When we first arrived in Canada, we wanted to be a part of this country.
In Chile, people play soccer. And here, they play hockey. We didn’t know
anything about hockey prior to arriving in Canada, but we wanted our family
to be a part of the community.
We have a big family – six children (four boys and two girls) – and our
boys, especially Jose, fell in love with hockey shortly after we arrived.
As new Canadians, we didn’t know about the game, so we purchased Jose and
the boys’ first pair of skates at Value Village and took them skating on
As our sons got more involved in skating with their friends, they got asked
to play in games. Eventually, we signed the oldest up to play and then the
others followed to play organized hockey.
It can be tough financially for four boys to play. We asked the Brantford
Community Hockey League registrar about different options available to us
to help alleviate some of the cost. They shared information about the
Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund, and we applied. It was such an easy
Having Jose’s hockey registration covered was super important to make sure
we could keep the boys in the game. Without it, none of them would have
been able to keep playing hockey.
Jose loves to play hockey and is very persistent until he gets a skill, and
he likes to learn new tricks on the ice. He learned to skate two years
after we immigrated to Canada when he was seven years old.
Now, at 11, he wants to play the game for as long as he can and has a dream
of playing in the National Hockey League, but he would also love to be a
We feel it is so important for new Canadians to connect with their new
country and get involved. Our family met some amazing people that showed us
hockey. The community we’ve built through the game has been amazing and we
feel connected to Canada.
In the beginning, it was hard. We didn’t know anything about the game or
how to help Jose and our kids in the sport. But through coaches, parents
and friends, we learned how to tie skates and help with their equipment
The boys have friends for a lifetime just by playing hockey.
This game is Canada. Being a part of the hockey community in Brantford has
made Jose and us as a family more confident in Canada. We’ve found our best
friends through hockey.
Jose loves the game, and without the Assist Fund he wouldn’t be able to
play. We are so grateful for Hockey Canada, the Hockey Canada Foundation,
the Assist Fund and the partners who have helped him keep playing the game
Scotiabank has committed $350,000 in partnership with the Hockey
Diversity Alliance to the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund.
Scotiabank’s contribution directly supports BIPOC applicants, like the
Applications are now being accepted for the Hockey Canada Foundation
Assist Fund. To apply, visit