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The passing of the torch: Jason Chimera passing on hockey knowledge to daughter Ryann

Like father, like daughter.

The U15 AA Edmonton Pandas Black won the Alberta Female Hockey League Provincial Championship on March 24 in a thrilling gold medal win over the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. Two key pieces of that championship team were former National Hockey League player Jason Chimera and his daughter, Ryann.

Ryann, a star forward in the U15 division was the second leading point producer with 20 goals and 66 points in 31 games, while also leading the provincial tournament with eight points in five games. Her father was the team’s head coach, and with the help of assistant coach Dave Cooper guided the Pandas to a 25-5-1 record as well as a provincial championship.

“It was amazing, I wasn’t even thinking in the moment. It was just so overwhelming because at the start of the season, none of us really thought we would be at Provincials,” Ryann said following the 3-1 gold medal win. “It was amazing to win and have that moment for our team.”

“I was crying at the end of it because our girls performed so well. They were doing everything right,” Jason said. “They did everything we practiced, and they brought it to a whole new level, which was really cool for the coaches. Dave and I were just super thrilled with the girls and as a coach as well as a dad, it was an outstanding effort from our goalies on out and you couldn’t have asked for anything more from them.”

The 44-year-old Chimera played parts of 17 seasons and more than 1,100 games in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks. Once he retired, he transitioned into coaching, first coaching his son Cale before spending the past two seasons with Ryann.

While the family connection is there, the last name being the same doesn’t result in special treatment.

“I always tell the girls that she’s not my daughter when I’m coaching,” Jason said. “I coach everyone the same way and while I couldn’t be prouder of her, both as a coach and a father. But I try to remove myself from that when I’m coaching. She works extremely hard, and she works for everything that she gets.”

Ryann said that while she doesn’t get special treatment, her father’s coaching guidance has helped her take her game to the next level.

“Some days are good, and some days are bad. But I love it because I’m getting help from him away from the rink that I wouldn’t get from another coach,” she said. “He’ll tell me what I can do better, and he pushes me harder. I think if I had another coach, they wouldn’t be as straight forward with me, and I couldn’t be as straight forward with them. It’s a win-win situation.”

The duo are both competitive people, always trying to one up each other in their daily lives, which makes for an interesting and exciting dynamic between them.

“We’re always competing with one another and it’s a good challenge because we see each other 24/7. I see him on the bench, I see him at the rink, see him at home. We make each other better because we’re not scared to tell each other what they need to hear,” Ryann said. “I’m not afraid to tell him that he needs to relax a bit on the bench when he’s going a bit too crazy. We’re very up front with one another and it helps. We still have a lot to learn from each other, but I wouldn’t want to go through it with anyone else.”

“Sometimes as a coach, you kind of get in a mode where you’re all over the place,” Jason said. “If the game gets tense and she’s like, ‘hey, Jason, relax. We got this.’ It’s like, okay, we do have this. For her to be 13, soon to be 14 and have that composure … it’s cool for me to witness.”

Ryann is looking to follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming a professional hockey player. With the Professional Women’s Hockey League having so much success in its first season, having the opportunity to play professionally is now a reality that she dreamed about growing up.

“Before (the PWHL) I was like ‘what am I going to do for a job when I’m older?’ Then all of a sudden all of these options come up,” she said. “For a long time now, I’ve wanted to go to Boston College, and I’ve always wanted to play professional hockey … but I couldn’t play in the NHL. Now with the PWHL, it’s so cool to see all these girls have their dreams come true. They have somewhere to play when they’re older. It’s such an exciting thought to know I have somewhere to go and something to work towards.”

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Comedy Night raises $24,000 for the Hockey Alberta Foundation

RED DEER – The Piper Creek Optimist Club and the Hockey Alberta Foundation came together to raise $24,000 during Comedy Night at Bo’s Bar and Stage on February 24.

Guests were treated to a performance from comedian Kelly Taylor and witnessed the Calgary Flames defeat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 in the third iteration of the Battle of Alberta.

“Thanks to the Piper Creek Optimist Club for choosing the Hockey Alberta Foundation as their charity of choice for the seventh year,” said Darcy Smith, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Hockey Alberta Foundation and Recruitment. “The Every Kid Every Community initiative and the game of hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their respective communities. We couldn’t give kids the opportunity to experience hockey without events such as Comedy Night and the help of our great sponsors.”

Every Kid Every Community  was launched in 2011 and has the goal of providing every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.

Thank you to the Comedy Night sponsors for the continued support:

About the Hockey Alberta Foundation

The Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF) raises 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.

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Alberta’s Kyle Rehman hits 1,000 game plateau in the NHL

EDMONTON – Kyle Rehman wasn’t sure if he would officiate one National Hockey League game, let alone a thousand.

But that’s exactly what the Red Deer native did when he accomplished the feat on March 28 during a contest between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place. Rehman was recognized by the league, the Oilers, and Kings, receiving a Tiffany crystal from the league, jerseys from both teams as well as a pair of Adirondack chairs that had his name, the NHL logo and ‘1,000 games’ on it.

“I would have never thought to do one (game), let alone a thousand, so it’s a very special milestone for me,” Rehman said. “It comes with a lot of sacrifice, not only for myself, but for my family. It’s been an incredible journey and I’ve got a long way to go.”

Rehman said the best part of the whole evening was having his family at his side and allowing them to get some recognition for everything they’ve done for him.

“I got the chance to have my two boys on the ice with me before the game, which is something I’ll never forget. Then to have my family on the ice with me during the ceremony, it was good to get them some recognition because they’ve sacrificed so much,” Rehman said. “My wife is a rockstar. She’s pretty much a driver for the kids, taking them to all their activities, so for them to get some of that recognition was cool. Then to have my brother and my parents there as well was awesome as well. They jumped on board when I was younger and really supported, pushed, and encouraged me to go as far as I can.”

The 45-year-old referee got his start in 2000 in Red Deer where he got the opportunity to officiate U18 AAA and Senior AAA games. He moved onto the Western Hockey League shortly after and got the call to the NHL in 2007. His first game was January 22, 2008, featuring the Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Over the course of his career, Rehman has gotten the chance to officiate some of the biggest events the NHL had to offer - Stanley Cup playoff games, NHL Global Series in Sweden, and the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars.

“The whole atmosphere, being outdoors with 85,000 fans, the NHL does a really good job of putting on those types of events,” said Rehman. “Both fanbases were awesome, seeing the Nashville fans travel to Dallas and seeing how much support the city gave to the Stars … it was a great game and I’m proud to say I was part of it.”

Numerous sports, including hockey, look to recruit new officials each year, but there are challenges, especially when it comes to abusive behaviour from coaches, players, and fans. Rehman asks that spectators ease off the young officials.

“We’re losing officials every year. I have two boys that play hockey and I want them to be able to play games and leagues need referees. I think it’s important for people to be at the rink and to appreciate these games and volunteers,” Rehman said. “The younger kids are just learning … guys at the NHL level, we’re the top officials in the world and we sometimes make mistakes, just like the coaches and players because we’re human. Let the emotion of the game be on the ice, because if we continue to trend in the direction we’re going in, we aren’t going to have any officials left.”

For younger people hesitant to enter the game in the officiating capacity, Rehman’s advice is to go out there and do your best and enjoy the process of improving.

“Go out there and work hard every game. As long as you can come off the ice, look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘I left it all out there, I worked hard and I hustled’, it’s a great feeling to know you went out there and did your best,” said Rehman. “You don’t necessarily need to make the NHL either, there are a lot of great opportunities with Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta. I hope our younger generation of officials stick with it and continue to support one another.”

Team Alberta

2024 Alberta Challenge Rosters Announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has named the 120 players who earned themselves a spot at the Alberta Challenge.

Six teams (three from each of the North and South regions) will compete in a modified round-robin tournament May 1-5 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. Two goalies, six defence and 12 forwards comprise each team.

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Regional Camps were held April 5-7 in Cochrane and Beaumont. Female players born in 2009 and 2010 who were registered with a Hockey Alberta or Hockey Canada sanctioned program this season were eligible to tryout.

“This year’s group of players is very talented and that was on display at the Regional Camps, said Danielle Wheeler, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Development. “The competition at Alberta Challenge will truly showcase best-on-best competition and allow for athletes and staff to take the next step in their hockey journey.”

The Alberta Challenge is the sole female-only event part of Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase. It is the first opportunity for athletes, coaches, therapists, equipment managers and administrators to experience short-term competition and an introduction to Team Alberta programming.

The Spring Showcase opens with the Alberta Cup (April 24-28) and wraps with the Prospects Cup (May 8-12).

Partnership opportunities are available for the 2024 Spring Showcase and can be found in the document below.

SPRING SHOWCASE PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES >


TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Alberta Challenge, powered by Gatorade. A wide variety of merchandise items are available for purchase, with the deadline to place your order ending at 11 PM on April 16 in order to receive your merchandise by the Alberta Challenge. Online orders placed by the deadline will deliver to the event for pickup at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on May 1. Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

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Spring Showcase partnership opportunities now available

RED DEER – Partnership opportunities are now available for the 2024 Spring Showcase.

There is a variety of packages available for potential sponsors, including four levels of sponsorship opportunities ranging from program advertising to being the title sponsor of Spring Showcase.

2024 SPRING SHOWCASE PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES >

The Spring Showcase is one of Hockey Alberta’s premiere events, focusing on the province’s next generation of elite female and male players. For an Alberta business, signing on as a sponsor for the Spring Showcase is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of an event that supports the emerging athlete, coach, official, trainers and support staff from across Alberta," said Tim Leer, Hockey Alberta’s Director of Partnerships and Marketing.

Hockey Alberta welcomes over 400 athletes, 200 volunteers, 150 scouts and thousands of families and friends to the Red Deer area throughout the Spring Showcase. The Showcase is a three-week long event, featuring three elite-level competitions: the Alberta Cup featuring the top U15 males, the Alberta Challenge for U15 females, and the Prospects Cup for U13 males.

Each competition is five days and features the top athletes in each region, coached and staffed by some of the best in the province. The event serves as a development opportunity to introduce athletes and staff to short-term competition.

