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Midget AAA season wrap-up | Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Provincials kick off

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League’s Midget AAA regular season has officially come to a close, and the Provincial Championships for Bantam Elite and Midget AAA kick off on Thursday and Friday.

The Midget AAA Division wrapped up its inaugural season on March 5. The regular season standings finished up with St. Albert (27-2-1) taking home the regular season crown. The final standings are as follows:

1) St. Albert Slash (81 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (55 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (36 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (35 pts)
5) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (34 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (29 pts)

St. Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan takes home the league scoring with 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points. Willan’s teammates Cassidy Maplethorpe and Tyra Meropoulis round out the top three point leaders with 46 and 45 respectively. Maplethorpe also finished the season leading the league in assists (29).

Two goaltenders tied for top save percentage of the seson, both with a .940; St. Albert’s Camryn Drever and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist (Red Deer). Drever boasts a 1.38 goals against average and a 14-3-0 record, while Sandquist appeared in 11 games, posting a 6-3-1 record with a 1.60 goals against average.

AFHL Action heated up as the race to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships kicked off last weekend. The regular season champion St. Albert received a bye into the tournament, as well as host association Rocky Mountain Raiders.

In the first round series, the third-place Calgary Fire faced off against the sixth-place Edmonton Pandas and won the two game, total point series by a score of 6-5. The other series featured the fourth-place Red Deer Chiefs and fifth-place Lloydminster in a low-scoring battle. Red Deer skated away victorious as Kaitlin Linnel scored on a rebound to seal the victory for Red Deer on Sunday afternoon.

The inaugural AFHL Midget AAA Provincial Championship will start on Friday morning, March 17 at Scott Seaman’s arena and will feature our top four teams from the regular season; (1) St. Albert, (2) Rocky Mountain Raiders, (3) Calgary, and (4) Lloydminster. If you are unable to make it Okotoks this weekend, you can still catch the games online! The live video and audio streams, as well as updates on scores will be provided on the AAA Provincial website.

The Bantam Elite Provincial Championships kick off this weekend as well in Olds March 16-19. The five-team tournament features the Calgary Fire White, Calgary Fire Red, St. Albert Raiders, Sherwood Park Royals, and Olds Grizzlys. Tournament information and scores can be found on the Bantam Elite Provincial website.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Bakke, Van Vaerenbergh named distinguished Future Leaders

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation are pleased to announce Brady Bakke and Tricia Van Vaerenbergh as distinguished Future Leaders.

Bakke and Van Vaerenbergh are among the eight post-secondary students accepted into the 2016 Future Leader Development Program, which saw them fill a role during the U16 Male & U16 Female Provincial Camps in Camrose in July 2016. Both were selected as distinguished future leaders for their leadership, professionalism, enthusiasm and willingness to give back to the game of hockey.

Bakke, a Red Deer native, is in his second year playing for Concordia University, following three years with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, and two years of Midget AAA in Red Deer.

Van Vaerenbergh, orginally from Picture Butte, is in her second year at the University of Lethbridge, and previously skated for Team Alberta’s bronze medal-winning team at the U18 Nationals in 2013.

In addition to the original $1,000 scholarship awarded to participants of the program, the two distinguished Future Leaders will each receive an additional $3,000 scholarship.


2017 Future Leaders Development Program

Applications are still being accepted for the 2017 Future Leaders Development Program. The application deadline is April 12, and the FLDP runs April 28-30 in Sylvan Lake.

Apply >

For more information on the Future Leaders Development Program, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Results

RED DEER - As Week Two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with 19 teams crowned as 2017 Provincial champions.

Sixteen tournaments ran across the province from March 22-26, while three league champions also earned provincial championship honours last week.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Lacombe Generals (Senior AAA), Edmonton NEZ Northstars (Junior C), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Minor Midget AAA), Leduc Oil Kings (Midget AAA), Edmonton Seera Icemen (Midget A), Barrhead Steelers (Midget B), La Crete Lumberjacks (Midget C), Valleyview Ice Bears (Midget D), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Female Elite), Strathcona Stars (Midget Female A), Onoway Eagles (Midget Female B), St. Albert Blades (Bantam Female A), Medicine Hat Hounds (Peewee A), Bonnyville Pontiacs (Peewee B), Beaverlodge Blades (Peewee C), Irvine Bulldogs (Peewee D), GHC White (Peewee Female A), and Stettler Storm (Peewee Female B).

In addition to the on-ice action, seven host communities hosted a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore.

The 2017 Provincial Championships tournament schedule wraps up this coming weekend with five tournaments set for March 30 - April 2: Senior AA (Wainwright), Junior B (St. Paul), Midget AA (Okotoks), Bantam AA (Olds), and Peewee AA (Edmonton). Okotoks and Olds will both host True Spirit of Hockey Days in conjunction with Provincials.

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals begin on March 31. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are set to face off in the South Division Final, while the Fort McMurray Oil Barons will have to wait for Game Seven between the Whitecourt Wolverines and Spruce Grove Saints to decide who they will face in the North Division Final.


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Junior C NEZ 5, Edmonton 2
Minor Midget AAA Lethbridge 7, CNHA 2
Midget A Seera 5, Strathmore 2
Midget BBarrhead 5, High Prairie 4
Midget CLa Crete 3, Tofield 1
Midget DValleyview 4, Eckville 0
Midget Female Elite Red Deer 4, Peace Country 1
Midget Female AStrathcona 6, Red Deer 1
Midget Female BOnoway 5, Irma 2
Bantam Female A St. Albert 2, Calgary 1
Peewee AMedicine Hat 8, Sherwood Park 2
Peewee BBonnyville 4, Drayton Valley 3
Peewee CBeaverlodge 3, Marwayne 2 (OT)
Peewee DIrvine 6, Paradise Valley 3
Peewee Female AGHC 3, Sherwood Park 2 (OT)
Peewee Female BStettler 4, Olds 3

Champions Photos >


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win series 4-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Lacombe 5, Stony Plain 1
Game Six: Lacombe 10, Stony Plain 3

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc Oil Kings win series 3-1

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Foothills 4, Leduc 3 (2OT)
Game Four: Leduc 3, Foothills 1

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatechewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Hockey Canada puts age-appropriate programming at forefront for 2017-18 season

CALGARYHockey Canada wants all of Canada on the same page when it comes to the delivery of its Initiation Program – traditionally a player’s first brush with organized hockey at the ages of five and six.

Although the Initiation Program – originally developed more than 35 years ago – always recommended cross- ice or half-ice small-area games, its delivery has varied from community to community. Beginning in the upcoming 2017-18 season, a new Hockey Canada policy now mandates that Initiation-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces.

“You would never put a five- or six-year-old child on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play basketball without any adjustments made for their size. Hockey is no different,” said Paul Carson, vice- president of membership development for Hockey Canada, who notes that while some provinces and communities already deliver cross-ice programming at the Initiation level, others have always utilized full ice for practices and games.

