Jim Stirling Memorial Scholarship Recipient

B.F. Lorenzetti and Associates Inc. are the insurance brokers for Hockey Canada. In 1996, B.F. Lorenzetti began sponsoring a program for Hockey Canada that allows every Branch to present a bursary to a deserving hockey player.

Joshua Bradford is a graduating student from Tobique Valley High School in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick.

Joshua has been a sports enthusiast all his life. He learned early on that playing hockey was about more than just the game. It was an opportunity to meet his peers and a reason to get out of the house; when Joshua started hockey, he didn’t have a ton of friends, but this sport was the avenue he needed in order to flourish. He has built lifelong friendships with players, coaches, and referees. He was able to surround himself with people of similar interests and when he was on the ice it was his time to be free. Joshua took hockey seriously and gave it 100%, worked hard, took pride in his work, bettered his skills, and enjoyed teaching others as well. Joshua won an award in 2018 for Most Improved Player, which shows his dedication to the sport and to himself.

Through hockey, Joshua learned the importance of volunteering and would do so annually at the World Pond Hockey Championship, monitoring 14 games. Joshua realized too that beside working hard on the ice, he must work hard off the ice to raise funds for his play time. Joshua worked hard to help his parents as money was tight. Joshua worked summer and winter at a local garage, doing odd jobs. He has his own small vinyl business selling stickers locally and if that is not enough, he buys and fixes old bikes and dirt bikes at an affordable price. This young entrepreneur knows how to succeed!

Joshua will be putting his entrepreneur skills to hard work this summer as he plans to attend the University of New Brunswick to pursue a science in engineering degree. He obviously has excelled at sports, hard work, and academics. Joshua’s transcript was very impressive and something, along with everything else he has accomplished, he should be deeply proud of.

All the reasons listed above make Joshua Bradford a perfect choice for the 2019-2020 HNB Jim Stirling Memorial Scholarship.

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HNB’s Academic Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury Recipient

The HNB Academic Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury was established in 2002 to recognize the outstanding contribution of Ron Bradbury to the sport of hockey.

Jacob MacDonald is a graduating student from Bernice MacNaughton High School in Moncton, New Brunswick.  Although Jacob has an extensive sports resume, hockey is clearly his passion. Hockey has been a big part of Jacob’s life; helping him grow and develop on and off the ice. Playing this team sport at a young age, he immediately learned the importance of teamwork, positive thinking and maintaining respect in the game and its participants, which has helped him to become a good role model for the younger players. In 2015 Jacob had to adjust to a major change when his family moved to the Middle East (Qatar) for two years. Fortunately, there was an organized hockey league in Qatar, where at the age of 13, Jacob was playing in the Under 18 division. During his last game he suffered a major leg injury, which made it even harder to come back to Canadian hockey in 2017.  Following extensive rehabilitation, Jacob was able to return to hockey, where he played for his high school and was also selected for the All-Star Showcase Selection Team.

Throughout the years, his role in hockey has grown to include leadership, which he applied to better his community service. His biggest contribution was leading a student-based organization to raise money for causes in need. This winter he and fellow students organized the first Winter Wonderland Festival, raising over $2000 for the homeless. In addition to holding the title of Assistant Captain of the hockey team and maintaining excellent grades, he is also Vice-President for the school’s Grad Council. His experience in hockey has also allowed him to thrive as a Camp Counsellor, motivating the campers through positivity. He donated a week’s pay to allow for less fortunate children to attend camp. He is proud to say that his leadership and community involvement skills stemmed from hockey have had a major impact on his life.

Jacob will attend Dalhousie University to pursue a science degree, where he plans to major in Ocean Sciences. He has a passion for the ocean and marine life and wants to gain a better understanding of the ocean and its systems. Jacob fells that given the changing state of our environment, it will be crucial to maintain the health of our oceans and he wants take part in saving our planet.

All the reasons listed above make Jacob MacDonald a perfect choice for the 2019-2020 HNB Academic Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury.

video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEi6iOjVM-Q

Delta Fortis Scholarship 2019-2020 Recipient

The Delta Fortis scholarship was established in 2003 to recognize a Grade 12 student who has had hockey play a positive role in their life.