For more information, contact Tim Leer, Hockey Alberta’s Partnerships and Marketing Director or Kara Spady, Hockey Alberta’s Marketing and Promotions Manager.

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2024 Hockey Alberta Provincials Recap - Week 3

Two teams have been crowned champions over the third weekend of the 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships hosted by ATB.

Read below to see who walked away with the banner in the final week of play.


2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

The third week of action kicked off on Wednesday, April 4 and ran until Sunday, April 7. Four teams hit the ice in search of the championship banner on Sunday.

Junior B - The Carstar Okotoks Bisons of the HJHL won the Junior B Championship over the La Crete Lumber Barons by a score of 6-3.

U17 AAA AEHL - The St. Albert Raiders Flyers defeated the NWCAA (Calgary Flames) in double overtime, 3-2, to win the U17 AAA championship.

HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIALS PAGE >


2024 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

In Alberta Junior Hockey League action, the Calgary Canucks defeated the Drumheller Dragons in their best-of-seven series, 4-1, to advance to the InterPipline Cup Final. They await the winner of the series between the Whitecourt Wolverines and Canmore Eagles, with their series tied up at three games apiece and Game 7 taking place on April 9.

In the Alberta Elite Hockey League’s U18 AAA division, the Calgary Buffaloes are on their way to the Telus Cup after defeating the Vancouver NE Chiefs in the Pacific Regionals.


The 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships are Powered by ATB. ATB is sharing the top tips for players, teams and families to take to the ice without breaking the bank. Tap into their Good Advice for all things financial well-being, including how to teach your kids about money at every age.

Plus the ultimate savings, a chance to win the Possibility Pot. That’s $2,500 for yourself, and $2,500 for you to direct to a charity of your choice.

Enter to win >


TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, powered by ATB. A number of merchandise items are available to purchase with options to customize items (for example "Champions 2024). Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

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Alberta’s Landon DuPont introduced as first Exceptional Status defenceman in WHL history

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League announced today, on behalf of Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta, that Landon DuPont (Calgary, Alta.) has been granted Exceptional Player Status and is eligible to play in the WHL on a full-time basis beginning with the 2024-25 WHL Regular Season.

“On behalf of the WHL Board of Governors, I would like to congratulate Landon on being the first defenceman in WHL history to be granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada,” commented WHL Commissioner Dan Near. “Landon is a fine young man, who not only possesses tremendous talent on the ice, but has been raised with solid moral character, a positive attitude, and a great work ethic. These attributes make him truly deserving of being among those exceptional players to come before him, and we look forward to him continuing his development in the WHL.”

An Exceptional Player must possess a level of mental, social, and emotional maturity that belies his age, along with hockey skills that greatly exceed those of other elite level players both in their age group and among players several years older. For an individual who is granted exceptional status, they earn the rare privilege of participating in the Western Hockey League at an early age. It is believed their development is more likely to be enhanced significantly by playing in the WHL as a 15-year-old, than by participating in their designated age division.

The Exceptional Player Status process was administered by Hockey Alberta with a Hockey Canada Special Evaluation Panel, which reviewed DuPont’s hockey and academic documentation. The process also assessed DuPont’s level of maturity.

“Hockey Canada wishes to congratulate Landon DuPont and his family on the impressive achievement of becoming only the second player to be granted Exceptional Status into the WHL, and the ninth player in the entire CHL,” said Scott Salmond, Senior Vice-President of High Performance and Hockey Operations with Hockey Canada. “Landon not only boasts impressive hockey ability that will allow him to succeed in the WHL at a young age, but he also possesses the incredible maturity required to be an exemplary young person off the ice.”

Born May 28, 2009, the 14-year-old DuPont is eligible to be selected in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 9.

A 5-foot-11, 170-pound right shot defenceman, DuPont spent the 2023-24 season playing for the Edge School U18 Prep squad in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL), where he recorded 62 points (19G-43A) in 30 regular season games to finish third in CSSHL U18 scoring. His 62 points led all blueliners and established a new CSSHL U18 Prep single-season scoring record for defencemen. DuPont added another 16 points (5G-11A) in five playoff games, tying the CSSHL U18 Championship scoring record held by former Edmonton Oil Kings and Seattle Thunderbirds star Dylan Guenther. DuPont’s record-tying performance earned him CSSHL U18 Prep Championship MVP honours as he helped Edge capture the CSSHL U18 title.

“It is such an honour for me to receive Exceptional Player Status from Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada. I’m extremely humbled to have received this designation,” DuPont said. “I would like to thank my family, all of my coaches, trainers, advisors and most of all, my teammates, through my entire hockey journey for helping me get to this point. I’m excited to continue my development in the WHL and will work hard every day to continue to improve.”

DuPont becomes the first defenceman and second player in WHL history to be granted Exceptional Player Status by Hockey Canada, following Connor Bedard (2020 – Regina Pats / West Van Academy Prep).

“Congratulations to Landon DuPont on being the first-ever player from Alberta granted Exceptional Status with the Western Hockey League. Landon’s achievement is a testament to his skills, desire, and hard work,” said Rob Litwinski, CEO and President, Hockey Alberta. “It also reflects the commitment and effort of everyone involved in Landon’s hockey circle. This is a proud day for Landon, the DuPont family, and the staff and students at Edge School, and the entire Hockey Alberta community shares that pride.”

DuPont is the third defenceman and ninth player in Canadian Hockey League (CHL) history to be granted Exceptional Player Status by Hockey Canada. He was preceded by defencemen Aaron Ekblad (2011 – Barrie Colts / Sun County Panthers) and Sean Day (2013 – Mississauga Steelheads / Compuware 16U AAA), along with forwards John Tavares (2005 – Oshawa Generals / Toronto Marlboros), Connor McDavid (2012 – Erie Otters / Toronto Marlboros), Joe Veleno (2015 – Saint John Sea Dogs / Lac St-Louis Lions), Shane Wright (2019 – Kingston Frontenacs / Don Mills Flyers), Michael Misa (2022 – Saginaw Spirit / Mississauga Senators).

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships Week 3 Preview

The Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB has reached its final weekend.

Action begins today (April 3) with the Junior B provincials in Peace River, and continues through to Sunday, April 7. The six teams competing in the tournament are the Carstar Okotoks Bisons, La Crete Lumber Barons, North Peace Navigators, NWCAA Stampeders, St. Albert Merchants, and Wainwright Bisons.

The AEHL U17 AAA provincials features five clubs. The Airdrie Cannex Avalanche, Calgary Flames (NWCAA), Sherwood Park Squires, St. Albert Raiders Flyers and LJAC Techmation Oil Kings are preparing for battle in Leduc. Games for that tournament starts tomorrow (April 4).

The Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs are midway through the semi-final series. The Whitecourt Wolverines are up two games to one in their best-of-seven series against the Canmore Eagles with the Calgary Canucks also find themselves up two games to one over the Drumheller Dragons. Game 4 in both series is tonight.

The final Provincial Championship tournaments will be played April 3-7. Schedules for each division are available on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships page.

HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIALS PAGE >


The 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships are Powered by ATB. ATB is sharing the top tips for players, teams, and families to take to the ice without breaking the bank. Tap into their Good Advice for all things financial well-being, including how to teach your kids about money at every age.

Plus the ultimate savings, a chance to win the Possibility Pot. That’s $2,500 for yourself, and $2,500 for you to direct to a charity of your choice.

Enter to win >


Good luck to all the teams taking the ice this weekend and next!

TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, powered by ATB. A number of merchandise items are available to purchase with options to customize items (for example “Champions 2024). Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

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Team Alberta

2024 Alberta Cup Rosters Announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has named the 120 athletes who are representing their regions at the 2024 Alberta Cup.

Two teams from each of the North, Central and South regions are facing off against each other in a modified round-robin tournament taking place in Renexd Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, April 24-28. Each of the six teams is comprised of two goaltenders, six defence and 12 forwards.

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Athletes gathered at three Regional Camps over the weekend (March 29-31) in Calgary, Red Deer and Spruce Grove. Male players born in 2009 who participated in a Hockey Canada sanctioned program this season were eligible to try out.

“There were many talented kids from across the province who tried out for the Alberta Cup program,” said Blake Cosgrove, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Hockey Development. “While this opportunity focuses on player development, it is also another opportunity to evaluate players as we progress towards the WHL Cup. We are very excited for this age group to showcase themselves at Alberta Cup as well as future Hockey Alberta events.”

The Alberta Cup provides players and staff with an opportunity to experience elite level play in a short-term competition, and is part of the player evaluation process for selecting Team Alberta to compete at the WHL Cup in October.

ALBERTA CUP WEBSITE >

Hockey Alberta’s Spring Showcase, fuelled by Gatorade, begins with the Alberta Cup. The Alberta Challenge (May 1-5) and the Prospects Cup (May 8-12) are also being played in Red Deer.

Partnership opportunities are available for the 2024 Spring Showcase and can be found in the document below:

2024 SPRING SHOWCASE PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES >


The Alberta Cup aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with hundreds of players annually trying out for 120 spots (20 positions on each of the six regional teams). In addition to player development, the Alberta Cup also features opportunities for administrators, referees, coaches, therapists, and equipment managers to be identified for potential positions at higher level events, such as the World U17 Hockey Challenge.


TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Alberta Cup, powered by Gatorade. A wide variety of merchandise items are available for purchase, with the deadline to place your order ending at 11 PM on April 10 in order to receive your merchandise by the Alberta Cup. Online orders placed by the deadline will deliver to the event for pickup at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on April 24. Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

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2024 Hockey Alberta Provincials Recap – Week 2

Eleven teams have been crowned champions over the weekend in their respective divisions in hard fought battles all throughout the province as part of the 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships hosted by ATB.

Read below to see who walked away with the banner in the second week of play.


2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

The second week of action kicked off on Thursday, March 28 and ran until Sunday, March 31. Twenty-two teams hit the ice in search of the championship banner on Sunday.

