RED DEER - The AFHL has begun a new season and we now enter full swing as the month of October comes to an end. The St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Sherwood Park Royals (Bantam Elite) have gotten off to hot starts and lead their respective divisions at the end of the first month.
Through October, the Midget AAA Female standings are:
Slash goaltender Holly Borrett has been red-hot to start the season, as she leads the league in wins (5), and is tied for the lead in GAA with Edmonton’s Elise Hugens (1.00 GAA) and shutouts, which she shares with her teammate Mabel Maltais (2 each).
Congratulations to 14 AFHL players, as they will represent Alberta at the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championships in Morden & Winkler, MB: Goaltenders Holly Borrett (St. Albert), and Elise Hugens (Edmonton), blueliners Aryn Chambers (Red Deer), Sierra LaPlante (Calgary), Dayle Ross (St. Albert) and Alexandria Spence (Lloydminster), and forwards Jaden Bogden (St. Albert), Hayleigh Craig (Lloydminster), Sarah Gaiser (Calgary), Natalie Kieser (St. Albert), Jadynn Morden (Lloydminster), McKinley Nelson (Calgary), Kylie Perry (Red Deer), and Brooklyn Schroeder (St. Albert).
Through October, the Midget Elite standings are:
1) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (11 pts)
2) St. Albert Sharks (11 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (10 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (6 pts)
5) North Central Impact (6 pts)
6) Sherwood Park Fury (1 pts)
1) Calgary Fire White (15 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (13 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (10 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (9 pts)
5) Southern Express (7 pts)
6) Airdrie Lightning (3 pts)
Calgary Fire Red defender Teah Workman is off to a great start as she leads the league in assists (5) and points (8). Mackenzie Stafford (Lloydminster) and Sierra Whillans (St. Albert) have both scored five goals to lead in that department.
Southern Express’ Hayley Whelen’s 0.98 GAA is the top mark in Midget Elite, while Calgary Fire White’s Madison Shenfield sets the pace with four wins, and Kamden Rochford (Lloydminster) leads the league in shutouts (2).
Through October, the Bantam Elite standings are:
1) Sherwood Park Royals (18 pts)
2) North Central Impact (12 pts)
3) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (7 pts)
4) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (6 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (4 pts)
6) St. Albert Chargers (1 pts)
1) Rocky Mountain Raiders (13 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (12 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (11 pts)
4) Southern Express (6 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (3 pts)
6) Olds Grizzlys (0 pts)
North Centreal Impact forward Chloe Goofers had lead the way in the goals (6) and points (11) categories, while Makenna Schafer (Calgary Fire Red) has the top mark with 6 assists. Her teammate, Hanna Perrier is tied for the league lead in goals with six, and sits just two points behind Goofers with 9 points.
Caitlin Nichols (Red Deer) and Chloe Marshall (Calgary Fire White) have each produced a shutout in their one appearance this season, while Olivia Davidson (North Central Impact) leads the league with two shutouts in her four games played. A group of four goaltenders each share the lead with three wins a piece: Davidson, Teegan Fedoruk (Sherwood Park), her teammate Grace Mackenzie, and Hadley Stevens (Calgary Fire White).
LETHBRIDGE - Hockey Alberta will be hosting the second ever Female Hockey Day in Lethbridge on January 25, 2020.
Female Hockey Day is an all-day event to celebrate "Why We Play" and the growth of the female game. The day will feature different on-ice and off-ice sessions focusing on players, officials, parents, and coaches.
The day will culminate with a U SPORTS match-up featuring the Mount Royal Cougars taking on the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Last year in Red Deer, over 160 athletes took part in activities throughout the day, which included on-ice sessions for players and officials of all levels, and off-ice sessions, such as dryland training, parent education sessions, and sport ambassador sessions. The day was capped off by a CWHL game between the Calgary Inferno and Toronto Furies, which served as the exclamation point for Female Hockey Day, and drew a crowd of over 600 fans to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
“We are excited to build on the success of the first ever Female Hockey Day in Red Deer,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “Now we have the chance to take the event to a new community and influence a new group of female athletes."
WELCOME TO THE 2019-20 HOCKEY SEASON!
