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Hockey Alberta 2017 Zone Playdown draws set

RED DEER - The road to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, has officially begun for hundreds of teams and thousands of players across the province as Zone Playdowns get underway.

The Zone Playdowns serve as the qualifying process for teams to earn the right to represent their zone at the Provincial Championships in March. In some Zones, teams are faced with the arduous task of having to play as many as four or five rounds of Playdown action by the end of February in the bid to earn their Zone crown. In cases where only one team declared an interest in competing at the Provincials, that team has earned a direct berth to the championships.

All Zone Playdowns are two-game, total-goal series. Playdown draw brackets, completion dates, and results can be viewed on the Hockey Alberta website. Results will be updated on a regular basis. Click here for Zone Playdown draws.

Provincial Championships begin as early as March 16, click here for a list of Provincial hosts and dates.

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Alberta well represented in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings

RED DEER – NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2017 NHL draft, with 24 Albertans on the list.

Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) is the highest-ranked Albertan, coming it at number 10. Jaret-Anderson Dolan (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) and Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL) also cracked the top 50, sitting at number 40 and 45, respectively.

A total of 19 Albertans made NHL Central Scouting’s list of top-ranked North American skaters, while three netminders are among the top 31 North American goaltenders, with Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders, WHL) leading the way as the second highest-ranked goaltender.

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

North American Skaters

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
10 Cale Makar Defenceman Brooks Bandits AJHL
40 Jaret Anderson-Dolan Center Spokane Chiefs WHL
45 Ian Mitchell Defenceman Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
58 Kyle Olson Right Wing Tri-City Americans WHL
63 Mason Shaw Center Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
70 Lane Zablocki Right Wing Red Deer Rebels WHL
87 Ryan Peckford Left Wing Victoria Royals WHL
110 Dylan Plouffe Defenceman Vancouver Giants WHL
120 Brayden Gorda Defenceman Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
129 Kale Howarth Left Wing Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL
130 Brett Leason Center Tri-City Americans WHL
134 Matthew Wedman Center Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
138 Tyler Steenbergen Center Swift Current Broncos WHL
141 Ethan Mcindoe Left Wing Spokane Chiefs WHL
152 Zackary Hayes Defenceman Prince Albert Raiders WHL
163 Josh Patterson Center Saskatoon Blades WHL
175 Brayden Burke Left Wing Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
177 Ryan Hughes Center Portland Winterhawks WHL
212 Brinson Pasichnuk Defenceman Arizona State ACHA
213 Jarrod Gourley Defenceman Spruce Grove Saints AJHL

North American Goalies

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

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

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ParticipACTION 150 Playlist – A celebration of hockey

CALGARY – Hockey Canada is inviting all Canadians to celebrate hockey on Saturday, January 28, in conjunction with ParticipACTION.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION created the ParticipACTION 150 Play List – the ultimate list of activities that define us as Canadians! The top 150 activities – across sport, recreation and the activities of daily life – have been selected by Canadians and highlighted throughout this initiative across the country to show how physical activity is part of what it means to be Canadian.

Saturday, January 28 has been set aside to celebrate #99 on the ParticipACTION 150 Play List - the sport of hockey. In collaboration with ParticipACTION, Hockey Canada invites all Canadians to celebrate hockey in all its forms and post their photos on social media; whether you enjoy pond hockey, sledge hockey, street hockey, mini-stick hockey, floorball – show Canada through social media by using the following hashtags: #150PlayList and #HockeyCanada.

In addition, during the week of January 23-29, Hockey Canada invites coaches and managers of Minor Hockey Teams across the country to participate in a voluntary ‘’Bring a Friend to the Rink’’ campaign for kids of Atom ages or younger. Teams with flexibility to run this initiative are supported by Hockey Canada, with the following minimum equipment mandatory: helmet and full-face mask, neck guard, gloves and skates.

Minor Hockey Teams interested in hosting a ‘’Bring a Friend to the Rink’’ event can obtain the necessary information, including a fun Hockey Canada / ParticpACTION 150 on-ice practice plan here.

Let’s all be active and participate in Canada’s national winter sport!

If you have any questions, please email tryhockey@hockeycanada.ca

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2018 Alberta Cup bid guideline and application package now available

RED DEER – The deadline to submit a bid application to host the 2018 Alberta Cup is February 1.

2018 Alberta Cup Bid Guidelines Package >

The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top bantam-aged players in Alberta. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, athletic trainers and officials to be evaluated for future positions within the Team Alberta Program.

The event has a positive economic impact on the host community, providing a great opportunity to generate revenue for local organizations while enhancing the profile of the host community.

For more information, please contact Danielle Kraichy, Manager, Marketing and Events.

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2017 Alberta Challenge Regional Camp registration now open

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2002 and 2003-born female athletes to take part in regional selection camps for the 2017 Alberta Challenge. Hockey Alberta is also pleased to announce the staff for each of the six teams competing in the Alberta Challenge.

The 2017 Alberta Challenge runs May 3-7 in Olds.

The North Regional Camp runs April 7-9 in Fort Saskatchewan, while the South Regional Camp runs April 14-16 in Olds (dates and locations subject to change).

Register for North Regional Camp > | Register for South Regional Camp >

Not sure of your region? Click here for the Alberta Challenge Boundaries.

Space at each Regional Camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a Regional Camp is Friday, March 17.

*Each camp has limited space for goaltenders.*


Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2017 Alberta Challenge. A Director of Operations, Coach Mentor, Head Coach, Two Assistant Coaches, and one Trainer were selected for each of the six regional teams.

2017 Team Staff >


About the Alberta Challenge

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

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years when the Alberta Winter Games are not held. The Alberta Challenge process begins in April, with players trying out at their respective regional camps. The province is divided into North and South regions, with three teams selected from each region. The six teams compete in the Alberta Challenge tournament in May.

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

Click here for more information on the 2017 Alberta Challenge.


For more information, contact Mathieu Provencher, Coordinator, Team Alberta Female.

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Piper Creek Optimist Club President Kevin Walsh (left) presented Hockey Alberta Foundation Executive Director Tim Leer with a cheque for $20,000 for the Every Kid Every Community program.


Piper Creek Optimists’ Battle of Alberta brings in $20,000 for EKEC

RED DEER – The Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser for the Every Kid Every Community program was a major success, with $20,000 going to the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The event was held Saturday, January 7 at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, with Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans gathering for a night of hockey, stories, and a chance to win tickets to see the Battle of Alberta in Edmonton on January 14, and in Calgary on January 21.

