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WHL Game Day Coach Series returns for 2017/18 season

RED DEER - A unique learning opportunity is now open for minor hockey coaches with Hockey Alberta’s WHL Game Day Coach Series.

This exciting partnership between Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Western Hockey League teams will offer nine different seminars between October and February, giving coaches the chance to learn from some of the top coaches in the game.

Each seminar costs $45 per coach, and include the following ($200 value):

  • A ticket to a WHL Game
  • Food/beverage voucher
  • Presentation from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta resource package
  • Hockey Alberta gift and other giveaway items (may include golf shirt, hat, or quarter-zip pullover)

Coaches will have the opportunity to hear the both the home and visiting Head Coaches speak before and after each game. Additionally, Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Coach Mentor, Fran Gow, will provide professional development for coaches before each game on a variety of topics, listed by the dates and locations below:

October 24 - Medicine Hat Tigers @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: The Transition Game) *FULL*
November 3 - Saskatoon Blades @ Medicine Hat Tigers (Topic: Developing D-Zone)
November 22 - Portland Winterhawks @ Calgary Hitmen (Topic: Effective Practive)
November 28 - Portland Winterhawks @ Lethbridge Hurricanes (Topic: Importance of Faceoffs)
December 1 - Regina Pats @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: Importance of Faceoffs)
December 7 - Moose Jaw Warriors @ Edmonton Oil Kings (Topic: Creating Offense)
January 3 - Vancouver Giants @ Edmonton Oil Kings (Topic: Developing D-Zone)
January 19 - Kamloops Blazers @ Calgary Hitmen (Topic: Creating Offense)
February 7 - Calgary Hitmen @ Red Deer Rebels (Topic: Special Teams)

Register >

For more information, and for a full list of speakers, please click here.


** No refunds will be given for these seminars as per our refund policy fees and structure**

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Team Alberta advances to WHL Cup final with 7-1 win

CALGARY - Team Alberta will be going for gold at the 2017 WHL Cup on Sunday, following a 7-1 defeat of Team Manitoba in the first of two semi-final games on Saturday.

Kyle Crnkovic continued his strong play for Team Alberta, scoring two goals, including the game winner, along with an assist to give him 10 points in four games at the WHL Cup. Crnkovic was named Alberta’s Player of the Game for his efforts.

Ridly Greig opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game, with Crnkovic giving Alberta a 2-0 less than 5 minutes later. Seth Jarvis cut the lead in half moments later, scoring Mantitoba’s lone goal.

After that, it as all Team Alberta, with five unanswered goals from Connor McClennon, Joel Sexsmith, Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Borysiuk and Crnkovic.

Assists were tallied by Jake Neighbours (2), Ronan Seeley, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Krz Plummer, Brayden Morrison, Crnkovic and McClennon.

Alberta heavily out-shot Manitoba 50-18, and chased starting goaltender Nikulas Jerris just 12:45 into the first period, who allowed three goals on 11 shots. Dante Giannuzzi allowed four goals on 39 shots in relief.

Garin Bjorklund stopped all but one of the 18 shots sent his way for Alberta, earning his third win of the tournament.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Game Three Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Alberta will battle for the WHL Cup title in the gold medal game at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport) in Calgary. It’s a rematch of last year’s gold medal game, as B.C. defeated Saskatchewan 7-0 in the other semi-final matchup on Saturday. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 a.m. on Sunday between Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Alberta edges Manitoba, 4-3, at WHL Cup

CALGARY - Team Alberta jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second period, and then held off Team Manitoba for a 4-3 victory in the final round-robin game at the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary.

With the victory, Team Alberta heads into Saturday’s semi-final action as the top seed with an unblemished record of three wins.

But there is not much rest either team, as Alberta and Manitoba square off in a rematch at 1 pm in the first semi-final at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

Brayden Morrison scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 16:31 mark of the second period. Manitoba scored 35 seconds later, and added one more in the third period, but Alberta held on for the victory.

Jake Sanderson scored on the power play in the first period for Team Alberta, and Ronan Seeley and Noah Boyko scored in the second period for Alberta. Assists were tallied by Kaiden Guhle (2), Connor McClennon (2), Kyle Crnkovic (2), Boyko and Ozzie Wiesblatt.

