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AFHL October wrap-up

RED DEER - The first month of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), St. Alberta Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

After the first month of play, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (17 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (16 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (15 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (11 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (6 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (1 pt)

Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Chloe Puddifant leads all skaters in points (12) through the first month of play, while Lloydminster forward Kelsey Hall (five goales) and Calgary forward Mackenzie Loupelle (five assists) lead the league in their respective categories.

Goaltender Bella McKee was strong in net for Lloydminster in October, with a league-leading four wins. McKee’s 1.20 goals against average puts her second in the league, behind teammate Molly Mitchell, who currently holds a 1.00 GAA, while both goalies are tied for the league lead with a .960 save percentage.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of league play, eight AFHL players were named to Team Alberta’s U18 roster in October, and are currently competing at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Quebec.


Midget Elite

Heading into November, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (12 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (10 pts)
3) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (7 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (6 pts)
5) Sherwood Park Fury (6 pts)
6) North Central Impact (2 pts)

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

Peace Country’s Shauna Johnson sits atop the leaderboard in goals (six), and is tied with Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig for the lead league in points (eight), while Johnson’s teammate, Karsyn May, holds the lead in assists (six).

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir and Peace Country’s Madison Doucette both set the pace for goaltenders in October with three wins each. Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal recorded two shutouts in four appearances (with two wins), while seven goaltenders sit tied for second with one shutout in October, including St. Alberta’s Cecelia Michelutti, who leads the league with a 0.50 GAA and a .970 save percentage in two starts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Edmonton Pandas (13 pts)
2) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (13 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (10 pts)
4) North Central Impact (6 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (18 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (8 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (7 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (7 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (5 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (1 pt)

Peace Country’s Charlieze Sallis set the pace for skaters in October with 10 points. Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with six goals, while Edmonton’s Sydney Dutertre is the league leader in assists, with five.

Through three games, Alexandra Kieren has been a wall in net for Calgary White, with a stingy 0.32 GAA and .980 save percentage in two wins and a shootout loss, along with two shutouts. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin, and Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk are tied for the league lead with four wins each.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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Nine Officiating Clinics remaining for 2017-18 season

RED DEER - Only nine officiating clinics remain for the 2017-18 hockey season in Alberta. If you are interested in taking part in one of the remaining clinics, please contact the appropriate clinic coordinator.

Information on each of the remaining nine clinics can be found below:

REFEREE ZONE DATE CITY LOCATION ADDRESS CLINIC CONTACT CONTACT EMAIL
North Zone November 25 Stony Plain Family Connection Centre 5600-50 Street, Stony Plain, AB Glenna Wagner wagnerglenna@gmail.com
North Zone November 25 Spruce Grove Border Paving Athletic Centre 9 Tri Leisure Way, Spruce Grove, AB Glenna Wagner wagnerglenna@gmail.com
North Zone November 25 Fort McMurray Frank Lacroix Arena 155 Beaconwood Place, Fort McMurray, AB Steve Niehaus chef2you@telus.net
North Zone November 25 Maskwacis 4 Nations Arena Highway 611, Maskwacis, AB Jonathan Crier jonnynospin@hotmail.com
Peace Zone November 26 Grande Prairie Coca Cola Centre 6 Knowledge Way, Grande Prairie, AB CJ Senkow peacezonerc@gmail.com
South Zone November 26 Foremost Foremost Arena 402 3 Street W, Foremost, AB Will Wood willwood@shaw.ca
North East Zone November 26 Frog Lake Vermilion River Country No. 24 Frog Lake, AB Cliffton Cross clifftoncross@froglake.ca
North Zone December 2 Edmonton The Meadows Recreation Centre 2704-17 St. NW, Edmonton, AB Rob Oscroft roscroft@telusplanet.net
Central Zone December 9 Siksika Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex Siksika, AB Mick Breaker MickB@siksikanation.com

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Seventeen Albertans invited to Canada West Camp for World Junior A Challenge

RED DEER - Seventeen Albertans, including five Team Alberta alumni, are among the 60 players named to Team Canada West’s camp roster ahead of the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

Markus Bougaslavsky (Calgary), Levi Glasman (Red Deer), Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek), Jacob Kendall (Camrose), Kyler Kupka (Camrose), Jamie Rome (Calgary), Isaac Saniga (Spruce Grove), Parker Saretsky (Wainwright), Jordan Taupert (Medicine Hat), Blake Wells (Blackie), and Austin Wong (Cochrane) are among the 36 forwards invited to Canada West’s camp.

