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Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 21:07

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

JOIN OUR TEAM!

Hockey Alberta is seeking a talented and energetic professional to join the organization as our newest Coordinator, Elite Male Hockey.

DETAILS >


CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE 9: COACHING SUCCESS STORIES

Episode Nine of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of Alberta’s coaching success stories, with former National Women’s Team Coach and four-time Olympic gold medalist Mel Davidson, and Colorado Avalanche Assistant Coach Ray Bennett, who’s been coaching in the NHL for over 20 years.


FULL EPISODE >


REGISTER NOW FOR THE FUTURE COACHES PROGRAM!

Hockey Alberta’s Future Coaches Program educates U18 level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership. The program will be held online via Zoom on April 24 & 25.

REGISTER NOW >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

APRIL 7 OFFICIALLY DECLARED GREEN SHIRT DAY IN ALBERTA

Since 2019, Canadians have been encouraged to wear green on April 7 to promote organ donation, in honour of Alberta’s Logan Boulet, one of the 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. This year, though, Green Shirt Day has official recognition in Alberta.

MORE INFORMATION >


ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS

Alberta Built Skills Camps are back for Spring 2021! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills, and follow the principles of the Long Term Player Development model adopted by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada.

CHECK OUT THE CAMPS >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

RAY BENNETT > | LANNY MCDONALD > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter


News

AHHF Induction Gala postponed until 2022

RED DEER – The induction gala for the 2020 Class of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF) has been postponed for another year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The celebration event is now scheduled for Sunday, July 18, 2022 in Canmore.

Members of the induction class are: Bill Bucyk, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Bob Clark, John Davidson, Dr. Randy Gregg, Ken Hitchcock, Jamie Macoun, and the 1974-75 Lethbridge Native Sons.

“It’s been a challenging year for many and with the uncertainty around COVID-19 and restrictions in place, the AHHF committee made the difficult decision to postpone the event for another year,” said Al Coates, chair of the AHHF. “The AHHF strives to bring Alberta’s hockey family together, and we want to ensure our inductees have the opportunity to do just that. We look forward to seeing everyone safe and healthy at the event in 2022.”

The 2022 Gala will mark the 40th anniversary of the AHHF. In addition to the 2020 inductees, it is expected that a Class of 2022 will be recognized.

Nominations for the AHHF can be submitted year-round for individuals and teams. The online nomination form, and the full list of Honoured Members in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, can be found at ahhf.ca.

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April 7 officially declared Green Shirt Day in Alberta

April 7 – Green Shirt Day – will have additional significance this year for Albertans.

Since 2019, Canadians have been encouraged to wear green on April 7 to promote organ donation, in honour of Alberta’s Logan Boulet, one of the 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

This year, though, Green Shirt Day has official recognition in Alberta. Health Minister Tyler Shandro recently declared April 7, 2021 as Green Shirt Day in Alberta, to “raise awareness of the need for registered organ and tissue donors.”

Tuesday, April 6 marks three years since the tragic bus crash that eventually claimed the lives of Boulet and 15 other members of the Broncos organization. Boulet died the next day. He was a registered organ donor who had spoken to his parents about his wishes.

Boulet’s heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and corneas were donated to six different recipients. In a phenomenon that is now known as the “Logan Boulet Effect”, almost 150,000 Canadians registered as organ donors in the weeks following the crash.

This upswing in registrations inspired Green Shirt Day. The day honours, remembers and recognizes the victims and families of that fatal crash. And it carries on Boulet’s legacy to inspire more Canadians to register as organ and tissue donors, and to share their wishes with family, so that access to live-saving transplants can be improved.

For more details on Green Shirt Day, go to greenshirtday.ca .

News

Five Albertans Named to National Men’s Under-18 Team

MATT WENINGER

South Regional Manager,
Hockey Alberta

CALGARY – Three players and two team staff members from Alberta have been named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team.

Hockey Canada unveiled the 25 players and the staff members named to the team that will compete at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship, April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan) and Corson Ceulemans (Beaumont) were named as two of the eight defencemen on the team, while Dylan Guenther (Edmonton) is one of the 14 forwards on the roster.

The roster features 23 players who played for Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red or Team Canada White at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current. The team was selected by Alan Millar, director of player personnel, and Benoit Roy, manager of national teams.

Also named as team staff members are Hockey Alberta’s Matt Weninger as the team’s Goaltending Consultant, and A.J. Murley of Beaumont as the Equipment Manager.

