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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as declared in June by the Government of Canada.

According to the Government of Canada website, the day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

“For me, the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, it’s important for Indigenous people as it honours the stolen children that never came home and survivors of residential schools,” said Jordan Courtepatte, President of Enoch Cree Hockey Association. “It also uncovers the dark history of the Canadian government’s treatment of Indigenous people and the atrocities the kids faced while attending the residential schools.”

In May, 215 unmarked graves of Indigenous children were recovered in Kamloops, BC, at the site of a residential school. Since then, hundreds more have been uncovered across Canada. The National Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimates there are thousands yet to be found.

According to a CBC article more than 150,000 First Nation, Metis and Inuit children were forced to attend church-run, government-funded schools between the 1870s and 1997. Children were removed from their families and culture and forced to learn English, embrace Christianity and adopt the customs of the country’s white majority. Survivors often do not talk about their experience at the residential schools due to the physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse they suffered during their time at the schools.

“My Kookum, which is my grandmother, she was in residential school and that had a negative impact on my family. My Dad and all my uncles and aunties, they grew up in day school, foster care and eventually a lot of them were incarcerated, and that played a big impact in my life,” said Courtepatte. “We struggled coming up, but luckily my mother is a great mother and she helped break the cycle for my brother and I. Now we’ve broken the cycle for our kids and we hope to continue that and try to help build a better place for our kids to live in.”

First Nations Elders call September “the crying month” as that was when children would be taken from their homes. Orange Shirt Day – recognized on September 30 each year - is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC in May 2013. As part of the event, Phyllis Webstad told her story about being given a beautiful orange shirt by her grandmother for her first day of residential school. That shirt was taken away from her on her first day and never returned.

Through the power of social media, Orange Shirt Day has grown to be a national movement. This year, it will coincide with National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

“The National Truth and Reconciliation Day is important for everyone. It shows that action is taking place, the building of trust between Indigenous people. It also helps build the relationship between Indigenous people by bringing the dark history to light and creating an open dialogue of conversations that need to happen,” said Courtepatte. “I feel I have an obligation to my kids, and one day their kids, to help create a positive environment for them to live in. We all live in this country together and it’s going to take a collective effort to help make this place better for the present and future for all of us.”

Many members of the Alberta hockey community have their own residential school experience and orange shirt story to tell.

Today, we wear orange to remember the lost children and recognize the survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, acknowledge the truth of the dark history associated with residential schools, and begin conversations of reconciliation.

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Notice of 2021 Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors Nominations Update

Hockey Alberta is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, November 25. The meeting will be held virtually, using Zoom, starting at 7:00 PM (MST). This bulletin outlines the meeting details, provides an update on the Nominations process and the Notice of Motion that will be presented during the meeting. Please note that Hockey Alberta’s Audited Financial Statements and the complete Annual Meeting Package will be posted approximately two weeks prior to the meeting date.


Please refer to Information Bulletin 21-04 for updates pertaining to the AGM, including voting details, nominations update as well as a notice of motion.

Info Bulletin 21:04 >

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Alberta takes silver at 2021 WHL Cup

RED DEER - Another Team Alberta comeback fell just short on Sunday, as Team BC took gold at the 2021 WHL Cup with a 5-2 win.

After a scoreless opening period, BC got on the board first just over a minute into the second period, before Gavin Garland evened things up with his third of the tournament five minutes later.

BC would score again late in the second, and took a 2-1 lead into the third after netminder Jesse Sanche stopped Alberta forward Zane Saab on a penalty shot.

Five minutes into the third, BC took a 3-1 lead, but Alberta made it a one goal game once again as Garrett Thom scored on a short-handed breakaway with just over five minutes to go in regulation.

BC shut the door from there, and scored two empty-net goals to take it 5-2.

Netminder Madden Mulawka stood tall in goal for Team Alberta, stopping 32 of 35 shots, while his counterpart Sanche made 30 saves for the win.

Mulawka was named Alberta’s Player of the Game for the second straight day, while defenceman Keith McInnis was named a WHL Cup All-Star for his efforts throughout the tournament.

Boxscore > | Roster > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Game Four Recap >

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Alberta to play for gold at the WHL Cup

RED DEER - Team Alberta punched its ticket to the 2021 WHL Cup finals with a 2-0 win over Manitoba on Saturday afternoon.

