Hockey Alberta Foundation

EKEC Speaker Series coming to Vegreville

The Hockey Alberta Foundation, in conjunction with Vegreville Minor Hockey and KidSport Vegreville, is bringing the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) Speaker Series to Vegreville. The evening will feature former NHL players Rob Brown and Jason Strudwick in a candid Hockey Hot Stove.

Tickets for the event are $50 for individuals or $350 for a table of 8 and includes a buffet dinner, door prizes, live and silent auctions, and entertainment.

  • DATE: Saturday, February 2
  • LOCATION: Vegreville Social Centre - 4802 47A Street
  • TIME: Doors open 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30, entertainment at 8 with a dance to follow

For tickets, contact Mike van der Torre at 780-603-7851, or Mandy Chipps at 780-777-9770 or mandychipps@gmail.com

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

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Sixteen Albertans listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its midterm rankings for the 2019 NHL draft, with 16 Albertans on the list.

Five Albertans landed in the top 20 of the North American Skater rankings: Kirby Dach, Bowen Byram, Peyton Krebs, Brett Leason and Matthew Robertson.

Taylor Gauthier and Matthew Davis were both listed among the top North American goaltenders.

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

Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
2 Kirby Dach Forward Saskatoon WHL
4 Bowen Byram Defence Vancouver WHL
8 Peyton Krebs Forward Kootenay WHL
17 Brett Leason Forward Prince Albert WHL
18 Matthew Robertson Defence Edmonton WHL
73 Brayden Tracey Forward Moose Jaw WHL
78 Jake Lee Defence Seattle WHL
97 Kirby Proctor Defence Des Moines USHL
154 Quinn Olson Forward Okotoks AJHL
158 Luke Bast Defence Brooks AJHL
159 David Kope Forward Edmonton WHL
176 Chase Felgueiras Defence Humboldt SJHL
201 Zachary Okabe Forward Grande Prairie AJHL
Limited Viewing Dillon Hamaliuk Forward Seattle WHL
5 Taylor Gauthier Goaltender Prince George WHL
30 Matthew Davis Goaltender Spruce Grove AJHL

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Team Alberta U18 Female, U16 Male set for team staging in Red Deer

RED DEER - Less than a month ahead of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female squads will converge in Red Deer once again this weekend for Team Alberta Staging.

As part of the weekend, both teams will play an exhibition game on Saturday, January 19 at the Collicutt Centre.

The U18 Female team will hit the ice first at 4:30pm against the Calgary Bantam AAA Royals, with the U16 Male squad to follow at 7:00pm against the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs.

Both games are open to the public, and are free to attend.

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FOURTH INSTALLMENT: Officiating Video Partnership with WHL

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to present the fourth installment of the Western Hockey League’s officiating partnership video series.

The partnership will see the production of a series of videos that will be shared with all officials in Alberta and the other Western Branches.

This is an exciting opportunity for all officials to learn from some of the best officials in the country. The link to the third video is included below, and you will receive an email from Hockey Alberta each time that a new video is available for viewing. The videos will be uploaded to Hockey Alberta’s YouTube channel, so you can always access them on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

View the fourth installment of the video series:

Missed the first three videos? View them here:

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Medicine Hat to co-host 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

CALGARY – The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will return to Alberta in 2019.

For the first time in the 33-year history of the event, the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international showcase of the best young hockey talent in the world – will be co-hosted in a pair of Prairie provinces. Medicine Hat and Swift Current will welcome the event from Nov. 2-9.

The 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and the Canadian Hockey League, as well as the cities of Medicine Hat and Swift Current, and the Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

“Alberta has hosted a number of successful Hockey Canada events in recent history, and Hockey Alberta looks forward to ensuring the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is even more successful,” said Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Alberta. “We are thrilled to welcome the top under-17 hockey players in the world to Alberta for the first time since 2005, and to work with the host committee in Medicine Hat on this prestigious event.”

“There was a great deal of effort from many individuals to bring this event to our community, so it’s a tremendous honour to co-host with our counterparts in Swift Current,” said Ted Clugston, Mayor of Medicine Hat. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the players, their families, and hockey fans to our city, and showcasing our community and its amenities on an international scale.”

The 7,100-seat Canalta Centre will host teams and fans when the tournament returns to Alberta for the third time; Lethbridge hosted in 2005, and Red Deer in 1997.

The official tournament schedule and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

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Alberta Challenge registration now open | Alberta Challenge staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2004 and 2005-born female athletes to participate in one of two regional selection camps for the 2019 Alberta Challenge.

The Alberta Challenge runs May 1-5 in Leduc.

Register >

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

Both regional camps will take place April 5-7 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

South - Cochrane
North - Fort Saskatchewan

Alberta Challenge Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Taryn Baumgardt at tbaumgardt@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.


2019 Alberta Challenge staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2019 Alberta Challenge. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, and two assistant coaches were selected for each of the six teams.

2019 Team Staff >


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

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


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Welcome new-to-hockey families into your Minor Hockey Association!

Is your Minor Hockey Association looking to grow its membership?

The Canadian Tire First Shift is seeking hosts for its sixth season.

The initiative, which partners with Bauer Hockey and Hockey Canada, has seen over 620 programs delivered across the country with more than 23,000 kids trying hockey since 2014. The mission is to inspire new families to join our community and enrol their kids in our sport by making hockey accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

Canadian Tire First Shift is a six-week program that focuses on having fun and learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration, which is only $199.

The application process for Minor Hockey Associations wishing to host the Canadian Tire First Shift in 2019-20 is now open by going to www.firstshift.ca/for-hosts/

Interested Minor Hockey Associations can find more information in the attached document or at www.firstshift.ca.

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Peewee Prospects Cup registration now open | Peewee Prospects Cup staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2006-born male athletes to participate in one of four Regional selection camps for the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup runs May 8-12 in Lethbridge.

Register >

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

All regional camps will take place April 12-14 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary - East Calgary Twin Arenas
South - Olds Sportsplex
Captial - Edmonton Castle Downs Arena
North - Vegreville Rec Centre

Peewee Prospects Cup Regional Directory > | Peewee Prospects Cup Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.


2019 Peewee Prospects Cup staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, and two assistant coaches were selected for each of the eight teams.

2019 Team Staff >


The Peewee Prospects Cup is the beginning of the Hockey Alberta Development program and will be held in off years of the Alberta Winter Games.

The Peewee Prospects Cup provides second-year peewee athletes, coaches, trainers and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition. Athletes eligible for the Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup are male athletes who were born in 2006, and must be registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta program.

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Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s December Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Cam Church of Irvine.

