Oct 29th 2020
As Yogi Berra said, “it’s like déjà vu all over again”. Sadly the Board of Directors of the Lethbridge Lightning Hockey Team must announce the cancellation of the 2020/21 hockey season.
At a recent Ranchland Hockey League meeting, the majority of teams agreed for both the health and safety of players and fans the season would not proceed.
2020 was to be a banner year for the Lightning; hosting the Hockey Alberta Senior “AA” Provincial and for the third straight year appearing in the Ranchland Hockey League Championship.
The Board looks toward a resolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and the wishes only good health for our players, sponsors, fans and the entire community.
We look forward to the time when the Lightning can again don their blades and participate in Canada’s great game.
Feb 23rd 2020
Lethbridge locked down second place in the Ranchland Hockey League over the weekend as the Lightning defeated both Fort Macleod and Kainai.
Friday, the first period ended tied on the strength of goals from the Lightning’s Nick Hoobanoff and the ‘Stangs Logan Gabel. The Lightning lead 5-2 after 40 minutes off goals scored by Andrew Bergmann, Laramie Kostelansky, James Price and Mike Wirll. Fort Macleod goals were scored by Jadon Porterfield and Greg Shimanski.
Schimanski and Dylan McCuaig brought Fort Macleod to a 5-all tie in the third until Cam Hurt put the Lightning ahead for good at the 18:17 mark to secure the 6-5 victory.
Saturday featured a respectful game without penalties between Kainai and Lethbridge. The Lightning took a first period lead 10-0 and ended the night winning 15-5. Two goal performances came from Cam Hurt, Dayn Opel, Mike Wirll, and February’s player of the month Mitch McAllister. Also scoring for the Lightning were Devery Edmonds, Justice Taylor, James Price, Cody Berube, Nick Hoobanoff and Cole Matson. Kainai’s Winston Day Chief had a Hat trick while Trygve Many Guns and Tylin Oka collected singles.
The Lightning hold home advantage during the first round of the playoffs which begin this coming Friday night 8:30 at the Nicholas Sheran Arena against the Siksika Buffaloes
Feb 15th 2020
A solid win for the Lethbridge Lightning Friday downing the Siksika Buffaloes 5-1 in Ranchland Hockey League action. Goals by Shane Eyre in the first and Brady Matson in the second put Lethbridge up two nothing after 40 minutes.
Into the third and newcomer Mike Wirll potted his first goal as a member of the Lightning making it 3-0. Siksika finally got on the board with a Mike Whitequills tally. The Lightning rounded out the night with goals from Andrew Bergmann and Cody Berube to post a complete game victory.
A double-header weekend awaits Lethbridge as they close out the regular season at the Nicholas Sheran Arena taking on Fort Macleod Friday and Kainai Saturday. Puck drops at 8:30 both nights
Jan 25th 2020
The Lethbridge Lightning with a 2 point weekend in Ranchland Hockey League action. Friday night in Nanton, the Lightning dropped a 7-2 decision to the Palominos as Shay Wirll and Justice Taylor were the only Lightning players to find the back of the net.
Saturday night was a different story as the Lightning found their game with a 14-8 victory over the Piikani Broncs. Ashton Zintel lead the way for the Bolts with a 4 goal performance. Other Lightning goal scorers included Dayn Opel, Brady & Cole Matson, Shay Wirll, Dune Wald, Ben Bohle, Randy Teeple and Laramie Kostelansky.
The Lightning return to action this Saturday night as they host Piikani at the Nicholas Sheran Arena, 8:30pm.
Jan 19th 2020
There was a Buffaloes stampede in Lethbridge Saturday night as Siksika dumped the Lightning 5-1 in Ranchland Hockey League action.
Following a scoreless first period which saw both the Bolts Leo Lacourciere and the Buffaloes Justin Fraser tossed from the game, Siksika opened the scoring in the second with goals from Brooker Pretty Young Man, Trevor Pelletier. Into the third Siksika’s Manny Yellow Fly and Suede Omeasoo scored two more goals 33 seconds apart around the 11 minute mark. Then Lethbridge finally got on the board with a James Price goal (Shay Wirll/Devery Edmonds) at 12:56. Phoenix Running Rabbit picked up an empty netter at 19:05 for the Buffaloes to complete the scoring.
Lethbridge’s remaining games for the month are on the road with a make-up date (from bad ice) in Nanton Friday and in Brocket to play the Piikani Broncs Saturday.
