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Class of 2024 inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame

RED DEER – Six individuals and a Memorial Cup championship team were inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF) on Saturday evening.

The class of 2024 features four former National Hockey League players, a trailblazer for female hockey players, a world-renowned coach, and the 2001 Memorial Cup champions.

Billy Dea, Jarome Iginla, Dave King, Kelly Kisio, Craig MacTavish, Shannon Szabados and the 2000-01 Red Deer Rebels were inducted into the hall during the AHHF Gala at the Gary W. Harris Centre in Red Deer.

BILLY DEA

Billy Dea played 19 years of professional hockey, while also coaching several years in the NHL. He spent most of his playing career with the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League, where he set a longevity record by playing in 596 consecutive games which includes both regular season and playoffs. He also spent time with the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I really didn’t think about it much,” Dea said of his ironman streak. “It was my job. You love the game, and you want to play, so you play.”

JAROME IGINLA

Most recognized for the 16 seasons he spent with the Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla was one of the best NHL players of his generation. Iginla is the Flames all-time leader in games played (1,219), goals (525), and points (1,095). Iginla is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has won multiple gold medals at various levels with Team Canada, and won two Memorial Cups with the Kamloops Blazers. He spent his remaining four seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.

“It’s a very nice honour,” Iginla said of being inducted. “It makes me think back of all the time I played hockey in Alberta from minor hockey to with the Flames in the NHL. It was a fun career; it went fast but it’s brought a lot of memories back. Times with my grandpa, my teammates and the games … I never thought I’d be in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.”

DAVE KING

Dave King has had a distinguished career as a coach and mentor for over 40 years, developing a reputation as one of hockey’s finest tacticians and teachers of the game. He’s 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. For nine years, he was the head coach and general manager of Canada’s full-time national team. He is a two-time medalist at the Winter Olympics, helping Canada win silver in 1991-92 and bronze in 2017-18.

“Hockey Alberta has always been a leader,” King said. “It’s always been progressive and that’s why hockey in this province is one of the top programs in the nation.”

KELLY KISIO

Kelly Kisio made his impact both on the ice as a player and off the ice in the front office. After spending over 700 games in the National Hockey League and three seasons as the captain of the New York Rangers where he tallied 229 goals and 658 points, Kisio turned his attention to turning the Calgary Hitmen into one of the most successful franchises in the Western Hockey League. Under his guidance as the team’s head coach and then general manager, the Hitmen won six Central Division titles, four Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy’s as the league’s best regular season team, three conference championships and two Ed Chynoweth Cup’s as league champions. He is currently a scout for the Vegas Golden Knights.

“Just to wear a ‘C’ on your sweater (in the National Hockey League) was something special,” Kisio said of his time as captain of the Rangers. “But to do it in New York, in front of those fans was pretty neat.”

CRAIG MACTAVISH

Craig MacTavish is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion during his 17-year playing career in the NHL, three of them coming with the Edmonton Oilers and another with the New York Rangers. He played in 1,093 games and registered 480 points, including 213 goals. He also served as an executive, coach and assistant coach in the NHL, where he helped the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006-07, coached Team Canada internationally as well as coached in both Russia and Switzerland.

“My career with the Oilers was 25 plus years and you don’t have longevity in this game without the friendship and loyalty of your organization,” MacTavish said of his career. “I came into the organization in 1985 and I was very lucky to come in under the leadership of Glen Sather. I was very fortunate.”

SHANNON SZABADOS

Shannon Szabados is a trailblazer for female hockey players. She was the first female to play at the Calgary Macs AAA hockey tournament, first female to play in the Western Hockey League, playing in four exhibition games with the Tri-City Americans, first female recipient of the AJHL’s top goaltender award and first female to sign and play in the Southern Professional Hockey League. She is also the first female to win an SPHL game and first and only female to record a shutout in men’s professional hockey. She is the only goaltender in women’s hockey history to backstop her nation to two gold medals at the Winter Olympics, helping Canada win gold in both 2010 and 2014. Szabados also had a successful college and university career with the MacEwan University Griffins and NAIT Ooks men’s hockey teams, winning the ACAC silver medal in 2008 and setting a regular season record for shutouts (five) on route to an ACAC Championship.

“Incredible group of inductees,” Szabados said. “A little humbled myself to be included in this group, so a huge honour for me to be part of this.”

2000-01 RED DEER REBELS

The 2000-01 Red Deer Rebels went 54-12-3-3 over the course of the regular season, leading the Canadian Hockey League. They advanced through the Western Hockey League playoffs by dispatching the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Calgary Hitmen and Swift Current Broncos before defeating the Portland Winterhawks in the league final. Red Deer qualified for the 2001 Memorial Cup in Regina, Saskatchewan where they went 2-1 in the round robin after wins over Val d’Or and Ottawa and a loss to Regina. Their record was good enough to earn an automatic berth into the Memorial Cup final where they once again defeated Val d’Or in a come-from-behind 6-5 overtime victory.

“We could play any way you wanted,” said Colby Armstrong. “We had size and skill. We could win 1-0, we could win 6-5, we could go play in the back alley and get into the nitty gritty of the game too. It was a really special group.”

For more information on the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and the Class of 2024, please visit www.ahhf.ca.


In addition to the Class of 2024, Robert ‘Bob’ Rawlusyk was honoured as the second recipient of the Robert Clark Legacy Award.

Rawlusyk spent over 40 years coaching multiple sports, both male and female athletes in Drumheller, Stettler, throughout Canada and in Japan. In 1991, he was tasked with organizing national games between Canada and Russia, advised the World Junior Hockey Committee in Red Deer and was the director of the World Under-17 Hockey Championship. For more than 20 years, he instructed coaching clinics and worked as an amateur hockey official.

Rawlusyk was a pillar in his community and in the game of hockey.

In 2022, the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced the Robert Clark Legacy Award for leadership in hockey. The award is presented to someone who has demonstrated similar passion, leadership, collaboration, and integrity in growing and improving the game.

The Robert Clark Legacy Award is named after Honoured Member of the AHHF and Hockey Alberta Life Member, Robert “Bob” Clark, who was a monumental figure in the hockey community. For over half a century, Clark was involved in hockey in Alberta, displaying a passion for growing and improving the game for athletes and administrators.

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Hockey Alberta honours 2024 membership award recipients

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta recognized several groups and individuals on July 20 through the Hockey Alberta Membership Awards Program presented by ATB for the work they did during the 2023-24 season.

Awards handed out on Saturday included Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Minor Hockey Association of the Year, Official of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Provincial Championship Exceptional Host Site Award and Order of Merit.

All award winners made outstanding contributions to amateur hockey throughout the year and went over and above the minimum guidelines and standards set out by Hockey Alberta.

Volunteer of the Year

Geoff Stewart (Okotoks) is this year’s recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. Stewart has served on the board of directors in Okotoks for the past 10 years, most recently as the president, a role he’s held for the past seven and a half seasons. As the president of one of Hockey Alberta’s largest members, he has prioritized the player experience within Okotoks Minor Hockey and has led with integrity when faced with challenging situations. His passion to give back to hockey is evident in that he is not only the president of Okotoks Minor Hockey, but he also coaches the U16 AA team. Stewart is actively engaged with Hockey Alberta, ensuring Okotoks is not only aligned with provincial and national standards, but are often one of the MHA’s leading the way.

Coach of the Year

Darren Gnam (Fairview) of the Fairview U15 Falcons has been named Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Year. Gnam had a significant positive impact on his players, taking the time to teach them the skills necessary to become comfortable, capable and confident with their transition into body contact. Gnam structures practices to ensure everyone has fun while learning the skills of the game, which created an environment that kept athletes involved in the sport.

Minor Hockey Association of the Year

Canmore Minor Hockey Association is being recognized as the Minor Hockey Association of the Year. Canmore’s desire to provide a fun and positive environment for children is directly aligned with the vision and mission of Hockey Alberta. They have established strong policies, procedures and is known for providing clear direction, training and support to their volunteers, allowing a fun, safe and positive environment to evolve. Canmore has also been active in seeking out grants to support player and coach development and have been proactive in offering flexible program options for families and working with neighbouring communities to provide opportunities for players outside of Canmore’s boundaries to access minor hockey.

Official of the Year

Hayley Butz (Duffield) is Hockey Alberta’s Official of the Year. Overcoming a broken leg, an injury suffered while playing rugby, Butz had a banner season on both the provincial and national level. She attended Hockey Alberta’s officiating summer development camp as well as Hockey Canada’s officiating program of excellence camp. Butz was selected to officiate the 2023 Canada Winter Games and the 2023 Women’s U18 National Championships, where she was picked to officiate the gold medal game at both events. In February, Butz was selected by Hockey Canada to be certified as a National High Performance Official – the highest ranking possible for an official within Hockey Canada’s program. On top of her two national events earlier in the year, she also officiated the Women’s USports Nationals in Saskatoon. When available, she also spends time giving back to officiating through coaching and supervision of other officials.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Debbie Northcott (Caroline). Northcott exemplifies the core values of Hockey Alberta through her interactions with players, parents, teams, associations, volunteers and staff. She has contributed to growing and developing amateur hockey in the province through her various volunteer roles with Hockey Alberta, which dates back two decades. Her involvement in the sport came well before she formally joined Hockey Alberta as the Zone 4 Minor Council Representative in 2005, holding the position for eight years while playing a key role in changing the player movement regulations and enhancing the Provincial Championship structure. She shifted her focus to registration and served on Hockey Alberta’s Minor Administration Committee for five years, four of which were as the Chair of the committee. Northcutt lobbied for changes that would not only benefit the players, but also ensure hockey would continue to grow and thrive in rural communities. She is currently part of Hockey Alberta’s Appeals Committee.

Provincial Championship Exceptional Host Site Award

Stettler Minor Hockey Association and the U18 Tier 1 Provincial Championship are this year’s winners of the Provincial Championship Exceptional Host Site Award. Stettler’s minor hockey program, the Town of Stettler and the community all played key roles in the event, including pre-event promotion and the opening ceremonies. Each team had a designated dressing room and equipment storage for the tournament and there was a banquet for the players and families. To leave a legacy for minor hockey, the host committee distributed a portion of the profits from the tournament to support local coach and officiating development programs.

