Canadian Tire First Shift – Register Now

Registration is now open for Canadian Tire First Shift Programs in Winnipeg.

The First Shift program is a joint effort between Canadian Tire, Bauer, Hockey Canada and local Hockey Associations to give kids between the ages of 6 and 10 an opportunity to get started in Hockey.  The program is focused on skill development and fun.  With a coach to player ratio of 1:4, kids will have a great first experience with Hockey. The program includes 6 weeks of on-ice programming and head-to-toe Hockey equipment for the low price of $199.

To find First Shift programs in Winnipeg and to register online, please visit: www.firstshift.ca

Hockey Manitoba Novice Half-Ice Program

Novice Half-Ice Demo Video  Novice Half-Ice Program Summary

Beginning in the 2017 – 2018 season, players in the Novice age category (7-8 yrs) will play on a modified ice surface –slightly over half the size of a normal hockey rink – until December 31st each season.  Games after December 31st within each hockey season may be played on full-ice.

This new format continues age appropriate modifications into the Novice Program with the Long Term Player Development model and philosophy as the fundamental basis for change. Players at the Novice level require a continued focus on physical literacy while also beginning to develop some of the more advanced individual skills inherent in the game. By moving from cross-ice at Initiation to half-ice at Novice, we increase the size of the ice surface in accordance with the increase in the size of player. This modified ice will continue to provide players with an environment that is more inclusive, competitive and conducive to skill development through puck touches and puck control, shots, passes completed, transitions, decision making, puck support, overall involvement…and FUN!  In addition, with the creation of the new Development Zone, kids will have up to 40% more ice time during games!

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Life Member Presentation

Hockey Winnipeg is proud to announce Garth Nolan, Past President of River East Minor Hockey Association as our newest Life Member,   recognizing an outstanding commitment to the sport of hockey in the city of Winnipeg.  Garth (center) is flanked by President, Chris Hall and Life Member, Tom Wilson.

New Officers Elected

Hockey Winnipeg is pleased to announce the elections of officers at the April 24, 2017 Annual General Meeting.

 Chris Hall President
 Guy Jeanson Executive Vice President Programs
 Paul Krestanowich  Vice President A Direct Entry
 Rydell Lasko Vice President A Area Associations
 Russ Cassidy Vice President AAA
Pam Campbell Vice President Female
Mark Alward Vice President Officials

New to the Officers group of Hockey Winnipeg Executive Committee are Rydell Lasko who was elected as Vice President A Area Associations and Mark Alward who was elected as Vice President Officials.  Paul Krestanowich transitioned to the position of Vice President A Direct Entry.

Retiring this year after many years of service to hockey in Winnipeg are Terry Kirkham (Vice President Operations), Cathie Gushulak (Vice President A Direct Entry), Blair Graveline (Vice President AA) and Mike Fedak (Vice President Officials).  Chris Hall thanked all retiring officers for their long-time volunteer service to Hockey Winnipeg and the meeting attendees joined in with a well-earned round of applause.

Resolving Conflict within a Youth Sport Team

SIRC Blog Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 09:25

Being part of a team can be one of the most supportive environments to learn and grow as an athlete and as an individual. Teammates aspire to work together in harmony to achieve success, sometimes reaching a higher level than an individual could on their own. However, pushing both ourselves as athletes and our teams to improve can be a challenging process. Sport by nature can be competitive and fraught with conflict. Working with multiple personalities and strengths can cause friction, frustration and conflict between teammates. When teammates are in conflict it can have a huge impact on team dynamics and team cohesion. It is how we work through the elements of conflict that helps us determine success. Read more

Single Sport Focus and Injury

Single sport focus before age 12 poses injury risk in young athletes is a study conducted by Emory Sports Medicine physician Neeru Jayanthi, MD, recommends that young athletes should not specialize in sports before age 12, train more hours per week then their age, and should limit training to less than 16 hours per week to avoid injury.

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Hockey Canada puts Age-Appropriate Programming at Forefront for 2017-18 Season

New policy mandates cross-ice and half-ice hockey for Initiation-aged players   Video

Hockey Canada wants all of Canada on the same page when it comes to the delivery of its Initiation Program – traditionally a player’s first brush with organized hockey at the ages of five and six.

Although the Initiation Program – originally developed more than 35 years ago – always recommended cross-ice or half-ice small-area games, its delivery has varied from community to community. Beginning in the upcoming 2017-18 season, a new Hockey Canada policy now mandates that Initiation-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces.

“You would never put a five- or six-year-old child on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play basketball without any adjustments made for their size. Hockey is no different,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, who notes that while some provinces and communities already deliver cross-ice programming at the Initiation level, others have always utilized full ice for practices and games.

“The Initiation Program was developed to allow kids to have fun, learn skills, and develop confidence,” said Carson. “Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck-touches, which result in more chances to practice puck-control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility. Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The differences in skill-development opportunities with cross-ice or half-ice hockey are significant: players receive five times more passes and take six times more shots. They’re called on to have to make more decisions more quickly, and are overall more engaged in the game.

Special boards and bumpers have been developed that allow for quick and easy division of a regular-sized rink into two half-ice surfaces or three cross-ice rinks, with options to create different small-area configurations. Not only does re-sizing the playing surface allow for Initiation-aged players to develop their hockey skills more effectively, it also allows communities to maximize their ice time by safely putting more teams and games on the ice at one time.

Hockey Canada and its 13 members across the country are coordinating on a communication plan to ensure hockey administrators and coaches receive the resources required to align with the new mandate.

Resources such as the Hockey Canada Network – a best-in-class skill-development resource geared to coaches – features information on the purpose of cross-ice hockey and how to run effective on-ice sessions for the five- and six-year-old Initiation age group.

Instruction on delivering age-appropriate programming will also be available to coaches trained in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach 1 – Intro Coach. This clinic, delivered by Hockey Canada’s 13 members, is geared towards coaches of entry-level players to provide resources that will aid in the implementation of skill-development and game play.

Hockey Canada has also produced a video that features renowned sport scientist Dr. Steve Norris; Olympic, World Cup, world, and Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby (Cole Harbour, N.S./Pittsburgh, NHL); Memorial Cup, World Cup, and IIHF World Championship-winning coach Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./Carolina, NHL); and Olympic gold-medallist and two-time IIHF Women’s World Championship silver-medallist Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) describing the importance of small area games and cross-ice/half-ice hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Initiation Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Want to Raise a Sports Star? Don’t Specialize

Many parents of young kids believe that more is better, that they are giving their child an edge by narrowing in on one sport, or even that it is a matter of competitive survival. The reality, however, is very different. Studies consistently document the dangers that include the child’s overall development, dangers in terms of injury to growing bodies, and the danger of burnout.

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Made in Manitoba Player Development Model

Hockey Manitoba has created a streamlined player development guide outlining key development strategies throughout minor hockey. Guidelines within the model will allow Associations, coaches, and parents across the province to provide optimal development pathways for their young players as they age through the minor hockey system and the Hockey Canada Long-Term Player Development model.  Download the Full Made in Manitoba Player Development Model

Follow this link for more information on the Hockey Canad Long-Term Player Development Model