Junior C - Wolverines 6, Chestermere Lakers 4

AFHL U18 AA - Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 2, Calgary Fire White 1

U18 AA - Strathcona Warriors 5, KC Colts 1

U18 Tier 1 - La Crete 5, Edson Octane Controls Sabres 1

U18 Tier 1 NBC - Trails West Red 4, SZ707 2

U18 Tier 2 - Hanna U18 Colts 2, Fairview 1 (OT)

U18 Tier 3 - Kneehill U18 Chiefs 3, Thorsby-West 39 U18 Bucks 0

U15 Female Tier 1 - Irma U15 Aces 2, Cochrane 0

U15 Female Tier 2 - Grande Prairie Female U15 2, Camrose 1

U13 AA - Red Deer Wesco 4, Calgary Northstars Green 1

AFHL U13 AA - Lloydminster Western Financial Steelers 3, Calgary Fire Red 1

Tournament action concludes this weekend (April 3-7) with Junior B in Peace River and the Alberta Elite Hockey League U17 AAA in Leduc. Schedules for the Junior B division are available on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships page, while the schedule for the U17 AAA provincials is available on their AEHL website.

HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIALS PAGE >


2024 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

In Alberta Junior Hockey League action, the semi-finals are currently underway in best-of-seven series. The Whitecourt Wolverines and Canmore Eagles are currently tied 1-1, while the Calgary Canucks are up 2-0 on the Drumheller Dragons.

In the Alberta Elite Hockey League’s U18 AAA division, the Calgary Buffaloes defeated the Sherwood Park Ennis Kings in three games to win the league championship. The Buffaloes are now set to take on the Vancouver NE Chiefs AAA in the Pacific Regional Championship, beginning on April 5.


The 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships are Powered by ATB. ATB is sharing the top tips for players, teams and families to take to the ice without breaking the bank. Tap into their Good Advice for all things financial well-being, including how to teach your kids about money at every age.

Plus the ultimate savings, a chance to win the Possibility Pot. That’s $2,500 for yourself, and $2,500 for you to direct to a charity of your choice.

Enter to win >

Good luck to all the final teams taking the ice this weekend!


TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, powered by ATB. A number of merchandise items are available to purchase with options to customize items (for example "Champions 2024). Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

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U15 Okotoks Oilers becoming leaders on and off the ice

OKOTOKS – A group of Okotoks Oilers hockey players decided to celebrate acts of kindness at their school.

U15 Tier 1 players Thomas and Dylan Williams, Cooper Crook, Ty Brockhoff, and Aubrey O’Brien wanted to raise school spirit while also raising awareness about the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship tournament they were hosting March 21-24 in Okotoks.

The players, who all attend Meadow Ridge School in Okotoks, were presented with a pilot project where they spent most of a day in the gym teaching hockey skills and sportsmanship, and leading activities for students in grades three through six. They decided to do a contest where a student got the opportunity to drop the puck at the opening ceremonies at the U15 Provincials. The students decided to run a kindness draw, where carrying out a good deed entered you into the draw.

“We were kind of thinking what we could do to reward other students,” said Crook. “We thought what’s the best way to bring people together? And we thought it was kindness and hockey.”

The contest ran for two weeks and saw an uptick in acts of kindness around the school. The student who won the contest was sixth grade student Riley Gustafson, who is a hockey player herself.

“She consistently was cleaning up the classroom, holding doors for people, always offering to help out. She’s just such a great kid,” said Heather Crook, a teacher at Meadow Ridge, who helped the group organize their contest. “Anything she’s asked to do, she’ll do it. She’s always happy. Really, really, really loves the sport of hockey. She really wanted to have an opportunity to, to do this. It worked out well.”

The five players are part of the oldest grade at their school, which ranges from kindergarten to Grade 9. They thought it was important to set a good example for the younger students.

“You have to set a good example before and after because (other students are) always watching you and looking up to you to see what you can do,” said Thomas Williams. “It’s really important to show them how to do the right thing.”

Grade five and six students were invited to the opening ceremonies as well as the Oilers’ first game of the provincials, but the team noticed they had much more support once the game was about to start. Students from grades three to nine came to the game with their families and created an incredible home ice atmosphere.

“It’s cool to see a bunch of people I didn’t even expect to go ended up showing up,” Dylan Williams said. It was great to see them and have their support.”

“It was really fun because some of them, most of them have never really seen us play hockey or known us that well,” Brockhoff said. “They were all kind of chanting and had a whole bunch of posters, so it was really cool. Definitely our loudest game of the season.”

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Vote to crown Cochrane as Kraft Hockeyville winner

The Town of Cochrane and the Cochrane Arena are looking for your support to help them get crowned as this year’s Kraft Hockeyville grand prize winner.

Voting begins tomorrow (March 29) at 7 A.M. and ends on March 30 at 3 P.M. Voting is unlimited, meaning Albertans can vote as many times as possible to help push Cochrane across the finish line.

Your vote means Cochrane could win the grand prize of $250,000 in arena upgrades as well as the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game.

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The Cochrane Arena has been around for 50 years, and the town is hoping for it to be around for another 50. But the arena is showing the long-term effects after five decades and needs some crucial repairs. If Cochrane wins Kraft Hockeyville, the money will go towards a new roof, new electrical and lights, and major upgrades to the female dressing rooms.

The town is holding a rally at 4:30 P.M today, which includes skating, a mascot dance-off, glitter tattoos and a “Battle of Alberta” U18 hockey game between the Calgary Raiders and Edmonton KC 707.

COMMUNITY RALLY PAGE FOR COCHRANE >

The last (and only) Alberta community to win Kraft Hockeyville was Sylvan Lake in 2014. With the prize money, Sylvan began to build a new arena. They also hosted a pre-season NHL game between Arizona and Calgary.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships Week 2 Preview

The Alberta Elite Hockey League crowned its U18 AAA champion on March 26, as the Calgary Buffaloes defeated the Sherwood Park Ennis Kings 6-2 in Game 3.

Calgary’s win kicks off week two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB.

The three-game sweep in the best-of-five championship results in the Buffaloes moving onto the Pacific Regional Championships where the Vancouver North East Chiefs await. The winner advances to the Telus Cup, the Men’s U18 National Club Championship.

In Provincial Championship action this weekend (March 28-31), 11 tournaments are taking place throughout the province.

The second weekend of tournament play includes:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs are down to its final four, as the Whitecourt Wolverines, Calgary Canucks, Drumheller Dragons, and Canmore Eagles look to qualify for the championship final. Both series begin on Friday, March 29.

The final Provincial Championship tournaments will be played April 3-7. Schedules for each division are available on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships page.

HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIALS PAGE >


The 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships are Powered by ATB. ATB is sharing the top tips for players, teams and families to take to the ice without breaking the bank. Tap into their Good Advice for all things financial well-being, including how to teach your kids about money at every age.

Plus the ultimate savings, a chance to win the Possibility Pot. That’s $2,500 for yourself, and $2,500 for you to direct to a charity of your choice.

Enter to win >


Good luck to all the teams taking the ice this weekend and next!

TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, powered by ATB. A number of merchandise items are available to purchase with options to customize items (for example “Champions 2024). Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

Shop Here >

Team Alberta

2024 Team Alberta U16 Male Coaching Staff Announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has announced the coaching staff that is joining Head Coach Derrick Martin behind the bench for Team Alberta U16 Male at the 2024 WHL Cup.

Joining Martin are assistant coaches Ryan Allen (Grande Prairie) and Chad Scharff (Airdrie), along with Video Coach Marcus Cheng (Calgary) and Goaltending Coach Theodore Zubot (Calgary).

“We are extremely excited to have such a talented staff assembled for this year’s U16 cycle,” said Michael Kraichy, Manager, High Performance for Hockey Alberta. “The combined experience amongst these coaches is second-to-none, and we’re looking forward to seeing what this group can accomplish.”

Other members of the staff for Team Alberta U16 Male include Athletic Therapist Matt Goertzen (Edmonton), Equipment Manager Dave Campbell (Grande Prairie), Head Scout Bobby Fox (Calgary), Coach Mentor Barry Medori (Spruce Grove) and Director of Operations Michael Kraichy (Red Deer).

POSITION

NAME

HOMETOWN

Director of Hockey Operations

Michael Kraichy

Red Deer

Coach Mentor

Barry Medori

Spruce Grove

Head Scout

Bobby Fox

Calgary

Head Coach

Derrick Martin

Edmonton

Assistant Coach

Ryan Allen

Grande Prairie

Assistant Coach

Chad Scharff

Airdrie

Video Coach

Marcus Cheng

Calgary

Goalie Coach

Theodore Zubot

Calgary

Physical Therapist

Matt Goertzen

Edmonton

Equipment Manager

Dave Campbell

Grande Prairie

Martin is the bench boss of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Camrose Kodiaks. He spent the 2023 cycle with Team Alberta as an assistant coach at the WHL Cup. He also served as the Video Coach for Team Alberta at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

Allen is in his fourth season as the Head Coach of the U15 AAA Grande Peace Storm. He’s previously spent time in the AJHL with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and Drayton Valley Thunder. Allen has also coached and mentored in the Alberta Cup and Prospects Cup programs, while holding the role of Video Coach for Team Alberta in the 2016-17 season.

Scharff is in his first season as the Head Coach of the U18 AAA Airdrie CFR Bisons. His previous coaching roles include being an Assistant Coach of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, as well as coaching in the Alberta Cup.

Cheng is currently the Head Coach of the U18 AAA Calgary Northstars. He was previously the Video Coach of the Alberta Golden Bears and coached at the Alberta Cup.

Zubot was the Goalie Coach of the U15 AAA and U17 AAA Calgary Northstars before moving up to the Western Hockey League where he’s currently the Goalie Coach of the Calgary Hitmen.

The 2024 WHL Cup is slated for October, in Red Deer.

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2024 Hockey Alberta Provincials Recap – Week 1

Sixteen teams were crowned champions in their respective divisions as the first weekend of action concluded on Sunday in the 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships hosted by ATB.