Order of Merit - Officiating (Ernie Boruk Award)

Dominic St. Amand (Vermilion) has won the Ernie Boruk Award for the 2023-24 season. St. Amand’s passion for Hockey Alberta officiating has laid a strong foundation that will benefit the program for many years to come. As the Chair of the Northeast Official’s Sub-Committee, he facilitated a thriving officiating program that includes a robust grassroots program, annual summer camps for elite officials, as well as a officiating coaching initiative. He has spent countless hours on the road, away from his family to showcase and learn about development standards being implemented in his region and ensure that officials have the support they need.

Order of Merit - Officiating (Dave Ganley Award)

Brad Campbell (Calgary) has won the Dave Ganley Award. He has been a member of the Central Region Official’s Sub-Committee for over 10 years, focusing his efforts on grassroots development. Still an active official himself, Campbell has a keen eye for development and has impacted countless officials while being instrumental in developing the next generation of officiating talent in the Calgary area.

Order of Merit - Administration

Connie Anderson (Sundre) has been volunteering with Hockey Alberta since 2011 as the Zone 6 Minor Discipline Coordinator, a role that Anderson held for seven years. Anderson transitioned to the role of Chair, Minor Discipline in 2018 where he helped align Hockey Alberta’s investigation and suspension process while also contributing to national and provincial regulation changes that establish more consistency in discipline procedures.

Order of Merit - Administration

Neil Robertson (Calgary) has volunteered for more than three decades in minor hockey, including 17 years with Hockey Alberta. Robertson was part of the U18 executive for more than 20 years where he played a key role in creating Hockey Alberta’s ‘Alberta Development Model’ (ADM) for AAA hockey. He represented AAA hockey by serving on the ADM committee for 13 years. While on the committee, he helped establish Hockey Alberta’s Elite Male Hockey Model. In 2020 he accepted the position of Chair for Elite Male Hockey and has continued to help enhance the model, including the creation of the Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL).

Order of Merit - Development

Doug Crashley (Calgary) has been invested in the development of hockey players in the province for decades. He has owned and operated ‘Crash Conditioning’ since 2004, providing strength and conditioning, mindset, nutrition, recovery and injury rehabilitation services to athletes. His involvement with Hockey Alberta started more than 15 years ago through the Team Pacific U17 program. He has been active with the U16 Male Team Alberta program since the introduction of the WHL Cup in 2009 and still attends the U16 camp each summer. He also has presented to players and coaches at various Hockey Alberta events and seminars. To help keep players motivated and active during the pandemic, Crashley partnered with Hockey Alberta’s ‘Hockey at Home’ initiative, developing training videos to engage and inform athletes.

To view previous recipients of the Hockey Alberta Membership Awards presented by ATB, click here.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Gala kicking off Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic

Hockey Alberta and the Foundation are gearing up for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Gala on July 20 in Red Deer and the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic in Canmore on July 22 and 23.

On Saturday night at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, the hockey community celebrates the Class of 2024. Six individuals and one team are joining the previous esteemed Classes in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF), and the recipient of the Robert Clark Legacy Award is being announced.

On Monday and Tuesday, the festivities shift to Canmore as teams hit the links for the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic at the Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club as well as Silvertip Golf Resort.

Proceeds from the three events go towards the Every Kid Every Community program, to help provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey and experience the game.

Because of events like the Hall of Fame Gala and Golf Classic, the Hockey Alberta Foundation offers scholarships to the Future Leaders program and support organizations such as:

  • Sports Central, an organization that provides sports equipment to kids in need at no cost. Based in Edmonton, volunteers also accept gently used equipment by donation.
  • Calgary Flames Sports Bank, who helps kids and families across southern Alberta access equipment at no cost. The organization works with KidSport Calgary to breakdown the cost of fees and equipment to ensure every child has an opportunity to play sports. The Calgary Flames Sports Bank operates with the help of volunteers and donations.
  • Free Play for Kids Inc., who provides programs and spaces free of charge that are accessible and inclusive to encourage youth to keep playing.
  • HEROS Hockey, who uses hockey to teach life-skills and empower marginalized youth. The organization provides free hockey programming for at risk children and youth, offering a safe and stable environment for them to grow, connect and succeed.
  • The Ladd Foundation, who gives youth access to resources that support their health and well-being. Targeted to youth hockey players, parents and coaches, the foundation promotes healthy development and mental health.

Thank you to the partners who make these events possible:

Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Gala:

Calgary Flames Foundation

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

Red Deer Resort and Casino

Prism Flow Products

Beyond Insurance

New Harvest Media

Pattison Media (Big 105.5 and 106.7 Rewind)

Calgary Flames Alumni

Spirit of Red Deer

Bo’s Bar & Stage, The Hideout, Troubled Monk

Fortis Alberta

AJHL

Golfzone

Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic:

ATB Wealth

Q2 Artificial Lift Services

ATB

Alstar Oilfield

Vada Capital

Goal Line Partners

Troubled Monk, Bo’s Bar and Stage, The Hideout

The House of Leaders

Cat Creek Consulting Ltd.

Silvertip Resort

Red Deer Discount Golf

Birchcliff Energy

Legacy Branding Co.

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

Friends of Ken King

Calgary Flames Foundation

McCaw’s Blasting & Drilling

Hockey Alberta

RSM Canada

Beyond Insurance

Respect Group

Cochrane Minor Hockey

Prism Flow Products

Western Hockey League

Team Alberta

Thirty-five athletes named to Team Alberta Under-16 Male Shortlist

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is one step closer to naming the roster for Team Alberta’s Under-16 Male team that is representing the province at the WHL Cup in October.

Thirty-five athletes are in contention to make the final roster, with four goaltenders, 12 defence, and 19 forwards included on the shortlist.

TEAM ALBERTA UNDER-16 MALE SHORTLIST >

Athletes were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the Under-16 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 2-7. Eighty players were invited to Red Deer and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“There are a lot of talented players in this age group. We saw it at Alberta Cup, and we saw it at summer camp,” said Derrick Martin, Head Coach of Team Alberta’s Under-16 Male team. “We’re constructing a team that can compete at an elite level in short-term competition. The decisions don’t get easier and now it’s up to these 35 players to show us why they belong on the roster.”

Team Alberta, fueled by Gatorade, is slated to compete at the WHL Cup in Red Deer against Team B.C., Team Saskatchewan and Team Manitoba.

Team Alberta

Team Alberta Under-18 Female Summer Camp Kick Off

RED DEER – Forty-six athletes are gathering in Red Deer for the 2024 Team Alberta Female Summer Camp, July 16-20.

Six goaltenders, 16 defence and 24 forwards are attending the Under-18 camp. Athletes are going to be evaluated and shortlisted for Fall Camp, with hopes of securing a position on Team Alberta to compete at the 2024 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Quispamsis, New Brunswick Nov. 3-9.

TEAM ALBERTA FEMALE U18 SUMMER CAMP INVITES >

Camp features on and off-ice sessions, as well as games. The groups are evenly split into Team Blue and Team Yellow with the first of 10 skill sessions beginning with Team Blue on Tuesday, July 16 at 4 P.M. Team Yellow has its first skill session at 5:30 P.M. that same day. The two teams are then scheduled to play the first of three contests against one another on Thursday, July 18 at 7 P.M.

Team Alberta’s U18 Female team finished fourth at the 2023 National Women’s U18 Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C., losing a tight battle to Team B.C. in the bronze medal game.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Celebrate the 2000-01 Memorial Cup champion Red Deer Rebels at Bo’s Bar and Stage July 19

RED DEER – Mix and mingle with members of the 2001 Memorial Cup championship winning Red Deer Rebels in a special one night only event at Bo’s Bar and Stage on July 19.

The event which is presented by the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Bo’s Bar and Stage and the Red Deer Rebels Foundation is a night of never-before-heard-stories from players and staff members of that championship run in a hot stove style format.

Also included in the evening is a silent auction and live entertainment. The $10 cover charge at the door is in support of The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community initiative.

The Rebels went 54-12-3-3 over the course of the regular season, leading the Canadian Hockey League. They advanced through the Western Hockey League playoffs by dispatching the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Calgary Hitmen and Swift Current Broncos before defeating the Portland Winterhawks in the league final. Red Deer qualified for the 2001 Memorial Cup in Regina, Saskatchewan where they went 2-1 in the round robin after wins over Val d’Or and Ottawa and a loss to Regina. Their record was good enough to earn an automatic berth into the Memorial Cup final where they once again defeated Val d’Or in a come-from-behind 6-5 overtime victory.

The event kicks off at 6:30 P.M. For more information, visit Bo’s Bar and Stage Facebook page.

The 2000-01 Red Deer Rebels Memorial Cup Champions are being inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 20, at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

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WESTERN CANADIAN JUNIOR HOCKEY PILOT TO LAUNCH IN 2024-25 SEASON

CALGARY, Alberta – Hockey Canada has announced that its board of directors has approved a Western Canadian Development Model (WCDM) pilot project for the 2024-25 season, following an extensive proposal submitted in collaboration from its four Western Members, their respective Junior A hockey leagues and the Western Hockey League (WHL).

The WCDM pilot project focuses on strengthening the delivery of sanctioned junior hockey to participants across Western Canada and will create unprecedented choice and flexibility for players and their families in a system that prioritizes their unique needs on and off the ice, while evolving the opportunities offered to athletes to develop at a level that is reflective of their ability.

“The unity between Hockey Canada and the 10 organizations that led the development of the pilot project has never been stronger, and we are grateful for the tremendous work by the Members and leagues that led to today’s announcement,” said Pat McLaughlin, chief operating officer and executive vice-president of strategy for Hockey Canada. “We all must continue to evolve to meet the needs of Canadians looking to participate in our National Winter Sport in a system that operates with an athlete-centred approach and ensures their development and safety on and off the ice is at the forefront of everything we do.

“By increasing flexibility for junior hockey players and families in Western Canada, we anticipate that we will see higher quality competition on the ice, all the way up to the National Team level when Canada is competing internationally in the years to come.”