The 2019-20 Midget AAA season is set to begin on Friday, October 4 with two games leading off the weekend! Edmonton takes on Red Deer and Lloydminster heads to St. Albert. Calgary and the Rocky Mountain Raiders will begin their season on Saturday. Bantam and Midget Elite will get started on Friday, October 18. MIDGET AAA SCHEDULE > | MIDGET ELITE SCHEDULE > | BANTAM ELITE SCHEDULE >
HOCKEY ALBERTA ANNOUNCES TEAM ALBERTA U18 FEMALE ROSTER
Hockey Alberta has announced the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U18 Female team that will represent the province at the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB. ROSTER >
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE AFHL THIS SEASON?
- IIHF World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend: October 4-6
- Midget Elite Showcase: October 18-20
- Canadian Women’s National U18 Championships: November 5-9
- Alberta Winter Games Regional Camps: November 29 - December 1
- Female Hockey Day: January 25, 2020
- Bantam Elite Showcase: February 7-9, 2020
- Alberta Winter Games: February 14-17, 2020
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2020 ALBERTA WINTER GAMES REGIONAL CAMPS
Registration is now open for 2005 & 2006-born female athletes to take part in regional selection camps for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games. The 2020 Alberta Winter Games run February 14-17 in Airdrie. INFO > | FEMALE REGISTRATION >
COACH OF THE MONTH IS BACK FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON
One coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package valued at over $500, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. Nominations are now open! NOMINATION FORM >
PARENTS & PLAYERS GUIDE FEATURE - PLAYER SAFETY
Hockey Alberta is committed to a safe and fun environment for all participants to enjoy the game. Player safety can take many forms, but three that are consistently focused on are attitude, training, and equipment. READ MORE >
RED DEER - Fourteen Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) players have been included on the Team Alberta U18 Female roster that will represent the province at the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championships in Morden and Winkler, MB.
"We saw a lot of talent and determination throughout Summer and Fall Camp, which made the selection of this roster challenging," said Head Coach Craig Perrett. "Now that we have the team selected, our staff is looking forward to working with these players as we move towards competition at the 2019 U18 Nationals.”
Sixty-eight players were originally invited to the U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer in July, where a shortlist roster was established. The shortlisted players moved on to participate in Fall Camp held in Edmonton on September 27-29.
Team staff that have AFHL ties this season include: Brett Wold (assistant coach) - Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, and Shanya Shwetz (video coach) - Edmonton Pandas.
Four AFHL Midget AAA teams will be represented on the roster: Calgary Fire, Edmonton Pandas, Lloydminster PWM Steelers, and St. Albert Slash.
Among the 14 AFHL players, five will be returning from the U18 team that won a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer earlier this year: Jaden Bogden (St. Albert), Hayleigh Craig (Lloydminster), Sierra LaPlante (Calgary), Brooklyn Schroeder (St. Albert), and Alexandria Spence (Lloydminster).
The 2019 U18 Nationals will feature the top-rated female players in the under-18 age category from different provinces across Canada, and the tournament is the first step on the road to Canada’s National Women’s Team.
Team Alberta opens the tournament against Team Saskatchewan on November 5 in Winkler.
EDMONTON - Nineteen AFHL players will take to the ice this weekend looking to earn a spot on the Team Alberta U18 Female team.
Hockey Alberta will be hosting their Team Alberta Female U18 Fall Selection Camp at Clare Drake Arena beginning Friday, September 27. A shortlist of 28 players was announced in July after 68 athletes had competed at a Summer Evaluation Camp held in Red Deer. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 16 forwards. The final roster of 20 players will compete at the 2019 U18 National Championship tournament in Morden and Winkler, MB.
Of the 19 AFHL players hoping to make the team this fall, five already have experience at the provincial level, as Jaden Bogden, Hayleigh Craig, Sierra Laplante, Brooklyn Schroeder, and Alexandria Spence won a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.
Four of the short listed players have made their way through the AFHL’s Midget Elite stream as 15 year olds, including two who played with Calgary Fire White last season in Sarah Gaiser and Sophie Lajuenesse.
Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U18 Summer Camp in Red Deer, July 9-14. The 2019 U18 National Championship Tournament will be running November 3-9 in Morden and Winkler, MB.