“The Initiation Program was developed to allow kids to have fun, learn skills, and develop confidence,” said Carson. “Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck-touches, which result in more chances to practice puck-control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill- development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility. Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The differences in skill-development opportunities with cross-ice or half-ice hockey are significant: players receive five times more passes and take six times more shots. They’re called on to have to make more decisions more quickly, and are overall more engaged in the game.

Special boards and bumpers have been developed that allow for quick and easy division of a regular-sized rink into two half-ice surfaces or three cross-ice rinks, with options to create different small-area configurations. Not only does re-sizing the playing surface allow for Initiation-aged players to develop their hockey skills more effectively, it also allows communities to maximize their ice time by safely putting more teams and games on the ice at one time.

Instruction on delivering age-appropriate programming will also be available to coaches trained in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach 1 – Intro Coach. This clinic, delivered by Hockey Canada’s 13 members, is geared towards coaches of entry-level players to provide resources that will aid in the implementation of skill-development and game play.

To ensure all members of the Alberta hockey community understand the new mandate for the Initiation Program, Hockey Alberta will be undertaking a multi-faceted communication plan that includes the following opportunities for engagement and updates:

  • May 6-7: in-person with Minor Hockey Association (MHA) presidents/executive members during SpringConference sessions held in Okotoks and Fort Saskatchewan.
  • June 17-18: in-person with Development Directors for MHAs, and Provincial Coach 1 Facilitators at the Hockey Alberta Development Seminar in Sylvan Lake.
  • September: in-person with Initiation Program Directors for MHAs (date/location TBA)
  • October-November 15: in-person as part of Coach 1 Clinic delivery (locations across the province)
  • Online at hockeyalberta.ca, where Initiation Program and development materials can be accessed by any member of the hockey community.

Resources such as the Hockey Canada Network – a best-in-class skill-development resource geared to coaches – features information on the purpose of cross-ice hockey and how to run effective on-ice sessions for the five-and six-year-old Initiation age group.

Hockey Canada has also produced a video that features renowned sport scientist Dr. Steve Norris; Olympic, World Cup, world, and Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby (Cole Harbour, N.S./Pittsburgh, NHL); Memorial Cup, World Cup, and IIHF World Championship-winning coach Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./ Carolina, NHL); and Olympic gold-medallist and two-time IIHF Women’s World Championship silver-medallist Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) describing the importance of small area games and cross-ice/half-ice hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Initiation Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Learn to play with Calgary Flames alumni!

CALGARY - An exciting opportunity awaits first-time hockey players, as the Calgary Flames’ Learn to Play program is coming to Sylvan Lake and Lethbridge.

The Learn to Play program is a six-week introductory program for kids between the ages of 4 and 8. Sessions are led by Calgary Flames alumni.

The Sylvan Lake program will be led by Curtis Glencross, while Jamie Macoun will lead the program in Lethbridge.

The program costs $175, and includes a free full set of equipment, six weeks of on-ice instruction (one icetime a week from April 29 - June 10).

Register >

For more details on the Calgary Flames Learn to Play program, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Preview

RED DEER - Sixteen new champions will be crowned this weekend, as week two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, gets underway across the province.

Provincial championships set for this weekend include: Junior C (Calgary), Minor Midget AAA (Grande Prairie - began March 22), Midget A (Strathmore), Midget B (Rocky Mountain House), Midget C (Slave Lake), Midget D (Elk Point), Midget Female Elite (Sherwood Park), Midget Female A (Edmonton), Midget Female B (High Prairie), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Peewee A (Lloydminster), Peewee B (3Cs), Peewee C (Athabasca), Peewee D (Kneehill), Peewee Female A (Calgary) and Peewee Female B (Lacoka - Lacombe/Ponoka).

Seven more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore. True Spirit of Hockey Day aims celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport.

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or onTwitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Midget Female Elite: Twitter
Peewee B:
Facebook
Peewee C:
Twitter
Peewee D: Twitter (For live streams of games in Trochu) | Facebook (For live streams of games in Three Hills)
Peewee Female B: Twitter


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
, Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7, Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. @ Lacombe
Game Six: Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Leduc 5, Foothills 4 (2OT)
Game Three: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. @ Leduc
Game Five (if necessary): Monday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. @ Foothills

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatechewan Rangers wins series 3-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Game Five: Fort Saskatchewan 2, Lethbridge 1

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Team Alberta alumni Sam Steel (centre) and Kale Clague (right) celebrate Team Alberta’s 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup win. (Photo credit: LA Media)


Albertans bring home WHL hardware

RED DEER/CALGARY – Alberta was very well-represented when the Western Hockey League announced its 2016-17 Eastern and Western Conference award winners and All-Star teams on Wednesday.

Four Albertans took home major awards:

Sam Steel (Sherwood Park), Regina Pats - Eastern Conference Player of the Year, WHL Top Scorer
Zach Sawchenko (Calgary), Moose Jaw Warriors - Eastern Conference Top Goaltender
Carter Hart (Sherwood Park), Everett Silvertips - Western Conference Top Goaltender
Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake), Swift Current Broncos – Eastern Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player

All four players were also among the eight Albertans named to the WHL’s First and Second All-Star teams:

Eastern Conference First All-Star Team:
Goaltender – Zach Sawchenko (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors
Defenceman – Kale Clague (Lloydminster, AB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Sam Steel (Sherwood Park, AB), Regina Pats
Forward – Tyler Wong (Cochrane, AB), Lethbridge Hurricanes

Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team:
Defenceman – Jake Bean (Calgary, AB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, AB), Swift Current Broncos

Western Conference First All-Star Team:
Goaltender – Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, AB), Everett Silvertips
Forward – Matthew Phillips (Calgary, AB), Victoria Royals

WHL Award Winners > | WHL All-Star Teams >


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2018 Alberta Cup coming to Spruce Grove

SPRUCE GROVE – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the City of Spruce Grove as the host of the 2018 Alberta Cup.

The Spruce Grove Agrena is the host location for the event, scheduled for April 25-28, 2018.

The Alberta Cup is a core Hockey Alberta development program, and a significant step in the identification and evaluation process for Team Alberta’s U16 Male provincial team that competes at either the U16 Western Challenge Cup or the Canada Winter Games. It is also the final opportunity for Western Hockey League scouts to evaluate players eligible for the WHL bantam draft.

On the ice, the Alberta Cup features 160 of the top bantam-aged male players in Alberta, divided into eight zone teams, playing in a four-day tournament format event. The Alberta Cup also provides coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and officials the opportunity to be identified for potential positions at higher level events such as the Western Challenge, World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games.

“Hosting an event like the Alberta Cup is a challenging undertaking. In addition to the on-ice action, there are a multitude of behind-the-scenes logistics such as accommodations, meals, travel, souvenirs, sponsorship and off-ice player preparation that need to be covered,” said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Team Alberta. “We were very impressed with the range of partners who will be involved in the event, and the thoroughness and attention to detail shown in the bid package submitted by Spruce Grove. We are confident that the 2018 Alberta Cup will be a memorable one for all participants.”