The night was hosted by Hockey Alberta Foundation Board Member and Afternoon Host on Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Rob Kerr. Special guests Curtis Glencross and Mike Moller were also in attendance, and treated the crowd to a story-telling hot stove, swapping their favourite Battle of Alberta stories.


From left: Mike Moller, Rob Kerr and Curtis Glencross

“We are very humbled by the support the Hockey Alberta Foundation received at the Battle of Alberta fundraiser, both from those in attendance, and all of the sponsors who stepped up for this event,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “The Piper Creek Optimist Club put on an excellent event in support of Every Kid Every Community, and we are truly thankful to be chosen as the beneficiary.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of this event” said Kevin Walsh, President of the Piper Creek Optimist Club. “We’re very proud to support the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community Program, knowing this money will go towards growing the game of hockey in Central Alberta, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.”

Rayna Becker came away with the grand prize of four tickets to see the Oilers and Flames play on January 14, with a tour of Rogers Place (both donated by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation), with a limo ride to the game from Red Deer and back, while Sam Dolan won the other grand prize of four tickets to see the Flames and Oilers play on January 21, with dinner on the club level of the Scotiabank Saddledome (both donated by the Calgary Flames Foundation), and a limo ride to the game from Red Deer and back.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, WestJet, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Calgary Hitmen, Red Deer Rebels, McCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, Longball Inc, Your Wedding Place, Sheraton-Red Deer, Famoso Red Deer, RYDE RD, Troubled Monk Brewery, Situation Brewing, Village Brewery, Boiling Oar Brewing Company, Alley Kat, Toolshed Brewing, Blindman Brewing, and The Dandy Brewing Company.

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2017 Alberta Cup Zone Camp registration now open

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2002-born male athletes to take part in zone selection camps for the 2017 Alberta Cup. Hockey Alberta is also pleased to announce the staff for each of the eight teams competing in the Alberta Cup.

The 2017 Alberta Cup runs April 26-30 in Canmore.

All seven zone camps will take place March 24-26 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary North and South - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Central - Blackfalds Multiplex
Edmonton - Leduc Recreation Centre
Northeast - Vegreville Recreation Centre
Northwest - Grant Fuhr/Stu Barnes Arena (Spruce Grove)
South - Family Recreation Centre (Strathmore)

Register >

Not sure of your zone? Click here for the Alberta Cup Zone Directory, or click here for the Alberta Cup Zone Boundaries.

Space at each Zone Camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a Zone Camp is Friday, March 3.

Each camp has limited space for goaltenders.


Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2017 Alberta Cup. A Director of Operations, Coach Mentor, Head Coach, two Assistant Coaches, and one Trainer were selected for each of the eight zone teams.

2017 Team Staff >


The Alberta Cup aids in the preparation, evaluation and identification of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with more than 700 players annually trying out for 160 spots (20 positions on each of the eight zone teams).

The Alberta Cup is a comprehensive and unique program, and an absolute grassroots program where every bantam-aged player, regardless of experience or community size, has the opportunity to try out for his Zone team.

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 and Canada Winter Games.

Click here for more information on the 2017 Alberta Cup.

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Fort McMurray Oil Barons

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches.

The Speaker Series features a game-day seminar session, with each session offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in action.

The Seminar will take place at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray. There are only 30 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $40 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta led by Coach Mentor Fran Gow
  • Pre- and post-game contributions from the coaches for both AJHL teams (Whitecourt Wolverines & Fort McMurray Oil Barons)
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Date: Thursday February 16, 2017 at Casman Centre.

Register >

For more information, please contact Mike Applegate, Consultant, Hockey Alberta Regional Centre Northwest.

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Strathmore, Red Deer to host inaugural AFHL All-Star Games

RED DEER - Red Deer and Strathmore are set host the inaugural Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) Midget and Bantam Elite All Star Games on January 14.

To promote the league and female hockey across the province, the events will be hosted in two separate locations; the Midget Elite All-Star game will be held in Red Deer at the Penhold Multiplex at 1:30 p.m., while the Bantam Elite All-Star game will be hosted in Strathmore at the Strathmore Family Centre at 1:45 p.m.

Midget Elite All-Star Rosters > | Bantam Elite All-Star Rosters >

In addition to the All Star games, the host Associations will be offering development clinics for female athletes within their communities.

AFHL Coaches nominated three players (two forwards and one defense) that best represent the values of their team to represent their programs in the inaugural AFHL All Star Game. Goaltenders were selected based on statistical ranking from the first half of the season (December 23 cut off).

The coaches were chosen to represent the North and the South from the first and second placed teams within each division at the Winter Break.

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Hockey Alberta’s Coach Development Speaker Nights return to Calgary and Edmonton

CALGARY/EDMONTON – Hockey Alberta is pleased to bring back the very popular Coach Development Speaker Nights to Calgary and Edmonton in January.

Calgary’s Speaker Night in on January 16 at Mount Royal University, with Edmonton’s Speaker Night on January 17 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre.

Hockey Alberta’s Coach Development Speaker Nights offer minor hockey coaches a unique opportunity to learn from some of the most successful coaches in the province.

Each seminar costs $20 (plus GST), and includes a delegate gift, snacks and beverages. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.


CALGARY:

Date: Monday, January 16
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Royal University – Ross Glen Hall (4825 Mt Royal Gate SW)

Presenters:

Dave Cameron – Q & A Session
Assistant Coach, Calgary Flames
Eight years coaching in the NHL, silver medal as the HC of Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Ken Babey – Game and Bench Management
Head Coach, Canada’s National Sledge Team
Nine ACAC Conference Championship appearances with the SAIT Trojans

Bert Gilling – Practicing With a Purpose
Head Coach, Mount Royal University Men’s Hockey
Two-time Canada West Coach of the Year.

Fran Gow – Breaking Down Skill through Small Area Games
Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta / Vice President, Hockey Operations, Alberta Junior Hockey League
Three AJHL Titles, one Doyle Cup, one RBC Cup National Championship in 18 years with the AJHL

Register >


EDMONTON:

Date: Tuesday, January 17
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre (4520 76 Ave NW)

Presenters:

Ian Herbers – Offensive Team Play
Assistant Coach, Edmonton Oilers
Three-time Canada West champion, two-time CIS National Champion with U of A Golden Bears

Steve Hamilton – Coaching the Right Way
Head Coach, Edmonton Oil Kings
Three-time AJHL Coach of the Year

Tim FragleGetting the Most Out of Practice
Head Coach, NAIT Ooks Men’s Hockey
2015 World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal with Canada West (Head Coach)

Register >


*Please note - refunds will not be available for this event.*

For more information, please contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development

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Head Coach of the Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red, Kelsey Leifson (bottom right) celebrates a Wickfest championship with her team.


Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December is Kelsey Leifson, head coach of the Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red. Kelsey had an overwhelming amount of support for this award.

Kelsey comes from a small town in Saskatchewan and recalls her favorite memories coming from the rink after school. Playing hockey from the age of six all the way until her last year of University, Kelsey’s passion for the game has since shifted into the coaching side of the sport. When Kelsey moved to Calgary, she started working with the MRU Cougars hockey team from 2014-2016, and this year took over the head coaching role for the AFHL’s Calgary Bantam Elite Fire Red team.

Kelsey’s coaching philosophy comes from her experience with hockey. “The life experiences and friendships I have gained through the game are impossible to replace and I believe in providing the players I coach with the same opportunities," she said. "I want my players to understand the importance of respect, accountability, and individuality as ultimately it is each individuals strength who bring success to the team together.”

Many of Kelsey’s players and parents from the team had wonderful things to say about their coach.

“I think my coach deserves this award because she stepped up for our team when we were in need. She’s not only there to make us better hockey players, but also better people,” said a player of Kelsey’s.

“Kelsey is an excellent role model for Female hockey players because she gets what it mean to be a female hockey player and she takes interest in every individual player," said another player of Kelsey’s. "Coach Kelsey encourages us to be confident in ourselves so we can work together on the ice.”

“She (Kelsey) has brought a positive infectious attitude to the team that the players are feeding off of every day. She has shown a passion for developing the total athlete both on and off the ice and has created an environment where every athlete is free to be the best they can be,” said a team parent.

“I truly admire her (Kelsey) and hope to grow to be like her one day she is, confident, strong, athletic, beautiful, and so smart. I’ve very glad that my coach has recreated an environment that I am proud to be a part of, and I’m so happy to have her as a coach,” said a third player, who also nominated Kelsey for the award.

December’s Coach of the Month winner was selected from a pool of female coach nominations, in anticipation of Alberta Hockey Day on January 21. To learn more about Alberta Hockey Day, click here.


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

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Grande Prairie Storm

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Grande Prairie Storm to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches.

The Speaker Series runs on Friday, February 10, and features a game-day seminar session, offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Grande Prairie Storm in action.

The Seminar will take place at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie. There are only 20 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $40 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta led by Coach Mentor Fran Gow
  • Pre- and post-game contributions from the coaches for both AJHL teams
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Register >

For more information, please contact Blake Cosgrove, Consultant, Hockey Alberta Regional Centre Northwest.

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More than a game: #PassItForward

CALGARY – For Canadian hockey fans, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year; between the World Juniors in Montreal and Toronto, Team Canada around the world, and minor hockey tournaments across the country – not to mention family games on the backyard rinks – hockey options abound.

Hockey Canada is giving Canadians one more way to take part in Canada’s game with the endless pass. And the best part is, all ages and skill-levels can take part.

The initiative, which leverages social media channels, is part of the #PassItForward campaign celebrating the positive impact hockey has on its participants and fans.

“At the root of this campaign is a reminder of what hockey brings to the lives of Canadians from all walks of life, and the overwhelming answers have nothing to do with on-ice skills,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO, Hockey Canada. “Hockey should be about fun, teamwork, being active and healthy, and building those key characteristics that make us great citizens. PassItForward highlights what hockey is to Canadians, and encourages everyone to take part in talking about our great game.”

Celebrities from national team players such as Mélodie Daoust, Greg Westlake, and Patrice Bergeron to Hollywood A-lister Michael J. Fox are part of the television spots which see Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life take a pass and #PassItForward as they talk about how they have developed through hockey. The spots will air in French and English on a number of networks, including Hockey Canada’s broadcast partners TSN and RDS.

Canadians can upload their own videos and see them added to the piece by visiting HockeyCanada.ca/PassItForward.

To kick-start the campaign, Hockey Canada is inviting Canadians to take to their social media networks on Dec. 31 to take part in the endless pass. The concept is simple – participants are asked to post a video or simply write out what hockey did for them using the campaign hashtag, and #PassItForward by tagging a teammate, friend, or family member.

“We want to close out 2016 with a celebration of hockey and what it means to be Canadian,” said Renney. “It’s easy to take for granted the role hockey and organized sport plays in the development of life skills. This campaign is a celebration of that, and we hope it also encourages Canadians to get involved in our great game – as a fan, participant, or volunteer.”

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Hockey Alberta’s Top Moments of 2016

RED DEER – As 2016 comes to a close, Hockey Alberta looks back on the year that was with some of our favourite moments (in no particular order).


New look(s) for Hockey Alberta

2016 started off with a bang for Hockey Alberta, as our newly re-designed website (hockeyalberta.ca) launched at the end of January after more than six months of work.

Click here for the full story.

In fact, it was a very busy year on the technology front, with the unveiling of the new Provincial Championships sites (haprovincials.ca), the Alberta Cup site (abcup.ca), and the transition of the Hockey Alberta Foundation website (hockeyalbertafoundation.ca) back to the Hockey Alberta platform.

Then, in August, Hockey Alberta proudly announced a new visual identity, unveiling a new logo that combines a number of elements that focus on how to best represent hockey in Alberta.

Click here for the full story.


Team Alberta finds the podium

2016 was another successful year for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with medals in three different inter-provincial events.

Team Alberta U16 Male continued its winning ways at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in October, earning its third-straight gold medal, and fifth in the tournament’s six-year history. Click here for the full story.

Team Alberta North came out of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in March with a gold medal on the male side, and a silver medal on the female. Click here for the full story.

At the Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat in February, it was Zone 6 Male (Edmonton) and Zone 5 Female (Yellowhead/Blackgold) skating away with gold medals, proving to be the best in the province. Click here for the full story.


The March to a title

The 2016 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, saw 39 different battles for provincial supremacy from Atom to Senior. Provincials were hosted across the Alberta as far north as High Level, and as far south as Taber. The annual “March to a title” is always a high point for minor hockey across Alberta, and 2016 marked the first year with ATB Financial as presenting sponsor.

Click here for a list of the 2016 Provincial champions.


30 years of the Alberta Cup

Despite trailing 2-0 and 3-2 at different points in the game, Calgary South used a six goal third period to defeat Northeast 9-3 to capture the 2016 Alberta Cup. The win is an extra-special one for Calgary South Head Coach Jamie Steer, as he won the first ever Alberta Cup as a player with Calgary South in 1986, a story-book ending to the celebration of 30 years of the Alberta Cup.

