Julie Pelchat and Kristen Nash selected as BFL Female Coach of the Year


There is arguably no more important role in hockey than that of the coach, who is tasked with guiding young players not only on the ice, but off it as well. They are leaders in hockey, and leaders in life. 

Hockey Canada and BFL Canada recognized the country’s best women’s hockey coaches with the BFL Female Coach of the Year awards, in three categories (Community, Competitive, and High Performance).

Nominated by parents and players from coast to coast, 3 national and 19 provincial and territorial award winners were chosen by the selection committee. 

The Hockey New Brunswick recipients: 

Community Coach: Julie Pelchat, Central Female U9 Tornadoes

As a Head Coach of the U9 Tornadoes, Julie worked diligently to ensure that she offered the best possible hockey experience for the young girls she coaches. Julie strikes the right balance between educating the girls on how to play the sport all while nourishing their willingness to play hockey. Julie understands the wide range of skill at the U9 levels and catered practices for both experienced and inexperienced players. Not only has Julie emphasized the importance of having fun and trying your best, but also makes sure that the team is bonding. Coach Julie arranged swimming activities, hockey games and much more to keep the team engaged all season long. Julie has a passion for the sport and is passing that along to each player she coaches. 

Competitive Coach: Kristen Nash, Greater Miramichi Female U15 AA Panthers 

Kristen is a leader on and off of the ice for the U15 AA Greater Miramichi Female Panthers. She is a calm and quiet professional who has helped the Panthers balance their schedules during a very busy hockey season. The importance of offering off-ice sessions at a local Cross-fit Gym, bonding activities, rest & recovery methods, and proper nutrition are all things Kristen has brought to the U15 AA Panthers this season to help their performances both in hockey and everyday life. Kristen is a local athlete who is now returning her love of the game to the Greater Miramichi Female Hockey Association.

NHL/NHLPA First Shift in 2023-24 is NOW OPEN!

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, Central Female, Moncton, Lutes Mountain, Kennebecasis Valley, Fundy Female, Caraquet, Eel River Bar, Restigouche North

Elsipogtog, Grand Lake, Fredericton

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 www.firstshift.ca  #FirstShiftHockey



Fredericton, NB – Hockey New Brunswick is pleased to announce the appointment of Katie Peddle as the organizations first Director, Female Hockey, she will begin her role on May 23rd.

Katie comes to Hockey New Brunswick with an extensive hockey background as a player and more recently as a coach. Originally from Labrador City, NL, Katie represented her home province at the Atlantic Challenge from 2013 to 2016, at the Canada Winter Games in 2015 and Team Atlantic in 2016. Katie went onto to play four years at St. Mary’s University, in Halifax, NS.

After graduating from St. Mary’s University, Katie continued her education, completing a Master of Business Administration degree in Sport and Recreation Management at the University of New Brunswick, where she also completed an internship with the Canadian Sport Institute Atlantic as a Performance Pathway Intern. In 2021, Katie was named Head Coach of the Central Female Hockey Association U13 AA Storm, a position she’s held for two seasons. In the Spring of 2022, Katie was selected as the New Brunswick recipient of the Hockey Canada / BFL Female Coach of the Year Award. This season Katie was named as an Assistant Coach with the HNB Female Under-16 team.

Her responsibilities with Hockey New Brunswick will include the Female High Performance Program, management of Female Regional Championships, leading Hockey Canada Female programs (We Are Coach Clinics, Global Girls Game, World Girls Hockey Weekend, Esso Fun Days), Female Skills Development Camps, support for the Female Commission and working collaboratively with Female Hockey Associations and Leagues on strategic initiatives.

Katie’s strong leadership experience and work ethic will make her a welcome addition to the Hockey New Brunswick team.

2023 Summer Development Camp Participants


The following players have been selected to participate in the Summer Development Camps which will take place this July at the University of New Brunswick. 

U14 Female
U16 Female

U14 Male
U15 Male
U16 Male

The players selected were the top-ranked participants in the HNB Cup which took place April 14-16 in Fredericton.   

Congratulations to all those moving on to the Hockey Development Festival! 

Brogan Bailey - Director of High Performance & Events

Hockey New Brunswick awards Jr. B Franchise to Acadian Peninsula

Hockey New Brunswick, in partnership with the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League, are pleased to announce that an expansion Jr. B franchise has been awarded to Acadian Peninsula, for the 2023-2024 season.

The team will play home games out of the Colisée Léopold-Foulem in Caraquet.

The team will join the Moncton Vito’s, Kent Koyotes and Southeast Knights in the Jr. B circuit of the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League.

A press conference will be held on April 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the Colisée Léopold-Foulem in Caraquet where the team’s name, logo, coaching staff, and other exciting information related to the team will be announced.

For further information, please contact:

New Brunswick Junior Hockey League
Sheldon Hay, President
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Hockey New Brunswick
Nic Jansen, Executive Director
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Acadian Peninsula
Brian Paquette, Vice-President
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Rosters and Schedules announced for HNB Cup


Fredericton, NB – Over three hundred male and female hockey players, across 4 divisions (Male Under-14, Male Under-15, Female Under-14, and Female Under-16) will be competing in the HNB Cup over the weekend of April 14 -16th.

The HNB Cup is an identification camp used to identify the players who will advance to the Summer Development Camps this July. Following the Summer Development Camps, Male U14, Male U15, Female U14 and Female U16 teams will compete against Provincial teams from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI at the 26th Annual Atlantic Challenge Cup, October 5th-8th in Moncton, NB.

All players will take part in one practice and three inter-squad games this weekend.

Female U14 - Roster / Schedule

Female U16 - Rosters / Schedule

Male U14 - Rosters / Schedule

Male U15 - Rosters / Schedule

For further inquiries please contact:

Brogan Bailey
Hockey New Brunswick
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