U18 Fall Camp Game Schedule
|Friday, September 27||7:00pm||Clare Drake Arena||U of A Pandas|
|Saturday, September 28||2:00pm||Clare Drake Arena||U of A Pandas|
|Sunday, September 29||1:00pm||Clare Drake Arena||Sherwood Park Bantam AAA (Boys)|
The 2019-20 season is right around the corner, and some AFHL teams have already begun their tryouts! Check out all of our FAQs to ensure that your tryout process runs smoothly:
How do I know what Draw Zone/Recruitment Area I am in?
While Midget AAA operates without boundaries or draw zones, players interested in playing Midget Elite or Bantam Elite are expected to access their first tryout with their Recruitment Area Team. The Recruitment Area team that a player is eligible for depends on your Resident Minor Hockey Association (not the one the player was last registered with). The breakdown of Recruitment Area Teams can be found below:
Can a player access a Midget or Bantam Elite try out elsewhere?
Midget Elite and Bantam Elite players are expected to access their first try out within the area that has been identified by the ADM for their Resident LMHA. However, if extenuating circumstances warrant a move, a player may use the Elite Player Movement Application process to move to access a program outside of their identified area. Elite Player Movement Forms must be completed and submitted by July 1st.
Who can sign a Player Agreement Form?
A Player Agreement Form is for players selected to play for a Midget AAA, Midget Elite or Bantam Elite Team within the ADM. All “AAA” and Elite players must sign a Player Agreement Form prior to the start of the regular season. Underage players are not eligible to sign a Player Agreement Form without gaining approval through the Player Acceleration Process.
By signing this document, the player is agreeing to register and play for that specific Member Club for the upcoming season. This document is viewed as binding and it is the expectation of both parties, the player and the Member Club, to uphold their portion of the agreement.
Can I sign a Player Agreement Form prior to the start of the season?
Each “AAA” Member Club can formally sign up to six players (five skaters and one goaltender) to early Player Agreements between June 15 to August 15th. This is done through the completion of the Player Agreement Form, signed by both parties. “Commitments” made without a written agreement are considered “verbal” and can be viewed as non-binding by either party. Players who have not signed a Player Agreement prior to the beginning of the season are encouraged to attend multiple tryout camps in order to keep all of their options open.
If I played AAA last year but would like to play for a different AAA team this upcoming season, is there something I need to do before I change teams?
If a player signed a Player Agreement and was registered with a AAA team for the 2018/2019 season and would like to play for another AAA team for the 2019/2020 season, the family will need to request an Elite Waiver from the Previous Registered Team. The signed waiver, complete with rationale must be submitted to the Female ADM Committee prior to the start of tryouts.
What is an elite waiver?
An Elite Waiver is used for two different purposes in the Female ADM;
- Players who played “AAA” last season and would like to tryout/sign with another AAA club are required to have a completed Elite Wavier prior to the start of Tryouts.
- A player who is cut from a Midget AAA, Midget Elite or Bantam Elite team and wishes to pursue the opportunity to try out with a second team. The player would need a completed Elite Waiver from the association that released them from the tryout process. A family would appeal to the Female ADM Committee by providing the Committee with a competed “Notification of Tryout Form” and Elite Waiver Form. The Female ADM Committee will review the application and provide the family with their second tryout option.
Do I have a choice of a second tryout?
At the “AAA” level, yes. The family and the player have the option of where they would like to go. This information needs to be submitted, alongside the Elite Waiver to the Female ADM Committee prior to moving onto your second tryout.
At the Elite Level, no. The Female ADM Committee works with all of the Member Teams during tryouts to understand if there is a need at a certain position (not enough defense at tryouts, no goaltender) amongst the teams. While travel is a consideration in the decision, the Female ADM will offer a second tryout option that would give the player the best opportunity to make a team. To be placed for your second tryout, please contact the appropriate Division Director with a completed Notification of Tryout and Elite Waiver from your first tryout.
Bantam Elite Director – email@example.com
Midget Elite Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
When do tryouts begin?
The actual start date for tryouts may differ across associations, please ensure you are connecting with that association/team to find the proper dates.
