Every season, the Hockey Canada Foundation reaches thousand of young Canadians through a variety of programs designed to get more people playing Canada's game.
Dreams Come True is a financial assistance program that brings hockey into the lives of children who might otherwise never get the opportunity to play. The program subsidizes registration fees and provides head-to-toe equipment in various communities across the country, and has introduced hockey to 1,226 kids since 2006.
A six-week program that introduces hockey to children ages 6-10 who might otherwise never experience the sport. The program provides fully fitted sets of head-to-toe equipment, 6 on-ice training sessions, and a safe environment where beginners can develop an appreciation for the game.
The Big Play is a coordinated effort between the Hockey Canada Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart. The program provides $500 to children starting out on their hockey journey that they can either spend on equipment or registration, making the game more accessible for families who might be unable to afford these costs. In 2016, the program helped fund hockey fees for more than 1,600 children.
Esso Fun Days are an all ages introduction to female hockey that are free for all participants. The program removes financial barriers to the game and provides a fun and inclusive environment where girls and women can make connections with each other, learn the basics of hockey, and build self-confidence.
The World Girls’ Hockey Weekend is an international recruitment effort led by the International Ice Hockey Foundation, that aims to recruit as many girls as possible into hockey as throughout the course of a single weekend. Eligible grassroots organizations and programs can apply to join the weekend and receive supports from Hockey Canada to help increase recruitment, engagement, and retention of girl hockey players throughout the event.
The Girls’ Global Game is a celebration connecting countries from all over the world in a single effort to grow female hockey. Over two-and-a-half days, 40 countries will host one-hour games in succession, beginning in New Zealand and making its way across six continents until reaching its final destination here in Canada. Each country that participates identifies players that will represent Team Blue and Team White. As the game wraps up in one federation, it picks up in the next where the score continues to grow. As the game plays on, females from all over the world are united as teammates!
The Hockey Canada Foundation has launched the Pat Quinn Scholarship Fund to honour the Team Canada coaching legend. Quinn's international résumé includes gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics, 2008 World U18 Championship and 2009 World Juniors, and a World Cup of Hockey title in 2004.
The scholarship is intended for full-time students achieving academic excellence and exemplifying Pat's qualities of integrity, leadership, excellence and thirst for knowledge.