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Hockey Alberta officials working to end racism and inequality in hockey

RED DEER – As officials from across Alberta prepare for the 2020-21 season, a special emphasis is being put on battling racism and inequality on the ice.

A number of topics were covered during the annual Officials Leadership Weekend (which was done virtually this year), with social injustice and inequality at the forefront.

Referee in Chief Craig Decoursey says equality on the ice begins with how officials treat each other.

“Part of your support will be ensuring you are inclusive, and supportive of your fellow officials, no matter their race or background,” he says. “Combating discrimination starts with us all working together to ensure a welcoming and safe refereeing environment.”

Sanjeev Bhagrath, a Sikh official from Edmonton, says he’s faced many challenges as an official who is a member of a visible minority.

“It is disappointing, unfortunate and disheartening the number of times I’ve had coaches, players and fans call me a Paki, Taliban member, or terrorist,” he says. “These comments have impacted me to the point where I’ve thought of quitting, and that I would never be accepted by the hockey world because of my colour.”

“However, my family and friends have always encouraged me to continue on and persevere,” Bhagrath says. “I will never understand why I have to be seen as a ‘brown official’ and not just ‘an official.’ We need change in hockey to make us all equal.”

In order to ensure a safe environment on the ice and respect amongst players, an increased emphasis is being put on officials to enforce discipline in situations of racism, discrimination, or inequality directed from one player, or a group of players, to another.

Charle Dumba, a Hockey Alberta official whose son, Matt, is currently working hard to lead change in the National Hockey League with the Hockey Diversity Alliance, offers his perspective as a parent and an official.

“As referees, we have a very important role to play, because we are at the grassroots level of where all of this starts,” he says. “As parents, we all want our kids to grow up a certain way, and be respectful, but we never really get to hear what they say on the ice, or hear what someone has said to them on the ice.”

“The Officials Leadership Weekend, organized by our Volunteer Leadership Coordinator, Chris Bruce, was a rousing success,” says Brett Kelly, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Officiating. “Inequality and racism conversations are difficult to start, but that’s what we believe we’ve done – started the conversation around these vitally important causes.”

Kelly says the rule emphasis on inequality and discrimination, and the penalties associated with it, will be taught at all Hockey Alberta Officials clinics throughout the 2020-21 season.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 20:17

HOCKEY IS BACK!

Hockey Alberta wants you to know that Hockey Is Back.

DETAILS >


COACH CLINICS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce registration for Coaching Clinics is now open for the 2020-21 season.

COACH CLINIC INFORMATION >


HOCKEY ALBERTA OFFICIALS WORKING TO END RACISM AND INEQUALITY IN HOCKEY

As officials from across Alberta prepare for the 2020-21 season, a special emphasis is being put on battling racism and inequality on the ice.

READ THE FULL STORY >


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EVERY KID EVERY COMMUNITY APPLICATION DEADLINE - OCTOBER 31

The Every Kid Every Community Grant (EKEC) is an annual program to support hockey in Alberta. The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to encourage groups and individuals to apply for a Program or Player Assistance grant.

APPLICATION FORM >


ESSO FUN DAY APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Applications are now open to host an Esso Fun Day Program for the 2020-21 season. The Esso Fun Day program continues to contribute to the growth of women’s hockey.

ESSO FUN DAY INFORMATION >


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HOCKEY ALBERTA CONCUSSION SAFETY SEMINARS

Hockey Alberta will be offering Concussion Safety Seminars virtually for the 2020-21 season. This two hour interactive presentation delivered by industry professionals is designed for parents, coaches, administrators, and athletes to provide a consistent message on concussions and concussion management.

REQUEST A PRESENTATION >


BAUER, HOCKEY CANADA, NHL AND NHLPA LAUNCH HOCKEY EQUIPMENT RELIEF PROGRAM

Applications are now being accepted for the Hockey Equipment Relief Program, orchestrated by Bauer Hockey, Hockey Canada, the National Hockey League (NHL), and National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA).

APPLY NOW TO BECOME A DONATION PARTNER >


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Hockey is Back

Hockey Alberta wants you to know that Hockey Is Back.

- Minor Hockey has started.

- Travel is permitted.

- Tiering games will happen.

- League play is on its way.

Hockey Alberta under the guidance of the Government of Alberta and Hockey Canada has developed a comprehensive Return to Hockey Plan.

The plan has been designed to ensure the safety of the players, coaches, officials, volunteers and all involved in the game, is the top priority.

It is a document that Hockey Alberta will continue to review, adapt and evolve as the COVID-19 situation and guidelines implemented by the Government of Alberta and Hockey Canada change.

But short version, HOCKEY IS BACK.

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Bauer, Hockey Canada, NHL and NHLPA launch Hockey Equipment Relief Program

TORONTO, ON - Applications are now being accepted for the Hockey Equipment Relief Program, orchestrated by Bauer Hockey, Hockey Canada, the National Hockey League (NHL), and National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA).

Originally announced on July 30, the goal of the program is to help communities and families financially impacted by COVID-19 get their kids back on the ice. The program is an equipment donation initiative that includes $2 million of hockey gear, with upwards of 7,000 sets of gear to be distributed to families and communities most in need in the seven Canadian NHL cities, as well as other regions.

The application period for the Hockey Equipment Relief Program will open on September 18, allowing a number of organizations across the country to apply to be a Donation Partner. The application period will remain open until September 28, followed by equipment distribution between Oct. 12, 2020 and March 1, 2021.

