The Alberta Junior Female Hockey League is preparing for an all-star weekend of hockey.
On Saturday (Apr.2), players from across Alberta will put their skills to the test during the All-Star Game and Skills Challenge at the JRC. The event usually takes place in Penhold; however, Fort Saskatchewan put up a hand to host the games for 2022.
Jeff Fischer, the Fort Saskatchewan Junior A Fury president and general manager, explained the day will begin with the skills competition in the morning. The contest will be set up as a North versus South match, with prizes awarded to the winners.
“We’re happy to get three girls selected to the team this year,” Fischer said.
“Hailey Carothers, she was our top scorer this year. Courtney Lees, very offensive-minded foreword as well with super skills, great hands, good skater. We have Sydney Smith, who’s just an all-star on defense.”
The Fury had a successful season overall. They made it to the first round of playoffs but lost to the Lloydminster Lakeland Rustlers, who later took the league title.
After the morning skills competition, Fischer says the city will be holding a skating session for young females in the community between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Some of the players from the competition will be on the ice to help the next generation learn new skills. Anyone interested in taking part needs to bring their helmet and skates.
Canadian Olympic gold medalist and Fury alumni, Emerance Maschmeyer, will also be at the All-Star event to perform the ceremonial puck drop. She will be at the rink and available to meet fans during the event.
The day will wrap up with the All-Star game at 3 p.m.
Admission to the All-Star Game and Skills Challenge is free, although there will be a donation jar for the Red Cross to support efforts in Ukraine.