Minor Hockey Association Volunteer of the Year Awards

Hockey New Brunswick is happy to announce the recipients of the Minor Hockey Association Volunteer of the Year Awards. With this, each minor hockey association was able to select a deserving individual that served in a volunteer capacity during the 2020-2021 hockey season. Although the 2020-2021 hockey season was very different, we want to acknowledge these individuals that went out of their way to ensure positive hockey experiences for all, their ongoing dedication and community involvement and giving back to your local minor hockey associations.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Minor Hockey Association Volunteer of the Year Award recipients:

District 1

Edmundston: Jason Parker
Grand Falls: Michel Ouellette
Restigouche West: Yves O’Brien

District 2

Carleton: Dan Quinn   
Victoria-Tobique: Keisha Miller
Western Valley Female: Shane Bell
Woodstock: Krista Durling

District 3

Central Female: Willy Cook
Boiestown-Doaktown: Chelsie O’Donnell
Fredericton: Ben MacFarlane
Grand Lake: Dean Carr
Oromocto: Samantha Carroll
Stanley: Wendy Morrell
Tri-County: Lisa McLaughlin
York North: Mackenzie King
Yest West: Shelley MacElwain

District 5

Charlotte County: Denise Thompson
Grand Manan: Carla Ward
Hampton: Kristine Mclaughlin
Kennebecasis Valley: Kate Craik
Lancaster: Jason London
Saint John Youth: Luke Mosher
St.Stephen: Carl Brisley
Sussex: Justin Brawn

District 6

Central U11: Rob Comeau
Dieppe-Memramcook: Georges Cormier
Hillsborough: Gary Alcorn
Lewisville: Monica Doiron
Moncton: Bill Brooks
Petitcodiac-Sailsbury: Chris MacPhee
Riverview: Lee MacWilliams
Sackville: Mary Phinney
SEFHA: Peter Dwyer

District 7

Shediac- Cap Pele: Normand Duguay
Kent Center: Luc Bordage
Kent Sud: Dale Melanson
Westmorland Kent Female: Crystal Leger

District 8

Miramichi: Jeff Morris
Greater Miramichi Female: Jason Lyons
Baie Ste. Anne: Steve Colette

District 9

Acadian Peninsula: Mylène Breau

District 10

Baie des Chaleurs: Eric Roy
Bathurst: Richard Thibeault

District 11

Restigouche North: Clayton Harvey


Normand Leger

EDZA North

Martin Frenette


Dan Sherstenka

EDZA South Chair

Hockey New Brunswick is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for the EDZA South Chair. Please see the attached Nomination Package for more information. 

Deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is May 10, 2021.

Pond to Podium Development Series

The Pond to Podium Development Series connects coaches, players, officials and parents directly with resources from athletes, coaches and staff from Canada’s men’s, women’s and para hockey teams. It provides practical expertise and behind-the-scenes content for all levels of hockey to assist stakeholders in reaching the top of their own personal podium.

As part of the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, join Hockey Canada for the following FREE sessions as we celebrate and continue to grow girls and women in hockey as players, coaches, officials and leaders.

POND TO PODIUM – Mental PerformanceTuesday, April 27, 2021 | 6:00-6:45 p.m. ET

This session, led by Kim Thompson, mental training consultant with Canada’s National Women’s Program, will discuss strategies for players to incorporate mental training into their day-to-day lives, on and off the ice. The primary focuses will be confidence and mental toughness. For U11 and up. The session will be bilingual with sections delivered in English and French.REGISTER HERE


Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 6:00-6:45 p.m. ET

A fun and interactive at-home mobility session with Jeremy Steinbach, strength and conditioning coach with Canada’s National Women’s Program, and a national team athlete. Appropriate for all ages and levels. No equipment required. The session will be bilingual with sections delivered in English and French.


POND TO PODIUM – National Team Athlete Q&A

Sunday, May 2, 2021 | 6:00-6:45 p.m. ET

A live question-and-answer panel discussion with three national team athletes on their career paths, university experiences and advice for their younger selves. The session will be bilingual with sections delivered in English and French. REGISTER HERE

WOMEN’S HOCKEY SUMMIT – hosted by Hockey Canada’s Female Hockey Policy Committee

Sunday, May 9, 2021
Participants are invited to attend one or both panels.

PANEL #1 | 11:30-12:30 p.m. ET
Women’s Leadership: Examples of how to advance the women’s game through role models and ambassadors will be discussed, along with the identification of steps to intentionally invite and encourage women into leadership positions by creating positive and welcoming environments. This session will be delivered in English with simultaneous French translation.


PANEL #2 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Growing the Game: Practical examples on how to grow women’s hockey and girls and women in the game will be shared. Experiences with growing an all-girls local hockey association as well as growing the number of girls playing in a local hockey association will be discussed. This session will be delivered in English with simultaneous French translation.


HNB Coach of the Month: Mick Donovan (Baie Sainte Anne, NB)

We are happy to announce that Mick Donovan (Baie Sainte Anne Mariners U11) is the HNB Coach of the Month!

“Mick’s love for hockey is unmatched. Even though his children are grown up, he continues to give back to the community. Mick has volunteered the last two seasons with a U 11 team as a hockey coach, mentor, and role model to aspiring young hockey players. Coach Mick has shown ongoing initiative, leadership and dedication to his team and had kept his team motivated during a very different hockey season. Mick has made an impact on this group that cannot be measured”.

“His Dad was his biggest influence, being the selfless community builder and volunteer that he was, as well being a role model for Mick. He had definitely followed in his Dad’s footsteps and has passed his knowledge to many children in the area.”

“Mick has inspired me to become more involved in my community and was also one of my role models growing up” stated an individual close to the team. “I am merely just one of the many lives he has influenced both on and off the ice. Mick always goes above and beyond teaching his tips and tricks for hockey and life as well. I believe more people need to know how good of a coach he really is and how appreciative we are of his influence.”

Mick will receive a Bauer Coaches bag, a one year subscription to the Hockey Canada Network App and a CoachMate package from Hockey New Brunswick. To nominate someone for Coach of the Month click here: https://hnb.ca/en/coaches/coach-of-the-month

COVID-19 update, March 30, 2021

Please see the attached information bulletin related to the Government of New Brunswick announcement extending zone 4 in the Red Alert Phase - click here for memo