Donation partners can include:

  • Minor Hockey Associations (MHA)
  • Youth organizations or groups ie. YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Pond Hockey
  • Minority communities and groups

APPLY NOW >

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Coach Clinics now open for the 2020-21 season

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce registration for Coaching Clinics is now open for the 2020-21 season.

Hockey Alberta offers a variety of Coach Clinics targeted to the age and level of the athletes coaches are leading. Hockey Canada’s coaching requirements vary depending on which age group a coach is working with.

Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) and Club Teams must ensure all teams and/or groups meet the requirements outlined by Hockey Alberta before November 15. Any team/group not meeting the requirements outlined within the Hockey Alberta Regulations will be ineligible to participate in sanctioned hockey games.

A new addition to this season’s clinic list is the online HU - Planning a Safe Return to Hockey, which focuses on key information coaches and associations need to know in order to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the hockey environment. Head coaches at each level are required to finish this 20 minute course before the November 15 deadline.

View Coaching Requirements >

Coaches can register for clinics through Hockey Canada’s eHockey website by searching by clinic type and location. An individual must have an eHockey account created, with their profile linked to the account in order to see their coaching qualifications or register for a clinic. Please see instructions below on how to create an account and attach a participant profile:

  1. Follow this link to access the eHockey login page.
  2. Click “click here to create an account now”.
  3. Follow instructions on screen to create an e-hockey account.
  4. Select “add participant” and search yourself or player by name and date of birth.
  5. You will click "select" to add yourself or player as a participant to the account.
  6. Then you can click view profile to view history, Hockey ID, or sign up for a clinic.

In-person coaching clinics will still be hosted with physical distancing measures in place and reduced participants.

Please note that more clinics will be added in the coming weeks as facilities are confirmed.

View Available Clinics >


For more information, please contact [email protected].

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2021 World Junior Championship to be held in Edmonton hub

CALGARY - In response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has announced the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played in Edmonton without fans, with the 2022 tournament being held in Edmonton and Red Deer.

FULL STATEMENT FROM HOCKEY CANADA:

The following are statements on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, and Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams, in response to the announcement by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship being played in Edmonton without fans, and the decision to hold the 2022 World Juniors in Edmonton and Red Deer.

“After careful consideration and monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been determined the best course of action is to prepare to host the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton without fans in attendance. A tremendous amount of work has been put into the planning of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we appreciate the IIHF’s consideration of our hosting proposal for the event. Hockey Canada believes it will be able to host a safe and successful event for all participants and the community at large this year by following strict safety protocols set forth by the appropriate health authorities. These are extraordinary times, and we understand the World Juniors will look different this year while being played in one venue with additional safety precautions. We have no doubt that passionate hockey fans everywhere will still be able to enjoy this annual holiday tradition through complete event coverage from our broadcast partners, TSN and RDS, and we look forward to hosting this prestigious event this December in Edmonton.” - Tom Renney on the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship

“Hockey Canada wishes to extend its gratitude to the IIHF for its careful consideration of the status and hosting model of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, as well as the Government of Alberta for its support and confidence in Hockey Canada’s plans for the 2021 World Juniors. Although it is disappointing for passionate hockey fans to not be able to attend in person this year, we are thrilled to announce that the IIHF World Junior Championship will return to Edmonton and Red Deer in December 2021. Hockey Canada will continue to work with the Oilers Entertainment Group, the Red Deer Rebels, the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer, our broadcast partners and all event partners to prepare for a world-class experience for fans at the 2022 World Juniors.” - Scott Smith on the 2021 and 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships

“Although the World Juniors will look and feel different for the athletes and staff that will be selected to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, we are grateful to be able to compete on home ice as Canada’s National Junior Team prepares to defend the gold medal in Edmonton. We also look forward to returning to the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer in 2022, as we know both communities and all event partners will deliver a world-class experience to players, teams, fans and volunteers alike. As we prepare to compete in consecutive tournaments on home ice, Hockey Canada extends its appreciation to the Canadian Hockey League for its support of the National Junior Team and the IIHF World Junior Championship.” - Scott Salmond on the 2021 and 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships

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HeadCheck Health and AFHL adopt CrashCourse Concussion Curriculum

VANCOUVER, BC - HeadCheck Health (‘HeadCheck’) and TeachAids launched a partnership to offer the interactive CrashCourse: Concussion Education (‘CrashCourse’) platform online through all HeadCheck products. Developed alongside leading medical, education, engineering, and science researchers and with input from their world-class coaches and student athletes, CrashCourse offers a unique educational experience that helps correct common myths and misconceptions to help better recognize and address symptoms of a concussion.

The relationship between the Alberta Female Hockey League (‘AFHL’) and HeadCheck means parents, coaches, and athletes can interact with the CrashCourse content online through the HeadCheck platform, at no additional cost. The result is a best-in-class system that connects all aspects of concussion education, reporting, and management.

A 2019 Journal of Pediatrics study found that in sex comparable sports, concussion rates were higher in girls than boys, and girls had a larger proportion of recurrent concussions.

TeachAids, a nonprofit leader in global education innovation, released CrashCourse to raise awareness of the latest science around concussions and shift the conversation away from fear and silence toward one of knowledge and empowerment. The base curriculum is offered in both HD and Virtual Reality and includes a short interactive film. Most recently, TeachAids launched the Brain Fly-Through product as part of the CrashCourse suite in collaboration with USA Archery, USA Artistic Swimming, USA Baseball, USA Bobsled & Skeleton, USA Cycling, USA Diving, USA Fencing, USA Field Hockey, USA Football, USA Gymnastics, USA Hockey, US Lacrosse, US Ski & Snowboard, US Speedskating, USA Taekwondo, USA Triathlon and USA Wrestling.