On a side note, team Capt. Shay Wirll was named the Integral Hockey player of the month for December, receiving gift certificates from Integral Hockey and iHop restaurant.
Jan 5th 2020
The Lethbridge Lightning started out the New Year with an 11-5 Win over the Kainai Chiefs in Standoff Saturday night. Both Shay Wirll and James Price potted hat tricks while Stephan Freter added a pair. Singles came from Leo Lecourciere, Nick Bohle and Cam Hurt.
Next action for the Lightning is this Saturday night in Nanton as the Bolts face the Palominos at 8:30pm. Just a reminder that there’s a volunteer meeting Thursday January 16, 6:30pm, in the Board Room of the Nicholas Sheran Arena for those interest in helping out with the Provincial Tournament at the end of March.
Dec 22nd 2019
The Lethbridge Lightning doubled up the Siksika Buffaloes 10-5 Saturday night, in Ranchland Hockey League action. The Lightning will enjoy a much needed rest as they prepare for the second half of the season which begins January 4th in Standoff. Lethbridge will only have one home game during January, hosting Siksika, Saturday the 18th . On behalf of the Board of Directors, the players, staff, and management, we wish you the Merriest of Christmas’ and a Happy New year.
Nov 24th 2019
Following a lackluster start, the visiting Lethbridge Lightning found their energy, skating to an 8-3 WIN over the rebranded Kainai "Chiefs" in Ranchland Hockey League action Saturday night. Nick Hoobanoff and Ben Bohle each picked up a pair of goals for the Bolts, while singles came from Randy Teeple, Devery Edmonds, Justice Taylor and Cam Hurt. Next up for the Lightning is a Saturday night tilt in Nanton. Lethbridge returns home for back to back games December 6 & 7th against Fort Macleod and Kainai respectively.
Nov 17th 2019
A pair of wins for the Lethbridge Lightning this past weekend.
On their first trip of the season to Siksika Friday night, Lethbridge scored a 10-3 victory over the always tough Buffaloes. Cole Matson, Shay Wirll and Leo Lacourciere each had a pair of goals for the Bolts, while singles were knotched by Nick Hoobanoff, James Price, Cody Berube and Brady Matson. Siksika goals came from Ruzesky, White Quills and Pretty Young Man.
Saturday night the Lightning entertained the Piikani Broncs with the home side prevailing 11-1.
James Price tallied his first Hat-trick of the season while Nick Hoobanoff and Dallas Weber each scored twice. Stefan Freter, Leo Lacourciere, Dune Wald and Jesse Wellsch rounded out the scoring for the home side. Shay Prairie Chicken was the only Bronc to beat goalied Dean Skidmore.
The Lightning round out November on the road to Kainai and Nanton before returning home the first weekend in December when they host Fort Macleod Friday the 6th and Kainai Saturday Dec. 7th. All home games go at 8:30pm at the Nicholas Sheran Arena.
August 15, 2019
2nd Annual Comedy Show
Presented by Lethbridge Lightning Senior "AA" Hockey Club
Friday September 27th Lethbridge Legion 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Headliner : Kevin Stobo
Special Guests: Steve McGovern and Will Hannigan
Show starts at 7:30 -9:00 pm
Ticket $35.00 e-mail : or call Rob 1-403-647-4103
August 14, 2019
LETHBRIDGE LIGHTNING SENIOR “AA” HOCKEY TRYOUTS
The Lethbridge Lightning Senior “AA” hockey club is seeking dedicated, competitive and skilled hockey players to play a high caliber of Adult “AA” hockey in the 2019-2020 Ranchland Hockey League. We would like to extend an invitation to all interested players 18 and over, who would like to be a part of a high paced, competitive, rapidly expanding team to attend the upcoming tryouts for the 2019-2020 season.
Tryouts will be held at the Lethbridge ATB Arena on the following dates:
Friday October 11th – 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday October 12th – 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday October 13th – 8:00 – 9:00 pm
The tryout fee is $50.00
Players will have the opportunity to show off their skills over the course of two guaranteed tryouts sessions. Players must supply Birth Certificate/Health card/completed Medical form and player release form or tryout form prior to first tryout ice session.
Players can pre-register by downloading the registration and medical forms from the Team website @ www.lethbridgelightning.com.
Please e-mail the completed registration and medical forms along with payment to Lethbridgelightning@outlook.com.
