RED DEER – The hockey competition at the 2024 Alberta Winter Games will have a slightly different look than previous events.
New for 2024, the competing teams at the Alberta Winter Games will be club teams – U15 AA for the Male competition and U13 AA for the Female competition. The Games take place February 16-19 in Grande Prairie.
In keeping with the Zone format established for the Alberta Winter Games, teams will be selected to represent each of the eight zones.
For the Male competition, U15 AA teams had to declare their interest in representing their zone by October 12. The team in each zone with the highest win percentage in its respective league, as of December 19, will be selected to compete at the Games. Male teams that have declared their interest in participating in the Alberta Winter Games are:
Zone Breakdown for Eligible Male U15 AA Teams
|Zone 1 – Sunny South||Foothills, Lethbridge, Taber|
|Zone 2 – Big Country||Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks, Olds|
|Zone 3 – Calgary||Calgary (12 teams)|
|Zone 4 – Parkland||Camrose, Lacombe, Sylvan Lake|
|Zone 5 – Black Gold/Yellowhead||Beaumont, Leduc, Sherwood Park (2 teams), Spruce Grove (2 teams), St. Albert (3 teams), Strathcona, Sturgeon, Whitecourt|
|Zone 6 – Edmonton||Edmonton (9 teams)|
|Zone 7 – North Eastern Alberta||Bonnyville, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Wainwright|
|Zone 8 – Peace Country||Grande Prairie (2 teams), Peace River|
For the Female competition, U13 AA teams in the Alberta Female Hockey League will have a different selection process. Zones with more than one team eligible will see those teams face off in a play down tournament, with each winning team earning the right represent its zone at the Games.
Zone Breakdown for Eligible Female U13 AA Teams
|Zone 1 – Sunny South||Lethbridge|
|Zone 2 – Big Country||Airdrie, Okotoks|
|Zone 3 – Calgary||Calgary (3 teams)|
|Zone 4 – Parkland||Camrose, Red Deer|
|Zone 5 – Black Gold/Yellowhead||Leduc, Sherwood Park, St. Albert|
|Zone 6 – Edmonton||Edmonton (2 teams)|
|Zone 7 – North Eastern Alberta||Bonnyville, Lloydminster|
|Zone 8 – Peace Country||Grande Prairie|