Hockey Season is Here! Hockey Canada Week to Celebrate Canada's Game From November 8-15, 2003
October 2, 2003

Calgary (Alberta) - Hockey Canada Week will celebrate hockey from November 8-15, 2003 at the national, provincial and local levels, Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday.

Hockey Canada Week is a celebration of the beginning of the hockey season all across Canada and aims to promote the positive values of hockey and the work done by the over four-million volunteers involved in minor hockey in Canada each and every year.

Hockey Canada Week takes over from ‘Canadian Hockey Week' which was discontinued in 1999, as Hockey Canada's thirteen Branches had introduced their own ‘Minor Hockey Week' at different times of the year. Hockey Canada Week is a brand new national initiative led by Hockey Canada with the participation of Branches, minor hockey associations and other community or corporate partners.

Between November 8 and 15th, Hockey Canada's Development Department and many of Hockey Canada's thirteen Branches will be conducting a number of camps across the country, such as Esso Fun Days, Hockey Canada Skills Development Camps, Chevrolet Safe & Fun Clinics, coaching and officiating clinics. Announcements on dates and locations will be forthcoming at

How can Canadians get involved in Hockey Canada Week - November 8-15, 2003?

  • Contact your minor hockey association, your local hockey team, and get them to support Hockey Canada Week by holding programs and clinics in your area;
  • Ask local hockey teams to provide discounts on game tickets to minor hockey players;
  • Hold a special ceremony to recognize volunteers who have contributed to hockey in your town, city or area;
  • Be part of Hockey Canada Week by holding a special hockey event that week, such as a hockey tournament, a fundraising event, a marathon hockey game;
  • Ask your local municipality, city council, government to organize an activity and take part in Hockey Canada's Minor Hockey Association Contest (Details provided below)

Minor Hockey Association Contest

Hockey Canada has introduced a ‘Minor Hockey Association Contest' that will run during Hockey Canada Week. Minor hockey associations can enter by holding an activity during Hockey Canada Week that promotes hockey in a positive way. The winning minor hockey association will receive $10,000 in Easton hockey equipment and products. For more details and complete rules and contest entry criteria, minor hockey associations can visit

Hockey in Canada

Did you know that … over 500,000 Canadians have registered to play minor hockey this fall;

Did you know that … over 30,000 Canadians are hockey officials;

Did you know that … that nearly 5 million Canadians are involved in minor hockey at some level;

Did you know that … there are over 3,500 hockey rinks in Canada;

For more information:

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


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


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