Garin Bjorklund earned the win in net for Team Alberta. Alberta outshot Manitoba, 27-15.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Game Two Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

In the other game on Friday, B.C. blanked Saskatchewan, 6-0. Those teams will meet in the other semi-final at 4:30 p.m.

Semi-final winners meet in the gold medal final on Sunday at 1:30 pm. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 am on Sunday.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Team Alberta defeats BC 6-2

CALGARY - Team Alberta moved to 2-0 at the 2017 WHL Cup with a 6-2 win over Team BC on Thursday night.

After opening the tournament with an 8-3 win over Team Saskatchewan, Alberta’s offence showed no signs of slowing down against BC.

Connor McLennon opened the scoring for Alberta with his second goal of the tournament, and Kaiden Guhle gave Alberta a 2-0 lead heading into the second period with his third goal in two games.

McClennon added his second goal of the game and third overall early into the second period for his second-straight game winning goal, and added an assist en-route to being named Team Alberta’s Player of the Game.

Team BC got one back moments later, but Alberta answered with three straight goals, before BC notched another goal to make it a 6-2 final.

Kyle Crnkovic also had a big night for Alberta, scoring a goal and adding three assists, giving him five points through two games.

Alberta had the slight edge in shots, out-shooting BC 29-28. Sebastian Cossa made 26 stops for Team Alberta to earn his first win of the tournament.

Boxscore > | Game One Recap > | Team Alberta Roster >

Team Alberta (2-2) closes out round-robin play on Friday night against Team Manitoba (1-1), and can clinch first place with a win. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport in Calgary.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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2018 Arctic Winter Games Selection Camp registration now open

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Registration is now open for male Bantam players born in 2003-2004 (Bantam A or lower), and female Junior players born 1999-2004 (Senior, College, Midget AAA or lower) to attend Team Alberta North selection camps for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.Team Alberta North is coming off gold and silver medals at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in the Bantam Male and Junior Female categories, respectively.

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games are set for March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, Northwest Territories.

Male selection camp runs December 8-10 in High Prairie, while Female selection camp runs January 5-7 in Slave Lake.

Male Registration > | Female Registration >

Communities eligible to participate in the Arctic Winter Games are located on or above the 55th Parallel. Click here to view a list of eligible communities.

The registration deadline is December 5 for males, and January 1 for females.


The Arctic Winter Games is the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event, and celebrates athletic competition, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents.

For more information, contact Blake Cosgrove, Hockey Alberta Northwest Regional Centre Consultant at bcosgrove@hockeyalberta.ca.

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Team Alberta opens 2017 WHL Cup with 8-3 win

CALGARY – Team Alberta U16 Male opened its 2017 WHL Cup with a bang, defeating Team Saskatchewan 8-3 on Wednesday night.

Ridly Greig opened the scoring for Team Alberta, who took a 1-0 lead into the second period, and a 4-2 lead into the third before scoring four straight goals. Saskatchewan added a goal late to make it an 8-3 final.

Forward Noah Boyko led the way offensively for Alberta with a goal and two assists, while defender Kaiden Guhle added two goals from the backend.

With one assist, Captain Jake Neighbours earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.

Alberta out-shot Saskatchewan 39-17, with goaltenders Gjarin Bjorklund and Sebastian Cossa splitting time. Bjorklund earned the win, stopping seven of eight shots sent his way, while Cossa allowed two goals on nine shots in the second half of the game.

Boxscore > | Team Alberta Roster >

Up next for Team Alberta is Team BC, who fell 3-2 in a shootout to Manitoba on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.

For more stats, schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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2017 WHL Cup kicks off in Calgary

CALGARY – The title defense is on for Team Alberta U16 Male, as the 2017 WHL Cup (formerly the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup) begins today in Calgary.

Team Manitoba and Team B.C. kick off the tournament this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3 pm, while Team Alberta’s quest for gold begins tonight at 6:30 pm against Team Saskatchewan. Team Alberta also hits the ice again Thursday night against Team BC, and wraps up round-robin play Friday night against Manitoba. All three Team Alberta games are set for 6:30 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport.

Team Alberta U16 Roster >

Following round-robin play, the 1st and 4th place teams and the 2nd and 3rd place teams will battle in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon, with the bronze and gold medal games set for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, respectively.

