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Hockey Alberta Foundation

From left: Braden Corbett, Connor Patchett, Ted Emmett, Tim Leer, Gavin Heintz and Derek Ryckman


Battle of Alberta brings in $22,000 for EKEC, Piper Creek Optimist Club

RED DEER - The fourth annual Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser was a major success, bringing in $22,000 for the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program, as well as other youth initiatives in Central Alberta.

The event was held in January at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, with Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans gathering for a night of hockey, stories, and a chance to win tickets to see the Battle of Alberta in Calgary on January 11, and in Edmonton on January 29.

The night was hosted by local comedian Zach Landry. Former Calgary Flame and 2020 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jamie Macoun, and former Edmonton Oiler Dave Hunter served as the night’s entertainment with a special hockey hot stove.


From left: Zach Landry, Dave Hunter, Jamie Macoun

“It never ceases to amaze us just how much support we receive for this event,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “We’re always fortunate to partner with a group like the Piper Creek Optimist Club to raise funds and awareness for Every Kid Every Community. Our goal as a foundation is to ensure every kid in Alberta has a chance to play hockey, and the Battle of Alberta fundraiser gets us one step closer to achieving that goal every year.”

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the major sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, ATB Investor Services, WestJet, the Molson Coors Brewing Company, MNP, Viking Projects Ltd, Vada Capital, Century 21 - Gavin Heintz, and Arrow Limousine.

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AFHL announces 2019-20 award and scholarship winners

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the 2019-20 league award and scholarship winners.

Four awards are handed out in each league: Most Valuable Player, Top Goaltender, Top Rookie, and Coach of the Year. One award is also given for the AFHL Administrator of the Year.


Bantam Elite

Most Valuable Player: Chloe Goofers, North Central Impact
Top Goaltender: Jorja Fisher, Calgary Fire Red
Top Rookie: Chloe Goofers, North Central Impact
Coach of the Year: Annette Jensen, Sherwood Park Royals


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Kendal Pierson, Southern Express
Top Goaltender: Cienna Kinghorn, St. Albert Sharks
Top Rookie: Kendal Pierson, Southern Express
Coach of the Year: James King, Southern Express


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Kaia Borbandy, Rocky Mountain Raiders
Top Goaltender: Elise Hugens, Edmonton Pandas
Top Rookie: Cassidy Rhodes, St. Albert Slash
Coach of the Year: Dustin Borbandy, Rocky Mountain Raiders


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Dan Basterash, Edmonton Female Athletic Club


AFHL Scholarship Winners

Midget Elite: Alex Walsh, Lethbridge Cyclones

Alex was born in Fort Saskatchewan, and has grown into a graduating player from the SPKAC Midget Elite Fury. After playing with the Fury for the past three seasons, her plan is to play hockey at the post secondary level. Alex has been offered two scholarships but is still yet to commit. She credits her coaches, among others, who have supported her throughout her hockey journey.

Midget AAA: Alesha Santos, Rocky Mountain Raiders

Alesha Santos is a graduating defenseman from the Midget AAA Rocky Mountain Raiders, and currently lives in Calgary. Other than playing Ice Hockey, Alesha also plays Field Hockey for her High School team. Some of her most notable achievements include being a two time Ice Hockey Provincial Champion (2016-2017 Bantam Elite Fire White, 2017-2018 Midget Elite Fire White), receiving two MVP Awards for Field Hockey (2018 season, 2019 season), and being a consistent Honour Roll student. Playing hockey has also given her many volunteer opportunities which included volunteering at Tudor Manor Seniors Home, and mentoring young female hockey players. When she’s not playing sports, Alesha enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In the Fall, Alesha will be playing for the Red Deer College Queens Hockey team while pursuing a Nursing Degree.

PAST AWARD WINNERS >

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Hockey Alberta Awards nomination deadline approaching

RED DEER – There is still time to recognize those who have made an impact on you or the sport this season.

Nominate that individual or team for one of six Hockey Alberta Awards, presented for outstanding achievements or contributions to amateur hockey in Alberta.

