the U18 Fall Selection Camp. Following the selection camp, athletes continued to be scouted with their teams through the fall.

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Team Alberta

Photo credit: Emma Stewart

A family affair

Hockey is a family affair for the Obobaifo brothers.

And this week, the Obobaifo family is focused on Prince Edward Island, as Aaron suits up for Team Alberta U16 competing at the Canada Winter Games.

Their father, Charles, introduced hockey to the boys at an early age. For Aaron, he remembers he wasn’t sure he was interested in playing.

“My Dad took me to the rink and I didn’t like (hockey) at first,” Aaron recalled. “After my brother started playing, I fell in love with the game.”

From that moment, the sibling support and rivalry began. When the brothers weren’t at the rink, they could be found playing roller hockey in their backyard.

“It was a lot of fun growing up playing together,” said Aaron. “There’s a lot of competition between us, but we’ve supported each other since day one.”

Four years Aaron’s senior, his brother Charles played Junior A in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before moving on to college. Younger brother, Kyle, is making a name for himself in the Alberta Elite Hockey League with the Calgary Flames U15 AAA.

Aaron currently plays at Shattuck St. Mary’s, a school famed for producing elite hockey players. He leads the Under 15 team in points with 55 (34 goals, 21 assists) in 43 games. Last May, he was selected 19th overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2022 WHL Entry Draft.

Aaron and his brothers credit the success they have found in the game to their parents.

“My parents are really supportive, all the credit goes out to them,” said Aaron. “My parents moved from Nigeria to Alberta. The money they have spent, hard work, travelling, flights … all of it makes me want to push harder for them.”

The Team Alberta program has influenced the hockey journey of each brother. In 2015 the Obobaifo name first appeared on the provincial stage as older brother Charles participated in the Prospects Cup for Team Calgary Red. In 2017, he returned to the Alberta Cup with Team Calgary North. Continuing the Obobaifo legacy, Kyle took the ice with Calgary White at the Prospects Cup in 2022

Like many athletes, Aaron’s pathway with Team Alberta was derailed when COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 Prospects Cup. Then he was unable to make the Alberta Cup due to commitments with his club team. So when it came to preparing for the Canada Winter Games, he leaned on his brother for advice.

“Charles told me about the process. What to expect at the camps and what it looks like, he’s been really supportive,” said Aaron. “Now that I’m here, Kyle’s been asking me all the questions. He’s going to love it when it’s his turn.”

Despite the Canada Winter Games being his first opportunity with Team Alberta, Aaron has adapted to short-term competition, collecting a goal and an assist in three games played through the round robin.

“The coaches, the staff, the players, everyone has just been really supportive and I’m just excited to be part of it,” said Aaron. “I love Alberta and I love my city of Calgary, I’m proud to represent them and my family at the Canada Winter Games."

Team Alberta will meet Quebec in the Quarter Finals at 4:30 P.M. MT on Thursday, February 23. Games are available to livestream on


Access Respect Group programs at no cost.

Calling all Canadian hockey families and coaches! It has become apparent that Canadians want to make the game we all love more welcoming for everyone - especially our kids. That’s why Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (“Canadian Tire”) is giving the hockey community access to several Respect Group programs at no cost from February 21st till April 30th.

CLICK HERE to access the Respect Group programs

PLEASE NOTE: Once the Respect in Sport (RIS) program under the Jumpstart platform has been completed, the certificate MUST be imported to the Hockey Alberta platform. Once the certificate has be imported, it will show on the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) and can then be recognized by Hockey Alberta.

CLICK HERE to import a completed certificate

These critical tools are part of Canadian Tire and Respect Group’s ongoing commitment to players, parents, family members, caregivers, coaches and officials. They empower us to be the best we can be so we can all enjoy hockey together.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the first Programs being provided to all Hockey Branches and Member Partner organizations across the country.

Hockey Alberta News

These positive, proactive programs offer an opportunity, for all of us, to help ensure a safe and respectful hockey culture.

