Alexa Haché & Emma Wishart to represent HNB at Global Girls Game

Media Release
Feb 4, 2019

Alexa Haché & Emma Wishart to represent HNB at Global Girls Game

Fredericton - Hockey New Brunswick has selected two bantam female players to attend the 2019 Global Girls Game hosted by the Hockey Canada in cooperation with Hockey Alberta and the International Ice Hockey Federation.  The Canada segment of the Global Game will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Flames Center in Calgary, Alberta with festivities commencing at 2:00 p.m. local time.

Alexa Haché, a defense from Keswick Ridge and Emma Wishart, a forward from Florenceville-Bristol will represent Hockey New Brunswick at the event.  Both players are members of the Western Valley Female Bantam Team.  

In addition to participating in the Global Girls Game, Emma and Alexa will have an opportunity to tour the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Canada Olympic Park and the Hockey Canada Hall of Champions.  Players will also interact with other players from across Canada and participate in meet and greet sessions and presentations with Hockey Canada players and coaches.

Both players entered and were selected through an application process, which was led by the Hockey New Brunswick Female Commission.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL GAME

The Girl’s Global Game is an initiative that unites all federations from around the globe in celebration of the female hockey game. Its inaugural event took place in October 2015 which saw 30 countries participate, including Canada. You can visit the current IIHF website to see the summaries of games that took place:

The Girl’s Global Game is an initiative that unites all federations from around the globe in celebration of the female hockey game. Its inaugural event took place in October 2015 which saw 30 countries participate, including Canada. You can visit the current IIHF website to see the summaries of games that took place:

Last year, 38 countries participated in one game over the course of 2 days that united players across 6 continents as teammates! Each country had two teams that represented Team Blue and Team White and accumulated a score that was tallied as the games traveled west from New Zealand all the way until the big finale here in Canada. Our players became teammates with other girls from all over the World!

Annual Hockey New Brunswick Fundraiser

Hockey New Brunswick
Media Release

For Immediate Release
February 2nd, 2019

Annual Hockey New Brunswick Fundraiser

Hockey New Brunswick is a non-profit organization responsible for governing amateur hockey in the province. There are over 25,000 New Brunswick residents involved in hockey as players, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.

This campaign is a provincial fundraising program aimed toward keeping the cost of participation in amateur hockey to a minimum, while providing an opportunity for minor hockey associations, teams, and athletes to raise money for their groups.

On Saturday February 2nd, 2019 Hockey New Brunswick held the fundraiser presentation at the Aitken Centre during a UNB vs UPEI game. The winners of this year’s presentation were:

1st Place – 2019 Chevrolet Cruze – Dean Murphy

2nd Place – $5000 Travel Credit – Jeff Young

3rd Place – Trip for 2 to a Montreal Canadians Game – Catherine Peacock

4th Place – Trip for 2 to a Toronto Maple Leafs Game – Rachel Winters

5th Place – Delta Brunswick Getaway Package – Will Polchies

6th Place – Delta Brunswick Getaway Package – Tracy Pike

For further information regarding this release please contact:

Heather Strickland
(506) 453.0867

Hockey New Brunswick Female Skills Development Camps Coming to Miramichi, Moncton & Saint John.

Hockey New Brunswick will be offering local minor hockey players an opportunity to take part in a Hockey New Brunswick Skills Development Camp being held in Miramichi (March 5), Saint John (March 6), & Moncton (March 7).

The primary focus of the camp is centred around on-ice fundamental skills, with off-ice time scheduled for life skill enhancement in areas such as respect, fitness, and teamwork. Off-ice fitness sessions are included involving games with team work and proper stretching.

Members of Hockey New Brunswick will be on-site to assist with on-ice, as well as off-ice sessions.

The Hockey New Brunswick Skills Development Camps are designed for Novice, Atom Peewee and Bantam players and have the following objectives:

  • To develop/enhance the fundamental skills of skating, passing, stick handling, and shooting.
  • To create opportunity for players to meet other players and develop friendships.
  • To promote the fun of the game.
  • To teach the concepts of fair play, fitness, safety, team work, and the importance of a positive attitude.
  • To provide a memorable experience for all who attend.

The camp will be $35/player.  The first 70 players registered will be accepted. 

