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Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 20:19

CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE TWO: NHL DRAFT RECAP

Episode Two of the Centre Ice Podcast looks back on the Albertans selected in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, featuring interviews with first-round draft picks Jake Neighbours, Ozzy Wiesblatt and Kaiden Guhle.

LISTEN AND WATCH >


NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2020-21 COACH OF THE MONTH

Nominations are now being accepted for Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel. Nominate a coach who goes above and beyond for your team this season.

NOMINATE YOUR COACH >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter

TWO WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY FOR AN EVERY KID EVERY COMMUNITY GRANT

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. The deadline to apply is October 31.

APPLICATION FORM >


ONE MONTH REMAINING TO COMPLETE COACHING QUALIFICATIONS

Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) and Club Teams must ensure all teams and/or groups meet the requirements outlined by Hockey Alberta before November 15.

COACHING REQUIREMENTS > | AVAILABLE CLINICS >


GEAR UP LIKE A PRO WITH GATORADE

From iconic equipment to our scientifically formulated powder, now is your opportunity to GEAR UP LIKE A PRO. Head over to www.Gatorade.ca and make sure your gear speaks as loud as your game. Until October 31, receive free shipping with code HOCKEYALBERTAFREESHIP. No minimum order. One use per customer.

ORDER NOW >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter


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Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund to provide $1 million to help young Canadians return to hockey

CALGARY - The Hockey Canada Foundation has launched its new $1 million Assist Fund to provide registration fee subsidies for qualified Canadians who are registered with Hockey Canada-sanctioned associations for the 2020-21 season.

“As a prominent national sports organization in the country, it’s Hockey Canada’s mission to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “It’s a goal that’s more important than ever, as COVID-19 has had a challenging impact on so many young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund allows Canadians who meet the criteria and need a financial hockey assist to apply for up to $500 in registration fee reimbursements per player, provided the registration is with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association.

To enhance the impact and support for local communities, Canadians can also donate to the Assist Fund, with 100% of all donated funds reaching young Canadians. The Hockey Canada Foundation will absorb all administration costs associated with the fund. Donations can be made at HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund.

A line-up of hockey heroes is championing the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund. All three have provided and known the importance of assists and community support, on and off the ice.

  • Jarome Iginla (St. Albert, Alta.) - Hockey Canada alumnus, member of the Class of 2020 for the Hockey Hall of Fame, two-time Olympic gold medallist (2002, 2010), gold medallist at the 1997 IIHF World Championship, gold medallist at the 1996 IIHF World Junior Championship and provider of one of the most famous assists in Canadian hockey history, on the Golden Goal by Sidney Crosby at 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver
  • Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) - Captain of Canada’s National Women’s Team, two-time Olympic gold medallist (2010, 2014) and gold medallist at the 2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship
  • Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) - Member of Canada’s National Para Hockey Team, gold medallist at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and four-time gold medallist at the IPC World Para Hockey Championship (2008, 2011, 2013, 2017)

The Assist Fund was born from the ongoing commitment of the many partners of Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation, including Bauer, BDO, Berkshire Hathaway, BFL CANADA, Canadian Tire, Chevrolet, CN, Hankook, Nike, OK Tire, Premium Brands, Scotiabank, TELUS, TIMBER MART, Tim Hortons, TSN and RDS.

“With job losses and reduced incomes affecting so many, young Canadians need our help more than ever to get back into hockey,” said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “Our Assist Fund and the support of our amazing athletes and sponsors represents our combined ongoing commitment to providing access to the game.”

For more information about the Hockey Canada Assist Fund, or to apply or donate, visit HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund.

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Can I Participate in Hockey?

Hockey Alberta has created a flow chart to help families navigate their way through the expectations and process when a player is showing symptoms or has been tested for COVID-19.

This chart will be updated, as required, based on changes to Alberta Health Services protocols.

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We’re Hiring!

Hockey Alberta is looking for an innovative and collaborative individual to join our team in the position of Coordinator, Member Services. The successful candidate will demonstrate integrity, possess a positive and enthusiastic attitude and be open minded and attentive to the changing environment and needs of Albertans.

This is a 10 month contract position based out of Red Deer, AB and will extend until September 2021. Under the direction of the Manager, Member Services, this position is responsible for leadership/support in Team & Player registration, insurance areas and general administrative support.

