National Aboriginal Hockey Championships
The Aboriginal Sport Circle, Canada’s national
voice for Aboriginal sport and recreation, is pleased to present the
2005 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. The following
information offers a basic overview of the event, technical
guidelines and specific criteria for team selections. Should you
require further details on the Championships, or require more
information about the Aboriginal Sport Circle, please contact our
offices at (613) 938-1176 or toll free at 1-866-938-1176.
Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) was established to promote personal
excellence through sport and to support the holistic development of
Aboriginal athletes and coaches.
As a program of the ASC, the National Aboriginal Hockey
Championships reflect those priorities while serving as the premier
competition for minor level Aboriginal hockey in Canada.
National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) provide a forum for
elite Bantam/Midget age Aboriginal hockey players, which attracts
participation from First Nations, Inuit and Metis within each of the
thirteen Provinces and Territories of Canada. The long-term vision
for the NAHC is to establish a competitive structure that will serve
as the impetus for grassroots and regional Aboriginal hockey
development. The event will help foster cultural unity and pride and
celebrate the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across
NAHC embodies shared traditional Aboriginal principles that
encourage holistic approaches to the personal development of all
participants (athletes, coaches, team staff and officials).
The Championships take a balanced approach that supports the
physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural aspects of life.
For this reason, the NAHC will include the meaningful
involvement of Elders and cultural components throughout the
NAHC are designed as an elite, all-star format where the best
Bantam/Midget age hockey players are selected to compete on behalf
of their Provinces and Territories. The event is inclusive, which
means anyone of Aboriginal ancestry, whether First Nations (status
or non-status Indian), Inuit or Metis, is eligible to compete.
Championships promote drug and harassment free sport.
Therefore a strict “zero tolerance” policy is adopted.
The use of alcohol, tobacco (non-ceremonial), performance
enhancing substances and any acts of discrimination are strictly
The 2005 NAHC will be held in
Miramichi, New Brunswick, April 17 – 23, 2005.
The competition will span seven days with both the male and
female championship games being held on Saturday, April 23rd.
Miramichi is located 140 KM from
the Moncton Regional Airport and 100 KM from the Bathurst Regional
Airport. Travel to the
2005 NAHC has been designated for April 15 & 16 and departure on
Community Snap Shot
The City of Miramichi is located
in North-Eastern New Brunswick along the world famous Miramichi
River. The City was
formed in 1995 through the amalgamation of five incorporated
municipalities and six surrounding unincorporated areas.
It is centrally located within a two-hour drive of the larger
urban areas in the province, with a population of 48, 000 plus.
There are 15 First Nations communities in New Brunswick, all
within a 3 hour drive of each other.
Within 100 KM the First Nations communities are Metepenagiag,
Nataoganea, Esgenoopetitj, Tjipogtog, (Elno) Menigog, Elsipogtog,
Pabineau and Ogpiigantjeq.
Two arenas will be used for the
2005 NAHC. The primary venue will be the Miramichi Civic Centre,
home of the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Miramichi Timberwolves.
This site features an ice surface (85’ x 190’), which
seats close to 3000 spectators.
The secondary venue will be the Lord Beaverbrook Arena.
Accommodations, Travel & Food
Each team is responsible for
arranging and paying for their accommodations, travel and food.
All hotels are located within a 5 to 10 minute drive from the
arenas. To simplify
team reservations, the 2005 Host Organizing Committee has block
booked rooms in hotels/motels throughout Miramichi. A detailed
listing of accommodations and rates are available through the 2005
Host Organizing Committee.
Guidelines and Criteria
The NAHC are designed as an All
Star Championship. As such, each Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal
Sport Body (P/TASB) is responsible for conducting regional
selections (i.e. talent identification camps) to determine its team
rosters. Each P/TASB is also directly responsible for submitting
team registrations to the ASC and coordinating travel to the
In preparing for the event, it is recommended that each P/TASB
establish a working partnership with their Hockey Canada
Provincial/Territorial hockey branch and government.
must be comprised only of players and coaches who are of Aboriginal
ancestry. Every player and coach must carry with her/him
documentation that verifies her/his Aboriginal ancestry.
In most cases, picture ID along with a Status Card, Inuit
Card or Metis Membership Card will be adequate.
In cases where the participant is non-status (Indian), an Ancestry
Form must be completed, which documents their lines of
descent, authenticated and endorsed by the parent(s) or guardian,
coach, and P/TASB, and submitted to the ASC at the Team Roster
teams are restricted to using Bantam and/or Midget age players as of
the 2004/2005 hockey season - born in the years of 1987 to 1991.
teams are restricted to using Bantam and/or Midget age players as of
the 2004/2005 hockey season - born in the years of 1987 to 1991. An exception is made in the female division, which allows
teams to carry a maximum of five (5) overage players born in the
years of 1984 to 1986.
players participating in the 2005 NAHC must be enrolled in school
and/or have completed the necessary requirements for their high
school diploma (or the equivalent).
Teams are prohibited from selecting players who have
played ten (10) or more regular season league games in Major Junior
Teams are prohibited from
selecting players who’s club teams are competing at a Hockey
Canada Branch Regional or National Championship held on dates which
coincide with the 2005 NAHC
All players and coaches
must be registered with their Hockey Canada Branch on or before
February 10, 2005
All players and
coaches must hold permanent residency in the Province/Territory for
which he/she competes. Exceptions are made for players who attend
school on a full-time basis in another P/T.
