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AFHL sending 102 players to Alberta Winter Games

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League will be well-represented in Fort McMurray in February.

Of the 120 players selected to play in the 2018 Alberta Winter Games, 102 currently play in the AFHL’s Bantam Elite division.

2018 Alberta Winter Games Female Rosters >

Six teams will take to the ice in Fort McMurray on February 16-19, with 120 female players (born 2003 and 2004) ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program.

Twenty players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coach, coach mentor, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at regional camps held December 8-10 in Morinville and Innisfail.

The 2018 Alberta Winter Games run February 16-19 in Fort McMurray.


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

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The Lloydminster PWM Steelers present 513 pairs of pajamas to Olivia Brockhoff for Project PJ


Lloydminster Steelers propel Project PJ to success

LLOYDMINSTER - What started out as a local initiative for the Lloydmister PWM Steelers, quickly turned into a league and province-wide success story this holiday season.

Project PJ was started by 12 year-old Olivia Brockhoff in 2015, after a friend of her sister, who was going through cancer treatment at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, complained about the pajamas provided to her by the hospital. Now, every year, Olivia collects donations of pajamas to give to the hospital.

Tanya Plamondon, whose daughter plays for the Steelers, brought the idea to the Midget AAA team, and it snowballed from there.

"I’ve known Olivia and her parents for a long time, and I’ve been donating pajamas since she started (Project PJ)," said Tanya. "I wanted our team to do something big this season, so I mentioned it to (Head Coach) Randy (Laumbach), and we went from there. It worked out awesome since we had six home games to collect the pajamas in November, and we collected 89 pairs our first game through all us and our fans. The following weekend, we had the Calgary Fire and Edmonton Pandas accept our challenge to them, which was all in good fun, and the response was great. We also had the Rocky Mountain Raiders accept our challenge."

The Fire, Pandas and Raiders collected a combined 140 pairs of pajamas. The captain of last year’s Steelers team, Tessa Mitchell, also challenged her current team, the MacEwan Griffins, to join the cause, adding another 125 pairs of pajamas to the team’s total, which were presented to the team on November 25, with Mitchell conducting the ceremonial faceoff.

After an incredibly successful campaign for Project PJ, the Steelers managed to collect an astounding 513 pairs of pajamas, which were presented to Olivia during the team’s game on November 26.

As of December 1, Olivia has collected over 1000 pairs of Pajamas through Project PJ, all of which will be donated to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.


Hockey Gives Back - We want to hear from you!

Hockey Alberta would like to showcase all of the hockey teams across Alberta who give back to their community this holiday season. Send your team’s story, along with photos, to info@hockeyalberta.ca to be featured on Hockey Alberta’s website.

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AFHL November wrap-up

RED DEER - The second month of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), St. Alberta Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (32 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (30 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (28pts)
4)  Lloydminster PWM Steelers (27 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (10 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

Red Deer forward Cassidy Maplethorpe leads all skaters in points (17) through two months of play, while Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Breanne Trotter (10 goals) and Calgary forward Mackenzie Loupelle (nine assists) lead the league in their respective categories.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank sits atop the league across the board with six wins, a 0.87 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (24 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (16 pts)
3) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (13 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (11 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (4 pts)

South Division:
1) Airdrie Lightning (20 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (16 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (14 pts)
4) Calgary Fire White (12 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (9 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (7 pts)

Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig leads the league with 16 points, and is tied with Airdrie forward Madison Black and Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko with eight goals, while Peace Country’s Karsyn May holds the lead in assists with eight.

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead Midget Elite goaltenders with seven wins. St. Albert’s Cecelia Michelutti’s minuscule 0.67 goals against average is tops in the league, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal’s remains atop the leaderboard with two shutouts.

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Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (20 pts)
2) St. Albert Raiders (20 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (19 pts)
4) Sherwood Park Royals (19 pts)
5) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (18 pts) 
6) North Central Impact (18 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (33 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (19 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (13 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (9 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (2 pt) 

Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser leads all Bantam Elite skaters with 16 points, while Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with 10 goals, and Lloydminster’s Jayde Cadieux is tied with Gaiser for the league leader in assists, with eight.

