Oct05
20:45

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LLYD

18:15

RMR

EDM

Oct06
14:15

CGY

LLYD

18:00

EDM

RD

20:30

CGY

STAB

Oct07
09:00

RMR

LLYD

15:00

EDM

CGY

17:30

STAB

RD

Oct10
19:45

STAB

EDM

Oct13
12:30

RD

CGY

19:45

LLYD

STAB

16:45

EDM

RMR

Oct14
11:15

EDM

CGY

13:00

STAB

LLYD

16:45

RD

RMR

Oct20
11:30

CGY

LLYD

15:15

RMR

RD

Oct21
14:15

EDM

RD

10:30

CGY

LLYD

Oct26
19:45

RD

EDM

20:00

RMR

STAB

Oct27
15:15

EDM

LLYD

15:15

CGY

RD

18:00

RMR

STAB

Oct28
13:00

STAB

LLYD

17:30

CGY

EDM

Nov03
11:15

RD

CGY

15:00

EDM

LLYD

16:45

STAB

RMR

Nov04
11:15

LLYD

CGY

16:45

RD

RMR

Nov06
20:30

EDM

STAB

Nov10
14:15

LLYD

RD

12:45

EDM

RMR

Nov11
13:30

STAB

RD

16:45

LLYD

RMR

15:45

EDM

CGY

Nov16
19:45

LLYD

EDM

Nov17
16:15

RMR

CGY

17:00

RD

EDM

Nov18
13:30

RMR

RD

12:15

CGY

STAB

Nov23
19:45

STAB

EDM

Nov24
15:30

STAB

RD

16:45

LLYD

RMR

Nov25
11:15

LLYD

CGY

13:30

EDM

RD

Nov30
19:45

RMR

EDM

Dec01
15:45

CGY

RD

16:45

LLYD

RMR

Dec02
13:30

LLYD

RD

16:45

CGY

RMR

Dec03
18:45

EDM

STAB

Dec15
14:15

LLYD

RD

16:15

STAB

CGY

16:45

EDM

RMR

Dec16
11:15

LLYD

CGY

16:45

STAB

RMR

Jan04
19:45

CGY

EDM

20:15

RD

STAB

Jan05
12:30

RMR

LLYD

16:00

CGY

RD

Jan06
13:00

RMR

LLYD

Jan09
20:15

EDM

STAB

Jan11
19:45

CGY

EDM

Jan12
19:45

LLYD

STAB

Jan13
13:30

RMR

RD

17:45

LLYD

EDM

Jan25
18:30

RD

EDM

Jan26
14:15

RD

STAB

16:45

CGY

RMR

Jan27
14:30

STAB

CGY

Feb01
19:45

STAB

EDM

Feb02
14:15

RMR

STAB

Feb03
11:45

RMR

EDM

Feb09
15:30

RD

LLYD

16:15

STAB

CGY

19:45

LLYD

STAB

Feb10
11:15

RMR

CGY

13:00

RD

LLYD

Feb16
12:30

RD

CGY

12:30

EDM

LLYD

Feb17
10:15

STAB

LLYD

16:45

CGY

RMR

Feb23
19:45

CGY

STAB

16:45

RD

RMR

Mar02
14:30

LLYD

EDM

Mar03
11:15

RMR

CGY

20:15

RD

STAB

League Resources

 

After a thorough review of Female Hockey within Alberta, Hockey Alberta implemented an entirely new Female Hockey Model beginning in the 2016-2017 season. The new model focuses on player development and provides players a system of hockey to develop their skills within. Over the course of the review the feedback that was gathered stated very clearly that the players and stakeholders within the female game were not satisfied with the female hockey system in Alberta and it needed to change. Two items that were highlighted from that process were that the number of teams at the highest level of Midget hockey had to decrease and that a developmental system had to be built to help players develop skills and progress to the next level of hockey.

If you have questions about Alberta Female Hockey League operations please look through the links below to better familiarize yourself the Alberta Female Hockey League.


Quick Links

League Structure

Important Dates

AFHL Recruitment Areas

AHFL Player Movement

Notification of Try Out Procedure

AFHL Player Acceleration

AFHL Player Agreements


League Structure


Important Dates

June 15                       Signing Period begins for Midget Female AAA

July 1                          Deadline for Elite Player Movement Applications | Deadline for Exceptional Player Status Applications

August 15                   “AAA” Try-Outs can begin

September 1               “Elite” Midget and Bantam Try-Outs can begin

October 1                   All Second Try-Outs for “AAA” must be completed | “AAA” Regular Season schedule can begin

October 15                 All Second Try-Outs for “Elite” must be completed | “Elite” Regular Season schedules can begin

December 15              Deadline for MHAs to file Affiliation

January 10                 Final date to Register a Player to or Release a Player from a Team

March                            Provincial Championships

April                              Pacific Regional Championship (“Midget AAA”) |  Esso Cup (“Midget AAA”)


AFHL Recruitment Areas

There are no established Draw Zones or Recruitment Areas for teams categorized as “AAA” Midget. All players are eligible to try out for any of the teams within this category.