On defence, Alberta will be represented at the camp by Jacob Bernard-Docker (Canmore), Sean Comrie (Edmonton), Jarrod Gourley (Calgary), TJ Lloyd (Lloydminster) and Jonny Tychonick (Calgary/Penticton). Hunter Virostek (Turner Valley) is one of six goaltenders vying for a spot on Team Canada West.

Bonnyville Pontiacs’ Head Coach and General Manager, Rick Swan (Edmonton), will serve as an Assistant Coach for Team Canada West, after serving as Canada West’s Video Coach in 2016.

The Canada west hopefuls will assemble in Calgary December 2-5 for four days of practices and games as part of the Team Canada West selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport. The players were selected from the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

The 2017 World Junior A Challenge Runs December 10-16 in Truro, Nova Scotia.


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MacLeod, Lajoie named Canada Winter Games head coaches

RED DEER – Carla MacLeod and Serge Lajoie will be at the helm of the Alberta squads competing in hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Hockey Alberta kicked off “The Road to Red Deer” on Wednesday with the announcements that MacLeod is the head coach for the Team Alberta U18 Female team, and Lajoie is the head coach for the Team Alberta U16 Male team.

Both have previous experience in the Canada Winter Games and Team Alberta programs.

MacLeod was a member of Team Alberta as a player at two Canada Winter Games (1995 and 1999), and was the head coach of Team Alberta at the National Women’s U18 Championship in 2016. As a player, her international experience includes Olympic Gold Medals in 2006 and 2010. She also coached Team Japan at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Currently, she is the Midget Female Prep head coach at the Edge School for Athletes.

“This is a tremendous honour. It has been a goal to get back involved with the Canada Games. Having been involved as a player, it almost feels like I’m coming full circle to come back as a coach. I know the magnitude of the Games, and I’m excited to have a front-row seat to some kids living that dream,” said MacLeod.

Lajoie was an assistant coach with the Team Alberta Male squad that won the bronze medal at the 2011 Games in Halifax, and head coach of the gold medalist U16 male squad at the 2013 Western Canada Challenge Cup. He also was an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. As a player, Lajoie participated in the inaugural Alberta Cup, winning a silver medal in 1986. Currently, he is the head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

“This is quite an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to coach at the Canada Winter Games. I had the experience in 2011, and I know it is a big event,” said Lajoie. “I really look forward to the opportunity and the challenge to get the most out of the players and make it an experience they will remember for a long time.”

Bobby Fox will join Lajoie as the U16 Male team’s associate coach. Fox, currently an assistant coach with the Medicine Hat Tigers, has coached Team Alberta U16 squads twice, including as head coach of the gold medal squad at the 2015 Western Canada Challenge Cup.

Competition at the Canada Winter Games runs February 14-23, 2019 for the Male squad, and February 23-March 2 for the Female squad.


Assistant Coaches and Video Coaches

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for an Assistant Coach and a Video Coach for each Canada Winter Games squad. Application forms are available below:

Team Alberta U16 Male > | Team Alberta U18 Female >

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Two Albertans named finalists for Hockey Canada’s Design-A-Mask contest

RED DEER - Your vote could send one creative young Albertan on the trip of a lifetime!

Hockey Canada has once again partnered with Boston Pizza and Bauer to give young Canadians the opportunity to get into the game on a global level and show their creativity through the Design-A-Mask program.

The submission period has now ended. Four designs remain — two in the under-13 category and two in the 13-18 category — but only two can win.

Jaxon B. of Calgary and Prady P. of Edmonton were named the two finalists in the under-13 category. Both of their submissions can be seen below.

Your votes will determine which masks will be worn by Canada’s National Junior Team goaltenders at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26, to January 5 in Buffalo, New York.

Winners will also receive a trip for two to a game at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship — in Vancouver/Victoria, British Columbia — along with a $50 Boston Pizza gift card, a Team Canada jersey, and his/her own replica painted mask.

VOTE >

Voting is open until Sunday, November 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET. One vote per person permitted.

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Grande Prairie Storm

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

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

The night will feature presentations from Grande Prairie Storm Head Coach Matt Keillor, and Spruce Grove Saints Head Coach Bram Stephen, who coached together on Team Alberta’s gold medal-winning U16 team in 2016.