Spruce Grove’s Strategic Plan identifies that the community will become a leading recreation, leisure, and sports community, and be recognized as an event-hosting destination. The Alberta Cup will join a growing list of sporting events hosted in Spruce Grove, including curling, collegiate soccer, ringette, and junior hockey.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event in our community next year,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston. “Sports and recreation play an important role in our city and it’s always a pleasure when we are able to bring a large-scale event like the Alberta Cup to Spruce Grove. I have complete confidence that the players, coaches, spectators and everyone else who comes out to enjoy some fantastic hockey will feel right at home during their stay with us.”

The host committee will include municipal representatives, members of Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association, local businesses and other sports and not-for-profit organizations.

Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association will be coordinating volunteers for the 2018 event. Anyone interested in volunteering can email abcup2018@gmail.com.

The Town of Canmore is hosting the 2017 Alberta Cup, April 27-May 1. Zone selection camps are slated for March 24-26.

For more information on the Alberta Cup, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abcup.ca.

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Register now - Regional Leader Development Program

RED DEER - The deadline for future coaches to register for Hockey Alberta’s Regional Leader Development Program is Friday, March 24.

The Regional Leader Development Program is aimed to develop and train 1999 and 2000-born Midget level male and female hockey players in the areas of coaching, skill instruction and leadership.

The delegates will be trained and mentored on and off ice through classroom sessions that include: leadership, team building and off-ice LTPD training. Along with classroom sessions, regional leaders will work through the NCCP Coach 2 program and with leave the program with a trained status. Delegates will also receive NCCP Instructional Stream-trained status. The total value of the program is more than $400. During the 2 day RLDP all registrants will be provided with:

• Lunch both days
NCCP Coach 2 Trained Status
NCCP Instructional Stream Trained Status
• Access to the new Hockey Canada Network App
• Coaching starter kit

The program cost is $50 (plus GST), and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Each location is limited to 30 registrants.


Dates & Locations

March 25 & 26
March 25 & 26
April 1 & 2
April 8 & 9
April 8 & 9
April 8 & 9
Calgary Sylvan Lake Lethbridge Edmonton Bonnyville Grande Prairie
Register Register Register Register Register Register

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Team Alberta now accepting Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager applications

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting athletic therapist and equipment manager applications for Team Alberta’s Male and Female programs.

One athletic therapist is needed for the Team Alberta U16 team that will compete in the 2017 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, while one athletic therapist and one equipment manager is need for the Team Alberta U18 female team that will compete in the 2017 National Women’s U18 Championships.

For more information, check the application packages below:

U16 Male Application > | U18 Female Application >

The application deadline for both programs is April 5.

For more information on the Team Alberta programs, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One Results

RED DEER - Fourteen new provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, highlighting a busy first weekend of the 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

One Midget team, six Bantam teams, and seven Atom teams skated away from their respective tournaments with gold medals: St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA), Midnapore Mavericks (Bantam A), RMAA Renegades (Bantam B), CNN Spurs (Bantam C), Boyle Blazers (Bantam D), Calgary Fire White (Bantam Female Elite), Irma Aces (Bantam Female B), St. Albert Lightning (Atom AA Major), Sylvan Lake Lakers (Atom AA Minor), Drayton Valley Meter All-Stars (Atom A), Athabasca Hawks (Atom B), Provost Blades (Atom C), Smoky River (Atom D), and the Stettler Storm (Atom Female).

In addition to the on-ice action, seven host communities held a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: Athabasca, Battle River, Delburne, Fairview, Fort McMurray, Hanna, and Sherwood Park.

Provincial championships set for March 23-26 include: Junior C (Calgary), Minor Midget AAA (Grande Prairie), Midget A (Strathmore), Midget B (Rocky Mountain House), Midget C (Slave Lake), Midget D (Elk Point), Midget Female Elite (Sherwood Park), Midget Female A (Edmonton), Midget Female B (High Prairie), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Peewee A (Lloydminster), Peewee B (3Cs), Peewee C (Athabasca), Peewee D (Kneehill), Peewee Female A (Calgary) and Peewee Female B (Lacoka - Lacombe/Ponoka).

Seven more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: 3Cs, Elk Point, High Prairie, Kneehill, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, and Strathmore.


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games


Midget Female AAASt. Albert Slash 2, Rocky Mountain Raiders 1
Bantam A Midnapore Mavericks (Calgary) 5, Medicine Hat Hounds 1
Bantam B RMAA Renegades (Carstairs) 2, Lacombe Rockets 0
Bantam C CNN Spurs 3, Vermilion Tigers 0
Bantam DBoyle Blazers 5, Hanna Colts 2
Bantam Female Elite - Calgary Fire White 1, St. Albert Raiders 0
Bantam Female BIrma Aces 2, Olds Grizzlys 0
Atom AA MajorSt. Albert Lightning 6, Glenlake Hawks (Calgary) 5
Atom AA Minor Sylvan Lake 15 Lakers, Chestermere Lakers 7
Atom A Drayton Valley Meter All-Stars 5, Indus Hurricanes 2
Atom BAthabasca Hawks 6, La Crete Lumberjacks 2
Atom CProvost Blades 6, Redcliff Grizzlies 1
Atom DSmoky River Pirates 6, Clive Blackhaws 4
Atom FemaleStettler Storm 4, Okotoks Green 2

Champions Photos >


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2

Game One: Stony Plain 6 @ Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4
@ Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Stony Plain 7 @ Lacombe 4
Game Four
: Lacombe 8 @ Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Six: Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAAFoothills CFR Bisons vs Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings
Leduc leads best-of-five series 1-0

Game One: Leduc 3, Foothills 1
Game Two: Foothills @ Leduc

Game Three: Leduc @ Foothills
Game Four (if necessary): Foothills @ Leduc
Game Five (if necessary): Leduc @ Foothills

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Best-of-five series tied 2-2

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2
, Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Lethbridge 7, Fort Saskatchewan 2
Game Four: Lethbridge 2, Fort Saskatchewan 1

Game Five: Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. - Fort Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

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Former Team Alberta players and staff win National Championship

EDMONTON - Twelve former Team Alberta players and three former staff are now U Sports national champions as members of the University of Alberta Pandas.

The sixth-seeded Pandas defeated the fourth-seeded McGill Martlets in double-overtime Sunday night in Napanee, Ontario to clinch the championship.

Taylor Kezama, Cayle Dillon, Ashley Morin, Deanna Morin, Amy Boucher, Alex Poznikoff, Hanna Olenyk, Regan Wright, Abby Benning, Kirsten Chamberlin, Dayna Owen, and Kennedy Ganser have all previously played in the Team Alberta U18 Female program.

Kezama netted the double-overtime winner for the Panadas, while Poznikoff, who was recently named to the Canada West All-Star team, was named one of the tournament all-stars.

Head Coach Howie Draper, Assistant Coach Leah Copeland, and Equipment Manager Wes Nystrom were also previously involved with the Team Alberta program.


