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AFHL Newsletter: December Edition

CHECK OUT ALL OF THE UPDATED STATS AND STANDINGS IN OUR NOVEMBER WRAP UP

The St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire Red (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective divisions at the end of the second month of action. NOVEMBER WRAP UP > 


106 AFHL PLAYERS NAMED TO 2020 ALBERTA WINTER GAMES ROSTERS

Hockey Alberta has announced the female rosters for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, which include 106 players from the Alberta Female Hockey League. MORE > 


CALGARY, RED DEER, AND LLOYDMINSTER SET TO HOST 2020 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Calgary Fire, Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, and Lloydminster Jr. Steelers will host the Midget AAA, Midget Elite and Bantam Elite provincial championships, respectively. INFO >


ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAIDERS AND LLOYDMINSTER STEELERS GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES

For the second year, the Rocky Mountain Raiders Midget AAA Female hockey team is partnering with a Seniors Care Home in Okotoks, Tudor Manor, to create memories that will last forever. MORE >

The Lloydminster Steelers are working with Project PJ by Olivia for the fifth straight year. Project PJ by Olivia was started by Olivia Brockhoff when she was 11, and since then over 6,000 pairs of PJs have been donated to the Stollery Hospital in Edmonton. PHOTOS >


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE AFHL IN 2020?

- 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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AFHL announces 2019-20 award and scholarship winners

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the 2019-20 league award and scholarship winners.

Four awards are handed out in each league: Most Valuable Player, Top Goaltender, Top Rookie, and Coach of the Year. One award is also given for the AFHL Administrator of the Year.


Bantam Elite

Most Valuable Player: Chloe Goofers, North Central Impact
Top Goaltender: Jorja Fisher, Calgary Fire Red
Top Rookie: Chloe Goofers, North Central Impact 
Coach of the Year: Annette Jensen, Sherwood Park Royals


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Kendal Pierson, Southern Express
Top Goaltender: Cienna Kinghorn, Calgary Fire White
Top Rookie: Kendal Pierson, Southern Express
Coach of the Year: James King, Southern Express


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Kaia Borbandy, Rocky Mountain Raiders
Top Goaltender: Elise Hugens, Edmonton Pandas
Top Rookie: Cassidy Rhodes, St. Albert Slash
Coach of the Year: Dustin Borbandy, Rocky Mountain Raiders


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Dan Basterash, Edmonton Female Athletic Club


AFHL Scholarship Winners

Midget Elite: Alex Walsh, Sherwood Park Fury

Alex was born in Fort Saskatchewan, and has grown into a graduating player from the SPKAC Midget Elite Fury. After playing with the Fury for the past three seasons, her plan is to play hockey at the post secondary level. Alex has been offered two scholarships but is still yet to commit. She credits her coaches, among others, who have supported her throughout her hockey journey.

 

Midget AAA: Alesha Santos, Rocky Mountain Raiders 

Alesha Santos is a graduating defenseman from the Midget AAA Rocky Mountain Raiders, and currently lives in Calgary. Other than playing Ice Hockey, Alesha also plays Field Hockey for her High School team. Some of her most notable achievements include being a two time Ice Hockey Provincial Champion (2016-2017 Bantam Elite Fire White, 2017-2018 Midget Elite Fire White), receiving two MVP Awards for Field Hockey (2018 season, 2019 season), and being a consistent Honour Roll student. Playing hockey has also given her many volunteer opportunities which included volunteering at Tudor Manor Seniors Home, and mentoring young female hockey players. When she’s not playing sports, Alesha enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In the Fall, Alesha will be playing for the Red Deer College Queens Hockey team while pursuing a Nursing Degree.

PAST AWARD WINNERS >

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AFHL recognizes and congratulates graduating players

RED DEER - The AFHL would like to recognize and congratulate the graduating Midget players from the 2019-20 season.

