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AMRHA Spring 2018 - Volume 3 Issue 2
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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. 

Finally after all the planning and preparation the Inaugural season starts tonight at 8:00pm in Spruce Grove and in Red Deer. Edmonton faces off against Calgary and Sherwood Park takes on Spruce Grove. If you miss viewing these amazing hour and a half games live, all results can be found at www.albertaprorollerhockey.ca
 
ALBERTA ROLLER HOCKEY TOURNAMENTS

Recreational Invitational Tournament
Calgary May 26-27

Battle on Wheels
Red Deer, June 8-10

Western Nationals
Edmonton, June 22-24

 

GP Wheelhouse Try it Day 


After almost three years of hard work and constant dedication to the growth of our sport, the peace region has a youth roller hockey league. GP Wheel House as a league is very excited to have reached this point in the road and we are ready for the next step. 

 A process such as starting a new league isn’t something that happens over night. Especially bringing a whole new sport to town and I understood that before I started the league. What I didn’t know was how hard it would be to spread the word about the sport and reaching as many parents as possible, not only in Grande Prairie, but the surrounding areas such as Sexsmith, Wembley, Beaverlodge.. etc. That’s why we didn’t have an opportunity for the youth players the first two seasons. We just didn’t have the interest yet. I knew if I could at least get something started for the adults that we could officially join the AMRHA family and let Grande Prairie know roller hockey is here. We ended up with three teams the first season and just provided the opportunity for players to come give the sport a try. Last season we jumped to five teams which is what we have this year as well. 

After 2 solid years of advertising on posters, radio stations, newspaper, social media and everything in between. We were able to announce our first ever youth try it day. Facebook seemed to be the best tool to reach all the parents and we were overwhelmed by the response. Emails and messages started pouring in and we had close to 90 kids registered for the day! It was a great response from all the parents and the questions started rolling in about the sport and the interest grew and grew. I knew if we could put on a great clinic that we would have enough players for the official season to make a program work. 

Having AMRHA on our side made the whole day such a smooth experience by providing the proper size skates for any player who needed them and giving a helping hand anywhere it was needed. All my coaches and directors had to do was run some fun drills and teach the kids about roller hockey. It made for a fantastic day and we are very proud of the outcome. 

The season is about to kick off on May 16th for the youth players and we officially have 40 kids signed up and ready to go. Be on the look out for new roller hockey talent coming from the north! 
 

Nick Darke

President - GP Wheel House Roller Hockey

Alberta Power Rankings - May

With play around the province heating up it’s time for another round of rankings and time to see if there were changes in the rankings. Each team fighting for their points and ranking positions moving back and forth it's now time to see if there are any changes in any of the divisions that we know of. Starting in U10 the Sherwood Park Green Machine hold their spot again for another. In U12 Sherwood Park 2 holds their ground and remains on top the first place spot. U14 takes a shake as the number two ranked Maddigan from Edmonton take the top spot over the Bears and time will tell if they are able to hold it. In U17 the Kodiaks from Edmonton hold it down and secure their top spot again. Now for the juniors as the Solar Bears from Edmonton continue to hold the top spot for the juniors in the province. With the Adult teams rankings, the Heartbreak Kids from Sherwood Park tumbled to 5th spot on the board while the Backhanders from Stony Plain leap frogged into first. With game play for the Alberta Pro League starting tonight those teams will easily grab the top 5 spots for the remainder of the year.
Click here to view the Power Rankings for the month of May

Camrose Hosts AMRHA Showcase Event

Written by Cole Heintz
 

This past weekend was our showcase tournament in Camrose and it went very well. With the age groups ranging from U10-U17, there was great roller hockey to be played and watched all weekend. With teams coming from Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, and Sherwood Park you can be sure that each team wanted to take the weekend for their own. The weekend started off with a round robin. There were solid games played by every team with there being very close games in every age group. There were even some rival games where teams that are only seeing each other in tournaments could get the bragging rights of the win until the next game or even next tournament. As the days went on the competition started to get harder as teams were trying to get in the top 2 teams of their age group to be able to play in the finals and as the pressure grew some teams would eventually fall and not make it into the championship games. As Sunday rolled around there were a few final games to be played to determine places and then came the big games. As it was now time for the championship games to play out, they were hard fought games by all teams that had made it through the round robin and now had their chance to take it all. Rivals played again but now for a bigger prize and bragging rights and at the end of the day, there was only one winner. As each age group took the floor everybody knew this was the one to leave it all out there and as the last four hard-fought games came to a close so did our weekend in Camrose. With some teams walking away with the win and others looking forward to the next time they play it will be interesting to see how games play out later in the season and tournaments to come.
 

Referee Travel Opportunities

The past couple of years officiating roller hockey have been amazing. I was successful in attaining my level 3 in 2016 and took over as Referee in chief for the Calgary roller hockey league for the 2017 season. There has been a lot of travel opportunities to go and work some great tournaments throughout Alberta. Now I have been selected to travel to Vancouver for the North Shore Inline Hockey League's high school tournament. I am looking forward to seeing the skill that the kids have and the pace of the games should be pretty fast. This is going to be such a great experience to see how other leagues and organizations in Canada run the sport.

Dave Button
RIC Calgary Roller Hockey
 

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