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FAQs for the 2019-20 Season

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:

FAQs

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.                      

Elite Player Movement Application >


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 – afhlbantamelite@hockeyalberta.ca

Midget Elite Director – afhlmidgetelite@hockeyalberta.ca


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.

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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Lloydminster selected as host of 2021 Esso Cup

LLOYDMINSTERThe 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.”

For more information on the 2021 Esso Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/EssoCup, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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AFHL all-in on concussion safety with HeadCheck Health

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

Media Contacts

Kari Kylo - kari@somaworks.com 
604.889.8057

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AFHL Tryout Dates

Looking toward the 2019-20 season, here are the tryout dates for teams in the Alberta Female Hockey League:

Bantam Elite:

Team Date Time Location
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

Sherwood Park Tryout Schedule 2019

Various Times

Various Arenas

Midget Elite:

Team Date Time Location
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

Midget AAA:

N/A

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AFHL well represented at 2019 Team Alberta U16 and U18 Summer Development Camps

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.

U16 Female Summer Camp Invites >

U18 Female Summer Camp Invites >

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.

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North Yellow Wins the 2019 Alberta Challenge Cup

LEDUC - North Yellow defeated North Blue 5-2 to win the 2019 Alberta Challenge Cup.

North Yellow got on the board just under four minutes into the game on a goal by Sadie Makokis. They then rattled off three goals in the final three minutes of the second period to take a 4-0 lead into the final frame, where they would add one more. 

Emerson Jarvis led the way for North Yellow with two goals, while Paige Ring added a goal and an assist, and Ainsley Mccoy-Birk scored a goal of her own. Mackenzie Dojahn and Erika Lind stopped a total of 23 shots in the victory. Maya Serdachny and Andie Hammel scored the goals for North Blue.

Earlier in the day, North Grey defeated South Green 1-0 in the B Final. South White won the C Final over South Black 5-1.

STANDINGS > | LEADERS > | SCHEDULE > | DAY ONE RECAP > | DAY TWO RECAP > | DAY THREE RECAP >


C Final

South White 5 - South Black 1

Players of the Game: Alberta White: #18 Ayah Salem | South Black: #4 Ryann Holbein

Boxscore >


B Final

North Grey 1 - South Green 0

Players of the Game: North Grey: #7 Raine Murdoch | South Green: #18 Leighanna Rizarri

Boxscore >


Championship Final

North Yellow 5 - North Blue 2

Players of the Game: North Yellow: #17 Sophie McKinley | North Blue: #3 Shaelyn Hopkins

Boxscore >


Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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2019 Alberta Challenge kicks off in Leduc

LEDUC – Many of the AFHL’s top Bantam Elite players will converge on Leduc this weekend for several days of competition that will mark a significant milestone in their young hockey careers.

These athletes, born in 2004-05, have been named to the rosters of the six teams that will compete in Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Alberta Challenge, May 2-5 at the Leduc Recreation Centre.

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years opposite of the Alberta Winter Games, with three teams selected to represent the North, and three to represent the South. The players were selected from approximately 300 who attended regional camps held April 5-7 in Cochrane and Fort Saskatchewan. Twenty athletes comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, coach mentor, trainer, and director of operations. The Challenge is also part of the development process for female on-ice officials across the province.

Rosters >

In addition to pursuing the Challenge, the athletes are also vying for a spot at the U16 Female Summer Camp, held July 11-14 in Red Deer, and is one of the stages in the identification and selection process for the Team Alberta U18 program.

“Leduc will play host to some of the top young female athletes in the province, and spectators will definitely be impressed by their talent,” said Taryn Baumgardt, Hockey Alberta’s Coordinator of Female Hockey. “For the players, the Alberta Challenge is a great opportunity to measure themselves against others in the province, as well as receive instruction from elite caliber coaches.”

The teams play a modified round-robin competition. Preliminary round action gets underway on Thursday at 4 pm, with three games. There will be six games on Friday, starting at 8:30 am. On Saturday, preliminary action finishes, with three games, starting at 10 am. The tournament concludes on Sunday with the championship game set for 2:30 pm. 

Full Schedule >

For more information, or to check the game results during the Alberta Challenge, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abchallenge.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Facebook and Twitter.

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AFHL players committed to Post-Secondary for 2019-20 season

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League is proud to present the list of players who will be suiting up for post-secondary teams this fall.

