June 25, 2019
HOCKEY CANADA INVITES 112 PLAYERS TO NATIONAL UNDER-17 DEVELOPMENT CAMP
Calgary-based camp will act as first experience with Team Canada
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 112 players to Calgary to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp, taking place July 19-26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.
During the week-long camp, the players - 12 goaltenders, 36 defencemen and 64 forwards - will be split into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games and classroom studies.
Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group representative Martin Mondou (Grand-Mére, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL) built the roster with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Rob Simpson (Ontario), Jason Smart (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), Shaun Sutter (West) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).
“The national under-17 development camp is the first step these athletes take in their Team Canada career,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams. “Ultimately, these players will learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. We are here to support their development by providing the on- and off-ice experiences they need to achieve the dream of representing their country.”
Following camp, players will be monitored through the early weeks of the 2019-20 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian teams - Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White - competing at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.
For the third year in a row, all 112 players have been drafted by Canadian Hockey League teams, including 46 from the Ontario Hockey League, 38 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 28 from the Western Hockey League.
Media accreditation for the Team Canada Summer Showcase, which includes Canada’s national under-17 development camp, can be requested online. The full camp schedule is available on HockeyCanada.ca.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.
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June 25, 2019
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June 8, 2019
FREDERICTON – Hockey New Brunswick held its 51st Annual General Meeting this past weekend in Saint John. The two-day event kicked off on Friday June 7th at the Delta Mariott Saint John.
A number of awards were presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday afternoon:
The HNB award winners were as follows:
J. Charles Daigle Memorial Award - André Lebel , Edmundston
Charles Daigle Award was established in 1976 in memory of the late Charles Daigle to recognize individuals at the executive level. Their dedication to our sport and their ability to organize and administer have contributed greatly to the improvement of hockey in New Brunswick.
Lebel lead a group of volunteers whose goal was to increase fan participation with the Edmundston Blizzards. The Blizzards team had over 66,000 fans cheering them on during their regular season. Many players were involved with school programs, and Minor Hockey Association programs in the region. André is well known in the region; either through coaching or as a player. He is also an active participant in fundraising with the new centre in Edmundston, where he was a tremendous help in attracting investors.
Vance Toner Hockey Development Award - Norbert LaForge, Grand Falls
Vance Toner Hockey Development Award was established in 1995 to recognize an individual who has exemplified strong qualities as a teacher, coach and administrator not only within their community, but throughout the province of New Brunswick.
Norbert began his hockey career with Hockey New Brunswick in the 1990’s. His commitment to our High Performance programs include Canada Games Teams, the Atlantic Challenge Cup as well as Prep camps. He also was coach of several Peewee AAA and Bantam AAA teams at the beginning of 2000. He was also heavily involved with our senior teams for several years.
Minor Hockey Association of the Year - Tri-County, Lisa McLaughlin, Pres.
District Association/Community Club of the Year Award was established in 1992 to recognize a minor hockey association who exemplified the true spirit of minor hockey during the past season and encouraged their members to participate under the Fair Play Values.
The Tri County Association shows leadership with its teamwork, its volunteer training initiatives, its referee training program and its numerous community events. The association seeks out sponsorships, and has an equipment loan-out program, which also helps local members ease the financial burden associated with sports. To name a few of their events; their Junior C team works with the Minor players on a weekly basis, and various minor teams are seen cheering these mentors at their Junior games, free of charge throughout the season. The association partnered with the U-17 Challenge and hosted a Canada vs. Russia exhibition game.
HNB Volunteer of the Year - Brian Gaudet, Moncton
Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1995 to recognize an active volunteer in the hockey community.
Brian Gaudet is a long-time volunteer with Moncton Minor Hockey; from Coaching, to referee in chief, developing a Sledge hockey program in his region, and being a long-time member of the Moncton Minor Board; he has led some very significant achievements for Moncton Minor Hockey.
HNB Female Hockey Breakthrough - Shellany Brewer, Keswick
Established in 2004 to be presented annually to an individual who has assisted in the promotion of Female Hockey within the province.
Shellany is a full-time mother of two and has a full-time career in the Social Development field. She manages to find time to volunteer, coach, and is also a hockey player in a female women’s league! Shellany played a key role in developing District 3 female hockey by promoting through social media, attending all meetings, and spreading the word about female hockey opportunities at various events. She was instrumental in organizing Female Try-Hockey events as well as skills and drills sessions to promote female hockey in the region.