Alexandra Kieren continues her strong play with Calgary White, with a stingy 0.20 GAA and .990 save percentage in five games, earning a shutout in all four of her wins. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin leads the league with seven wins.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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AFHL October wrap-up

RED DEER - The first month of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), St. Alberta Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

After the first month of play, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (17 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (16 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (15 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (11 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (6pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (1 pt)

Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Chloe Puddifant leads all skaters in points (12) through the first month of play, while Lloydminster forward Kelsey Hall (five goales) and Calgary forward Mackenzie Loupelle (five assists) lead the league in their respective categories.

Goaltender Bella McKee was strong in net for Lloydminster in October, with a league-leading four wins. McKee’s 1.20 goals against average puts her second in the league, behind teammate Molly Mitchell, who currently holds a 1.00 GAA, while both goalies are tied for the league lead with a .960 save percentage.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of league play, eight AFHL players were named to Team Alberta’s U18 roster in October, and are currently competing at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Quebec.


Midget Elite

Heading into November, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (12 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (10 pts)
3) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (7 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (6 pts)
5) Sherwood Park Fury (6 pts)
6) North Central Impact (2 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (9 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (9 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (9 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (6 pts)
5) Lethbridge Cyclones (6 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (5 pts)

Peace Country’s Shauna Johnson sits atop the leaderboard in goals (six), and is tied with Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig for the lead league in points (eight), while Johnson’s teammate, Karsyn May, holds the lead in assists (six).

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir and Peace Country’s Madison Doucette both set the pace for goaltenders in October with three wins each. Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal recorded two shutouts in four appearances (with two wins), while seven goaltenders sit tied for second with one shutout in October, including St. Alberta’s Cecelia Michelutti, who leads the league with a 0.50 GAA and a .970 save percentage in two starts.

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Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Edmonton Pandas (13 pts)
2) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (13 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (10 pts)
4) North Central Impact (6 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (5 pts) 

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (18 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (8 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (7 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (7 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (5 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (1 pt) 

Peace Country’s Charlieze Sallis set the pace for skaters in October with 10 points. Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with six goals, while Edmonton’s Sydney Dutertre is the league leader in assists, with five.

Through three games, Alexandra Kieren has been a wall in net for Calgary White, with a stingy 0.32 GAA and .980 save percentage in two wins and a shootout loss, along with two shutouts. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin, and Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk are tied for the league lead with four wins each.

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AFHL Midget Elite, Bantam Elite schedules kick off Saturday

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season is officially in full-swing, as the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons get underway on Saturday.

The AFHL season began on October 1 for the Midget AAA division, two weeks ahead of the Midget and Bantam Elite seasons.

Eight of 12 teams on both Midget and Bantam Elite sides begin their season on Saturday, while the remaining four get their 2017/18 season underway on Sunday.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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Eight AFHL players named to Team Alberta U18 roster

RED DEER - Eight Midget AAA players from the Alberta Female Hockey League have been selected to suit up for Team Alberta’s U18 Female squad for the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in November.

Goaltender Camryn Drever (St. Albert Slash), and forwards McKenzie Hewett (St. Albert Slash) and Chloé Puddifant (Rocky Mountain Raiders) will all represent Team Alberta once again, having played in last year’s U18 National Championships.

Defenders Mackenzie Butz (St. Albert Slash) and Isabella Pozzi (Rocky Mountain Raiders), and forwards Brooke Dennett (Calgary Fire), Breanne Trotter (Rocky Mountain Raiders) will represent their province for the first time, while and Nicole Fry (Rocky Mountain Raiders) will join Team Alberta for the second time, having played in the 2015 U18 National Championships.

The AFHL will also have representation on Team Alberta’s coaching staff, as Red Deer Head Coach Bob Rutz will serve as as Assistant Coach.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

The 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship runs November 1-5 in Quebec City.

The National Championship event brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada in an eight-team tournament, featuring teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario (Red and Blue), Quebec and Atlantic.

For schedule and ticket information for the National Women’s U18 Championships, click here.

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2017/18 AFHL season kicks off

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season officially gets underway today (Sunday) across the province, with all six Midget AAA teams in action.

The Lloydminster PWM Steelers are at home against the Edmonton Pandas, the Rocky Mountain Raiders are set to host the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, and the Calgary Fire pay a visit to the St. Albert Slash.

The Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons both get underway on Saturday, October 14.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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World Girls Hockey Weekend - Join the celebration!

RED DEER – World Girls Hockey Weekend is quickly approaching, and your team can help us celebrate the female game across the province, country, and world!

