Congrats to the three NB players on being invited to Hockey Canada Female Camps – Dominque Cormier (Saint-Marie-de-Kent, NB), Under 18 Camp / Marlene Boissonnault (Dundee, NB) & Grace Graham (Island View, NB), Development Team Camp.

July 16, 2019
NR.047.19

 PLAYERS AND STAFF NAMED TO BFL NATIONAL WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT AND UNDER-18 TEAM SELECTION CAMPS

89 players will gather in Calgary ahead of Canada-U.S. series in Lake Placid

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada kicks off the 2019-20 season with 89 of the country’s top under-18 and development team talents on the ice for selection camps at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Aug. 2-11.

Part of the Team Canada Summer Showcase, 45 players will attend the BFL National Women’s Development Team Selection Camp, with another 44 invited to the BFL National Women’s Under-18 Team Selection Camp.

The athletes will compete for a chance to wear the Maple Leaf in a pair of three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Aug. 14-17.

Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s head scout for national women’s teams, put together the list of invitees with assistance from regional scouts Brian Hart (Ontario), Greg Hermiston (B.C. and Quebec), Chris Higgins (Ontario), Scott Lambton (Quebec), Rod Larsen (Saskatchewan), Doug MacLeod (Alberta), Troy Ryan (Atlantic) and Gary Soper (Ontario).

“Ultimately, the Summer Showcase is about bringing in the top under-18 and development-aged athletes, and to work with experienced staff and give them the resources and tools they need to be successful and grow," said Gina Kingsbury, director of national women’s teams. "For the under-18 program, this is the first step of our process towards defending gold at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. At the same time, it’s an important touch point for our development-aged athletes to give them critical experiences ahead of the start of their club-team seasons, and push for an opportunity for 2022. It enables Hockey Canada to provide experiences, teaching and feedback necessary for athletes to take their game to the next level.”

On the development roster, 17 players are back from the team that faced the U.S. in a three-game series last summer in Calgary, along with six who won gold with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in Japan. On the U18 side, five returning world champions are among the camp invites.

At the BFL National Women’s Development Team Selection Camp, set for Aug. 2-11, the 45 invitees – seven goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 24 forwards – will be split into two teams to participate in practices, intrasquad games, off-ice training, fitness testing and classroom sessions. The camp will also include a team of U SPORTS all-stars, as well as national teams from France and Japan.

At the BFL National Women’s Under-18 Team Selection Camp, set for Aug. 3-11, the 44 players – six goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 24 forwards, will be split into two teams to participate in practices, intrasquad games, off-ice training, fitness testing and classroom sessions. The camp will also include Russia’s national women’s under-18 team.

Full on-ice schedules for both camps are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Showcase. All games are free and open for the public to attend.

Coaching staffs unveiled for national women’s teams

Both teams will have veteran coaches behind the bench. Leading Canada’s National Women’s Development Team is head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.), while Howie Draper (Edmonton/University of Alberta, CW) returns as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team

Ryan, who most recently won bronze as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship and silver at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, will be joined by assistant coaches – and Team Canada alumae – Courtney Kessel (Mississauga, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC), Carla MacLeod (Calgary/Edge School, CSSHL), and Cara Morey (Hensall, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) and goaltending coach Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, AUS), while Draper, who guided Canada to its first world title since 2014, will work with assistants Britni Smith (Port Perry, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC)  and Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, Ont./Boston University, HE), and goaltending coach Gord Woodhall (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg, MFMHL).

Media accreditation for the Team Canada Summer Showcase can be requested online.

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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THE NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT HOCKEY PROGRAM

THE FUN STARTS HERE

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.

OUR GOAL

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.

NB PROGRAMS

Central Female Hockey Association (Burtts Corner) – all-female
Fredericton Youth Hockey Association
Hampton Minor Hockey Association
KV Minor Hockey Association (Quispamsis / Rothesay) – all female
River Valley Saint John Female Hockey Association (Saint John)
South East Female Hockey Association (Riverview) – all female

For additional information and to register -  https://www.firstshift.ca

Lukas Cormier (Saint-Marie-de-Kent, NB) has been invited to the National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp

44 PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL MEN’S SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM SELECTION CAMP

Top Canadian under-18 talent to vie for a chance to compete at 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup

CALGARY, Alta. – Forty-four of the nation’s top under-18 hockey players have been invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, set for July 26-30 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The players, including four goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 26 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia. The camp roster includes two players who were part of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team that finished fourth at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sweden (Drysdale, Hunt).

“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp. The under-18 camp is unlike any other, as players are being evaluated from the moment they arrive at camp and are preparing to compete in short-term competition,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. “Historically, Canada has been successful at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition.”

