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Slash repeat as champions at 2018 Esso Cup

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The St. Albert Slash became the first team in Esso Cup history to repeat as back-to-back champions, defeating the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 to win gold at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

“It was pretty amazing, nothing can beat it,” St. Albert Slash captain Tyra Meropoulis, of Edson, said of her feelings after the game. “Winning two in a row is unbelievable. It is such an amazing feeling.”

After suffering a 4-1 loss to the Stars in the preliminary round, the Slash rebounded in the championship game by opening the scoring with just under three minutes remaining in the first period. Late-period goals were the key to the team’s success, as St. Albert took a 2-0 lead with less than one minute remaining in the second period. The Stars cut the deficit in half 47 seconds into the third period, but could not find the back of net as time expired.

“[St. Albert] did a great job. An absolutely great job,” said Greg Slobodzian, head coach of the Saskatoon Stars. “We haven’t been pressured like that in a long time. Our girls didn’t know how to handle it at the beginning, but I thought we answered really well in the third period. It could have went either way."

Meropoulis led the Slash with one goal and one assist in the final, while veteran Madison Willan of Edmonton recorded the game-winning goal in the second period. Jayme Doyle of Calahoo also registered one assist in the game.

Goaltender Camryn Drever of Edmonton made 14 saves on her way to securing the win, while Mackenzie Butz of Sherwood Park earned player of the game honours for St. Albert.

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Nearly 50 AFHL graduates commit to Post-Secondary schools

RED DEER - Close to 50 graduating Midget players from the Alberta Female Hockey League will be suiting up for post-secondary teams this fall.

In the AFHL’s second season, the number of graduating players has nearly doubled, after more than 20 graduating players were committed to post-secondary heading into the 2017-18 season.

The Alberta Female Hockey League is please to announce the following commitments for the 2018-19 season:

AFHL Program Name Post-Secondary Team
Calgary Fire Red Elite Karys Woodward SAIT
Calgary AAA Katie Crowther University of Regina
Calgary AAA Brooke Dennett University of Calgary
Calgary AAA Mary Hirsch Red Deer College
Calgary AAA Nicole Johnson Finlandia University Not finalized)
Calgary AAA Emily Johnston St. Francis Xavier University (Tryout)
Calgary AAA Kalaina Kozak University of Alberta (Tryout)
Calgary AAA Mackenzie Lausberg University of Lethbridge
Calgary AAA Holly Techlenburg Mount Royal University
Edmonton AAA Bronwyn Bjarnason Minot State
Edmonton AAA Alexis Bruce NAIT
Edmonton AAA Bree Edwards Olds College
Edmonton AAA Clarissa Lewis Minot State
Edmonton AAA Rebecca Roszell NAIT
Lloydminster AAA Chelsea Debusschere University of Saskatchewan
Lloydminster AAA Reece Laumbach University of New Brunswick
Lloydminster AAA Alex Thomson Grant MacEwan University
Lloydminster AAA Jaydon Thorpe Mount Royal University
PCFAC Storm Elite Shauna Johnson Olds College
Red Deer AAA Shae Demale Saint Mary’s University
Red Deer AAA Paige Grenier University of New Brunswick
Red Deer AAA Jenna Himer University of New Brunswick
Red Deer AAA Hannah MacDonald St. Francis Xavier University
Red Deer AAA Cassidy Maplethorpe Brock University
Red Deer AAA Kaley Mueller SAIT
Red Deer AAA Brandy Steinman NAIT
Red Deer AAA Emma Thomas St. Francis Xavier University
Red Deer AAA Alayna Wagstaff University of New Brunswick
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Emma Borbandy University of New Brunswick
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kennedy Brown University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Meagan Dyer University of Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA NIcole Fry University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Stephanie Gross University of Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Laura Jardin McGill University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kara Kondrat University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Mary MacDonald Saint Mary’s University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Isabella Pozzi University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Chloe Puddifant Dartmouth College
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Breanne Trotter Mount Royal University
Sherwood Park Elite Katrina Robinson Adrian College
Sherwood Park Elite Rayel Strayer Lindenwood University
St. Albert AAA Mackenzie Butz University of Manitoba
St. Albert AAA Jayme Doyle Grant MacEwan University
St. Albert AAA Camryn Drever University of Saskatchewan
St. Albert AAA Mckenzie Hewett University of Minnesota Duluth
St. Albert AAA Caleigh Meraw Saint Mary’s University
St. Albert AAA Tyra Meropoulis St. Francis Xavier University

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2018 AFHL Spring Identification Camp Info

RED DEER - AFHL Teams host Spring Camps to introduce their program to potential players. Players and families get the opportunity to work with the coaches, ask questions and collect information about the upcoming season. These are not tryouts and teams are not formed at Spring Camps. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Spring Identification Camps.


