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Team NOHA U14 Ontario Winter Games Recap

U14 Team NOHA, comprised of 2010 players, participated in the Ontario Winter Games in Thunder Bay this past week, claiming a hard-earned Silver Medal for their efforts.

The Team went into the competition with 150 minutes of practice time and a 16-hour travel day under their belts. Team NOHA was comprised of individuals from the North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Cochrane areas.

Opening Ceremonies

The Team participated in an opening ceremony at the Historical Fort William Park, a ceremony that included being marched in, carrying of the torch, a lighting of the game’s caldron and live music.

Game one vs Myers Automotive – HEO Representative

Team NOHA announced our arrival quickly in game one, with Matti Farmer connecting with Seth Verbiwski, who buried a shot in the back of the net, less than 30 seconds into the first period.

Cole Guizzetti provided the insurance, with a goal about midway through the third period, with helpers from Aidan Duchesne, and Ashton Neufeld.

That would be more than enough for goaltender Ty Imbeau, who was razor sharp in game one, coupled with a fantastic effort from Team NOHA in the defensive zone.

Final Score – 2-0 Team NOHA

Game two vs Credit River Capitals – OMHA Representative

Game two was a bit of an uphill climb for Team NOHA, as the long wait time in between the Saturday double header may have caused fatigue to set in a little bit. One individual who certainly was not feeling fatigue was goaltender, Levi Inch, Levi made big save after big save. Ensuring Team NOHA had a chance to tie things up with one shot all the way to the end.

Final Score – 1-0 Credit River

Game three vs Northwest Explorers – HNO Representative

Perhaps the most pivotal game of the Tournament for Team NOHA, was game three vs the 2-0 Explorers. To say Team NOHA was up for the challenge in this one is an understatement. Setting the tone early was Seth Verbiwski who scored a first period marker with the assist going to Eli Chapman. The Explorers tried to push back all game, running into another solid effort by goaltender Levi Inch, who again only surrendered one goal in the outing.

Team NOHA Would score the more goals in the Second Period, (Reed Sauve, Eli Chapman, Seth Verbiwski) before Verbiwski would earn himself a hat trick in the third period.

Additional assists in this one went to Ashton Neufeld, Hayden Stevenson, and Jaxsin Chatwell.

Final Score – 5-1 Team NOHA

Game four vs Myers Auto Motive – Semi Final (1 vs 4)

Team NOHA’S efforts to this point earned them first place after the round robin competition, outscoring their opponents 8-2 through the first three games.

Looking to match Sunday afternoons effort, Team NOHA did just that, beating Myers Automotive by a score of 4-0, earning themselves an opportunity at a Gold Medal on Monday afternoon.

Goals in this one went to Matti Farmer, Cole Guizzetti, Seth Verbiwski, and Eli Chapman.  Goaltending again was a strength for Team NOHA with Ty Imbeau earning his second shutout in as many games.

Game five vs Credit River Capitals – Gold Medal Game

With the stage set for the Gold Medal game, former NHL goaltender Carter Hutton kicked things off with the ceremonial puck drop. With over one thousand people in attendance for this one, both Teams threw everything that had at one another.

Mateo Muto, who earned himself a reputation as warrior throughout the Tournament, battling through some adversity was especially good in his one on the backend,  making great reads and getting the puck up to his forwards efficiently.

Jaxsin Chatwell got Team NOHA on the board with a seeing eye shot from the blueline, assisted by Cole Guizzetti, who was a spark plug for Team NOHA throughout the event.

Credit River would answer just under three minutes later. Seth Verbiwski had an answer of his own shortly after, capitalizing on the slick passing of Eli Chapman and Matti Farmer.

Credit River would get one right back, leaving things deadlocked after the first period.

The second period would see both Teams trade chances, with Goaltender Ty Imbeau stepping up to the plate making several big saves throughout this one.

