Scotiabank has teamed up with Hockey Nova Scotia and the PWHPA to offer an opportunity to learn from the top hockey players in Canada! We are excited to announce that Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest will take place on Sunday, November 14th at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
For over 15 years, Scotiabank has been helping to support young women through the Girls HockeyFest program. During the free half-day event, girls aged 7-18 years will have the chance to participate in on-ice drills, off-ice training and a nutrition classroom session. To build on the momentum of the Secret Dream Gap Tour, Scotiabank is excited to welcome a PWHPA coach to lead the on-ice sessions, along with PWHPA players supporting both the on-ice and off-ice sessions!
Lottery registration opens today and closes on October 31st at 11:00PM AT. Please use the following link to register: https://www.cognitoforms.com/HockeyNovaScotia1/ScotiabankGirlsHockeyFestRegistration
Participants need to be registered under Hockey Nova Scotia for the 2021-22 season in order to be considered for this event. Due to an expected high demand, participants will be selected by a lottery registration system. Registration will be open until October 31st and participants will then be randomly selected and assigned to a morning or afternoon session based on their age. If selected, registrants will receive a confirmation email on November 5th. All other registrants will receive an email notifying them of their addition to the waitlist on November 5th. Should a player withdraw from the session requested, players on the waitlist will be contacted by email to confirm acceptance.
For more information on the Dream Gap Showcase click here.
Dream Gap Showcase Tickets (single games, single day, full weekend)
Links to special group offer of 25 tickets to Female Hockey Associations.
GAME 1 Calgary VS Boston
GAME 2 Montreal VS Toronto
GAME 3 Consolation Game
GAME 4: Championship Game
ALL SEVEN TEAMS IN ACTION ON OCTOBER 16, 17
After a weekend off for what was supposed to be the Atlantic Challenge Cup, the MMFHL will be back in action on October 16 and 17. However, the originally scheduled games are not taking place due to the circuit-breaker travel restrictions in place in New Brunswick.
As mentioned in a previous article, the games being played this weekend have been moved in to replace the inter-provincial matchups that have been moved to dates later in the season. So now, here is a look ahead to what is coming up this weekend.
NEW BRUNSWICK GAMES:
EDZA East Moncton Subaru Rockets at EDZA West Reds - Saturday, October 16, 2:30pm (Grant-Harvey Arena) - Head to Head Season Series Reds lead 1-0-1
EDZA East Moncton Subaru Rockets at Fundy Nationals - Sunday, October 17, Time TBA (Venue TBA) - Head to Head Season Series tied 1-1
The Rockets hit the road for back-to-back games against their in-province rivals. It will be their third meeting of the season against each of their opponents.
Record: 2-3-1 (5pts, T4th)
Goals Scored Per Game: 2.17 (T4th)
Goals Against Per Game: 3.00 (5th)
Team Leader Goals - Marissa Delaney, Kylie Deverennes - 2 each
Team Leader Assists - Janie Caissie - 4
Team Leader Points - Janie Caissie - 5
Team Leader GAA - Janelle Gallant - 2.50
Team Leader Save % - Janelle Gallant - 0.919
Record: 5-0-1 (11pts, 2nd)
Goals Scored Per Game: 3.50 (2nd)
Goals Against Per Game: 0.67 (2nd)
Team Leader Goals - Isabelle Michaud, Hannah Harvey - 4 each
Team Leader Assists - Isabelle Michaud - 5
Team Leader Points - Isabelle Michaud - 9
Team Leader GAA - Riley Partington - 0.28
Team Leader Save % - Riley Partington - 0.980
