Canadian hockey continued to push forward as leaders from every corner of the country went virtual for Winter Congress
Hockey leaders from across the country gathered on the weekend for the
Hockey Canada Winter Congress and Annual Meeting, closing the book on the
2020-21 season and helping set the game’s direction for the future.
The event, which included the Hockey Canada Board of Directors, Life
Patrons, representation from all 13 Members and leadership from the
national organization, was held virtually for the second year in a row due
to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday featured the Member Forum, which included important presentations on
Hockey Canada’s long-term strategic plan, and growth and retention plan, as
well as reports from task teams and committees that have been vital to
successfully navigating the effects of the pandemic.
During the Annual Meeting on Saturday, a number of rule changes were
approved for the 2022-23 season, including:
• Leagues at the U18 AAA, junior and senior levels have the option to enact
hybrid and no-change icing.
• A coach or captain may designate any player to take a penalty shot.
• Injured players may stand on the bench if they are on the game report and
wearing the minimum protective equipment.
• Additions and changes to minor penalties – charging, tripping,
butt-ending and spearing.
The next assembly of Canada’s hockey leadership will take place at the
Hockey Canada Spring Congress, scheduled for June 2022.