About the Team Alberta U18 Female Program

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.


Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at hockeyalberta.ca. Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One preview

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial officially kick off Thursday and Friday with 14 tournaments across the province.

Provincial championships set for March 16-19 include: Midget Female AAA (Okotoks), Bantam A (Grande Prairie), Bantam B (Springbank), Bantam C (CNN), Bantam D (Hanna), Bantam Female Elite (Olds), Bantam Female B (Leduc), Atom AA Major (Fort McMurray), Atom AA Minor (Sturgeon), Atom A (Foothills), Atom B (Fairview), Atom C (Provost), Atom D (Delburne), Atom Female (Battle River).

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or on Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials).

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Atom B - Facebook
Atom Female - Twitter
Bantam C -
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Midget Female AAA - Twitter


2017 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Game One: Stony Plain 6, Lacombe 4
Game Two: Lacombe 4,
Stony Plain 1
Game Three:
Friday, March 17, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Four
: Saturday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Five: Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe
Game Six (if necessary): Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. - Lacombe @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Thursday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 10-15 – Bouctouche, New Brunswick


Midget AAATeams, dates TBD

Telus Cup – April 24-30 – Prince George, British Columbia


Bantam AAALethbridge Val Matteoti Golden Hawks vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Fort Saskatchewan leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Fort Saskatchewan 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT)
Game Two: Fort Saskatchewan 2,
Lethbridge 1
Game Three: Saturday, March 18, 5:15 p.m. - Lethbridge @ Fort Saskatchewan
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 19, 12:15 p.m. - Lethbridge @ Fort Saskatchewan
Game Five (If necessary): Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. - Fort Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 30 - April 2 – Warman/Martensville, Saskatchewan

Hockey Alberta Foundation

Introducing the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017

RED DEER – Five outstanding individuals, and perhaps one of the most celebrated families in all of hockey comprise the 2017 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2017 inductees who will be recognized at the AHHF Awards Gala in Canmore:

  • Mel Davidson, three-time Olympic gold medalist (Head Coach, Canadian Women’s national team).
  • Bill Hay, Stanley Cup champion, and former head of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Tony Kollman, one of the most noteable senior hockey players of the 1960s
  • Perry Pearn, second-winningest coach in ACAC history, including six ACAC championships.
  • Glen Sather, former coach, general manager and president of the 5-time Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers
  • The Sutter family – Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Gary, Rich, Ron, Grace and Louis.

Inductee Bios >

We invite you to celebrate the legacy of these Alberta hockey legends on Sunday, July 23 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. For ticket information, click here.

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Communities and teams across Alberta gearing up for Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

RED DEER – Six months of regular season and tournament action, including up to six weeks of games in Zone playdowns, culminates this month, as teams prepare to “March to a title” at the 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Tournament action will determine the majority of the 2017 provincial champions. 14 titles will be awarded on March 19. March 26 will see another 16 champions crowned. The remaining five champions will be determined on April 2. Tournament champions will emerge from a weekend of round-robin pool play and playoff action in their respective tournaments.

The slate of provincial championship tournaments starts this weekend, March 16-19 in fourteen locations around Alberta.

Provincial championships set for March 16-19 include: Midget Female AAA (Okotoks), Bantam A (Grande Prairie), Bantam B (Springbank), Bantam C (CNN), Bantam D (Hanna), Bantam Female Elite (Olds), Bantam Female B (Leduc), Atom AA Major (Fort McMurray), Atom AA Minor (Sturgeon), Atom A (Foothills), Atom B (Fairview), Atom C (Provost), Atom D (Delburne), Atom Female (Battle River).

Provincial championships set for March 22/23-26 include: Junior C (Calgary), Minor Midget AAA (Grande Prairie), Midget A (Strathmore), Midget B (Rocky Mountain House), Midget C (Slave Lake), Midget D (Elk Point), Midget Female Elite (Sherwood Park), Midget Female A (Edmonton), Midget Female B (High Prairie), Bantam Female A (Edmonton), Peewee A (Lloydminster), Peewee B (3 Cs), Peewee C (Athabasca), Peewee D (Kneehill), Peewee Female A (Calgary), Peewee Female B (Lacoka).

Provincial championships set for March 30-April 2 include: Senior AA (Wainwright), Junior B (St. Paul), Midget AA (Okotoks), Bantam AA (Olds), Peewee AA (Edmonton).

Four champions will be determined via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

For schedules, arenas, host organizations, and other event-specific information, check the Hockey Alberta website at hockeyalberta.ca or the Provincial Championships website at haprovincials.ca. You can also follow Hockey Alberta on Twitter and Facebook.

Provincial championship host locations were awarded in mid-December, and in the ensuing months, organizing committees in communities across Alberta have been busy securing local sponsors, organizing opening ceremonies, confirming teams and schedules, ordering souvenirs and player gifts, arranging for accommodations, and numerous other tasks to ensure that the participating teams have a memorable experience.

In addition to the on-ice action, several communities will participate in True Spirit of Hockey Day activities in their location communities. In conjunction with the Provincial Championship tournament hosts in these communities, a local school is hosting a number of fun activities, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport. Participating communities are: 3Cs, Athabasca, Battle River, Delburne, Elk Point, Fairview, Fort McMurray, Hanna, High Prairie, Kneehill, Okotoks, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, Sherwood Park and Strathmore.

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Coach of the Month - February

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for February is Jake Rushton of Fairview.

Jake is currently the Head Coach of the Fairview Novice Bears, and has been coaching hockey for three years.

“Jake is the coach that goes beyond! He will help out in a heartbeat with equipment, booth shifts or to take five more minutes with a player struggling with a skill," said the parent who nominated Jake. "His enthusiasm and pride in his team, as well as all other teams shines in every direction of his life.”

“He (Jake) treats all the kids like his own and he’s very energetic and communicates great with the parents," said the second parent who nominated Jake. "If there is anything that any kid or even parent needs on the team he’s right there to help. He’s great at picking up on where these kids need a little extra help and making sure they reach their goals and succeed!”

“The thing I love most about coaching is the kids," said Jake. "Every child is unique in their own way. I like to stress teamwork on and off the ice whether it be in the dressing room or in their classroom.”


Tuesday, March 14 is the last day to nominate your coach as Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month! All nominated coaches will have a chance to win an NHL Coach’s Night Out prize package!

For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

The Talking Goalie poses with a group of Edmonton Oil Kings fans at the first of five stops around Alberta


The Talking Goalie raises $3,100 for EKEC

RED DEER – After a cross-province tour with stops at all five of Alberta’s Western Hockey League teams, the Talking Goalie has raised a total of $3100 for the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program.

With a donation to the EKEC program, WHL fans had the chance to take their best shot on the Talking Goalie (Rob Kerr of Sportsnet 960 The Fan), and whether they silenced him or not, walked away with a commemorative t-shirt courtesy of ATB Financial.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank the Western Hockey League, Edmonton Oil Kings, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Calgary Hitmen,Red Deer Rebels and Medicine Hat Tigers for their support, as well as all of the fans who tried to silence the Talking Goalie.