The WCDM working group consists of representatives from BC Hockey, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Pacific Junior Hockey League, Hockey Alberta, the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Hockey Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Hockey Manitoba, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the WHL.

  1. Standard of play and rules

By streamlining the application of Playing Rules for the same age group, athletes, coaches and officials participating in sanctioned Western Junior A leagues will gain experience and develop in a similar environment to the WHL.

  • All participating Western Junior A leagues will adopt the WHL Rule Book, except for Section 1 – Playing Area, Section 3 – Equipment, Rule 34.6 – Television, Rule 38 – Video Goal Judge and Rule 46.14 – Major Penalty.
  • Fighting in the Western Junior A leagues will continue to follow the existing Hockey Canada Rule 7.10.
  • As part of the pilot, players 18 years of age or older as of December 31 of the current season may choose to wear half-face protection, while those under the age of 18 must continue to wear full-face protection, in line with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rule 202.
  1. Roster composition

To increase flexibility in the development pathway for 15- and 16-year-old players in Western Canada, a number of changes will be implemented, including:

  • All 15-year-old affiliate players will be eligible to play up to 10 games with their WHL Club, the same as 16-year-old affiliate players.
  • Instead of rostering a maximum of five 15-year-old affiliate players in a season, WHL Clubs will be allowed to name up to nine by January 10.
  • If a WHL Club cannot dress a full roster of 20 players for a game, the team will now be eligible to dress two 15-year-old affiliate players.
  • WHL Clubs will be able to designate one 16-year-old player, who upon being returned to a Junior A, Canadian Sport School Hockey League or U18 team, will be allowed to play up to 15 games in the WHL.
  • If one of the four Members participating in the pilot has granted a 12-, 13- or 14-year-old player special status to play in an advanced age category, any such player must be evaluated to ensure they currently meet and are deemed to continue with special player status in their 15-year-old year to qualify and continue to be eligible to play up to 34 games in the WHL.

“This unprecedented collaboration between the WHL, Junior A leagues and the Western Branches is an unmistakably player-first approach and is one that responds in a substantive way to the evolving demands of players and their families,” commented WHL commissioner Dan Near. “Each of these organizations share a common priority – developing players on and off the ice. The Western Hockey League sits atop the development pyramid for elite players in the West and we will always look for ways to enhance our delivery to players and their families.”

“Establishing this pilot project is a very important part of the exciting steps being taken to evolve our junior hockey pathways in Western Canada, and the initiative will provide our players with even more opportunity and flexibility in their development,” said Cameron Hope, chief executive officer of BC Hockey. “We look forward to the coming season and working together with our Junior A leagues, the WHL and Hockey Canada to ensure the sanctioned junior hockey system continues to strengthen and flourish in our Branch and beyond.”

“This collaboration resets the foundation for developmental opportunities for athletes across Western Canada,” stated AJHL commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk. “As a unified group, we can proactively approach the dynamic nature of our game while adapting and evolving over the duration of this initiative and beyond. We are appreciative of the trust placed in our collective hands and thank the Hockey Canada Board and staff for their support.”

The pilot project will be reviewed on an ongoing basis during the 2024-25 season, and it is anticipated that its scope will expand in future seasons.

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Alignment of Elite Hockey in Alberta, beginning in 2024-25 Season

Hockey Alberta is excited to announce several changes to Elite Hockey in Alberta, in an effort to align elite hockey across the province, starting in the 2024-25 season.

To unify the Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL), Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) and AA Hockey, Hockey Alberta has formed an Elite Hockey Executive.

The Executive’s focus is to deliver a premier Elite Development pathway for families in Alberta, to continue to grow the profile of Elite Hockey in Alberta and ensure aligned operations between AA, AAA as well as both male and female hockey leagues.

The executive includes:

  • Elite Commissioner, Aaron Rawlake
  • AEHL Chair, Devin Selte
  • AEHL Vice Chair, Lee Hellyer
  • AFHL Chair, Jody Forbes
  • AFHL Vice Chair, Lise Cote
  • AA Hockey Chair, Trevor Hittel

In addition to the Elite Hockey Executive, Hockey Alberta has announced the following expansion plans for the 2024-25 season:

  • U13, U15, U16 and U18 AA Hockey in Alberta operated by the AEHL, overseen by AA Hockey Chair, Trevor Hittel, and AEHL Commissioner, Aaron Rawlake.
  • A U13 AAA Pilot in Northern Alberta, operated by the AEHL.
  • The Alberta U11 AA Hockey League, operated by Hockey Alberta, culminating in awarding a Provincial Champion.

AEHL Expansion to AA Hockey

Hockey Alberta has been working alongside Minor Hockey Associations in the province, the Northern Alberta Hockey League, South Central Alberta Hockey League, Hockey Calgary AA League, and the AEHL over the last several months to unify the three pre-existing AA leagues under the AEHL.

“The expansion of the AEHL to include AA in the elite model is due to the collaboration and engagement of associations and members in the Hockey Alberta system,” Rawlake said. The AEHL is excited to welcome the AA stakeholders and players to the AEHL with a commitment to exceptional service. Hockey Alberta will continue to provide the premier destination for all levels of elite hockey in the province and we look forward to continuing work with our innovative partners to continue to grow our game.”

The AEHL is being led by Aaron Rawlake, Commissioner, Elite Hockey (AEHL and AFHL), with AA Division Operations being overseen by Trevor Hittel, Chair, AA hockey.

“Unifying AA hockey under the AEHL has been a priority of mine for years,” Hittel said. “We are thrilled to take these next steps to standardize AA league operations and work more closely with AAA divisions to continue to develop and promote AA players to AAA hockey.”

U13 AAA Pilot

The U13 AAA Pilot is being launched for the 2024-2025 season in Northern Alberta. This Pilot will provide valuable insight to Hockey Alberta in identifying the ideal structure required to provide this level of hockey to families across the entire province in the 2025-26 season. MHAs currently committed to participate in the Pilot are Hockey Edmonton (4 teams), Bonnyville, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Leduc, Lloydminster, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert.

Teams will compete within the structure of the AEHL, which includes access to livestreaming and video analytics to enhance the player development experience at this level of hockey.

Families registered with an MHA that is hosting a U13 AAA team are to access tryouts with that team. Athletes registered outside of an MHA hosting a U13 AAA team are permitted to pursue a U13 AAA tryout with an MHA that is accepting tryout players. Once families have found an Association that is accepting tryout players, athletes from outside the Host MHA will need a ‘Notification to Tryout’ form.

For more information on individual programs and tryouts, please contact the Host Associations for more details.

U11 AA

For the past two seasons, Hockey Alberta has worked with our Minor Hockey Leagues to operate the U11 HADP within Alberta. Hockey Alberta has decided to create the category of U11 AA, officially, for 2024-25 and beyond.

Teams within the U11 AA will play in the newly formed Alberta U11 AA Hockey League. The inaugural season of U11 AA will begin in October and the 48 participating teams will compete in regional play throughout the season with the season culminating in playoffs and a Provincial Tournament.


Please refer to Information Bulletin 23-11 for more information regarding the alignment and league operations.

Bulletin 23-11 >

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Hockey Alberta’s Goalie Development program helping young athletes reach the next level

RED DEER – Goaltending is one of the most scrutinized positions in sports. Through the Goalie Development Program, Hockey Alberta is providing young goaltenders the tools to succeed at all levels.

This program, led by Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Goalie Development, Matt Weninger, was designed to ensure Alberta’s goaltenders, and their coaches, are properly equipped to reach the next level of performance. Athletes and coaches are provided goaltender specific skills development, consistent coaching, and mental and physical resources that come with playing the position at a high level.

Goaltenders, Erika Lind and Jackson Unger both credit the program for the foundation of their development.

Lind grew up playing in the Edmonton minor hockey system, spending the final two seasons of her minor hockey career with the Northern Alberta Xtreme U18 Prep team. She had a great two years with the Xtreme, including her final season where she played in 21 games, putting up a .932 save percentage and 2.01 goals-against-average. Her suburb play earned her an opportunity to attend Mercyhurst University to play NCAA Division I hockey, where she made her debut between the pipes in the 2023-24 season as a freshman.

“I learned a lot through the Hockey Alberta stream, not only as a player, but life lessons and skills I’m able to use in my life now,” said Lind. “Throughout my years with Hockey Alberta, I’ve had the privilege of participating in quite a few of the elite (goalie development) camps. It gave me the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of the top-end goalie coaches in Alberta and that was always very beneficial to hear constructive feedback from them and get different perspectives.”

Lind’s time with Hockey Alberta’s Goalie Development Program began in 2019. While she’s reached an elite level of play, her foundation is still built on what she learned from the Hockey Alberta stream.

“By taking every piece of constructive feedback and applying it to my game to help develop my skills, I used that as an opportunity to grow as a goaltender, both physically and mentally,” said Lind. “Seeing my progression from my first year, when I was playing at the Alberta Challenge for North Yellow to now … I’m not sure I would’ve seen the growth in my game that I did, if it wasn’t for my time in the (goaltending) program.”

Unger played his minor hockey in Calgary with the Calgary Bisons and Edge U18 Prep team before moving onto the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors, where he’s spent the last three seasons.

The 2023-24 season marked Unger’s first full season as Moose Jaw’s starter. He went 35-15 with a .908 save percentage in the regular season before going 16-1-2 in 20 playoff games with a .910 save percentage and 2.90 goals-against-average, backstopping Moose Jaw to a WHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament.

Taking part in the Alberta Built Camps as a kid, Unger credits Hockey Alberta’s Goalie Development Program for setting him up for success later in his career.

“There’s nothing (that compares) to the calibre of Hockey Alberta camps, those are the toughest camps I’ve been to,” Unger said. “I’ve been participating in these camps since my U9 or U11 days and they’ve really pushed me the most. Hockey Alberta has the best coaches too. They know what they’re doing, and the program is set up really well to help young goaltenders find success.”

Weninger, who has lead the Goalie Development Program since 2017, first met Unger as a kid at the Hockey Alberta camps. Their relationship has grown throughout the years through Hockey Alberta and Weninger’s position as Moose Jaw’s goaltending coach.