Click here for the full story.


Alberta’s players and officials continue to excel

2016 was a banner year for Alberta players and officials, achieving a number of accolades and recognition.

For the first time since 1993, Alberta players were selected 1-2-3 in the WHL Bantam Draft. Peyton Krebs of Okotoks was taken first overall by the Kootenay Ice, with Fort Saskatchewan native Kirby Dach and Cochrane’s Bowen Byram going second and third to the Saskatoon Blades and Vancouver Giants, respectively. In total, 73 players from Alberta were selected in the 2016 draft. Click here for the full story.

At the 2016 NHL draft, 16 Albertans heard their names called by an NHL team. Jake Bean was the highest-drafted Albertan, going 13th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes. Team Alberta alumnus Sam Steel also went in the first round, as the Anaheim Ducks selected him with the 30th pick. Click here for the full story.

Alberta’s officials were assigned to numerous high-profile events throughout 2016. In March, 12 Alberta officials were assigned to the Western Canada Bantam Championships in Okotoks. In April, six Alberta officials were assigned to the RBC Cup in Lloydminster, and in November, five Alberta officials were assigned to the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville.


“Do what’s best for the children in your Minor Hockey Association”

At Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting in June, keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Norris, delivered a powerful message about doing what’s best for children in minor hockey. Following the keynote presentation, Norris was joined in a round-table panel discussion by Keith Hansen, retired volleyball coach at Red Deer College and member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer, Hockey Alberta.

Click here for the full story.


Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Coaches Conference

Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Coaches Conference saw over 80 minor hockey coaches from across Alberta come together in Calgary for two days presentations from 17 of the top minds in hockey. Presenters included Hockey Canada coaching legend Mel Davidson, Medicine Hat Tigers Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston, Hockey Alberta Coach Mentors Barry Medori and Fran Gow, and Finnish Ice Hockey Association Regional Coach Kalle Valiaho.

Click here for the full story.


Albertans get the call to The Hall

Five outstanding individuals and one team were enshrined in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in July, including former Boston Bruins legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Johnny Bucyk.

Joining Bucyk in the class of 2016 was Mike Rogers (retired NHL and WHA player, and former Calgary Flames broadcaster), Dr. George Kingston (internationally-renowned coach), Terry Ledingham (long-time Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada volunteer), the 1965-66 champion Edmonton Oil Kings, and Larry Kwong, the first player of Asian descent to play in the NHL. Click here for the full story.

In February, Female Hockey Builder Shirley Cameron was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. The Edmonton native was at the forefront of women’s ice hockey in Canada for 30 years as a player, coach and builder from the early 1970s until her retirement from the game in 2006. Click here for the full story.


Continued growth of the Initiation Program

Hockey Alberta’s Initiation Program continued to grow in 2016, with enhanced focus on our game’s youngest players.

A partnership with Pembina Pipeline Corporation offered a special grant to Minor Hockey Associations to obtain a full set of foam rink dividers, or fundraising towards a set of puck board rink dividers. The response was overwhelming, with nearly 60 minor hockey associations across Alberta applying to receive ice dividers. And Pembina responded by ensuring that every eligible applicant had a set of divider boards in place for the 2016-17 season. Click here for the full story.

In August, Hockey Alberta partnered with Powerscout Hockey and St. Albert Minor Hockey to conduct a study on the effectiveness of smaller ice surfaces in skill development. Results reinforced that using a smaller ice surface at the Initiation level helps in the overall positive development of skating skills and skating acceleration for our youngest players, thereby better preparing them for when they are old enough to move to higher levels of hockey. To read more about the findings from this study, click here.


The Alberta Female Hockey League kicks off its inaugural season

As part of the implementation of Hockey Alberta’s new female hockey model, the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) was created, and its inaugural season kicked off in October. The league is comprised of three levels: Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite.

In November, seven Midget AAA players from the AFHL suited up with Team Alberta at the National Women’s U18 Championships in Regina.

In December, the AFHL announced its rosters for the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite All-Star games, which will be held on January 14 in Red Deer and Strathmore, respectively.


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

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AFHL December wrap-up

RED DEER – As the 2016 portion of the Alberta Female Hockey League season comes to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective leagues heading into 2017.


Midget AAA

After three months of play, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (45 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (36 pts)
3) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (18 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (18 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (17 pts)

St Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan closes out 2016 leading all skaters in points (24) and assists (11). Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Nicole Fry is tied with Willan for the lead league in points, and leads the way goals (15).

AFHL puck stoppers had another strong month with three goaltenders at the top all with a .940 save percentages: St. Albert’s Brianna Sank, Calgary’s Katie Crowther and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee. Sank boasts three shutouts while her counterpart in St Albert, Camryn Drever, leads the way with 8 wins on the season.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Fire, Lloydminster Steelers and Rocky Mountain Raiders traveled to Saskatchewan to compete in the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament. All three teams has a strong showing and competed hard throughout the weekend.


Midget Elite

Our Midget Elite teams had a hard fought first half of the season as the competitiveness of this division increases. The Midget Elite standings at the end of December are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (36 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (31 pts)
3) St. Albert Sharks (19 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (16 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (36 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (35 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (27 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (27 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)

Calgary Fire White’s Danika Stang has taken over the league lead in points with 19, while Red Deer’s Danica Polson holds the lead in goals (14), and St. Albert’s Payden Bialowas leads the way in assists (10).

Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues to lead all Midget Elite goaltenders with a .860 goals against average, a 960 save percentage, along with six wins on the season.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

Rosters for the inaugural AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Game were announced on December 20. Rosters >


Bantam Elite

Things remain tight in the hunt for the Bantam Elite regular season title! Four points separate third from first in the North, whereas down south, Calgary White and the Olds Grizzlys are battling it out for top position. The Bantam Elite standings heading into December are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (34 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (31 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (30 pts)
4) North Central Impact (19 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (18 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (29 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (28 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (16 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (15 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (12 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)

There are three skaters currently on top of the leaderboard with 18 points each to close out 2016; North Central’s Chloe Reid, Lethbridge’s Isabelle Dyck, and Calgary Fire Red’s Emily Straw. OldsSarah Wozniewicz ha13 goals to lead all Bantam skaters, while Lloydminster’s Madison MacDuff leads the way with 12 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett and OldsJocelynn Pearce both sit atop the league with a 0.960 save percentage, while Borrett’s counterpart in St. Albert, Elle Boyko, leads the way in wins with seven.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

Rosters for the inaugural AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Game were announced on December 20. Rosters >

Teams have earned a well-deserved winter break and league play will resume on January 7, after the holidays. January will be an exciting month as league play resumes as well the AFHL host its inaugural All Star Games and AFHL teams will help celebrateAlberta Hockey Day on January 21.