About Every Kid Every Community

The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The 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.

Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey. Hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their community. Keeping kids active in sport helps reduce childhood obesity, creates a safe and fun environment and forms friendships.

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Welcome New-to-Hockey families into YOUR Minor Hockey Association!

CALGARY - The Canadian Tire First Shift is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 application process to become a host Minor Hockey Association for The First Shift program. Minor Hockey Associations are encouraged to review the application criteria and submit an online application.

Application Forms >

The Canadian Tire First Shift Program is designed to ease kids and their families into the sport of hockey in a fun and welcoming environment. It is open to boys and girls ages 6-10 years old, who have never registered to play hockey. The registration fee is $199 for each participant and includes:

  • A Welcome Event - information, education, and an equipment fitting session
  • 6 "learn to play on-ice sessions, implemented by MHA
  • A complete set of Bauer equipment including: Helmet with facemask, neck guard, gloves, jersey & socks, shoulder & elbow pads, pants, skates, shin pads, jock/jill shorts, stick and a bag.

For more program information, visit thefirstshift.ca. Additional questions and inquiries can be sent to thefirstshift@hockeycanada.ca

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Inaugural AFHL Bantam Elite regular season comes to a close

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League’s Bantam Elite division wrapped up its inaugural season on February 26.

The Calgary Fire White (21-2-2) are taking home not South Division crown, but the league’s regular season title as well, although the Northern Division-leading St. Albert Raiders (21-3-4) gave them a run for their money.

The regular season Bantam Elite standings are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (61 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (55 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (47 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (41 pts)
5) North Central Impact (26 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (9 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (65 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (57 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (33 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (29 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (27 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (18 pts)

Olds’ Sarah Wozniewicz claimed the league scoring title, finishing with 27 goales and seven assists for 34 points. goals (23) and points (28). Calgary Red’s Emily Straw and North Central’s Chloe Reid round out the top three in points with 31 and 30, respectively.

Another Grizzly topped the regular season leaderboard, as netminder Jocelynn Pearce ended the regular season with a league-best .950 save percentage, to go allong with an 11-2-0 record and five shutouts.

The road to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, is now laid out, as the first-round playoff matchups are set. In the North Division, the St. Albert Raiders receive a first-round bye, while the North Central Impact will battle the Edmonton Pandas, and the Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm will take on the Sherwood Park Royals.

Calgary Fire White advance directly to the second round in the South, with the Rocky Mountain Raiders going head-to-head with Calgary Fire Red, and the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs up against the Lethbridge Cyclones. All playoff matchups are two game, total-goal series. The winning teams from each second round series will advance to the Provincial Championship.

Playoff Schedule >

The Midget AAA and Midget Elite schedule wraps up this weekend, with playoffs set to start the following weekend.

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Mount Royal’s Sarah Weninger, Canada West’s Student-Athlete Community Service honouree


Albertans Weninger, Ganser and Cooke take home Canada West awards

EDMONTON – Three Alberta hockey players highlight the list of 2016-17 major award winners announced today by Canada West.

University of Alberta Panda forward Kennedy Ganser is the Canada West Rookie of the Year in Women’s Hockey, while Mount Royal’s Sarah Weninger is the Student-Athlete Community Service honouree. In Men’s Hockey, University of Saskatchewan netminder Jordon Cooke was named Goalie of the Year.

Ganser, a former Team Alberta forward from Provost, led all Canada West rookies with 17 points this season, suiting up in all 28 games. Her 17 points were two more than UBC Thunderbird Mairead Bast, of Red Deer, while her seven goals were tied with Manitoba Bison Sheridan Oswald for tops among rookies. Ganser also showed her potential as a strong two-way forward, adding 84 shots and a +13 rating this season. Ganser is now the Canada West nominee for the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year.

“Kennedy has been a tremendous addition to our roster. She is the kind of player that coaches can build a program around. She has a high degree of skill and a hockey IQ to match. These abilities have made her a strong addition to all of our specialty situations,” said Howie Draper, head coach of the Pandas. “Despite her smaller stature, she competes like a giant on both sides of the puck. She is already and will continue to be a tough player to play against in the next four years of her career.”

Weninger, a fifth-year forward from Lethbridge, excelled both on and off the ice at Mount Royal. She finished tied for MRU’s scoring title this season, registering nine goals and four assists in 25 games.

Off the ice, Weninger is involved in several volunteer initiatives, including Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) program, which uses the game of hockey to teach life-skills and empower Canada’s marginalized youth. In addition to her involvement with HEROS, Weninger also attended Hockey Alberta’s Future Leaders Camp, which helps prepare coaches to play an active role in Hockey Alberta programs and within their communities.

Academically, Weninger has achieved a combined GPA of 3.66 over her last two academic semesters and is on pace to be an Academic All-Canadian this season. Weninger now moves forward as the conference nominee for the Marion Hilliard Award as the nation’s top student-athlete.

“Sarah is extremely committed to try and better those around her, whether it is in the hockey community, or life in general,” said Scott Rivett, head coach at Mount Royal. “Her relationship with HEROS is truly remarkable. Sarah has brought other players from our team out to work with them and many are continuing to build their own relationships with these kids on a weekly basis and are having a true impact in their lives. We raised over $3,000 and created an evening for these kids that most have never experienced and it was in large part to all the work that Sarah has put in.”

For a second consecutive season Jordon Cooke has been named Canada West’s top goalie, after posting a 19-4-1 record, 1.94 GAA, and .929 SV%. The Leduc native was the backbone of Saskatchewan’s tremendous campaign, which saw the Huskies claim the conference regular season title for a second straight season.

2016-17 has been a phenomenal season for Cooke, as the Leduc, Alta. product was also named to Canada’s team at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland over the holiday break. Cooke’s four shutouts this season tied the Canada West single-season record, and his seven career shutouts are the most among any active Canada West goalie.

Cooke now moves forward as the conference nominee for the U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year award, which has been won by a Canada West goalie all but once since being created in 2009-10, including last season by Cooke.

"Last year, Jordon stood out in his first full-year as our No. 1 goaltender. He helped calm a young team, leading us to the Canada West pennant," said Dave Adolph, head coach at the University of Saskatchewan. "In 2016-17, he made things look routine as our team skated to a first-place‎ finish in the regular season. He and our young defence enabled us to lead the league with a very stingy 2.11 goals GAA. He loves to play and loves the challenge. We are very fortunate to have him in a Huskie uniform.”

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1984-85 NAIT Ooks, Ryan Smyth selected for Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

RED DEER - The number of hockey teams in both the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame will grow to seven when the 1984-85 NAIT Ooks enter the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on May 26 in Red Deer.

The NAIT squad is the only team, and one of two from hockey, among the dozen inductees announced this morning in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. The 2017 inductee list includes Athletes, Builders, Pioneers, Media and Achievement personnel.