Teams skating away with the banner from the first weekend of action (March 21-24) are:

AFHL U18 Female AAAEdmonton Jr. Oilers White 2, Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 1

U18 Female Tier 1St. Paul U18 Canadiens 3, SP750 1

U18 Female Tier 2Beaverlodge U18 Female 5, Battle River U18 Knights 2

U16 AACalgary Northstars 4, SSAC Cameron Homes 3 (2OT)

AEHL U15 AAASt. Albert Raiders Sabres 5, Airdrie Xtreme 2

U15 AALakeland Panthers 2, Calgary Royals White 1

U15 Tier 1Chestermere U15 Lakers 5, Trails West Wolves 2

U15 Tier 2Duchess U15 Storm 7, Beaverlodge 5

U15 Tier 3Delburne U15 Outlaws 6, Beiseker Blazers 2

AFHL U15 Female AAEdmonton Pandas Black 3, Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 1

U13 Tier 1Red Deer U13-1 Chiefs 4, Medicine Hat U13-1 2

U13 Tier 2Medicine Hat U13-2 7, Slave Lake Thunder 3

U13 Tier 3Irma U13 Aces 5, Hughenden U13 Jets 3

U13 Tier 4Cremona U13 Cowboys 7, Vulcan U13 Hawks 2

U13 Female Tier 1West Central 3, Airdrie 2 (2OT)

U13 Female Tier 23C’s Coyotes 6, Fort McMurray U13 Huskies 5 (OT)

Tournament action continues the next two weekends - March 28-31 and April 3-7. Schedules for each division are available on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships page.

HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIALS PAGE >


2024 Hockey Alberta League Playoffs

In the Alberta Elite Hockey League’s U18 AAA division, the Calgary Buffaloes won a triple overtime game against the Sherwood Park Ennis Kings in Game 2 of their championship finals, 2-1, to take a controlling 2-0 series lead. Caleb Matthews notched the winner at the 5:40 mark of period six. The Buffaloes won game one on Saturday afternoon, in double overtime, as Cooper Williams scored the winner.

Full schedule is available on the AEHL U18 AAA Website. Livestreaming is available through FloHockey.

In Alberta Junior Hockey League action, the Whitecourt Wolverines, Canmore Eagles, Calgary Canucks all won their first round matchup and await their semi-final matchups en route to the Inter Pipeline Cup Finals.


The 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships are Powered by ATB. ATB is sharing the top tips for players, teams and families to take to the ice without breaking the bank. Tap into their Good Advice for all things financial well-being, including how to teach your kids about money at every age.

Plus the ultimate savings, a chance to win the Possibility Pot. That’s $2,500 for yourself, and $2,500 for you to direct to a charity of your choice.

Enter to win >

Good luck to all the teams taking the ice this weekend and next!


TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, powered by ATB. A number of merchandise items are available to purchase with options to customize items (for example "Champions 2024). Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships Week 1 Preview

RED DEER – The 2023-24 hockey season is culminating with the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships presented by ATB.

Thirty-two Provincial Champions are going to be crowned this year, with 29 teams battling it out in a tournament style format while league play will determine three champions in the Junior A, Junior Female and U18 AAA divisions.

The Edmonton Wolves of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League claimed the banner over the Cochrane Chaos on Saturday, March 16, winning the best-of-five series in three games.

The final two divisions determined through league play are in the midst of playoffs.

Eight teams remain in the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs, with Whitecourt, Camrose, Lloydminster, Canmore, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Bonnyville and Drumheller still in the hunt. The AJHL champion will be competing at the Centennial Cup in Oakville.

The Calgary Buffaloes and Sherwood Park Ennis Kings are on a collision course for AEHL bragging rights in the U18 AAA division. The two teams wrapped up their respective semi-final series on Tuesday, both winning in four games. The winner advances to the Pacific playoffs in hopes of competing at the 2024 Telus Cup.

Week 1 of tournament action begins March 21 with 16 divisions hosting games across the province.

The first weekend of tournament play includes:

  • U18 Female AAA – Red Deer (AFHL)
  • U18 Female Tier 1 – St. Paul
  • U18 Female Tier 2 – Calgary
  • U16 AA – Strathmore
  • U15 AAA – Edmonton
  • U15 AA – Edmonton
  • U15 Tier 1 – Okotoks
  • U15 Tier 2 – Provost
  • U15 Tier 3 – Delburne
  • U15 Female AA – Airdrie (AFHL)
  • U13 Tier 1 – Mannville
  • U13 Tier 2 – Slave Lake
  • U13 Tier 3 – Irma
  • U13 Tier 4 – Grande Cache
  • U13 Female Tier 1 – Rimbey
  • U13 Female Tier 2 – 3C’s

Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) and Alberta Elite Hockey League games are available on FloHockey.

Tournament action will continue through March 28-31 and April 3-7. Schedules for each division are available on the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships page.

HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIALS PAGE >


The 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships are Powered by ATB. ATB is sharing the top tips for players, teams and families to take to the ice without breaking the bank. Tap into their Good Advice for all things financial well-being, including how to teach your kids about money at every age.

Plus the ultimate savings, a chance to win the Possibility Pot. That’s $2,500 for yourself, and $2,500 for you to direct to a charity of your choice.

Enter to win >

Good luck to all the teams taking the ice this weekend and next!


TBS is Hockey Alberta’s preferred apparel provider for the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, powered by ATB. A number of merchandise items are available to purchase with options to customize items (for example "Champions 2024). Any questions regarding merchandise can be directed to Kara Spady ([email protected]) at Hockey Alberta.

Shop Here >

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2024 World Para Hockey Championship schedule announced

CALGARY – With less than two months until puck drop, Hockey Canada has announced the schedule for the 2024 World Para Hockey Championship, May 4-12 at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

“Hosting the World Para Hockey Championship in Alberta for the first time will be a significant moment for our organization and para hockey in Canada,” said Dean McIntosh, senior vice-president of revenue, fan experience and community impact. “We cannot wait to welcome each of the competing nations to Calgary this spring, and to drop the puck on what will be an incredible tournament at one of the top facilities in the country.”

Canada will be joined by Czechia, Italy and Japan in Group B, while Group A will include China, Korea, Slovakia and the United States. The two group winners will advance to the semifinals, while the second- and third-place teams cross over in the quarterfinals.

The preliminary-round schedule begins with a matchup between Slovakia and the United States at 10 a.m. MT on May 4, before Canada opens its tournament at 5 p.m. MT against Japan. The gold medal game is scheduled for May 12 at 5:30 p.m. MT.

The full tournament schedule can be found here.

Tickets for the 2024 World Para Hockey Championship will be on sale Thursday, March 21 at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, with full-event packages starting at $99. Medal-round packages begin at $75, single-game tickets start at under $15 and group tickets are available for under $12.

Hockey Canada is seeking volunteers to support the 2024 World Para Hockey Championship. Those interested in supporting the tournament as a volunteer can sign up here.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Para Hockey Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca.

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ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME CALLS THE CLASS OF 2024

RED DEER – Six individuals and a Memorial Cup championship team are being called to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF) as the Class of 2024.

The members of this year’s class are:

  • BILLY DEA – 19-year pro hockey career, along with several years coaching in the NHL. He had two playing stints in the NHL, sandwiched around nine years in the American Hockey League with the Buffalo Bisons, where he set a longevity record by playing 596 straight games. He is a member of the AHL Hall of Fame.
  • JAROME IGINLA – 20 seasons in the National Hockey League, including 16 with the Calgary Flames. He is the all-time leader for the Calgary Flames in games played (1,219), goals (525) and points (1,095). He is also a multi-time gold medalist with Team Canada, a two-time Memorial Cup champion, and an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • DAVE KING – Coach and mentor for over 40 years and one of hockey’s finest tacticians and teachers of the game. He has coached at every level of hockey around the world, including major junior, Canadian university, Canada’s national team, the National Hockey League, and European and Russian pro leagues. He is a two-time medalist at the Winter Olympics.
  • KELLY KISIO – 761 games in the National Hockey League and captain of the New York Rangers for more than three years. He helped turn the Calgary Hitmen into one of the most successful franchises in the Western Hockey League (including two WHL championships), as coach and general manager. Currently a scout with the Vegas Golden Knights, 2023 Stanley Cup champions.
  • CRAIG MACTAVISH – Four-time Stanley Cup champion during a 17-year playing career in the National Hockey League. Craig also served as an executive, coach and assistant coach in the NHL, coached Team Canada internationally, and coached internationally n Russia and Switzerland. Craig was the last NHL player not to wear a helmet during games.
  • SHANNON SZABADOS – Trailblazer for female hockey players, one of Canada’s top goaltenders, and the IIHF’s Goaltender of the Decade (2010-20). She is the only goaltender in women’s hockey history to backstop her nation to two gold medals at the Winter Olympics; the first and only female to record a shutout in men’s pro hockey; and the first female to play in the WHL and the Southern Professional Hockey League.
  • RED DEER REBELS, 2000-01 – The 2001 Memorial Cup champions, defeating Val-d’Or in a come-from-behind overtime victory in Regina. The Rebels had a dominating season, leading the Canadian Hockey League with a 54-12-3-3 regular season. They advanced to the Memorial Cup by defeating Lethbridge, Calgary, Swift Current and Portland in the WHL playoffs.

Hockey Alberta hosted the announcement on Tuesday morning at the Gary W. Harris Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic. It was also announced that the AHHF Induction Gala is returning to Red Deer and is being hosted at the Gary W. Harris Centre on Saturday, July 20. Tickets for the AHHF Induction Gala are available to purchase here.

For more information on the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, check the AHHF website: ahhf.ca.

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Arctic Winter Games Recap – Alberta North strikes Gold

Team Alberta North was all smiles at the Arctic Winter Games in Alaska as the Junior Female and U15 Male teams both won the gold ulu in their respective hockey events.


Junior Female

The Junior Female championship final featured the host Alaska team looking to avenge an earlier loss in round-robin to Alberta North. The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation time before Kaitlyn Senkoe emerged as the overtime hero in a 2-1 victory. Reagan Lynch scored for Alberta North in regulation time, as Alberta North successfully defended the gold ulu won last year in Fort McMurray.

