RED DEER - With the Alberta Female Hockey League’s inaugural season set to begin on Saturday, AFHL Chair Greg Nesom has a special message:
On the eve of the inaugural season for the new Alberta Female Hockey League, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the game we all love and the significant efforts from volunteers and staff to get us to this point.
With admiration and respect we appreciate the commitment from past leagues and volunteers, the stewards of our game for our daughters, from these people lie the roots of our great program . The changes we embarked on three long years ago were to renew this great program bringing forth a new and improved model for our players of today and tomorrow. Focusing on athlete development, peers playing with peers and a sustainable model that recognizes the societal and economic demands on our Alberta families, the foundation was laid for a successful transition to a new model that best meets the needs of our membership.
While the hard work of our volunteers and staff never ends, the heaviest of lifting is now behind us, and at this point the focus and efforts are turned to our coaching staffs and our players .
Coaches provide the opportunities for players to succeed, give them the skills and confidence both on and off the ice to not only be the future of our game, but the future of our communities. Like all athletics, this is a game—a special one—and we do keep score, but ultimately, success is measured tomorrow and years from now by the development of your players and the growth of our game.
For the players, take the time to thank the people that make this game and these opportunities available to you. Your coaches and trainers, the rink staff, the donors for your fundraising, are all contributing to you having a chance to participate in something special, moments you will never forget. Most importantly, appreciate your parents’ commitment to you, it is not always easy being a hockey parent and they do it for you not themselves. Focus on your development as a player and the success of your team, play the game hard and fast, the way its intended, and give back to your communities. Be the leaders of tomorrow setting a path of tradition, history, and success for our future players.
Lastly to our fans, thank you for commitment to our game for putting your daughters in skates and teaching 4 year-olds a slap shot in the driveway. Cheer passionately and loudly, respect the officials and the coaches who are providing our girls with a game to play.
In our own ways we all play for Team Alberta, on or off the ice, you all contribute to our success and this game... Our game, and Team Alberta’s time is now.
- AFHL Chair, Greg Nesom
The 2016-17 AFHL season begins on Saturday for all six Midget AAA teams. The Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons kick off on October 15.
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