The Seminar will be held at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie. There are only 20 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $45 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta led by Coach Mentor Fran Gow
  • Pre- and post-game contributions from the coaches for both AJHL teams (Grande Prairie Storm & Spruce Grove Saints)
  • Food/drink voucher
  • A ticket to the game
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Register >

Date: Friday December 29, 2017
Start Time: Check-in at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Revolution Place (Registration location will be emailed two days prior to start date)


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

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Team Alberta defeats Quebec, finishes fifth at U18 Nationals

QUEBEC CITY - For the second straight year, Team Alberta claimed fifth place at the National Women’s U18 Championship, wrapping up the tournament with a 4-1 win over Quebec.

Danielle Serdachny opened the scoring for Alberta just under seven minutes into the first, and Kassy Betinol doubled the lead with her second goal of the tournament midway through the second period. Chloe Puddifant and Mackenzie Butz added two more for Alberta to begin the third, before Quebec broke the shutout bid with just seven minutes to go for a 4-1 final.

In her second start of the tournament, goaltender Camryn Dever made 24 saves for the win, and was named Alberta’s Player of the Game. Both Drever and Erin Fargey finished the tournament with a 1-1 record in net.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap >

For more stats and information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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The Greigs: making Alberta hockey history

RED DEER – While members of the Greig family are no strangers to hockey accolades, brother and sister Ridly and Dara can now say they’ve made Hockey Alberta history.

With Ridly skating for Team Alberta’s U16 team at the 2017 WHL Cup, and Dara (for the second year) playing for the U18 squad at the 2017 U18 Nationals, the pair became the first brother and sister to play for Team Alberta at the same time.

“It’s been neat to share the Hockey Alberta process together, and to share and trade stories throughout the process,” said Dara. “It’s really cool to learn that we are the first brother and sister to represent Alberta in the same year, it’s something we can share for a lifetime.”

“I’ve enjoyed that Dara and I can talk about the experiences we’ve (both) had in making Team Alberta,” said Ridly. “To know that we are the first brother and sister to represent (Alberta) has been awesome.”

The apple apparently doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Ridly and Dara’s father, Mark, is a former professional hockey player. Drafted 15th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, the former WHL standout is a veteran of over 1000 games as a pro, including 125 in the NHL.

“What a great honour for them to both have the opportunity, and be fortunate enough to make the teams,” said Mark. “They’ve talked about that in the past that they may have the experience together, and (we) feel pretty fortunate that it came true.”

With Dara already going through the Team Alberta process in 2016, Ridly was able to lean on his older sister and draw from her experience during his journey to the WHL Cup.

“The best advice Dara has given me regarding the Team Alberta process was the make sure I was prepared physically and mentally for all of the camps, prior to being selected.”

Prior to Ridly and Dara both being named to their respective Team Alberta rosters, the Greigs experienced another memorable hockey moment when Ridly won the 2017 Alberta Cup with Team South, exactly 30 years after Mark won the 1987 Alberta Cup with Calgary North.

“It’s great that years and years later, after I had such a wonderful experience, that this Hockey Alberta program is still going strong, and providing these experiences for the kids,” said Mark.

Ridly and Team Alberta narrowly missed out on a gold medal at the WHL Cup in October, losing 3-2 to Team BC in overtime. Meanwhile, Dara will be playing in the fifth-place game on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the U18 Nationals in Quebec, after Team Alberta finished round-robin play with a 1-2 record.


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Alberta blanks Team Atlantic 3-0

QUEBEC CITY - Team Alberta closed out round-robin play at the U18 Nationals with a 3-0 win over Team Atlantic on Friday morning.

After being shut-out by both Ontario teams in the first two games, forward Kassy Betinol snapped Alberta’s goalless streak just 33 seconds into the second period. Team Alberta built on it’s lead early in the third with goals from Breanne Trotter and Courtney Kollman to seal its first win of the tournament.

In her second start, goaltender Erin Fargey shut the door on Team Atlantic, stopping all 25 shots sent her way to earn the shutout win, and earned Player of the Game honours for her efforts.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap >

Team Alberta and Team Atlantic both sit with a 1-2 record following round-robin play. Alberta now awaits the results of the game between Ontario Red (1-1) and Ontario Blue (1-1) to find out when its game will be on Saturday. That game goes Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. EDT)

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Ontario Red defeats Team Alberta 2-0

QUEBEC CITY - Team Alberta fell to 0-2 at the 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship following a 2-0 loss to Ontario Red on Thursday afternoon.