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Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for November is Kent Goodreau from Pincher Creek.

Kent, currently the coach of the Pincher Creek Midget 1 team, has been coaching since the 2002-2003 season, and since then he has been head coach or assistant coach of multiple teams each year. This will be his last year coaching.

“I have been fortunate to coach with some excellent people along the way, which has taught me a lot and has made it easy for me to enjoy the game,” said Kent.

“He (Kent) has been coaching since our kids were about six years old," said the parent who nominated Kent. "Kent provides guidance to our Midget players but, at the same time lets them play their style of game. He has a great relationship with each player and enjoys the team as a whole. He has been such an amazing coach for all these years!”

Kent’s coaching philosophy is very player centered. “My coaching philosophy is to bring out the best in every player, and to always have fun and improve every time you step on the ice to practice or play a game. To create pride for what you accomplish through hard work, and respect all that participates in the game of hockey. Also to have these values continued into everyday life. What makes a great coach is a great team of players!”


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

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Supporting Fort McMurray – more than $21,000 donated by Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY – In the aftermath of devastating wildfires that impacted northeastern Alberta in May, the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association has emerged as a source of stability for a community filled with uncertainty.

As residents returned to Fort McMurray throughout the summer, following the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people, the community was looking for any signs of normalcy.

“We had a lot of people wondering when hockey was going to start, saying that ‘we need hockey to go, we need hockey,’” said Travis Galenzoski, president of Fort McMurray Minor Hockey. “People were looking to hockey for a calming effect. Spending a day at the arena is normal, it provides an outlet.”

In the early going, though, there weren’t many answers. The fires and evacuation meant the association had not held its annual general meeting. Jerseys and equipment needed to be cleaned or repaired. And then there was an even bigger question – would there be a place to play?

“There was uncertainty in ice availability. Were we going to get our home arena back?” said Galenzoski. “The biggest thing was not knowing. Once we got our arena back, the front of the season was extremely busy and pretty stressful. Thanks to the hard work of our arena manager, operations manager, and a whole lot of volunteers, we made it happen. Other than a bit of a delay in starting evaluations, our players’ hockey experience has not changed.”

Registration numbers are down slightly (about three per cent) for the 2016-17 season. But more than 1,100 players, comprising approximately 60 teams, are on the ice. And the association is hosting Hockey Alberta’s Atom AA Major provincial championships in March.

“This is fantastic. We have managed to put on a hockey program after an 88,000-person evacuation,” said Galenzoski.

To help support minor hockey in the northeast, Fort McMurray minor hockey and players throughout the region are the beneficiaries of $21,500 raised collectively by Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The funds include:

  • $10,000 from Hockey Canada
  • $5,000 from the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community grant and player assistance programs
  • $5,000 from the Hockey Canada Foundation, and
  • $1,500 raised at Hockey Alberta’s 2016 annual general meeting through contributions from Local Minor Hockey Associations across Alberta.

“Our hearts went out to the community and residents of Fort McMurray this summer who faced displacement, devastation, and loss. To see the relentless work of the volunteers of Fort Mac’s hockey community to ensure their players, coaches, officials, and fans all had hockey to turn to this season as they work to rebuild was truly inspiring,” said Tom Renney, president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation are proud to contribute to the efforts of the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association, and to support this resilient community as they move forward from this summer’s devastating fire.”

All funds will go directly towards support the players, families and coaches who were impacted by the devastating forest fires that impacted the region in May. Planned initiatives include supporting ongoing player development programs, implementing a coach development plan in partnership with Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network, and player assistance and growing the game initiatives.

“Our biggest area of opportunity is development for our coaches,” said Galenzoski. “We want to invest in our coaches, and we believe that investment in coaching has a direct correlation with player development and participation.”

Player development programming started about six weeks ago, with a goal of having each team participate in 3-5 development sessions. The association is also looking to host division-specific sessions for goaltenders, with mentors coming in to provide development opportunities.

“The Hockey Alberta Foundation, through the Every Kid Every Community program, is proud to play a role in assisting Fort McMurray Minor Hockey continue in its leadership role, not just for hockey, but within the overall community. We look forward to supporting a number of initiatives that will benefit current coaches and players, as well as those who want to play hockey for the first time,” said Tim Leer, executive director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Growing the game initiatives aimed at attracting new players to the game by providing equipment and helping with registration fees will be geared to recruiting for the 2017-18 season.

For more information, check out the association’s website at www.fmmha.com.

Contributions at the 2016 Hockey Alberta AGM included seven minor hockey associations (Caroline, Hinton, Lloydminster, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Hockey Edmonton and Hockey Calgary), and two individuals (Jody Ginther and Betty Chmilar).

For individuals or groups interested in making a donation to support Fort McMurray minor hockey, the Hockey Alberta Foundation is accepting donations, with 100 per cent of funds donated going to Fort McMurray. Donations can be made at hockeyalbertafoundation.ca, or by going to this link:

Supporting Fort McMurray Minor Hockey >

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2017 AFHL All-Star Rosters announced

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the rosters for the inaugural Midget Elite and Bantam Elite AFHL All-Star games.

Midget Elite All-Star Rosters > | Bantam Elite All-Star Rosters >

Two forwards and one defence from each AFHL team were selected to their respective All-Star rosters by AFHL coaches, while goaltenders were selected based on their statistical ranking as of December 19. The coaches chosen to represent the North and South teams in each league are from the first and second place teams within each division.

Both All-Star games are set for January 14 – with Red Deer hosting the Midget Elite game, and Strathmore hosting the Bantam Elites. The Midget Elite All-Star game begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Penhold Regional Multiplex, and the Bantam Elite All-Star game gets underway at 1:45 at the Strathmore Family Centre.

In addition to the All Star games, the host Associations will be offering development clinics for female athletes within their communities.

Home Ice Feature

The SPMHA Atom A Jets teams volunteered their time at the Edmonton Food Bank to help sort food donations, just one of the many stories of how Alberta’s hockey community gives back during the holiday season.


Hockey gives back across Alberta

Alberta’s hockey community is always at its best during the holiday season, and we’ve asked Minor Hockey Associations and teams from across Alberta to share their stories of giving back to the community with us.

