Josh Lawrence & Lukas Cormier selected to Team Canada for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

October 16, 2018


Three Canadian teams to compete for gold in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced its 66-player roster selected to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Nov. 3-10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – and will compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 112 players were invited to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp and introduced to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. The players chosen to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for Hockey Canada, with assistance from U17 POE management group lead Martin Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), as well as regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

“Any time you bring together the best young players in the country there are bound to be difficult decisions when selecting players, and we feel the 66 young men we chose exemplify the core values of the Program of Excellence,” said McEwen. “We believe that these players possess a willingness to learn and grow as they progress through our program and represent Canada, and give us the best chance to compete for a gold medal this November.”

The tournament opens Saturday, Nov. 3 at the qplex in Quispamsis when Finland takes on Sweden at 3:30 p.m. AT, followed by Team Canada Red, silver-medallist last year, facing off against Russia at 7:30 p.m. AT. The United States will kick off the action at Harbour Station in Saint John on Sunday, Nov. 4 when it plays the Czech Republic at 12 p.m. AT, followed by an all-Canadian match-up between Team Canada Black and Team Canada White at 4 p.m. AT.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters for Hockey Canada, will air both semifinals on Friday, Nov. 9, as well as the bronze- and gold-medal games on Saturday, Nov. 10; please check local listings for details. Media accreditation for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Harbour Station in Saint John and qplex in Quispamsis can be requested online.

After a successful ticket launch, full-event ticket packages for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge are sold out. A $99 Harbour Station ticket package is now available for purchase at the Harbour Station box office and includes all preliminary-round games in Saint John, as well as both semifinals and the bronze- and gold-medal games. Single-game tickets are also available for purchase starting at $13 at

The communities of Saint John and Quispamsis will receive the net proceeds from all ticket and ticket-package sales as a legacy of the event to support grassroots hockey within their communities as part of their hosting agreement with Hockey Canada. Additionally, recent editions of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have resulted in as much as $6 million in economic impact within the host communities.

More than 1,700 NHL draft picks have suited up since the inception of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (previously known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, including 13 first-overall draft picks since 2001 (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015; and Auston Matthews, 2016).

For more information on the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Spencer Sharkey           
Coordinator, Communications     
Hockey Canada
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HNB to host Coach Development Seminar in conjunction with World Under 17 Hockey Challenge

October 16, 2018

Hockey New Brunswick to host Coach Development Seminar in conjunction with World Under 17 Hockey Challenge

Hockey New Brunswick has announced details around a Coach Development Seminar which will be held at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre on Sunday November 4th, in conjunction with the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.

The seminar is intended to provide minor hockey coaches with resources and personal development network opportunities.  The Seminar will begin at 10:00 am and conclude at 3:30 pm.  

Presenters and topics for the Seminar are below:

Tom Renney, Hockey Canada CEO – “Key-note”

Trevor Georgie, President and General Manager Saint John Sea Dogs – “The search for today’s Coach”

Gardiner MacDougall, UNB Men’s Hockey Coach – “Grit to Great”

Dr. Ryan Hamilton, Sport Psychologist at UNB / Hockey Canada – “Mental Preparation”

Eric Bissonnette, Fredericton Caps Major Midget Coach – “Practice Planning”

Kyle MacDonald, UNB Men’s & Women’s Goalie Coach – “Goaltending”

Barry Medori, Hockey Canada Coach Resource – “Gold Standard Portal”

Seminar Cost - $20

Includes – HNB gift, coaching resources, lunch and one ticket to the Canada Black vs Canada White game on Sunday November 4th, 4:00 p.m. at Harbour Station

To register for the Coach Seminar, CLICK HERE


The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international showcase of some of the best young hockey talent in the world – returns to New Brunswick in the fall of 2018. Saint John and Quispamsis will co-host the tournament scheduled to run Nov. 3-10, 2018.

Tickets packages for the event are available online at -

Since the first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (previously known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,600 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 13 of the last 17 first-overall selections: Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004: Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan McKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015; and Auston Matthews, 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Gillingham

Hockey New Brunswick, Technical Director


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2018 World Under- 17 Hockey Challenge Tickets On Sale Now!

Harbour Station packages & Single game tickets are now available for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John and Quispamsis.

Hurry! Single game tickets are now on sale!

  • Harbour Station Package - $99.00*
  • Single game –as low as $13*

*above prices do not include fees 

To purchase your ticket packages CLICK HERE

Tickets can also be purchased online at,
or in person at the Harbour Station Box Office 

Thank you, 
Hockey Canada

Lesson #2

Lesson #2 – Leave your baggage at home

I always find it funny when I hear parents say that they are sending their child for tryouts just so they can have some extra ice time or we just want them to have the experience and just want to see how they compare to the other players. The best line is when they say, it really doesn’t matter to us if they make it or not! Who pays for a tryout and puts their kid into a stressful situation just to get on the ice? If you want to have extra ice time, why don’t you go to the rec centre for a free skate? Safe to say it matters to you.

