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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:18

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COACHING CLINIC REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2021-22 SEASON

Coaching Clinic registration is now open for 2021-22. With a new platform, the registration process has changed from previous years, so make sure you view our Coaching Requirements page for instructions on how to get registered properly. All coaching requirements must be completed by November 15, 2021. Officials clinics should be open for registration within the next week.


REGISTER FOR A CLINIC >


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REGISTER NOW FOR HOCKEY ALBERTA’S MHA SAFETY LEADER TRAINING DAY

On September 18, join Hockey Alberta for a day focusing on providing the opportunity for MHA Safety Leaders to develop their skills as leaders and share resources and best practices that will enhance safety within your association. Sessions will be held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer, and made available online via Zoom.

REGISTER NOW >


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HOCKEY CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW MALTREATMENT PLAYING RULE FOR 2021-22 SEASON

In furthering its commitment to being leaders in safety and inclusivity, Hockey Canada has introduced an update to its rulebook to focus on recognizing and reporting incidents of maltreatment.

MORE INFORMATION >


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CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES, AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS DISCUSSED DURING INDIGENOUS HOCKEY SUMMIT

Indigenous youth face many challenges when it comes to participating in hockey in Alberta. And while the challenges are significant, the opportunities and potential solutions were an important focus during Friday night’s keynote discussion to open Hockey Alberta’s Indigenous Hockey Summit.

MORE INFORMATION >


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Coach of the Month presented by Players Bench is Back!

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is teaming up with Players Bench Team Apparel once again to support the Coach of the Month program over the next two years.

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month - presented by Players Bench Team Apparel - recognizes coaches who go above and beyond for their teams. Throughout the year coaches will be recognized for their efforts, with each Coach of the Month receiving a coaching package valued at over $500.

“We see the impact that coaches make on youth that give them the confidence to succeed. Players Bench Team Apparel is proud to partner with Hockey Alberta to recognize the coaches who are devoting their time and giving back to the game,” said Marty Baceda of Players Bench Team Apparel.

Coaches are 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. If you have a coach that goes the extra mile in your community and deserves to be recognized, nominate him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month - presented by Players Bench Team Apparel.

Nominate a Coach of the Month

Get your nominations in early! Nominees remain eligible until the end of the season.

Click here for a list of coaches recognized by Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month, presented by Players Bench Team Apparel. To learn more about Hockey Alberta, visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Hockey Canada announces new maltreatment playing rule for 2021-22 season

CALGARY - In furthering its commitment to being leaders in safety and inclusivity, Hockey Canada has introduced an update to its rulebook to focus on recognizing and reporting incidents of maltreatment.

In a special meeting of the Members held on June 22, 2021, Hockey Canada and its 13 Members unanimously approved the adoption of Section 11 – Maltreatment in the Hockey Canada Rulebook starting this season, which includes bringing all forms of maltreatment under one section of the rulebook and providing guidelines for escalating penalties based on the severity of the inappropriate behaviour from players and team officials.

“Hockey Canada has made a firm commitment to making the game safe and inclusive for all who wish to participate, and the introduction of Section 11 provides our 13 Members, local hockey associations and officials across the country with clearly-defined criteria for enforcing rules related to many different forms of inappropriate conduct,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “We believe this is a great step towards ensuring we limit the number of incidents that occur on and off the ice, and will allow players of all ages to enjoy our game free from abuse, discrimination, racism and all forms of maltreatment.”

As part of the new rules, certain infractions will include an indefinite suspension pending a hearing, as well mandatory hearings for repeat offenders. To read Section 11 of the Hockey Canada Rulebook in its entirety, please CLICK HERE.

In a further effort to eradicate discrimination of all forms from the game, Hockey Canada and its 13 Members also approved a new national reporting system for incidents of discriminatory taunts, insults or intimidation, both on the ice and outside of game play. The new rule and reporting system includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, skin colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

The national reporting system will allow Hockey Canada and its 13 Members to have a better understanding of where maltreatment incidents occur and their frequency, and will allow the organization to take progressive steps to eliminating incidents through action and education. A number of tools and resources will also be provided to Hockey Canada’s 13 Members and local hockey associations across the country to help educate participants on maltreatment, including a Rule 11 officiating module and coaching resource document.

“The addition of Section 11 to the Hockey Canada Rulebook is a major step towards making the game more inclusive for all, but the reporting system will allow Hockey Canada and its 13 Members to proactively implement change through education and create a better understanding of where issues are occurring,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “As we continue to learn and help foster an environment that is diverse, inclusive and safe, we believe the updated playing rule will greatly benefit all participants and allow more young children and adults to enjoy the game.”

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Register now for Hockey Alberta’s MHA Safety Leader Training Day

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is holding a training workshop for Safety Lead positions with Local Minor Hockey Associations on Saturday, September 18.

The event will be hosted virtually through Zoom. This full day session will focus on being successful in the role, specific safety related practices and initiatives, and networking to discuss safety at the grassroots level.

Register > | Position Description >

Safety Management involves proper planning and preparation on and off the ice with regard to any issues that could impact the health, safety or well-being of players, coaches, trainers, parents, officials or anyone else involved in the game.

Safety Management includes everything from examining the physical surroundings at the arena, to utilizing age appropriate practice drills on the ice, to proper planning for travel and accommodations at out of town games or tournaments. For more details on Safety Management, click here.


For more information on Hockey Alberta’s Safety Leader Training Day, contact Jeremy Haluschak at [email protected]

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2021-22 Season Plan for Sanctioned Hockey in Alberta

From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Hockey Alberta has established COVID-related plans for our sport based on the guidance and requirements of the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. As those mandates have changed, Hockey Alberta Member organizations across the province have worked diligently to adapt and allow participants the opportunity to play our sport.

Within that framework, Hockey Alberta has developed a 2021-2022 Season Plan that outlines the minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities this season.

The 2021-2022 Season Plan is enclosed with this Bulletin. The Plan and its appendices, along with other announcements and documents pertaining to COVID-19 and hockey in Alberta can be reviewed on the Hockey Alberta website:

Hockeyalberta.ca/members/return-hockey/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Hockey Alberta,

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 403-342-6777

21:02 - 2021-22 Season Plan for Sanctioned Hockey in Alberta

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Para Hockey Player and Coach Development Opportunities

Hockey Alberta has secured space at the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge to host the third Para Hockey Season Kick-Off Event on September 11 & 12, 2021 in Calgary.

The event will consist of a Coach 2 – Coach Level certification course on Saturday and a Player Development Camp on Sunday.

