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Female Coach of the Year Nominations Now Open

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Female Coach of the Year Nominations Now Open

Nominations for Hockey Canada’s Female Coach of the Year award are officially being accepted. Do you know/play under/work alongside a coach who goes above and beyond on the daily? Be sure to electronically make your submission on the Hockey Canada website including your personal experience and words of acknowledgement towards that individual.

Each year, 22 of the country’s very best female hockey coaches from coast to coast are selected, with one ‘community’ winner and one ‘high-performance’ winner from each of the 10 provinces, and another two from Canada’s norther territories. Each winner will be gifted $1,000.00.

On top of that, one community winner and one high-performance winner from that crew will be recognized as national winners.  Those two lucky coaches will be recipients of a trip to the upcoming 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship running April 7 through 17 in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. As well, the two national coaches of the year will receive another $2,500.00 in winnings.

A community coach, as defined by Hockey Canada: “A coach whose athletes play and compete in divisions where there is not a national championship identified as a culminating event.”

A high performance coach, as defined by Hockey Canada:  “A coach whose athletes play and compete in divisions where the participants are eligible to compete in national championships, or provincially-designated Programs of Excellence and/or high-performance programs.”

Following nominations, Hockey Canada will review all submissions, choosing the very best of the nominees before making the official announcement. Highlighting the selection committee will be Canadian gold medalists Cassie Campbell, Caroline Ouellette and Gina Kingsbury.

Last year, Winnipeg’s Nicole McAlpine was named Manitoba’s Female Community Coach of the Year, while Ashley van Aggelen – also serving in Winnipeg – was awarded with the province’s Female High Performance Coach of the Year recognition.

Online nomination submissions are open until February 5, 2021. More information can be found here.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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