Return to Hockey

Hockey New Brunswick has released Version 11 of the Return to Hockey Guidelines.

Changes include:

  • Section 3 – Communications Officer – additional responsibilities for Minor Hockey Association Communications Officer and Team Liaison related to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Section 4 – Preventative Health Measures – as per the Government of New Brunswick requirements, vaccinations now required for participants and spectators 12 and older.
  • Section 4 – Preventative Health Measures – as per the Government of New Brunswick requirements, masks will be required by all spectators and participants in all areas of the facility, including the dressing room for players, team staff and parents as well as the player’s bench for coaches and team staff. Players, coaches and officials on the ice during games / practices will not be required to wear masks. Children under two and individuals who are medically-exempt are not required to wear a mask.

Additional COVID-19 resources are available on the HNB website -




Hockey New Brunswick celebrates the return of hockey for the 2021-2022 season!

We know Canadians are ready to get back to the rink, and so are we! From the grassroots to the highest levels of competition, Our Game Is Back, and Hockey New Brunswick welcomes you to join us in celebrating its return.

With the support of Hockey Canada, Hockey New Brunswick is gearing up for a safe return to sport, fun and friendship. That is why we are thrilled to be able to welcome families back to the rink safely for the upcoming 2021-22 season!

Now more than ever kids need physical activity, interaction with their peers, and opportunities to have fun on the ice while gaining valuable life skills. With guidance from all levels of government, and public health authorities, we have a multifaceted plan to ensure the health and safety of all players, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers, and their families.

Check with your local Minor Hockey Association for registration details!



August 24, 2021

‘Section 11 – Maltreatment’ to place more emphasis on addressing incidents on ice

CALGARY, Alta. – In furthering its commitment to being leaders in safety and inclusivity, Hockey Canada has introduced an update to its rulebook to focus on recognizing and reporting incidents of maltreatment.

In a special meeting of the Members held on June 22, 2021, Hockey Canada and its 13 Members unanimously approved the adoption of Section 11 – Maltreatment in the Hockey Canada Rulebook starting this season, which includes bringing all forms of maltreatment under one section of the rulebook and providing guidelines for escalating penalties based on the severity of the inappropriate behaviour from players and team officials.

“Hockey Canada has made a firm commitment to making the game safe and inclusive for all who wish to participate, and the introduction of Section 11 provides our 13 Members, local hockey associations and officials across the country with clearly-defined criteria for enforcing rules related to many different forms of inappropriate conduct,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “We believe this is a great step towards ensuring we limit the number of incidents that occur on and off the ice, and will allow players of all ages to enjoy our game free from abuse, discrimination, racism and all forms of maltreatment.”

As part of the new rules, certain infractions will include an indefinite suspension pending a hearing, as well mandatory hearings for repeat offenders. To read Section 11 of the Hockey Canada Rulebook in its entirety, please CLICK HERE.

In a further effort to eradicate discrimination of all forms from the game, Hockey Canada and its 13 Members also approved a new national reporting system for incidents of discriminatory taunts, insults or intimidation, both on the ice and outside of game play. The new rule and reporting system includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, skin colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

The national reporting system will allow Hockey Canada and its 13 Members to have a better understanding of where maltreatment incidents occur and their frequency, and will allow the organization to take progressive steps to eliminating incidents through action and education. A number of tools and resources will also be provided to Hockey Canada’s 13 Members and local hockey associations across the country to help educate participants on maltreatment, including a Rule 11 officiating module and coaching resource document.

“The addition of Section 11 to the Hockey Canada Rulebook is a major step towards making the game more inclusive for all, but the reporting system will allow Hockey Canada and its 13 Members to proactively implement change through education and create a better understanding of where issues are occurring,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “As we continue to learn and help foster an environment that is diverse, inclusive and safe, we believe the updated playing rule will greatly benefit all participants and allow more young children and adults to enjoy the game.”

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Male U14 ACC players

Hockey New Brunswick is proud to announce the Male Under 14 players who will represent New Brunswick at the 2021 Atlantic Challenge Cup being held in Moncton, NB from October 8-11. Team New Brunswick will compete against Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island for a chance to hoist the Atlantic Challenge Cup.


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Hockey New Brunswick and GameSheet Inc announce partnership for the 2021-2022 season

Hockey New Brunswick, building on the success of last year’s pilot program with GameSheet has entered into an agreement to provide digital scoring for all our leagues. The advantages for the leagues and for HNB are so beneficial that HNB will be covering the cost for this coming season, for any Minor Hockey Associations and Leagues that are interested in using the program.

GameSheet Inc., a Canadian Company, whose Scoring and League Management solution eases the burden of every stakeholder in the game, Conveners, League Executives, Coaches, Managers, Referees, Time Keepers and Parents all benefit from the use of the system.  Users score the game digitally (while still maintaining signatures) eliminating the paper limitations:

  • No paper score sheets to order, distribute and collect.
    • Remove the aggravation and expense of roster stickers.
  • Wifi is not required during the game
    • The scoring app is localized to French or English automatically
  • Use a single point of Data Entry.
    • Only the Scorekeeper records the game data.
    • No longer are "ghost" players getting points.
    • The writing is perfectly legible.
  • Scores, Standings are updated instantly on your existing website.
    • Including individual players stats if you wish.
  • Digital record keeping provides easy access for Coaches and League officials.
    • The score sheet is emailed instantly upon completion.
  • Games with Misconducts are flagged and identified.
  • Advanced reporting tools enable decisions based on real data and analytics.
    • Have a complete player penalty history in your hands at the next hearing.
    • Is there a team that everyone complains about?  You now know if it is warranted

GameSheet provides a comprehensive set of “On-Demand” training videos, as well as weekly zoom training sessions.   GameSheet Announces 2021 Training Dates

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Rosters Announced for HNB High Performance Summer Camps

Quispamsis, NB – August 11, 2021 – sixty-eight male hockey players, in the U14 division have been invited to participate in the Hockey New Brunswick Development Festival beginning August 13th. The camps will run over three days in Quispamsis at the QPlex.

From the players invited, twenty will be selected to compete against the other Atlantic branches at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, held in Moncton on Thanksgiving weekend.

Each of the summer camps will feature inter-squad games each evening, as well as daily practices, fitness testing, and presentations from guest speakers on topics including fitness, mental preparation, and nutrition.

Some notable alumni that have participated in the HNB High Performance Program, and went on to play for Team Canada include Sarah MacDonnell, Nathan Beaulieu, Sean Couturier, Jake Allen, Patrice Cormier and Luc Bourdon.


For further inquiries please contact:

Mike Gillingham

Hockey New Brunswick

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