For the sixth year in a row, the women’s hockey world will come together for three days – this year from Oct. 6-8 – to celebrate World Girls’ Hockey Weekend.

Associations and teams from across Alberta are encouraged to join in on the global celebration by hosting an event – it doesn’t even have to be about playing the game! Need a few ideas? Click here.

Want to register an event or celebration? CLICK HERE!

In addition to local events, the centrepiece of the weekend for Canadians, as it has been for the past four years, is the Long Game, which brings together players in every province and territory for Red and White bragging rights in five age groups – Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Senior.

For the second straight year, Edmonton will host the Alberta leg of the Long Game, capped off with a game between the Knights of Columbus Midget AAA team and the National Women’s Team.

For more information on World Girls’ Hockey Weekend, to find out what’s happening in your area or to follow along with the Long Game, click here.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

For the celebration to be heard around the world, you can spread the word on social media! Share your story, and your pictures!

To join the conversation, use and follow the hashtags: #LongGame and #WGIHW

To join the conversation, use and follow the hashtags: #LongGame and #WGIHW.

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We Are Coaches: Females-Only Coach Clinic

CALGARY - A unique opportunity is available for aspiring female coaches to attend a female-only coach clinic in Calgary this fall.

The We Are Coaches clinic runs from 8:15 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Max Bell Arena in Calgary on September 17. The clinic includes an in-class session in the morning, and an on-ice session after lunch.

The program is free of charge. Attendees will need to bring their skates, gloves, stick and helmet, as well as their own lunch.

To register, or for more information, click the link below:

Register >

Upon completion of the Coach 2 - Coach Level course AND the HU-ONLINE Coach 1/2 one will achieve “TRAINED” status. There is no post-task associated with the Coach 2 – Coach Level Course to achieve “CERTIFIED”.


For more information, please contact Kendall Newell, Manager, Female Hockey.

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Twenty-two AFHL graduates commit to Post-Secondary schools

RED DEER - More than 20 graduating Midget players from the Alberta Female Hockey League will be suiting up for post-secondary teams this fall.

The Alberta Female Hockey League is please to announce the following commitments for the 2017-18 season:

AFHL Program Name Post-Secondary Team
PCFAC Midget Elite Jordan Winsor Olds College
PCFAC Midget Elite Tanel Boeckman NAIT
St. Albert Slash AAA MacKenzie Reynolds SAIT
St. Albert Slash AAA Ashley Nothof Lethbridge
St. Albert Slash AAA Keely Vachon MacEwan University
St. Albert Slash AAA Lexie Shumate SAIT
St. Albert Slash AAA Kaylee Vader St. Thomas University
Edmonton AAA Madison Laplante Nipissing University
Lloydminster AAA Madison Cole University of Manitoba
Lloydminster AAA Tessa Mitchell MacEwan University
Lloydminster AAA Neisha Germann Red Deer College
Lloydminster AAA Bailee Werstoh Olds College
Red Deer AAA Beth Taylor MacEwan University
Red Deer AAA Jordyn Burgar Red Deer College
Red Deer AAA Camryn Wallan Red Deer College
Red Deer AAA Brynn O’Dwyer Laurentian University
Red Deer AAA Camille Scherger University of PEI
Red Deer AAA Tyra Coutts NAIT
Red Deer AAA Carly Wlad University of Calgary
Red Deer Midget Elite Shae Lynne Bilodeau NAIT
Red Deer Midget Elite Danica Polson Adrian College
Calgary AAA Emily Hill Olds College
Calgary Midget Elite Jenna Patrician SAIT
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Ava Thiessen University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Catherine Longchamps University of Saskatchewan

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Female Hockey - Why We Play

RED DEER - Female hockey is currently one of the fastest growing sports in our province, with close to 8,000 females already participating. Hockey Alberta and our associations are working hard to create new programs to introduce the game to new female hockey players as well as developing our current participants.

Female hockey offers the opportunity for young girls to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle while learning valuable life lessons and developing new friendships that will last after the hockey season ends. Whether your daughter is just starting out or has been playing for a number of years – there are a number of great opportunities for her to become involved in female hockey at the grassroots level.

As the number of female hockey players in Alberta grows, the need for female coaches and officials grows with it. You can join our team as a coach or official, and help inspire the next generation of players in your local association by sharing, your knowledge, skills and memories.

For more information on Minor Female Hockey, and for a list of FAQs, please click here.