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The St. Albert Slash celebrate their Midget AAA Provincial Championship after a 2-0 win over the Rocky Mountain Raiders


St. Albert Slash, Calgary Fire White win Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Provincial Championships

RED DEER - The Midget AAA St. Albert Slash and Bantam Elite Calgary Fire White are the inaugural Alberta Female Hockey League Champions, winning their respective Provincial Championship titles this weekend.

The Slash entered the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, as the AFHL Midget AAA regular season champs, and went wire-to-wire as the league’s top team with a 2-0 win over the host Rocky Mountain Raiders in the gold medal game. The Calgary Fire defeated the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 3-1 in the bronze medal game earlier in the day.

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Just like St. Albert, the Calgary Fire White came into the Bantam Elite Provincials as the top team, and cemented their spot atop the league by edging the St. Albert Raiders 1-0 to claim gold. Girls Hockey Calgary earned its third medal of the day, as the Calgary Fire Red earned bronze with a 4-3 over the Sherwood Park Royals.

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The stage is now set for the third and final AFHL Provincial Championship, as the Peace Country Storm, Edmonton Pandas, Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, Calgary Fire Red, and host Sherwood Park Fury battle for the Midget Elite title. The Midget Elite Provincials run March 23-26.

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Nearly 50 AFHL graduates commit to Post-Secondary schools

RED DEER - Close to 50 graduating Midget players from the Alberta Female Hockey League will be suiting up for post-secondary teams this fall.

In the AFHL’s second season, the number of graduating players has nearly doubled, after more than 20 graduating players were committed to post-secondary heading into the 2017-18 season.

The Alberta Female Hockey League is please to announce the following commitments for the 2018-19 season:

AFHL Program Name Post-Secondary Team
Calgary Fire Red Elite Karys Woodward SAIT
Calgary AAA Katie Crowther University of Regina
Calgary AAA Brooke Dennett University of Calgary
Calgary AAA Mary Hirsch Red Deer College
Calgary AAA Nicole Johnson Finlandia University Not finalized)
Calgary AAA Emily Johnston St. Francis Xavier University (Tryout)
Calgary AAA Kalaina Kozak University of Alberta (Tryout)
Calgary AAA Mackenzie Lausberg University of Lethbridge
Calgary AAA Holly Techlenburg Mount Royal University
Edmonton AAA Bronwyn Bjarnason Minot State
Edmonton AAA Alexis Bruce Olds College
Edmonton AAA Bree Edwards Olds College
Edmonton AAA Clarissa Lewis Minot State
Edmonton AAA Rebecca Roszell NAIT
Lloydminster AAA Chelsea Debusschere University of Saskatchewan
Lloydminster AAA Reece Laumbach University of New Brunswick
Lloydminster AAA Alex Thomson Grant MacEwan University
Lloydminster AAA Jaydon Thorpe Mount Royal University
PCFAC Storm Elite Shauna Johnson Olds College
Red Deer AAA Shae Demale Saint Mary’s University
Red Deer AAA Paige Grenier University of New Brunswick
Red Deer AAA Jenna Himer University of New Brunswick
Red Deer AAA Hannah MacDonald St. Francis Xavier University
Red Deer AAA Cassidy Maplethorpe Brock University
Red Deer AAA Kaley Mueller SAIT
Red Deer AAA Brandy Steinman NAIT
Red Deer AAA Emma Thomas St. Francis Xavier University
Red Deer AAA Alayna Wagstaff University of New Brunswick
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Emma Borbandy University of New Brunswick
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kennedy Brown University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Meagan Dyer University of Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA NIcole Fry University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Stephanie Gross University of Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Laura Jardin McGill University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kara Kondrat University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Mary MacDonald Saint Mary’s University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Isabella Pozzi University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Chloe Puddifant Dartmouth College
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Breanne Trotter Mount Royal University
Sherwood Park Elite Katrina Robinson Adrian College
Sherwood Park Elite Rayel Strayer Lindenwood University
St. Albert AAA Mackenzie Butz Mount Royal University
St. Albert AAA Jayme Doyle Grant MacEwan University
St. Albert AAA Camryn Drever University of Saskatchewan
St. Albert AAA Mckenzie Hewett University of Minnesota Duluth
St. Albert AAA Caleigh Meraw Saint Mary’s University
St. Albert AAA Tyra Meropoulis St. Francis Xavier University

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2018 AFHL Spring Identification Camp Info

RED DEER - AFHL Teams host Spring Camps to introduce their program to potential players. Players and families get the opportunity to work with the coaches, ask questions and collect information about the upcoming season. These are not tryouts and teams are not formed at Spring Camps. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Spring Identification Camps.


When are Spring Camps hosted?

AFHL “AAA” Spring Camps are hosted between May 1 and June 15. Camps are spaced out over several weekends to allow families to attend multiple camps (if interested). No camps will be held in April as AFHL teams can still be competing in Hockey Canada Pacific Regionals and/or the Esso Cup.

May 4-6

St Albert Slash

May 11-13

Edmonton Pandas

Rocky Mountain Raiders

Red Deer Chiefs

June 2-4

Calgary Fire

Lloydminster Steelers


How do I register for a spring camp?

Registration is done by the association hosting the camp. Please visit the website of the association you are interested in to register.


What forms do I need to attend a Spring I.D. Camp?

In order to attend a Spring Camp, players must complete a “Letter of Permission” form and have it signed by from their LAST REGISTERED team (the team they played for in the 2017/2018 season). Last registered teams would include, AFHL Bantam Elite Teams, AFHL Midget Elite Teams, Sport Schools, or tiered programs. The Letter of Permission needs to be signed by the team coach and the club team president of the last registered association/team.

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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:

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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.                      

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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.

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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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Slash repeat as champions at 2018 Esso Cup

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The St. Albert Slash became the first team in Esso Cup history to repeat as back-to-back champions, defeating the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 to win gold at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

“It was pretty amazing, nothing can beat it,” St. Albert Slash captain Tyra Meropoulis, of Edson, said of her feelings after the game. “Winning two in a row is unbelievable. It is such an amazing feeling.”

After suffering a 4-1 loss to the Stars in the preliminary round, the Slash rebounded in the championship game by opening the scoring with just under three minutes remaining in the first period. Late-period goals were the key to the team’s success, as St. Albert took a 2-0 lead with less than one minute remaining in the second period. The Stars cut the deficit in half 47 seconds into the third period, but could not find the back of net as time expired.

“[St. Albert] did a great job. An absolutely great job,” said Greg Slobodzian, head coach of the Saskatoon Stars. “We haven’t been pressured like that in a long time. Our girls didn’t know how to handle it at the beginning, but I thought we answered really well in the third period. It could have went either way."

Meropoulis led the Slash with one goal and one assist in the final, while veteran Madison Willan of Edmonton recorded the game-winning goal in the second period. Jayme Doyle of Calahoo also registered one assist in the game.

Goaltender Camryn Drever of Edmonton made 14 saves on her way to securing the win, while Mackenzie Butz of Sherwood Park earned player of the game honours for St. Albert.

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AFHL hands out 2017-18 league awards

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the 2017-18 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: Jenna Goodwin, Sherwood Park Royals
Top Goaltender: Ali Kieren, Calgary Fire White
Top Rookie: Jayde Cadieux, Lloydminster Jr. Steelers
Coach of the Year: Kath Surbey, Calgary Fire White


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Sydney Benko, Calgary Fire Red
Top Goaltender: Holly Borrett, St. Albert Sharks
Top Rookie: Hayleigh Craig, Lethbridge Cyclones
Coach of the Year: Tom Molloy, Calgary Fire White


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Bella McKee, Lloydminster PWM Steelers
Top Goaltender: Camryn Drever, St. Albert Slash
Top Rookie: Josie McLeod, Rocky Mountain Raiders
Coach of the Year: Paul Pozzi, Rocky Mountain Raiders


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Steve Hughes, Lloydminster Minor Hockey


AFHL Scholarship Winners

The Alberta Female Hockey League annually presents four scholarships; two to graduating players from the AFHL as well as two to young women currently attending post secondary and who are giving back to the game through coaching or officiating. All of these scholarships will be awarded to help off-set the costs of pursuing a post secondary degree at the institution of their choice.

