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’s hockey coaches, and they are calling on players and parents from coast to coast to nominate coaches who have made significant contributions to the game.

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 at the female hockey, minor hockey or high-performance levels within the province the nomination originates from.
  • 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 a Member in good standing within the province the nomination originates from.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Shandie Chambers

Shandie Chambers

Alicia MacDonald

Alicia MacDonald

Hockey NL would like to congratulate both Shandie and Alicia for all your work and dedication to the game!


What do the winners receive?

National winners of the BFL Female Coach of the Year award in the Competitive and Community categories will receive a $2,500 bursary and a trip to the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The national winner in the High Performance category will receive a $5,000 bursary and an invitation to Canada’s National Women’s Team training camp in the summer of 2023.

Provincial and territorial winners will receive a $1,000 bursary.

How are the winners selected?

A selection committee is tasked with choosing the national winners from all nominations. This committee will include Canadian women’s hockey leaders, accompanied by leaders from BFL CANADA and Hockey Canada.

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 or follow on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.


2023 BFL Female Coach of the Year Award