Bruce Fong is a grade 12 student at Rothesay Netherwood School in Rothesay, NB. Hockey has had a tremendous impact on his life. His love of hockey was evident from a very early age, after receiving his first mini-stick as a gift from his father when he was only 2 years old. Hockey fostered lifelong friendships and allowed him to share his love of the game with other children his age.

Hockey has taught him several important life-skills. Playing at the AAA level throughout most of his career has allowed him to learn the importance of hard work, leadership, sportsmanship, discipline and time-management.

Hockey has also provided him with an opportunity to give back to the community by helping out with goalie camps and with a new program at his school called “Game On!”- a peer support program where four grade 12 students participated in, with the majority of the grade 6 boys at his school. Hockey gave these mentor students common ground with their younger counterparts- whether talking about their own teams’ games, a tournament, or even the NHL, they all enjoyed talking about hockey with one another. In Bruce’s opinion, the sport of hockey is much more than a game. He feels it brings people together and teaches them lessons that they can apply in any life situation.

Bruce will be attending Dalhousie University, where he will pursue a Bachelor of Science. He is fascinated with health sciences as it will allow him to combine his curiosity of how the human body works with being able to help people. He feels a career in medicine would be satisfying but there are other fields that interest him like working with athletes with injuries or possibly developing new innovations in a field such as biomedical engineering.

We are proud to present the 2019-2020 Delta Fortis Scholarship to Bruce Fong, of Rothesay N.B.

Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb1vk0Ek9uw

Dr. Maurice Roy appointed Hockey New Brunswick, Chief Medical Officer

Media Release June 30, 2020 The Hockey New Brunswick Board of Directors have appointed Dr. Maurice Roy, as the organizations first Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Roy will play critical role in leading Hockey New Brunswick by providing advice to the Board of Directors and staff on medical related issues and situations. Key duties of the position will be to act as medical consultant, to be the medical spokesperson, to give advice on protective equipment, safety programs, risk and safety management issues and other medical related duties. In addition to his medical background, Dr. Roy is a distinguished official. In Canadian and International officiating circles, there are few names that carry as much weight as Dr. Maurice Roy. As an official on the ice and supervisor and administrator off of it, he has been involved in every aspect of the game, earning himself the 2013 Hockey Canada Officiating Award. Dr. Roy began to have more of an impact on officiating on a national scale after taking over as referee-in-chief of Hockey New Brunswick in 1994, and he was appointed to the same position with Hockey Canada in 1997, beginning an 11-year run as a member of the national organization’s board of directors. As a family physician, he served as team doctor for Canada at the 1995 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal, and the 1996 IIHF World Junior Championship, bringing home a gold. In 2002, he was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to amateur sport, and he earned induction onto the Sports Wall of Fame in Minto, NB in 2013 and Grand Falls, NB in 2017. “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Roy to Hockey New Brunswick. His expertise and background in both medicine and hockey will be invaluable as we return to hockey during this unprecedented time”. Todd Pye, Hockey New Brunswick President. Dr. Roy earned his medical degree from Memorial University, and has been practicing Family Medicine for over 32 years. For more information, please contact: Nic Jansen Hockey New Brunswick, Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dyllan Gill, Matteo Mann and Samuel Savoie invited to Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp


 CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced a roster of 113 players invited to its virtual national under-17 development camp, set for July 19-25, as well as the coaching staffs that will lead Canada’s national men’s under-17 teams at the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, presented by TELUS.
 
12 goaltenders, 37 defencemen and 64 forwards will be split into six teams for the week-long virtual camp, participating in a variety of sessions with a focus on player development through online education.
 
Behind the bench, Kelly Buchberger (Langenburg, Sask./Tri-City, WHL) will head Team Canada White, with Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) leading Team Canada Black and Chris Lazary (Toronto/Saginaw, OHL) serving as head coach of Team Canada Red.
 