The AFHL received an overwhelming response to the scholarship fund and recipients were chosen from an extremely deep pool of applicants. Finalists were chosen based on their strong academics, positive contribution to their team as well as their involvement with their community.

Offical: Emily Hill, Olds College
Coach: Tricia Van Vaerenberg, University of Lethbridge
Midget Elite: Alexis Pfeffer, North Central Impact
Midget AAA: Mackenzie Butz, St. Albert Slash

Congratulations to all AFHL Award winners and scholarship recipients!

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Slash advance to 2018 Esso Cup

RED DEER - The ’Road to the Esso Cup’ is complete for the St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash, who will defend their 2017 Esso Cup title after defeating the Greater Vancouver Comets in the Pacific Regional Championship.

The St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash and Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes both won the Pacific Regional Championship to advance to the Esso Cup and Telus Cup, respectively.

The Slash defeated the Greater Vancouver Comets for the second straight year, winning the three-game series two games to one.

St. Albert took game one 4-2 and lost game two 4-2, before edging the Comets 1-0 to claim the Pacific Regional banner for the second straight year.

The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 22-28 in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.

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St. Albert Slash set for Pacific Regional Championships

RED DEER - The Road to the Esso Cup continues for the reigning champion St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash this weekend, as they head to Richmond for a re-match of last year’s Pacific Regional Championships with the Greater Vancouver Comets.

The Slash defeated the Comets in last year’s Pacific Regional Championships en route to an Esso Cup championship.

Games one and two are scheduled for Friday at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon, with game three set for Sunday at 1 p.m., if necessary. The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 22-28 in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.

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Calgary Fire White win Midget Elite Provincial Championship

RED DEER - The 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League season officially came to a close on Sunday, as the Calgary Fire White skated away with the Midget Elite provincial banner.

As the host team of the 2018 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, the Fire skated to a 2-0 win over the St. Albert Sharks to win gold in front of their home crowd.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Fire Red claimed the bronze medal with a 4-1 win over the Sherwood Park Fury.

The Midget Elite Provincial Championships marked the end of the AFHL season, with the St. Albert Slash and Calgary Fire White winning the Midget AAA and Bantam Elite titles, respectively, the weekend prior.

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Midget Elite Provincial Championships kick off Thursday

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League season officially comes to a close this weekend, as the last weekend of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, get underway on Thursday.

With the Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Provincials complete, the Midget Elite Provincials will take place in Calgary March 29 - April 1, hosted by the Calgary Fire White.

The first game of the tournament goes Thursday at 10:30 a.m. between the Calgary Fire Red and Airdrie Lightning. The St. Albert Sharks and Sherwood Park Fury round out the five-team tournament pool.

All scores, schedules and stats can be found on the Hockey Alberta Midget Elite Provincials site. The scores will also be displayed on a ticker at the top of hockeyalberta.ca and afhl.ca.

You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincial and #ATBProvincials), or on Snapchat (username: hockeyalberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a brand new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and send a photo to Hockey Alberta on Snapchat for a chance to win a gift card prize pack from Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial.

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St. Albert Slash, Calgary Fire White win Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Provincial titles

RED DEER - The Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, saw a pair of repeat champions this weekend, as the St. Albert Slash and Calgary Fire White skated away with their respective league banners.

The St. Albert Slash won its second-straight Provincial title in dramatic fashion, defeating the Rocky Mountain Raiders 3-2 in overtime. Trailing 2-1 with time winding down, Madison Willan scored for the Slash with 7 seconds remaining to force overtime. After killing a full two minute five-on-three Raiders powerplay, the Slash got a powerplay of their own, and Mckenzie Hewett scored to seal the win for her team.


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The Slash will now headed for a Pacific Regional rematch with the Greater Vancouver Comets, who they defeated last year en route to an Esso Cup championship.

The Midget AAA bronze medal game also required extra time, as the host Red Deer Sutter Fund Cheifs only needed 57 seconds of overtime to defeated the Lloydminster PWM Steelers 4-3.

It was a close game in the Bantam Elite Championship Final as well, with the Calgary Fire White edging the North Central Impact 2-0 to claim its second-straight Provincial title. Calgary got goals from Ashlynn Stitt and Payten Evans in the first and second periods, and goaltender Alexandra Kieren shut the door to clinch the title.


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Close games were the story of the weekend, as the host Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm held on for a 1-0 win over the St. Albert Raiders to win the Bantam Elite bronze medal.

The Alberta Female Hockey League season officially comes to a close this weekend as the Midget Elite Provincials take place in Calgary on March 29 - April 1.

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Midget AAA, Bantam Elite Provincial Championships kick off Thursday

RED DEER - The battle for province-wide supremecy is on in the Alberta Female Hockey League, as the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, begin on Thursday in the Midget AAA and Bantam Elite divisions.

The Bantam Elite Provincials kick off Thursday morning at 11:15 as the St. Albert Raiders take on the North Central Impact. The Calgary Fire White, Rocky Mountain Raiders, and host Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm round out the Bantam Elite provincial pool.

Meanwhile, the Midget AAA action doesn’t get going until 9:00 a.m. Friday as the Lloydminster PWM Steelers battle the Rocky Mountain Raiders. Also taking part in the Midget AAA Provincials are the reigning Esso Cup champion St. Albert Slash, and the host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs.

All scores, schedules and stats can be found on each league’s respective Hockey Alberta Provincials site, which can be found below. The scores will also be displayed on a ticker at the top of hockeyalberta.ca and afhl.ca.

Midget AAA > | Bantam Elite >

You can also follow along

on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Snapchat (username: hockeyalberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a brand new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and send a photo to Hockey Alberta on Snapchat for a chance to win a gift card prize pack from Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial.

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Alberta girls go global

RED DEER - Two outstanding young Albertans are on their way to take part in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Global Girls Hockey Game in Toronto.

Kamyrn Oddan of Clandonald and Emilie Morin of Enoch were selected out of more than 25 applicants to attend the international event. Two female hockey players from each province are headed to the Global Game, which will see 37 IIHF member organizations hold events across the globe this weekend.

Oddan is a 15 year-old forward with the Vermilion Female Bantam B Tigers.

"I am so honoured and excited to have the awesome opportunity to play in the 2018 Global Game," she said. "It’s so great to have the chance to meet girls from all across Canada who have the passion as I do. My favourite thing about hockey is the fun I have playing with my teammates. I always try to improve and grow, and I think the Global Game is an awesome experience to learn from, while having fun along the way!"

In addition to hockey, Oddan also plays volleyball and badminton, and is involved in her local 4-H club.

Morin is a 13 year-old defender, who currently plays for the Edmonton Bantam A Sabres.

"Hockey is my passion," she said. "I am so honoured to be representing Alberta, female hockey and Indigenous Canadians at the Global Game!"

Outside of female hockey, Morin also takes part in her school’s Hockey Academy, and plays 3-on-3 hockey in the summer, along with softball.

Participants spend the weekend in Toronto participating in skills clinics, listening to guest speakers, visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as participating in the main event, the Global Game on Sunday afternoon.