Team Alberta

Canada Winter Games set to begin

RED DEER – Team Alberta’s U16 Male squad, fueled by Gatorade, has landed in Prince Edward Island for the Canada Winter Games.

Male hockey will be played during the first week of the Games, Sunday, February 19 – Saturday, February 25. Team Alberta begins its quest on Sunday, with a 9:30 am (MT) start against Team Nova Scotia. Round-robin play will continue through Wednesday.

After winning bronze in 2019, Team Alberta is looking to claim its 12th medal at the Canada Winter Games. Team Alberta’s medal record includes four golds, four silvers and three bronzes in 15 events.

“We have a talented and resilient group set to take the ice,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Male Hockey. “This (Canada Games) cycle has presented its own challenges but these are COVID athletes and they have overcome the uncertainty and focused on their development on and off the ice. Together, they’ve come together and are ready to represent Alberta the best they can.”

The team chosen to compete at the Games includes two goaltenders, six defence, and 12 forwards. Eighteen athletes suited up in the 2022 Alberta Cup and 19 were drafted in the 2022 WHL Draft.

The leadership group for Team Alberta was announced on Thursday prior to their departure for PEI. Kadon McCann will lead the group, with assistant captains Jack Kachkowski, Kyle McDonough and Luke Vlooswyk.

Players were selected to the roster based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs and at the U16 Summer Camp. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions. From summer camp, thirty-three players were placed on a shortlist, and scouted with their club teams throughout the fall.

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A Global Community

WETASKIWIN – The puck is set to drop on the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Global Girls Game and a celebration of female hockey in central Alberta.

Leduc Minor Hockey is hosting Alberta’s segment of the Global Game in Wetaskiwin as the U11 Leduc Roughnecks take on Westakiwin WE401F at 1 pm on Saturday, February 18 at the Civic Centre.

The Global Girls Game is an IIHF initiative to unite the hockey community by having players from around the globe play in the same game. A cumulative score is kept around the world between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after all games have been completed. Canada’s portion concludes on February 20, with a Rivalry Series Game between Canada and USA Women’s National Teams.

In Wetaskiwin, Hockey Canada has provided jerseys for each team featuring numbers worn by members of the 2022 Women’s World Hockey Championship team. Prior to the game, the U11 players will meet and mingle with the North Central Impact U15 AA team in the Alberta Female Hockey League. The Impact also will join the Roughnecks for pre-game warm-up.

Leduc is taking the IIHF Global Game a step further and engaging all levels of its female program to make it an unforgettable experience. Following the U11 game, the Impact will host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs in an AFHL tilt, with the U11 players cheering on their new friends with cupcakes and chocolate milk to celebrate females in the sport. Events in Wetaskiwin will wrap up with a U18B female game between Leduc and Wetaskiwin.

Leduc’s female teams (U15 B, U18 AA, and U13 A) are also in action on Saturday at home, in Edmonton and Sherwood Park.

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Elite Male Pathway

The Elite Male Pathway Guide outlines the exclusive opportunities that are available to Alberta’s elite male hockey players registered with a Hockey Alberta member organization. These opportunities include the competition, coaching and development they experience on the ice, along with the supports and services available off the ice. Member organizations include Minor Hockey Associations, Accredited Schools, and Junior Leagues.

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Black History Month - The Story of John Utendale

On February 26, 2020, the Provincial Archives of Alberta published a Facebook post that asked the following question:

“Did you know that Edmonton-born John Utendale; was the first Black hockey player to sign a contract with the NHL?”

That National Hockey League contract was signed with the Detroit Red Wings in 1955, three years before Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s colour barrier in 1958 with the Boston Bruins. Utendale attended three or four camps with the Wings, skating with the likes of Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Red Kelly.

Utendale never played for the Red Wings, instead seeing action with Wings’ farm team, the Edmonton Flyers.

