Version 3 of the Return to Hockey Guidelines

Hockey New Brunswick has released Version 3 of the Return to Hockey Guidelines.

Updates to the document include:

  • Section 4 – Safety Guidelines – masks are now required by Government of New Brunswick.
  • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – additional information related to Facilities (spectators, contacting tracing, pre-screening, masks, dressing rooms / showers, arrival / departure times). As well as updates to ‘Areas of Focus’ during game play (altercations / scrums, spitting, benches, goal celebrations, handshakes, suspensions, regional play).
  • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – Phases 3, 4 and 5 – under contact, addition of physical distancing requirements outside of the field of play (dressing rooms, team gatherings, etc).
  • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – Phase 4 travel, changed to play within league or exhibition games within zone.

A tracking document has been created which outlines the changes that have been made to the Return to Hockey Guidelines, as well as an outline of the COVID-19 specific documentation that has been created.

Additional COVID-19 resources are available on the HNB website -


October 19, 2020

Canadian families impacted by COVID-19 can apply now for registration fee subsidies

CALGARY, Alta. – The Hockey Canada Foundation has launched its new $1 million Assist Fund to provide registration fee subsidies for qualified Canadians who are registered with Hockey Canada-sanctioned associations for the 2020-21 season.

“As a prominent national sports organization in the country, it’s Hockey Canada’s mission to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “It’s a goal that’s more important than ever, as COVID-19 has had a challenging impact on so many young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund allows Canadians who meet the criteria and need a financial hockey assist to apply for up to $500 in registration fee reimbursements per player, provided the registration is with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association.

To enhance the impact and support for local communities, Canadians can also donate to the Assist Fund, with 100% of all donated funds reaching young Canadians. The Hockey Canada Foundation will absorb all administration costs associated with the fund. Donations can be made at

A line-up of hockey heroes is championing the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund. All three have provided and known the importance of assists and community support, on and off the ice.

  • Jarome Iginla (St. Albert, Alta.) - Hockey Canada alumnus, member of the Class of 2020 for the Hockey Hall of Fame, two-time Olympic gold medallist (2002, 2010), gold medallist at the 1997 IIHF World Championship, gold medallist at the 1996 IIHF World Junior Championship and provider of one of the most famous assists in Canadian hockey history, on the Golden Goal by Sidney Crosby at 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver
  • Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) - Captain of Canada’s National Women’s Team, two-time Olympic gold medallist (2010, 2014) and gold medallist at the 2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship
  • Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) - Member of Canada’s National Para Hockey Team, gold medallist at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and four-time gold medallist at the IPC World Para Hockey Championship (2008, 2011, 2013, 2017)

The Assist Fund was born from the ongoing commitment of the many partners of Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation, including Bauer, BDO, Berkshire Hathaway, BFL CANADA, Canadian Tire, Chevrolet, CN, Hankook, Nike, OK Tire, Premium Brands, Scotiabank, TELUS, TIMBER MART, Tim Hortons, TSN and RDS.

“With job losses and reduced incomes affecting so many, young Canadians need our help more than ever to get back into hockey,” said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “Our Assist Fund and the support of our amazing athletes and sponsors represents our combined ongoing commitment to providing access to the game.”

For more information about the Hockey Canada Assist Fund, or to apply or donate, visit

About Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada is the governing body for hockey in Canada and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), with a membership through its 13 member associations of over 750,000 players, coaches and officials. Hockey Canada is a not-for-profit organization that creates leading-edge hockey development programs for its members to deliver in communities across Canada; provides consistent rules and regulations and various other membership services from coast to coast to coast; manages numerous regional, national and international hockey championships and events; and leads the operation of all teams that represent Canada in international competition. Hockey Canada’s mission is to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences. For more information on Hockey Canada, please visit or follow through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hockey New Brunswick Skill Development Camp Coming to Moncton

Hockey New Brunswick will be offering local minor hockey players an opportunity to take part in a Hockey New Brunswick Skill Development Camp being held in Moncton (November 3, 4, & 5) at the Superior Propane Centre.

The primary focus of the camp is centred around on-ice fundamental skills. This camp will be offered to U11 and U13 players (30 in each division). Goaltenders are welcome to attend as well. This will be an opportunity for the players to get on the ice in a safe and fun environment to work on some skills prior to starting minor hockey.

The Hockey New Brunswick Skill Development Camps are designed for all 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 cost $50/player. 

Players who attend the camp will receive: 

  • 3 – 60 minute on-ice sessions (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
  • Hockey New Brunswick Practice Jersey
  • On-ice sessions will be run using the Phase 2 principles of the HNB Return to Hockey Structure.

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

U11 – Click Here

U13 – Click Here


For more information on this camp please contact Mike Gillingham @

Phone: (506) 453-0864
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Bauer, Hockey Canada, NHL and NHLPA launch Hockey Equipment Relief Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Hockey Equipment Relief Program, orchestrated by Bauer Hockey, Hockey Canada, the National Hockey League (NHL), and National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA).

Originally announced on July 30th, the goal of the program is to help communities and families financially impacted by COVID-19 get their kids back on the ice. The program is an equipment donation initiative that includes $2 million of hockey gear, with upwards of 7,000 sets of gear to be distributed to families and communities most in need in the seven Canadian NHL cities, as well as other regions.

The application period for the Hockey Equipment Relief Program will open on September 18, allowing a number of organizations across the country to apply to be a Donation Partner. The application period will remain open until September 28, followed by equipment distribution between Oct. 12, 2020 and March 1, 2021.

Donation partners can include:

  • Minor Hockey Associations (MHA)
  • Youth organizations or groups ie. YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Pond Hockey
  • Minority communities and groups

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Mike Rutter

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Mike Rutter. Mike’s numerous contributions to Hockey in NB, most recently as a member of the Board since 2016,  will be remembered for years to come. HNB sends sincere condolences to Mike’s family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.