Coaching and Playing Update

It’s about halfway through the first half of the season and it’s been flying by. For playing we’ve won one game so far and have had some pretty good games, but just can’t seem to break the other teams’ triangles or figure out the goalies’ weaknesses’. At some games we haven’t had a lot of skaters, so those games have been a little bit of a struggle. Typically, we’ll have a game once a week but sometimes have more than one game a week. When there’s been a game or two in a week Read more [...]

Red Deer Friends on Ice

This weekend I’m going to be in Red Deer with the Crossfire for the Red Deer Friends on Ice tournament. There are a total of 62 teams participating from the U6 through to Open D. I’m really looking forward to this tournament because it’s been a long time since I’ve been to this tournament, so it holds a bunch of memories for me. The first game for Crossfire is against Strathmore Ice Fusion and their second game on Friday is against Red Deer Rampage. On Saturday they don’t have a game Read more [...]

NW Ringette Rumble

It was another busy tournament weekend, and I was back at the rink with the team I coach. This time we were at the NW Ringette Rumble in town and I watched as many games as I could. Between Crossfire’s games Friday I stuck around the rink watching a bunch of games because really where else would I be during a tournament. All the games I watched were amazing and a bunch of the plays even had me saying wow and trying to figure out how it worked. Saturday was an early morning for Crossfire with Read more [...]

Lonnie Krahn Classic day two

Day two of a tournament is always busier than the first day it feels like. Today Crossfire had their first game at 1:30 p.m., so I went earlier than I needed to be there to watch more games. There's always more people at rinks to talk to on the second day of a tournament since not everyone can get the Friday off. Crossfire had a bit of a tough game, but with it being the very beginning of the season they're sill getting used to playing with each other. I'm not sure how their second game will Read more [...]

Lonnie Krahn Classic day one

Tournament season has officially begun in Calgary. Teams from throughout Alberta have made there way to Calgary for the 22nd Annual Lonnie Krahn Classic. There are 38 teams participating in 10 levels ranging from U10 to U19A (3 U10, 4 U12A, 4 U12B, 4 U1C, 4 U14A, 4 U14B, 4 U16A, 4 U16B, 3 U19A, and 4 U19B). This morning U16B Cal East Crossfire (the team I'm coaching) played Indus Lightning and it was a really good game, but they ended up losing 9-6. The game was back and forth for Read more [...]

Another Esso Golden Ring come and gone

Well the end of another Esso Golden Ring has come and gone. The weekend was full of early mornings, late nights, and a full schedule in between. After taking a few days to relax and stay home from the rinks to get a bit of a break from the sport is almost a must after this tournament. I think the weekend went pretty good with having 190 teams playing 365 games in just the three days. From what I saw during the weekend it went smoothly. There were some amazing games to watch, especially the Read more [...]

Esso Golden Ring time again

In just two days the Esso Golden Ring tournament will take over the majority of arenas all over Calgary. This year 25 different arenas are being used for the tournament. With 190 teams participating 365 games are being played in the three days of the tournament. Three of the 365 games are National Ringette League games; two are being played on Saturday and one on Sunday with all games being Calgary Rath against Ottawa Ice. On Saturday the first game is at noon at East Twin Red, the second game Read more [...]

Basic Rules

Ringette has some of the same rules as hockey, though there are some big differences between the two sports. All the rules that I will be talking about can be found in the Ringette Canada rule and case book on the RIngette Canada website under Officials ( Here is the link to where I talked about How the Game is Played: In ringette you have to pass the ring across each blue line, you can’t Read more [...]

Officials Signals

Just like in hockey ringette has some similar officials signals. Here is a link to the different officials signals from the Ringette Canada website. With the biggest ringette tournament just around the corner I will be blogging about more information on how the game is played and why certain things are called. If you are looking for the Esso Golden Ring schedule it can be found here under Schedules on the left hand side of the screen: I Read more [...]

Half a season already come and gone

I think the first half of the season has gone pretty good.  There have been some amazing games to watch.  Right from the first practice I coached you can see who has improved already just from having games and practices. With having the first tournament right near the beginning of the season it was a great chance to see how the girls skills were and what should be worked on right away.  The girls kept trying their hardest during their games through the beginning of the season. The games Read more [...]