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AFHL announces 2019-20 award and scholarship winners

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the 2019-20 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: Chloe Goofers, North Central Impact
Top Goaltender: Jorja Fisher, Calgary Fire Red
Top Rookie: Chloe Goofers, North Central Impact 
Coach of the Year: Annette Jensen, Sherwood Park Royals

Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Kendal Pierson, Southern Express
Top Goaltender: Cienna Kinghorn, Calgary Fire White
Top Rookie: Kendal Pierson, Southern Express
Coach of the Year: James King, Southern Express

Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Kaia Borbandy, Rocky Mountain Raiders
Top Goaltender: Elise Hugens, Edmonton Pandas
Top Rookie: Cassidy Rhodes, St. Albert Slash
Coach of the Year: Dustin Borbandy, Rocky Mountain Raiders

Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Dan Basterash, Edmonton Female Athletic Club

AFHL Scholarship Winners

Midget Elite: Alex Walsh, Sherwood Park Fury

Alex was born in Fort Saskatchewan, and has grown into a graduating player from the SPKAC Midget Elite Fury. After playing with the Fury for the past three seasons, her plan is to play hockey at the post secondary level. Alex has been offered two scholarships but is still yet to commit. She credits her coaches, among others, who have supported her throughout her hockey journey.


Midget AAA: Alesha Santos, Rocky Mountain Raiders 

Alesha Santos is a graduating defenseman from the Midget AAA Rocky Mountain Raiders, and currently lives in Calgary. Other than playing Ice Hockey, Alesha also plays Field Hockey for her High School team. Some of her most notable achievements include being a two time Ice Hockey Provincial Champion (2016-2017 Bantam Elite Fire White, 2017-2018 Midget Elite Fire White), receiving two MVP Awards for Field Hockey (2018 season, 2019 season), and being a consistent Honour Roll student. Playing hockey has also given her many volunteer opportunities which included volunteering at Tudor Manor Seniors Home, and mentoring young female hockey players. When she’s not playing sports, Alesha enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In the Fall, Alesha will be playing for the Red Deer College Queens Hockey team while pursuing a Nursing Degree.


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AFHL recognizes and congratulates graduating players

RED DEER - The AFHL would like to recognize and congratulate the graduating Midget players from the 2019-20 season.

Airdrie Lightning Midget Elite

Name Position
Kayla Bell Defence
Jolin Bischke Defence
Jennifer Johnson  Defence
Rachel Selent Forward

Calgary Fire Midget AAA

Name Position
McKenna Bolger Defence
Rebecca Boswell Goalie
Grace Crooks Forward
Sierra LaPlante Defence
Emma Neff Defence
Madeleine Noonan Forward
Dylan Noorie Forward
Emily Straw Forward

Calgary Fire Red Midget Elite

Name Position
Katie Maloney Defence
Skye Mathew Forward
Caitlin Watson Forward
Teah Workman Defence

Calgary Fire White Midget Elite

Name Position
Meghan Dean Forward
Alessandra Imperato Defence
Cameron Krupa Forward
Marlee Oczkowski Forward
Rachelle Plum Forward
Mila Preville Forward
Madison Shenfield Goalie

Edmonton Pandas Midget AAA

 Name Position
Payton Basterash Forward
 Alexandra Black Defence
 Natalie Buttle Forward
 Elise Hugens Goalie
 Megan Long Defence
Chloe Reid Forward

Edmonton Pandas Midget Elite

Name Position
Jordanna Hayne Defence
Victoria Lindsay Defence
Alexandra Wilson Forward

Lloydminster Steelers Midget AAA

Name Position
Hayleigh Craig Forward
Molly Mitchell Goalie
Jadynn Morden Defence
Bryn Pollard Forward
Jade Sandberg Forward
Jacelyn Scott Defence
Alexandria Spence Defence
Ryann Welch Forward

Lloydminster Midget Elite Steelers

Name Position
Shelby Lane Forward
Ali Macaulay Defence
Jerika Pashniak Forward
Elyssa Selte Defence

North Central Impact Midget Elite

Name Position
Havana Batke Goalie
Reegan Broadbent Forward
Hailey Cruickshank Defence
Tessa Knisely Forward
Brooke Warner Defence

Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Midget AAA

Name Position
Monica Bowtell Forward
Elizabeth Campbell Goalie
Aryn Chambers Defence
Robyn Grant Forward
Kyla Hansel Defence
Stephanie Keeper Forward
Julie Wagner Defence
Taylor Wilkinson Forward

Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Midget Elite

Name Position
Haylee Coutts Forward
Paige Dodd Forward
Elizabeth Fonda Forward
Sarah Gette Defence
Sydney Jack Forward
Elizabeth Thomas Forward
Robyn Wlad Forward

Rocky Mountain Raiders Midget AAA

Name Position
Sydney Benko Forward
Kaia Borbandy Forward
Alesha Santos Defence
Sydney Trotter Defence

Rocky Mountain Raiders Midget Elite

Name Position
Taryn Borbely Defence
Kaia Gron Defence
Shaye Parkinson Forward

Sherwood Park Fury

Name Position
Julie Jeske Forward
Tayler Premak Forward
Alex Walsh Forward

Southern Express Midget Elite

Name Position
Brookelyn King Defence
Kennedy King Forward
Madison King Forward

St. Albert Slash Midget AAA

Name Position
Jaden Bogden Forward
Holly Borrett Goalie
Kelsey Hall Forward
Allison Reich Forward
Brooklyn Schroeder Forward

St. Albert Sharks Midget Elite

Name Position
Elle Harapchuk Forward
Jorja Werenka  Defence

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COVID-19 Update - Hockey Canada Statement

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Without question, this an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.

After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities*, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.

We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”

*Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities include all Hockey Alberta-sanctioned activities. This means that all Hockey Alberta league games, playoffs, practices, camps and Provincial, Regional and National Championships are cancelled at the Minor, Female, Junior, Senior and Sledge levels.

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