McKnight Mustangs

The Calgary McKnight Mustangs Atom 4 Black team raised a total of $175 for Ronald McDonald House at the team’s Christmas party. The team’s co-managers are nurses, and the team wanted to give back to other kids in the community, kids who could possibly be playing hockey with them if they weren’t sick. The team fashioned the “McKnight Christmas Cup”, which was filled with candy. Each guess cost $1 on the number of pieces of candy in the cup. There were 454 pieces, and defenceman Josh Penner had the closest guess at 450. In the spirit of the night, he shared his prize with his teammates.


Airdrie MHA

Airdrie Minor Hockey Association’s main Christmas initiative for 8 years running has been to support the Airdrie Lioness Hamper Program by collecting much needed items. This year, we collected scarves, mittens and toques over the course of a weekend.

We also have a Hockey Fights Hunger campaign that goes for two weeks. Each division is given a large moving box in the lobby of the arena and the division that fills their box the most times, becomes the Hockey Fights Hunger champions for that season. This year, the champions were the Peewee Division. It’s always a different division each year, so everyone gets very involved.

Teams invite their out-of-town competitors to join the fun, and this year a Peewee team from Okotoks won a friendly competition and collected the most food between the two teams, forcing the Airdrie Peewee Ruff Dogs to do the chicken dance at center ice.

AMHA teams have also collected Turkeys for the Food bank (Midget AA Female and Atom Female) and donated toys to the Children’s Hospital.

In general this season, we have seen the most contributions and the most participation and as usual we are so proud of our teams on and off the ice.


Calgary Midget AAA Fire

The Calgary Fire Midget AAA Fire got together to fill, and deliver warm sock to the Mustard Seed Foundation.


Claresholm MHA & Pincher Creek MHA

The Claresholm and Pincher Creek Bantam teams are banding together this Friday (December 23) for the last game of 2016 and charging an admission of a food bank item to donate to those less fortunate during the Holiday Season. The game starts at 7:45 on Friday and we are hoping to fill the stands.


CNN Spurs

The CNN Spurs families gave back to the Bon Accord and Gibbons Food Bank. Each level decorated a tree at the annual fundraiser with high-demand donation items. Making spirits bright… Go Spurs!


Cold Lake Hornets


Cold Lake’s Novice 3 team, the Hornets, spent two hours on Dec 10th braving the cold to help out with the annual Fill-a-Bus campaign, raising donations for the local food bank. Led by Coach Robyn Stenz, the Hornets brought with them 274 kg (604 lbs) of items to donate, and helped to collect much, much more from Sobey’s patrons.

The Hornets had a great turn out with 14 team members, as well as coaches, managers and parents!


Duchess Minor Hockey

Duchess Minor Hockey hosted "Hockey Day in Duchess" where all 6 of our teams from Initiation up to Midget played back-to-back. We collected for our local food bank, as well as toys to be donated at Christmas to families in need through a local organization - Oil People Helping Oil People (OPHOP). All 6 teams also donated their 50/50 proceeds from the day and a silent auction to OPHOP. Many people from the community came for the day and the visiting teams donated as well.


Grande Prairie MHA

Last Friday, the Grande Prairie Minhas Brothers Peewee AA team hosted a sponsorship night to show how grateful our team is for the community support we have received and also to show our hockey family how we have been busy giving back to our wonderful city of Grande Prairie. In the past two weeks our team volunteered for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles, Did a food bank drive and had time to send a Christmas Card to a 9 year old little girl on the other side of the country asking in the news for Christmas Cards to lift her spirits with her ongoing battle with cancer.

My son Lucas and I recently went to Africa as part of a giving back initiative. Our Peewee hockey team filled a hockey bag of mini sticks and balls that we took with us. When my son and I were visiting an orphanage he went out into the middle of the field and taught about 40 kids how to play with a hockey stick. The children were very intrigued and even though there was no common language it was amazing to watch them play. This particular village in rural Uganda now has about 70 mini sticks and enough balls for their school to use this for phys ed class.

Each year, the Grande Prairie Salvation Army helps families who are in need. The Grande Prairie Bantam A team volunteered to help organize all of their gift bags the night before they were to distribute them.

It was overwhelming to see just how many unfortunate families there are in our community. The boys organized of 600 bags with smiles on their faces.


Grande Prairie Midget AAA Storm

The Grande Prairie Midget AAA Storm collected two bins filled with food donations at their game this past weekend for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Also collected were gift cards, which will be donated to local youths in need.


Lakeland College Bantam Tigers

Last week, our team of 13-14 year old boys went carolling at our local Nursing Home, Seniors Lodge and some downtown businesses to spread some Christmas Cheer. We wanted to do some community activities and chose to visit three different Senior residences to sing some Christmas carols and brighten their evening. We were rewarded with smiles from residents and staff, some of them singing along with us, and plenty of warm wishes and thanks for our time. It was good for the boys to share these moments - the seniors appreciated their efforts, it was fun for all of us.


Lethbridge City League

The Pee Wee Division in the Lethbridge City League was challenged on the weekend to fill several food bins for the Lethbridge Food Bank Society. Six games were held over the weekend and the teams were able to gather over 300lbs of donated food. Thanks to the Milestone Mazda Bandits for organizing and all teams that helped with this project.


Medicine Hat MHA

The Atom Wildcat girls gathered to have a Secret Santa gift exchange as well as collect and donate items for the Women’s Shelter. We are encouraging these young ladies to be a community on and off the ice.

On December 8th, the Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Atom A Hurricanes and Senators hosted a WHL inspired "teddy bear toss" exhibition game. When the first goal was scored, approximately 150 bears came tumbling onto the ice. The bears were collected and held by the parents and coaches until Saturday December 17. On this day, both teams met at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital with all the bears. The players then went through four wings of the hospital and handed the bears out to patients of all ages on behalf of Medicine Hat Minor Hockey. The reaction from the patients was amazing and they were very appreciative. It was also, amazing to see how the kids responded when handing the bears out and wishing people, whom they do not know, a "Merry Christmas" and "hope you feel better soon".

The Peewee Hounds Black team rang bells and collected donations for the Salvation Army on December 7.

The Peewee Hounds Orange team also rang bells and collected donations for the Salvation Army, on December 9.

The Peewee City Flames bought and donated gifts for the United Way Toy Drive on December 17.

The SEAC Midget 15’s collected food donations for the Brooks Food Bank Foundation and the Medicine Hat & Disctrict Food Bank Association at their home games on December 17 & 18. The players are also working with the United Way to help prepare food hampers.


Sherwood Park MHA

The SPMHA Atom A Jets teams volunteered their time at the Edmonton Food Bank to help sort food donations.