AFHL players have committed to the following post-secondary institutions for the 2019-20 season:

AFHL Program Name Post-Secondary Team
Calgary Fire Red Elite Cassidy Brown SAIT
Calgary Fire AAA Kendi Lundell University of Windsor
Calgary Fire AAA MacKenzie Loupelle Mount Royal University
Calgary Fire AAA Jordan Holt Elmira College
Edmonton Pandas AAA Abby Fonteyne Red Deer College
Edmonton Pandas AAA Madeline Stanley University of Calgary
Edmonton Pandas AAA Bria Fewchuk Adrian College
Edmonton Pandas AAA Kassandra Gaudette Olds College
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Sarah Martin Minot State
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Bella McKee Union College
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Mackenzie Dachuk Grant MacEwan University
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Brooklyn Palmer University of Lethbridge
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Payton Laumbach University of Alberta
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Tyra Anderson Red Deer College
Red Deer AAA Rebecca Bridge Plymouth State University
Red Deer AAA Sydney Hughson Grant MacEwan University
Red Deer AAA Avery Lajuenesse Red Deer College
Red Deer AAA Chantelle Sandquist Nippissing University
Red Deer AAA Sage Sansregret University of Lethbridge
Red Deer AAA Kadey Rosie NAIT
Red Deer AAA Vanessa Verbistsky Grant MacEwan University
Red Deer AAA Darcee Hall University of Windsor
Rocky Mountain Raiders Elite Alana Place University of Providence (Great Falls, MT)
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Athena Hauck Mount Royal University
St. Albert Slash AAA Brianna Sank Grant MacEwan University
St. Albert Slash AAA Mackenzie Kordic University of British Columbia
St. Albert Slash AAA Tiana Yaremko University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Taylor Anker University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Vial Kiah University of Ottawa (Not Finalized)
St. Albert Slash AAA Madison Willan University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Isabelle Lajoie University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Makenna Schuttler University of Ottawa

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St. Albert Slash win third straight Esso Cup

SUDBURY, ON. – A year after becoming the first team to repeat as Esso Cup champions, the St. Albert Slash have made history again, by becoming the first team to win Canada’s National Female Midget Championship three straight years after a 4-1 victory over the host Sudbury Lady Wolves.

“Unbelievable. Surreal.” St. Albert Slash head coach Dan Auchenberg said of his team after the game. “They don’t even know what they just did, three straight Esso Cups. That’s unheard of.”

The Slash finished the preliminary round with a 2-0-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record before Madison Willan scored the overtime winner to defeat the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 in their semifinal. 

Down by a goal after 20 minutes Saturday, goals from Taylor Anker (Sherwood Park, Alta.) and Mackenzie Kordic (Edmonton, Alta.) put St. Albert up heading to the third period. Kordic added a second goal on the power play, and Dayle Ross (Spirit River, Alta.) sealed the deal with an empty-netter with 40 seconds left. Slash goalie Brianna Sank made 33 saves in the victory.

Jaden Bogden, Isabelle Lajoie, and Brooklyn Schroeder cap off their terrific season by adding this Esso Cup championship to the gold medal they each won as a member of Team Alberta U18 Female at the Canada Winter Games, held in Red Deer in February.  

Anker, Lajoie, Sank, Makenna Schuttler, and Willan have been on the team for all three Esso Cup Championships.

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St. Albert Slash look to win Esso Cup for third straight year

RED DEER - The journey for a three-peat is about to begin for the St. Albert Slash, as the 2019 Esso Cup gets underway on Sunday in Sudbury, ON.

The Slash are representing the Pacific region at the tournament for the third straight year, and are the two-time reigning Esso Cup champions.

The Slash kick off their tournament Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm MST against the As de Quebec.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >

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St. Albert Slash aim for third straight Pacific title

RED DEER - A third trip to the Esso Cup Championship is on the line for the St. Albert Slash as they kick off the Pacific Regional Championships on Friday night.

For the third straight year, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League will battle the Greater Vancouver Comets for a spot in the Esso Cup. The Slash defeated the Comets in the previous two Pacific Regional Championships en route to back-to-back Esso Cup championships.

Games one and two are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with game three set for Sunday at 12:45pm, if necessary. All three games take place at the Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert.

The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 21-27 in Sudbury, Ontario.

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AFHL Award Winners Announced

RED DEER - The Female ADM Committee have chosen the annual award winners for the 2018-19 season in each division.