The Junior Female team had no issues in the round robin, finishing the four-game stretch with a goal differential of +14. In game one, Alberta North defeated Nunavut, 7-1, with Reagan Lynch (3), Ashtyn May, Brielle Hedges and Victoria Willsey scoring in the win. The next matchup against Northwest Territories was a tougher battle, as the game remained scoreless until late in the third period, when Mckenna Bowers scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win. In the third game, Shea Line recorded a 16-save shutout in a 3-0 win against Alaska. Willsey (2) and Carolyn Head found the back of the net in the victory. Alberta North closed out the round robin with a convincing 5-1 win against Yukon. Head, Willsey, Hedges, Sayj Peters and Riley Bourque scored in the win.

The semi-finals were a rematch of the final round robin game with Yukon. This time, the game was much more tightly contested as Alberta North booked their ticket to the championship final with a 2-1 win. Hedges and Anna Jeffs scored in the win.


U15 Male

The U15 Male championship final pitted Alberta North against Yukon. In round-robin action, Alberta North secured an 8-3 victory. In the championship, the final score was closer, with Alberta North claiming the gold ulu, 4-1. Goals were scored by Kayton Reinders (2), Lucas Anderson and Brant Moodie.

The U15 Male team finished with a 3-1 record in the round robin. Alberta North opened their round robin with a 7-3 win over Nunavut. Cole Longphee (2), Moodie, Riley Drake, Ryan Sieker, Reinders and Ryder Remillard all found the back of the net in the victory. Their second game had just as much offensive firepower, winning 8-3 against Yukon. Sieker (2), Reinders, Anderson (2), Ryder Flynn (2) and Moodie scored for Alberta North. The third game was a harder battle, as the team pulled out a 2-1 win over Northwest Territories. Anderson and Sieker scored the goals in the win. Alberta North dropped their final round robin game against Alaska, 6-5. Reinders (4) and Sieker scored in the loss.

The team finished first in round robin and met Northwest Territories in the semi-finals. Bracken Larocque earned the shutout in a 6-0 win to earn a berth in the championship final. Reinders (2), Anderson (2), Moodie and Sieker provided the offence.

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Hockey Alberta introducing the Player Pledge during Provincial Championships

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the Player Pledge – a significant strategic initiative to help achieve the organization’s objective to nurture a positive hockey culture.

Nurturing a positive hockey culture is one of four Objectives undertaken by Hockey Alberta to provide new and improved opportunities for all participants.

Therefore it is only appropriate that the Player Pledge is being introduced during the most exciting time of year for amateur hockey across the province – the 2024 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB.

The Player Pledge encourages participants – on and off the ice – to play and act with respect and to be inclusive. The Player Pledge reads:

I recognize that inclusive and respectful hockey starts with me. I pledge to:

  • Be AWARE of the language I use and how it impacts others.

  • ACKNOWLEDGE everyone’s differences regardless of the jersey they are wearing.

  • COMPETE HARD while leading positive and RESPECTFUL interactions with others.

  • Be an ALLY by contributing to safe spaces where everyone feels welcome.

“Hockey culture and how we change to make this game inclusive for anyone who wants to play this sport is essential,” said Len Samletzki, Chair of Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors. “We’ve talked about this for a number of years, and it gives us an opportunity to be inclusive and to be part of something that brings us forward. We have a great sport and we’re excited about being at the start of this in Alberta and doing it with all the players that we get an opportunity to work with.”

In September, Hockey Alberta released its statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) where Hockey Alberta committed to removing all forms of discrimination and maltreatment from the sport of hockey.

HOCKEY ALBERTA’S EDI STATEMENT >

The Player Pledge is a key undertaking where Hockey Alberta is asking teams competing in Provincial Championships to be part of the commitment to nurture a positive hockey culture. Teams are requested to participate in a team building activity ahead of the tournament that includes watching a short video followed by the coach leading a conversation about respect, inclusion and what it means to be an ally.

The final step is a request for players to take the Player Pledge, as well as a team commitment on what the team will do throughout the tournament to help nurture a positive hockey culture. To acknowledge the Player Pledge and commitment, each team participating in Provincials receives a dressing room door magnet that includes space to share their commitment to action throughout the tournament.

“We are really excited to have the Player Pledge as part of our Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships,” said Rob Litwinski, President and CEO of Hockey Alberta. “We all have a huge responsibility in the game to ensure we continue to enhance and nurture a positive hockey culture. That includes respectful behaviour and actions on the ice, in the dressing room, in hotel rooms and it’s also going to lead to inclusive behaviour and language as well.”

Participation is not mandatory; however, teams who take the Player Pledge can enter to win $500 towards their year-end party.

In addition, Player Pledge pop-up banners will be visible in Provincial Championship arenas around the province.

Everyone attending a Provincial Championship event is encouraged to get involved on social media: take a photo with the Player Pledge, share it on social media, tag Hockey Alberta and use the hashtag, #ItStartsWithMe.

Team Alberta

Thompson enjoying Arctic Winter Games experience

Red Deer – Peace River’s Théa Thompson is competing in her second consecutive Arctic Winter Games taking place this week in Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Mat-Su), Alaska.

The 18-year-old is a key member of Alberta North’s defence group this year and has helped her team to a 3-0 record in group play with wins over Nunavut (7-1), Northwest Territories (1-0), and Alaska (3-0). They wrap up the round robin portion of the tournament tonight (March 13) against Yukon. Semifinal games begin on March 14 and the Games wrap up on March 15 with the Junior Female bronze and gold medal games.

TEAM ALBERTA NORTH JUNIOR FEMALE ROSTER >

Prior to the tournament kicking off, Thompson was selected to be Team Alberta North’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies.

“It was a very great honour,” Thompson said. “I was thrilled to be selected as Team Alberta North’s flag bearer as I had the opportunity to not only represent my province but my sport as well.”

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Games are a celebration of athletic competition, culture, friendship, and cooperation between north contingents. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

“It is a really great honour to be able to compete in this tournament,” Thompson said. “It’s truly the best feeling in the world to put on that Hockey Alberta jersey and have the chance to represent our province in an international tournament. It is a great privilege. The group of girls we have this year is awesome and the built-in chemistry some of us have from last year can be a positive impact as we move through the competition.”

Thompson knows what it takes to win as she was part of the group that brought home the golden ulu in last year’s event.

“Winning the golden ulu last year was an incredible feeling, especially winning on home soil … it meant a lot to my teammates and I,” Thompson said. “I know we have a bit of pressure on us to compete the way we did last year and come home with that medal for a second year in a row. I know that if we play to the best of our abilities, we can put ourselves in a good position to win gold for a second consecutive year.”

Team Alberta North games can be livestreamed on HomeTeam Live. The team’s remaining schedule can be found below:

March 13

Alberta North vs Yukon

6:45 P.M. MT

March 14

Semifinals

TBD

March 15

Bronze Medal Game

10:00 A.M. MT

March 15

Gold Medal Game

4:30 P.M. MT

SCHEDULE AND RESULTS >

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AEHL U17 AAA Post-Season Preview

RED DEER – After 680 regular season contests, the AEHL U17 AAA division is set to drop the puck on the 2024 playoffs.

Sixteen of the league’s 20 teams are looking to be crowned league champions when the first set of games begin on Wednesday, March 13. The South East (SEAC) Tigers travel to Okotoks to face the Oilers and the Red Deer North Star Chiefs and Calgary Flames (NWCAA) do battle in Game 1 of their series at Winsport in Calgary.

The Flames were the league’s best team, posting a record of 33-3-1, good for 61 points. Calgary has gone 8-1-0-1 in its last 10 games and are looking to continue their dominance from the regular season where they posted a +95-goal differential. Knights of Columbus (KC) Centennials were the North Division leaders, posting 22 wins and 50 points. They were closely trailed by the LJAC Techmation Oil Kings and St. Albert Raiders Flyers who finished two and three points back respectively.

FINAL STANDINGS >


Dylan Westmann of the MLAC Beverly Optimist Leafs (65 points), LJAC Techmation Oil Kings Ordell Saddleback Jr. (57 points) and Mason Lowther (55 points) finished one, two and three in total points. Westmann led the league with 34 goals in 33 games. The Calgary Flames goaltending duo put on a clinic this season with Matthew Macfie and Sergio Davidson finishing one-two in wins with 17 and 13. Davidson also had the league’s best goals-against-average at 1.59 while Jaxson Hosegood of the Airdrie Cannex Avalanche finished with the best save percentage at .938. Archer Cooke of the Calgary Royals finished with four shutouts.


All series are best-of-three. Matchups are as follows:

North Division Quarterfinals

Knights of Columbus (KC) Centennials vs Parkland (PAC) Saints

LJAC Techmation Oil Kings vs South Side (SSAC) United Cycle Bulldogs

St. Albert Raiders Flyers vs MLAC Beverly Optimist Leafs

Sherwood Park Squires vs Canadian (CAC) Gregg Distribution


South Division Quarterfinals

Calgary Flames (NWCAA) vs Red Deer North Star Chiefs

Airdrie Cannex Avalanche vs Calgary Bulls (CBHA)

Calgary Northstars vs Calgary Royals

Okotoks Oilers vs South East (SEAC) Tigers


For complete schedules and links to the FloHockey broadcasts, check out the Playoffs tab on the U17 AAA website.

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Team Alberta

Ryder Flynn and Team Alberta North U15 Male roster excited for Arctic Winter Games experience

RED DEER – When the roster for the Team Alberta North U15 Male squad was announced in late November, there might not have been a person more excited to see his name on the roster than Peace River’s Ryder Flynn.

“I was super excited,” Flynn said who played his minor hockey season with the Peace River Sabres. “I worked hard all summer because my biggest goal for the year was to make this team. I was also excited to see that some of my teammates on the Sabres had made this team too.”

TEAM ALBERTA NORTH U15 ROSTER >

Flynn and his Alberta North teammates travel to Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Mat-Su), Alaska for the 2024 Alberta Winter Games which begin tomorrow (March 10) and conclude on March 16. The U15 gold medal game is scheduled for March 15. The team is made up of two goaltenders, six defence and nine forwards, all of whom must reside north of the 55th parallel in order to be eligible for the tournament.