The coaching staff is Dave Barr (Toronto) head coach, with assistant coaches Gordie Dwyer (Dalhousie, N.B.) and Mike Stothers (Toronto)

“We are excited to announce the 25 players that have been selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship. Despite a difficult year for our players and staff, we are confident this group will represent our country with pride while giving us a chance to compete for a gold medal in Texas,” said Millar. “We are also pleased to have Dave, Mike and Gordie as a part of our coaching staff, and to welcome a number of excellent support staff who bring unique skills to our team. We know the extensive experience of our coaching staff and the dedication of our support staff will greatly benefit our team at the world championship.”

Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, players and staff will self-isolate at home starting April 12 and will be tested for COVID-19 three times. Upon arrival in Texas, all team personnel will enter a four-day quarantine at the hotel before starting a pre-tournament camp on April 21. The team will take on Finland in its lone pre-tournament game on April 24 at 7 p.m. MT.

Canada will open the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship against Sweden on April 26 at 7 p.m. MT, and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in preliminary-round action. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast select games throughout the tournament and will announce details at a later date.

Since 2002, Canada has won three gold medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship (2003, 2008, 2013), in addition to one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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We’re Hiring!

Hockey Alberta is seeking a talented and energetic professional to join the organization as our newest Coordinator, Elite Male Hockey.

The Coordinator, Elite Male Hockey position plays a significant role in the pursuit of the vision and mission of Hockey Alberta. This position focuses on providing quality service to the membership and stakeholders of Hockey Alberta, as well as positive experiences for players within Alberta. Working alongside other staff and volunteers, this position leads and guides Hockey Alberta volunteers, connecting them to the annual strategies aimed at advancing the game. This position also plays a significant role in the development of players, coaches, MHAs, Leagues and Team Staff within the AA and Elite Male Hockey models.

Details >

The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, April 16 at 11:59pm (MST).

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Nine: Coaching Success Stories

Episode Nine of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of Alberta’s coaching success stories, with former National Women’s Team Coach and four-time Olympic gold medalist Mel Davidson, and Colorado Avalanche Assistant Coach Ray Bennett, who’s been coaching in the NHL for over 20 years.

Both coaches share their stories of rising through the ranks from small-town Alberta to coaching at the highest level, and their words of advice and wisdom for coaches across the province.

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Episode Links: Hockey’s Path Forward > | Team Alberta Events Postponed > | Alberta’s Lacey Senuk to Officiate at 2021 Women’s World Championship >

More Episodes >


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

News

AEHL Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 season.

The AEHL scholarship program, open to eligible current or graduated players from the U18 AAA was launched in 2006. To date, 288 players have been awarded with $392,000 in scholarship funds.

New this year, applications will only be accepted through the online form. The link will remain open until end of day on Friday, April 16.

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM >

Review criteria include:

  • Citizenship and leadership qualities
  • Hockey ability and sportsmanship displayed
  • Scholastic standing
  • Financial needs

Only successful recipients will be contacted by the AEHL U18 AAA Scholarship Committee.

For a complete list of requirements and more information visit AEHL.ca

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 21:06

Hockey Alberta News

COACH OF THE MONTH - NOMINATION DEADLINE MARCH 22

Do you have a coach that has had a positive impact on your team through the 2020-21 season? Hockey Alberta is still accepting nominations for the Coach of the Month program, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel.

NOMINATE A COACH >


Hockey Alberta News

ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS

Alberta Built Skills Camps are back for Spring 2021! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills, and follow the principles of the Long Term Player Development model adopted by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada.

CHECK OUT THE CAMPS >


Hockey Alberta News

2021-22 NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT HOST APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN

The application period for local hockey associations wishing to host the NHL/NHLPA First Shift in 2021-22 is NOW OPEN! The six-week learn to play program, open to co-ed, female and para hockey host associations, continues to focus on having fun while learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration.

APPLY TO HOST >


Hockey Alberta News

NOMINATE YOUR COACH FOR THE BFL FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR!

Hockey Canada and BFL Canada are on the hunt for the country’s best women’s hockey coaches, and they are calling on players and parents from coast to coast to coast to nominate coaches who have made significant contributions to the game. Nominations for the BFL Female Coach of the Year award are closing on March 30.

INFORMATION AND NOMINATION FORM >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

ALLY BENDFELD > | MEL DAVIDSON > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


Hockey Alberta Newsletter


Hockey Alberta News

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Alberta’s Lacey Senuk to officiate at 2021 Women’s World Championship

HALIFAX/TRURO - Alberta’s own Lacey Senuk is among the on-ice officials selected to work the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Nova Scotia in May.

