Highlights of the upcoming season include transition to Novice half-ice games

September 12, 2019

NR.061.19

HOCKEY CANADA GEARS UP FOR 2019-20 SEASON

Highlights of the upcoming season include transition to Novice half-ice games

CALGARY, Alta. – The beginning of a new season is here as kids, parents, officials and volunteers head back to the rink for the 2019-20 hockey season.  Hockey Canada is looking forward to the upcoming season with many opportunities for new and returning players.  

With athletes of all ages hitting the ice over the next few weeks, there are several exciting opportunities for skaters, parents and officials alike. This includes programs for age groups ranging from Timbits Initiation to adult rec programs, and development opportunities for coaches and officials.

“Starting a fresh hockey season is always exciting, no matter what capacity you’re experiencing it in,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “From experience, having a new season to focus on is wonderful, whether it be as a player, a coach or a parent. There are so many opportunities out there where we can come together and share the love for the sport.”

Through the season Hockey Canada provides players, parents and coaches with tools to help improve and elevate their game, starting with tips for evaluations, resources like Tom’s Talks, the Hockey Canada Network, and Hockey Canada Skills Academies across the country. These resources are created with the athletes’ best interest in mind and makes it easier on coaches and parents to help create an atmosphere of fun and learning for athletes of all ages.

Novice hockey moves to half-ice

With the new season, minor hockey associations across the country are embracing the move to half-ice hockey in their Novice programs. When the change was introduced in 2018, many regions embraced it for the 2018-19 season, and experienced first-hand how it helps the development of novice-aged players.

“We’re tremendously excited to see players across the country experience the benefits of half-ice novice hockey,” said Renney. “The focus is about making hockey more for these kids. They get more puck touches, more scoring chances, and ultimately, they have more fun.”

The program, which is now mandatory across Canada, offers Novice-aged kids a better chance at development, while increasing the fun they have while on-ice. Half-ice hockey has proven to provide kids more puck-touches, more passing and better development in tight spaces.

For more information on Hockey Canada, or Hockey Canada’s programs, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, and for more information on half-ice hockey, visit HockeyCanada.ca/Novice.

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Jake Allen’s Program 34 donates $15,000 to Hockey New Brunswick

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

Jake Allen’s Program 34 donates $15,000 to Hockey New Brunswick

St. Louis Blues goaltender and Frederictonian Jake Allen has donated $15,000 to Hockey New Brunswick through his charity, Program 34.

Allen, who won the Stanley Cup with the Blues in June, presented HNB President Todd Pye with a cheque on Aug. 30.

“Hockey New Brunswick oversees the sport in the whole province. They’re the pros who know what’s going on in the hockey community,” says Allen. “They know what will benefit players and programs and will make sure it’s done right.”

“HNB is pleased and humbled to receive this generous donation from Jake’s Program 34,” says Pye. “This funding will be used to help under-privileged children access hockey programs in New Brunswick. We are very grateful for Jake’s continued support.”

Program 34 provides funding to non-profits based in New Brunswick. In the past four years, the group has raised more than $300,000 through cash donations and in-kind support.

Allen spent many of his formative hockey years within the organization and says providing support to hockey programs has always been a priority.

“My hope is that this funding will allow more kids to play hockey. It may even result in more New Brunswick players in the NHL,” says Allen.

He says he’s in a position to be able to give back and it’s important to him to show his love for New Brunswick.

“I’m fortunate to be where I am, so I have an opportunity to do these things and spread the wealth. I really love where we’re from and it’s a no-brainer to raise money for organizations in New Brunswick.”

The annual Jake Allen Classic golf tournament has been a major fundraiser for Program 34. The fifth iteration will take place in 2020 and Allen has his eyes on breaking the $300,000 barrier strictly in cash donations. 

“We want everyone to come out and help us raise as much as possible for non-profits in New Brunswick,” he says. “It’s a high-end event and everyone who attends is coming for the right reasons – to give back to our communities.”

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Jacob LeBlanc (Moncton, NB) selected to attend Canada’s National Para Hockey team selection camp.

August 22, 2019
NR.057.19
 
ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR CANADA’S NATIONAL PARA HOCKEY TEAM SELECTION CAMP
30 players invited to Calgary to compete for spots on Team Canada roster
 
CALGARY, Alta. – Thirty of the country’s top para hockey players are headed to Calgary from Aug. 30-Sept. 7 to take part in Canada’s National Para Hockey Team selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.
 
