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Lloydminster selected as host of 2021 Esso Cup

LLOYDMINSTERThe Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, is headed back to Alberta in 2021 when the Lloydminster Steelers host the 13th edition of the event, April 18-24.

The 2021 Esso Cup represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, the Lloydminster Steelers and the local host organizing committee, which made the announcement Thursday in the Border City.

The host Steelers will face off against five regional champions – Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific Quebec and West – in their quest to capture a national championship at the 1,700-seat Centennial Civic Centre. The Steelers will look to become the first host team to win the Esso Cup and third host to earn a medal at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

“Hosting an event of this scale will provide our community an exciting opportunity to showcase our commitment to volunteerism and sport,” said Gerald Aalbers, mayor of the City of Lloydminster. “The Lloydminster Steelers play a pivotal role in the growth and development of female athletes within Alberta and it will be our shared privilege to stand with them in welcoming the nation’s top-performing female hockey players as they look to achieve personal goals and compete for the 2021 Esso Cup right here in our city.”

Although the Steelers have yet to appear in the Esso Cup, Pacific Region teams have won nine medals since the event’s inception, including three-consecutive national championships from 2017-19, two silver medals and four bronze.

Alberta has hosted Canada’s National Female Midget Championship three times in the event’s 11-year history, with Calgary (2009), St. Albert (2011) and Red Deer (2015) all welcoming the tournament.

“The City of Lloydminster is ecstatic to be selected as the host city for the 2021 Esso Cup, as our community has a proven record of hosting national events in the past and we look forward to once again showcasing hockey in the Border City,” said Ryan Sklapsky, co-chair of the local host organizing committee. “Lloydminster’s support for elite female hockey is widely recognized and we are excited for the athletes that will make up the Lloydminster Steelers roster for the 2020-21 hockey season as they will have the chance to compete for a national championship. Since the inception of the Midget program in 2004, the Steelers have been a premier organization on and off the ice, and the program continues to develop elite players that move on to the ACAC, U SPORTS and NCAA programs."

The 2021 Esso Cup marks the second Hockey Canada event held in Lloydminster, which also hosted the 2016 National Junior A Championship. As with all of Hockey Canada’s national championships, net proceeds from all ticket sales, sponsorship and grants at the event will stay within the host community to help support the growth and development of the game at the grassroots level. Recent editions of the Esso Cup have also resulted in an economic boost of up to $1.5 million to the host regions over the seven-day event.

The official tournament schedule and ticket information for the 2021 Esso Cup will be announced at a later date.

“The Esso brand takes great pride in its support of the Esso Cup,” said Susan Di Giorgio, fuels sponsorship manager for Imperial. “As a premier sponsor of Hockey Canada through the years and in partnership on programs such as Esso Medals of Achievement and Esso Fun Days, the Esso brand is committed to supporting the development of grassroots hockey across Canada.”

For more information on the 2021 Esso Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/EssoCup, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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FAQs for the 2019-20 Season

The 2019-20 season is right around the corner, and some AFHL teams have already begun their tryouts! Check out all of our FAQs to ensure that your tryout process runs smoothly:

FAQs

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 2018/2019 season and would like to play for another AAA team for the 2019/2020 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. To be placed for your second tryout, please contact the appropriate Division Director with a completed Notification of Tryout and Elite Waiver from your first tryout.

Bantam Elite Director – afhlbantamelite@hockeyalberta.ca

Midget Elite Director – afhlmidgetelite@hockeyalberta.ca


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 23

Tryouts for Midget and Bantam Elite begin on/after September 6


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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AFHL all-in on concussion safety with HeadCheck Health

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) today announced a new agreement with HeadCheck Health, Inc. (HeadCheck) to supply all teams with mobile and web-based technology to follow the league’s concussion protocol and record and share vital information on suspected concussions with medical professionals.

“We’re very pleased to be teaming up with HeadCheck to help solve some of our biggest challenges in concussion safety,” said Kendall Newell, Manager of the AFHL. “Their tech simplifies what’s normally a complicated process and provides our medical professionals with the information they want to make the most informed decisions possible on the welfare of our players.”