One of the only true, best-on-best competitions for this age group, the Hlinka Gretzky Cup will see Team Canada play its preliminary-round games at Ice Bors Arena in Breclav. The event will run from Aug. 5-10, with Canada facing off against the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland in prelim play before the tournament wraps up with the bronze and gold medal games on Aug. 10.

In 2018, the tournament was rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and hosted in Canada, with Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., serving as co-hosts. Canada captured gold on home ice, defeating Sweden 6-2 in the gold medal game with a team that included 14 players who were selected in the 2019 NHL Draft last weekend.

Canada has won gold 22 times in 28 years of summer under-18 competition, along with two silver medals and one bronze.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team and the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

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David Doucet (Baie-Ste-Anne), Drew Elliott (Musquash), Evan Nause (Riverview) and Peter Reynolds (Fredericton) selected to attend Hockey Canada Under-17 Development Camp.

June 25, 2019
NR.044.19
 
HOCKEY CANADA INVITES 112 PLAYERS TO NATIONAL UNDER-17 DEVELOPMENT CAMP
Calgary-based camp will act as first experience with Team Canada
 
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 112 players to Calgary to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp, taking place July 19-26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.
 
During the week-long camp, the players - 12 goaltenders, 36 defencemen and 64 forwards - will be split into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games and classroom studies.
 
Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group representative Martin Mondou (Grand-Mére, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL) built the roster with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Rob Simpson (Ontario), Jason Smart (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), Shaun Sutter (West) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).
 
“The national under-17 development camp is the first step these athletes take in their Team Canada career,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams. “Ultimately, these players will learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. We are here to support their development by providing the on- and off-ice experiences they need to achieve the dream of representing their country.”
 
Following camp, players will be monitored through the early weeks of the 2019-20 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian teams - Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White - competing at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.
 
For the third year in a row, all 112 players have been drafted by Canadian Hockey League teams, including 46 from the Ontario Hockey League, 38 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 28 from the Western Hockey League.
 
Media accreditation for the Team Canada Summer Showcase, which includes Canada’s national under-17 development camp, can be requested online. The full camp schedule is available on HockeyCanada.ca.
 
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51st HNB AGM Award Winners

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2019

FREDERICTON – Hockey New Brunswick held its 51st Annual General Meeting this past weekend in Saint John. The two-day event kicked off on Friday June 7th at the Delta Mariott Saint John.

A number of awards were presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday afternoon:

The HNB award winners were as follows:

J. Charles Daigle Memorial Award  - André Lebel , Edmundston

Charles Daigle Award was established in 1976 in memory of the late Charles Daigle to recognize individuals at the executive level. Their dedication to our sport and their ability to organize and administer have contributed greatly to the improvement of hockey in New Brunswick.

Lebel lead a group of volunteers whose goal was to increase fan participation with the Edmundston Blizzards. The Blizzards team had over 66,000 fans cheering them on during their regular season. Many players were involved with school programs, and Minor Hockey Association programs in the region. André is well known in the region; either through coaching or as a player. He is also an active participant in fundraising with the new centre in Edmundston, where he was a tremendous help in attracting investors.

Vance Toner Hockey Development Award  - Norbert LaForge, Grand Falls

Vance Toner Hockey Development Award was established in 1995 to recognize an individual who has exemplified strong qualities as a teacher, coach and administrator not only within their community, but throughout the province of New Brunswick.

Norbert began his hockey career with Hockey New Brunswick in the 1990’s. His commitment to our High Performance programs include Canada Games Teams, the Atlantic Challenge Cup as well as Prep camps. He also was coach of several Peewee AAA and Bantam AAA teams at the beginning of 2000. He was also heavily involved with our senior teams for several years.

Minor Hockey Association of the Year - Tri-County, Lisa McLaughlin, Pres.

District Association/Community Club of the Year Award was established in 1992 to recognize a minor hockey association who exemplified the true spirit of minor hockey during the past season and encouraged their members to participate under the Fair Play Values.

The Tri County Association shows leadership with its teamwork, its volunteer training initiatives, its referee training program and its numerous community events. The association seeks out sponsorships, and has an equipment loan-out program, which also helps local members ease the financial burden associated with sports. To name a few of their events; their Junior C team works with the Minor players on a weekly basis, and various minor teams are seen cheering these mentors at their Junior games, free of charge throughout the season. The association partnered with the U-17 Challenge and hosted a Canada vs. Russia exhibition game.

HNB Volunteer of the Year  - Brian Gaudet, Moncton

Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1995 to recognize an active volunteer in the hockey community.

Brian Gaudet is a long-time volunteer with Moncton Minor Hockey; from Coaching, to referee in chief, developing a Sledge hockey program in his region, and being a long-time member of the Moncton Minor Board; he has led some very significant achievements for Moncton Minor Hockey.

HNB Female Hockey Breakthrough - Shellany Brewer, Keswick

Established in 2004 to be presented annually to an individual who has assisted in the promotion of Female Hockey within the province.