With three children playing minor hockey in Irvine, Cam is the Assistant Coach of both the Initiation SR Bulldogs and Novice Major Bulldogs, as well as the Head Coach of the Atom B Bulldogs. This is his fifth season coaching minor hockey.
"Having the opportunity to teach a game I loved as a kid growing up is rewarding, as I get to watch the kids having fun while building character," said Cam. "I’ve learned more about the game of hockey in the last five years of coaching than I’ve learned in the last 35 years of playing."

"Cam is encouraging to every player whether they are new to hockey or not, he makes each child feel special and a valued member of the team," said the parent who nominated Cam for the Coach of the Month award. "He is equally fair to every one of them making sure they have fair playing time and equal opportunities to play every position. He is the first one at all practices and games, ensuring he is ready for the event. He is extremely knowledgeable about minor hockey and pushes the importance of practices and fun over games and winning."

"I had a number of good coaches throughout the years of playing, coaching is a avenue to give back what was given to me when I was a kid," added Cam. "I feel lucky to be part of a great association in Irvine, we have a great group of coaches, parents and an outstanding facility to play the game."


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.

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

Nomination Form >

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The 2018 Global Game in Toronto (Photo submitted)


Suit up for the 2019 Global Game!

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), is hosting the Global Game on the weekend of February 16-17 in Calgary. The Global Game is an IIHF initiative focused on uniting female hockey players across the globe through sport in this one, global continuous game.

The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on February 16 and is played in 28 different countries across the globe before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment. A cumulative score is kept across all 28 countries between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after the Canadian portion of the game. The goal is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

Two teams made up of participants from the 10 Hockey Canada branches compete for Team White and Team Blue in the Canadian portion of the Global Game. The participants selected for the Canadian game will be placed on a team with other players from across Canada. As the host province, Alberta has been given the opportunity to select 16 players to participate: 10 forwards, four defense and two goaltenders.

Selected participants get the opportunity to spend the weekend in Calgary participating in off-ice sessions, visiting the Hockey Canada Hall of Champions, and listening to guest speakers. Along with these off-ice activities, participants will compete in the Global Game.

Weekend Activities:

  • Friday, February 15: Depending on hometown, participants may need to travel to Calgary

  • Saturday, February 16: Presentations and Speakers; Off-Ice Activities; and the GLOBAL GAME

  • Sunday, February 17: Off-Ice Session; Guest Speakers. Departure from Calgary

2019 Global Game Application >

Applicants must be Bantam age and registered to a Bantam A or B level female hockey team within Alberta for the 2018-2019 season. Accommodation will be covered for the participants selected. If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Global Game weekend festivities, please fill out the application below and submit it to Hockey Alberta by January 22.

NOTE: Depending on the hometown, participants may need to travel into Calgary on Friday, February 15. By submitting an application, participants agree to cover the costs associated with their own travel. Meals and accommodations will be taken care of upon check in with Global Game Staff.

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2019 Alberta Cup registration now open | Alberta Cup staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2004-born male athletes to participate in one of three Regional selection camps for the 2019 Alberta Cup.

The Alberta Cup is being held in Red Deer, at the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, April 24-28. The 2019 event has a new structure, with six teams competing in a tournament format.

Register >

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

The 2019 Alberta Cup has a new regional format of three ‘tryout’ / selection camps with each camp leading to the selection of two teams. The six teams of players will then move on to compete at the Alberta Cup tournament. This updated model establishes a better environment for providing ‘best-on-best’ competition for 14-year old players. More Information >

All regional camps will take place March 29-31 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary Regional Camp - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Blackfalds Regional Camp -
Blackfalds Multiplex
Spruce Grove Regional Camp -
Spruce Grove Agrena

Alberta Cup Regional Directory >

If you are unsure in which Region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.


2019 Alberta Cup staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2019 Alberta Cup. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, two assistant coaches, and one trainer were selected for each of the six teams.

2019 Team Staff >


The Alberta Cup aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with hundreds of players annually trying out for 120 spots (20 positions on each of the six regional teams).

In addition to player development, the Alberta Cup also features opportunities for administrators, referees, coaches, therapists and equipment managers to be identified for potential positions at higher level events, such as the World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games.

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Highlight Reel: 2018

RED DEER - With 2018 now in the rear-view mirror, Hockey Alberta looks back on the year that was with some of our favourite moments (in no particular order).


Alberta Hockey Day / Female Hockey Day


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A pair of popular participation events served as book-ends for 2018 to highlight hockey development in the province: Alberta Hockey Day and Female Hockey Day.

Alberta Hockey Day was celebrated on January 20 in six different communities across Alberta: Brooks, High Level, Paradise Valley, Red Deer, Strathmore and Westlock. Alberta Hockey Day had a special focus on age-appropriate programming at the Initiation and Novice levels.

Alberta Hockey Day Photo Gallery >

The inaugural Female Hockey Day ran December 15 at the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer, with on and off-ice activities in all areas of the game, including coaching, officiating, and parenting. The day was capped off the the very first Canadian Women’s Hockey League game in Red Deer, as the Calgary Inferno took on the Toronto Furies in a regular season game, which saw more than 600 fans an attendance.

Female Hockey Day Photo Gallery >


#AlbertaBuilt


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The 2018 Alberta Winter Games in Fort McMurray saw a clean sweep in hockey as Zone 2 won gold in both the Male and Female categories. Full Story >

Team Central skated away from Spruce Grove as the 2018 Alberta Cup champions with a 2-0 win over Edmonton Yellow. Full Story >

Team Alberta North earned a pair of podium finishes at the 2019 Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith and Hay River, NWT. The Bantam Male squad narrowly missed out on gold, with the host Northwest Territories scoring the decisive goal with less than 10 seconds to go in regulation. Meanwhile, the Junior Female team defeated the Yukon in a shootout to claim bronze. Full Story >


The March to a Title


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Back-to-back winners and multiple championships highlighted the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincials, presented by ATB Financial.

The Wainwright Bisons (Junior B), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Minor Midget AAA), St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA), Calgary Fire White (Bantam Female Elite), Irvine Bulldogs (Peewee D), and Drayton Valley Meter All Stars (Atom A) all repeated as Provincial champions.

It was quite the year for Lethbridge Minor Hockey in the Midget category as well. In addition to Minor Midget AAA, the Lethbridge Hurricanes also took home a provincial title in Midget AAA and Midget A.

2018 Parade of Champions >


History at the Esso Cup


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After becoming the first team from Alberta to win the Esso Cup in 2017, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League made history again in 2018, becoming the first-ever team to repeat as Esso Cup champions.

