Centre Ice - The Hockey Alberta Podcast
Episode Twenty-Three: The Spring Showcase (With Hanna Paquette & Morgan Klimchuck)

Episode Twenty-Three: The Spring Showcase (With Hanna Paquette & Morgan Klimchuck)

April 27, 2022

Episode 23 of the Centre Ice Podcasts features 2017 Alberta Challenge alumna and 2022 Alberta Challenge Apprentice Coach Hanna Paquette, as well as 2010 Alberta Cup and 2011 Canada Winter Games alumnus Morgan Klimchuk, who is set to coach at the 2022 Prospects Cup.

Hockey Alberta's 2022 Spring Showcase kicks off on April 28, with the Alberta Cup (April 28-May 1), the Alberta Challenge (May 5-8) and Prospects Cup (May 12-15), all at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

 

Episode Links: National Volunteer Week > | Lloydminster U13 Female Blazers Win Chevy Good Deeds Cup > | Team Alberta U16 Male Coaching Staff Announced > | Hlinka Gretzky Tickets On Sale > | KidSport Hockey Assist Program >

Episode Twenty-Two - ATB’s John Windwick & Good Deeds Cup Finalist Lloydminster U13 Female Blazers

Episode Twenty-Two - ATB’s John Windwick & Good Deeds Cup Finalist Lloydminster U13 Female Blazers

March 25, 2022

With the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB, officially underway across the province, Episode 22 of the Centre Ice Podcast features ATB's VP, Community Initiatives, John Windwick, who also sits on the Hockey Alberta Foundation's Board of Directors as past chair. (3:03 - 25:22)

The episode also features the podcast's first 17-person interview, as the entire Lloydminster U13 Female 3 Blazers, who are Alberta's finalist in this year's Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, join the show to chat about their initiative to make the rinks in Lloydminster more accessible for everyone. (30:16 - 42:45)

Episode Links: Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships > | Progressive 50/50 Draw > | Spring Showcase Volunteer Application > | Graduating... What's Next - Online Seminar > | Future Coaches Program (Online) > | Future Coaches Program (Calgary) >| Vote for the Lloydminster U13 Female Blazers to win the Chevy Good Deeds Cup >

Episode Twenty-One - Emerance Maschmeyer, Zach Lavin and Meaghan Mikkelson

Episode Twenty-One - Emerance Maschmeyer, Zach Lavin and Meaghan Mikkelson

March 4, 2022

Episode Twenty-One of Centre Ice features a trio of Olympic athletes hailing from Alberta - both past and present - as we celebrate the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Fresh off her gold medal with Canada's National Women's Team, former Team Alberta netminder Emerance Maschmeyer (1:21 - 14:45) shares her first-ever Olympic experience with us. Then, we'll hear from Zach Lavin (15:13 - 25:08), a forward for Canada's Para Hockey Team, the day before he travelled to Beijing to take part in his first Paralympic Games. To wrap things up, three-time Olympian Meaghan Mikkelson (30:51 - 55:05), who moved from the ice to the studio, joining CBC's broadcast team for the 2022 Olympics, talks about her established career, her first experience in broadcasting, and the importance of visibility for female hockey.

 

Episode Links: Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships > | 2021-22 Hockey Alberta Awards > | Sprung Arenas, Stantec and CANA team up to present the Hockey Alberta Summit > | 2022 AHHF Awards Gala > | Para Officiating Webinar > | Coach of the Month - Cody Huseby > | Shaw Birdies for Kids Program >

Episode Twenty - Black History Month

Episode Twenty - Black History Month

February 11, 2022

With Black History Month being celebrated all of February, Episode Twenty of the Centre Ice Podcast features three Albertans who have all experienced success in the game of hockey, but also adversity in the form of racial inequality, and are each working to make the game more inclusive for everyone - Toronto Maple Leafs Coaching Development Associate T.J. Millar, St. Albert U16 AAA Flyers forward Turner McIntyre, and Chairperson of Hockey Alberta's Diversity Inclusion Committee Anton Joseph.