Tryouts for AAA begin on/after August 23
Tryouts for Midget and Bantam Elite begin on/after September 6
Do I need any paperwork to attend a tryout?
All players trying out for a “AAA” or Elite team that is outside their Resident Minor Hockey Association needs to have a completed Notification of Tryout Form signed by their Resident MHA.
Is there a deadline to hand in my Notification of Tryout Form?
Notification of Tryout Forms need to be handed into the association players are accessing their first tryout with prior to the start of tryouts. “AAA” Players who have a preference for their second tryout can state their second tryout directly onto the NTO form.
Do I have to find a billet if I move away from home?
Each Female ADM Member Association has a billet program in place. They can assist you in finding a billet home while you play hockey. Fees may differ across associations and should be discussed with the Member MHA.
How much does this cost a year?
Each program is different (amount of ice, travel, team apparel etc). The association you would be able to give your family a more accurate breakdown of the financial obligations.
LLOYDMINSTER – The Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, is headed back to Alberta in 2021 when the Lloydminster Steelers host the 13th edition of the event, April 18-24.
The 2021 Esso Cup represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, the Lloydminster Steelers and the local host organizing committee, which made the announcement Thursday in the Border City.
The host Steelers will face off against five regional champions – Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific Quebec and West – in their quest to capture a national championship at the 1,700-seat Centennial Civic Centre. The Steelers will look to become the first host team to win the Esso Cup and third host to earn a medal at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.
“Hosting an event of this scale will provide our community an exciting opportunity to showcase our commitment to volunteerism and sport,” said Gerald Aalbers, mayor of the City of Lloydminster. “The Lloydminster Steelers play a pivotal role in the growth and development of female athletes within Alberta and it will be our shared privilege to stand with them in welcoming the nation’s top-performing female hockey players as they look to achieve personal goals and compete for the 2021 Esso Cup right here in our city.”
Although the Steelers have yet to appear in the Esso Cup, Pacific Region teams have won nine medals since the event’s inception, including three-consecutive national championships from 2017-19, two silver medals and four bronze.
Alberta has hosted Canada’s National Female Midget Championship three times in the event’s 11-year history, with Calgary (2009), St. Albert (2011) and Red Deer (2015) all welcoming the tournament.
“The City of Lloydminster is ecstatic to be selected as the host city for the 2021 Esso Cup, as our community has a proven record of hosting national events in the past and we look forward to once again showcasing hockey in the Border City,” said Ryan Sklapsky, co-chair of the local host organizing committee. “Lloydminster’s support for elite female hockey is widely recognized and we are excited for the athletes that will make up the Lloydminster Steelers roster for the 2020-21 hockey season as they will have the chance to compete for a national championship. Since the inception of the Midget program in 2004, the Steelers have been a premier organization on and off the ice, and the program continues to develop elite players that move on to the ACAC, U SPORTS and NCAA programs."
The 2021 Esso Cup marks the second Hockey Canada event held in Lloydminster, which also hosted the 2016 National Junior A Championship. As with all of Hockey Canada’s national championships, net proceeds from all ticket sales, sponsorship and grants at the event will stay within the host community to help support the growth and development of the game at the grassroots level. Recent editions of the Esso Cup have also resulted in an economic boost of up to $1.5 million to the host regions over the seven-day event.
The official tournament schedule and ticket information for the 2021 Esso Cup will be announced at a later date.
“The Esso brand takes great pride in its support of the Esso Cup,” said Susan Di Giorgio, fuels sponsorship manager for Imperial. “As a premier sponsor of Hockey Canada through the years and in partnership on programs such as Esso Medals of Achievement and Esso Fun Days, the Esso brand is committed to supporting the development of grassroots hockey across Canada.”
RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) today announced a new agreement with HeadCheck Health, Inc. (HeadCheck) to supply all teams with mobile and web-based technology to follow the league’s concussion protocol and record and share vital information on suspected concussions with medical professionals.
“We’re very pleased to be teaming up with HeadCheck to help solve some of our biggest challenges in concussion safety,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of the AFHL. “Their tech simplifies what’s normally a complicated process and provides our medical professionals with the information they want to make the most informed decisions possible on the welfare of our players.”