Gavin Garland opened the scoring halfway through the first, and Alberta took a 2-0 lead in the latter half of the second period as Coy Pighin fired home his first goal of the tournament.

From there, netminder Madden Mulawka, in his second start, shut the door, earning the shutout win with 24 saves. For his efforts, he was named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Alberta draws BC in the gold medal game, who defeated Saskatchewan 9-2 on Saturday morning. Despite coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period, Alberta fell 5-4 in overtime to BC when the two teams met on Friday during round-robin play.

Manitoba will face Saskatchewan Sunday at 10am in the bronze medal game, while Alberta and BC square off at 1pm. Both games are at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, and are free to attend. (COVID-19 protocals will be in place for all attendees).

Boxscore > | Roster > | Schedule > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap >

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Alberta falls 5-4 to BC in overtime

RED DEER - Team Alberta came up just short of a second-straight comeback on Friday, falling 5-4 to BC in overtime to wrap up round-robin play at the WHL Cup.

BC opened the scoring just three minutes into the game, but Brock Souch evened things up just five minutes later with his second of the tournament.

After two more BC goals in the first period, and another in the second, Alberta once again found itself heading into the third period faceing a big deficit.

Alberta took advantage of a trio of BC penalties in the third, as Zane Saab’s fourth goal in three games cut the lead to two, before Keith McInnis scored his second goal in as many games minutes later to make it a 4-3 game. Then with just over four minutes left in the game, Saab scored yet again on the power play to tie things up and force overtime.

Despite Alberta’s furious comeback, BC managed to preserve the win, as Oliver Josephson scored with 1:24 left in the extra frame.

In his second straight start, netminder Christian Francis stopped 23 of 28 shots he faced, while McInnis earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

With the overtime loss, Alberta (2-0-1) wrapped up round-robin play in second place, while BC (3-0-0) took first. Alberta will face the Manitoba (1-2-0) in the second semi-final matchup on Saturday afternoon, which will go at 3pm at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Boxscore > | Roster > | Schedule > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap >

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Hockey Canada Event Vaccination Policy

Earlier today, Hockey Canada announced it is implementing a COVID-19 Vaccination policy.

Hockey Canada’s policy (hockeycanada.ca) mandates vaccination by all participants in national and international events hosted In Canada. While Hockey Canada strongly recommends vaccination for all participants in Hockey Canada sanctioned activities within its provincial branches, the policy does not mandate COVID-19 vaccination.

For sanctioned hockey activities in Alberta, nothing is changing. As outlined in the most recent update to Hockey Alberta’s Season Plan, Hockey Alberta and its member organizations are operating based on the COVID-19 mandates of the Government of Alberta, current CMOH Public Health Orders, and the provisions of the Restrictions Exemption Program (where applicable).

Hockey Alberta continues to support the recommendation by the Government of Alberta and the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health that everyone who is eligible should receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Details on Hockey Alberta’s Season Plan for 2021-22 can be found at www.hockeyalberta.ca.


For more information, please contact:

Hockey Alberta

[email protected]

403-342-6777

Alert 21-03: Hockey Canada event vaccination policy >

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Alberta earns 5-4 overtime win over Saskatchewan

RED DEER - Team Alberta scores five straight goals en route to a 5-4 overtime win against Saskatchewan Thursday night.

Following an 8-2 loss to BC on Wednesday, Saskatchewan came out of the gate hard against Alberta, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of the game, and then again in the final seconds of the first period, and opening seconds of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

Brock Souch put Alberta on the board just minutes later on the powerplay, and Gavin Garland added another second period tally to cut Saskatchewan’s lead to two heading into the third.

With Saskatchewan serving a double-minor, Keith McInnis scored from the point to make it a one goal game, and Zane Saab scored his third of the tournament short-handed to send the game to three-on-three overtime, where Marek Howell capped off the comeback for Alberta.

In his first start of the tournament, Christian Francis stopped 17 of 21 shots for the win, while Tristen Doyle (1a) earned Player of the Game honours.

Team Alberta (2-0-0) wraps up round-robin play on Friday afternoon against BC (2-0-0), who shut-out Manitoba (0-2-0) by a score of 5-0 earlier on Thursday. Game time is 12:30pm at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, while Manitoba and Saskatchewan (0-1-1) square off at 3:15pm at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Boxscore > | Roster > | Schedule > | Game One Recap >

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Alberta defeats Manitoba 6-2

RED DEER - Team Alberta opened up the 2021 WHL Cup with a 6-2 win over Team Manitoba Wednesday night.