Just under three minutes into the third period, Credit River score the eventual game winning goal. Team NOHA battled until the final buzzer, having multiple grade A scoring chances, hitting a post and unable to bang in a couple pucks sitting on the Credit River goal-line.

Final Score – 3-2 Credit River

Team NOHA claims Silver with an effort that made everyone proud. Many people tuned in, watching the streamed games from afar!

Congratulations U14 Team NOHA.

Members of the Team include: #2 Mateo Muto, #3 Aidan Duchesne, #4 Bryson Palahnuk, #5 Warren Little, #6 Eian Koski, #7 Ashton Neufeld, #8 Greyson Hnatiuk, #9 Hayden Stevenson, #10 Eli Chapman, #11 Koda Peltier, #12 Reed Sauve, #14 Matti Farmer, #15 Tayden Smith, #16 Jaxsin Chatwell, #17 Jesse McGill, #18 Cole Guizzetti, #20 Seth Verbiwski, #30 Ty Imbeau, #31 Levi Inch, Head Coach Tim McWhirter, Assistant Coach Rick Barron, Assistant Coach Anthony Miller, Trainer Dave Losier, Director of Operations Jacob Brown.


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ONTARIO DRESSING ROOM POLICY

Approved by:

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Hockey Canada
Ontario Members

1. PURPOSE

  1. 1.1  The Hockey Canada Members of Ontario firmly believe all participants (athletes, officials, coaches, team staff, etc.) have a right to access safe, inclusive, and equitable dressing spaces. In this regard, all participants have the right to utilize the Dressing Room or appropriate and equivalent Dressing Environment based on their gender identity, religious beliefs, body image concerns and/or other reasons related to their individual needs.
  2. 1.2  The Hockey Canada Members of Ontario believe in balancing the safety, privacy, modesty and wishes of our participants without compromising the aspects of camaraderie, social integration and bonding inherent in a team sport. This Policy attempts to meet these goals while providing a safe and respectful environment for participants.

2. DEFINITIONS

  1. 2.1  Refer to the Ontario Confidentiality Statement for definitions of terms utilized throughout this document.
  2. 2.2  Dressing Rooms: officially designated spaces for changing in and out of gear. Mostly, these are men’s and women’s, multi-stall spaces and occasionally can be all-gender, multi-stall spaces.
  3. 2.3  Dressing Environments: spaces beyond dressing rooms (in close proximity to them) that can be temporarily repurposed to provide a space for a small number of participants to change in and out of their gear (e.g., official’s room, multi-purpose room, meeting rooms, single-unit washrooms).
  4. 2.4  Minimum Attire: this is clothing or a base layer that covers the pelvic region (ideally coverage would be from waist to upper thigh but, at a minimum there needs to be coverage of the buttocks and genitalia) and the chest area of the participant. Ideally Minimum Attire above the waist should include clothing or a base layer covering most of the body between the neck and the waistline, it must, at a minimum, include clothing that covers most of the upper torso, such as a sports bra.”
  5. 2.5  Member: not-for-profit Ontario corporation incorporated under The Corporations Act, R.S.O. 1990 c.38 that has responsibility to administer hockey within a defined portion of the Province of Ontario (Hockey Eastern Ontario, Hockey Northwestern Ontario, Ontario Hockey Federation).
  6. 2.6  Policy: means this Dressing Room Policy.

3. APPLICABLE POLICIES OR LAWS

3.1 Rule of Two

3.1.1 To best ensure safety for all participants, all minor hockey programs sanctioned in Hockey Canada programming are to comply with their Hockey Canada Member Dressing Room Supervision Policy.

3.2 Prohibition on Violent Activities in Dressing Rooms

3.2.1 To ensure the safety of all participants in the Dressing Room, no type of violent conduct of any kind (including locker room boxing) bullying, or hazing is permitted. It is the responsibility of coaches and team staff to ensure that no such violent behaviour is taking place in Dressing Rooms or Dressing Environments. Should anyone experience maltreatment in violation of this section of the Policy, a complaint may be submitted to Hockey Canada’s Independent Third Party.

