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Fredericton, NB - Athletes who have represented New Brunswick throughout the world, coaches who have invested time and effort, and individuals who have volunteered countless hours, corporate supporters and outstanding members of the media were highlighted today, as Sport New Brunswick announced the names of the finalists for the annual Konica Minolta Sport Awards.

The Konica Minolta Sport Awards recognize the accomplishments of New Brunswick’s top athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year.   “New Brunswick can be very proud off all the people who were nominated,” said McKillop. “These are the types of people who inspire others to be great, and help see the value in sport participation. New Brunswickers can be very proud of these individuals”.

Nominations were submitted by a number of different organizations from throughout the Province. Finalists were selected based on their achievements from September 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.  Konica Minolta’s support, as well as the other corporate sponsors - the Westmont Hospitality Group, Boston Pizza, BrunNet, Teed Saunders Doyle & Co, IG Wealth Management and Taylor Printing Group make these awards possible year after year. This year’s awards dinner and ceremony will be held at the in Dieppe at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel on November 24th.  Tickets are available by calling Sport NB at (506)451-1320.

The finalists were announced in six of the twelve categories. They are:

Westmont Hospitality Group Female Athlete of the Year

Charlie Cavanagh, Saint John, Boxing

Geneviève Lalonde, Moncton, Athletics

Courtney Sarault, Moncton, Speed Skating – Short Track


Westmont Hospitality Group Male Athlete of the Year

Brendan Corey, Fredericton, Speed Skating – Short Track

Bernard LaPointe, Moncton, Para-Badminton

Christopher Robertson, Moncton, Athletics


Boston Pizza Female Coach of the Year

Michelle DeCourcey, Fredericton, Soccer

Julia Loparco, Saint John, Athletics

Alana Nicklin, Fredericton, Ringette


Boston Pizza Male Coach of the Year

Joe Blanchard, Saint John, Boxing

Daniel McHardie, Fredericton, Soccer

Peter Stuart, Riverview, Athletics


President’s Award - Female Athlete

Jasmine Thebeau, Rexton, Wrestling

Erin Vringer, Saint John, Athletics


President’s Award – Male Athlete

Jacob LeBlanc, Moncton, Para-Athletics

Patrick Talbot, Quispamsis, Artistic Gymnastics



The following awards will also be presented to the recipients listed below at the Konica Minolta Sport Awards:

Taylor Printing Group Official of the Year

Judy Astle, Boiestown, Golf


IG Wealth Management Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award

Tim Hayes, Saint John, Boxing


BrunNet Team of the Year

Metro Junior Mudcats, Baseball


Teed Saunders Doyle & Co Spirit of Sport

Doug Barrett, Rothesay, Triathlon

Annick Leger, Dieppe, Athletics


Volunteer Sport Administrator Award

Katinka Postma, Saint John, Water Polo


Outstanding Media Coverage

Brad Janes, NB Hoops Report


Sport NB is a non-profit bilingual federation. We advocate sport for all, from the grassroots level to high performance, and provide programs and services for all our members.


For more information contact Hillary Pineau at 451-1320 or  Follow us on Twitter @SportNB or Facebook Sport New-Nouveau Brunswick

Josh Lawrence & Lukas Cormier selected to Team Canada for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

October 16, 2018


Three Canadian teams to compete for gold in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced its 66-player roster selected to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Nov. 3-10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – and will compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 112 players were invited to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp and introduced to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. The players chosen to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for Hockey Canada, with assistance from U17 POE management group lead Martin Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), as well as regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

“Any time you bring together the best young players in the country there are bound to be difficult decisions when selecting players, and we feel the 66 young men we chose exemplify the core values of the Program of Excellence,” said McEwen. “We believe that these players possess a willingness to learn and grow as they progress through our program and represent Canada, and give us the best chance to compete for a gold medal this November.”

The tournament opens Saturday, Nov. 3 at the qplex in Quispamsis when Finland takes on Sweden at 3:30 p.m. AT, followed by Team Canada Red, silver-medallist last year, facing off against Russia at 7:30 p.m. AT. The United States will kick off the action at Harbour Station in Saint John on Sunday, Nov. 4 when it plays the Czech Republic at 12 p.m. AT, followed by an all-Canadian match-up between Team Canada Black and Team Canada White at 4 p.m. AT.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters for Hockey Canada, will air both semifinals on Friday, Nov. 9, as well as the bronze- and gold-medal games on Saturday, Nov. 10; please check local listings for details. Media accreditation for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Harbour Station in Saint John and qplex in Quispamsis can be requested online.