Apply Now >

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One month remaining to complete Coaching Qualifications

RED DEER - There is one month remaining for coaches to complete their required qualifications.

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.

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.

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.

View Available Clinics >

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Two: NHL Draft Recap

Centre Ice is the brand-new Hockey Alberta podcast, featuring the latest news and views on amateur hockey across the province, with new episodes on the first and third Thursday of the month. Subscribe now on your favourite podcast app!


Episode TWO:

Episode Two of the Centre Ice Podcast looks back on the Albertans selected in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, featuring interviews with first-round draft picks Jake Neighbours, Ozzy Wiesblatt and Kaiden Guhle.


Episode Links: 17 Albertans Selected at 2020 NHL Draft > | Alberta’s Guhle gearing up for 2020 NHL Draft > | Return To Hockey Plan Oct 2 Update > | Coach Clinics > | AEHL Schedule > | AFHL Schedule > | WHL announces opening date for 2020-21 Regular Season >

More Episodes >

News

AEHL season kicks off Wednesday

RED DEER - Hockey is officially back in Alberta as the inaugural Alberta Elite Hockey League season gets underway across the province on Wednesday night.

The U18 AAA and U15 AAA schedules both kick off on October 14, while the U16 AAA season begins on October 31.

The U18 AAA season gets going with a pair of games between the St. Albert Nektar Raiders and the Grande Peace Ernie’s Sports Storm, and the CAC Gregg Distributors and the MLAC Beverly Optimists.

Meanwhile, three games are on tap in the U15 AAA division Wednesday night, with games between the NWCAA Flames and CNHA Sabres, the Fort Sask Rangers and St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres, and the CAC Legigh Cement and MLAC Scott Pump teams.

The Alberta Female Hockey League season also gets underway shortly. For the U18 AAA division, exhibition games will begin on October 17th with the regular season kicking off October 30th. The U18 AA and U15 AA divisions have exhibition games starting on October 30th with regular season beginning November 30th .

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Nominations now open for 2020-21 Coach of the Month program

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting nominations for Coach of the Month for the 2020-21 minor hockey season!

In a year with increased guidelines and responsibilities, coaches will be an integral part of minor hockey. Their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to play hockey in a safe and fun environment. Help us recognize a coach in your community by nominating him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Nominate a Coach of the Month ›

Coaches will be selected throughout the hockey season and will receive a coaching package valued at over $500.

Get your nominations in early! Coaches not selected each month will be eligible until the end of the season.

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Seventeen Albertans selected at 2020 NHL Draft

RED DEER - It was a banner year for Alberta at the 2020 NHL Draft, with 17 Albertans drafted to 13 different teams.

After six Albertans were selected in round one of the draft on Tuesday night, 11 more were drafted in rounds two through seven on Wednesday.

Defenceman Luke Prokop was the first Albertan selected on Wednesday, going in the third round to the Nashville Predators. Garin Bjorklund was the lone Albertan goaltender selected in 2020, as the Washington Capitals took him in the sixth round, 179th overall.

The 17 Albertans drafted hail from 12 different Minor Hockey Associations, 15 are alumni of the Alberta Elite Hockey League, and 10 played for Team Alberta.

A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:

Pick Player Team Position Hometown MHA Former Team(s)

FIRST ROUND

5th Jake Sanderson (USA U-18, NTDP) Ottawa Senators Defence Whitefish, MN/Calgary Springbank Calgary Flames U15 AAA (AEHL), Edge School Elite 15s & Prep (CSSHL)
14th Dylan Holloway (Wisconson, Big Ten) Edmonton Oilers Forward Bragg Creek Springbank Calgary Flames U15 AAA, U16 AAA & U18 AAA (AEHL), Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
16th Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert, WHL) Montreal Canadiens Defence Sherwood Park Sherwood Park Sherwood Park Flyers U15 AAA (AEHL), OHA Edmonton Prep U15 & U18 (CSSHL)
26th Jake Neighbours (Edmonton, WHL) St. Louis Blues Forward Aidrie Airdrie Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAA & Calgary Buffaloes U18 AAA (AEHL)
28th Ridly Greig (Brandon, WHL) Ottawa Senators Forward Lethbridge Lethbridge Lethbridge Golden Hawks U15 AAA, Lethbridge Hurricanes U16 AAA & U18 AAA (AEHL)
31st Ozzy Wiesblatt (Prince Albert, WHL) San Jose Sharks Forward Calgary Calgary Calgary Bisons U15 AAA, CBHA Blackhawks U16 AAA, Calgary Buffaloes U18 AAA (AEHL)

