Team Canada Tryout Date / Locations Announced
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From Las Vegas To The NHL: Minnesota Wild Winger Jason Zucker Is Turning Heads
  Jason Zucker , Roller Background in Las Vegas, to the NHL! Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zuck...

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2014 AGM Reminder & Agenda
Just a reminder that NIHA-Canada will be holding the Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn &...

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2014 AGM Notification
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Team Canada Tryout Date / Locations Announced
From Las Vegas To The NHL: Minnesota Wild...
2014 AGM Reminder & Agenda
2014 AGM Notification

Team Canada Tryout Date / Locations Announced

Team Canada Identification Camps

Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps across Canada which are open for anyone to attend and be evaluated by our Team Canada Staff for potential selection to Team Canada.

In 2015, Team Canada Identification Camps will be held:

ALBERTA – May 10th, 2015 – MILLENIUM PLACE, SHERWOOD PARK AB

BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 9th, 2015 – KAREN MAGNUSSEN ARENA, NORTH VANCOUVER BC

Each Identification consists of 2 – 90 minute on floor sessions as well as 1 – 30 minute off floor session which allows players to showcase their skills in front of Team Canada Staff

Full evaluations are made based on each players performance at the Identification Camp and consideration will be given for selection to Team Canada based on this information.

 

Team Canada Timeline

1) CURRENTLY - Team Canada Identification Camp Online Registration Opens

2)May 1st  – Unable to Attend Application submission deadline

3) May 9th & 10th  – Team Canada Identification Camps

5)May 14th -  Team Canada Selection and Roster Announcement

6)July 5th - 12th  – IIHF Men’s World Inline Hockey Championships, Tampere Finland

 

If you would like to try out for Team Canada please click here to register.

 

NIHA-Canada’s Team Canada Program attends the annual International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Mens World Inline Hockey Championship and since our return to this event, Team Canada has medalled in all of the last 4 years.

2014 - Pardubice, Czech Republic, Silver Medal (2nd)

2013 - Dresden, Germany - Bronze Medal (3rd)

2012- Ingolstadt, Germany - Gold Medal (1st)

2011 – Pardubice, Czech rep – Bronze Medal (3rd)

2010 – Karlstad, Sweden – 4th

2009 – Ingolstadt, Germany – 7th

2008 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Gold Division 1 (9th – promoted to Top Division)

 

Each year we receive a number of questions related to Team Canada and specifically the Team Selection Process. In order to assist in clearing up any misconceptions and answer many questions, we are pleased to outline the Selection Process in detail. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.

 

Team Canada Eligibility and Selection Process is outlined as follows:

Player Eligibility:

 

In order to qualify for potential selection to Team Canada, players must meet the following requirements:

 

1)Be a minimum 18 years of age

2)Be a Canadian Citizen ( and be able to provide proper citizenship documents ie. Canadian Passport)

 

**There is no minimal skill level requirement in order for a player to go through the Identification / Selection Process

 

Selection Process:

Team Canada is selected via 2 processes in order to allow an opportunity for anyone interested to be identified for consideration:

 

1)Team Canada Identification Camps

                         2)Unable to Attend Camp Applications (UTA)

 

Selection Process Details 

1)Team Canada Identification Camps – Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps across Canada which are open for anyone to attend and be evaluated by our Team Canada Staff for potential selection to Team Canada

In 2015, Team Canada Identification Camps will be held:

ALBERTA – May 10th, 2015 –MILLENIUM PLACE, SHERWOOD PARK AB

BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 9th, 2015 – KAREN MAGNUSSEN ARENA, NORTH VANCOUVER BC

 

Each Identification consists of 2 – 90 minute on floor sessions as well as 1 – 30 minute off floor session which allows players to showcase their skills in front of Team Canada Staff

Full evaluations are made based on each players performance at the Identification Camp and consideration will be given for selection to Team Canada based on this information.

**Attending a Team Canada Identification Camp is the best way to be considered for the final roster as you are actually seen by the Coaches/Evaluators**

To register for any of these tryouts, please follow CLICK HERE as well as to download the full Identification Camp Package.

