Annual Report

Joe Drago

Hockey Canada Board of Directors

One year ago at the Winter Congress, I was honoured and humbled to be elected chairman of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors, chosen to lead the most respected amateur sport organization in the world.

And as I have travelled the country over the last 12 months, visiting the biggest cities and smallest towns, I have come to truly respect the influence hockey has on the day-to-day lives of so many Canadians, and it just drives home the importance of Hockey Canada’s role in continuing to develop the game.

On the ice and off, we found great success last season – including a pair of gold medals on the international stage – but we will not sit back and celebrate. We continue to seek ways to grow the game through recruitment, event management, and marketing and participant development initiatives at all ages.

And we could not do it without the never-ending support of everyone who plays a role in Canadian hockey, in our member branches and minor hockey associations, from volunteers to players, coaches and off icials. Their passion makes the game run from day to day, and from coast to coast to coast.

Hockey in Canada is so much more than a game. It is a part of who we are, and keeping it that way demands our constant attention, constant creativity, and constant change.

I am excited to work with the board of directors, the staff of Hockey Canada, and Canadians from British Columbia, to Nunavut, to Newfoundland & Labrador, and I thank you for what you have done for our game, and for what you will do in the future.

Tom Renney

President & Chief Executive Officer,
Hockey Canada

What a year it has been for Hockey Canada, and for Canadian hockey.

From the growth of development programs, to successful national and international events on Canadian ice, to gold medals on the international stage, Canada once again showed why it is a world hockey leader. As I said in this space one year ago, as I embarked on my first season as president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada, I cannot help but be excited about the game.

Having the opportunity to travel to every corner of our country, and seeing how hockey impacts the everyday lives of Canadians, is< something that never ceases to amaze me. This is not just a game, this is who we are as Canadians, and it energizes me to lead this organization and make hockey the best it can be.

I must convey my sincerest thank you to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers, who are the backbone of our game. Without the countless hours they give, there simply would be no hockey. We saw it at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we saw it in minor hockey associations across Canada – Canadian hockey is better because of what they do.

To the member branches and minor hockey associations across the country, thank you for your unending support. Nothing Hockey Canada does, from national and international events to< skill development camps, safety initiatives and countless other programs, would be possible without your time and effort.

We are also extremely grateful for the support received from our sponsors, licensees, and funding partners, who have brought value to Hockey Canada events, making them premier sporting attractions in Canada.

This is an exciting time to be involved with hockey across our country, and I look forward to working and interacting with Canadians as we continue to grow the game to new levels, and help leave it in a better place for future generations.

Thank you, and we’ll see you around the rink.

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