HEO Minor News

HEO Minor News

Manitoba response to half ice requirement

Hockey Canada is making it mandatory that its youngest players get introduced to the game on pint-sized ice surfaces, but the just-announced policy isn't anything new in Manitoba. 

Hockey Manitoba executive director Peter Woods said that change was made in Manitoba about two years ago and they plan to take it a step further.

"Hockey Manitoba certainly supports it. This is a national initiative that's gone across the country now," he said.

"We introduced this regulation into our program two years ago, so we've been operating under that premise for the last two years, so the rest of the country is just catching up to us right now."

Hockey Canada said the mandatory policy of half-ice, or cross-ice, for its initiation programs for five and six-year-olds will take effect for the 2017-18 season.

Woods said Manitoba Hockey received a little bit of pushback when the initiative was first brought in, but the results speak for themselves.

"Anytime you make the space a little bit smaller you are increasing the pace of the game, so that means the reaction times for players have to be increased," he said.

Kids are having more contact time with the puck, pushing players to refine their skills.

Woods said Manitoba is taking one more step moving seven and eight-year-olds to half-ice, too.

"It's just a progression, so they will be doing that for the first half of the season up until Dec. 31, and from Jan. 1 on they will be playing full ice. So it's a transition," Woods said.

"It's an opportunity for them to still refine their skills at a smaller ice-surface level and then expand that after the new year into the full-ice."

While there may be a bit of backlash to begin with, Woods said he expects the change to also be embraced not only in Manitoba but across the country. 

Championship Season

This week is the time for the All-Ontario PeeWee Championships

The PeeWee All-Ontario's are in Toronto this year and our representative is the Eastern Ontario Wild.  That tournament begins on April 3rd and here is a link to that event http://ohf-site.stats.pointstreak.com/players-division-schedule.html?div...

At the PeeWee All-Ontario's the Wild defeated Thunder Bay 3 to 1 this morning and are solidly in 2nd place. They will be playing in the semi final game Friday morning at 10am.
At the PeeWee All-Ontario's the Wild lost to Hamilton 3 to 2 in overtime and will play Don Mills Flyers in the Bronze medal game at 3pm today.

Chevrolet Power of Play

We have been informed that the Kanata Blazers Peewee AA team was one of 13 regional prize winners for the Chevrolet Peewee Good Deeds video and they are guaranteed to get $2000 for the team and $2000 going to the charity of their choice.  Voting for that Grand prize starts today until the 29th which the team could be upgraded to winning the grand prize which is  $10,000 for the team, $5000 to the charity of their choice and $5000 to their MHA.  You can check out the video below and believe that we need to support this team and get out to vote and promote their good deed.  

Below is the link to the Kanata Blazers Peewee AA team who won as well as the link to go on and vote (the videos aren’t up yet although they say to check back after March 21). http://www.chevrolet.ca/hockey/power-of-play.html   

Juno Cup

The JUNO CUP is a fundraising hockey game on Friday March 31st at The Arena at TD Place. This annual ROCK VS JOCK hockey game pins NHL players and alumni against JUNO Award nominees and Canadian artists in a family-friendly non-contact game.

NHL Greats include:

Daniel Alfredsson, Paul Coffey, Chris Phillips, Gary Roberts, and coach Henry Burris

Rockers include members from:

Billy Talent, Blue Rodeo, The Strumbellas, Walk Off The Earth

We are very excited about this year’s game and would like to extend our group ticket offer to  Hockey Eastern Ontario Minor. With the code ROCKVSJOCK groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $15 + facility fees!  You can also help us build momentum around the city by sharing information about this event. Whether it’s hanging a poster in your arena or offices, sending out details in a newsletter, including the event on your association calendars, or sharing the event on social media, there is a great opportunity for you to help build excitement about this event by connecting with coaches, teams, and parents in your community. 

Some additional event details are included in the link below, please contact me if you have any questions.

Additional information & tickets:


Stanley Cup Tribute Concert

The Stanley Cup is celebrating its 125th and the party is taking place here, in Ottawa! We’re offering YOU, our future hockey superstars, the chance to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration with a special offer!

Purchase your ticket to the Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert by Friday, March 17, 2017 at 6 pm for only, $20.17 (plus taxes and fees) – tickets available at ticketmaster.ca. All you need to do is enter this promo code: hockey.

Join MetricThe Sheepdogs and bilingual artists Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet will be rocking the capital during this amazing concert! The show will include tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends such as Dave KeonMike BossyGuy Lafleur and Bernie Parent, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most inspirational momentsLiam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality will host the event along with renowned hockey sports anchor Chantal Machabée. The cup itself will be the guest of honour at this memorable experience for all ages.

We encourage you to proudly wear your team jersey!

This original concept show, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, presented in collaboration with the National Hockey League, Live Nation Canada and the Ottawa Senators, will take place at Canadian Tire Centre on March 17.

More info at: ottawa2017.ca.

La coupe Stanley célèbre son 125e anniversaire cette année et c’est ici, à Ottawa, qu’a lieu le party! Nous souhaitons offrir à nos futures étoiles du hockey la chance de prendre part à cette célébration unique avec une offre exclusive!

Achetez votre billet pour le Concert-hommage au 125e anniversaire de la Coupe Stanley d’ici 18 h, le 17 mars, pour seulement 20,17$ (plus taxes et frais). Vous n’avez qu’à vous rendre sur ticketmaster.ca et utiliser ce code promotionnel : hockey.

MetricThe Sheepdogs et les artistes bilingues Bobby Bazini et Kevin Bazinet feront vibrer la capitale lors d’un impressionnant concert!

Le spectacle comprendra des récits épiques de la Coupe StanleyMD racontés par des légendes vivantes du sport dont Dave Keon, Mike Bossy, Guy Lafleur et Bernie Parent, en plus de rares films d’archives de quelques-uns des moments les plus inspirants du hockey. La Coupe elle-même sera l’invitée d’honneur de cet événement, lequel sera coanimé par Liam Maguire, historien de la LNH, auteur et animateur radio et Chantal Machabée, l’animatrice de renom du sport de hockey.. Une expérience pour tous les âges à ne pas manquer!

Ce spectacle au concept original est un événement de marque d’Ottawa 2017, présenté en collaboration avec la Ligue nationale de hockey, Canada Live Nation et les Sénateurs d’Ottawa et aura lieu au Centre Canadian Tire le 17 mars.

Nous vous encourageons à porter fièrement le « jersey » de votre équipe!

Pour plus de renseignements, visitez ottawa2017.ca.