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Syrian Children Discover Hockey

Check out this fabulous video of Syrian children being introduced to the game of hockey!

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Do you have your team ready?
Youth and adults of all ages are invited to participate in the street hockey festival in Ottawa from June 3rd to June 4th.

1st Shift MHA Applications

Looking to grow your Minor Hockey Association’s membership? The Canadian Tire First Shift is your answer!
Help kids fall in love with hockey with this six-week learn to play program focusing on fun and basic skills.

HEO In Baker Lake

HEO's IP Coordinator, Ruggles Pritchard, traveled to Baker Lake, Nunavut to partner with Hockey North to deliver a series of Coaching Clinics, On Ice Skill Instruction and Parent information Sessions.

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NCCP Instructors


personel bio pic Bill Bowker
Bill has served as the head coach of the CIS Wilfrid Laurier women's team (with a nomination for CIS Coach of the Year), the national women's under-22 team and has been a gold medal winner at the Canada Winter Games. Bill has also coached elite minor hockey. He's worked internationally as the mentor coach for Finland's national women's team in preparation for the Olympics. He was the GM/Head coach of the CCHL's Smiths Falls Bears and has helped numerous local hockey organizations as a mentor coach and advisor. He has also taught kinesiology and coaching credit courses at the university level.

personel bio pic Brent Carty
Brent’s coaching experience of over 30 years includes 19 years of minor, mostly at the Bantam and Midget elite levels, as well as 6 years in the CCHL. He’s been Director of Player Development for the Ottawa Valley Titans, acted as a coach mentor and has taught power skating and individual skills through various programs around HEO. He also developed a power skating program for Skate Canada. Once an OHL scout, he has also coached Ontario’s U-17 team in the Program of Excellence and was most recently co-associate coach of the HEO’s championship U-16 team.

personel bio pic Jim Cooke, HEO Grassroots/Community Coordinator
Jim spent the past three seasons spent coaching the Gloucester Minor Midget AA team and was the 2011-12 recipient of the Gloucester Rangers coach of the year award. He’s been a member of the Orleans Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors where he has held various positions from Director of Competitive to Director of Coach mentorship. Jim initiated the Coach Mentorship program in Orleans and under his guidance the program is one of the leaders in the branch.

personel bio pic Brian Gillam, HEO Coaching Coordinator
Brian began coaching in the 1980s in Newfoundland where he also taught physical education. He has also taught adult education. His experiences there coaching high school and AAA hockey led him to his most recent work in the Ottawa region coaching AA and AAA teams as well as being an instructor in the Initiation Program. He has run numerous off-season hockey programs and of late has been mentoring local hockey association coaches in the development of their programs. Brian has been involved with HEO's U16 Program of Excellence as an assistant coach.

personel bio pic Mickey Goulet
Mickey's remarkable coaching background includes being the head coach of Italy at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. He'd spent six years there as their technical director following 14 years as the head coach of the CIS men's team at the University of Ottawa where he was a four-time winner of the coach of the year award for Ontario/Quebec. Prior to that, Mickey coached college hockey in the U.S. for 17 years. Of late, he spent time as the head coach of AAA teams and is now working as a mentor and coaching/specialty clinic instructor for the branch.

personel bio pic Ron Graham
Ron was one of the early technical directors for the former Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and was involved in some of the early drafts of the original national coaching program. He has spent over 30 years coaching the game at both the grassroots and elite levels that includes a provincial midget AA championship and junior A. He's also taught the Initiation Program, has served as a mentor and advisor to both boys and girls hockey programs, and has been an instructor in both coaching and specialty clinics. Most recently, he taught a coaching program in Australia.

personel bio pic Gregg Kennedy, HEO High Performance Coordinator
Gregg, a former HEO Technical Director, has over 30 years coaching experience in both minor and junior A & B. Most recently, he's been coaching AAA with the Jr. Sens club as well as serving as Director of Player Development for Leitrim Minor Hockey. He has worked with various organizations as a mentor coach, has been a Hockey Canada Coaching Program Course Conductor for almost 20 years and a group leader and presenter at HP I and HP II clinics. He has also been a guest lecturer at a number of HEO specialty clinics and workshops.

personel bio pic Michael Miller
Mike has been involved in the game as a coach and teacher for 35 years and was one of the original Initiation Program directors in the branch. As such, he co-wrote one of Hockey Canada's IP manuals. His broad coaching experience spans numerous levels, the last 15 years being at the AA and AAA levels in bantam and midget where his teams have won various branch titles. He has represented HEO on Hockey Canada sub-committees and has been an active mentor with local organizations.

personel bio pic Stefan Nichols
Email: stefannichols@rogers.com
Stefan, who will head the new goalie coach program, has a long and successful track record of providing his goaltending students with solid foundations. He tailors sessions to the goalies' needs, melding an extensive technical and tactical knowledge and his eye for detail with a proven background in teaching. He's trained dozens of college level and junior goalies and served as the mentor goalie coach for various minor organizations. He uses innovative teaching techniques that will be applied to the goalie coach program and thus will provide local goalie coaches with the latest in learning resources.

personel bio pic Tom Price
Tom has been involved in hockey as a player, coach and teacher for over 40 years and was one of the original Initiation Program leaders in Winnipeg. He’s coached every level of minor hockey, from house league little ones to competitive teams as well as 'AA' teams (before AAA) from atom to bantam. He has also taught at numerous hockey skills camps.

personel bio pic Ruggles Pritchard, HEO Initiation Program Coordinator
Once a player and coach in Belgium and senior hockey in B.C., Ruggles has coached and taught extensively since then. He's coached high school hockey and numerous other sports. Of late, he has assisted minor organizations in establishing development programs and taught the Initiation Program. He has been an HEO instructor and specialty clinic teacher for a number of years with work in the IP, Development I and II clinics.

personel bio pic Norm Robillard
Norm has been in the game as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager and Trainer since 1983. Though he’s most recently coached house league and Rep B, Norm was also an assistant coach in AAA, qualifying for the Central Canada Playdowns and coached in AA in the pre-AAA days throughout the 1990’s. Norm has also coached basketball, soccer and baseball.

personel bio pic Larry Ruch
A former player and then assistant coach at McGill University and head coach at Dawson College in Montreal, Larry went on to a lengthy pro coaching career in Switzerland and Austria culminating in a national championship season in Austria. Among his duties was the instruction mentorship of the club's coaches. He brought those skills back to Canada where he has mentored numerous hockey organizations serving as an advisor to development programming.

personel bio pic Richard Sennott
Recently retired as the HEO Executive Director, Richard's 53-year involvement in the game has included teaching and coaching from the Initiation Program to junior as well as working as board member at various levels, locally to nationally. He's been the branch's IP Director since the program's inception in the late 1980s and he has been recognized throughout the region for his commitment to and work with children and coaches at this level. A co-author of the IP program manual, he's been involved with Hockey Canada development committees for over 20 years. He has also taught hundreds of coaching and specialty clinics over the years.

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