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Minor Hockey


Future Team Canada Program

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- 13 Minor Hockey Teams in Canada will be recognized and chosen to share over $50,000 of equipment and financial support for their team -

TORONTO, ON – The Wayne Gretzky Foundation and the Hockey Canada Foundation, along with Hockey Canada, are pleased to announce the return of the "Future Team Canada" program. This program, now in it’s fifth year, will reward and recognize thirteen minor hockey teams in Canada for the amount of heart they show rather than the amount of games they win.

Submit your team’s essay, roster and team photos via

Last year, 13 teams from across Canada were selected and recognized as part of this important program. The beneficiaries were:







Hockey North

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Clearwater Hawks Midget


Hockey Alberta

Innisfail Travel Flyers PeeWee


Saskatchewan Hockey Association

Maple Creek Hawks Bantam

Maple Creek

Hockey Manitoba

Sir John Franklin 10A1 Atom


Hockey Northwestern Ontario

Red Rock Rangers Bantam

Red Rock

Ontario Hockey Federation

Pickering Panthers Bantam


Ottawa District Hockey Association

Almonte Packenham Thunder B1 PeeWee


Hockey Québec

Les Barons du Cap-de-la-Madeleine PeeWee


Hockey New Brunswick

Grand Lake Panthers PeeWee


Hockey Nova Scotia

Bedford Blues Female Midget


Hockey PEI

Team Devils Novice


Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador

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Minor hockey teams across Canada are once again encouraged to submit their team roster and, in 250 words or less, an essay outlining their team’s values, special characteristics, community involvement and dedication that could make them a "Future Team Canada".  Deadline for entries is January 4, 2009, and can be submitted by clicking on the following link - or through the "Future Team Canada" icon found on the Hockey Canada web site at

By entering the “Future Team Canada” program, teams can become eligible to receive equipment and financial support for their team.

“Minor hockey in Canada is all about having fun, meeting new friends and being physically active. We were very pleased with the response last year and look forward to running this program again that will result in the distribution of equipment and funding to another 13 deserving minor hockey teams in Canada that personify team dedication and positive values”, said Wayne Gretzky.

“This ‘Future Team Canada’ program continues to be an excellent way to promote the positive values of minor hockey, with the emphasis on being involved in hockey and more importantly having fun playing the game”, said Bob Nicholson, President, Hockey Canada.

Of the submissions received, one team from each of Hockey Canada’s 13 Branches will be selected to receive the following package to help support future team development:

• Team Canada jerseys and hockey bags bearing the Wayne Gretzky Foundation logo

• Sticks

• $1,999 to be used for team development activities (e.g. ice costs, special instruction, assisting the less fortunate with the opportunity to play, etc.)

• Coaching Volunteer Recognition Package (Stick, Bag, Coaching Club Membership, Development DVD’s and more)

The Wayne Gretzky Foundation believes that hockey instills many positive life skills and contributes to the physical, emotional and social growth of young people. Canada’s National Men’s and Women’s hockey teams promote many of these positive life skills such as respect, safety and fun.

The Hockey Canada Foundation works with the Hockey Canada team to encourage active participation and lifelong health and wellness, provide leadership development opportunities, promote the principles of teamwork, and act as an advocate for fun, fair play and pure enjoyment of the game; all this while helping to build bonds that will last a lifetime. The outcomes of the "Future Team Canada" program and the principles championed by the Wayne Gretzky Foundation demonstrate a shared vision for the future of our game.  

That’s why the Wayne Gretzky Foundation and the Hockey Canada Foundation joined forces with Hockey Canada to recognize hockey teams across the country that display the same positive values as Team Canada.

RBC Local Hockey Leaders®

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13 regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders® winners to receive $10,000
each and a place of honour in Hockey Hall of Fame

TORONTO, March 2, 2010 — RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of Fame, today launched its annual nationwide search for outstanding hockey volunteers. Nominations will be accepted online at until April 9, 2010.

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“As Canadians celebrate our Olympic gold-medal victories for men’s and women’s ice hockey, they may be unaware that without the dedication of local hockey volunteers, these athletes would have never been able to achieve their Olympic dreams,” said Neil Skelding, president and CEO, RBC Insurance. “We’re excited and proud to celebrate those exceptional individuals who generously give their time to enrich our nation’s game in their communities.”

Regional winners, one from each of the 13 Hockey Canada branches as well as one RBC employee winner, will receive $10,000 towards a registered charity or hockey cause in their community, a signed Team Canada jersey and trip for two to Toronto, where they will be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“While the players are the focus of the game, we cannot forget the contributions of the thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the future of Canada’s game,” said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “We ask all Canadians to nominate those volunteers and give the rest of Canada the opportunity to thank them for what they do in their communities.”

Over the past seven years, RBC Insurance has awarded more than $700,000 to grassroots hockey activities across Canada through the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program. Grants from the 2009 RBC Local Hockey Leaders program went towards a new score clock in Moosomin, SK, new goalie equipment in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, subsidizing travel expenses for a special needs ice hockey tournament in St. Catharines, ON, and many other worthy initiatives.

“Through the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program we’re able to highlight the efforts of Canada’s hockey volunteers in a dedicated display here at the Hockey Hall of Fame,” said Bill Hay, chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. “RBC Insurance is investing in Canadian communities through hockey and we are happy to be a part of this effort.”

A panel including women’s ice hockey Olympic gold medalist, Cheryl Pounder, National Sledge Hockey Team captain Jean Labonté, hockey legend Ron Ellis, and Ken Corbett, chairman of Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors, will select winners from nominations submitted through the program website. Nominations will be accepted until midnight (EDT) on April 9, 2010. To nominate a dedicated minor hockey volunteer from your area, go to

RBC Local Hockey Leaders® winners are the behind-the-scenes volunteers who make hockey a positive, safe, and enjoyable activity in their communities. Hard work, dedication, commitment and the impact they have on the community will be amongst the criteria considered when evaluating submissions.

For further information, please contact:
Katie Hammill or Brian Findlay, Stellick Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-603-9452
Andre Brin, Hockey Canada Communications, 403-777-4557 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kelly Masse, Hockey Hall of Fame, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-933-8212
Margie McNeil, RBC Insurance, Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 905-606-1425

Kraft Assist Program

The Hockey Canada Foundation via a grant from the Kraft Assists Program will be awarding 5 Minor Hockey Association across Canada with a $5,000.00 grant. This grant will be utilized to assist kids who currently don’t have the resources or funding to participate in Canada’s national sport “Hockey”.

In order to obtain this grant, local Minor Hockey Associations across Canada will need to submit the following application. To support the application form, we strongly recommend that the MHA’s submit supporting documents with their completed application. The supporting documents should detail additional programming that your association is currently undertaking to assist with making the game more accessible to kids in your community.

pdfKraft Assist Program

Dodge Caravan Kids

Dodge Caravan Kids is back!!

pdfDodge Caravan for Kids Registration package

Full information can be found at 

State Farm Volunteer of the Year

pdfState Farm Volunteer of the Year memo

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