What’s new in 2018-19

Standardized Tiering

Over the past year, Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee has worked extensively on a Standardized Tiering Model. This tiering model is a key component of the Alberta One initiative, where Hockey Alberta and our Minor Leagues are working together to build a unified structure and strategic model that enables Leagues to adopt the same tiering, seasonal structure and other operational processes.

Having identified standardized tiering as the first step in this initiative, the following leagues/ organizations will implement the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model for the 2018-19 hockey season:

  • Hockey Calgary
  • Hockey Edmonton
  • Central Alberta Hockey League
  • Northern Alberta Interlock
  • All Peace Hockey League
  • North Eastern Alberta Hockey League

Under the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model, leagues/ organizations have agreed to operate six tiers within the divisions of Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget. Larger leagues/ organizations can split tiers into more manageable groups based on number of teams and travel. Smaller leagues/ organizations may not operate all six tiers within a division but will follow a grid that determines the number of tiers based on the total number of teams at a division. Read more >


Intro to Hockey

Hockey Alberta has adopted the Initiation Program as the formal structure for the operation of hockey for players six years and under, and is to be implemented by all Minor Hockey Associations in Alberta. The Hockey Alberta Initiation Program was developed from a combination of guidelines from Hockey Canada and Hockey Quebec, with specific modifications to reflect Hockey Alberta’s player first approach.

An Initiation Program’s success will be measured by the levels of enjoyment and development achieved by the players. To optimize those levels of enjoyment and development, it is necessary for dedicated adults to play a large role as effective leaders and teachers who will create a safe, fun, learning, challenging and motivating environment for the player. Read more >