Bantam Elite

Most Valuable Player - Jorja Nystrom, North Central Impact

Top Goaltender - Asia Kachuk, Sherwood Park Royals

Top Rookie - Lana Duriez, Lloydminster Jr. Steelers

Coach of the Year - David Fleming, North Central Impact

Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player - Madison Porter, Sherwood Park Fury

Top Goaltender - Cassidy Brown, Calgary Fire Red

Top Rookie - Arilyn Toews, Peace Country Storm

Coach of the Year - David Addison, Calgary Fire Red

Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player - Madison Willan, St. Albert Slash

Top Goaltender - Bella McKee, Lloydminster Steelers

Top Rookie - Jenna Goodwin, St. Albert Slash

Coach of the Year - Terry Johnson, Calgary Fire

AFHL Administrator of the Year - Denise Broadbent, North Central Impact

AFHL Scholarship Recipients

Official: Mikala Brown (Northern Lakes College, Paramedic)

Mikala is 21 years old and grew up in Lloydminster, but currently resides in Cold Lake. She began officiating hockey when she was 12 years old, and became a level three official as well as a instructor when she was 18. Mikala currently works all levels of minor hockey, as well as male Junior B and men’s Senior AA. She graduated from her primary care paramedic program in 2017 and currently works for Cold Lake Ambulance. In the fall of 2019 Mikala will be attending the Advanced Care Paramedic program at Northern Lakes College. 

Coach: Morgan Casson (Grant MacEwan University, Nursing)

Morgan is a fourth year centre for the MacEwan Griffins and a three time ACAC champion. She is in her second year of a Bachelor of science in Nursing degree. Morgan has been a coach for three years, as well as been the program coordinator and founder of the Jr. Griffins female spring hockey program. 

Midget Elite: MaKenna Zanewich, Lethbridge Cyclones (University of Lethbridge, Nursing)

Makenna was born and raised in Lethbridge, and started playing hockey at the age of nine. She has played with the Lethbridge Midget Elite Cyclones for the past three years, and was name Captian this past season. Makenna will graduate from the French Immersion Program at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in June. She has received an early admission offer to the University of Lethbridge in the Bachelor of Nursing Program, and will begin her studies in September 2019.

 

Midget AAA: Darcee Hall, Red Deer Chiefs (University of Windsor, General Studies)

Darcee was born and raised in Delia, AB. She has played with the Midget AAA Sutter Fund Chiefs for the past two seasons. Her time competing in the AFHL has allowed her to accomplish her educational and physical goals as she will be attending the University of Windsor in the fall where she will be playing hockey and studying psychology. Aside from hockey, Darcee has been a member of Team Alberta Baseball for the past six years. She prides herself in being a multi-sport student athlete who has found success in sport and the classroom and she hopes to continue this through post secondary.

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Calgary Fire Red wins Midget Elite Championship

RED DEER - The AFHL crowned another champion over the weekend, as the Midget Elite Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, were hosted in Grande Prairie.

Calgary Fire Red defeated the St. Albert Sharks 5-1 to win the title. Hannah Suto netted a goal and an assist in the win that featured five different goal scorers for the champions.

It was the Sherwood Park Fury who took home the bronze after a 6-4 victory over Calgary Fire White.

FULL STATS AND STANDINGS >

Midget Elite

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Midget Elite Preview

RED DEER – After Calgary Fire Red and the St. Albert Slash were crowned as AFHL Champions this past weekend in Bantam Elite and Midget AAA, the Midget Elite division gets set to take centre stage at the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

The Midget Elite Provincial Championships in Grande Prairie will feature five teams: The Peace Country Storm, Calgary Fire Red, Calgary Fire White, Sherwood Park Fury, and St. Albert Sharks. The tournament is set to begin at 11:15AM on Thursday, with the gold medal game taking place at 11:45AM on Sunday at the Coca-Cola Centre North Arena. FULL SCHEDULE >

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Instagram (username: hockey.alberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and share it on Snapchat, as well as other social media platforms.

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Champions Crowned in Bantam Elite and Midget AAA

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, continued this past weekend with two AFHL divisions crowning their champions.

 

The Midget AAA Provincial Championships were hosted in St. Albert, where the host St. Albert Slash defeated the Calgary Fire 5-1 to win the title for the third year in a row. Madison Willan continued her terrific season by netting two goals and three assists, while Brianna Sank made 26 saves to backstop her team to the victory.