**Each player attending the Identification Camps will be required to provide credit card information at the time of registering for the Player Registration Fee. (If you are not selected to the team your credit card will not be charged with the fee)

2)Unable To Attend Camp (UTA):with such a vast country plus limited time and resources, it is not possible to hold an Identification Camp in each province. In addition, there are a number of players who are unable to attend an Identification Camp due to where they live, too far from a Camp, still away at University or playing with their ice hockey team in another province/state. In trying to be open and fair to all players, we respect these challenges and provide a process for these players to be considered even if they cannot attend the Camps. To be considered under this item, you must meet the following criteria:

 

a.Provide written documentation to NIHA-Canada of the special circumstances that do not allow you to attend an Identification Camp.

 

b.Provide written letters of reference from at least 2 individuals (ideally coaches).

c.Provide a detailed history of your inline and ice hockey background for the last 5 years, including team, league, position, etc. 

d.This information does not guarantee a spot on the roster, but is invaluable in assisting the evaluators in assessing the entire list of eligible players.

e.As mentioned above in Item #1, the best way to be considered for the final roster is to be seen by the Coaches/Evaluators. We encourage all players to make every effort to attend one of the Identification Camps.

f.Note: Only legitimate and verifiable reasons for not attending the camp will be accepted. (eg. Out of country for work, school, hockey)

 

 

**THIS MUST ALL BE SUBMITTED TO TEAM CANADA NO LATER THAN APRIL 18TH ,MAY 1ST, 2015.

A meeting will be held to go over and discuss all applications and a committee will respond within 72 hours to each applicant with one of the following responses via email:

a)Your Unable To Attend Application must provide an acceptable reason for your inability to attend a Team Canada Identification Camp. You will not be required to attend a camp in order to be considered for selection to the 2015 Team Canada Roster.

b)Your Unable to Attend Application has not provided an acceptable reason for your inability to attend a Team Canada Identification Camp. You will be required to attend a camp in order to be considered for selection to the 2015 Team Canada Roster.

Team Canada Selection Policies:

Team Canada’s final roster which will attend the 2015 IIHF World Inline Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland July 5th - 12th, 2015 will consist of:

-12 Skaters

-2 Goaltenders

These players will be selected through the above mentioned processes with the following minimum/maximum roster spot allocations:

a)A MINIMUM of 8 roster spots will be selected via the Team Canada Identification Camp Process and a MAXIMUM of 6 roster spots may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process, based on there being 4 Team Canada Identification Camps being held across Canada for selection.

i.If fewer than 4 Team Canada Identification camps are being held, the maximum roster spots which may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process will increase by 2 for each camp that is not being held. Ie. If 3 Identification Camps are held, a minimum of 6 roster spots will be selected via the Team Canada Identification Camp Process and a maximum of 8 roster spots may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process.

ii. There is no minimum number of roster spots allocated to each camp. (ie. With 2 Identification Camps in 2014, there is no guarantee of 2 players selected from each camp. These roster spots are selected based on finding the strongest players for the team and potentially all 6 may be selected from the same camp)

From Las Vegas To The NHL: Minnesota Wild Winger Jason Zucker Is Turning Heads

 

Jason Zucker , Roller Background in Las Vegas, to the NHL!

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker has taken an unprecedented route to the NHL. From the bright lights of Las Vegas to the roaring arenas of the NHL – it’s been an incredible journey for this special 22-year-old winger.

Due to the scarcity of ice rinks in the Sin City, Zucker grew up playing roller hockey under a hot sun in hometown. His path to the NHL sounds like something out of an improbable Hollywood script. Zucker was a Las Vegas kid who didn’t touch a sheet of ice until the age of six and began skating on the ice of local hotel casinos.

At 15, Zucker and his family moved to Plymouth, Michigan. Zucker was able to crack the roster of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. He impressed to the point that he made the United States under-18 team and eventually starred for the University of Denver Pioneers.

“I was born in Newport Beach, but I moved to Las Vegas when I was two months old,” Zucker said. “I moved away from home to make sure I could play at a high level. I was in L.A, I was back in Vegas, I was in Michigan – I was kind of all over the place.”

Zucker made history when he became the first-ever Las Vegas native to be drafted into the NHL. Through six games this season, the 5-foot-11 winger has scored four goals in six games.