“At a time when online education is exceedingly important, it’s inspiring to see two great organizations joining together to educate athletes throughout Canada.” said Piya Sorcar, CEO of TeachAids.”

HeadCheck’s app and web products are used by sports organizations to execute concussion protocols, mitigate risk, and support athlete recovery. HeadCheck works closely with major sports leagues, medical professionals, and youth sports leaders to develop products that are grounded in research and easy to use in real-life situations. The integration of CrashCourse into HeadCheck will allow both organizations to work together to change the culture of concussion safety in sport.

“Education is integral to improving concussion safety and reporting,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health. “We’re very excited to integrate CrashCourse by TeachAids to provide education that connects with a younger generation.”

“Recognizing the increased risk of concussion in female athletes, we are constantly seeking innovative ways to elevate player education and safety,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of Female Hockey. “Integrating CrashCourse: Concussion Education into HeadCheck will help us provide a higher level of education.”

To learn more about how HeadCheck and Crash Course by TeachAids can support your organization, please contact [email protected] or visit www.headcheckhealth.com/crashcourse


About the Alberta Female Hockey League

The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) is home to 30 teams at the U18 AAA, U18 AA, and U15 AA levels, providing a competitive platform for young aspiring female athletes to enhance their skills. A collection of 12 host associations around the province is committed to the growth and development of AAA and AA female hockey. Through dedicated staff and volunteers, the AFHL offers opportunities for female athletes to receive mentorship, off-ice education sessions, female-specific coaching, post-secondary exposure opportunities, academic & billet programs, and a competitive skill development atmosphere. For more information: https://www.afhl.ca/home/


About HeadCheck Health

At HeadCheck Health, our goal is simple: we want to prevent mismanaged head injuries. Whether at the amateur or professional level, HeadCheck’s end-to-end solutions enable organizations of all types and sizes to execute their current concussion protocols, support athlete recovery, and mitigate risk.

Join the wave of over 800 progressive organizations, from professional sports leagues like Major League Soccer to your community’s sports teams and clinics, that HeadCheck Health empowered to make a difference: http://www.headcheckhealth.com


About TeachAids

TeachAids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social venture that creates breakthrough software addressing numerous persistent problems in health education around the world, including HIV/AIDS, concussion, and COVID-19 education. CrashCourse is the second free health education program launched by TeachAids in collaboration with Stanford University, following the global success of its award-winning HIV/AIDS interactive software, which is used in 82 countries around the world. For more information on TeachAids visit TeachAids.org or follow us on Twitter @TeachAids, Facebook @TeachAids, YouTube at TeachAids, and Instagram at @teachaids.


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Return to Hockey Update - September 3, 2020

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta has updated its Return to Hockey Plan, with the following updates included in the SEPTEMBER 3 VERSION of the Return to Hockey Plan:

  1. The document has been restructured with the Return to Hockey Programming section moved to Section 2.
  2. In the Return to Hockey Programming section (Section 2):
    1. The Off-Season Skill Development component has been removed. All hockey activity should now operate under the rules and guidelines in the Development Season.
    2. Information on how to offer sessions via Physical Distancing can be found in the Development Season section.
    3. Guidelines regarding Sport Cohorts have been updated based on direction from the Government of Alberta.
    4. Registration protocol information has been updated.
    5. Clarification of activities allowed in each Return to Hockey component.
    6. Travel restrictions have been removed, based on Government of Alberta direction.
  3. In Protocols and Safety (Section 3):
    1. Requirements for Record Keeping and Contact Tracing have been updated.
    2. The process and procedure for dealing with a sick participant and/ or a participant who tests positive for COVID-19 has been updated.
    3. Game protocols for coaches, officials and players have been added.
  4. In Communications (Section 4):
    1. updated guidelines for identifying a Communications Lead within each organization.
    2. An updated Hockey Alberta FAQ document.
  5. In Facilities and Spectators (Section 5), updated guidelines for spectators.
  6. In Coaches and Team Officials (Section 6):
    1. updated information on coach clinics
    2. updated Hockey Alberta requirements with regard to masks, Cohorts and Physical Distancing.
  7. A new section, On-Ice Officials (Section 7), with updated information pertaining to Officials.
  8. Some appendices have been removed or renumbered.
  9. Additional links are included to link directly to the Government of Alberta website.

The updated Return to Hockey Plan, and its appendices, can be accessed here:

RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN - UPDATED >

The health and safety of all participants in the sport is of paramount importance in all activities outlined in the Return to Hockey Plan. The threats and challenges posed by COVID-19 require specific steps to be taken to allow hockey back on the ice, and this plan addresses those requirements.

The Return to Hockey Plan – including the timelines included within it – is subject to change, as new guidelines and requirements are put in place by the Government of Alberta.

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Introducing the new Alberta Female Hockey League website

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce the new online home for the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL).

The new website, afhl.ca, is the official portal for the AFHL and its three divisions of sanctioned elite female hockey in Alberta.

In addition to the AFHL site, each of its three divisions has a new website: U15 AA (u15femaleaa.ca), U18 AA (u18femaleaa.ca) and U18 AAA (u18femaleaaa.ca).

Once hockey is able to restart, based on Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan, each of the division sites will provide team and player information, schedules and statistics, and live game information.

The new websites are designed by HockeyTech. Games will be scored on HockeyTech’s LeagueStat platform, where all game, player, team and league statistics will be compiled and maintained. In addition, a mobile app is being designed that will link fans directly to the league and division website platforms.