But O’Ree has been quoted, including in a 2018 article in The Undefeated, that it could easily have been Utendale, or O’Ree’s Boston teammate Stan Maxwell, or Herb Carnegie or Art Dorrington who could have the NHL’s first black player.

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According to an Edmonton Journal article in 2006, as a youth and teenager, Utendale played on the outdoor city rinks in Edmonton while playing peewee, bantam and midget hockey. His post-minor hockey career started with the Edmonton Oil Kings, prior to his historic signing with the Red Wings. After that, he played three seasons with the Flyers, followed by a couple of seasons where he moved east, playing for teams such as the Windsor Bulldogs and North Bay Trappers (Ontario Senior league), Quebec Aces (Quebec Hockey League), and Sudbury Wolves (Eastern Professional Hockey League).

In his 1958-59 part-season (five games) with the Aces, Utendale would be joined by O’Ree and Maxwell, where they played together on “The Black Line.” And it is believed Utendale was only the fourth black player to play Senior A hockey in Ontario, joining Herb and Ossie Carnegie and Manny McIntyre

He eventually returned to western Canada, getting married to Maryan “Mickey” Maddison Leonard in 1959, and starting his university education. Utendale earned his teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia in 1961, and then enrolled at the University of Alberta, earning his Bachelor of Education degree in two years. He worked for three years at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), when that school was being established in the mid-1960s, becoming the school’s first Director of Physical Education and coaching the men’s hockey team (1966-67).

Throughout the 1960s, until his on-ice career ended in 1969, Utendale was still playing, including stints with the Ponoka Stampeders, Edmonton Nuggets and Edmonton Monarchs, along with the Spokane Jets (Western International Hockey League).

John Utendale

Had his story ended here, Utendale would already have established himself as a significant figure in the history of the sport of hockey.

But a sentence included in his obituary, published in the Edmonton Journal following his death in 2006, illustrates that hockey really was a lifelong passion for Utendale:

“John’s career was a story of diversity from professional hockey player to professor.”

With the conclusion of his playing career in 1969, Utendale’s focus shifted to what would be a long and influential career in post-secondary education.

He earned his Master’s degree at Eastern Washington State College, and was hired at Washington State University. During his three years at WSU he was academic coordinator for the athletic department, a member of the Washington State Human Rights commission, taught a course in the black studies department and coached little league baseball, all while earning his Doctorate in Education.

Dr. Utendale then joined Western Washington State College (now University), becoming the first black faculty member of the Woodring College of Education. For a quarter century, he headed the Student Personnel Administration graduate program, dramatically increasing the number of minority students at the school. Utendale was nationally recognized for his academic work, and moved into full professorship, becoming one of the few minor faculty members with tenure. He also held numerous positions in the Washington state community, including leading the Higher Education Administration.

But hockey always played a significant role in Utendale’s life. During his time as an educator, he was involved in hockey at the local, post-secondary and regional levels in Washington State. He helped found the Bellingham Area Minor Hockey Association and the city’s junior team (which he also coached), coached the Western Washington University Vikings team, and served as Western Regional Director for the Amateur Hockey Association of the U.S.

He was also an assistant training coach with the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, becoming the first black member of the coaching staff of the men’s hockey team. That team won gold at the “Miracle on Ice” Lake Placid Olympics.

John Utendale was born in Edmonton in 1937. He retired from Western Washington University in 2001, and he died in Bellingham, Washington in 2006.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 23:03

Hockey Alberta News

Team Alberta North won one gold and one silver medal on home ice at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games. The Junior Female team went undefeated throughout the tournament en route to a gold medal. The U15 Male team battled to the end, but fell to Team NWT 6-5, ultimately finishing with silver. The U18 Male team finished round robin as the first seed, but lost two close games in the medal round to finish fourth.



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Team Alberta North wins gold and silver at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games

FORT MCMURRAY – Team Alberta North won one gold and one silver medal on home ice at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games.