THIRD ROUND

73rd Luke Prokop (Calgary, WHL) Nashville Predators Defence Edmonton Edmonton CAC Canadians U15 AAA (AEHL), Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep (CSSHL)

FOURTH ROUND

95th Michael Benning (Sherwood Park, AJHL) Florida Panthers Defence St. Albert St. Albert St. Albert Sabres U15 AAA & St. Albert Flyers U16 AAA (AEHL), Northern Alberta Elite 15s & Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep (CSSHL)
100th Carter Savoie (Sherwood Park, AJHL) Edmonton Oilers Forward St. Albert St. Albert St. Albert Sabres U15 AAA (AEHL), St. Albert Royals U15 AA (REMHL), Northern Alberta Elite 15s & Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep (CSSHL)
120th Ethan Edwards (Spruce Grove, AJHL) New Jersey Devils Defence Grande Prairie Grande Prairie St. Albert Sabres U15 AAA & St. Albert Flyers U16 AAA (AEHL), Northern Alberta Elite 15s & Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep (CSSHL)

SIXTH ROUND

164th Tyrel Bauer (Seattle, WHL) Winnipeg Jets Defence Cochrane Cochrane Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAA, AC Avalanche U16 AAA & Airdrie CFR Bisons U18 AAA (AEHL)
165th Matthew Rempe (Seattle, WHL) New York Rangers Forward Calgary Calgary CNHA Blazers U15 AA (HCBAA), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
178th Connor McClennon (Winnipeg, WHL) Philadelphia Flyers Forward Wainwright Wainwright Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep (CSSHL)
179th Garin Bjorklund (Medicine Hat, WHL) Washington Capitals Goaltender Grande Prairie Grande Prairie Grande Prairie Storm U15 AAA, Calgary Bisons U15 AAA & Calgary Buffaloes U18 AAA (AEHL)
181st Cole Reinhardt (Brandon, WHL) Ottawa Senators Forward Irricana Beiseker Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAA, AC Avalanche U16 AAA & Airdrie CFR Bisons U18 AAA (AEHL)

SEVENTH ROUND

196th Alex Young (Canmore Eagles, AJHL) San Jose Sharks Forward Calgary Calgary CRAA White U15 AA (HCBAA), Calgary Royals U15 AAA & CRAA Blue U16 AAA (AEHL), CRAA Blue U18 AA (HCMAA)
208th Ronan Seeley (Everett, WHL) Carolina Hurricanes Defence Olds Olds Red Deer Rebels U15 AAA & Lethbridge Hurricanes U18 AAA (AEHL)

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Photo credit: LA Media


Six Albertans selected in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft

RED DEER - It was an outstanding night for Albertans as the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft took place on Tuesday evening.

The first round of the draft, which was done virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saw six athletes from Alberta drafted to five different teams.

Defenceman Jake Sanderson had the distinction of being the first Alberta product selected, going 5th overall to the Ottawa Senators. The Senators also took Ridly Greig 28th overall with their third pick of the first round.

Former CJHL Player of the Year Dylan Holloway was next off the board, going 14th overall to the Edmonton Oilers. Defenceman Kaiden Guhle was just a few picks behind, as the Montreal Canadiens drafted him with the 16th pick.

The St. Louis Blues selected Jake Neighbours 26th overall, and after the Senators drafted Greig, the San Jose Sharks wrapped up the first round by picking Ozzy Wiesblatt 31st overall.

All six players drafted in the first round are Alberta Elite Hockey League alumni, and also all suited up for Team Alberta (Holloway in 2016, and Sanderson, Guhle, Neighbours, Greig and Wiesblatt in 2017).