Ontario Red opened the scoring with less than four minutes left in the first period, and doubled its lead with a late second period goal.

Team Alberta out-shot Ontario 27-25, but goaltender Madelyn McArthur shut the door on Alberta, stopping all 27 shots sent her way. Alberta’s Erin Fargey made 23 saves in the loss.

Forward Courtney Kollman was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score > | Game One Recap >

Team Alberta closes out round-robin play against Team Atlantic on Friday at 8:00 a.m.. (10:00 a.m. EDT).

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Peewee teams - Enter to win the trip of a lifetime!

In celebration of Canada 150, the Ottawa International Hockey Festival in partnership with Canada 150, Hockey Canada and the Ottawa Senators invite Peewee House League (Recreational) teams from across Canada to enter the Canada 150 Rink – “Hockey on the Hill” Contest for a chance to win a trip of a lifetime!

16 boys and 16 girls Peewee House League teams will win the chance to represent their region in Ottawa at this year’s Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament from December 28-31 in a special Canada 150 division on Parliament Hill.

Winning teams as selected from the entries by a panel of judges will receive:

  • Round-trip travel to/from Ottawa for 11 to 17 rostered players and up to 5 team officials
  • Accommodations from December 27-30
  • Transportation while in the nation’s capital
  • Guaranteed a minimum of three tournament games with a minimum of one game to be played on the Canada 150 rink on Parliament Hill
  • Commemorative set of Canada 150-OIHF Jerseys

In a short, 30-second video and a brief, 250-word essay, teams must show why they deserve to represent their province, territory or region at this year’s Ottawa International Hockey Festival by displaying creativity, energy and Canadian Spirit.

Visit Canada150rink.com for full contest details and to enter.


Contest closes November 18 at 11:59 p.m. Winning teams will be contacted on or before November 22 by an OIHF representative.

The OIHF and its travel partners will work with each winning team in coordinating travel and accommodations logistics.

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Alberta falls 4-0 to Ontario Blue

QUEBEC CITY - Team Alberta opened its 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship with a 4-0 loss to Team Ontario Blue on Wednesday.

Ontario Blue opened the scoring 9:16 into the game, and would add two more in the first period to take a 3-0 lead. After a scoreless second frame, Ontario added one more in the third to make it a 4-0 final.

Team Alberta was just narrowly out-shot by Ontario, 28-26. Camryn Drever stopped 24 of 28 shots, while her counterpart, Erica Fryer, stopped all 26 shots to earn the shutout win.

Forward Rachel Weiss was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game in the loss.

Team Alberta Roster > | Box Score >

Team Alberta will face Ontario Red on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. EDT).

For stats, a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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Peewee teams - Enter the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup!

RED DEER - The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is back for another season, and will be awarded to the Peewee team who has the best season off the ice.

The Good Deeds Cup is open to Peewee teams across Canada who give back to their community.

To compete for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, your team will need to make a commitment to off-the-ice improvement by performing at least one good deed in your community. The more impressive the deed, the better your team’s chances of winning will be.

Good deeds can be entered at chevrolethockey.com with a one-minute YouTube video of your team’s deed.

The top ten finalists will be selected, and will be voted on by Canadians. The winner of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup will be chosen from the top three vote-getters.

The Good Deeds Cup champions will receive:

  • $15,000 to the team’s charity of choice
  • A profile of the team of Sportsnet
  • Chevrolet and Hockey Canada branded swag
  • The team name engraved on the Good Deeds Cup
  • A summer skate with a Chevrolet Hockey Ambassador

Prizes will also be awarded to the finalists and semi-finalists.

The deadline to enter the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is December 31.


For more information on the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, please email chevrolethockey@momentumww.com

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2017 National Women’s U18 Championship set to begin in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY – Team Alberta U18 Female’s quest for gold begins tomorrow (Wednesday), as the 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship kicks off in Quebec City.

Team Alberta opens play on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. against Ontario Blue, followed by a match-up against Ontario Red on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.. Round-robin play wraps up on Friday as Team Alberta takes on Team Atlantic in the early-bird game, which starts at 8:00 a.m.. Semi-final and consolation round games are set for Saturday, with the gold and bronze medal games to be played on Sunday.