3.3 Prohibition on Recording in Dressing Rooms or Dressing Environments

3.3.1 To respect the privacy of participants, no videos, still photos, or voice recordings of any kind may be taken using any device with recording capabilities in a Dressing Room or Dressing Environment. Cell phones are only permitted to be used in a Dressing Room or Dressing Environment for the purposes of controlling music played in those spaces. Please refer to the Hockey Canada Member Prohibitive Use of Digital Devices Policy for full requirements.

3.4 Ontario Human Rights Code – 1990 (the Code)

3.4.1 Under the Code, organizations and their personnel are liable for any discrimination and harassment based on gender identity and gender expression, or any other prohibited ground under the Code. Hockey associations must deal with complaints, take steps to prevent problems, and provide a safe and welcoming environment for trans people and all other persons protected under the Code.

  1. PROMOTING SAFE, INCLUSIVE, AND EQUITABLE PARTICIPATION
    1. 4.1  This policy is written in accordance with the Code, which prohibits the discrimination of all people on a number of protected grounds: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, and disability.
    2. 4.2  This policy is written in accordance with the Hockey Canada Dressing Room Policy, which is focused on minimizing the requirement of any youth individual from having to choose to request an accommodation for their personal reasons.
    3. 4.3  All players have the right to participate fully within the Hockey Canada programming in accordance with its Hockey Canada, Member and Minor Hockey Association by-laws, regulations, and policies. To do so, the Minor Hockey Association, with support from the Hockey Canada Member, is responsible for working proactively to ensure all Dressing Room and Dressing Environment spaces and procedures are safe, inclusive, and equitable by anticipating and removing all barriers to participation. This includes anticipating and removing barriers for players protected under one or more of the aforementioned grounds.
    4. 4.4  All players, upon request, have the right to utilize their self-identified name(s) and pronouns, regardless of their sex/assigned sex, their status of transition, or their legal name and gender markers on identification documents. Minor Hockey Associations will make every effort to utilize and refer to a player by their self-identified name(s) and pronouns on documents and in daily conversation. Intentionally misgendering or inappropriately referring to a player by their given name(s), or their self- identified name(s) and pronouns without prior consent (e.g., if a player is not ‘out’ to family members, the team, other players, staff and volunteers of the Minor Hockey Association, etc.) is harmful and a form of discrimination.
    5. 4.5  All players will have access to Dressing Room facilities that most appropriately meet their individual needs, which may or may not include accommodations with respect to gender identity and gender expression.
    6. 4.6  All requests for Dressing Room accommodations will be taken seriously and will be assessed on an individual and confidential basis, in order to address the specific needs and requirements of all players.
    7. 4.7  With the support of the Hockey Canada Member, the Minor Hockey Association will work collaboratively with and advocate for players to identify the most appropriate access to Dressing Rooms, including any interim and long-term accommodation solutions, so as to reflect both individual players’ needs and the potential structural limitations of facilities.
    8. 4.8  A player has the right to utilize the Dressing Room or appropriate and equivalent changing area that the player considers to be most safe, inclusive, and reflective of their gender identity and gender expression, and transition status.
  2. DRESSING ROOM REQUIREMENTS