It was the Lloydminster Steelers who took home the bronze after a 2-1 victory over the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs.

ALL SCORES/STATS >

 

Red Deer played host to the Bantam Elite championships, where Calgary Fire Red defeated the North Central Impact 6-2 on Sunday to win the championship. Jennifer Shaw led the way for Calgary with two goals, while Kalynah Fong Martin posted 30 saves in the win.

Calgary Fire White won the bronze medal with a 3-1 victory over the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs.

ALL SCORES/STATS >

The AFHL Provincial Championships continue this coming weekend, where Grande Prairie will host the Midget Elite tournament featuring the Peace Country Storm, Calgary Fire White, Calgary Fire Red, Sherwood Park Fury, and St. Albert Sharks.

SCHEDULE >

Bantam Elite

From Left: Lana Duriez, Jorja Nystrom, Asia Kachuk


Bantam Elite Award Winners Named

The AFHL’s Bantam Elite division named their annual award winners on Thursday evening. 

Jorja Nystrom of the North Central Impact took home the honours for Most Valuable Player, after finishing the season with 33 points in 26 games.

Asia Kachuk of the Sherwood Park Royals won the award for Top Goaltender after sporting a 1.37 Goals Against Average, .940 Save Percentage, and ten wins in 15 games.

The award for Top Rookie went to Lloydminster’s Lana Duriez, who finished the season as the Junior Steelers’ top point getter with 29 in 23 games.

North Central’s David Fleming was selected as the AFHL Bantam Elite Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 20-6 record during the regular season.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: AFHL Preview

RED DEER – Two AFHL champions will be crowned this weekend in Red Deer and St. Albert for the Bantam Elite and Midget AAA divisions at the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

The Bantam Elite Provincial Championships in Red Deer will feature five teams: The Red Deer Chiefs, Calgary Fire Red, Calgary Fire White, North Central Impact, and Lloydminster Steelers. The tournament is set to begin at 10:00AM on Thursday, with the gold medal game taking place at 11:45AM on Sunday at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. FULL SCHEDULE >

The Midget AAA Provincial Championships in St. Albert will feature four teams: The St. Albert Slash, Red Deer Chiefs, Lloydminster Steelers, and Calgary Fire. The tournament will begin at 9:00AM on Friday with Calgary facing off against Lloydminster. The gold medal game will take place on Sunday at 1:00PM at the Go Auto Arena in Servus Credit Union Place. FULL SCHEDULE >

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Instagram (username: hockey.alberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and share it on Snapchat, as well as other social media platforms.

Bantam Elite

Playoff Bracket Update

The five teams that will be advancing to the Provincial Championship Tournament, presented by ATB Financial, are the North Central Impact, Lloydminster Steelers, Calgary Fire White, Calgary Fire Red, and host Red Deer Chiefs.

The tournament will take place on March 21-24.

Midget Elite

Playoff Bracket Update

The Peace Country Storm, Edmonton Pandas, Red Deer Chiefs, and Rocky Mountain Raiders have all advanced to the next round. Awaiting them after a bye week are the St. Albert Sharks, Sherwood Park Fury, Calgary Fire White, and Calgary Fire Red.

Check the schedule for game times and locations.

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AFHL February Wrap Up

RED DEER - As the regular season draws to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire Red (Bantam Elite) all head into the playoffs as the top seed in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

As the playoffs are set to begin, the final Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (76 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (65 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (56 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (30 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (20 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders(20 pts)

Slash forward Madison Willan had a terrific year as she lead the league in goals (24), assists (26), and points (50).

St. Albert’s goaltending tandem of Holly Borrett and Brianna Sank were red-hot this season. Borrett paced the league with a 0.86 GAA, and 13 wins, while adding six shutouts. Sank is right behind with a 0.86 GAA, 12 wins and lead the league with eight shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Congratulations to seven AFHL players, as they won a gold medal in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer playing with Team Alberta U18 Female: Goaltender Bella McKee (Lloydminster), blueliner Sierra LaPlante (Calgary), and forwards Hayleigh Craig (Lloydminster), Isabelle Lajoie (St. Albert), Payton Laumbach (Lloydminster), Jaden Bogden (St. Albert), and Brooklyn Schroeder (St. Albert).

The first round of playoffs are set to get underway this weekend, with Calgary hosting the Rocky Mountain Raiders, and Red Deer hosting Edmonton.St. Albert and Lloydminster have earned first round byes.