After claiming the Midget AAA provincial title for the second straight year, the Slash defeated the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 to win gold once again. Full Story >


The Humboldt Broncos

April 6, 2018 is a date most will never forget. But, in the wake of the unthinkable Humboldt Broncos tragedy, a country came together as one.

In addition to a Canadian record-setting $15 million GoFundMe campaign, an outpouring of support came in from across Canada, and beyond. #HumboldtStrong became an immediate movement on social media, as did #JerseysForHumboldt and #PutYourSticksOut, which encouraged Canadians to leave a hockey stick at their front door to honour to victims of the crash.

On opening night of the 2018 Alberta Cup, Team Northwest and Team Edmonton Yellow paid tribute to those affected by the tragedy, including four Broncos who previously played in the Alberta Cup.


Alberta players, officials take the next step


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Every year, Alberta sees many of its players and officials take the next step in their career, and earn a number of accolades and recognition. 2018 was no different.

For the fourth straight year, an Albertan was the top selection at the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft as the Edmonton Oil Kings took Dylan Guenther with the first overall pick. A total of 11 Albertans were taken in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft, including fellow Alberta Cup All-Stars Kai Uchacz and Keagan Slaney, who were selected 10th and 20th overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds and Edmonton Oil Kings, respectively. Full Story >

At the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas, seven players from Alberta heard their names called by NHL teams. Lloydminster’s Ty Smith, a former number one pick in the WHL Bantam Draft, was the highest Albertan selected, going number 17 overall to the New Jersey Devils. Jacob Bernard-Docker also went in the first round, taken 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Full Story >

Meanwhile, in October, four of Alberta’s officials, Taylor Burzminski, Cody Huseby, Fraser Lawrence, and Lacy Senuk, were selected to represent the province on the national and international stage this season in Hockey Canada and IIHF events. Full Story >


Centre Ice Summit - Focus on Development

In conjunction with the Centre ICE Summit and the Hlinka/Gretzky Cup, Hockey Alberta offered several events to promote player, coach and officials development in August.

For players, in addition to the two-day Summer ICE Jamboree tournament for novice-aged players, Hockey Edmonton hosted a special session for parents to discuss the benefits of half-ice hockey.

The weekend also featured the Alberta Built Coach Seminar, a rare opportunity for more than 100 Alberta coaches to hear presentations from Todd McLellan and Glen Gulutzan (Edmonton Oilers); Dr. Paul Dennis (University of Toronto); Dr. John Dunn (University of Alberta); Dr. Stephen Norris (iMobius Ingenuity Inc); and Richard Monette (Active for Life).

For officials, the weekend included an on-ice session led by Dave Smith, the NHL Officials Director of Fitness and a classroom session with presentations from Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League.


Albertans Get The Call To The Hall


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Four outstanding individuals, and two Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning teams comprised the 2018 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF) in July.

Grant Fuhr, Wally Kozak, Ron MacLean, Mike Vernon, and 1991 Team Alberta U18 Female and 1999 Team Alberta U16 Male were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history at the AHHF Awards Gala in Canmore. Full Story >


Lessons From Behind The Glass / Hockey Alberta Awards

Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Annual General Meeting was held November 23-24 in Red Deer. Allyson Tufts, author of the book ’Lessons from Behind the Glass’, delivered the Keynote Address to kick off the weekend. Her address focused on the ways hockey is changing - both the game itself, and the kids who play it. Full Story >

The 2018 AGM also saw a new format for the Hockey Alberta Awards, which included the inaugural recipients named in several new categories including Coach of the Year, Official of the Year, and Team of the Year, . Full Story >


The Road to Red Deer Continues


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2018 saw many steps taken on the Road to Red Deer, as the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female squads prepared for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

On the male side, the process began with the 2018 Alberta Cup in Spruce Grove, where 80 players were identified and chosen to attend Summer Camp in Camrose in July. From there, a shortlist roster was established, with the final roster announced in December. The Canada Games team got together for three days in December for Christmas Camp, which was highlighted by a pair of exhibition games against the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs and the St. Albert Raiders.

For the Female team, 88 athletes were invited to take part in the Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp in Spruce Grove in May. Forty-six of those athletes attended Summer Camp in Camrose in July, with a shortlist roster of 28 players established for September’s Fall Camp in Edmonton. The final roster was announced in December, with the team converging in Red Deer for Christmas Camp, playing exhibition games against the Red Deer Bantam AAA Rebels and the Leduc AAA Oil Kings.


Hockey Alberta’s New Home


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Hockey Alberta completed the transition to our new home in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College. The new offices are located on the second floor of the facility, with boardroom windows overlooking the ice surface.

Hockey Alberta was proud to host the first official events on the new ice surface – a Super Skills Camp and Female Development Camp. Hockey Alberta has hosted several coaching and officiating clinics, player development camps, and Female Hockey Day, and will be hosting the 2019 Alberta Cup at the new facility.


Every Kid Every Community - The Gateway to Hockey Opportunities Around the Province


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The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program, aimed at giving all kids across Alberta the chance to play hockey, saw no shortage of support in 2018.

To kick off the year, the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s annual Battle of Alberta fundraiser brought in $21,000 for EKEC in January. The Foundation’s annual Golf and Gala events saw another $107,000 come in for the program in July, and the annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event raised $190,000 for EKEC, as well as Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta.

More than $54,000 was dispersed to organizations across the province, through Player Assistance Grants or Program Grants.


Intro to Hockey - For Our Youngest Players


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As part of the continuing evolution of development for our youngest players, Hockey Alberta unveiled the new Intro to Hockey model for Initiation and Novice divisions.

The Intro to Hockey model operates as part of the Hockey Canada mandate that all Novice-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on half-ice surfaces effective for the 2019-20 season.

The Intro to Hockey model evolved to its final format through on-ice demonstration events, and a variety of meetings and sessions with minor hockey associations. The model includes specific details on Seasonal Structure, Grouping of Players, Practice Environment, and Game Format requirements for Initiation and Novice hockey, starting in 2019-20


Standardized Tiering


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A new Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model was developed and has been in operation for the 2018-19 season.

Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League worked within Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee to develop a tiering model that accounts for the size of a minor hockey association, the size of a league, and geographic factors. The model features six tiers within the divisions of Atom, Peewee, Bantam, and Midget.

As well, Hockey Alberta is undertaking a trial Provincial Championship Model. The trial will see the Peewee A-D Provincial Championships transition to Peewee Tiers 1-4. The Peewee Tiers 1-4 Provincial Championship Tournaments will take place March 28-31 with eight teams – six champions from the participating Alberta One leagues/ organizations, one host team and one wild card team.


Parent Engagement


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Hockey Alberta’s goal is to ensure all parents, coaches, and families are engaged, educated and supported in all areas of hockey. To achieve that goal, Hockey Alberta has developed a Parent Engagement Guide, and added a Parents component to the website.

