Oct18
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EDM

SHPK

Oct19
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RMR

RD

13:00

CGYW

STRN

17:00

EDM

NCI

18:30

LLYD

PCS

19:00

CGYR

OLDS

19:45

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Oct20
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LLYD

PCS

12:00

CGYR

RMR

14:30

CGYW

STRN

16:00

STAB

NCI

Oct25
19:45

STAB

EDM

20:30

SHPK

NCI

Oct26
14:30

STRN

RMR

17:45

PCS

SHPK

18:30

LLYD

CGYW

Oct27
11:00

PCS

NCI

13:45

STRN

CGYW

16:45

LLYD

EDM

17:15

RMR

OLDS

Nov01
20:15

LLYD

STAB

20:15

CGYR

RD

Nov02
17:00

RMR

EDM

14:45

NCI

PCS

14:00

OLDS

STRN

16:15

STAB

SHPK

Nov03
10:00

NCI

PCS

11:45

SHPK

EDM

12:00

CGYW

RMR

13:00

CGYR

LLYD

14:30

OLDS

STRN

Nov08
19:00

CGYW

CGYR

20:00

PCS

SHPK

20:15

NCI

STAB

Nov09
11:15

RD

OLDS

15:15

RMR

CGYW

19:00

CGYR

STRN

19:30

PCS

EDM

Nov10
11:00

EDM

NCI

13:45

OLDS

CGYW

14:30

CGYR

STRN

15:30

PCS

STAB

Nov15
19:15

EDM

LLYD

Nov16
15:45

RD

LLYD

18:00

OLDS

CGYR

19:00

STAB

PCS

Nov17
10:00

STAB

PCS

15:15

NCI

LLYD

13:45

STRN

CGYR

Nov23
13:30

STRN

RD

16:15

SHPK

LLYD

17:15

OLDS

RMR

Nov24
14:30

LLYD

SHPK

15:30

STRN

RMR

17:15

RD

OLDS

Dec06
20:00

EDM

SHPK

20:15

PCS

RD

Dec07
14:15

CGYW

RD

15:15

PCS

CGYR

19:30

STRN

OLDS

11:45

NCI

SHPK

Dec08
12:00

PCS

EDM

12:00

RD

RMR

13:45

CGYR

CGYW

15:30

LLYD

STAB

15:30

STRN

OLDS

16:00

SHPK

NCI

Dec13
19:45

STAB

EDM

20:00

LLYD

NCI

Dec14
12:45

LLYD

SHPK

14:45

RMR

OLDS

15:15

CGYW

CGYR

17:00

STRN

EDM

17:00

NCI

STAB

Dec15
15:00

STRN

CGYW

12:00

RD

RMR

Jan03
20:00

STAB

SHPK

Jan04
16:30

SHPK

LLYD

15:15

OLDS

NCI

15:15

STAB

CGYR

19:00

EDM

PCS

18:00

RMR

CGYW

19:00

RD

STRN

Jan05
9:30

EDM

PCS

11:15

OLDS

SHPK

13:45

RMR

CGYR

14:30

RD

STRN

16:00

LLYD

NCI

Jan10
19:15

EDM

LLYD

Jan11
11:30

CGYW

OLDS

13:30

STAB

LLYD

14:15

CGYR

RD

17:15

SHPK

RMR

19:00

NCI

STRN

Jan12
12:00

NCI

RMR

14:30

SHPK

STRN

15:45

RD

CGYW

17:15

EDM

OLDS

Jan18
13:30

CGYW

RD

14:30

LLYD

EDM

14:30

CGYR

RMR

17:00

STAB

NCI

17:30

SHPK

PCS

Jan19
10:00

SHPK

PCS

13:30

RMR

RD

13:45

OLDS

CGYW

15:15

STRN

CGYR

20:15

EDM

STAB

Jan22
19:45

NCI

EDM

Jan24
20:15

OLDS

RD

Jan25
18:00

RD

CGYR

19:00

CGYW

PCS

19:00

RMR

STRN

19:45

SHPK

STAB

Jan26
14:30

RMR

STRN

15:30

CGYW

STAB

17:15

CGYR

OLDS

Jan31
19:00

OLDS

CGYR

19:45

NCI

EDM

Feb01
13:30

STRN

RD

14:30

OLDS

RMR

16:15

PCS

LLYD

18:00

CGYR

CGYW

19:45

EDM

STAB

Feb02
11:15

NCI

SHPK

11:30

CGYW

OLDS

13:00

PCS

LLYD

14:15

STAB

RD

Feb07
8:00

EDM

RD

10:30

CGYR

NCI

13:00

SHPK

CGYW

15:30

LLYD

RMR

19:00

STRN

PCS

Feb08
8:00

STAB

OLDS

10:30

EDM

CGYR

12:15

LLYD

STRN

13:00

RD

SHPK

14:45

PCS

OLDS

15:30

NCI

CGYW

17:00

RMR

STAB

Feb09
8:00

RMR

PCS

10:30

STRN

STAB

13:00

OLDS

LLYD

13:30

CGYR

SHPK

15:30

CGYW

EDM

16:00

RD

NCI

Feb21
20:15

OLDS

RD

Feb22
14:30

CGYW

RMR

16:15

NCI

LLYD

18:00

RD

CGYR

19:30

SHPK

EDM

20:30

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STAB

Feb23
11:00

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NCI

12:00

RMR

CGYR

12:30

RD

CGYW

15:45

STAB

LLYD

League Resources

 

The Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) is home to 30 teams at the Midget AAA, Midget Elite, and Bantam Elite levels, providing a competitive platform for young aspiring female athletes to enhance their skills. A collection of 12 host associations around the province are committed to the growth and development of AAA and Elite female hockey. The member associations include: Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Leduc, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, Olds, and Red Deer. Through dedicated staff and volunteers, the AFHL offers opportunities for female athletes to receive mentorship, off-ice education sessions, female specific coaching, post-secondary exposure opportunities, academic & billet programs, and a competitive skill development atmosphere.

Since its inception in the 2016-17 season, the winner of the Esso Cup (Canada’s female Midget AAA national championship) has come out of the AFHL, as the St. Albert Slash have become champions over the past three seasons consecutively. 

If you have questions about Alberta Female Hockey League operations, please look through the links below to better familiarize yourself or contact your local minor hockey association.


Quick Links

League Structure

Important Dates

AFHL Recruitment Areas

AHFL Player Movement

Notification of Try Out Procedure

AFHL Player Acceleration

AFHL Player Agreements


League Structure


Important Dates

June 15                       Signing Period begins for Midget Female AAA

July 1                          Deadline for Elite Player Movement Applications | Deadline for Exceptional Player Status Applications

August 15                   “AAA” Try-Outs can begin

September 1               “Elite” Midget and Bantam Try-Outs can begin

October 1                   All Second Try-Outs for “AAA” must be completed | “AAA” Regular Season schedule can begin

October 15                 All Second Try-Outs for “Elite” must be completed | “Elite” Regular Season schedules can begin

December 15              Deadline for MHAs to file Affiliation

January 10                 Final date to Register a Player to or Release a Player from a Team

March                            Provincial Championships

April                              Pacific Regional Championship (“Midget AAA”) |  Esso Cup (“Midget AAA”)


AFHL Recruitment Areas

There are no established Draw Zones or Recruitment Areas for teams categorized as “AAA” Midget. All players are eligible to try out for any of the teams within this category.

In order to make it fair and equitable for all “Elite” Midget and Bantam Teams, Recruitment Areas have been established. These Recruitment Areas ensure there is an opportunity for all players that want to, and have the skill to, play within the “Elite” category the ability to do so.  The Recruitment Areas establish a consistent development system for players of all levels throughout the Province.

  • Recruitment Areas for each Team do not overlap;
  • Entire Minor Hockey Associations are within specific Recruitment Areas and not split;
  • Each Recruitment Area has had a Host Minor Hockey Association identified within it and this Host MHA is responsible for operating the “Elite” Team(s) as identified for the area, in accordance with this Female Hockey ADM.
  • Recruitment Areas are based on registration numbers, geographic location and travel time to the Host Minor Hockey Association.

For information pertaining to which Recruitment Area you are a part of, please click here.


AFHL Player Movement

Elite Player Movement Form >

Midget “AAA” - As there are no defined boundaries for Midget “AAA” teams, players are eligible to move to access their first try out with any team that is defined and approved to operate within this Female Hockey ADM.

  • Players will obtain the necessary permission from their Resident LMHA (if required), in accordance with the Notification of Try Out Procedures.
  • Once a player has declared a Midget “AAA” team they wish to play for, upon being selected and registered to that team, the player is not permitted to move onto another Midget “AAA” team without first obtaining an Elite Waiver form and permission from their last registered team (this includes movement from one season to another).

Midget and Bantam “Elite” - Players are expected to try out for the Recruitment Area Team that draws from the Local Minor Hockey Association the player is resident in.

  • Players will obtain the necessary permission from their Resident LMHA (if required), in accordance with the Notification of Try Out Procedures.
  • Players will not be considered “Import” Players to the Recruitment Area Team in which their Resident Local Minor Hockey Association is located.
  • The Players’ Resident Minor Hockey Association may not refuse to give permission to a player that wishes to try out for his/her Resident Recruitment Area Team.

Players are only permitted to try out within a Recruitment Area that is not their Resident LMHA’s Recruitment Area with special permission from the Female Hockey ADM Committee.

  • Players should only request this movement for extenuating circumstances (i.e.  Considerably closer for travel, move without parent transfers).
  • Players file an application, using the Elite Player Movement Form and supporting documentation, through the Hockey Alberta office prior to July 1 if they wish to request this “special permission” to move.
  • The Committee reviews the application and renders a decision on or prior to August 15.

NOTE: ALL PLAYERS WILL RETURN TO THEIR RESIDENT MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION AT THE END OF THE HOCKEY SEASON


Notification of Try Out Procedure

Elite Female Notification of Try Out Form >

Any Player may try out for the team(s) for which the Player is eligible, based on the Player Movement section outlined above, provided that:

  1. a)      the player has filed a completed Notification of Try Out (NTO) form with the host LMHA;
  2. b)           the team has been approved to participate, by Hockey Alberta, in the Female Hockey ADM.

“AAA” Teams must allow all Non-Resident Players the opportunity to try out and register with the team. “Elite” Teams must allow all Non-Resident Player from outside the host LMHA’s boundaries, but within the teams Recruitment Area, to have the opportunity to try out and register with the team.  The top, eligible, players should be selected for each team, regardless of where they reside. 

It is incumbent upon the Host LMHA to ensure they have a plan for accommodating non-resident players. This would include preparing information related to the following:

  • Living arrangements for players that need/want to be billeted if they make the team
  • Schooling so the player can maintain their academics
  • Tryouts scheduled appropriately to ensure out of town players can properly participate

Players wishing to try out with a Midget “AAA” or Midget / Bantam “Elite” Team must first complete a Notification to Try Out Form and submit it to their Resident LMHA (the LMHA within whose boundaries the player resides), and the applicable host LMHA of the Team that the player wishes to try-out for. Note – If the team the player is wishing to try out for is hosted within the Player’s Resident LMHA they are not required to submit this form.

“AAA” – A player may choose a maximum of two (2) Midget “AAA” teams to try out for by naming both teams on their Notification to Try Out form. If the player does not make the first team they are trying out for, they have the following options:

  • move onto the second Midget “AAA” team they requested to try out for by obtaining an Elite Waiver form;
  • return to their Resident LMHA in order to obtain permission to try out for an “Elite” program;
  • return to their Resident LMHA to access other minor hockey programs.

“Elite” - A player must try out for the team in the Recruitment Area where the player resides (unless previous approval has been obtained through the Elite Player Movement process). If the player does not make their Resident Recruitment Area team they have the following options:

  • request that the Female Hockey ADM Committee direct them to move onto a second “Elite” try out by attaching an Elite Waiver form to their original NTO;
  • return to their Resident LMHA to access other minor hockey programs.

Players will not be afforded the opportunity to access more than two (2) try outs within a specific category of hockey. A player making any designated “AAA” or “Elite” Team will receive permission to play for the season and will be returned to her Resident LMHA at the end of the season.


AFHL Player Acceleration

AFHL Player Acceleration Applications

One objective of the Female Hockey ADM is to develop players within their specific age group, and not to displace players from their age Division by facilitating the movement of underage players. Underage players will only be considered if they are deemed to be an “Exceptional Player”.

Only second year bantam aged players will be considered for acceleration to Midget AAA; there will be no acceleration permitted for Peewee to Bantam, or Bantam to Midget Elite under the Female ADM.

In order to be considered for “Exceptional Player” status, applications must be submitted to the Female Hockey ADM Committee on or before July 1.

  1. Applicants must fill out, in its entirety, the Female ADM Player Acceleration Application Package and provide all the necessary documentation requested;
  2. Applications will be evaluated by the ADM Committee, in consultation with Team Alberta program staff;
  3. No underage players will be granted a second tryout at the accelerated division;
  4. Decisions will be communicated to the player and applicable Host MHA(s) in writing on or before August 1.

AFHL Player Agreements

In order to be eligible to play during the regular season and playoffs / provincials, all players must sign a “Player Agreement” form with the team that wishes to register them. Between June 15 and August 15, each Midget “AAA” team has the ability to formally commit to a maximum of five (5) skaters and one (1) goaltender. All commitments must be made formally by using the “Player Agreement” form.

Please note that underage players are not eligible to sign a “Player Agreement” prior to try outs as their participation must be approved in accordance with the Player Acceleration process. 

Female Elite Committee / AFHL Operations

Female ELITE Committee


Female ADM Chair
Graham Lewis


Female ADM Vice Chair
Vacant

Midget AAA Director
Jason Reynolds

Midget Elite Director
Stacey Wilton
Bantam Elite Director
Lise Cote

AFHL PLAYOFFS AND PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT FORMATS

ELITE

The dates for the 2019 Provincial Tournament are March 21-24 for Bantam Elite and March 28-31 for Midget Elite.

All twelve teams in both Elite Divisions will make the playoffs. The First round will consist of two playoffs; one with the six northern teams and one with the six southern teams. Rankings will be determined by their standings at the conclusion of the regular season. The first round would consist of the 1st place team and 2nd placed team getting a bye round. 3rd place will play 6th and 4th will play 5th, in a best of three series. Once a winner is determined from those rounds, the winner of the 4/5 series will play the 1st place seed. The winner of the 3/6 round will play the 2nd place seed, same format; best of three series. The winner of the 1vs4/5 and the 2vs3/6 series will advance to the Final Provincial Weekend.

Bantam Elite Playoff Dates:

March 1-3 – First round of playoffs (all games must be completed on this weekend)

March 8-10 – Second round of playoffs (all games must be completed on this weekend)

March 21-24 – Provincial Tournament, Red Deer

Midget Elite Playoff Dates:

March 8-10 – First round of playoffs

March 15-17 – Second round of playoffs

March 28-31 – Provincial Tournament, Grande Prairie

Playoff series:

The Game Procedures and standards of play will remain the same for the Provincial Tournament with the following exceptions:

  • Preliminary Playoff Games to qualify for Provincials will be a Best of 3 Series. Highest seeded team hosts all games; they will be considered “home” for the first game, “away” for the second game (for the purpose of jerseys and last change), and back to "home" if a third and deciding game is necessary.  All games must result in a winner; normal AFHL overtime and shootout procedures will apply. 

The Provincial Tournament will include the top four teams from the playoffs and the host association for a Final Five Showdown. In the case of the Host Association winning their respective way into the Provincial Tournament, a Wildcard will be selected from the remaining teams within that Division. If a selection needs to be made, the highest ranked team (from the regular season) that advances to the second round of playoffs will be selected. The Wildcard will come from the same Conference as the host team.

The Final Five Showdown will consist of a round robin format, with each team playing four round robin games. Their standings at the end of the round robin will determine their rankings for the finals. The 5th place team in the tournament will be eliminated after the round robin with the 1st place team playing the 2nd place team in the Gold Medal Game and the 3rd place team will play the 4th place team in the Bronze Medal Game.

The AFHL Final Five will utilize the same AFHL points systems for standings and tie breakers. In the case of a tied game at the end of regulation, the following overtime procedures will be used as all games must result in a winner.

Final Five Round Robin Overtime

1) Ten-minute sudden-death overtime, 4 versus 4 players, plus goalies. If still tied:
2) 3 players versus 3 players SHOOT OUT conducted in PENALTY SHOT FORMAT.  The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss called by the home team. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they shoot first or second. If still tied, the shoot out will continue until an advantage is determined. One opportunity per player, until all players have been used.

IF time does not permit a sudden death overtime period, teams may advance directly to the shoot out.

In the case of Gold or Bronze Medal games during the AFHL Final Five, the following Overtime format will be used:

1) Twenty-minute sudden-death overtime, 4 versus 4 players, plus goalies. If still tied:
2) 3 players versus 3 players SHOOT OUT conducted in PENALTY SHOT FORMAT.  The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss called by the home team. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they shoot first or second. If still tied, the shoot out will continue until an advantage is determined. One opportunity per player, until all players have been used.


Midget AAA

Dates for the Midget AAA Tournament will be March 22-24, 2019 to allow for a week in between the tournament and the Pacific Regional. It is important to note that any Interbranch Transfer Players are not Eligible for Provincial or National Tournament competition. The winner of the Female Midget AAA Provincial Tournament will be the Alberta representative that competes in the Pacific Regional for the opportunity to compete in the Esso Cup National Championship. If the winner is unable to attend, the second place finisher in the Provincial Tournament will take their place.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the six Member Clubs will be ranked using their standings after all 30 games have been played. All six teams will move into the playoff round as follows: 1st place team will receive a bye into the Provincial Tournament as well as the Host Team. The remaining four teams will enter the playoff round to determine the final two teams through a playoff series format.

The highest remaining seed (among the four) will play the lowest remaining seed, leaving the two middle teams to play each other. These two series will be a three game series with the third game being played only if the series is tied after two games. The winners of each series will advance to the Final Four Provincial Tournament. First two games of the playoffs will be completed on the weekend of March 8-10, with the highest seed hosting the first two games. If a third game is necessary to determine the series, it will be played on the weekend of March 15-17 with the lowest seed hosting this game. Winners of both series will advance to the Midget AAA Final Four Tournament.

The Final Four Tournament will consist of a round robin format, with each team playing three round robin games. Their standings at the end of the round robin will determine their rankings for the finals. The 1st place team will play the 2nd place team in the Gold Medal Game and the 3rd place team will play the 4th place team in the Bronze Medal Game.

The AFHL Final Four will utilize the same AFHL points systems for standings and tie breakers. In the case of a tied game at the end of regulation, the following overtime procedures will be used as all games must result in a winner.

1) Ten-minute sudden-death overtime, 4 versus 4 players, plus goalies. If still tied:
2) 3 players versus 3 players SHOOT OUT conducted in PENALTY SHOT FORMAT.  The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss called by the home team. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they shoot first or second. If still tied, the shoot out will continue until an advantage is determined. One opportunity per player, until all players have been used.

In the case of Gold or Bronze Medal games during the AFHL Final Four, the following Overtime format will be used:

1) Twenty-minute sudden-death overtime, 4 versus 4 players, plus goalies. If still tied:
2) 3 players versus 3 players SHOOT OUT conducted in PENALTY SHOT FORMAT.  The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss called by the home team. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they shoot first or second. If still tied, the shoot out will continue until an advantage is determined. One opportunity per player, until all players have been used.