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Female Coaches: Sign up now for a free coach clinic!

Hockey Alberta is offering two FREE OF CHARGE Coach 2 Courses for female coaches in Alberta.

WHO:

- Females who are coaching or looking to get into coaching in the province of Alberta.
- If you are more comfortable in a class with all females, learning from a female instructor.

WHAT:

- Coach 2 emphasizes basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem and a love for the game.
- You receive manuals with a year’s worth of progressive practice plans.
- Required for coaches at the Atom-Midget level (excluding AA & AAA).

WHY:

- Hockey Alberta is dedicated to expanding the female coaching knowledge in the province of Alberta, and is proactively seeking more female coaches and providing them with development opportunities.

WHERE:

- Edmonton (Oct 1) | Details >
- Lethbridge (TBD)


For further information about the course, or to register, please contact Kendall Newell (knewell@hockeyalberta.ca) at the Hockey Alberta Office.


**Please note, all female coaches will be responsible for completing the HU-Online Coach ½ prior to the clinic.**

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A message from the Chair

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 gamea special oneand 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.

You can follow along with scores on stats on each respective AFHL site, or follow the AFHL on Twitter.

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Introducing the new Alberta Female Hockey League website

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to introduce a brand new website for the newly created Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL).

The new site, afhl.ca, is the official portal for the three divisions of the Alberta Female Hockey League: Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite.

Some key features of the new afhl.ca include:

- A fully responsive site that automatically adjusts to the size of your screen, including mobile devices and tablets.
- Full schedules for each league, including a link to the Google map location of each rink.
- A score ticker across the top of the page.
- A stats page for both players and goaltenders, updated automatically once a game score is inputted.
- A league message board, so teams can interact with each other throughout the season.
- A Social Media feed allowing you to keep up with the AFHL on Twitter and Facebook.

The main page of the site will also be updated regularly with league news and information.

Schedules have been added for Midget AAA and Bantam Elite, with the Midget Elite schedule to be added once it’s finalized.

The new website was designed by Edmonton’s Pixel Army, who also re-designed hockeyalberta.ca, and created haprovincials.ca and abcup.ca , both of which the AFHL site is modeled from. Pixel Army worked with Hockey Alberta staff to ensure functionality and appearance that meets the needs of the organization, and the entire hockey community across the province.

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