Alberta got off to a quick start with goals from Garrett Thom and Zane Saab in the first three minutes, with Captain Caleb Hadland adding another marker late in the first.

After a scoreless second period, Manitoba rebounded with a pair of goals early in the third, before Alberta responded with three straight goals from Saab, Thom, and Finn McLaughlin to seal the 6-2 win.

With a pair of goals and an assist, Saab was named Alberta’s player of the game. Forward Nathan Free also notched three points for Alberta with a three assist game.

Netminder Madden Mulawka made 16 saves for the win, while Alberta fired 29 shots Manitoba’s way.

Alberta is back at it Thursday night against Team Saskatchewan (0-1) at 7:00pm at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer.

Boxscore > | Roster > | Schedule >

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15 Albertans Crack the NHL Central Scouting "Players to Watch" List

RED DEER - NHL Central Scouting has released its October "Players to Watch" list, with 15 Albertans making an appearance.

One Albertan skater is listed an "A" prospect; forward Matt Savoie.

Albertan forwards, Josh Davies and Rieger Lorenz and one defenceman, Kent Anderson crack the list in the "B" prospect category, with 11 more listed as "C" prospects.

The "A" rating indicates a first round candidate, a "B" rating indicates a second or third round candidate, and a "C" rating indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate.

The full list of Albertans named to the Players to Watch list can be found below:

Name Position Team League
A Prospects
Matt Savoie Forward Winnipeg Ice WHL
B Prospects
Kent Anderson Defence Green Bay Gamblers USHL
Josh Davies Forward Swift Current Broncos WHL
Rieger Lorenz Forward Okotoks Oilers AJHL
C Prospects
Cale Ashcroft Defence Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
Keaton Dowhaniuk Defence Prince George Cougars WHL
Jagger Firkus Forward Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
Jordan Gustafson Forward Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
Ben Hemmerling Forward Everett Silvertips WHL
Dylan James Forward Sioux City USHL
Marcus Nguyen Forward Portland Winterhawks WHL
Reid Schaefer Forward Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
Bowden Singleton Forward Okotoks Oilers AJHL
Kai Uchacz Forward Red Deer Rebels WHL
Charlie Wright Defence Saskatoon Blades WHL

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Fifteen: The WHL Cup

Episode Fifteen of the Centre Ice Podcast is focused around the 2021 WHL Cup, which runs Oct 20-24 in Red Deer, with Team Alberta U16 Male set to battle BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The Western Hockey League’s Senior Manager, Hockey Operations Greg Thomson joins us to discuss what the WHL Cup is all about, and Winnipeg Ice forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Connor McClennon shares his experience at the event with Team Alberta back in 2017.

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Episode Links: 2021 WHL Cup > | Team Alberta U16 Male Roster > | 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship Announcement > | Team Alberta U18 Female Roster Announcement > | Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup Team Staff Applications > | EOCF Commits $1.5 million to Hockey Alberta Foundation > | 2021 Hockey Alberta Life Members Announcement > | Elite Coach Development Series >

More Episodes >


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

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20 Players Lacing up for the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta has named the 20-player roster that will sport the Team Alberta colours at the inaugural 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, November 1-6.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

The roster features 10 players who competed at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games and nine players who dressed for the 2019 Alberta Challenge.

It has been a very interesting and challenging 2021 U18 Team Alberta experience for players, parents and staff. The ability for everyone involved to pivot throughout the process leads me to believe we have a very resilient bunch heading into a western competition,” said Team Alberta U18 Head Coach, Barry Medori. “I am proud of all participants from the first camp to the final selections. All athletes made coming up with a final list of 20 athletes to represent Alberta extremely difficult.”

The selection process was different this year. In August, Hockey Alberta welcomed 136 players to Red Deer for the Summer Selection Camp. Over the course of three days, the players were evaluated with 36 invitations extended to the Fall Camp from which the 20-player roster was selected.

We are preparing to make Alberta proud with our team a few short weeks away from competing for a championship. I am excited to see what we can achieve with this group of amazing athletes, training staff and coaches,” said Medori.