The Coach Clinic is para hockey specific – current para hockey coaches or anyone who would like to coach para hockey in the future is invited to register. The course has three parts – an online course (four hours); in-person classroom session (four hours); ice session (one hour). The ice session can be done in a sledge or on skates. This is a great opportunity for para hockey players to develop leadership skills and learn the basics of coaching. Recommended for ages 16+.

The Player Development Camp is for new and returning players of all ages, abilities and skill levels. There will be 2 ice sessions on Sunday that will focus on skill development and game play. Equipment (sledge/sticks) will be provided for new players to use at the camp.

Details for the event and information on registration can be found below:

COACH 2 - COACH LEVEL CLINIC:

  • Location: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

    (11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW, Calgary, Alberta T3G 5H3)

  • Date: September 11, 2021
  • Components: Classroom (12:30-4:30 P.M.), On-ice (4:45-5:45 P.M.)
  • Cost: $136 per coach
    • $29 for Hockey University - Online Coach 1/2

Register for Coach 2 - Coach Level

HU - Online Coach 1/2:

  • Components: Online session (four hours; 12 modules)
    • To be completed prior to the in-person sessions.
  • Cost: $29 per coach

Register for Hockey University - Online Coach 1/2 >

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CAMP:

  • Location: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

    (11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW, Calgary, Alberta T3G 5H3)

  • Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Sessions: 2 ice times (9:45-11:45 A.M. and 2:45-4:45 P.M.)
  • Cost: $25 per player

Register for the Para Hockey Player Development Camp >

For more information, please contact Darcy Smith, Members Services Coordinator.

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Government of Alberta Announces Face Mask Mandate

The Government of Alberta announced a new masking mandate for the Province of Alberta. Effective 8 am, Saturday, September 4, 2021, masks are required to be worn in all public spaces and workplaces in the province.

Until specific details or updates are provided pertaining to team sports, Hockey Alberta is interpreting the mandate as follows:

  • Face masks are not required by any player on the ice or on the players’ bench.
  • Face masks are not required by coaches or on-ice officials on the ice surface during sport/ physical activity.
  • Face masks are required by coaches and team staff while on the bench, and all penalty/ timekeeping staff.
  • Face masks are required by anyone while in a dressing room.

Please note: Municipalities and individual facilities may have different interpretations of the new mandate. It is the responsibility of the Member organization or participating team to consult with the municipality or facility and be aware of any local government and/ or facility-specific health and safety mandates that may differ from Hockey Alberta’s interpretation.

As additional guidance or clarification is made available, Hockey Alberta will provide updates.

If there are questions, please contact Hockey Alberta by email at [email protected].

Alert: Government of Alberta announces face mask mandate

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Hockey Alberta Calling for Board of Director Nominations

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for three (3) Director at Large positions on its Board of Directors. Deadline to submit a nomination package is AUGUST 31, 2021.

APPLICATION / NOMINATION FORM >

Hockey Alberta is the governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta. The Board of Directors builds and monitors the strategy of the organization through its vision, mission, values and strategic direction. The Board operates under a Policy Governance Model and delegates operations to the Chief Executive Officer. The Board is elected by and accountable to the members of Hockey Alberta.

The Board holds regular meetings, either in-person in Hockey Alberta’s head office in Red Deer or via phone/ digital platform.


Candidate Qualifications

The Board of Directors is focused on being a diverse group comprised of individuals with a variety of skill sets and experiences. For 2021, candidates with previous board experience are being sought to fill the three available positions. Criteria to be considered by the Nominations Committee for each candidate include:

I. Skills/ Experience

  • Advocacy (such as government relations/ lobbying)
  • Communications/ Marketing/ Social Media
  • Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
  • Human Resources
  • Environmental and Social Responsibility

II. Diversity

  • Female
  • Visible Minority
  • Indigenous
  • Younger Age Demographic

In addition:

  • Previous experience on the Hockey Alberta Board is an asset.
  • Previous experience on a not-for-profit board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective are preferred.
  • Experience and understanding of the workings of a Provincial Sport Organization is an asset.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check is required.

DIRECTOR AT LARGE JOB DESCRIPTION >


Process Overview

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

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

Board of Director positions are elected by the Members of Hockey Alberta at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Elected individuals will serve a term of three years.

To be eligible for the Board of Directors, a candidate is required to be nominated by a Member of Hockey Alberta, as defined in Article 2 of the Bylaws of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association.

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

I. BYLAWS AND REGULATIONS >

II. BOARD GOVERNANCE, STRUCTURE AND POLICIES >


For more information, please submit an email to:

[email protected]

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Challenges, opportunities and potential solutions

RED DEER – Indigenous youth face many challenges when it comes to participating in hockey in Alberta.

And while the challenges are significant, the opportunities and potential solutions were an important focus during Friday night’s keynote discussion to open Hockey Alberta’s Indigenous Hockey Summit.

The virtual event opened with a Zoom roundtable featuring Theoren Fleury, Wacey Rabbit, Marvin Yellowhorn, and Jordan Courtepatte. The discussion was moderated by Travis Plaited Hair of the Blood Tribe.

Fleury is well known for his career with the Calgary Flames, and as a victor over trauma and abuse. Rabbit played on the 2003 Team Alberta squad that won gold at the Canada Winter Games, enjoyed a successful junior hockey career, and played professionally around the world, most recently in the East Coast Hockey League. Courtepatte’s career included junior hockey in the BCHL, and a professional stint in the Central Hockey League in Texas. And Yellowhorn has been involved in hockey most of his life as a parent (he is Rabbit’s father), coach, and volunteer.

FULL PANELIST BIOGRAPHIES >

As the panelists reflected on their careers and lives in hockey, they identified three areas where the hockey community can focus to help increase the number of Indigenous participants and improve their experience in the sport.

One area is cost. Rabbit reflected on how much the cost of a hockey stick or a pair of skates has increased since he played as a child, and said he believes “a lot of natural athletes are missing out because of the pricing.”

Courtepatte, who helped found the Enoch Cree Minor Hockey Association near Edmonton, said the sport is simply getting too expensive.

“The average family can’t afford to pay for one kid… There needs to be additional resources in place to offset costs,” said Courtepatte, adding that it’s also important to make sure parents are educated to know where to apply for assistance.

The second area that must be addressed is racism.

Courtepatte said that while steps have been taken to address racism, it continues, and it’s not acceptable.

“It’s a lonely place when it feels like no one wants you,” Courtepatte said.

Rabbit said he has experienced racism while playing hockey.

“It’s in the world right now, it’s happening everywhere,” Rabbit said. “It’s happened to everyone on this panel. It is important for minor hockey associations to acknowledge (when racism occurs) and do something about it.”

