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Sheldon Graber


Elite Male Hockey Model (AAA)

The Male Hockey Alberta Development Model (ADM) provides guidance and direction so that elite player development is undertaken with recognition of the needs of the player and the teams involved. The guiding principle is that everyone will act in the best interest of the athlete’s ability to play at an elite level.

Elite Male Hockey (AAA) Regulations >

The Elite Male Operating Model is based on four principles to create a system that better meet the needs of the athlete as he progresses through the system of development. 

Elite Male Operating Model >

  1. Hockey Alberta establishes an outlined system of development that starts at U15 AAA and concludes at Major Junior (U15 AAA, U16 AAA, U18 AAA, Junior A, and Major Junior). All Elite Leagues and Local Minor Hockey Associations are to focus on moving players through the system to the next level.
  2. A mechanism is developed to encourage communication between Elite Level Leagues on matters related to the Development Model.
  3. The Alberta Development Model will include criteria to determine an appropriate number of Teams within each League and the terms and conditions under which these teams will operate. Elite Level Teams will provide elite level opportunities for the top players within their Boundaries.
  4. Establish an Affiliation structure that accommodates athlete development under the development model. Leagues and Teams within the development system shall be known as the “Elite Stream” of hockey.

I do not want to try out for the team in my Elite Draw Zone, can I try out in another Elite Draw Zone?

I have to move away from my family in order to play Elite Hockey. I have a relative in another Elite Draw Zone with whom i can reside, can I try out for the team in the other Elite Draw Zone?

If I am released from the team in my Elite Draw Zone, can I tryout for a team in another Elite Draw Zone?

It is considerably closer to travel to a team in another Elite Draw Zone and I can continue residing with my family if I play there. Can I tryout for that team in the other Elite Draw Zone?

Last year I player for a team in another Elite Draw Zone and I want to return to that team. What do I have to do?

What are the Elite Draw Zones?

What categories offer Elite Hockey?

Which team am I required to try out for?


I do not want to try out for the team in my Elite Draw Zone, can I try out in another EDZ?

You are expected to try out and play for the team which is in the Elite Draw Zone that you are a resident. If you do not wish to play for a team in your Elite Draw Zone, you can apply for “Player Movement” to request to have a tryout with another Elite Draw Zone.

I have to move away from my family in order to play Elite Hockey. I have a relative in another Elite Draw Zone with whom I can reside. Can I try out for the team in the other Elite Draw Zone?

Players are expected to play for the team that draws from the Team/Local Minor Hockey Association the player is resident in and the first option is using a billet there.

However, if there is an opportunity for a player to reside with a relative in another draw zone, the player can apply to move.

The player completes a Player Movement Application form located on the Hockey Alberta website and has it signed by his resident Minor Hockey Association President.

Player submits the "Player Movement Application" and supporting documents by July 1st to the Hockey Alberta office.

Supporting documents must include the signed application and a letter from the family he will be staying with indicating their relationship and their concurrence with the request.

Hockey Alberta Office notifies the players resident Team and Local Minor Hockey Association that the player has submitted an application to move.

The resident Team/ Local Minor Hockey Association have Ten (10) days to respond with their comments on the application.

The HA office insures documentation is complete and submits the request to the Player Movement Committee (PMC) in July.

The PMC reviews the application which includes the Local Minor Hockey Association and Teams comments.
The Player Movement Committee approves or denies movement.

Notification of decision will be sent out from the Hockey Alberta Office to the LMHA, Elite Teams involved, and the appropriate League(s).

If I am released from the team in my Elite Draw Zone, can I tryout for a team in another Elite Draw Zone?

If the player does not make the team they are trying out for, they have the option to try-out for other Elite Teams. This process and conditions are outlined in the Elite Player Movement Process located on the Hockey Alberta website.

In all cases, when a player is released and wants to try out for another team, they are required to obtain a waiver from the team which he did not make and then return to his resident LMHA.

The player would then submit an additional Notification of Try-out form for the next Elite team. This Notification of Try-out form is required in order to try-out as a non-resident / Import player for the next team. His previous waiver(s) and Notification of Try-out forms must accompany the request.

A player making the designated Elite Team will receive a release from the LMHA of which the player was registered in the previous season and/or their resident LMHA. The player must pay any outstanding fees or other financial obligations owing to the previous registered Team.

Once an Import Player (by definition) has made the Elite Team of which he was trying out for, the Player must ensure that his Notification of Try-out forms and all applicable Waivers are submitted together at the time of registration to Hockey Alberta.

Failure to submit the Notification of Try-out form and applicable waivers (as required for an Import Player), at the time of registration, will result in that player being not registered.

It is considerably closer to travel to a team in another Elite Draw Zone and I can continue residing with my family if I play there. Can I tryout for that team in the other Elite Draw Zone?

Players are expected to play for the team that draws from the Team/ Local Minor Hockey Association the player is resident in.

The quickest route to follow is to request a "waiver" from the Elite Team whose draw zone the player resides in and the LOCAL MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION where they are resident. Have the waiver signed by the team and the Local Minor Hockey Association President. Waiver forms are located on the the Hockey Alberta website.

The team/ Local Minor Hockey Association may refuse to give a waiver, however they must provide written reasons why they will not provide it.

If the Team/ Local Minor Hockey Association refuse permission, the player will have the right to appeal to the Player Movement Committee. However they must apply prior to July 1st by submitting a Player Movement Application.

The Player Movement Committee will consider the application and render a decision.

If anyone disagrees with the decision of the Player Movement Committee, the Hockey Alberta appeal process would be the next step.

Last year I played for a team in another Elite Draw Zone and I want to return to that team. What do I have to do?

You are expected to try out and play for the team which is in the Elite Draw Zone that you are a resident. If you do not wish to play for a team in your Elite Draw Zone, you can request a "waiver" from that team however they are under no obligation to provide it. Waiver forms are located on the Hockey Alberta Website.

What are the Elite Draw Zones?

Click here to download the Elite Draw Zones PDF

What categories offer Elite Hockey?

Elite hockey is offered at the U15 & U18 levels.

Which team am I required to try out for?

The Province is divided into Elite Draw Zones and each Local Minor Hockey Association is assigned to an Elite Draw Zone. You are expected to try out and play for the team which is in the Elite Draw Zone that you are a resident.

Click here to download the Elite Draw Zones PDF

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