Midget Elite

After the completion of the regular season, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (50 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (44 pts)
3) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (40 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (35 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas  (26 pts)
6) North Central Impact (23 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (61 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (61 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (50 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (44 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (16 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (16 pts)

Calgary Fire Red forward Kelly Stanford took over the lead in total points with 36, while Sherwood Park’s Madison Porter ended the season as the top goal scorer with 24. Her teammate, Reagan Korber, lead the way with 16 assists. 

Calgary Fire Red’s Cassidy Brown’s 0.90 GAA and five shutouts were both the top mark in Midget Elite, while her teammate Rebecca Boswell, Airdrie’s Jocelyn Pearce, and Calgary Fire White’s Cienna Kinghorn lead the league with 11 wins.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

With playoff games set to be played this weekend, the North division will feature Edmonton vs. Lloydminster and North Central vs. Peace Country. The South will feature Lethbridge vs. Red Deer and Rocky Mountain vs. Airdrie. Calgary Fire White, Calgary Fire Red, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert have all earned first round byes.


Bantam Elite

The Bantam Elite standings for the regular season have been finalized:

North Division:
1) North Central Impact (56 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers(54 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (54 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (46 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (19 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (11 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire Red (58 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (52 pts) 
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (39 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs  (39 pts)
5) Olds Grizzlys (35 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (5 pts) 

Edmonton’s Sage Taylor lead the Bantam Elite regular season with 38 points, while Sherwood Park’s Emerson Jarvis took the goal scoring title with 24. North Central’s Jorja Nystrom lead the way with 17 assists.

Jorja Fisher sat atop the league with a 1.24 GAA, while North Central’s Rory Gidosh took top spot with 12 wins. Edmonton’s tandem of Katherine Holan and Teegan Fedoruk were the league leaders with five shutouts each.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

After the first weekend of the playoffs, there are eight teams remaining. Sherwood Park defeated Peace Country Bonnet’s Storm in two games, while Edmonton did the same versus the St. Albert Raiders in the North division. Sherwood Park will move on to play Lloydminster and Edmonton will face the North Central Impact. In the South it was the Rocky Mountain Raiders defeating Lethbridge, and Red Deer getting past Olds. Red Deer will now face Calgary Fire Red, while the Raiders take on Calgary Fire White. All second round playoff games will take place this weekend (March 8,9,10).

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AFHL January Wrap Up

RED DEER - As January comes to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and North Central Impact (Bantam Elite) all sit at the top of the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into February, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (58 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (50 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (42 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (27 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (20 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (13 pts)

Slash forward Madison Willan continues to lead the league in goals (22), assists (18), and points (40).

St. Albert’s goaltending tandem of Holly Borrett and Brianna Sank continued their red-hot play this season. Borrett paces the league with a 0.80 GAA, and ten wins, while adding four shutouts. Sank is right behind with a 1.08 GAA, nine wins and leads the league with five shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

February is also an exciting month for seven AFHL players, as they’ll compete in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer with Team Alberta U18 Female: Goaltender Bella McKee (Lloydminster), blueliner Sierra LaPlante (Calgary), and forwards Hayleigh Craig (Lloydminster), Isabelle Lajoie (St. Albert), Payton Laumbach (Lloydminster), Jaden Bogden (St. Albert), and Brooklyn Schroeder (St. Albert).


Midget Elite

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

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (41 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (36 pts)
3) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (28 pts)
4) North Central Impact (22 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (21 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (19 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (50 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (41 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (37 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (35 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (6 pts)

Madison Porter leads all Midget Elite skaters in goals (20) and sits third in points (24), while her teammate Reagan Korber, along with Calgary Fire White forward Sarah Gaiser are tied for the lead with 13 assists. Calgary Fire White forward Brooke McCool has taken over the lead in total points with 26.

Calgary Fire Red’s Cassidy Brown’s 0.98 GAA stays as the top mark in Midget Elite, while Calgary Fire White’s Cienna Kinghorn leads the league with 10 wins, as does Airdrie’s Jocelynn Pearce, who also sits atop the leaderboard with four shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

The 2019 portion of the Midget Elite schedule is highlighted by the Midget Elite Showcase, which is set for February 2 & 3 in Leduc, which will feature all 12 teams.