The third area involves understanding the challenges that Indigenous youth are facing in their personal lives. Fleury talked about a need for “trauma-informed education” within schools and the sporting community.

“We have no idea what these kids are experiencing before they get to the rink,” Fleury said. “A lot of their behaviour is based on what they’ve experienced at home. We have to be aware that when a kid is acting out it’s because of their trauma experience, not because he’s a bad kid. Often, the only place he gets peace and joy is playing hockey, so we’ve got to make it the best experience we can.”

The panelists agreed that a key part of the solution involves more Indigenous people being involved at all levels of the sport including board members, coaches, managers, and officials.

“When you come to the rink and see a person who looks like you, that’s important,” said Rabbit. He also reminded everyone that it’s important to celebrate the success stories, highlighting Brayden Arcand, an official who is now working in the Western Hockey League.

The panelists agreed that the benefits to addressing these challenges are immense. Positive hockey experiences will help Indigenous youth learn to deal better with adversity, develop important life skills, and have family and community growth opportunities. And, as Fleury suggested, he believes the next Wayne Gretzky is out there, if given the chance to play hockey.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, is hosting the Indigenous Hockey Summit to gather hockey leaders from around the province to continue the growth of the game in Indigenous hockey communities and allow for networking and sharing best practices.

The Summit continues Saturday with separate day-long sessions for Minor Hockey Administrators, Coaches and Officials.

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Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Thirty-six players from across Alberta have been selected to attend the 2021 Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp.

The Fall Camp roster is comprised of 2004-2005 born players, including four goaltenders, 12 defence and 20 forwards.

TEAM ALBERTA U18 FEMALE FALL CAMP INVITES

The camp will run September 24-26 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. The Team Alberta squad that will compete at the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship in Dawson Creek, BC will be named following the fall camp.

Players earned Fall Camp invitations through the Summer Selection Camp held August 13-15 in Red Deer. The summer camp was a three-day session where a total of 136 players participated in on-ice sessions that included game formats.

“It was extremely exciting to get these players back on the ice for summer camp over the course of three days," said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. “As an open camp, we were able to see more talent from across the province and are very pleased with the level of competition that was displayed, and are confident that this success will transfer over to our upcoming fall camp.”

The 2021 Team Alberta tryout was open to any 2004-2005 born player from Alberta registered in a Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season.

For more information on Team Alberta, please visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Register now for the 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit

Registration is now open for the 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit, which runs virtually on August 27-28, beginning with a Keynote Panel on August 27 featuring Theo Fleury, Wacey Rabbit, Wacey’s father, Marvin Yellowhorn, and Jordan Courtepatte.

Register > | Keynote Speaker Bios >

Note: There is no immediate charge to register for the Indigenous Hockey Summit, but there will be an eventual charge for coach and official clinics. More information will be sent out after registration is complete.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, is running this virtual summit to gather hockey leaders from around the province to continue the growth of the game in Indigenous hockey communities, and allow for networking and sharing best practices.

The Indigenous Hockey Summit kicks off on the evening of Friday, August 27 with a keynote discussion. Training sessions and clinics follow on Saturday, August 28, with three streams: MHA administration, coaches, and officials.


For more information, please contact Bryden Burrell, Coordinator, Hockey Programs at [email protected]

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:17

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

WIN BIG, GIVE BIG WITH THE WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ONLINE 50/50

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Hockey Alberta Foundation, is encouraging fans to win big, give big with the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship online 50/50 draw, presented by DynaLIFE Medical Labs, during every Team Canada game day starting August 20 and including the quarterfinals, semifinals and medal-round games.


MORE INFORMATION >


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DITCH THE PAPER AND SPREADSHEETS AT TRYOUTS WITH TEAMGENIUS

Hockey Alberta and TeamGenius are partnering up this season to help minor hockey volunteers ditch the paper and spreadsheets at tryouts this season.

LEARN MORE >


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECRUITMENT NOTICE

The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) is seeking qualified candidates for three (3) Director at Large positions on its Board of Directors. Deadline to submit a nomination package is AUGUST 31, 2021.

APPLICATION/NOMINATION FORM >


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BID FOR A CHANCE TO BRING THE WORLD JUNIOR TROPHY TO YOUR COMMUNITY

Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are teaming up to give your community the chance to host the World Junior Championship Trophy this fall. The deadline to apply is September 1.


APPLY NOW >


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ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER FOR HOCKEY ALBERTA’S INDIGENOUS HOCKEY SUMMIT

Registration is open for the 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit, which runs virtually on August 27-28, beginning with a keynote panel on August 27 featuring Wacey Rabbit, his father, Marvin Yellowhorn, Jordan Courtepatte, and Theo Fleury.

REGISTER NOW >


Hockey Alberta News

UPDATE ON 2021-22 COACHING CLINIC REGISTRATION

Hockey Alberta has been working diligently with Hockey Canada over the past few months to ensure an efficient and positive registration experience for coaches entering clinics this fall. As with any new program, the new HCR 3.0 system has come with a few setbacks during the initiation process. We are currently working through those setbacks and hope to have clinic registration ready in the next couple of weeks.

MORE INFORMATION >


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Hockey Alberta is ready for September

In just a few weeks the 2021-22 hockey season will be underway. Players across the province will be on the ice for practices, tryouts, evaluations, games and tournaments. They will be joined by coaches, officials, safety staff, and other volunteers whose hard work ensure that opportunities to play hockey exist across Alberta.


From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Hockey Alberta established COVID-related plans for our sport based on the guidance and requirements of the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. As Hockey Alberta prepares for the 2021-22 season, our planning continues to be based on current direction from those bodies. That also means we will adapt to any new directions that may be provided if circumstances change in Alberta.


Currently, the Government of Alberta has no Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) orders that place any restrictions on sport programming. Therefore, Hockey Alberta is preparing for a 2021-22 hockey season with few to no COVID-related restrictions.


At this time, there are no limits on the number of participants on the ice, use of dressing rooms, or access for spectators (unless other requirements are in place through the municipality or facility). Tournaments can be hosted, and Hockey Alberta is planning for the return of provincial championships in March after a two-year hiatus.


In preparation for the 2021-22 season, there is a lot to be done. Here are a few reminders:

  • Member Partnership Presentation – On August 25, a Zoom presentation is being hosted to outline partnership opportunities for Hockey Alberta Members.
  • Indigenous Hockey Summit – Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Indigenous Hockey Summit will be held August 27-28 via Zoom.
  • Player Registration – All member organizations are currently open and seeking players (MHAs, Recreational Hockey organizations, Para Hockey organizations, Accredited Schools, Junior and Senior Teams).
  • Coach Certification – Clinics are being scheduled, and registration occurs, through the HCR 3.0 platform.
  • Officials Certification – Clinics are being scheduled, and registration occurs, through the HCR 3.0 platform.
  • Tournament Sanctioning – Requests for tournament sanctions are now being accepted through the Centre Ice Portal. Sanctioned tournaments are listed on the Hockey Alberta website.