Along with the new websites, the AFHL is present on Twitter, where hockey fans across the province and around the world can follow for all the latest league news and features.

HockeyTech and Hockey Alberta recently completed the new Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) website, which was launched on September 2. Both the AEHL and AFHL also will be livestreaming games throughout the season via the HockeyTV platform. Game and broadcast schedules will be posted on the appropriate sites as scheduling is finalized.

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Esso Fun Day Applications Open

CALGARY - Applications are now open to host an Esso Fun Day Program for the 2020-21 season.

The Esso Fun Day program continues to contribute to the growth of women’s hockey. The 2019-20 season closed with more than 1,000 new-to-hockey players trying the game in 70 programs across the country. From the programs, 34% of single-day participants and 38% of six-week participants from the 2018-19 season registered with local hockey associations.

For the 2020-21 season, Hockey Canada is committed to financially supporting a maximum of 100 Esso Fun Day programs across the nation – 55 single-day programs and 45 six-week programs.

Hosts will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage hosts to apply early in the season. The approval process will remain the same as the 2019-20 season.

Key changes for the 2020-21 season:

  • Hosts must apply to host their programs at least four weeks prior to the program date. Any events applied for within four weeks from their proposed program date may not be approved.
  • Maximum number of participants in an Esso Fun Day program is reduced to
  • Hosts will be asked NOT to advertise or recruit players prior to receiving confirmation of program approval.

APPLY TO HOST AN ESSO FUN DAY >

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ICE TIMES - Edition 20:16

RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN - UPDATE

Hockey Alberta has updated its Return to Hockey Plan.

The original plan was released on June 30; the updated version is current as of September 3.

VIEW THE UPDATED PLAN >


INTRODUCING THE NEW ALBERTA ELITE HOCKEY LEAGUE WEBSITE

Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce the new online home for the Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL). The new website, is the official portal for the AEHL and its three divisions of sanctioned Male AAA hockey in Alberta.

READ FULL ARTICLE > | AEHL.CA >


NEW FOR 2020-21

A number of changes have been announced for the 2020-21 season that impact various areas of the sport in Alberta. The changes are outlined on the Hockey Alberta website, and include links to applicable Info Bulletins that provide full details on the changes.

NEW FOR 2020-21 >


VEREBURN MEDICAL SUPPLIES READY FOR ORDER

As per our newly announced partnership with Vereburn Medical Supply, we have updated information on the ordering process of medical kits for the upcoming season.

PRODUCT AND ORDERING INFO >


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Introducing the new Alberta Elite Hockey League website

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce the new online home for the Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL).

The new website, aehl.ca, is the official portal for the AEHL and its three divisions of sanctioned Male AAA hockey in Alberta. A special feature of the AEHL site is the History tab. That tab houses the playing and statistical history from the three previous leagues that now comprise the AEHL.

In addition to the AEHL site, each of its three divisions has a new website: U15 AAA (u15aaa.ca), U16 AAA (u16aaa.ca) and U18 AAA (u18aaa.ca).

Once hockey is able to restart, based on Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan, each of the division sites will provide team and player information, schedules and statistics, and live game information.

The new websites are designed by HockeyTech. Games will be scored on HockeyTech’s LeagueStat platform, where all game, player, team and league statistics will be compiled and maintained. In addition, a mobile app is being designed that will link fans directly to the league and division website platforms.

Along with the new websites, Hockey Alberta is also pleased to unveil the AEHL’s new Twitter account. Hockey fans across the province and around the world will be able to follow the AEHL on Twitter for all the latest league news and features.

HockeyTech is also working on new look websites for the Alberta Female Hockey League, and its U15 AA, U18 AA and U18 AAA divisions. Those sites will launch in the coming weeks. Both the AEHL and AFHL also will be livestreaming games throughout the season via the HockeyTV platform. Game and broadcast schedules will be posted on the appropriate sites as scheduling is finalized.

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Return to Hockey Plan - UPDATE

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta has updated its Return to Hockey Plan.

The original plan was released on June 30; the updated version is current as of August 21.

Based on feedback from our Member organizations and updated information from the Government of Alberta, the following updates are included in this version of the Return to Hockey Plan:

  1. A new component has been added to the plan: Modified Competition Season. This can be found in Section 6. The goal is to provide associations/ teams with an opportunity to finalize any tryouts/ evaluations, register rosters and prepare for an eventual return to the Regular Season, when permitted.
  2. Clarification of the types of competition allowed during the Development Season component in Section 6.
  3. Updated information on certification requirements, clinics and registration for Officials has been included in Section 5. Clarification that on-ice officials are not required until the new Modified Competition Season.
  4. Updated information on certification requirements, clinics and registration for Coaches has been included in Section 5.
  5. An updated Contact Tracing document has been included in Section 2.
  6. Updated requirements regarding the wearing of masks in Section 2.
  7. Updated requirements regarding Refunds in Section 2.
  8. Recommendation to include a force majeure clause in any future contracts that you negotiate.
  9. Addition of a Return to Hockey Member FAQ document as an Appendix listed in Section 3.

The updated Return to Hockey Plan, and its appendices, can be accessed here:

RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN - UPDATED >

The health and safety of all participants in the sport is of paramount importance in all activities outlined in the Return to Hockey Plan. The threats and challenges posed by COVID-19 require specific steps to be taken to allow hockey back on the ice, and this plan addresses those requirements.

The Return to Hockey Plan – including the timelines included within it – is subject to change, as new guidelines and requirements are put in place by the Government of Alberta.