5.1 Minimum Attire Requirements

  1. 5.1.1  All participants are to use Minimum Attire for use of the Dressing Room or in Dressing Environments where more than one participant is present and the solutions for implementation will be determined by the Team.
  2. 5.1.2  It is the responsibility of all coaches and team staff to instruct players regarding the Minimum Attire and ensure that players have methods including but not limited to
  3. 5.1.2.1. 5.1.2.2.
  4. 5.1.2.3. 5.2 Team Talks
  5. arriving at the rink wearing Minimum Attire;
  6. utilizing an appropriate private space to change to Minimum Attire (e.g. private restroom stalls, empty dressing room etc.); or
  7. using a towel to cover up while changing into Minimum Attire.
  8. 5.2.1 Coaches and team staff will only engage in pre and post-game talks when all athletes that are at the facility and eligible to be in the Dressing Room are present.
  9. 5.3  Use of Showers
    1. 5.3.1  Showers are an extension of the Dressing Room or Dressing Environment and players must utilize Minimum Attire to access the showers (i.e. walking to and from). Minimum Attire is not required in the shower itself unless the Team has an accommodation request in which case the Team must utilize the options with the Ontario Dressing Room Policy Implementation Guidelines.
    2. 5.3.2  A best practice solution for teams is for players to change into swimwear for showering. Changing into the swimwear would be done based on the Minimum Attire requirements in section 5.1.1.
  10. 5.4  Officials Dressing Rooms
  11. 5.4.1 Given that Dressing Room spaces for officials and officiating teams are often shared by officials of a wide variety of ages and genders and may be used by different sports at the same time, safety and privacy are of the utmost importance. To create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone who uses an officials Dressing Room space, the minimum attire rule and shower recommendations described should be applied. Any situations that require support should be directed to the Minor Hockey Association. If a Minor Hockey Association does not have a solution, they are to contact their Member.
  12. SEEKING DRESSING ROOM ACCOMMODATION
    1. 6.1  If a player requires additional support to meet their individual needs over and above proactive efforts to remove barriers to inclusive participation, the player has the right to seek accommodations from the Minor Hockey Association. The Minor Hockey Association, once receiving the accommodation request in writing, either directly from the player or from the player’s parent(s)/guardian(s), is required to meet and work collaboratively with a player to find an appropriate and equivalent option. This may include utilizing a pre-existing Dressing Room or an appropriate and equivalent changing area if required if the facility has limited number of Dressing Rooms.
    2. 6.2  As each player is different, the Minor Hockey Association must assess and manage all accommodation requests on an individual basis. The Minor Hockey Association must provide safe and confidential opportunities to meet with any player(s) who wants to discuss their individual needs and potential accommodations.
    3. 6.3  Minor Hockey Associations that do not have a solution are to contact their Member for support and guidance.
  13. CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY
  14. 7.1 All players have the right to privacy. The Minor Hockey Association, with support from the Hockey Canada Ontario Member, is responsible for ensuring that a player’s private information, including, but
  15. not limited to, their sex/assigned sex and/or gender identity, remains confidential. The Minor Hockey Association is expected to exercise due diligence with respect to issues of confidentiality and privacy. Disclosure of private information, including to parent(s)/guardian(s), can only take place upon the player’s request and/or with the player’s consent
  16. 8. COMPLAINTS
  17. 8.1  It is the responsibility of the Minor Hockey Association to have a complaint process for addressing player grievances. The player has the right to have an individual of their choice (e.g., parent/guardian, other family member, mentor, friend, etc.) assist and support them within this process.
  18. 8.2  Unfounded concerns about safety are also sometimes used to attempt to justify discriminatory treatment relating to gender identity and gender expression. Complaints claiming that the inclusion of trans players in dressing rooms that accord with their gender identity or gender expression poses a safety threat or puts themselves or other players at risk are based on false and biased assumptions. In such cases, the bias of the complaint must be addressed and the player’s right to access facilities that accord with their gender identity and gender expression must not be impeded based on this bias. Ultimately, the Minor Hockey Association must not exclude players in response to complaints based on presumed risk.

Last Chance Coach 1 Clinics

The NOHA has scheduled absolute last chance clinics for Coaches needing their Coach 1 – Intro to Coach credential for the 2023-2024 season. If you require certification, please register for one of the courses below or visit the Clinics Page. Coaches that wish to remain rostered with their Team for the duration of the 2023-2024 Season must complete all mandatory clinic requirements. Coaches that do not obtain their necessary qualifications will be removed from their respective roster. Step 1: Ensure you have completed the Hockey University Coach 1/2 Course – Hockey University Coach 1/2Step 2: Click the link in the document or use the link below.Step 3: Once you are registered, you will receive an email from Technical Director Jacob Brown ([email protected]) the day before the clinic; this email includes everything you will need to attend. Intro to Coach Tuesday, December 12 – 6:00-10:00 p.m. Thursday, December 14 – 6:00-10:00 p.m. If you receive a notice upon trying to register saying “this clinic is not available for this member organization”, please contact [email protected] Full participation for each clinic is mandatory in order to obtain trained status.