“We’ve known each other for a long time,” Unger said. "I would see him every year through Hockey Alberta camps. Once I got drafted, I started going to his Lethbridge camps that he put on for WHL goalies. He’s developed me a lot and he’s been with me throughout most of my career, so it’s been good.”

Like Lind, Unger credits the Hockey Alberta Goalie Development Program for the development of the foundation of his game.

“One of the things they (Hockey Alberta) taught me was the off-ice mental stuff and all the nutrition,” Unger said. “They went through everything you need to know off the ice as well because that’s equally as important as the on-ice aspects. I still know all the stuff they taught me back then and it’s always in the back of my mind. The big game preparation, having all those tools from those camps is big for sure.”

Unger and Lind are now guest coaches for Hockey Alberta and they are working with Weninger to develop the foundation of the next generation of Alberta goalies.


For more information on the Hockey Alberta Goalie Development Program, visit:

HOCKEY ALBERTA GOALIE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM >

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Seven Albertans selected in 2024 NHL Draft

RED DEER – Seven Albertans were selected in the 2024 National Hockey League Draft to six different teams during the two-day event in Las Vegas, June 28 and 29.

Calgary’s Carter Yakemchuk was the first Albertan off the board, going seventh overall to the Ottawa Senators while Lethbridge’s Terik Parascak also went in the first round to the Washington Capitals with pick 17.

Five more were drafted in rounds two through seven on Saturday.

In total, four are alumni of the Alberta Elite Hockey League and two, in Harrison Brunicke and Charlie Elick, are Team Alberta alumnus, although Elick was forced to miss the competition with an injury.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

7

Carter Yakemchuk

Ottawa Senators

Defence

Calgary

17

Terik Parascak

Washington Capitals

Forward

Lethbridge

SECOND ROUND

36

Charlie Elick

Columbus Blue Jackets

Defence

Calgary

41

Andrew Basha

Calgary Flames

Forward

Calgary

44

Harrison Brunicke

Pittsburgh Penguins

Defence

Calgary

SIXTH ROUND

177

Eric Jamieson

Calgary Flames

Defence

Calgary

193

Hunter St. Martin

Florida Panthers

Forward

Edmonton

Team Alberta

Team Alberta Male Summer Camp set to get underway on Canada Day

RED DEER – Eighty athletes are in Red Deer for the 2024 Team Alberta Male Under-16 Summer Camp.

The camp takes place July 1-7 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Eight goalies, 24 defence and 48 forwards born in 2009 were invited to attend the camp. Athletes invited are vying for a spot on the roster that will be competing in the 2024 WHL Cup.

TEAM ALBERTA MALE U16 SUMMER CAMP INVITES >

Selections were determined based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2023-24 season and the 2024 Alberta Cup. From summer camp, a short list will be set, and those players will be scouted with their club teams until the 20 player-roster is named.

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The Outreach Centre and the Hockey Alberta Foundation Announce Pickleball Fundraiser

(RED DEER, AB) – The Outreach Centre and the Hockey Alberta Foundation are excited to announce the first annual Pickleball Fundraiser Corporate Charity Challenge, presented by IG Private Wealth Management Nathan Giesbrecht & Associates. The tournament will take place on Friday, January 24, 2025 at Westerner Park.


The pickleball challenge will be a day filled with fun and friendly competition, all for a great cause. Teams from local businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the tournament, which aims to raise funds for the programs and services provided by The Outreach Centre and the Hockey Alberta Foundation.


The Outreach Centre serves individuals and families in central Alberta, supporting them in their pursuit of healthy relationships, mental health wellbeing, housing stability and self-sufficiency. The Hockey Alberta Foundation raises funds to foster and support access to youth hockey in Alberta, with a goal of ensuring that every child throughout Alberta has the opportunity to play hockey.


“This tournament will be a fantastic way to engage with our colleagues in a day of fun and healthy competition, while raising funds for 2 local non-profit organizations”, says Nathan Giesbrecht, Executive Financial Consultant for IG Private Wealth Management Nathan Giesbrecht & Associates. “As a company, we believe in giving back to the communities where we live and work, so we are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of this event.”


Registration for the Pickleball Fundraiser Corporate Charity Challenge is now open. Participants will enjoy a day of pickleball action, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. with an optional Learn to Play session hosted by the Red Deer Pickleball Club. The official tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. Registration includes lunch and transportation to an After Party event held at Bo’s Bar & Stage.


For information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, contact Dustin Moore with The Outreach Centre at [email protected] or 403.347.2480. Interested participants are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.

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Hockey Alberta’s partnership with Indigenous Sport Council Alberta providing youth with opportunities to play

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Hockey Alberta is proud to share stories from across the province’s hockey community.

When Hockey Alberta partnered up with Indigenous Sport Council Alberta (ISCA) in 2019, the goal behind the partnership was to provide improved and enhanced opportunities for Indigenous hockey participants across the province.

ISCA is the provincial sports body for Indigenous youth in Alberta, who provides funding, opportunities and engagement with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across the province.

Nearly four and a half years later, the two sides have seen growth and development of the sport of hockey in Indigenous communities across Alberta which includes representing Team Alberta at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship (NAHC).

Al Blackwater, a board member for ISCA since 2018, says the partnership they’ve built with Hockey Alberta has been beneficial for both parties.

“I’m enjoying this relationship that we’ve built with Hockey Alberta, giving Indigenous youth the opportunity to further their skills and seeing how they can compete at elite level hockey,” Blackwater said. “All the minor hockey associations across Alberta, sort of flows through Hockey Alberta and they’re the main channel of the sport in this province. So, it was kind of a no brainer for us to get that assistance and guidance from Hockey Alberta.”

Blackwater added that the biggest area of growth that he’s noticed has been regarding the NAHC tournament. NAHC is an annual event that provides a forum for elite U18 Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis across the 13 provinces and territories.

Both Alberta’s male and female teams have seen consistent improvements with the female team winning two medals in the four-year span and the male team proving they can compete with any of the other provinces.

“The Indigenous Sport Council Alberta has always been the lead when it comes to the NAHC tournament, but over the years it’s really lacked,” Blackwater said. “I can honestly say there wasn’t really any dollars being put towards it and there wasn’t really any kind of proper structure. It was getting to the point where it was a question of ‘who wants to run Team Alberta?’ With Hockey Alberta and the relationship we’ve built now, it’s been fantastic. I find that one of the best things to come from it has been that Indigenous athletes are looking at Hockey Alberta. Looking at all the different programs Hockey Alberta has … it’s a lot of good opportunities for our athletes, fair opportunities and it’s made life at ISCA a lot easier.”

On top of there being more structure and funding pushed into the Team Alberta NAHC program, Blackwater said it’s also given athletes the opportunity to compete and showcase their skills.

“Kids from the South weren’t really getting looked at and now those doors have opened up for them as well as other kids who maybe weren’t getting their chance,” he said. “There are some elite athletes across Alberta that are now participating in these tryout camps and tournaments, so I think it’s great that we’re trying to make sure we don’t leave anybody out and the youth know they have that opportunity.”

While that area has improved since the partnership, Blackwater says that inclusion and outside financial factors are still things that Indigenous communities face in sports.

“I think when you play that elite sport, it comes down to that financial aspect. I grew up right from the reserve and I had parents that worked hard and allowed me to participate in sports and make it to a higher level. But sometimes there are kids that don’t get that opportunity because it comes down to the money,” Blackwater said. “Hockey is the biggest sport in Canada, but if you want to make it to the elite level, you’ve got to have money and I think that hurts some communities. We get a lot of donations through KidSport or through the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and if we can provide some funding for our athletes that can help assist them to that next level, then we will. But it’s certainly a challenge for some kids and hopefully we can get to a spot where if you’re good enough, you’ll have all the opportunity to make it.”

The ISCA provides grant opportunities for Indigenous athletes, including the ISCA Elite Athlete Grant Application.

ISCA ELITE ATHLETE GRANT APPLICATION >

Selection camps for the 2025 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships will take place August 8-11, in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. The championship tournament will be held May 5-10, 2025, in Kamloops, British Columbia.

2025 NAHC TRYOUT APPLICATION >

Team Alberta

Forty-six athletes invited to Team Alberta Female U18 Summer Camp

RED DEER – Forty-six athletes are gathering in Red Deer for the 2024 Team Alberta Female U18 Summer Camp, July 16-20.

The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre welcomes six goaltenders, 16 defence, and 24 forwards who were evaluated throughout the season. Athletes are being evaluated and shortlisted for Fall Camp, in hopes of securing a position on Team Alberta to compete at the national event.

TEAM ALBERTA FEMALE U18 SUMMER CAMP INVITES & SCHEDULE >

“We’ve had the opportunity to watch and evaluate these players at various events and have watched them develop over the years,” said Mike Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, High Performance. “We are confident that the talent that is going to be showcased at camp represents a bright future for Team Alberta and the Female U18 program.”

Camp features on and off-ice sessions, as well as games. The groups are evenly split into Team Blue and Team Yellow with the first of 10 skill sessions begins with Team Blue on Tuesday, July 16 at 4 P.M. Team Yellow has its first skill session at 5:30 P.M. that same day. The two teams are then scheduled to play the first of three contests against one another on Thursday, July 18 at 7 P.M.

Team Alberta’s U18 Female team finished fourth at the 2023 National Women’s U18 Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C., losing a tight battle to Team B.C. in the bronze medal game.

The 2024 edition of the event is scheduled to take place November 3-9 in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.

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Player Registration for National Aboriginal Hockey Championship Selection Camp now open

RED DEER – Player registration is now open for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) Selection Camp.

The camp is taking place August 8-11, in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Male and female athletes born in 2007 – 2010, who are of Indigenous heritage (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and registered with a Hockey Alberta or a Hockey Canada sanctioned minor hockey association are eligible to try out.

The camp costs $259 plus GST and includes a jersey, warm-up shirt and shorts, on-ice practices and games for each participant.

In partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council – Alberta, Hockey Alberta sends a U18 Male Team and U18 Female Team to compete at the championship.

