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Stettler Minor Hockey Association shooting for a full season August 13, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

The Stettler Minor Hockey Association is planning for what they hope is their best season yet.

Sarah Payne, VP of Marketing and Communications for the Association, says the league is currently looking forward to a full season and they are in the early stages of planning accordingly. Payne notes there are home tournaments for the different divisions already planned and the schedule can be found on their website.

As for COVID restrictions or regulations, Payne explains they will be following any stipulations from Hockey Alberta, AHS and Stettler Recreation Centre.

The Association’s registration opened a bit later than normal this year and they are still waiting on numbers. The league is planning for divisions U7 all the way to U18 as well as a female division. Payne says they are hopeful they will be adding back an additional female team from last season. Players have until August 30th to get registered without the late fee.

U11-U18 pre-season development kicks off September 1st and the girls’ kick-off is September 10-12. Payne notes it’s a great way for players to get some ice time and skating practice before evaluations.

In regards to games, Payne says it all depends on the team. U7 and U9 are house leagues and play every week in Stettler. Other age divisions are in different leagues, such as CAHL or Rocky Mountain Female League, and are different because of tiered games league play and playoffs.

Payne says that volunteerism is what makes the SMHA possible. The entire board, the coaches, and the on-ice help, are all volunteers. Without these volunteers, the league would not be able to exist. The Association is always looking for people who are able to put in some time and help out.

The SMHA is starting their season with an AJHL game. The Blackfalds Bulldogs vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs game will be in Stettler, Friday September 3rd, with tickets available at the door. The game is the Association’s first fundraising event of the season.

“The board is looking forward to seeing kids on the ice and parents in the stands.” Sarah Payne

Carson Ellis, Reporter


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