Spruce Grove Peewee AA Broncos

The Spruce Grove Peewee AA Broncos donated and did a food and toy drive to support the Spruce Grove Kinettes Christmas Hamper Program. The team raised over $350 and had a truck full of food and toys.


West Central Bantam AA Tigers

The West Central Bantam AA Tigers, Foothill Bisons and all the West Central home community supporters at a home game on Saturday December 3, participated in a Teddy Bear/Gift Card Toss. We raised over $500 in gift cards/cash and 102 Teddy Bears were tossed! A special thank you to the Foothills Bisons for helping support and participate in this event as well- both teams were on the ice for this event and it was a special moment to see!

The gift cards and teddy bears were distributed throughout local charities in Sylvan Lake, Bentley, Rimbey, Eckville, Spruceview, Caroline, Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer. The Tiger players hand delivered to each community group.

Also, some of our boys have helped and volunteered in community Canskate programs as Program Assistants in Rimbey, AB.


If you’d like to share a story of your team or association giving back, please email info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

2017 Provincial Host Sites >

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from Fort McMurray in the north, the Foothills (High River and Blackie) in the south, to Lloydminster in the east and Grande Prairie in the west.

Host sites for two 2018 Provincial Championships have also been confirmed, with the Bonnyville Pontiacs hosting the Senior AA championship, and the Fort St. John Huskies hosting the Junior B championships.

ATB Financial will once again headline as the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, continuing a long-standing relationship with Hockey Alberta.

Hockey Alberta’s month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during three weekends in March, along with four champions crowned through league playoff series. Organizations interested in hosting a provincial championship tournament completed a detailed bid process, with a bid committee evaluating the submissions.

The majority of teams competing in minor Provincial Championship tournaments qualify by winning a zone playdown. Playdowns start in mid-January across the province, with up to 1,000 teams vying for the right to represent their zone at the provincial championships. Host teams receive an automatic berth in the championship they are hosting, although they do participate in zone playdowns, and have the opportunity to win their zone title.

The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

Hosts for the following events are still being accepted and reviewed: Midget Female Elite, Bantam Female A, Atom AA Minor, and Atom A. Interested applicants can contact Bryden Burrell, Coordinator, Hockey Operations.

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Alberta Hockey Day: Celebrating the female game

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Hockey Alberta is proud to host its inaugural Alberta Hockey Day on January 21, 2017, to celebrate and showcase female hockey across the province.

This day will combine a number of on and off-ice events catered to both new and existing participants, focusing on fun, skills and friendships.

Grande Prairie will be the host site of Alberta Hockey Day’s main event, with special guests scheduled to attend, including two-time Olympic gold medallist and former Team Alberta player and coach Carla MacLeod.

Edmonton, Calgary, Leduc, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Olds and Banff/Canmore will also host Alberta Hockey Day Events.

Event Details >

Hockey Alberta’s goal is to develop female players, coaches and officials who are currently in our program while introducing the sport to new participants. All sessions offered throughout the day will be at no cost to the participants, in an effort to connect our sport to a larger audience.

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Get your tickets now for the 2016 World Junior A Challenge!

BONNYVILLE — For Junior A hockey fans, Bonnyville is the place to be, Dec. 11-17, as the best players from Canada’s 10 Junior A leagues will be competing in the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

And tickets are still available for the event — online and at the Bonnyville District & Centennial Centre box office.

Two Canadian teams and four international squads make up the two pools of three teams that will face off in the 11th edition of the tournament at the R.J. Lalonde Arena.

Canada East will be the first Canadian team to see action, taking on the Czech Republic in the tournament-opener on Sunday, Dec. 11, while Canada West will make its debut that night when it faces Switzerland.

Defending champions Team Canada West plays in Group A with Russia and Switzerland, while Team Canada East is in Group B with the Czech Republic and the United States.

This is the second time the event is held in an Alberta community since the tournament’s inception; Camrose hosted the World Junior A Challenge in 2008.

The first-place team in each group will receive a bye to the semifinals on Thursday, Dec. 15, with the second-place and third-place teams crossing over for the quarterfinals Wednesday, Dec. 14. The losers of the semifinals will meet for the bronze medal on Friday, Dec. 16, while the winners will face off for gold on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Since the first World Junior A Challenge in 2006, more than 260 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 36 first-round selections. Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took the top prize in 2011 and 2015. The team also earned silver in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and won bronze in 2013. Canada East earned silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008.

For more information on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/WJAC, or follow along via social media on Facebook or Twitter.

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WHL Game Day Speaker Series - Lethbridge Hurricanes

LETHBRIDGE - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Western Hockey League to present two more installments of the WHL Game Day Speaker Series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

These seminars are open to all local minor hockey coaches registered with Hockey Alberta. The seminar will allow for coaches to attend a Lethbridge Hurricanes home game, where participants will get a behind-the-scenes experience to talk and learn from WHL coaches. With both practical and theoretical learning experiences, this is a great educational opportunity for coaches.

Each seminar costs $45 per coach, and includes:

  • Hurricanes game ticket
  • One drink voucher
  • Chicken wings
  • Souvenir Lethbridge Hurricanes hat.

Both seminars take place at the home of the Hurricanes, the Enmax Centre, and feature a pre-game presentation from Hockey Alberta, a visit from the visiting team’s Coach, a ticket to watch the Hurricanes game, and a Q&A session after the game with members of the Lethbridge Hurricanes coaching staff.

Seminar dates, details, and registration information can be found below. Each seminar has a maximum capacity of 30 participants, and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


Date: Wednesday, December 14 vs Kamploops Blazers
Visiting team presenter: Don Hay, Blazers Head Coach


Date: Saturday, February 4 vs Moose Jaw Warriors
Visiting team presenter: Tim Hunter, Warriors Head Coach

Register >


For more information, please contact Matt Weninger, Consultant, Regional Centre South

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Nominations open for Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame

RED DEER – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Induction Class of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

The AHHF recognizes significant accomplishments and contributions by individuals, teams, and organizations in the sport of hockey in Alberta. Induction into the AHHF is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a hockey participant in the province.

Nomination Package >

Nominees may be active or retired. To be eligible for consideration, the following minimum criteria must be met by a nominee:

  • Resided in Alberta for at least five years.
  • Made a significant impact to hockey during their time as an Alberta resident.
  • Exceptional service or contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta or at a national or international level.
  • Achieved significant personal, team and or professional accomplishment in the game.
  • Made an impact in the game beyond a local or regional level
  • Received significant other recognitions (for example, Canadian Sport Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, national or International champion or medalist, major individual award).
  • Groups/Teams must have achieved a significant result at a national or international level or have impacted on a provincial level under exceptional circumstances.

