March Coaches of the Month

Renee Champagne and Lori Graham (River Valley Saint John Female Hockey Association) chosen as Hockey New Brunswick Coaches of the Month for March.

Hockey New Brunswick is happy to announce that Renee Champagne and Lori Graham of the River Valley Saint John Pee Wee A Dynamite have been selected as the Coaches of the Month for March.

“This year our league created a Pee Wee A team for the first time in years. As a result, some of the girls were disappointed not to be skating with their friends. When Renee and Lori came to practice, the girls immediately connected with their female mentors, and the smiles returned to the arena.”

“Renee and Lori implemented a face painting routine before every game, although some girls were reluctant, it wasn’t long before you could see the green stripes on their cheeks, just beaming with team pride. Lori and Renee stand outside of the dressing room after every game, congratulating the girls on their game and the strengths that they demonstrated. They are also always the last ones to leave the arena!”

One parent stated, “Back in December, the Dynamite decided to surprise the coaches at one of their league games and wearing their team jerseys to show support for their favourite coaches. The Dynamite just wanted to return the support that Renee and Lori give each week”.

“Renee and Lori are inspired by their own love of the game and have made a difference in the lives of these young female hockey players. We hope to have them around for years to come!”

Renee and Lori will receive a Bauer coaching bag, a year subscription to the Hockey Canada Network App and HNB Apparel. To nominate someone in your community for Coach of the Month, please click here.

Job Opportunity with The MHL

President, Maritime Junior Hockey League (www.themhl.ca)

The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) is seeking a President to lead the league into a new strategic direction. This direction will drive the league forward by embracing development, innovation and advancement.

The MHL’s 12 teams are located in communities throughout the Maritime Provinces. The league is one of 10 member leagues of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and operates under the umbrella of Hockey Canada. The President will work closely with each franchise to ensure the implementation and success of the new direction.

Reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Governors, the President will be responsible for the overall management and leadership of the league. Within that, the President will be responsible for developing strategic partnerships, creating new revenue streams, managing key stakeholder relationships and providing financial oversight. The President will look for innovative ways to ensure the league and its players are positioned for success on and off the ice. The President will also oversee a high functioning hockey operations team.

The MHL is looking for a President who is a forward-thinking self-starter to present the league as a viable option to partners, community members and players.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader with strong business acumen, with a passion for youth and a desire to lead a successful and storied league into its next phase.

If this sounds like you, please apply by sending an email with your covering letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. attention to the MHL Hiring Committee, PO Box 1474, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5V2. NO LATER THAN MARCH 22nd, 2019.

Lesson 10

Let go of the control you never had in the first place

If there was ever a lesson that I wish I would have paid more attention to, I would have to say 'Let go of the control you never had in the first place' would be it. I spent a lot of time trying to control an outcome that I had absolutely no say in. If I had only paid attention to the things I had control over, I would have enjoyed the whole hockey experience so much more.

I think I explained my struggle best in my final video interview when I said, "I tended to focus on all of the things I couldn't control. I focused on whether or not he made a team, if he had a good game, if he was getting enough ice time and there was nothing I could do about those things. I would get myself pretty wound up. What I realize as I look back is that the things I could control were the car rides, the times spent with other teammates, other friends, our family time, making sure he had a great meal before he went and a positive experience when he got in the car on the way home. Hockey is a great experience for our kids and an amazing experience for us parents, so we need to focus on the right things, so we can keep it fun."

If I could go back, I think one of the things I would try to do at the start of the year is respect the coaches rules around communication.  I often wanted to send emails or have conversations in the hotel at a tournament, in the parking lot, or over the phone when I’d call and pretend I meant to dial someone else but…”while I have you on the phone.”  I will admit I could have been much better at all of that.

We’ve had situations where Brock didn’t make a team and I wanted to find out why and truly understand it.  My husband’s response would be, “He got cut because he wasn’t good enough to make it, is that what you need to hear from the coach?”  That usually ended any desire for me to make a call.  On the other side of things, we’ve had situations when trying to talk to coaches was next to impossible.  I remember when my husband didn’t understand why my son had been cut from the first tryout. It was a higher-level team, so we wanted to know what he needed to work on and what we might have missed because we were obviously not objective enough.  Finally, after much deliberation my husband sent an email, after the tryouts, and asked for some honest feedback.  The coach never responded. I could have totally understood if he didn’t respond to a rude email or constant phone calls, but this was a friendly email asking his opinion. I know that parents are often looking for endless feedback so I can see why coaches have to be careful but there needs to be some communication. 

