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Staying #HumboldtStrong
It has been one month since the tragic bus accident involving the Humboldt Broncos, and Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney remains in awe of the efforts of the hockey world.
HC Ambassador: Sharon Oldford
After seeing para hockey close to home in Yellowknife, Sharon Oldford has become a champion of the sport in the North.
50 years of Goodwill
A half-century later, the Goodwill Games are still giving Peewee players a chance to see the country and play the game.
The CEO asked the hockey community to submit questions about the game, and he’s back with the answers – talking Initiation and the continued growth of Canadian hockey.
HC Ambassador: Ava Foote
An accident left her young hockey career in doubt, but the eight-year-old Nova Scotian never took no for an answer.
Making a difference
A program in Saint John, N.B., is giving kids every opportunity possible to play hockey and improve their lives.
After a cancer battle and the loss of his right leg, 13-year-old Alex Luey is on the ice again and meeting members of Team Canada who have overcome similar challenges.
Time commitment with Tom’s Talks
The CEO hears about how time-consuming hockey can be. But it’s time well spent – used to benefit Canadian families.
HC Ambassador: Justin Charest
Born with a congenital malformation in his knees, the 11-year-old persevered to make his minor hockey dreams a reality.
With the Olympics and Paralympics around the corner, the CEO shares his experience with the Games and why it is an event like no other for our athletes and our country.
HC Ambassador: Paul Rutherford
More than 50 years after he first pulled on the stripes, the long-time official has become a Saskatchewan hockey staple.
Great Canadians: Paul Brandt
A Canadian country icon, the Albertan has used his music to promote a love for hockey while giving back to the community.
The teachers at the multicultural Ascension of Our Lord Secondary School are using hockey as a lesson in Canadiana, and providing new experiences for their students.
Reflecting with Tom’s Talks
The CEO is asking the hockey community to reflect on the season so far and how we can work together to grow the game.
HC Ambassador: Eric Payne
Not wanting to give up the game following a motorcycle accident, Eric has become a leader for sledge hockey on P.E.I.
A simple idea by the Fort St. John Huskies – fill a bus full of food for those in need – has turned into a 20-year tradition that gives back to the northern community. 
World Juniors legacy with Tom’s Talks
The CEO talks about the most Canadian of holiday traditions, the World Juniors, and how they bring us together as a country.
HC Ambassador: Eleanor Muir
More than 30 years after she first pulled on the stripes, the grandmother continues to mentor young officials in Russell.
After wildfires ravaged the B.C. interior last summer and forced thousands to evacuate, the start of the hockey season has brought a sense of normalcy to the community.
Northerners ride the highway to hockey
Young players from the N.W.T. had double the fun in Dawson Creek, B.C., playing their first games and watching U17 action.
The CEO shares his thoughts on how parents, coaches, players and officials all play a role in keeping the game safe. 
The Capital Region couple has dedicated the past decade to making the West Carleton MHA better, whether planning events for teams off the ice or developing skills on it.
Walking 900 kilometres for mental illness
Battling with anxiety and depression, Kyle Patterson took his passion for hockey and walked 900 kilometres for a good cause.
A new hockey season with Tom’s Talks
The CEO shares his thoughts on why changes made to the Initiation program will benefit the development of young players.
Calling all Canadians! Who makes hockey happen in your community? Nominate a local leader you know as a Hockey Canada Ambassador, and they could have their story shared.
Thanks to their community, a group of girls from Nunavut took the trip of a lifetime to share the ice with Sami Jo Small.
HC Ambassador: Morgan Mullin
She is a former player, a coach, a mother and a driving force behind the 2017 Esso Cup, helping develop the female game.
He is a World Juniors gold medallist, Memorial Cup champion and eight-year NHLer, but it’s what Sheldon Kennedy has done off the ice that has made the biggest impact.
After seeing the passion their kids had for the game, a group of Calgary mothers decided to lace up the skates themselves.
The importance of multi-sport with Tom’s Talks
Spring has sprung, and the president and CEO talks about the importance of hanging up the skates and playing other sports.
At 91 years young the New Waterford, N.S., native hasn’t hung up his skates just yet, setting a positive example not only for his friends, but for the younger generation.
Great Canadians: Michael J. Fox
The actor – honoured alongside Goyette, Juneau and the Gov. General – credits minor hockey for his positive attitude.
A tale of hockey and a cross-border bond
41 years after a snowstorm left an Ohio hockey team stranded in Ontario, the game still connects countries and generations.
The end of the hockey season means national championships held from coast to coast, and the president and CEO focuses on the impact they have on communities and players.
HC Ambassador: Michael Small
He has only lived in Sanikiluaq for a few years, but Michael Small is changing lives by giving young girls a chance to play.
Great Canadians: Danielle Goyette
The two-time Olympic gold medallist and eight-time world champion can look back on a single moment that shaped her life.
Located in the middle of Hudson Bay, Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, may be isolated, and with help from Jumpstart and Hockey Canada, young girls in the area get a chance to play.
Taking a look back with Tom’s Talks
The president and CEO reflects on the last seven months and hopes positive memories were made during the hockey season.
Rivière-à-Pierre gets all-star treatment
Joé Juneau took his ‘anyone can play’ mantra to the small Quebec community, reaching kids not registered for minor hockey.
Born without his left arm, eight-year-old Kobe Poulin is overcoming obstacles and leaving his mark on the Regina hockey community just two years into his playing career.
Great Canadians: Joé Juneau
An Olympic silver medallist and 13-year NHL veteran, his biggest contribution to hockey has come at the grassroots level.
When Hay River, N.W.T., lost its arena, the Hockey Canada Foundation stepped in with a solution that kept the game alive.
Hockey is a game for everyone, and the president and CEO is focused on growing sledge hockey and making sure every Canadian has the opportunity to play Canada’s game.
HC Ambassador: Ian Corkin
He fills a role behind the scenes, but it’s his dedication to the sport that proves he’s deserving of the spotlight.
Learning to give back in Quispamsis
The New Brunswick community is teaching its players that the game of hockey is about more than what happens on the ice.
The calendar says 2017, winter is officially upon us in Canada, and the president and CEO wants Canadians across the country to get back to basics on the outdoor rink.
Nominate someone you know who makes hockey happen in your community.
The 7-year-old has faced his struggle with autism on and off the ice.
The volunteer is giving back to his MHA the way it was passed to him.
The former Hockey Canada president learned everything from the game.
Atom teams in Quebec are uniquely connected to the World Juniors.
The World Juniors, and how the holiday tradition gives back to Canada.
David Johnston talks hockey, and the coaches who helped inspire him.
A decal on a helmet draws true inspiration for hockey players in the Soo.