The Aboriginal Sport Circle established the NAHC in 2002 as the premiere competition for young Aboriginal hockey players in Canada. The 2025 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships takes place May 4-11, 2025, in Kamloops, B.C.

The annual event provides a forum for elite U18 aged Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nations, Métis and Inuit across the 13 provinces and territories. This annual event helps foster cultural unity and pride to celebrate Indigenous athletes and sport.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, July 16.

For any questions, please contact Mike Applegate, Manager, Development Programs and Team Alberta NAHC at [email protected].

NAHC SELECTION CAMP – MALE REGISTRATION >

NAHC SELECTION CAMP – FEMALE REGISTRATION >

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Hockey Canada Seeking Hlinka Gretzky Cup Volunteers

The top under-18 hockey players in the world are coming to Edmonton this summer for the 2024 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and Hockey Canada wants you to be part of the action!

Join Hockey Canada for the annual invitation-only tournament Aug. 5-10 at Rogers Place and be there when future stars emerge. The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is the premier, best-on-best competition where fans and scouts alike get a chance to see the top NHL Draft prospects showcase their elite skill on the international stage ahead of the 2024-25 season, and we need volunteers like you to make it all happen.

Hockey Canada is currently looking for volunteers for the following committees:

  • Scout & Media Services
  • Medical
  • Off-Ice Officials
  • Team Services
  • Transportation
  • Volunteer Operations

Selected volunteers will receive a uniform, meals, transit passes, and a chance to win great Hlinka Gretzky Cup prizes.

CLICK HERE AND SIGN UP BY JUNE 25 >

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Pride Month – CIHA creating an inclusive and safe environment to try hockey

In celebration of Pride Month, Hockey Alberta is proud to share stories from across the province’s hockey community.

If you can play, you can play.

The Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association was formed to create a local hockey organization and social environment with a focus on LGBTQ equality in sport.

The Calgary Pioneers have been playing in the WinSport Hockey Canada League (WHCL) since 2015. They added a second team, the Villagers, in 2017 and are now CIHA’s beginners’ team.

“It’s a space primarily for 2SLGBTQIA+ people to be part of a hockey organization where they can be themselves and be celebrated for that and feel comfortable being who they are in the dressing room, on the ice and around the rink without that fear of discrimination,” said Jason Finnan, President of the Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association. “We create that safe space for them, where they can be exactly who they are, and we’ll support them and create a space for them to enjoy hockey because it’s our national sport and so many Canadians love it.”

Finnan said the association has seen a big uptick in new players over the last year and a half.

“We’ve seen more people join. Specifically trans players, that didn’t feel like they had a space to go and play hockey,” Finnan said. “They didn’t feel like a men’s league was right for them, didn’t feel like a women’s league was right for them either. So, we happily accepted them into our group and are making sure they feel welcome and safe.”

The growth over the past two years is a microcosm of what the association has seen in registration since it began nearly a decade ago. For the first time, CIHA was able to ice a third team last season.

“We’ve bumped up from 20 members to 40 and over the last couple years we’ve been right at the cut off to get a third team, which we were finally able to get last year and have our first season with three teams,” Finnan said. “We have two teams that are beginner and intermediate, and then we have the Pioneers which is our longest standing team and is a little more advanced. We’re currently sitting at 70 members, and we split them between the three teams. We’ve grown a lot in diversity, and I think we’re stronger because of that.”

The CIHA wants people to know that everyone is welcome to join their teams regardless of race or sexual orientation.

“That message of inclusivity goes beyond gender identity or sexual orientation because there are people of other races that may not feel comfortable in the sport, especially if they’re queer as well. It’s a whole other added layer for them” Finnan said. “So, we really try to spread that positive message that everyone is welcome and to feel the best they can in a hockey setting.”

New to the association this past year is the scholarship program. To try and help offset the costs that come with playing hockey, applicants are invited to apply for subsidy between 15 and 50 percent of their yearly hockey fees.

“We got a donation from the NHL when Luke Prokop came out a few years ago,” Finnan said. “So, we used that donation money for our scholarship program to break down that financial barrier for people to get in and play if money is a concern. It’s been a big initiative to take on, but if it gives more people the chance to play our great game, then it is more than worth it.

Prokop, who hails from Edmonton, was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 2020 NHL Draft. He made pro sports history becoming the first openly gay player under NHL contract. Prokop has spent parts of the past two seasons in the Predators farm system but has yet to suit up in NHL regular season action. Finnan is hoping that there is soon going to be more representation at the professional level, specifically in the NHL.

“I think when we see professional players speak up about these issues or even come out to be their authentic self, I think that really inspires everyone else to feel more comfortable,” Finnan said. “We haven’t really seen any representation currently in the NHL of any openly gay players so I think that would be a massive change to help bridge that gap of homophobia. Even if they’re just allies, it would be helpful for our community and making people feel a little safer and a little less scared.”

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Sturgeon Hockey Club furthering Officials Development and Female hockey program with help of Hockey Alberta Foundation

With the help of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, the Sturgeon Hockey Club has been able to take a two pronged approach to growing the game in its community.

Fundingfrom Hockey Alberta’s Member Grant Program, supported by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, was used to further the development of both the local officials as well as the female program.

“I simply can’t state enough of how important the continued support of HA, EOCF and the HAF have meant to our small hockey association,” said Gene Connors, president of the Sturgeon association. “The amount of time, effort and money that we were able to put towards our officiating development and retention has been tremendous. We used to struggle year after year with finding officials to take the course and retention as well.  With the proceeds we received this season, we not only increased our official numbers greatly but the amount of advertising, teaching, recognition and clinics we were able to conduct will prove fruitful for years to come.”

The officials’ program had 45 students participate with four volunteers. Those enrolled in the program had six development nights with both classroom and ice time provided. The young officials practiced the art of skating, puck drops, whistle blowing, penalty procedures and a whole lot more.

“We have had numerous people comment on the difference in the Sturgeon officals this season. I am very proud of this group of individuals and what was accomplished throughout the season,” O’Connors said. “It makes you feel good about the time and effort put in behind the scenes to help these officials be successful when you get compliments from even the visiting assiciations that the reffing is noticiably better each time they visit and the refs are very professional, knowledgeable, and easy to deal with even in heated games.”

The funding provided from the Member Grant program also allowed Sturgeon to host a week long female only development camp in December. The female hockey program saw 120 players and 21 volunteers participate to help grow the female game in the community. The camp featured a goalie only session as well, to help further the progress of the position.

Sturgeon also held a Fillies Female Hockey Day in March that included on and off ice activities, including try hockey events. The day resulted in the association bringing out 13 new players interested in joining hockey. That rolled over into the Spring ID Skates, where 120 players registered.

“The impact that this grant had was instrumental in our hockey club being able to continue to grow and improve our female program,” O’Connors said. “We can not thank Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation enough for your help and support for our Female hockey program.”

The Hockey Alberta Member Grant Program, in partnership with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, allows access to funding for Hockey Alberta members in Northern Alberta. Priority areas for funding are leadership development; introduction to hockey, female, para, and Indigenous hockey programming; and inclusion and diversity initiatives. 

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Asian Heritage Month – most influential hockey players with ties to Alberta

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, Hockey Alberta is proud to share stories from across the province’s hockey community.

Alberta has produced several great Asian-Canadian hockey players, a handful of whom have reached the pinnacle of the sport by getting to the professional ranks or playing at an international level.

Hockey Alberta is going to highlight these athletes by taking a deep dive into their careers.


LARRY KWONG

Trailblazer Larry Kwong was originally born in Vernon, B.C. in 1923, to a Chinese-Canadian mother and a Chinese immigrant father. At a young age he found his way to the ice playing with the Vernon Hydrophones and Trail Smoke Eaters. His connection to Alberta came when he was stationed in Red Deer due to his basic military training over the course of World War II, playing for the army’s Red Deer Wheelers.

In 1946 he was extended a try-out invitation by the New York Rangers, playing mostly with the New York Rovers, the Rangers farm team. On March 13, 1948, Kwong dressed in his first NHL game. Playing in only one shift he became the first player of Asian heritage and the first person of colour to play in the NHL. Due to his contributions to the sport in the province, Kwong was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.

LARRY KWONG’S STORY >


STEVE TSUJIURA

After being drafted in the tenth round of the 1981 National Hockey League Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Coaldale’s Steve Tsujiura never made the NHL … but that doesn’t mean his impact on the sport is lessened. Born to Japanese-Canadian parents, Tsujiura got his start in the sport by skating at the outdoor rink and through the streets of Coaldale. His journey took him through Lethbridge and Taber to the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers in 1978. For three consecutive seasons Tsujiura led the Tigers in points, capping his junior career with an impressive 389 points in 243 games. Along the way, he was named WHL Player of the Year (1981), Most Sportsmanlike Player (1980, 1981) and a WHL Second All-Star (1981).

He spent his professional career in the American Hockey League, mostly with the Maine Mariners. He then went overseas and played in Italy and Switzerland before eventually suiting up for Japan at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano against NHL competition.

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KASSY BETINOL

Okotok’s Kassy Betinol was a fixture with Team Alberta, playing in the 2018 National Women’s U18 Championship as well as the 2019 Canada Winter Games. She went onto playing Division I hockey at the NCAA level with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, where she played two seasons before moving to play with Colgate University. Betinol had the opportunity to suit up for China at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. She played in four games, scoring a goal. She has played for China at various other international events and is continuing her playing career at the University of British Columbia while continuing to inspire both female and Asian-Canadian athletes.

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DEVIN SETOGUCHI

Devin Setoguchi was born in Taber, as a fourth generation Japanese-Canadian. He played one season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, before moving onto the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades and the Prince George Cougars. He played in 255 career games, registering 118 goals and 243 points with the Blades and Cougars, with his play allowing him to get selected in the first round, eighth overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2005 NHL Draft. Setoguchi played four seasons for the Sharks, as well as one season with their farm team in Worchester. He went on to play for the Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings. He also spent time in Switzerland and Germany, playing for HC Davos and Adler Mannheim.