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ICE TIMES: Edition 20:15

CALGARY FLAMES FOUNDATION DONATES ADDITIONAL $50,000 TO EVERY KID EVERY COMMUNITY

At a press conference on Wednesday, the Calgary Flames Foundation announced that the Hockey Alberta Foundation Every Kid Every Community program will receive an additional $50,000 donation.

READ THE FULL STORY >


IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR 2020-21 OFFICIALS CLINICS

An update has been shared regarding the status of Officials clinics for new and current officials in preparation for the 2020-21 season. The update includes information on how clinics will be facilitated, important dates, and how to sign up.

VIEW FULL UPDATE >


#CHIPINFORKIDS TO SUPPORT THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and Shaw invite you to #ChipinforKids by texting KIDS107 to 30333 to donate $10 and help us provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey. To make your contribution go further, Shaw will match the donation.

DONATE NOW >


HOCKEY ALBERTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECRUITMENT NOTICE

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for one (1) Director at Large position on its Board of Directors. Deadline to submit a nomination package is August 31, 2020.

INFORMATION ON THE POSITION > | NOMINATION/APPLICATION FORM >


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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THE RED DEER HALF-DAY PREP CAMP

With a Return to Hockey plan in place, Hockey Alberta is excited to bring back Alberta Built Skills Camps including the Red Deer Half-Day Prep Camp, which will prepare your young athlete for the 2020-21 season.

REGISTER NOW >


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Hockey Alberta Foundation

Calgary Flames Foundation donates additional $50,000 to Every Kid Every Community

CALGARY – At a press conference on Wednesday, the Calgary Flames Foundation announced that the Hockey Alberta Foundation Every Kid Every Community program will receive an additional $50,000 donation. This donation is part of $1 million in donations to southern Alberta charities, an extension of the Calgary Flames Foundation COVID-19 Community Support Program. This brings the total distributed through the Calgary Flames Foundation COVID-19 Community Support Program to $2.4 million.

Present at the event to accept the donation were Tim Leer, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta Foundation and Hockey Alberta Foundation Director Graham MacLachlan. The Every Kid Every Community program has a goal of ensuring a pathway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport.

“Since the creation of the Calgary Flames Foundation COVID-19 Community Support Program on March 21, we have had the privilege of seeing the amazing work charities in Calgary and southern Alberta have done to respond to a significant increase in need,” says Candice Goudie, Executive Director of the Calgary Flames Foundation. “It is thanks to Calgary Flames Foundation donors and participants of the online 50/50 program that this recent donation is possible.”

The mandate of the Calgary Flames Foundation is to improve the lives of southern Albertans through support of health and wellness, education and grassroots sports programs. Since the ownership group brought the team to Calgary in 1980 the Calgary Flames Foundation has injected millions into the community.

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Important update for 2020-21 Officials Clinics

RED DEER - On-ice officials in Alberta are asked to take note of the following changes being implemented by Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Officials Committee for registration and clinics for the 2020-21 season.

For new officials, and returning Level I and II officials, in-person certification clinics will not start until after Thanksgiving weekend. The current targeted start date is the weekend of October 17-18, but that is subject to change based on developments within the province regarding COVID-19.

For Levels III-VI officials, they are eligible to sign up for virtual (video conference) session to obtain their certification for 2020-21. These clinics will be available starting in late September.

For any official who was certified in the 2019-20, that certification remains valid until January 31, 2021. Normally, certification from the previous season remains valid until December 15, but for this season, Hockey Canada has provided a special exemption extending that deadline.

Clinic registration will begin in mid-September (specific date TBC). Check the Hockey Alberta Officials website (officials.hockeyalberta.ca) for updates and current information pertaining to officiating and the 2020-21 season.

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Hockey Alberta Board of Directors Recruitment Notice

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for one (1) Director at Large position on its Board of Directors. Deadline to submit a nomination package is AUGUST 31, 2020.

APPLICATION / NOMINATION FORM >

Hockey Alberta is the governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta. The Board provides oversight and approves the vision and policy framework for the organization to carry out its operations. The Board operates under a policy governance model, and is accountable to its Members, ensuring that the mission, vision and values of Hockey Alberta are carried out by the organization. Operations are delegated to the Chief Executive Officer. The Board holds monthly meetings, either in-person in Hockey Alberta’s head office in Red Deer or via phone/ digital platform.


Candidate Qualifications

For 2020, the Board has approved the Nominations Committee to seek candidates that meet one or more of the following key criteria in each of two main categories:

I. Diversity

  • Female
  • Visible Minority
  • Younger Age Demographic

    II. Skills / Experience
  • Advocacy (such as government relations / lobbying)
  • Communications (such as public relation / sales/ marketing/ branding)
  • Hockey Alberta Member Knowledge/ Experience


In addition to the competencies identified above:

  • Previous experience on the Hockey Alberta Board is an asset.
  • Previous experience on a not-for-profit board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective are preferred.
  • An ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation or equivalent training or experience working with a Board is an asset.
  • Experience and understanding of the workings of a Provincial Sport Organization is an asset.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check is required.

DIRECTOR AT LARGE JOB DESCRIPTION >


Process Overview

The Governance Committee of Hockey Alberta has created an external three-person Nominations Committee that includes a former Chair of the Board of Directors.

All submitted applications are reviewed by the Nominations Committee. Through the application and interview process, the Nominations Committee will prepare a group of qualified candidates endorsed by the Nominations Committee to be presented to the membership for election.