Team Alberta U18 Roster >

All preliminary-round games, placement games, semifinals, and the bronze-medal game will be streamed live online at www.hockeycanada.ca/nwu18c.

For a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series - Okotoks Oilers

OKOTOKS -Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Okotoks Oilers to present the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series for local coaches on Saturday, November 4.

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

The Seminar will be held at the Pason Centennial Arena in Okotoks. There are only 25 seats available for the seminar, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $45 (plus GST) per coach, and includes the following ($200 value):

  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta
  • Presentation from Okotoks Oilers Head Coach Tyler Deis
  • Presentation from Drumheller Dragons Coaching Staff.
  • Food/drink provided
  • A ticket to the game (Drumheller Dragons at Okotoks Oilers)
  • Hockey Alberta resource package, Hockey Alberta gift

Register >

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Start Time: Check-in at 5:00 p.m. at the main entrance to the Pason Centennial Arena.


For more information, please contact Matt Weninger at mweninger@hockeyalberta.ca

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Host an EKEC Speaker Series in your community!

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is seeking communities across the province to host an EKEC Speaker Series, benefiting both the Every Kid Every Community program, and your local Minor Hockey Association.

The event could be a luncheon, pub night, or breakfast event, and could include a silent or live auction, raffle, and a hockey hotstove with current or former NHL players. Past events have featured Jason Strudwick, Brian Trottier, Rob Brown and Jamie McLennan.

All costs for the event are covered by the Hockey Alberta Foundation, and fifty per cent of the proceeds will go directly to your local MHA.

Minor Hockey Associations that have previously hosted events include Grande Prairie, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and Red Deer.

For more information on hosting an EKEC Speaker Series in your community, click here.


About Every Kid Every Community

The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.

Funding through Every Kid Every Community is 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. Hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their community. Keeping kids active in sport helps reduce childhood obesity, creates a safe and fun environment and forms friendships.

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2018 Arctic Winter Games Selection Camp registration now open

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Registration is now open for male Bantam players born in 2003-2004 (Bantam A or lower), and female Junior players born 1999-2004 (Senior, College, Midget AAA or lower) to attend Team Alberta North selection camps for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.Team Alberta North is coming off gold and silver medals at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in the Bantam Male and Junior Female categories, respectively.

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games are set for March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, Northwest Territories.

Male selection camp runs December 8-10 in High Prairie, while Female selection camp runs January 5-7 in Slave Lake.

Male Registration > | Female Registration >

Communities eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games are located on or above the 55th Parallel. Click here to view a list of eligible communities.

The registration deadline is December 5 for males, and January 1 for females.


The Arctic Winter Games is the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event, and celebrates athletic competition, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents.

For more information, contact Blake Cosgrove, Hockey Alberta Northwest Regional Centre Consultant at bcosgrove@hockeyalberta.ca.

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BC defeats Team Alberta in overtime to win 2017 WHL Cup

CALGARY - Team Alberta narrowly missed out on another gold medal at the WHL Cup, falling 4-3 to Team BC in overtime on Sunday.

Alberta opened up the scoring once again, with Kaiden Guhle scoring his fifth goal of the tournament on the power-play halfway through the first, with Connor McLennon adding to the lead midway through the second.

BC answered back minutes later on the power-play, before scoring again late in the second period and early in the third to take a 3-2.

McClennon scored his sixth, and most important goal of the tournament on the power-play with just 1:44 left to tie the game, and force overtime.

It was the second straight year the WHL Cup would be decided in overtime between Alberta and BC, but this time it was BC who sealed the victory, as Ben King scored 2:37 into the extra frame.

In his second start of the tournament for Team Alberta, Sebastian Cossa saw 31 shots come his way, allowing four goals. His counterpart, Dylan Garand, stopped 24 of Alberta;s 27 shots in the victory.

Kyle Crnkovic added to his tournament-leading points total with two assists in the game, giving him a total of 12 in five games. Assists were also tallied by Jake Neighbours (2) and Guhle.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Semi-Final Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

McClennon was fittingly named Team Alberta’s player of the game for his efforts,, while King earned the honours for BC.

The gold medal is the second for Team BC in the tournament’s seven year history, last winning it in 2012.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Team Manitoba took the bronze medal after defeating Team Saskatchewan 4-2.