Rounds two through seven of the 2020 NHL Draft will conclude on Wednesday.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown MHA Former Team(s)

FIRST ROUND

5th Jake Sanderson (USA U-18, NTDP) Ottawa Senators Defence Whitefish, MN/Calgary Springbank Calgary Flames U15 AAA (AEHL), Edge School Elite 15s & Prep (CSSHL)
14th Dylan Holloway (Wisconsin, Big Ten) Edmonton Oilers Forward Bragg Creek Springbank Calgary Flames U15 AAA, U16 AAA & U18 AAA (AEHL), Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
16th Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert, WHL) Montreal Canadiens Defence Sherwood Park Sherwood Park Sherwood Park Flyers U15 AAA (AEHL), OHA Edmonton Prep U15 & U18 (CSSHL)
26th Jake Neighbours (Edmonton, WHL) St. Louis Blues Forward Aidrie Airdrie Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAA & Calgary Buffaloes U18 AAA (AEHL)
28th Ridly Greig (Brandon, WHL) Ottawa Senators Forward Lethbridge Lethbridge Lethbridge Golden Hawks U15 AAA, Lethbridge Hurricanes U16 AAA & U18 AAA (AEHL)
31st Ozzy Wiesblatt (Prince Albert, WHL) San Jose Sharks Forward Calgary Calgary Calgary Bisons U15 AAA, CBHA Blackhawks U16 AAA, Calgary Buffaloes U18 AAA (AEHL)

Home Ice Feature

Photos: LA Media/WHL


Alberta’s Kaiden Guhle gearing up for 2020 NHL Draft

When NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings in April, 24 Albertans appeared on the list - 20 skaters, and four goaltenders.

Among those is Team Alberta alumnus and Prince Albert Raiders defenceman, Kaiden Guhle, who came in at number eight among North American skaters, and is projected by many to be drafted in the first round.

On the eve of the NHL draft, Guhle said the nerves hadn’t quite kicked in yet.

“I think I’m just a lot more excited, than anything," he said. "Waited a long time for this, got pushed back a bit, and I think I can speak for every kid in saying we’re just happy to finally have it here and to get things started.The nerves are there, but right now I’m not feeling them a whole lot. I bet (Tuesday) when I wake up, getting up early and waiting the whole day for it to happen, I’m sure the nerves will come pretty strong, but right now I think my mom’s a lot more nervous than me."

The 2020 NHL Draft will have a much different look than any other draft. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s draft will be done virtually, much like the 2020 NFL Draft.

Guhle said that although it’s disappointing not to be in Montreal as originally planned, he’s looking forward to sharing the experience at home with family and friends.

"I think in a way, it works out," he said. "I know if I was going to Montreal, you could only bring a handful of family members, you don’t want to pack the whole thing. I’m having 15 people coming to my house (on Tuesday), so I’ll have a lot of people there who have supported me through my whole hockey career."

Guhle adds that the pre-draft process has also been quite different than normal, but it’s still been a memorable experience for him.

"It was a lot of virtual meetings, a lot of Zoom calls," he said. "Obviously, you’d like to meet the teams in person, if we were in Montreal, I’d maybe meet a couple teams right before for one last chat. It’s been a big honour to talk to a lot of those teams, you never know who you’re going to go to, so I want to leave a good impression on all of them and show them my personality and what type of person I am."

The Guhle family is familiar with the NHL Draft process, as Kaiden’s older brother Brendan was drafted 51st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2015.

Guhle said the influence of his brother, who now plays for the Anaheim Ducks, has been critical to his growth as a player.

"He’s been massive," he said. "I’d be lying if I said he wasn’t the biggest reason (I started playing), he’s the reason I picked up a hockey stick. Watching him growing up, I’ve always wanted to follow his footsteps in that way. He’s been huge for my hockey career, he’s talked to me a lot about this whole draft process – the ups and the downs, teams maybe getting under your skin to see how you react, just trying to keep me level-headed though the whole thing."

Guhle isn’t the only member of the Prince Albert Raiders hailing from Alberta waiting to hear their name called at the draft, as teammate Ozzy Wiesblatt is also expected to be drafted.

"I’ll definitely text him during the draft," Guhle said. "We’ve definitely talked about it and leaned on each other, we’ve been communicating a lot about this. I think there’s a bit of friendly competition, we’re both pretty competitive guys. We like to go at it at practice, and like to make each other mad – we both compete very hard, we both want to make each other better and that’s the only way you’re going to do it. I’ll definitely shoot him a text and see how he is on draft day, I’m sure he’ll be pretty nervous, just like me, so it’s good to get to go through that with him, and get to go through the whole experience with one of my best buddies."