Deadline for nominations is January 30. The 2017 Induction class will be honoured in July at the AHHF Awards Gala in Canmore.

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation oversee the AHHF, and host the annual Awards Gala. The AHHF Gallery is located at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Red Deer, and features memorabilia showcasing the history of the sport in Alberta, with a focus on items from each year’s induction class members.

AHHF Honoured Members >

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Chevrolet Power of Play is back!

RED DEER - Peewee coaches across Alberta still have time to register for the Chevrolet Power of Play Program for the 2016-17 season.

Registration is now open to all Peewee teams in Alberta, and a limited number of coach kits are available on a first come, first served basis.

Register >

Registration is intended to be completed by the team’s coach for Hockey Canada verification purposes.

Each team accepted into the Chevrolet Power of Play program will receive a coach’s kit, which includes a premium coach’s hockey bag with a set of:

  • 20 rolls of hockey tape
  • 20 sets of skate laces with inspirational words from Team Canada gold medalists
  • 20 ‘Most Inspirational Player’ awards for coaches to give out to players who best display these values, and
  • 20 pucks.

Go to ChevroletHockey.com for more information on the Chevrolet Power of Play program.

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Two more Alberta officials assigned to World Junior A Challenge

RED DEER – A total of five officials from Alberta will now be representing their province at the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, as two more have been assigned to work the event.

Referee Fraser Lawrence (Edmonton) and Linesman Chad Huseby (Red Deer) will join previously-assigned Referee Cody Rude (Edmonton), and Linesmen Deion Foster (Edmonton) and Jared Mackey (Calgary) at the annual international Junior A challenge.

Hockey Alberta and its Provincial Officials Committee congratulate all five officials for having their hard work rewarded with a chance to represent Alberta at the World Junior A Challenge.

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Hockey Alberta Presents the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Camrose Kodiaks to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches.

The Speaker Series features two game-day seminar sessions, with each session offering a unique professional development opportunity to learn from high profile junior coaches - as well as a chance to catch the Camrose Kodiaks in action.

Both seminars take place at the EnCana Arena in Camrose. There are only 30 seats available per seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $40 (plus GST) per coach per seminar, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • 1.5 hour presentation from Hockey Alberta led by Coach Mentor Fran Gow
  • Pre- and post-game contributions from the coaches for both AJHL teams
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift and other giveaway items

Date: Thursday, November 24 vs Olds Grizzlys
Presentation topic: Game and Bench Management
AJHL Presenters: pre-game session: Dana Lattery, Olds; post-game session: Boris Rybalka, Camrose.


Date: Tuesday, January 17 vs Brooks Bandits
Presentation topic: Special Teams - Power Play vs Penalty Kill
AJHL Presenters: pre-game session: Ryan Papaionnou, Brooks; post-game session: Boris Rybalka, Camrose.

Register for January 17 >


For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development.

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Coach of the Month - October

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for October 2016 is Charles Hainsworth of Eckville.

Charles only started coaching hockey last season, but has been a coach for a total of four years. This season, he is both the Assistant Coach for the Eckville Novice Eagles and Head Coach of the Eckville Atom Eagles.

“I started when my kids were getting involved with sports and I wanted to be there to motivate and encourage them" said Hainsworth. "As my coaching progresses, I want all the kids to have the same opportunities. I enjoy volunteering my time for local organizations.”

“He provides more enthusiasm than one can imagine, always showing up well prepared and proving to be a great role model, even the parents are motivated by him,” said a parent and member of his coaching staff, who nominated Charles for the award. “Charles wants his coaching to provide the kids with the tools to not only be better hockey players but good members of society.”


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

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Introducing the Hockey Alberta Coach Workshop Series

LETHBRIDGE/MEDICINE HAT – Hockey Alberta has partnered with the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, and the Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Association to offer a series of coach development workshops, hosted by Hockey Alberta’s South Regional Centre.

The Coach Workshop Series will equip coaches with the tools to better teach fundamental skills and team tactics, improve player evaluation skills, and provide new ideas on how to deliver a practice and to develop their ability to progress and regress drills to best suit their athletes.

The seminars are free of charge and open to coaches of all levels. To RSVP, please contact Matt Weninger, Consultant, Hockey Alberta South Regional Centre.


Lethbridge

Date/Time Topic Presenter
Nov 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Practice Expectations and Player Habits Mike Craig, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Nov 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Details of Defensive Hockey Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta
Dec 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Where Do Goals Come From? - Offensive Play Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta
Dec 12, 6:30-8:45 p.m. Goaltending Skills and Development Matt Weninger, Hockey Alberta
Jan 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Developing Defensemen Bryan Maxwell, Former NHL/WHL Player and Coach
Jan 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Being and Building Leaders Josh Hoetmer, Alberta Sport Development Centre SW
Feb 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Scouting and Player Evaluation Wade Klippenstein, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

Medicine Hat

Date/Time Topic Presenter
Nov 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Details of Defensive Hockey Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta
Dec 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Where Do Goals Come From? - Offensive Play Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta
Dec 13, 6:00-9:30 p.m. Goaltending Skills and Development Matt Weninger, Hockey Alberta
Jan 10, 6:00-9:30 p.m. Developing Defensemen Bryan Maxwell, Former NHL/WHL Player and Coach
Jan 24, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Being and Building Leaders Josh Hoetmer, Alberta Sport Development Centre SW
Feb 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Scouting and Player Evaluation Wade Klippenstein, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

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Alberta beats Saskatchewan, finishes fifth at U18 Nationals

REGINA - Team Alberta defeated Saskatchewan 6-4 Saturday afternoon to finish the National Women’s U18 Championship in fifth place.

Alberta took a 2-1 lead out of the first period thanks to goals from Chloé Puddifant and Courtney Kollman,and led 4-2 heading into the third after Taylor Sawka and Tyra Meropoulis scored in the second period. Saskatchewan made tied the game with goals just 15 seconds apart early in the third, before Dara Greig put Alberta ahead for good six minutes later. Kollman later netted her second goal of the game with an empty Saskatchewan net. Sawka was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

In her second start for Alberta, goaltender Camryn Drever made 33 saves to earn her first win of the tournament. Both Drever and Amanda Zeglen finished the tournament with a 1-1 record in net.

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The fifth place finish is a notable improvement on last year’s eight place finish for Team Alberta, while Saskatchewan moved up one spot from last year’s results, from seventh to sixth.

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