The WHL Cup will feature some of the top 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.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

For more schedule and ticket information for the WHL Cup, click here.

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Nine Team Alberta alumni to represent Canada at World U17 Challenge

RED DEER - Nine players from Team Alberta’s 2016 gold medal-winning U16 squad have been selected to play in the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Goaltender Taylor Gauthier (Calgary), defencemen Bowen Byram (Lethbridge), Jake Lee (Sherwood Park), Rhett Rhinehart (Lloydminster), and Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park), and forwards Connor Bouchard (Cochrane), Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks), and Brayden Tracey (Calgary) are among the 66 players chosen to represent Canada.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 111 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

The tournament opens Nov. 5 at the Encana Events Centre in an all-Canadian affair as last year’s silver-medallist, Team Canada Black, takes on Team Canada White at 2:30 p.m. The opening day concludes with Sweden facing Russia at North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.


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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Twelve Albertans named to Team WHL for Canada Russia Series

RED DEER - Alberta will be very well-represented during the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, with 12 Albertans named to Team WHL’s roster.

On Tuesday, the Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, Moose Jaw Warriors, Swift Current Broncos and Hockey Canada, announced today the roster for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Forwards Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary), Tyler Benson (Edmonton), Dillon Dube (Cochrane), Matthew Phillips (Calgary), Sam Steel (Sherwood Park), and Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake) will all suit up for Team WHL up front. On defence, Jake Bean (Calgary), Kale Clage (Lloydminster), Josh Mahura (St. Albert), and David Quenneville (Edmonton) will all be part of an Albertan-heavy blueline, in front of goaltenders Carter Hart (Sherwood Park) and Stuart Skinner (Edmonton).

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Moose Jaw on Monday, November 6, before continuing on to Swift Current for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 7. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6.

For more information on the Canada Russia Series, click here.


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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AFHL Midget Elite, Bantam Elite schedules kick off Saturday

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season is officially in full-swing, as the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons get underway on Saturday.

The AFHL season began on October 1 for the Midget AAA division, two weeks ahead of the Midget and Bantam Elite seasons.

Eight of 12 teams on both Midget and Bantam Elite sides begin their season on Saturday, while the remaining four get their 2017/18 season underway on Sunday.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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Team Alberta U16 and U18 teams set for exhibition action in Calgary

CALGARY - Both the Team Alberta U16 Male and Team Alberta U18 Female teams will hit the ice in Calgary over the next five days ahead of the WHL Cup and National Women’s Under-18 Championships, respectively.

The U18 squad will play a pair of exhibition games on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 at the Edge School in Calgary (33055 Township Road 250). Saturday’s game is at 4:00 p.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Royals, and Sunday’s game is at 11:15 a.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Bisons.

Team Alberta U18 Female heads to Quebec in just under a month for the U18 Nationals, which run November 1-5.

On Monday, October 16th, Team Alberta U16 Male will take on Canada’s National Women’s Team in a special-teams exhibition game, as a final tune-up ahead of the WHL Cup. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport).

The WHL Cup runs October 18-22 at the Markin MacPhail Centre. For schedule and ticket information, click here.

All three exhibition games are open to the public, and are free to attend.

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Teammate of the Month - Q2 Artificial Lift Services

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is proud to recognize Q2 Artificial Lift Services as its TEAMMATE of the Month for October.

Q2 Artificial Lift Services (Quinns Energy Group of Companies) has been a TEAMMATE of the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community Program for four years, and is a major sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic - the Foundation’s largest fundraising event each year.

“Q2 Artificial Lift Services is proud to be a Teammate of the Hockey Alberta Foundation," said Doug Quinn, President and CEO of Q2 Artificial Lift Services. "We are strong believers in the power of sport in our community, and all communities across Alberta. We stand behind the Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program, and the initiative to give every kid in Alberta a chance to play the great game of hockey by eliminating any barriers to participation they may have”

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like the thank Q2 Artificial Lift Services for their ongoing support, helping assist thousands of kids across the province through their generous donation over the past four years.

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Host a Provincial Championship in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting bids from Minor Hockey Associations interested in hosting the 2018 Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Championships are some of the most exciting and high-profile events in which Hockey Alberta’s membership takes part each season, bringing together the top teams from across the province in each category.