“It shows an incredible commitment to player safety on the part of the AFHL to kick off this agreement by bringing all three levels of play onto HeadCheck,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health, Inc. “This is just the first step in providing the league with unparalleled visibility into exactly where they can best allocate resources for concussion safety.”

As part of the agreement, all Bantam Elite, Midget Elite, and Midget AAA teams will be able to use HeadCheck beginning with the upcoming season. Team trainers, athletic therapists, and safety personnel can use HeadCheck’s mobile app to document suspected concussions, perform concussion assessments per what is appropriate for their qualifications and transfer the information collected to medical professionals and partner clinics to safely return players to the ice. The platform allows a player’s concussion history to transfer with them from team-to-team or level-to-level for more informed care.

Additionally, HeadCheck is customized to the league’s concussion protocol and provides administrators governance tools and the ability to monitor compliance in real-time. Where needed, HeadCheck will supply teams within the league with contracted athletic therapists to support team staff. HeadCheck is a secure system that meets all top line health privacy standards in Canada and the United States.

About HeadCheck Health, Inc.
HeadCheck is an innovative mobile and web-based platform that gives medical and non-medical personnel the appropriate tools to follow any concussion protocol, integrates all individuals involved in concussion care, and allows the data collected to be analyzed for health and safety improvements. Hundreds of teams across the world from minor through professional sports have adopted the HeadCheck platform including: the CFL, CJHL, BC Hockey, Trek Factory Racing, Volleyball Canada, UBC Athletics, BC Rugby, Eastern Washington University, Rugby Ontario, Western Lacrosse Association, Rugby Quebec, and more. For more information visit http://www.headcheckhealth.com

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Kari Kylo - kari@somaworks.com 
604.889.8057

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AFHL Tryout Dates

Looking toward the 2019-20 season, here are the tryout dates for teams in the Alberta Female Hockey League:

Bantam Elite:

Team Date Time Location
North Central Impact Friday, Sept. 6 6:45pm-8:00pm Wilhauk
North Central Impact Saturday, Sept. 7 5:00pm-6:00pm Sobeys
North Central Impact Sunday, Sept. 8 12:45pm-2:00pm Robinson
Lloydminster Junior Steelers Friday, Sept. 6 6:00pm-7:15pm Servus Sports Centre
Lloydminster Junior Steelers Saturday, Sept. 7 11:00am-12:15pm Servus Sports Centre
Lloydminster Junior Steelers Saturday, Sept. 7 3:15pm-4:30pm Servus Sports Centre
Lloydminster Junior Steelers Sunday, Sept. 8 9:00am-11:00am

Servus Sports Centre

Sherwood Park Royals

Sherwood Park Tryout Schedule 2019

Various Times

Various Arenas

Midget Elite:

Team Date Time Location
North Central Impact Friday, Sept. 6 8:15pm-9:30pm Wilhauk
North Central Impact Saturday, Sept. 7 6:15pm-7:15pm Sobeys
North Central Impact Sunday Sept. 8 2:45pm-4:00pm Robinson
Airdrie Lightning Friday, Sept. 13 5:45pm-6:45pm Genesis Rocky
Airdrie Lightning Saturday, Sept. 14 5:30pm-6:30pm Rob Ebbesen Gold
Airdrie Lightning Sunday, Sept 15 6:15pm-7:15pm Genesis Rocky
Airdrie Lightning Monday, Sept. 16 8:00pm-9:00pm Rob Ebbesen Gold

Midget AAA:

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AFHL well represented at 2019 Team Alberta U16 and U18 Summer Development Camps

RED DEER - A total of 114 female athletes from across Alberta are about to take the next step in Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program.

68 players will attend the Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp beginning on Tuesday in Red Deer, which is the next step in the selection process for the 2019 U18 Nationals in Morden & Winkler, MB. 46 players have also been invited to the Team Alberta U16 Female Summer Camp, which runs in conjunction with the U18 camp starting on Thursday.