Hockey Alberta is excited to be planning for the 2021-22 season. But we also want to remind everyone of the ongoing need to be safe and vigilant. Throughout the past 18 months, everyone involved with our sport has focused on the health and safety of our participants. The health and safety of our participants remains paramount.


Hockey Alberta recommends the continuation of the hygiene and sanitization processes that became second nature to us last season. Hockey Alberta is not mandating vaccinations as a requirement to play hockey. However, the Government of Alberta and the Chief Medical Officer of Health have stated the importance of all eligible Albertans getting fully vaccinated as the most effective way in protecting yourself and others.

Finally, we ask everyone to remember that current plans could change at any moment (as we learned last year and even last week with the Government announcement on August 13), based on new decisions or requirements implemented by the Government of Alberta. As changes occur, and as hockey activities are impacted, Hockey Alberta will continue to work with the hockey community and our government partners to adjust and to ensure the safety of our participants is foremost as our sport returns for the 2021-22 season and beyond.


Hockey Alberta is ready and working with our Members and stakeholders, and we will provide regular updates and reminders, as we prepare for the 2021-22 season.

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Hockey Canada Unveils Online 50/50 Draw, Presented by DynaLIFE Medical Labs, for 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship

CALGARY, Alta. – With five pre-tournament games set to face off today ahead of the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, plans have been unveiled for fans in Alberta and across Canada to be part of the event.

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Hockey Alberta Foundation, is encouraging fans to win big, give big with the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship online 50/50 draw, presented by DynaLIFE Medical Labs, during every Team Canada game day starting August 20 and including the quarterfinals, semifinals and medal-round games. Fans in Alberta can purchase tickets for a 48-hour period starting at 9 a.m. MT the day before a Team Canada game for as low as $5 by visiting HockeyCanada.ca/5050. On August 20 and 31, tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. MT only.

“Following the success of the online 50/50 draw during the IIHF World Junior Championship in December and January, Hockey Canada is once again excited to offer an online 50/50 draw during every Team Canada game day at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “As fans in Alberta tune in to watch Team Canada compete for a gold medal on home ice, they also have a chance to engage with the tournament and support the Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Alberta Foundation. When fans purchase 50/50 tickets, they are helping make hockey more by creating opportunities for girls and women to build more friendships, inspire more diversity and launch their hockey dreams.”

The winners of each 50/50 draw will take home half of the pot, while the other half will remain in the Province of Alberta and will be reinvested into grassroots hockey programs that enable more girls and women to get involved in the sport and help improve their quality of life through hockey.

In addition to the 50/50 draw, Hockey Canada also announced the Team Canada game-worn jersey auction will launch on August 26.

The online jersey auction, which runs from August 26-September 1, is an opportunity for fans across Canada to bid on game-worn jerseys of all 25 Canadian athletes wearing the Maple Leaf the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship. All game-worn jerseys can be viewed and bid on at Givergy.ca/WWCJerseyAuction, with proceeds from the auction going to the Hockey Canada Foundation to help grow the game through initiatives like Hockey is Hers, which helps provide more opportunities for girls and women in hockey.

“Young boys and girls across Canada will be inspired by the best players in the world competing for a gold medal in Calgary, and the Hockey Canada Foundation is able to help fuel that inspiration through initiatives like the game-worn jersey auction and Hockey is Hers,” said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “The auction is not only a great way for fans to own a piece of hockey history and support their favourite National Women’s Team player, but it also helps the Hockey Canada Foundation provide more opportunities for young girls and women to get involved in the game at the grassroots level.”

The 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship begins August 20 with three games, including Team Canada’s tournament-opener against Finland at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will have extensive game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament. TSN will broadcast all 31 games from WinSport Arena, as well as three pre-tournament games on August 18, while RDS will broadcast all Team Canada preliminary-round games, two quarterfinals, both semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Team Alberta U16 Male Fall Camp Invites Announced

RED DEER - Seventy-two players from across Alberta have been selected to attend the 2021 Team Alberta U16 Male Fall Camp.

The Fall Camp roster is comprised of 2006 born players, including eight goaltenders, 24 defence and 40 forwards.

Team Alberta U16 Male Fall Camp Invites

The camp will run September 17-19 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer. The Team Alberta squad that will compete at the WHL Cup will be named following the fall camp.

Players earned Fall Camp invitations through the Summer Regional Camp held August 3-8 in Red Deer. The summer camp was divided into three, two-day regional sessions where a total of 394 players participated in on-ice sessions that included game formats.

“This year has been an anomaly on many levels, including our camp process,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Male Hockey. “We opened the camp so we were able to see more talent from across the province and we are confident that the fall camp will offer a selection of competitive and skilled individuals for Team Alberta.”

The 2021 Team Alberta tryout was open to any 2006 born player from Alberta registered in a Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season.

For more information on Team Alberta, please visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:16

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

BID FOR A CHANCE TO BRING THE WORLD JUNIOR TROPHY TO YOUR COMMUNITY

Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and the World Juniors are teaming up to give your community the chance to host the World Junior Championship Trophy this fall.


APPLY NOW >


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$92,500 RAISED FOR EVERY KID EVERY COMMUNITY

Every kid in every community will have a better opportunity to hit the ice this year with the $92,500 raised at the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic presented by the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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THEO FLEURY TO JOIN KEYNOTE PANEL AT THE 2021 INDIGENOUS HOCKEY SUMMIT

Hockey Alberta and the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta of Alberta are pleased to announced the addition of Theo Fleury to the 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit.

MORE INFORMATION >


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ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS

Alberta Built Skill Camps are right around the corner and camp options are available across the province! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills with instruction from the top coaches in the province.

REGISTER FOR A CAMP >


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SCHEDULE AND ROSTER RELEASED FOR 2021 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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!

SCHEDULE > | CANADIAN ROSTER >


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Theo Fleury added to 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit panel

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta of Alberta are pleased to announced the addition of Theo Fleury to the 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit.

The summit, which runs virtually on August 27-28, features a Keynote Panel on August 27, with training sessions and clinics follow on Saturday, August 28, with three streams: MHA administration, coaches, and officials.