She was named today by the IIHF as a referee for the event. The 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship runs May 6-16 in Halifax and Truro.

Senuk is a Level 5 referee in the North Region and has worked many prestigious international hockey events. In 2017-18 season, she earned an IIHF U18 assignment in Russia. And this year, she followed up by refereeing the 4-Nations Cup gold medal game. She also refereed the gold medal game from the world women’s championship in Espoo, Finland in 2019.

Senuk was named Hockey Alberta’s Official of the Year for 2019. Her career includes having worked two Esso Cups, the Canada Winter Games, two U18 Women’s national championships, three 4-Nations Cup events, and eight IIHF championships. She also serves as an important resource at the regional level as a mentor and instructor for aspiring officials in the Edmonton area.

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Team Alberta Events Postponed

RED DEER - Due to the current Government of Alberta restrictions regarding youth sports, Hockey Alberta is postponing all Team Alberta High Performance Selection Camps.

The postponement includes selection camps for the Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup.

Hockey Alberta currently is looking at alternative solutions to implement if/when the Government of Alberta restrictions allow for meaningful competition in a selection camp format.

For more information:

Alberta Cup

2006 Born

Dustin Moore, Coordinator Male Hockey

Email: [email protected]

Alberta Challenge

2006 and 2007 Born

Taryn Baumgardt, Coordinator Female Hockey

Email: [email protected]

Prospects Cup

2008 Born

Dustin Moore, Coordinator Male Hockey

Email: [email protected]

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 21:05

Hockey Alberta News

ALBERTA BUILT SKILLS CAMPS ARE BACK!

Alberta Built Skills Camps are back for Spring 2021! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills, and follow the principles of the Long Term Player Development model adopted by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada.

CHECK OUT THE CAMPS >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

COACH OF THE MONTH - YEAR END WRAP UP

Do you have a coach that has had a positive impact on your team through the 2020-21 season? Hockey Alberta is still accepting nominations for the Coach of the Month program, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel.

NOMINATE A COACH >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

THE COACHES SITE TO HOST GLOBAL SKILLS SHOWCASE IN MARCH

The evolution of hockey has been led by the increase in skill of its players. Join these dedicated elite level coaches as they share their knowledge during The Coaches Site Global Skills Showcase, March 22-26.

MORE INFORMATION >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

2021-22 NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT HOST APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN

The application period for local hockey associations wishing to host the NHL/NHLPA First Shift in 2021-22 is NOW OPEN! The six-week learn to play program continues to focus on having fun while learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration.

APPLY TO HOST >


Hockey Alberta News

HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION ACCEPTED INTO BIRDIES FOR KIDS PROGRAM

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the Birdies for Kids program, presented by AltaLink. Within this fundraising program, Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100 per cent of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50 per cent of the original donation.

MORE INFORMATION >


Hockey Alberta News

CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE 8: HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE

Episode Eight of the Centre Ice Podcast takes a closer look at the inequality and discrimination faced by many in the game, but also focuses on the steps being taken to make hockey a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

LISTEN AND WATCH >


Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

MATT DUMBA > | GRANT FUHR > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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In Memoriam - Ron Panchyshyn

RED DEER - Ron Panchyshyn, one of the founders of the Officiating Program in Alberta, passed away on February 27 at the age of 82, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ron started his officiating career in 1964, working at all levels including University and Major Junior, and multiple national and international championships. Ron was one of the first Level 6 officials in Alberta and Canada, when the Level system started in 1976. Off the ice, Ron was a tireless volunteer who served as tournament chairman at dozens of local and national events. He spent four years as the North Zone Chair, 13 years as the Past Chair, and was the third Provincial Chairman in Alberta (1986-90). Ron also served 14 years on the Board of Directors for Hockey Alberta.

Ron was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and was named a Life Member of the Hockey Alberta Officials Committee in 1998.

Ron was also an influential referee supervisor, mentoring officials such as George McCorry, Mike Rebus, Dave Shaw, and Lance Roberts, who all became Level 6 officials. He was committed to Grassroots officiating, teaching clinics as early as 1973 and was the first referee coordinator for the Edmonton Minor Hockey Week which started in 1964. One of his proudest accomplishments was negotiating the donation of officiating services to that tournament, a tradition that carries on to this day.

