HOCKEY WINNIPEG – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

On behalf of Hockey Winnipeg, I am pleased to announce that Andrew Skogen is our new Executive Director.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development from University of Manitoba.

He has diverse experience as a training and learning specialist along with many years of community service as a coach, member of several boards and administrator.

Welcome Andrew

Chris Hall
President
Hockey Winnipeg

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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