Team Leader Shutouts - Riley Partington - 2
Record: 0-6-0 (0pts, 7th)
Goals Scored Per Game: 0.67 (7th)
Goals Against Per Game: 5.83 (7th)
Team Leader Goals - Kate LeBlanc, Bailey Higgins, Sophie Maltby, Lily Wilson - 1 each
Team Leader Assists - Kate LeBlanc - 2
Team Leader Points - Kate LeBlanc - 3
Team Leader GAA - Claire Noftell - 3.33
Team Leader Save % - Claire Noftell - 0.928
WEEKEND DOUBLE HEADERS:
Northern Subway Selects vs Bussey Auto Brokers Penguins - Head to Head Season Series Selects lead 2-0
Saturday, October 16, 4pm - Penguins at Selects, Hector Area
Sunday, October 17, 12pm - Selects at Penguins, RBC Centre, Rink C
The top team in the league to this point, the Northern Subway Selects, have their second home-and-home series against the Bussey Auto Brokers Pengiuns
Record: 7-1-0 (14pts, 1st)
Goals Scored Per Game: 3.88 (1st)
Goals Against Per Game: 0.63 (1st)
Team Leader Goals - Brooke Thomson - 7
Team Leader Assists - Sara Stewart, Mairead MacPherson - 5 each
Team Leader Points - Sara Stewart - 11
Team Leader GAA - Gabby Arsenault- 0.21
Team Leader Save % - Gabby Arsenault - 0.987
Team Leader Shutouts - Gabby Arsenault - 3
Record: 4-3-1 (9pts, 3rd)
Goals Scored Per Game: 3.13 (3rd)
Goals Against Per Game: 2.13 (3rd)
Team Leader Goals - Bella House, Kiara Keddy, Lauren Smith, Abby Carroll, Tilly Couture - 3 each
Team Leader Assists - Johanna Turton - 5
Team Leader Points - Bella House, Kiara Keddy, Lauren Smith - 6
Team Leader GAA - Kaitlyn Langille - 1.46
Team Leader Save % - Kaitlyn Langille - 0.920
Halifax Western Capitals at Cape Breton Lynx - Head to Head Season Series tied 0-0-2
Saturday, October 16, 5pm & Sunday, October 17, 11am - both at Membertou Sports and Wellness Centre
After meeting for a pair of games in Halifax about a month ago, these teams face off again, this time on Cape Breton Island
Record: 1-4-3 (5pts, T4th)
Goals Scored Per Game: 1.38 (6th)
Goals Against Per Game: 2.50 (4th)
Team Leader Goals - Rylee Bennett - 3
Team Leader Assists - Kate Furlong - 4
Team Leader Points - Kate Furlong - 5
Team Leader GAA - Lucy Phillips - 1.67
Team Leader Save % - Lucy Phillips - 0.943
Record: 1-3-2 (4pts, 6th)
Goals Scored Per Game: 2.17 (T4th)
Goals Against Per Game: 3.17 (6th)
Team Leader Goals - Kamryn Lahey, Allison Gilfoy - 3 each
Team Leader Assists - Maira Pino - 6
Team Leader Points - Maira Pino - 8
Team Leader GAA - Meghan Muise - 2.50
Team Leader Save % - Meghan Muise - 0.895
Games of October 16 and 17 affected
The circuit breaker shutdown in New Brunswick led to the decision to cancel the Atlantic Challenge Cup which would have started tomorrow in Moncton. It is also having an impact on the MMFHL schedule, as games for next weekend have been rearranged to allow for teams not to have to cross the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border.
As a result, the league schedule that weekend will be as follows:
2:30pm - Grant Harvey Arena - Rockets at Reds
4pm - Hector Arena - Penguins at Selects
5pm - Membertou Sports and Wellness Centre - Western Capitals at Lynx
Time TBA - Venue TBA - Rockets at Nationals
11am - Membertou Sports and Wellness Centre - Western Capitals at Lynx
12pm - RBC Centre, Rink C - Selects at Penguins
Next week we will run a full preview of these games.
Still looking for first win of the season
It has been a challenging start to the season for the Funday Nationals. SIx games in to the MMFHL campaign, and the Nationals are still winless. However, there is reason for optimism.
The Nationals will be making their first overnight road-trip of the regular season, and this is a great opportunity for the team to bond, build memories, and possibly remove the 0 from the win column.
