NOHA Partnership with The Drill Book

The Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) is proud to announce a new partnership with The partnership will give coaches access to an innovative new product that will change the way they develop aspiring athletes and will revolutionize the deliver productive, innovative and incredibly fun practices.

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Hockey Canada’s Ontario Branch Takes Important Step Toward Transgender Inclusion

Toronto — Hockey Canada, through its Ontario branches, ushers in a new era of transgender inclusion in time for the 2016-2017 hockey season by posting transgender inclusive policies. This step is part of a settlement agreement between Hockey Canada, on behalf of its Ontario members, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and Jesse Thompson, a trans teenaged boy who played amateur hockey and courageously decided to take on the system.

The new policies create a more trans-inclusive environment by upholding the human rights of transgender and gender-diverse players. Players who identify as trans can use the dressing room corresponding to their gender identity, be addressed by their preferred name and pronoun, and have the privacy and confidentiality of their transgender status respected.

“There is nothing more quintessentially Canadian than hockey and that’s why it is so significant that these policies are welcoming and inclusive of trans youth in sports. Sports can be a real driver for social inclusion and I call on other organizations to follow their lead,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “Transgender people have the right to access services and facilities based on their lived gender identity. Anything less is discriminatory.”

“I’m really happy that moving forward, trans kids will be able to fully participate with their hockey teams. For me, when I was on the ice with my team, nothing else mattered,” Jesse Thompson said. “Hockey Canada is iconic and globally known and I hope other organizations will follow their example.”

“Jesse’s courage and passion for justice inspired us all. His determination shows how much one person’s struggle can transform lives for the future,” said Melissa Mark, Jesse’s lawyer from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.

Chris Mosier, transgender athlete and Vice President of Program Development and Community Relations at You Can Play said “Hockey Canada’s role in the mediation reaffirmed its commitment to providing a safe and comfortable environment for all players, including its trans and gender non-conforming players, in the hockey community. You Can Play applauds not only the new policy, but also the educational efforts to raise awareness around trans issues.”

In 2013, Jesse Thompson filed a human rights application at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against Hockey Canada alleging discrimination in services based on gender identity. As an amateur hockey player, Thompson was denied access to the boys’ locker room, which he alleged “outed” him as trans and exposed him to harassment and bullying.

Hockey Canada’s new Ontario policies on gender identity and expression are the result of the J.T. v. Hockey Canada et. al. settlement agreement (read more about the case), in which Thompson was represented by the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and the OHRC intervened as a full party.

In 2017 Hockey Canada’s Ontario branches have agreed to deliver training on the policies to more than 30,000 coaches and trainers in Ontario.


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NOHA to Host Four Level 1 Goaltender Coaching Clinics

The NOHA will be hosting a series of four (4) Level 1 Goaltender Coaching Clinics across the NOHA:

North Bay and Region – Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Timmins and Region – Date: Friday, September 30, 2016

Sault Ste. Marie and Region – Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sudbury and Region – Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Coaches will receive the Level 1 Goaltender Coaching Certification on their eHockey Profile. They will also receive the Goaltender Hockey Canada Skills Manual and a total of three Professional Development Points towards their Development 1 or High Performance 1 Certification.

The clinic includes ice time and therefore participants will require their helmet, gloves, skates and stick for the clinic. Please bring a notepad and pencil/pen to the clinic.

Registration will be limited to 35 participants. Participants must register and pay online via Hockey Canada’s online registration site. The site is located here.

If you have any questions regarding the Level 1 Goaltender Coaching Clinics or the online registration, please do not hesitate to contact me at (705) 474-8851 or


Letter – Level 1 Goaltender Coaching Seminars – August 24, 2016

Canadian Tire First Shift Program to be held in the Greater Sudbury Region, Chapleau, Manitoulin Island, Iroquois Falls, Thessalon – Fall 2016

The Northern Ontario Hockey Association is proud to announce the Canadian Tire First Shift program is being hosted in the Greater Sudbury Region, Chapleau, Manitoulin Island, Iroquois Falls, and Thessalon Centres this Fall.


