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Millions of Canadians across our country help make hockey more, and all of them have a story. The mentorship of a coach, the tireless efforts of a volunteer, the inspirational story of a teammate, the communities that rally together to support our game – we want to tell those stories!

Let’s celebrate and honour Canadians who make our game great by sharing a Community story or nominating a Hockey Canada Champion!

Garrett McFadden started McFadden’s Movement in 2016 to grow mental health awareness as a member of the Guelph Storm. Now, the Movement continues with Acadia University.
HC Champion: Scott Henderson
An unwavering commitment to help players fall in love with the game makes Scott Henderson a real Champion of the game.
The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, has returned to celebrate the very best of Canadian hockey.
The Vancouver Angels have put a focus on getting more women behind the bench, including long-time teammates – and assistant coaches – Piper Hays and Hayley Palmer.
HC Champion: Krista Hodder
Krista Hodder is reducing the barriers to play for young girls from the Membertou First Nation community in Nova Scotia.
Wacey Rabbit is sharing his love of the game and his people through fun skills camps he created for Indigenous kids.
The Halifax Mussels program is providing members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies with a supportive, fun and inclusive way to learn and love Canada’s game.
Representation matters
Lynne Kiang has spent 30 years working to welcome people of all backgrounds to rinks in B.C.’s Lower Mainland.
It was a simple request and even simpler to fulfill, since the Central York Panthers were giving back all along.
After losing his son to suicide at 22, Dr. Stu Gershman founded Buddy Check for Jesse, which is working to end the stigma around mental health in the hockey community.
A family of volunteers
The MacNicolls are a true hockey family – seven kids, mom and dad give their time to the game on and off the ice.
HC Champion: Jill Fraser
Jill Fraser helped create a bubble to keep girls’ teams in the Kincardine MHA safely on the ice this season.
Hockey Nova Scotia and its Female Indigenous Hockey Program are helping young Mi’kmaq players experience the benefits of Canada’s game alongside their peers.
HC Champion: Dean Smith
Dean Smith is leading the charge to ensure hockey is safe and welcoming for anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to play.
Providing a place to play
For more than a decade, Hockey Nova Scotia has been giving young Black players an opportunity to learn Canada’s game.
With his three daughters on the ice, Chris Petrichuk helped get three all-girls teams off and running in Balcarres, Sask., and resurrected the U18 AA program in Melville.
Teamwork was on display as players worked together across Canada to give back to local communities over the holidays.
HC Champion: M. Estabrooks
Matt Estabrooks doesn’t just teach hockey, he teaches life skills that will benefit his young players outside the game.
A simple idea – toques from old hockey socks – became a labour of love for three friends, and a way for one young player to leverage the hockey community to give back.
HC Champion: Andrew Boyle
He spends hours volunteering and captains his Junior B team. Just 21, Andrew Boyle is a community leader in Antigonish.
The power of hockey
After Justin Ikebuchi passed away in a car accident on Oct. 13, his hockey community rallied around his family.
The president of Bow Island Minor Hockey and a proud hockey mom, Chantel Timmons has given the last 13 years to making sure the game thrives in the southern Alberta town.
Sebastien and Aries Benuen walked 330 kilometres not just for hockey, but for community, culture and their Innu values.
Davey leans on hockey family
When Brianna Davey battled a rare blood disorder, the hockey community stepped up to support the B.C. Hockey staffer.
The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, will celebrate the individuals who are bringing Canada’s game to life from coast to coast to coast.
The Official Bank of Hockey Canada has committed to supporting grassroots hockey and growing the women’s game.
Tanya Noble has volunteered innumerable – and invaluable – hours.
Bill Nicholson has been the face of the Timbits program in Thunder Bay.
Dean Smith is leading the charge for diversity and inclusion in N.S.
Shaun Piller has built the girls’ hockey program in Lumsden, Sask.
There isn’t much Vern Nolin hasn’t volunteered for in Dewberry, Alta.
Trevor McLellan has brought hockey back to small-town Caronport, Sask.
Richard Powell has become the face of major events in Dawson Creek.

120 young referees and linesmen learned on and off the ice in Calgary.

Hundreds of hockey players are in the game thanks to Doug Lowther.

Bobby Sahni always loved hockey, but only started playing six years ago.

Hockey and the Canadian Forces have helped shape Line Laurendeau.
A special needs hockey program is helping kids build many skills.
Shellany Brewer kept girls in hockey by building a new association.
Nunavut's win at the Canada Winter Games is creating positive change.

The City of Salmon Arm wouldn’t be the same without its ‘Mr. Hockey.’

Ethan Kowatsch's hockey equipment drive is creating change.
Jill Saulnier did her part to help a devastated Syrian refugee family.
Students got a full experience at the first Strathmore Hockey Summit.
Laura Stacey created Sticks In for Charity to help keep kids active.
Revitalizing an outdoor rink is changing a northern B.C. community.
The annual event has used hockey to bring two provinces together.
Top Corner has changed lives by getting young Canadians on the ice.
Alex Luey is on the ice again and learning from some of Canada’s best.
Hockey is an educational tool at a multicultural Mississauga school.
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