2017 AFHL All-Star Rosters Announced

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the rosters for the inaugural Midget Elite and Bantam Elite AFHL All-Star games.

Midget Elite All-Star Rosters > | Bantam Elite All-Star Rosters >

Two forwards and one defence from each AFHL team were selected to their respective All-Star rosters by AFHL coaches, while goaltenders were selected based on their statistical ranking as of December 19. The coaches chosen to represent the North and South teams in each league are from the first and second place teams within each division.

Both All-Star games are set for January 14 – with Red Deer hosting the Midget Elite game, and Strathmore hosting the Bantam Elites. The Midget Elite All-Star game begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Penhold Regional Multiplex, and the Bantam Elite All-Star game gets underway at 1:45 at the Strathmore Family Centre.  

In addition to the All Star games, the host Associations will be offering development clinics for female athletes within their communities.

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AFHL Spring ID Camp Information

RED DEER - Registration information is now available for Midget AAA and Midget EliteSpring Identification camps.

Athletes can attend multiple Midget AAA Spring Camps. Athletes attending Elite Camps  must reside within the draw zone to attend an Elite ID Camp

Please click on the appropriate link below for more information:

Midget AAA

Calgary Fire, April 28-30 | Info >

Rocky Mountain Raiders (Okotoks), May 12-14 | Info >

Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, May 20-21 | Info >

Edmonton Pandas, May 19-21 | Info >

Lloydminster Steelers, May 13-14 | Info >

St. Albert Slash, May 21-22 | Info >

Midget Elite and Bantam Elite

North Central Impact, May 26-28 (Midget Elite and Bantam Elite) | Info >


*All participants skating in a camp outside of the players Resident MHA or the MHA last registered with, must complete the Permission to Skate Form*

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Female Hockey - Why We Play

RED DEER - Female hockey is currently one of the fastest growing sports in our province, with close to 8,000 females already participating. Hockey Alberta and our associations are working hard to create new programs to introduce the game to new female hockey players as well as developing our current participants.

Female hockey offers the opportunity for young girls to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle while learning valuable life lessons and developing new friendships that will last after the hockey season ends. Whether your daughter is just starting out or has been playing for a number of years – there are a number of great opportunities for her to become involved in female hockey at the grassroots level.

As the number of female hockey players in Alberta grows, the need for female coaches and officials grows with it. You can join our team as a coach or official, and help inspire the next generation of players in your local association by sharing, your knowledge, skills and memories.

For more information on Minor Female Hockey, and for a list of FAQs, please click here.

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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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2018 AFHL Tryout Camp Info

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:

Recruitment Areas >


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.                      

Elite Player Movement Application >


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 2017/2018 season and would like to play for another AAA team for the 2018/2019 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 24

Tryouts for Midget and Bantam Elite begin on/after September 7


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.

Notification of Tryout Form >


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. 

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2018 AFHL Prospects Game rosters announced

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2018 Midget Elite and Bantam Elite AFHL Prospects games.

Midget Elite Prospects Rosters > | Bantam Elite Prospects Rosters >

Two forwards and one defence from each AFHL team were selected to their respective rosters by AFHL coaches, while goaltenders were selected based on their statistical ranking as of January 10. The coaches chosen to represent the North and South teams in each league are from the first and second place teams within each division.

Both AFHL Prospects games are set for February 3 at the NAIT Arena in Edmonton. The Bantam Elite Prospects Game goes at 2:30 p.m., with the Midget Elite Prospects Game to follow at 5:00 p.m.

Prior to each Prospects games, participating players will take part in on-ice goalie and skills sessions, as well as a team-building activity. CCM will also be on site to allow players the chance to try out various pieces of equipment throughout the day.

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St. Albert Slash in the hunt for National title

MORDEN, MB -  Alberta is well-represented on the National stage this week, as the St. Albert Slash compete in the Esso Cup in Morden, MB.

The St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA) of the Alberta Female Hockey League are representing the Pacific region at the tournament, and are already off to a hot start. The Slash opened the Esso Cup Sunday afternoon with a 6-0 win over Mid-Isle Wildcats, who are representing the Atlantic.

The Slash are in action again Monday night at 6:00 p.m. MST against the host Pembina Valley Hawks, and will play Quebec, the West, and Ontario on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to complete round-robin play.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >

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AFHL Players Committed to Post-Secondary Institutions for 2020-21 Season

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League is proud to present the expanding list of over 40 athletes who will be suiting up for post-secondary teams next season.