The Canadian Tire First Shift Program is an initiative to open the doors for children ages 6-10 who have never played hockey before.

For a registration fee of $199, participants will receive head-to-toe equipment, expertly fitted to the player, as well as six weeks of on-ice sessions focused on learning and fun.

For more information on the program, please visit The First Shift


To enroll your child, please go the The First Shift Program Locator




NOHA to Host Fifth Annual Development Weekend in Sudbury – August 4 to 7, 2016

SUDBURY, ON – The Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) is very excited to be hosting the Fifth Annual NOHA Development Weekend in Sudbury on August 4 to 7, 2016, at Laurentian University and the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

The NOHA Development Weekend, which will see more than 150 participants from across Northern Ontario participate, is comprised of three events, The Sixth Annual NOHA Referee School, an Under-15 Camp, and the Third Annual Advanced Skills Analysis Coaching Seminar.

Over 70 players born in 2001 will be participating in the Under-15 Camp, which is being held in conjunction with the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as the NOHA begins the identification process for Team NOHA. Team NOHA will compete in several showcase events in 2016/2017 including the OHL Cup and the OHL Gold Cup. The OHL Cup is an annual event that sees the best Minor Midget Teams in Ontario compete in the Greater Toronto Area. The OHL Gold Cup is an event that is being held for the fifth time and will see the top 160 2001-born players in Ontario compete for an opportunity to attend the 2017 Team Canada National Under-17 Development/Selection Camp in Calgary next August.

The Sixth Annual NOHA Officials Development Camp will see 16 Officials from across Northern Ontario; learn from some of the top Officiating instructors in the province. Among the facilitators include NOHA Director of Officials; Glen Campbell, OHL Director of Officiating; Conrad Hache, OHL Officiating Manager; Ken Miller, NHL Linesman; Dave Brisebois, OHL Referee; T.J. Foster, OHF Referee-in-Chief; Rick Morphew. Participants will learn through classroom discussions and on-ice sessions and will also have an opportunity to officiate games throughout the weekend.

The Third Annual Advanced Skills Analysis Coaching Seminar will be attended by 17 Coaches from across Northern Ontario. These coaches will be also learn from many highly experienced Hockey Personnel such as Sudbury Wolves Head Coach; David Matsos, Hockey Canada Facilitator; Don McKee, Soo Greyhounds Head Coach; Drew Bannister, Chicago Wolves Assistant Coach; Daniel Tkaczuk, NOHA Goaltending Consultant; Matt Bourgeois, and NOHA Coaching Facilitator; Stephen Surcon. These coaches will also have the opportunity to run practices with the Players participating in the Under-15 Camp, and will coach the Players during the Games.

Practices and On-Ice Combine Testing for the players and coaches are scheduled throughout the day on Friday, August 5. While Games will be held on Saturday August 6 and Sunday, August 7. All of the games are being held at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

See below for a complete schedule.


Under-15 Camp Schedule


Friday, August 5, 2016

10:45 AM to 12:05 PM – Skills Practice – Colts                                Countryside Arena – Rink 2

12:30 PM to 1:50 PM – Skills Practice – Battalion                            Countryside Arena – Rink 1

2:00 PM to 3:20 PM – Skills Practice – Wolves                                 Countryside Arena – Rink 1

3:30 PM to 4:50 PM – Skills Practice – Greyhounds                         Countryside Arena – Rink 1

4:45 PM to 6:15 PM – On-Ice Combine – Battalion/Colts                Countryside Arena – Rink 2

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Goaltender Session – Battalion/Colts            Countryside Arena – Rink 1

6:15 PM to 7:45 PM – On-Ice Combine – Greyhounds/Wolves        Countryside Arena – Rink 2

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Goaltender Session – Greyhounds/Wolves    Countryside Arena – Rink 1


Saturday, August 6, 2016

9:00 AM to 9:50 AM – Team Tactics Practice – Colts                       Countryside Arena – Rink 1