2017 WHL Cup All-Stars


G – Bryan Thomson (Team Saskatchewan) – Moose Jaw, Sask – Lethbridge Hurricanes
D – Kaiden Guhle (Team Alberta) – Sherwood Park, Alta. – Prince Albert Raiders
D – Daemon Hunt (Team Manitoba) – Brandon, Man. – Moose Jaw Warriors
F – Justin Sourdif (Team British Columbia) – Surrey, B.C. – Vancouver Giants
F – Kyle Crnkovic (Team Alberta) – Chestermere, Alta. – Saskatoon Blades
F – Connor McClennon (Team Alberta) – Wainwright, Alta. – Kootenay ICE

Leading Scorers


1. Kyle Crnkovic (AB; Saskatoon Blades) – 3G-9A – 12pts
2. Connor McClennon (AB; Kootenay ICE) – 6G-4A – 10pts
3. Kaiden Guhle (AB; Prince Albert Raiders) – 5G-4A – 9pts
4. Jake Neighbours (AB; Edmonton Oil Kings) – 1G-6A – 7pts
5. Tyler Horstmann (BC; Edmonton Oil Kings) – 0G-5A – 5pts

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Team Alberta advances to WHL Cup final with 7-1 win

CALGARY - Team Alberta will be going for gold at the 2017 WHL Cup on Sunday, following a 7-1 defeat of Team Manitoba in the first of two semi-final games on Saturday.

Kyle Crnkovic continued his strong play for Team Alberta, scoring two goals, including the game winner, along with an assist to give him 10 points in four games at the WHL Cup. Crnkovic was named Alberta’s Player of the Game for his efforts.

Ridly Greig opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game, with Crnkovic giving Alberta a 2-0 less than 5 minutes later. Seth Jarvis cut the lead in half moments later, scoring Mantitoba’s lone goal.

After that, it as all Team Alberta, with five unanswered goals from Connor McClennon, Joel Sexsmith, Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Borysiuk and Crnkovic.

Assists were tallied by Jake Neighbours (2), Ronan Seeley, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Krz Plummer, Brayden Morrison, Crnkovic and McClennon.

Alberta heavily out-shot Manitoba 50-18, and chased starting goaltender Nikulas Jerris just 12:45 into the first period, who allowed three goals on 11 shots. Dante Giannuzzi allowed four goals on 39 shots in relief.

Garin Bjorklund stopped all but one of the 18 shots sent his way for Alberta, earning his third win of the tournament.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Alberta will battle for the WHL Cup title in the gold medal game at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport) in Calgary. It’s a rematch of last year’s gold medal game, as B.C. defeated Saskatchewan 7-0 in the other semi-final matchup on Saturday. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 a.m. on Sunday between Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Alberta edges Manitoba, 4-3, at WHL Cup

CALGARY - Team Alberta jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second period, and then held off Team Manitoba for a 4-3 victory in the final round-robin game at the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary.

With the victory, Team Alberta heads into Saturday’s semi-final action as the top seed with an unblemished record of three wins.

But there is not much rest either team, as Alberta and Manitoba square off in a rematch at 1 pm in the first semi-final at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

Brayden Morrison scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 16:31 mark of the second period. Manitoba scored 35 seconds later, and added one more in the third period, but Alberta held on for the victory.

Jake Sanderson scored on the power play in the first period for Team Alberta, and Ronan Seeley and Noah Boyko scored in the second period for Alberta. Assists were tallied by Kaiden Guhle (2), Connor McClennon (2), Kyle Crnkovic (2), Boyko and Ozzie Wiesblatt.

Garin Bjorklund earned the win in net for Team Alberta. Alberta outshot Manitoba, 27-15.

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In the other game on Friday, B.C. blanked Saskatchewan, 6-0. Those teams will meet in the other semi-final at 4:30 p.m.

Semi-final winners meet in the gold medal final on Sunday at 1:30 pm. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 am on Sunday.

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Team Alberta defeats BC 6-2

CALGARY - Team Alberta moved to 2-0 at the 2017 WHL Cup with a 6-2 win over Team BC on Thursday night.

After opening the tournament with an 8-3 win over Team Saskatchewan, Alberta’s offence showed no signs of slowing down against BC.