Registration deadline is Monday October 7th 2019
The Lightning Senior AA Hockey club reserves the right to limit players ice times and participation. No refunds or will be issued to players after the first ice session.
April 22, 2019
Lethbridge Lightning Summer Ice Schedule 2019
Monday August 12th 9:30 – ATB East
Monday August 19th 8:30 – Nicholas Sheran
Monday August 26th 8:45 – Nicholas Sheran
The ice times are booked under the Lethbridge Lightning and are invited guests only. This is to keep the quality of play at a high level. Each ice slot is booked at a cost of $195.30. Please feel free to invite players of a high caliber to ensure ice costs are covered.
Each player will be required to pay $15.00 at the door (no e-transfers) for each session.
March 31, 2019
LIGHTNING STRIKE BRONZE
On their second consecutive trip to the Hockey Alberta Men’s Senior “AA” Provincial tournament, the Lethbridge Lightning scored a last second 3-2 win over their arch nemesis, the Nanton Palominos, to earn the Bronze Medallion on Sunday (March 31).
After going zero and three in 2018, the Lightning finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 2-1 record. With a 5-2 win over the host Wainwright Rustlers Thursday, a 5-2 loss to Nanton Friday and dumping Hillmond 7-4 Saturday, the Lightning finished in third place securing a berth in the Bronze Medal final Sunday.
Sunday’s Bronze final was a see saw battle with the Lightning tying the game at two with five minutes left in the third. As the clock wound down and thoughts were turning toward overtime, Devery Edmonds fed a long pass to James Price who along with Calvin Swanson broke in on the Pals netminder. Price drew the goalie to the left and deftly passed the puck to Swanson who fired the biscuit into a gaping net with under 1 second on the timer. A quick meeting of game officials followed by a point to centre ice meant the Lightning had defeated Nanton (the reigning Ranchland Hockey League Champions) to win the Bronze.
Preparations are already underway for the 2019/20 season as the Lightning will host the 2020 the Provincial Senior “AA” tournament March 26-29.
The Lightning thank all our sponsors, volunteers and the fans for your support over the past season and look forward to seeing you next season.
March 10, 2019
For the second year in a row, the Ranchland Hockey Leagues two newest teams, the Lethbridge Lightning, and the Siksika Buffaloes met up in the opening round of the playoffs, and the results with the same: Lethbridge moves on to the RHL Championship series and a berth in the Hockey Alberta Senior “AA” Provincials in Wainwright.
With the series tied at one, the Lightning hosted game three Friday night picking up a 6-2 victory. Captain Shay Wirll opened the scoring at the 7:10 mark of the first period. Carson Bolduc and Cody Berube chipped in two goals in the second frame, while James Price, Nicholas Mottl, and Taylor Bilodeau rounded out the Lethbridge attack in the third. Devery Edmonds collected 3 assists on the night. Trevor Pelletier and Dean Dion were the only Siksika players to beat Alex Sirard’s standout performance.
Saturday night’s game was played at the Deerfoot Sportplex on the Siksika Nation with Lethbridge scoring a 7-4 win. Both Dayn Opel and Calvin Swanson picked up two goals each with singles from Carson Bolduc, Laramie Kostelansky and Nicholas Mottl. Alex Sirard was again solid in net
The best of 5series Ranchland Hockey League Championship series opens up this Friday, March 15, in Nanton with the defending champion Palominos hosting the Lightning for the second straight year.
LETHBRIDGE HOSTS NANTON for GAME 2, SATURDAY MARCH 16, 8:30PM, AT NICHOLAS SHERAN ARENA.
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March 3, 2019
Lightning Split Weekend Games
For the second year in a row, the Ranchland Hockey Leagues two newest teams, the Lethbridge Lightning, and the Siksika Buffaloes meet up in the opening round of the playoffs.
With home ice advantage, the Lightning opened up the series Friday night with a 5-2 victory. Carson Bolduc knotting a pair with singles from Brady Matson, Calvin Swanson and Laramie Kostelansky. Kirby Ruzesky and Keaton White replied for Siksika.
Saturday night’s game was played at the Deerfoot Sportplex on the Siksika Nation with the home side scoring a 5-3 win (final score from game sheet). Nicholas Mottl, Laramie Kostelansky and James Price accounted for the Lightning goals.
The best of 5series resumes this Friday March 8, 8:30pm at the Nicholas Sheran Arena. For up to the moment information about the Lightning, follows us on twitter: lethlightning.ca