Winnipeg Jets and Hockey Fights Cancer

On Saturday, November 23rd at 6 p.m., the Winnipeg Jets host the Columbus Blue Jackets for their annual Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) game at Bell MTS Place. The game is part of a month-long initiative to raise awareness for the NHL’s HFC campaign and to raise funds for CancerCare Manitoba. More information can be found here:


As part of their public awareness campaign, True North Sports + Entertainment would like to showcase teams and associations in Manitoba that have held events or fundraisers in support of this year’s NHL Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. If you have any images you’d like to share from your event, please email images and/or provide download links to Tyler Esquivel, Manager of Winnipeg Jets Hockey Content: Please add “Manitoba HFC” in the subject line of your email. If you’ve posted any videos, feel free to share links, too.

Volunteer Recognition Award – SWHA

Hockey Winnipeg is honouring the contributions of volunteers by presenting awards on a monthly basis.  There will be 14 awards presented, including one for each Area Association as well as the AAA Council, AA Council, Female Council and a Hockey Winnipeg general.

Award recipients are chosen by their Association/Council.  In order to be eligible, the individual must have spent at least five years helping in their community.

For September, South Winnipeg Hockey Association has chosen to present Lise Comte with the Volunteer Recognition Award! SWHA President Warren Hruska had this to say about Lise:

Lise Comte is an exceptional head timekeeper. She has been involved in the South Winnipeg Hockey Association since 2014, recruiting, training and developing young aspiring timekeepers.  Lise also is the assignor for timekeepers in SWHA. She has been involved in a major update of the Hockey Winnipeg Timekeeper’s Manual and has spent hours upon hours mentoring young children to become better off-ice officials.

Her above average organizational skills, as well as her excellent communication skills make her an invaluable member of the SWHA board. Her ability to problem solve in stressful and time sensitive situations makes her a huge asset to any organization.

In addition to her role with off-ice officials, Lise also serves as the Main Contact in SWHA for the Novice Development Zone Coordinator program.  In this role, she helps with recruiting and assigning Bantam and Midget AAA/AA players to Novice Half-Ice games to run the Development Zone activities.  This is an important mentorship/community building initiative.

Congratulations Lise!

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

Thank the Stripes Weekend

This weekend, February 1-3, 2019 is the one weekend a season that Hockey Winnipeg asks you to acknowledge and appreciate the work of the one team that is on the ice for every game played all season long, the officials.

While typically the least popular team on the ice, the referees are vital to Hockey Winnipeg providing the programs that we all enjoy and the great game of hockey.

Our officials, like our players, coaches, parents and fans all love the game and want to see the best out of everybody at the arena.

It’s a thankless job most of the time, but we must remember that we need each and every referee who takes the ice during the season in order to have success on the ice.

If any of you happen to be at the rink this weekend enjoying our fine game, feel free to take a second and thank the officials working the games, whether it be a simple gesture such as a verbal thank you and a handshake, or buying them a coffee or hot chocolate, the men and women of all ages that officiate our game would appreciate your acknowledgement.

So please, if you’re in the arena this weekend, take a second and #ThankTheStripes.

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.

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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