The Arctic Winter Games are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Games are a celebration of athletic competition, culture, friendship, and cooperation between north contingents. Teams that regularly participate in ice hockey include Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

“I’m mostly excited but a little bit nervous as well. I know it’ll be a great experience up there but it’s also something entirely different from what I’m used to. However, I’m sure I’ll have a lot of fun,” Flynn said of his feelings heading into the tournament. “You need to figure out how to play together very quickly to have success in Arctics. However, I don’t think my team will have much of a problem with that after all the preparation we’ve done.”

Team Alberta North U15 Male begin their tournament with two games on March 11 against Nunavut and Yukon, and will finish up the round robin with games against Northwest Territories and Alaska on March 12 and 13. Semi-final games feature first place vs fourth place and second place vs third place.

Like most of his teammates, Flynn has never made a trip to Alaska. The young forward is eager to get to start the Games to experience a new culture.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll have some amazing experiences that I’ll always remember. I’m excited to see all the different things that come with visiting Alaska.”

And while taking in the sights and sounds of the Arctic Winter Games is part of the experience, Flynn said he and his teammates are focused on avenging last year’s gold medal loss.

“It’s really motivated us to be better and win gold. We want to show that we have the team to win it all and not fall short like last year. We want to show how much we’ve improved,” Flynn said. “Not only that but it would mean a lot to the team as well as the province. It shows we can compete and that can improve from previous years.”

Team Alberta North games can be livestreamed on HomeTeam Live. The team’s full schedule can be found below:

March 11

Alberta North vs Nunavut

12:45 P.M. MT

March 11

Alberta North vs Yukon

9:00 P.M. MT

March 12

Alberta North vs Northwest Territories

12:45 P.M. MT

March 13

Alberta North vs Alaska

10:00 A.M. MT

March 14

Semifinals

TBD

March 15

Bronze Medal Game

1:15 P.M. MT

March 15

Gold Medal Game

7:45 P.M. MT

SCHEDULE AND RESULTS >

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AFHL U18 AAA Post-Season Preview

RED DEER – Four Alberta Female Hockey League U18AAA teams are competing in two Provincial Qualifier series, with playoffs getting underway this weekend.

The first series between the Calgary Fire and Rocky Mountain Raiders begins on this afternoon, and continues tomorrow (March 9 and 10) while the St. Albert Raiders Slash and Lloydminster PWM Steelers meet on March 15 and 16. The winners of each series book their ticket to the Provincial tournament.

The top two teams in the league have already qualified for Provincials. The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs won 24 of 30 games to finish in first place with 72 points. Red Deer is this year’s Provincial host, meaning that second place Edmonton Jr. Oilers White have also qualified for the year end tournament with 21 wins and 64 points. Both the Chiefs and Oilers White won eight consecutive games to close out the regular season.

FINAL STANDINGS >


Lyvia Butz of Red Deer had a dominant season, scoring at over a point-per-game clip with 45 points in 30 games, while also leading the league in goals with 23, four more than teammate Chloe Goofers. There was a two-way tie for most goalie wins this season with Edmonton’s Mackenzie Gould-Sharpe and Red Deer’s Olivia Davidson both registering 12 victories. Edmonton’s Ella Dunham-Fox was the league leader in both goals-against-average (1.14) and save percentage (.944).


Both series are best-of-three. Matchups are as follows:

Provincial Qualifier Series A

Calgary Fire vs Rocky Mountain Raiders


Provincial Qualifier Series B

St. Albert Raiders Slash vs Lloydminster PWM Steelers


For complete schedules and links to the FloHockey broadcasts, check out the Playoffs tab on the U18 AAA website.

PLAYOFFS >

Home Ice Feature

International Women’s Day

RED DEER – March 8 is International Women’s Day and Hockey Alberta is taking the time to celebrate and recognize our female staff and volunteers who dedicate their time to make 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 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.

To honour, celebrate and recognize the women across the province involved with Hockey Alberta, we wanted to highlight our staff and volunteers.


Hockey Alberta Staff

Darcy Smith

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Four years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Manager, Hockey Alberta Foundation & Recruitment.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
Volunteer - Director of Operations for Alberta Cup & Prospects Cup

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Fell in love with the game growing up in the rinks with my Dad and brothers involved in the sport and then spent many volunteer hours as a "Hockey Mom" managing my boys teams. I love to give back to our communities and see the spirit of hockey alive and well. This is so much more than a game -it is a way of life, that continues to give back!

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I am a true advocate of women in sports! Love that we are making our game more accessible to those who want to play. We are providing opportunities not only on the ice but by growing strong future leaders within our communities. The future is bright for women in sports!

Morgen Kidney

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Two years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Coordinator, Minor Leagues.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Hockey is the sport I grew up playing and loving, and it brought me to many different places in life as a player. The only part of Canada it didn’t bring me to was out west, so when the opportunity to get back into the sport I loved (this time as a professional) came up... I had to apply!

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I’ve been lucky to have worked only in sport organizations where being a woman is just that... nothing to do with the job, just your personal identification. However, I feel like I have something to prove in succeeding within my career. I’m not sure if it’s the factor of being a woman, or just being in such a sought-after employment of sports management.

Cassie Campbell

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
One year.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Coordinator, Grassroots Growth & Retention.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
I got involved with Hockey Alberta because of the impact of this role specifically. I am passionate about reducing barriers to participation and creating opportunities for hockey to meet people where they are.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Being a woman in sport means opportunities for myself, for my family and for other women in sports. My involvement through different roles in sports has given me so many new and positive experiences, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and a community that is far reaching and tightly knit, where you can always find support.

Carlia Schwab

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Two months.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Manager, EDI & Safe Sport.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
It has always been a passion of mine to work within the sports world, and specifically within Hockey. From a young age I spent a large portion of my time in rinks and around Hockey. Having never gotten to play the sport myself I always thought a career within hockey out of my reach. It wasn’t until my position was created that I found this long held career dream was within reach. I appreciate being given the opportunity to bring my work knowledge and expertise into the Hockey world.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Growing up around hockey was exciting however, it had never crossed my mind that hockey could be a thing for me, that I could play. Being a woman in sports today means that young girls can have a voice and an advocate, something I wish there could have been for me. For those girls who grow up in rinks and around hockey, they can now be presented with new, inclusive and competitive opportunities to play. Having never had the opportunity to play hockey being a women in sport now allows me to use my voice to influence change, to help create safe spaces for girls and women and help to progress hockey into a place with more inclusive options for females.

Ellery Platts

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
One year.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Coordinator, Social Media.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Working for Hockey Alberta allows me to combine all my passions into one space. My love for sports, meeting and working with new people, photography, and seeing new places. Hockey Alberta allows me to expand my abilities and grow within an industry I love.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
It means innovating and bringing a new voice into a set space. It means helping create a path for those who come after me. Being a woman working in sports is demonstrating to young girls that boundaries only exist in our minds. There’s always a way to turn what you love into a career.

Sam Maupin

please-add-head-shot-yourself-feature_0_240307090252_1How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
I have over 15 years experience with various roles in club teams, MHAs and Hockey Alberta commitee roles but have recently become employed with Hockey Alberta.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Manager of Member Services.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
I am also the outgoing President of the North Central Hockey League, as well as the Lead Registrar of the Blindman Valley Minor Hockey Association. I am also wrapping up my time as a member of the Hockey Alberta Minor Admin Committee.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
For me the progression was natural. I became involved with Hockey Alberta as a result of being involved with the sport at local levels. I became involved at the local level from a pure love of the game and a desire to contribute to its success and longevity locally. A important factor here was the ask. A group asked me to get involved and contribute to their team. I believe this is an Important factor in getting girls and women involved in sport. Reach out and ask them to join your organization. Managing the sport from an off ice perspective necessitated positive relationships with Hockey Alberta. That knowledge, experience and relationship has manifested into many other opportunities the most recent being my role as the Manager of Member Services.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I enjoy being a woman in sport. While hockey has made great progress in diversity and inclusion I value my ability to show young girls and other women that there is space for them in hockey. On or off the ice.

Kara Spady

please-add-head-shot-yourself-feature_0_240306060314How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Two and a half years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Marketing and Promotions Manager.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
My story isn’t much different than most who grew up playing in small-town, Alberta. Being one of only three girls in our era who played organized hockey, I learned all the great and hard life-skills and lessons that the sport has to offer. I fell in love with the game on the dugout and I still love the game most when I’m playing with my friends and family. Hockey continues to teach me a lot and working in it has given me once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. My role at Hockey Alberta allows me to stay close to the game, share my passion for the sport and support initiatives that help people experience the great game with their friends and family.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Growing up, I was surrounded by strong women of all ages, who broke glass ceilings and held space in sport. Because of them, I never believed I couldn’t do something because I was a girl and have never felt like I had a "timer" on my life in sports. All girls should have role models like that. Whether you know it or not, when you’re a woman in sports, someone is always watching, learning and being shown that a life in sport does exist.

Michelle Skilnick

please-add-head-shot-yourself-feature_0_240306050229How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
17 and a half years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Manager, Events & Community Engagement.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Started as an admin assistant in 2006 as I was looking for a change in employment and wanted not just a job, but something that I enjoyed and was passionate about.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I’m very thankful and fortunate to be able to work in sports.

Kendall Newell

Kendall_NewellHow many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Eight years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Senior Manager, Competition.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
I’ve had a lot of great opportunities and experiences due to my participation in the sport of hockey. Working at Hockey Alberta has allowed me to be part of an organization that not only helps teach the values and create positive opportunities on the ice, but also help guide our youth towards gaining important life skills and help develop them into contributing members of society.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?:

It has been incredible to watch the growth of female sports. More women and young girls are playing hockey, we’re seeing a greater diversity of female coaches and officials at all levels and there are more women being incorporated into leadership positions across the province. I believe that we are going to see more growth and diversity within our sport, which is extremely positive.

