Male Under 16 Team Heading to Red Deer for 2019 Canada Winter Games

For Immediate Release
February 14, 2019

Hockey New Brunswick Male Under 16 Team Heading to Red Deer for 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Moncton, NB – The Hockey New Brunswick Male U16 Team will begin its quest for a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB on February 16th. The team will be practicing in Moncton prior to flying to Red Deer on February 14th. The team will be competing at the games from February 16th – 22nd.

Team New Brunswick will start its round robin portion of the tournament on Saturday February 16th when they take on Quebec, followed by Ontario on the 17th, and Nova Scotia on the 18th.

The coaching staff have also announced the Captains for the team prior to flying to Red Deer:

Captain – David Doucet

Assistants – Drew Elliott, Cole Fraser, and Peter Reynolds.

Male Under 16 Team Announcement Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX2zCGcSm-w

For a complete Canada Games Schedule please visit the following site:

https://www.canadagames.ca/2019/

For more information on Team NB please contact:

Mike Gillingham
Technical Director
Hockey New Brunswick
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Manuel Leger (Shediac/ Cap-Pele Minor Hockey Association) chosen as Hockey New Brunswick Coach of the Month for February.

Hockey New Brunswick is happy to announce that Manuel Leger of the Shediac/ Cap-Pele Novice 2 Panthers has been selected as the Coach of the Month for February.

“Manuel has been a coach for Shediac/ Cap Pele minor hockey association for several years. During that time, he has proven himself to be a generous and giving leader who properly trains his athletes and encourages them to do their best”.

“As a Head Coach and Safety Person, he teaches discipline, hard work and dedication to his team and it is reflected not only in their performance on the ice, but in the classroom and with their attitudes as well.”

One parent stated, “the way Manuel talks to his athletes is both motivating and inspiring. Manuel is always taking in consideration the well being of the players he coaches. Manuel has coached my son before, and it is without hesitation that I would highly recommend Manuel for the HNB Coach of the Month”.

Manuel 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.

HNB HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM STAFF'S ANNOUNCED

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2019

HNB HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM STAFF'S ANNOUNCED

Hockey New Brunswick is pleased to announce the coaching staff's for this year's High Performance Program

The Male Under 14, Male Under-15, Female Under-16 and Female Under 18 teams will compete against the provincial teams from Nova Scotia, PEI & Newfoundland and Labrador at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, held Oct 11th-14th, 2019 in Moncton, NB.  The Male Under-16 team will face off against NS, PEI, NL and two teams from Quebec at the QMJHL Challenge in April 2020.

Male Under 14:

Head Coach – Brad Tesink
Assistant Coach – Matt Bursey
Assistant Coach – Mathieu Martin
Assistant Coach – Ryan Salvis
Goalie Coach – Andrew Mergl
Trainer – Alex Harding
Therapist – Ghislain LeBlanc
Director of Operations – Norbert Laforge

Male Under 15:

Head Coach – Charlie LeBlanc
Assistant Coach – Shaun Parker
Assistant Coach – Raphael-Pier Richer
Therapist – Jessica Sears
Goalie Coach – Eric Pye
Director of Operations – Norbert Laforge

Male Under 16:

Head Coach – Doug Doull
Assistant Coach – Eric Neilson
Assistant Coach – P.A. Parenteau
Trainer – Michael Burrell
Therapist – Carole Poirier
Goalie Coach – Kyle MacDonald
Director of Operations – Norbert Laforge

Female Under 16:

Head Coach – Eric Bissonnette
Assistant Coach – Lauren Hill
Assistant Coach – David O’Leary
Therapist – Sara Miller
Goalie Coach – Katie Northrup
Director of Operations – Nancy Haslett

Female Under 18:

Head Coach – Genevieve David
Assistant Coach – Cassidy Hilworth
Assistant Coach – Sarah MacDonnell
Therapist – Maxime Landry-Lurette
Goalie Coach – Kirk Gormley
Director of Operations – Nancy Haslett

For further information, please contact:

Mike Gillingham
Technical Director
Hockey New Brunswick
506–453-0864
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Lesson #9 – Your dreams shouldn’t cost your integrity

“You dreams shouldn't cost your integrity” simply means that you should never do anything dishonest or back handed to push your child's hockey career forward.

It’s our job to advocate for our kids until they can do it for themselves. Advocating for our kids is especially true if it's a safety issue or if we feel the situation requires adult input. I think the goal is always to raise strong, resilient people who will be able to manage life and all that it has to offer as they move forward. I strongly believe that our kids need great mentors in their life to help them go out into the world and succeed. Paul Carson said it best when he said, "It isn't an automatic that kids develop great character through sport unless they have great role models through sport."

