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Chris Williams Hockey Alberta Volunteer Spotlight

Chris Williams has volunteered with Okotoks Minor Hockey Association as a coach for nearly a decade.

His coaching career began in 2004 as an assistant coach with the Timbits program. Chris then took a 10-year hiatus to establish his career and family, but his passion for the game brought him back to coaching in 2014.

Chris believes in giving back to the community.

“I’m a huge believer that young kids need guidance, not just from parents or teachers, but they need it from coaches and other mentors,” he said. “It’s kind of an honour to be one of those people who get to jump in.”

Between 2014 and 2018, Chris served as the Head Coach of the Midget AA team in Okotoks, as an assistant coach for the Midget AAA team in 2019, and currently serves as the Head Coach of the U16 AAA team.

Chris is also a high school teacher in Okotoks, and said while there are many similarities between coaching and teaching, they are definitely not the same.

“There’s Coach Chris at the rink and there is Mr. Williams at school. I have to act professionally in both settings but there’s a difference,” he said. “You’re a bit looser at the rink, you can be a bit more buddy-buddy, but while you’re at school, you’re a professional. It’s what you do, but it really helps you see the different sides of the kids.”

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Congratulations to Al-Amin Vira !

By Hockey Alberta 11/26/2020, 10:45am MST

Hockey Alberta Appointment

U15 AA/AAA Mixed Squad Game

By OOAA 10/11/2020, 10:00am MDT

Introducing the 2020/21 Bow Mark Oilers

By OOAA 09/17/2020, 10:15pm MDT

Introducing the 2020/21 U16AAA Team

By OOAA 09/15/2020, 9:00pm MDT

Introducing the 2020/21 U15AA Team

By OOAA 09/07/2020, 9:15am MDT

Introducing the 2020/21 U13AA Teams

By OOAA 09/03/2020, 3:30pm MDT

Introducing the 2020/21 U15AAA Team

By OOAA 08/31/2020, 10:15pm MDT

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Hockey Alberta Update Jan 21,2021

Subject: Hockey Alberta - Update

Good evening,

Today Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that the current Public Health Orders (44-2020, 01-2021 and 42-2020) remain in effect for Province of Alberta.

For Hockey Alberta and sanctioned amateur hockey across the province, unfortunately this means the current pause in activity continues until further notice. No date was provided as to when the current status will be reviewed.

We have been very clear in our support of the expertise provided by Alberta’s health experts and the importance of the health and safety of all Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But we also share the sentiment that has been expressed to us by hockey parents across the province - that the mental and physical health benefits of participating in hockey are important to their children. We believe that, given the opportunity, Hockey Alberta and our Member organizations can develop and implement a plan to allow our more than 100,000 participants to return safely to the ice to enjoy the final couple of months of the season.

As recently as this afternoon, Hockey Alberta has been working with officials from the Government, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. We presented a plan that we believe would allow hockey to return in a safe manner for all participants and we discussed options that could allow a safe return to hockey in some fashion in Alberta. Hockey Alberta will be reaching out to our Members for feedback on the proposed plan. 

Please recognize that we still have no confirmation if or when team sports can return, but we are prepared to complete a plan that would allow our participants to hit the ice through to the end of March or April when deemed safe and when approved by AHS. 

As always, thank you for your patience. We will keep our Members updated on options under consideration and decisions made. And we ask that you update members of your organization with this information.


Senior Manager, Member Development

Red Deer

Thank you everyone for all of your patience through this season.

What a difficult time it has been in Okotoks and we want to highlight the cooperation, patience and kindness our hockey community has shown.  We have really pulled together and tried to stay as positive as we could through this pandemic and it has been wonderful to see and we thank you for the continued support. On behalf of the OOAA Board we want to acknowledge the negative impact on our graduating players in the OOAA.

Effective February 4th, 2021 The Board of OOAA have made the challenging decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020/21 Hockey Season. 

Teams are expected to wrap up activities by February 12, 2021.

The abrupt end to the season is obviously unfortunate. We would like to thank the coaches, players, parents, staff and volunteers helping the association through this difficult time.

Information regarding our refund policy will be distributed to OOAA Managers and Treasurers next week.  Many members have been asking about this and we want to make sure this is done as soon as possible. Team budgets and refunds will be distributed to their respective parent groups taking the refund policy into account on or before February 28, 2021.

We are truly grateful and fortunate to be part of such a progressive association.

Dan Laplante

OOAA President


Please read below the announcement that Hockey Alberta sent out today. The board of OOAA is pleased with the direction taken but as of yet does not fully understand the limits and how our facilities can accommodate these requirements. The OOAA board will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss and review.    

Thank you   



Good morning,

As things continue to change quickly and often unpredictably, I wanted to send a quick update based on the recent announcement from the Government of Alberta. While this is definitely a positive step which will allow for more flexible on ice delivery, it is different than what we has shared on our recent Town Halls. Below are the key elements related to team sports as well as a link to the full announcement.

We are working to adjust our Step 1 – Hockey’s Path Forward document and will have this distributed to our members ASAP. As with any change, I am sure there are plenty of questions, and we appreciate your patience as we work to provide clarity.

School and team sport activities

Children and youth will be allowed to participate in limited school and team sport activities.

· Lessons, practices and conditioning activities are allowed for indoor and outdoor, team-based, minor sports/activities and school athletics.

· Games are not allowed.

· All participants must be 18 years old or younger, except coaches or trainers.

· Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants.

· Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all times:

o 3-metres physical distance for indoor activities

o 2-metres physical distance for outdoor activities

o coaches or trainers may enter physical distancing space for brief interactions with participants (for example, to correct form or technique)

· Participants must be masked at all times, except during the training activity. Coaches/trainers/etc. must remain masked at all times.

· Access to change rooms must be limited, including accelerated arrival and departure, emergencies (for example, first aid) and washroom use.


Senior Manager, Member Development

Congratulations Al-Amin Vira on Hockey Alberta Appointment.

Two members were elected to the Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors at the organization’s 113th Annual General Meeting held virtually on Saturday.

Congratulations to Al-Amin Vira !

Vira, Zinger elected to Hockey Alberta Board | Nov 21, 2020

Hockey Alberta Announcement Feb 2,2020

Update Feb 9, 2021


Please read below the announcement that Hockey Alberta sent out today. The board of OOAA is pleased with the direction taken but as of yet does not fully understand the limits and how our facilities can accommodate these requirements. The OOAA board will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss and review.    

Thank you

***return to play information***

Please find below the Return To Play information for the upcoming 2020/21 season.