The Junior Female team, comprised of players born from 2003-2009, took home the gold medal after a dominating tournament. The team went 4-0-0 through the round robin portion of the competition, outscoring opponents by a total of 29-4. They would advance through the semi-finals with an 8-0 win over Alaska, which set up a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Northwest Territories to capture the gold.

“The girls came together and created a culture built on teamwork and trust. The way each one of them bought in was ultimately the reason for their success. They were relentless with their efforts all week, while still embodying the spirit of the Arctic Games in terms of sportsmanship and fair play. They are an incredibly dedicated and hard-working group of players that carried themselves as professionals both on and off the ice,” said Head Coach Hayley Runnalls. “We had an amazing week of learning from each other and I’m sure they’ve all made lasting friendships! The gold-medal game was a hard-fought battle against a strong NWT team that made winning gold on home soil, in front of their friends and family, a once-in-a-lifetime moment they will never forget!”


The U15 Male team, comprised of players born in 2007-2008, had a slow start to the tournament after dropping their first two games, picked up steam towards the end of the round robin, finishing with a 2-0-2 record. They would move on to the semi-finals, where they avenged their tournament opening loss to Nunavut and advanced to the gold medal final. In a tight, back and forth game against the Northwest Territories, they would end up on the losing side of a 6-5 decision, landing the silver medal.

"We described our players that they competed as "warriors" all week long while playing fairly and and with the spirit of the games sportsmanship in mind," said Kevin Kuryluk, head coach of the U15 Male team. "As coaches we were extremely proud of all of our players. Our message as coaches to the team before the final game was to take it all in and enjoy the moment as this is a once in a lifetime opportunty, but most importantly have fun!"


The U18 Male team, comprised of players born in 2004-2006, started off the tournament strong, landing the top overall seed after the round robin with a 3-0-1 record. They moved on to face Alaska in the semi-finals, where they dropped a heartbreaker 5-4. In the bronze medal game, the U18’s dropped another one game to the Northwest Territories and ultimately finished in fourth place.


The 2023 Arctic Winter Games were held in the region of Wood Buffalo from January 29 – February 4, with the hockey events taking place in Fort McMurray.



AFHL U15 AA and U13AA Franchises

Hockey Alberta’s Elite Female Hockey Committee has been reviewing the location and number of teams at each level of hockey within the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL).

On November 2, Hockey Alberta announced the addition of a new U13 AA division within the AFHL, as well as expansion of the U15 AA division, and officially opened an application process for Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) to apply to host those teams.

After a thorough review of all applications, Hockey Alberta’s Elite Female Hockey Committee is excited to announce the addition of the following Host MHAs, effective for the 2023-24 season:

  1. U13 AA - 16 Teams
    • Host MHAs: Airdrie, Bonnyville, Calgary (3), Camrose, Edmonton (2), Grande Prairie, Leduc, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, Red Deer, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert
  2. U15 AA - Addition of 2 Teams
    • 1 in Calgary (3 total)
    • 1 in Edmonton (2 total)

The Elite Female Committee also identified the need to address the operational structure of the South Central recruitment area. The current structure included two Host MHAs separately operating teams within the same recruitment area and lacked unified leadership. After working with the Host MHAs, it was determined one Host MHA was required, and Airdrie MHA will take on the responsibility of hosting all U13 AA, U15 AA and U18 AA teams in the South Central recruitment area.

The Elite Female Hockey Committee is working with all Host MHAs to finalize details of program and league operations for the upcoming season. We will also continue to review the structure and alignment of U18 AAA and U18 AA, discussing a potential expansion in the 2024-25 season.

For questions or more information, emails can be submitted to:

Lise Cote
Chair, Elite Female Committee

Kendall Newell
Manager, Female Hockey

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Reflecting on Female Hockey Day

February 1 is National Women and Girls in Sport day.

To celebrate, Hockey Alberta is reflecting back on Female Hockey Day, presented by ATB.

