REPRESENTATION MATTERS
Lynne Kiang knows hockey is better when everyone sees themselves represented at the rink, and she has spent the last 30 years making that a reality in British Columbia.
It was a simple request and even simpler to fulfill, since the Central York Panthers were giving back all along.
HC Champion: Stu Gershman
After losing his son at 22, Dr. Stu Gershman founded Buddy Check for Jesse to end the stigma around mental health.
A FAMILY OF VOLUNTEERS
The MacNicolls have taken a love of Canada’s game to new heights. All seven children and both parents give their time to hockey on and off the ice in LaSalle, Que.
HC Champion: Jill Fraser
Jill Fraser helped create a bubble to keep girls’ teams in the Kincardine MHA safely on the ice this season.
Learning the game together
The Female Indigenous Hockey Program is giving young Mi’kmaq players a chance to fall in love with Canada’s game.
HC CHAMPION: DEAN SMITH
As a father, coach, lawyer and administrator, Dean Smith is leading the charge to ensure Canada’s game 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.
Tom talks about inclusion
The CEO talks to the Honourable Justice Hugh Fraser on how Hockey Canada is working with the BIPOC community.
HC CHAMPION: CHRIS PETRICHUK
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.
HC CHAMPION: CHANTEL TIMMONS
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 for one reason: to allow kids to enjoy hockey.
HC AMBASSADOR: BILL NICHOLSON
Bill Nicholson has been the face of the Timbits program with the Port Arthur MHA for 15 years, helping more than 2,000 kids enjoy their first strides in the game.
Dean Smith is leading the charge for diversity and inclusion in Nova Scotia, getting a new generation onto the ice.
HC Ambassador: S. Piller
From a simple first step – find a team for his daughter – Shaun Piller has built an entire girls’ hockey program.
Whether he’s coaching his kids, flooding the ice, sharpening skates or running the minor hockey association, there isn’t much Vern Nolin doesn’t volunteer his time for.
HC Ambassador: Trevor McLellan
In 2010, Caronport had no hockey. Enter Trevor McLellan, who has rebuilt the game in small-town Saskatchewan.
Tom talks mental health
The CEO talks to Team Canada alumnus Corey Hirsch as he shares his story of mental illness and the road to recovery.
HC AMBASSADOR: RICHARD POWELL
Richard Powell first got involved in minor hockey in Dawson Creek simply to be part of his kids’ experience, but he ended up a community leader in and out of the game.
A night for the next generation
Officials Appreciation Night in Calgary included 120 young referees and linesmen learning on and off the ice.
HC Ambassador: Doug Lowther
Doug Lowther has spent more than 30 years as a coach, and half of it has been introducing young players to the game.
FROM LOVING THE GAME TO PLAYING IT
As the son of Indian immigrants, hockey wasn’t the first sport Bobby Sahni played. But it’s the one he has always loved, and he is sharing that passion with his children.
Tom talks safety in our game
The CEO and Dr. Mark Aubry, CMO of Hockey Canada, discuss our role as a world leader in concussion awareness.
Line Laurendeau has two loves in life – hockey and the Canadian Forces – that have helped shape the person she is.
With a calming influence and an ability to connect with generations of young players, Bob Agnew has spent 30+ years as a respected hockey ambassador in Morden, Man.
The special needs hockey program in Sydney, N.S., helps kids build social confidence and improve their on-ice skills.
HC Ambassador: Shellany Brewer
Girls were choosing to leave hockey until Shellany Brewer created the Central Female Hockey Association in New Brunwick.
THE WOMEN’S GAME WITH TOM’S TALKS
The CEO sits down with women’s teams director Gina Kingsbury to discuss how the game continues to evolve and how the uncertainty impacts the national team this season.
A desire to grow women’s hockey in B.C. led to the founding of the Capital Region Female Minor Hockey Association.
Nunavut's historic debut victory at the 2019 Canada Winter Games is inspiring young boys and girls in the territory.
HC AMBASSADOR: ROY SAKAKI
Roy Sakaki loves being around the game as much as anyone, and to the hockey community in Salmon Arm, B.C., there is no one more important than its own ‘Mr. Hockey.’
Tom talks coaching
As part of National Coaches Week, the CEO sits down with Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson to talk coaching.
Inspired by Carey Price, 14-year-old Ethan Kowatsch is creating positive change in First Nations communities.
HALF-ICE BENEFITS WITH TOM’S TALKS
The CEO sits down with Jason deVos, director of development with Canada Soccer, to discuss how small-area games have been benefiting the development of young athletes.
After a fire devastated the Barho family, Jill Saulnier organized a charity game to support the Syrian refugees.
From floorball and MMA to shooting and scoring, students got the full experience at the first Strathmore Hockey Summit.
STICKS IN FOR CHARITY
Motivated by a family road hockey game, Olympic silver medallist Laura Stacey created Sticks In for Charity to help keep kids active and get more girls on the ice.
The CEO encourages free play this summer, to let children expand their imagination and reset for a new hockey season.
Remembering the Broncos
One year after tragedy struck, Hockey Canada is proud to be part of a community that came together to support Humboldt.
As the 2018-19 season draws to a close, CEO Tom Renney has some tips on what should be part of a conversation with an athlete to ensure they continue to enjoy the game.
Keeping the rink a destination for everyone and celebrating events that have done so are the February focus for the CEO.
Leaving a legacy
Fort St. James, B.C., and the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation are celebrating the revitalization of an outdoor rink.
Celebrating success on the world stage, the CEO highlights the golden moment by Canada’s U18 women and the enormous support for the IIHF World Junior Championship.
50 years of Goodwill
A half-century later, the Goodwill Games are still giving Peewee players a chance to see the country and play the game.
Making a difference
A program in Saint John, N.B., is giving kids every opportunity possible to play hockey and improve their lives.
GETTING BACK IN THE GAME
After a cancer battle and the loss of his right leg, 13-year-old Alex Luey is on the ice again and meeting members of Team Canada who have overcome similar challenges.
Sharing the love of the game
Teachers are using hockey as a lesson in Canadiana, and providing new experiences for their multicultural students.

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Canada's hockey community is populated by some of the best people in the world. Whether it's tireless volunteers helping kids enjoy the game or a players battling through adversity to play the game they love, these are the stories that make our game great. 

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