A key aspect of supporting our athletes is providing resources and support for parents across the province. Parents are encouraged to check the Hockey Alberta website regularly, under the Parents Tab, for links to articles and videos to you support your athlete.

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THIRD INSTALLMENT: Officiating Video Partnership with WHL

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to present the third installment of the Western Hockey League’s officiating partnership video series.

The partnership will see the production of a series of videos that will be shared with all officials in Alberta and the other Western Branches.

This is an exciting opportunity for all officials to learn from some of the best officials in the country. The link to the third video is included below, and you will receive an email from Hockey Alberta each time that a new video is available for viewing. The videos will be uploaded to Hockey Alberta’s YouTube channel, so you can always access them on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

View the third installment of the video series:

Missed the first two videos? View them here:

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The Piper Creek Optimist Club’s Battle of Alberta for EKEC returns

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer for the third straight year to present the Battle of Alberta Fundraiser, benefiting the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program. In two years, the Battle of Alberta event has raised over $40,000 for EKEC, as well as $8,000 for additional youth programs in Central Alberta.

The event runs on Saturday, January 5 at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, in conjunction with the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vancouver Canucks (4:30 p.m.) and Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings (8:00 p.m.) on Hockey Night in Canada. The gold medal game of the World Junior Championship (6:00 p.m.) is also set for January 5. Red Deer Rebels game-day host, Troy Gillard, will be the night’s Master of Ceremonies.

The night will also feature a Hockey Hot Stove with NHL alumni Curtis Glencross, Jamie Macoun, Brian McGrattan and Colin Patterson.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with hourly prize draws, an early-bird draw at 6 p.m., and the grand prize draws at 9:30 p.m. Two grand prizes are available to be won:

  • Four tickets to the January 19 Edmonton Oilers game against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Edmonton, and back.
  • Four tickets to the April 6 Calgary Flames game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Calgary, and back.

Tickets are $40 each, which includes snacks (courtesy of Bo’s), one beverage, and entry into the hourly draws, early bird draw and both grand prize draws.

A WestJet raffle prize (two tickets for anywhere WestJet flies, sold for $20 each), a 50/50 draw, and silent auction items will also be available throughout the night. As the organizers of the event, the Piper Creek Optimist Club has generously allocated the proceeds to the Every Kid Every Community program, which will go specifically to help Central Alberta kids into the game of hockey.

Only 400 tickets are available, and are sold on a first come, first served basis. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please email pcobattleofalberta@gmail.com.


The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, ATB Wealth, Black Crown Garage, WestJet, the Molson Coors Brewing Company, Your Wedding Place and the Frère Realty Team.

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Hockey gives back across Alberta

Alberta’s hockey community is always at its best during the holiday season, and we’ve asked Minor Hockey Associations and teams from across Alberta to share their stories of giving back to the community with us. If you would like to share your team’s story of giving back during the holidays, please email info@hockeyalberta.ca with details and photos.


Airdrie Midget Elite Lightning

The Airdrie Midget Elite Lightning of the Alberta Female Hockey League, along with the Airdrie Female Atom teams collected donations to purchase 1,015 turkeys to donate to the Airdrie Food Bank.


Brooks Prairie Thunder Atom Female

The Brooks Prairie Thunder Atom Female team volunteered their time at a long-term care nursing home, decorating crafts and ginerbread houses with the residents, helping get them into the holiday spirit.


Duchess Minor Hockey

"Duchess Minor Hockey hosted "Hockey Day in Duchess" where all of our league teams played in a single day."

"We had a lot of fun things going on, such as a "fill the net" food bank and toy drive, a teddy bear toss, Santa selling 50/50, Christmas themed raffle items, donated baking for sale and a pancake breakfast."

"All of the proceeds from the pancakes, baking and raffle table were being given to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program, and all the teams donated their half of the 50/50 money back for this charity as well."

"It was a fantastic weekend in the spirit of the holidays, and we ended up giving 309 lbs of food to the food bank, 4 bags of teddy bears and 4 boxes of toys to the Soctiabank Smiles for Christmas program and an amazing $1600 towards the Jumpstart Program! I also found out that our local Brooks Canadian Tire is going to top up that donation by adding another $500 towards the program!"


Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey

"Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey sponsored their 5th annual "Fill the Net" campaign for our local food bank in Fort Saskatchewan. Both the Major Midget AAA Rangers and the Novice 3B Rangers co-lead the event on December 9, 2018. All home teams playing that day were encouraged to participate."

"At the end of the day, the teams gathered almost 700 lbs of food to donate! Our local midget players took time out of their Monday (which was a day off from any practice or games) to deliver the donations to the Food Bank."


Lac La Biche Bantam Clippers

The Lac La Biche Bantam Clippers held their second annual Teddy Bear Toss against Bonnyville on December 15. All teddy bears were donated to the local women’s shelter, Hope Haven, and Victim Services.


Leduc Roughnecks AtoMc 2

"The Leduc Roughnecks AtoMc 2 team this year has committed to 10 Random Acts of Kindness within our community."

"So far this year they have donated toys to Leduc Santa’s Helper, made up Christmas cards that they left out for people at the Leduc Recreation Complex & participated in the Leduc Roughneck Bantam Female’s Teddy Bear toss where they tossed teddy bears supporting the team’s event & also was able to go onto the ice to help gather and bag the bears with the Bantam Team. It’s been a great experience for the kids so far!"


Leduc Roughnecks Bantam Female

"To show our gratitude for what we have, our Bantam Female team is giving back! They are hoping to make less fortunate kids smile this Christmas! Teddy Bear Toss happened on Friday Dec.7th."

"The Teddy Bears tossed were all donated to Santa’s Helpers! The results were amazing...we ended up with 152 bears tossed."


Lethbridge Atom Yeti

"Team Yeti from the Lethbridge Atom City Division is giving back by helping out at the local soup kitchen. We’ve already done one breakfast and are planning to go back in the new year to help serve breakfast again."

"It’s a beautiful thing to hear our boys requesting to go back because they feel like they’re helping people who need it. They made breakfast, served it to the guests and cleaned up afterwards. So proud of our boys!"


Medicine Hat Atom B Kings

"Today our Atom B Kings learned a valuable lesson.... not only is coach Jason teaching them hockey skills but more important to be great citizens. These kids gave up two hours of their saturday afternoon to work kettles for the salvation army."

"The Atom B Kings would like to challenge the other Atom teams to book a shift and help the salvation army out this holiday season. We had a very proud group of parents as we left the mall this evening."