Episode Nineteen - Rob Litwinski & Lacey Senuk

Episode Nineteen - Rob Litwinski & Lacey Senuk

January 19, 2022

The first episode of Centre Ice of 2022 features Hockey Alberta's CEO, Rob Litwinski (1:31 - 30:28), looking back on the year that was, what lies ahead in 2022, and sharing the organization's long-term vision with HA2025.

Plus, hear a bonus interview with Albertan official Lacey Senuk (33:34 - 48:05), who recently received the call to officiate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

 

Episode Eighteen - The World Juniors (with Ridly Greig, Josh Morrissey & Riley Wiwchar)

Episode Eighteen - The World Juniors (with Ridly Greig, Josh Morrissey & Riley Wiwchar)

December 20, 2021

In the hockey world, the holiday season brings about one of Canada's favourite traditions; the World Junior Championship... and there's more excitement than ever in Alberta as Edmonton and Red Deer get set to host. Episode Eighteen of Centre Ice is all about the World Juniors, with a trio of special guests:

  • 2022 Team Canada forward and Team Alberta alumnus Ridly Greig 
  • Executive Director of the 2022 World Junior Championship Riley Wiwchar
  • Winnipeg Jets defenceman, Team Alberta alumnus and 2015 World Junior gold-medalist Josh Morrissey

More information on any of the subjects heard in this episode can be found at www.hockeyalberta.ca

Episode Seventeen - Honouring Our Troops/Hockey Fights Cancer

Episode Seventeen - Honouring Our Troops/Hockey Fights Cancer

November 25, 2021

Episode Seventeen of the Centre Ice Podcast focuses on two very important occurrences in November; Remembrance Day, and Hockey Fights Cancer, the latter of which is a month-long initiative by the National Hockey League.

Former University of Alberta Panda and Edmonton Chimo, Angie Ahn, and her partner, Canadian Armed Forces Commanding Officer, Major Leona Ahn, discuss the balance between being a military family and a hockey family, while the NHL's Vice President of Community Development and Growth, Jeff Scott, shares the history of Hockey Fights Cancer, and the numerous way it helps those who are battling the disease.

Episode Sixteen - The Western Regional Women‘s U18 Championship (with Kendall Newell and Danielle Serdachny)

Episode Sixteen - The Western Regional Women‘s U18 Championship (with Kendall Newell and Danielle Serdachny)

November 1, 2021

The next episode of the Centre Ice Podcast comes a little bit early, as it focuses on the Western Regional Women's U18 Championship, which runs in Portage la Prairie, MB, Nov 2-6.

Hockey Alberta's Manager of Female Hockey, Kendall Newell, who is also the Director of Operations for Team Alberta U18 Female, joins us to talk about the tournament, and how it came about in the wake of the National Women's U18 Championship's cancellation.

Two-time Team Albertan Danielle Serdachny, who captained Team Alberta to a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, also joins the show to talk about her Team Alberta experience, as well as the opportunity to suit up for Team Canada, and her post-secondary experience so far.

Episode Fifteen - The WHL Cup (With Greg Thomson and Connor McClennon)

Episode Fifteen - The WHL Cup (With Greg Thomson and Connor McClennon)

October 19, 2021

Episode Fifteen of the Centre Ice Podcast is focused around the 2021 WHL Cup, which runs Oct 20-24 in Red Deer, with Team Alberta U16 Male set to battle BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The Western Hockey League's Senior Manager, Hockey Operations Greg Thomson joins us to discuss what the WHL Cup is all about, and Winnipeg Ice forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Connor McClennon shares his experience at the event with Team Alberta back in 2017.

Episode Fourteen - National Coaches Week

Episode Fourteen - National Coaches Week

September 23, 2021

The Centre Ice Podcast is back for the 2021-22 hockey season, and Episode Fourteen is all about celebrating National Coaches Week (Sept 18-26).

Hockey Alberta's Senior Manager of Hockey Development, Justin Fesyk, discusses Hockey Alberta's Coach Development Plan, and the numerous learning opportunities available to coaches at any level across the province.

We'll then hear a coaching panel with Hockey Alberta's High Performance Coach Mentor Barry Medori, Mount Royal Cougars Men's Hockey Assistant Coach and current Team Alberta U16 Assistant Coach Alex Mandolidis, and two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 Head Coach Carla MacLeod.

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