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Supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion at player and coaching levels

The Black Youth Ice Hockey program is an 18-week ice hockey development program designed to help Black youth develop ice hockey skills to prepare them to transition to minor hockey the following year – building greater diversity and inclusion in the sport. The program is led by community coaches certified under the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The program also features an informal junior coaching mentorship initiative that encourages diversity and inclusion in the coaching ranks.

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Program DetailsThe BYIH program has broad support through Hockey Nova Scotia, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program.

This program consists of 18 fun-filled weeks of on-ice hockey skill development – each session lasts 60 minutes. The on-ice sessions are coordinated by NCCP certified community volunteer instructors dedicated to preparing our youth to transition to their respective minor hockey associations the following year. Youth in the program and parents are supported every step of the way.

There is also an educational off-ice component, where participants learn about the history of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes (1895-1930), and about current and former Black professional hockey players.

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How it All Started

Read about some of our youth who have benefited from the program HERE.