About the Global Game

The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation, is hosting the Global Game March 10-11 in Toronto. The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on Saturday and will be played in 28 different countries before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment of the game. A cumulative score is kept across all 28 countries between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after the Canadian portion of the game. The goal this game is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

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AFHL March wrap-up

RED DEER - As the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League regular season comes to a close, the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), St. Albert Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) lead their respective leagues. This weekend marks the final weekend of regular season action for Midget AAA and Midget Elite, while the Bantam Elite playoffs kick off on Friday.


Midget AAA

Heading into February, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Rocky Mountain Raiders (68 pts)
2) St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash (58 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (49 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (44 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (26 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (10 pts)

Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Nicole Fry heads into the final weekend of play atop the Midget AAA leaderboard with 40 points, while teammates Breanne Trotter and Chloe Puddifant lead the league in goals and assists, with 22 goals and 23 assists, respectively.

St. Albert goaltender Camryn Drever carries the league’s best goals against average, heading into March with a 1.36 GAA, and is tied with teammate Brianna Sank with a .940 save percentage, while Rocky Mountain Raiders goalie Stephanie Gross leads all Midget AAA goalies with 12 wins.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After four months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (58 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (53 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (29 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (29 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (26 pts)
6) North Central Impact (14 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (53 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (53 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (49 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (29 pts)
5) Lethbridge Cyclones (26 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (19 pts)

Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko leads the league in goals (30) and points (37), while Peace Country’s Karsyn May and St. Albert’s Annika Neset both lead the way with 14 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett leads all Midget Elite goaltenders with a 0.92 goals against average, and .950 save percentage, while Airdrie’s Cianna Weir leads the league with with 13 wins.

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Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Raiders (51 pts)
2) North Central Impact (44 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (43 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (39 pts)
5) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (36 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (28 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (63 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (49 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (40 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (35 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (19 pts)

Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin ended the Bantam Elite season on a strong note, sitting atop the league in goals (24) and points (34), with North Central’s Jacquelyn Fleming leading the way in assists, with 16.

Alexandra Kieren wrapped up her outstanding season with Calgary White, leading the way with a 0.92 GAA, a .950 save percentage, while North Central’s Laney Pasemko is the regular season leader in wins with 15.

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The 2018 Bantam Elite playoffs officially kick off on Friday, as the Olds Grizzlys (4) battle the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. The other South Division series between the Rocky Mountain Raiders (3) and Lethbridge Cyclones (6) begins on Saturday, as do the North Division series between Sherwood Park (3) and Lloydminster (6), and Edmonton (4) and Peace Country (5). The St. Albert Raiders (1 North), North Central Impact (2 North), Calgary Fire White (1 South) and Calgary Fire Red (2 South) all earned first-round byes.

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Midget Elite North, Bantam Elite South win 2018 AFHL Prospects Games

EDMONTON - The 2018 Alberta Female Hockey League Prospects Games were a huge success, with the Midget Elite North and Bantam Elite South teams coming out on top in their respective games.

Both games took place at the NAIT Arena in Edmonton, complete with on-ice goalie and skills sessions, team-building activities, and a fitting booth with one of the day’s sponsors, CCM, giving players the chance to try out various pieces of equipment throughout the day.

In the Midget Elite All-Star game, the North team edged the South 3-2, with goals from Reagan Korber, Madison Porter and Brooklyn Schroeder. Madison Black and Brooke Palin scored for the South.

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It was a tight match-up in the Bantam Elite Prospects Game as well, with the South coming out on top 4-3. Claire Hobbs, Megan Yakiwchuk, Hailey Wiltshire, and Sarah Gaiser scored for the South team, while North got goals from Ardyn Hawryshko (2) and Jenna Goodwin.

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.

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The Alberta Female Hockey League would like to thank all the parents, players and coaches for making the AFHL Prospects games such a success. The AFHL would also like to thank all of the event sponsors: Gatorade Canada, CCM, Two Point Photography and Skate to Excel.

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AFHL January wrap-up

RED DEER - With the first month of 2018 in the books, the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), St. Albert Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) lead their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into February, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Rocky Mountain Raiders (53 pts)
2) St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash (46 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (42 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (40 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (20 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (6 pts)

It’s a four-way tie atop the Midget AAA leaderboard between Rocky Mountain Raiders forwards Chloe Puddifant, Breanne Trotter, and Nicole Fry, along with Red Deer’s Cassidy Maplethorpe, all with 24 points through four months of play. Trotter and Fry lead the way with 16 goals and 15 assists, respectively.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank is still tops the league with a 1.32 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (two) with teammate Camryn Drever, Lloydminster’s Molly Mitchell and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist. Rocky Mountain Raiders goalie Stephanie Gross leads all Midget AAA goalies with 10 wins.

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Midget Elite

After four months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (47 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (39 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (24 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (21 pts)
6) North Central Impact (9 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire Red (40 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (39 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (39 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (23 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (16 pts)

Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko leads the league in goals (19) and points (24), while Peace Country’s Karsyn May leads the way with 12 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett leads all Midget Elite goaltenders with a 1.02 goals against average, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal remains atop the leaderboard with a .960 save percentage. Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead the way with 12 wins, while Cardinal and Calgary Fire White netminder Cassidy Brown are tied with four shutouts each.

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Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Raiders (44 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Royals (38 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (37 pts)
4) North Central Impact (33 pts)
5) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (31 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (25 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (60 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (38 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (31 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (29 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (15 pts)

Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin ended January on a strong note, sitting atop the league in goals (20) and points (29), with North Central’s Jacquelyn Fleming leading the way in assists, with 12.

Alexandra Kieren continues her standout season with Calgary White, leading the way with a 0.81 GAA, a .950 save percentage, while St. Albert’s Layla Hood is tied for the league lead in wins (12) with Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk. Hood and Kieren both lead the league in shutouts, with 5 apiece.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >


AFHL action will be on hold for the first weekend of February, as the AFHL Prospects Games take place on February 3 in Edmonton.

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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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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AFHL December wrap-up

RED DEER - As the 2017 portion of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League comes to a close, the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs and Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), St. Albert Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) lead their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (39 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (39 pts)
3) St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash (38 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (27 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (11 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

Red Deer forward Cassidy Maplethorpe leads all skaters in assists (13) and points (24) through three months of play, and shares the lead for goals (11) with Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Breanne Trotter.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank sits atop the league with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (two) with teammate Camryn Drever, and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist. Drever, Sandquist and Raiders goalie Stephanie Gross all lead the league in wins, with seven each.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (38 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (27 pts)
3) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (18 pts)
4) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (15 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (13 pts)
6) North Central Impact (8 pts)

South Division:
1) Airdrie Lightning (32 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (29 pts)
3) Calgary Fire White (26 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (17 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (11 pts)

Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig leads the league with 18 points, while Airdrie forward Madison Black and Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko share the lead with 13 goals each. Peace Country’s Karsyn May and St. Albert’s Annika Neset are tied for the league lead in assists, with 10 each.

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead Midget Elite goaltenders with 11 wins. St. Albert’s Cecelia Michelutti’s 0.80 goals against average and .960 save percentage are both tops in the league, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal remains atop the leaderboard with three shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (28 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Royals (26 pts)
3) North Central Impact (24 pts)
4) St. Albert Raiders (24 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (22 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (21 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (42 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (24 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (23 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (16 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (12 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (8 pts)

Peace Country’s Arilyn Toews and Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser lead all Bantam Elite skaters with 18 points apiece, while Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with 15 goals, and North Central’s Jacquelyn Fleming’s 10 assists is tops in the league.