Medicine Hat Atom Hounds

"Our Atom CAHL Hounds Black gave back for Christmas this year. For their Christmas party, they Adopted a family - raising $1400 among team families to make Christmas special for a family in need."

"The boys shopped and wrapped as a team, celebrating the gifts and lessons we have been fortunate to receive through the sport we love, along with the gift of giving back."


Olds Bantam AA Grizzlys

The Olds Bantam AA Grizzlys donated toys and money the the Olds and District Christmas Angels program to give back to the community.


Onoway Minor Hockey

"A former Onoway Midget player now for the 3rd year planned and organized our Christmas showdown, collecting food bank donations as well as money and toys for the less fortunate. We were able to collect quite a haul of food and toys to share in our community! And had a fun time wearing our Christmas sweaters too! Thanks to the Edson Sabre’s for getting in the spirit and sharing too!"


Sherwood Park SP795 Atom Arrows

"It is the Christmas season, and for many, it is a time to give selflessly to others in the community. Over the past two weeks, the SP795 Atom Arrows have been busy preparing a special gift. Led by the Arrows Coach and Manager, the boys came together as a team to decorate over 100 Christmas Cookies and to practice singing Christmas Carols, with a plan to deliver their creations to local seniors. On Sunday, the entire team met at the Summerland Retirement Village, and to the delight of the residents they handed out cookies, chatted with the residents and even sang a few Christmas carols. Although the Christmas carols were a little off key, they could see the seniors dancing in their chairs, delighted to hear these boys sing. As a parent group, we feel blessed to have had a child placed on this team, to watch our boys show politeness and kindness to the residents brought tears of joy to many and made hearts sing."

"It is in the leadership and guidance of Coach Dave and Manager Erin that the Atom Arrows have been given tremendous opportunity to grow as hockey players and young adults. They have opened up their home on countless occasions and are always looking for new opportunities for the boys to grow. The boys are not only being coached to make great plays in hockey, but through the efforts of Dave and Erin they are learning life lessons, such as selflessness and the importance of giving back to our community, they are also learning what it means to be a “teammate” in a locker room of friends. Thank you, Dave and Erin, for being such a great SPMHA family. We are proud to be the Parents of an Arrow player."

To see the boys singing, visit: https://youtu.be/7gaH9aFpxgA


Spruce Grove Peewee AA Timberwolves

"The Spruce Grove Pee Wee AA Timberwolves organized an event at two Spruce Grove vs Spruce Grove games. One of our community hockey players, Hudson Pedlar, was hospitalized with a serious illness due to influenza. He’s has a tough battle for over 6 weeks now in the hospital and will continue to have an extremely long time for therapy and healing. He is 8 years old."

"During the Pee Wee AA Game Timberwolves vs Broncos, we held a 50/50 with all profits going to #hudsonstrong. We also added it to the Bantam AA Timberwolves vs Broncos game. We raised over $1,700 and the two winners donated their winnings back to Hudson."

"We also held a Kinettes food drive during the Pee Wee game for the food bank and ended up getting over six giant bins full! It was a great day of giving back to the community, we are so proud of the players!"


St. Albert SA731 and SA 732

The St. Albert SA731 and SA732 challenged parents and fans to bring donations for the local food bank to their game.

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Team Alberta Christmas Camp set for Red Deer

RED DEER - With the 2019 Canada Winter Games less than two months away, the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female squads will both get together in Red Deer this week for Christmas Camp.

The camp offers the chance at a special sneak-peek at both teams, as each will play a pair of exhibition games against Midget AAA or Bantam AAA teams.

The U16 Male squad will face off against the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:30pm, and the St. Albert Midget AAA Raiders on Friday, December 21st at 2:00pm.

The U18 Female team will play the Red Deer Bantam AAA Rebels on Thursday, December 20 at 7:00pm, and the Leduc Bantam AAA Oil Kings on Saturday, December 22 at 12:30pm.

All games are at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, and are open to the public. There is no cost to attend, but all attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Red Deer Food Bank Society, or a cash donation for the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

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Peewee Coaches: Last chance to register for Power of Play and Good Deeds Cup

RED DEER – The deadline is approaching for Peewee coaches across Alberta to enter their team for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, and to register to receive their Team Kit.

Coach’s Kit Signup >

Your free Good Deeds Cup Team Kit has everything you need to develop your players on the ice, and create awareness off the ice, all the while reaffirming important values learned through hockey. Every kit is a premium coach’s hockey bag that comes with 10 practice pucks, 24 lace bracelets, 20 emblem stickers and 20 vehicle decals.

As well, all coaches of registered Peewee hockey teams in Canada are eligible to compete for the Good Deeds Cup. This season marks the third year of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, during which time hundreds of good deeds have been completed by Peewee teams in communities across Alberta and the country.

2018-19 Good Deeds Cup >

The Chevrolet Hockey program seeks to inspire young Canadians to be better people by promoting the positive values learned through hockey, and acting on them by performing Good Deeds in their community. The goal is to develop our future hockey players on and off the ice. Through the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, Chevrolet makes donations to causes on behalf of Peewee Hockey teams across the country. The deadline to enter is January 2.

A limited number of kits are available, one kit per team. Don’t delay; go to chevrolethockey.ca today and register for your Good Deeds Cup Coach’s Kit.

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Inaugural Female Hockey Day showcases "Why We Play"

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Female Hockey Day was an overwhelming success, with hundreds showing up to take part in the day-long celebration.

Over 160 athletes took part in activities throughout the day, which included on-ice sessions for players and officials of all levels, and off-ice sessions, such as dryland training, parent education sessions, and sport ambassador sessions.

In addition to players from Red Deer College, young athletes also had the chance to hear from a handful of players from the Calgary Inferno, who were in town to play the Toronto Furies in the first-ever Canadian Women’s Hockey League game to be played in Red Deer.

“This wasn’t just a Red Deer event it was truly a Central Alberta event,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “Definitely to grow the game and give it a big platform to showcase and highlight female hockey. We’ve had a strong push in our office to grow the female game and introducing it to new participants.”

The game served as the exclamation point for Female Hockey Day, and drew a crowd of over 600 fans to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Valerie Gill, the captain of the gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 Female squad at the 1991 Canada winter games, carried out the ceremonial puck drop before the game. One lucky athlete, Rozene Sabeti-Seidel, took to the ice with the Inferno during the pre-game skate, and stood with the team during the National Anthem - an honour she earned as the winner of the ’Experience the Dream’ contest.

Through a "chuck-a-puck" contest and a silent auction, the Hockey Alberta Foundation also raised over $1,000 for the Every Kid Every Community program during the game.

