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.
Tom talks about inclusion
The CEO talks to the Honourable Justice Hugh Fraser on how Hockey Canada is working with the BIPOC community.
HC CHAMPION: CHRIS PETRICHUK
With his three daughters on the ice, Chris Petrichuk helped get three all-girls teams off and running in Balcarres, Sask., and resurrected the U18 AA program in Melville.
Teamwork was on display as players worked together across Canada to give back to local communities over the holidays.
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 – toques from old hockey socks – became a labour of love for three friends, and a way for one young player to leverage the hockey community to give back.
HC Champion: Andrew Boyle
He spends hours volunteering and captains 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 president of Bow Island Minor Hockey and a proud hockey mom, Chantel Timmons has given the last 13 years to making sure the game thrives in the southern Alberta town.
Sebastien and Aries Benuen walked 330 kilometres not just for hockey, but for community, culture and their Innu values.
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.
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Millions of Canadians are involved in hockey, and all of them have a story. The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, wants to tell those stories.
The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, will highlight great Canadian hockey stories.
The Official Bank of Hockey Canada has committed to supporting grassroots hockey and growing the women’s game.
Tanya Noble has volunteered innumerable – and invaluable – hours to the Tri-County Minor Hockey Association for one reason: to give all kids a chance to enjoy the sport.
HC Ambassador: B. Nicholson
Bill Nicholson has helped more than 2,000 kids enjoy their first strides through the Timbits program in Thunder Bay.
Dean Smith is leading the charge for diversity and inclusion in Nova Scotia, getting a new generation onto the ice.
HC AMBASSADOR: SHAUN PILLER
From a simple first step – find an all-girls team for his daughter – Shaun Piller has led the charge to create an entire women’s hockey program in Lumsden, Sask.
Whether he’s coaching his kids, sharpening skates or running the MHA, there isn’t much Vern Nolin won’t volunteer for.
HC Ambassador: Trevor McLellan
In 2010, Caronport had no hockey. Enter Trevor McLellan, who has rebuilt the game in small-town Saskatchewan.
MENTAL HEALTH WITH TOM’S TALKS
Team Canada alumnus Corey Hirsch shares his story of recovering from mental illness with the CEO, and explores ways to open the dialogue with everyone in your life.
HC Ambassador: Richard Powell
Richard Powell got involved in minor hockey to be part of his kids’ experience, but he ended up a community leader.
A night for the next generation
Officials Appreciation Night in Calgary included 120 young referees and linesmen learning on and off the ice.
HC AMBASSADOR: DOUG LOWTHER
Doug Lowther has spent more than 30 years as a coach, and half of it has been introducing young players to the game through a Just Try It program or the First Shift.
Loving and learning the game
As the son of Indian immigrants, hockey wasn’t the first sport Bobby Sahni played. But it’s the one he’s always loved.
Tom talks safety in our game
The CEO and Dr. Mark Aubry, CMO of Hockey Canada, discuss our role as a world leader in concussion awareness.
CPO1 Line Laurendeau has two loves in life – hockey and the Canadian Forces – and years of dedication to both have played a major role in shaping the person she is.
With a calming influence and ability to connect, Bob Agnew has spent 30+ years as a hockey ambassador in Morden.
The special needs hockey program in Sydney, N.S., helps kids build social confidence and improve their on-ice skills.
HC AMBASSADOR: SHELLANY BREWER
Girls were choosing to leave the game, until Shellany Brewer stepped in and helped create the Central Female Hockey Association in and around Fredericton, New Brunwick.
Tom talks women’s hockey
The CEO and women’s teams director Gina Kingsbury discuss the evolution of the game and impacts to the national team.
A desire to grow women’s hockey in B.C. led to the founding of the Capital Region Female Minor Hockey Association.
The historic debut victory for the Nunavut male hockey team at the Canada Winter Games is giving young players in the northern territory a dream of their own to pursue.
HC Ambassador: Roy Sakaki
Roy Sakaki loves the game as much as anyone, and the City of Salmon Arm wouldn’t be the same without its ‘Mr. Hockey.’
Tom talks coaching
As part of National Coaches Week, the CEO sits down with Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson to talk coaching.
Inspired by a Carey Price speech, 14-year-old Ethan Kowatsch is creating positive change in First Nations communities in Northern Ontario with his annual equipment drive.
Tom talks half-ice benefits
The CEO and Jason deVos from Canada Soccer discuss the benefits of small-area games to the development of athletes.
After a fire devastated the Barho family, Jill Saulnier organized a charity game to support the Syrian refugees.
From floorball and MMA to skating, shooting and scoring, elementary and junior high school students got the full experience at the inaugural Strathmore Hockey Summit.
Sticks In for Charity
Motivated by a pick-up road hockey game with family, Laura Stacey created Sticks In for Charity to keep kids active.
The CEO encourages free play this summer, to let children expand their imagination and reset for a new hockey season.
REMEMBERING THE BRONCOS
One year after tragedy struck on a Saskatchewan highway and claimed 16 lives, Hockey Canada is proud to be part of a community that came together to support Humboldt.
The CEO has tips for parents on what topics should be included in a year-end conversation with their young athlete.
Keeping the rink a destination for everyone and celebrating events that have done so are the February focus for the CEO.
LEAVING A LEGACY
The northern B.C. municipality of Fort St. James and the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation are celebrating the revitalization of an outdoor rink with a new hockey tradition.
The CEO highlights the golden moment by Canada’s U18 women and the support for the IIHF World Junior Championship.
50 years of Goodwill
A half-century later, the Goodwill Games are still giving Peewee players a chance to see the country and play the game.
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.
Sharing the love of the game
Teachers are using hockey as a lesson in Canadiana, and providing new experiences for their multicultural students.

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Canada's hockey community is populated by some of the best people in the world. Whether it's tireless volunteers helping kids enjoy the game or a players battling through adversity to play the game they love, these are the stories that make our game great. 

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