Medori will be joined on the bench by assistant coaches Shanya Shwetz and Chris Leeming. Rounding out the team’s staff are Annette Jensen (Video Coach), Marlène Boissonnault (Goalie Coach), and Kendall Newell (Director of Operations).

Twelve Minor Hockey Associations are represented on the team, including: Airdrie, Beaumont, Calgary, Calmar, Chestermere, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Mundare, Red Deer, Sherwood Park, St. Albert and Strathcona. Eleven team members are competing in the AFHL this season.

Team Alberta will compete against teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. at the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship. A three-game round robin will be played, followed by semi-finals with teams advancing to either the Bronze or Gold Medal final. A schedule and ticket information will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information on Team Alberta and the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship, visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MAN. - Hockey Manitoba, Hockey Saskatchewan, Hockey Alberta and BC Hockey are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship, November 1-6 at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Following the cancellation of the 2021 National Women’s U18 Championship, which is a key part of the development process for Canada’s high performance U18 female athletes, Hockey Canada’s four western provincial hockey branches agreed it was important to hold an event for these athletes. The goal of this event is to provide an elite development opportunity while also furthering the development of female hockey in Western Canada.

Planning and coordination has been a collaboration between the western branches, with welcomed support, guidance, and funding from Hockey Canada.

The 2021 Western Regional Women’s U18 Championship is a four-team tournament consisting of:

  • A three-game round robin;
  • Semi-finals;
  • Bronze Medal game;
  • Gold Medal game.

Competition commences on November 1 with all games being played at Stride Place - the home of the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and host to the RBC Cup in 2015. Games will be open to the public based on the most recent public health orders with admission being charged at the gate.

Schedule and event information will be available soon on each of the western branch websites.

The Female Program of Excellence is designed to provide high performance female players with the opportunity to develop advanced skills as well as an introduction to the concepts needed to play at an elite level. Players from the Program of Excellence go on to play at the CIS, NCAA, and international level.

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:20

October 14, 2021


APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2022 ALBERTA CUP, CHALLENGE & PROSPECTS COACHES AND TRAINERS

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches, trainers and directors of operations for the 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge, and Prospects Cup. All events are taking place in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in April and May. Applications for all positions close November 15.

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HOCKEY ALBERTA HOSTING ELITE COACH DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Hockey Alberta is hosting an Elite Coach Development Series featuring current WHL coaches covering a variety of topics, hosted via Zoom. There are five sessions that will take place on Monday’s at 8pm from October 18 - November 15, with no cost to attend.


REGISTER FOR A SESSION >


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TEAM ALBERTA U16 MALE ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 WHL CUP

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the U16 Male squad that will represent the province at the 2021 WHL Cup in Red Deer.

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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!

DENISE BROADBENT > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the Hockey Alberta Foundation Team Up to Support Grassroots Hockey in Northern & Central Alberta

EDMONTON – In a team effort to make a significant impact in growing the game of hockey in Northern Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) has generously committed $1.5 million in funding to the Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF).

The funding will generate support for three areas;

  1. Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Grant Program,
  2. a new Hockey Alberta Member Grant Program, supported by the EOCF and
  3. the creation of a Hockey Alberta Volunteer Recognition/Thank You Program.

“Support for minor hockey and the growth of the game has always been an important mandate for the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation,” said Corey Smith, Board Chair, EOCF. “This past year was difficult for minor hockey participants, their families, coaches and all minor hockey associations throughout our province. This new program provides funding to continue to grow the game of hockey in our community. We are hockey and we are so proud to support programs aimed at growing the game and getting more kids, from all backgrounds involved.”

“The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has always been a strong supporter of our efforts, contributing annually to our Every Kid Every Community program. With this new funding, we’re excited at the opportunity to increase support in Northern Alberta hockey communities while also being able to recognize the key people in those same communities,” said Dennis Zukiwsky, Board Chair, Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The new Hockey Alberta Member Grant Program will allow access to funding for Hockey Alberta members in Northern and Central Alberta. Priority for funding will be given to those in need for leadership development, introduction to hockey, female, para, indigenous hockey programming and any inclusion and diversity initiatives. Members will be able to access the funding application at hockeyalberta.ca.

Throughout the pandemic, volunteers have been the backbone of minor hockey. To thank the volunteers, the ECOF and HAF have formed the Hockey Alberta Volunteer Recognition/Thank You Program. Coaches, parents, and players will have an opportunity to be inspired by their Oilers or Oil Kings heroes by attending games and getting more connected to the teams.