Alexandra Kieren continues her strong play with Calgary White, leading the way with a 0.87 GAA, a .950 save percentage, and four shutouts. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin is tied for the league lead in wins (eight) with Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk and North Central’s Laney Pasemko.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

December was an exciting month for the Bantam Elite division, as 102 players were selected to play in the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. Click here for the full story >

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Hockey gives back across Alberta

Alberta’s hockey community is always at its best during the holiday season, and we’ve asked Minor Hockey Associations and teams from across Alberta to share their stories of giving back to the community with us. Here are a few of the stories from AFHL teams:


Airdrie Midget Elite

The Airdrie Midget Elite team teamed up with the Airdrie Atom Female team to purchase turkeys to donate to the local food bank. They raised enough money to purchase 236 turkeys, well beyond their goal of 150.

The team also collected 150 jackets and hoodies to donate to those in need in their communities.


Edmonton Bantam Elite Pandas

The Edmonton Bantam Elite Pandas of the Alberta Female Hockey League volunteered as porters at the Santas Anonymous depot, spending several hours bring bags of toys to the drivers.


Lloydminster PWM Steelers

The Lloydminster PWM Midget AAA Steelers of the Alberta Female Hockey League provided a major boost to a local initiative called Project PJ, helping to collect new pajamas to donate to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.

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North Central Impact Midget Elite 



The North Central Impact decided to play Santa’s helpers for a young girl in Thorsby. They secretly took her Christmas wish-list and purchased many of the items for her. She thought she was coming to watch her first every hockey game but was surprised when the team sang her Christmas carols and presented her with gifts from every player.


Olds Bantam Elite Grizzlys

The Olds Bantam Elite Grizzlys of the Alberta Female Hockey League joined in on the Sherwood Park Royals’ "Fill the Net" fundraiser for the local food bank.


Red Deer Sutter Fund Midget AAA Chiefs

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Midget AAA Chiefs of the Alberta Female Hockey League hosted a "Fill the Net" food drive for the Red Deer Food Bank during a home game on December 2.


Sherwood Park Midget Elite Fury

The Sherwood Park Midget Elite Fury of the Alberta Female Hockey League, along with other Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club teams, collected dozens of bags and hundreds of pounds of food with their "Fill the Net" initiative at the annual "Kings Day" on December 2.

"Since Steve Mancini started coaching the (Fury), his players and he have “given back”, especially with three years of a weakened economy in Alberta," said Manager Jeff Markowski. "Despite the Strathcona County area being relatively stable, many families are overcome by unemployment, abuse, and medical/health issues that disable their lives in unseen ways. Our local Bureaus and helping agencies are seeing fewer donors and funds come there way with each passing season."

"This season, as in past, the Fury players and staff spent an evening at the local Christmas Bureau, finding and wrapping gifts and collecting food for those that would go without," said Markowski. "Just over 30 families this year will be able to enjoy the their upcoming Holidays with a bit less stress on their minds, a few gifts of kindness, and food in their stomachs. Great giving Fury, and thanks for being the terrific young people you are!"

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AFHL sending 102 players to Alberta Winter Games

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League will be well-represented in Fort McMurray in February.

Of the 120 players selected to play in the 2018 Alberta Winter Games, 102 currently play in the AFHL’s Bantam Elite division.

2018 Alberta Winter Games Female Rosters >

Six teams will take to the ice in Fort McMurray on February 16-19, with 120 female players (born 2003 and 2004) ready to take the first step in the Team Alberta program.

Twenty players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coach, coach mentor, and director of operations. Rosters were selected based on performances at regional camps held December 8-10 in Morinville and Innisfail.

The 2018 Alberta Winter Games run February 16-19 in Fort McMurray.


The Alberta Winter Games is a multi-sport event for developing athletes, aged 11-17 years old. The Winter Games were first hosted in 1976 in Banff, and occur each even-numbered year. The athletes are selected to represent the eight zones in Alberta in 20 sports such as hockey, badminton, gymnastics, skiing

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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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AFHL November wrap-up

RED DEER - The second month of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), St. Alberta Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (32 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (30 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (28pts)
4)  Lloydminster PWM Steelers (27 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (10 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

Red Deer forward Cassidy Maplethorpe leads all skaters in points (17) through two months of play, while Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Breanne Trotter (10 goals) and Calgary forward Mackenzie Loupelle (nine assists) lead the league in their respective categories.

St. Albert goaltender Brianna Sank sits atop the league across the board with six wins, a 0.87 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (24 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (16 pts)
3) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (13 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (11 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (4 pts)

South Division:
1) Airdrie Lightning (20 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (16 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (14 pts)
4) Calgary Fire White (12 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (9 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (7 pts)

Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig leads the league with 16 points, and is tied with Airdrie forward Madison Black and Calgary Fire Red forward Sydney Benko with eight goals, while Peace Country’s Karsyn May holds the lead in assists with eight.

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir continues to lead Midget Elite goaltenders with seven wins. St. Albert’s Cecelia Michelutti’s minuscule 0.67 goals against average is tops in the league, while Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal’s remains atop the leaderboard with two shutouts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (20 pts)
2) St. Albert Raiders (20 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (19 pts)
4) Sherwood Park Royals (19 pts)
5) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (18 pts) 
6) North Central Impact (18 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (33 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (19 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (13 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (9 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (2 pt) 

Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser leads all Bantam Elite skaters with 16 points, while Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with 10 goals, and Lloydminster’s Jayde Cadieux is tied with Gaiser for the league leader in assists, with eight.

Alexandra Kieren continues her strong play with Calgary White, with a stingy 0.20 GAA and .990 save percentage in five games, earning a shutout in all four of her wins. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin leads the league with seven wins.

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AFHL October wrap-up

RED DEER - The first month of the 2017-18 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), St. Alberta Sharks (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

After the first month of play, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (17 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (16 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (15 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (11 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (6pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (1 pt)

Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Chloe Puddifant leads all skaters in points (12) through the first month of play, while Lloydminster forward Kelsey Hall (five goales) and Calgary forward Mackenzie Loupelle (five assists) lead the league in their respective categories.

Goaltender Bella McKee was strong in net for Lloydminster in October, with a league-leading four wins. McKee’s 1.20 goals against average puts her second in the league, behind teammate Molly Mitchell, who currently holds a 1.00 GAA, while both goalies are tied for the league lead with a .960 save percentage.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of league play, eight AFHL players were named to Team Alberta’s U18 roster in October, and are currently competing at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Quebec.


Midget Elite

Heading into November, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (12 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (10 pts)
3) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (7 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (6 pts)
5) Sherwood Park Fury (6 pts)
6) North Central Impact (2 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (9 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (9 pts)
3) Airdrie Lightning (9 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (6 pts)
5) Lethbridge Cyclones (6 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (5 pts)

Peace Country’s Shauna Johnson sits atop the leaderboard in goals (six), and is tied with Lethbridge’s Hayleigh Craig for the lead league in points (eight), while Johnson’s teammate, Karsyn May, holds the lead in assists (six).

Airdrie’s Cianna Weir and Peace Country’s Madison Doucette both set the pace for goaltenders in October with three wins each. Edmonton’s Josie-Leah Cardinal recorded two shutouts in four appearances (with two wins), while seven goaltenders sit tied for second with one shutout in October, including St. Alberta’s Cecelia Michelutti, who leads the league with a 0.50 GAA and a .970 save percentage in two starts.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Edmonton Pandas (13 pts)
2) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (13 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (10 pts)
4) North Central Impact (6 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (5 pts) 

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (18 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (8 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (7 pts)
4) Olds Grizzlys (7 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (5 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (1 pt) 

Peace Country’s Charlieze Sallis set the pace for skaters in October with 10 points. Sherwood Park’s Jenna Goodwin leads the way with six goals, while Edmonton’s Sydney Dutertre is the league leader in assists, with five.

