Alberta Pond Hockey Association
The Alberta Pond Hockey Association is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2006 under the Societies Act in the Province of Alberta and hosted the first pond hockey event in February 2007.
Between 2007 and 2011 the event continued to grow, attracting teams from all over Alberta and a few teams from Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Registrations increased tremendously in five years from 36 teams in 2007 to almost 90 in 2011.
Following the 2011 event, the Alberta Pond Hockey Association decided to put the event on hold for one year, due to volunteer fatigue. The amount of work that goes into running this event is incredible. In late-spring, early summer 2012 an entirely new association was elected to the board of directors and what had quickly become northern Alberta’s favourite winter event returned to Lac Cardinal in 2013. While the event was smaller than some of the previous participants had come to expect, with just 30 teams. The event had a successful year in 2016 with 24 teams registered and a new Junior League developed. The new association has plans to continue to revitalize the event in 2017 and has lots of new surprises up their sleeves.
In the past the event has featured a number of different special guests including:
Hall of Fame Guests: Gerry Cheevers, Bostons Bruins (2008), Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders (2009), Clark Gillies, New York Islanders (2010).
In addition to being featured on all of the local news sources, the Alberta Pond Hockey Championships have also attracted attention from the following news sources:
- CTV Newsnet, Hockey Night In Canada, CBC TV & Radio, Global TV, and at Edmonton Oiler Home Games.
The Alberta Pond Hockey Association is a non-profit organization which:
- Provides an affordable event for families of all ages to enjoy.
- Raises monies in support of local youth programs
- Showcases the spirit of the Peace Region.
Did you know that
- Our champions receive a cash prize
The Alberta Pond Hockey Championships rely on the generosity of the surrounding communities and corporate citizenship.
What can you expect for The 2019 Alberta Pond Hockey Championships:
- An outdoor speed skating oval
- Cross-country ski trails
- Food trucks
- Live music
- Beer gardens
See you on the pond!