The U13 female Lloydminster Blazers are the 2022 Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup champions!
This season, Chevrolet challenged teams to complete a Good Deed within the community that helped to make hockey more inclusive to people from all backgrounds and abilities. The Blazers decided to focus their efforts on ensuring that their local arenas would be built in a manner that would make them accessible for everyone in the community.
The idea to promote accessibility was prompted by the inability of a parent volunteer who uses a wheelchair to access the timekeeper box or find unobstructed views to watch the games. The team got to work developing a presentation and delivered it to the local city council to ensure that the new arenas being built included accessibility for fans and for local para-hockey teams such as see-through rink boards.
To demonstrate their passion and the need for accessible arenas, the team hosted a ‘try para-hockey’ event. This event brought attention to the sport, who can participate and ensured their message to make the new arenas accessible was heard by the community.
Their dedication to making hockey and recreation more inclusive for everyone will be felt in the years to come with their donation of $100,000 to Inclusion Lloydminster.
The donation to Inclusion Lloydminster will allow the organization to continue to support children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Inclusion Lloydminster’s vision is to ensure everyone is included and made to feel a part of the community. They will work with the Blazers to ensure the community and hockey is made more accessible and inclusive for all.
Thank you to all the minor hockey players, coaches, team volunteers and fans who submitted Good Deeds and voted during the season to help Shift Change towards inclusivity in hockey.
This year, we challenged minor hockey teams across Canada to Shift Change. We asked them to go out into the community and complete Good Deeds that helped bring inclusivity to the game of hockey – and did they deliver!
With the support of coaches and parents, teams submitted videos that demonstrated their Good Deeds. The Good Deeds this season included teaching new Canadians to skate, building outdoor rinks for the community, donating hockey equipment to an Indigenous community in need and wearing pink hoodies to bring awareness of racism directed at teammates.
The 12 Regional Finalists all made their communities proud.
MAKE HOCKEY MORE ADAPTIVE
Kids with disabilities don’t always use the same equipment as able-bodied players. Since the equipment is specialized, it’s more expensive and less accessible to purchase. You could hold a fundraiser for a charity that helps provide equipment for para hockey players.
GET MORE BIPOC PLAYERS IN THE GAME
71% of new Canadians express interest in hockey, yet only 1% will get an opportunity to play. You could introduce your friends new to Canada to hockey by giving them their first skating lesson.
GET MORE YOUNG WOMEN IN THE GAME
The ratio of male hockey players to female players is roughly 5:1. This could be your opportunity to empower more females in your community to play the game.
MAKE EQUIPMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE
A Canadian family spends an average of $1700 on equipment, registration, tournaments, and other fees. Not everyone can afford it. To help, you could hold an equipment drive for people to donate the equipment they no longer use.
Sarah Nurse is a Canadian professional ice hockey player on the women’s national ice hockey team and a hockey analyst on Sportsnet. In 2018, she won a silver medal for Canada at the 2018 winter Olympics and most recently, won gold at the Women’s World Championship, 2021. Nurse is a proud partner of Hockey Helps the Homeless and the Black Girl Hockey Club.
Harnarayan Singh is a play-by-play broadcaster for Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi, where he won a Canadian Screen Award for his work in 2021. He was the first play-by-play announcer of South Asian Descent to call an English game on Hockey Night in Canada and is a proud partner of HEROS hockey – a volunteer driven charity that teaches life skills and empowers marginalized youth through hockey. His memoir, One Game At A Time was a bestseller in Canada when it released in the fall of 2020.
Caroline Ouellette is a LGBTQ+ retired Canadian ice hockey player and current associate head coach of the Concordia Stingers women's ice hockey program. She has won four Olympic gold medals with Team Canada and is four time Clarkson Cup Champion with Montreal Les Canadiennes. Ouellette is a proud founder of the NFPO Girls Hockey Celebration, and is an advocate for the international charity, Right To Play.
Tyler McGregor is the team captain of Hockey Canada’s National Sledge Hockey team and is widely recognized as one of sledge hockey’s best in the world. He’s proudly represented Canada at two Winter Paralympic Games and five World Championships and has the medals to prove it. McGregor initiated The Terry Fox Sledge Skate of Hope in February 2021 and raised $31,329 to date for the Terry Fox Foundation.
The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup seeks to inspire young Canadians to do good by transforming the positive values learned through hockey into Good Deeds within their communities. Along with our partners at Hockey Canada, Chevrolet’s goal is to help develop hockey players off the ice. Over the past six years, we have challenged over 10,000 hockey players across the country to go out and do Good Deeds in their communities. These teams have made an extraordinary impact with over 1000 Good Deeds done and $550,000 donated to well-deserving charities.
This season, we shifted the focus of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup to make hockey more inclusive than ever. We asked teams to complete Good Deeds in their communities that get people from all backgrounds and abilities into the game.
Our champion has been named for this season, so please continue with your Good Deeds until we kick off the 2022-23 Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup in the Fall of 2022.
OUR COMMITMENT TO INCLUSIVITY!
General Motors aspires to be the most inclusive company in the world.
Hockey Canada is committed to continuing to listen and learn, and being open to change in an effort to take action around diversity.
We have a commitment to continue to work with all stakeholders to deliver more fun and more positive experiences for everyone in hockey and make all Canadians feel welcome in and around our great game.