About Us


Lead, Promote and Encourage Positive Hockey Experiences


To be the sport of choice in Northwestern Ontario, providing an atmosphere for everyone to achieve their goals

Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) is one of thirteen member Branches of Hockey Canada and one of three in Ontario (Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Eastern Ontario).  HNO is directly responsible for governing Minor, Junior and Senior Hockey from the Manitoba Border to the 85th meridian (White River).

The origins of the association date back to the Twin Cities Amateur Hockey League and the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey League with the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association (TBAHA) forming in 1915, TBAHA became a member Branch of Hockey Canada in 1918.

In 1970, the Branch was divided into three zones; East of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay (Central) and West of Thunder Bay, which still exist today. In 1984 the branch opened its first office on East Victoria Avenue in Thunder Bay.  In 1999 the association changed its name to Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) to better reflect the geographical area it serves.  

The Board of Directors is made up of twelve representatives from the three zones (3 from the East and West, 6 from the Central), up until 1986 six directors were elected and six were appointed, today all twelve directors are elected through the zones. 


Phone: (807) 345-3542   Fax: (807) 623-0037

1224 Amber Dr, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6M5

Jim Fetter

Executive Director

Joe Newhouse

Technical Director

Colin Dzijacky

Director of Officiating

Kathy Mackenzie

Membership Services

Crystal Noga

Marketing Coordinator

Board Of Directors

Dean Filane Figliomeni

President / Finance Committee / Central Zone Director

Brian Patterson

Vice President / Finance Committee / Chair, Minor Committee / West Zone 3 Director

Jason Perrier

Past President / Finance Committee / Central Zone Director

Glenn Timko

Chair, Risk & Safety Committee / Central Zone Director

Lincoln Galbraith

Junior Convenor / Chair, Finance Committee / Minor Committee / Central Zone Director

Brent Rau

Chair, Development Committee / Central Zone Director

Aaron Piccinin

Development Committee / Central Zone Director

Kevin Marks

Risk & Safety Committee / Central Zone Director

Brad Gascoigne

Minor Committee / West Zone 1 Director


West Zone 2 Director

Nancy Houston

Minor Committee / East Zone 1 Director

John Duhaime

Minor Committee / East Zone 2 Director

Irwin Nichol

Development Committee / East Zone 3 Director

Dr. Barb Zelek

HNO Chief Medical Officer