Female Hockey Day is a Hockey Alberta initiative to celebrate the female game by bringing together players, coaches, officials, parents and supporters to learn, develop and grow.

“Female Hockey Day is about introducing new girls to the game and encouraging girls already in the game to experience different sides to the game,” said Morgen Kidney, Hockey Alberta’s Female Hockey Coordinator.

This year, Female Hockey Day was held on January 7 in Calgary. The 2023 event marked the sixth annual Female Hockey Day. Previous events were held in Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Red Deer, and Lloydminster along with a virtual event in 2021.

Traditionally, the event features Try Hockey and Try Goaltending sessions, a local feature game and off-ice activities including female coach and female officials development sessions and parent sessions.

Hockey Alberta encourages all communities to participate in Female Hockey Day, with support grants available from the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

“Success is measured by the smiles on faces and fun had at the event and Female Hockey Day is successful every year,” said Kidney.

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Black Girl Hockey Club

Renee Hess was just a hockey fan in California when she noticed a lack of representation of Black women in the game. Wanting to create an inclusive and supportive space, the Black Girl Hockey Club (BGHC) was born.

“Renee noticed that when she went to games, she always felt really awkward and excluded, so she figured, why not make a club for Black women in hockey,” said Saroya Tinker, Executive Director of Black Girl Hockey Club Canada. “Renee has never played hockey, but a lot of girls that started out in Black Girl Hockey Club were just fans.”

Tinker got involved with the BGHC when she began volunteering on the scholarship committee. As a professional hockey player, Tinker saw an opportunity to raise money for the BGHC during the National Women’s Hockey League bubble in 2021.

“I set my goal at $5,000 and we ended up raising $32,000,” said Tinker. “We realized there was a lot of interest from Canadian companies. Obviously hockey’s huge in Canada and there was already a network of girls in the Greater Toronto Area, specifically. So we decided to broaden our network and move the BGHC across the border to Canada and implement our programming here.”

BGHC Canada offers a mentorship program for Black women between the ages of 8 and 21, financial aid and scholarships for Black women of all ages to play, mental health and wellness resources, including subsidized therapy and focus groups and partners with NHL teams and community initiatives to create accessible, diverse and welcoming events across the country.

“We want girls of all ages to play. A Black Grandma who wants to learn how to play hockey or two years old and need your first pair of skates,” said Tinker. “I think that’s really what we’re aiming to do is create that sense of community and realize that Black women do play hockey and we’re just trying to normalize it.”

Tinker began playing hockey as a kid. Her dad, a Black man who faced his own challenges in the game, had a passion for the sport. After introducing Tinker to the game, she fell in love with the freedom of being on the ice.

“Over the course of my career, I kind of always felt like I had to take a piece of my Blackness out to fit in in the arena and those settings,” said Tinker. “The experiences that I’ve had led me to what I’m doing today and that’s my purpose - to make sure these girls have a community.”

One of the first experiences of overt racism Tinker can remember happened when she was 12 when a teammate called her racial slurs in the dressing room.

“I didn’t know how to react. I remember talking to my Dad and he explained that I’m going to have more experiences like that,” said Tinker. “Now I’m trying to make sure that their (Black girls currently playing hockey) experience is better than mine and make sure that they have a piece of representation to look at.”

Today, Tinker plays defence for the Toronto Six in the Premier Hockey Federation.

“I’m still playing, but the girls are my purpose for playing. I get to do this for them, while I’m still opening those doors, that’s what I’m here to do,” said Tinker. “I’m happy that we were able to bring the Black Girl Hockey Club to Canada and be all over North America now.”

Though Tinker is based in Ontario, she has meetings with girls from across the continent via Zoom. When she’s able, she schedules in-person meet-ups with members of BGHC Canada.

“It’s so easy to connect with people now-a-days. It’s exciting to see that we’re all across Canada. When I’m in Alberta, I always want to make sure to meet the girls,” said Tinker. “I know I’ve met a few girls in Alberta, I have a few more to meet, but it’s really exciting when we get to meet each other in person and it make it that much more special.”