Through three games, Alexandra Kieren has been a wall in net for Calgary White, with a stingy 0.32 GAA and .980 save percentage in two wins and a shootout loss, along with two shutouts. Kieren’s counterpart, Kalynah Fong Martin, and Sherwood Park’s Asia Kachuk are tied for the league lead with four wins each.

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AFHL Midget Elite, Bantam Elite schedules kick off Saturday

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season is officially in full-swing, as the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons get underway on Saturday.

The AFHL season began on October 1 for the Midget AAA division, two weeks ahead of the Midget and Bantam Elite seasons.

Eight of 12 teams on both Midget and Bantam Elite sides begin their season on Saturday, while the remaining four get their 2017/18 season underway on Sunday.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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Eight AFHL players named to Team Alberta U18 roster

RED DEER - Eight Midget AAA players from the Alberta Female Hockey League have been selected to suit up for Team Alberta’s U18 Female squad for the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in November.

Goaltender Camryn Drever (St. Albert Slash), and forwards McKenzie Hewett (St. Albert Slash) and Chloé Puddifant (Rocky Mountain Raiders) will all represent Team Alberta once again, having played in last year’s U18 National Championships.

Defenders Mackenzie Butz (St. Albert Slash) and Isabella Pozzi (Rocky Mountain Raiders), and forwards Brooke Dennett (Calgary Fire), Breanne Trotter (Rocky Mountain Raiders) will represent their province for the first time, while and Nicole Fry (Rocky Mountain Raiders) will join Team Alberta for the second time, having played in the 2015 U18 National Championships.

The AFHL will also have representation on Team Alberta’s coaching staff, as Red Deer Head Coach Bob Rutz will serve as as Assistant Coach.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

The 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship runs November 1-5 in Quebec City.

The National Championship event brings together the top U18 female players from across Canada in an eight-team tournament, featuring teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario (Red and Blue), Quebec and Atlantic.

For schedule and ticket information for the National Women’s U18 Championships, click here.

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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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2017/18 AFHL season kicks off

RED DEER - The 2017/18 Alberta Female Hockey League season officially gets underway today (Sunday) across the province, with all six Midget AAA teams in action.

The Lloydminster PWM Steelers are at home against the Edmonton Pandas, the Rocky Mountain Raiders are set to host the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, and the Calgary Fire pay a visit to the St. Albert Slash.

The Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons both get underway on Saturday, October 14.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

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World Girls Hockey Weekend - Join the celebration!

RED DEER – World Girls Hockey Weekend is quickly approaching, and your team can help us celebrate the female game across the province, country, and world!

For the sixth year in a row, the women’s hockey world will come together for three days – this year from Oct. 6-8 – to celebrate World Girls’ Hockey Weekend.

Associations and teams from across Alberta are encouraged to join in on the global celebration by hosting an event – it doesn’t even have to be about playing the game! Need a few ideas? Click here.

Want to register an event or celebration? CLICK HERE!

In addition to local events, the centrepiece of the weekend for Canadians, as it has been for the past four years, is the Long Game, which brings together players in every province and territory for Red and White bragging rights in five age groups – Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Senior.

For the second straight year, Edmonton will host the Alberta leg of the Long Game, capped off with a game between the Knights of Columbus Midget AAA team and the National Women’s Team.

For more information on World Girls’ Hockey Weekend, to find out what’s happening in your area or to follow along with the Long Game, click here.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

For the celebration to be heard around the world, you can spread the word on social media! Share your story, and your pictures!

To join the conversation, use and follow the hashtags: #LongGame and #WGIHW

To join the conversation, use and follow the hashtags: #LongGame and #WGIHW.

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We Are Coaches: Females-Only Coach Clinic

CALGARY - A unique opportunity is available for aspiring female coaches to attend a female-only coach clinic in Calgary this fall.

The We Are Coaches clinic runs from 8:15 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Max Bell Arena in Calgary on September 17. The clinic includes an in-class session in the morning, and an on-ice session after lunch.

The program is free of charge. Attendees will need to bring their skates, gloves, stick and helmet, as well as their own lunch.

To register, or for more information, click the link below:

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Upon completion of the Coach 2 - Coach Level course AND the HU-ONLINE Coach 1/2 one will achieve “TRAINED” status. There is no post-task associated with the Coach 2 – Coach Level Course to achieve “CERTIFIED”.


For more information, please contact Kendall Newell, Manager, Female Hockey.

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Twenty-two AFHL graduates commit to Post-Secondary schools

RED DEER - More than 20 graduating Midget players from the Alberta Female Hockey League will be suiting up for post-secondary teams this fall.

The Alberta Female Hockey League is please to announce the following commitments for the 2017-18 season:

AFHL Program Name Post-Secondary Team
PCFAC Midget Elite Jordan Winsor Olds College
PCFAC Midget Elite Tanel Boeckman NAIT
St. Albert Slash AAA MacKenzie Reynolds SAIT
St. Albert Slash AAA Ashley Nothof Lethbridge
St. Albert Slash AAA Keely Vachon MacEwan University
St. Albert Slash AAA Lexie Shumate SAIT
St. Albert Slash AAA Kaylee Vader St. Thomas University
Edmonton AAA Madison Laplante Nipissing University
Lloydminster AAA Madison Cole University of Manitoba
Lloydminster AAA Tessa Mitchell MacEwan University
Lloydminster AAA Neisha Germann Red Deer College
Lloydminster AAA Bailee Werstoh Olds College
Red Deer AAA Beth Taylor MacEwan University
Red Deer AAA Jordyn Burgar Red Deer College
Red Deer AAA Camryn Wallan Red Deer College
Red Deer AAA Brynn O’Dwyer Laurentian University
Red Deer AAA Camille Scherger University of PEI
Red Deer AAA Tyra Coutts NAIT
Red Deer AAA Carly Wlad University of Calgary
Red Deer Midget Elite Shae Lynne Bilodeau NAIT
Red Deer Midget Elite Danica Polson Adrian College
Calgary AAA Emily Hill Olds College
Calgary Midget Elite Jenna Patrician SAIT
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Ava Thiessen University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Catherine Longchamps University of Saskatchewan

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St. Albert Slash win the 2017 Esso Cup

MORDEN, MB - For the first time in the tournament’s history, the Esso Cup is coming home to Alberta.

The Alberta Female Hockey League’s St. Albert Slash are 2017 Esso Cup Champions after defeating Quebec 1-0 in an overtime thriller Saturday night.

The Slash were dominant at the tournament, going a perfect 7-0 en route to a national championship.

St. Albert represented the Pacific Region at the Esso Cup, defeating the Greater Vancouver Comets in the Pacific Regional Championships, after winning the Hockey Alberta Midget Female AAA Provincial Championships.

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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 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:

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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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Lloydminster Goaltender Bella McKee, one of the 2016-17 AFHL award winners. (Photo credit: Two Point Photography)


AFHL hands out inaugural league awards

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is proud to announce the 2016-17 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: Allison Reich, Sherwood Park
Top Goaltender: Jocelynn Peace, Olds
Top Rookie: Sarah Wozniewicz, Olds
Coach of the Year: Cassidy Delainey, Olds


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Danica Polson, Red Deer
Top Goaltender: Paige Jassman, Grande Prairie
Top Rookie: Avery Lajeunesse, Red Deer
Coach of the Year: Brad Koopmans, Red Deer


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Tyra Meropoulis, St. Albert
Top Goaltender: Bella McKee, Lloydminster
Top Rookie: Madison Willan, St. Albert
Coach of the Year: Dan Auchenberg, St. Albert


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Dean Trotter, Okotoks


AFHL Scholarship Winners

The Alberta Female Hockey League annually presents four scholarships; two to graduating players from the AFHL as well as two to young women currently attending post secondary and who are giving back to the game through coaching or officiating. All of these scholarships will be awarded to help off-set the costs of pursuing a post secondary degree at the institution of their choice.