The only Alberta-based national hockey champions of the male gender to go unbeaten and untied in the regular season and post season, NAIT joins the 1947-48 Edmonton Flyers, 1950 Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys, 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs, 1952 Olympic Champion Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys, 1962-63 Edmonton Oil Kings, and 1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings as teams enshrined in both of Alberta’s Halls of Fame. The NAIT squad was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

The 1984-85 Ooks were the first varsity national hockey champions from Western Canada to have a true (or complete) perfect season with 25 wins in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season, five victories in the ACAC playoffs and three triumphs at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) National Hockey Championships in Moose Jaw. With 33 wins in 33 regular season and post season outings, the team (which still holds six conference records) has the most wins of the five men’s national hockey champions from the CCAA, U Sports, and NCAA to have a winning percentage of 1.000. They were also the first team to defeat a university team in its CIAU (now U Sports) national championship season en route to winning a CCAA National Hockey Championship.


Back Row: Bruce Watson (Manager), Brenn Leach, Ken Goodwin, Mike Spencer, Darryl Bokenfohr (Assistant Coach), Ross Kenny, Dave Simmons, Gary Leach, Scott Melnyk, Brian Stein (Communications/Public Relations)
Middle Row: Patti Dahl (Trainer), Perry Pearn (Head Coach), Dr. Bill McBride (TeamDoctor), Rick Yaschyshyn (Trainer), Don Simpson, Ron Amyotte, Hugh McCaskill, Garth Hayes, Sid Cranston, Kevin Stapleton, John Phelan (Assistant Coach), Paul St. Cyr (Assistant Coach), Wayne Perkins (Assistant Coach), Cindy Schultheiss (Trainer)
Front Row: Cleo Rowein, Murray Melnyk, Mark Schultz, Kevin Imrie, Tom Tookey, Jamie Bartman, Gary Haddon, Mike Tookey, Randy Repchuk, Jeff Lastiwka

Also a member of the 2017 induction class is former Edmonton Oiler star Ryan Smyth, who played in 1,270 games and amassed 842 points during his 19-year NHL career. He played for the Edmonton Oilers for 15 years and represented Canada internationally 12 times, playing in 78 games.

Smyth earned the nickname “Captain Canada” as he was team captain at six World Championships. He won five gold medals while wearing the Team Canada jersey including the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, when the team won the first hockey gold medal in 50 years. Smyth also won gold at the World Hockey Championships in 2003 and 2004, the World Cup of Hockey in 2004, and the World Junior Hockey Championship in 1995.

For more information on the 2017 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class, go to http://ashfm.ca/

The 2017 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Class will be announced in March.

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Alberta girls go global

Two outstanding young Albertans are on their way to take part in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Global Girls Hockey Game in Toronto.

Samantha Boutin of St. Albert and Jasmine Rodak of Calgary were selected out of more than 25 applicants to attend the international event. Two female hockey players from each province are headed to the Global Game, which will see 37 IIHF member organizations hold events across the globe this weekend.

Boutin is a 14 year-old forward with the St. Albert Bantam A Blades.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Global Girls Hockey Game in Toronto, playing in a game like this gives me the opportunity to meet with other girls from across the country to play a game that we all love,” she said. “Hopefully we can all make some amazing long-lasting friendships as we get to experience this opportunity of a lifetime. Being one of two players selected from the province is a huge honour for me and I can’t wait to represent Hockey Alberta in Toronto.”

“Hockey is my escape from the pressures that come with being a teen today... no social media, no boys, just me and my skates. There is nowhere that I am happier than on the ice with my teammates. My family, my coaches, and the community have made sacrifices for myself and others to be able to play this game.”

In addition to her hockey activities, Boutin is an active volunteer in her community. She helps out at a senior centre and her school, and also helped prepare a meal and serve it at the Mustard Seed in Edmonton.

Rodak, also 14, is currently a goaltender for the Bantam A Hawks in Calgary.

“I am very excited to be a part of the second annual Global Game,” she said. “Hockey to me isn’t just a game, it’s about making lifelong friendships and having fun. Some of my strongest friendships have been made in my early years of Novice and Atom hockey and have continued into Bantam girls hockey. I’ve been so lucky to be playing with such amazing teammates and coaches who have helped me grow and develop my hockey game and life in general. I can’t wait for the amazing experiences and many lifelong memories that I will make at the Global Game 2017.”


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Rodak also believes in giving back to the community, volunteering as a Goalie Mentor for two female goalies in the Crowfoot association in Calgary.


About the Global Game

The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation, is hosting the Global Game February 18-19 in Toronto. The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on Saturday and will be played in 28 different countries before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment of the game. A cumulative score is kept across all 28 countries between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after the Canadian portion of the game. The goal this game is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

Two teams comprised of participants from across Canada will compete for Team White and Team Blue in the Canadian portion of the Global Game. Alberta selected two players - one forward and one goaltender - to represent the province at this event. Participants spend the weekend in Toronto participating in skills clinics, listening to guest speakers, visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as participating in the main event, the Global Game.


Hockey Alberta is proud to unveil a new section at hockeyalberta.ca. Home Ice Feature stories will focus on interesting stories about the individuals and groups who make a difference within the hockey community in Alberta. If you have a suggestion for a Home Ice Feature story, email info@hockeyalberta.ca.

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Team Alberta announces U16 and U18 Head Coaches

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the appointment of Spiros Anastas and Craig Perrett as the Head Coaches of Team Alberta for the 2017U16 Male and U18 Female Programs.

Anastas comes into the head coach position for Team Alberta’s U16 team after winning gold last year at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup as an assistant coach. He’s served as the Head Coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS) since 2014, having previously spent time as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, and with Western Michigan University and Lebanon Valley College. At the international level, Anastas won gold medals With South Korea at the 2015 IIHF World Championships as the Assistant Coach of the Division I, Group B Men’s National Team, and as the Head Coach of the Division II, Group A Korean U18 team.

Perrett is currently an Assistant Coach with the Mount Royal Cougars Women’s hockey team, and returns to Team Alberta after serving as an Assistant Coach on Team Alberta’s gold medal-winning U16 team in 2015. Perrett has spent many years with the Team Alberta program in various roles, most recently serving as a Coach Mentor at the Alberta Cup and Alberta Winter Games, and will mentor once again at the upcoming Alberta Challenge.

“We’re looking forward to having both Spiros and Craig back with the Team Alberta program,” said Mike Kraichy, manager of Team Alberta. “Both coaches are coming off gold medals in their respective years, and we’re excited to see how they will build off those successes.”

The U16 Male Program is the third stage of the development and identification process to select a roster for Team Alberta to compete at either the U16 Western Challenge or the Canada Winter Games. The Games are held every four years, with the next event set for 2019 in Red Deer. Players in the U16 Male program will be challenging for the opportunity to compete on one of the three teams that represent Canada each year at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.

