Rogers Hometown Hockey is Coming to Winnipeg!

Rogers Hometown Hockey is coming to Winnipeg on December 2nd and 3rd at the Forks! And our Hockey Winnipeg members have some great exclusive opportunities to be a part of it!

VIP Experience

Teams have an opportunity to take part in a mini ball hockey tournament! It takes place on the Saturday, December 2nd. Timbit teams will be scheduled between 12:00 and 2:00 PM and all other age groups will be between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. Also included with this experience is a FREE pizza party!

If your team is interested, please email and include:

Team Name Age Category Team contact Phone # and email

Parade of Champions

Have you ever wanted a chance to be on TV? Well now is your opportunity. The parade of champions will consist of many of our hockey teams parading into the Forks event site and will be captured by the broadcast team! As an added bonus Ron and Tara will talk about the associations that take part in the parade LIVE on the broadcast! After the parade teams are encouraged to stick around and prizes will be given out throughout the night! This will take place in the late afternoon / early evening on Sunday, December 3rd.

If your team is interested, please email and include:

Team Name Age Category Team contact Phone # and email

Clean-up Crew

We are looking for a team that would be interested in assisting the event with garbage clean-up throughout the weekend. The requirement would be for 4-5 people per shift and can be arranged by the team however they would like. The hours would be 12 to 6 PM on Saturday and 12 to 9 PM on Sunday. The team will receive a $500 honorarium from the host event.

If your team is interested, please email and include:

Team Name Age Category Team contact Phone # and email

Hockey Winnipeg Night with the MJHL

The MJHL is proud to offer our Hockey Winnipeg members a great opportunity to attend a MJHL game between the Winnipeg Blues and the Portage Terriers. The game is on December 13th at the BELL MTS ICEPLEX at 7:00 PM.

All players are free and family members are $5.

2017 Hockey Winnipeg Schedules

The first half schedules have been posted for the following division:

Female Hockey Male Hockey
Female Novice Novice West
Female Atom Minor Atom West
Female Pewee Atom West
Female Bantam Minor Peewee
Female Midget Peewee


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:

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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