January Coach of the Month

Margaret Gillan (Lancaster Minor Hockey Association) chosen as Hockey New Brunswick Coach of the Month for January

Hockey New Brunswick is happy to announce that Margaret Gillan of the Lancaster Atom C Black Knights has been selected as the Coach of the Month for January.

“Coach Margaret Gillan is the first coach I have come across that is 100% involved in every aspect of her team” stated one parent. “As the coordinator for our division, manager of the team, and a parent to a player on the Black Knights, I cannot say enough about this Coach”.  

Coach Gillan is new to the Head Coach role this season but attends any coach development opportunity that arises. She is eager to learn and excited to take what she learns back to her team. “She beams with pride over every single one of our players accomplishments, no matter how big or small they might seem to others.”

“Margaret is top notch when it comes to developing herself, her coaching assistants and players on the team as well, but she is also one of the best fundraisers we have on our team! She goes the extra mile to flood social media with fundraising opportunities and motivates parents to follow her lead.”

“Our league is very lucky to have you, thank you for everything you do Coach Gillan!” stated a parent on the team.

Margaret will receive a Bauer coaching bag, a year subscription to the Hockey Canada Network App and HNB Apparel.  To nominate someone in your community for Coach of the Month, please  click here.

Lesson #7

Lesson #7 – Enjoy the ride the game is over before you know it

I played this video when I came to speak at Hockey New Brunswick. I’ll never forget the moment when a woman approached me after watching the video and there were tears streaming down her face. She said they only had two years left in Minor Hockey and she was realizing how much she was going to miss it. I could totally relate to her tears. I wrote this lesson the day I realized we were at the end of our minor hockey experience and I didn't see it coming.

Game days were a bit of a ritual for me. My daughter and I always met my husband at the game because my son had to be at the rink an hour earlier...for some reason, he preferred his dad to take him. We'd stop for a hot chocolate and get to the rink just in time for puck drop. We'd scope out the best sight line to the goalie and find our spot behind the glass. If I'm being honest, I think the part I loved the most is that we were all together. My daughter was beside me, my son was on the ice doing what he loved, my husband was across the rink standing as far away from me as possible, and I was with my fellow hockey moms loving every minute of it. In my eyes that's what I called, "A good hockey day!"

I named the lesson "Enjoy the ride, the game will be over before you know it" because one of the things I enjoyed most about the hockey experience were the car rides to and from the rink. I loved those times in the car when we talked about everything and listened to music. I do need to point out that not every ride was peaceful; anyone who has done the hockey carpool knows that those rides can be loud, but I loved them. If you want to know anything about your kids and their teammates, put on their favourite music and drive them around. Quite honestly there are some things I learned on those trips that I'd like to erase from my memory. Most moments had me laughing so hard that my stress from a heavy work day would go out the window along with the smell of their stinky hockey equipment.

As hockey parents, we are gifted with memories of early morning practices when our young player’s crawled into the car with rosy cheeks and bed head, memories of the big game when they scored the winning goal or made the big save and memories of watching your child do what they love. We cannot forget the relationships that we made that involve so much more that just the game. There is the gift of that hockey mom you met the first time your child hit the ice, who is now your first call when you need to talk. There is the memory of all the players skating out with pink tape on their stick because one of the moms from the team was battling breast cancer. The memories of that hockey tournament when you stayed up a bit too late playing euchre with the other parents and could barely handle the horn the next day. I could write pages of these stories, but the point is this, it is a gift to be a hockey parent. It is a gift to be part of the hockey culture, this country and this sport, so "Enjoy the ride, the game will over before you know it."

Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuRhMDIiy30

Written by Allyson Tufts

Author, Speaker and Passionate Hockey Mom

Stay tuned for the next video in the series, “Play through the Politics.”

If you’d like to learn more about the series or to purchase the book go to www.lessonsfrombehindtheglass.com.

HNB Lottery Tickets

A reminder that the HNB draw is January 18th.  All tickets and boxes must be returned to the HNB office no later than noon on January 18th in order to be included in the draw. Unused tickets must be returned with the Association/Club’s name on the envelope so you can be issued a credit.

Hockey New Brunswick
P.O. Box / C.P. 456
Fredericton, NB
E3B 4Z9


High Performance Program

Hockey New Brunswick has now opened the registration for the 2019 HNB Cup, which will be taking place in April in Fredericton. The event is open to all Male Under 14, and U15, and Female Under 16 players. Click here for more information