The nine-day selection camp will act as a part of the evaluation process to determine which players will represent Canada in international competition during the 2019-20 season. Players will participate in a number of on- and off-ice activities, including fitness testing, classroom lectures and workshops, intrasquad games and match-ups against Japan’s national team.
 
“We expect the level of competition to be very high,” said head coach Ken Babey (Saskatoon, Sask.). “We have a lot of up-and-coming young players who will be vying for a roster spot, so it’s going to be a very intense week ahead. We know players will rise to the occasion and show us why they should be wearing the Maple Leaf this next season.”
 
The selection camp roster features 15 players who brought home a silver medal from the 2018 IPC World Para Hockey Championship (Armstrong, Bridges, Cozzolino, Crane, Dunn, Henry, Hickey, Larocque, Lavin, Lehoux, McGregor, Smith, Sorley, Watson, Westlake), and 14 players who were part of Canada’s National Para Hockey Development Team for a three-game series against the United States at the 2019 Défi Sportif AlterGo in Montreal last spring (Auclair, Close, Culmone, Dolan, Duguay, Halbert, Huneault, Jacobs-Webb, Kingsmill, Kovacevich, Lambert, Leblanc, Picton, Sison).
 
Behind the bench, Babey will be joined by returning coaches Mike Foligno (Sudbury, Ont.) and Mike Fountain (Gravenhurst, Ont.), with support from guest coaches Maxime Gagnon (Longueuil, Que.), Greg Ireland (Orangeville, Ont.), Dan Lacroix (Shefford, Que.) and Don Nachbaur (Kitimat, B.C.).
 
Following the selection camp, players will participate in training and regional camps before a roster is named for the 2019 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup, Dec. 1-7 in Paradise, N.L.
 
For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Para Hockey Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Para.
 
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Dominique Cormier selected for National Women’s Under-18 Team

August 11, 2019
NR.052.19

ROSTERS NAMED FOR CANADA’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT TEAM AND CANADA’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S UNDER-18 TEAM

Canadians will travel to Lake Placid for three-game series against American rivals

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has named 46 players to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for a pair of three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Aug. 14-17. 

As a part of the Team Canada Summer Showcase, 88 players arrived in Calgary Aug. 2 and 3 to attend the BFL National Women’s Development Team Selection Camp and BFL National Women’s Under-18 Team Selection Camp, which involved on- and off-ice training, classroom sessions and fitness testing.

Along with intrasquad games at both camps, the development team camp included match-ups against national teams from France and Japan, and a team of U SPORTS all-stars, while the U18 hopefuls faced Russia’s national under-18 team in a series of games.

Canada’s National Women’s Development Team:

From Aug. 14-17, 23 players (three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards) will compete against the United States. The complete schedule can be found here. Canada’s National Women’s Development Team includes: 

  • Three players who competed for Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2018 4 Nations Cup in Saskatoon, Sask. (Bourbonnais, Fillier, O’Neill) 
  • 11 players who competed as part of Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in the three-game series against the United States in Calgary, Alta., in August 2018 (Bell, Bourbonnais, Connors, Fillier, Houston, Maltais, O’Neill, Schneider, Shelton, Shirley, Vasko)

Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team:

From Aug. 14-17, 23 players (three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards) will compete against the United States. The complete schedule can be found here. Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team includes:

  • Five players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in Obihiro, Japan (Cherkowski, Cooper, Gosling, Naud, Wheeler)
  • Six players who competed as part of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in the three-game series against the United States in Calgary, Alta., in August 2018 (Bochna, Cherkowski, Cooper, Gosling, Naud, Wheeler)
  • 15 players who represented their provinces at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. (Bochna, Bogden, Buglioni, Cherkowski, Cooper, Cormier, Gascon, Gosling, Messier, Naud, Osborne, Paul, Picard, Wheeler, Wozniewicz)

“For our athletes at the under-18 level, this week is their first step into our program, which is a key component as we look to develop and identify those who will be part of our program competing on the international stage this year and moving forward,” said Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada’s director of women’s national teams. “We have had tremendous success under the leadership of head coachHowie Draper (Edmonton, Alta.), who has continued to help develop these athletes at a pivotal point in their careers.”

“We’re also fortunate and excited to have Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Development Team,” added Kingsbury. “Under his leadership, Troy will work with our players and evaluate their development so they have a chance to compete for spots in the lead up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and beyond.”

