June 11, 2020
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has recognized 46 of the country’s top under-18 players that were invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, as well as the coaching staff for the camp and 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Six goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 26 forwards were set to compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, which was scheduled for Aug. 3-8 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., before it was cancelled April 28 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The camp roster featured 42 players who played for Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red or Team Canada White at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask., last November.
In addition, Louis Robitaille (Montreal, Que./Gatineau, QMJHL) was to take the reins behind the bench as head coach, while Alan Letang (Renfrew, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL) were to serve as assistant coaches.
“It is important for Hockey Canada to recognize the work the players and coaching staff already put in to prepare for the summer and a chance to compete for gold on home ice,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada. “It was a difficult decision to cancel the tournament, as it provides the opportunity to showcase the top under-18 players in a best-on-best international showcase. We want to recognize the 46 players and our three coaches for this tremendous accomplishment, and we look forward to watching all players continue to develop as they look ahead to next season and a chance to compete at the IIHF U18 World Championship.”
Robitaille was named head coach and general manager of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) on April 8 after spending four seasons (2016-20) as head coach of the Victoriaville Tigres. He also spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the Drummondville Voltigeurs (2011-15) and Val-d’Or Foreurs (2015-16). Robitaille was the head coach of Team Canada Red (2018) and an assistant coach with Team Canada Black (2017) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and won a bronze medal as an assistant coach at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship.
Letang was named head coach of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in January 2019 after joining the team as an assistant coach in 2016. He also spent two seasons (2014-16) as an assistant with Medvescak Zagreb in the KHL following an 18-year pro career. Letang won a gold medal as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship and, as a player, helped Canada’s National Men’s Team win the 1998 Spengler Cup, along with a bronze medal at the 2006 Deutschland Cup.
Williams is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He has led the Silvertips to two U.S. Division titles and was named WHL Western Conference Coach of the Year in 2017-18. Williams won a silver medal as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and served as head coach of Team Canada Black at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
With the cancellation of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, focus will now turn to the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship next spring; a host city has not yet been announced. The Czech Republic and Slovakia will host the 2021 Hlinka Gretzky Cup before it returns to Edmonton and Red Deer in 2022.
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Date: June 4, 2020
Subject: Hockey New Brunswick statement on Return to Hockey
Hockey New Brunswick is monitoring all information updates from the Government of New Brunswick’s Public Health Office. The Government has announced that rinks and low contact sports can return as of June 5th.
Earlier today, Hockey Canada announced that a reinstatement of hockey within each Provincial branch will be in accordance with applicable provincial Public Health directives.
Given the above direction from Public Health and Hockey Canada, the Hockey New Brunswick Board of Directors have determined the following:
- Effective June 6th, off-ice sanctioned events will be permitted on the condition that the Government of New Brunswick directives and guidelines are followed, and an Operational Plan for such activities is submitted to Hockey New Brunswick.
- Hockey New Brunswick has developed work groups to create an Operational Plan for the return of on-ice sanctioned activities. The work groups are made up of subject matter experts, HNB board, council, commission members and minor hockey representatives from across the province. The Operational Plan will be in accordance with the directives and guidelines that have been developed by the Government of New Brunswick, as well as the Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines.
- Return to hockey in New Brunswick will proceed with a phased in approach. Phase 1, which is tentatively scheduled to begin on August 1, 2020 will be specific to Development based activities. Requests to begin Development programs prior to August 1st, will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
For more information on the Return to Hockey Plan, and the resources which are available from the Government of New Brunswick and Hockey Canada, please visit - https://hnb.ca/en/covid-19.
Further updates specific to Hockey New Brunswick’s Return to Hockey Plan, and the phased in approach will be available in the coming weeks.
We wish everyone all the best during this unprecedented time.
Hockey New Brunswick
Hockey New Brunswick
HOCKEY CANADA ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO AGE-DIVISION NAMES
Changes to simplify the minor hockey system to go into effect next season
CALGARY, Alta. – At its Winter Congress this weekend in Montreal, the Hockey Canada membership approved a regulation change proposed by the board of directors to revise the naming of the age divisions used in minor hockey across Canada.
Following the recommendations of a task team, the age divisions will become U7, U9, U11 through to U21, impacting all minor and female hockey programs under the Hockey Canada umbrella. The change was initiated by Hockey Canada and its 13 provincial and territorial members and will be implemented nationally with their input and support for the 2020-21 season.
YEAR OF BIRTH AGE ON DEC. 31 AGE DIVISION
2014 and before 6 and under Under-7 (U7)
2012-2013 7-8 Under-9 (U9)
2010-2011 9-10 Under-11 (U11)
2008-2009 11-12 Under-13 (U13)
2006-2007 13-14 Under-15 (U15)
2003-2004-2005 15-16-17 Under-18 (U18)
2000-2001-2002 18-19-20 Under-21 (U21)
“We believe everyone should feel welcome in the game and in our on-going effort to make hockey more inclusive, the Members at the Hockey Canada Annual Meeting determined that the names of our age Divisions will change,” said Michael Brind’Amour, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. “Following a comprehensive review, we believe this change will simplify the system for families who may be new to the game. The new age Division names will be implemented for next season.”