The 2018 Provincial Championships will be held March 15-18, March 22-25 and March 29-April 1, in each of the respective categories.

Provincial Bid Guidelines >

The bid guidelines document outlines the requirements involved, and the opportunities available, for a Minor Hockey Association interested in submitting a bid to host a Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship event.

The deadline to submit a bid to host Provincial Championships is November 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Skilnick.

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Coach and Trainer applications now being accepted for 2018 Alberta Cup

RED DEER – An exciting opportunity awaits coaches and trainers across the province, as Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches and trainers for the 2018 Alberta Cup.

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the eight Alberta Cup teams.

The Alberta Cup runs April 25-29 in Spruce Grove.

Alberta Cup Coaching Application > | Alberta Cup Trainer Application >

The Alberta Cup is a core development programs for male athletes. The events provide players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

The deadline for all applications is November 3.


About the Alberta Cup

The Alberta Cup is the first step in the annual process that includes the U16 Male Provincial Camp, and the selection of Alberta’s U16 Male provincial team. The 2017 Alberta Cup features 2002-born make players, and begins in March each year with zone selection camps. There are eight Alberta Cup zones, and players are attempting to land one of 20 spots available on their zone team.

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We Are Coaches: Females-Only Coach Clinic

RED DEER - A unique opportunity is available for aspiring female coaches to attend a females-only coach clinic in Red Deer this winter.

The We Are Coaches clinic runs from 8:15 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Kin City Arena in Red Deer on December 2. The clinic includes an in-class session in the morning, and an on-ice session after lunch.

The program is free of charge. Attendees will need to bring their skates, gloves, stick and helmet, as well as their own lunch.

To register, or for more information, click the "Register" button below:

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Upon completion of the Coach 2 - Coach Level course AND the HU-ONLINE Coach 1/2 one will achieve “TRAINED” status. There is no post-task associated with the Coach 2 – Coach Level Course to achieve “CERTIFIED”.


For more information, please contact Kendall Newell, Manager, Female Hockey.

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Recognize an outstanding coach in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting nominations for Coach of the Month for the 2017-18 minor hockey season!

Coaches are an integral part of minor hockey and their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to play hockey. Help us recognize a coach in your community by nominating him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month!

Nominate a Coach of the Month ›

One coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a CCM coaching package valued at over $350.

This package will include:

  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Track Suit
  • Coach Bag
  • Puck Bag
  • Rink Board
  • Coaching Resources

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


For more information, contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development at hkobzey@hockeyalberta.ca

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2017 Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2017 U16 Male provincial team.

The U16 Male squad will compete in the 2017 WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

Team Alberta U16 Male Roster >

The U16 Male squad won the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. The team will seek to continue Alberta’s success at the event, Oct. 18-22 at the Markin MacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary.

"We’re heading into the WHL Cup with a very talented group of players,” said Team Alberta Manager Mike Kraichy. “These 20 young men have earned the right to represent their province, and we’re confident in their ability to compete hard at the competition, and make Alberta proud."

The 2017 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.

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup is made possible through financial support provided by the WHL and Hockey Canada.

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2017 Team Alberta U18 Female roster announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2017 U18 Female provincial team.

The U18 Female team heads to the National Women’s U18 Championships in Quebec City, Nov. 1-5, looking to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

"We saw a very talented group of individuals during this year’s Team Alberta selection process,” said Coordinator of Team Alberta Female, Mathieu Provencher. “We’re confident in the 20 players we’ve selected to represent their province, and look forward to seeing what they can do on the ice in November."

Prior to the Nationals, the U18 Female squad will play two exhibitions game in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4:00 p.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Royals, and Sunday, October 15 at 11:15 a.m. against the Bantam AAA Calgary Bisons. Both games will be played at the Edge School for Athletes, 33055 Township Road 250 in Calgary.

The National Championship event brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada in an eight-team tournament, featuring teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario (Red and Blue), Quebec and Atlantic.

For schedule and ticket information for the National Women’s U18 Championships, click here.

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From left: G.H. Dawe Community School Principal Sue Carmichael, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Tim Leer, and Math/Gym teacher Daryl Puzey stand with a handful G.H. Dawe students as the Foundation presents a grant through the Every Kid


G.H. Dawe School among Every Kid Every Community quarterly grant recipients

RED DEER - The G.H. Dawe Community School in Red Deer is one of five recipients of quarterly grants recently awarded by the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

Along with the G.H. Dawe School, grants were awarded to the Sturgeon Hockey Club, the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, St. Albert Minor Hockey Association, and Bashaw Minor Hockey Association through the Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program.

G.H. Dawe School has earmarked its $4,250 for a learn-to-play program for students, where all the necessary equipment will be provided.

"Last year, we did an informal survey to find out how many students owned skates," said Sue Carmichael, Principal of G.H. Dawe. "Out of a couple classes, with over 30 students each, only four students owned skates. The vast majority of our students have never played or been exposed to skate-related sports. We currently have two large cupboards to house skates. The skates are well-used and often we don’t have enough sizes to fit students.”

Carmichael explained that last winter, the school had a sports expert assess the skates. It was determined that at least half need replacing, and that the school also was in short supply of helmets.

“With the generous grant from the Every Kid Every Community program, we will be able to purchase many pairs of used skates, and new helmets,” said Carmichael. “For the first time, we will be able to start a learn-to-play hockey program during Middle School options. A huge thank you to the Hockey Alberta Foundation!"

Through all of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s TEAMMATES, including ATB Investor Services, Quinn’s Energy Group of Companies, the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, the Glencross Legacy Fund, and Serdachny Hockey, these grants are made possible for communities throughout the province.

The deadline to apply for the next set of quarterly grants through the Every Kid Every Community program is November 30. For more information on how to apply for a grant, click here.


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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2017/18 AFHL season kicks off

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season officially gets underway today (Sunday) across the province, with all six Midget AAA teams in action.

The Lloydminster PWM Steelers are at home against the Edmonton Pandas, the Rocky Mountain Raiders are set to host the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, and the Calgary Fire pay a visit to the St. Albert Slash.

The Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons both get underway on Saturday, October 14.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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Doug Kinsella (left), accepts the Chairman of the Board award from Terry Engen during Hockey Alberta’s Annual General Meeting


Harrington, Mowbray elected to Hockey Alberta Board

RED DEER – Brock Harrington, of Drumheller, and Allan Mowbray, of Calgary, were elected as new Directors at Large of the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors on Saturday.

The election was part of the 110th Annual General Meeting held at Red Deer College. A total of six individuals let their names stand for election.

Harrington and Mowbray will join current members Terry Engen (Chair), Fran Zinger (Vice Chair), Rob Virgil (Past Chair), Len Samletzki (Finance Director), and Jerrold Lemko (Director at Large).

Fred Horbay and David Sevalrud are the outgoing members of the Board. Engen presented each with a farewell gift from Hockey Alberta, and thanked them for their years of service to the organization, and the perspectives and challenging questions that each brought to discussions around the Board table.


From left: Rob Litwinski, Fred Horbay, and Terry Engen


From left: Rob Litwinski, Dave Sevelrud, and Terry Engen

In other business at the AGM, Notices of Motion were approved to expand the Board of Directors to nine members, and to shift the Finance Director position from an elected position to one that is appointed annually. As a result, the 2018 AGM will have three Directors-at-Large positions up for election.

Doug Kinsella was recognized with 2017 Chair of the Board award, presented by Terry Engen. Kinsella led the process that resulted in the creation of CR Knights through the merger of the Calahoo and Riviere Qui Barre minor associations. Kinsella is currently the Past President of the CR Minor Hockey Association.

Also recognized for volunteer service were:

  • Five Years: Aaron Rawlake, Trevor Hittel, Dave Butler
  • Ten Years: Betty Chmilar, Fran Zinger
  • Retiring Long-Term Volunteers: Greg Nesom, Bonnie Ogilvie

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Catriona Le May Doan served as the keynote speaker at Hockey Alberta’s 2017 Hockey Conference and AGM


The power of sport is its ability to change lives – Le May Doan

RED DEER - The power of sport was at the forefront as Catriona Le May Doan delivered the keynote address to kick off Hockey Alberta’s 2017 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting on Friday night at the Sheraton Hotel.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Olympic bronze medalist, shared stories of her journey, and the path that took her to the highest level of success an athlete can achieve.

"Those medals represent about two-and-a-half minutes of a 23-year journey. To me, success is about that entire journey," Le May Doan said of her three Olympic medals, which she brought with her to pass around the crowd. "The reason I was successful was because I didn’t burn out mentally.

Le May Doan also stressed the importance of being a multi-sport athlete, and focused on several examples of successful multi-sport athletes.

"It’s our duty to say, in hockey, and in all sports, ’what else do you do?’" she said.

She also told the 150 people in attendance it’s their job to ensure kids don’t get burnt out mentally, and to make sure they’re still having fun.

"We’re seeing kids over-scheduled these days, and we’re seeing kids over-stressed," Le May Doan said. "We’re not allowing kids to just play."

Le May Doan closed her keynote address by reinforcing her believe of the power of sport, saying "not everyone likes change, but when you put the athletes first, and you embrace sport for life, change is the right thing. Sport has the ability the change lives, and to change lives for good."


2017 Hockey Alberta Awards

Following the keynote address, seven individuals and four minor hockey associations were recognized for their outstanding contributions to hockey in Alberta, as the 2017 Hockey Alberta Awards, sponsored by BFL Canada, were presented.

The 2017 Hockey Alberta Award winners are:

Minor Hockey Association Executive of the Year: Pamela Brown (Grande Cache Minor Hockey Association)
Minor Hockey Association of the Year: Marwayne, Dewberry and Kitscoty Minor Hockey Associations
Meritorious Award: Greg Nesom
Provincial Championships Exceptional Host Site Award: Wainwright Rustlers (Senior Male AA)
Hockey Development Awards: Jeremy Congo, Keith Hurd, Ron Oscroft, Roger Wolfe

Recipients of the 2017 Referee Committee Awards were also recognized during the reception:

Ernie Boruk Award: Dave Butler (Edmonton)
Dave Ganley Award: Doug Brown (Okotoks)

Zone award winners:

  • South Zone: Joyce Graham (Picture Butte)
  • Central Zone: Mykle Davidson (Calgary), Brandon Renner (Cochrane), Ian Calverley (Calgary)
  • North Central Zone: Darren Pickering (Sylvan Lake)
  • North Zone: Darcy Carter (Stony Plain), Scott Hennig (Fort Saskatchewan), George Hart (Edmonton)
  • North East Zone: Rob Larson (Cold Lake)
  • Peace Zone: Bryan Turner (Grande Prairie)

Hockey Alberta Foundation

From left: Curtis Glencross, Hockey Alberta Foundation Executive Director Tim Leer, and Curtis Glencross and Friends Foundation Director Kelsey Angeltvedt


Glencross Charity Invitational Roughstock Event raises $190,000

RED DEER - For the sixth straight year, the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event was a success, with $190,000 going to the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Central Alberta.

Curtis Glencross, and representatives from the event, were in attendance at the Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer on September 27 to present cheques to the two beneficiaries of the event.

The event, a sponsor-only poker event, and the charity rodeo, ran August 24-25, with all proceeds – a total of $190,000 – donated to the two organizations. With this year’s contribution, the event has now surpassed the $1.4 million mark in its six-year history.

"We’re really excited, we found a few ways this year to raise a little more money, and cut a few costs, so it was nice that would could come out and raise $190,000 this year, we’re about $40,000 up from last year, so it was a huge success for us again this year," said Curtis Glencross. "As long as we can keep building it, and keep making it grow and raise the money we can, it’s two great causes that we support, so no matter how much work it is, at the end of the day, it’s pretty rewarding that we can come and give out a cheque like this to these two great charities."

The Hockey Alberta Foundation has been a benificiary of the event since its inception, with the money coming in earmarked for the Every Kid Every Community Program.

"We’re very appreciative of Curtis, his family, and his committee and sponsors," said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. "The work we do as a charity, doesn’t happen without what we call "Teammates". Whether the Teammate is a sponsor, donor, or partner event, we can’t do what we do without great Teammates, and certainly Curtis and his crew are great Teammates."

Since the creation of the Every Kid Every Community program in 2011, more than $300,000 has been distributed to groups focused on creating access to hockey across Alberta. More importantly, the funds have increased access to hockey in 36 communities and for more than 3,500 kids.

