High-level youth hockey adds a new male team into the mix

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There’s a new U16 AA male hockey squad about to wreak ‘havoc’ on the league.

The AC Havoc is the latest team to join the new division of the South Central Alberta Hockey League. A July 10 media release announcing the new team says the Havoc will “have a modified draw zone similar to that of the ACAA’s AAA teams.”

Once ice availability somewhat recovers, they’ll be practicing and playing games in both Cochrane and Airdrie.

The Havoc will be helmed by head coach David Chamberlain, previously from the coaching staff of the Airdrie CFR Chemicals Bisons U18 AAA team. The media release continues to state that Chamberlain is “looking forward to returning to coach an ACAA team” and described his “extensive hockey experience” as also including an 8-year stint as Director of Hockey Operations with with Crowfoot Minor Hockey and two years as President.

“He was also a Director at Large with the NWCAA and Calgary Minor Hockey for a short period of time,” the memo continues.

“He has coached several years of minor hockey teams, Bantam AA, Bantam AAA, Midget AA and Minor Midget AAA teams.”

The league turned to the local community for help developing the identity of the new AA squad, eventually selecting from a local family the ‘Havoc’ name and a high-voltage logo featuring an animal paw.

Those looking to find out more about the new Havoc team are invited to get in touch with the ACAA’s Rob Sutherland, either at acaacommittee@airdriehockey.com (403) 912-2680.

As the South Central Alberta Hockey League gets ready for the 2020-21 season, they’re operating under the framework of Hockey Alberta’s ‘Return to Hockey Plan’ (of course, local health authorities have the final say).

Released June 30, the document gives an overview of the guidelines and requirements put in place by the league to be compatible with the stages in the province’s relaunch plan. It also outlines what types of programming can take place to be compatible with physical distancing, and the accompanying ‘Hockey at Home’ video series is their resource for athletes looking to maintain their strength & conditioning and hockey skills from home as public health measures continue.

Both are available to access at HockeyAlberta.ca.

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