There are some bright spots for the Nationals to this point. Claire Noftell currently sits 5th in the league in save percentage, which is all the more impressive when you consider that she leads the league in shots faced. Noftell has turned aside an average of 51.3 shots per game, while giving up just 12 goals in her 3 starts. And while the team has scored just four goals in their six games, the goals have come from four different players.
When they head into the Metro Halifax region next weekend (October 16 and 17), they will face one team off to a bit of a slow start themselves in the Halifax Western Capitals, before going up against the much-improved Bussey Auto Brokers Penguins.
The Caps are the newest franchise in the MMFHL, and are showing some growing pains in the early going. With just one win in their first eight games, they have had some struggles scoring goals (6th in the league in goals per game - 1.38). However, they are not getting outscored by huge margins. In fact, while they only have one win, they also have three ties to go with that, and a goal differential of -9 (-1.13 per game). So with a pair of struggling offenses, could it be first goal wins when they meet on Saturday in West Hants?
The Nationals will move further into the city on Sunday, playing the Bussey Auto Brokers Penguins at the RBC Centre in Dartmouth. The Penguins are off to a very good start this season, sitting in third place with points in 5 of their 8 games (4-3-1). The Penguins sit third in the league in goals scored per game, third in goals against per game, and third in goal differential.
The Penguins are getting very good goaltending out of their tandem, with Kaitlyn Langille and Grace McNutt both in the top 7 for GAA, and top 10 for save percentage. They are also getting balanced scoring, as they are on of only two teams (Selects are the other) with every skater on the team registering at least one point this season.
Tomorrow (Friday), we will take a look at the Lynx and Rockets ahead of their meeting in Membertou in just over a week.
Top spot showdown set up for October 16, 17
As the 2021-22 hockey season entered October this past weekend, the seven teams that make up the MMFHL were finishing up their first month of the regular season. There was certainly a lot to celebrate, as games were able to go off without interruption from COVID-19, althought there continue to be protocols in place to protect the players, officials, coaches, and fans.
The 2021-22 season has brought about a few changes to the MMFHL, including the removal of the Station Six Fire, and the insertion of a new franchise in the Metro Halifax area to replace them, the Halifax Western Capitals. This season also saw the league return to a 7-team circuit, after the Northern Lightning in New Brunswick were not able to make a go of it. Another change, as with every season in every hockey league, is the changeover of rosters, as players are aging out, and a new crop of talent enters the fray.
Through the first month, however, there are a few things that do look familiar. The Northern Subway Selects are once again off to a strong start, going 7-1 through their first 8 games, and outscoring their opponents 31-5 (which works out to 3.88-0.63 per game). However, their winning percentage is not as strong as the team currently sitting in second place, with two games in hand. The EDZA West Reds are 5-0-1 after 6 games. They are scoring at a clip of 3.5 goals per game (2nd to the Selects), and giving up 0.67 goals per game (also second to the Selects).
As the teams all prepare to take Thanksgiving Weekend off from league play, the Reds and Selects have the following weekend circled on their calendars. The Reds will be making their way to Hector Arena in Pictou to face the Selects on October 16 and 17. For the Selects, this is not only a showdown against the team that looks to be the biggest challenge as they look to repeat as league regular season champions, but it is also their first home games in their new permanent home in the Town of Pictou. In past seasons, and earlier this season before the ice was ready in the Hector, the Selects played their home games in the Pictou County Wellness Centre on the outskirts of New Glasgow. But now, the Selects will move to Pictou, where they will have their own permanent dressing room, something they could not have at the Wellness Centre.
Will that extra level of comfort of home make a difference for the Selects? Fans who can't make it to Pictou will still have a chance to find out, as the games will be streamed through http://3sixty.live.
Check back in regularly to our website here, as we will have more previews, recaps, and stats all season long. Thursday we will look at the newest franchise, the Western Capitals, as well as the Fundy Nationals ahead of their meeting on the 16th and 17th.
