We are celebrating the return of one the largest and longest-running minor hockey events on the globe, Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week. After 719 grueling days, following a one-year pause on the event from provincial pandemic restrictions, the puck will drop again from January 7 to 16, 2022.
The 58th edition of the event will gather more than 9,000 players in U9 to U18 divisions from 606 teams. With representation from every corner of the metro-capital region, a total of 804 games will be played, taking over 47 sheets of ice in 31 arenas during the 10-day competition.
To help us limit transfer of cash and in-person touchpoints, we encourage you to purchase your event button online here via Eventbrite. Your $5 event button will get you access to games for the entire 10-day event (plus a free coffee or tea thanks to our friends at McDonald's).
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Head here for event schedules, results, and rules.
Looking for details on event buttons/admissions, contests, 50/50 raffle, Wayne Gretzky Awards, and more? We've got you covered here.
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STICK TAPS FOR OUR 2022 WAYNE GRETZKY AWARD RECIPIENTS
Three recipients of the Wayne Gretzky Award were also announced, with Bo Adams, Paulo Borrelli, and Abigail Taylor being recognized for their outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the game. In addition to the honour, these players will receive $750 from ATB Financial.
CELLY, BUT THE LENGTH OF ONE HOCKEY STICK APART
A scaled-back Opening Ceremony will kick-off the event on Thursday, January 6, at Terwillegar Arena. We are following Alberta Health’s recommendation to encourage only one family member of each player attend this event - and all other games - but we are excited the festivities will be streamed free of charge via Hockey TV here.
Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week is unique in that teams participating in the event play each other in regular season games, with no exposure to teams outside this metro-bubble. The organizing committee worked closely with - and remains in regular contact with - Alberta Health, the City of Edmonton, and Hockey Alberta to enhance the health measures in place to reduce the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19. The additional steps to mitigate exposure include pre-selling tournament buttons, home teams taking over timekeeping duties, coaches handing out medals at finals and the additional availability of sanitizer, masks, and gloves.
These steps are in addition to the new measures introduced at City of Edmonton arenas, which include no consumption of food and beverages, no congregating in common areas, and limited capacity in arenas that seat 500 people or more. The requirements under the Restrictions Exemption Program also remain in place, which include showing proof of vaccinations upon entry, physical distancing, and masking except for when going onto the ice to play.
Alberta Hockey has also announced updates in their Return to Play plan as of January 7, 2022, including details on post-isolation masking protocol.
The committee will continue to closely monitor the situation and take further action if necessary to provide as safe an environment as possible for players, coaches, volunteers, and families.