So, now that you are coming towards the end of the year, whether you’re a coach or a parent, reflect back and decide what you could have done better.  Maybe next year start the year off with some open dialogue of how you want communication between parents and coaches to work.  Always start as you intend to finish and then there is no confusion when the coach pretends he can’t hear you when you’ve cornered him in an elevator.

One of my favourite excerpts from the book is from Chapter (10) ten and it states…

"Enjoy whatever level your child is at, watch them thrive, smile, have fun and be part of the experience that will stay with him or her for their whole life. Don't try and achieve it for your kids; let them get wherever they need to go on their own with you smiling proudly beside them."

Bottom line is this: let go of the control you never had in the first place.

Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkIBamQOsKw

Written by Allyson Tufts

Author, Speaker and Passionate Hockey Mom

If you would like to learn more about the series or purchase a copy of the book, visit www.lessonsfrombehindtheglass.com.

This article is the property of Allyson Tufts and is not to be used without her permission.

HNB Female Under 18 Team Heading to Red Deer for 2019 Canada Winter Games

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2019

Moncton, NB – The Hockey New Brunswick Female U18 Team will begin its quest for a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB on February 23rd. The team will be practicing in Moncton prior to flying to Red Deer on February 21st & 22nd.  The team will be competing at the games from February 23rd – March 2nd.

Team New Brunswick will start its round robin portion of the tournament on Saturday February 24th  when they take on Quebec, followed by Saskatchewan on the 25th, and Manitoba on the 26th.

The coaching staff have also announced the Captains for the team prior to flying to Red Deer:

Captain – Catherine Foulem

Assistant Captains – Olivia Eustace, Arriane Roy, & Tiah Scichilone

Female Under 18 Team Announcement Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB36Yd_GUEg

Female Under 18 Roster

For a complete Canada Games Schedule please visit the following site:

https://www.canadagames.ca/2019/

For more information on Team NB please contact:

Mike Gillingham
Technical Director
Hockey New Brunswick
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Female Under 13 Development Camp Now Available for Registration!

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2019

Hockey NB is excited to announce the third annual Female Under 13 Program.

The U13 program will run as an introduction to the High Performance Program and is open to any 2007, and 2008 born female player currently rostered on an HNB approved team. The camp will be take place in Fredericton at Willie O’Ree Place on May 11th and 12th, 2019.

The camp will consist of 5 Ice sessions. There will be two Skills practices, one small area games practice, one inter-squad game, and an on ice Skills Combine. The Skills Combine will evaluate players speed, agility, and overall skating ability. Players will be provided with their times and rankings no later than 2 weeks after the camp.

The Female U13 Development Camp will also include off-ice presentations on fitness, nutrition, as well as what to expect in the Female U16 High Performance Program.

The goal of this camp is to offer female players an elite experience as well as give them an introduction to the High Performance Program. They will receive a Hockey NB jersey and HNB hat, and will be instructed on-ice by our High Performance Coaches. The Under 13 program is a great development opportunity for young female players and promises to be a positive hockey experience for all participants.

To Register a Goalie for the Female Under 13 Program – CLICK HERE

To Register a Defense for the Female Under 13 Program – CLICK HERE

To Register a Forward for the Female Under 13 Program – CLICK HERE

Price for the camp - $205

Camp schedule

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mike Gillingham
Technical Director
Hockey New Brunswick
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506.453.0864

Male Under 13 Spring Camp Now Available for Registration!

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2019

Hockey NB is excited to announce that registration is now open for the Male Under 13 Program. This program will run as an introduction to the High Performance Program and is open to any male player currently rostered on a Peewee AAA team in New Brunswick. (2007 born)

The camp will consist of 4 Ice sessions. There will be one Skills practice, one position specific practice, one inter-squad game, and Hockey New Brunswick Staff will be there to put the players through an on-ice skills combine. There will also be off-ice presentations on fitness, nutrition, as well as what to expect in the Male U14 High Performance Program. The camp will take place in Fredericton, NB (Willie O’Ree) on May 10th & 11th.

The goal is to offer the players a High Performance experience as well as give them and introduction to the High Performance Program. They will receive a Hockey NB jersey and will be instructed on-ice by our High Performance Coaches. The Under 13 program will be a development opportunity for the players with no evaluations and will be a spring camp only which promises to be a great experience for the players.

Deadline to register in April 19, 2019.

Cost for the Camp - $205

Camp schedule

To Register for the Male Under 13 Program – CLICK HERE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mike Gillingham
Technical Director
Hockey New Brunswick
506-453-0864
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