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A successful end to The First Shift Program. Special thanks to our volunteer coaches!

Hockey Manitoba is proud to once again bring an incredible and SIMPLE mental health initiative called Buddy Check for Jesse to all of our U11, U13, U15 and U18 teams from January 19th, 2024 to February 4th, 2024.

Buddy Check for Jesse is a Canadian Charity, founded by Dr. Stu Gershman in memory of his son, Jesse Short-Gershman, who died by suicide on October 29, 2014.

The Buddy Check for Jesse program was originally developed for hockey coaches to deliver an important message ( about mental health and compassion to their teams. It began with Jesse’s dad, Stu Gershman, wanting to help his other two boys feel supported by their teammates, take action to create awareness of mental health challenges, and to be aware that a “team” can be more than just a group on the ice.

Stu believes that coaches are in a unique position to share this positive message to help raise awareness that mental health issues can affect anyone.

In the years since Buddy Check began, it has grown, expanded and become a staple conversation in many hockey dressing rooms in BC, and across Canada. Even better, the request for Buddy Check talks in other sports bolstered the charity’s desire to reach more athletes so that Buddy Check for Jesse is now provided on a multi-sport platform where all sports are encouraged to participate in talks and events to raise awareness for mental health in youth sport.

The goal of Buddy Check for Jesse is to destigmatize mental health and to empower and encourage youth and young adults to support one another. During the third year of the partnership with Buddy Check for Jesse and Hockey Manitoba, our Buddy Check program will focus on working with Hockey Manitoba coaches and teams to host events and Buddy Check talks.

This year, Hockey Manitoba will be sending out Buddy Check for Jesse packages to our Minor Hockey Associations throughout the province by early-mid January 2024. All U11,U13, U15, and U18 teams in Manitoba will receive a package from their Minor Hockey Association that includes rolls of green tape (green is the colour of mental health), phone/laptop stickers, Buddy cards (Bag tags for U11 and U13) and sample coaches chats.

In addition to the Buddy Check for Jesse swag for your athletes, there are Coaches Notes that provide a bit of a guideline of what to say and what to talk about during your Buddy Check talk.

Coaches: You do NOT need to be mental health experts to give this talk, you simply need to provide a safe space for your players and open up the conversation around mental health and what it means to support one another both on and of the ice. You have resources to help you and please feel free to review the website!

Our Hockey Manitoba Buddy Check Events will take place between January 19, 2024 – February 4, 2024.

Our hope is that by opening up the conversation about mental health, we begin to normalize checking in on one another and destigmatize mental health disorders. We hope this Buddy Check talk will encourage teammates to support one another and become more aware of potential mental health issues so they are more prepared to step in with support when they see a teammate, friend or family member struggling. We hope that this can all lead to an improvement in the culture of sport.

Jesse’s family hopes that through creating the program in Jesse’s honor, it will help other youth and families.

Please note: There may be additional packages available that could be sent out on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information will be shared in early January 2024.

For more info on the Buddy Check program, go to

Hockey Winnipeg Press Release July 19, 2023

Hockey Winnipeg Announces restructure of AA Hockey Programs Winnipeg, MB. 

It is with great pleasure to announce that Hockey Winnipeg, in conjunction with the Executive Members, have agreed in principle to restructure the current AA hockey programs for the 2024-25 hockey season. The creation of a new AA/AAA Council, co-chaired by Mike Segal and Russ Cassidy, will drive the development of this new AA/AAA hockey program. 

See attachment below for further details.


Thirteen young men understand the meaning of Team.

When one of their teammates was unable to attend what turned out to be their championship winning game because he had to work during that game, those 13 players left the arena after the game and immediately went to their teammate’s workplace to surprise him with his championship medal and to take a team photo with him and their championship banner.

That’s caring about your teammates and a great example of sportsmanship.

Congratulations to the U13 A2 Red Polar Bears on their City Championship!



Congratulations to the U9 HL B Side Champions Roblin Park Pirates



The APHA WH U11 A1 Blue out delivering a Christmas hamper to a local family…..................

  And spreading some holiday cheer!!

                                                                                           As we wrap up the 2022-23 hockey season APHA extends a huge                                                                                                                                                           


to our coaches, assistant coaches, managers, safety and communication officers for the many hours put in this winter. 
Despite some challenges the kids were able to complete the year and return to some form of ‘normal’.

Thank you for your time, energy and hard work to ensure that happened.

We couldn’t do it without you!!


APHA extends congratulations to all APHA teams but recognizes those who reached the city finals on the Champions page.

Pro Hockey Life

Many thanks to Pro Hockey Life for their generous donation.

It is greatly appreciated.


Many thanks to Scotiabank for their generous donation to APHA!

It is greatly appreciated.

Concussion Awareness!

    McDonald's is proud to sponsor the APHA atoMc hockey teams!

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