Board of Director positions are elected by the Members of Hockey Alberta at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The 2020 AGM is scheduled for Saturday, November 21. The intention is to have the meeting in person, however there are provisions if a virtual meeting is required. Elected individuals will serve a term of three years.

Each candidate is required to be nominated by a Member of Hockey Alberta, as defined in Article 2 of the Bylaws of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association.

The links below to the Hockey Alberta website provide more information on Hockey Alberta Bylaws, and the Board’s Governance Model, Code of Conduct, and Conflict of Interest policy. Candidates are required to complete a conflict of interest declaration with their application.

  1. BYLAWS AND REGULATIONS >
  2. BOARD GOVERNANCE, STRUCTURE AND POLICIES >

For more information, please contact:

Rob Virgil Rob Litwinski

Nominations Committee Chair, Hockey Alberta CEO, Hockey Alberta

[email protected] [email protected]

780-915-2873 403-342-6777

Hockey Alberta Foundation

#ChipinforKids and support the Hockey Alberta Foundation

RED DEER - While the Shaw Charity Classic has been cancelled for 2020, Shaw is committed to continuing the tournament’s legacy of giving.

In fact, Shaw has made it even easier to donate to the Hockey Alberta Foundation through its #ChipinforKids campaign.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and Shaw invite you to #ChipinforKids by texting KIDS107 to 30333 to donate $10 and help us provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey. To make your contribution go further, Shaw will match the donation, and then the Shaw Charity Classic will add up to an additional 50 per cent of the matched total. Your $10 donation can grow into a donation of $30 to the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has impacted over 41,000 kids in Alberta through disbursements that help support player fees and equipment, scholarships, and grassroots and mentorship programs. As we prepare to move forward with hockey in the fall, we know the demand and access to financial support services and alternate programming will be on the rise.Your donation and matched contributions raised through the #ChipinforKids program will help ensure that we will be able to continue supporting Alberta’s hockey community.

DONATE NOW >

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New-look Golf Classic raises $25,000 for EKEC | Lisa ’Longball’ Vlooswyk joins Hockey Alberta Foundation Board

CANMORE - The 15th year of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic had a different look as 18 teams took the links at Silvertip Golf Resort in support of Every Kid Every Community.

The 2020 event had COVID-19 safety protocols - including a restriction on golfers and using individual golf carts. The event also featured the introduction of the newest Board member for the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Lisa Vlooswyk joined Foundation Board Chair Dennis Zukiwsky on the second hole, hosting a “Drive for Donations” competition for the participating teams.

Lisa, otherwise known as “Lisa Longball” due to her status as an eight-time Canadian Long Drive Champion, used her long drives to help raise over $7,100 for Every Kid Every Community.

Lisa currently competes on the Golf Channel’s World Long Drive Association Tour, and finished as high as second in the world long drive championships. Lisa was the first woman to ever hit it the length of 3 ½ NFL football fields in competition and currently holds the Canadian Women’s Long Drive record at 350 yards 2 feet 2 inches.

In addition to her competitive career, Lisa is a Golf Journalist for several publications including Inside Golf Magazine and has had her own column in Golf Digest Canada. Lisa is a successful keynote Peak Performance Speaker at conferences and conventions, and runs her own Golf School for Women in Canada and the United States. Her entrepreneurial success was recognized when she was awarded the Bank of Montreal Celebrating Women award for Expansion and Growth in Small Business.

The total raised through Lisa’s efforts on Hole 2 will be matched through the Shaw Charity Classic Altalink Birdies for Kids Program. A silent auction also generated an additional $8300. In total over $25,000 was raised in the single day modified event.

A big thank you to all teams, donors and celebrities that came out to support or donated in lieu of attending. We look forward to the prospect of returning in 2021 with a full 36 team event again.

For those who wish to support the Hockey Alberta Foundations Every Kid Every Community program online, please visit https://shawcharityclassic.com/donate/

For more information on the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic or to get involved for 2021 please contact Danielle Kraichy – [email protected] .

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HOCKEY ALBERTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECRUITMENT NOTICE

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for one (1) Director at Large position on its Board of Directors. Deadline to submit a nomination package is August 31, 2020.

INFORMATION ON THE POSITION > | NOMINATION/APPLICATION FORM >


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ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS ARE BACK!

With a Return to Hockey plan in place, Hockey Alberta is excited to bring back Alberta Built Skills Camps to prepare your young athlete for the 2020-21 season. Current camps available include Goalie Skills, Female Skills, and Pre-Season Prep.

REGISTER FOR A CAMP NOW >


#CHIPINFORKIDS TO SUPPORT THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and Shaw invite you to #ChipinforKids by texting KIDS107 to 30333 to donate $10 and help us provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey. To make your contribution go further, Shaw will match the donation.

DONATE NOW >


JOIN THE HOCKEY ALBERTA TEAM

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the position of Coordinator, Member Development. This is a maternity leave position based out of Red Deer and will extend until September 2021.

JOB POSTING >


InStat ON BOARD AS AEHL AND AFHL VIDEO ANALYST PARTNER

The Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) and Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL), along with Hockey Alberta are excited to announce a new partnership with InStat Sport. The partnership sees InStat Sport provide the AEHL and AFHL and their teams with a reduced rate on utilizing the statistics and analytical features of the InStat Hockey platform.

FULL PARTNERSHIP DETAILS >


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Bob Clark - 1937-2020

RED DEER – Bob Clark, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, and a member of the 2020 Induction Class of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, passed away on Thursday, July 9 at the age of 83.

Bob Clark’s Obituary >

Bob, a resident of Carstairs, was involved in hockey in Alberta for more than half a century, displaying a passion for growing and improving the game for athletes and administrators.