Girls Hockey Calgary has rebranded all of its teams the Jr. Inferno.

Two coaches, making hockey happen for special-needs players in Ottawa.

Why the Olympian continues to give back to the sport and the country.

For the past three years, Adam Kingsmill has been a goaltender with the rep teams in Smithers, B.C. From the way he plays you’d never know the 15-year-old lost his right leg when he was two years old. It’s not what defines him as a player.
The Lloydminster goaltender has turned tragedy into motivation.
Seeing how much fun their kids were having playing the game, a group of hockey moms in Chetwynd, B.C., stepped out of the stands and onto the ice. By doing something for themselves, they managed to create a new bond with their children.
The legacy of the Esso Cup lives on in its past host communities.
For Nick Todd, the Hockey Canada Skills Academy in Paris, Ont., has given him a voice, and a place in the arena and at school.
From Dunedin, New Zealand, to Verdun, Que. – and stops like South Africa, Malaysia and the UAE in between – and from six years old to 57, the first-ever Global Girls’ Game highlighted World Girls’ Hockey Weekend on Oct. 10-11.
Five years ago Adriana Leon played her final competitive hockey game, saying goodbye to the sport with a provincial championship. Today she’s making her mark on a different field, competing in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, with lessons from the rink still resonating.
Jenna Velji of the Greater Vancouver Comets took on a hat trick of roles when her hometown of Burnaby, B.C., hosted the 2013 Esso Cup: anthem singer, junior host and MC. This time only one part would interest her: player.
The BCMML champions got a helping hand on the ice from Meghan Agosta.
Tom Renney talks all things women’s hockey, and his time in Kamloops.
Danielle Dubé isn’t your typical 40-year-old university senior.
Don Simmons has volunteered at the marquee events in women’s hockey.

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