Danielle Wheeler

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Two years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Manager, Female Development.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
I changed jobs from my career in accounting for 12 years to work at Hockey Alberta. The opportunity came at the perfect time. As the saying goes "find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life". I love the game and am very fortunate to be able to work within the sport I love and the sport that helped mold me.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?:
I feel as though being a woman in sport shows other females, no matter what their age, there are no limits to what females can achieve.

Holly McDavid

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Nine years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Coordinator, Member Services.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Being involved in multiple sports growing up I knew I wanted to study and work in the field. Working at Hockey Alberta allows me to be immersed in sport on a daily basis.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Embracing opportunities to make an impactful difference on the lives of young athletes and to encourage representation at all levels of sport.


Hockey Alberta Board of Directors

Kirstan Jewell

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Two and a half years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Director at Large.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Primarily as a way to give back to sport that has been so valuable to my family over the years. I care about every player in every arena. As I engaged more, it has also become very much about learning, listening and helping to shape hockey culture for future generations.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
It means continuing to make a difference every day, until no one actually needs to ask that question. Until then, it means bringing a voice for diversity and change, and it means bringing empathy to decisions and experiences.

Karen Lee

please-add-head-shot-yourself-feature_0_240307040055_2 How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Two years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Board of Director.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
Member of the Hockey Alberta Audit & Risk Committee.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Like many Canadians, I grew up watching hockey with my family. My earliest memory of hockey was as a six-year-old, going to a Montreal Canadoens game at the Montreal Forum with my late father. Shortly after my family immigrated to Canada, one of my brothers started playing hockey. My brother has three sons and they all play hockey or are referees. One of my nephews played hockey in a few Canadian provinces, in Junior B and then Junior A. He also played internationally in the KHL for a year. When my nephews were playing hockey, I always noticed that their hockey teams not only emphasized teamwork, but they also instilled in the children, a strong sense of community as part of the game. This is an exciting time of change for all sports, especially for women in sports. I was impressed with Hockey Alberta’s progress in achieving diversity, equity and inclusion. I joined the board of Hockey Alberta because I wanted to apply my professional experience and diverse perspectives & experiences in order to support Hockey Alberta in creating positive opportunities and experiences for all players through innovative leadership and exceptional service.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
As a female growing up in a traditional Asian immigrant household, my parents worked multiple jobs and were unable to take me to and from activities, outside of going to school. I did not have the opportunity to participate in sports as a child because it was not seen as a priority for a girl, which was not always the case for my older brothers. As an adult, I became keenly aware of the impact of missing out on participating in sports as a child and how it has affected my life. I believe in the power of sport to develop social, life, leadership, team and community building skills. Since I did not have opportunities for sports outside of school as a child, my sport journey began as an adult. I served as a volunteer ’blue jacket’ with the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. I am a Jury Member & Official for the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF). As a Hockey Alberta board member and member of the Audit & Risk Committee, I support and advance Hockey Alberta’s vision, mission and values. I believe it’s important to give all children the opportunity to participate in sports. I would like women to know that even though they may not have had the opportunity to participate in sports in their youth, women can still participate and make a meaningful contribution in!


Hockey Alberta Foundation Board of Directors

Lisa Vlooswyk

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Four years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Board Member on the Hockey Alberta Foundation Board.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
My son has been playing hockey since he was a Timbit! It has brought him such great joy and we have wonderful family memories of all of his time at the rink. He was recently drafted in the first round to a WHL team and looks forward to playing there full-time next year. Although I am not a proficient skater, I see how much happiness it has brought our son, and I want to make sure that every child in Alberta who would like to learn the game can have that opportunity. Our Foundation’s motto: Every Kid Every Community, is why I volunteer.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I competed at a National level in gymnastics, competed for the University of Calgary on their varsity Track and Field team, and am an eight-time Canadian Long Drive Champion in golf. My top finish at the World Long Drive Championships is second place. I believe that sport has taught me about dedication, commitment, hard work, competition, and sportsmanship and has given me the confidence and character that I have brought into every aspect of my life. Sport has been a gift in my life and I believe that all girls should be involved in sport at a young age for this reason. I am proud that my son from a young age has always seen women as athletes because his mom was an athlete.


Minor Discipline Committee

Sharlene Cook

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
10 years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Minor Discipline, RSC Edmonton.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Hockey Edmonton needed a smart, hard working, rule understanding person to fill the role of Discipline and take the role on with Hockey Alberta.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
We as woman are trailblazers and I firmly believe we can see the potential in the game for not only woman, but all who want to play the game. I believe we see things differently than our male counterparts and bring a different perspective to the game. We are fierce in our dedication to the game and our roles within the game we all love.


Elite Female hockey

Lise Côté

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Eight years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Chair of the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
My kids were nearing the end of their hockey journey, but I wasn’t quite ready to bid farewell to the rink. Had it not been for my close friend’s recommendation, I likely wouldn’t be here. Having served as both a team manager and president of the association, I felt it was time to join a different committee.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Being a woman in sports encompasses facing unique challenges, breaking barriers and advocating for equality. Witnessing the evolution of girls hockey over the years has been gratifying, and knowing that I might have played a tiny part in that progress is rewarding.

Jody Forbes

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Over 10 years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Vice Chair for Elite Female Committee.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
I had sat on numerous Hockey Alberta committees and task groups during my time with Hockey Calgary and Girls Hockey Calgary, so when I moved on from those organizations it was natural for me to take a role with Hockey Alberta’s Elite Female Committee.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I am extremely passionate about female sport and the benefit to all women and girls from being involved in sport. Growing up as a female in competitive sport and it taught me about commitment, dedication, leadership, and gave me confidence. I want to be able to give that back to our next generation of girls so they can experience the same benefits. The retention rates for girls in sport is appalling and I want to be able to positively impact those sporting experiences so we can continue to grow female hockey and keep girls on the ice.


Life Member

Annie Orton

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Since 1998.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Life Member.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
I wanted to make the game better for all players.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I’m proud of the impact women have had on hockey. As administrators coaches officials and players.


Officials

Kelsey Hagan

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Nine years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Official.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
On the executive board for Central Region - Female Coaching & Mentorship.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
I was initially involved in officiating in Ontario and then I moved to Calgary and joined Hockey Alberta. In my first few years of officiating, I had many mentors who coached and helped develop me as an official. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. When I moved to Alberta, I wanted to be more involved in mentorship so I could give back. I started by running our Female Development Mini-Clinic once a year, and now I have been on the executive pushing for development opportunities for our female officials for three years. My goal is to help up-and-coming female officials the same way my mentors helped me.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
To be a woman in sports is to be part of a community of women who are proud of who we are and how far we have come. It can be hard sometimes, especially in a [hockey] world that has been mostly male-dominated for a long time, but together, we can do amazing things. I believe it’s important to empower, challenge, and encourage each other so we can continue to push the limits, make a difference, and see how far we can go.

Brenda Honish

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
46 years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Official and the Female Director on the Central Region Board.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
Director with the Okotoks Referee Association Liaison for the Okotoks Referee Association with the Okotoks Minor Hockey Association.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Played hockey and wanted to learn the rules, then got hooked on officiating. Joined Referee Boards to give back to my referee association. Also an assignor for Okotoks for the past 30 years.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
When I started there were not many females that played hockey, let alone referee. My parents raised me to know I could do anything boys did and with three brothers, I had to do whatever they did. I basically thought that doing whatever boys did was normal for girls, hockey was a big part of our lives. When I’d officiate some people thought it was great to see a female and some told me to go back into the kitchen. That comment made me more determined to do the best I could and get more females involved. While skating female hockey, I was constantly recruiting females and in Okotoks, we went from just me to 17 females one season. I would mentor each of them personally and encourage them to reach for the stars. Finally there are more opportunities for female officials, it’s so exciting. I had the opportunity to skate the 2000 Alberta Winter Games, Senior A Women’s Provincials and the female division in the Mac’s Tournament. I thoroughly enjoy working with the young officials and volunteering on the various boards. It’s all about the people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made, that keep me coming back year after year, on and off the ice!

Karen Kane

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Since the 1990’s.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Volunteer: Registrar for Central Region Referees.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
Not currently. Over the years have been a goalie, on-ice official and administrator. In early 1990s was President of SAWHA (Southern Alberta Women’s Hockey Association). In the late 1990s was Senior Rep on Female Council. Was a referee instructor for Central Region (Central Zone) from 2000-2018. Have been the Central Region Registrar for a number of years now.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
It just naturally happened because of the importance the game of hockey has had in my life. Current role is a way to hang around and give back now that I am no longer an active skater.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?:
Never really thought much about that question. Hockey is for everyone and I’ve been fortunate enough to have lived that for over four decades now, first in Montreal and then in Alberta.


Minor Female Committee

Julie Feragen

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
I’m in my eighth season.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Minor Female Chair.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
I love the sport. As a kid, I never played but grew up in a hockey house. As a parent I have two of three children played. I enjoy volunteering and this opportunity was offered to me and I felt it was a good fit. The many people throughout the years that I have met and worked with has meant a lot and some have become lifelong friendships. The people I directly associate with in Hockey Alberta are the some of the best and are always there when needed for support.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Women in sports help with the gender stereotyping that happens on all levels. Many female athletes are role models and it is a great way to show men and women can be equals. This year with the PWHL beginning is one of the greatest steps in hockey history.


Administration Committee

Amber Boman

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Two years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Northeast Hockey Alberta Administrator.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
Not necessarily with Hockey Alberta but within Hockey Alberta I do, I am the All Peace Hockey League U11 commissioner I believe for the last six years. I am also Smoky River Minor Hockey Association registrar for the last nine years, Native Hockey tournament registrar for about 17 years, Valleyview Jets senior men’s registrar for last two years. Prior to that I was the secretary and treasurer for about 23 years, and also the registrar for Valleyview minor hockey for about 10 years.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
The northwest administration asked me if I would be interested cause we’ve worked together as local registrar to Hockey Alberta administration for 16 years, and I wanted to broaden my hockey involvement.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I love being involved in sports and specially hockey and ball cause I have 4 children all who play or played. My three sons did hockey and my daughter did softball and my youngest son played AA baseball as well.