NOHA Official of the Month – Felix St-Onge

Congratulations to the NOHA’s Official of the Month for November, 2023, Felix St-Onge! Felix currently resides in Sudbury and is in his second year of officiating where he has lined up to U14 AAA and refereed U15 AA. Felix is also a standout player on the U18 AAA Sudbury Wolves where he has 15 points in 17 games this season as a Defenseman. Thank you, Felix, for everything you do for the Officiating Program! Do you know an Official between the ages of 14-17 who deserves to be recognized? Make sure to nominate them for Official of the Month! You can find the nomination form here.

Reminder – Registration closes this Friday! Camps in Sudbury and Temiskaming Shores Added

The NOHA is excited to announce we will be hosting several Christmas Skills Camps throughout Northern Ontario during the 2023 Holiday Season. There will be four levels offered in each area: U7/U9, U11/U13, U15/U18, and Goalies only. All skill levels are welcome! Each session will be categorized by age, excluding the Goaltending sessions that are open for all ages. Sessions will be capped at the number of participants outlined below. Registrations are not restricted to members of the below cities listed; anyone in the vicinity is welcome to attend upon registration. U7/U9 – 35 Participants U11/U13 – 35 Participants U15/U18 – 35 Participants Goaltenders – 20 Participants Please click on your area Camp link for specific time and date information. Please note – the registration fee throughout the NOHA is $100.00 plus HST. This fee includes 4 hours of ice time per player over the course of four days. NOHA practice Sweater, and an NOHA branded water bottle. Each Camp will be planned through using Hockey Canada skill development material and will be facilitated by elite level Coaches in each area. North Bay Christmas Skills Camps Sault Ste. Marie Christmas Skills Camps Timmins Christmas Skills Camps Kapuskasing Christmas Skills Camps Little Current Christmas Skills Camps Wawa Christmas Skills Camps Iroquois Falls Christmas Skills Camps Blind River Christmas Skills Camps Temiskaming Shores Christmas Skills Camps NEW Sudbury Area Christmas Skills Camps NEW Registration will close on November 20th at 5:00 PM. Please contact NOHA Technical Director, Jacob Brown [email protected] should you have any questions.

NOHA Christmas Skills Camps

The NOHA is excited to announce we will be hosting several Christmas Skills Camps throughout Northern Ontario during the 2023 Holiday Season. There will be four levels offered in each area: U7/U9, U11/U13, U15/U18, and Goalies only. All skill levels are welcome! Each session will be categorized by age, excluding the Goaltending sessions that are open for all ages. Sessions will be capped at the number of participants outlined below. Registrations are not restricted to members of the below cities listed; anyone in the vicinity is welcome to attend upon registration. U7/U9 – 35 ParticipantsU11/U13 – 35 ParticipantsU15/U18 – 35 ParticipantsGoaltenders – 20 Participants Please click on your area Camp link for specific time and date information. Please note – the registration fee throughout the NOHA is $100.00 plus HST. This fee includes 4 hours of ice time per player over the course of four days. NOHA practice Sweater, and an NOHA branded water bottle. Each Camp will be planned through using Hockey Canada skill development material and will be facilitated by elite level Coaches in each area. North Bay Christmas Skills Camps Sault Ste. Marie Christmas Skills Camps Timmins Christmas Skills Camps Kapuskasing Christmas Skills Camps Little Current Christmas Skills Camps Wawa Christmas Skills Camps Iroquois Falls Christmas Skills Camps Blind River Christmas Skills Camps The NOHA anticipates posting at least two more area skills camps later this week, based on ice availability. Registration will close on November 20th at 5:00 PM. Please contact NOHA Technical Director, Jacob Brown [email protected] should you have any questions.
 