Awards Nomination Form >

Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards Program. All members of the hockey community in Alberta are encouraged to submit a nomination for a deserving individual or team.

There are six awards open for nominations including: Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Official of the Year, and Team of the Year. Nominations are also being accepted for the Order of Merit, which recognizes exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Order of Merit may be presented for Administration, Coaching/ Development, or Officiating.

The 2020 deadline for application is March 31.

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Parent Engagement Series - Part Three: Nutrition

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to continue its Parent Engagement Video Series, aimed at helping parents navigate through the ups and downs of being a hockey parent.

Episode Two features Edmonton Oilers/Edmonton Eskimos Head Team Physician Dhiren Naidu, Canmore Eagles Head Coach Andrew Milne, and former NHL defenceman Shawn Belle, and focuses on the importance of nutrition for young athletes.

Parent Engagement Guide >

For more information on nutrition, and for other parent tips, head to hockeyalberta.ca.

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Alberta Built Skills Camps – Refund Update

As was announced recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Alberta has cancelled all camps, events and programs that were scheduled to be held between now and April 30. A complete list of cancelled camps can be found here.

Hockey Alberta is currently in processing refunds for individuals who had registered in those camps, events and programs. Please note that this is a challenging task due to the number of events and individual registrations that need to be processed, and we ask your patience as we work as quickly as possible to take care of everyone.

For camps, programs and events scheduled after April 30, as decisions are made, registrants will be contacted directly with status updates.

To help answer any questions you may have, we’ve put together a short Q&A. If you have additional questions, please submit via email to [email protected]

Q: Do I need to do anything to receive a refund?

A: No. Our registration and payment platform provides us with all of the necessary information to complete the refund, so no additional action is required on your part if you are registered for any of the camps listed.

Q: When will my refund be processed?

A: We are working as fast as we can to have all refunds processed.

Q: How will I know my refund has been processed?

A: You will receive an email when your refund has been processed, however it may take longer than the normal 2-3 days for funds to appear back in your account.

Q: How much will my refund be for?

A: You will receive back the full amount paid, including any GST charged.

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COVID-19 Update: Hockey Alberta closing office, staff working remotely

RED DEER – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Hockey Alberta is taking additional measures to protect our staff and the hockey community. We are temporarily closing our Red Deer office for the next two weeks as of 4:30 pm on Friday, March 20.

While the office is closed, Hockey Alberta is still open for business, with staff working remotely. We are striving to carry on regular operations with as little interruption as possible. During this time, the best way to contact us is via the following channels:

The office will remain closed until at least Monday, April 6. As circumstances develop, we will keep everyone informed of changes and updates. We apologize for any issues or inconvenience that may arise due to the office being closed.

Please take all precautions to stay safe. Follow the directions of local, provincial and federal health and government authorities, as we work together with fellow Albertans, and citizens across the country, to help resolve this situation.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to work through these uncharted waters.

Rob Litwinski,
CEO, Hockey Alberta

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Message from the CEO and Board Chair of Hockey Alberta

Message to the Hockey Alberta Community:

At around 6:30 pm (MT) on Thursday, March 12, the Board of Directors of Hockey Canada, our national governing body, made the tough decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.”

A notification of this decision was placed on the Hockey Alberta website, and circulated to our Members, volunteers, staff, teams and partners.

The cancellation includes all hockey activities for participants registered through Hockey Alberta: games, tournaments, playoffs, tryouts, practices, camps, on-ice and off-ice team activities, programs (such as FirstShift), and Provincial, Regional, and National Championships at the Recreational (Pond Hockey), Minor, Female, Junior, Senior and Sledge levels.

For clarity, the 2019-20 season is cancelled. All sanctioned hockey activities and events in Alberta (and Canada) are cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. “Until further notice” refers to the fact that the cancellation may extend beyond the conclusion of this season. The Hockey Canada Board of Directors will decide when sanctioned hockey will resume in Canada.

TOM RENNEY TSN INTERVIEW >

The decision to cancel hockey was based on feedback and input from medical and health experts, provincially and nationally, to determine what steps were necessary to ensure the health and safety of all participants who are the priority.

Hockey Alberta thanks Hockey Canada, its Board of Directors, and our Branch partners across the country for working together to arrive at this very difficult decision.

And we thank the hockey community in Alberta for your support and understanding as we proceed into uncharted waters.

We will update our Members and the hockey community in Alberta as new developments arise.

Rob Litwinski, Len Samletzki,

CEO, Hockey Alberta Chair, Board of Directors

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COVID-19 Update - Hockey Canada Statement

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Without question, this an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.

After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities*, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.

We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”

*Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities include all Hockey Alberta-sanctioned activities. This means that all Hockey Alberta league games, playoffs, practices, camps and Provincial, Regional and National Championships are cancelled at the Minor, Female, Junior, Senior and Sledge levels.

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES: Edition 20:05

2020 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HOST SITES

March has arrived, which means the 2020 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, are right around the corner. Find out where your team could be playing this spring! HOST SITES >


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR FEMALE DEVELOPMENT 1 COACHING CLINIC

Hockey Alberta is pleased to offer a Development 1 coaching clinic for females who are working within the elite streams of minor hockey. REGISTRATION >


BYSTROM, LESLIE NAMED DISTINGUISHED FUTURE LEADERS

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation are pleased to announce Braden Bystrom and Jantzen Leslie as distinguished Future Leaders. In addition to the original $1,000 scholarship awarded to participants of the program, the two distinguished Future Leaders each receive an additional $3,000 scholarship. MORE > | 2020 FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM >


COACH OF THE MONTH NOMINATION DEADLINE - MARCH 13

Has your coach made a positive impact on your team this season? There is still time to nominate them for the Coach of the Month award, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 13. NOMINATION FORM >


ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS

Hockey Alberta is committed to providing Alberta Built development opportunities for coaches and players to grow and learn before, during, and after the season. Check out the camps in your area! ALBERTA BUILT CAMPS > | FUTURE COACHES >



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Coach of the Month nomination deadline - March 13

RED DEER - Has your coach made a positive impact on your team this season? There is still time to nominate them for the Coach of the Month award, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Hockey Alberta has been collecting nominations all season to help recognize coaches in communities around the province. Coaches are an integral part of the game and their countless hours and dedication provides the opportunity for over 60,000 kids to play minor hockey.

The 2019-20 deadline for nominations is Friday, March 13. All coaches who are nominated this season will be eligible to win one of two year end coaching packages sponsored by Players Bench, which include tickets to an NHL game provided by the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.

2019-20 Recipients >

Nomination Form >

Hockey Alberta Foundation

(L to R) Braden Bystrom, Dennis Zukiwsky, Jantzen Leslie and Tim Leer


Bystrom, Leslie named distinguished Future Leaders

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation are pleased to announce Braden Bystrom and Jantzen Leslie as distinguished Future Leaders.

Bystrom and Leslie were among the eight post-secondary students accepted into the 2019 Future Leader Development Program, which saw them fill a role during the U16 Male & U16 Female Provincial Camps in Red Deer last year. Both were selected as distinguished future leaders for their leadership, professionalism, enthusiasm and willingness to give back to the game of hockey.

In addition to the original $1,000 scholarship awarded to participants of the program, the two distinguished Future Leaders each receive an additional $3,000 scholarship.

Hockey Alberta Foundation Board of Directors Chair, Dennis Zukiwsky, presented Bystrom with a cheque on February 28 during a West Central Midget Tigers game. Bystrom is currently an assistant coach with the team and is attending Red Deer College.

Hockey Alberta Foundation Executive Director, Tim Leer, presented Leslie with a cheque at the Hockey Alberta office on February 28. Leslie is currently a skills coach for Lakeside Hockey Development and for NHL/NHLPA First Shift Program being hosted by Hockey Alberta and is attending Red Deer College.


2020 Future Leaders Development Program

Applications are still being accepted for the 2020 Future Leaders Development Program. The application deadline is April 22, and the FLDP runs May 8-10 in Red Deer.

Apply >

For more information on the Future Leaders Development Program, click here.

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Coach of the Month - February

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s February Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Chad Huseby of the Red Deer Novice Gritty Flyers.

Chad is currently head coach of the Red Deer Novice Gritty Flyers and an assistant coach of the Red Deer Dynamite Ice Hawks. He has been coaching hockey for five years, and also helps out with the Red Deer Four-Year-Old Hockey Program.

"Chad volunteers A LOT of his time to help out all of his children on and off the ice, while working a full time job and pursing high level officiating career. He is transparent in his plans and always makes sure that the other coaches are prepared." Said the Team Manager who nominated Chad. "Chad shows up with a positive attitude and helps create a fun and respectful environment on and off ice."

Chad officiates hockey at a high level, to which he credits his wife for being so supportive. He also coaches the Red Deer Blue Jays baseball team during the summer months.

"At the end of the day, being a good teammate is extremely important," said Chad. "In sports, school, and eventually adulthood, being a good person and a great teammate will take you a long ways."


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The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nomination Form >

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Spots available for 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships Selection Camps

RED DEER - Spots are still available for 2002-2006 born male and female athletes to participate in selection camps for the 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

Selection camps for both the male and female team will be held at the Servus Sports Centre in Lloydminster on April 10-12.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, is overseeing and coordinating the selection process for the players and coaches representing the province at the championships. That process includes recruiting and selecting the Indigenous coaching staff, registration and selection camps for players, team training, and designing the uniforms.

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

The annual event provides a forum for elite Bantam/Midget aged Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal athletes from across the country. The NAHC also serves as a focal point for grassroots and regional Aboriginal hockey development.

The 2020 edition of the NAHC is being held in Regina, at the Co-operators Centre, May 9-16. More than 500 elite bantam and midget Indigenous hockey players from across Canada will compete in male and female divisions in the tournament.

FEMALE REGISTRATION >

MALE REGISTRATION >

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES: Edition 20:04

ZONES 4 AND 7 WIN ALBERTA WINTER GAMES GOLD

It was a thrilling finish at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie on Monday, with Zones 4 and 7 winning gold in Female and Male hockey, respectively. RECAP >


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR NATIONAL ABORIGINAL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTION CAMPS

Registration is now open for 2002-2006 born male and female athletes to participate in selection camps for the 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. MALE REGISTRATION > | FEMALE REGISTRATION >


EKEC SPEAKER SERIES COMING TO CANMORE

The Hockey Alberta Foundation, in conjunction with Canmore Minor Hockey and the Canmore Eagles, is bringing the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) Speaker Series to Canmore on Friday, February 21. TICKETS >


APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2020 HIGH PERFORMANCE 1 SEMINAR

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the NCCP High Performance 1 Seminar being held in Red Deer July 21-26. APPLY >


U11 PLAYER PATHWAY

The U11 Player Pathway is supported by the Hockey Canada Long-Term Player Development Model. This framework provides the guiding principles for age appropriate and skill specific programming for all players in Hockey Canada’s youth hockey system. U11 PATHWAY >


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2020 FUTURE COACHES PROGRAM

Hockey Alberta’s Future Coaches Program is designed to develop and train U18 (Midget) level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership. EDMONTON > | RED DEER > | CALGARY >


ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS

Hockey Alberta is committed to providing Alberta Built development opportunities for coaches and players to grow and learn before, during, and after the season. Check out the camps in your area! ALBERTA BUILT CAMPS >



Hockey Alberta Foundation

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Hockey Alberta Foundation participating in the 2020 Birdies for Kids program

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the 2020 Birdies for Kids program. This fundraising program is designed so that the Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100% of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50% of the original donations made.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s 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 through programs like Every Kid Every Community and Future Leaders. 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.

Donating is easy and open now!
Visit shawcharityclassic.com/donatenow/ and select ‘Hockey Alberta Foundation’ to donate online.

