It is a hockey tournament where what happens off the ice is just as important as what happens on it. The sentiment trickles down from coaches to players to even volunteers and organizers of the Hayley Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival — more commonly known as Wickfest.
It's not difficult to find successful people in the game of hockey. Sidney Crosby is coming off one of the best year's of his hockey life, capturing a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe trophy, a World Cup and a tournament MVP award.
Getting the chance to meet one of the greatest hockey players of all time is not something everyone gets the chance to experience. Even more rare is having the opportunity to learn directly from your idol, but that’s exactly what thousands of girls get to do thanks to Hayley Wickenheiser.
Hockey Alberta recently completed a study analyzing the relationships between smaller ice surfaces and skating development and speed. A target group of Initiation-aged kids (five and six years old) were put through drills focused on speed and acceleration on a smaller ice surface.
Despite trying to crack down, Hockey Calgary is still dealing with hateful language on the ice towards players and referees. The city’s governing body for hockey sent home a letter to parents of Midget players at the beginning of November claiming there had been too many derogatory terms thrown around.
It seems to be Ontario’s tournament to lose every year (they do have two teams), and Alberta tends to have tough luck at the National Women’s U18 Championship.
With the hockey season underway, it’s time for HockeyNow to once again begin the search for our Player of the Year in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. The Player of the Year award has a rich history and was first given to Colin Fraser in 2000, who went on to win two Stanley Cups.
Twelve straight wins. That’s the dominance of Alberta in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, which includes three straight titles. Their last loss came in the finals of the 2012 edition and they have been perfect since.
Ice in Nigeria is an incredibly rare sight. In fact, there is only one rink in all of Lagos, a city with over 17 million residents. Hockey is even more uncommon, so don’t blame Lagos-born Sean Afolabi for not even knowing about the sport before he came to Canada two years ago.
1) Szabados Returns to Team Canada Following Sudden Release from Peoria Rivermen
2) Around the OJHL: November Edition
3) FU Sports OUA Relative Newcomers UOIT Ridgebacks and Women’s Nipissing Lakers Finding Success in 2016-17
4) Search for 2017 Players of the Year Continues
5) Parity Coming from All Sides in the CCHL