HNB Return to Hockey - version 2

Hockey New Brunswick has released Version 2 of the Return to Hockey Guidelines.

Updates to the document include:

  • Section 4 – Safety Guidelines: under ‘Physical Distancing’ – recommend teams reduce number of Team Officials on players bench.
  • Section 5 - Education: Appendix F and Appendix G – which includes updates on Coach and Officiating certification for the 2020-2021 season. 
  • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure: Addition of limited ‘checking’ in drills under Phase 2.
  • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure: Phase 3 travel, changed to Exhibition games permitted within Zone.
  • Section 6 - Return to Hockey Structure: Additional resources for modified games which are permitted in Phase 2.
  • Section 6 - Return to Hockey Structure: Appendix H added, which includes a Regulations Review document with amendments due to COVID-19.

tracking document has been created which outlines the changes that have been made to the Return to Hockey Guidelines, as well as an outline of the COVID-19 specific documentation that has been created.

Further information related to Phases 3 and 4 in the HNB Return to Hockey Guidelines will be available early October.

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Bauer, Hockey Canada, NHL and NHLPA launch Hockey Equipment Relief Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Hockey Equipment Relief Program, orchestrated by Bauer Hockey, Hockey Canada, the National Hockey League (NHL), and National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA).

Originally announced on July 30th, the goal of the program is to help communities and families financially impacted by COVID-19 get their kids back on the ice. The program is an equipment donation initiative that includes $2 million of hockey gear, with upwards of 7,000 sets of gear to be distributed to families and communities most in need in the seven Canadian NHL cities, as well as other regions.

The application period for the Hockey Equipment Relief Program will open on September 18, allowing a number of organizations across the country to apply to be a Donation Partner. The application period will remain open until September 28, followed by equipment distribution between Oct. 12, 2020 and March 1, 2021.

Donation partners can include:

  • Minor Hockey Associations (MHA)
  • Youth organizations or groups ie. YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Pond Hockey
  • Minority communities and groups

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Mike Rutter

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Mike Rutter. Mike’s numerous contributions to Hockey in NB, most recently as a member of the Board since 2016,  will be remembered for years to come. HNB sends sincere condolences to Mike’s family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Hockey New Brunswick Skill Development Camp Coming to Fredericton

Hockey New Brunswick will be offering local minor hockey players an opportunity to take part in a Hockey New Brunswick Skill Development Camp being held in Fredericton (September 21, 23, & 25) at the Willie O’Ree Place.

The primary focus of the camp is centred around on-ice fundamental skills. This camp will be offered to U11 and U13 players (22 in each division). Goaltenders are welcome to attend as well. This will be an opportunity for the players to get on the ice in a safe and fun environment to work on some skills prior to starting minor hockey.

The Hockey New Brunswick Skill Development Camps are designed for all players and have the following objectives:

  • To develop/enhance the fundamental skills of skating, passing, stick handling, and shooting.
  • To create opportunity for players to meet other players and develop friendships.
  • To promote the fun of the game.
  • To teach the concepts of fair play, fitness, safety, team work, and the importance of a positive attitude.
  • To provide a memorable experience for all who attend.

The camp will cost $50/player. 

Players who attend the camp will receive: 

  • 3 – 60 minute on-ice sessions (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday)
  • Hockey New Brunswick Practice Jersey
  • On-ice sessions will be run using the Phase 1 principles of the HNB Return to Hockey Structure (on-ice physical distancing / skill development).

To register for the Skill Camp please click the link below:

U11 – Click Here

U13 – Click Here

For more information on this camp please contact Mike Gillingham @

Phone: (506) 453-0864
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Planning a safe return to hockey

Hockey Canada and its Members have worked diligently on a Return to Hockey plan based on direction from governments and public health authorities. As provinces and territories begin to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Hockey Canada has prepared a number of resources to support and inform administrators, players, parents, coaches, safety people/trainers, officials and volunteers on how to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19.

All administrators are encouraged to visit the Hockey Canada website and Member websites that are dedicated to providing Hockey Canada membership with the most up-to-date and important information concerning the safety protocols for Return to Hockey.

In addition to resources developed to support Members, hockey associations and leagues to prepare for a safe Return to Hockey, Hockey Canada has developed an online course to ensure hockey administrators have as much information as possible to prepare. For the 2020-21 hockey season, One member of each team is required to complete the Hockey University: Planning a Safe Return to Hockey course; but we encourage all volunteers to complete the training.

The program looks at some key information our membership needs to know to help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the hockey environment. Throughout this module we will refer to detailed information on specific prevention topics and encourage all to become familiar with the Public Health Authority guidelines and restrictions and the Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines.

To register for this free online course, click the link below. There is no charge for Hockey Canada registered hockey volunteers to access the Hockey University course.

HNB’s 2019-2020 Volunteer of the Year Award

Established in 1995 to recognize an active volunteer in the hockey community. This award is presented to a volunteer who makes outstanding contributions to the game.

“She’s a quiet person but she does so much,” says Lisa McLaughlin, president of the Tri-County Minor Hockey Association. “She does so much that people don’t even realize how much she’s doing. Her mind is always thinking ‘How can we do things better, how can we be more organized, what can we do to improve this?’ She is just so valuable.

Noble has been the secretary/registrar for the TMHA for more than six years. A friend knew she had done some secretarial work and asked her to come to a meeting to take notes. That eventually led to an invitation to take on the volunteer position full time.

Her fellow board members have crowned her the queen of spreadsheets and organization. She rosters more than 150 players and more than 50 coaches each season. She touches base weekly with those needing courses, criminal checks and certifications. She takes detailed notes at every meeting. She ensures all coaches have their necessary credentials and the MHA is compliant in everything it does.

A visual learner, Noble took it upon herself to create step-by-step instructions to walk new hockey parents through the Respect in Sport process. “They’re new to the sport, and it can be overwhelming for them,” she says. “[I wanted to] give them something that’s going to make their lives easier.”

At Noble’s suggestion, the TMHA created a new policy – parents would get their Respect in Sport documents at registration and need to complete the course before their kids could hit the ice instead of by the standard Dec. 15 deadline. “It’s streamlined the process immensely for our association,” says McLaughlin. “The document she created was sent out to the other associations in our district as a good way to deal with the Respect in Sport hurdle that comes up for associations.”

As methodical as Noble is, she is equally creative. Take last season’s end-of-year banquet; When Noble arrived to decorate, she brought with her 10 homemade poster boards – one for each team in the TMHA. Each poster board included a cut-out jersey for every team member, complete with the player’s name and number on the back.

While the hockey season has been cut unexpectedly short, Noble’s line remains open. She continues to assist parents and anyone else who reaches out with questions, as well as handle her regular responsibilities with the TMHA. She is proud to be a member of what she considers a great team.

Hockey New Brunswick is proud to present the 2019-2020 Volunteer of the Year Award to Tanya Noble.

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