Seema King

please-add-head-shot-yourself-feature_0_240307104750_(1) How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Ten years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Minor Administration - North Central Region.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
I got involved with Hockey Alberta through Michelle Skilnick. She was with Member Services at that time and had reached out to me as a previous Registrar with my minor hockey association to see if I would be interested in a role with Hockey Alberta in Administration in my Zone.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I think it is important for women to be involved in a sport such as hockey. To be able to increase participation and grow the game, there needs to be voices from all different backgrounds, that includes females, which is one of the fastest growing demographics in minor hockey today.

Darcie Brady

please-add-head-shot-yourself-feature_0_240307033648_(1)How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
This is my first year in an official role with Hockey Alberta.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Central Alberta Admin.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
I am also a governor for one of the minor leagues.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Nine years ago my oldest son came to me with an interest to play hockey and in that nine years I made a progression from a hockey mom, to manager, MHA registrar, league governor and last summer when the opportunity presented itself to become an admin for Hockey Alberta it called to me to make the jump.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
When I started playing hockey as a minor, hockey was still very much about it being a ’boys’ sport and I was on an all female team that did not have a lot of other all female opponents local to us to play. I consider my role as a women in sport to be an honour, I feel that while it is more recognized that women can and should be involved in sports at all levels and aspects; that it is important that women like myself continue to pave the way for future women. It is really exciting to me while doing work in my volunteer roles within minor hockey to be able to see that female teams are more recognized than they once were and I hope that they continue to grow in popularity.

Diane Ziemmer

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How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Six years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Zone Administrator.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
To give back to the hockey community, to share knowledge that I had learned through grassroots rural hockey.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Empowerment and acceptance! Proving many wrong and constantly breaking down barriers.

Janet Fairless

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
16 years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Minor Administration Coordinator Northwest Region.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?
Minor Administration Coordinator Chair.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
My zone needed a registrar, since then it is to try and help rural areas have a voice.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
I have never really thought myself any different, I am a person in sport.


Member Liaison

Chantel Timmons

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Two years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
Member Liaison.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
Simply put, I love the game! I like to be involved, and when this volunteer position came up I jumped at the offer to become a part of Hockey Alberta’s team. I previously spent over 14 years serving on my local MHA board of directors, with 6 of those years being President. I enjoy working with the MHA Presidents, as well as being able to help teams, coaches and managers clarify or interpret bylaws, regulations, and policies all to reach the same end goal....keeping the kids in the game.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Hockey has long since been viewed as a male-dominated sport, both on and off the ice. So being a woman and able to become a part of the Hockey Alberta team has been awesome. I feel like I am seen as nothing less than an equal peer, an integral part of the team and have the same respect as anyone else does. At Hockey Alberta we are simply one team, there is no gender discrimination within and that is what creates success in our great sport of hockey.


League Scheduler

Traci Frost

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?
Three years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?
League Scheduler.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?
We are a big hockey family and I have always enjoyed doing what I can to be a part of the hockey community.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?
Seeing the growth in women’s sports phenomenal, and exciting. It gives these young girls and women something to aspire to and to be a part of.


Training and Medical

Paige Shannon

How many years have you spent with Hockey Alberta?:
Seven years.

What is your current role with Hockey Alberta?:
Head Athletic Therapist for Female Team Alberta program.

Do you have other roles with Hockey Alberta?:
Regional player safety liaison in Calgary and Mentor Therapist for Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.

Why did you get involved with Hockey Alberta?:
Originally I saw it as an opportunity to grow my career in hockey, network within the hockey world in Alberta. I continue to come back because as much as it’s still about growth and networking, I get to give back to my profession, meet incredible people, travel all over the country and watch the athletes grow into incredible young people.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in sports?:
Being a woman in sports for me has always been lonely. For a lot of my career, I was the only female on staff. Now, it’s become an empowering space where I can be exactly who I want to be while being surrounded by incredibly strong, talented and inspiring women. For me, it means fostering change from within, and helping to carve a path for the generation behind while continuing give thanks to the generation in front.

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AFHL U13 AA Post-Season Preview

RED DEER – Fourteen AFHL U13 teams are preparing for puck drop to kickstart the 2024 playoffs.

The first round begins on Friday, March 8 when all 14 teams take to the ice for game one in their respective series. Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will take place March 9 and 10.

All eyes will be on the undefeated, top-ranked Lloydminster Western Financial Steelers as they head into playoffs as the top seed in the North Division with a 24-0 record (48 points). The Steelers scored nearly eight goals per game (181 total) while posting a +131-goal differential as they only allowed 50 goals. St. Albert Raiders Bolts were second in the division and the overall league standings with 37 points and a +75-goal differential.

Calgary Fire Black were the first-place finishers in the South Division going 15-5 along with four ties. They were followed closely by Calgary Fire Red, one point back with 33. The Airdrie Lightning finished third with 32 points.


St. Albert Raiders Bolts had the two leading scorers this season as Whitney MacMillan and Norah Ludlow finished head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. MacMillan registered 68 goals and 106 points, good for 4.42 points per game while Ludlow finished the season with 75 points, 26 points ahead of the third leading scorer. Calgary Fire White’s Sawyer Gillings finished second in goals with 37. Sherwood Park Monarchs goaltender Maddox Mohr was the league leader in wins with 15 and Calgary Fire Black’s Peyton Lane had the best goals-against-average (1.63) and save percentage (.951), and was tied with Alexandra Seminuk of Calgary Fire Red with most shutouts at five.


All series are best-of-three. The first-round matchups are as follows:

North Division Quarterfinals:

Lloydminster Western Financial Steelers vs North Central Impact

St. Albert Raiders Bolts vs Lakeland Panthers

Norlan Ram PCFAC Storm vs Edmonton Ice White

Edmonton Ice Blue vs Camrose Wildcats


South Division Quarterfinals:

Calgary Fire Black vs Southern Express

Airdrie Lightning vs Rocky Mountain Raiders

Calgary Fire White vs Central Alberta Twins


For complete schedules and game updates, check out the Playoffs tab on the U13 AA website.

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AFHL U18 AA Post-Season Preview

RED DEER – Playoffs are here for the Alberta Female Hockey League’s U18 AA teams. Four teams earned first round byes with eight teams battling it out in the first round.

The first round begins on Thursday, March 7 with the Always Find a Reason to Smile PCFAC Storm and St. Albert Raiders Sharks. The remaining first round series kick off the following day.

The top two teams from each division get a bye to the second round and await the winners of the first round series. The North Central Impact and Edmonton Pandas were the North Division leaders, separated by 10 points. Edmonton finished with a record of 19-9-3 while North Central locked down first place by winning 21 of their 31 games with only four regulation losses.

Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs and Calgary Fire White led the pack in the South Division. Red Deer finished with 74 points in 31 games, including going 9-1 in their final 10 games. Calgary came in second with 22 wins and 67 points.

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Edmonton Pandas Lena Loomer led the U18 AA division with 23 goals and 41 points in 31 games, including five powerplay goals, three shorthanded goals and three game winning goals. Calgary Fire Red forward Eden Schellenberg finished the season as the league leader in points-per-game with 1.34. Goaltending leaders became a two-horse race with Red Deer’s Brylee Hull and North Central’s Ainsley Stauffer-Rolseth. Hull led the way with 16 wins and .933 save percentage, Stauffer-Rolseth had the best goals-against-average with 1.57. The duo tied for most shutouts with four each.


All series are best-of-three. The first-round matchups are as follows:

North Division Quarterfinals:

St. Albert Raiders Sharks vs Always Find a Reason to Smile PCFAC Storm

Sherwood Park Fury vs Lloydminster Musgrave Steelers


South Division Quarterfinals:

Calgary Fire Red vs Southern Express

Rocky Mountain Raiders vs Airdrie Lightning


For complete schedules and links to the FloHockey broadcasts, check out the Playoffs tab on the U18 AA website.  

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AEHL U15 AAA Post-Season Preview

RED DEER – Sixteen AEHL U15 AAA teams are vying for the chance to be crowned league champion.

The first round begins on Tuesday, March 5 when Parkland (PAC) Saints travel to Sherwood Park to take on the United Cycle Flyers. The remaining first round matchups start Wednesday and Thursday.

The top two seeds in the regular season were St. Albert Raiders Sabres and the Calgary Flames (NWCAA), who lost a combined six games in their respective 34-game seasons.

St. Albert recorded 31 wins, with a regulation loss, an overtime loss and a tie to round out their season (.941 win percentage). They scored nearly seven goals a game (237 total), allowed 66 goals, won 22 of their last 23 games for 64 points, 23 points ahead of Sherwood Park atop the North Division.

In the South Division, a pair of Calgary teams fought for top spot with the Flames edging out the Northstars by eight points. The Flames finished the season with 27 wins and a goal differential of +88. They also come into the playoffs winning seven of their past 10 games.

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St. Albert not only found themselves at the top of the standings, but the top of the statistical categories as well. Forward Ossie McIntyre posted the most points (104) and goals (55) this season. McIntyre averaged over three points a game, which includes seven game winning goals on the season. His 104 points were 38 points better than the league’s second leading scorer. Raiders Sabres goaltender Pacey Thomas finished first in wins (18), goals-against-average (1.69), and was tied for first in shutouts with four. Red Deer Rebels goaltender Grady Gardiner had the league’s best save percentage at .932.


All series are best-of-three. The first-round matchups are as follows:

North Division Quarterfinals:

St. Albert Raiders Sabres vs Lloydminster Lancers

Sherwood Park United Cycle Flyers vs Parkland (PAC) Saints

Golden Arrow GP Storm vs Knights of Columbus (KC) Squires

Fort Saskatchewan Enhance It Rangers vs South Side (SSAC) Southgate Lions


South Division Quarterfinals:

Calgary Flames (NWCAA) vs Calgary Royals

Calgary Northstars vs Calgary Bisons

Red Deer Rebels vs Okotoks Oilers

Airdrie Xtreme vs Lethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks


For complete schedules and links to the FloHockey broadcasts, check out the Playoffs tab on the U15 AAA website.

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