In order to make it fair and equitable for all “Elite” Midget and Bantam Teams, Recruitment Areas have been established. These Recruitment Areas ensure there is an opportunity for all players that want to, and have the skill to, play within the “Elite” category the ability to do so.  The Recruitment Areas establish a consistent development system for players of all levels throughout the Province.

  • Recruitment Areas for each Team do not overlap;
  • Entire Minor Hockey Associations are within specific Recruitment Areas and not split;
  • Each Recruitment Area has had a Host Minor Hockey Association identified within it and this Host MHA is responsible for operating the “Elite” Team(s) as identified for the area, in accordance with this Female Hockey ADM.
  • Recruitment Areas are based on registration numbers, geographic location and travel time to the Host Minor Hockey Association.

For information pertaining to which Recruitment Area you are a part of, please click here.


AFHL Player Movement

Elite Player Movement Form >

Midget “AAA” - As there are no defined boundaries for Midget “AAA” teams, players are eligible to move to access their first try out with any team that is defined and approved to operate within this Female Hockey ADM.

  • Players will obtain the necessary permission from their Resident LMHA (if required), in accordance with the Notification of Try Out Procedures.
  • Once a player has declared a Midget “AAA” team they wish to play for, upon being selected and registered to that team, the player is not permitted to move onto another Midget “AAA” team without first obtaining an Elite Waiver form and permission from their last registered team (this includes movement from one season to another).

Midget and Bantam “Elite” - Players are expected to try out for the Recruitment Area Team that draws from the Local Minor Hockey Association the player is resident in.

  • Players will obtain the necessary permission from their Resident LMHA (if required), in accordance with the Notification of Try Out Procedures.
  • Players will not be considered “Import” Players to the Recruitment Area Team in which their Resident Local Minor Hockey Association is located.
  • The Players’ Resident Minor Hockey Association may not refuse to give permission to a player that wishes to try out for his/her Resident Recruitment Area Team.

Players are only permitted to try out within a Recruitment Area that is not their Resident LMHA’s Recruitment Area with special permission from the Female Hockey ADM Committee.

  • Players should only request this movement for extenuating circumstances (i.e.  Considerably closer for travel, move without parent transfers).
  • Players file an application, using the Elite Player Movement Form and supporting documentation, through the Hockey Alberta office prior to July 1 if they wish to request this “special permission” to move.
  • The Committee reviews the application and renders a decision on or prior to August 15.

NOTE: ALL PLAYERS WILL RETURN TO THEIR RESIDENT MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION AT THE END OF THE HOCKEY SEASON


Notification of Try Out Procedure

Elite Female Notification of Try Out Form >

Any Player may try out for the team(s) for which the Player is eligible, based on the Player Movement section outlined above, provided that:

  1. a)      the player has filed a completed Notification of Try Out (NTO) form with the host LMHA;
  2. b)           the team has been approved to participate, by Hockey Alberta, in the Female Hockey ADM.

“AAA” Teams must allow all Non-Resident Players the opportunity to try out and register with the team. “Elite” Teams must allow all Non-Resident Player from outside the host LMHA’s boundaries, but within the teams Recruitment Area, to have the opportunity to try out and register with the team.  The top, eligible, players should be selected for each team, regardless of where they reside. 

It is incumbent upon the Host LMHA to ensure they have a plan for accommodating non-resident players. This would include preparing information related to the following:

  • Living arrangements for players that need/want to be billeted if they make the team
  • Schooling so the player can maintain their academics
  • Tryouts scheduled appropriately to ensure out of town players can properly participate

Players wishing to try out with a Midget “AAA” or Midget / Bantam “Elite” Team must first complete a Notification to Try Out Form and submit it to their Resident LMHA (the LMHA within whose boundaries the player resides), and the applicable host LMHA of the Team that the player wishes to try-out for. Note – If the team the player is wishing to try out for is hosted within the Player’s Resident LMHA they are not required to submit this form.

“AAA” – A player may choose a maximum of two (2) Midget “AAA” teams to try out for by naming both teams on their Notification to Try Out form. If the player does not make the first team they are trying out for, they have the following options:

  • move onto the second Midget “AAA” team they requested to try out for by obtaining an Elite Waiver form;
  • return to their Resident LMHA in order to obtain permission to try out for an “Elite” program;
  • return to their Resident LMHA to access other minor hockey programs.