When are Spring Camps hosted?

AFHL “AAA” Spring Camps are hosted between May 1 and June 15. Camps are spaced out over several weekends to allow families to attend multiple camps (if interested). No camps will be held in April as AFHL teams can still be competing in Hockey Canada Pacific Regionals and/or the Esso Cup.

May 4-6

St Albert Slash

May 11-13

Edmonton Pandas

Rocky Mountain Raiders

Red Deer Chiefs

June 2-4

Calgary Fire

Lloydminster Steelers


How do I register for a spring camp?

Registration is done by the association hosting the camp. Please visit the website of the association you are interested in to register.


What forms do I need to attend a Spring I.D. Camp?

In order to attend a Spring Camp, players must complete a “Letter of Permission” form and have it signed by from their LAST REGISTERED team (the team they played for in the 2017/2018 season). Last registered teams would include, AFHL Bantam Elite Teams, AFHL Midget Elite Teams, Sport Schools, or tiered programs. The Letter of Permission needs to be signed by the team coach and the club team president of the last registered association/team.

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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:

Recruitment Areas >


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.                      

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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 2017/2018 season and would like to play for another AAA team for the 2018/2019 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.


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 24

Tryouts for Midget and Bantam Elite begin on/after September 7


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.

Notification of Tryout Form >


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. 

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AFHL hands out 2017-18 league awards

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the 2017-18 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: Jenna Goodwin, Sherwood Park Royals
Top Goaltender: Ali Kieren, Calgary Fire White
Top Rookie: Jayde Cadieux, Lloydminster Jr. Steelers
Coach of the Year: Kath Surbey, Calgary Fire White


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Sydney Benko, Calgary Fire Red
Top Goaltender: Holly Borrett, St. Albert Sharks
Top Rookie: Hayleigh Craig, Lethbridge Cyclones
Coach of the Year: Tom Molloy, Calgary Fire White


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Bella McKee, Lloydminster PWM Steelers
Top Goaltender: Camryn Drever, St. Albert Slash
Top Rookie: Josie McLeod, Rocky Mountain Raiders
Coach of the Year: Paul Pozzi, Rocky Mountain Raiders


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Steve Hughes, Lloydminster Minor Hockey


AFHL Scholarship Winners

The Alberta Female Hockey League annually presents four scholarships; two to graduating players from the AFHL as well as two to young women currently attending post secondary and who are giving back to the game through coaching or officiating. All of these scholarships will be awarded to help off-set the costs of pursuing a post secondary degree at the institution of their choice.

The AFHL received an overwhelming response to the scholarship fund and recipients were chosen from an extremely deep pool of applicants. Finalists were chosen based on their strong academics, positive contribution to their team as well as their involvement with their community.

Offical: Emily Hill, Olds College
Coach: Tricia Van Vaerenberg, University of Lethbridge
Midget Elite: Alexis Pfeffer, North Central Impact
Midget AAA: Mackenzie Butz, St. Albert Slash

Congratulations to all AFHL Award winners and scholarship recipients!

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St. Albert Slash look for Esso Cup repeat

RED DEER - The title defence for the St. Albert Slash is about to begin, as the 2018 Esso Cup gets underway on Sunday in Bridgewater, N.S.

The Slash are representing the Pacific region at the tournament for the second straight year, and are the reigning Esso Cup champions.

The Slash kick off their tournament Sunday afternoon at 12:30 against the Pionnières de Lanaudière.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >

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Slash advance to 2018 Esso Cup

RED DEER - The ’Road to the Esso Cup’ is complete for the St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash, who will defend their 2017 Esso Cup title after defeating the Greater Vancouver Comets in the Pacific Regional Championship.

The St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash and Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes both won the Pacific Regional Championship to advance to the Esso Cup and Telus Cup, respectively.

The Slash defeated the Greater Vancouver Comets for the second straight year, winning the three-game series two games to one.

St. Albert took game one 4-2 and lost game two 4-2, before edging the Comets 1-0 to claim the Pacific Regional banner for the second straight year.

The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 22-28 in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.

