RED DEER – Team Alberta tryouts for the 2024 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship (NAHC) are taking place at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer, August 3-6.
Of the 187 athletes competing for a roster position, 132 are eyeing a spot on the male team and 55 are vying for a position on the female team. Both the Male and Female camp feature on-ice sessions including small area games, practices and games. On Saturday, shortlists will be posted with the Top 44 Males and Top 33 Females.
Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council – Alberta, will send a U18 Male and U18 Female team to the 2024 tournament, scheduled for May 6-12 in Grande Prairie. It will mark the first time Alberta has ever hosted the event.
NAHC was established in 2002 by the Aboriginal Sport Circle, to serve as the premiere competition for young Aboriginal hockey players in Canada.
The annual event provides a forum for elite U18 aged Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nations. Métis and Inuit across the 13 provinces and territories. This annual event helps foster cultural unity and pride to celebrate Indigenous athletes and sport.
Coaching Staff Announced for 2024 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships
RED DEER – The coaching staff for Team Alberta Female and Male, competing at the 2024 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) have been named.
After a bronze medal finish in 2023, Jason Mercier (Edmonton) is making the step to head coach of Team Alberta Female. While Kendra Rosychuk (Calgary) is returning to the team as assistant coach. Joining them on the bench as assistant coach is Sage Sansregret (Red Deer). Trevor Lamabe (Edmonton) is back as Director of Operations and Alyssa Ross (Inuvik) joins the team as the athletic therapist.
Darren Reid (Caslan) is returning as the head coach of Team Alberta Male. He is joined by assistant coaches: Denesha Big Plume (Tsuut’ina Nation), Richard Demery (Edmonton) and Damien Kulynych (Calgary). Once again, Winston Delorme (Grande Cache) joins the team as the Director of Operations and Kevin McLarty.
Completing the Team Alberta’s staff for NAHC is General Manager, Mike Applegate (Mayerthorpe) and Lead Trainer/Equipment Manager, Kayla Cordingley (Calgary).
|General Manager||Mike Applegate||Mayerthorpe|
|Team Alberta Female Staff|
|Director of Operations||Trevor Lamabe||Edmonton|
|Head Coach||Jason Mercier||Edmonton|
|Assistant Coach||Kendra Rosychuk||Calgary|
|Assistant Coach||Sage Sansregret||
|Athletic Therapist||Alyssa Ross||
|Team Alberta Male Staff|
|Director of Operations||Winston Delorme||Grande Cache|
|Head Coach||Darren Reid||Caslan|
|Assistant Coach||Denesha Big Plume||Tsuut’ina Nation|
|Assistant Coach||Richard Demery||Edmonton|
|Athletic Therapist||Kevin McLarty||Olds|