Hockey New Brunswick Coach of the Month for November

Hockey New Brunswick Coach of the Month for November: Rob Mullaly, FYHA!

Hockey New Brunswick is pleased to announce Rob Mullaly as the HNB Coach of the Month for November. Rob is the Head Coach of the u11 Fredericton Youth Hockey Association Sharks and the U13 Kent Kanucks.

“During this most unusual 2020-2021 year, Rob has spent hours on the ice during pre-season skills and drills with players at different levels, often not involving his own kids, and is now serving as head coach of both a U11 recreational team and a U13 competitive team. On the side, he often coaches the local Wednesday night “Mom Timbits” group where he shares his love of the game with hockey moms who have just put on gear for the first time” stated one parent.

“He invites older players who are interested in coaching to join him on the ice where he can mentor them as on-ice helpers. Rob embraced the opportunity to work on core skills with his players to really elevate their technical hockey play and has offered his famously detailed practice plans (Orange-zone-friendly editions) to other coaches who are feeling discouraged about how to proceed.”

“Rob’s coaching philosophy is clearly communicated and unapologetic: Fair play always, even in the last minute of the one-goal game on the penalty kill. He gently reminds parents that kids will always remember that the coach trusted them enough to send them out in the clutch situation. Always be positive” mentioned a parent.

Rob will receive a Bauer Coaches bag, a 1-year subscription to the Hockey Canada Network, and an apparel package from Hockey New Brunswick. To nominate someone for Coach of the Month click here: https://hnb.ca/en/coaches/coach-of-the-month .

Nominate your champions

Millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast are involved in making hockey happen, and every one of them has a story. The mentorship of a coach, the tireless efforts of a volunteer, the inspirational story of a teammate, the communities that have rallied together to support our game – Hockey Canada wants to recognize and celebrate those who have helped to make hockey such a positive experience for its participants.

Highlights of the Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, the Official Bank of Hockey Canada, include a revamped version of Tom’s Talks, where CEO Tom Renney delivers impactful messages related to hockey, and monthly features about Canadians dedicating their time and passion to the game. 

And every month, in collaboration with the 13 Members, Hockey Canada Champions will be recognized. These will include players, coaches, officials, parents or volunteers who are going above and beyond to make hockey more in their communities!

Hockey Canada and Scotiabank want to shine the light on Canadians who are making a significant impact on our game. Hockey Canada Champions can be a player, coach, official, parent, volunteer or anyone who demonstrates the values important to Canadian hockey.

Together with our 13 Members and valued partner Scotiabank, Hockey Canada is searching for those who lead the way to provide a best-in-class hockey experience for all involved, creating a safe and fun environment where everyone feels welcome and accepted, and has the opportunity to be part of our game!

Know someone who should be celebrated? Help us tell their story – nominate a Champion today! - https://hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hockey-programs/community/champions/nominate

Canadian Tire Operation: Puck Drop Contest

Want to build an outdoor rink in your backyard? We can help. Enter the Canadian Tire Operation: Puck Drop contest now! https://www.operationpuckdrop.ca/en/

BFL Female Coach of the Year

Do you know a coach who goes above and beyond behind the bench, helping young girls live their hockey dreams? Nominate her today and she could be a BFL Female Coach of the Year! Learn more at www.hockeycanada.ca/bflcoach.

Central Female, Fredericton and KV to host NHL / NHLPA First Shift Programs

The NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. They 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. They  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.  - www.firstshift.ca

Lukas Cormier invited to National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp

CALGARY, Alta. – With less than two months until the puck drops on the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), has announced a roster of 46 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Nov. 16-Dec. 13 in Red Deer, Alta.

The roster selection was led by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of national teams for Hockey Canada, and Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group. Head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and assistant coaches Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) provided input, along with coaches and general managers across the CHL.

The players, including five goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 26 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Edmonton, Alta.

Among the 46 players are six returnees who won gold at the 2020 World Juniors – Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury, OHL)Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C./Vancouver, WHL)Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Y.T./Lethbridge, WHL)Jamie Drysdale (Toronto/Erie, OHL)Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London, OHL) and Dawson Mercer (Bay Roberts, N.L./Chicoutimi, QMJHL).

“Although this has been a difficult year for our athletes and staff, we are excited to unveil the 46 players who will compete for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Salmond. “We know our athletes are excited for the opportunity to defend gold on home ice this year, and we expect a highly competitive selection camp with a number of difficult decisions to be made when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in Edmonton in December.”

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Westerner Park Centrium, home of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL). To ensure the health and safety of all participants and the community at large, Hockey Canada will be closely following enhanced measures around testing and team protocols.

The selection camp will include practices and three intrasquad games, as well as six games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars, between Nov. 28 and Dec. 13 before the team enters the bubble in Edmonton in preparation for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. The camp will take place in a cohort bubble and will be closed to the public and media. Details about media availability throughout selection camp will be announced at a later date. 

“As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada has taken important steps to maintain the health and safety of our National Junior Team athletes and staff, as well as the community at large, during selection camp and throughout the World Juniors,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “As much as we would enjoy allowing fans into the building to support Team Canada throughout the camp, we need to be responsible as we look to keep all parties safe before teams enter the bubble in Edmonton.”

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begins Dec. 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game. 

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.