The AFHL received an overwhelming response to the scholarship fund and recipients were chosen from an extremely deep pool of applicants. Finalists were chosen based on their strong academics, positive contribution to their team as well as their involvement with their community.

Offical: Hayleigh Dansereau, North Central Midget Elite
Coach: Krista Wilson, Olds College/Olds Bantam Elite
Midget Elite: Alyssa Wilkie, Airdrie
Midget AAA: Carley Wlad, Red Deer

Congratulations to all AFHL Award winners and scholarship recipients!

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St. Albert Slash headed to the Esso Cup

RED DEER - The 2017 Provincial Champion St. Albert Slash have punched their ticket to the 2017 Esso Cup.

The Midget AAA St. Albert Slash defeated the Greater Vancouver Comets in the Pacific Regional Championships this past weekend, earning the right to represent the Pacific Region at the annual national championship.

The Slash swept the Comets in the best-of-three series by scores of 2-0 and 3-2.

The 2017 Esso Cup runs April 23-29 in Morden, Manitoba. For more information on the Esso Cup, click here.

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St. Albert set to host Midget AAA Pacifics

ST. ALBERT - The Alberta Female Hockey League Midget AAA Provincial Champions, the St. Albert Slash, welcome the Greater Vancouver Comets to town for the Pacific Regional Championships this weekend.

All games will be played at the Go Auto Servus Centre in St. Albert at the following times:

Game 1: Friday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m. (if necessary)

The winner of the series will represent the Pacific Region in the 2017 Esso Cup in Morden, Manitoba on April 23-29.

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Red Deer wins Midget Elite Provincial Championsip

RED DEER - The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs are the inaugural Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite Provincial champions.

The Chiefs went undefeated through the tournament (3-0-1), and defeated the regular-season champion Peace Country Storm 4-1 in the final to claim gold.

Girls Hockey Calgary added yet another 2017 Provincial medal to its collection as the Calgary Fire Red earned bronze with a 3-2 overtime victory over host Sherwood Park.

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AFHL Midget Elite wrap-up & Provincials preview

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League’s Midget Elite Division wrapped up its inaugural season at the end of March. The regular season standings finished up with Peace Country Storm (23-2-0) taking home the regular season crown as well as the North Division title, while the South Division leader, Red Deer (23-2-0) gave them a run for their money. The final Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (69 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (60 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (39 pts)
4) St. Albert Sharks (26 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (15 pts)
6) North Central Impact (14 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (66 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (56 pts)
3) Calgary Fire White (54 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (33 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (22 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (14 pts)

Calgary Fire White’s Danika Stang took home the Midget Elite scoring title with 22 goals and 9 assists for 31 points, while while Red Deer’s Danica Polson and Avery Lajeunesse round at the top three with 29 and 26 points, respectively.

Jayda Thompson of Red Deer finishes the year off on top of the leaderboard with a .970 save percentage. She holds a 10-1-1 record on the season with 6 shutouts. Peace Country’s Paige Jassman leads all AFHL goaltenders in games player with 24 and has an impressive record of 21-2-1. Calgary Fire Red’s Gabriella Durante led all goaltenders with 7 shutouts on the season.

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In the race to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, Red Deer, Peace Country, and Calgary Fire Red won their respective playoff series to secure a spot in the Provincials, as well as the Edmonton Pandas, who narrowly lost their second round series against host Sherwood Park. 

The Midget Elite Provincials run March 23-26 in Sherwood Park.Tournament information and scores can be found on the Midget Elite Provincial website.

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Midget AAA season wrap-up | Midget AAA and Bantam Elite Provincials kick off

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League’s Midget AAA regular season has officially come to a close, and the Provincial Championships for Bantam Elite and Midget AAA kick off on Thursday and Friday.

The Midget AAA Division wrapped up its inaugural season on March 5. The regular season standings finished up with St. Albert (27-2-1) taking home the regular season crown. The final standings are as follows:

1) St. Albert Slash (81 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (55 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (36 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs  (35 pts)
5) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (34 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (29 pts)

St. Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan takes home the league scoring with 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points. Willan’s teammates Cassidy Maplethorpe and Tyra Meropoulis round out the top three point leaders with 46 and 45 respectively. Maplethorpe also finished the season leading the league in assists (29).

Two goaltenders tied for top save percentage of the seson, both with a .940; St. Albert’s Camryn Drever and Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist (Red Deer). Drever boasts a 1.38 goals against average and a 14-3-0 record, while Sandquist appeared in 11 games, posting a 6-3-1 record with a 1.60 goals against average.  

AFHL Action heated up as the race to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships kicked off last weekend. The regular season champion St. Albert received a bye into the tournament, as well as host association Rocky Mountain Raiders.

In the first round series, the third-place Calgary Fire faced off against the sixth-place  Edmonton Pandas and won the two game, total point series by a score of 6-5. The other series featured the fourth-place Red Deer Chiefs and fifth-place Lloydminster in a low-scoring battle. Red Deer skated away victorious as Kaitlin Linnel scored on a rebound to seal the victory for Red Deer on Sunday afternoon.

The inaugural AFHL Midget AAA Provincial Championship will start on Friday morning, March 17 at Scott Seaman’s arena and will feature our top four teams from the regular season; (1) St. Albert, (2) Rocky Mountain Raiders, (3) Calgary, and (4) Lloydminster. If you are unable to make it Okotoks this weekend, you can still catch the games online! The live video and audio streams, as well as updates on scores will be provided on the AAA Provincial website.

The Bantam Elite Provincial Championships kick off this weekend as well in Olds March 16-19. The five-team tournament features the Calgary Fire White, Calgary Fire Red, St. Albert Raiders, Sherwood Park Royals, and Olds Grizzlys. Tournament information and scores can be found on the Bantam Elite Provincial website.

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Inaugural AFHL Bantam Elite regular season comes to a close

RED DEER - The Alberta Female Hockey League’s Bantam Elite division wrapped up its inaugural season on February 26.

The Calgary Fire White (21-2-2) are taking home not South Division crown, but the league’s regular season title as well, although the Northern Division-leading St. Albert Raiders (21-3-4) gave them a run for their money.

The regular season Bantam Elite standings are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (61 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (55 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (47 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (41 pts)
5) North Central Impact (26 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (9 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (65 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (57 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (33 pts)
4) Lethbridge Cyclones (29 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (27 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (18 pts)

Olds’ Sarah Wozniewicz claimed the league scoring title, finishing with 27 goales and seven assists for 34 points.  goals (23) and points (28). Calgary Red’s Emily Straw and North Central’s Chloe Reid round out the top three in points with 31 and 30, respectively.

Another Grizzly topped the regular season leaderboard, as netminder Jocelynn Pearce ended the regular season with a league-best .950 save percentage, to go allong with an 11-2-0 record and five shutouts.

The road to the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, is now laid out, as the first-round playoff matchups are set. In the North Division, the St. Albert Raiders receive a first-round bye, while the North Central Impact will battle the Edmonton Pandas, and the Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm will take on the Sherwood Park Royals.

Calgary Fire White advance directly to the second round in the South, with the Rocky Mountain Raiders going head-to-head with Calgary Fire Red, and the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs up against the Lethbridge Cyclones. All playoff matchups are two game, total-goal series. The winning teams from each second round series will advance to the Provincial Championship.

