|Home arena||WinSport Canada|
|Colours||Red, Yellow, Black, White
|General manager||Jeff Stevenson|
|Head coach||Scott Reid|
The Calgary Inferno (formerly known as Team Alberta, nickname "Honeybadgers", during the 2011-12 season) is a women's ice hockey team that joined the Canadian Women's Hockey League for the 2011-12 season. The team plays its home games at Joan Snyder (Arena B) at WinSport Canada in Calgary, Alberta. After two seasons without an official name, in 2013 the team picked a moniker drawing from Calgary's National Hockey League franchise, the Calgary Flames, with whom they have a partnership. For the 2013-14 it was announced that all Inferno home-games will be streamed live by PCSN.tv
The first General Manager was Samantha Holmes, while the first head coach was Jason Schmidt. On July 21, 2011, the franchise participated in its first ever CWHL Draft. With the third overall pick in the 2011 CWHL Draft, Team Alberta selected Meaghan Mikkelson. With the first pick overall in the 2012 CWHL Draft, the team selected Hillary Pattenden.
On March 13, 2016, the Calgary Inferno defeated Les Canadiennes de Montreal in an 8-3 final to capture its first-ever Clarkson Cup. Contested at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, the first Cup final held in an NHL arena, Blayre Turnbull, Brianne Jenner, Jessica Campbell and Rebecca Johnston each scored twice. Goaltender Delayne Brian was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the Clarkson Cup playoffs.
- April 19: The CWHL announced on April 19, 2011, that it would merge with the Western Women's Hockey League for the 2011-12 season. The merger will feature one team based in Edmonton and Calgary and is a combination of the former WWHL franchises the Edmonton Chimos and Strathmore Rockies. The team will play their games in various locations around Alberta. Strathmore Rockies founder Samantha Holmes-Domagala, will join the sponsorship division of the CWHL and look after the requirements of the expansion team.
- July 21, 2011: Philanthropist Joan Snyder donated $2 million to Winsport Canada. The goal is to ensure priority rink access to female hockey players at all levels, and help expand the Canadian Women's Hockey League with the creation of Team Alberta. Part of the donation will cover the new addition to the Athletic and Ice Complex at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. This will serve as the future home to Hockey Canada. In addition, there shall be four hockey rinks, one of which will be aptly called the Joan Snyder Rink. Team Alberta will benefit with the allocation of free practice time, a dressing room exclusive to the club. Of note, the Joan Snyder Rink give priority to women’s hockey bookings, but it will serve as the Team Alberta’s home rink.
- In September, 2011 a selection camp takes place . Then some matches pre-season are used as tool of final evaluation before finalizing the list of the staff on October 3.
- Beginning of October, 2011 concentrates on two weekends with friendly matches outside the competition against the Calgary Dinos women's ice hockey and MacEwan University Griffins women's ice hockey
- October 28, 2011: Team Alberta played its first game in the CWHL versus the Burlington Barracudas. Laura Dostaler scores the first goal in Team Alberta history in a 4-2 victory. Other goals were scored by Meghan Hunter, Jenna Cunningham and Courtney Sawchuk.
- September 23, 2013: After two years without an official name, the team is announced as the Calgary Inferno at the Calgary Flames' arena Scotiabank Saddledome, prior to a pre-season game between the Flames and the New York Rangers.
- On February 2, 2014, Danielle Stone broke two scoring records in Calgary Inferno franchise history. She began by topping Samantha Hunt’s franchise mark for most points in one season. The old mark was 14 and she would surpass it with her 15 point in a 2-1 shootout win against the Montreal Stars. In the same game, she set a new mark for most points in one season by an Inferno rookie. In that same game, Jessica Wong logged a goal, providing her with seven points in the first five games of her CWHL career, a new franchise record for the Inferno.
- August 27, 2016: The Inferno acquired Genevieve Lacasse from the Boston Blades, completing the trade that sent Tara Watchorn to the Blades in the summer of 2014.
- At the 3rd CWHL All-Star Game, Jillian Saulnier and Jess Jones both scored a hat trick, becoming the first competitors in CWHL All-Star Game history to achieve the feat.
2011 draft picks
In preparation of its first season, the Team Alberta CWHL selects several players during a special draft of the league held on July 21, 2011 at Mississauga, Ontario.
Updated October 31, 2014.
Coaching staff 2016-17
- General Manager: Jeff Stevenson
- Assistant General Manager: Kristen Hagg
- Head Coach: Scott Reid
- Assistant Coach: Gina Kingsbury
- Assistant Coach: Bob Bedier
- Samantha Holmes-Domagala & Matt Appelt: GM, 2011-12
- Jason Schmidt: Coach, 2011-12
- Erin Duggan: AC, 2011–12
- Tim Bothwell: Head Coach, 2012–14
- Kevin Haller: Head Coach, 2014–15, AC, 2012–14
|Season||Leader (F)||GP||G||A||Pts||Leader (D)||GP||G||A||Pts||PPG||SHG||GWG|
|2011-12||Sam Hunt||15||5||9||14||Meaghan Mikkelson||15||2||9||11||Jenna Cunningham(4)||Bianca Zuber (1)||Cunningham(2)|
|2012-13||Jenna Cunningham||23||4||4||8||Meaghan Mikkelson
|Cunningham (2)||None||Mikkelson (2)|
|2013-14||Danielle Stone||24||15||10||25||Tegan Schroeder||24||1||9||10||Stone (5)||Chelsea Purcell (1)||Jenna Cunningham (3)|
|2014-15||Rebecca Johnston||24||17||20||37||Jessica Wong||24||2||11||13||Jessica Campbell (5)|
|2015–16||Brianne Jenner||24||10||18||28||Hayleigh Cudmore||24||2||13||15||Brittany Esposito (5)||Jillian Saulnier
Kristen Hagg (1)
|2016–17||Brianne Jenner||20||9||18||27||Meaghan Mikkelson||22||5||10||15|
Awards and honors
- Delayne Brian, 2014 CWHL Goaltender of the Year
- Delayne Brian,2016 Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player
- Jessica Campbell, 2014-15 CWHL Leader, Game Winning Goals (5)
- Rebecca Johnston, 2015 Angela James Bowl winner
- Elana Lovell, 2016 CWHL Rookie of the Year
- The heat is on: Calgary team embraces new Inferno logo and name; ready to melt the ice this season
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2011-07-27.
- "Clarkson Cup: Calgary upends Montreal for women's hockey title - Inferno capture first-ever CWHL championship". cbc.ca. 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
- "Mission accomplished for Calgary Inferno to win first Clarkson Cup". globalnews.ca. 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
- Chimos Part of Merger With CWHL
- Hockey NOW, New Rink Hosts World Girls’ Hockey Day Events
- Alberta Looks Ahead To October
- "Inferno acquire goaltender Geneviève Lacasse". Calgary Flames. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-08-30.
- "Jones shines in CWHL All-Star Game". Mississauga.com. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
- CWHL,2011 Top Draft Picks
- "Calgary Inferno Roster". Calgary Inferno. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
- Inferno Hockey Operations