Effective: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
To comply with Nova Scotia’s Proof of Vaccine Policy, HNS requires that all Affected Persons be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19, per the remainder of this policy, as a condition of participating in Hockey Nova Scotia Sanctioned Activities per defined timelines. This policy is in strict accordance with the NS Proof of Vaccine Policy and will be amended as required in accordance with that policy.
As of October 4, 2021, this policy will apply to all HNS members who are 12 and older. At present, this policy does not apply to HNS members (i.e.: players) under 12 years of age or to hockey spectators.
The complete Hockey Nova Scotia COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is available on our Regulations and Policies page and is linked direclty here.
The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association’s (PWHPA) first Secret Dream Gap tour of the 2021-22 season is coming to Truro, N.S. this November and you’re invited!
The PWHPA showcase will take place at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) in Truro from Nov. 12-13 and members of Hockey Nova Scotia are eligible for an exclusive ticket offer. Tickets are now being sold to Hockey Nova Scotia members in groups of 25 for just $10 per ticket (plus taxes and ticketing fees).
To purchase tickets through this exclusive offer from our friends at the RECC, please visit the hockeynovascotia.ca website.
The RECC will be adhering to all mandated COVID-19 protocols, guidelines, and recommendations from the province and Public Health.
When the puck drops in Nova Scotia, it will mark a major milestone for women’s hockey in the region as this will be the first professional women’s hockey game to be hosted in Atlantic Canada.
The showcase will feature Toronto (Team Sonnet), Calgary (Team Scotiabank), Montreal (Team Harvey's) and the PWHPA’s newest hub, Boston (Team Bauer).
The teams will play one game each on Friday, with the winners from each game moving on to play in the championship game on Saturday and the losers facing off in the consolation game. Players will compete for prizes and for season ranking points.
Come watch some of the best players in the world as they face off at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro this November! We can’t wait.
Earlier today, the province announced that the move to Phase 5 of the provincial reopening plan will be delayed until Oct. 4.Sport Nova Scotia has provided an update on today’s announcement. You can find it at the bottom of this email.To read the province’s press release, please click here.As stated in Sport Nova Scotia’s update below, “Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments as well as indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports.”We all need to do our part to ensure we get to Phase 5. As part of this effort, we once again strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to do so.From now until Oct. 4, we would like to remind you that we remain in Phase 4 of the province’s reopening plan. During Phase 4, players, coaches, and officials can practice, train, and compete with up to 59 people in the field of play without social distancing. You are reminded that the field of play refers to the ice surface, team benches, penalty box, timekeeper’s box, and dressing room.Hockey Nova Scotia applied for and received special exemption from the province and Sport Nova Scotia to allow for a group of this size to be permitted in the field of play during Phase 4. It allows for competition between two teams. To learn more about Phase 4 and what it means for hockey, please click here.We know you will likely have a lot of questions about today’s announcement, the implementation of this policy, as well as the exception policy that the province is still developing. We will continue to work with Sport Nova Scotia and the province to seek clarity around these issues and we will update you as we receive more information.As always, we would like to thank you all for your hard work and continued support.Yours in Hockey,Amy WalshExecutive DirectorHockey Nova ScotiaArnie FarrellPresidentHockey Nova ScotiaGarreth MacDonaldCommunications & Special Events DirectorHockey Nova Scotia259 Commodore DriveDartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1902.454.9400hockeynovascotia.ca
Sport Nova Scotia
COVID-19 Update: September 14, 2021
Today the province announced that Nova Scotia will delay moving into phase 5 of the reopening plan until October 4. Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments as well as indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports.We will continue to update you as more information about the details of the vaccine policy become available to us.Quick Notes
An exception policy for people who cannot get vaccinated because of a valid medical or behavioural reason is being developed.
Children who turned 12 between January 1 and October 4 this year will have until December 31 to attend events and activities while they get vaccinated; children who turn 12 after October 4 will have three months from their birthday.
