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New boss Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe covers Strong Magazine

The former of the Inside Fitness Hot 100, Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe takes on a new role as President of Strong Magazine. Gracing the cover of the January/February 2021 edition, the statuesque her resume includes a breadth of backgrounds, including Fitness Expert, Nutritionist, Health/Wellness Writer, Diet Coach, Contest Prep Specialist, Entrepreneur. With over 21,000 followers on Instagram, and her own YouTube channel, where is she known affectionately as Coach JVB, her dedication to fitness is poised to herald an exciting new era for the popular publication.


Things have not always come easily for Strong Magazine’s January/February cover star (and new president of the brand), Jenny Van Barneveld-Pe. In her exclusive interview, on newsstands this January, she explains just how desperate things got when it came to her relationship with her body, her finances, and a lackluster career.

But for Jenny, eventually, enough was enough. “I wanted to create depth with what I was doing,” she says. So along with her husband, Vince, the two set out to conquer the world and build their fitness empire. “When I aligned my actions with intention, I started to feel successful and that snowballed into optimum health, financial stability, and opportunities to have a real impact,” she shares with STRONG.

Now, this 38-year-old mom-of-two operates multiple businesses, all while holding it down at home. Wondering how she does it all? We did, too, and luckily she let us in on her non-negotiable rules for creating the ultimate balancing act.

Set Firm Boundaries

This business mogul had to learn just how much she wanted on her plate before refusing to accept anything more. “Learning to say ‘no’ was a big step for me, but when I prioritized the top things in my life, I had to learn to cut other things out,” she says. “For me, it’s family and my health first, and then my business. In order to create more time in my day, I’m diligent about creating boundaries by saying ‘no.’”

For example:

– I say no to grocery shopping (or any type of shopping right now). I only shop online, and I’ve saved over 161 hours from grocery shopping alone!

– I say no to scrolling on social media. There’s zero return on investment there.

– I say no to most paid promotional brand offers or collaborations.

“I’m also very strict with business hours and family time hours. I have a hard cut-off time so I can be with my kids,” she says.

Create a Rock-Solid Nighttime Routine

If you think you’re going to roll out of bed at 5 a.m. for your workout without any hesitation or stress, you’ve got another thing coming. That’s why Jenny gets ahead of the game by prepping for success the night before. “After my kids go to sleep, I prep healthy breakfasts for the next day. My go-to is banana chocolate chip protein muffins—my entire family loves them. I also get lunches ready and some healthy snacks ready to go in the fridge. Coffee is ready in the coffee maker, and my workout clothes are laid out. I don’t have to think twice about it.”

Ella Matteucci earns tremendous honor with hallowed place at Fruitvale park


Village of Fruitvale Mayor Steve Morissette confirmed the results of the Name-the-Park contest.

“The choice for the full park [formerly called Haines Park], everybody had a chance to vote on it, and it was Fruitvale Memorial Park,” said Morissette. “The one on the upper field primarily for girls softball is going to be named Ella Matteucci Park.”

The Name-the-Park contest was part of the village’s Haines Park development project that gave Beaver Valley residents the chance to vote on five choices for the main park and three for the upper park.

Matteucci, who now lives in Kitchener, Ont., says the recognition from her hometown has been a humbling experience. In addition, The Toronto Blue Jays “Jays Care Foundation”, not-for-profit foundation recruited Fruitvale baseball product Ella Matteucci last week as a ‘Girls at Bat’ ambassador.

“I am so unbelievably proud to be from Fruitvale – it’s where it all started for me,” Matteucci told the Times. “It is such an honour to know that my name will be associated with a place that I hold so dear in my heart.”

Matteucci’s accomplishments in hockey and baseball are many, and the honour appropriate, as the ballpark lies beside the Beaver Valley Arena where she grew up playing hockey.

The two-sport athlete has played both sports at the highest level winning a 2011 Esso Cup title (Canadian Female AAA hockey championship) with the Notre Dame Hounds, an NCAA championship with Clarkson University in 2014, and skated in the Canadian Women’s Professional Hockey League with the Markham Thunder.

In baseball, Ella has won three national championship trophies as a member of Team BC and Team Ontario (2), and, as a part of Team Canada, played a pivotal role in a silver medal victory at the 2015 Pan Am Games. She also played for Team Canada in the 2014 and 2018 IBAF World Cup of Baseball, winning bronze in 2018.

“With Sports I have been lucky enough to travel to parks and arenas all over the world,” said Matteucci. “But there is nothing like the pride I feel that the place I spent a majority of my time, will continue to give young athletes the same opportunities that I had.”

Her Fruitvale roots have grounded Ella and through it all she has remained humble, kind, and committed and – all in all – just fun to be around.