For now, BGHC Canada’s main source of communication is online. BGHC Canada is on Instagram, Twitter and has an option to contact the club on their website. Tinker encourages all Black women to connect with the club and become part of the community.

“We’re such a growing community. I see new Black girls in the arena every day. In that sense we’re ‘adding to the club,’” said Tinker. “These girls are creating friendships and networking connections that are going to last a lifetime.”

BGHC Canada is welcoming of all communities. Allies of BGHC Canada are invited to attend community events or to reach out to BGHC Canada to learn how to support the club.

The first of February is National Women and Girls in Sports Day and marks the beginning of Black History Month. Listen to the Centre Ice Podcast to hear the full conversation with Saroya Tinker, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Podbean.

Team Alberta

Team Alberta North set for Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER – The three hockey teams comprising Team Alberta North are set to open the Arctic Winter Games on Sunday.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. This year’s edition is hosted in Wood Buffalo, January 29 to February 4. Hockey is being played in Fort McMurray and Conklin.

Team Alberta North is competing in each of the three hockey divisions: Junior Female, U15 Male and U18 Male. Hoping that home ice will prove to be an advantage, Team Alberta North faces off against Alaska, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon in each division. Round robin play begins Sunday, with medal rounds beginning February 2. Teams are competing for the gold ulu.

Sunday’s opening day action sees the U15 and U18 Male teams taking on Nunavut, while the Junior Female team plays Yukon.

“It’s always exciting to be heading into a short-term tournament, but to play in the Arctic Winter Games on home ice is a special opportunity,” said Blake Cosgrove, Team Alberta North’s Director of Operations. “It’s an honour to represent your province at an international tournament like this. Our athletes recognize that and are ready to showcase their level of compete and represent Alberta the best they can.”

To be eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games, athletes and coaches must reside in a community located north of the 55th parallel. The Junior Female team is comprised of athletes born in 2004-2009. The U15 Male team features athletes born in 2008-2009 and the U18 Male team has athletes born in 2005-2007. Male athletes playing AAA hockey this season were not eligible.

The schedule and results are available at Games are being livestreamed on YouTube.

The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents.

To learn more about Team Alberta North, or the Arctic Winter Games, visit or follow along on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 23:02

Hockey Alberta News


Show your commitment to making the game more inclusive by posing for a picture with one of Hockey Alberta’s anti-maltreatment banners or posters and you’ll be entered to win tickets for your hockey team to attend the Edmonton Oilers game on February 21. The deadline to submit your photo is February 1.



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Hockey Alberta Foundation Donates $90,000 to the Ladd Foundation

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF) is skating into 2023 with the Ladd Foundation through a $90,000 donation to support the 1616 program.

1616 is a 16-week mental, physical and social wellbeing experience for youth hockey teams. The first of its kind, this program is delivered virtually at no charge to participants. The focus is on equipping youth hockey players along with their coaches and caregivers, with the mental skills needed to help youth thrive on and off the ice.

“Growing up in Red Deer I have a strong understanding of the impact hockey can have on young Albertans,” said Brandy Ladd, co-founder of Ladd Foundation. “With the help of Alberta Hockey Foundation, we will be able to bring a proactive approach to giving kids, parents and coaches the resources and tools to face mental health challenges head on! We are incredibly grateful to Hockey Alberta for this support!”

Founded by the Ladd Foundation, 1616 launched its first full season of programming in October 2022 with 88 teams including nearly 3,500 players, parents/caregivers and coaches from across Canada and the United States. Alberta is currently 1616’s largest footprint, with 36 teams from across the province participating in the program.

“The Hockey Alberta Foundation recognizes the importance of mental wellness in youth hockey players across the province,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the HAF. “By providing funding to 1616, it’s our intent to give more kids the opportunity to learn how to comprehend and cope with the mental side of the game.”