Fleury, a Siksika Honourary Chief and recipient of the Aboriginal Indspire Award, will join Wacey Rabbit,Wacey’s father, Marvin Yellowhorn, and Jordan Courtepatte on Friday night’s Keynote Panel, moderated by Travis Plated Hair.

A veteran of over 1,000 National Hockey League games, the Stanley Cup champion is now well-known for his work off the ice as a motivator and successful agent of change, helping and leading others down a path of healing.

Register > | Schedule > | Keynote Speaker Bios >


Note: There is no immediate charge to register for the Indigenous Hockey Summit, but there will be an eventual charge for coach and official clinics. More information will be sent out after registration is complete.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, is running this virtual summit to gather hockey leaders from around the province to continue the growth of the game in Indigenous hockey communities, and allow for networking and sharing best practices.


For more information, please contact Bryden Burrell, Coordinator, Hockey Programs at [email protected]

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Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund Returns with $1 Million to Support Return to Hockey for Young Albertans

CALGARY, Alta. – The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund and its all-star team of ambassadors are returning for a second season to give young Canadians and their families an assist with registration fees, and get them back in the game they love.

Olympic gold medallists, Alberta’s own - Jarome Iginla and Marie-Philip Poulin, and Paralympic gold medallist Greg Westlake will lead the Hockey Canada Foundation lineup of supporters as the Assist Fund looks to surpass last year’s assist total of 1,032 Canadian kids, and distribute $1 million in funding during the 2021-22 hockey season.

“The tremendous response to the launch of the Assist Fund in 2020 demonstrated the real need families have for financial support to get their kids back to hockey. It also showed the desire of sponsors, hockey fans and members of the Canadian sport community to be a part of the solution,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “We know the need will be even greater this year, and with restrictions lifting across the country, the continued support we have from our many partners and the funding we have available, we can help even more young people get back in the game.”

The Assist Fund was created last year in response to the unique and challenging circumstances Canadians faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was brought to life through the ongoing commitment of the many partners of Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation, such as BFL CANADA, BHE Canada, Chevrolet and Scotiabank, who gave assists through donations and awareness. Past sponsors are returning to lend their generous support in 2021, with Scotiabank contributing $350,000 specifically for BIPOC applicants and Chevrolet integrating the Assist Fund into its Good Deeds Cup program. The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is also welcoming new partners this year, including BDO, the Cannonball Sport & Education Fund and the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund.

“The growing support for the Assist Fund from respected brands and experienced organizations is critical to us being able to help more Canadian kids take to the ice this year,” said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “Our Foundation is committed to helping remove barriers of access to the game of hockey for Canadians, and through our partners and the many Canadians who donate to us, we are helping thousands of kids every year. We plan to make the 2021-22 hockey season our biggest success yet.”

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

About the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund allows Canadians who meet the criteria and need a financial assist to apply for up to $500 in registration fee reimbursements per player. Canadians can apply for the fund from August 1, 2021 to December 3, 2021 at HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund. To enhance the impact and support for local communities, Canadians can also donate to the Assist Fund, with 100 per cent of all donated funds reaching young Canadians (the Hockey Canada Foundation will absorb all administration costs).

Hockey Alberta Foundation

$92,500 Raised for Every Kid Every Community

RED DEER – Every kid in every community will have a better opportunity to hit the ice this year with the $92,500 raised at the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic presented by the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Golf Classic, held on July 19-20, in Canmore, included two days of golf at top-tier courses and the Every Kid Every Community reception.

“On behalf of the Hockey Alberta Foundation, we are grateful for the continued support we receive at this event,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “Thanks to our sponsors and the generous support we’ve received, we are able to provide kids in every community an opportunity to play hockey each year.”

Nine teams teed off on July 19 at Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club for Monday’s VIP Golf event. Long-time supporters from Red Deer Lock and Safe and ATB Financial, Kevin Engel, Melanee Bobyck, Paula Bodnar and their celebrity guest, Rob Brown, took home championship belts, while Kris Noble walked away with the lowest net score.

The Every Kid Every Community reception held Monday night at Cornerstone Theatre included a live and silent auction with items donated by generous supporters from across the province and all proceeds raised going directly to Every Kid Every Community program.

On July 20, 37 teams brought their A-game to Silvertip Golf Course for the annual Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic. The challenging course was once again no match for celebrity guest Rob Brown and his winning team from ATB Financial; John Windwick, Jason Collins and Brad Beebe. Theo Fleury notched the lowest celebrity net score.

Hockey Alberta Foundation Board of Directors Chair, Dennis Zukiwsky and Executive Director, Tim Leer, greeted golfers on Hole 1, where golfers could participate in the Charity Putting Challenge. Funds raised from the Putting Challenge were matched by the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, up to $10,000. For a donation, golfers could try their hand at a 54’ putt, for their chance to win $1,000. The first to sink the putt, Richard Doerkson, offered to donate the money back to split the winnings with anyone else who sunk the putt. He ended the day splitting the winnings three ways as Darcy Watwood and Mike Rogers found their way to the hole, with all three donating their winnings back.

The 2022 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic is scheduled for July 18-19, with the return of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala, to be held Sunday, July 17, making for an exciting few days in Canmore!

For more information on the Hockey Alberta Foundation or the Golf Classic, visit hockeyalbertafoundation.ca.


Monday VIP Golf:

Lowest Team Net Score

Rob Brown, Kevin Engel, Melanee Bobyck, Paula Bodnar

Lowest Net Score

Kris Noble

Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic:

Lowest Team Net Score

Rob Brown, John Windwick, Jason Collins, Brad Beebe

Second Place

Dale Nahirney, Mark Blair, Ron Czuj, Rob Hobbins

Third Place

Bud Kelly, Dustin Snider, Brennen Wowk, Desmond Bouteiller

Lowest Celebrity Score

Theo Fleury

Most Honest

Corinne Ethier, D’Arcy Hutchinson, Nate Cormier-Letcher, Jeremy Brown

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

VIP

  • 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship
  • Birchcliff Energy
  • McCaw Blasting & Drilling
  • Tide Water Midstream & Infrastructure Ltd.
  • Vada Capital
  • Red Deer Lock & Safe

Team Sponsors

  • Flames Foundation
  • Edmonton Community Foundation
  • Al Star Oilfield
  • Q2 Artificial Lift Services
  • Troubled Monk
  • Players Bench
  • Bo’s Red Deer
  • HyTech Production
  • RSM Canada
  • Silvertip Golf Resort
  • Red Deer Discount Golf

Sponsors

  • Respect Group Inc. and Murieta’s
  • WHL, Hockey Calgary, CAC Hockey Club Edmonton

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Hockey Alberta Ready for Team Alberta Summer Development Camps

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is ready to host players from across the province at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer for the 2021 Team Alberta Summer Development Camps, fuelled by Gatorade. Team Alberta camps will span from July 26 – August 15.

