March 12, 2020 - The Sturgeon Sting are now accepting applications for U13, U15 and U18 Coaching Staff and Trainers for the 2020-21 season. Please submit your resumes to email@example.com. Selected resumes will be invited to the interview process. Resumes will be accepted until April 30th, 2020 and the interview process will begin the first week of May.
March 10, 2020 - The 2019-20 Sting Season Review:
U13 AA Sting - at Christmas break the team had a 4-12-2 record. Head Coach John Schneider made significant changes and reverted to an almost 100% skills development program with the team's practices. Rangers AAA and Hockey Alberta skills coach, Mike McGinnis was brought on board and volunteered his time to help with the team. The Head Coach and Skills Coach coordinated strategy on development and it was a huge success. After December 25th, until the end of the season, the team compiled an 11-7-1 record. This includes winning 8 of the last 11 games of the season and a run of 5 in a row and a record in February of 7-2. The team also went from a goal deficit of -25 before Christmas to plus 16 after. This marks the 2nd year in a row that the U13's have been the most improved team in the league.
"The goal here with the U13 AA players is to send as many of them as possible to AAA and beyond" says Coach John Schneider.
U15 AA Sting - Head Coach Craig Hills and the U15's had a successful season overall. They finished with a league record of 23-5-4 which was good enough for 2nd place in their division and 4th overall in the NAHL. In the NAHL divisional playoff tournament, the team went undefeated through the round robin and semi-finals, but came up against the Lakeland Panthers who were undefeated throughout the entire season. The Sting lost in the semi-finals 4-2 to the Panthers in a very hard fought and competitive game.
U18 AA Sting - Head Coach Greg Northcott and the U18 Sting had a decent season overall. The team finished 4th in their division and 7th overall with an 18-11-3 record. As far as scoring goes, the Sting had 169 goals for and 127 against. In the divisional playoff tournament, the boys played about the same as their regular season and went 4-4 in the round robin portion. It was good enough to get them into the semi-finals where they faced the division-leading St. Albert Crusaders (28-3-1). The Sting battled incredibly hard and came back from a 2 goal deficit to go ahead in the game 4-3. The Crusaders tied it up again in the 3rd and that's where regular time ended. The two teams went into 2 overtime periods before the Crusaders finally scored and ended the game with a 5-4 loss for the Sting. It was a great game and the Sting boys should be proud of how they fought, right to the end.
The Sturgeon Sting began play in the 2014 season with PeeWee, Bantam and Midget AA teams. Sturgeon Sting teams draw elite level hockey players from 6 minor hockey associations:
CR Knights Minor Hockey Association - Calahoo, Riviere Qui Barre and surrounding area
CNN Minor Hockey Association - Bon Accord, Gibbons and surrounding area
Sturgeon Hockey Club - Morinville, Legal and surrounding area
The focus of the Sting hockey program is to develop hockey players to be able to move on into AAA, College and Jr. Hockey careers. We place a premium on developing coaching and player skills and work hard to prepare players for the next level of hockey. in the 2018/19 season for instance, there were 7 players playing Bantam AAA hockey who had started their elite careers playing Sting PeeWee AA. We are also proud of our Midget AAA players and our WHL players who played their AA hockey here in Morinville.
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Tryout Registration & Requirements
The following requirements must be met prior to starting the tryout process:
1.) Non SHC members must review and complete the AA Notification to Tryout in its entirety.
2.) Register and complete payment for your AA Tryout through the SHC RAMP Registration Portal
-Select the AA Package option for the level you are trying out for (Peewee, Bantam, or Midget) and complete the online payment for the AA Package. Non SHC members are not required to make full registration payment in order to tryout. If your child makes the team, payment will be made through the portal at that time. Only select and pay for the SHC AA tryout package.
-Non SHC Members: Under the NTO section of the registration system, please upload a digital copy (PDF ONLY) of your AA Notification to tryout form. Failure to include a properly completed AA Notification to Tryout Form will result in your Child not being permitted on the ice.
3.) Please bring a copy of your receipt to the AA tryout and the original copy of your signed AA Notification to Tryout form to the first skate for verification.