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2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

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

2019 Provincial Host Sites >

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from Grande Prairie in the north and west, Fort Macleod in the south, and Cold Lake in the east.

In addition, Hockey Alberta is undertaking a trial Provincial Championship Model. The trial will see the Peewee A-D Provincial Championships transition to Peewee Tiers 1-4. The Peewee Tiers 1-4 Provincial Championship Tournaments will take place March 28-31, with eight teams – the host, a wild card, and the champions from Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League, Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League.

Week one (March 14-17) features 13 tournaments: Bantam A, Bantam B, Bantam C, Bantam D, Bantam Female A, Bantam Female B, Atom AA Major, Atom AA Minor, Atom A, Atom B, Atom C, Atom D, and Atom Female.

Another 12 tournaments are set for week two (March 21-24): Minor Midget AAA, Midget A, Midget B, Midget C, Midget D, Midget Female AAA, Midget Female A, Midget Female B, Bantam AA, Bantam Female Elite, Peewee Female A and Peewee Female B.

Week three (March 28-31) will see nine more tournaments: Senior AA, Junior C, Midget AA, Midget Female Elite, Peewee AA, and the Peewee Tiers 1-4 events.

The 2019 Provincials wrap up with Junior B, the lone tournament running April 4-7.

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

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

The majority of teams competing in minor Provincial Championship tournaments qualify by winning a zone playdown. Playdowns start in mid-January across the province, with over 700 teams vying for the right to represent their zone at the provincial championships. Host teams receive an automatic berth in the championship they are hosting, although they do participate in zone playdowns, and have the opportunity to win their zone title.

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

Hockey Alberta would also like to congratulate the Blackfalds Wranglers, who will host the 2020 Junior B Provincial Championships.

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Three Team Alberta players selected to Canada’s National Women’s U18 team

RED DEER - Just days after being selected to Team Alberta U18 Female for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, three Albertans were named to the National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

Forwards Danielle Serdachny and Rachel Weiss, and blueliner Stephanie Markowski will all suit up for Team Canada in Obihiro, Japan, just over a month before stepping on the ice in Red Deer for the Canada Games.

All three athletes competed as part of Canada’s National Women’s U18 team in a three-game series against the United States in August, and have all previously played for Team Alberta at the U18 Nationals - Serdachny in 2017, and Markowski and Weiss in both 2016 and 2017.

The 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship runs January 6-13, with the Canada Winter Games running February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Female Hockey competition set for February 24 - March 2.


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World Junior A Challenge kicks off in Bonnyville

BONNYVILLE - The World Junior A Challenge returns to Alberta as the 2018 edition of the tournament kicks off in Bonnyville on Sunday.

This is the second time in three years Bonnyville has hosted the World Junior A Challenge, as the town was also awarded the tournament in 2016. It’s also just the third Alberta stop in WJAC history.

Five Albertans will compete in the tournament for Team Canada West: Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek), Austin Wong (Cochrane), Luke Bast (Red Deer), T.J. Lloyd (Lloydminster) and Matthew Davis (Calgary). Canada West opens tournament play Sunday at 5pm against the United States.

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Five Alberta Officials have been chosen to work the World Junior A Challenge: Referees Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer) and Kyle Kowalksi (Edmonton), and Linesmen Jason Nedinis (Calgary), Will Moss (Calgary), and Przemek Iwaniec (Calgary).

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Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced for 2019 Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U16 Male team that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >

"The depth of hockey talent in this province is significant, which resulted in many difficult decisions for us," said Head Coach Bobby Fox. "Our staff is excited to work with this group of 20 players moving forward to the Canada Winter Games."

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, the Alberta Cup in April, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Camrose in July. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and from the Summer Camp, a shortlist roster was established and monitored in league play during the first months of the 2018-19 season.

Team staff includes: Bobby Fox (head coach), Brandin Cote (associate coach), Jeff Shantz (assistant coach), Alex Mandolidis (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Karyn Fanstone (athletic therapist), Dave Campbell (equipment manager), Jamie Porter (head scout), Michael Kraichy (Director of Hockey Operations), Dustin Moore (Assistant Director of Hockey Operations), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with 13 different associations represented on the roster: Airdrie, Alix, Beaumont, Beiseker, Bonnyville, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, St. Albert, and Whitecourt.

Since men’s hockey was first contested at the Canada Winter Games in 1967, Team Alberta owns 10 medals, including gold in 1967, 1975, 1999, and 2003. The U16 Male squad is coming off a silver medal at the most recent games in Prince George in 2015, a team that featured five recent invitees to the 2019 National Junior Team Selection Camp.

The Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Men’s Hockey competition set for February 17-22.

The entire Team Alberta U16 Male roster will meet for Christmas Camp in Red Deer on December 19-21. The team will host two exhibition games: Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30pm versus the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs, and Friday, December 21 at 2:00pm against the St. Albert Midget AAA Raiders. Both games are at the Enmax Centrium, and are open to the public.

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Doug McKenzie: 1924-2018

RED DEER - William (Doug) McKenzie, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, died on Tuesday, December 4 at the age of 94.

Doug was involved with amateur hockey for more than seven decades – working at the local, regional, provincial and national levels.

His lifelong involvement with hockey began as a minor and junior player with Edmonton’s Canadian Athletic Club. After years of administrative involvement with the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association, Doug became involved with Hockey Alberta as Minor Council North Vice Chair and Vice President. Doug served as President of Hockey Alberta from 1975-80, and Past President for six years. In 1981, Doug became involved at the national level with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, serving as a Director and Senior Hockey Chair.

Doug was instrumental in building hockey relations with Japan and the Hokkaido Ice Hockey Federation. He first travelled with the University of Alberta Golden Bears to play in the Pacific Rim Tournament. This led to many exchanges with Japan and Hockey Alberta over the years. During his last trip to Japan, Doug presented the "McKenzie Friendship Cup" to the Hokkaido National Team.

Among his numerous accolades, Doug received Hockey Alberta’s President’s Award in 1981, was named a Hockey Alberta Life Member in 1992, and was inducted into both the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (1989) and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (2009). As well, in 1993, the McKenzie Cup, awarded to the Alberta/British Columbia Senior AAA champion, was named in his honour.

Doug is lovingly remembered by his wife of 71 years, Peggy; sons George (Gloria), Richard (Marla), Alex (Wendy), and Tom (Karen); grandchildren Kim (Scott), Sheri (Marc), Maria (Mike), Jordie (Jen), Melissa (Mark), Ashley (Myles), and Michelle (Sam); and great-grandchildren Makayla, Jordan, Tristan, Taisyia, Kaleah, Brooklynn. Doug is predeceased by his parents, George and Francis, and sister Anita.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, December 11 from 4-8 pm at Evergreen Funeral Home (16204 Fort Road) in Edmonton. A funeral is scheduled for Mount Zion Lutheran Church (11533-135 Street NW) in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 12 at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church or Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

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IIHF World Junior Championship Returns to Alberta

EDMONTON – The world’s best junior hockey players will be skating for gold on Alberta ice at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

From Hockey Canada:

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), has awarded the 45th edition of the international tournament to the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer.