Last Chance Coaching Clinics

The NOHA has scheduled its final clinic dates for the 2023-2024 Season. If you require certification, please register for the appropriate course below or visit the Clinics Page. Please note: Coaches must complete mandatory clinics in order to stay rostered with their respective Teams. Step 1: Determine which course you need to take in the NOHA Bench Staff Certification RequirementsStep 2: Click the link in the document or use the link below.Step 3: Once you are registered, you will receive an email from Technical Director Jacob Brown ([email protected]) the day before the clinic; this email includes everything you will need to attend. Development 1 November 9-10 | 6:00 – 10:00 pm, November 11 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pmhttps://page.spordle.com/ohf/clinics/1ee6e8dd-6428-6dea-bf55-062782f960ee Coach 1 November 16 | 6:00 – 10:00 pmhttps://page.spordle.com/ohf/clinics/1ee7d835-37f5-644c-86d5-062782f960ee November 21 | 6:00 – 10:00 pmhttps://page.spordle.com/ohf/clinics/1ee7d839-89ce-60d0-83fe-0294283b7376 November 25 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pmhttps://page.spordle.com/ohf/clinics/1ee7d83c-8535-6a34-9a04-062782f960ee Coach 2 November 22 | 6:00 – 10:00 pmhttps://page.spordle.com/ohf/clinics/1ee7d840-05d9-6d0e-aa31-0294283b7376 November 23 | 6:00 – 10:00 pmhttps://page.spordle.com/ohf/clinics/1ee7d843-1c55-6d46-b20e-062782f960ee November 26 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pmhttps://page.spordle.com/ohf/clinics/1ee7d846-1e1e-63be-8aac-062782f960ee November 29 | 6:00 – 10:00 pmhttps://page.spordle.com/ohf/clinics/1ee7d84b-35d4-65f8-bc48-0294283b7376  Please note: If you are participating in either the coach 1 or coach 2 clinics, you must also complete the Hockey University coach 1 / 2 on demand modules prior to your clinic: Hockey University – Online Coach 1/2 If you receive a notice upon trying to register saying “this clinic is not available for this member organization”, please contact [email protected] Full participation for each clinic is mandatory in order to obtain certification.

NOHA Rink Report – November 3rd, 2023

The NOHA is unveiling a new strategy this season to help curb Maltreatment– W.A.I.T. This season, W.A.I.T. before acting. How to Get Involved:Access the W.A.I.T. Toolkit to find the W.A.I.T. sign, banners, and videos to post on your website and social media.Post the W.A.I.T. sign on your website and arenas.Share the message on social media Together, we can make sure hockey remains the greatest sport in the world.
This weekend, the NOHA and the Big Nickel AAA Hockey Tournament are partnering again to host the second annual Officiating Program of Excellence in Sudbury! 14 Officials from across Northern Ontario will be learning from OHL Officiating Development Coordinator Ken Cox, NOHA Director of Officials Glen Campbell, former NHL Linesperson Danny McCourt, and Hockey Canada Manager of Officiating Dan Hanoomansingh. They will have classroom sessions and be officiating games throughout the weekend. The purpose of the camp is to help mentor, develop, and progress officials to higher levels of hockey within Northern Ontario.
 The NOHA is currently accepting nominations for Official of the Month. Officials nominated should be between the ages of 14-17 and have a passion for officiating! Nomination FormRead More The OHF is seeking entrants on their latest survey on the Development Phase.The survey is open to parents/guardians/athletes of MHAs.  SurveyComplete Survey
 NORTH BAY, ON – November 2nd, 2023 – The Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) is proud to announce the U14 Ontario Winter Games Team NOHA Staff for the 23-24 season:  Read More NORTH BAY, ON – October 30, 2023 – The Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) and the Great North U 18 League (GNU18L) are proud to announce the Team NOHA Staff for the 23-24 season: Read More
 NOHA Clinics have been posted for November. View Certification Requirements and Register now to obtain your certifications. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]  Register The NOHA wants to celebrate our hard-working and dedicated volunteers by choosing a Volunteer of the Month! To nominate your Volunteers, please fill in the form HERESelected Volunteers will be posted mid-month. Nominate
Hockey Canada Pathway to Hockey Coverage Information for Associations Pathway to Hockey programs (commonly known as try hockey programs) are designed to provide fun, safe and affordable introduction to hockey opportunities to all Canadians. These are programs that are run and managed by Local Hockey Associations – with the objective of growing their membership. Pathway to hockey programs can be a simple ball hockey initiative or a 12-week program that teaches skating or the fundamentals of the game. Key objectives for this initiative are as follows:Provide an opportunity for Local Hockey Associations to expand their introductory programming offerings, leading to increased accessibility, diversity and inclusivenessEnsure that all participants and programs are insured and managed in accordance with our shared values and standardsRemove a component of the cost barrier (insurance) for program participantsTrack participants and their hockey journey, leading to greater understanding of retention and sustainabilityCollect best practices and innovative ideas, including identification of opportunities to share with others and/or scale in other areas
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Made in Northern Ontario Plan