Ron was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Joyce, and a man who lived and loved for his children and grandchildren. One of Ron’s favourite things was to watch his grandchildren play hockey and football.

The family is asking for those that wish to do so, donations be made in Ron’s name to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Eight: Hockey is for Everyone

Episode Eight of the Centre Ice Podcast takes a closer look at the inequality and discrimination faced by many in the game, but also focuses on the steps being taken to make hockey a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

This episode features Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba and his father, long-time Hockey Alberta Official Charle Dumba speaking about the discrimination their family has faced, and the work being done to eradicate racism in hockey, including Matt’s involvement in the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Sanjeev Bhagrath, a Sikh Official from Edmonton, shares his own experiences of racism and inequality, and Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke speaks on the You Can Play initiative, and the work being done to eradicate homophobia from hockey.

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Episode Links: Hockey’s Path Forward > | Hockey Diversity Alliance > | Hockey Alberta Officials > | Coach of the Month Nominations > | Host the First Shift in Your Community > | The Coaches Site Global Skills Showcase > | Foundation Accepted into Birdies for Kids Program > | You Can Play Project >

More Episodes >


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

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Foundation accepted into the Birdies for Kids Program

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been accepted as a participating charity in the Birdies for Kids program, presented by AltaLink.

Within this fundraising program, Hockey Alberta Foundation will receive 100 per cent of every donation accepted on its behalf and allows for additional funding of up to 50 per cent of the original donation.

This marks the fourth year that the Hockey Alberta Foundation has participated in the Birdies For Kids Program. To date an additional $48,000 has been donated back to the Foundation through the matching funds program.

Help us make every dollar go a little further by donating directly through the Birdies For Kids Program.

MAKE YOUR DONATION NOW >

To donate by cheque, make the cheque payable to ‘Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation” (indicate ‘Hockey Alberta Foundation’ in the memo section) and mail to:

Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation

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

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

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time through programs like Every Kid Every Community and Future Leaders.

Every Kid Every Community >

News

2022 Arctic Winter Games Postponed

WHITEHORSE – The Arctic Winter Games International Committee (AWGIC), following discussions with Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the Government of Alberta, has made the decision to postpone the Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games in a planned and proactive response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Games, originally scheduled to take place in Wood Buffalo from March 6-12, 2022, will be rescheduled to a later date to be announced.

Held every two years, the Arctic Winter Games is the premier circumpolar sport and cultural event for youth hosting up to 2,000 participants and an equal number of volunteers.

The decision to plan the postponement of the Games was made to ensure the health and safety of all the participants, coaches, volunteers, staff, spectators, and the host community. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic would likely prevent the Arctic Winter Games International Committee from delivering on their mission to host a meaningful Arctic Winter Games experience.

No decision has been made at this time on the new dates for the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo. The Arctic Winter Games International Committee and the Wood Buffalo Host Society are diligently working together to determine an appropriate date for the Games to be rescheduled and intend to announce that date in the near future. Both organizations will continue to prioritize the health and safety of all Games participants while monitoring the global pandemic and providing updates to all stakeholders on the Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games, as they become available.

FAQ’s on the AWG postponement

For the full release and information visit the Arctic Winter Games website.

News

2021-22 First Shift host application process now open

RED DEER - The application period for local hockey associations wishing to host the NHL/NHLPA First Shift in 2021-22 is NOW OPEN!

A truly unique experience designed to help kids fall in love with hockey. The six-week learn to play program continues to focus on having fun while learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration.

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community, and enroll their kids in our sport. Because of the program’s belief in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, the NHL/NHLPA First Shift was designed to make hockey accessible, affordable, safe and most importantly, fun!

For more information on the program please go to www.firstshift.ca or apply immediately to host an event by CLICKING HERE

HOST ASSOCIATION FAQ >

HOST ASSOCIATION INFO >

News

The Coaches Site to host Global Skills Showcase in March

RED DEER - The evolution of hockey has been led by the increase in skill of its players.

Behind the scenes, the game’s elite players are being trained by dedicated coaches who have evaluated and broken down the complex skills that hockey demands and transferred these skills to the next generation of players.

Join these dedicated elite level coaches as they share their knowledge during The Coaches Site Global Skills Showcase, March 22-26.

The online five-day event - presented by InStat - will feature the top skill development coaches in hockey, selected from more than 150 applicants.

Each guest coach will provide unique insights into their method for developing players and identifying the key details that will make a difference once the puck is dropped. This is an exclusive opportunity to learn from the game’s best and to enhance your own abilities as a coach.