Bantam Elite

The Bantam Elite standings heading into February are:

North Division:
1) North Central Impact (49 pts)
2) Edmonton Pandas (42 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (39 pts)
4) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (38 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (16 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (8 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire Red (45 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (43 pts) 
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (34 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (29 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (28 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (4 pts) 

Edmonton’s Sage Taylor is tops in Bantam Elite with 33 points, and tied with Sherwood Park’s Emerson Jarvis for the league in goals (19). North Central’s Jorja Nystrom leads the way with 16 assists.

Jorja Fisher sits atop the league with a 1.20 GAA, while North Central’s Rory Gidosh and Calgary Fire White’s Kaylee McKay take top spot with nine wins. Edmonton’s Katherine Holan has taken over the league lead with five shutouts.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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2019 AFHL Playoffs and Provincial Tournament Dates

RED DEER - Dates have been set for the 2018/2019 AFHL Playoffs and Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial. 

Bantam Elite Playoff Dates:

March 1-3 – First round of playoffs
March 8-10 – Second round of playoffs
March 21-24 – Provincial Tournament, Red Deer

Midget Elite Playoff Dates:

March 8-10 – First round of playoffs
March 15-17 – Second round of playoffs
March 28-31 – Provincial Tournament, Grande Prairie

Midget AAA Playoff Dates: 

March 8-10 – Playoffs 
March 22-24, 2019 - Provincial Tournament, St. Albert

For more information on the AFHL playoffs and provincial tournament formats, see the ‘Playoff Formats’ tab.

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AFHL December Wrap Up

RED DEER - As 2018 comes to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Sherwood Park Royals (Bantam Elite) all sit at the top of the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into 2019, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (46 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (44 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (31 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (31 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (16 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (13 pts)

Slash forward Madison Willan continues to lead the league in goals (18), assists (15), and points (33).

St. Albert’s goaltending tandem of Holly Borrett and Brianna Sank continued their red-hot play this season. Borrett leads the league across the board with a 0.63 GAA, eight wins and four shutouts, while Sank is right behind with a 0.78 GAA, seven wins and four shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

December also saw seven AFHL Midget AAA athletes named to Team Alberta U18 Female for the 2019 Canada Winter Games: Goaltender Bella McKee (Lloydminster), blueliner Sierra LaPlante (Calgary), and forwards Hayleigh Craig (Lloydminster), Isabelle Lajoie (St. Albert), Payton Laumbach (Lloydminster), Jaden Bogden (St. Albert), and Brooklyn Schroeder (St. Albert).


Midget Elite

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

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (31 pts)
2) St. Albert Sharks (27 pts)
3) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (25 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (18 pts)
5) North Central Impact (13 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (8 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (38 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (32 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (24 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (23 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (8 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (5 pts)

Sherwood Park forward Madison Porter leads all Midget Elite skaters in goals (14) and points (18), while her teammate Reagan Korber leads the way with 10 assists.

Calgary Fire Red’s Cassidy Brown’s 0.77 GAA is good enought for tops in Midget Elite, while her teammate Cienna Kinghorn leads the league with 8 wins, as does Airdrie’s Jocelynn Pearce, who also sits atop the leaderboard with four shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

The 2019 portion of the Midget Elite schedule is highlighted by the Midget Elite Showcase, which is set for February 2 & 3 in Leduc, which will feature all 12 teams.


Bantam Elite

The Bantam Elite standings heading into January are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Royals (35 pts)
2) North Central Impact (33 pts)
3) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (32 pts) 
4) Edmonton Pandas (23 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (13 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (30 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (29 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
4) Rocky Mountain Raiders (21 pts)
5) Olds Grizzlys (21 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones 4 pts) 

Edmonton’s Sage Taylor is tops in Bantam Elite with 22 points, while Lloydminster’s Lana Duriez leads the league with 14 goals, and North Central’s Jorja Nystrom leads the way with 11 assists.

Asia Kachuk sits atop the league with a 0.93 GAA and seven wins, while her Sherwood Park teammate Teegan Fedoruk leads the league with four shutouts.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Female Hockey League are pleased to announce the host sites for the 2019 Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

The St. Albert Slash, Peace Country PCFAC Storm, and Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs will host the Midget AAA, Midget Elite and Bantam Elite provincial championships, respectively.

The Bantam Female Elite tournament will run March 21-24, with Midget AAA running the same weekend, from March 22-24. The Midget Elite provincial championship is set for March 28-31.