The Team Alberta U16 Female Skill Development Camp runs from July 26-29. Focusing on position-specific skills, each position will participate in four on-ice sessions over two days.

Following the female camp, the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp will take place August 3-8. There will be three, two-day camps broken up by region (South Region August 3-4, Central Region August 5-6 and North Region August 7-8). The camp is the first step in the identification process for the WHL Cup, slated for October of 2021. A selection camp will be held September 17-19.

The Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp is scheduled to run from August 13-15, rounding out the trio of development camps. Players will participate in three on-ice sessions and an additional goaltender session. The U18 Female Fall Camp is planned for September 24-26, where players will be identified for the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship set for November in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Registration for the U16 and U18 camps was open to players from Alberta registered in a Hockey Alberta/Hockey Canada sanctioned program in the 2020-21 season. The U16 camps feature players born in 2006, while the U18 camp was open to 2004 and 2005 born players.

Coaches will also be in Red Deer on August 20-22 to complete the National Coaching Certification Program High Performance 1 (HP1) certification. All head coaches coaching U15 AAA, U16 AAA, U18 AAA, Junior A and Canadian Sport Schools Hockey League teams must be HP1 certified.

Other Hockey Alberta camps happening throughout the province include:

  • Team Alberta Elite Development Camp, Sherwood Park – Aug. 3-6
  • Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey School – Aug. 3-6
  • Team Alberta Elite Development Camp, Calgary – Aug. 9-12
  • Summer Prep, Grande Prairie – Aug. 9-13
  • Super Skills, Calgary – Aug. 9-13
  • Checking Skills, Lloydminster – Aug. 9-12
  • Female Skills Camp, Calgary – Aug. 13-15
  • Summer Weekend Camp, Calgary – Aug. 21-22
  • Summer Weekend Camp, Calgary – Sept. 4-5

For more information on upcoming Hockey Alberta camps, visit hockeyalberta.ca.

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Seventeen Albertans selected at 2021 NHL Draft

RED DEER - It was a banner year for Alberta at the 2021 NHL Draft, with 17 Albertans drafted to 13 different teams.

After three Albertans were selected in round one of the draft on Friday night, 11 more were drafted in rounds two through seven on Saturday.

Saturday’s portion of the draft saw a pair of Albertans drafted to the teams their older brothers currently play for, as Colton Dach will join older brother Kirby with the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Colorado Avalanche selected Taylor Makar, the younger brother of defenceman Cale.

The 17 Albertans drafted hail from nine different Minor Hockey Associations, 16 are alumni of the Alberta Elite Hockey League, and nine 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

9 Dylan Guenther Arizona Coyotes Forward Edmonton Hockey Edmonton (North West Zone) KC U15 AAA Squires (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX U18 Prep (CSSHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
15 Sebastian Cossa Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Fort McMurray Fort McMurray Fort McMurray U15 AA Oil Barons (NAHL), Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
25 Corson Ceulemans Columbus Blue Jackets Defenceman Beaumont Beaumont Leduc U15 AAA Oil Kings (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)

SECOND ROUND

34 Olen Zellweger Anaheim Ducks Defence Fort Saskatchewan Fort Saskatchewan Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
35 Ryker Evans Seattle Kraken Defence Calgary Hockey Calgary (Shaw Meadows) Calgary U15 AAA Royals, CRAA U16 AAA Blue (AEHL), Regina Pats (WHL)
39 Zack Ostapchuk Ottawa Senators Forward St. Albert St. Albert St. Albert U15 AAA Sabres (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Vancouver Giants (WHL)
62 Colton Dach Chicago Blackhawks Forward Fort Saskatchewan Fort Saskatchewan Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep (CSSHL), Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

THIRD ROUND

65 Jayden Grubbe New York Rangers Forward Calgary Hockey Calgary (Bow Valley) Calgary U15 AAA Bisons, CBHA U16 AAA Rangers, Calgary U18 AAA Buffaloes (AEHL), Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
91 Taige Harding Chicago Blackhawks Defence St. Albert St. Albert Spruce Grove U15 AAA PAC Saints, St. Albert U16 AAA Flyers, St. Albert U18 AAA Raiders (AEHL), Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)

FOURTH ROUND

103 Gannon Laroque San Jose Sharks Defence Edmonton Hockey Edmonton KC U15 AAA Squires, CAC U15 AAA Canadians (AEHL), NAX Elite 15s, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Victoria Royals (WHL)
112 Talyn Boyko New York Rangers Goaltender Drumheller Drumheller Airdrie U15 AAA Xtreme (AEHL), POE U15 Prep, POE Prep (CSSHL), Tri-City Americans (WHL)
118 Kyle Masters Minnesota Wild Defence Edmonton Hockey Edmonton (South West Zone) MLAC U15 AAA (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

FIFTH ROUND

130 Sean Tschigerl Anaheim Ducks Forward Whitecourt Whitecourt OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
148 Gage Alexander Anaheim Ducks Goaltender Okotoks Okotoks Rockyview U16 AAA Raiders, Okotoks U18 AAA Oilers (AEHL), Winnipeg Ice (WHL)

SIXTH ROUND

173 Lucas Ciona Calgary Flames Forward Edmonton Hockey Edmonton SSAC U15 AAA Lions (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX Prep (CSSHL), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
176 Dru Krebs Washington Capitals Defence Okotoks Okotoks Okotoks U15 AAA Oilers, Okotoks U18 AAA Oilers (AEHL), Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

SEVENTH ROUND

220 Taylor Makar Colorado Avalanche Forward Calgary Hockey Calgary (Crowchild) Calgary U15 AAA Flames, NWCAA U16 AAA Stampeders, Calgary U18 AAA Flames (AEHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)

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Schedule Announced for 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship

CALGARY – The long-awaited quest for a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship officially begins Aug. 20 when Canada’s National Women’s Team opens up against Finland.

Hockey Canada, on behalf of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), unveiled the full 31-game tournament schedule, with all games being played at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Aug. 20-31.

The IIHF announced Calgary as the new host city for the tournament in June, marking the eighth time Canada has hosted the event.

“The excitement has been building ever since Calgary was announced as the new host of the IIHF Women’s World Championship, and this is another reason the excitement continues to build for hockey fans,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “A tremendous amount of work has gone into hosting this international tournament with the collaborative efforts of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. This tournament would also not be possible without the support of the Province of Alberta, Hockey Alberta, the City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary and WinSport, and we are grateful to be able to showcase the best women’s hockey players in the world as they compete for a gold medal.”