This Hockey Season, W.A.I.T. Before you Act to Keep Hockey Safe and Fun!

The NOHA has seen a dramatic increase in behaviours not conducive with good sportsmanship during and after game play. Far too often, we have to investigate complaints about behaviours that reflect poorly on our sport and are damaging to to the recipients of these actions. The majority of these investigations lead to suspensions.
 It is the NOHA’s goal to eliminate these behaviours from the hockey arenas in Northern Ontario. In order to achieve the goal of reducing these incidents, we are asking everyone to W.A.I.T. before they do something that they will likely regret later. PLAYERS – Before you say an inappropriate comment – Why Am I Talking?COACHES – Before you berate officials for a missed call – What Am I Teaching?PARENTS – Before you yell from the stands – What Am I Teaching? We are asking ALL of our stakeholders to utilize this strategy to eliminate maltreatment both on and off the ice. We’ve created a W.A.I.T. Toolkit with the W.A.I.T. sign, banners, and videos to post on websites and share via social media. How to Get Involved:Access the W.A.I.T. Toolkit to find the W.A.I.T. sign, banners, and videos to post on your website and social media.Post the W.A.I.T. sign on your website and arenas.Share the message on social media Together, we can make sure hockey remains the greatest sport in the world. Here is NOHA 3rd Vice President Craig Maki with more information on the genesis of the acronym:
If you have any questions or need more information or assets, please reach out to NOHA Membership Services Coordinator Lindsay Morell at [email protected]  

OHF Survey – Development Phase

The Ontario Hockey Federation wants to understand your experiences with the new Playing Regulations for the 2023-2024 season. Three (3) surveys will be sent over the 2023-2024 hockey season.
 The first survey that was sent out in September sought feedback on the Preparation and Evaluation Phases. This second survey explores your experience with the Development Phase. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. As a reminder: – The Development Phase is a 27-day period that takes place after Labour Day where teams may only play a minimum of four (4) exhibition games and/or one Tournament. On-ice practices are permitted during this period.Your feedback will be used in future decisions that support player development.
 Survey #1 is still open!Survey #2 now open until November 12, 2023 Your participation is completely voluntary. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to and may stop the questionnaire at any time. You may also withdraw from the project at any time without penalty. Your decision to withdraw will not impact your involvement with your Association, Membership or the Ontario Hockey Federation. All survey data will be anonymous. Your name will not be recorded anywhere. For reporting purposes, your responses will be grouped together with other participants. All responses you provide will remain completely confidential. Should you have any questions, please contact [email protected]