Hockey Alberta Foundation

McLennan, Brown, Strudwick headline EKEC Speaker Series in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE – The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to announce the next installment in the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series, set for Saturday, May 13 in Lethbridge, featuring Jamie McLennan, Rob Brown and Jason Strudwick.

The lunch event is in support of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program and the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, and will run in conjunction with the Peewee Prospects Cup.

Tickets are $65 each, or $475 for a table of 8. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For sponsorship details, click here.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation and Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association would like to thank ATB Investor Services for sponsoring the EKEC Speaker Series, as well as the Guest Speaker Sponsor, ATB Financial.

For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact Tracey Carlson with LHMA at 403-320-0745 or email lmhaprom@telus.net.


Presenter Bios:

Jamie McLennan

The EKEC Speaker Series is a homecoming of sorts for McLennan, who spent three seasons in net for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. He went on to play professional hockey for 17 years, including 12 in the NHL for the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, and Florida Panthers.

Following his retirement from the NHL, McLennan was named as the director of goaltender development and a professional scout for the Calgary Flames, and later spent time as a Flames Assistant Coach. He’s since turned his attention to his broadcasting career, serving as a full-time Analyst on TSN and a co-host on TSN Radio 1050’s Overdrive, and is a colour commentator for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, while also lending his time to the NHL Network and The Hockey News.


Rob Brown

After highly-successful four year career in the WHL with Kamloops, Brown played professional hockey from 1987-2003, 11 of those in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.

His career highlights include setting the WHL records for assists (136) and points (212) in a season, which led to a WHL MVP award, WHL Top Scorer Award, the inaugural WHL Plus-Minus Award, and the CHL Player of the Year award. The following year, Brown won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1988 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Brown can now be heard on 630 CHED as an analyst for the Edmonton Oilers, or on Oilers pay-per-view as the colour commentator.


Jason Strudwick

Another former Kamloops Blazer, Strudwick’s 18 year playing career saw him play 14 seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, and his hometown Edmonton Oilers. After retiring from professional hockey, Strudwick found his calling as a broadcaster. He’s a frequent contributor on TSN 1260 in Edmonton, in addition to co-hosting Dinner Television on City TV Edmonton.

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Coach of the Month - January

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for January is Joe Bouvier of Clive.

In addition to serving as the Head Coach of the Clive Atom team, Joe is the Assistant Coach of Clive’s Novice and Initiation teams, to go along with his duties as the Vice President and Coach Mentor of the Clive Minor Hockey Association.

Joe has a long history as a player and a coach. Growing up, Joe played minor hockey in Central Alberta and went on to play in the WHL in Saskatchewan. He then moved to New Brunswick for University, where he played CIS hockey. Shortly after University, he moved to Austria to play professional hockey. Joe has been coaching for a total of twelve years at all levels across Canada.

“Joe has a passion for hockey, a skill set for teaching, knowledge of the game, and the skills to demonstrate and understand the process of making kids love and learn the game, and maybe most importantly, Joe believes there is a place in hockey for all kids,” said a fellow coach, who nominated Joe for the award. “He (Joe) is always available for our association’s coaches to ask him questions. And, he understands the game and the kids so well that he can give good guidance to all our coaches on a daily basis. Once a month, he goes on the ice with each of our teams and mentors the coaches by running a skills and drills practice. This gives the coaches age appropriate drills and explanations why to do these drills, as well as what to look for to correct and develop each child. Joe has been a huge role model for all of our players and has helped our Clive kids reach their full potential.”


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, click here.

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Hockey Alberta unveils provincial Goaltender Development Plan

RED DEER – The goaltender position has evolved dramatically over the past few decades.

Not only has the equipment changed and improved, so has the coaching, mechanics and mental training associated with the position.

In order to ensure that Alberta’s goaltenders, and their coaches, are properly equipped for the best performance possible in this specialized position, Hockey Alberta has developed a new Provincial Goaltender Development Plan.

“The goaltender position is a unique one in the sport of hockey. In working with coaches and athletes across the province, we have identified the need to better support the overall training and development of goaltenders,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Management of Development. “Hockey Alberta’s new goaltender development plan focuses on ensuring goalies at all levels have the chance to enjoy the position and the game of hockey to the fullest.”

The Goaltender Development Plan has a multi-pronged approach. One focal point is on developing the knowledge and expertise of coaches, both regionally and within individual associations. The other prong involves providing goaltenders with specialized training opportunities, where they can work with other goalies as well as some of the most experienced goaltender coaches in the province.

The initial stages of the plan are being implemented over the next few months, in preparation for full operation starting in September for the 2017-18 season.

The first step is to identify and recruit six Goaltender Coach Leads who will be strategically located around the province and work as part of Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network. Each Regional Goalie Lead will provide leadership and support to minor hockey associations and Regional Centre Consultants in implementing Hockey Alberta’s Goaltending Development Plan throughout their region.

The position outline and application instructions for the Regional Goaltender Lead positions are available on the Hockey Alberta website. Deadline for applications is February 22.

Regional Goaltender Lead Application >

“The Regional Goalie Leads will be the keys to the success of the Goaltender Development Plan,” said Matt Weninger, Regional Centre South Consultant, and a former Junior A and NCAA goaltender. “The Leads will coordinate support to our minor hockey associations, educating coaches, planning practices and camps, supporting MHAs with their goalie evaluation process, and mentoring coaches.”

In addition to selecting the Regional Leads, a number of training weekends are already scheduled for goaltenders, coaches, and development directors.

For goalies, three goaltender camps have been organized - two open to any 2000-2007 born goaltender, and one targeted at elite level goalies:

  • South: May 27-28, Cochrane (led by World Pro Goaltending); Register >
  • North: June 3-4, Edmonton (led by ATC Goaltending); Register >
  • Elite: June 24-25, Sylvan Lake (led by industry experts). Application forms from interested AAA, AA and Female Elite goaltenders will be reviewed, and 18 male and 18 female goalies to participate. Apply >

The big event for coaches and development directors will be June 17-18 at Sylvan Lake, Each Local Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) in Alberta will be able to nominate an individual to attend the Goalie Coach Training Seminar. As well, LMHA development directors will receive training on building a goalie development plan for their own organization. More details on both segments of the Sylvan Lake event will be available in March.

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AFHL January wrap-up

RED DEER – The first month of 2017 has come to a close in the Alberta Female Hockey League, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA) still in the lead, while the Sherwood Park Fury (Midget Elite), and St. Albert Raiders (Bantam Elite) have moved to the top of their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

At the end of January, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (57 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (42 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (28 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (24 pts)
6) Calgary Fire (21 pts)

St Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan continues to lead all skaters in goals (17), assists (18) and points (35), with her teammates Cassidy Maplethorpe and Tyra Meropoulis right behind her in total points with 31 and 28, respectively.

