The NHL/NHLPA First Shift Hockey Registration

Registration is now open for the NHL/NHLPA First Shift Program

The NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. We want families to experience the game at its best — to understand why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport, and to stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to equipment requirements, and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns, and most importantly, provide an experience that is memorable and fun.

We believe in all hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities. We designed the NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT to facilitate entry into hockey by offering a program that is ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE, and most importantly, FUN! We cannot wait to help your kids fall in love with hockey.

Hockey NB Host locations:

Fredericton, KV, Miramichi, Moncton, Restigouche North, South East Female.

Bathurst, Edmundston, Fredericton, Moncton, Oromocto, Central Female, Western Valley Female.

No equipment? No experience? No problem. For children between the ages of 6-10, the @NHL/@NHLPA First Shift could be the hockey program for you! To learn more, visit #FirstShiftHockey

2021 Hockey Development Fesitval Rosters

Following the HNB Cup which was held June 11th-13th in Quispamsis, Hockey New Brunswick is pleased to announce the players who will attend the Hockey Development Festival this July in Dieppe, NB. The Male U15 camp will be held July 16-19 and the Female U16 Camp will be held July 20-23.

From the Hockey Development Festival, 20 players in each division will be selected to represent Hockey New Brunswick at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, which will be held Thanksgiving Weekend in Moncton, NB. The Atlantic Challenge Cup will bring together the top players from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador while representing their provinces in the Male U14 and U15 categories, along with the Female U16 and U18 categories.

Female U16 participants

Male U15 participants

Female Commission Chair - Nomination Package

Hockey New Brunswick is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for the Female Commission Chair to fill the current vacancy. As per By-Law 3.4 in the HNB Constitution, the HNB President will appoint a Female Commission Chair for one year to complete the current term.

Female Commission Chair Expression of Interest

EDZA South – Coach applications

EDZA South is accepting coach applications for U15 Major and Female teams. Deadline to apply is June 15th. For more info visit -

BFL CANADA Female Coach of the Year 2021

June 2, 2021

BFL CANADA Female Coach of the Year 2021

Congratulations to Hockey New Brunswick winners Janica Dugas (community) and Christine Bouchat-Bonin (high performance)!

Janica’s love for hockey runs deep with her U11 team in Baie Saine Anne, NB. Janica started playing hockey when she was 4 years old. Janica has had many great role models in her community who have given her the inspiration to give back to her local minor hockey association, help those who are not as privileged and share her talents and love for the game with those around her. Janica is always seeking a positive change in her community and found the rink as one of the biggest places to give back.

Janica had noticed the need for more female involvement in the game. The 8 young females hockey players on the U11 Mariners are really appreciating a female coach to look up to. Janica rose to the challenge and has volunteered her time over the past two seasons at the U 11 age level as a coach, mentor, and role model. Her presence has been summarized as “amazing source of inspiration for the young ladies on the Mariners”. Even though Janica has no relation to any of the players, she has shown amazing dedication, initiative, and leadership during a very different hockey season. Making practice fun went a long way for Mariners in the 2020-2021 season.

Some of the qualities that Janica wanted to share with her team were that of respect and having fun playing hockey. Whether you win of lose, it was essential to show good sportsmanship and keeping the game fun.

Janica teaches that playing sports regularly helps your emotional and physical health. Janica also stresses the importance of relaxing, having fun and putting the hockey bag away for a day or two. Janica is helping to emphasize good habits with her young team that will help them in the future.

Christine has been a valuable asset to the U18 AAA EDZA East Rockets for the last few seasons. Having a coach that has played the game at a high level in North America has been a blessing for the Rockets, utilizing her experiences in hockey to relate to their own. Christine’s involvement in hockey has taught her to have respect for all players, coaches, officials and opponents serving as only one of the values that Christine has instilled in the EDZA East squad. Christine has done a phenomenal job of coaching the players and helping them become better people in the process.

Christine’s ability to teach effectively goes back to her playing days- having great role models, on and off ice growth, staying fit and developing a healthy routine- which can be reflected with the Rockets. Christine has helped the girls develop healthy routines to stay focused, prioritize and stay on top of the task at hand.

Christine is willing to put the time in away from the ice as well. Video sessions, phone calls and chats at the rink have all been a part of creating a positive team dynamic and making sure each player is having fun, staying healthy and learning skills both on and off of the ice. Having a strong female coach in a place to mentor the girls is something that the Rockets coaching staff takes pride in. Christine is a firm coach- but fair; pushes the players to get better and knows when to have fun.

Christine is a facilitator for We Are Coaches clinics for Hockey New Brunswick, teaching Coach 1 or Coach 2 courses to female coaches and was slated to make her High-Performance Program coaching debut before COVID 19 changed the landscape of the hockey season. The time that Christine spends on her team and craft do not go unnoticed in her community. “We need more women like Christine in our sport to inspire and motivate young women to reach their goals both on and off of the ice… Passionate, energetic, competitive and enthusiastic are all words you can use to describe coach Christine Bouchat-Bonin”.

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Hockey Canada Order of Merit (Atlantic) - Ray Carmichael

Ray Carmichael is this year’s recipient of the Hockey Canada Order of Merit (Atlantic) Award. The Hockey Canada Meritorious Awards were created to honour those individuals who for many years have served amateur hockey faithfully, having participated as players, served as coaches and association members, and made outstanding contributions to Canadian amateur hockey. 

Being a hockey parent is a gift to the game all in itself, but Ray Carmichael’s dedication has extended beyond those first few years to over three decades of service to hockey in New Brunswick.

A true believer in grassroots hockey, Ray was a director with the Northern Carleton Minor Hockey Association from 1983-91. The following year, he started his involvement with Hockey New Brunswick as the District 2 director for Minor Council. Taking on the responsibilities as chair and sitting on various committees filled Ray’s time until 2012, when he was elected Member president, a role he held until 2018.

As part of his responsibilities, Ray served on the Hockey Canada Board of Directors from 2012-14 and helped usher in the governance change for the national organization in 2014. Through all his work, Ray has been committed to ensuring the best experience for all participants. He is a stout advocate for proper training of all volunteers – coaches, officials and administrators. This supported his belief that volunteers are the greatest asset in growing the game within traditional hockey families, First Nations and new Canadians.

Through his continual work to grow the game, Ray Carmichael is laying the groundwork for today’s hockey parent to be tomorrow’s volunteer.