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Coaching applications now open for 2018 Arctic Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting coach applications for the Team Alberta North Bantam Male and Junior Female squads competing at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games are set for March 17-24 in Fort Smith and Hay River, Northwest Territories.

The applications are open to coaches who reside above the 55th parallel in Alberta. Click here to view a list of eligible communities.

To apply, or for more information, click the link below.

Coach Application >

The Team Alberta North program (Bantam male team and Junior female team) is a Hockey Alberta development program unique to Northern Alberta. It provides eligible players and coaches an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized and fair selection camp and team competition.

The Team Alberta North Male Selection Camp runs December 8-10 in High Prairie, while the Female Selection Camp runs January 5-7 in Slave Lake. Selection camp registration will open in October.


For more information, please contact Blake Cosgrove, Consultant, Regional Centre Northwest, at bcosgrove@hockeyalberta.ca

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2017 Future Leaders Scholarship recipients announced

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Future Leaders Scholarship.

Eight outstanding post-secondary students were chosen from the 2017 Future Leaders Development Program to receive a $1,000 scholarship, with the opportunity to receive an additional scholarship for acheiving "distinguished leader" status.

The 2017 Future Leaders are:

Channia Alexander (Mount Royal University)
Lukas Biensch (University of Alberta Augustana)
Joel Hamilton (SAIT)
Tyler Leicht (University of Alberta)
Anna Purschke (Mount Royal University)
Lindsey Roth (NAIT)
Shanya Shwetz (MacEwan University)
Daniel Todosychuk (MacEwan University)

The Future Leader Development Program is designed to develop and train post-secondary students in the area of coaching. Areas of focus include proper instruction, administration, leadership, technical and tactical skills in hockey, so that the future leaders can carry those skills into our communities.

Since the Future Leaders Scholarship program was established in 1998, Hockey Alberta Foundation has invested annually in the development of great leaders for the future of the game and our communities in Alberta. The scholarship program operates in alignment with the Future Leaders Development Program, which focuses on educating and training our post-secondary student coaches to be strong and effective on-ice leaders.

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Regional Camp registration open for 2018 Alberta Winter Games | Coach and Trainer applications now being accepted

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2005-born male athletes, as well as 2003 & 2004-born female athletes to take part in regional selection camps for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. Applications for Coaches and Trainers for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games are also now being accepted.

The Alberta Winter Games run February 16-19, 2018 in Fort McMurray, AB.

*Players must be registered with Hockey Alberta to be eligible to participate in a regional selection camp.*


Male Regional Selection Camps

All four male regional camps will take place November 23-26, 2017 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Capital - Leduc Recreation Centre
North - Jubilee Recreation Centre (Fort Saskatchewan)
South - Olds Sportsplex

Register >

Not sure of your region? Click here for the Regional Directory, or click here for the Boundary Map.

Space at each regional camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a regional camp is Friday, November 3.

*Each camp has limited space for goaltenders*


Female Regional Selection Camps

Both female regional camps will take place December 8-10 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

North - Ray MacDonald Sports Centre (Morinville Arena)
South - Innisfail Twin Arena

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Not sure of your region? Click here for the Boundary Map.

Space at each regional camp is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register for a regional camp is Friday, November 3.

*Each camp has limited space for goaltenders*


Coach/Trainer Applications

Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches and trainers for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. One head coach, two assistant coaches are needed for each of the eight teams on the male side, and one head coach and one assistant coach for each of the six teams on the female side.

For more information, or to apply for a position, click the appropriate link below:

Coach Application - Male > | Coach Application - Female >

Trainer Application - Male > | Trainer Application - Female >

The deadline to submit a Coach or Trainer application is Friday, October 6.


Director of Operations Applications

Hockey Alberta is seeking individuls to volunteers a Director of Operations (DOP) for Alberta Winter Games on the female side. One DOP is needed for each female team.

DOP Application - Female >

The deadline to submit a DOP application is Friday, October 6.


For more information on the Alberta Winter Games, click here.

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Info Bulletin - Fraud Alert

RED DEER - As we begin the 2017-18 season, Hockey Alberta would like to remind all its Members to be vigilant when it comes to the potential for email scams targeting not-for-profit organizations, including minor hockey associations.

