Hockey Canada Foundation

Learn about the programs supported by the Hockey Canada Foundation

Every season, the Hockey Canada Foundation reaches thousand of yound Canadians through a variety of programs designed to get more people playing Canada's game.

Dreams Come True

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.

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The HCF paid a visit to Montreal, Que., getting 29 young players onto the ice and into the game.
The HCF visited Edmonton to get girls onto the ice and into the game.
The HC Foundation got young Indigenous players into the game.

NHL/NHLPA First Shift

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.

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The Big Play

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.

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Esso Fun Days

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.

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Try Hockey

Try Hockey is a mobile community-based program that takes hockey recruitment on-the-go. The entire program is transported in our community caravan, and can accommodate a variety of spaces and reach a number of locations across Canada.

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World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend

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.

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Girls Global Game

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!

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Floorball is a fun, inviting, and safe way for youth to get introduced to the fundamentals of hockey without having to wear protective equipment. The game can be played anywhere with a flat surface and only requires sticks, netting, a plastic ball, and minor goalie equipment.

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Pat Quinn Scholarship

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.

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2019 HCF: Dreams Come True in Thunder Bay
The Hockey Canada Foundation partnered with Hockey Northwestern Ontario and PRO Kids to get 28 Thunder Bay-area kids into the game and on the ice.
TCAA: Fantasy becomes reality for KPMG
For the 10th year, the Team Canada Alumni Association and KPMG partnered on a fantasy game for clients in Calgary.
2018 TCAA: Hitting the links for hockey
With the support of 30 sponsors, 150 golfers braved the cold and took to the course Sept. 18 at the Lakeside Greens Golf Club in Chestermere, Alta.