The AFHL will be represented with 85 players between the two camps, 39 with the U16 group, and 46 with U18.

U16 Female Summer Camp Invites >

U18 Female Summer Camp Invites >

The U16 camp list includes six goalies, 16 defence, and 24 forwards, while the U18 camp will host eight goalies, 24 defence, and 36 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2018-19 season, as well as the 2019 U16 Alberta Challenge in Leduc in May. From the Summer Camp, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams and 25-27 players continuing on to Fall Camp where the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named.

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North Yellow Wins the 2019 Alberta Challenge Cup

LEDUC - North Yellow defeated North Blue 5-2 to win the 2019 Alberta Challenge Cup.

North Yellow got on the board just under four minutes into the game on a goal by Sadie Makokis. They then rattled off three goals in the final three minutes of the second period to take a 4-0 lead into the final frame, where they would add one more. 

Emerson Jarvis led the way for North Yellow with two goals, while Paige Ring added a goal and an assist, and Ainsley Mccoy-Birk scored a goal of her own. Mackenzie Dojahn and Erika Lind stopped a total of 23 shots in the victory. Maya Serdachny and Andie Hammel scored the goals for North Blue.

Earlier in the day, North Grey defeated South Green 1-0 in the B Final. South White won the C Final over South Black 5-1.

STANDINGS > | LEADERS > | SCHEDULE > | DAY ONE RECAP > | DAY TWO RECAP > | DAY THREE RECAP >


C Final

South White 5 - South Black 1

Players of the Game: Alberta White: #18 Ayah Salem | South Black: #4 Ryann Holbein

Boxscore >


B Final

North Grey 1 - South Green 0

Players of the Game: North Grey: #7 Raine Murdoch | South Green: #18 Leighanna Rizarri

Boxscore >


Championship Final

North Yellow 5 - North Blue 2

Players of the Game: North Yellow: #17 Sophie McKinley | North Blue: #3 Shaelyn Hopkins

Boxscore >


Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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2019 Alberta Challenge kicks off in Leduc

LEDUC – Many of the AFHL’s top Bantam Elite players will converge on Leduc this weekend for several days of competition that will mark a significant milestone in their young hockey careers.

These athletes, born in 2004-05, have been named to the rosters of the six teams that will compete in Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Alberta Challenge, May 2-5 at the Leduc Recreation Centre.

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years opposite of the Alberta Winter Games, with three teams selected to represent the North, and three to represent the South. The players were selected from approximately 300 who attended regional camps held April 5-7 in Cochrane and Fort Saskatchewan. Twenty athletes comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, coach mentor, trainer, and director of operations. The Challenge is also part of the development process for female on-ice officials across the province.

Rosters >

In addition to pursuing the Challenge, the athletes are also vying for a spot at the U16 Female Summer Camp, held July 11-14 in Red Deer, and is one of the stages in the identification and selection process for the Team Alberta U18 program.

“Leduc will play host to some of the top young female athletes in the province, and spectators will definitely be impressed by their talent,” said Taryn Baumgardt, Hockey Alberta’s Coordinator of Female Hockey. “For the players, the Alberta Challenge is a great opportunity to measure themselves against others in the province, as well as receive instruction from elite caliber coaches.”

The teams play a modified round-robin competition. Preliminary round action gets underway on Thursday at 4 pm, with three games. There will be six games on Friday, starting at 8:30 am. On Saturday, preliminary action finishes, with three games, starting at 10 am. The tournament concludes on Sunday with the championship game set for 2:30 pm. 

Full Schedule >

For more information, or to check the game results during the Alberta Challenge, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abchallenge.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Facebook and Twitter.

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AFHL players committed to Post-Secondary for 2019-20 season

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League is proud to present the list of players who will be suiting up for post-secondary teams this fall.