Connor McLennon opened the scoring for Alberta with his second goal of the tournament, and Kaiden Guhle gave Alberta a 2-0 lead heading into the second period with his third goal in two games.

McClennon added his second goal of the game and third overall early into the second period for his second-straight game winning goal, and added an assist en-route to being named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Team BC got one back moments later, but Alberta answered with three straight goals, before BC notched another goal to make it a 6-2 final.

Kyle Crnkovic also had a big night for Alberta, scoring a goal and adding three assists, giving him five points through two games.

Alberta had the slight edge in shots, out-shooting BC 29-28. Sebastian Cossa made 26 stops for Team Alberta to earn his first win of the tournament.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta (2-2) closes out round-robin play on Friday night against Team Manitoba (1-1), and can clinch first place with a win. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.

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Team Alberta opens 2017 WHL Cup with 8-3 win

CALGARY – Team Alberta U16 Male opened its 2017 WHL Cup with a bang, defeating Team Saskatchewan 8-3 on Wednesday night.

Ridly Greig opened the scoring for Team Alberta, who took a 1-0 lead into the second period, and a 4-2 lead into the third before scoring four straight goals. Saskatchewan added a goal late to make it an 8-3 final.

Forward Noah Boyko led the way offensively for Alberta with a goal and two assists, while defender Kaiden Guhle added two goals from the backend.

With one assist, Captain Jake Neighbours earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

Alberta out-shot Saskatchewan 39-17, with goaltenders Gjarin Bjorklund and Sebastian Cossa splitting time. Bjorklund earned the win, stopping seven of eight shots sent his way, while Cossa allowed two goals on nine shots in the second half of the game.

Boxscore > | Team Alberta Roster >

Up next for Team Alberta is Team BC, who fell 3-2 in a shootout to Manitoba on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

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2017 WHL Cup kicks off in Calgary

CALGARY – The title defense is on for Team Alberta U16 Male, as the 2017 WHL Cup (formerly the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup) begins today in Calgary.

Team Manitoba and Team B.C. kick off the tournament this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3 pm, while Team Alberta’s quest for gold begins tonight at 6:30 pm against Team Saskatchewan. Team Alberta also hits the ice again Thursday night against Team BC, and wraps up round-robin play Friday night against Manitoba. All three Team Alberta games are set for 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport.

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Following round-robin play, the 1st and 4th place teams and the 2nd and 3rd place teams will battle in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon, with the bronze and gold medal games set for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, respectively.

The WHL Cup will feature some of the top players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

For more schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Nine Team Alberta alumni to represent Canada at World U17 Challenge

RED DEER - Nine players from Team Alberta’s 2016 gold medal-winning U16 squad have been selected to play in the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Goaltender Taylor Gauthier (Calgary), defencemen Bowen Byram (Lethbridge), Jake Lee (Sherwood Park), Rhett Rhinehart (Lloydminster), and Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park), and forwards Connor Bouchard (Cochrane), Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks), and Brayden Tracey (Calgary) are among the 66 players chosen to represent Canada.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 111 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

The tournament opens Nov. 5 at the Encana Events Centre in an all-Canadian affair as last year’s silver-medallist, Team Canada Black, takes on Team Canada White at 2:30 p.m. The opening day concludes with Sweden facing Russia at North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.


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Twelve Albertans named to Team WHL for Canada Russia Series

RED DEER - Alberta will be very well-represented during the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, with 12 Albertans named to Team WHL’s roster.

On Tuesday, the Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, Moose Jaw Warriors, Swift Current Broncos and Hockey Canada, announced today the roster for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Forwards Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary), Tyler Benson (Edmonton), Dillon Dube (Cochrane), Matthew Phillips (Calgary), Sam Steel (Sherwood Park), and Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake) will all suit up for Team WHL up front. On defence, Jake Bean (Calgary), Kale Clage (Lloydminster), Josh Mahura (St. Albert), and David Quenneville (Edmonton) will all be part of an Albertan-heavy blueline, in front of goaltenders Carter Hart (Sherwood Park) and Stuart Skinner (Edmonton).

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Moose Jaw on Monday, November 6, before continuing on to Swift Current for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 7. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6.

For more information on the Canada Russia Series, click here.


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WHL Game Day Coach Series returns for 2017/18 season

RED DEER - A unique learning opportunity is now open for minor hockey coaches with Hockey Alberta’s WHL Game Day Coach Series.