“Elite” - A player must try out for the team in the Recruitment Area where the player resides (unless previous approval has been obtained through the Elite Player Movement process). If the player does not make their Resident Recruitment Area team they have the following options:

  • request that the Female Hockey ADM Committee direct them to move onto a second “Elite” try out by attaching an Elite Waiver form to their original NTO;
  • return to their Resident LMHA to access other minor hockey programs.

Players will not be afforded the opportunity to access more than two (2) try outs within a specific category of hockey. A player making any designated “AAA” or “Elite” Team will receive permission to play for the season and will be returned to her Resident LMHA at the end of the season.


AFHL Player Acceleration

Player Acceleration Application - Female Hockey >

One objective of the Female Hockey ADM is to develop players within their specific age group, and not to displace players from their age Division by facilitating the movement of underage players. Underage players will only be considered if they are deemed to be an “Exceptional Player”.

Only second year bantam aged players will be considered for acceleration to Midget AAA; there will be no acceleration permitted for Peewee to Bantam, or Bantam to Midget Elite under the Female ADM.

In order to be considered for “Exceptional Player” status, applications must be submitted to the Female Hockey ADM Committee on or before July 1.

  1. Applicants must fill out, in its entirety, the Female ADM Player Acceleration Application Package and provide all the necessary documentation requested;
  2. Applications will be evaluated by the ADM Committee, in consultation with Team Alberta program staff;
  3. No underage players will be granted a second tryout at the accelerated division;
  4. Decisions will be communicated to the player and applicable Host MHA(s) in writing on or before August 1.

AFHL Player Agreements

In order to be eligible to play during the regular season and playoffs / provincials, all players must sign a “Player Agreement” form with the team that wishes to register them. Between June 15 and August 15, each Midget “AAA” team has the ability to formally commit to a maximum of five (5) skaters and one (1) goaltender. All commitments must be made formally by using the “Player Agreement” form.

Please note that underage players are not eligible to sign a “Player Agreement” prior to try outs as their participation must be approved in accordance with the Player Acceleration process. 

Female Elite Committee / AFHL Operations

Female ELITE Committee


Female ADM Chair
Bob Stinn


Female ADM Vice Chair
Graham Lewis

Midget AAA Director
Jason Reynolds

Midget Elite Director
Graham Lewis
Bantam Elite Director
Lise Cote

AFHL PLAYOFFS AND PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT FORMATS

ELITE

The dates for the 2018 Provincial Tournament are March 22-25, 2018 for Bantam Elite and March 29-April 1, 2018 for Midget Elite.

All twelve teams in both Elite Divisions will make the playoffs. The First round will consist of two tournaments; one with the six northern teams and one with the six southern teams. Rankings will be determined by their standings at the conclusion of the regular season. The first round would consist of the 1st place team and 2nd placed team getting a bye round. 3rd place will play 6th and 4th will play 5th, in a two game total points series. Once a winner is determined from those rounds, the winner of the 4/5 series will play the 1st place seed. The winner of the 3/6 round will play the 2nd place seed, same format; two game, total point series. The winner of the 1vs4/5 and the 2vs3/6 series will advance to the Final Provincial Weekend.

Bantam Elite Playoff Dates:

March 2-4 – First round of playoffs (both games must be completed on this weekend)

March 9-10 – Second round of playoffs (both games must be completed on this weekend)

March 22-25 – Provincial Tournament, Grande Prairie

Midget Elite Playoff Dates:

March 9-10 – First round of playoffs

March 16-18 – Second round of playoffs

March 29-April 1 – Provincial Tournament, Calgary

Playoff series:

The Game Procedures and standards of play will remain the same for the Provincial Tournament with the following exceptions:

  • Preliminary Playoff Games to qualify for Provincials will be Two Game Total Goal. Highest seeded team hosts both games; they will be considered “home” for the first game and “away” for the second game (for the purpose of jerseys and last change). The following format will be used to resolve ties (9.2.f in Minor Female Regulations):
    • Series shall be played on two game total goal series with no overtime being played in the first game. If overtime is required in the second game, refer to Rule 10.16 “Tied Game
      of the Hockey Canada Official Hockey Rules as follows:

      If at the end of three regulation twenty-minute periods the score is tired, the following shall take place.
  1. If the Referee feels it is necessary, he may order the ice to be resurfaced at the end of the three regulation periods. If the ice is not resurfaced, the teams will not change ends.
  2. The puck shall be faced-off at center ice and the play shall continue with a ten-minute sudden victory overtime period.
  3. If the score is still tied after the sudden victory ten-minute overtime period, the teams would take a normal between period break and return to play twenty-minute sudden victory periods. The teams will now change ends.
  4. If either team declines to play in the necessary overtime period or periods, the game shall be declared a loss for that team.

