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Jill Cameron - Administrator

Executive & Directors: 2021 - 2022

Juanita Renwick

Denise Whiteley

VP Off-Ice Operations / U15 AA Director

Leah Belsher

Aaron Mills

Secretary / U15 AA Director

Grant Borbridge

U13 AA Director

Liz Desjardins

U13AA/Awards Director

Lee Emond

U15 AA Director

Diana Hartford

U16 AAA Director

Mark Josefchak

Director at Large

John Mitchell

U16 AA Director

Lee Morris

U18 AAA Director

Dennis Mulholland

Junior B Director

Laurie Quinn

Kris Zack

U15 AAA Director

Dave Freeborn

Past President

CRAA Blueline Manager

CRAA Equipment Manager

Head Coaches 2021/2022

Jr B Gold:  Coach- Derek Bell

Jr B Blue: Coach - Darcy McGuire

U18 AAA: Coach - Tyler Wagner

U18 AA Blue:  Coach - Wayne Potter 

U18 AA Gold:  Coach - Scott Anklewich

U16 AAA:  Coach - Jon Petrash  

U16 AA Blue:  Coach - Ryan Howell

U16 AA Gold Coach - Nick Imperiale

U15 AAA:  Coach - Brad Hodge 

U15 AA Gold:  Coach - Ty Cooper 

U15 AA Blue:  Coach - Curtis Pereverzoff

U15 AA White:  Coach - Kelsey Leifson

U13 AA Blue: Coach - Thomas Huston

U13 AA Gold: Coach - JC Ingram   

U13 AA White: Coach - Tayden Woods

CRAA and History of the SWAA - Incorporated 1969

Prior to 1966, the Calgary Buffalo Hockey Association exclusively sponsored “AA” hockey in Calgary. In the mid 1960’s a group of energetic hockey men in South West Calgary created the formation of a separate association to promote “AA” hockey in the South West area. The leaders of this group were Joe Krycka, Bill Blyth, Ted Steele and Stan Jaycock. These gentlemen were instrumental in forming the South West Athletic Association (SWAA), which operated as an unincorporated association from 1966 to 1969. During this period the Association sponsored one team in each of the Bantam, Midget, Juvenile and Junior B categories.

The Association was subsequently incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta in 1969. The activities of the Association have expanded with the growth of the city and it now sponsors three Bantam “AA”, one Bantam “AAA”, two Minor Midget “AAA”, two Midget “AA”, a Major Midget “AAA”, and two Junior “B” teams.

The success of the Association over the years has been largely due to the outstanding leadership provided by its’ Presidents, including: Wilf Godfrey, George Dunn, Don Quinn, Bill Shearer, Laurie Schmidt, Bob Arkley, the Honorable Mr. Justice Bill O’Leary; Ron Onishenko; Don McCallum; Ken Morris; Bob Venables; Ken Morris (returned – 7 years total); Ray Ference; Bruce Bierwagon; Bob Wilson (now serving as a director for 14 years); Clive Marsh (now ombudsman with 17 years service); Attila Szabo; Kris Katsaounis (now past-president with 9 years service); Dave Freeborn is the current President of the Association. The dedication and hard work of these men and women has contributed to the success of the Association and also to the advancement of “AA” hockey in Calgary. There have been many Directors whose tireless efforts have contributed a great deal to “AA” hockey, including the late Emile Dupont and Rusty Basarab, Gordie Moore, Ron Johnson, Martin Vernon, Clint Reynolds, Doug Cook, Bob Sinclair, Bill Salt, Derek Gould, Ken Hindmarch, Scotty Jones, Dan Mulvenna, Jim Morris and Brent Siddons. The C.R.A.A. (aka CRAA) formerly known as SWAA has been fortunate in attracting volunteers, coaches, and managers of the highest caliber.

CRAA has been proactive over the years in developing a comprehensive scholarship program that was commenced in 1976 and continues today, offering 9 scholarships and $10,000 per season to deserving CRAA players. Rick Luhning pioneered the scholarship program, mentoring Clive Marsh, who took a very active role in the Scholarship program from 1991 and has always championed the program; under the coordination of Bill LeClair who took over in 2001 and Mandy Latiff, the program has evolved to what it is today. These volunteers and their dedication has positively reflected in the program and led to continued growth and the recognition of our players.

The Association has been active in supporting progressive change in “AA” hockey and was instrumental in the formation of the “AA” hockey council, now know as the Elite Council. “AA” hockey is the delegate of the Minor Hockey Association of Calgary; it has actively supported the concept of tiering hockey players by age so that players compete with others, approximately the same level of physical and mental development. The Association also took an active part in the formation of the Southern Alberta Major Midget Hockey League and the Alberta Major Midget Hockey League as well as the concept of forming a Major Midget team in each quadrant to participate in those Leagues. The Association has instituted a club concept whereby all team colors and insignia are standardized, resulting in better identification as well as savings in the cost of uniforms and jackets.

The aim of the Association has been and will continue to be the overall welfare and development of the players in its hockey system. We are proud of the many fine young players who have participated in our association over the years and we would like to think that they have received some benefit from their connection with us.

The Association appreciates the contributions made and the dedication over the years by its team sponsors, directors, coaches, managers, parents, and players.

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