BFL Female Coach of the Year

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 are on the hunt for the country’s best women’s hockey coaches, and they are calling on players and parents from coast to coast to nominate coaches who have made significant contributions to the game.

This year, Hockey Canada and BFL CANADA want to recognize a coach who has made a career out of coaching hockey through our new and redefined High Performance category. This works with athletes above the age of 16 who compete at the U SPORTS, Canadian collegiate hockey and Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association levels.

For our Community, Competitive and High Performance categories, the nominee:

  • Leads by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship.
  • Places the emotional and physical well-being ahead of a personal desire to win.
  • Places an emphasis on equitable participation of all players registered on the team.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the development of every player and staff member.
  • Treats each player as an individual and understands the range of emotional and physical development.
  • Does her best to provide a safe playing situation for all players.
  • Uses the coaching techniques that are appropriate for all of the age and skill level of her players. 
  • Must be actively coaching at the female hockey, minor hockey or high-performance levels within the province the nomination originates from.
  • Must be trained and/or certified in the National Coach Certification Program.
  • Must have completed all elements required to be an active coach.
  • Must be a Member in good standing within the province the nomination originates from.

Nominations are now closed for the 2021-2022 BFL Female Coach of the Year Program. All nominations are currently being evaluated and thank you to everyone who entered a submission.

What can my coach win?

The national winners of the BFL Female Coach of the Year award in the Community and Competitive categories will receive a $2,500 bursary, a customized Team Canada jersey, a five-year subscription to the Hockey Canada Network and a Hockey Canada merchandise package.

Provincial and territorial winners in the Community and Competitive categories will receive a $1,000 bursary.

The national winner in the High Performance category will receive a $5,000 bursary and an invite to Canada's National Women’s Team camp in the summer of 2022.

Who is choosing the winners?

Selection of all provincial award winners will be made by the Members. The national Community, Competitive and High Performance winners will be selected by the BFL Female Coach of the Year Selection Committee. The selection committee includes a trio of Canadian women’s hockey leaders – Olympic gold medallists Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Gina Kingsbury and Caroline Ouellette. They are joined by Steve Lacoste, vice-president and national practice leader of sports and leisure with BFL CANADA, and Teal Gove, manager of hockey operations with Hockey Canada. The Selection Committee and the Members reserve the right to contact the participants on the team and/or others deemed appropriate prior to the final decision.

About BFL Canada

Founded in 1987 by Barry F. Lorenzetti, BFL CANADA is one of the largest employee-owned and operated Risk Management, Insurance Brokerage and Employee Benefits Consulting Services firms in North America. The firm has a team of over 1000 professionals located in 23 offices across the country. BFL CANADA is a founding partner of Lockton Global LLP, a partnership of independent insurance brokers who provide Risk Management, Insurance and Benefits Consulting services in over 140 countries around the world. For more information, visit or follow on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

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