Four goaltenders sit tied atop the league with a save percentage of .940; St. Albert’s Brianna Sank, Calgary’s Katie Crowther, Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee. Sank boosts the top goals against average with 1.31 and three shutouts on the season while her counterpart in St Albert, Camryn Drever, leads the way with 11 wins.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

Things still remain tight in the hunt for the Midget Elite regular season title as three points separate the top three teams in the South. The Midget Elite standings at the end of January are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (46 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (42 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (25 pts)
4) St. Albert Sharks (19 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (42 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (41 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (39 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (27 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)

Red Deer’s Danica Polson leads all skaters in points (22) and goals (17) as January comes to a close, while Calgary Fire White’s Sydeny Spicer holds the lead in assists with 11.

Red Deer’s Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues to lead the way for goaltenders with a .75 goals against average, while also boasting a .960 save percentage and seven wins on the season. Sherwood Park’s Sara McNamara also sports a .960 save percentage and sits tied with Thompson for the league lead, while Peace Country’s Paige Jassman continues to lead in wins and shutouts, with 12 and six, respectively

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

The inaugural AFHL All Star Game was hosted in Penhold, Alberta on January 14, 2017. A full recap and list of participants can be seen here.


Bantam Elite

The Bantam Elite standings heading into February are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (50 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (43 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (39 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (27 pts)
5) North Central Impact (22 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (45 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (42 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (24 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (20 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (16 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (13 pts)

OldsSarah Wozniewicz heads into February the league-leader in goals (23) and points (28). Sherwood Parks’ Vanessa Verbitsky is not far behind with 25 points, and leads the league with 15 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett and OldsJocelynn Pearce continue to lead the way with 0.960 save percentages and .68 and .89 goals against averages, respectively. Borrett’s counterpart in St. Albert, Elle Boyko, remains the league-leader wins with seven.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

The inaugural AFHL All Star Game was hosted in Strathmore, Alberta on January 14, 2017. A full recap and list of participants can be seen here.


Outside of the rink, many of our AFHL Teams participated in the inaugural Alberta Hockey Day. The focus and theme was on the introduction, development and celebration of female hockey. Thank you to our AFHL members Calgary, Lloydminster and Leduc (North Central) for participating and helping spread the message of #WhyWePlay.

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Register Now: Spring Development Program - Calgary

RED DEER - Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Alberta, is pleased to announce the registration for the 2017 Spring Development Program. This program is available for Initiation through to Midget-aged hockey players.

This ten week program will run in Calgary, at the Winsport complex, and at Great Plains Arena, from April 3rd until June 11th (dates subject to change).

This Spring Development Program is a multisport training and hockey skill development program. Each on-ice session is paired with an off-ice athletic development session. Multisport training includes: basketball, lacrosse, floorball, soccer, football, physical literacy, and more.

Athletes will receive:

  • 16-20 on-ice skill development sessions run by Hockey Canada trained instructors
  • 16-20 off-ice athletic development sessions
  • 4-6 game ice times (scrimmages)
  • 1 on-ice tournament with the option to participate in a second tournament as well

Register:

INITIATION

Cost: $600

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NOVICE

Cost: $900

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ATOM

Cost: $1,000

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PEEWEE

Cost: $1,100

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BANTAM

Cost: $1,200

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MIDGET

Cost: $1,200

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*Please note - there are fewer sessions for initiation age group players.

All on-ice skill sessions are individual skill based. Efforts will be made to group players of similar skill sets into the same sessions to promote optimal player growth and foster teaching opportunities. Goaltender specific instruction/mentorship is included in every session.


For questions and more information, or if you are interested in registering a large group or team for this program, please contact Ross Maclean at Hockey Canada (403-777-3615).

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Photo Credit: RJF Productions, Medicine Hat


WHL Game Day Speaker Series - Medicine Hat Tigers

MEDICINE HAT - Hockey Alberta is proud to partner with the Western Hockey League to present another installment of the WHL Game Day Speaker Series with the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, February 15.

This seminar is open to all local minor hockey coaches registered with Hockey Alberta. The seminar will allow for coaches to attend a Medicine Hat Tigers home game, where participants will get a behind-the-scenes experience to talk and learn from WHL coaches. With both practical and theoretical learning experiences, this is a great educational opportunity for coaches.

The seminar costs $50 per coach, and includes:

  • Tigers game ticket
  • One drink voucher
  • Pre-game appetizers
  • Souvenir Medicine Hat Tigers hat
  • Coach resource package from Hockey Alberta

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The seminar takes place at the home of the Tigers, the Canalta Centre, and feature a pre-game presentation from Hockey Alberta, a visit from Victoria Royals’ Head Coach, Dave Lowry, a ticket to watch the Tigers game, and a Q&A session after the game with members of the Medicine Hat Tigers coaching staff.

The seminar has a maximum capacity of 30 participants, and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


Date: Wednesday, February 15 vs Victoria
Visiting team presenter: Dave Lowry, Royals Head Coach


Coach Bios

Shaun Clouston

Shaun is in his 14th season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He has been the Head Coach for seven seasons, and the General Manager for five seasons.

He has also been the Assistant Coach for Team Canada’s U18 squad at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament, and was the Head Coach for Team Canada at the U18 World Championships.

Dave Lowry

Dave has been the Head Coach of the Victoria Royals for the past 5 seasons. Last season, Dave won the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as the WHL Coach of the Year. He was also the Head Coach of Team Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championships and was an assistant at the 2015 World Junior Championships (winning gold).

Prior to his coaching career Dave played in 1084 NHL games with Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose and Calgary.


For more information, please contact Matt Weninger, Consultant, Regional Centre South

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Photo credit: Cathy Wolters


Midget Elite South, Bantam Elite North win inaugural AFHL All-Star Games

RED DEER/STRATHMORE – The inaugural Alberta Female Hockey League All-Star celebrations were a huge success, with the Midget Elite South and Bantam Elite North teams coming out on top in their respective games.


In the Midget Elite All-Star game, which was hosted in Red Deer, the South team used a three-goal second period to defeat the North team 5-1, with five different players (Shaelynne Bilodeau, Paige Koochin, Rebecca Toney, Brooklyn Palmer and Hannah Chase) lighting the lamp for the South. Payden Bialowas scored the lone marker for the North.

Gabriella Durante, Jenna Patrician and Jayda Thompson each spent a period in goal for the South, while Natasha Borrett, Rebecca Bridge and Sara McNamara shared duties for the North.

AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Rosters >


In Strathmore for the Bantam Elite All-Star Game, the North edged the South in an exciting 1-0 contest. Justine Brady scored the lone goal of the game for the North, with Holly Borett, Elle Boyko and Molly Mitchell all combining for the shutout win. Jessica Flegel and Jocelynn Pearce split time in goal for the South.

AFHL Bantam Elite All-Star Rosters >


Click below for photos from the AFHL All-Star Games:

Photo Gallery >

The Alberta Female Hockey League would like to thank all the parents, players and coaches for making the AFHL All-Star games such a success. The AFHL would also like to thank all of the event sponsors: ATB Financial Strathmore, Canadian Tire, Longball Inc, Stantec, and Looker Office Furniture.