The list includes:

  • 8 players from the Midget Elite Division
  • 23 players heading to U Sports
  • 16 players heading to ACAC

AFHL players have committed to the following post-secondary institutions for the 2020-21 season:

AFHL PROGRAM PLAYER POSITION POST-SECONDARY COMMITMENT
Calgary Fire AAA Emma Neff  Defence University of Lethbridge
Calgary Fire AAA Sierra LaPlante  Defence University of British Columbia
Calgary Fire AAA McKenna Bolger  Defence University of Saskatchewan
Calgary Fire AAA Grace Crooks Forward Grant MacEwan
Calgary Fire AAA Madeleine Noonan Forward Red Deer College
 Calgary Fire AAA Dylan Norrie Forward Red Deer College
 Calgary Fire AAA Rebecca Boswell Goalie SAIT
Calgary Fire Red Elite Katie Maloney Defence Plymouth State University
Edmonton Pandas AAA Megan Long Defence University of Regina
Edmonton Pandas AAA Alex Black Defence Red Deer College
Edmonton Pandas AAA Natalie Buttle Forward Red Deer College
Edmonton Pandas AAA  Chloe Reid Forward Trinity Western University
Edmonton Pandas AAA Payton Basterash  Forward NAIT
Edmonton Pandas AAA Elise Hugens  Goalie University of British Columbia
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Jadynn Morden Defence University of Alberta
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Alexandria Spence  Defence Mount Royal University
Lloydminster Steelers AAA  Jacelyn Scott  Defence Trinity Western University
Lloydminster Steelers AAA  Hayleigh Craig Forward University of Alberta
Lloydminster Steelers AAA  Bryn Pollard Forward Red Deer College
Lloydminster Elite Steelers Ali Macaulay Defence Olds College
North Central Impact Elite  Hailey Cruickshank Defence NAIT
North Central Impact Elite Tessa Knisely Forward Olds College
North Central Impact Elite Reegan Broadbent Forward Olds College
Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs AAA Aryn Chambers Defence Grant MacEwan
Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs AAA Julie Wagner Defence Red Deer College
Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs AAA Kyla Hansel Defence Red Deer College
Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs AAA Monica Bowtell Forward Red Deer College
Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs AAA Robyn Grant Forward Plymouth State University
Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs AAA Stephanie Keeper Forward McGill University
Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs AAA Elizabeth Campbell Goalie Olds College
Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Elite Sydney Jack Forward Olds College
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Alesha Santos Defence Red Deer College
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA  Sydney Trotter  Defence Mount Royal University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA  Sydney Benko Forward Mount Royal University 
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kaia Borbandy Forward Mount Royal University
Sherwood Park Fury Elite Tayler Premak Forward NAIT
Sherwood Park Fury Elite Alex Walsh Forward  Red Deer College
St. Albert Slash AAA Kelsey Hall Forward University of Saskatchewan
St. Albert Slash AAA Allison Reich Forward University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Jaden Bogden Forward Clarkson University
St. Albert Slash AAA Brooklyn Schroeder Forward Grant MacEwan
St. Albert Slash AAA Holly Borrett Goalie University of Windsor
St. Albert Sharks Elite Jorja Werenka Defence Olds College

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The Lloydminster PWM Steelers present 513 pairs of pajamas to Olivia Brockhoff for Project PJ


Lloydminster Steelers propel Project PJ to success

LLOYDMINSTER - What started out as a local initiative for the Lloydmister PWM Steelers, quickly turned into a league and province-wide success story this holiday season.

Project PJ was started by 12 year-old Olivia Brockhoff in 2015, after a friend of her sister, who was going through cancer treatment at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, complained about the pajamas provided to her by the hospital. Now, every year, Olivia collects donations of pajamas to give to the hospital.

Tanya Plamondon, whose daughter plays for the Steelers, brought the idea to the Midget AAA team, and it snowballed from there.

"I’ve known Olivia and her parents for a long time, and I’ve been donating pajamas since she started (Project PJ)," said Tanya. "I wanted our team to do something big this season, so I mentioned it to (Head Coach) Randy (Laumbach), and we went from there. It worked out awesome since we had six home games to collect the pajamas in November, and we collected 89 pairs our first game through all us and our fans. The following weekend, we had the Calgary Fire and Edmonton Pandas accept our challenge to them, which was all in good fun, and the response was great. We also had the Rocky Mountain Raiders accept our challenge."

The Fire, Pandas and Raiders collected a combined 140 pairs of pajamas. The captain of last year’s Steelers team, Tessa Mitchell, also challenged her current team, the MacEwan Griffins, to join the cause, adding another 125 pairs of pajamas to the team’s total, which were presented to the team on November 25, with Mitchell conducting the ceremonial faceoff.

After an incredibly successful campaign for Project PJ, the Steelers managed to collect an astounding 513 pairs of pajamas, which were presented to Olivia during the team’s game on November 26.

As of December 1, Olivia has collected over 1000 pairs of Pajamas through Project PJ, all of which will be donated to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.


Hockey Gives Back - We want to hear from you!

Hockey Alberta would like to showcase all of the hockey teams across Alberta who give back to their community this holiday season. Send your team’s story, along with photos, to info@hockeyalberta.ca to be featured on Hockey Alberta’s website.

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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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