Airdrie Lightning Midget Elite

Name Position
Kayla Bell Defence
Jolin Bischke Defence
Jennifer Johnson  Defence
Rachel Selent Forward

Calgary Fire Midget AAA

Name Position
McKenna Bolger Defence
Rebecca Boswell Goalie
Grace Crooks Forward
Sierra LaPlante Defence
Emma Neff Defence
Madeleine Noonan Forward
Dylan Noorie Forward
Emily Straw Forward

Calgary Fire Red Midget Elite

Name Position
Katie Maloney Defence
Skye Mathew Forward
Caitlin Watson Forward
Teah Workman Defence

Calgary Fire White Midget Elite

Name Position
Meghan Dean Forward
Alessandra Imperato Defence
Cameron Krupa Forward
Marlee Oczkowski Forward
Rachelle Plum Forward
Mila Preville Forward
Madison Shenfield Goalie

Edmonton Pandas Midget AAA

 Name Position
Payton Basterash Forward
 Alexandra Black Defence
 Natalie Buttle Forward
 Elise Hugens Goalie
 Megan Long Defence
Chloe Reid Forward

Edmonton Pandas Midget Elite

Name Position
Jordanna Hayne Defence
Victoria Lindsay Defence
Alexandra Wilson Forward

Lloydminster Steelers Midget AAA

Name Position
Hayleigh Craig Forward
Molly Mitchell Goalie
Jadynn Morden Defence
Bryn Pollard Forward
Jade Sandberg Forward
Jacelyn Scott Defence
Alexandria Spence Defence
Ryann Welch Forward

Lloydminster Midget Elite Steelers

Name Position
Shelby Lane Forward
Ali Macaulay Defence
Jerika Pashniak Forward
Elyssa Selte Defence

North Central Impact Midget Elite

Name Position
Havana Batke Goalie
Reegan Broadbent Forward
Hailey Cruickshank Defence
Tessa Knisely Forward
Brooke Warner Defence

Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Midget AAA

Name Position
Monica Bowtell Forward
Elizabeth Campbell Goalie
Aryn Chambers Defence
Robyn Grant Forward
Kyla Hansel Defence
Stephanie Keeper Forward
Julie Wagner Defence
Taylor Wilkinson Forward

Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Midget Elite

Name Position
Haylee Coutts Forward
Paige Dodd Forward
Elizabeth Fonda Forward
Sarah Gette Defence
Sydney Jack Forward
Elizabeth Thomas Forward
Robyn Wlad Forward

Rocky Mountain Raiders Midget AAA

Name Position
Sydney Benko Forward
Kaia Borbandy Forward
Alesha Santos Defence
Sydney Trotter Defence

Rocky Mountain Raiders Midget Elite

Name Position
Taryn Borbely Defence
Kaia Gron Defence
Shaye Parkinson Forward

Sherwood Park Fury

Name Position
Julie Jeske Forward
Tayler Premak Forward
Alex Walsh Forward

Southern Express Midget Elite

Name Position
Brookelyn King Defence
Kennedy King Forward
Madison King Forward

St. Albert Slash Midget AAA

Name Position
Jaden Bogden Forward
Holly Borrett Goalie
Kelsey Hall Forward
Allison Reich Forward
Brooklyn Schroeder Forward

St. Albert Sharks Midget Elite

Name Position
Elle Harapchuk Forward
Jorja Werenka  Defence

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COVID-19 Update - Hockey Canada Statement

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Without question, this an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.

After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities*, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.

We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”

*Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities include all Hockey Alberta-sanctioned activities. This means that all Hockey Alberta league games, playoffs, practices, camps and Provincial, Regional and National Championships are cancelled at the Minor, Female, Junior, Senior and Sledge levels.

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AFHL Newsletter: February Edition

 

CHECK OUT ALL OF THE UPDATED AFHL STANDINGS

The St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire Red (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective divisions as we get to the end of the season. BANTAM ELITE STANDINGS > | MIDGET ELITE STANDINGS > | MIDGET AAA STANDINGS >


 APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2020 FEMALE ELITE GOALIE CAMP

This two-day camp at Winsport Arena in Calgary on June 20-21 will feature four on ice session and four off ice sessions geared toward elite goaltenders and focus on techniques, tactics and how to excel at the highest level. The deadline to apply is March 6. APPLICATION >


PHOTOS NOW AVAILABLE FROM BANTAM ELITE SHOWCASE WEEKEND

Photos from the AFHL’s Bantam Elite Showcase are now available from LA Media.  GALLERY >


ZONE 4 WINS ALBERTA WINTER GAMES GOLD

It was a thrilling finish at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie on February 17, with Zone 4 defeating Zone 3 in overtime to win the gold medal. RECAP >


 DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR AFHL SCHOLARSHIPS IS MARCH 1

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 >


WHAT’S COMING UP IN THE AFHL?

