Hockey Canada’s National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) is a competency-based program, enabling coaches to build their tools and knowledge of the game, so they can work effectively with their players.
Hockey Canada developed the Initiation program to make children's first contact with hockey a safe and positive experience. It's a structured, learn-to-play program designed to introduce beginners to basic skills.
For Hockey Canada members wishing to become a certified coach, official or team safety person, their first stop will be Hockey University, an interactive online platform providing the necessary information.
Body-checking is a critical skill in the upper levels of minor hockey that, when taught and performed properly and safely, can create quality scoring opportunities or help a team regain control of the puck.
The Long-Term Player Development model sets out a vision for hockey in Canada that takes advantage of the history and culture of the game to increase participation and to lay the foundation for success.
The mentorship program is a result of direct action Hockey Canada and its branches have taken since the CAC’s evaluation of the NCCP in 1995 and the Molson Open Ice Summit on Player Development of 1999.