To register you must be a member of The Coaches Site.

If you are not currently a member of The Coaches Site, you can register at a discounted annual rate which includes attendance to the Global Skills Showcase.

For more information, a complete list of speakers and bios or to register go to The Coaches Site.

News

Join Our Team!

Hockey Alberta is seeking a talented and energetic professional to join the organization as our newest Coordinator, Marketing and Communications.

The Marketing and Communications department provides expertise, leadership, and services to Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation. This includes: website and online digital content, social media, direct communication, media relations, public relations, promotions, graphic design, event planning and execution, photography, and video. Marketing and Communications staff work with internal and external stakeholders, including Hockey Alberta and Hockey Alberta Foundation staff and volunteers, Member organizations, participants, external agencies, Hockey Canada and its Member Branches, the media, and other partners in the hockey community.

Details >

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Coach of the Month - Year End Wrap Up

RED DEER - Do you have a coach that has had a positive impact on your team through the 2020-21 season? Hockey Alberta is still accepting nominations for the Coach of the Month program, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Hockey Alberta is looking to celebrate coaches who showed exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult 2020-21 season. In a year with a long pause, and increased guidelines and responsibilities, coaches have been even more important to the minor hockey experience. Their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to experience 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 ›

Selected coaches will receive a coaching package valued at over $500.

Get your nominations in soon! The deadline is Monday, March 22 at 11:59pm.

Ice Times Newsletter

ICE TIMES - Edition 21:04

Hockey Alberta News

THE CANMORE U13 A EAGLES NEED YOUR VOTE

Less than a week remains for Alberta’s hockey community to cast online votes in support of the Canmore Eagles U13A team. The Rockies Hockey League squad is Alberta’s regional finalist in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. And if Alberta casts enough votes, the Eagles will earn the $100,000 first prize in support of their selected charitable group - Rocky Mountain Adaptive Program.

CHECK OUT THEIR STORY > | VOTE NOW >


Hockey Alberta News

ONLINE COACH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

Hockey Alberta is hosting a free online coach development session covering the topic of Maximizing Athlete Development. Roger Grillo, long time NCAA Division I Coach, will share his perspective on the process of creating and developing athletes on the ice.

REGISTER NOW >


Hockey Alberta News

NORTHSTARS CARES AND HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION TEAM UP TO SUPPORT HEROS HOCKEY

The Calgary Northstars U15 Players and their families have accepted a challenge to raise $10,000 for the SuperHEROS Program for the upcoming 2021-22 hockey season. This money will allow them to put another team on the ice from their existing wait list. The team, along with the help of The Hockey Alberta Foundation are organizing an online auction that will run the month of February 2021.

VIEW THE AUCTION >


Hockey Alberta News

CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE SEVEN: GRANT FUHR AND CASSANDRA VILGRAIN

Episode Seven of the Centre Ice Podcast is centred around Black History Month, and celebrating the Albertans who pushed through adversity to achieve success, featuring interviews with Team Alberta alumna Cassandra Vilgrain, and legendary goaltender Grant Fuhr.

LISTEN AND WATCH > | ALL EPISODES >


Hockey Alberta News

HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

DUMBA FAMILY > | DENNIS ZUKIWSKY > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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The Canmore U13 A Eagles need your vote!

CANMORE – Less than a week remains for Alberta’s hockey community to cast online votes in support of the Canmore Eagles U13A team.

The Rockies Hockey League squad is Alberta’s regional finalist in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. And if Alberta casts enough votes, the Eagles will earn the $100,000 first prize in support of their selected charitable group – Rocky Mountain Adaptive Program.

WATCH THE VIDEO > | VOTE NOW >

The announcement of the 11 provincial finalists was made on Saturday by Alberta Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Maclean during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.

The team’s coach, Sean Kjemhus, said the players were obviously very excited when the announcement was made. Having the chance to win the Good Deeds Cup is something that would benefit the entire community because of the work that Rocky Mountain Adaptive does throughout the region.

The charity was chosen through a vote by the players,” said Kjemhus. “They felt the Rocky Mountain Adaptive Program was a super cool initiative to give access to all sports for those who are disabled, and it was right here in our community.