The 10-team tournament features Canada in Group A with Finland, Russia, Switzerland and the United States, while Group B is comprised of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Japan.

In addition to Canada’s opening-day game against Finland, it will also play Russia on Aug. 22 and Switzerland on Aug. 24 before a cross-border match with its rivals from the United States on Aug. 26 to close out the preliminary round. Canada will play all of its preliminary-round games at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will carry extensive game coverage and analysis throughout the IIHF Women’s World Championship. TSN will will broadcast all preliminary-round games, quarterfinals, semifinals and medal games in Calgary. RDS will provide coverage of all Canada games, in addition to playoff round games.

Canada has captured 10 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012), in addition to eight silver (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and one bronze (2019).

For more information from the IIHF, please visit the official tournament website at 2021.womensworlds.hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Women’s Team and the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or following along through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Three Albertans selected in first round of the 2021 NHL Draft

RED DEER - Three Albertans heard their names called and had their dreams realized during the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday evening.

The first round of the draft, which was done virtually for the second straight year, saw three athletes from Alberta drafted, including Dylan Guenther, who was the first Albertan selected when the Arizona Coyotes selected him ninth overall.

Guenther’s Edmonton Oil Kings teammate Sebastian Cossa was the next Albertan to go, and was the first goaltender off the board as the Detroit Red Wings traded up to select him 15th overall.

Brooks Bandits defenceman Corson Ceulemans was the third and final Albertan selected in the first round, going to the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 25th pick.

All three players are Alberta Elite Hockey League alumni, and also all suited up for Team Alberta (Cossa at the 2017 WHL Cup, Ceulemans and Guenther at the 2019 Canada Winter Games).

Rounds two through seven of the 2021 NHL Draft will conclude on Saturday.

Pick Player Team Position Hometown MHA Former Team(s)

FIRST ROUND

9 Dylan Guenther Arizona Coyotes Forward Edmonton Edmonton KC U15 AAA Squires (AEHL), NAX U15 Prep, NAX U18 Prep (CSSHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
15 Sebastian Cossa Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Fort McMurray Fort McMurray Fort McMurray U15 AA Oil Barons (NAHL), Fort Sask U15 AAA Rangers, Fort Sask U18 AAA Rangers (AEHL), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
25 Corson Ceulemans Columbus Blue Jackets Defenceman Beaumont Beaumont Leduc U15 AAA Oil Kings (AEHL), OHA Edmonton U15 Prep, OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL)

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Hockey Alberta to conduct U11 AA pilot project

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta will conduct a U11 AA Pilot Project in the 2021-22 season that implements an amended regional hosting structure, player movement rules, league schedule and coach and player development standards. This pilot project is based largely off of the final report and recommendations of the Non-Sanctioned Hockey Workgroup of last season.

We will be working in collaboration with the Northern Alberta Interlock League (Host League), the North East Alberta Hockey League, the All Peace Hockey League and, of course, their member MHA’s. We are looking to create a series of actionable recommendations that will be identified in time for implementation of a new, province wide, U11 model in the 2022-2023 season.

The outcome of this pilot is to identify the best overall structure for the top level of U11 and to ensure alignment and progression within the entire hockey system. The principles of Long-Term Athlete Development and Hockey Canada’s U11 Pathway will be adhered to within all recommendations. The best philosophy for developing players is to create an environment where similarly skilled players can compete together and against each other.

To make it fair and equitable for all teams within the pilot, regions have been established. These regions ensure there is an opportunity for all players that reside within the pilot areas that want to play and have the skill to play at the top level of U11, can. These regions largely follow the U13AA recruitment areas. The established regions allow for the progression of players from Tiered Minor Hockey programs, through to the host programs within this pilot.

Hockey Alberta has established a Workgroup for this U11AA Pilot Project, members include:

Brett Kelly – Hockey Alberta Staff, Innisfail, AB

Mike Applegate – Hockey Alberta Staff, Lloydminster, AB

Hudson Kelly – Hockey Alberta Staff, Red Deer, AB

Randy Mak – NAI Liaison, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Rick Nordstrom – Grande Prairie, AB

Jason Grinevitch – Bonnyville, AB


If you have any questions, please contact Brett Kelly, Manager, Officiating at [email protected]

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:15

Hockey Alberta News

GROW THE GAME: ONLINE ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

Grant MacEwan University has developed the “Grow the Game” initiative for online anti-racism resources for hockey. The goal of the project is to fill the gap around racism information, education, awareness and its impact on those in the hockey community, both on and off the ice.


ONLINE RESOURCES >


Hockey Alberta News

COMMUNITY PARTNERS INSPIRE HOCKEY FOR LIFE

With Hockey Alberta ready for Stage 3 of the Government of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, the Hockey Alberta Foundation and Every Kid Every Community has teamed up with Sports Central, Calgary Flames Sports Bank and KidSport to help eliminate the financial barriers of playing hockey.

MORE INFORMATION >


Hockey Alberta News

JOIN US FOR THE 2021 INDIGENOUS HOCKEY SUMMIT

The 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit, presented by Hockey Alberta and the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, runs virtually on August 27-28, beginning with a Keynote Panel on August 27 featuring Wacey Rabbit, his father, Marvin Yellowhorn, and Jordan Courtepatte.

REGISTER NOW >


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ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS

Alberta Built Skill Camps are filling up for August. Camp options are now available across the province! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills with instruction from the top coaches in the province.

REGISTER FOR A CAMP >


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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!

CLAYTON ANDERSON > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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Grow the Game: Online Anti-racism Resources

Grant MacEwan University has developed the “Grow the Game” initiative for online anti-racism resources for hockey. The goal of the project is to fill the gap around racism information, education, awareness and its impact on those in the hockey community, both on and off the ice.

Federally funded by the Canada Heritage Anti-Racism Program, Grow the Game was created by Alim Tharani and Irfan Chaudhry as a virtual summit in December 2020. The summit featured a diverse line-up of experts to speak on a variety of different racial experiences in hockey including: the impact, anti-racism, unconscious bias and barriers in addressing racial discrimination.

“The biggest thing that we heard from people is just having a baseline of what racism is and how it manifests in the sport of hockey; and what can be done about it,” said Chaudhry. “People don’t know where to turn or what to do and then it (racism) often times does not get addressed in a meaningful way.”

Grow the Game resources are available online. To begin the education process, there is a “Starter Kit” available with definitions, articles and videos to highlight the impact of racial discrimination in hockey. As well, the website includes recordings of the discussions at the virtual summit in December.

