AMRHA Summer 2018 - Volume 3 Issue 3
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The Alberta Minor Roller Hockey Association is committed to the development and growth of the sport of Roller Hockey. AMRHA is also the growth and development of amateur athletes in Alberta. 

2nd Annual Western Nationals Setting Records

For the second year AMRHA has held the Western National Championships and already its starting to break records and set milestones. With 52 teams participating shattered the previous record for teams participating in a provincial roller hockey contest.  There were over 500 hockey players from 3 provinces that participated in the weekend.

Another first - AMRHA brought in officials from outside the province to come work a tournament. In a reciprocal agreement with BC roller hockey we were able to bring in some new officials for just the Western Nationals.  AMRHA is hoping this will be the start a truly pan Western collaboration.

The tournament also featured the 2018 championship playoffs for the new AB Pro Roller Hockey League, with the championship game going to Overtime. The big trophy went to the Sherwood Park Archers over the Red Deer Reign.  It was an end to end edge of your seat final that saw over 150 fans glued to their seats. So many firsts for such a great tournament.  This can only mean 2019 will be our best year yet!

In addition to the 125 hockey games there was also a lot of extras for the participants and spectators. The Team AB fundraisers, prize raffle, 50/50 and pancake breakfast as well as the skills competition and the kids carnival for the younger siblings. There was tons of excitement and fun at the East Soccer Centre and Ardrosson Saturday and Sunday.

The tournament started on Friday at 7:00pm and ran on 6 surfaces till 5:00 pm on Sunday. The games were played at the East Soccer Centre in Edmonton and the Ardrosson Recreational Complex. Two great facilities within a 15-minute drive time between them. There were teams from a dozen municipalities and a few teams made up from players from across Western Canada. No one who wanted to be a part of the event was left sitting on the sidelines. The weekend was packed with end to end great hockey!

Click here to view pictures from the event

Here is a list of the winners from the event

U10 ‘AAA’
Gold- Red Deer Snipers
Silver – Sherwood Park Green Machine
U10 ‘AA’
Gold - Lightnings
Silver – Calgary Roller Hawks
Bronze – Team West
U12 ‘AAA’
Gold – Jr. Kodiaks
Silver – Red Deer Snipers
Bronze – Spitfires
U12 ‘AA’
Gold - Stealth
Silver – Strathcona Dragons
Bronze – Spruce Grove Goons
U12 ‘A’
Gold – Sherwood Park
Silver – Edmonton Vipers
Bronze – Calgary Thunder
U14 ‘AAA’
Gold – Calgary Roller Hawks
Silver – Edmonton Bears
Bronze – Edmonton Rams
U14 ‘AA’
Gold – Stony Plain Knights
Silver – Edmonton Snipers
Bronze – Shockwaves
U14 ‘A’
Gold – Team West
Silver – Didsbury Rampage
U17 ‘AAA’
Gold – Edmonton Kodiaks
Silver – Red Deer Snipers Black
Bronze – Sherwood Park Tropic Thunder
U17 ‘AA’
Gold - Mustangs
Silver - Wheelers
Bronze – Alberta Rattlers
U17 ‘A’
Gold – 4th Line Grind
Silver – Team Kirkland
Adult ‘AA’
Gold – Berta Boyz
Silver – Calgary Moose
Bronze – Edmonton Ducks
Adult ‘A’
Gold – Sherwood Park Breezers
Silver – Moose Jaw Beavers
Pro Division
1st – Sherwood Park Archers
2nd – Red Deer Reign
3rd – Calgary Outlaws

2018 Pro League Champions

Congratulations! to the Inaugural Season Champions, Sherwood Park Archers. They had a great run all season long sitting above the pack from the very beginning. Although the other 4 teams had them on the ropes a few times, the Archers would never quit and always played to the last buzzer. Their only two losses came with a June 1st shootout loss against Edmonton and from Red Deer on June 9th when they scored the go ahead goal with 11 seconds left in the game.

The Archers continued being the team to beat all through the playoff tournament with only the Calgary Outlaws coming close to upsetting them, but still a similar outcome as Calgary fell short with 9 goals to the Archers 10. After their last round robin game against Calgary the stage was set for the final, Red Deer taking on Sherwood Park in their home rink of Ardrossan. It was a perfect matchup for the winner take all final game, The Reign were the team that consistently gave the Archers problems all year. The final was no different as the Reign took a 5-1 lead after the second period and had the Archers been any other team we might have been looking at a blow out. The Archers regrouped at half and fought back by scoring 5 straight to take the lead 6-5. With eight minutes remaining Red Deer managed to tie it up. For the remainder of the game the chances went back and forth but no one could put one in and so it had to be settled in Overtime. Last goal wins, winner take all. And a minute into OT that goal came from Cole Sonstelie, 3rd in scoring for the Archers in the regular season and playoff tournament. A dangerous player when left in front of the net alone.