After a successful ticket launch, full-event ticket packages for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge are sold out. A $99 Harbour Station ticket package is now available for purchase at the Harbour Station box office and includes all preliminary-round games in Saint John, as well as both semifinals and the bronze- and gold-medal games. Single-game tickets are also available for purchase starting at $13 at

The communities of Saint John and Quispamsis will receive the net proceeds from all ticket and ticket-package sales as a legacy of the event to support grassroots hockey within their communities as part of their hosting agreement with Hockey Canada. Additionally, recent editions of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have resulted in as much as $6 million in economic impact within the host communities.

More than 1,700 NHL draft picks have suited up since the inception of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (previously known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, including 13 first-overall draft picks since 2001 (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; and Auston Matthews, 2016).

For more information on the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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For more information or to be removed from the media contact list, please contact:

Spencer Sharkey            
Coordinator, Communications      
Hockey Canada


The legalization of cannabis in Canada will have significant implications on the Canadian sport system, ranging from anti-doping policy, to athlete and staff safety and wellbeing, to risk management for organizations. In conjunction with its partners, SIRC will be providing insight and resources to support sport organizations in navigating the many issues. This SIRCuit article, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), explores the compliance and health issues for athletes at all levels.


Community sport organizations do more than just develop athletes – they provide opportunities for youth and families to make a positive impact on social issues such as mental health, gender equity, cultural integration, and bullying. This video highlights different types of social responsibility initiatives that benefit CSOs, their members, and other community members. 


Les organismes communautaires de sport  font plus que simplement développer les athlètes : ils offrent aux jeunes et aux familles des occasions d'avoir une incidence positive sur les enjeux sociaux tels que la santé mentale, l'équité entre les sexes, l'intégration culturelle et l'intimidation. Cette vidéo met en évidence différents types d'initiatives de responsabilité sociale qui profitent aux OSC, à leurs membres et à d'autres membres de la communauté. 

Friday, 18 May 2018 17:13

SIRC Knowledge Nugget

Sport development theories support multisport participation over early specialisation among children; but what does research say? A recent Canadian study that followed children over five years found that by age 15, children who focused on multiple sports when they were 10 years old had a higher likelihood of being engaged in physical activity than those who focused on a single sport.



2020 North American Indigenous Games Awarded to Halifax, Nova Scotia

May 4, 2018

On May 5, 2018 the North American Indigenous Games Council gathered in Montreal, Quebec to hear the final bid presentations from the three communities vying to host the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). Representatives from Ottawa, Ontario, Lekwungen/Victoria, British Columbia, and Halifax, Nova Scotia were in Montreal to promote their bid to host the next NAIG.

Over the past two months, the NAIG Council’s 2020 Bid Committee conducted a comprehensive review of the three bid packages and visited each community to witness firsthand their tremendous energy and enthusiasm to host the NAIG. Following each community’s final bid presentation, the winning bid was determined through a vote of the NAIG Council’s Board of Directors.

“Congratulations to the Mi’kmaw Sport Council of Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax on their selection to host the 2020 NAIG,” said NAIG Council President Rick Brant. “We are excited about the opportunity for Indigenous Nations from across Canada and the United States to gather in the summer of 2020 in the traditional territories of the Mi’Kmaw people. We know that Halifax will deliver an extraordinary celebration of athletic excellence and cultural unity.”

The selection of Halifax represents a milestone in the NAIG movement, as it will be the first time in its thirty year history that the NAIG will be held in Atlantic Canada.

“On behalf of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia we are extremely honoured for the opportunity to host the 2020 NAIG in Mikmaki,” said Tex Marshall, Co-Chair Mi’kmaw Sport Council of Nova Scotia. “We are very excited at the prospect of welcoming Indigenous Nations from all over Turtle Island and delivering the best ever NAIG in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). We are focused on providing the ultimate experience in Halifax, which centres on the comfort, care, and healthy experience for all participants.”

The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) is an international multi-sport, multi-disciplinary event involving Indigenous youth from Canada and the USA. The Games offer 14 sport competitions with up to three age categories in each sport for both male and female participants. The NAIG includes a vibrant cultural program showcasing local and North American Indigenous cultural groups and entertainers.

The North American Indigenous Games Council 
NAIG Council is the International Governing Body for the NAIG exercising exclusive jurisdiction, either directly or through its affiliate members, over all matters pertaining to the Games. It ensures the purposes and philosophies are reflected in all aspects of the NAIG.

For more information email with general questions to Rick Brant, NAIG Council President at