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Millions of Canadians across our country help make hockey more, and all of them have a story. The mentorship of a coach, the tireless efforts of a volunteer, the inspirational story of a teammate, the communities that rally together to support our game – we want to tell those stories!

Let’s celebrate and honour Canadians who make our game great by sharing a Community story or nominating a Hockey Canada Champion!

HC CHAMPION – HARBANS BAINS
The past president of Surrey Minor Hockey has made the game more accessible and welcoming for newcomers to Canada, while instilling athletes with a belief in themselves.
When Amy St. John was seriously injured last December, her hockey family rallied to support her mom and four siblings.
HC Champion: Sandra Jamieson
Sandra Jamieson’s dedication, passion and willingness has made her an integral part of the P.E.I. hockey community.
FACING OFF AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
The annual Polar Pond Hockey event in Hay River, N.W.T., teamed up with the Climate & Sport Initiative to raise awareness about climate change and save the outdoor game.
With a passion for sharing her love of hockey, 17-year-old Willa Evans enjoys coaching to give back to her community.
Mustangs rally for good
When the Gould family fundraised for a wheelchair lift, the McKnight Mustangs helped get them closer to their goal. 
After recognizing a gap in the game, Cyril Bollers helped found the Skillz Black Aces to provide an inclusive team environment for BIPOC players in the Toronto area.
Camp opens opportunities
Jana Headrick wanted more opportunities for Indigenous girls to try hockey, so she started a camp through UNB.
HC Champion: Ryder Rodriguez
Since 2019, the 10-year-old from Manitoba has lead The Hat Trick Project, raising money to help keep kids in the game.
When a historic weather event caused devastating flooding and landslides in British Columbia, the hockey community came together to help affected residents and teams.
HC Champion: Vicky Jolicoeur
Vicky Jolicoeur provides young athletes on the autism spectrum with a safe and fun place to learn and love the game.
Hockey Regina players are leading the way to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society through Hockey Fights Cancer.
HC CHAMPION: TIYA BAINBRIDGE
Tiya Bainbridge has raised more than $40,000 for SickKids Foundation after her own battle with cancer, and she did it all while still playing the game she loves.
Three CBHA trainers were in the right place at the right time, and their quick-thinking saved a player’s life.
Champion: Garrett McFadden
Garrett McFadden is growing mental health awareness at the grassroots with his McFadden’s Movement initiative.
The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, is back for a second season of celebrating Canadians who help make hockey more in every corner of the country.
HC Champion: Scott Henderson
An unwavering commitment to help players fall in love with the game makes Scott Henderson a real Champion of the game.
Piper Hays and Hayley Palmer have benefitted from a push by the Vancouver Angels to get more women behind the bench.
HC CHAMPION: KRISTA HODDER
Krista Hodder is motivating young girls from the Membertou First Nation community to try the game as part of Hockey Nova Scotia’s Female Indigenous Hockey Program.
Wacey Rabbit is sharing his love of the game and his people through fun skills camps he created for Indigenous kids.
Finding their hockey home
The Halifax Mussels are providing the LGBTQ+ community with a supportive, fun and inclusive way to play the game.
REPRESENTATION MATTERS
Lynne Kiang knows hockey is better when everyone sees themselves represented at the rink, and she has spent the last 30 years making that a reality in British Columbia.
It was a simple request and even simpler to fulfill, since the Central York Panthers were giving back all along.
HC Champion: Stu Gershman
After losing his son at 22, Dr. Stu Gershman founded Buddy Check for Jesse to end the stigma around mental health.
A FAMILY OF VOLUNTEERS
The MacNicolls have taken a love of Canada’s game to new heights. All seven children and both parents give their time to hockey on and off the ice in LaSalle, Que.
HC Champion: Jill Fraser
Jill Fraser helped create a bubble to keep girls’ teams in the Kincardine MHA safely on the ice this season.
Learning the game together
The Female Indigenous Hockey Program is giving young Mi’kmaq players a chance to fall in love with Canada’s game.
HC CHAMPION: DEAN SMITH
As a father, coach, lawyer and administrator, Dean Smith is leading the charge to ensure Canada’s game is safe and welcoming for anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to play.
Providing a place to play
For more than a decade, Hockey Nova Scotia has been giving young Black players an opportunity to learn Canada’s game.
HC Champion: Chris Petrichuk
Chris Petrichuk helped build three all-girls teams in Balcarres, Sask., and resurrected the U18 program in Melville.
Teamwork was front and centre as minor hockey players from Alberta to Prince Edward Island worked together to give back to their communities over the holiday season.
HC Champion: M. Estabrooks
Matt Estabrooks doesn’t just teach hockey, he teaches life skills that will benefit his young players outside the game.
A simple idea became a labour of love for three friends, and a way for one selfless young player to help the homeless.
HC CHAMPION: ANDREW BOYLE
He volunteers in baseball, para hockey and swimming, while getting his degree and captaining his Junior B team. Just 21, Andrew Boyle is a community leader in Antigonish.
The power of hockey
After Justin Ikebuchi passed away in a car accident on Oct. 13, his hockey community rallied around his family.
HC Champion: Chantel Timmons
The LHA president and a hockey mom, Chantel Timmons has spent 13 years making sure the game thrives in Bow Island.
The 330-kilometre walk to help get Aries Benuen back to school was about more than hockey – it was about community, culture and the values of the Innu First Nation.
Davey leans on hockey family
When Brianna Davey battled a rare blood disorder, the hockey community stepped up to support the B.C. Hockey staffer.
The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, will highlight great Canadian hockey stories.
Scotiabank will be the Official Bank of Hockey Canada through 2024, with a commitment to investing in and supporting grassroots hockey and growing the women’s game.
Tanya Noble has volunteered innumerable – and invaluable – hours.
Bill Nicholson has been the face of the Timbits program in Thunder Bay.
Dean Smith is leading the charge for diversity and inclusion in N.S.
Shaun Piller has built the girls’ hockey program in Lumsden, Sask.
There isn’t much Vern Nolin hasn’t volunteered for in Dewberry, Alta.
Trevor McLellan has brought hockey back to small-town Caronport, Sask.
Richard Powell has become the face of major events in Dawson Creek.

120 young referees and linesmen learned on and off the ice in Calgary.

Hundreds of hockey players are in the game thanks to Doug Lowther.

Bobby Sahni always loved hockey, but only started playing six years ago.

Hockey and the Canadian Forces have helped shape Line Laurendeau.
A special needs hockey program is helping kids build many skills.
Shellany Brewer kept girls in hockey by building a new association.
Nunavut's win at the Canada Winter Games is creating positive change.

The City of Salmon Arm wouldn’t be the same without its ‘Mr. Hockey.’

Ethan Kowatsch's hockey equipment drive is creating change.
Jill Saulnier did her part to help a devastated Syrian refugee family.
Students got a full experience at the first Strathmore Hockey Summit.
Laura Stacey created Sticks In for Charity to help keep kids active.
Revitalizing an outdoor rink is changing a northern B.C. community.
The annual event has used hockey to bring two provinces together.
Top Corner has changed lives by getting young Canadians on the ice.
Alex Luey is on the ice again and learning from some of Canada’s best.
Hockey is an educational tool at a multicultural Mississauga school.
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The gold medallists met minor hockey players across the country.
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GTG: Global Girls’ Game in St. John’s
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2019 WGIHW: Canadians celebrate women’s hockey
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