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The Midget AAA and Midget Elite schedule wraps up this weekend, with playoffs set to start the following weekend

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AFHL January wrap-up

RED DEER – The first month of 2017 has come to a close in the Alberta Female Hockey League, with the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA) still in the lead, while the Sherwood Park Fury (Midget Elite), and St. Albert Raiders (Bantam Elite) have moved to the top of their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

At the end of January, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (57 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (42 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (28 pts)
4) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (24 pts)
6) Calgary Fire (21 pts)

St Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan continues to lead all skaters in goals (17), assists (18) and points (35), with her teammates Cassidy Maplethorpe and Tyra Meropoulis right behind her in total points with 31 and 28, respectively.

Four goaltenders sit tied atop the league with a save percentage of .940; St. Albert’s Brianna Sank, Calgary’s Katie Crowther, Red Deer’s Chantelle Sandquist and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee. Sank boosts the top goals against average with 1.31 and three shutouts on the season while her counterpart in St Albert, Camryn Drever, leads the way with 11 wins.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

Things still remain tight in the hunt for the Midget Elite regular season title as three points separate the top three teams in the South. The Midget Elite standings at the end of January are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (46 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (42 pts)
3) Edmonton Pandas (25 pts)
4) St. Albert Sharks (19 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (42 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (41 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (39 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (27 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)

Red Deer’s Danica Polson leads all skaters in points (22) and goals (17) as January comes to a close, while Calgary Fire White’s Sydeny Spicer holds the lead in assists with 11.

Red Deer’s Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues to lead the way for goaltenders with a .75 goals against average, while also boasting a .960 save percentage and seven wins on the season. Sherwood Park’s Sara McNamara also sports a .960 save percentage and sits tied with Thompson for the league lead, while  Peace Country’s Paige Jassman continues to lead in wins and shutouts, with 12 and six, respectively

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

The inaugural AFHL All Star Game was hosted in Penhold, Alberta on January 14, 2017. A full recap and list of participants can be seen here.


Bantam Elite

The Bantam Elite standings heading into February are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (50 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (43 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (39 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (27 pts)
5) North Central Impact (22 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (45 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (42 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (24 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (20 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (16 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (13 pts)

Olds’ Sarah Wozniewicz heads into February the league-leader in goals (23) and points (28). Sherwood Parks’ Vanessa Verbitsky is not far behind with 25 points, and leads the league with 15 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett and Olds’ Jocelynn Pearce continue to lead the way with 0.960 save percentages and .68 and .89 goals against averages, respectively. Borrett’s counterpart in St. Albert, Elle Boyko, remains the league-leader wins with seven.

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The inaugural AFHL All Star Game was hosted in Strathmore, Alberta on January 14, 2017. A full recap and list of participants can be seen here.


Outside of the rink, many of our AFHL Teams participated in the inaugural Alberta Hockey Day. The focus and theme was on the introduction, development and celebration of female hockey. Thank you to our AFHL members Calgary, Lloydminster and Leduc (North Central) for participating and helping spread the message of #WhyWePlay.

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Midget Elite South, Bantam Elite North win inaugural AFHL All-Star Games

RED DEER/STRATHMORE – The inaugural Alberta Female Hockey League All-Star celebrations were a huge success, with the Midget Elite South and Bantam Elite North teams coming out on top in their respective games.


In the Midget Elite All-Star game, which was hosted in Red Deer, the South team used a three-goal second period to defeat the North team 5-1, with five different players (Shaelynne Bilodeau, Paige Koochin, Rebecca Toney, Brooklyn Palmer and Hannah Chase) lighting the lamp for the South. Payden Bialowas scored the lone marker for the North.

Gabriella Durante, Jenna Patrician and Jayda Thompson each spent a period in goal for the South, while Natasha Borrett, Rebecca Bridge and Sara McNamara shared duties for the North.

AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Rosters >


In Strathmore for the Bantam Elite All-Star Game, the North edged the South in an exciting 1-0 contest. Justine Brady scored the lone goal of the game for the North, with Holly BorettElle Boyko and Molly Mitchell all combining for the shutout win. Jessica Flegel and Jocelynn Pearce split time in goal for the South.

AFHL Bantam Elite All-Star Rosters >


Click below for photos from the AFHL All-Star Games:

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The Alberta Female Hockey League would like to thank all the parents, players and coaches for making the AFHL All-Star games such a success. The AFHL would also like to thank all of the event sponsors: ATB Financial Strathmore, Canadian Tire, Longball Inc, Stantec, and Looker Office Furniture.

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AFHL December wrap-up

RED DEER – As the 2016 portion of the Alberta Female Hockey League season comes to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective leagues heading into 2017.


Midget AAA

After three months of play, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (45 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (36 pts)
3) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (26 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (18 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (18 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (17 pts)

St Albert’s first year forward Madison Willan closes out 2016 leading all skaters in points (24) and assists (11). Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Nicole Fry is tied with Willan for the lead league in points, and leads the way goals (15).

AFHL puck stoppers had another strong month with three goaltenders at the top all with a .940 save percentages: St. Albert’s Brianna Sank, Calgary’s Katie Crowther and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee. Sank boasts three shutouts while her counterpart in St Albert, Camryn Drever, leads the way with 8 wins on the season.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Fire, Lloydminster Steelers and Rocky Mountain Raiders traveled to Saskatchewan to compete in the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament. All three teams has a strong showing and competed hard throughout the weekend.


Midget Elite

Our Midget Elite teams had a hard fought first half of the season as the competitiveness of this division increases. The Midget Elite standings at the end of December are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (36 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (31 pts)
3) St. Albert Sharks (19 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (16 pts)
5) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (10 pts)
6) North Central Impact (7 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (36 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (35 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (27 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (27 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)

Calgary Fire White’s Danika Stang has taken over the league lead in points with 19, while Red Deer’s Danica Polson holds the lead in goals (14), and St. Albert’s Payden Bialowas leads the way in assists (10).

Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues to lead all Midget Elite goaltenders with a .860 goals against average, a 960 save percentage, along with six wins on the season. Peace Country’s Paige Jassman leads the way in wins and shutouts, with 12 and six, respectively.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

Rosters for the inaugural AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Game were announced on December 20. Rosters >


Bantam Elite

Things remain tight in the hunt for the Bantam Elite regular season title! Four points separate third from first in the North, whereas down south, Calgary White and the Olds Grizzlys are battling it out for top position. The Bantam Elite standings heading into January are:

North Division:

1) St. Albert Raiders (34 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (31 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (30 pts)
4) North Central Impact (19 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (18 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (29 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (28 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (16 pts)
4) Calgary Fire Red (15 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (12 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)

There are three skaters currently on top of the leaderboard with 18 points each to close out 2016; North Central’s Chloe Reid, Lethbridge’s Isabelle Dyck, and Calgary Fire Red’s Emily Straw. Olds’ Sarah Wozniewicz has 13 goals to lead all Bantam skaters, while Lloydminster’s Madison MacDuff leads the way with 12 assists.

St. Albert’s Holly Borrett and Olds’ Jocelynn Pearce both sit atop the league with a 0.960 save percentage, while Borrett’s counterpart in St. Albert, Elle Boyko, leads the way in wins with seven.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

Rosters for the inaugural AFHL Midget Elite All-Star Game were announced on December 20. Rosters >

Teams have earned a well-deserved winter break and league play will resume on January 7, after the holidays. January will be an exciting month as league play resumes as well the AFHL host its inaugural All Star Games and AFHL teams will help celebrate Alberta Hockey Day on January 21.

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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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The Midget Elite Calgary Fire White & Red teams pose for a photo following their battle at Wickfest.


AFHL November wrap-up

RED DEER – As  the Alberta Female Hockey League moves into December, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire White (Bantam Elite) all lead their respective leagues after two months of play.


