2021-22 Coach Development & Mentorship Program

In partnership with Evolution Hockey, Hockey Winnipeg is pleased to offer our Coach Development & Mentorship Program for the 2021-22 season! The program is designed to help educate all Hockey Winnipeg coaches (HL, A3, A2, A1, AA, and AAA; U7-U18) and incorporates several non-certification clinics (both virtual and on-ice) that cover various topics specifically related to the age groups that coaches will be coaching. All coaches who register and attend a clinic will also be provided with resources to help them run effective practices throughout the season. Please note that registration for the program is completely FREE.

The clinic topics (and the coaches that they are designed for) include: Intro to IP (U7 coaches), U9 Skills (U7&U9 coaches), U9 Practice Planning (U7&U9 coaches), Goaltending 1 (U7&U9 coaches), Puck Control (U11-U18 coaches), Shooting & Scoring (U11-U18 coaches), Defense Skills & Tactics (U11-U18 coaches), Forward Skills & Tactics (U11-U18 coaches), Goaltending 2 (U13-U18 coaches), Hockey Canada Network App (all coaches), The 30 Minute Coach (all coaches), Skating 1 (all coaches), and Small Area Games (all coaches). Keep in mind brand-new clinic topics will be introduced later this season!

The schedule for the program can be found here:

Hockey Winnipeg Coach Program Clinics Schedule


New Staff Member of Hockey Winnipeg

Hockey Winnipeg is pleased to announce the hiring of Janelle Forcand as the new Grassroots Program Coordinator effective July 28, 2021.

Janelle is an enthusiastic individual with a passion for growing the game of hockey at the youth level. With over 10 years of experience working in hockey development, Janelle has gained a great understanding on what the sport needs to continue to be successful for all ages. As a former Female Hockey Coordinator, Janelle used the sport of hockey to empower young female athletes to reach their full potential. Through Janelle’s time as an on-ice instructor, Head Coach, and team manager, she found a passion for the grassroots level and enjoys making the first hockey experience for children a positive one. In 2020, Janelle was invited to join the NHLCA Female Coaches Development program where she continues to learn how to be an effective leader for the sport of hockey. Most recently, Janelle was awarded the Provincial and National Female Community Coach of the Year award presented by Hockey Canada.

Janelle looks forward to gaining more knowledge and continuing to bring her passion to the Hockey Community in Winnipeg.

Roulette and Brennan help Canada Win Gold

Team Canada has won the Gold Medal at the 2021 IIHF Men’s U18 World Championships.  Hockey Winnipeg would like to congratulate all of the members of Team Canada for this incredible accomplishment.

We would like to spotlight two players from our Association that were a part of that team:

Conner Roulette – Seven Oaks Minor Hockey Association

Tyler Brennan – Fort Garry North Hockey Association

Congratulations to Conner and Tyler on a remarkable achievement!

For more information on Team Canadas Men’s U18 Team follow this link: https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/team-canada/men/under-18/2020-21

Changes coming to the U15 AAA league

As of today’s date, the U15 AAA Winnipeg league will look a little different for next years 2021-2022 season. The biggest changes that you will see happen to the U15 league are:

  1. U15 Winnipeg AAA teams are to be double aged commencing with the 2021-2022 Season.
  2. U15 Winnipeg AAA teams will utilize the 3 zone framework as is currently used by our U18 AAA and U17 AAA teams.
  3. U15 Winnipeg AAA Council will form 9 U15 teams with three teams per zone.
  4. U15 Winnipeg AAA teams will carry the names Bruins, Thrashers and Wild.

We understand that these are some big changes and will raise many questions. We will try to provide new and further details as they become available via the AAA website. Please refer to the letter below from AAA Vice President, Russ Cassidy for further clarification on the changes to the league.

Follow the link below to view a letter from our VP of AAA Russ Cassidy

U15 AAA Announcement (1)


Hockey Winnipeg’s New President and Officer Group

On Wednesday, April 21st Hockey Winnipeg held it’s 65th Annual Meeting.


After six years as President, Chris Hall has stepped down from the position.  Hockey Winnipeg would like to thank Chris for his service to the Association as President, his leadership and guidance has set the organization up for success for many years to come. Chris will remain on the Executive of Hockey Winnipeg as Past President as his knowledge and experience will continue to benefit our members.


Hockey Winnipeg is pleased to announce that Daryl Fowler has been elected President of the Association.  Daryl has been a dedicated and committed volunteer for many years, highlighted by his long stints as President of St. Norbert Community Centre, President of South Winnipeg Hockey Association and as Hockey Winnipeg’s Vice-President of AA Hockey.


Hockey Winnipeg’s Officer Group for the 2021/2022 season is as follows:

Daryl Fowler – President

Guy Jeanson – Vice-President, Programs

Paul Krestanowich – Vice-President, Operations

Chris Hall – Past President

Russ Cassidy – Vice-President, AAA

Mike Segal – Vice-President, AA

Warren Hruska – Vice-President, A & Direct Entry

Dwayne Schmidt – Vice-President, A & NBC

Nicole Carnegie – Vice-President, Female

Mark Alward – Vice-President, Officials



Exhibition Request Form

The new Exhibition game form is now up and running on the Hockey Winnipeg Website, you can find it under the forms tab on the home page.

Once its completed it will automatically be emailed to the divisional director. Games cannot be played without their approval. Please note that Both Teams will need to complete this form.


THANK YOU – Dianne Woods Memorial Golf Tournament

On Monday, June 3rd Hockey Winnipeg held the annual Dianne Woods Memorial Golf Tournament at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club.

The tournament was a major success and it would not have been possible without all of the Teams who entered, the support of Elmhurst and the hard work of the volunteers and Hockey Winnipeg Staff.

We also could not have had such a great event without all of the Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors as well as the companies and organizations who donated prizes.  To see a full list of supporters, please click here: 2019 Dianne Woods Golf Sponsors

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.