Offensive upside, athleticism and tremendous energy have always been hallmarks of Zucker’s game. The message coming from Wild head coach Mike Yeo was that Zucker needed to improve his defensive game. This season, Zucker has made large strides forward in polishing his defensive zone play. He credits a dressing room full of approachable stars and the Wild coaching staff for his improvement.

“Hockey is the three-zone sport,” Zucker said. “The coaching staff really helped me out with that. You have to be good at all three to be able to excel at this level. I’ve had a lot of guys in this room helping me out. Zach (Parise), Mikko (Koivu), (Thomas) Vanek – those three this year have been great. In years past, it’s been (Dany) Heatley and (Matt) Cullen. I’ve had a lot of help from a lot of different guys with a lot of different mindsets. It’s all good stuff and it’s all going to help me in the long run.”

Having signed for the Wild this summer, Thomas Vanek is immediately impressed with what he’s seen from the promising 22-year-old.

“I didn’t know much about him,” Vanek said. “To be honest, I think he’s been one of our strongest players from the start. His skating, his penalty killing has been great. He’s been opportunistic and burying the chances he’s getting.”

Zucker is studying Parise’s example closely, and is modeling his after the all-world winger. Zucker plays with bursting energy and endless effort personified by the Team USA captain.

“I think anybody in the world can learn something from a guy like him,” Zucker said. “That’s definitely something that I tried to follow and model after. I think you’d be foolish not to look at a guy like that and try to learn from him.”

Koivu, Minnesota’s long-serving captain is encouraged by Zucker’s start to the season and sees growth in Zucker becoming a responsible two-way player.

“It’s early, but he’s been solid,” Koivu said. “He’s a smart kid. A good start for a player like him is important. Not just the goals, he’s been playing good, two-way hockey. In the end, it’s about the player you want to become. His two-way game is another step from last year. Hopefully, he can keep it up and keep improving.”

The Wild have a good idea of what this kid is about and where he’s going. Having improved his defensive zone play to compliment his high-level skill and boundless energy, Zucker has a shot at becoming a special talent. Soon, the rest of the NHL will take notice.

 

2014 AGM Reminder & Agenda

Just a reminder that NIHA-Canada will be holding the Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn & Suites Regina- South, SK (4255 Albert St. Regina SK, S4S 3R6) on Saturday, November 22nd  at 3:00PM Central. This meeting is open to all members and we encourage anyone who is able to attend to please do so. Please let us know if you or any other members of your association are planning on attending so that we can prepare documents accordingly.

 

We are setting up an online AnyMeeting so that you can have the option of logging in and participating in the meeting through that medium.  If you would like to register for online attendance, please email myself and we will issue you login information on Thursday, November 20th. You have the ability to login through either your computer or call-in to connect for the meeting.

 

Don’t forget to follow us on twitter (@NIHACanada) and Facebook as regular discussion updates will be posted and we will also attempt to answer any questions you may have via these feeds throughout the weekend.

 

CLICK HERE to download the  Agenda for the AGM as well as the open positions on our Executive. If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the following positions, please let us know ASAP:

 

i.                     President

ii.                   VP, Operations

iii.                  VP, Branch Relations

 

For those who have already informed me of their attendance, THANK YOU and we look forward to seeing you all this weekend.

2014 AGM Notification

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NIHA-Canada will be holding the Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn & Suites Regina- South, SK (4255 Albert St. Regina SK, S4S 3R6) on Saturday, November 22nd  at 3:00PM. This meeting is open to all members and we encourage anyone who is able to attend to please do so. Please let us know if you or any other members of your association are planning on attending so that we can prepare documents accordingly.

 

We are currently working on setting up an online AnyMeeting so that you can have the option of logging in and participating in the meeting through that medium. If you would like to register for online attendance, please email myself and we will issue you login information closer to the AGM date. More details on if and how this may be an option for you to participate will be sent later along with the full AGM Package.

 

Many items will be discussed that day and regular discussion updates will be posted via twitter (@NIHACanada) and Facebook and we will also attempt to answer any questions you may have via these feeds throughout the weekend.

 

Click here to download/view the “Notice of Motion” and “Rule Change Proposal” forms. If you have a motion or rule change proposal please complete this document and provide to us prior to 4:30PM Central , Thursday November 13th, 2014.

A full AGM Agenda and Motion package will be sent out Friday, November 14th , 2014. 

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Please forward this information on to your member associations.