Link: Province of Nova Scotia Press Release: September 14Regards,SNS Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:NEW MARITIME MAJOR U18 FEMALE HOCKEY LEAGUE FRANCHISE AWARDEDHalifax Western Capitals to join Maritime Major U18 Female Hockey League for 2021-22 season
DARTMOUTH – Hockey Nova Scotia announced today that a Maritime Major U18 Female Hockey League (MMFHL) franchise has been awarded in Region 2.After a thorough selection process, an entry from an operating group consisting of Jeff Zettler (president), Kevin Bennett (head coach), Stephanie Sewards (assistant coach, mental health coordinator), and Lou Lanceleve (general manager) was selected as the winning bid for the region. The region includes the Metro West zone (excluding Bedford and Sackville), and all of the Valley and Western zones.Hockey Nova Scotia began soliciting bids last month.The franchise will be branded as the Halifax Western Capitals and the team will begin operations during the upcoming 2021-22 MMFHL season.The team operators bring decades of coaching and administrative experience from a variety of female hockey levels to the organization.“The new franchise operators are a talented group that is committed to the development and success of their players and our Maritime league," Hockey Nova Scotia Female Council Chair Stephen Murray said.“We are excited to work with the team’s leadership group as they look to grow and foster female hockey in the region.”The Maritime Major U18 Female Hockey League is the top Female U18 league in the Maritimes and is made up of four teams from Nova Scotia and four teams from New Brunswick.Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Jeff Zettler, Kevin Bennett, Stephanie Sewards, and Lou Lanceleve on their winning bid and wish the Halifax Western Capitals the best of luck next season.FOR MORE INFORMATION:Garreth MacDonaldCommunications & Special Events DirectorHockey Nova Scotia259 Commodore DriveDartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1902.454.9400hockeynovascotia.ca
We are thrilled to launch our new and improved website, powered by the GrayJay Leagues platform from grayjaysolutions.com! Our new website brings a contemporary new look to our online presence, as well as new functionality, such as real-time scoring, electronic gamesheets, roster management, schedule management with conflict alerts, and much more!
The real-time scoring feature allows officials to easily update games as they happen, including goals, penalties, etc. on a mobile phone, tablet, or PC. This information is immediately available on the website for people to follow the game in the stands or at home.
Game data is automatically added to the team and player statistics on the website, and historical data has been imported to provide the user with a complete set of data in one convenient location. Electronic gamesheets are auto-generated for easy and improved record keeping.
Team and game rosters can be managed from any location with an internet connection to allow us to keep you up-to-date with the most current roster information.
We are excited for the possibilities of our new website and hope you will love it as much as we do!
Hockey Nova Scotia Female Council Conference Champions
U11 A South Metro West Force U11 A Warriors 1 @ Metro East Inferno U11 A 2U11 A North Quad County Islanders 3 @ Quad County Bulldogs 1
U13 AA South Metro West Force U13 AA Knights 2 @ Metro East Inferno U13 AA 1U13 AA North Quad County Bulldogs 1 @ Quad County Pirates 0
Hockey Nova Scotia Female Council League Champions
U11 B Metro East Inferno U11 B 1 @ Western Riptide U11 B Chester 7U11 AA Quad County U11 AA 4 @ Metro West Force U11 AA Wolverines 2U13 A Metro East Inferno U13 A Ice 0 @ Fundy Highland U13 A Subway Selects 2U13 AAA Metro West Force U13 AAA Blue Knights 2 @ Metro East Inferno U13 AAA 3U15 A Metro West Force U15 A Blades 1 @ Valley Wild U15 A 5U15 AA Metro West Force U15 AA Riot 2 @ Metro West Force U15 AA Panthers 1U15 AAA Metro West Force U15 AAA Lightning 2 @ Metro West Force U15 AAA Warriors 0U18 A Cape Breton Blizzard U18 A 0 @ Quad County U18 A 3U18 AA Valley Wild U18 AA 2 @ Fundy Highland U18 AA Subway Selects 3
Hockey Nova Scotia Female Council Provincial Champions
U18 AAA Northern Subway Selects wins the best of 3 out of 5 over the Station Six Fire