The HAF works to inspire every kid in every community’s passion for hockey. In collaboration with the EOCF, the HAF can continue to grow the game in Northern Alberta.

For more information on the HAF visit hockeyalbertafoundation.ca or the EOCF visit nhl.com/oilers/eocf.

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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. We work in collaboration with partners to fund those who need us, invest in those who will lead us and honour those before us. For more information on the HAF or to make a donation, visit hockeyalbertafoundation.ca.

ABOUT THE EDMONTON OILERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership and continues its deep legacy of giving back. Thanks to the generosity of our valued hockey fans, Oilers players and alumni, the EOCF Board of Directors, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) employees and the Katz Family, the Foundation has contributed over $56 million to charitable organizations and minor hockey programs across Oil Country since 2001. For more information, visit OilersFoundation.ca.

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Staff Applications Now Open for 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge and Prospects Cup

RED DEER – The sport we love is back and Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches, trainers and directors of operations for the 2022 Alberta Cup, Alberta Challenge, and Prospects Cup. All events are taking place in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in April and May.

Anyone interested in volunteering in one of those key team positions can apply using the links below.

Applications for all positions close November 15.


2022 Alberta Cup

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Cup regional teams. The Alberta Cup will feature male players born in 2007.

AB Cup Coach Application > | AB Cup Trainer Application >

The 2022 Alberta Cup runs April 27-May 1. Regional camps will run April 1-3 in Spruce Grove, Calgary and Red Deer.


2022 Alberta Challenge

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Challenge regional teams. The Challenge will feature female players born in 2007 and 2008.

AB Challenge Coach Application > | AB Challenge Trainer Application >

The 2022 Alberta Challenge runs May 4-8. Regional camps will run April 8-10 in Cochrane and Beaumont.


2022 Prospects Cup

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one director of operations for each of the eight Prospect Cup regional teams. The Prospects Cup will feature male players born in 2009.

Prospects Cup Coach Application > | Prospects Cup Director of Operations Application >

The 2022 Prospect Cup runs from May 11-15. Regional camps will run April 15-17 in Olds, Calgary, Vegreville and Edmonton.

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Elite Coach Development Series now open for registration

Hockey Alberta is hosting an Elite Coach Development Series for those coaches looking to learn new tactics and systems from some of the best in the game. The virtual sessions will feature current WHL coaches covering a variety of topics, hosted via Zoom. There are five sessions that will take place on Monday’s at 8pm from October 18 - November 15, with no cost to attend.

Date Presenter Topic Registration Link
October 18 Mark O’Leary
(Moose Jaw Warriors)
Relentless Influence REGISTER >
October 25 Brent Kisio
(Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Penalty Kill REGISTER >
November 1 Mike Dyck
(Vancouver Giants)
Tracking to D-Zone Coverage REGISTER >
November 8 Kris Mallette
(Kelowna Rockets)
Powerplay REGISTER >
November 15 Brad Lauer
(Edmonton Oil Kings)
Forecheck REGISTER >

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Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced for 2021 WHL Cup

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the U16 Male squad that will represent the province at the 2021 WHL Cup in Red Deer.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >


With no Alberta Cup this year due to COVID-19, the selection process had a different look in 2021. Nearly 400 2006-born Albertans attended Summer Selection Camp in Red Deer in August, and 72 were invited back for Fall Selection Camp in September. From there, the roster was narrowed down to a shortlist, where players were scouted individually to create the final Team Alberta Roster.

"As always, we had an incredibly talented group of Albertans to select from this year," said Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Elite Male Hockey, Michael Kraichy. "Our staff did a fantastic job navigating the changes and challenges that this year brought our way, and we are confident in this group’s ability to compete at the WHL Cup.”

Joining Kraichy on the team staff are: Serge Lajoie (Head Coach), Alex Mandolidis (assistant coach), Kyle Tapp (assistant coach), James Poole (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Brent Gaudreau (therapist), Dave Campbell (equipment manager), Bobby Fox (head scout), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with nine different associations represented on the roster: Bonnyville, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Nanton, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Sylvan Lake, and Wainwright. Seven players also currently play in the Alberta Elite Hockey League.

The 2021 WHL Cup will feature the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The four-team round robin tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.