Although it’s easy for a player to speculate as to which team they could end up on, Guhle said he’s not focused on that, and is going to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

"I’m happy with whatever team picks me, I have no preference to where I go," he said. "I think any team that picks me, I am very lucky to be that pick."

Round one of the 2020 NHL Draft kicks off Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m., with rounds two through seven to be held on Wednesday, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 20:18

RETURN TO HOCKEY UPDATE

Hockey Alberta has released an updated version of the Return to Hockey plan.

NEW FEATURES OF THE PLAN >


INTRODUCING CENTRE ICE: THE HOCKEY ALBERTA PODCAST

Hockey Alberta is excited to launch Centre Ice: The Hockey Alberta Podcast, featuring the latest news and views on amateur hockey across the province.

CENTRE ICE: EPISODE ONE >


BARRY MEDORI HONOURED WITH HOCKEY CANADA AWARD

On August 28, Hockey Canada announced Hockey Alberta Coach Mentor Barry Medori as the 2020 recipient of the Gordon Juckes Award.

READ THE FULL STORY >


HOCKEY CANADA COMMUNITY, PRESENTED BY SCOTIABANK, LAUNCHED FOR 2020-21 SEASON

Hockey Canada and Scotiabank, the Official Bank of Hockey Canada, have teamed up to deliver the Hockey Canada Community, an online destination to share and celebrate great Canadian hockey stories.

VIEW FULL DETAILS >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter


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Return To Hockey Plan - October 2 Update

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta has updated its Return to Hockey Plan, with the following updates included in the OCTOBER 2 VERSION of the Return to Hockey Plan:

  1. In the Return to Hockey Programming section (Section 2): updated timelines and program options for all levels of hockey.
  2. In Protocols and Safety (Section 3): a new Game Considerations Checklist for host teams.
  3. In Communications (Section 4): an updated Hockey Alberta FAQ document.
  4. In On-Ice Officials (Section 7): updated information on clinics and assigning, and a link to the On-Ice Officials Return to Hockey Plan.
  5. Appendices have been removed (and relocated to the Hockey Alberta website) or renumbered.

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.

Centre Ice Podcast

Introducing Centre Ice: The Hockey Alberta Podcast

Centre Ice is the brand-new Hockey Alberta podcast, featuring the latest news and views on amateur hockey across the province, with new episodes on the first and third Thursday of the month. Subscribe now on your favourite podcast app!


Episode ONe:

The inaugural episode of Centre Ice features Hockey Alberta CEO Rob Litwinski, and the impact of COVID-19 on hockey in Alberta. Rob discusses the postponement/cancellation of hockey on March 12, what’s transpired since then, and takes a deeper dive into the Return to Hockey Plan, and what it means for the future of hockey.


Episode Links: Return To Hockey Plan > | Hockey is Back > | New for 2020 > | Coach Clinics > | Barry Medori Tribute >

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Barry Medori Honored with Hockey Canada Award

RED DEER - On August 28, Hockey Canada announced Hockey Alberta Coach Mentor Barry Medori as the 2020 recipient of the Gordon Juckes Award.

In honour of Gordon Juckes, Hockey Canada proudly recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to the development of amateur hockey in Canada at the national level. Nominees are from the fields of research, sports medicine, psychology, coaching, officiating, administration or related categories.

Lifelong learner, passionate, dedicated, mentor, are only a handful of words that are consistently used to describe Barry Medori. Committed to sharing his knowledge with coaches, players, parents and anyone else open and willing to listen and learn, Barry has left a lasting impression on everyone who has had the opportunity to work alongside him.

Barry’s wealth of knowledge in both the male and female game is unparalleled in Alberta and nationally. His experience has helped launch countless players and coaches to their professional careers while installing a set of core values that benefits all in their everyday life. As detailed below, his contributions at the local, regional, provincial, national and international level have benefited all that have worked with him.

Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate Barry Medori on a very well-deserved honour, and sincerely thank him for everything he does for the sport in Alberta, and in Canada.