If you’d like to donate by cheque, make your cheque payable to ‘Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation” and using the memo section to indicate ‘Hockey Alberta Foundation’ and mail to:

Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation

Suite 1700, Bow Valley Square III
255 5th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3G6

Help us improve the quality of life of Albertans through hockey and donate now >

Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation.

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Zones 4 and 7 win gold at 2020 Alberta Winter Games

AIRDRIE - It was a thrilling finish at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie on Monday, with Zones 4 and 7 winning gold in Female and Male hockey, respectively.

The female gold medal game went back and forth for the entire 60 minutes where Zone 3 and Zone 4 would need extra time to find a winner. Zone 4 scored the gold medal clinching goal just 1:41 into the extra frame, making the final score 2-1. Zone 7 claimed bronze with a 2-1 victory over Zone 5.

Female Rosters > | Female Results > | Female Stats >

On the Male side, Zone 7 broke away from Zone 3 in a tightly contested game for a 6-4 victory to earn gold. Meanwhile, Zone 2 completed a late comeback in the bronze medal game, defeating Zone 4 by a score of 7-5.

Male Rosters > | Male Results > | Male Stats >


2020 Alberta Winter Games Photos >

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2020 Alberta Winter Games: Day Two Recap

AIRDRIE - The Gold and Bronze medal matchups are set after Day Two of the 2020 Alberta Winter Games came to a close on Sunday.

After a tightly fought round robin draw, Zones 3, 4, 5 and 7 each earned a spot in the Semi-Finals. The goalies stole the show in each of the evening games, as Zone 3 posted a 3-0 shutout win over Zone 7, and Zone 4 did the same in their game against Zone 5.

Day Three will begin with the 5th Place game featuring Zone 2 and Zone 6 at Rob Ebbeson Arena at 7:30am. Zone 5 will take on Zone 7 in the bronze medal game at 8:00am, and Zone 3 will play Zone 4 for gold at 10:15am, both at Genesis Place.

Female Rosters > | Female Schedule/Results >

With both pools wide-open on the Male side, Zones 2, 3, 4 and 7 all punched their tickets to the Semi-Finals. After trailing 6-3, Zone 4 mounted a comeback against Zone 7 to tie the game, but Zone 7 scored a late powerplay goal to earn their spot in the final. Meanwhile, Zone 3 won a tightly contested matchup against Zone 2, scoring less than a minute into 3-on-3 overtime to win 6-5.

Zone 2 will face Zone 4 at 9:30am for bronze, while Zones 3 and 7 battle for gold at 10am. Meanwhile, Zone 1 defeated Zone 8 by a score of 7-5 in the 5th Place game, and Zone 5 won the 7th Place game 5-4 over Zone 6.

Male Rosters > | Male Schedule/Results >

Home Ice Feature

Airdrie ’Kindness Ninjas’ visit the Alberta Winter Games

AIRDRIE - The Zone 5 Male hockey team learned a valuable off-ice lesson during the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, after a visit from the Kindness Ninjas Sunday afternoon.

The ’Kindness Ninjas’ are Kindergarten students at Windsong Heights Elementary School in Airdrie, part of a program to help teach the impact of kindness in the classroom, school, community and beyond.

The Ninjas stopped by the Ron Ebbesen Arena after Zone 5’s final round-robin game, as part of an initiative put forth by the team’s Director of Operations, Kim Buchan.

The parents of the Zone 5 players presented the Kindness Ninjas with blankets to donate to the homeless, as part of their "Blankets of Hope" initiative.

According to Buchan, the parents were challenged to perform a good deed as a group, following a good deeds challenge put out to the team in December.

She said she got the idea to work with the Kindness Ninjas after seeing a news story involving former Calgary Flame Lanny McDonald.

"One of our discussions with the boys was that it all starts with being a good person, and it starts with character," said Buchan. "It shows them that even the little things can mean a lot."

Buchan said she was put into contact with the two Kindergarten teachers involved with the Kindness Ninjas, and arranged for the students to come to the arena on Sunday.