Season 1 is in the books and once the summer is over the AB Pro Executive and member clubs will start planning for 2019. If you are interested in more information on the Pro League visit

Western Nationals has ended and we are ready to roll out the last Power Ranking of the year. Lets find out who the strongest teams in Alberta were in 2018. In the U10 age group, the two juggernauts of Alberta finally crossed paths. The Snipers program was just too strong for Sherwood Park in their only two meetings of the year and held on to their top spot. New comer Team Edmonton, bumped the remaining teams down the field as they came within a couple goals of an upset of the Green Machine.

In U12 the Jr. kodiaks surprised everyone and rocketed to the top of the rankings. Since their rough start at the Showcase Event they have been tough competitor to beat ever since. They had a very good showing at BOW but really hit their stride in the Edm Inline Playoffs and that led into their huge Gold victory at the Western Nationals. Spruce Grove and the Stealth plummeted down the rankings as the other U12 teams have really caught up to them. Two new teams Strathcona Dragons and the Edmonton Spitfires had a great showing at Westerns and jumped into the top 10. 

With U14, the Bears lost out in the Edm Inline Playoffs and went down in OT at the Western Nationals Gold Final, because of that they slipped down two spots. Maddigan climed back up to the 4 spot. The Roller Hawks bumped into 3rd after their big OT win at Westerns. But didn't provide enough consistent play this season to sit as #1 overall. The Calgary Brewers and Edmonton Shockwaves really made some gains at the end of the season and moved into the top 10. 

With U17 there were four teams that were consistently good all year, Kodiaks, Red Deer Black, Tropic Thunder and Red Deer White. The Kodiaks have been #1 overall since the start of the season after their performance at Westerns that solidified them as the best in Alberta. The remaining teams fluctuated a lot through the year and into the playoffs. Based on playoff and tournament performances is how we decided on 5 through 15

In the Junior division there was very little movement. The teams have been extrememly consistent from start to finish

The Adult division was a very exciting finish as it seemed Red Deer was never going to be able to pass the Calgary Outlaws in the standings. But they came prepared to play at the Westerns and beat Calgary 7-4 in tournament round robin play. Then Red Deer almost did the impossible, taking a huge lead in the first half against the best team in the AB Pro league, the Sherwood Park Archers. The Archers were able to regain control of the game in the 2nd half and the teams went into Over time to decide the League Championship. One minute in to OT the Archers scored and won the Inagural season of the Alberta Pro Roller Hockey League. After Sherwood Park #1 and Red Deer #2, the rest of the pro division teams rounded out the top 5. The remaining mens league teams in Alberta finsihed out the top 10, with the Revision Rockies from Sherwood Park holding the 6th spot after winning the Ardrossan Mens League.

CLICK HERE to see who the top teams were for the 2018 Season

AMRHA Tournaments from 2018

This has been a great year for everyone at AMRHA as we set record numbers with new people coming in as well as growth in roller hockey in general. Unlike past years we were able to send someone to every tournament to capture photos and bring back stories to help share the experience for those who could not attend. We thank everyone who has helped organize this year and the people who participated in our events. Can’t wait to see you all again next Spring for some more great roller hockey!!

Click on the following links to view the stories.

Camrose Showcase Tournament - Expanding the Sport
AMRHA Recreational Tournament - New Champions Rising Up
Red Deer Battle On Wheels - Rivalries Intensify
Western Nationals - The Final Battle

CLICK HERE to view pictures from all the events

Peace Country Embraces Roller Hockey

A dedicated group of Alberta Minor Roller Hockey volunteers at the invitation of a group of curious parents - hosted a learn to play clinic in Grimshaw Alberta on June 9th, 2018. 

Two players from the AB Pro Roller Hockey team, Spruce Grove Phantoms (Cole Sieben, Kyle Edwards) donated their time to AMRHA to run two skills clinics. The first was for nine, U10 players who were totally new to the game.  The afternoon clinic saw 15, U16’s and one of the U10’s stay on for a second session.  The older group were quick to pick up the intricacies of the game and break themselves into two teams for a game of shinny. 

The event was so successful Grimshaw is already discussing the possibility of further roller hockey activities for this year.

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