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AJHL delays Regular Season, launches Development Season

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has postponed the start of the Regular Season and will commence the 2020-21 campaign with a Development Season beginning August 31st, 2020.

Within the current boundaries of Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan and Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch, the AJHL is unable to enter regular season competition at this time.  The League continues to have progressive discussions with the Alberta government on safety measures to protect players, staff and fans as the AJHL advances into its Development Season.

The Development Season will meet the needs of both the League and its athletes by allowing teams to actively prepare for the upcoming season while providing players an opportunity for high-calibre training and development.  Training Camps will be permitted to begin as early as August 31st in all 15 AJHL communities and will run until the AJHL embarks on regular season play.

Invited players will have the option to register for a respective team’s Development Season or opt out of the camp. 

“As anxious as we all are to return to competition and embrace our communities, public safety and the safety of our athletes has to be the priority,” stated AJHL Commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk.  “The opportunity for an AJHL Development Season will amplify the League's ability to provide our athletes with a valuable experience through the quality instruction of our coaches and access to team training resources.”

“The Alberta Junior Hockey League will be poised to immediately resume regular season competition when Provincial regulations allow.”  As part of the Development Season, and in preparation for the regular season, the AJHL will move to exhibition play within the Province’s guidelines once rosters are reduced to the allotted size.

The AJHL Development Season outline meets the current health and safety requirements of the Government of Alberta and aligns with Hockey Canada’s Return to Hockey Safety Guidelines and Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan in focusing on the safety and wellbeing of all participants.  In addition, teams will commit to using the ABTraceTogether App.

In June 2020, the AJHL announced the schedule for its 57th season, which was strategically created to remove pre-determined blocks of games as part of a contingency plan should the season be delayed.  Plans for the 2021 AJHL Playoffs, 2021 Doyle Cup and 2021 Centennial Cup will be determined at a later date.


Dear COVID-19

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I had the luxury of enjoying an in-person book club last week with my fabulous group of ladies. We were discussing Where the Crawdads Sing, a wonderful read - one of the best I’ve read in a long time. After discussing the book, we chatted about life, return to school, politics, and joked about our “Covid babies” (the 10lbs we may have put on working from home and stress eating from home-schooling our children). It ain’t easy being a pandemic parent. Want to experience the excitement of it? Try the painfully realistic “parenting in a pandemic simulator” (

Jokes aside, the health of Canadians - of humanity if you’ll indulge my grandiosity here - has taken a hit from CoVID. Not due to the virus, but due to related health conditions as a result of Covid’s impact on society. For example, every day a patient will tell me or our nurse how their sugars are high “because of CoVID.” There’s a lot of: “well I haven’t been eating as well,” “I’ve been indulging more,” “I’ve been drinking more,” and “I can’t go to the gym because it’s closed.” Some have taken the time to get fit nonetheless, and others have opted to let go. The changes in lifestyle over the past months will have an impact on overall health, the physical but also the mental wellbeing.

In fact, studies released this past week show that women have been hit hard by the mental health effects of the pandemic...and it’s only going to get worse. A study by Deloitte notes that two-thirds of the jobs lost were held by women. Many who kept their jobs were frontline workers, which comes with a different bag of worries. All of this on top of the stress of debating who stays home with the kids, who oversees home-schooling, or who manages caregiving of older family members. The data to date suggests that women have carried the weight of these demands on their shoulders and it comes with an increase in depression. A depression that will ripple with years of after effects.

Monitor the psychosocial needs of your family and friends as we continue to navigate this CoVID storm. We aren’t on the same boat. Watch out for those that belong to the more vulnerable groups: youth (18-24), isolated seniors, single parents, those with pre-existing health conditions, and those ladies in your life.

The CoVID crisis will end, but the public health crisis will resound for years. When we had the last depression, there was a generation born out of it, baby boomers: will there be a similar generation born out of this one? The second coming of the boomer

Hanna RCMP seek public's help with two incidents

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Hanna RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect believed to be involved in two incidents of theft, break and enter.

Over the past week there have been two incidents of theft, break and enter.

During the night of August 10 / 11 someone broke into a semi-tractor that was parked in the Industrial Road area in Hanna. The thieve(s) took a tablet and a pair of blue and yellow high visibility coveralls with the name "H Christianson Trucking" written on them.

On August 12 at just before 1:00 AM an unknown male broke into the Fas Gas in Hanna by throwing a rock through the window. Once inside the male took several Amazon gift cards along with several JUUL brand vaping products.

The suspect is described as very thin build male, longer dark hair at the back, wearing grey skinny leg sweat pants, light blue hoody, dark coloured runners with white Adidas stripes on them, a dark coloured toque with a red logo on the back, surgical mask, dark-rimmed clear lens glasses (likely safety glasses), black and beige gloves. The suspect will have a cut on one of his hands as he injured himself during the incident and left blood behind. The suspect also had a somewhat unique small yellow pry bar. He attempted to use this to pry open the front door of the building but failed.

If anyone has information about the identity of the suspect(s) in either incident is asked to call the Hanna RCMP at (403)854-3393.

This is also a great opportunity for someone to anonymously make up to $2000.00 through Crime Stoppers by simply providing a name for who the person is from the video surveillance at Fas Gas. Crime Stoppers will not take your name and you will not be asked to testify in court. You can provide tips to Crime Stoppers by phone 1-800-222-8477, online @, or with the Google Play or Apple Store app. Again, this is completely anonymous and you can make up to $2000.00 while still remaining anonymous.

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