One of our toughest times during Brock’s minor hockey career was when he had to deal with a situation with his coach. Brock loved playing for this coach, he was tough, he knew the game, and he was a great motivator. You’ll notice that I used the word “tough” to describe him. Most of the kids could deal with that but some couldn’t. About halfway through the year, complaints went to the Executive about this coach. We got a call from the Executive asking Brock to speak about his thoughts on the coach. He told them he had nothing bad to say about his coach and that was the end of it. Suddenly, this coach’s demeanour towards him changed significantly. After that call, Brock was always worried that his coach thought he had said something bad about him. I assured him that wasn’t the case and to just play through it. Here is an excerpt from the book about that situation.

“When the season was over I decided to contact the coach and thank him for all he had taught our son and for seeing something in him when he selected him. After he thanked me, I told him that we had been contacted by the executive regarding the complaints that had come forward about him and that he refused to say a bad thing about him and never met with them. The phone went quiet. Then he said, “I really wish you would have told me that sooner.”

I’ll never forget that call and after I hung up, I realized that Brock was right. The fact that this coach was being called out by the Executive was affecting the way he was treating my son because he assumed he had told on him. I’ve talked so many times about our young players learning the skills to manage being cut from a tryout and managing constructive criticism as it comes their way. I think there are some cases where our coaches need to do the same. If you aren’t picked to coach a team, even if there is politics involved, handle it in a professional manner. Deal with the adults that made the decision but don’t ever let your disappointment or frustration trickle down to the players you coach.

I think we all have those moments when we forget that the players are why we are there. It's not because we are bad parents or coaches. It's because as parents, we love our kids so much and we only want what's best for them. As coaches, we love the game so much our competitive edge takes over. We need to remember that we don't ever want to manipulate the outcome to get what we want and lose our integrity in the process.

Click here for video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ub7ZbGvhok&feature=youtu.be

Written by Allyson Tufts

Author, Speaker and Passionate Hockey Mom

Stay tuned for our final video in the series, “Let go of the control you never had in the first place.”

If you would like to learn more about the series or to order your copy of the book visit www.lessonsfrombehindtheglass.com

Alexa Haché & Emma Wishart to represent HNB at Global Girls Game

Media Release
Feb 4, 2019

Alexa Haché & Emma Wishart to represent HNB at Global Girls Game

Fredericton - Hockey New Brunswick has selected two bantam female players to attend the 2019 Global Girls Game hosted by the Hockey Canada in cooperation with Hockey Alberta and the International Ice Hockey Federation.  The Canada segment of the Global Game will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Flames Center in Calgary, Alberta with festivities commencing at 2:00 p.m. local time.

Alexa Haché, a defense from Keswick Ridge and Emma Wishart, a forward from Florenceville-Bristol will represent Hockey New Brunswick at the event.  Both players are members of the Western Valley Female Bantam Team.  

In addition to participating in the Global Girls Game, Emma and Alexa will have an opportunity to tour the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Canada Olympic Park and the Hockey Canada Hall of Champions.  Players will also interact with other players from across Canada and participate in meet and greet sessions and presentations with Hockey Canada players and coaches.

Both players entered and were selected through an application process, which was led by the Hockey New Brunswick Female Commission.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL GAME

The Girl’s Global Game is an initiative that unites all federations from around the globe in celebration of the female hockey game. Its inaugural event took place in October 2015 which saw 30 countries participate, including Canada. You can visit the current IIHF website to see the summaries of games that took place:

The Girl’s Global Game is an initiative that unites all federations from around the globe in celebration of the female hockey game. Its inaugural event took place in October 2015 which saw 30 countries participate, including Canada. You can visit the current IIHF website to see the summaries of games that took place:

Last year, 38 countries participated in one game over the course of 2 days that united players across 6 continents as teammates! Each country had two teams that represented Team Blue and Team White and accumulated a score that was tallied as the games traveled west from New Zealand all the way until the big finale here in Canada. Our players became teammates with other girls from all over the World!

Annual Hockey New Brunswick Fundraiser

Hockey New Brunswick
Media Release

For Immediate Release
February 2nd, 2019

Annual Hockey New Brunswick Fundraiser

Hockey New Brunswick is a non-profit organization responsible for governing amateur hockey in the province. There are over 25,000 New Brunswick residents involved in hockey as players, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.

This campaign is a provincial fundraising program aimed toward keeping the cost of participation in amateur hockey to a minimum, while providing an opportunity for minor hockey associations, teams, and athletes to raise money for their groups.

On Saturday February 2nd, 2019 Hockey New Brunswick held the fundraiser presentation at the Aitken Centre during a UNB vs UPEI game. The winners of this year’s presentation were:

1st Place – 2019 Chevrolet Cruze – Dean Murphy

2nd Place – $5000 Travel Credit – Jeff Young

3rd Place – Trip for 2 to a Montreal Canadians Game – Catherine Peacock

4th Place – Trip for 2 to a Toronto Maple Leafs Game – Rachel Winters

5th Place – Delta Brunswick Getaway Package – Will Polchies

6th Place – Delta Brunswick Getaway Package – Tracy Pike

For further information regarding this release please contact:

Heather Strickland
(506) 453.0867

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