Andrew and Brandy Ladd created 1616 to give mental fitness and wellbeing a more significant focus in youth hockey and to shift minor hockey culture to emphasize hockey performance as well as the development of connections, confidence and character.

For more information on the HAF visit or to learn more about 1616 and to register, visit



The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to provide EVERY KID in EVERY COMMUNITY the opportunity to play hockey in Alberta. We work in collaboration with partners to fund those who need us, invest in those who will lead us and honour those before us. For more information on the HAF or to make a donation, visit

Team Alberta

2023 Prospects Cup regional camps registration now open

RED DEER – Registration is now open for the 2023 Prospects Cup Regional Camps.

All 2010-born Male players, registered with a Hockey Alberta Sanctioned Minor Hockey Association are eligible to register and try out for the Prospects Cup. Positions at tryouts are limited and awarded on a first-come first serve basis. There will be four (4) Regional Camps occurring simultaneously between April 14-16 at the following locations:

  • Calgary Regional Camp - Don Hartman NE Sportsplex
  • South Regional Camp - Olds Sportsplex
  • Capital Regional Camp - The Meadows (Edmonton)
  • North Regional Camp - Wally Fedun Arena (Vegreville)

2023 Prospects Cup Registration Directory >

Please ensure that prior to registration, you have reviewed the Prospects Cup Registration Directory above to determine what region your child resides in. Athletes are only permitted to register for the region in which they reside and the position (goaltender, defence or forward) for which they wish to be considered for the Prospects Cup. Any athlete who registers for an incorrect region or position may have their registration refunded less an admin fee and will not be guaranteed acceptance to attend the regional camp tryout, subject to the correct region/position’s availability.

Should the region/position be sold out at the time you try and register, please email Hudson Kelly ([email protected]) to be added to a waitlist for that position/region, do not try and register for another region.

Visa and Mastercard are the only payment methods that are accepted through the payment platform. American Express and debit cards will not be approved. Please ensure that you are prepared with an accepted method of payment.



The 2023 Prospects Cup will take place May 10-14 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.


Hockey Alberta announces partnership with CoachThem

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with CoachThem as the organization’s official Coach Practice Planning Tool.

With this partnership, Hockey Alberta coaches will receive membership to the CoachThem platform at a discounted rate, including access to 1400 marketplace drills with video and helpful articles to better your game.

As the premier coach practice planning platform, CoachThem and Hockey Alberta will collaborate to bring a revolutionary coach planning tool to associations and coaches across Alberta.

“With Hockey Alberta’s drive to grow the game by improving their player’s experience, CoachThem will support the coaching community by empowering the game of hockey through technology. “, said Mike Weaver, NHL Alumni and CEO of CoachThem. “I am excited to simplify and inspire the coaching experience as they teach the next generation.”

The partnership will feature:

“Hockey Alberta is always looking for new ways to engage our associations and their coaches to provide them with high-quality resources,” said Justin Fesyk, Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager of Hockey Development. “We are excited to work with CoachThem to enhance the coaching experience across the province.”

CoachThem is a web-based coaching platform for creating digital drills for a simple, fast, organized practice plan. With over 1400 free drills with video, you will never have to create another drill again. As the platform continues to evolve with 20k coaches, 600k drills created by coaches, 14 NHL teams and well over 170 associations, CoachThem is driven by innovation, simplicity, teamwork and their commitment to customers.

As one of the 13 members of Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta is the governing body for all sanctioned minor hockey in the province of Alberta. Their mission is to create positive opportunities and experiences for all players through innovative leadership and exceptional service with a vision of creating Hockey for Life.


It’s Your Game Contest

CONTEST: Show your commitment to making the game more inclusive by posing for a picture with one of Hockey Alberta’s anti-maltreatment banners or posters in your arena and you’ll be entered to win tickets for your hockey team to attend the Edmonton Oilers game on February 21.

