All State Chiefs start atom female provincials Thursday

The host Red Deer All State Chiefs will take on Lloydminster in their opening game of the provincial atom female hockey championship Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arenas.

The host Red Deer All State Chiefs will take on Lloydminster in their opening game of the provincial atom female hockey championship Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arenas.

Also competing in the four-day Alberta championship tournament — which will be played in its entirety at Kinsmen A and B — will be two teams from Calgary and one from each of Fort Saskatchewan, Hobbema, Leduc, Sherwood Park, Wainwright and Okotoks.

The Chiefs will meet Hobbema at 11:15 a.m. Friday and will conclude pool play with Saturday games versus Fort Saskatchewan and Wainwright at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The first- and second-place teams from each five-team pool will advance to the semifinals at 9 and 9:15 a.m. Sunday. The championship final will follow at 3 p.m. at Kinsmen A.

Thursday’s opening ceremonies will start at 5:45 p.m. at Kinsmen A and the tournament banquet will be held Friday at the Sheraton Hotel, starting at 6 p.m. Canadian national women’s team player Meaghan Mikkelson will be the keynote speaker at the dinner.

The tournament will also feature a silent auction, which will include a pair of game-worn, signed Jarome Iginla custom-made skates, a signed Iginla Flames jersey and a game-ready stick signed by Shane Doan.