10:00 AM to 10:50 AM – Team Tactics Practice – Battalion            Countryside Arena – Rink 1

11:00 AM to 11:50 AM – Team Tactics Practice – Greyhounds       Countryside Arena – Rink 1

12:00 PM to 12:50 PM – Team Tactics Practice – Wolves                 Countryside Arena – Rink 1

6:00 PM to 7:45 PM – Game #1 – Colts vs. Greyhounds                  Countryside Arena – Rink 1

7:45 PM to 9:15 PM – Game #2 – Wolves vs. Battalion                    Countryside Arena – Rink 1


Sunday, August 7, 2016

8:00 AM to 9:45 AM – Game #3 – Battalion vs. Colts                      Countryside Arena – Rink 1

9:45 AM to 11:30 AM – Game #4 – Wolves vs. Greyhounds           Countryside Arena – Rink 1

2:30 PM to 4:15 PM – Game #5 – Colts vs. Wolves                          Countryside Arena – Rink 1

4:15 PM to 6:00 PM – Game #6 – Battalion vs. Greyhounds            Countryside Arena – Rink 1


Please contact NOHA Technical Director, Andrew Corradini at (705) 840-8857 (Cell) or at for more details.


2016 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The schedule is set for the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge; eight teams will go for gold at the Essar Centre and John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie from Oct. 30-Nov. 5.

In partnership with the Canadian Hockey League and Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Canada released the schedule Friday. Team Canada Black, Team Canada White, the Czech Republic and United States will play in Group A, while Team Canada Red, Finland, Russia and Sweden will comprise Group B.

“This is a major international event for Hockey Canada, one of the biggest it runs on an annual basis, and to be able to bring the best 16-year-old hockey players from around the world to the City of Sault Ste. Marie is such an amazing opportunity,” said Cathy Chlebus, host committee co-chair. “The players who will be on the ice this November are the best of the best in their age group, and fans should be excited to see some of the future stars of the game.”

Action will get underway on Sunday, Oct. 30 when Team Canada Red takes on Finland at 12 p.m. ET. Preliminary round play will conclude on Nov. 1 before teams head into the quarter-finals on Nov. 3. The gold-medal game will be played at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Essar Centre. TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will deliver coverage of the gold-medal game.

A full-tournament ticket package, which includes tickets to all 17 games at the Essar Centre, is available for purchase online. Tickets to the five games at the John Rhodes Community Centre will be sold at the door.

“The announcement of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge schedule means 22 games and 22 chances for Sault Ste. Marie hockey fans to see the best young players from six countries,” said Jeff Beck, senior manager of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “The city has a hockey tradition almost unrivaled in the province, and we’re excited to be able to help add to it this November.”

Prior to the start of the tournament, all eight teams will see pre-tournament action on Thursday, Oct. 27, with two games each at the Essar Centre and John Rhodes Community Centre.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie previously partnered with Hockey Canada to host the 2013 TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, with profit of $87,500 that was reinvested into supporting community hockey programs in Sault Ste. Marie.

Last year, an economic impact study of the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge conducted by Tourism Dawson Creek and the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance showed close to $6 million in economic activity for the Peace Region and the province of British Columbia.

The 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will bring together the top players in the world born in 2000 or later. In 2015, Team Canada White won the gold medal by defeating Russia 6-2, marking the first gold by a Canadian team since Ontario in 2011, prior to the start of the three-team national team format. Before 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec, and West.

Since the first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,600 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 13 of the last 16 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015; Auston Matthews, 2016).

For more information on the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, visit or follow along via social media through Facebook or Twitter.

Sudbury to Host 2018 Telus Cup


Canada’s National Midget Championship returns to Ontario for the 13th time, and to Sudbury for second time


CALGARY, Alta. – The TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, is headed back to Sudbury, Ont., for the first time in two decades, with the Nickel City set to host the 45th edition of the tournament from April 23-29, 2018 at the Sudbury Community Arena.


Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Ontario Hockey Federation, made the announcement Tuesday in Sudbury.


The city last hosted the tournament in 1998, when it was known as the Air Canada Cup. It is the 13th time Ontario will play host, joining Oshawa (1974, 1975); Cornwall (1980); North Bay (1984); Gloucester (1987); Thunder Bay (1988); Kitchener (1993); Sudbury (1998); Sault Ste. Marie (2003, 2013); Kenora (2004); and Arnprior (2008).


“The TELUS Cup is the pinnacle of the minor hockey system in Canada, and it has long been one of the most prestigious tournaments on our calendar,” said Tom Renney, Hockey Canada president and CEO. “We know the passion the people of Northern Ontario have for our game, and it’s exciting to be able to take Canada’s National Midget Championship back to Sudbury for a second time, and to the province of Ontario for a 13th.”


“I have seen first-hand through the years the passion Sudbury has for hockey at every level, and it’s exciting that my hometown will welcome the nation in April 2018 for the TELUS Cup,” said Joe Drago, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. “This event is a tremendous opportunity for the community to shine on a national stage, and I look forward to being there when the puck drops.”


The host Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves of the Great North Midget League – the 2008 TELUS Cup champions – will be joined by five regional winners (Atlantic, Central, Pacific, Quebec and West) to compete for a national title. It will be the sixth time a team from Sudbury has competed in the event.


“We’re eager to create a world-class hockey tournament and memorable experience for all the participants and visitors coming to the TELUS Cup,” said Albert Corradini, general manager of the Wolves. “Sudbury has had tremendous success in hosting past provincial championships, and with the support and community spirit that has been shown from our local partners, we know fans are in for an exciting time. We’re looking forward to welcoming back the country on the 20th anniversary of the last time Sudbury played host, and the 10th anniversary of our national championship win.”


“The City of Greater Sudbury is very excited for the opportunity to showcase our hockey-crazed city with our signature Northern Ontario hospitality, and the serious hockey talent up here with the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves,” said Paul Schweyer, major events development officer with the City of Greater Sudbury. “This will be ‘the’ event when it comes in April 2018, which will no doubt reflect in community support and attendance. We look forward to working with the organizing committee, Sudbury Minor Hockey Association, Northern Ontario Hockey Association, Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Canada and numerous volunteers to create a memorable, world-class experience for participants and visitors.”


The sentiments are echoed from the host committee and Sudbury Minor Hockey Association president Craig Maki.


“On behalf of the executive of the Sudbury Minor Hockey Association I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Hockey Canada for the tremendous privilege and responsibility of hosting the 2018 TELUS Cup,” said Maki. “The Sudbury Minor Hockey Association is beyond excited to be invited to play an integral role in this event, as these types of opportunities are a fantastic way showcase the great community of Sudbury on a national stage.”

The schedule and ticket information for the 2018 TELUS Cup will be announced at a later date.


A number of future NHLers have taken part in Canada’s National Midget Championship since its inception in 1974, including 53 first-round draft picks, three No. 1 selections (Gord Kluzak, Wendel Clark and Sidney Crosby) and eight future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees (Glenn Anderson, Ron Francis, Mike Gartner, Al MacInnis, Larry Murphy, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman).


For more information on the TELUS Cup, visit or follow the tournament via social media at Facebook or Twitter.

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Team NOHA Staff Applications 2016-2017

The Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) is seeking applications for the positions of Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Trainer for Team NOHA.


Team NOHA is comprised of the best OHL Draft Eligible (2001 born) players in Northern Ontario and will compete at three showcase events during the 2016/2017 season, including the OHL Cup and OHL Gold Cup.


The deadline to apply for the positions is July 31, 2016.


Any questions regarding the Team NOHA Application Process can be directed to NOHA Technical Director, Andrew Corradini at or (705) 474-8851.