"Sport is such an important part of childhood, I feel," said Allie Apels, Kindergarten teacher at Windsong Heights. "I think it’s great to see that you can be on a team, and you can work together to spread kindness and have common values beyond the rink."


Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email [email protected].

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2020 Alberta Winter Games: Day One Recap

AIRDRIE - A busy first day at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games went off without a hitch in Airdrie, with 14 games in the books.

Day one of the Female competition was full of close games and exciting action. Zone 5 leads the way as the only 2-0 team and sits at the top of Pool B, while Zone 3 and Zone 4 each picked up a win and sit tied atop Pool A with two points.

Female Rosters > | Female Schedule/Results >

The Male competition remains wide open after the first day of competition, with all eight teams still in contention. Zone 3 remains the lone undefeated team with a 2-0 record, and sits atop Pool A. It’s a four-way tie in Pool B, with all four zones holding an identical 1-1 record.

Male Rosters > | Male Schedule/Results >

Round-robin play wraps up on Sunday on both sides, starting at 8am, with the semi-finals and consolation games taking place later in the day.

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2020 Alberta Winter Games kick off in Airdrie

AIRDRIE - After months of preparation, the battle for provincial hockey supremacy heats up as the 2020 Alberta Winter Games take place in Airdrie this weekend.

The opening ceremonies are set for today (Friday) from 7-8 p.m. at Airdrie City Hall, with hockey running from February 15-17. Global News will live-stream the opening ceremonies on globalnews.ca, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Eight teams will compete on the male side, comprised of 2007-born players from across the province, while six teams will compete on the female side, comprised of 2005 and 2006-born players.

Male Rosters > | Female Rosters >

A full schedule for both the male and female competition can be found on the Alberta Winter Games section of the Hockey Alberta website:

Male Schedule & Results > | Female Schedule & Results >

For period-by-period updates, follow Team Alberta on Twitter.

Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program. The Winter Games provide players, coaches, trainers and referees an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey starting with the zone camp and selection process, through to competing in the Games.

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EKEC Speaker Series coming to Canmore

CANMORE - The Hockey Alberta Foundation, in conjunction with Canmore Minor Hockey and the Canmore Eagles, is bringing the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) Speaker Series to Canmore on Friday, February 21.

The evening will feature 2020 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jamie Macoun, honoured member Mike Rogers and former Calgary Flame Colin Patterson in a candid Hockey Hot Stove.

Tickets for the event are $40 for individuals, $100 for a family of four (two adults, two children), or $300 for a table of 8, which includes one beverage, appetizers, and admission to the Canmore Eagles game against the Olds Grizzlys.

  • DATE: Friday, February 21
  • LOCATION: Canmore Recreation Centre - 1900 8th Ave
  • TIME: Doors open 5:00 pm, Hot Stove at 5:45, puck drop at 7:00.

Tickets >

All proceeds from the event will go towards Canmore Minor Hockey and the Every Kid Every Community program.

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Applications now being accepted for High Performance 1 Seminar

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the NCCP High Performance 1 Seminar being held in Red Deer July 21-26.

This seminar includes professional speakers focusing on the delivery of sessions including special teams, planning to perform, offensive/defensive team play, goaltending, game and bench management, ethics in coaching, teambuilding and many more.

In addition to classroom sessions, coaches will be provided practical learning and development by running on-ice session and coach on the bench with our AJHL Player Development camp which is run the same week. Coaches selected to attend this Seminar will be guided by some of the best leaders and mentors in Canada.

The requirement set nationally is that “All Head Coaches coaching Bantam, Midget and Junior A teams that compete in Inter-provincial or National Championships or the highest level as determined by the branch, must be High Performance 1 Certified. It is recommended that all Assistant Coaches be at minimum Development 1 trained.”

Please refer to Coach Requirements for those who would require this course for coaching within Alberta.