“It shows an incredible commitment to player safety on the part of the AFHL to kick off this agreement by bringing all three levels of play onto HeadCheck,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health, Inc. “This is just the first step in providing the league with unparalleled visibility into exactly where they can best allocate resources for concussion safety.”
As part of the agreement, all Bantam Elite, Midget Elite, and Midget AAA teams will be able to use HeadCheck beginning with the upcoming season. Team trainers, athletic therapists, and safety personnel can use HeadCheck’s mobile app to document suspected concussions, perform concussion assessments per what is appropriate for their qualifications and transfer the information collected to medical professionals and partner clinics to safely return players to the ice. The platform allows a player’s concussion history to transfer with them from team-to-team or level-to-level for more informed care.
Additionally, HeadCheck is customized to the league’s concussion protocol and provides administrators governance tools and the ability to monitor compliance in real-time. Where needed, HeadCheck will supply teams within the league with contracted athletic therapists to support team staff. HeadCheck is a secure system that meets all top line health privacy standards in Canada and the United States.
About HeadCheck Health, Inc.
HeadCheck is an innovative mobile and web-based platform that gives medical and non-medical personnel the appropriate tools to follow any concussion protocol, integrates all individuals involved in concussion care, and allows the data collected to be analyzed for health and safety improvements. Hundreds of teams across the world from minor through professional sports have adopted the HeadCheck platform including: the CFL, CJHL, BC Hockey, Trek Factory Racing, Volleyball Canada, UBC Athletics, BC Rugby, Eastern Washington University, Rugby Ontario, Western Lacrosse Association, Rugby Quebec, and more. For more information visit http://www.headcheckhealth.com
Kari Kylo - email@example.com
Looking toward the 2019-20 season, here are the tryout dates for teams in the Alberta Female Hockey League:
|North Central Impact||Friday, Sept. 6||6:45pm-8:00pm||Wilhauk|
|North Central Impact||Saturday, Sept. 7||5:00pm-6:00pm||Sobeys|
|North Central Impact||Sunday, Sept. 8||12:45pm-2:00pm||Robinson|
|Lloydminster Junior Steelers||Friday, Sept. 6||6:00pm-7:15pm||Servus Sports Centre|
|Lloydminster Junior Steelers||Saturday, Sept. 7||11:00am-12:15pm||Servus Sports Centre|
|Lloydminster Junior Steelers||Saturday, Sept. 7||3:15pm-4:30pm||Servus Sports Centre|
|Lloydminster Junior Steelers||Sunday, Sept. 8||9:00am-11:00am||
Servus Sports Centre
|Sherwood Park Royals||
|North Central Impact||Friday, Sept. 6||8:15pm-9:30pm||Wilhauk|
|North Central Impact||Saturday, Sept. 7||6:15pm-7:15pm||Sobeys|
|North Central Impact||Sunday Sept. 8||2:45pm-4:00pm||Robinson|
|Airdrie Lightning||Friday, Sept. 13||5:45pm-6:45pm||Genesis Rocky|
|Airdrie Lightning||Saturday, Sept. 14||5:30pm-6:30pm||Rob Ebbesen Gold|
|Airdrie Lightning||Sunday, Sept 15||6:15pm-7:15pm||Genesis Rocky|
|Airdrie Lightning||Monday, Sept. 16||8:00pm-9:00pm||Rob Ebbesen Gold|
RED DEER - A total of 114 female athletes from across Alberta are about to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program.
68 players will attend the Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp beginning on Tuesday in Red Deer, which is the next step in the selection process for the 2019 U18 Nationals in Morden & Winkler, MB. 46 players have also been invited to the Team Alberta U16 Female Summer Camp, which runs in conjunction with the U18 camp starting on Thursday.
The AFHL will be represented with 85 players between the two camps, 39 with the U16 group, and 46 with U18.
The U16 camp list includes six goalies, 16 defence, and 24 forwards, while the U18 camp will host eight goalies, 24 defence, and 36 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2018-19 season, as well as the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge in Leduc in May. From the Summer Camp, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams and 25-27 players continuing on to Fall Camp where the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named.