RMA offers over 20 different adaptive sport and recreational activities, catering to entry level participants, developing competitive athletes and everyone in between. RMA provides private lessons, supported experiences, multi-day programs and camps, equipment rentals, as well as programming to Disability Groups. During the winter season, they offer an elite training program to aspiring para-athletes. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kjemhus noted that fundraising opportunities and grants have been limited for Rocky Mountain Adaptive. Winning the Good Deeds Cup would allow the Eagles to help with the purchase of new equipment such as sit skis, and hand trikes, and help reduce RMA’s costs of operating their individual and group programs.

The Good Deeds Cup is open to teams across Canada in the U11, U13 and U15 age divisions. In previous years, teams would submit a video of a good deed they had carried out involving a local charity. This season, due to COVID-19, teams were asked to submit a video via Twitter talking about their charitable group, and how they would spend $100,000 if they won the Good Deeds Cup.

Voting is open and continues until February 24. You can vote once a day. The winner will be announced on March 23.

For more information on the Canmore Eagles U13A team and Rocky Mountain Adaptive, check out the story in the Rocky Mountain Outlook, or follow on Twitter at Canmore Eagles or Rocky Mountain Adaptive.

Thanks again for the province wide support.  Please be sure to tag #GoodDeedsCup and us @CanmoreA and @RockyMtnAdaptiv when you can.

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Full guidelines for hockey activities in Step 1

Step 1 of the Government of Alberta’s A Path Forward allows specific hockey activity to occur. Children and youth are allowed to participate in limited team sport activities, subject to mandatory restrictions as outlined by the Government of Alberta.

  • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, except coaches/ instructors.
  • Practices are allowed for indoor and outdoor training.
    • Games are not allowed.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained at all times between all groups and all participants (players, coaches/ instructors) in each group at all times:
    • 3-metres physical distance for indoor activities
    • 2-metres physical distance for outdoor activities
  • An indoor ice surface can be split (use physical dividers wherever possible), allowing for two groups of 10 to be active on the ice at the same time. See Children’s Sport and Performance Activities tab.

Full guidelines and requirements can be found in the updated version of Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan - Hockey’s Path Forward.

HOCKEY’S PATH FORWARD PLAN >

RETURN TO HOCKEY PAGE >

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Seven: Black History Month

Episode Seven of the Centre Ice Podcast is centred around Black History Month, and celebrating the Albertans who pushed through adversity to achieve success, featuring interviews with Team Alberta alumna Cassandra Vilgrain, and legendary goaltender Grant Fuhr.


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Episode Links: Hockey’s Path Forward > | The Story of John Utendale > | Female Hockey Day Sessions > | AEHL Rinkside >

More Episodes >


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

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Junior and Senior Leagues conclude games

Hockey Alberta and its Senior and Junior leagues unanimously decided to conclude all regular league play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season during a meeting held on February 8.

While league play is concluded for this season, the opportunity for Teams to return to on-ice activity at some point remains a possibility. In the Government of Alberta’s “A Path Forward”, Step 3 outlines the potential return of ‘adult team sports’ which could potentially occur in mid to late March.

Hockey Alberta will continue to work closely with government representatives to explore all options that could allow players to return to on-ice activity.

The decision applies to the following leagues:

Senior Leagues

  • North Peace Hockey League
  • North Central Hockey League
  • Sask-Alta Hockey League
  • East Central Senior Hockey League
  • Ranchland Hockey League

Junior Leagues

  • North West Junior Hockey League
  • North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League
  • Capital Junior Hockey League
  • Heritage Junior Hockey League
  • Hockey Calgary Junior B and C
  • Noralta Junior Hockey League
  • Alberta Junior Female Hockey League

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Hockey’s Path Forward – Step 1 Update

Finally, a glimpse of good news for the hockey community in Alberta.

Under Step 1 of the Government of Alberta’s “A Path Forward”, updates provided by the Government on Saturday, February 6 have provided some positive news for Hockey Alberta and our Members.

Children and youth are allowed to participate in limited team sport activities in Step 1, subject to certain mandatory restrictions as outlined on the Government’s A Path Forward webpage.

For Hockey’s Path Forward, effective Monday, February 8, practices are allowed for indoor and outdoor training. Please note, games are not allowed and the maximum number of participants is 10 (including coaches and trainers).

An indoor arena ice surface can be divided in half, and two groups of 10 can participate in on-ice activities at the same time. Each group and all participants in each group must maintain at least three metres physical distancing from each other at all times. Wherever possible, physical barriers should be used to divide the ice surface.

It is imperative that during Step 1 any organization or team hosting activities must be diligent in adhering to all public health requirements – including physical distancing and maximum participant limit requirements – outlined in the Public Health Order.