For more information on Grow the Game, visit growthegame.hockey or contact Tharani and Chaudhry by clicking here.

Hockey for Life

Community Partners Inspire Hockey for Life

With Hockey Alberta ready for Stage 3 of the Government of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, the Hockey Alberta Foundation and Every Kid Every Community has teamed up with Sports Central, Calgary Flames Sports Bank and KidSport to help eliminate the financial barriers of playing hockey.

Sports Central provides sports equipment at no cost to kids in need. Based out of Edmonton, the volunteers also accept gently-used equipment by donation.

Calgary Flames Sports Bank helps kids and families across southern Alberta access equipment at no cost. The organization works with KidSport Calgary to breakdown the cost of fees and equipment to ensure every child has an opportunity to play sports. The Calgary Flames Sports Bank operates with the help of volunteers and donations.

KidSport offers grants to help cover the registration costs for sport, allowing all kids to play. Grants can be applied for online and the organization welcomes donations.

Every kid in every community should have the opportunity to play hockey. Contact the partner organization in your area or Hockey Alberta.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:14

Hockey Alberta Ice Times Newsletter

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2021 INDIGENOUS HOCKEY SUMMIT

The 2021 Indigenous Hockey Summit, presented by Hockey Alberta and the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, runs virtually on August 27-28, beginning with a Keynote Panel on August 27 featuring Wacey Rabbit, his father, Marvin Yellowhorn, and Jordan Courtepatte.

REGISTER NOW >


Hockey Alberta News

HOCKEY ALBERTA IS SEEKING BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS AND MEMBER LIAISON APPLICATIONS

Hockey Alberta is seeking qualified candidates for three (3) Director at Large positions on its Board of Directors. Deadline to submit a nomination package is AUGUST 31, 2021. In addition, Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications and nominations for five (5) Member Liaison positions.


BOARD NOMINATION FORM > | MEMBER LIAISON APPLICATION >


Hockey Alberta News

WORLD JUNIORS ARE TEEING IT UP WITH THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION

The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship as the official presenting sponsor of the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic.

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HOCKEY ALBERTA AND TEAMGENIUS ANNOUNCE PLAYER EVALUATION TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP

Hockey Alberta and TeamGenius, the leading hockey player evaluation app based out of Minneapolis, MN, have entered into a partnership to improve tryouts at minor hockey associations across Alberta.


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ALBERTA BUILT SUMMER CAMPS

Alberta Built Skill Camps are filling up for August. Camp options are now available across the province! Each camp is focused on developing specific individual and team skills with instruction from the top coaches in the province.

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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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Hockey Alberta Foundation

World Juniors are teeing up with the Hockey Alberta Foundation

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship as the official presenting sponsor of the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic.

The annual event will be held July 19-21 at the prestigious Silvertip Golf Resort in Canmore and all funds raised go directly to the Every Kid Every Community program. A portion of the World Juniors commitment to the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic will be used to match funds raised on the charity donation hole – up to $10,000.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship as a presenting sponsor of the golf classic this year,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “Hosting the World Juniors two years in a row inspires kids across the province to play hockey and the foundation has the capacity to help make those dreams a reality for every kid in every community across Alberta.”

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship is set to return to Edmonton and Red Deer from Dec. 26 – Jan. 5, 2022.

“The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship is proud to support the 2021 Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic,” said Riley Wiwchar, Executive Director of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. “As part of the World Junior legacy, we want to build the game into a more welcoming and inclusive environment and engage new players into the sport, an opportunity that the foundation provides.”

The Hockey Alberta Foundation raises funds through events, such as the golf classic, to support initiatives that provide programming, enhance development and enable kids across the province to participate in hockey. Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation provide quarterly grants through the Every Kid Every Community program for player assistance or community programming.

Hockey Alberta is seeking auction items for the golf classic. If you wish to donate an item, please contact Danielle Kraichy at [email protected]. Monetary donations can be made to the Shaw Classic Birdies for Kids by clicking here. For more information on Hockey Alberta or the Hockey Alberta Foundation, visit hockeyalberta.ca. For 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship ticket information, sign up for the Fan List or contact Hockey Canada at [email protected] for further information.


About the Hockey Alberta Foundation

The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to provide EVERY KID in EVERY COMMUNITY the opportunity to play hockey in Alberta. The organization works in collaboration with partners to fund those in need, invest in those who will lead and those who came before. For more information on the Hockey Alberta Foundation visit hockeyalberta.ca or to make a donation please click here.

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Hockey Alberta and TeamGenius Announce Player Evaluation Technology Partnership

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta and TeamGenius, the leading hockey player evaluation app based out of Minneapolis, MN, have entered into a partnership to improve tryouts at minor hockey associations across Alberta.

TeamGenius solves a unique problem for minor hockey associations with its customizable hockey player evaluation platform. The platform allows staff and board members to prepare for tryouts by setting up criteria, uploading players, scheduling ice sessions, and more.

“SPMHA adopted TeamGenius three seasons ago to help streamline our player evaluation process,” said Brad Hunka, General Manager, Sherwood Park Minor Hockey. “Their software has allowed us to minimize our volunteer requirements during evaluations while increasing the speed, accuracy, integrity, and oversight of evaluation data. They’ve been a welcome addition to our evaluation process.”

Coaches use a mobile app rather than paper to evaluate players during tryouts. Scores and notes are submitted in real-time to avoid the time-consuming paper and spreadsheet transfer, and the TeamGenius analytics back-end will give coaches a deeper view into the data they need to make important roster decisions.

“Tryouts should be celebrated as the kick-off to a new hockey season for association staff, coaches, players, and parents alike,” said Chris Knutson, CEO of TeamGenius. “Our goal is to shift the old narrative that tryouts are a stressful and time-consuming event. This partnership will open the door for hockey associations looking to improve the lives of their staff and coaches, so they can further their commitment to providing a positive playing experience for all athletes.”

Board members and staff interested in learning how to improve the tryout process for this upcoming season should go to TeamGenius.com for more information.


About Hockey Alberta

Hockey Alberta is the Provincial Sports Organization and governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta, encouraging competition on both a competitive and recreational level for those who enjoy hockey for the sportsmanship, skill, and enjoyment it can provide. For more information, visit hockeyalberta.ca.

About TeamGenius

TeamGenius is the leading hockey evaluation software provider for minor hockey associations. Founded in 2015, TeamGenius serves thousands of youth athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers with an easy-to-use platform for managing tryouts, clinics, coach & player development programs. TeamGenius is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, visit http://teamgenius.com.