Professional:

2008 – Current: High-Performance Coach Mentor, Hockey Alberta
Coach Mentor for Male/Female Canada Winter Games teams (2011/15/19)
Coach Mentor for Male Female Alberta Winter Games teams (2010/12/14/16/18)
Coach Mentor for Male U18 Nationals (2009/11/12/13/15/16/17)
Coach Mentor Male WHL Cup (2009/11/12/13/15/16/17/19)

2001 – 2013: Coordinator / Head Instructor, Parkland Hockey Academy
Identified by Paul Carson as a model Hockey Canada Skill Academy

2001 – 2005: Assistant Principal, Woodhaven Junior High School

1989 – 2000: Assistant Principal, Blueberry Community School

Coaching Experience:

2007 – 2011: Head Coach, Onoway Ice Dogs Senior AA team

2004: Assistant Coach, Team Canada U22 Female

2003: Coach Coordinator, Hockey Alberta
Assistant Coach, Team Alberta Canada Winter Games

2003 – 2008: Head Coach / GM, Edmonton Chimos Senior Female AAA

2002 – 2003: Mentor Coach, Alberta Cup, Hockey Alberta

2002: Head Coach, Team Pacific U17 World Cup Challenge

2001 – 2003: Assistant Coach, NAIT OOKs College team

2000 – 2001: Head Coach, Drayton Valley Junior A Hockey team

1999 – 2000: Assistant Coach, Drayton Valley Junior A Hockey team

International Experience:

2011: Coach Mentor, Government of Alberta – China Exchange

2003: Head Coach, IIHF Youth Hockey Development Camp - Finland

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Hockey is Back

Hockey Alberta wants to remind you that Hockey is Back.

- Minor Hockey has started.

- Travel is permitted.

- Tiering games will happen.

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, in short - HOCKEY IS BACK.


TIERING GAMES WILL HAPPEN

Group: Minor Hockey

Tiering Phase: Competition Cohorts (Pairs and/ or Groups of Teams)

Dates: Teams Selected & Ready to Participate by November

Important to Note:

  • Hockey Alberta and our Minor Leagues have a plan for a transition into a ‘Modified Competition Season’.
  • Using existing cohort guidelines from AHS, teams will be grouped to participate in Tiering play.
  • Teams must be prepared for Tiering Play by ensuring they take a 14-day break after any Exhibition Play.
  • Leagues will switch Competition Cohorts within Tiering Play by utilizing a 14-day break from cohort activity.

TRAVEL IS PERMITTED

Important to Remember for Minor Hockey:

  • AHS has removed the limitation of cohort groups remaining in respective health zones, when Cohort Guidelines are followed.
  • NO TOURNAMENTS are permitted at this time, as they DO NOT comply with Cohort Guidelines.
  • Travel will be permitted. Hockey Alberta and its leagues are working together on timelines, and exhibition games could occur as early as October’.
  • When travel occurs, all teams must follow the proper Cohort Guidelines – a 14 day break when switching to play a new team.

Related Links:


MINOR HOCKEY HAS STARTED

Current Phase: Prep skates/ Physically Distanced Sorting (try outs, camps, etc) are currently in progress

Rough dates: September 7 – October 8

Related Links:

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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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Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, launched for 2020-21 season

CALGARY - Hockey Canada and Scotiabank, the Official Bank of Hockey Canada, have teamed up to deliver the Hockey Canada Community, an online destination to share and celebrate great Canadian hockey stories.

Beginning this month, Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, will feature a revamped version of ‘Tom’s Talks’, a popular video series where Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney will deliver impactful messages related to hockey, as well as two monthly video or written feature stories about Canadians dedicating their time and passion to the game. All videos and written content will appear on a new-and-improved website.

“The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, will highlight the incredible individuals from coast to coast to coast that are helping make the game special for all those who wish to participate,” said Renney. “Hockey doesn’t happen if not for the people that dedicate their time and effort to making the game better, which is why Hockey Canada and Scotiabank are excited to reward the individuals that work tirelessly to create positive hockey experiences in their communities.”

In addition, Hockey Canada and Scotiabank will recognize and honour a monthly Hockey Canada Champion that is making a significant impact on the game in their community. The Champion will be presented with a Hockey Canada jersey, a Scotiabank prize pack and will have a video feature produced about their involvement in the game.

Hockey Canada Champions will include players, coaches, officials, parents, guardians volunteers or any individual who demonstrates a passion for the game and has dedicated time to helping the hockey community. Champions will be nominated by Hockey Canada’s 13 Members or through public entry using the online nomination form.

Nominate Your Champion >

Ice Times Newsletter

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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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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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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