“To return to Alberta is an incredible opportunity for Hockey Canada and the IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “The province of Alberta and the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer have a history of hosting successful, world-class events, including the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship in Red Deer, the 2012 edition of the tournament in Edmonton and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup last summer. We are confident in this committee’s ability to successfully execute on its vision for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we look forward to working with them to ensure we leave a lasting legacy in Alberta and across the country that helps us continue to grow and foster the game from the grassroots to elite levels.”

Smith was chair of the site-selection committee, which also included Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney, former Hockey Canada board chair Joe Drago and CHL president David Branch, and was supported by Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada as the committee’s resource staff.

Hockey Canada has played host to the IIHF World Junior Championship 12 times in the tournament’s 41-year history; the 13th IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice officially kicks off this month in Vancouver and Victoria. Organizers of the 2021 tournament will take part in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship as part of the preparation and planning for Edmonton and Red Deer.

Leading the committee are Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) in partnership with the City of Edmonton, and the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club in partnership with the City of Red Deer.

“Oilers Entertainment Group is thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with Hockey Canada, this time to help bring the IIHF World Junior Championship to Edmonton and Red Deer,” said Bob Nicholson, OEG CEO & vice chair. “We are continuing to build Edmonton’s international reputation as a destination for hockey and we know the hockey fans in our community will be excited to cheer on Team Canada on home ice.”

“On behalf of the Rebels organization, the City of Red Deer, our partners at Westerner Park and all junior hockey fans across Central Alberta, we are beyond excited to bring the IIHF World Junior Championship back to our community,” said Brent Sutter, owner, general manager and head coach of the Red Deer Rebels. “This marquee event was a game-changer for the region in 1995, and we’re sure fans from around the world will be embraced once again.”

“As a site-selection committee, finding the optimal site for the IIHF World Junior Championship is always our priority,” said Branch. As a partner, the CHL is instrumental in the hosting of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice, sharing in the event legacy for the development of high-performance junior hockey across the country, and lending its players, coaches and support staff to participating teams. “The interest and excitement to host this special event remains high as we look to 2021 and beyond. Today is about celebrating the selection of Edmonton and Red Deer as co-hosts in 2021 and the teams, volunteers, staff and fans who will make the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria an unforgettable experience beginning later this month.”

The Government of Alberta has committed its support to the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“Alberta’s towns and cities are rich with hockey culture and our government is proud to support the 2021 World Juniors,” said the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism for the Government of Alberta. “These championships will bring top-notch athletes and tourists from around the world to explore our beautiful province. This is an incredible opportunity for Alberta and I know co-hosting the games in Edmonton and Red Deer will be a winning combination.”

The 2021 World Juniors will be co-hosted at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels with regional economic impact expected to exceed $50-million.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Red Deer again after a great Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our outstanding hosting skills as well as Edmonton’s Rogers Place and Ice District to the world. Events like this have a significant local economic impact that will benefit Edmontonians and allow them to enjoy their ongoing love for hockey.”

"World Juniors is more than a hockey tournament. It is our national tradition. Red Deer is honoured to be a partner host City for the 2020/2021 World Juniors, especially given our strong community history of hosting Juniors in 1995", said Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. "We will build on this proud heritage with our government and hockey partners. Hockey Canada, the Oilers Entertainment Group and the Red Deer Rebels are to be applauded for the hockey and Canadian history we are writing today, and for the opportunity they have secured for us".

Tickets for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will be available to Edmonton Oilers, Oil Kings and Rebels season-seat holders in the spring. Tickets will go on sale to the public at a later date.

A legacy plan for potential profits from the event will provide for grassroots hockey program support across the province and throughout Hockey Canada’s 13 regional members, as well as the CHL. A portion of the profits are used by the IIHF to grow the game internationally.

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Team Alberta U18 Female roster announced for 2019 Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U18 Female team that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

"Our staff is really excited about this team," said Head Coach Carla MacLeod. "It has been a process to get to this point and all the girls involved have been a pleasure to work with. The 20 girls selected are all individually skilled and driven and we are looking forward to the next step of becoming an Alberta Built team. To play at the Canada Winter Games in Alberta is an honour that we cannot wait to experience."

Team staff includes: Carla MacLeod (head coach), Cassea Schols and Craig Perrett (assistant coaches), Amanda Tapp (goalie coach), Ally Bendfeld (video coach), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Amanda Bergen Henengouwen (equipment manager), Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning), Kendall Newell (Director of Hockey Operations), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

The 2019 U18 Female roster features six returning players from the 2017 U18 Nationals team: Kassy Betinol, Teghan Inglis, Stephanie Markowski, Jordan Mortlock, Danielle Serdachny, and Rachel Weiss. This will be the third time representing Alberta for Markowski and Weiss, who also played in the 2016 U18 Nationals.

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with 13 different associations represented on the roster: Beaverlodge, Calgary, Cochrane, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Irma, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, St. Albert, Wainwright and Whitecourt.

Team Alberta is coming off a bronze medal finish in women’s hockey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, a feat also accomplished by the 1999 team in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Team Alberta is a two-time gold medalist at the Canada Winter Games, most recently in 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the inaugural gold medal in 1991 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the first year women’s hockey was incorporated into the Games.

The Team Alberta selection process began at the Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp in May, followed by Summer Camp in July and Fall Camp in September. The Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Female Hockey competition set for February 24 - March 2.

The roster for Team Alberta U16 Male will be announce at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.

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AFHL November Wrap Up

RED DEER - The second month of the 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the Lloydminster PWM Steelers (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Sherwood Park Royals (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (41 pts)
2) St. Albert Slash (40 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (31 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (14 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)

Slash forward Madison Willan leads the league across the board, with 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points.

St. Albert’s goaltending tandem of Holly Borrett and Brianna Sank are off to red-hot starts to the season. Borrett leads the league with a 0.71 GAA and a 7-0-0 record, and sits second with three shutouts, while Sank is right behind with a 0.75 GAA and six wins, and leads all Midget AAA goaltenders with four shutouts.

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Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (25 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
3) St. Albert Sharks (21 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (12 pts)
5) North Central Impact (7 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (30 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (28 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (18 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (17 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (4 pts)

Sherwood Park forward Madison Porter leads all Midget Elite skaters in goals (13) and points (16). Meanwhile, Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser sits atop the assist leaderboard with 10.