Hockey Alberta is already aware of at least one scam attempt involving a Local Minor Hockey Association, so we want our Members to ensure you are exercising caution when managing the financial aspects of your organization.

Some characteristics of these emails include:

  • A request for you to transfer of funds into another account or to pay an invoice by transferring money into an
  • A sense of urgency for you to make the
  • The appearance that the request is coming from the “president” or “vice president” of your organization. The scammers are able to do this by changing display name in their email to one that would appear to be from a legitimate source within your

Please ensure that you are taking all necessary precautions and exercising due diligence when any financial requests are received via email, including:

  • Check the actual email address from which the request is coming. This can be done by hitting the REPLY TO button on the email which should show the actual originating address of the
  • Ensure your Board of Directors is up to date on all financial procedures for your organization.
  • Ensure your Board members are aware of the potential for fraud to occur; and
  • TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If the request doesn’t seem “right”, check it out before you pay.

Should you be solicited by one of these scams please contact your local police detachment. For more information on fraud and scams please consult:

For any questions, contact Jeremy Haluschak, Manager, Business Operations at the Hockey Alberta office., 403-342-6777.

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Chevrolet Power of Play returns for 2017-18 season

RED DEER - Peewee coaches across Alberta will once again benefit from the Chevrolet Power of Play Program.

Registration is now open to all Peewee teams in Alberta for the 2017-18 season, and a limited number of coach kits are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Registration is intended to be completed by the team’s coach for Hockey Canada verification purposes.

Each team accepted into the Chevrolet Power of Play program will receive a coach’s kit, which includes a premium coach’s hockey bag with a set of:

  • 20 rolls of hockey tape
  • 20 sets of skate laces with inspirational words from Team Canada gold medalists
  • 20 ‘Most Inspirational Player’ awards for coaches to give out to players who best display these values, and
  • 20 pucks.

Go to ChevroletHockey.com for more information on the Chevrolet Power of Play program.

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Catriona Le May Doan confirmed as keynote speaker at 2017 Hockey Conference

RED DEER - Two-time Olympic gold-medalist Catriona Le May Doan is set to kick off Hockey Alberta’s 2017 Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 29.

The keynote address by Le May Doan will kick off two days of sessions and discussions for members of the amateur hockey community in Alberta focused on the benefits of being a multi-sport athlete, and the role it plays in long-term player development.

In addition to being a busy hockey mom, Le May Doan currently works with Sport Calgary, helping to advance amateur sport in the City. The retired Olympian has also served as a board member with Winsport, as well as the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and is still actively involved in many other charity organizations. As an athlete, she won back-to-back gold medals in the 500 metre speed skating event in 1998 and 2002. As a speed skater, Le May Doan broke 13 world records, and won the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s Athlete of the Year in 2002, and won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year three times.

Off the ice, Le May Doan has covered five Olympic Games, and co-hosted the primetime show Countdown to Beijing. She was given three honourary degrees, and was inducted in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Sports Hall of Fame, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada - one of Canada’s highest honours. She was one of four athletes to light the cauldron at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

As a busy sport parent and active coach, Le May Doan understands firsthand the challenges that Minor Hockey Associations face when it comes to competition within the sport and encouraging athletes to participate in other sports.

The 2017 Hockey Conference and AGM runs September 29-30 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer. Registration for delegates is now open.

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Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference provides the opportunity for member Minor Hockey Associations, Senior and Junior Club teams, Sport Schools, league administrators, and other hockey industry people, coaches, parents and officials to participate in interactive sessions targeted at some of the hottest topics in the game today.

A full schedule for the Hockey Conference and AGM will be available in the coming weeks.

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Three Alberta officials to attend Level Six Seminar

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Officials Committee are pleased to announce three officials have been selected to attend the Hockey Canada Level Six officiating seminar in Moncton, New Brunswick on Novemer 22-26.

Kyle Kowalski (Edmonton), Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer), and Jordan Lightbown (Medicine Hat) will be attending this event, which is the highest level in the officiating program in Canada.

There are only about 80 level 6 officials registered in Canada each season, making this a very select group of top officials from across Canada.

Hockey Alberta and the Officials Committee would like to congratulate each official on their selection.