Date: June 4, 2020
Subject: Hockey New Brunswick statement on Return to Hockey
Hockey New Brunswick is monitoring all information updates from the Government of New Brunswick’s Public Health Office. The Government has announced that rinks and low contact sports can return as of June 5th.
Earlier today, Hockey Canada announced that a reinstatement of hockey within each Provincial branch will be in accordance with applicable provincial Public Health directives.
Given the above direction from Public Health and Hockey Canada, the Hockey New Brunswick Board of Directors have determined the following:
- Effective June 6th, off-ice sanctioned events will be permitted on the condition that the Government of New Brunswick directives and guidelines are followed, and an Operational Plan for such activities is submitted to Hockey New Brunswick.
- Hockey New Brunswick has developed work groups to create an Operational Plan for the return of on-ice sanctioned activities. The work groups are made up of subject matter experts, HNB board, council, commission members and minor hockey representatives from across the province. The Operational Plan will be in accordance with the directives and guidelines that have been developed by the Government of New Brunswick, as well as the Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines.
- Return to hockey in New Brunswick will proceed with a phased in approach. Phase 1, which is tentatively scheduled to begin on August 1, 2020 will be specific to Development based activities. Requests to begin Development programs prior to August 1st, will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
For more information on the Return to Hockey Plan, and the resources which are available from the Government of New Brunswick and Hockey Canada, please visit - https://hnb.ca/en/covid-19.
Further updates specific to Hockey New Brunswick’s Return to Hockey Plan, and the phased in approach will be available in the coming weeks.
We wish everyone all the best during this unprecedented time.
Hockey New Brunswick
Hockey New Brunswick
HOCKEY CANADA ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO AGE-DIVISION NAMES
Changes to simplify the minor hockey system to go into effect next season
CALGARY, Alta. – At its Winter Congress this weekend in Montreal, the Hockey Canada membership approved a regulation change proposed by the board of directors to revise the naming of the age divisions used in minor hockey across Canada.
Following the recommendations of a task team, the age divisions will become U7, U9, U11 through to U21, impacting all minor and female hockey programs under the Hockey Canada umbrella. The change was initiated by Hockey Canada and its 13 provincial and territorial members and will be implemented nationally with their input and support for the 2020-21 season.
YEAR OF BIRTH AGE ON DEC. 31 AGE DIVISION
2014 and before 6 and under Under-7 (U7)
2012-2013 7-8 Under-9 (U9)
2010-2011 9-10 Under-11 (U11)
2008-2009 11-12 Under-13 (U13)
2006-2007 13-14 Under-15 (U15)
2003-2004-2005 15-16-17 Under-18 (U18)
2000-2001-2002 18-19-20 Under-21 (U21)
“We believe everyone should feel welcome in the game and in our on-going effort to make hockey more inclusive, the Members at the Hockey Canada Annual Meeting determined that the names of our age Divisions will change,” said Michael Brind’Amour, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. “Following a comprehensive review, we believe this change will simplify the system for families who may be new to the game. The new age Division names will be implemented for next season.”
May 15, 2020
Shellany Brewer and Geneviève David selected as Hockey Canada, BFL Canada Female Coach of the Year New Brunswick Recipients
Hockey Canada, in partnership with BFL CANADA, announced the first winners of the BFL Female Coach of the Year awards. Introduced as an international marketing partner in October 2019, BFL CANADA’s commitment is to focus on growth and development opportunities for women in the game, on the ice and behind the bench.
Through the program, one high-performance and one community coach from each province and the northern territories have been recognized, with a national winner in each category.
BFL Female Coach of the Year – New Brunswick High Performance Winner
In the 2019-2020 season Geneviève was the Assistant Coach for the St. Thomas University team, while also being Head Coach of the HNB U18 team that attended the Atlantic Challenge Cup and Team Atlantic that attended the National U18 Female Championship. In addition to the teams which she’s been part of, Geneviève has led on-ice sessions for both grassroots and AAA teams.
BFL Female Coach of the Year – New Brunswick Community Winner
In the 2018-19 season, Shellany played an instrumental role in the creation of Central Female Hockey Association, while also coaching within the Association. This season, she organized an all-female NHL / NHLPA First Shift program in Fredericton, which helped to grow female hockey in the Capital Region. The passion and commitment that Shellany displays as both a coach and administrator has helped to triple the Association’s registration numbers is just one season.
“Thank you to all the coaches for allowing our young girls and women to develop and reach their full potential in a positive and supportive environment,” said Barry F. Lorenzetti, president and CEO of BFL CANADA. “Thank you for investing your time and energy in their passion and their future – you are making a real difference in their lives by being such dedicated coaches. BFL CANADA is proud to be a part of this journey in making the future of women’s hockey brighter.”
The selection committee included Olympic gold medallists Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Gina Kingsbury, director of women’s national teams with Hockey Canada, and Caroline Ouellette. They were joined by Steve Lacoste, national practice leader and vice-president – sports and leisure with BFL CANADA, and Teal Gove, manager of hockey development with Hockey Canada.
For more information, contact:
Hockey New Brunswick, Executive Director
May 14, 2020
First, and most importantly, to the front-line and essential workers who have gone above and beyond around the clock to keep Canadians safe – a simple thank you is not nearly enough for what you have done over the last three months.
Second, to our Members, partners, local hockey associations, volunteers and fans across Canada, thank you for keeping the spirit of hockey alive. Unprecedented times have called for unprecedented efforts at every level of the game.
As provinces and territories phase in a plan to reopen in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are questions about when hockey will return, and how it will look when it does.
Hockey Canada and its Members are diligently working on a multifaceted return-to-hockey plan that will happen when, and only when, provincial and territorial governments and health authorities deem it safe to do so.
This plan includes everything from health and safety regulations to communications, seasonal structure, customer engagement and national teams.
As the return-to-hockey plan progresses, it will do so at different speeds, and at different times, across the country, based on direction from health authorities. And the game will look different, that much we do know. We ask for patience as we continue to work towards ensuring hockey plays its role in bringing the sports community back.
The health and safety of everyone involved in the game will determine when we return, not our desire to get back on the ice. When our country is ready, Hockey Canada will be ready. Until then, continue to follow the guidelines set by your provincial and territorial government to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Only by working together will we be able to make a difference and safely return.
For more information and regular updates, please visit hockeycanada.ca/returntohockey.
Thank you for your passion and dedication to our game, and we hope to see you around the rink as soon as possible.
Michael Brind’Amour Tom Renney Scott Smith
Chair, Board of Directors Chief Executive Officer President & COO