Julie Pelchat and Kristen Nash selected as BFL Female Coach of the Year


There is arguably no more important role in hockey than that of the coach, who is tasked with guiding young players not only on the ice, but off it as well. They are leaders in hockey, and leaders in life. 

Hockey Canada and BFL Canada recognized the country’s best women’s hockey coaches with the BFL Female Coach of the Year awards, in three categories (Community, Competitive, and High Performance).

Nominated by parents and players from coast to coast, 3 national and 19 provincial and territorial award winners were chosen by the selection committee. 

The Hockey New Brunswick recipients: 

Community Coach: Julie Pelchat, Central Female U9 Tornadoes

As a Head Coach of the U9 Tornadoes, Julie worked diligently to ensure that she offered the best possible hockey experience for the young girls she coaches. Julie strikes the right balance between educating the girls on how to play the sport all while nourishing their willingness to play hockey. Julie understands the wide range of skill at the U9 levels and catered practices for both experienced and inexperienced players. Not only has Julie emphasized the importance of having fun and trying your best, but also makes sure that the team is bonding. Coach Julie arranged swimming activities, hockey games and much more to keep the team engaged all season long. Julie has a passion for the sport and is passing that along to each player she coaches. 

Competitive Coach: Kristen Nash, Greater Miramichi Female U15 AA Panthers 

Kristen is a leader on and off of the ice for the U15 AA Greater Miramichi Female Panthers. She is a calm and quiet professional who has helped the Panthers balance their schedules during a very busy hockey season. The importance of offering off-ice sessions at a local Cross-fit Gym, bonding activities, rest & recovery methods, and proper nutrition are all things Kristen has brought to the U15 AA Panthers this season to help their performances both in hockey and everyday life. Kristen is a local athlete who is now returning her love of the game to the Greater Miramichi Female Hockey Association.