Following the series, Hockey Canada, led by Kingsbury in coordination with head scout Melody Davidson, and in consultation with regional scouts and the U18 coaching staff, will continue to evaluate under-18 players, including at the 2019 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Morden and Winkler, Man., from Nov. 5-9, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 2 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Additionally, all players will be considered for possible invites to camps and events with Canada’s National Women’s Team, including the Fall Festival in September as well as the 2019 4 Nations Cup.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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Coming together for female hockey!

When: October 4-6, 2019

From Oct. 4-6, 2019, the International Ice Hockey Federation will lead the way on the ninth year of World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, with dozens of federations around the world taking part. The goal of this weekend is to have events from coast to coast to coast that recruit, retain and engage female players, coaches, officials and fans – old and new. This event aims to celebrate and grow the female game, and unite Canadians through grassroots programming led by female hockey associations, minor hockey associations and communities.

GETTING INVOLVED

From Aug. 1 to Sept. 10, hosts can register their event HERE. Hockey Canada will supply gifts to approved events on a first come, first approved basis. Events registered prior to Sept. 10 will be entered into a draw to win a Team Canada jersey autographed by Canada’s National Women’s Team that competed at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Groups eligible to host events include:

  • sanctioned teams,
  • female hockey associations/minor hockey associations,
  • members,
  • community groups
  • classrooms/schools.

Hosts can get involved in the weekend in a variety of different ways. Events supported by Hockey Canada must meet at least one of the three main purposes of the event weekend – recruitment, retention or engagement.

The following types of events are eligible for support from Hockey Canada:

On-Ice

  • Recruitment events: Hold a learn-to-play event to recruit new players to your female program!
  • Skills development sessions: Utilize the Hockey Canada Network to host a skills development session or test your team’s skills by hosting a skills competition!
  • Tournament or jamboree: Incorporate an additional World Ice Girls’ Hockey Weekend-dedicated activity into your schedule.
  • 3 v 3 tournaments: Within a team or MHA, host an afternoon of 3 vs 3 games.
  • Free skate: Schedule some ice time for players to come out and get additional skating practice in. Encourage players to bring a friend.

Off-Ice 

  • Skill development sessions: Registered players take part in an off-ice skills development session. Utilize the Hockey Canada Network off-ice programs or take part in a team joga/yoga session.
  • Floorball/ball hockey: Book a local gym or court space and practice skills!
  • Road hockey: On a closed road or playground space free from traffic, play some road hockey!

Education & Celebration 

  • Skill development seminar: Host a coaching clinic, officiating clinic or other skill development seminar.
  • Classroom lesson plans: Utilize Hockey Canada lesson plans with a focus on the female game in a classroom or have a guest speaker from a local MHA or member branch talk about the female game. 
  • Watch a local game: Gather your team, wear your jerseys and head to a game! If you can arrange a shout-out from the hosts or play a mini-game – even better! See if your team can have a table to promote your association and spread the word about female hockey!
  • Celebration/party: Host a kick-off event for your team or have a celebration before, after or in-between any on-ice or off-ice events. (Any celebration events held in private residences will not be approved.)

*All events are subject to approval and must fall within sanctioning guidelines from the governing member to be considered an official World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend event. Hockey Canada will supply gifts to approved events on a first come, first approved basis.

HOST RESOURCES

Use the following resources to help plan and promote your World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend event:

  • Program planning: Hosts can access drills and games for both on- and off-ice activities by utilizing the Hockey Canada Network or the Drill Hub section at HockeyCanada.ca. Download the app by searching Hockey Canada Network in the App Store or Google Play Store. Create an account on the app, then head to the Female Hockey section found within Programs for World Girls’ Hockey Weekend essentials.
  • Hosts can also visit the Drill Hub section of the website at to find more drills for skills sessions.
  • Hosts can download this poster to promote their event around their community.
  • Members and member partners can download ads and an infographic poster to promote more events in their region.

2019 Atlantic Challenge Cup Rosters

Hockey New Brunswick is proud to announce the players who will represent New Brunswick at the 2019 Atlantic Challenge Cup being held in Moncton, NB from October 11-14. Team New Brunswick will compete against Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island for a chance to hoist the Atlantic Challenge Cup.

For further information please visit www.atlanticchallengecup.ca.

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