Minor Female Hockey
If you’re looking to get involved in female hockey, but have a few questions, please review the frequently asked questions below:
There are Try Hockey Events hosted across the province throughout the year. Please check back with an updated list of events for the 2017-2018 season.
Yes, Female Hockey is available to all of our registered female players. If your association does not offer female hockey, you can go through our Player Movement Process to go to the next closest association that offers female hockey. You will need to fill out a Player Movement Form and check the box “No Team in my age Division in my Resident Association” and acquire all of the necessary signatures. Your minor hockey association or the Minor Female Regulation Coordinator can assist you if your family has any questions about the process.
We currently have 36 associations that offer female programs at a variety of divisions, below is the list of our member associations that hosted female teams in 2015-2016 and more associations are adding teams each year!
- Bonnyville (Lakeland)
- Brooks (Prairie Thunder)
- Edmonton (Edmonton Girls Hockey Association)
- Fort Saskatchewan
- Grande Prairie
- High Prairie
- Lacombe/Ponoka (Lacoka)
- Red Deer
- Sherwood Park
- Slave Lake
- St Albert
- Sylvan Lake (West Central Wildcats)
- Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL)
- Alberta Junior Female Hockey League
- All Peace League
- East Central Alberta Female Hockey League
- Edmonton Federation League
- Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League
Yes, associations can apply for a female who is playing (mainstream) boys to affiliate to an all female team. Please contact your local minor hockey association for assistance with the process.
- Female Peers – Young girls will get the opportunity to engage with other females that share similar interests through sport and may help them feel more accepted. The social component is just as important as development as many girls leave the sport at an early age because they do not feel accepted among mainstream (boys) teams.
- Female Focused Coaching – There are subtle difference between the mainstream (boys) and female game. Coaches that coach female hockey will understand the differences as well as how to work with and inspire female athletes. They are also more familiar with the opportunities in female hockey provides and can give guidance to families and players about the next level.
- Female Coaches – Associations with female teams are more likely to have female coaches working with these athletes. They have a vested interested in recruiting former players to help with their association teams. Female coaches understand the needs of their athletes, the pathway for female athletes and can provide important mentorship for your daughter.
- Mentorship Programs – Associations with female programs will more than likely host a mentorship program. Whether your daughter is Novice or Midget, this is an important opportunity for these athletes to either have role models in their own community or to give back to the younger generation of players.
- Leadership – Playing female hockey will give your daughter more of an opportunity to become a leader on her team that she may not receive on a mainstream (boys) team.
- Development - If considering playing mainstream (boys) hockey, it is important to think of development in terms of playing time. An important piece of development is getting the opportunity to get ice time in a variety of situations (5 on 5, powerplay, penalty kill, etc) during games as it helps to build the players confidence and motivates them to improve their skills.
We currently have 12 Bantam Elite programs across Alberta that compete in the Alberta Female Hockey League. Each team is made up of girls from across a specific Recruitment Zone and it is based on your Resident Minor Hockey Association (not last played). To see where your daughter can tryout, click here for the list of Draw Zones.
We have passionate people dedicated to helping female hockey grow throughout our Province. If you have a question that has not been answered in our FAQ section, please reach out to them for assistance.