Bob got his start as a goaltender in minor hockey, and served as a coach, general manager, administrator and committee member at the local, provincial and national levels. His involvement included work with Carstairs Minor Hockey, Hockey Alberta, and the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Bob was the face of Junior A hockey in Alberta. From 1987-95, Bob was general manager of the Olds Grizzlys who captured three Alberta Junior Hockey League championships and the Centennial Cup in 1994. Bob also served as team president for two years. Bob served as the AJHL’s board chair and Hockey Alberta’s Junior A Committee chair, and was a special advisor to the AJHL, and director with the Friends of Alberta Junior Hockey Scholarship Program.

In Bob’s professional life, he was elected to the Alberta Legislature in 1960, and in 1966, he was appointed Alberta’s (and Canada’s) first-ever Minister of Youth. As Minister, Bob commissioned a study with the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association on the state of hockey in the Province. Recommendations from this report led to the development of coaching and refereeing clinics across Western Canada.

Among his other numerous accolades, Bob was inducted into the Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, received Hockey Alberta’s President’s Award in 2003 and Centennial Award in 2007, received Hockey Canada’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2009, was the Chair of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee for four years, and was a member of Hockey Alberta Foundation Board of Directors for six years.

During Bob’s involvement in hockey, he was strongly supported by the wife of 55 years Norma, their two children Dean and Donna, and their families.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to PO Box 553, Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0.


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In Memoriam: George Kallay

RED DEER - George Kallay, a former Hockey Alberta board member and Chair of the Hockey Alberta Foundation board, passed away on Saturday, July 18 at the age of 74.

In addition to his roles with Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation, George served as a player, parent, referee, volunteer and executive member with Hockey Canada for more than two decades.

For his service to hockey in Alberta, George was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. His other accolades include a Hockey Alberta Development Award in 2005, a Hockey Alberta Centennial Award in 2007, Hockey Canada Volunteer of the Year in 2008, and the Alberta Cup 25th Anniversary Builders Award in 2011.

George’s resume with Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada is immense, as he served as Vice Chair of Hockey Development for Hockey Alberta from 1998-2003, the Chair of the Hockey Alberta Foundation from 2005-2009, and Chair of the Hockey Canada Development Committee from 2005-2008. He also spent many years with the Team Alberta program in various roles, and was Director of Operations for the gold-medal winning Team Alberta U16 Male at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and was once again inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 as a member of that group.

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Join Our Team!

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for the position of Coordinator, Member Development. This is a maternity leave position based out of Red Deer, AB and will extend until September 2021. Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Member Development, this position is responsible for leadership/support in the assigned safety, coaching and officiating areas within Hockey Alberta. These components consist of the Hockey Canada Safety Program and player safety committee, coaching certification programs, officiating clinics and Member Development.

The successful candidate will join a team ensuring that Hockey Alberta provides support and leadership to Minor Hockey Associations.

Job Posting >

The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, July 31.

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InStat Sport on board as AEHL and AFHL video analyst partner

RED DEER – The Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) and Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL), along with Hockey Alberta are excited to announce a new partnership with InStat Sport.

The partnership sees InStat Sport provide the AEHL and AFHL and their teams with a reduced rate on utilizing the statistics and analytical features of the InStat Hockey platform.

“InStat Sport is looking forward to growing our hockey platform across North America and we are excited to partner with Hockey Alberta’s elite leagues as part of that process. When hockey returns, we are ready to provide AEHL and AFHL teams with our leading video analysis and stats platform,” said Mark Yates, Director, InStat North America.

InStat Sport, founded in 2007, is a leading provider of performance analysis services in soccer, basketball and hockey. Hockey clients include teams in the NHL, CHL, NCAA, and USports. The company’s North American base is in Philadelphia.

The InStat Hockey platform is used by league and federation offices, coaches, scouts and management as a communication tool for coaching, player development and/or scouting purposes. At the team level, coaches and players can receive detailed reports after each game, statistical breakdowns, and links to corresponding video or playlists for the purpose of development and exposure to the next level.

“Hockey Alberta is pleased to be able to partner with InStat Sport connecting the organizations and teams of the AEHL and AFHL with the industry leaders in video stats and analytics. We see this as a partnership that will not only benefit individual teams but gives us an international platform to showcase our league talent as well,” said Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.

For more information regarding InStat, go to their website, www.instatsport.com, or check out their YouTube channel.

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ICE TIMES: Edition 20:13

PARENT ENGAGEMENT SERIES - PART FOUR: GAME DAY NUTRITION

Episode Four of the Hockey Alberta Parent Engagement Series features Edmonton Oilers/Edmonton Eskimos Head Team Physician Dhiren Naidu, and focuses on the importance of proper game day nutrition for athletes.

GAME DAY NUTRITION VIDEO >


HOCKEY ALBERTA’S RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN

Hockey Alberta released its Return to Hockey Plan on June 30, providing the framework and minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities. The Plan also allows players, coaches, officials, parents and other stakeholders to understand the current guidelines for operating sanctioned hockey for the 2020-21 season.

RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN >


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ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS ARE BACK!

With a Return to Hockey plan in place, Hockey Alberta is excited to bring back Alberta Built Skills Camps to prepare your young athlete for the 2020-21 season. Current camps available include Goalie Skills, Female Skills, and Pre-Season Prep.

REGISTER FOR A CAMP NOW >


ONLINE COACH DEVELOPMENT VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE

In June, Hockey Alberta ran a series of online coach professional development sessions with a focus on coaches in the minor hockey system, covering a number of topics ranging from Hockey I.Q. to coach interviews. The video series is now available on Hockey Alberta’s YouTube Channel.