While the WHL Cup usually features many players who were recently selected in the WHL Draft, this year’s tournament will happen prior to the WHL Draft, which will happen on Thursday, December 9.

The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

The 2021 WHL Cup runs October 20-24 at the Peavey Mart Centrium (unless indicated) in Red Deer. Team Alberta’s schedule can be found below:

  • Wednesday, October 20, 7:00pm vs Manitoba
  • Thursday, October 21, 7:00pm @ Saskatchewan
  • Friday, October 22, 12:30pm at British Columbia
  • Saturday, October 23, 12:30pm - Semi-Final 1
  • Saturday, October 23, 3:15pm - Semi-Final 2 (at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre)
  • Sunday, October 24, 10:00am - Bronze Medal Game
  • Sunday, October 24, 1:00pm - Gold Medal Game

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ICE TIMES - Edition 21:19

NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Thursday marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as declared in June by the Government of Canada. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Hockey Alberta sat down with Enoch Cree Hockey Association President Jordan Courtepatte to discuss what the day means to him.

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2021-22 UPDATED SEASON PLAN FOR SANCTIONED HOCKEY IN ALBERTA

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


MORE INFORMATION >


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CENTRE ICE PODCAST - EPISODE 14: NATIONAL COACHES WEEK

The Centre Ice Podcast is back for the 2021-22 hockey season, and Episode Fourteen is all about celebrating National Coaches Week (Sept 18-26).

LISTEN AND WATCH > | MORE EPISODES >


HOCKEY ALBERTA ANNOUNCES 2021 LIFE MEMBERS

Hockey Alberta is proud to announce that three long-time volunteers have been recognized with Life Membership status for their decades of service to minor hockey. George Kallay, Terry Ledingham and Annie Orton are the new Life Members.

MORE INFORMATION >


TRAXX COACHLINES ON BOARD AS OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce TRAXX Coachlines as its official team transportation provider.

MORE INFORMATION >


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COACH OF THE MONTH, PRESENTED BY PLAYERS BENCH IS BACK FOR 2021-22

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.

NOMINATE A COACH >


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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!

SERGE LAJOIE > | LESLEY BURTON > | SUBMIT YOUR OWN >


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2021-22 Season Plan - Update

Based on the recent announcements by the Government of Alberta, Hockey Alberta has updated its 2021-2022 Season Plan that outlines the minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities this season.


The updated plan reflects CMOH Public Health Orders 44-2021 and 45-2021, and the implementation of the Restrictions Exemption Program.


The updated 2021-2022 Season Plan (current as of September 29) 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/


Please note that this updated Season Plan focuses on Minor Hockey (youth sport, 17 years and under). A separate Season Plan document has been created for Junior and Senior Hockey (adult sport, 18 years and over). It is also posted on the Hockey Alberta website.


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


Hockey Alberta,
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 403-342-6777

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Hockey Alberta Announces 2021 Life Members

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce that three long-time volunteers have been recognized with Life Membership status for their decades of service to minor hockey.

George Kallay, Terry Ledingham and Annie Orton are the new Life Members.

Life Membership is the highest honour which may be bestowed by Hockey Alberta, recognizing individuals who have dedicated their time and support to making the game of hockey better in Alberta.

"Our three new Life Members are exceptional individuals who have contributed so much to amateur hockey in their communities and across the province,” said Francois Gagnon, a member of the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors, and chair of the Life Member Selection committee. “It is a great honour to recognize their accomplishments and see Annie, Terry and George join such a distinguished group of people who have dedicated their lives to the game of hockey in Alberta and beyond."

George Kallay, of Drumheller, experienced the game of hockey from every level – as a player, parent, referee, volunteer and executive member with Hockey Alberta, the Hockey Alberta Foundation and Hockey Canada. George was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame twice - in 2015 as a Builder and again in 2018 as Director of Operations of the 1999 Canada Games gold-medal winning Team Alberta U16 Male squad. George passed away in 2020 at the age of 74.

Terry Ledingham, of Bon Accord, has been involved in hockey at the minor hockey, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada levels. Terry volunteered with Hockey Alberta in a variety of roles including as President of Hockey Alberta. During his term as President, minor hockey coaches were directed to wear helmets during all on-ice practices and the first Regional Development Centre in Grande Prairie was opened. Terry also served for five years as a Vice Chair at Large for Hockey Canada and was inducted to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.