Joining Buchberger’s staff will be assistant coaches Maxime Desruisseaux (Victoriaville, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) and Chad Wiseman (Burlington, Ont./Guelph, OHL), while Josh Hepditch (Fredericton, N.B./Moncton, QMJHL) and Ryan Kuwabara (Hamilton, Ont./Flint, OHL) will work with Julien, and Kris Mallette (Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) and Brad Yetman (Mount Pearl, N.L./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) will assist Lazary.
 
“The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada. “Our three under-17 teams are very fortunate to have these nine experienced coaches, and we know our coaching and support staffs will embrace the opportunity to guide the development of the top young players in Canada.”
 
Buchberger has spent two seasons as head coach of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He previously served as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders (2017-18) and held various positions with the Edmonton Oilers from 2008-17, including six seasons as an assistant coach (2008-14). Buchberger twice won the Stanley Cup with the Oilers as a player, in 1987 and 1990, and represented Canada three times at the IIHF World Championship, winning gold in 1994 and silver in 1996.
 
Julien won the Trophée Ron-Lapointe as QMJHL coach of the year this season, his fourth with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He took over the head coach position during the 2015-16 season after serving more than three seasons as an assistant coach with the Phoenix (2012-15). Julien served as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship and, as a player, won the Spengler Cup in 2000 and Deutschland Cup in 2008 with Team Canada.
 
Lazary was promoted to head coach of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in November 2018 after more than two seasons (2016-18) as an associate coach with Saginaw and two seasons (2014-16) as an assistant coach with the Sarnia Sting (OHL). Prior to his Canadian Hockey League (CHL) coaching career, he spent two seasons (2010-12) as an assistant coach with the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and one season (2012-13) as an assistant with York University.
 
Desruisseaux was hired as associate coach of the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) in May 2020, returning to Victoriaville after spending six seasons with the Tigres as an assistant coach (2013-19). He will make his second appearance with the under-17 program; he was an assistant coach with Team Canada White at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
 
Wiseman is entering his third season with the Guelph Storm (OHL), second as associate coach, having helped the team to the OHL championship in 2019. He began his coaching career as head coach of the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League in 2015, winning the Isobel Cup with the team (renamed the Metropolitan Riveters) in 2018.
 
Hepditch has spent the past three seasons (2017-20) as an assistant coach with the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). He also coached the Amherst Ramblers (2014-15) and St. Stephen County Aces (2015-17) of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL), and served as a guest coach at Canada’s national under-17 development camp in 2019.
 
Kuwabara recently completed his first season as an associate coach with the Flint Firebirds (OHL) after two seasons (2017-19) as an assistant with the Saginaw Spirit (OHL). He served as a video coach with Team Canada White at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and was a guest coach at U17 camp in 2019. As a player, Kuwabara competed in the 1998 Olympic Winter Games and five IIHF World Championships with Japan.
 
Mallette was named head coach of the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) in March 2020, having joined the Rockets as an assistant coach ahead of the 2014-15 season. His coaching career also included stops with the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) and the North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL). Mallette was drafted 62nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
 
Yetman is entering his second season as an assistant coach with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) after two seasons (2017-19) as head coach of the East Coast Blizzard of the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget League (NLMMHL). He returns to the under-17 program after serving as a guest coach at U17 camp in 2019. As a player, he represented Team Atlantic at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
 
The support staff that will work with the three Canadians teams at the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, presented by TELUS, includes:
 
Directors of operations Connor Cameron (Summerside, P.E.I.), Kirt Hill (Winnipeg, Man./Edmonton, WHL) and Nick Sinclair (Fenelon Falls, Ont.)
Video coaches Noah Bucholtz (Peterborough, Ont./Peterborough, OHL), Elliott Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), and Landon Watson (Neilburg, Sask./Regina, WHL)
Goaltending consultants Paul Drew (Merlin, Ont./Charlottetown, QMJHL), Charles McTavish (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) and Dany Sabourin (Val-d’Or, Que./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL)
Mental performance consultants Kyle McDonald (Regina, Sask.), Ashwin Patel (Guelph, Ont./Guelph, OHL) and Connor Primeau (Cornwall, Ont.)
Equipment managers Ramandeep Dhanjal (Saskatoon, Sask./Prince George, WHL), Clayton Johns (Shelburne, Ont./Barrie, OHL) and Andrew MacNeill (Charlottetown, P.E.I./Charlottetown, QMJHL)
Athletic therapists Andrew Oddy (Hudson, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL), Andrew Sachkiw (Winnipeg, Man./North Bay, OHL) and Chris Trivieri (Welland, Ont./Niagara, OHL)
Team physicians Dr. Ben Cameron (Summerside, P.E.I./Lethbridge, WHL), Dr. R.J. MacKenzie (Albert Bridge, N.S./Cape Breton, QMJHL) and Dr. Wanda Millard (London, Ont./London, OHL)
 