AFHL players have committed to the following post-secondary institutions for the 2019-20 season:

AFHL Program Name Post-Secondary Team
Calgary Fire Red Elite Cassidy Brown SAIT
Calgary Fire AAA Kendi Lundell University of Windsor
Calgary Fire AAA MacKenzie Loupelle Mount Royal University
Calgary Fire AAA Jordan Holt Elmira College
Edmonton Pandas AAA Abby Fonteyne Red Deer College
Edmonton Pandas AAA Madeline Stanley University of Calgary
Edmonton Pandas AAA Bria Fewchuk Adrian College
Edmonton Pandas AAA Kassandra Gaudette Olds College
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Sarah Martin Minot State
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Bella McKee Union College
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Mackenzie Dachuk Grant MacEwan University
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Brooklyn Palmer University of Lethbridge
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Payton Laumbach University of Alberta
Lloydminster Steelers AAA Tyra Anderson Red Deer College
Red Deer AAA Rebecca Bridge Plymouth State University
Red Deer AAA Sydney Hughson Grant MacEwan University
Red Deer AAA Avery Lajuenesse Red Deer College
Red Deer AAA Chantelle Sandquist Nippissing University
Red Deer AAA Sage Sansregret University of Lethbridge
Red Deer AAA Kadey Rosie NAIT
Red Deer AAA Vanessa Verbistsky Grant MacEwan University
Red Deer AAA Darcee Hall University of Windsor
Rocky Mountain Raiders Elite Alana Place University of Providence (Great Falls, MT)
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Athena Hauck Mount Royal University
St. Albert Slash AAA Brianna Sank Grant MacEwan University
St. Albert Slash AAA Mackenzie Kordic University of British Columbia
St. Albert Slash AAA Tiana Yaremko University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Taylor Anker University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Vial Kiah University of Ottawa (Not Finalized)
St. Albert Slash AAA Madison Willan University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Isabelle Lajoie University of Alberta
St. Albert Slash AAA Makenna Schuttler University of Ottawa

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St. Albert Slash win third straight Esso Cup

SUDBURY, ON. – A year after becoming the first team to repeat as Esso Cup champions, the St. Albert Slash have made history again, by becoming the first team to win Canada’s National Female Midget Championship three straight years after a 4-1 victory over the host Sudbury Lady Wolves.

“Unbelievable. Surreal.” St. Albert Slash head coach Dan Auchenberg said of his team after the game. “They don’t even know what they just did, three straight Esso Cups. That’s unheard of.”

The Slash finished the preliminary round with a 2-0-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record before Madison Willan scored the overtime winner to defeat the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 in their semifinal. 

Down by a goal after 20 minutes Saturday, goals from Taylor Anker (Sherwood Park, Alta.) and Mackenzie Kordic (Edmonton, Alta.) put St. Albert up heading to the third period. Kordic added a second goal on the power play, and Dayle Ross (Spirit River, Alta.) sealed the deal with an empty-netter with 40 seconds left. Slash goalie Brianna Sank made 33 saves in the victory.

Jaden Bogden, Isabelle Lajoie, and Brooklyn Schroeder cap off their terrific season by adding this Esso Cup championship to the gold medal they each won as a member of Team Alberta U18 Female at the Canada Winter Games, held in Red Deer in February.  

Anker, Lajoie, Sank, Makenna Schuttler, and Willan have been on the team for all three Esso Cup Championships.

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St. Albert Slash look to win Esso Cup for third straight year

RED DEER - The journey for a three-peat is about to begin for the St. Albert Slash, as the 2019 Esso Cup gets underway on Sunday in Sudbury, ON.

The Slash are representing the Pacific region at the tournament for the third straight year, and are the two-time reigning Esso Cup champions.

The Slash kick off their tournament Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm MST against the As de Quebec.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >

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St. Albert Slash aim for third straight Pacific title

RED DEER - A third trip to the Esso Cup Championship is on the line for the St. Albert Slash as they kick off the Pacific Regional Championships on Friday night.

For the third straight year, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League will battle the Greater Vancouver Comets for a spot in the Esso Cup. The Slash defeated the Comets in the previous two Pacific Regional Championships en route to back-to-back Esso Cup championships.

Games one and two are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with game three set for Sunday at 12:45pm, if necessary. All three games take place at the Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert.

The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 21-27 in Sudbury, Ontario.

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