Believe me, I was no different but let me tell you what I have learned. I learned that when my son played house league in comparison to more competitive levels, the lessons he learned about teamwork, following rules, and life skills were the same. The times we tried to push him to play at a level he wasn’t ready for was to his detriment and it made a horrible experience for all of us. Please hear me when I say that you are wrong if you think that the only ultimate experience in hockey is if your child is playing at an elite level. The love of the game, the time with your child, and the lessons they learn happen at every level. If you make them feel that they are inadequate because they don’t play at a higher level, they’ll spend the whole experience feeling like a failure. This is what the chapter and the lesson “Leave your baggage at home” is all about. If you have any sense of shame around what level your child plays at, you have to ask yourself why. Don’t make your young player feel like a failure when they are doing their best and playing where they belong.

One of the toughest parts of creating the video series was hearing some of my son's comments about the way I managed the hockey experience as a mom. When he said, "It didn't take me long to discover headphones. I had to do the best I could before games or tryouts or anything nerve-wracking to try to block my mom out." It was a difficult pill to swallow because at the time, I didn't realize the stress I was causing him. I wanted him to play well so I could hold my head up as if it was my own accomplishment.

From that experience, I wrote lesson two (2), Leave your baggage at home. This excerpt from the book says it best:

"Sometimes we need to ask ourselves when we've yelled at our kids in the rink, who are we really yelling for? If they don't have a good game, who are we embarrassed for? I bet if you think long and hard, the answer is that you're yelling because you don't want people to look at you like you aren't aware that your son or daughter just messed up. I hate to say it, but like everything else, our egos get in the way. This is our child's experience, not our own. It's amazing the freedom that comes from stepping back. I say this having yelled, paced, made excuses and left many games feeling worse than my son did. Whenever I made the experience about me and tried to protect him from what I had gone through, it would feel way worse than it had to."

At the end of the day, leave your baggage at home! The only baggage your child should bring to the rink is their hockey bag!

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Written by Allyson Tufts

Author, Speaker and Passionate Hockey Mom

Stay tuned for the next video in the series that covers the lesson "Parents see hockey through a different set of eyes."

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23rd Annual Atlantic Challenge Cup Wrap-Up

Media Release
October 8, 2018

23rd Annual Atlantic Challenge Cup Wrap-Up

 Moncton, NB - The 23rd Anniversary of the Atlantic Challenge Cup concluded this afternoon in Moncton, New Brunswick and it was another tremendous success.  The event had everything that a hockey fan would want to see and all games were very well attended by parents, the general public and a large number of scouts who took in games over the four days.

“This was another display of the talent which Atlantic Canada has to offer to the hockey world," stated Louis Gaudet, Host Committee Chairperson.  "It was a great weekend of hockey for Atlantic Canada and it showed the type of talent that we have in our region.  Our players keep raising the bar each year and it is a sign that there are a lot of great things happening in the four Atlantic hockey branches.”

Listed below are the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists in each of the four divisions:

Male U14:

Gold – New Brunswick

Silver – Prince Edward Island

Bronze – Nova Scotia

Male U15:

Gold – Nova Scotia

Silver – New Brunswick

Bronze – Newfoundland Labrador

Female U16:

Gold – New Brunswick

Silver – Nova Scotia

Bronze – Prince Edward Island

Female U18:

Gold – Nova Scotia

Silver – Newfoundland Labrador

Bronze – New Brunswick

Results from the event are available at

After the Medal Games on Monday afternoon the Hard Hat Awards were awarded to a player from each team which is determined by his/her teammates to be the player that has the most positive attitude, greatest work ethic and is a teammate of whom all are proud to be associated.   The winners are as follows:

Hockey New Brunswick

Male Under 14 – Mathieu Pelletier
Male Under 15 – Noah Gibbs
Female Under 16 – Genevieve Hache
Female Under 18 – Shani Rossignol

Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador

Male Under 14 – Landen Toole
Male Under 15 – Riley Mercer
Female Under 16 – Jordan Chaulk
Female Under 18 – Kaylee Hurley

Hockey Nova Scotia

Male Under 14 – Spencer Bower
Male Under 15 – Brandon Abbass
Female Under 16 – Sara Stewart
Female Under 18 – Maggy Burbridge

Hockey Prince Edward Island 

Male Under 14 – Harry Clements
Male Under 15 – Colby Huggan
Female Under 16 – Caroline Thompson
Female Under 18 – Rory Aiken

For More Information:

Mike Gillingham
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