The Provincial Tournament will include the top four teams from the playoffs and the host association for a Final Five Showdown. In the case of the Host Association winning their respective way into the Provincial Tournament, a wildcard will be selected from the remaining teams within that Division. If a selection needs to be made, the highest ranked team (from the regular season) that advances to the second round of playoffs will be selected. The Wildcard will come from the same Conference as the host team.

The Final Five Showdown will consist of a round robin format, with each team playing four round robin games. Their standings at the end of the round robin will determine their rankings for the finals. The 5th place team in the tournament will be eliminated after the round robin with the 1st place team playing the 2nd place team in the Gold Medal Game and the 3rd place team will play the 4th place team in the Bronze Medal Game.

The AFHL Final Five will utilize the same AFHL points systems for standings and tie breakers. In the case of a tied game at the end of regulation, the following overtime procedures will be used as all games must result in a winner.

Final Five Round Robin Overtime

1) Ten-minute sudden-death overtime, 4 versus 4 players, plus goalies. If still tied:
2) 3 players versus 3 players SHOOT OUT conducted in PENALTY SHOT FORMAT.  The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss called by the home team. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they shoot first or second. If still tied, the shoot out will continue until an advantage is determined. One opportunity per player, until all players have been used.

IF time does not permit a sudden death overtime period, teams may advance directly to the shoot out.

In the case of Gold or Bronze Medal games during the AFHL Final Five, the following Overtime format will be used:

1) Twenty-minute sudden-death overtime, 4 versus 4 players, plus goalies. If still tied:
2) 3 players versus 3 players SHOOT OUT conducted in PENALTY SHOT FORMAT.  The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss called by the home team. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they shoot first or second. If still tied, the shoot out will continue until an advantage is determined. One opportunity per player, until all players have been used.


Midget AAA

Dates for the Midget AAA Tournament will be March 23-25, 2018 to allow for a week in between the tournament and the Pacific Regional. It is important to note that any Interbranch Transfer Players are not Eligible for Provincial or National Tournament competition. The winner of the Female Midget AAA Provincial Tournament will be the Alberta representative that competes in the Pacific Regional for the opportunity to compete in the Esso Cup National Championship. If the winner is unable to attend, the second place finisher in the Provincial Tournament will take their place.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the six Member Clubs will be ranked using their standings after all 30 games have been played. All six teams will move into the playoff round as follows: 1st place team will receive a bye into the Provincial Tournament as well as the Host Team. The remaining four teams will enter the playoff round to determine the final two teams through a playoff series format.

The highest remaining seed (among the four) will play the lowest remaining seed, leaving the two middle teams to play each other. These two series will be a three game series with the third game being played only if the series is tied after two games. The winners of each series will advance to the Final Four Provincial Tournament. First two games of the playoffs will be completed on the weekend of March 9-11, with the highest seed hosting the first two games. If a third game is necessary to determine the series, it will be played on the weekend of March 16-18 with the lowest seed hosting this game. Winners of both series will advance to the Midget AAA Final Four Tournament.

The Final Four Tournament will consist of a round robin format, with each team playing three round robin games. Their standings at the end of the round robin will determine their rankings for the finals. The 1st place team will play the 2nd place team in the Gold Medal Game and the 3rd place team will play the 4th place team in the Bronze Medal Game.

The AFHL Final Four will utilize the same AFHL points systems for standings and tie breakers. In the case of a tied game at the end of regulation, the following overtime procedures will be used as all games must result in a winner.

1) Ten-minute sudden-death overtime, 4 versus 4 players, plus goalies. If still tied:
2) 3 players versus 3 players SHOOT OUT conducted in PENALTY SHOT FORMAT.  The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss called by the home team. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they shoot first or second. If still tied, the shoot out will continue until an advantage is determined. One opportunity per player, until all players have been used.

In the case of Gold or Bronze Medal games during the AFHL Final Four, the following Overtime format will be used:

1) Twenty-minute sudden-death overtime, 4 versus 4 players, plus goalies. If still tied:
2) 3 players versus 3 players SHOOT OUT conducted in PENALTY SHOT FORMAT.  The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss called by the home team. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they shoot first or second. If still tied, the shoot out will continue until an advantage is determined. One opportunity per player, until all players have been used.