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From multiple roles with the Chilliwack Chiefs, to her executive positions with the Chilliwack MHA and Chilliwack FC, Andrea Laycock is everywhere in the Fraser Valley.
Staying #HumboldtStrong
One month after the tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan, CEO Tom Renney remains in awe of the efforts of the hockey world.
HC Ambassador: Sharon Oldford
After seeing para hockey close to home in Yellowknife, Sharon Oldford has become a champion of the sport in the North.
CONNECTING GENERATIONS THROUGH HOCKEY
For the last 50 years, Peewee players from rural P.E.I. and Hamilton, Ont., have come together for the Goodwill Games, using hockey to build life-long friendships.
Grow the game with Tom’s Talks
The CEO answers questions from the hockey community, talking Initiation and the continued growth of Canadian hockey.
HC Ambassador: Ava Foote
An accident left her young hockey career in doubt, but the eight-year-old Nova Scotian never took no for an answer.
A PROGRAM MAKING A DIFFERENCE
For five years, Top Corner has allowed young Canadians the chance to get on the ice in Saint John, N.B., improving their lives and making the community stronger.  
Getting back in the game
After a battle with cancer, 13-year-old Alex Luey is on the ice again and learning from some of Canada’s para hockey best.
Time commitment with Tom’s Talks
The CEO hears about how time-consuming hockey can be. But it’s time well spent – used to benefit Canadian families.
HC AMBASSADOR: JUSTIN CHAREST
Born with a congenital malformation in his knees, 11-year-old Justin Charest persevered through physio and surgeries to make his dream of playing hockey a reality.
Olympic spirit with Tom’s Talks
The CEO shares his experience with the Games and why Canadians can expect amazing stories from all of our athletes.
HC Ambassador: Paul Rutherford
More than 50 years after he first pulled on the stripes, the long-time official has become a Saskatchewan hockey staple.
GREAT CANADIANS: PAUL BRANDT
A 2017 inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Alberta native has used music to promote a love for Canada’s game while giving back to the community.
Sharing the love of the game
Teachers are using hockey as a lesson in Canadiana, and providing new experiences for their multicultural students.
Reflecting with Tom’s Talks
The CEO is asking the hockey community to reflect on the season so far and how we can work together to grow the game.
HC AMBASSADOR: ERIC PAYNE
After losing his leg in a 2005 accident, Eric Payne thought he’d never play hockey again. But he found sledge hockey, and has become a champion for the game on P.E.I.
Fill the bus in Fort St. John
A simple idea by the Fort St. John Huskies has turned into a 20-year tradition that supports the northern community. 
World Juniors legacy with Tom’s Talks
The CEO talks about the most Canadian of holiday traditions, the World Juniors, and how they bring us together as a country.
HC AMBASSADOR: ELEANOR MUIR
More than 30 years after she pulled on the stripes because she wanted to be a part of minor hockey in Russell, Man., the grandmother continues to mentor young officials.
After wildfires ravaged the B.C. interior last summer, the start of the hockey season has brought back a sense of normalcy.
Riding the highway to hockey
Young players from the N.W.T. had double the fun in Dawson Creek, B.C., playing their first games and watching U17 action.
Ensuring the game remains safe is a priority for Hockey Canada, so CEO Tom Renney talks about ways to keep players safe and the role of coaches and parents at the rink.
The couple is dedicated to making the West Carleton MHA better, planning events off the ice and developing skills on it.
Walking 900 kilometres for mental illness
Battling with anxiety and depression, Kyle Patterson took his passion for hockey and walked 900 kilometres for a good cause.
TOM’S TALKS: OCTOBER 2017
As a new hockey season begins, the CEO welcomes everyone back to the game, but focuses on the Initiation program and why changes made are beneficial for young players.
Who’s your Hockey Canada Ambassador?
Calling all Canadians! Who makes hockey happen in your community? Nominate a local leader as a Hockey Canada Ambassador.
Thanks to their community, a group of girls from Nunavut took the trip of a lifetime to share the ice with Sami Jo Small.
HC AMBASSADOR: MORGAN MULLIN
A former NCAA player, a coach, a mentor, a mother and a driving force behind the 2017 Esso Cup, Morgan Mullin is doing her part to develop the female game in Morden.
Great Canadians: Sheldon Kennedy
He is a World Juniors gold medallist and Memorial Cup champion, but the former NHLer has left a much larger mark off the ice.
After seeing the passion their kids had for the game, a group of Calgary mothers decided to lace up the skates themselves.
TOM’S TALKS: THE OFFSEASON
Spring has sprung, and the president and CEO talks about the importance of hanging up the skates in the offseason, and why young players should broaden their horizons.
HC Ambassador: Mike Campbell
His birth certificate says 91 years old, but the New Waterford, N.S., native isn’t ready to hang up his skates quite yet.
Great Canadians: Michael J. Fox
The actor – honoured alongside Goyette, Juneau and the Gov. General – credits minor hockey for his positive attitude.
A TALE OF CROSS-BORDER FRIENDSHIP
Forty-one years ago a winter storm left an Ohio hockey team stranded in Embro, Ont., and a simple act of hospitality created a bond that spans borders and generations.
The legacy of nationals with Tom’s Talks
The president and CEO looks at national championships, their legacy and the impact they have on communities and players.
HC Ambassador: Michael Small
He has only lived in Sanikiluaq for a few years, but Michael Small is changing lives by giving young girls a chance to play.
GREAT CANADIANS: DANIELLE GOYETTE
The two-time Olympic gold medallist and eight-time world champion can look back on a single moment as a teenager that shaped the rest of her career, and of her life.
Northern girls get a chance
Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, may be isolated, but that isn’t stopping young girls in the community from lacing up their skates.
Taking a look back with Tom’s Talks
The president and CEO reflects on the last seven months and hopes positive memories were made during the hockey season.
RIVIÈRE-À-PIERRE GETS ALL-STAR TREATMENT
Joé Juneau took his ‘anyone can play’ mantra to small-town Rivière-à-Pierre, Que., getting kids not registered for minor hockey onto the ice for a two-day skills camp.
HC Ambassador: Kobe Poulin
Born without his left arm, eight-year-old Kobe Poulin is overcoming obstacles and leaving his mark on hockey in Regina.
Great Canadians: Joé Juneau
An Olympic silver medallist and 13-year NHL veteran, his biggest contribution to hockey has come at the grassroots level.
When Hay River, N.W.T., lost its only arena for the season, the Hockey Canada Foundation stepped in with a solution – floorball – that kept the game alive in the north.
All about inclusiveness with Tom’s Talks
The president and CEO is focused on growing sledge hockey and making sure every Canadian has the opportunity to play.
HC Ambassador: Ian Corkin
He fills a role behind the scenes, but it’s his dedication to the sport that proves he’s deserving of the spotlight.
A GIVE-BACK CHALLENGE IN QUISPAMSIS
In a small town with a big hockey presence, the Kennebecasis Valley MHA is making sure its players know that the game is about more than just what happens on the ice.
The outdoor game with Tom’s Talks
The president and CEO wants Canadians – new players and experienced ones – to get back to basics on the outdoor rink.
Nominate someone you know who makes hockey happen in your community.
The 7-year-old has faced his struggle with autism on and off the ice.
The volunteer is giving back to his MHA the way it was passed to him.
The former Hockey Canada president learned everything from the game.
Atom teams in Quebec are uniquely connected to the World Juniors.
The World Juniors, and how the holiday tradition gives back to Canada.
David Johnston talks hockey, and the coaches who helped inspire him.
A decal on a helmet draws true inspiration for hockey players in the Soo.

