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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South White 5 - South Black 1
North Grey 1 - South Green 0
North Yellow 5 - North Blue 2
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
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
RED DEER - The Female ADM Committee have chosen the annual award winners for the 2018-19 season in each division.
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
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
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.
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.