The month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during four weekends in March and April, along with four champions crowned through league playoff series. Organizations interested in hosting a provincial championship tournament completed a detailed bid process, with a bid committee evaluating the submissions.

2019 Provincial Host Sites >

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from Grande Prairie in the north and west, Fort Macleod in the south, and Cold Lake in the east.

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AFHL November Wrap Up

RED DEER - The second month of the 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the Lloydminster PWM Steelers (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Sherwood Park Royals (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (41 pts)
2) St. Albert Slash (40 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (31 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (14 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)

Slash forward Madison Willan leads the league across the board, with 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points.

St. Albert’s goaltending tandem of Holly Borrett and Brianna Sank are off to red-hot starts to the season. Borrett leads the league with a 0.71 GAA and a 7-0-0 record, and sits second with three shutouts, while Sank is right behind with a 0.75 GAA and six wins, and leads all Midget AAA goaltenders with four shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

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

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (25 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
3) St. Albert Sharks (21 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (12 pts)
5) North Central Impact (7 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (30 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (28 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (18 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (17 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (4 pts)

Sherwood Park forward Madison Porter leads all Midget Elite skaters in goals (13) and points (16). Meanwhile, Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser sits atop the assist leaderboard with 10.

With a 4-0 record with the Calgary Fire Red, Rebecca Boswell’s minuscule 0.50 GAA leads the league, while Airdrie’s Jocelynn Pearce sits atop the leaderboard with seven wins, and is tied with Calgary Fire White netminder Cienna Kinghorn with three shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first two months of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into December are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Royals (29 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (29 pts) 
3) North Central Impact (27 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (18 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (12 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (24 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (17 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (15 pts)
5) Olds Grizzlys (14 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (3 pts) 

With 12 goals and 19 points, Lloydminster’s Lana Duriez leads the league in both categories, while North Central’s Jorja Nystrom leads all Bantam Elite skaters with 10 assists.

Asia Kachuk sits atop the league with a 0.71 GAA, while her Sherwood Park teammate Teegan Fedoruk leads the league with four shutouts. Lloydminster’s Tiana Stafford is tops in Bantam Elite with six wins.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

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Midget Elite, Bantam Elite Seasons kick off

RED DEER - The 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League hits full stride this weekend, as the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons kick off Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Friday night features a pair of Midget Elite games, with the Rocky Mountain Raiders taking on the Sherwood Park Fury, and Airdrie Lightning visiting the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. Saturday sees five more games, with four more set for Sunday in a busy opening weekend.

On the Bantam Elite side, 10 of 12 teams kick their seasons off on Saturday, while the Calgary Fire Red and Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs will wait until the following weekend for their seasons to begin.

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

Midget AAA Schedule > | Midget Elite Schedule > | Bantam Elite Schedule >

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Midget AAA Showcase kicks off AFHL season

RED DEER - The 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League season officially gets underway tonight (Friday), with the inaugural Midget AAA Showcase Weekend in Edmonton.

The Edmonton Pandas and Rocky Mountain Raiders kick things off at 6:15, with the Lloydminster PWM Steelers and Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs to follow at 8:45. The St. Albert Slash and Calgary Fire both kick off their seasons Saturday at 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., respectively. All games are at the Clare Drake arena.

The Midget Elite season begins on Friday, October 19, while Bantam Elite season kicks off the following day.

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

Midget AAA Schedule > | Midget Elite Schedule > | Bantam Elite Schedule >

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AFHL releases 2018-19 schedule

RED DEER - The inaugural Midget AAA Showcase Weekend highlights the 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League schedule, which is set to kick off on Friday, October 5.

The 2018-19 AFHL schedule features a total of 400 games - 90 in Midget AAA, and 155 each in the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite leagues.

As the AFHL enters its third season, the Midget AAA league will kick off the year with a regular season tournament for the first time.

All six Midget AAA teams will take part in the Showcase Weekend in Edmonton on October 5-7 at the Clare Drake Arena.

The Midget Elite league will also take part in a Showcase Weekend in Leduc, February 2-3, featuring all 12 teams.

While the Midget AAA season kicks off on October 5, the Midget Elite season gets underway on October 19, with the Bantam Elite season beginning on October 20.

Midget AAA Schedule > | Midget Elite Schedule > | Bantam Elite Schedule >

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2018 AFHL Tryout Camp Info

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.                      

Elite Player Movement Application >


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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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 Olds College
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 Bor