Annie Orton, of Blairmore, dedicated more than 30 years to the sport of hockey beginning with Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey Association before volunteering with Hockey Alberta and eventually becoming President of Hockey Alberta. Within her two-year term, Hockey Alberta partnered with Respect Group to provide access to the Respect in Sport Parent program and examined non-body contact options for players. Annie was the recipient of Hockey Canada’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013.

The new Life Members bring the list of Hockey Alberta’s Life Members to 25.

To learn more about Hockey Alberta, visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Hockey Canada Statement Announcing Fall Event Cancellations

CALGARY – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2021 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, 2021 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup and 2021 World Junior A Challenge. The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer:

“Despite a strong desire to work with three great communities to host the top players at various levels across the country this season, the health and safety of all participants and the communities at large continues to be of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada. The ongoing pandemic, in addition to the vaccination status of some international teams, has left us with no other option. We believe the decision to cancel these fall events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level, as well as the uncertainty around countries and regions being able to safely compete.

Hockey Canada is grateful for the continued support of local host committees and event partners, including B.C. Hockey, Hockey Eastern Ontario, Hockey Nova Scotia and the Canadian Junior Hockey League, as well as the communities of Bridgewater, N.S., Cornwall, Ont., and Dawson Creek, B.C., and all local and provincial funding partners. Our organization is appreciative of the commitment and support of all stakeholders to host these events and we look forward to showcasing our national events and all participants to fans next year.”

Hockey Canada will continue to work with event stakeholders to host the spring 2022 national championships and to continue to investigate opportunities to prepare Canadian athletes to represent Canada at the Olympic Winter Games, Paralympic Winter Games, IIHF world championships and other international events.

Centre Ice Podcast

Centre Ice Podcast - Episode Fourteen: National Coaches Week

The Centre Ice Podcast is back for the 2021-22 hockey season, and Episode Fourteen is all about celebrating National Coaches Week (Sept 18-26).

Hockey Alberta’s Senior Manager of Hockey Development, Justin Fesyk, discusses Hockey Alberta’s Coach Development Plan, and the numerous learning opportunities available to coaches at any level across the province.

We’ll then hear a coaching panel with Hockey Alberta’s High Performance Coach Mentor Barry Medori, Mount Royal Cougars Men’s Hockey Assistant Coach and current Team Alberta U16 Assistant Coach Alex Mandolidis, and two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 Head Coach Carla MacLeod.

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Episode Links: Hockey Alberta Coaching Resources > | Coaching Requirements > | Coach Initiatives > | Coach Clinics > | World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend > | Team Alberta Program >

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

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TRAXX Coachlines On Board as Official Transportation Provider

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce TRAXX Coachlines as its official team transportation provider.

Traxx Coachlines will be the charter motor coach service of choice for Hockey Alberta, the Alberta Elite Hockey League and the Alberta Female Hockey League for the next two seasons. As the exclusive partner, TRAXX Coachlines will provide Hockey Alberta members, the AEHL, and AFHL teams across the province with transportation to games, tournaments, or events at a discounted rate.

With offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Medicine Hat, TRAXX Coachlines operates over 160 coaches across Western Canada. TRAXX Coachlines offers a variety of transportation services including luxury class tours, express charters and industrial transportation.

“When playing hockey in Alberta, we recognize that many teams travel by charter over the season. Hockey Alberta is excited to partner with TRAXX Coachlines to connect our members, the AEHL and the AFHL with a company committed to best practices in reliability, security, and safety,” said Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.

For more information on TRAXX Coachlines and their rates visit traxxcoachlines.ca. To learn more about Hockey Alberta, visit hockeyalberta.ca or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Hockey Alberta’s Pathway to Coach Development

Hockey Alberta is celebrating coaches at every level of the sport during National Coaches Week.

As associations and teams across the province prepare for the 2021-22 season, one thing is certain - a coach’s development is never finished. In fact, coaches are the lifeblood of the hockey system. A good coach generally equals a great experience for the players.

In Alberta, development opportunities for hockey coaches are coordinated through Hockey Alberta’s Coaching Pathway, which focuses on philosophies appropriate for every level of player - from grassroots through to the elite level.

“Creating a really comprehensive coach development plan is really important. We have focused on a coaching pathway, and within that pathway, first and foremost, coach development does start at the local level,” said Justin Fesyk, Senior Manager of Hockey Development. “So, we want to create an environment where our associations put the amount of emphasis needed and support mechanisms in place to develop their coaches.”

