BFL Women in Coaching Award

BFL Women in Coaching Award


BFL Women in Coaching Award

There is arguably no more important role in hockey than that of the coach, who is tasked with guiding young players not only on the ice, but off it as well. They are leaders in hockey, and leaders in life.

Hockey Canada and BFL CANADA are on the hunt for the country’s best women behind the benches, and they are calling on players and parents from coast to coast to nominate hockey coaches who have made significant contributions to the game.

Category Definitions:

Community Coach: Defined as a woman coaching athletes of any age who play and compete in divisions where there is not a National Championship identified as a culminating event. (ex. U7-U15 House League Coaches, up to A/AA)

Competitive Coach: Defined as a woman coaching athletes who play and compete in divisions where the participants are eligible to compete in National Championships, accredited Sport Schools Championships, or provincially designated Programs of Excellence. (ex. Sport Schools, U15-U18 AAA, U22 Elite)

High Performance Coach: Defined as a woman coaching athletes that are above the age of 16 and compete at the USports, Canadian Collegiate Hockey, or Professional levels.

For our Community, Competitive and High Performance categories, the nominee:

  • Leads by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship.
  • Places the emotional and physical well-being ahead of a personal desire to win.
  • Places an emphasis on equitable participation of all players registered on the team.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the development of every player and staff member.
  • Treats each player as an individual and understands the range of emotional and physical development.
  • Does her best to provide a safe playing situation for all players.
  • Uses the coaching techniques that are appropriate for all of the age and skill level of her players. 
  • Must be actively coaching in a sanctioned local hockey association or high performance levels
  • Must be trained and/or certified in the National Coach Certification Program.
  • Must have completed all elements required to be an active coach.
  • Must be good standing with their provincial or territorial member.

What can my coach win?

Nominations for the BFL Women in Coaching Award are now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated a coach in their community! Winners will be announced the week of June 17th. Stay tuned to see if your coach won!

The national winners of the BFL Women in Coaching Award in the Community and Competitive categories will receive a $5,000 bursary and a customized Team Canada jersey.

Provincial and territorial winners in the Community and Competitive categories will receive a $1,000 bursary.

The national winner in the High Performance category will receive a $5,000 bursary and an invite to Canada's National Women’s Team camp in September of 2024.

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About BFL Canada

Founded in 1987 by Barry F. Lorenzetti, BFL CANADA is one of the largest employee-owned and operated Risk Management, Insurance Brokerage and Employee Benefits Consulting Services firms in North America. The firm has a team of over 1000 professionals located in 23 offices across the country. BFL CANADA is a founding partner of Lockton Global LLP, a partnership of independent insurance brokers who provide Risk Management, Insurance and Benefits Consulting services in over 140 countries around the world. For more information, visit bflcanada.ca or follow on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

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