- Bantam Elite Playoffs begin: February 28 - Playoff Formats >

- Midget Elite Playoffs begin: March 6

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

- Midget AAA Pacific Regional Championship - April 3-5

- 2020 Esso Cup in Prince Albert, SK: April 19-25


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AFHL January Wrap Up

Midget AAA

Heading into February, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (55 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (39 pts)

3) Edmonton Pandas (35 pts) 
4) Calgary Fire (35 pts) 
5) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (8 pts)

Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Sydney Benko and her teammate Kaia Borbandy are tied atop the points list with 20 each. St. Albert’s Jenna Goodwin leads the league in goals with 12. Borbandy also leads in the assists category with 13.

The Slash tandem of Holly Borrett and Mabel Maltais are both sporting a 0.99 GAA to lead all goaltenders, while Maltais is also leading in both wins (11) and shutouts (5).

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

Heading into February, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (37 pts) 
2) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (31 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (28 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (23 pts)
5) North Central Impact (21 pts) 
6) Sherwood Park Fury (19 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire Red (45 pts) 
2) Calgary Fire White (42 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (31 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (30 pts)
5) Southern Express (30 pts)
6) Airdrie Lightning (17 pts)

Sherwood Park Fury forward Tayler Premak still holds the top spot in the points and assists categories with 29 and 14 respectively. Calgary Fire Red’s Teah Workman is tied with Premak with 14 assists. Kendal Pierson (Southern Express) has surged up the goal scoring list, and now leads the league with 18.

Calgary Fire White’s Cienna Kinghorn has put up a stellar 0.61 GAA and 6 shutouts to lead in both categories. Calgary Fire Red netminder Kalynah Fong Martin has put up 14 wins and sits one shutout behind Kinghorn with 4.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

Heading into February, the Bantam Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Royals (58 pts)
2) North Central Impact (39 pts)
3) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (30 pts)
4) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (26 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (24 pts) 
6) St. Albert Chargers (8 pts) 

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (56 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (49 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (43 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (34 pts)
5) Southern Express (10 pts)
6) Olds Grizzlys (7 pts)

Chloe Goofers of the North Central Impact has taken a seven point lead in the points race, and also leads the way with 24 assists. Sherwood Park’s Haley Trudeau is leading the way in goals scored with 21.

Jorja Fisher (Calgary Fire Red) is continuing a great season, logging a 1.10 GAA. Calgary Fire White goalie Hadley Stevens has taken the top spot in both wins (11) and shutouts (4).

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

The Bantam Elite division will be on display in Red Deer this coming weekend for the Bantam Elite Showcase. All twelve teams will be in action at the Gary W. Harris Cenre over the course of the weekend, with games beginning on Friday, February 7 at 8am.

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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.


Criteria

  • 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.

NOMINATION FORM >

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AFHL Newsletter: January Edition

CHECK OUT ALL OF THE UPDATED AFHL STANDINGS

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 >


 AFHL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 >


 

AFHL ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - ATHENA HAUCK

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 >


AFHL’s COACHES CORNER - PUCK RETRIEVALS AND BREAKOUTS

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 >

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE AFHL IN 2020?

- 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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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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106 AFHL Players named to Alberta Winter Games rosters

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta has announced the female rosters for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, which include 106 players from the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Six teams will take to the ice in Airdrie on February 14-17, with 120 total female players (born in 2005 and 2006) ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program.

2020 Alberta Winter Games Female Rosters >

Twenty players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coach, apprentice coach, coach mentor, trainer, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at regional camps held November 29 - December 1 in Innisfail and Wetaskiwin.


The Alberta Winter Games is a multi-sport event for developing athletes, aged 11-17 years old. The Winter Games were first hosted in 1976 in Banff, and occur each even-numbered year. The athletes are selected to represent the eight zones in Alberta in 20 sports such as hockey, badminton, gymnastics, skiing and skating. Hockey Alberta coordinates the ice hockey portion of the Winter Games, as a core segment of its Development Program.

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