Full details are outlined in Information Bulletin 20-13, and Information Bulletin 20-14. There is also an FAQ document, and some suggestions on how to set up sessions on a split ice surface. This information will be posted to Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey webpage and updated regularly as required.

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Registration Fee reduction for 2020-21

RED DEER - Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta are providing a reduction for the 2020-21 season in the annual registration fees collected.

The current fee structure sees the assessment of a Team or Program Fee as well as a Participant Fee of $47.80 per player and team official ($46.80 for Intro to Hockey, Rec/Pond Hockey and Sledge Hockey). Of the Participant Fee, Hockey Alberta’s portion is $24.00 ($23.00 for Intro to Hockey), with the remainder of that fee going to Hockey Canada for its participant fee and insurance. For Junior and Senior teams, depending on the level of hockey, there may be an additional insurance assessment related to half shields, full cages or supplementary medical/ dental.

Hockey Alberta has decided to reduce the overall fees charged by removing $7.00 from the Participant Fee. As well, Hockey Canada is reducing its assessment and insurance fee by $15.71.

For full details on the Registration Fee reduction, please review the following Information Bulletins:

- Information Bulletin 20-11: Minor Hockey, Rec/ Pond Hockey, Sledge Hockey
- Information Bulletin 20-12: Junior and Senior Teams

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FEMALE HOCKEY DAY SHOWS #WHYWEPLAY

Nearly 300 female hockey players, parents, coaches, and supporters gathered on Zoom over the weekend to engage and learn from accomplished speakers and panelists. All sessions were recorded and can be accessed below.

WATCH RECORDED SESSIONS >


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ONLINE COACH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

Hockey Alberta is hosting a free online coach development session covering the topic of Deceptive Tactics for Defensemen. Zach McCullough of Apex Hockey Training and the Barrie Jr. Colts will take you through theories and strategies to help your defensemen add deceptive techniques on retrievals and offensive zone blueline walks.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THE STORY OF JOHN UTENDALE

On February 26, 2020, the Provincial Archives of Alberta published a Facebook post that asked the following question:“Did you know that Edmonton-born John Utendale; was the first Black hockey player to sign a contract with the NHL?”

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HOCKEY FOR LIFE

Alberta’s hockey community is filled with incredible people and incredible stories. Hockey Alberta wants to share your stories and celebrate the hockey community in our province. Submit your own or nominate someone from your community whose story deserves to be told!

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Black History Month - The Story of John Utendale

On February 26, 2020, the Provincial Archives of Alberta published a Facebook post that asked the following question:

“Did you know that Edmonton-born John Utendale; was the first Black hockey player to sign a contract with the NHL?”

That National Hockey League contract was signed with the Detroit Red Wings in 1955, three years before Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s colour barrier in 1958 with the Boston Bruins. Utendale attended three or four camps with the Wings, skating with the likes of Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Red Kelly.

Utendale never played for the Red Wings, instead seeing action with Wings’ farm team, the Edmonton Flyers.

But O’Ree has been quoted, including in a 2018 article in The Undefeated, that it could easily have been Utendale, or O’Ree’s Boston teammate Stan Maxwell, or Herb Carnegie or Art Dorrington who could have the NHL’s first black player.

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According to an Edmonton Journal article in 2006, as a youth and teenager, Utendale played on the outdoor city rinks in Edmonton while playing peewee, bantam and midget hockey. His post-minor hockey career started with the Edmonton Oil Kings, prior to his historic signing with the Red Wings. After that, he played three seasons with the Flyers, followed by a couple of seasons where he moved east, playing for teams such as the Windsor Bulldogs and North Bay Trappers (Ontario Senior league), Quebec Aces (Quebec Hockey League), and Sudbury Wolves (Eastern Professional Hockey League).

In his 1958-59 part-season (five games) with the Aces, Utendale would be joined by O’Ree and Maxwell, where they played together on “The Black Line.” And it is believed Utendale was only the fourth black player to play Senior A hockey in Ontario, joining Herb and Ossie Carnegie and Manny McIntyre

He eventually returned to western Canada, getting married to Maryan “Mickey” Maddison Leonard in 1959, and starting his university education. Utendale earned his teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia in 1961, and then enrolled at the University of Alberta, earning his Bachelor of Education degree in two years. He worked for three years at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), when that school was being established in the mid-1960s, becoming the school’s first Director of Physical Education and coaching the men’s hockey team (1966-67).