Coaches looking to apply should meet the following criteria:

  • Currently coach elite athletes in a competitive stream
  • Currently or will be coaching in one of the 5 required leagues
  • Certified at the Development 1 Level

APPLY NOW >

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Serge Lajoie named Head Coach for Team Alberta U16 Male | Assistant, Video Coach applications now open

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Serge Lajoie as Head Coach of the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will compete in the 2020 WHL Cup.

This will be Lajoie’s second time at the helm of Team Alberta, having guided the U16 team to gold at the 2013 WHL Cup.

"We are excited to bring Serge back into the fold again this year," said Mike Kriachy, Manager, Team Alberta. "He’s been an integral part of the Team Alberta program in previous years, and will bring a lot to the program again this time around."

Lajoie is currently the Head Coach of the OHA Edmonton Midget Prep team, and previously served as Head Coach of the University of Alberta Men’s Hockey Team, winning a U SPORTS National Championship in 2018.


Hockey Alberta is also now accepting applications for two Assistant Coach positions, and one Video Coach position for Team Alberta U16 Male.

U16 Coach Application >

Key dates for the U16 Male program include the Alberta Cup (April 29 - May 3, Red Deer), Team Alberta Summer Camp (July 6-12, Red Deer), and the WHL Cup (TBD).

The deadline for all coaching applications is March 4 at 4pm.

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Coach applications now open for Team Alberta U18 Female

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting coach applications for the Team Alberta U18 Female team that will be competing in National Women’s U18 Championship.

Team Alberta U18 Female is seeking one Head Coach, two Assistant Coaches, one Video Coach, and one Goaltender Coach.

U18 Coach Application >

Key dates for the U18 Female program include Team Alberta Summer Camp (July 13-19, Red Deer), Fall Camp (September 25-27, Edmonton), and the U18 Nationals (November 1-7, BC).

The deadline for all coaching applications is March 4 at 4pm.


The Team Alberta U18 program is the final stage of identification and evaluation towards Team Alberta and one of the stages of identification for Canada’s national programs. Through on and off-ice evaluation, the high performance U18 program works towards the final goal of taking Team Alberta to the National Women’s U18 Hockey Championship or the Canada Winter Games.

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Two Albertans experience 2020 Global Girls’ Game

ST. JOHN’S, NL - Two of Alberta’s Bantam Female players got a once in a lifetime experience while participating in the Global Girls’ Game this past weekend.

Bryn Weinkauf (Daysland) and Emily Harty (St. Albert) arrived in St. John’s on Friday to take in the Global Girls’ Game activities. They got the opportunity to spend the weekend participating in activities focusing on empowerment and team-building in order to foster greater self-confidence, learn from one another, and form friendships, before taking part in the Global Girls’ Game.

The game was neck and neck until the final period when Team Blue (in red, since it’s Canada) pulled ahead for the 7-5 win.

The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. The unique game began on February 8 and was played in 28 different countries across the globe before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment. The goal of the game is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family. A cumulative score was kept across all 28 countries with Team Blue defeating Team White by a score of 127-111.

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Registration now open for the Hockey Alberta U12 Skills Camp

RED DEER - Male athletes from across Alberta born in 2008 have the unique opportunity to participate in the Hockey Alberta U12 Skills Camp, hosted by the Team Alberta program.

The camp takes place in Calgary at the Great Plains Recreation Facility, May 29-31. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta program, as well as two goalie sessions for goaltenders only.

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The camp will consist of four sessions:

  • Checking skills
  • Position-specific training
  • Small area games
  • Power Edge Pro

NOTE: Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, please contact Mike Kraichy, Manager, Team Alberta at [email protected]

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES: Edition 20:03

PARENT ENGAGEMENT SERIES - MULTISPORT

Hockey Alberta is pleased to continue its Parent Engagement Video Series, aimed at helping parents navigate through the ups and downs of being a hockey parent. MULTISPORT VIDEO >


WHO HAS MADE AN IMPACT ON YOUR MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION THIS SEASON?

