Under-13 Female Winter Showcase 2018

December 28th & 29th 2018

Moncton, NB (Superior Propane Centre)

HNB and the Female Commission would like to extend this invitation to all our Peewee Female players that are currently registered with HNB. After last year’s successful turn out we are happy to offer this once again to allow our young female players the opportunity to meet and play will other females from around the province at this jamboree style format.

This year we will be running the showcase a little differently as we will be offering a practice time that will be run by some of the best and well known female coaches we have to offer in our region. This 2 day event will also include a double header and we are also working on putting on a seminar for the parents and players on the Friday evening.

The cost for this year’s event will be $100/player and we will be taking the first 60 players and 6 goalies to take part in a 1.5hr Practice, 2 Games and a HNB Jersey.

Registration Links:

Forwards – Click Here

Defence – Click Here

Goalies – Click Here

If you have any questions please let one of us know by email,

Darren Gallen                                                               Jason Lyons

Female Development Coordinator                                 Elite Hockey Female Coordinator

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Lesson #4

Lesson #4 – Before you yell at your child for their performance on the ice, take a good look at your conduct in the stands

As each week passes and another lesson is introduced, they get a little tougher and a little more poignant. I think it’s safe to say that with each week the hockey season gets a little tougher also. In some cases, you start to see cliques in both the dressing room and the stands. Spectators are more comfortable and are much more vocal with our referees and in some cases, our players. I have enough cringe worthy moments of my own conduct I'm not proud of to fill a penalty box. It’s moments like these that can turn a good hockey experience into one that makes you pray for the end of the season and avoid the rink at all costs.

There is a story in the book of when I overheard one of our teams Moms say that she had hoped the other goalie would start our next game. In the story I describe how awful I thought her behaviour was and how it made me feel excluded, embarrassed and upset for my son. The story continues to a few months after that incident when I was with team parents in a hotel room talking about another player. I was enjoying being included with this group and I started to talk about this player’s skill in a negative way. Suddenly, I realized what I’d become. Here is an excerpt from the book describing that moment…

“All of a sudden I felt sick to my stomach. I felt like I wanted to call the poor woman who’d made the comment about my son months before and tell her I was sorry that I‘d made her feel so bad. I wanted to tell her I was no better. I was finally enjoying our Rep experience, but I’d turned into someone I had no respect for. I made a decision that from that point on I’d save all unkind comments about another player for the privacy of my home, not a hotel room. If my son was going to continue with hockey, this was one habit I needed to break.”

It was a tough pill to swallow but I realized I was sitting with only some of the parents because some were being obviously excluded; I was acting like I was back in high school in the cool group. I was also engaging in conversation that was unkind about a child doing his best. The fallout of that behaviour is that if you as a parent speak like that, your kids will start to do the same, not necessarily at a party, worse, in the dressing room.

As I mentioned earlier, this time of year things can start to get worse for our young referees. When I had the opportunity to hear the stories from those we interviewed, I found their comments so meaningful. One quote in particular came from Blake Deschenes and it will stay with me forever, he stated "At the end of the day it's always just a game; you're just playing. The most important thing is to have fun and no matter what level you're at, we understand the competition rises and so do the emotions. You just have to remember to always know the difference between emotion and abuse." I don't think I can explain it much better than that. So please remember "Before you yell at your child for their performance on the ice, take a look at your conduct in the stands." I would go one step further, look at your conduct in the parking lot, in hotel rooms, and in the rink lobby. Remember we are all in this together. Hockey is a community of people wanting the best for our kids, so we have to be at our best as adults.

Click here for the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWt3dd2DMVU

Written by Allyson Tufts

Author, Speaker and Passionate Hockey Mom

Stay tuned for next week’s video in the series, “Raise a Good Person who loves to play hockey, not just a “Good Hockey Player”

If you would like to learn more about the series or order the book go to www.lessonsfrombehindtheglass.com.

Hockey New Brunswick Skills Development Camps Coming to Woodstock & Florenceville.

Hockey New Brunswick will be offering local minor hockey players an opportunity to take part in a Hockey New Brunswick Skills Development Camps being held in Woodstock (Nov 23) & Florenceville (Jan 7).

The primary focus of the camp is centred around on-ice fundamental skills, with off-ice time scheduled for life skill enhancement in areas such as respect, fitness, and teamwork. Off-ice fitness sessions are included involving games with team work and proper stretching.

Members of Hockey New Brunswick will be on-site to assist with on-ice, as well as off-ice sessions.

The Hockey New Brunswick Skills Development Camps are designed for Novice, Atom Peewee and Bantam players and have the following objectives:

  • To develop/enhance the fundamental skills of skating, passing, stick handling, and shooting.
  • To create opportunity for players to meet other players and develop friendships.
  • To promote the fun of the game.
  • To teach the concepts of fair play, fitness, safety, team work, and the importance of a positive attitude.
  • To provide a memorable experience for all who attend.

The camp will be $35/player.  The first 70 players registered will be accepted. 

Players who attend the camp will receive: 

  • 2 – 60 minute on-ice sessions
  • Team building session
  • Fitness session
  • Hockey New Brunswick Practice Jersey
  • Hockey New Brunswick Gift

To register for the Skill Camp please click the link below:

Woodstock Click Here – Female Players Only – Novice/Atom or Peewee/Bantam

Florenceville Click Here – Novice/Atom or Peewee/Bantam

For more information on this camp please contact Mike Gillingham @

Phone: (506) 453-0864

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