Throughout the 1960s, until his on-ice career ended in 1969, Utendale was still playing, including stints with the Ponoka Stampeders, Edmonton Nuggets and Edmonton Monarchs, along with the Spokane Jets (Western International Hockey League).

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Had his story ended here, Utendale would already have established himself as a significant figure in the history of the sport of hockey.

But a sentence included in his obituary, published in the Edmonton Journal following his death in 2006, illustrates that hockey really was a lifelong passion for Utendale:

“John’s career was a story of diversity from professional hockey player to professor.”

With the conclusion of his playing career in 1969, Utendale’s focus shifted to what would be a long and influential career in post-secondary education.

He earned his Master’s degree at Eastern Washington State College, and was hired at Washington State University. During his three years at WSU he was academic coordinator for the athletic department, a member of the Washington State Human Rights commission, taught a course in the black studies department and coached little league baseball, all while earning his Doctorate in Education.

Dr. Utendale then joined Western Washington State College (now University), becoming the first black faculty member of the Woodring College of Education. For a quarter century, he headed the Student Personnel Administration graduate program, dramatically increasing the number of minority students at the school. Utendale was nationally recognized for his academic work, and moved into full professorship, becoming one of the few minor faculty members with tenure. He also held numerous positions in the Washington state community, including leading the Higher Education Administration.

But hockey always played a significant role in Utendale’s life. During his time as an educator, he was involved in hockey at the local, post-secondary and regional levels in Washington State. He helped found the Bellingham Area Minor Hockey Association and the city’s junior team (which he also coached), coached the Western Washington University Vikings team, and served as Western Regional Director for the Amateur Hockey Association of the U.S.

He was also an assistant training coach with the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, becoming the first black member of the coaching staff of the men’s hockey team. That team won gold at the “Miracle on Ice” Lake Placid Olympics.

John Utendale was born in Edmonton in 1937. He retired from Western Washington University in 2001, and he died in Bellingham, Washington in 2006.

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AAA, AA, Tiered league games concluded for 2020-21 season

Hockey Alberta, in conjunction with its Leagues that oversee Tiered, AAA and AA hockey, has concluded regular league play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. The decision was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

While youth leagues play is concluded for this season, Hockey Alberta continues to focus on working with our Members to explore all options that could comprise a spring development season when Step 2 of the Government of Alberta’s “A Path Forward” (announced on Friday) comes into effect. Hockey Alberta will be working closely with those organizations that have access to facilities and/or have players interested in playing to ensure that those who are interested in playing can have that opportunity, when our sport is allowed back on the ice.

The Government’s announcement provided a four-step timeline for when business and other activities – such as hockey and other team/ youth sports – could be allowed to return to operations. Transition from one step to another will be based on provincial hospitalization numbers. Step 1 starts on February 8. The earliest hockey could return would be March 1.

Hockey Alberta is disappointed by the Government’s announcement. Our senior leadership team has been involved in ongoing discussions on what a safe and inclusive relaunch plan could look like for our sport. Hockey Alberta will continue working with government and health officials to develop a relaunch plan that allows for hockey activities and keeps our youth active for their physical and mental well-being.
The Minor leagues decision applies to the following leagues:

  • Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL)
  • North East Alberta Hockey League (NEAHL)
  • Northern Alberta Interlock (NAI)
  • All Peace Hockey League (APHL)
  • Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League (RMFHL)
  • East Central Alberta Female Hockey League (ECAFHL)
  • South Central Alberta Hockey League (SCAHL)
  • Northern Alberta Hockey League (NAHL)
  • Hockey Calgary
  • Edmonton Federation Hockey League (EFHL)
  • Rural & Edmonton Minor Hockey League (REMHL)
  • Rockies Hockey League (RHL)
  • Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL)
  • Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL)

Junior B, C, and Female and Senior leagues have set February 8 as their target for determining if continuing to plan league play is sustainable.

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2021 Female Hockey Day shows #WhyWePlay

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta hosted the third annual (but first-ever virtual) Female Hockey Day on January 30-31.

Nearly 300 female hockey players, parents, coaches, and supporters gathered on Zoom over the weekend to engage and learn from accomplished speakers and panelists. Topics covered included nutrition for athletes, Team Alberta, opportunities in hockey, being active at home, mental skills & goal setting, Team Canada, and mobility.

All sessions were recorded and will be posted on Hockey Alberta’s YouTube soon. You can view clips of the weekend on Hockey Alberta’s Instagram.

2021 Female Hockey Day was Fuelled by Gatorade and presented by our friends at ATB Financial.