Midget AAA

After two months of play, the Midget AAA standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (38 pts)
2) Rocky Mountain Raiders (29 pts)
3) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (23 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (16 pts)
5) Calgary Fire (13 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (10 pts)

Rocky Mountain Raiders second-year forward, Nicole Fry, leads all skaters in goals and points with 14 goals in 23 points. Madison Willan of the St. Albert Slash and Breanna Trotter of the Raiders finished the month as the assists leaders with 10 each.   

November was another strong month for goaltenders, as St. Albert’s Brianna Sank and and Lloydminster’s Bella McKee lead with the way with a .960 and .950 save percentages, respectively. Sank also leads the league with a .850 goals against average, seven wins and three shutouts heading into December.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Fire captured a Gold Medal and the Joan Snyder Cup in the annual WickFest tournament in Calgary.


Midget Elite

The brand-new division of female hockey is shaping up to be a highly competitive division of Midget hockey as five points separate the top three teams in the North and seven points separate four southern teams. The Midget Elite standings to start December are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
2) St. Albert Sharks (18 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Fury (17 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (11 pts)
5) North Central Impact (6 pts)
6) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (3 pts)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (23 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (18 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (17 pts)
4) Calgary Fire White (16 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (9 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (8 pts)

St. Albert’s Payden Bialowas leads all skaters in points (13) and assists (9) in 11 games played, while Rocky Mountain Raiders forward Bryana Sharkey and Red Deer forward Danica Polson share the league lead in goals with eight each.

Goaltending was strong once again in November, with Jayda Thompson of Red Deer continues leading the way with a .500 goals against average, a .980 save percentage, and four wins on the season. 

Midget Elite Leaderboard >

Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Midget Elite Fire White battled Midget Elite Fire Red in the final for the Elite Division at WickFest. Calgary Fire White came out on top and took home the gold while Fire White captured the silver!


Bantam Elite

Things are tight in the hunt for the Bantam Elite regular season title! Three points separate fifth from first in the North whereas down south, six points separates third from first.  The Bantam Elite standings heading into December are:

North Division:
1) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (19 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Royals (19 pts)
3) St. Albert Raiders (17 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (16 pts)
5) North Central Impact (16 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (4 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (20 pts)
2) Olds Grizzlys (17 pts)
3) Lethbridge Cyclones (14 pts)
4) Rocky Mountain Raiders 10 pts)
5) Calgary Fire Red (8 pts)
6) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (5 pts)

Second-year bantam, Chloe Reid leads all Bantam Elite skaters in goals, assists and points. Reid currently has 17 points (8G, 9A) and is tied with MacKenzie Stafford of Lloydminster for the lead in goals.

Jocelynn Pearce of Old sits atop the league with a .990 save percentage and .250 goals against, and  four wins leading into December. She is tied for most wins with fellow goaltenders Elle Boyko, Taryn Ofstie and Piper Slezak.

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Outside of AFHL Play, Calgary Fire Bantam Red and Fire White won their respective divisions at the WickFest tournament.

Teams will be battling it out in December to earn valuable points in the standings before the league breaks for winter holidays after December 18, with play resuming on January 6.

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Announcing Alberta Hockey Day: Celebrating the female game

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Hockey Alberta is proud to host its inaugural Alberta Hockey Day on January 21, 2017, to celebrate and showcase female hockey across the province.

This day will combine a number of on and off-ice events catered to both new and existing participants, focusing on fun, skills and friendships.

Grande Prairie will be the host site of Alberta Hockey Day’s main event, with special guests scheduled to attend, including two-time Olympic gold medallist and former Team Alberta player and coach Carla MacLeod.

Edmonton, Calgary, Leduc, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Olds and Banff/Canmore will also host Alberta Hockey Day Events.

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Hockey Alberta’s goal is to develop female players, coaches and officials who are currently in our program while introducing the sport to new participants. All sessions offered throughout the day will be at no cost to the participants, in an effort to connect our sport to a larger audience.

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Seven AFHL players to suit up for Team Alberta

REGINA – The Alberta Female Hockey League will be well represented as Team Alberta goes for gold at the National Women’s U18 Championship.

Seven athletes from the AFHL’s Midget AAA division were selected for Team Alberta’s 20-player roster for the U18 Nationals, which begins today (Wednesday) in Regina.

Goaltender Camryn Drever (St. Albert), defenders Stephanie Markowski (St. Albert) and Madison Laplante (Edmonton), and forwards Kennedy Brown and Rachel Weiss (Rocky Mountain Raiders), Jayden Thorpe (Lloydminster), and Tyra Meropoulis (St. Albert) will all represent their province – and the AFHL – at the annual national tournament.

Team Alberta kicks off its tournament at noon today (Wednesday) against Team Quebec. For a full schedule, and more information on the U18 Nationals, click here.  

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AFHL October wrap-up

RED DEER – The inaugural month of play in the Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the Rocky Mountain Raiders (Midget AAA), Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (Midget Elite), and Lloydminster Junior Steelers (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

After the first month of Alberta Female Hockey League Play, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Rocky Mountain Raiders (19 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (18 pts)
3) St. Albert Slash (15 pts)
4) Calgary Fire (9 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (8 pts)
6) Red Deer Chiefs (3 pts)

Rocky Mountain Raiders second-year forward, Nicole Fry, leads all skaters in goals (6) and points (12), and St. Albert forward Tyra Meropoulis rounds out the Midget AAA skater leaderboard with seven assists on the season.

October has been a strong month for goaltenders, as four netminders sit atop the leaderboard with a minimum .960 save percentage. St. Albert’s Brianna Sank has not allowed a goal in either of her first two games, and carries a shutout streak (and a perfect save percentage) into November. Bella McKee started seven of Lloydminster’s first nine games, and led all goaltenders with five wins in October.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >

Outside of AFHL Play, St. Albert participated in the U17 Two Nations Prep Series recently held in Detroit, Michigan. The team went undefeated in tournament play (5-0) and returned home as tournament Champions.


Midget Elite

The new Midget Elite division has completed three weeks of league play. The Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (10 pts)
2) Edmonton Pandas (8 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Fury (8 pts)
4) St. Albert Sharks (6 pts)
5) North Central Impact (3 pts)
6) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (1 pt)

South Division:
1) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (17 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (9 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (8 pts)
4) Calgary Fire White (7 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (4 pts)

Danica Polson of Red Deer leads all skaters in total points (8) and goals (6), while St. Albert’s Payden Bialowas leads the league in assists with five.

Red Deer’s Jayda Thompson leads the way for goaltenders with a .670 goals against average and a .970 save percentage, boasting three wins on the season. Once again, goalies are shining in October, with four holding a .960 save percentage or better.

Midget Elite Leaderboard >


Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first few weeks of league play. TheBantam Elite standings heading into November are:

North Division:
1) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (13 pts)
2) North Central Impact (11 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (11 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (7 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (6 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (0 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary White (9 pts)
2) Lethbridge Cyclones (9 pts)
3) Olds Grizzlys (8 pts)
4) Rocky Mountain Raiders 6 pts)
5) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (3 pts)
6) Calgary Fire Red (1 pt)

First-year Lloydminster forward MacKenzie Stafford leads the way with seven goals in six games played, but is tied for the lead in points with fellow forwards Jessica Hay and Chloe Reid, both of whom skate for the North Central Impact.

In net, Jocelynn Pearce of Olds leads the way in just about every goaltender category, with a .500 goals against average, a .980 save percentage and a shutout in two games played.

Bantam Elite Leaderboard >

November heats up as all three divisions will showcase 70 games of fast-paced hockey as these 30 teams battle to earn valuable points in the standings during the first half of the season.

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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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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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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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