Nominate that individual or team for one of six Hockey Alberta Awards, presented for outstanding achievements or contributions to amateur hockey in Alberta. AWARDS NOMINATION FORM >


VOTE FOR THE CROWFOOT COYOTES PEEWEE AA IN THE CHEVROLET GOOD DEEDS CUP

Congratulations to Hockey Calgary’s Crowfoot Coyotes, who are one of the regional finalists selected by Chevrolet in the Good Deeds Cup! From now until February 9, all 10 semi-finalist videos are available for viewing at Chevrolet Canada’s YouTube channel. The three teams that receive the most views will each be eligible to win a Finalist Prize, which includes $5,000 to the team’s designated charity. VIEW THEIR VIDEO >


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 2020 TEAM ALBERTA/WHL SKILLS CAMP

Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are pleased to be co-hosting the annual WHL Skills Camp for the sixth consecutive year. The camp is a unique skill development opportunity for 2006-born (U15) male hockey players. Participants must be registered with Hockey Alberta/ Hockey Canada to be eligible. REGISTER >


JANES DESIGN-A-MASK CONTEST

From now until February 17, submit your child’s original goalie mask design for the opportunity to have their artwork worn by Team Canada goaltenders at the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship! DESIGN-A-MASK TEMPLATE > | ENTRY FORM >


ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS

Hockey Alberta is committed to providing Alberta Built development opportunities for coaches and players to grow and learn before, during, and after the season. Check out the camps in your area! ALBERTA BUILT CAMPS > | COACH OPPORTUNITIES >



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Hockey Alberta Awards nominations now open

RED DEER – Who has made an impact on you or the sport this season?

Nominate that individual or team for one of six Hockey Alberta Awards, presented for outstanding achievements or contributions to amateur hockey in Alberta.

Awards Nomination Form >

Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards Program. All members of the hockey community in Alberta are encouraged to submit a nomination for a deserving individual or team.

There are six awards open for nominations including: Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Official of the Year, and Team of the Year. Nominations are also being accepted for the Order of Merit, which recognizes exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Order of Merit may be presented for Administration, Coaching/ Development, or Officiating.

The 2020 deadline for application is March 31.

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Coach of the Month - January

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s January Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Shawn Van Buuren of the Coaldale Cobras Peewee 2 and Coaldale Bantam teams.

Shawn is currently head coach of the Coaldale Cobras Peewee 2 and an assistant coach of the Coaldale Cobras Bantam team. He has been coaching hockey for eleven years, and also coaches baseball in the spring.

"Shawn is great with the kids, finding a balance between between being firm, and also creating an environment where the kids can learn, grow, and flourish," said a fellow coach who nominated Shawn. "He has taken the initiative to better both himself and the rest of the coaching team by always coming prepared with a plan in mind and consulting with a Coach Mentor to grow and learn."

Shawn plays hockey himself, and also enjoys camping and dirt biking with his family during the summer.

"I enjoy watching each player’s progression from the beginning of the season to the end and how their love for the sport grows." said Shawn. "My goal is to grow the kid’s love for the game by having fun, but still being competitive."


Hockey Alberta News

The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nomination Form >

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Registration now open for the 2020 Hockey Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are pleased to be co-hosting the annual WHL Skills Camp for the sixth consecutive year.

The camp is a unique skill development opportunity for 2006-born (U15) male hockey players. Participants must be registered with Hockey Alberta/ Hockey Canada to be eligible.

The camp runs May 29-31 in Calgary at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex. Cost is $330 per player.

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The camp will focus on skill development and proper training techniques, and provides athletes with information about the Team Alberta process and the WHL, while challenging players to excel on and off the ice.

The Skills Camp provides athletes with the opportunity to learn from an impressive array of instructors, including instructors from the WHL. Participants will be divided into eight teams for the weekend, and participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Friday: On and off-ice combine testing
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, one off-ice session, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: One skill session, one off-ice session and a game to wrap up the weekend
  • Goaltenders will also participate in an on and off-ice goaltender session.

The maximum capacity for the camp is 168 athletes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact Michael Kraichy, Manager, Team Alberta at [email protected]