The 2020 edition of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be presented by TELUS, Hockey Canada’s official telecommunications partner and title sponsor of the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National U18 Club Championship. Through its signature community hockey program, “The Code”, TELUS provides meaningful tools, information and inspiration to players, families, coaches and fans to end bullying and encourage positive behaviour online and on the ice.
 
For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Dominique Cormier, Abby Hustler and Erica Plourde Invited to National Women’s Under-18 Team Summer Camp

June 22, 2020
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Dominique Cormier, Abby Hustler and Erica Plourde Invited to National Women’s Under-18 Team Summer Camp

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced a pool of 109 of the country’s top young players invited to participate in a pair of virtual camps with Canada’s National Women’s Program.

Fifty players (eight goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 26 forwards) are attending the BFL CANADA National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp, presented by Sobeys, meeting weekly until athletes return to university in the fall. 

Fifty-nine players (nine goaltenders, 20 defencemen and 30 forwards) attending the BFL CANADA National Women’s Under-18 Team Summer Camp, presented by Sobeys, will meet weekly until the 2021 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. 

The under-18 roster includes three players who won a silver medal at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s Championship (Gascon, Paul, Wozniewicz), with another five part of the development roster (Cherkowski, Cooper, Gosling, Messier, Naud).

“It is important to recognize the accomplishment of these athletes being  identified in our program at the under-18 and development level; they are a big part of our future moving forward,” said Gina Kingsbury, director of women’s national teams with Hockey Canada. “The virtual sessions taking place allow us to connect and educate our athletes on their development. We are also trying to take advantage of this opportunity to connect our next-gen athletes with our current senior athletes, creating a strong tie between generations of our program.” 

As the virtual meetings progress through the summer, the athletes will cover topics that include at-home strength and conditioning plans, mental performance plans and check-ins, nutrition, dry-land skills, skating simulations, team-building activities, short-term international competition preparation and meetings with coaches.

The online sessions will take place up to twice weekly, with critical information being communicated to athletes to allow them to continue to evolve as high-performance athletes in this new environment, and will utilize the strengths and experience of Canada’s National Women’s Program leadership to help connect one-on-one, athlete-to-athlete.

Coaching staff named for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team

In addition to the announcement of the rosters, Hockey Canada unveiled the coaching staff tasked to lead Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2020-21 season. 

Howie Draper (Edmonton, Alta./University of Alberta, CW), who has led Canada to gold (2019) and silver (2020) at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, returns behind the bench as head coach.

He will be joined by assistant coaches Alison Domenico (Ottawa, Ont./Providence College, HE) and Team Canada alumna Tara Watchorn(Newcastle, Ont./Boston University, HE), who was an assistant at the 2020 U18 women’s worlds, and goaltending coach Gord Woodhall (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg, MFMHL), who joined Draper as part of the medal-winning staffs in 2019 and 2020.

Hockey Canada also announced the support staff that will work with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team throughout the 2020-21 season, including: 

  • video coach Steph Thomson (Oshawa, Ont./NAIT, ACAC)
  • therapist Danielle McNally (Wolfville, N.S.)
  • massage therapist Julie Yew (Montreal, Que.)
  • team physician Dr. Andi Jones (Penetanguishene, Ont./Penetang, PJHL)
  • strength and conditioning coach Jason Weber (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Saskatchewan, CW)
  • mental skills coach Paula McQuaid (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
  • equipment manager Brittany Simpson (Ottawa, Ont.)
  • national teams manager Tania Kenny (Toronto, Ont.)

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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