In such cases, the player can choose to compete for either
his/her home P/T, or the P/T where he/she attends school.
In cases where a player competes for the P/T where he/she
attends school, a completed Residence
Declaration Form must be endorsed by the parent(s) or
guardian, coach, and P/TASB and submitted to the ASC at the Team
Roster Deadline. (further
residency information is provided in the official technical
Minimum Certification Standards for Coaches
Head Coach must possess a minimum of Intermediate Level
certification. All Assistant Coaches must possess a minimum of Coach
Level certification. Proof of certification will be required upon
submission of the TEAM ROSTER
Each female team
is required to have a minimum of one female coach (either as an
assistant or Head Coach) on the bench at all times.
Head Coaches that
don’t have proper certification but have experience coaching at
the National, Professional and/or Major Jr. “A” level may apply
to the ASC for Special Exemption.
Policy on Drug and Harassment Free Sport
The Aboriginal Sport Circle
promotes drug and harassment free sport.
Therefore, a strict “zero tolerance” policy has been
adopted for the 2005 NAHC. All
participants are strictly prohibited from the use of alcohol,
tobacco (non-ceremonial) and performance enhancing substances.
Any acts of harassment or discrimination will not be
participants (players and team staff) registering for the 2005 NAHC
are required to sign a CODE OF
CONDUCT FORM, which outlines in detail the drug and harassment
policies enforced at the tournament.
must implement a screening process, which includes conducting
Police Records Check and CPIC (Canadian Police Informative Check)
on all team staff members (coaches, managers, trainers and
chaperones). Staff that have not submitted to or passed the
required checks, prior to the Team Roster Deadline, are not
eligible to participate in the 2005 NAHC.
Each P/TASB is responsible for
submitting all the necessary forms and fees to the Aboriginal Sport
Circle. To be eligible to compete at the 2005 NAHC, teams must abide
by the following processes and deadlines:
Team Registration Deadline
(November 5, 2004, 4pm EST)
P/TASB intending on sending teams to the 2005 NAHC must submit a TEAM REGISTRATION FORM (one per team) to the ASC on or before November
5, 2004, 4pm EST. The
Team Bond must also be submitted at this deadline (see Team Bond for
Roster Deadline (April 1, 2005, 4pm EST)
that have met the Registration deadline must submit their TEAM ROSTERS FORMS on or before April 1, 2005 4pm EST.
Additionally, teams must submit all applicable PARTICIPANT
FORMS to the ASC and branch letters on or before April 8,
2005, 4pm EST. All
Forms must be completed in full and include all necessary signatures
of authorization. Teams that fail to meet the deadline will forfeit the entire
amount of their team bond fee.
Team Bond ($500.00)
than imposing a registration fee, a Team Bond has been established
in the amount of $500 per
team. The bond is mandatory for each team to pay and must accompany
Team Registrations, which are due on November 5, 2004. The bond will
serve to secure each team’s position in the Championships and will
be reimbursed in full upon meeting all the necessary requirements.
Each team shall consist of the following:
20 players (18 skaters and 2 goalies)
4 Alternates (3 skaters
and 1 goaltender)
1 General Manager
1 Head Coach
2 Assistant Coaches
an event sanctioned by Hockey Canada, the NAHC will operate in
strict accordance with the rules and regulations established for
national championships. The detailed Technical Package will be
distribution to all Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies.
a preliminary ranking process, teams will be divided into an A and B
pool. Each team will
compete in a round-robin format within its pool. Upon completing the
round robin, the teams will cross over for the quarterfinal games.
The winners will advance to the semi-finals, while the losing teams
will play in the relegation round.
The two winning teams will advance to the championship final,
while the losing teams will compete in the Bronze medal game.
team will be supplied with a set of jerseys and socks. Team colour
combinations will be assigned through the Aboriginal Sport Circle.
and Disciplinary Committee
Prior to the NAHC, a Rules and Disciplinary Committee will be
accept and rule on protests arising
from competition. The Committee will be
comprised of individuals not directly
involved with the hosting of the 2005 NAHC.
players and staff (coaches, manager and trainer) of the top three
female and male teams will receive medallions (gold, silver and
bronze respectively). The female and male teams that win the overall
championship will have the name of their Province/Territory engraved
on the Turtle Island Cup.
Star Selection Process
National Aboriginal Hockey Camp)
ASC’s National Aboriginal Hockey Program consists of two annual
initiatives; the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and the
National Aboriginal Hockey Camp.
Each year an independent scouting committee will select 18
female and 18 male all stars from the NAHC. These all stars will be
invited to attend the National Aboriginal Hockey Camp. Six
additional male and female players will be identified to attend the
Camp at their expense. Each
P/TASB is also invited to select one (1) coach to attend the Camp as
a participant in the ASC’s Coach Mentorship Program. The 2005
National Aboriginal Hockey Camp will be held at the University of
Ottawa. The dates for
the Camp have yet to be determined.
details on the Camp can be attained through the Aboriginal Sport
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