Setoguchi played in 516 NHL games, scoring 131 goals, and adding 130 assists for 261 points. He also suited up in 53 playoff games, finishing with 25 points. The Taber native also represented Canada on the international stage, winning a silver medal with Canada Pacific at the World U17 Hockey Challenge, and a gold and silver medal at the Hlinka-Gretzky tournament and World U18 Hockey Championships.


MATT DUMBA

Former Team Alberta alumnus and current NHL defenceman Matt Dumba grew up in Regina but moved to Calgary at a young age. Dumba who comes from Filipino, Romanian, and German descent, played his minor hockey in Calgary with the Crowchild Minor Hockey Association, while also spending time with the Edge Mountaineers on their prep team.

Dumba was selected by the Red Deer Rebels in the 2009 WHL Draft and won the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s rookie of the year. He played 225 games with the Rebels and Portland Winterhawks and was drafted seventh overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2012 NHL Draft. With numerous accolades to his name including gold medals at the World Championships and Hlinka-Gretzky, bronze at the World U18 Championships and winner of the King Clancy Trophy as the NHL’s Humanitarian of the Year in the 2019-20 season, Dumba has played in nearly 700 games with the Wild, Arizona Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning, putting up 248 points.

CENTRE ICE EPISODE EIGHT FEATURING MATT AND CHARLE DUMBA >


SPENCER AND PARKER FOO

Brothers Spencer and Parker Foo mirror each other’s hockey careers. They both grew up in Edmonton, coming from Chinese-Canadian descent. Both went through the Canadian Athletic Club system in Edmonton, before moving onto the AJHL. Spencer, who is four years older than Parker, went to Union College in the NCAA playing three seasons there between 2014-2017 before signing with the Calgary Flames. He played in four games with the Flames, scoring two goals before spending another two seasons in Stockton with the Flames AHL affiliate team. He played 129 games with the club, grabbing 77 points. He also spent one season with the Henderson Silver Knights playing in 60 games. Parker played went to Union College beginning in the 2017-18 season and was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017 in the fifth round. Both Foo brothers play for the Kunlun Red Star and have represented China at various international tournaments, including the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.


TYLER WONG

Tyler Wong went through the Cochrane Minor Hockey Association’s program, eventually finding his way onto the U15 AAA Airdrie Xtreme, U16 AAA AC Avalanche and the formerly branded U18 UFA Bisons (now known as Airdrie CFR Bisons). Wong played at the Alberta Cup in 2010-11 and for Team Alberta in 2011-12 where he scored one goal and added four points. He went onto the Western Hockey League, spending his entire five-year career with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, including two seasons as the team captain where he scored 43 and 51 goals respectively, with his best offensive output coming in the 2016-17 season where he had 109 points in 69 games. He was also named the CHL’s Humanitarian of the Year.

His illustrious junior career landed him in the Vegas Golden Knights system, where Wong holds the distinction of scoring the first goal in Vegas team history in a preseason victory over the Vancouver Canucks. He spent the rest of his North American career in the AHL and ECHL with the Chicago Wolves and Quad City Mallards before making his way to the KHL with the Kunlun Red Star where he’s spent the past five seasons. Wong, who comes from a Chinese background, played for China at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, scoring a goal in four games. His brother, Austin, who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the seventh round in 2018, has since joined him with the Red Star after playing in the AJHL and in the NCAA with Harvard.


TARO AND AKITO HIROSE

Growing up in Calgary, Taro and Akito Hirose fell in love with the game of hockey through the Calgary Flames. The two Japanese-Canadian brothers went through the Blackfoot Minor Hockey Association, while also playing for various Edge team’s. Both brothers played separately at the Alberta Cup with Team Calgary North.

The duo went on to play Junior A which landed them NCAA offers. Taro, who’s the older of the two brothers by two years, went to Michigan State, where he saw an increase in points every season climaxing in a 50-point output in 36 games his final season. He was signed by the Detroit Red Wings at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season and has spent time with both the big club and with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Akito landed at Minnesota State University, playing three before signing with the Vancouver Canucks last season. He’s gotten into 10 career NHL games and played in 33 AHL games with Abbotsford where he finished the season with two points.

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Team Alberta

Coaching applications open for 2025 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta and Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta are now taking coaching applications for the 2025 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC).

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be of First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage and coaching Tier 1 or above during the 2024-2025 season.

Successful applicants must be available for the NAHC Summer Camp, August 8-11 in Red Deer and the NAHC scheduled for May 5-10, 2025 in Kamloops.

The Aboriginal Sport Circle established the NAHC in 2002 to serve as the premiere competition for young Aboriginal hockey players in Canada.

The annual event provides a forum for elite U18 aged Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit across the 13 provinces and territories. This annual event helps foster cultural unity and pride to celebrate Indigenous athletes and sport.

NAHC TEAM ALBERTA MALE COACH APPLICATION >

NAHC TEAM ALBERTA FEMALE COACH APPLICATION >

Deadline to apply is June 17.

Inquiries on coaching with Team Alberta at the NAHC, can be directed to Mike Applegate, Manager, Development Programs at [email protected].

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Asian Heritage Month – Sam siblings teaming up to inspire next generation

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, Hockey Alberta is proud to share stories from across the province’s hockey community.

Owen and Avery Sam had the opportunity this season that not every set of siblings gets. Owen, who is a year older than his sister Avery, suited up for the U15 AA Calgary Royals this season.

With the duo being so close in age, it allowed them to grow up in the hockey world together.

“I started skating lessons when I was four years old,” Owen recalls. “I enjoyed the skating part so much that my skating instructor suggested I sign up for hockey the following year. I was able to make senior Timbits because of my skating.”

“When I saw my brother playing, I wanted to play too,” Avery said. "I really started to love it when we started playing full ice games … just with how much fun it is and the competition. Owen and I have gotten to play with each other every other year since we were five and six too so that makes it awesome as well.”

Competitive nature runs in the Sam family, with the kids pushing each other off the ice in other sporting activities and routine, run of the mill daily events. This translates onto the ice.

“People always assume we’re twins because we’re linemates and are often referred to as the Asian Sedin twins,” Owen said. “She plays center and I play on the wing. I dish her the puck and she usually finishes and puts the puck in the net. But we’re ultra-competitive with one another. She gets mad when I don’t backcheck and I get mad if she doesn’t pass to me. We can get into some heated arguments with each other because we’re competitive and want to win.”

Avery agrees. “It’s a very competitive setting. On the ice if one of doesn’t do our job, the other is very quick to point it out. (Our competitiveness) goes a long way. It makes you want to want it more or to strive to be better than one another. I think it helps make us both better.”

Avery got the opportunity to play in this year’s Alberta Challenge, that was held May 2-5 in Red Deer. Sam was the leading point getter in the tournament, registering eight points in five games while helping South Black to the tournament final.

“It was a great opportunity for me to play with other top female athletes from Alberta,” Sam said. “It helped me learn how to play with different players than I normally would. Our team worked well together and finishing the tournament as the leader in points only gives me more motivation to keep getting better.”

“I think it’s awesome how Avs is able to compete with other girls in the province,” Owen added, who was in Red Deer to support his sister throughout the tournament. “I haven’t really seen her compete against other female athletes until (Alberta) Challenge and she dominated, going up against competition that was a year older than her. Avery has more competitive spirit when she’s competing against players older than her.”

Avery and Owen, along with their younger siblings come from an interracial background. Their father is Chinese and their mom is Caucasian, consisting of German and Ukrainian roots.

“Both of my parents grew up in Winnipeg. They never played hockey themselves, but my dad watched the Jets growing up and my mom played college basketball,” Owen said. “I’m super proud of my heritage and it’s nice to see that hockey is growing in the Asian community. It’s a great reflection of what our society looks like.”

There are a number of former and current Asian hockey players that have reached the highest level including Vicki Sunohara, Julie Chu, Matthew Dumba, Paul Kariya, Nick and Ryan Suzuki, as well as Jason and Nicholas Robertson. These athletes inspired Owen and Avery, and they are looking to continue the trend and inspire the next generation of Asian hockey players.

“Anyone can play hockey or any other sport,” Avery said. “If you’re passionate about something then just go for it. You can’t let anyone, or anything stop you.”

“Try to have an open mind,” Owen added. “Just because your parents didn’t play or know how to skate, similar to our parents, don’t be afraid to try something new. You might really enjoy it.”

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Edmonton Junior SeeHawks blind hockey program instilling confidence and inclusion

The Edmonton SeeHawks blind hockey program was founded in 1979, providing an inclusive and empowering environment for individuals with visual impairments the chance to experience the game of hockey.

With the help of the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program, the SeeHawks were able to expand to include the Edmonton Junior SeeHawks in 2022.

The junior blind hockey program has 15 players participating and nearly 20 volunteers. Through its first few years of existence, the program has had a profound impact on the players, empowering them to engage in the sport of hockey, fostering confidence and skill development.

On top of their adult and junior programs, the SeeHawks offer youth blind hockey, introducing children and teenagers to hockey in a safe and supportive environment, as well as competitive teams that represent Edmonton in regional and national tournaments.

“The support from Hockey Alberta has been instrumental in transforming our community through the Edmonton Junior SeeHawks program,” said Nelson Régo, spokesperson for the Edmonton Junior SeeHawks. “This grant has enabled us to provide opportunities for children to learn and excel in hockey, encouraging inclusivity and empowerment. We are grateful for the positive impact this program has had on our community’s spirit and unity.”

Blind Hockey is a dynamic adaptation of the traditional game of ice hockey designed for players with visual impairments. The sport relies on specialized equipment, including an oversized puck with built-in auditory capabilities and players who are visually impaired, ranging from legally blind to completely blind. This unique approach levels the playing field, allowing individuals with vision loss to fully participate and excel in the sport.

“Since I joined the SeeHawks, I have made many friends and I feel confident in playing hockey as well as sports in general,” said Kyle Litaka, a participant in the junior program. “Because of the practice with the SeeHawks, I got to go to the 2024 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament in Toronto to be the best of the best.”

EKEC grants are available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey.

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2024 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship Recap

RED DEER – One year removed from winning the bronze medal, Team Alberta U18 Female upped its game and brought home another medal at the 2024 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship (NAHC) May 5-11 in Grande Prairie.