HNB Initiation Award - Andrew Learmouth, Moncton
Established in 2016 to recognize an active volunteer or Minor Hockey Association who has actively participated in the promotion and enhancement of the Hockey Canada Initiation Program within their community. Each Region of HNB is entitled to submit one nomination per year.
Andrew Learmouth always comes to the rink prepared, and it shows when you watch him share his passion for hockey with these young future hockey stars! He embraced the Hockey Canada standards for IP and Novice programs and has received rave reviews from players and their parents.
Career Achievement Award - Paul O’Hara, Miramichi
The Hockey New Brunswick Career Achievement Award was established in 2016 to honour those individuals who, for many years, have served amateur hockey faithfully, having participated as a player, coach, official, or administrator and have made an outstanding contribution to Hockey New Brunswick.
Paul O’Hara has been involved in hockey since 1966 in various capacities; from managing a team, to presiding over an association, to starting up what’s known today as the Bantam AAA league, as well as chairing his regional operations council for many years. He also served on numerous committees with Hockey NB. He was inducted in the Miramichi Sports wall of Fame in 2006 and was recipient of the Vance Toner Development award in 2012. He is also heavily involved with several community events.
NB LIFE MEMBER- Beverley Jacobson, Southampton
Life membership is the highest honor that can be bestowed by HNB and is to be awarded only for very distinctive services to HNB.
HNB is very excited to add to our Life Members. This lady was the first female board member of Hockey NB. She was the Nackawic Minor Hockey President for 8 year. She sat on the HNB Board from June 2000 to June 2010. She was the vice president of the HNB Board for 3 terms, chair of the HNB Personnel committee for 4 years, member of the HNB Awards committee, member of the HNB Finance Committee, HNB Branch rep at Atlantic and National events. HNB Speak Out and Safety training course conductor. In addition to her HNB volunteer efforts, she was a volunteer in Vancouver 2010 Olympics as hostess at the Female hockey Venue, 2016 Initiated Wheels to Wellness Program for Nackawic and area, 2016-2020 appointed senior goodwill ambassador for NB, 2017 and 2018 invited to Lt. Governor’s reception with Top 100 Female Leaders in NB and in 2018 won the Horizon Health Community Volunteer Award.
HNB Academics Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury - Raeghan O’Leary, Sir James Dunn Academy
Ron Bradbury Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 to recognize the outstanding contribution of Ron Bradbury to the sport of hockey. This award is being presented to high school hockey player who demonstrates hockey skill, high academic standing with an emphasis on English and who is involved in the school or community.
Jim Stirling Scholarship Award - Maddy LeBlanc, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School
B.F. Lorenzetti and Associates Inc. are the insurance brokers for the Canadian Hockey Association. In 1996, B.F. Lorenzetti began sponsoring a program for the CHA, which allows every Branch to present a bursary to a deserving hockey player.
Delta/Fortis Properties Scholarship - Ben Thorne, Petitcodiac Regional
Delta/Fortis Properties Scholarship was established in 2003 to recognize a Grade 12 student who has had hockey play a positive role in their life. The applicant must be of high academic standing and must give of their time to the community.
The NB Officials Association handed out their scholarships and awards:
- Paul O'Blenis Scholarship - Keira Lockhart, Zone 5
- Scott McKay Memorial Scholarship - Maxime Aube, Zone 5
- Sonny McLellan Scholarship - Brandi Harvey, Zone 2
- Most Improved Award - yannik St. Onge, Zone 8
- Most Dedicated Award - Eric Belanger, Zone 1
- Most Promising Award - Jack Wilson, Zone 6
In other business, an election was held for the following position.
Senior Council – Phil Huckins re-elected as senior chair.
Plans were announced for the 2020 AGM, which will be held in Miramichi
June 6, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hockey New Brunswick AGM Begins tomorrow
FREDERICTON – Hockey New Brunswick’s 51st Annual General Meeting begins tomorrow in Saint John, NB at the Delta Brunswick with a number of issues on the agenda.
A number of awards will be presented at the Saturday Awards Luncheon including the HNB Volunteer of the Year, Minor Hockey Association of the Year, J. Charles Daigle Memorial Award, Vance Toner Hockey Development Award, Female Hockey Breakthrough Award, Career Achievement Award, Initiation Award, The HNB Academic Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury, Officials Scholarships, Delta/Fortis Properties Scholarship and the Jim Stirling Scholarship.