Hockey Alberta’s Regional Managers – who are located around the province - can aid in the creation of an association’s Coach Development Plan. The Regional Managers also lead the implementation of National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for hockey in Alberta, which is a requirement for all coaches. A full list of coaching requirements is available on the Hockey Alberta website.

Coach certification clinics are ongoing now across the province. For a current list of clinic dates and locations, go to the Hockey Alberta website.

Registration must be done online through HCR, with one of the requirements being that each coach must have an account in the new HCR 3.0 platform.

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For more information on coach development opportunities available to associations, or for individual coaches, contact a Hockey Alberta Regional Manager.

For more information about Hockey Alberta’s coaching pathway and the opportunities within the province, check out an interview with Justin Fesyk (below), or tune into Episode 14 of the Centre Ice Podcast, which airs on Thursday, Sept. 22.

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Register now for World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend

CALGARY - From Oct. 15-17, 2021, the International Ice Hockey Federation will lead the way on the 10th annual World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, with dozens of federations around the world taking part.

The goal of World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend is to have events from coast to coast to coast that recruit, retain and engage players, coaches, officials and fans – old and new. It aims to celebrate and grow the game while uniting Canadians through grassroots programming led by girls hockey associations, minor hockey associations and communities.

Since 2011, the IIHF has united countries around the globe for World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. Over the years, thousands of people have taken part and the celebration continues to grow – CLICK HERE to see events that have been hosted around the world!

More than 23,000 Canadians celebrated World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend in 2019 at over 225 events across the nation. From games and skills sessions to classroom activities and road hockey, people of all ages contributed to the growth of women’s hockey in their own unique way!

CLICK HERE for a list of the events that happened across the nation!

Applications to host an event can be submitted until September 24. Hockey Canada will supply gifts to approved events on a first come, first approved basis.

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Red Deer to host 2021 WHL Cup

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League, in partnership with BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Saskatchewan, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada, announced on Tuesday that the City of Red Deer will serve as the host for the 2021 WHL Cup.

Scheduled to be held October 20-24, the 2021 WHL Cup will be played at the Peavey Mart Centrium – home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels – as well as at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic, and will feature teams from the four Western Canadian provinces competing in a round robin tournament format followed by playoffs.

The 2021 WHL Cup will feature the top 2006-born players from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, each of whom is eligible for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. The 2021 WHL Prospects Draft is scheduled to be conducted online on Thursday, December 9.

Rosters and ticketing information for the 2021 WHL Cup will be announced at a later date.

The WHL Cup, established in 2009, is held every season except in years when the Canada Winter Games are held, and is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.

2021 WHL Cup – Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 20
Game 1 – British Columbia at Saskatchewan – 4 p.m. MT
Game 2 – Manitoba at Alberta – 7 p.m. MT

Thursday, October 21
Game 3 – British Columbia at Manitoba – 4 p.m. MT
Game 4 – Alberta at Saskatchewan – 7 p.m. MT

Friday, October 22
Game 5 – Alberta at British Columbia – 12:30 p.m. MT
Game 6 – Saskatchewan at Manitoba – 3:15 p.m. MT (Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic)

Saturday, October 23
Semifinal 1 – 12:30 p.m. MT
Semifinal 2 – 3:15 p.m. MT (Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic)

Sunday, October 24
Bronze Medal Game – 10 a.m. MT
Gold Medal Game – 1 p.m. MT

* all games at Peavey Mart Centrium unless otherwise indicated


About the WHL Cup

The majority of players participating in the event will be selected in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, or will go on to be listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, has been sponsored since 2009 by the Western Hockey League.

This year will mark the ninth year of the event. The first ever WHL Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alta., in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2011, the Moose Jaw Warriors and Hockey Saskatchewan hosted the event at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Sask. In 2012 and 2013, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. From 2015 through 2019, the WHL Cup was hosted in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

In 2010, 2014, and 2018, the WHL Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games.

Team Alberta is a five-time champion of the WHL Cup, hoisting the trophy in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016, while Team British Columbia won the event in 2012 and 2017. Team Saskatchewan is the defending champion of the WHL Cup, having won the tournament in 2019, beating Team Manitoba 4-2 in the Gold Medal game.


About the Western Hockey League

Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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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

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