After a thrilling 3-2 triple overtime victory over Team Manitoba in the tournament semi-final, Team Alberta Female came home with silver after falling to Team Ontario in the championship game. The silver medal is the team’s best finish at the event after previously winning two bronze medals, bringing Team Alberta’s total medal count to three.

Alberta finished second after the round robin, going undefeated. They beat Team British Columbia in their opening game 2-1, then followed that up with 8-1, 2-1 and 2-0 victories over Team Eastern Door & North, Team Manitoba and Team Atlantic, earning them a berth in the semi-finals. Alberta outscored its opponents 14-3 after the round robin and 17-8 at the end of the tournament.

Tayla Lamabe was Alberta’s leading scorer, registering three goals and two assists in six games. Makenna Brassard was second on the team with four points.

TEAM ALBERTA U18 FEMALE ROSTER >

Team Alberta’s U18 Male began its tournament with a 2-2 tie with Team Saskatchewan, and finished with one win, a tie and two losses. Their victory came over Team Atlantic by a 6-4 score. Alberta qualified for the quarterfinals, falling 6-4 to the eventual silver medalists from Saskatchewan.

Team Alberta won its placement game by a 10-2 score over Team Eastern Door & North. Owen Folstrom was Alberta’s leading scorer, scoring four games and eight points over the duration of the tournament. Hayden Iron Shirt followed closely with seven points, including five assists.

TEAM ALBERTA U18 MALE ROSTER >

The 2025 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship are being held in Kamloops, British Columbia on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

Tryouts for Team Alberta competing at the 2025 NAHC is being held Aug. 8-11 in Red Deer. Registration opens on June 17.

The Aboriginal Sport Circle established the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) in 2002 to serve as the premiere competition for young Indigenous hockey players in Canada.


The annual event provides a forum for elite U18 aged Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nation, Inuit, and Metis across the 13 provinces and territories. This annual event helps foster cultural unity and pride to celebrate the athletic abilities of Indigenous players from across the country. The NAHC also serves as a focal point for grassroots and regional Indigenous hockey development.

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2024 Prospects Cup champions crowned

RED DEER – South Gold are the 2024 Prospects Cup champions.

South Gold defeated Calgary White, 9-5, in the final game on Sunday at the Garry W. Harris Centre in Red Deer.

Madden Daneault paced South Gold with a hat-trick and two assists. Jett Evans also had two goals and two assists in the winning cause. Karson Varty earned the win in net. For Calgary White, Oaklyn Juurlink had two goals, and Emerson Hiebert two assists.

  • Players of the Game: South Gold: 11 Madden Daneault | Calgary White: 14 Oaklyn Juurlink
  • Boxscore >

In the other final games, on Sunday, South Black, North Grey and North Blue emerged victorious.

South Black 4, Calgary Red 3

In the 3rd/ 4th place game, South Black jumped out to a 4-2 lead after two periods, and held on for a 4-3 win over Calgary Red to take third place. Joe MacGregor had two goals to lead the way for South Black. Alexandre Montembeault stopped 44 of 48 shots in the Calgary Red net to keep the game close.

  • Players of the Game: South Black: 14 Joe MacGregor | Calgary Red: 5 Adam Loeffler
  • Boxscore >

North Grey 3, Capital Green 2

In the 5th/ 6th place game, Lincoln Schell scored what proved to be the winning goal midway through the third period, as North Grey held on for 3-2 victory over Capital Green to earn fifth place. Zayden MacLean stopped 47 shots in the North Grey net.

  • Players of the Game: North Grey: 8 Luke Bawol | Capital Green: 2 North Gilbertson
  • Boxscore >

North Blue 4, Capital Royal 3

In the 7th/ 8th place game, Marek Pashko scored the winner with less than five minutes remaining in the third period, as North Blue defeated Capital Royal, 4-3, to take seventh place. Domenico Barone had a goal and two assists for Capital Royal.

  • Players of the Game: North Blue: 8 Beckham Brown | Capital Royal: 11 Domenico Barone
  • Boxscore >

Standings > | Stats > | Schedule > | Round Robin Recap >

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2024 Prospects Cup - Round Robin Wrapup

RED DEER – The round robin phase has wrapped up for the 2024 Prospects Cup.

All eight teams play their final game tomorrow, with seventh place, fifth place, third place and the Prospects Cup championship up for grabs.

  • North Blue (4th Pool A) and Capital Royal (4th Pool B) are playing for seventh place.
  • Capital Green (3rd Pool A) and North Grey (3rd Pool B) are playing for fifth place.
  • South Black (2nd Pool A) and Calgary Red (2nd Pool B) are playing for third place.
  • Calgary White (1st Pool A) and South Gold (1st Pool B) are playing for the Prospects Cup.

Check out the recap of all 12 games prior from this weekend. All games are livestreamed on FloHockey.

Standings > | Stats > | Schedule >


Game #1: North Grey 5, Capital Royal 2

Players of the Game: North Grey: 12 Jaxon Kalmbach | Capital Royal: 31 Kasen Nuttall

Boxscore >


Game #2: South Gold 6, Calgary Red 2

Players of the Game: South Gold: 14 Jett Evans | Calgary Red: 15 Campbell McGunigal

Boxscore >


Game #3: Capital Green 7, North Blue 4

Players of the Game: Capital Green: 17 Titan Prefontaine | North Blue: 12 Conner Lakusta

Boxscore >


Game #4: Calgary White 4, South Black 1

Players of the Game: Calgary White: 1 Griffin Fisher | South Black: 31 Desmond Snell

Boxscore >


Game #5: South Black 5, North Blue 2

Players of the Game: South Black: 10 Charlie Dean | North Blue: 20 Callen Shackleton

Boxscore >


Game #6: Capital Green 4, Calgary White 4

Players of the Game: Capital Green: 16 Kale Palmer | Calgary White: 9 Aiden Brown

Boxscore >


Game #7: South Gold 1, North Grey 1

Players of the Game: South Gold: 11 Madden Daneault | North Grey: 31 Zayden MacLean

Boxscore >


Game #8: Calgary Red 6, Capital Royal 5

Players of the Game: Calgary Red: 14 Benjamin Isaak | North Royal: 8 Emmett Abel

Boxscore >


Game #9: South Black 7, Capital Green 1

Players of the Game: South Black: 17 Jaret Otto | Capital Green: 19 Trygve Sutherland

Boxscore >


Game #10: Calgary Red 3, North Grey 2

Players of the Game: Calgary Red: 17 Nathan Reddeman | North Grey: 9 Kale Hart

Boxscore >


Game #11: Calgary White 6, North Blue 3

Players of the Game: Calgary White: 15 Alex Katsilieris | North Blue: 3 Eli Boddez

Boxscore >


Game #12: South Gold 13, Capital Royal 3

Players of the Game: South Gold: 15 Macen Ibach | Capital Royal: 9 Marko Anusic

Boxscore >


#AlbertaBuilt Performer of the Day

  • Day 1 – #4 Ryder McDonald - Royal Blue

  • Day 2 – #31 Zayden MacLean - North Grey

  • Day 3 – #11 Jake Gerstenbuhler - South Black

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an “Alberta Built” player. Alberta Built is defined as:

  • Good person – Know who you are.
  • Character player – Believe in yourself.
  • Grit player – Thrive on adversity
  • Leadership – Treat yourself & people right
  • Standard of performance – Focused approach on process – ALWAYS COMPETE – EVERY-DAYERS

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Ninety Albertans selected in 2024 WHL Draft

Nine Albertans registered in Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned programs, heard their names called during the first round of the 2024 WHL Draft on Thursday. Another 81 were selected in the later rounds, bringing the final count to 90.

Calgary’s Landon DuPont was selected first overall by the Everett Silvertips. DuPont spent last season with the Edge School U18 Prep team, where he recorded 19 goals and 62 points in 30 regular season games. DuPont 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. He becomes the first Albertan and second player in WHL history to earn this honour following Connor Bedard in 2020. In total, nine players have been granted Exceptional Status in CHL history.

Two other Albertans went in the top five of the draft. Airdrie defenceman Aden Bouchard went third overall to the Tri-City Americans and was followed by Edmonton’s Ben Harvey who was selected fourth by the Prince Albert Raiders.

Those who were selected in the top 10 include:

  • Ossie McIntyre, St. Albert (Spokane Chiefs)
  • Owen Hayden, Calgary (Kelowna Rockets)

Rounding out the list of Albertans selected in the first round are Airdrie’s Brock England (Seattle Thunderbirds) and Jordin St. Louis (Portland Winterhawks), St. Albert native Luke Ruptash (Medicine Hat Tigers), and Rocky View’s Mirco Dufour (Everett Silvertips).

Fifty-one of the 90 Albertans selected are from the Alberta Elite Hockey League.