ONLINE COACH DEVELOPMENT VIDEOS > | MORE COACHING RESOURCES >


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Parent Engagement Series - Part Four: Game Day 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 Four features Edmonton Oilers/Edmonton Eskimos Head Team Physician Dhiren Naidu, and focuses on the importance of proper game day nutrition for athletes.

Parent Engagement Guide >

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

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Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta released its Return to Hockey Plan on Tuesday, providing the framework and minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities.

The Plan also allows players, coaches, officials, parents and other stakeholders to understand the current guidelines for operating sanctioned hockey for the 2020-21 season.

The Return to Hockey Plan and its appendices, along with other announcements and documents pertaining to COVID-19 and its impact on hockey in Alberta, can be reviewed on the Hockey Alberta website:

RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN >

The Return to Hockey Plan incorporates the current requirements outlined in Stage 2 of the Government of Alberta’s Relaunch Plan, health and safety guidelines from Hockey Canada, and programming, registration and sanctioning for Hockey Alberta.

The health and safety of all participants in the sport is of paramount importance in all activities outlined in the Return to Hockey Plan. The threats and challenges posed by COVID-19 require specific steps to be taken to allow hockey back on the ice, and this plan addresses those requirements.

“It is important for our Members and families to know that there is a plan for hockey in Alberta for the coming season. Our players will be able to have fun, socialize with teammates and peers, and enjoy positive experiences in our game,” said Rob Litwinski, CEO of Hockey Alberta. “The Plan includes options to group players according to skill levels and engage in competition as they continue to develop their skills in preparation for returning to regular season play.”

The Return to Hockey Plan has three components:

  • Off-Season Skill Development
  • Development Season
  • Regular Season

The Development components provide direction on types of hockey activities that can be offered utilizing Physical Distancing or Cohorting; requirements for organizations in determining who is eligible to participate; estimated timelines for each component; travel and other limitations; and registration and sanctioning requirements.

The Return to Hockey Plan – including the timelines included within it - is subject to change, as new guidelines and requirements are put in place by the Government of Alberta.

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Hockey Alberta Newsletter

AFHL UNVEILS NEW LOGO

The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) has unveiled its new logo that will be used for the 2020-21 season and beyond.

LOGO RELEASE VIDEO >


ALBERTANS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN HOCKEY CANADA’S HIGH PERFORMANCE SUMMER PROGRAMS

Over 25 of Alberta’s top hockey players have been chosen to participate in Hockey Canada summer programming, including the National Women’s Summer Development Program, National U17 Development Program, and National Junior Team Development Program.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S SUMMER PROGRAMS > | NATIONAL U17 DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM > | NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM PROGRAM >


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HOCKEY ALBERTA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH VEREBURN MEDICAL SUPPLY

With the ever-changing landscape and an elevated focus on athlete and participant safety, Hockey Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with Vereburn Medical Supply. The partnership sees Vereburn Medical Supply provide Hockey Alberta members with a reduced rate on complete medical kits and supplies.

FULL PARTNERSHIP DETAILS >


ISCA AT-HOME SUMMER FITNESS CHALLENGE

Join ambassador Ethan Bear of the Edmonton Oilers and get fit this summer! Participate with over 500 registrants from all across Alberta ages 12+ and win weekly prize draws, including free registration for Hockey Alberta skills camps!

ISCA FITNESS CHALLENGE DETAILS >


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HOCKEY AT HOME - CONDITIONING, SKILL DEVELOPMENT, AND GOALIE TRAINING

As restrictions are beginning to lift and the weather is getting warmer, this will be our last week of Hockey at Home videos. Hockey Alberta would like to thank Crash Conditioning, Ali Stead (@never2late2learn.hky), and everyone else who have contributed to this video series.

HOCKEY AT HOME VIDEOS >


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Hockey Alberta announces new partnership with Vereburn Medical Supply

RED DEER – With the ever-changing landscape and an elevated focus on athlete and participant safety, Hockey Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with Vereburn Medical Supply.

The partnership sees Vereburn Medical Supply provide Hockey Alberta members with a reduced rate on complete medical kits and supplies.

“Vereburn Medical Supply is honored and excited to partner with Hockey Alberta to provide members with access to exclusive medical kits as well as extended discounts on their required sports medicine supplies” said Matt Veres, President Vereburn Medical Supply.

Vereburn, based in Calgary, is Canada’s leading wholesale manufacturer and distributor of products and equipment focusing on the sports medicine, emergency medical, healthcare and first aid markets. Current partners include the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association and U Sports, and Vereburn was an All-Star Contributor to the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

“Hockey Alberta is pleased to be able to partner with Vereburn Medical Supply in a way that ensures the safety of our participants is front of mind and provides a service to our members. When our members start preparing for a safe return to hockey, we hope the partnership with Vereburn is utilized getting the necessary medical first aid supplies in place,” said Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.

For more information on Vereburn Medical Supply, go to vereburn.com.

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Ten Albertans to attend Canada’s National U17 Development Camp

CALGARY - Ten Albertans are among the 113 players invited to Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp in July.

Defenceman Keaton Dowhaniuk, along with forwards Nate Danielson, Josh Davies, Jordan Gustafson, Reiger Lorenz, Rylen Roersma, Matthew Savoie, Bowden Singleton, Oasiz Wiesblatt and Koehn Ziemmer will all take part in the virtual camp.

The camp runs July 19-25, with a variety of sessions focusing on player development through online education.