Shellany is a full-time mother of two and has a full-time career in the Social Development field. She manages to find time to volunteer, coach, and is also a hockey player in a female women’s league! Shellany played a key role in developing District 3 female hockey by promoting through social media, attending all meetings, and spreading the word about female hockey opportunities at various events. She was instrumental in organizing Female Try-Hockey events as well as skills and drills sessions to promote female hockey in the region.

HNB Initiation Award - Andrew Learmouth, Moncton

Established in 2016 to recognize an active volunteer or Minor Hockey Association who has actively participated in the promotion and enhancement of the Hockey Canada Initiation Program within their community. Each Region of HNB is entitled to submit one nomination per year.

Andrew Learmouth always comes to the rink prepared, and it shows when you watch him share his passion for hockey with these young future hockey stars! He embraced the Hockey Canada standards for IP and Novice programs and has received rave reviews from players and their parents.

Career Achievement Award - Paul O’Hara, Miramichi

The Hockey New Brunswick Career Achievement Award was established in 2016 to honour those individuals who, for many years, have served amateur hockey faithfully, having participated as a player, coach, official, or administrator and have made an outstanding contribution to Hockey New Brunswick.

Paul O’Hara has been involved in hockey since 1966 in various capacities; from managing a team, to presiding over an association, to starting up what’s known today as the Bantam AAA league, as well as chairing his regional operations council for many years. He also served on numerous committees with Hockey NB. He was inducted in the Miramichi Sports wall of Fame in 2006 and was recipient of the Vance Toner Development award in 2012. He is also heavily involved with several community events.

NB LIFE MEMBER- Beverley Jacobson, Southampton

Life membership is the highest honor that can be bestowed by HNB and is to be awarded only for very distinctive services to HNB.

HNB is very excited to add to our Life Members. This lady was the first female board member of Hockey NB. She was the Nackawic Minor Hockey President for 8 year. She sat on the HNB Board from June 2000 to June 2010. She was the vice president of the HNB Board for 3 terms, chair of the HNB Personnel committee for 4 years, member of the HNB Awards committee, member of the HNB Finance Committee, HNB Branch rep at Atlantic and National events. HNB Speak Out and Safety training course conductor. In addition to her HNB volunteer efforts, she was a volunteer in Vancouver 2010 Olympics as hostess at the Female hockey Venue, 2016 Initiated Wheels to Wellness Program for Nackawic and area, 2016-2020 appointed senior goodwill ambassador for NB, 2017 and 2018 invited to Lt. Governor’s reception with Top 100 Female Leaders in NB and in 2018 won the Horizon Health Community Volunteer Award.

HNB Academics Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury - Raeghan O’Leary, Sir James Dunn Academy

Ron Bradbury Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 to recognize the outstanding contribution of Ron Bradbury to the sport of hockey. This award is being presented to high school hockey player who demonstrates hockey skill, high academic standing with an emphasis on English and who is involved in the school or community.

Jim Stirling Scholarship Award - Maddy LeBlanc, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School

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

Delta/Fortis Properties Scholarship - Ben Thorne, Petitcodiac Regional

Delta/Fortis Properties Scholarship was established in 2003 to recognize a Grade 12 student who has had hockey play a positive role in their life. The applicant must be of high academic standing and must give of their time to the community.

The NB Officials Association handed out their scholarships and awards:

  • Paul O'Blenis Scholarship - Keira Lockhart, Zone 5
  • Scott McKay Memorial Scholarship - Maxime Aube, Zone 5
  • Sonny McLellan Scholarship - Brandi Harvey, Zone 2
  • Most Improved Award - yannik St. Onge, Zone 8
  • Most Dedicated Award - Eric Belanger, Zone 1
  • Most Promising Award - Jack Wilson, Zone 6

In other business, an election was held for the following position.

Senior Council – Phil Huckins re-elected as senior chair.

Plans were announced for the 2020 AGM, which will be held in Miramichi

Hockey NB 51st AGM begins tomorrow

PRESS RELEASE
June 6, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hockey New Brunswick AGM Begins tomorrow

FREDERICTON – Hockey New Brunswick’s 51st Annual General Meeting begins tomorrow in Saint John, NB at the Delta Brunswick with a number of issues on the agenda. 

A number of awards will be presented at the Saturday Awards Luncheon including the HNB Volunteer of the Year, Minor Hockey Association of the Year, J. Charles Daigle Memorial Award, Vance Toner Hockey Development Award, Female Hockey Breakthrough Award, Career Achievement Award, Initiation Award, The HNB Academic Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury, Officials Scholarships, Delta/Fortis Properties Scholarship and the Jim Stirling Scholarship.

All issues being discussed over the course of the meetings will come forward to the Saturday plenary, which begins at 3:30pm.

https://www.hnb.ca/en/hnb/events/agm

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