AFHL Newsletter: January Edition


The St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire Red (Midget Elite), and Sherwood Park Royals (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective divisions as 2020 begins. BANTAM ELITE STANDINGS > | MIDGET ELITE STANDINGS > | MIDGET AAA STANDINGS >


The Alberta Female Hockey League annually present four scholarships, valuing $1,500 each. These scholarships will be awarded to the student athletes who best exemplify the values of the AFHL; academics, athletics, and personal growth. Two players, a coach, and an official who plan to attend post-secondary during the 2020-2021 academic year, will receive the scholarships. APPLY NOW >



This month’s AFHL Alumni Spotlight focuses on Athena Hauck, a former Rocky Mountain Raider. Athena is currently in the Bachelor of Health Science program at Mount Royal University, and has a goal of becoming a Research Scientist of health in the future. Away from the rink, her favourite sport is canoe/kayak polo, which she has been playing since she was seven, and enjoys it because it is very unique and different from hockey. Athena’s favourite part about hockey is creating relationships and experiencing special moments with those same people. ATHENA’S BIO >


When practicing Puck Retrievals & Breakouts, look to focus on specific components. By separating out the different components, it is much easier to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. On most teams, you will find subtle skill deficiencies that are limiting the efficiency of the entire breakout process. VIDEO NOTES >



- Female Hockey Day: January 25

- Bantam Elite Showcase: February 7-9

- Alberta Winter Games: February 14-17

- Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: March 19-22 (Bantam Elite, Midget AAA), March 26-29 (Midget Elite)

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Nominate your coach for the BFL Female Coach of the Year!

RED DEER - Do you have a coach that has made a significant impact on your team this season? Nominate her for the BFL Coach of the Year award!

The BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards recognize and honor coaches who exemplify the positive values of hockey and sport, for their successful and outstanding achievements in player development and the leadership of their players and teams.

The BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards will honor one female community coach and one female high-performance coach in each province who have made outstanding contributions over an extended period of time coaching hockey programs within Hockey Canada female and/or minor hockey programs.

In addition, BFL Female Coach of the Year Award provincial winners will be considered in the selection of the national BFL Female Coach of the Year Awards for community coach and high-performance coach.


  • Leads by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship,
  • Places the emotional and physical well-being ahead of a personal desire to win,
  • Places an emphasis on equitable participation of all players registered on the team,
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the development of every player and staff member,
  • Treats each player as an individual and understands the range of emotional and physical development,
  • Does her best to provide a safe playing situation for all players,
  • Uses the coaching techniques that are appropriate for all of the age and skill level of her players,
  • Must be actively coaching at the female hockey, minor hockey or high-performance levels within the province the nomination originates from,
  • Must be trained and/or certified in the Hockey Canada National Coach Certification Program,
  • Must have completed all elements required to be an active coach,
  • Must be a member in good standing within the Province the nomination originates from.

How to Nominate

Any individual may nominate a coach for the provincial coach awards. The nomination must clearly state whether the award nomination is for the community coach and high-performance coach category. The individual submitting the nomination should complete the online nomination form and should also include a covering letter of support (not to exceed 300 words). As well, the supporting materials will include testimonials as to why the individual should be considered.


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AFHL December Wrap Up

RED DEER - Wrapping up the 2019 portion of the schedule, The St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White and Red(Midget Elite), and Sherwood Park Royals (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective divisions.

Midget AAA

Heading into 2020, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (44 pts)
2) Edmonton Pandas (31 pts)

3) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (20 pts)
4) Rocky Mountain Raiders (25 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (23 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (7 pts)

Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Sydney Benko has a one point lead over St. Albert’s Jenna Goodwin with a total of 17, and the two are tied for the lead in goals with 11 each. Benko’s teammate Kaia Borbandy still leads the way in assists with 12 and sits tied with Goodwin at 16 points.

Elise Hugens is continuing her spectacular season for the Edmonton Pandas by leading the league with a 0.75 GAA. Slash goaltender Mabel Maltais still has a perfect record this season, pushing it to 9-0, including four shutouts, which is also leading the league.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Midget Elite

Heading into 2020, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (27 pts)
2) St. Albert Sharks (25 pts) 
3) Edmonton Pandas (23 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (15 pts)
5) North Central Impact (12 pts) 
6) Sherwood Park Fury (10 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (29 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (29 pts) 
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (22 pts)
4) Rocky Mountain Raiders (22 pts)
5) Southern Express (15 pts)
6) Airdrie Lightning (14 pts)

Sherwood Park Fury forward Tayler Premak has the top spot in the points and assists categories with 20 and 12 respectively. She also sits one goal behind leader Paige Dodd of Red Deer, who has set the pace with nine goals. 

Calgary Fire White’s Cienna Kinghorn carries the top GAA with 0.95, while Calgary Fire Red netminder Kalynah Fong Martin currently leads in wins (8) and shutouts (4).

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

Bantam Elite

Heading into 2020, the Bantam Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Royals (37 pts)
2) North Central Impact (21 pts)
3) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (18 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (16 pts)
5) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (14 pts)
6) St. Albert Chargers (8 pts) 

South Division:
1) Rocky Mountain Raiders (28 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (27 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (26 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (17 pts)
5) Southern Express (9 pts)
6) Olds Grizzlys (4 pts)

Hanna Perrier of Calgary Fire Red continues to lead Bantam Elite in points (19) and is still tied for the lead with her teammate Makenna Schafer with nine assists. Peace Country’s Kamryn Aebly has taken sole spot as the goals leader with eleven.

Jorja Fisher (Calgary Fire Red) has been great this season, logging a 0.84 GAA. Sherwood Park’s Grace Mackenzie and Teegan Fedoruk, have each recored six wins, and are tied for the lead with Hadley Stevens of Calgary Fire White. Four goaltenders share the league lead in shutouts two, including Fisher and Stevens, along with Caitlin Nichols (Red Deer) and Avery Johnson (Peace Country).

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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