Players who attend the camp will receive: 

  • 2 – 60 minute on-ice sessions
  • Team building session
  • Fitness session
  • Hockey New Brunswick Practice Jersey
  • HNB Gift

To register for one of these camps please click the links below:

Miramichi:        Novice/Atom       Peewee/Bantam 

Saint John:      Novice/Atom       Peewee/Bantam  

Moncton:         Novice/Atom       Peewee/Bantam

Info sheets: Miramichi, Moncton, Saint John

For more information on this camp please contact Mike Gillingham @

Phone: (506) 453-0864

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KV Devils Peewee team announced as Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup Semi-Finalist

The KV Devils Peewee team have been announced as one of the ten semi-finalists for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. The third season of the program was announced by Chevrolet and Hockey Canada, which searches for the Peewee team that makes the biggest impact in its community.

The top ten list of semi-finalists will be narrowed down to three by total views on their submission videos received on YouTube from January 26 to February 9th, 2019.  Each view of their video counts as a vote.  To view their video click here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2iPjYRLM68

From the final three, judges will name a winner based on the number YouTube views along with the impact on the community and community engagement.

Teams that reach the semi-finals will not go unrewarded; the seven semi-finalists who don’t make the final three will each take home $2,000 for the charity of their choice and Hockey Canada/Chevrolet branded swag, while the two finalists not named champion will receive $5,000 for the charity of their choice, Hockey Canada/Chevrolet branded swag and a feature on broadcast television.

The team that wins the Good Deeds Cup receives:

  • ·$100,000 for the charity of its choice
  • ·Hockey Canada/Chevrolet branded swag
  • ·Good Deeds Cup winners ceremony in its hometown
  • ·One-minute feature on television

For more information on the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup - https://www.chevrolet.ca/hockey/good-deeds-cup.html

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Nic Jansen
Executive Director
Hockey NB
506.453.0866

Lesson #8 - Play Through the Politics

Lesson #8 – Play through the Politics

I guess for parents this lesson should be called, “Enjoy the game in spite of the politics.” There are politics in everything we do as we get older. Hockey is another great way to show our kids how to deal with them before they move into adulthood. I've heard many people say that hockey is so political, but I think if you asked a dance mom, soccer dad, or a parent of a kid trying to get the lead role in the school play, they'd all agree that somehow, they felt politics were involved.

I’ve spent so much time talking about the mistakes I made as a parent and how hockey parents need to try and be better. This video highlights a story of how a coach had a “win at all cost” mentality and tried to manipulate a situation to improve his own team.

In last week’s video Brock tells the story of a coach that had a win at all costs mentality. Brock was trying out for AAA in his draft year and my husband was no longer coaching him. He had coached him for many years and had been asked several times to come back to coaching. Once Brock was playing at a higher level he felt it was better to be a spectator. The REP team was looking for a coach that year and one of the coaches from REP wanted him to join him on the bench. He proceeded to call the coach of the AAA team to tell him to cut Brock so that his Dad would come back to coaching the REP team and Brock would be their goalie. In the end, the AAA coach didn’t listen to this gentlemen and Brock made the team on his own. I have never been able to put a good spin on this situation. As I sat and listened to Brock’s take on the whole thing, I was so proud when I heard him say, “When it comes to politics, the hockey player needs to remember to just play through it. The hockey world should be evaluated on what you do on the ice and how good of a person you are off of it. Make sure you do everything on the ice, you work hard, play your best and I think that is where the evaluation is going to come into play."

There are many cases that coaches need to be better. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful that we have people willing to volunteer their time. My husband has done it for years and most parents have no idea what goes into coaching. All of that said coaches need to remember that just because they are volunteers; it doesn’t excuse them from bad behaviour.

We asked former NHL player Kirk MacLean if he had ever come across these kinds of politics in his Minor Hockey career and he said, “I know when I was growing up some organizations would try to lure players from their district possibly promising them bikes or tv’s or whatever it may be.”

I think we need to remember that in life there is the possibility of a situation where a boss, a teacher, or a coach doesn’t have our best intentions at heart.

As I mention in the book, this was a lesson I struggled with. This is what I wrote about politics, an excerpt from Lesson Eight (8) …

"As you navigate your way through this hockey experience, you will soon learn that there are decisions being made for your child that you have no control over, so let them go. Always bring your children back to the purity of the sport. Teach them to play through the politics...play in spite of them and the rest will fall into place."

Video link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap_bGkia9sE

Written by Allyson Tufts

Author, Speaker and Passionate Hockey Mom

Stay tuned for the next video in the series, “Your dreams shouldn’t cost your integrity.”

If you would like to learn more about the video series or purchase the book visit www.lessonsfrombehindtheglass.com.

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