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St. Albert Slash set for Pacific Regional Championships

RED DEER - The Road to the Esso Cup continues for the reigning champion St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash this weekend, as they head to Richmond for a re-match of last year’s Pacific Regional Championships with the Greater Vancouver Comets.

The Slash defeated the Comets in last year’s Pacific Regional Championships en route to an Esso Cup championship.

Games one and two are scheduled for Friday at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon, with game three set for Sunday at 1 p.m., if necessary. The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 22-28 in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.

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Calgary Fire White win Midget Elite Provincial Championship

RED DEER - The 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League season officially came to a close on Sunday, as the Calgary Fire White skated away with the Midget Elite provincial banner.

As the host team of the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, the Fire skated to a 2-0 win over the St. Albert Sharks to win gold in front of their home crowd.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Fire Red claimed the bronze medal with a 4-1 win over the Sherwood Park Fury.

The Midget Elite Provincial Championships marked the end of the AFHL season, with the St. Albert Slash and Calgary Fire White winning the Midget AAA and Bantam Elite titles, respectively, the weekend prior.

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Midget Elite Provincial Championships kick off Thursday

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League season officially comes to a close this weekend, as the last weekend of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, get underway on Thursday.

With the Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Provincials complete, the Midget Elite Provincials will take place in Calgary March 29 - April 1, hosted by the Calgary Fire White.

The first game of the tournament goes Thursday at 10:30 a.m. between the Calgary Fire Red and Airdrie Lightning. The St. Albert Sharks and Sherwood Park Fury round out the five-team tournament pool.

All scores, schedules and stats can be found on the Hockey Alberta Midget Elite Provincials site. The scores will also be displayed on a ticker at the top of hockeyalberta.ca and afhl.ca.

You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincial and #ATBProvincials), or on Snapchat (username: hockeyalberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a brand new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and send a photo to Hockey Alberta on Snapchat for a chance to win a gift card prize pack from Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial.

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St. Albert Slash, Calgary Fire White win Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Provincial titles

RED DEER - The Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, saw a pair of repeat champions this weekend, as the St. Albert Slash and Calgary Fire White skated away with their respective league banners.

The St. Albert Slash won its second-straight Provincial title in dramatic fashion, defeating the Rocky Mountain Raiders 3-2 in overtime. Trailing 2-1 with time winding down, Madison Willan scored for the Slash with 7 seconds remaining to force overtime. After killing a full two minute five-on-three Raiders powerplay, the Slash got a powerplay of their own, and Mckenzie Hewett scored to seal the win for her team.


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The Slash will now headed for a Pacific Regional rematch with the Greater Vancouver Comets, who they defeated last year en route to an Esso Cup championship.

The Midget AAA bronze medal game also required extra time, as the host Red Deer Sutter Fund Cheifs only needed 57 seconds of overtime to defeated the Lloydminster PWM Steelers 4-3.

It was a close game in the Bantam Elite Championship Final as well, with the Calgary Fire White edging the North Central Impact 2-0 to claim its second-straight Provincial title. Calgary got goals from Ashlynn Stitt and Payten Evans in the first and second periods, and goaltender Alexandra Kieren shut the door to clinch the title.


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Close games were the story of the weekend, as the host Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm held on for a 1-0 win over the St. Albert Raiders to win the Bantam Elite bronze medal.

The Alberta Female Hockey League season officially comes to a close this weekend as the Midget Elite Provincials take place in Calgary on March 29 - April 1.

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Midget AAA, Bantam Elite Provincial Championships kick off Thursday

RED DEER - The battle for province-wide supremecy is on in the Alberta Female Hockey League, as the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, begin on Thursday in the Midget AAA and Bantam Elite divisions.

The Bantam Elite Provincials kick off Thursday morning at 11:15 as the St. Albert Raiders take on the North Central Impact. The Calgary Fire White, Rocky Mountain Raiders, and host Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm round out the Bantam Elite provincial pool.

Meanwhile, the Midget AAA action doesn’t get going until 9:00 a.m. Friday as the Lloydminster PWM Steelers battle the Rocky Mountain Raiders. Also taking part in the Midget AAA Provincials are the reigning Esso Cup champion St. Albert Slash, and the host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs.

All scores, schedules and stats can be found on each league’s respective Hockey Alberta Provincials site, which can be found below. The scores will also be displayed on a ticker at the top of hockeyalberta.ca and afhl.ca.

Midget AAA > | Bantam Elite >

You can also follow along

on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Snapchat (username: hockeyalberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a brand new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and send a photo to Hockey Alberta on Snapchat for a chance to win a gift card prize pack from Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial.