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President’s Message

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A Win WIn with Oilers 50/50 By Andrea Goss

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Publisher’s Message

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Minor Hockey Week Rules & Regulations

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Stollery Family Day Classic By Jon Hagan

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Minor Hockey Week Finals Schedule

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Wendy’s Arena Locator Map

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Minor Hockey Week Facts and Figures

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2010 Gold Medal Winners

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Hockey & Socialization By Jon Hagan

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Spotlight on an Official By Rob Suggitt

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The Hometown Boy Returns: Getting to Know Gilbert Brule By Andrea Goss Annika and Mattias Neset are featured on our cover for this special edition of the Hockey Edmonton Magazine. Mattias’ role models are Connor Hoekstra and Ryan Stanton. Hoekstra plays for the Canmore Eagles, and Stanton plays for the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL. (Chicago Blackhawks farm team.) Annika’s role model is her brother Mattias, which is easy to tell when you look at our cover photo. Annika and Mattias won gold medals on the same day in last year’s Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week. For more on Annika and Mattias, please see pages 44 & 51 for their individual “Spotlights.”

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

2010-2011 Executive and League Directors 10618 - 124 St., Edmonton, AB T5N 1S3 Ph: (780) 413-3498 • Fax: (780) 440-6475

Happy New Year! With 2010 behind us, we’ve hit the halfway point in our season, and I’d bet that all of you have achieved many firsts once again. Our season has been full of practices, games (league and tournament), supplemented with team building sessions and life-skills experiences whose value goes far beyond the immediate season. With 2011 to look forward to, many of you are about to experience, for the first time, Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week! It’s my favourite week – a minor hockey week extravaganza. 48 years… …and counting of hosting one of the largest and longest running hockey tournaments in the world; … of untold numbers of memories that you’ll recall 48 or more years from now; … of friendships that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. It’s a unique event where camaraderie, fellowship, and respect for the game are front and center as skilled athletes battle for the right to play in the championship game and a chance to be a Minor Hockey Week Champion. It’s a unique event where generations of participants, numbering in the thousands, look forward to sharing their treasured memories with today’s athletes. On behalf of Hockey Edmonton I cannot express how grateful we are to each of the sponsors and the thousands of volunteers that step forward each year to keep alive the vision of the tournament’s founders and the opportunity for parents and grandparents to share their fondest sporting memories with today’s youth. 2011 brings new excitement to Minor Hockey Week with the opening of Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre. I’m looking forward to non-stop hockey, the chaos of 24 teams arriving at, playing on and departing from four ice sheets, the anticipation, uncertainty and finally the joy of 77 gold medal presentations.

www.hockeyedmonton.ca To contact any of the Executive or Standing Committees please visit our website

President: Chris Hurley Past President: Lorne MacDonald First Vice President: Betty Chmilar Second Vice President: Ray Vigneau Treasurer: Barry Bentz Junior Chairman: Fred Christiansen Federation Chairman: Darlene Hein AA Chairman: Jerry Rossiter General Manager: Dean Hengel Administrator: Loree Dawson

Standing Committees Hockey Alberta Director(s): Paul Schmidt | Lorne MacDonald Hockey Alberta Manager of Operations: Betty Chmilar Hockey Edmonton Alumni President: Orest Zaozirny Registrar: Nadine Shimizu Ice: Bernie Coderre Discipline Chair: Marg Brownoff Minor Hockey Week Chair: Rod McMahon Social: Vern Davis Canadian Oldtimers Rep: Orest Zaozirny Referee Representatives: Herman Costa (AA) | Duncan MacDougall (Federation)

League Directors

Federation Hockey Council League Directors Midget: Doug Buhler Bantam: Art Wilson Pee Wee: Crystal Feader Atom: Judy/Kevin Nitz Novice: Kasey Kozicky Initiation: Steve Sweeney

Hockey Edmonton Recreational League Directors: Greg Goss | Brett Finch

AA Council League Directors

In 2011, with the assistance of our publishers and the support of our advertisers and sponsors, we’ll produce two Yearbook Editions. This one honours the 2009 Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week Champions and a second in March that will allow us to recognize the accomplishments of the current season, in time for our teams’ year end celebrations.

Bantam AA: Russ Lukawesky Bantam AAA: Earl Reid REM 15: Clarence Warnke Midget AA: Earl Reid Major Midget AAA: Bob Olynyk Minor Midget AAA: Greg Blais Rem 15 Minor Midget AA: Clarence Warnke

Play hard, play fair and treasure your experiences. Use them to motivate you for the balance of the season and future seasons.

Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week Committee

Best wishes and continued success.

Sincerely, Chris Hurley President,

Chairperson: Rod McMahon Past Chairpersons: Joan Kirillo and Terry Brown Vice Chairperson: Bill Renshaw Committee: Vern Davis Treasurer: Deb Bykowski Secretary: Ana Bennett Marketing: Dean Heuman Central: Bill Ross Schedules: Ron Sollanych Discipline: Marg Brownoff Sponsorship: Marvin Babiuk

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PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE Welcome to our annual Yearbook Edition of the Hockey Edmonton Magazine! This issue is all about Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week, which takes place from January 14 - 23, 2011. We’re pleased to include the photos of the 69 gold medal winning teams from last year’s event, along with a few profiles of individual players who won gold medals last season. In addition, you will find the Finals Schedule within, along with the Rules for Quikcard Minor Hockey Week, and some welcome messages from a few key people involved with this event. Check out our “Facts and Figures” on page 20, and you will get a better idea of how many volunteers it takes to run this very special annual hockey tournament. Another important ingredient in making this tournament possible is the volunteer commitment by all of the game officials. Their time is completely donated, and one of these officials is featured in our magazine, Nick Doblanko, who started officiating five years ago. Sponsors too make this tournament possible, and you will see them featured throughout the magazine. Their support makes a big difference, and it’s definitely appreciated by everyone in the hockey community! Lastly, we would like to offer our best wishes to the players participating in this tournament. Memories of a lifetime will come to many who play hockey during Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week. As parents, family members, and friends cheer on the action, enjoy the experience, give it your best, and above all, have fun!

Sincerely, Rob Suggitt Publisher, EDMONTON HOCKEY MAGAZINE

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Credits President and Publisher Rob Suggitt Vice President Stephen Kathnelson Art Director Christine Kucher Graphic Designers Terah Jans | Cole McKelvie Contributing Writers Andrea Goss | Jon Hagan Vanessa Hettinger | Rob Suggitt Cover Photo Stephen Kathnelson Copy Editing Shari Narine Additional Photography Credits Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club: Andy Devlin | EGHA Epic Photography |Tyson Lazaryk | Stephen Kathnelson Special Thanks To Jessica McPhee & The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club Administration Amber Braithwaite Playhouse Publications Ltd. also publishes the Citadel Theatre Playbill, Edmonton Opera Playbill, Arden Theatre Playbill, Fringe Theatre Adventures Playbill #950, Bell Tower, 10104 - 103 Ave., Edmonton, AB T5J 0H8 Ph: 780-423-5834 • Fax: 780-413-6185 The Hockey Edmonton Magazine is a product of Playhouse Publications Ltd., an affiliate of Suggitt Group Ltd.

President & CEO Tom Suggitt President & CFO Rob Suggitt All rights reserved. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed within do not necessarily represent the opinions of the publisher or Hockey Edmonton. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher. www.Suggitt.com Printed by: R.R. Donnelley

WHEREAS, 2011 marks the 48th anniversary of the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association; AND WHEREAS, hockey helps young players develop skill, confidence, good health, friendships and a strong sense of sportsmanship; AND WHEREAS, hockey plays an integral role in enhancing our city’s reputation as a centre for sporting excellence; AND WHEREAS, more than 500 teams and 3,000 volunteers work together to make Quikcard Minor Hockey Week one of the most widely attended minor hockey tournaments in Canada; THEREFORE, I MAYOR STEPHEN MANDEL, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM JANUARY 14 - 23, 2011 “QUIKCARD MINOR HOCKEY WEEK” IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA’S CAPITAL CITY. Dated this 8th day of December, 2010

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 2011 YEARBOOK Please note an important change with our Yearbook Edition of the Hockey Edmonton Magazine. Starting this season, we will begin publishing our Yearbook Edition at the end of the hockey season – in early March. For this season though, we are publishing two Yearbook Editions, including this edition of the magazine, which features last year’s gold medal winning teams from Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week. In our upcoming March edition of the magazine, we will feature this year’s gold medal winning teams. For future seasons, you can look forward to seeing the gold medal winning teams from the current season in our March Yearbook Edition.

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CHAIRPERSON’S HONORARY MESSAGE CHAIRPERSON’S MESSAGE

Welcome everyone. We are once again ready for one of the largest and longest running hockey tournaments in the world, Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week. This is the 48th year of showcasing our players, coaches, volunteers and referees through this event. It is a time for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to come and cheer on our young hockey stars. I am honoured to be the chairman of this year’s event. This week offers us an exciting first as well. With a month left before the official opening of Edmonton’s newest recreation centre, Terwillegar Recreation Complex, they are opening the doors to provide us with ice for more than 225 of this year’s 700 games. Despite not all amenities being available in the complex, Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week will be using the four ice surfaces for this tournament and, hopefully, future tournaments as well.

An event of this magnitude, with more than 500 teams made up of more than 8,000 players and coaches, could not take place without volunteers. To the dedicated group of committee members who continue to donate their time year after year, we thank you. The arena managers and volunteers put in countless hours prior to and during the event. Tasks such as setting up the arenas, organizing dressing rooms, score keeping, timekeeping and refereeing and many other functions are all done by our volunteer team and all while working with coaches, managers and fans. Please take time to thank the volunteers you see at the arenas this week. It is only because of them this event can happen year-after-year.

It is an honour to be chosen as the honorary chairpersons for Minor Hockey Week 2011. We became involved in Minor Hockey in the 1980’s while our son was playing hockey in Eastwood Community. We became sports directors at our community sports teams then coaching and managing. As the communities became the zone teams Orest became involved in the Edmonton Northstars when they started in 1985 as executive member and equipment manager. He then went on to the Northeast Zone as vice president in 1986, in 1991 president and past president in 1994. Joanne became involved as a category director and coaching clinic co-coordinator. At a CAHA conference in Toronto, Orest heard about a program thought to bring Fair Play to the hockey teams. Orest came home and approached various companies and EMHA for sponsorship and in 1991 started the Fair Play Program for Minor Hockey teams playing in the Edmonton Minor Hockey Program. We organized and ran Westwood Arena during Minor Hockey Week from 1985 until 2007. We met a lot of great people and had a lot of fun. As most people were aware Orest was in the back room meeting and greeting the visitors to the arena during the 10 days. It will be a very different M H W in 2011 travelling to all the arenas in the city and meeting all the rink managers. Congratulations to all the players, coaching staff, parents and of course the many volunteers during the 2011 Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week.

I would also like to thank the referees. For the last 47 years, referees of all ages have donated their time during this exciting event. Again this year, more than 350 officials have come out to support the participating teams. Please show your appreciation to these volunteer referees during the tournament. To our corporate sponsors, we thank you for your generous support: Quikcard Solutions Inc., Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, Edmonton Oil Kings, McDonalds, United Cycle, Remax, The Hockey Program, Compass Group, Elite Sportswear, Pderas, Ricoh Canada and Impact Sports Photography. On behalf of the Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week committee, the volunteers and sponsors, I take great pleasure in inviting you to come out and enjoy some very exciting hockey.

Sincerely, Orest & Joanne Zaozirny Honorary Chairpersons, QUIKCARD EDMONTON MINOR HOCKEY WEEK

Good luck to all and have fun!

Sincerely, Rod McMahon Chairperson, QUIKCARD EDMONTON MINOR HOCKEY WEEK

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2011 RULES & REGULATIONS 1.

GENERAL RULES

1.1 Every player dressed must play at least twice in every period during regulation play, with the exception of goalkeepers. If the team has two goalkeepers, each one must play at least one period in each game. No warm ups for incoming goalkeepers. Coaches and managers failing to comply with the above rule will be dealt with by the Discipline Chairperson. 1.2 The Tournament Arena Manager is in charge of the arena and his/her decision is final. 1.3 Scrapes and floods shall be determined between Arena Manager and Caretakers. 1.4 Time clocks shall start at the listed game time. Any team not on the ice and ready to play within five (5) minutes of the listed time shall be disqualified. The Arena Manager shall be the judge of this action. 1.5 If, in the Arena Manager’s opinion, a uniform change is required, the home team shall make the change. Note: It would be advisable that the Team Managers confer before the game to ensure that no game time will be lost during the necessary sweater change. 1.6 All EMHA Rules and Regulations are in effect during Minor Hockey Week. They count as regular league games for the purpose of determining the number of games a player/coach/ manager or trainer will sit out. Suspensions incurred in Minor Hockey Week will carry over into league play if not fully served in Minor Hockey Week. 1.7 In case of dispute, the decision of the Minor Hockey Week Chairperson or his/her designate is final. THERE ARE NO APPEALS DURING MINOR HOCKEY WEEK.

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TEAM REGISTRATION

2.1 Coaches must present their team registration to the Arena Manager at all games and all players registered on the team registration and not dressed shall be noted on the game sheet, with an explanation of why they are not dressed. 2.2 If a team arrives at the arena without the ORIGINAL Team Registration, the Arena Manager must call Central for verification. The ORIGINAL Team Registration must be produced prior to the end of regulation time of said game or said team will be subject to disciplinary action. 2.3 NO AFFILIATED PLAYERS ALLOWED, ONLY GOALIES, due to medical problems, which have been submitted to the City Registrar. 2.4 Players’ names will be PRINTED ON THE GAME SHEET by the designated team official. Players are NOT required to sign the game sheet during Minor Hockey Week. 2.5 The Coach, Manager and/or Trainer will PRINT their names on the GAME SHEET. 2.6 In the event a team does not show for their game, the Coach and Manager will be subject to disciplinary action unless there are extenuating circumstances. The other team will be given the choice of a win or loss.

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REGULATION TIME

3.1 Duration of games will be posted on draw sheets at each arena. The Arena Manager will be responsible to advise game officials of game duration. Games will be straight time. Stop time in the last two (2) minutes unless a goal spread of five (5) goals or more in the last two (2) minutes of the third period, then the last two (2) minutes will be straight time. 3.2 FINALS – last five (5) minutes will be STOP TIME unless there is a five (5) goal spread or more, then it will be straight time.

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3.3 The referees may assess a two (2) minute bench minor penalty for delay of game, if they feel the coaching staff are using up time by deliberately slowing down the line changes. This rule applies to both straight and stop time. The clock will not stop for any reason (injury or otherwise) once the opening faceoff has taken place (exception being rules 3.1 & 3.2) 3.4 All minor penalties are two (2) minutes of straight time. Any portion of a penalty not served during straight time will be completed as a stop time penalty. 3.5 In case of a tie at the end of regulation play, overtime will be played. Play will continue until the first goal is scored, which will terminate the game, and the team scoring the goal will determine the winner. 3.6 No timeouts may be called by a Coach or player during regulation time.

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OVERTIME

4.1 Overtime is played to sudden victory. Teams may remove goalkeepers at any time. Teams may change “on the fly� at any time. To commence overtime, each team will place six (6) players (one may be a goaltender) on the ice. The teams will not change ends for the overtime period and the time clock will be set for one (1) minute. 4.2

OVERTIME SHALL BE STOP TIME.

4.3 Overtime will be played in one (1) minute increments. At the end of one (1) minute, the horn will sound and each team will remove one (1) player from the ice. Play will be resumed immediately at the nearest face-off spot to the place where play ended. The timekeeper will stop the clock and sound the horn after each minute until the teams are reduced to two (2) players (one may be a goaltender) on the ice. 4.4 Once each team has been reduced to two (2) players, the clock will be set to six (6) minutes. To commence play, the face-off will be held at the center ice spot. There will be no further reductions to the number of players and the ONE-MINUTE PERIODS WILL END. Time will continue until the six (6) minute

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period has expired. If still tied at the end of the six (6) minute period, ten (10) minute periods will be played with two (2) players (one may be a goaltender) until a winner is determined. To commence play in the ten (10) minute period, the face-off will be held at the center ice spot. 4.5 No timeouts may be called by a Coach or player in overtime.

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PENALTIES

5.1 All minor penalties are two (2) minutes of straight time starting at the drop of the puck. 5.2 Penalties incurred in regulation time and not completely served in regulation time, shall carry over into the overtime period (as a stop time penalty) and will be completed in overtime unless the game is ended. 5.3 Time penalties incurred and unexpired which may leave a team short or shorthanded during the overtime when teams are reduced to two (2) players will result in a penalty shot(s) to the non-offending team for each unexpired time penalty. If due to penalties, a team is reduced to two (2) players and another time penalty is incurred, the offending team will serve the most recent penalty and a penalty shot(s) will be awarded the non-offending team for each unexpired time penalty. At no time will a team be required to have less than two (2) players on the ice. Should each team have an unexpired time penalty when teams are reduced to two (2) players, a penalty shot will be awarded each team. The team with the least time to serve will shoot first (if this cannot be determined, then the home team will shoot first). Each team must shoot. If the teams are still tied, overtime will continue. If multiple time penalties remain, a penalty shot will be awarded for each unexpired time penalty until all penalty shots have been taken. All time penalties incurred with two (2) players on the ice shall result in the awarding of penalty shots in lieu of penalty times.


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It goes without saying that hockey provides kids an opportunity for physical fitness, as well as social development. No matter the game, playing, practicing, and working together are great ways to develop and reinforce skills central to these two elements. Arguably, however, social development isn’t the same for everyone. This is no more distinct than in the generalized differences between genders. Not that there exists a need for isolation between boys and girls, but it doesn’t hurt to ask ourselves what it might be like to be in the skates of the only girl on an all-boy “co-ed” team. In this case the role of building relationships is different for the female player as it is the male. With that in mind, if there was a different value placed on a girl’s socialization how far would she go in hockey? After all, if more girls are having fun because they relate more so to a specific group doesn’t that contribute to everyone’s success? The Edmonton Girls Hockey Association (EGHA) seems to think so. By offering everything from Initiation hockey for three to six-yearolds all the way up to junior for young women 18 to 21 years old, the EGHA brings a viable option to the table for girls and their parents, as well as women seeking an alternative to traditional co-ed teams; an option that still has its sights set on the physical aspects of the game. “My daughters have learned to love a sport and be good at it,” said Livia Paradis, mother of three girls all registered in the association. “But best of all have made friends that will possibly last a life time. My oldest daughter still has the same friends that she made when she started in pre-novice and the same is true for my other two daughters.  The girls are so excited to be going to the practices/ games because they get to see their friends.” Moe Teliani, a hockey player for the past 25 years, and himself a father of three girls, couldn’t agree more. “They’re making new friends, which could develop into lifelong friendships,” he said. “And a hard practice at 6:30 am is quickly forgotten after a team breakfast at McDonalds.”

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Obviously, the opportunity to develop friendships isn’t unique to girls-only hockey; however, it seems that the quality of the relationships being developed by some of the girls in the EGHA is certainly quite special. “In other associations I have seen great team socialization as well, with many team-building functions and socialization opportunities,” said Randy Roszell, a father of two girls, both playing in the EGHA. “However, the biggest difference is in the girls’ willingness to accept one another more readily in these situations as compared to when my own children played on co-ed teams. Although my daughters were accepted as hockey players, the level of socialization was not nearly as incredible as it is with the teams in the EGHA. My children are often invited to additional events (skating parties, birthday parties, movies, etc.) where they were not in the past.” All three parents currently volunteer with the association and speak highly of the association’s interactive and inclusive nature. “We became involved in the girls league when my oldest daughter was 5 years old,” said Paradis, the association’s peewee director. “She is now 12, turning 13 in June. Our middle daughter is 9 and has been playing since she was 4 and our youngest is 7 and has played since she was 4 as well. Our girls get very excited about the beginning of each hockey season because they get to see more of their friends and get an opportunity to make new friends.  The events are organized for all different times. We have breakfasts after early practices, suppers after late games, sleepovers just about every weekend, team Christmas parties, and swimming events. There’s lots of socialization.”


“The thing that brought me to the association was my daughter, Talia,” said Teliani. “I have three daughters and never previously considered registering any of them in the game I love.  Then one day, Talia asked me if she could play hockey, and I said, ‘Why not?’ I researched girls’ hockey online and found the EGHA.  I thought it sounded great.’” After serving two years as an assistant coach in Novice and one year in Initiation, Teliani is currently the head coach of the Atom “A”

“The girls value both the physical fitness and the socialization, but I’d have to say they value the social aspect more”

Dynamite. Having been around the game for many years as a player, he lent his experience to the association by running a conditioning camp for the Atom, PeeWee, Bantam, and Midget girls this year prior to the start of the season. He also ran a mini-hockey camp during the summer for some of the girls he’d previously coached. “The girls value both the physical fitness and the socialization, but I’d have to say they value the social aspect more,” he says. “The out of town tournaments are a huge team builder and the girls talk about them year over year.  Swimming and other off-ice team events are always a huge hit.  I know that my daughter invites her hockey teammates to her birthday parties before any of her school friends.  I’m probably the coach that pushes the social side of things more than any other coach in the EGHA.  It really helps as they are having a lot of fun while getting physically fit and learning life skills as well as hockey skills.” Now in his second season with the EGHA, Randy Roszell is currently coaching the seven to eight year old novice girls. He’s also been actively involved in the co-ed league.

“I have been involved in minor hockey for six years, coaching my two daughters throughout that time,” he said. “And there are two significant advantages that girls’ teams seem to have demonstrated relative to boys’ teams. Primarily, the socialization and camaraderie in the dressing room indicates a higher degree of acceptance amongst the players, and secondly, the coachability of the girls is phenomenal, and the team concept is very easy to develop.” In truth, it’s a bit of a misnomer to say that the EGHA is girls only hockey. In fact, up until PeeWee when body checking comes into play, girls’ teams play co-ed teams. “The girls in Novice and in Atom play against other teams that are at the same skill level, regardless of the gender of the player,” said Roszell. “Once a player is PeeWee age, they play only against other girls teams if they are playing on an EGHA team. By this time, girls have developed a great sense of the sport, with a significant focus on team play. The hockey is exceptionally fast and exciting.” And it doesn’t end there. Thanks to the hard work of members from throughout the association the EGHA has seen considerable growth in recent years, and with the development of the Midget AAA league and the inception of this year’s Junior “A” hockey league, girls’ hockey is only going to get faster and more exciting as it transitions into the future of women’s hockey. It goes without saying that socialization isn’t the most important factor when it comes to hockey, but when all of the other bases like physical fitness and proper coaching are covered it’s good to know that someone is working to also provide a viable social network to help all female hockey players develop and foster a long lasting love of our game.

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By Andrea Goss

Photos provided by Andy Devlin, EOHC

It’s not often that a professional hockey player gets to play for his hometown team. For Edmonton Oilers Gilbert Brule, that dream came true. Traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1, 2008, Brule received the unique opportunity to return to Edmonton, the city where his passion for hockey began nearly 20 years earlier. Around the age of four, Brule’s father started taking him to the local rink where, to his initial dismay, he began his love of the game. “At first I was struggling with skating, but my dad just kept taking me to the rink and I eventually started getting good at it and started liking it more and more,” said Brule. When Brule was still young, his family moved to Vancouver where he played minor hockey for the North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association and the North Shore Winter Club. It was there that Brule was introduced to other future NHL stars and teammates. “When I was playing minor hockey I actually got to play against Colin Fraser, Brent Seabrook and Troy Brouwer who are all from the Delta and Vancouver area.”

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It was during his minor hockey years in Vancouver when Brule realized his full potential and saw hockey turn from an extracurricular activity to a possible career path. “Once I got into minor hockey and started playing and scoring lots of goals,” said Brule. “I loved scoring, and once I got to junior I just realized this was the route I wanted to take.” Brule went on to play major junior with the Vancouver Giants in the WHL where he was named the WHL Rookie of the Year, named to the WHL First All-Star Team, and was awarded the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the Memorial Cup’s leading scorer, amongst other notable accomplishments in his three season campaign. Finally on a fateful summer day in 2005, Brule was drafted sixth overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets where his NHL career began. Three seasons later, Brule was traded to the Oilers where he returned to his hometown of Edmonton. “I was traded back to Edmonton on Canada Day which, being from Canada was pretty cool,” said Brule. “That’s the reason I wear number 67 because we became our own country in 1867 and got our own flag.”


Just as Canada built its own identity during Confederation, Brule has since built his own identity as an Edmonton Oiler, both on and off the ice. Over the past couple years, Brule has taken on a strong role in the community acting as a team ambassador. His latest endeavour came this November when he joined a group of fellow Oilers and helped raise money for prostate cancer through the Movember campaign. Earlier in the season, a unique charitable opportunity was presented to Brule when the NHL-wide initiative Rock and Wrap It Up was launched. Brule’s grandfather is an active member of Edmonton’s Food Bank and Brule was excited about the opportunity to bond with family and ensure Edmonton’s less fortunate don’t go hungry. “My grandfather’s been working with Edmonton’s Food Bank for about 6 or 7 years, so when I had the opportunity to do something with the Food Bank, I jumped on board right away,” said Brule. “It is great to get involved with a charity like the Food Bank who does really important work for our city.” Another organization he became involved with this past summer was the Maddox Flynn Trust Fund. Two-and-a-half-year-old Flynn suffered from a lymphatic malformation on his face and required specialized surgery in New York. Brule made a $10,000 personal donation to the cause. “My mom and I were spending time together one day and she told me about his story,” said Brule. “I decided to learn more about Maddox and I was taken off guard by how much this kid was going through at two and half years old - I wanted to do anything I could. It was great to donate that money to help him out and I really enjoyed our visits.” Brule takes his position as a role model to young hockey players seriously and this shows in his commitment to Oil Country. Be sure to watch #67 on the ice this season and watch for more great stories about this hometown boy.

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We would like to send Jesse Martin our best wishes for a full recovery from an injury he sustained in a college hockey game a few months ago. Martin was featured in our Spring 2006 issue, and at the time, the local-born player was playing for the Spruce Grove Saints in the AJHL. Martin was later drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers, and was considered a top prospect in their system. Martin earned a full scholarship to the University of Denver, and he was in his fourth year when he sustained his hockey injury. Martin’s injury caught the attention of hockey fans everywhere. To date, the Youtube video featuring the hit has over 130,000 views. Media from all North America have covered the story, and the miraculous prognosis on an injury which could have left Martin paralyzed. Or worse. Martin suffered three fractures to his C2 vertebra, and a millimeter one way or the other could have been fatal.

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North Dakota forward Brad Malone was penalized (and later suspended one game) for the hit, but amazingly, Martin holds no hard feelings toward Malone. In a thoughtful and classy gesture, Martin called Malone from his hospital bed (someone held the phone for him) to console the opposing player, since he heard that Malone was feeling terrible about the hit. Martin expects to have a full recovery, but it will be many months of rehabilitation. In the meantime, he expects to finish his education, earning his business degree this school year. As far as hockey goes, it’s a long road to recovery, so getting healthy is the primary focus. Martin has always impressed people for more than just his hockey skills, so whatever the future holds, we’re hoping that Martin makes a full and complete recovery allowing him to live life to the fullest.

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It is 10 minutes into the third period and your thoughts turn from the game’s score to buying a new car, planning a beach vacation, and rolling around in piles of cool cash. The time has come. You grab your 50/50 ticket and anxiously stare at the jumbotron as the numbers that could determine your future are flashed on the screen. The Oilers 50/50 draw has become an exciting mainstay at all Oilers home games, joining the ranks of the mouth-watering hot dog and enthusiastic crowd as a must-experience. The concept is simple; half of the money raised goes to the lucky ticket holder and half to minor hockey or ringette associations throughout Oil Country, as well as charitable organizations with a focus on youth programs, education and health and wellness.

“A large fundraiser like this gives such a boost to a small Minor Hockey Association like ours,” said Keri Roscoe, Dewberry Minor Hockey Association fundraising coordinator. “This program allows us to raise a substantial amount of money in a minimal amount of time, taking advantage of our best asset, our volunteers.” 

“At every Oilers home game fans can pick up 50/50 tickets for two dollars each.”

By purchasing tickets, fans get the opportunity to win a life-changing sum of money, but can also be proud that they’re supporting local organizations at the same time.

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At every Oilers home game fans can pick up 50/50 tickets for $2 each. Every night, a limit of 30,000 tickets are printed leaving minor hockey and ringette teams, along with one lucky fan, the chance to walk away with up to $30,000.

For associations like Dewberry Minor Hockey, who are looking to take advantage of the unparalleled results that Oilers 50/50 can offer, the application process is a simple one.

Each season, interested minor hockey and ringette associations, who are incorporated with the Canada Revenue Agency, have the opportunity to apply online. While spots are limited, successful


Photo provided by Andy Devlin, EOHC Along with minor hockey and ringette associations, the other set of 50/50 beneficiaries are awarded to local charitable organizations. The logistics of the program are similar but the money distribution changes slightly with the winner receiving half, the charity taking home 25 percent and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation receiving the other 25 percent. “The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is proud to provide the means and tools to support local charitable organizations through the 50/50 program,” said Natalie Minckler, executive director of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. This season, Dreams Take Flight was selected to participate in a 50/50 raffle at the Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks game which took place on November 2, 2010. Dreams Take Flight is a national volunteer charitable organization with eight branches across Canada. Every year, each of the branches organizes a trip to Disneyland for a group of socially, physically or mentally challenged children. In order to make this dream a reality, an estimated cost of $150,000 is required to execute the day’s events.

candidates will be informed of their participation requirements and assigned dates before the season begins. From the moment associations have been accepted to the actual 50/50 event itself, Oilers staff provide extensive training and assistance in order to ensure the best possible experience for both parties. All participating groups must commit to working approximately five hours at the assigned game along with providing a minimum of 64 volunteers.

While the organization takes part in several fundraising initiatives a year, they were able to raise over $14,000 after expenses in only five hours. This year’s flight will head to the “Happiest Place on Earth” on May 4, 2011 and the funds raised through the Oilers 50/50 will be put towards flight costs, food requirements, park passes, and commemorative souvenirs. For those interested in the Oilers 50/50 program, applications for the 2011-12 season will be available at edmontonoilers.com in the early spring. Last season, over $1.2 million was given back to minor hockey and ringette teams and charitable organizations across Oil Country.

“Information and training provided before and during the raffle was top-notch.  They have a great system for making a large-scale fundraiser easy to manage for a group of around 66 new volunteers each evening,” added Roscoe. On the day of the 50/50, groups are asked to arrive two and a half hours prior to the scheduled game start time. Participants will get a run-down of the evening’s activities followed by duty assignments such as seller, table dweller and cash counter. Tickets are sold from the time doors open until the end of the second intermission and final totals are announced, along with the winner, at the 10 minute mark of the third intermission. For the Dewberry Minor Hockey Association, the Oilers 50/50 experience provided them with a platform to earn $17,000, enabling them to conduct necessary renovations. “We will be using the funds raised through the 50/50 raffle to install much needed safety netting in our facility as well as upgrading our player and penalty boxes benefitting each and every team in our association,” said Roscoe. Other examples of fund distribution among previous minor hockey and ringette participants include locker room renovations, covering clinic costs, and equipment upgrades.

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By Jon Hagan

Hockey is an important part of Steve Serdachny’s life. Besides working as the Edmonton Oilers’ skating and skills coach for the past five years, he’s been across the globe – from Russia to the United States -- teaching players of all levels how to develop their skills for much longer. More importantly, he’s also been involved at all levels teaching local kids how to skate and play and love the game that’s given him so much for over 25 years. But come February he’s ready to take another step to start teaching kids something more important. “Hockey is a medium for having healthy kids – not just physically healthy, but mentally healthy,” he said. “I also think it can help kids learn some really important life lessons about being a good human being and a good member of society.” It might sounds like a lofty goal, but it’s not without a plan. Along with others like Patrick Dumelie, Mohamed Moussa, Mike Webb, Dale Unruh, Stephanie Perelli, and organizations like the South Edmonton Blades Skating Club, and the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association, Serdachny has devised a way to go about teaching kids these important life lessons while simultaneously celebrating the Canadian game of hockey. They’re calling it the Stollery Family Day Classic Hockey Tournament, and the organizers promise that it will be a unique event which captures two important themes: giving back to the community and healthy living.

the Family Day Classic is a great way for the kids who are currently playing hockey to give back, so to speak. And to do so year after year.” The idea of kids playing for kids is an intriguing proposal; it puts more of the onus on them to succeed. Their success, and indeed the tournament’s, will ideally be achieved as participants engage with their families and their community to raise awareness as well as funds for the Stollery. As they do so they’ll gain insight into what the Stollery does while simultaneously developing empathy for their peers that are too sick to play. This is at the heart of giving back to the community. “Each and every kid will have a pledge sheet to use to try and raise some funds for the Stollery,” said Serdachny. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a hundred dollars or if it’s six dollars. It’s about helping people and giving back. I really think that’s something that will help our kids think about others that are less fortunate.” The tournament is also about the importance of an active lifestyle, and organizations like the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association that do such good work to foster that. In terms of showcasing the importance of healthy living, the games themselves will highlight the physical aspect of that.

“It’s about having an experience – something that’s more memorable than just playing a game”

The tournament, which is the first annual, is scheduled for the Family Day weekend in February (18 - 21, 2011). The date chosen deliberately underscores not only the importance of immediate families but the sense of family that the larger community provides. Arguably, it’s through support and awareness of the organizations that work within the larger community that help us to grow and learn to be better human beings and thus better members of society. The Stollery Children’s Hospital and their work with sick kids and their families is one such organization. “The kids in hockey are healthy and they’re able to play. There are a lot of children that aren’t able to do that,” said Serdachny. “What we’re trying to do with this tournament is to create that awareness. ‘Playing for healthy kids - giving back to others’ is our slogan, but it’s really about kids playing for kids. And because the Stollery does such remarkable work helping sick kids and their families we think

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The Stollery Family Classic will include teams from Novice through to Bantam in both the elite and recreational divisions, and has been designed to open the game up and let the kids play in an unencumbered fashion within the context of a properly officiated game. All of the tournament’s games will be non-contact, will be played in two 25-minute halves, and will take place at the Terwilligar Recreation Centre; perhaps most interestingly is how penalties will be called. Rather than calling traditional penalties during the game each infraction will result in a penalty shot for the other team at the end of the game. “The format for the game should produce high scoring affairs,” said Serdachny. “And the tournament is open to every single team [registered with an association]. The way we’re going to model the game is almost like pond hockey. We want the games to be free flowing and completely inclusive for players of all abilities and all levels between Novice and Bantam.” Given the possibility of such high scoring affairs, watching the games sounds like it should be lot of fun as well. And for those of you in the stands remember that although there will be no charge to attend the games don’t forget to bring your wallet or your purse.


Organizers plan on auctioning off a number of highly prized hockey paraphernalia during the games to also help raise funds. Given everything it has going for it, from exciting hockey to a great cause, it’s hard not to buy into the excitement of the Stollery Family Day Tournament. Steve Serdachny is convinced that it’s really going to open some eyes, and you get the sense that he’s right. It will. How can it not? “It’s about having an experience – something that’s more memorable than just playing a game,” he said. “It’s going to be great. It’s going to be competitive, and it’s going to be an opportunity for teams to play other teams that they might not necessarily play during their regular season or in tournament play, so there’s going to be a nice variety of things for sure.” With the tournament starting to fill up quickly there’s still some space left, but it’s difficult to say how long that will last. “We’ve had interest from teams in Calgary and from as far away as New York,” said Serdachny. “Teams interested in signing up need to do so sooner rather than later. We’re also looking for more corporate involvement, and as with all events of this size we could always use more volunteers to help us run it smoothly.” For more information, to register your team, or to inquire about sponsoring the event or to volunteer, visit the tournament website at www.familydayclassic.com or contact Steve Serdachny directly at either 780-465-3343 or steve@elitepowerskating.com.

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By Vanessa hettinger

Can you believe it?! We’re already half way through the 2010/2011 season! If you’re like a lot of players, your skating has regressed a little through November and you’re wondering, “Why?” More importantly, I’m sure you’re wondering, “How do I get my skating back to where it was?” It is normal to have your skating regress slightly throughout the season. This is due to three major factors: Fatigue, Injury and Negativity. These are three things that come up throughout the season that are inevitable. But knowledge is power. Knowing that other players go through the same thing is helpful, and having a plan to overcome these challenges is even better!

Tubing Stride:

Tie one end of tubing around ankle and other end around a leg of a bench. Load your power leg, bring your working knee up and go through your skating motion. Maintain your skating position.

FATIGUE

As you know, repetition creates ‘muscle memory’. Just as three weeks of Quantum Speed encourages you to repeat specific movements designed to create a more efficient, smoother and faster stride, repeating movements under fatigue will also create ‘muscle memory’. If you notice that your lower back has started to hurt, or if someone has commented to you that your stride is shorter, or if you just don’t feel as fast, fatigue is most likely to blame.

Cable Hip Flexion:

How do I prevent myself from creating bad habits through fatigue?

Drive your leg out with control, have a slight bend in the knee, slowly return your leg back into side by side position.

In some ways, it is inevitable that some regression will happen through fatigue, especially when you’re playing at a high level, because you play so many games! You’re on the road, you’re practicing every day, you’ve got 3 games in 3 days...you can’t help it! You’re going to be tired! That being said, the best thing to do to counteract regressive changes in your skating is to find a time to train when you are not under fatigue. At the beginning of practice, in the gym on your day off, or even in your living room watching hockey highlights...these are the times that you can re-train your body to move efficiently. Here are some suggestions for exercises that you can do at practice, in the gym, or even in your living room:

Board Strides:

Board Strides are an easy drill to do at the beginning of practice and they remind you what it feels like to skate efficiently. Remember to: Keep your LEGS LOADED (bend your ankles, knees and hips) Extend until your knee is locked and your toe is pointed Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions (alternating legs)

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Knee Drives: Hold on to a bar and load your power leg. 80% of your weight is on this leg. Extend other leg out in stride position with a flexed calf (for proper toe flick) and then drive your knee as fast as you can in front of your power leg.

Visualization: If you are a visual learner, instead of just watching the highlights, take some time to watch your favourite player skate and then close your eyes and imagine yourself doing the same thing.


These are some of our favourite skating highlights: (Click to watch) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ajZI3dmpA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2csq4OxOTlI PS – notice who turns their head and stick first!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-UBp7bJu9U (An oldie ... but a goodie!)

INJURY

Injuries - even the ones that you play through - can be damaging to skating speed and efficiency. Why? Because our bodies are smart...they adjust to ‘make it work’. Sometimes, without even being conscious of it, our bodies will compensate for pain and injury. When our minds decide that we want to ‘play on’ our bodies will make it happen. This is why sometimes a knee injury could show up as a shortened stride or lack of balance...or why shoulder injuries can translate into a stiff skating style, especially in the upper body. Have you ever seen someone skate with their arm tucked in to their side? Often these players have sustained some kind of upper body injury in the past season. If I’ve been injured, how do I prevent my technique from changing? Most importantly, make sure that your injury is treated properly by a trusted professional who TREATS YOU LIKE AN ATHLETE. Make sure that whoever is treating you is certified and aware that you are a high level hockey player. These professionals will watch for and treat any compensation in your body. Also, remember that there are MANY ways to treat the same injury. Healing professionals include medical doctors, surgeons and specialists, as well as team trainers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, athletic therapists, massage therapists, acupuncture practitioners, and many more. There are many approaches to fix the same problem, and many opinions. Make sure to consult a few different people to make sure that you get the best treatment available for YOU. After treatment, follow the same advice as listed above. Train your skating when you are not fatigued, and, especially if you’re not playing, train it in the gym and by using visualization.

NEGATIVITY

The third reason that your skating may be regressing is a source of constant negativity. This could be coming from someone around you...a teammate, coach or parent...or...it could be coming from you. At Quantum Speed we believe that speed is both a mind-set and a physical ability. Remember how good you felt at the end of your training season? Like you could conquer the world!!! Many of you went into camp and raised some eyebrows! You made the teams that you weren’t supposed to...you impressed the people that didn’t like you...and then in mid-September you seemed to come back down to real life. Some of you were the last cuts from the team. You got stuck in the middle and had to find somewhere to play. Then you were expected to be the best player on the team every game...no pressure! Or maybe you made the team and the coach had high expectations for you that it seems you are not living up to. He’s always yelling at you...it seems that you can do nothing right! These situations happen to the best of us. And sometimes you are your worst critic. So...how do you recover from this?

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If speed is related to confidence, how do I get my confidence back? Remember Steffany Hanlen’s advice in regards to confidence. The word ‘confidence’ contains the root word ‘fid’. Which also is used in the word ‘fidelity’, meaning ‘faithful to yourself’. Confidence can be translated as ‘being faithful to yourself’. How are you responsible for where you are right now? What is great about where you are right now? How can you make the best of your situation? How does this year help you get to where you want to go? Sometimes it’s difficult to see the bigger picture when you’re stuck in the middle of a negative season...but remember, hockey is a vehicle to get you what you want in your life. It is not the end...it is a means to an end. Take a step back and see where you can be more positive about your situation. What can you do or change to make the best of it? Sometimes the worst feeling is to feel like you’re out of control...so what can you control? Your actions? Your thoughts? Finally, take advantage of your time off. This is an important time to connect with your family and friends and to rest. Any well-used time off will help you to regain energy, heal some injuries, and re-choose the kind of season that you want to have in 10/11. Take the time to remember WHY you play this great game, and how you want the rest of the season to go.

All the Best, Vanessa Hettinger

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KYLE DAVIDSON, JUSTIN DOLL, DYLAN FIBKE, JAYDE FIDDLER, CARTER GAIAN, JEREMY GREINER, TANNER KENNEY, MILAN KHANGURA, TYLER LARSEN, KESAR LOTEY, SAHIB LOTEY, SHANE LOVETT, JONAS MCDONALD, BRANDON MCGUIRE-LAVALLEE, JOSEPH MOONEY, MARK THOMAS, JACOB WALKER, CHANDLER WATTS

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By Rob Suggitt Photos provided by Stephen Kathnelson

For this edition of the magazine, we met up with 17-year-old hockey official, Nick Doblanko. Nick was the recipient of the “Junior Official of the Year” award for the 20092010 season, which was awarded by the North East Zone. Nick is currently in Grade 11, enrolled at Archbishop MacDonald High School. Similar to most hockey officials, Nick played the game for many years (seven), and up to the bantam level. In Nick’s spare time, he also dances (semiprofessionally) for the Cheremosh Ukranian Dance Company. We asked Nick a few questions about hockey, and in particular, about his role as a hockey official.

• Editor’s Note: For nine years, we have featured an official in each issue of the Hockey Edmonton Magazine. We would like to thank Duncan MacDougall for his recommendations over this time. In all of his recommendations, the officials (some who are as young as 13 years old) are intelligent, mature and thoughtful individuals. It takes a special talent and demeanour to be a hockey official. It can be a thankless job on the ice, and as fans of the game, we should remind ourselves to be respectful (we don’t always have to agree with their calls) at all times in dealing with hockey officials.

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When did you start officiating hockey?

I started officiating hockey in the 2008-09 season. (I am in my third season as an official.)  

What made you want to become a hockey official?

After making the tough decision in quitting hockey, I found that I could not leave hockey out of my life. My friend at the time was an official and he told me that officiating was an excellent way to stay active within hockey. I wanted to be an official to keep me involved in the game.  

How many games did you officiate last season?

Last season I officiated approximately 70 games. Due to breaking my ankle and requiring surgery in early October, I was unable to begin officiating until January. My goal is to officiate approximately 125 games this season.

What level of hockey are you currently officiating?

I currently am a linesman for bantam and peewee hockey. I also referee in the two-man system for bantam, peewee, atom, and novice hockey.

Have you ever officiated during Minor Hockey Week? And if so, do you have any experiences from Minor Hockey Week which you would like to share?

Yes, I have. Minor Hockey Week is the peak of the season. Teams are competitive for the prestigious victory of Minor Hockey Week and the best hockey of the season is displayed. Emotions run high and excitement brims from the fans. As a referee in Minor Hockey Week, you are constantly scrutinized on each call as each team is desperate for victory, and it takes confidence to make the appropriate calls when a win or loss may depend on your call. Last season during Minor Hockey Week, I had to call a body contact penalty in a novice game in the last two minutes of regulation in the third period. The game was tied and there were many groans and cheers from the fans as they realized what had just occurred. It is calls like that that can influence who wins a game. In the end, the same team killed off the penalty and won in 1 vs. 1 overtime. In Minor Hockey Week, coaches and fans often display aggressive emotion and it takes maturity to handle multiple situations of verbal abusive, disputing coaches, and the pressure to make the right call.  


Recognizing that officials donate their time during Minor Hockey Week, why do you do so?

I feel that it is my chance to give back to the community. I remember as a younger player the excitement and passion I felt for the game as Minor Hockey Week rolled along and I see this passion in the players that I officiate. One of the most glorifying aspects as an official in giving back to the hockey community is that you physically see the impact you make from the teams playing. Many volunteers work hard during Minor Hockey Week and it is great to know that the volunteerism is appreciated. Minor Hockey Week is one of the major highlights for all teams during the season and I feel that officials are rewarded with being able to officiate the best hockey of the season. Minor Hockey Week brings the hockey community together in Edmonton and creates integrity in the game of hockey with the unity of players, coaches, fans and officials.

Do you have any highlights related to big games or tournaments to pass along? One tournament that stands out particularly to me that I enjoy refereeing is the Champions Cup Tournament held in the spring which showcases AAA talent at novice, atom, peewee and bantam levels. This hockey is fast paced and fun to referee and some of the best players in Western Canada play. 

What do you enjoy most about officiating hockey games?

I enjoy being involved in the game of hockey. Officiating gives me an opportunity to work with different people on a daily basis. Each game, the people I officiate with and the teams I officiate change and it teaches you to adapt to different circumstances on the spot. Officiating gives me an opportunity to work on people management skills as I am constantly communicating with players, other officials, coaches, and rink attendants. I really believe refereeing has given me a different perspective of the game of hockey and I have learned that hockey is all about discretion and viewpoints of different situations. For example, fans and coaches enjoy making calls from the sidelines, but officials can only call what they physically see as well as have to keep in mind all the rules and regulations. Refereeing has in a sense matured who I am. I must be diligent with calls, be professional when communicating with team officials and remain unbiased in situations. Officiating has given me a passion for the game that as a player I could not receive, and you learn to appreciate hockey for the sport it truly is.

What kind of training were you provided?

My training came from the multiple referee certification clinics I have taken and from personal reviews from senior officials.

Do you have a role model or mentor who has helped you along the way?

Many senior officials have helped me along the way and they include James Gregory, Jeff Howe, Paul Dauphinais, Scott Fulmer, and Lane Mandlis.

How have you improved your skills as an official?

I have mostly improved my skill as an official from experience. It takes dedication and willpower to improve as an official as you become exposed to more and more situations as you officiate. After games, I often reflect on my strengths and areas of improvement. If I feel that I made an inappropriate call, I will research the area of discretion and be informed for the next situation that occurs. It also greatly helps when senior officials give recommended areas of improvement and you grow as an official from their constructive criticism.

What is the toughest part about being a referee?

The toughest part of being a referee is to maintain confidence. People are constantly judging you and sometimes officials are afraid of making the proper calls. This is when games can get out of hand. When an official is confident and sticks with his calls, players, coaches and fans will respect that official. Even if it may be the wrong call, an official can ‘sell’ the call to the crowd if he is confident and controls the game. Confidence on the ice grants an official a barrier from the pressure to make the right calls. It is essential that referees maintain this confidence when dealing with coaches and other team officials.

How do you handle criticism on the ice?

When on the ice, I have a no ‘guff’ attitude. If a coach or team captain has an issue, I will gladly cooperate and answer any inquiries to the best of my ability. I remind most coaches I can only call what I have seen and relate my perspective on any judgment calls. This also relates back to confidence because without confidence, coaches can take advantage of you. It is essential that as an official you remain glued to your call and continue the game. When fans or coaches start becoming abusive, I usually penalize the offending team and sometimes, if necessary, I may ask the coach or fan to leave the game. Constructive criticism, lent out by senior officials, gives me an opportunity to develop my skills and improve my level of officiating.

Do you have comments you wish to share with parents, coaches or anyone watching minor hockey?

Hockey is a sport played for fun. Yes, it is competitive and can get quite emotional, but there is no need to become abusive to the officials. They make the calls based on their judgment and the rules and regulations set out by Hockey Canada. Unnecessary abuse to officials is a travesty to the game as mutual respect between fans, teams and officials is essential for the integrity of the game of hockey. Best of wishes to all teams participating in Minor Hockey Week!

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Referee Signals BOARDING If a player is checked into the boards in a violent manner, then the ref may call a boarding penalty. A two-minute penalty will be assessed for boarding, and in situsitu ations where the offense is more serious (when a player is vulnerable, etc.), a 5-min5-min ute major penalty and game ejection may be called.

BODY-CHECKING Body-checking is not allowed until the Peewee level in Hockey Edmonton. Delivering a body-check in the lower divisions will result in a two-minute penalty being assessed.

BUTT-ENDING If a player jabs (or attempts to jab) another player with the shaft of the stick above the upper hand, a butt-ending penalty may be called. The referee holds one forearm over the other; the lower is moved back and forth, across the body.

CHARGING If a player takes more than two steps or strides, or jumps into an opponent when body-checking, a charging infraction may be called. The referee signals by rotating clenched fists around each other in front of the chest. Since body-checking isn’t allowed until the Pee Wee level, you will rarely see this called in the first few years.

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CHECKING FROM BEHIND If a player pushes, body-checks or cross-checks an opponent from behind, a Checking From Behind penalty may be called. It’s a game misconduct (ejection), coupled with a two-minute or fiveminute penalty, depending on the severity of the offense. The referee’s signal is a forward motion of both arms, with the palms of the hands opened and facing away from the body, fully extending from the chest at shoulder level.

CHECKING TO THE HEAD

A Minor and Misconduct penalty, or a Major and Game Misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the referee, based on the degree of violence of impact, shall be assessed to any player who checks an opponent to the head area in any manner. A Match penalty could also be asas sessed under this rule. If a player is injured, a Major and Game Misconduct penalty, or a Match penalty must be assessed.

CROSS-CHECKING When a player uses the shaft of his stick, held between the hands, to check an opponent at any height. The referee signals with a for forward and backward motion of the arms with both fists clenched and about a foot apart. (This signal imitates the action of a Cross-check.)

ELBOWING This is when a player is checking an opponent with his elbow. The referee signals by tapping either elbow with the opposite hand.

HIGH-STICKING This occurs when checking an opponent with the stick above the normal height of the shoulders, either purposely or accidentally. A more severe penalty may be called for flagrant high-sticking fouls, including ejection from the game. The referee signals this call by clenching both fists and mimicking a player holding a stick above their shoulders.


HOLDING This is called when a player grabs an opponent’s body or stick with the hands. The referee motions this call by grabbing either wrist with the opposite hand in front of his body.

HOOKING This is called when a player slows down an opponent by hooking his stick on any part of the opponent’s body or stick. The referee signals this call with a tugging motion with both arms.

INTERFERENCE This penalty is called when a player impedes the progress of an opponent who doesn’t have the puck. The referee signals this call by crossing his arms in front of the chest.

KNEEING If a player uses his knee (or sticks his knee out) to take down or check an opponent, the referee may call a kneeing penalty. If the infraction is of a more serious nature, the ref referee may consider this a major penalty (and a game misconduct) instead of a minor penalty (2 minutes).

MISCONDUCT This penalty may be called when a player exhibits extreme and inappropriate behaviour toward another player or a game official. Depending on the severity of the offense, the player may be given a 10-minute Misconduct or Game Misconduct penalty. It is also a Game Misconduct when a player checks another player from behind. With the exception of Checking From Behind, the penalized team does not play shorthanded.

ROUGHING This penalty may be called when a player uses his arms or fists to hit or punch another player. The signal for this call is a clenched fist and arm extended out to the front or side of the body.

SLASHING This penalty is called when a player deliberately hits an opponent with his stick. The signal for this call is a chopping motion with the edge of one hand across the opposite forearm.

SPEARING Spearing occurs when a player thrusts or jabs the blade of his stick at an opponent. Players are usually ejected from the game for spearing. The signal for this call is a jabbing motion with both hands thrusting out in front of the body.

TRIPPING This penalty may be called when a player uses his stick or any body part to trip the puck carrier. If the player touches the puck prior to contact with the player, there is usually no penalty called. The referee signals this call by striking their leg with either hand below the knee (usually bending down to do so), keeping both skates on the ice.

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

This penalty may be called when a player exhibits poor sportsmanship or inappro inappropriate behaviour on the ice.

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