RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2020 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.
The month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during three weekends in March and April, along with five champions crowned through league playoff series. Organizations interested in hosting a provincial championship tournament completed a detailed bid process, with a bid committee evaluating the submissions.
A total of 40 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from Grimshaw in the north and west, Claresholm in the south, and Lloydminster in the east.
In addition, Hockey Alberta is expanding the Provincial Championship Model trial that started last year in the Peewee Division. The Bantam and Midget divisions are joining the Peewee division in the transition to Tiers 1-4 championships from A-D levels. Each Tier provincial championship with have eight teams - the host, a wild card, and the champions from Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League, Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League.
Week one (March 19-22) features 17 tournaments: Minor Midget AAA, Midget Female AAA, Bantam AA, Bantam Tiers 1-4, Bantam Female Elite, Bantam Female A and B, Atom AA Major, Atom AA Minor, Atom A-D, and Atom Female.
Another 16 tournaments are set for week two (March 26-29): Senior AA, Midget AA, Midget Tiers 1-4, Midget Female Elite, Midget Female A and B, Peewee AA, Peewee Tiers 1-4, and Peewee Female A and B.
The 2020 Provincials wrap up with Junior B, the lone tournament running April 2-5.
The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Junior Female, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.
ATB Financial will once again headline as the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, continuing a long-standing relationship with Hockey Alberta.
Atom teams participating in Provincial Championships qualify by winning a zone playdown. A playdown pilot is being undertaken in Bantam and Midget Female A and B, as the playdowns are being held within their respective leagues. Leagues involved in the pilot are Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League, East Central Female Hockey League, and All Peace Hockey League.
Hosts for the following events are still being accepted and reviewed: Midget Female A, Midget Female B, Bantam Female B, Peewee Female A, Atom AA Minor, and Atom D. Interested applicants can contact Bryden Burrell, Coordinator, Hockey Programs.
Hockey Alberta would also like to congratulate the Wainwright Bisons and the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs, who have been selected to host the 2021 Junior B and Senior AA Provincial Championships, respectively.