With a 4-0 record with the Calgary Fire Red, Rebecca Boswell’s minuscule 0.50 GAA leads the league, while Airdrie’s Jocelynn Pearce sits atop the leaderboard with seven wins, and is tied with Calgary Fire White netminder Cienna Kinghorn with three shutouts.

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Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first two months of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into December are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Royals (29 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (29 pts)
3) North Central Impact (27 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (18 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (12 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (24 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (17 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (15 pts)
5) Olds Grizzlys (14 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (3 pts)

With 12 goals and 19 points, Lloydminster’s Lana Duriez leads the league in both categories, while North Central’s Jorja Nystrom leads all Bantam Elite skaters with 10 assists.

Asia Kachuk sits atop the league with a 0.71 GAA, while her Sherwood Park teammate Teegan Fedoruk leads the league with four shutouts. Lloydminster’s Tiana Stafford is tops in Bantam Elite with six wins.

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Six Albertans invited to National Junior Team Selection Camp

CALGARY - Six Albertans are among the 34 players invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Goaltender Ian Scott, defencemen Jacob Bernard-Docker, Ian Mitchell and Ty Smith, and forwards Jaret-Anderson Dolan and Brett Leason will all vie for a spot on Team Canada.

All six players are Team Alberta alumni. Scott, Mitchell, Smith, Anderson-Dolan and Leason all played for Team Alberta U16 Male at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Smith also represented Alberta at the 2015 WHL Cup, along with Smith, winning gold.

Calgary native Tim Hunter will serve as the Head Coach of Team Canada, joined by fellow Calgarian Brent Kisio, who was selected as an Assistant Coach.

The National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp runs December 11-14 in Victoria. The World Junior Championship is set for December 26 - January 5 in Vancouver and Victoria.


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Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s November Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Danielle Wheeler of Stettler.

A former Canadian Women’s Hockey League player, Danielle has been coaching since 2009, and currently coaches both the Stettler Novice Green and Stettler Novice Mites Grey teams. She also serves as the Registrar for Stettler Minor Hockey.

In addition to hockey, Danielle coaches baseball, soccer and lacrosse.

"I love passing my love of sports and activity onto the kids," she said. "Seeing them excel and improve is amazing especially with how far they come from the beginning of the year to the end at the younger ages."

"Danielle supports each player and encourages them beyond any parent expectation,’ said the parent who nominated Danielle. "Her guidance and skill is remarkable, quite likely the best coach my child will ever be lucky enough to work with."

Hockey Alberta is proud to recognize Danielle for her effort and accomplishments ahead of Female Hockey Day. Hockey Alberta is celebrating all aspects of female hockey on Saturday, December 15 in Red Deer with a day full of on and off-ice activities for players, coaches, officials, and parents of all levels.


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.

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

Nomination Form >

Hockey Alberta Foundation

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Teammates Helping Teammates - Send your team to see the Calgary Flames!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta Foundation, in support of the Every Kid Every Community Grant Program, is reaching out to our TEAMMATES in minor hockey communities across Alberta.

Throughout the hockey season many teams, focus fundraising efforts on a charity of choice to support. We hope you will consider your teammates at the Hockey Alberta Foundation as your hockey charity of choice.

Here’s how:

We have launched the Teammates helping Teammates raffle in support of the Every Kid Every Community Grant Program.

There are only 100 tickets available. Tickets are available for $100 each and can be purchased by cash, cheque or credit card by contacting the Hockey Alberta Foundation office or completing the online form.

The deadline to purchase tickets is 12 noon on March 25, 2019, or once all 100 tickets are sold. Draws will take place at 2:00pm on March 25 at the Hockey Alberta Office in Red Deer.

There are 2 identical grand prizes available:

  • 25 tickets to the Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks game on Friday, March 29th, 2019.
  • Transportation via motorcoach to and from Scotiabank Saddledome.

Buy your ticket today and help us raise $10,000, and together, we as TEAMMATES can give Every Kid in Every Community a chance to play hockey.

Contest Rules > | About Every Kid Every Community >


If you have any questions about the Teammates Helping Teammates raffle, please email Danielle Kraichy at dkraichy@hockeyalberta.ca

News

Three new Board members elected at 111th annual general meeting

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors on Saturday at the organization’s 111th Annual General Meeting.

Michael Bates of Cochrane, Francois Gagnon of Fort McMurray, and Wilson Gemmill of Grande Prairie were elected as new Directors at Large. A total of six individuals let their names stand for election for three positions.

Bates, Gagnon and Gemmill will join current members Terry Engen (Chair), Fran Zinger (Vice Chair), Rob Virgil (Past Chair), Len Samletzki (Finance Director), Brock Harrington and Allan Mowbray (Directors at Large).

Also recognized during the AGM for their years of volunteer service were:

  • 20 Years: Terry Engen
  • 10 Years: Randy Hupka, Danny Povaschuk
  • 5 Years: Barry Brost, Seema King, Gord Lane, Todd Vance
  • Retiring Long-Term Volunteers: Debbie Northcott (Minor Administration Committee), Danny Povaschuk (Minor Regulations Committee)

HOCKEY ALBERTA AWARDS

Prior to the AGM, six individuals, one team, and two minor hockey associations were recognized for their outstanding contributions to hockey in Alberta, as the 2018 Hockey Alberta Awards, sponsored by BFL Canada, were presented.

The Hockey Alberta Awards program was restructured this year to include awards that are open to nominations from Hockey Alberta member organization, staff member or volunteer, and others that are determined by Hockey Alberta through a review of eligible candidates.

The 2018 Hockey Alberta Award recipients are:

  • Order of Merit: Debbie Northcott (Caroline) and Brenda Dyck (Edmonton). A maximum of two awards presented to recognize exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Recipients have dedicated significant effort, time, and leadership to growing and/or developing amateur hockey, not only in their own community, but across the Province.
  • Coach of the Year: Kyle McLaughlin (Canmore). Presented to a coach who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Official of the Year: Chad Huseby (Red Deer). Presented to an official who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Team of the Year: St. Albert Slash Midget Female AAA. Presented to recognize a Team’s significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Exceptional Provincials Host Site: Whitecourt (Atom A) and Rimbey (Midget C). Presented to the Minor Hockey Association/ Host Committee judged to have implemented the most outstanding Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship during the current season.
  • Ernie Boruk Award: Kumail Moledina (Edmonton). Presented for outstanding dedication and contribution to Hockey Alberta Officials Committee.
  • Dave Ganley Award: Gary Goreniuk (Bonnyville). Presented for outstanding contribution to hockey officiating in Alberta