This exciting partnership between Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Western Hockey League teams will offer nine different seminars between October and February, giving coaches the chance to learn from some of the top coaches in the game.

Each seminar costs $45 per coach, and include the following ($200 value):

  • A ticket to a WHL Game
  • Food/beverage voucher
  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta resource package
  • Hockey Alberta gift and other giveaway items (may include golf shirt, hat, or quarter-zip pullover)

Coaches will have the opportunity to hear the both the home and visiting Head Coaches speak before and after each game. Additionally, Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Coach Mentor, Fran Gow, will provide professional development for coaches before each game on a variety of topics, listed by the dates and locations below:

October 24 - Medicine Hat Tigers @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: The Transition Game) *FULL*
November 3 - Saskatoon Blades @ Medicine Hat Tigers (Topic: Developing D-Zone)
November 22 - Portland Winterhawks @ Calgary Hitmen (Topic: Effective Practive)
November 28 - Portland Winterhawks @ Lethbridge Hurricanes (Topic: Importance of Faceoffs)
December 1 - Regina Pats @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: Importance of Faceoffs)
December 7 - Moose Jaw Warriors @ Edmonton Oil Kings (Topic: Creating Offense)
January 3 - Vancouver Giants @ Edmonton Oil Kings (Topic: Developing D-Zone)
January 19 - Kamloops Blazers @ Calgary Hitmen (Topic: Creating Offense)
February 7 - Calgary Hitmen @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: Special Teams)

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For more information, and for a full list of speakers, please click here.


** No refunds will be given for these seminars as per our refund policy fees and structure**

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AFHL Midget Elite, Bantam Elite schedules kick off Saturday

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season is officially in full-swing, as the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons get underway on Saturday.

The AFHL season began on October 1 for the Midget AAA division, two weeks ahead of the Midget and Bantam Elite seasons.

Eight of 12 teams on both Midget and Bantam Elite sides begin their season on Saturday, while the remaining four get their 2017/18 season underway on Sunday.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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Team Alberta U16 and U18 teams set for exhibition action in Calgary

CALGARY - Both the Team Alberta U16 Male and Team Alberta U18 Female teams will hit the ice in Calgary over the next five days ahead of the WHL Cup and National Women’s Under-18 Championships, respectively.

The U18 squad will play a pair of exhibition games on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 at the Edge School in Calgary (33055 Township Road 250). Saturday’s game is at 4:00 p.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Royals, and Sunday’s game is at 11:15 a.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Bisons.

Team Alberta U18 Female heads to Quebec in just under a month for the U18 Nationals, which run November 1-5.

On Monday, October 16th, Team Alberta U16 Male will take on Canada’s National Women’s Team in a special-teams exhibition game, as a final tune-up ahead of the WHL Cup. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport).

The WHL Cup runs October 18-22 at the Markin MacPhail Centre. For schedule and ticket information, click here.

All three exhibition games are open to the public, and are free to attend.

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Teammate of the Month - Q2 Artificial Lift Services

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is proud to recognize Q2 Artificial Lift Services as its TEAMMATE of the Month for October.

Q2 Artificial Lift Services (Quinns Energy Group of Companies) has been a TEAMMATE of the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community Program for four years, and is a major sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic - the Foundation’s largest fundraising event each year.

“Q2 Artificial Lift Services is proud to be a Teammate of the Hockey Alberta Foundation," said Doug Quinn, President and CEO of Q2 Artificial Lift Services. "We are strong believers in the power of sport in our community, and all communities across Alberta. We stand behind the Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program, and the initiative to give every kid in Alberta a chance to play the great game of hockey by eliminating any barriers to participation they may have”

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like the thank Q2 Artificial Lift Services for their ongoing support, helping assist thousands of kids across the province through their generous donation over the past four years.

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Host a Provincial Championship in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting bids from Minor Hockey Associations interested in hosting the 2018 Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Championships are some of the most exciting and high-profile events in which Hockey Alberta’s membership takes part each season, bringing together the top teams from across the province in each category.

The 2018 Provincial Championships will be held March 15-18, March 22-25 and March 29-April 1, in each of the respective categories.

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The bid guidelines document outlines the requirements involved, and the opportunities available, for a Minor Hockey Association interested in submitting a bid to host a Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship event.

The deadline to submit a bid to host Provincial Championships is November 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Skilnick.