All issues being discussed over the course of the meetings will come forward to the Saturday plenary, which begins at 3:30pm.
June 3, 2019
46 GOALIES INVITED TO PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE AND NATIONAL WOMEN’S PROGRAM GOALTENDING CAMPS
26 male and 20 female netminders competing for invites to national team summer camps
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and National Women’s Program are preparing for the 2019-20 season with a pair of four-day goaltending camps at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
The camps bring together the top goaltending talent and elite-level instructors from across the country. They serve as the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selections camps for Canada’s national teams.
“The Program of Excellence goaltending camp is another great opportunity to work with the top young goaltenders in the country, and a very important part of the development process for these athletes,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. “This four-day camp will provide goalies at all levels of our program the benefit of working with and learning from some of the top instructors in Canada in preparation for the upcoming season.”
On the National Women’s Program side, 20 goaltenders will gather in Calgary from June 6-9 for four days of practices. Eleven goaltenders will participate in the National Women’s Team and National Women’s Development Team camp, joined by nine in the under-18 category.
“We are excited to welcome 20 of the top goaltenders in the country, and to continue to develop the strong talent pool of goalies in Canada,” said Gina Kingsbury, director of women’s national teams for Hockey Canada. “Having all our athletes from the under-18 level to the national team work with the same group of elite coaches provides consistency to our program and allows for development at all ages of the National Women’s Program.”
All on-ice sessions are open to the public and media.
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Since joining the Moncton Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors in 1995, Gerald Bannister has been a strong, steady influence on amateur hockey in New Brunswick, championing each new generation as a players-first administrator.
Gerald joined Minor Hockey Council with Hockey New Brunswick as a district director in 2002, a position he still holds today. One reason Gerald makes such a difference is the long-term commitment he makes to each council or governing group he sits on. In 2009, he began a six-year term as vice-president of Minor Hockey Council. Two years later he became the Minor Council representative for the Elite Hockey Commission, a role he held until 2016. For the past five seasons, Gerald has been an executive member of the NB/PEI Major Midget Hockey League, first as president and now vice-president.
While those on the East Coast have felt Gerald’s influence for more than two decades, the rest of the country deserves to know the difference he has made to amateur hockey.
June 1, 2019
HOCKEY CANADA RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTIONS AT NATIONAL AWARDS BANQUET
OTTAWA, Ont. – Our love for the game of hockey lies in the hearts of countless volunteers from coast-to-coast-to coast, looking to share their passion with all Canadians.
On Friday, Hockey Canada recognized this passion and dedication to the game at the organization’s Spring Congress in the nation’s capital. Congratulations to the nine recipients, and a heartfelt thank you to all volunteers.
The 2019 Hockey Canada award recipients are:
ORDER OF MERIT (ATLANTIC) – Gerald Bannister (Moncton, N.B.)
ORDER OF MERIT (CENTRAL) – Nicolas Minville (Saint-Amable, Que.)
ORDER OF MERIT (WEST) – Wilf Martin (Saskatoon, Sask.)
OFFICIATING AWARD – Larry Krause (Chilliwack, B.C.)
FEMALE BREAKTHROUGH AWARD – Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que.)
GORDON JUCKES AWARD – Gary McFarlane (Hamilton, Ont.)
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD – Larry Gould (Schomberg, Ont.)
HAL LEWIS AWARD – Esther Madziya (Lethbridge, Alta.) and Sean Raphael (Surrey, B.C.)
Nominations for all awards were submitted by Hockey Canada’s 13 members, and the winners were chosen by a Hockey Canada selection committee. The success of minor hockey associations in Canada depend heavily on volunteers and Hockey Canada is pleased to recognize the individuals who contribute greatly to the game of hockey across the nation.
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The Hockey New Brunswick Annual General Meeting will be held June 7th-9th at the Delta Brunswick Hotel in Saint John
The Hockey NB AGM E-binder and Minor Council Notices of Amendment (voted on by Minor Council on Saturday June 8) can be found by following this link - https://www.hnb.ca/en/hnb/events/agm
We are excited to announce that during the Friday night social at the AGM that we will have the musical entertainment of Kylie Fox for an hour; then from 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm we will be entertained by the Stand-up Comedian, James Mullinger - http://www.jamesmullinger.com