A full list of Albertans registered in Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned programs drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown

FIRST ROUND

1

Landon Dupont

Everett Silvertips

Defence

Calgary

3

Aden Bouchard

Tri-City Americans

Defence

Airdrie

4

Ben Harvey

Prince Albert Raiders

Centre

Edmonton

7

Ossie McIntyre

Spokane Chiefs

Centre

St. Albert

9

Owen Hayden

Kelowna Rockets

Defence

Calgary

11

Brock England

Seattle Thunderbirds

Centre

Airdrie

16

Luke Ruptash

Medicine Hat Tigers

Centre/Right Wing

St. Albert

19

Mirco Dufour

Everett Silvertips

Centre

Rocky View

20

Jordin St. Louis

Portland Winterhawks

Centre

Airdrie

SECOND ROUND

23

Matthew Hilderman

Seattle Thunderbirds

Left Wing

Cochrane

24

Crew Martinson

Tri-City Americans

Centre/Right Wing

Olds

26

Joaquin Geras

Kamloops Blazers

Defence

Calgary

27

Jensen Marsh

Edmonton Oil Kings

Centre/Right Wing

Cochrane

29

Kale McCann

Calgary Hitmen

Defence

Cochrane

32

Reid Soper

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Defence

Edmonton

33

Nathan Cole

Kelowna Rockets

Left Wing

Airdrie

34

Harry Mattern

Spokane Chiefs

Defence

Sherwood Park

39

Jaxon Pisani

Everett Silvertips

Defence

Sturgeon County

THIRD ROUND

54

Kyle Obobaifo

Prince Albert Raiders

Left Wing

Calgary

55

Landon Horiachka

Vancouver Giants

Left Wing

Sherwood Park

58

Leif Oaten

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Goalie

Calgary

60

Linden Sobocan

Kelowna Rockets

Goalie

Cochrane

61

Jaggar John

Saskatoon Blades

Centre

Fort McMurray

63

Devin Pelletier

Wenatchee Wild

Centre

Sherwood Park

65

Daniel Vaillant

Wenatchee Wild

Defence

Cochrane

FOURTH ROUND

71

Boris Sigachev

Edmonton Oil Kings

Centre

Calgary

72

Adam Halat

Calgary Hitmen

Centre

Chestermere

75

Seth Badry

Victoria Royals

Goalie

Stony Plain

76

Nathan Castonguay

Prince Albert Raiders

Defence

St. Albert

78

William Matte

Kelowna Rockets

Centre

Calgary

80

Cohen Pentney

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Centre

Calgary

82

Drake Mooney

Regina Pats

Goalie

Blackfalds

87

Liam Reed

Portland Winterhawks

Defence

Edmonton

FIFTH ROUND

92

Thayne Wasyluk

Regina Pats

Right Wing

Sherwood Park

97

Zackary Nieckar

Medicine Hat Tigers

Defence

Sherwood Park

100

Seamus Dillon

Seattle Thunderbirds

Centre

Cochrane

102

Finn Kelly

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Defence

Rimbey

103

Alex Letourneau

Brandon Wheat Kings

Centre

Legal

106

Nolan Pilsner

Swift Current Broncos

Defence

Lethbridge

109

Cash Brebant

Portland Winterhawks

Centre

Fort McMurray

SIXTH ROUND

116

Braxton Gibson

Kamloops Blazers

Goalie

Calgary

119

Lucas Graham

Victoria Royals

Defence

Red Deer

121

Brock Dingman

Vancouver Giants

Defence

Carstairs

126

Luke Jamieson

Red Deer Rebels

Right Wing

Calgary

129

Liam Kilfoil

Kamloops Blazers

Defence

Calgary

130

Damen Vanderberg

Everett Silvertips

Centre

Lethbridge

132

Colt Carter

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Defence

Drayton Valley

SEVENTH ROUND

135

Seth Garofalo

Tri-City Americans

Centre

Calgary

140

Carsten Leyerzapf

Wenatchee Wild

Goalie

Calgary

142

Kade Corbet

Prince Albert Raiders

Defence

Calgary

147

Lucas McConnell

Tri-City Americans

Defence

Edmonton

149

Jude Martin

Medicine Hat Tigers

Defence

Oyen

150

Gavin Harrison

Swift Current Broncos

Centre

Cold Lake

151

Kai Richards

Seattle Thunderbirds

Right Wing

St. Albert

153

Rail Schollar

Edmonton Oil Kings

Goalie

Calgary

EIGHTH ROUND

156

Paxton Cabana

Kamloops Blazers

Defence

Chestermere

157

Owen Wiemer

Tri-City Americans

Right Wing

Calgary

158

Jack Bissoon

Regina Pats

Defence

Calgary

166

Dalton Forbes

Wenatchee Wild

Defence

Calgary

167

Ethan Collins

Wenatchee Wild

Right Wing

Fort McMurray

170

Zach Schwartz

Red Deer Rebels

Left Wing

Edmonton

171

Kayne Wright

Medicine Hat Tigers

Defence

Edmonton

172

Lincoln Ball

Swift Current Broncos

Defence

Sherwood Park

NINTH ROUND

179

Keenan Fox

Prince George Cougars

Left Wing

Edmonton

181

Tayte Hoiland

Medicine Hat Tigers

Right Wing

Rocky Mountain House

182

Easton Doran

Edmonton Oil Kings

Centre

Falher

184

Zane Rains

Spokane Chiefs

Right Wing

Cochrane

187

Braeden Malenchak

Vancouver Giants

Defence

Rocky View

194

Michael Ross

Swift Current Broncos

Left Wing

Calgary

197

Nixon Mah

Portland Winterhawks

Goalie

Rocky View

198

Ryder Schnitzler

Prince George Cougars

Defence

Sherwood Park

TENTH ROUND

203

Theo McBride

Seattle Thunderbirds

Goalie

Calgary

204

Ethan Fidelak

Moose Jaw Warriors

Defence

St. Albert

206

Connor Nickle

Spokane Chiefs

Centre

Cold Lake

209

Sam Rishaug

Vancouver Giants

Left Wing

Calgary

212

Gustav Rustebakke

Prince George Cougars

Centre

High River

215

Devon Zahara

Medicine Hat Tigers

Centre

Edmonton

216

Ashton McCann

Swift Current Broncos

Left Wing

Okotoks

220

Reeve Waugh

Prince George Cougars

Defence

Calgary

ELEVENTH ROUND

231

David Lu

Vancouver Giants

Defence

Edmonton

234

Dawson Spence

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Centre

Lethbridge

236

Madden Woo

Red Deer Rebels

Defence

Leduc

TWELFTH ROUND

253

Oliver Bryks

Vancouver Giants

Goalie

Edmonton

256

Kale Breton

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Left Wing

Lac La Biche

258

Logan Alexis

Red Deer Rebels

Defence

Calgary

260

Jackson Tetreault

Swift Current Broncos

Right Wing

Edmonton

265

Lincoln Eaves

Saskatoon Blades

Right Wing

Lethbridge

THIRTEENTH ROUND

280

Declan Cardiff

Red Deer Rebels

Left Wing

Calgary

282

Holden Sexsmith

Swift Current Broncos

Defence

Calgary

FOURTEENTH ROUND

289

Lucas Jacobson

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Defence

Banff

Home Ice Feature

Prospects Cup helped Landon Horiachka reach the next level

Before Sherwood Park’s Landon Horiachka went in the third round of the Western Hockey League Draft to the Vancouver Giants, he was taking part in Hockey Alberta’s Prospects Cup in 2022 with North Blue.

“It was really fun,” he recalls. “We did pretty good, I think we went undefeated in the round robin and unfortunately lost to North Grey in a tight game. But it gave me a lot of confidence, doing good against other good players. It was great for me seeing what I can do against high end talent.”

Horiachka led the 2022 edition in scoring with seven goals and 11 points in four games, averaging close to three points a game. He scored two goals in every game except for one and his best game was a four-point effort against South Black.

He continued his solid play the last two seasons with the U15 AAA Sherwood Park Flyers, playing in 61 games where he scored 50 goals and 119 points. His production and size allowed him to go in the third round of the draft at pick 55.

“I try not to think about it too much,” Horiachka said prior to the Alberta Cup about his draft year. “I just try to play my game and do my best. Everything happens for a reason. It’s obviously exciting, it’s a fun league and it’s a cool experience to play in front of a bunch of people but I just want to go out and do my best at every level.”

The Prospects Cup is the first step of the Hockey Alberta Development program. It provides second year U13 male athletes, coaches, trainers, and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition.

The 2024 Prospects Cup kicked off yesterday (May 9) and will continue through until Sunday (May 12) with the championship game taking place at 3:30 P.M. All games are at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

Horiachka credits his success to his time going through the Hockey Alberta program and says he’s learned a lot over the process.

“There’s a bunch of different things that people look for,” he said. “You have to bond with new teammates and gel together as a team quickly. It’s really the first opportunity any of us have participated in short term competition so I think it’s really good for us to get that experience moving forward. I’ve definitely learned a lot during my time with Hockey Alberta and I’m sure it will help me with similar experiences in the future.”

Home Ice Feature

Kale McCann following in brother Kadon’s footsteps

Brothers Kadon and Kale McCann are no strangers to wearing the Hockey Alberta logo.

Kadon, the older of the two brothers by nearly three years, was on Team Alberta Black at the 2022 Alberta Cup, posting seven points in five games. He went on to play for Team Alberta at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island suiting up in five games, registering two goals and three points. McCann was drafted by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the second round of the 2022 WHL Draft.

He played his first full season in the Western Hockey League, playing in 68 games along with five playoff games where he scored nine goals and had 20 points.

Kale got his first chance with Hockey Alberta at the 2022 Prospects Cup, playing in four games where he assisted on two goals. He recently participated in the 2024 Alberta Cup with Team Alberta Black, and is preparing to join his brother in the WHL after being selected in the second round by the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Draft on Thursday.

“I’m super happy for him,” Kadon said of his brother ahead of the Alberta Cup. “He’s worked really hard all the way through. I know I was pretty excited when I went through this program, so seeing all the scouts here for him and kind of giving him some advice is pretty special too. He’s done a great job and I’m super proud of him.”

“He’s just a motivator to me and seeing him go through this stuff makes me want to work harder every day,” Kale said. "He’s a role model of mine just seeing how hard he works, and it makes me want to be at my best every day.”

With the boys so close in age, the two grew up competing with one another daily. That, of course translated to the ice, where Kadon plies his trade as a forward with his younger brother patrolling the blue line.

“Just working, trying to make each other better every day,” Kale said of the competitive dynamic between he and his older brother. “Competitiveness at workouts and stuff, just trying to see who can be the best and at the top every day.”

“We’re super competitive but we also love each other. Our mom gets on us for fighting once and a while, wrestling around,” Kadon said with a laugh. “I’m super lucky to have a brother. You don’t really think about it until you’re gone, but once I left for Medicine Hat, I missed him a lot. So, it’s good to see him have success.”

The 2024 Prospects Cup takes place this weekend (May 9-12) at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. While Kadon had to miss his opportunity to play in the tournament due to COVID-19, Kale says he cherished his first introduction to Hockey Alberta in 2022.

“It was obviously a great opportunity for to as well as others to show yourself. It’s a great event that Hockey Alberta puts on and you just want to be at your best in a short-term competition,” McCann said. “Just seeing how many players we have in this province; you must be at your best every single game. It was a really cool opportunity off the ice as well meeting new people and becoming friends with guys I never would have met otherwise.”