Hockey Canada's Annual General Meeting Begins Friday in St. John's, NFLD
May 18, 2006

CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada’s Annual General Meeting will take place this weekend in St. John’s, Newfoundland, bringing together over 400 regional and provincial hockey representatives from across Canada to discuss issues relating to amateur hockey in Canada.

This year’s Hockey Canada AGM will take place May 19-23rd, with all meetings being held at the Delta St. John’s Hotel.

Amongst the subjects and agenda items up for discussion by the provincial representatives, including Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors, Hockey Canada’s Life Members, representatives of Hockey Canada's councils (Female, Junior, Minor, Senior, Hockey Development) as well as partner organizations are:

  • Hockey Canada’s strategic plan and objectives for 2006-07
  • Review and discuss on-going body checking research projects
  • Rules emphasis including checking from behind, head checking, prevent the use of the stick to impede a player's progress and reduce stick fouls
  • Proposed changes to rink dimensions (blue lines and goal lines) and reducing the size of goaltending equipment
  • Discussion on the Canadian Development Model which specifically deals with junior age player eligibility
  • Parent Education Resource Tools and 3-Year public service campaign
  • Minor Hockey Regional Summit Implementation Plan for 06-07
  • Establishing the locations of future National Championships
  • Recognition of Hockey Canada Award Recipients and National Champions
  • Recognition of departing Hockey Canada Board Members
  • Recognition of Canada’s 2006 Women’s Olympic and Men’s Paralympic Gold Medal Teams
  • Voting for Hockey Canada’s Referee-in-Chief, a volunteer Board position

Detailed information for Hockey Canada’s AGM, including council and plenary agendas, can be found at

HOCKEY CANADA AGM - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Delta Hotel, St. John’s, Nfld. (all times local - Atlantic)

Friday, May 19
  4:15pm Media availability with key representatives (informal) – outside Salon A
  5:00-5:30pm  Introductory Session – Salon A
  5:30-8:45pm  Council Meetings (Senior, Junior, Minor, Female)
Saturday, May 20

Presentations in Salon A

  • Parent education (public service announcements)
  • Minor hockey summit
  • Rule emphasis and rule changes to blue and red lines / goaltending equipment
  • Research (Body checking)
  • Speak Out integration


  1:30-2:15pm  Canadian Development Model – Salon A
  2:30 – 5:00pm Council Meetings (Senior, Junior, Minor, Female)
Sunday, May 21
  8:00-12noon Council Meetings (Senior, Junior, Minor, Female)
  2:00 – 5:00pm 1st Plenary session for Board of Directors – Salon A
Monday, May 22
  8:30-12noon 2nd Plenary session for Board of Directors – Salon A
  1:30 – 4:00pm   3rd Plenary session for Board of Directors – Salon A
  4:00pm Recognition of Departing Board Members – Salon A
  7:00pm Awards Banquet
Tuesday, May 23
  8:30am (TBD) 4th Plenary session (TBD, depending on agenda)

- all times subject to change…meeting rooms for councils will be posted at hotel -

All media inquiries in regards to Hockey Canada's AGM should be directed to Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s Sr. Director, Communications (cell- 403-703-8561) who will be on-site in St. John’s, Nfld.

For the latest updates on Hockey Canada’s 2006 Annual General Meeting, please visit

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
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