The full package includes:

  • 52 tickets to the Rogers Place Sky Lounge Loft on February 21 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
  • Food and beverage for your entire team in the Sky Lounge
  • Transportation via bus to and from the game


These tickets were donated by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

Team Alberta

2023 Alberta Challenge Regional Camp registration now open

Registration is now open for the 2023 Alberta Challenge Regional Camps.

All 2008 and 2009-born female players, registered with a Hockey Alberta or a Hockey Canada sanctioned minor hockey association are eligible to register and try out for the Alberta Challenge. Eligible athletes must be permanent residents of Alberta.

Positions at Regional Camps are limited and awarded on a first-come, first serve basis. There will be two Regional Camps occurring simultaneously between April 7-9 at the following locations:

  • Cochrane Regional Camp - Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
  • Beaumont Regional Camp - Beaumont Sport and Recreation Centre

Alberta Challenge Regional Boundaries >

Please ensure that prior to registration, you have reviewed the Alberta Challenge Regional Boundaries to determine what zone your child resides in. Athletes are only permitted to register for the region in which they reside and the position (goaltender, defense or forward) for which they wish to be considered for the Alberta Challenge. Any athlete who registers for an incorrect region or position may have their registration refunded less an admin fee and will not be guaranteed acceptance to attend the regional camp tryout, subject to the correct region/position availability.

Should the region/position be sold out at the time you try and register, please email [email protected] to be added to a wait list for that position/region, do not try and register for another region.

Visa and Mastercard are the only payment methods that are accepted through the payment platform. American Express and debit cards will not be approved. Please ensure that you are prepared with an accepted method of payment.

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The 2023 Alberta Challenge will take place May 3-7 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

The Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta Female Development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

The Alberta Challenge aids in preparation, evaluation and identification of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program and is a grassroots program. Through the camps, the players are able to measure themselves against other players of the same age and receive instruction from some of the best coaches in the province. For those selected to the regional teams, the Alberta Challenge is a taste of top level competition.


Sixteen Albertans named to NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2023 NHL draft with 16 Albertans making an appearance.

Two Albertan skaters landed in the top 32 of the North American skater rankings: Nate Danielson and Koehn Ziemmer.

Scott Ratzlaff and Jackson Unger are the two goaltenders to crack the top North American goaltenders.

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

Midterm Rank Player Position Team League
13 Nate Danielson Forward Brandon Wheat Kings WHL
20 Koehn Ziemmer Forward Prince George Cougars WHL
66 Aiden Fink Forward Brooks Bandits AJHL
80 Mazden Leslie Defence Vancouver Giants WHL
97 Saige Weinstein Defence Spokane Chiefs WHL
130 Kai Uchacz Forward Red Deer Rebels WHL
143 Morgan Brady Defence Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
179 Cole Miller Forward Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
193 Nicholas Wolfenberg Defence Okotoks Oilers AJHL
198 Cade Christenson Defence Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
203 Jake Sloan Forward Tri-City Americans WHL
215 Matteo Fabrizi Defence Red Deer Rebels WHL
217 Harrison Lodewyk Forward Prince Albert Raiders WHL
222 Ty Daneault Forward Drumheller Dragons AJHL
6 Scott Ratzlaff Goaltender Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
17 Jackson Unger Goaltender Moose Jaw Warriors WHL


Bates returns to Board of Directors

RED DEER - Michael Bates of Cochrane is returning to Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors for 2023.

Bates is filling the Director vacancy created when it was announced at the 2022 Annual General Meeting that Fran Zinger was retiring. Zinger had one year remaining on her three-year term.

Bates previously completed a term as a Director at Large from 2018-2021.

He joins a Board which is comprised of chair Len Samletzki, vice chair Allan Mowbray, and directors Francois Gagnon, Bill Gourley, Kirstan Jewell, Karen Lee, Al-Amin Vira and Danielle Paradis.

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For more information, go to the Board of Directors page on the Hockey Alberta website.

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