Girls Hockey Calgary has rebranded all of its teams the Jr. Inferno.

Two coaches, making hockey happen for special-needs players in Ottawa.

Why the Olympian continues to give back to the sport and the country.

For the past three years, Adam Kingsmill has been a goaltender with the rep teams in Smithers, B.C. From the way he plays you’d never know the 15-year-old lost his right leg when he was two years old. It’s not what defines him as a player.
The Lloydminster goaltender has turned tragedy into motivation.
Seeing how much fun their kids were having playing the game, a group of hockey moms in Chetwynd, B.C., stepped out of the stands and onto the ice. By doing something for themselves, they managed to create a new bond with their children.
The legacy of the Esso Cup lives on in its past host communities.
For Nick Todd, the Hockey Canada Skills Academy in Paris, Ont., has given him a voice, and a place in the arena and at school.
From Dunedin, New Zealand, to Verdun, Que. – and stops like South Africa, Malaysia and the UAE in between – and from six years old to 57, the first-ever Global Girls’ Game highlighted World Girls’ Hockey Weekend on Oct. 10-11.
Five years ago Adriana Leon played her final competitive hockey game, saying goodbye to the sport with a provincial championship. Today she’s making her mark on a different field, competing in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, with lessons from the rink still resonating.
Jenna Velji of the Greater Vancouver Comets took on a hat trick of roles when her hometown of Burnaby, B.C., hosted the 2013 Esso Cup: anthem singer, junior host and MC. This time only one part would interest her: player.
The BCMML champions got a helping hand on the ice from Meghan Agosta.
Tom Renney talks all things women’s hockey, and his time in Kamloops.
Danielle Dubé isn’t your typical 40-year-old university senior.
Don Simmons has volunteered at the marquee events in women’s hockey.

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