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Millions of Canadians across our country help make hockey more, and all of them have a story. The mentorship of a coach, the tireless efforts of a volunteer, the inspirational story of a teammate, the communities that rally together to support our game – we want to tell those stories!

Let’s celebrate and honour Canadians who make our game great by sharing a Community story or nominating a Hockey Canada Champion!

When a historic weather event caused devastating flooding and landslides in British Columbia, the hockey community came together to help affected residents and teams.
HC Champion: Vicky Jolicoeur
Vicky Jolicoeur provides young athletes on the autism spectrum with a safe and fun place to learn and love the game.
Hockey Regina players are leading the way to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society through Hockey Fights Cancer.
Three Calgary Buffalo Hockey Association trainers were in the right place at the right time, and quick-thinking – and a community response – helped save a player’s life.
HC Champion: Tiya Bainbridge
Tiya Bainbridge has raised more than $40,000 for SickKids Foundation after her own battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Champion: Garrett McFadden
Garrett McFadden is growing mental health awareness at the grassroots with his McFadden’s Movement initiative.
An unwavering commitment to starting players the right way through introduction programs like the First Shift, makes Scott Henderson a real Champion of the game.
The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, has returned to celebrate the very best of Canadian hockey.
Piper Hays and Hayley Palmer have benefitted from a push by the Vancouver Angels to get more women behind the bench.
Krista Hodder is motivating young girls from the Membertou First Nation community to try the game as part of Hockey Nova Scotia’s Female Indigenous Hockey Program.
Wacey Rabbit is sharing his love of the game and his people through fun skills camps he created for Indigenous kids.
Finding their hockey home
The Halifax Mussels are providing the LGBTQ+ community with a supportive, fun and inclusive way to play the game.
Lynne Kiang knows hockey is better when everyone sees themselves represented at the rink, and she has spent the last 30 years making that a reality in British Columbia.
It was a simple request and even simpler to fulfill, since the Central York Panthers were giving back all along.
HC Champion: Stu Gershman
After losing his son at 22, Dr. Stu Gershman founded Buddy Check for Jesse to end the stigma around mental health.
The MacNicolls have taken a love of Canada’s game to new heights. All seven children and both parents give their time to hockey on and off the ice in LaSalle, Que.
HC Champion: Jill Fraser
Jill Fraser helped create a bubble to keep girls’ teams in the Kincardine MHA safely on the ice this season.
Learning the game together
The Female Indigenous Hockey Program is giving young Mi’kmaq players a chance to fall in love with Canada’s game.
As a father, coach, lawyer and administrator, Dean Smith is leading the charge to ensure Canada’s game is safe and welcoming for anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to play.
Providing a place to play
For more than a decade, Hockey Nova Scotia has been giving young Black players an opportunity to learn Canada’s game.
HC Champion: Chris Petrichuk
Chris Petrichuk helped build three all-girls teams in Balcarres, Sask., and resurrected the U18 program in Melville.
Teamwork was front and centre as minor hockey players from Alberta to Prince Edward Island worked together to give back to their communities over the holiday season.
HC Champion: M. Estabrooks
Matt Estabrooks doesn’t just teach hockey, he teaches life skills that will benefit his young players outside the game.
A simple idea became a labour of love for three friends, and a way for one selfless young player to help the homeless.
He volunteers in baseball, para hockey and swimming, while getting his degree and captaining his Junior B team. Just 21, Andrew Boyle is a community leader in Antigonish.
The power of hockey
After Justin Ikebuchi passed away in a car accident on Oct. 13, his hockey community rallied around his family.
HC Champion: Chantel Timmons
The LHA president and a hockey mom, Chantel Timmons has spent 13 years making sure the game thrives in Bow Island.
The 330-kilometre walk to help get Aries Benuen back to school was about more than hockey – it was about community, culture and the values of the Innu First Nation.
Davey leans on hockey family
When Brianna Davey battled a rare blood disorder, the hockey community stepped up to support the B.C. Hockey staffer.
The Hockey Canada Community, presented by Scotiabank, will highlight great Canadian hockey stories.
Scotiabank will be the Official Bank of Hockey Canada through 2024, with a commitment to investing in and supporting grassroots hockey and growing the women’s game.
Tanya Noble has volunteered innumerable – and invaluable – hours.
Bill Nicholson has been the face of the Timbits program in Thunder Bay.
Dean Smith is leading the charge for diversity and inclusion in N.S.
Shaun Piller has built the girls’ hockey program in Lumsden, Sask.
There isn’t much Vern Nolin hasn’t volunteered for in Dewberry, Alta.
Trevor McLellan has brought hockey back to small-town Caronport, Sask.
Richard Powell has become the face of major events in Dawson Creek.

120 young referees and linesmen learned on and off the ice in Calgary.

Hundreds of hockey players are in the game thanks to Doug Lowther.

Bobby Sahni always loved hockey, but only started playing six years ago.

Hockey and the Canadian Forces have helped shape Line Laurendeau.
A special needs hockey program is helping kids build many skills.
Shellany Brewer kept girls in hockey by building a new association.
Nunavut's win at the Canada Winter Games is creating positive change.

The City of Salmon Arm wouldn’t be the same without its ‘Mr. Hockey.’

Ethan Kowatsch's hockey equipment drive is creating change.
Jill Saulnier did her part to help a devastated Syrian refugee family.
Students got a full experience at the first Strathmore Hockey Summit.
Laura Stacey created Sticks In for Charity to help keep kids active.
Revitalizing an outdoor rink is changing a northern B.C. community.
The annual event has used hockey to bring two provinces together.
Top Corner has changed lives by getting young Canadians on the ice.
Alex Luey is on the ice again and learning from some of Canada’s best.
Hockey is an educational tool at a multicultural Mississauga school.
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