Head Coach Application
Assistant Coach Application
Trainer Application

Rick Barron named OHF Hockey Bill Richmond Award Winner

Etobicoke, ON – June 29, 2016 – The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) held their annual Awards Banquet on June 25, 2016 at the Westin Bristol Place in Etobicoke, ON. Among the winners was the NOHA’s Rick Barron from New Liskeard, who won the the Bill Richmond Memorial Award which recognizes “outstanding achievement and involvement in the area of hockey development within the OHF.”

Rick has been involved within minor hockey circles in the Town of New Liskeard for over 37 years and it is very evident that he is extremely happy being heavily involved in the game. In his years of coaching, he has been involved with all levels of hockey from the Initiation Program to Midget and sometimes, multiple teams in the same year. For Rick, success was always measured by his respect towards players to “pull the same rope” and lead by example.

He possesses many certifications from the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP), including his High Performance 1, his Development 1, his Coach Level, and his Intro to Coach. He gives back to the community and game as a certified Master Learning Facilitator for the NCCP Programs and formerly for the Harassment and Abuse program. Rick has been an evaluator and a coach at the Regional and Provincial Under 17 Program for more than 20 years.

Rick’s involvement and dedication is not only reflected in his own children by in the thousands of children he has been a coach, fan, executive member, teacher, mentor, and most importantly a friend. These children have all learned values and life long lessons that exceed far beyond the walls of the arena for the rest of their lives.

The NOHA congratulates Rick Barron on being awarded the Bill Richmond Memorial Award and hopes he continues to be a positive role model for all coaches within the NOHA.

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Six Team NOHA Alumni Invited to Hockey Canada’s National Team Summer Showcase

CALGARY, Alta. – The top 196 players in Canada have been invited to attend men’s camps as part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26-Aug. 6.

In its second summer, the National Teams’ Summer Showcase will bring together Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp (44 players) and Canada’s national under-17 development camp (111 players) in Calgary, at the Markin MacPhail Centre from July 26-Aug. 2. Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (41 players) will be hosted in Toronto July 30-Aug. 2, and will feature a four-game series against the Finland, Sweden and the United States from Aug. 3-6 in Plymouth, Mich.

Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp

From July 26-Aug. 1, 111 players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defenceman and 63 forwards – will participate in practices and games on one of six teams: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, and White.

Following the development camp, players will continue to be evaluated through the early season before 66 are selected to represent Canada on one of three national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

This year, 110 players have been drafted or listed by CHL teams, including 42 from the Ontario Hockey League, 40 from the Western Hockey League and 28 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Team NOHA  Alumni:

Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown 2015-16 Team CHL Draft
Cameron Lamour L 6’0” 163 07/01/00 Naughton, Ont. Sudbury (GNML) SAG 2016 (3, 53)
Ethan Lavallee L 6’7” 232 01/30/00 Skead, Ont. EC Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) SAR 2016 (4, 79)
Chad Denault R 6’1” 174 04/17/00 Iroquois Falls, Ont. Sudbury (GNML) PBO 2016 (3, 49)
Damien Giroux L 5’8” 159 03/03/00 Val Caron, Ont. Sudbury (GNML) SAG 2016 (3, 44)
Billy Moskal R 6’0” 175 03/22/00 Sudbury, Ont. Sudbury (GNML) LDN 2016 (2, 40)

Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp

From July 29-Aug. 2, 44 players – four goaltenders, 16 defencemen, and 24 forwards – will participate in practices and three Red-White intrasquad games.

Of the 44 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2016 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, Aug. 8-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament 11 times in the last 12 years, including the last eight consecutive years.Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp

Team NOHA Alumni

Brady Lyle R 6’2” 187 06/06/99 North Bay, Ont. North Bay (OHL) 2017 Draft

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp

From July 30-Aug. 6, 41 players – four goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 23 forwards – will participate in practices from July 30-Aug. 2 in Toronto before playing in a series against the Finland, Sweden, and the United States at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

Jankowski will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates during the first few months of the 2016-17 season and at the CHL Canada Russia Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship when it returns to Canadian ice Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 5, 2017 in Montreal and Toronto.

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