MHL offering development program for women in hockey

TRURO, N.S. – The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) is proud to be the first league in Canada to offer a development program to create hockey operations positions for women.

Up to 10 positions will be created in hockey operations roles for the MHL’s upcoming 2022-23 season such as assistant coaches, development and skills coaches, and scouting.

The program will also include monthly guest lectures from some of the most influential women in the game, including Tara Slone, Meaghan Chayka, Amy Walsh, and many others.

“The MHL wants to be a leader in junior hockey in Canada and we are extremely proud as a league to introduce this program,” says MHL President Troy Dumville.

“I was very fortunate to get an opportunity in the MHL to learn and grow in hockey, but that same opportunity does not exist for women. The creation of the program gives women the opportunity to learn and advance, impacting the game and helping advance the future of hockey.”

“At a time when hockey is at a crossroads, what Troy and the MHL are implementing is crucial in making sure that hockey culture continues to evolve and improve to be the inclusive sport we all know it can be. I am really excited to be part of this program from the ground level and can’t wait to see it grow,” says Tara Slone, former co-host of Rogers Hometown Hockey and advocate for social change in sport.

“I believe that representation matters and that when you can see her, you can be her,” says Hockey Nova Scotia Executive Director Amy Walsh.

“This is an important MHL initiative that aligns with the Hockey Nova Scotia Diversity and Inclusion Task Force’s recommendation to pursue more diversity in hockey leadership, and a positive step toward creating more equitable opportunities for women at the highest levels of the sport.”

“I am excited to support this initiative in hockey,” says Meghan Chayka, co-founder of Stathletes with MHL alumni and former Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka.

“I spent some time in the MHL and know it’s a fun league to learn about the game. I am looking forward to being a part of helping the next generation of women in hockey.”

The following positions are available for the upcoming season

• Assistant Coach – Grand Falls Rapids
• Assistant Coach – Pictou County Crushers
• Assistant Coach – Truro Bearcats
• Development Coach – Fredericton Red Wings
• NB Scout – Fredericton Red Wings
• NL Scout – Pictou County Crushers
• NL Scout – Valley Wildcats
• NS Scout – Campbellton Tigers
• NS Scout – Fredericton Red Wings
• PEI Scout – Valley Wildcats

Applications can be sent to by August 31st, 2022.

Media Contact:

Troy Dumville
Maritime Junior Hockey League
(506) 962-6101

James Faulkner
Director of Communications
Maritime Junior Hockey League