“I can’t decide what I enjoyed more growing up,” she recalls. “May Days, Nitehawks games, Summer parks program, or Little League tournaments.

“I grew up watching my mom and dad play on Haines field, luckily many years later I was able to play there with them, along with my brother Eric!”

Ella comes by her talent honestly, born into an athletic family, her greatest influence comes from her father Paul; a player and coach, who was key in Ella’s development into an elite athlete.

“When I was preparing for Team BC and Team Canada, my dad would throw me hundreds of balls in those fields. Even when I was playing softball he would pitch windmill to me so I was used to the different pitchers release.”

Natural talent aside, her commitment, determination and hard work has brought Ella success, accolades, and awards at every level.

But this one, voted on by her community, she may savour even more.

“There are 100 things I could say about that park,” Ella added. “But really who needs a 27 year walk down memory lane. I’m just so pumped to be recognized by the Fruitvale community.

“Fruitvale honestly is my favourite place in the world.”

Matteucci is still playing professional women’s hockey and is part of the five-team Toronto Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, yet, games are currently suspended due to Ontario’s lock down. She is also participating in off-season training with Team Canada and Team Ontario baseball teams in hopes the nationals will go in Stonewall, Man. this year.

Jocelyne Larocque adds new accolade to her celebrated career


Ste. Anne star hockey player Jocelyne Larocque has been named the Female Athlete of the Decade by the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council.

Larocque has amassed a long list of accomplishments during her incredible career but she admits this honour takes things to a whole new level. “I was extremely speechless when I was told. I didn’t know what to say. It’s pretty neat.”

Once the news sunk in, Larocque took time to reflect on all that she’s been able to accomplish in the sport on the world stage. “It makes you reflect on the last ten years cause it’s the decade and I’m very fortunate, very honoured to represent Canada at the Olympics, at the World Championships so, I feel very lucky to play the sport I absolutely love at the level I can. I feel grateful.”

Women’s hockey continues to grow and expand and it’s something Larocque loves to see and believes is overdue. “It’s amazing to see how much it’s grown. Even just to think… I grew up in Ste. Anne and I was the only girl my age that played. Bailey Bram was the only girl her age that played. My sister and my cousin were the only girls their ages and now there are girl’s hockey teams from 7 and 8 years old and all the way up. To think of how in that span it’s grown in that town, let alone in all of Canada, is pretty special.”

Being a woman of aboriginal descent and being able to accomplish all that she has, means a great deal to Laroque for many reasons. “If I can inspire anybody to just chase their dreams. It’s not even about hockey, it’s about finding what you love. That’s what life is all about. Finding your passion, what you really care about and just going for it. Something like women’s hockey… there are people in the past who would tell me, ‘well, you can’t make a living doing that’ or ‘ what are you actually going to do’ and that’s something I don’t want girls younger than me to have to answer. Hopefully, kids that are younger than me can play women’s hockey professionally. At the end of the day, it’s about finding what you love and going for it.”

When thinking how she herself is an inspiration to little girls all over the province who see her as a role model because of her gender as well as her heritage, Laroque admits to being a bit overwhelmed about it. “You know… it almost makes me feel uncomfortable because I just see myself as someone just doing she loves,” she says with a bit of a laugh. “When I think about the fact that I can inspire… because I looked for inspiration when I was a kid and I’ve mentioned their names before, but players like Cassie Campbell and Vicky Sunohara… I remember being a kid watching them play and to think I can be that for youth is pretty special. It’s something I don’t take for granted and I try every day to be the best person I can be. It’s not just about what you love but treating people with respect and kindness. If I can inspire even just one kid to chase their dreams, it’s all pretty special.”

Laroque is currently in Calgary at the National Team camp and when she was named the MASRC Female Athlete of the Decade, her team made sure to let her know they were proud of her. “My coach at the National Team camp, that morning, that was the picture on all of our virtual meeting headings. So, that brought it to the forefront which was a bit embarrassing but really nice he acknowledged it.”

When asked if her teammates made a big deal when she came onto the ice that day, did they give the stick taps and do some cheering, Laroque smiles, laughs and humbly admits, “yup, they sure did.”

Exciting new milestone for highly accomplished Hayley Moore


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Howson announced today that Hayley Moore has been named to the position of Vice President, Hockey Operations for the AHL.

Moore will be responsible for overseeing the league’s on-ice operations, including management of the AHL officiating program and the league’s disciplinary process.

“Hayley has extensive experience at every level of hockey, and will provide outstanding leadership in her role with the American Hockey League,” said Howson. “On behalf of our Board of Governors, I am pleased and excited to welcome her to the AHL.”

Currently president of the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League, Moore will begin her duties with the American Hockey League on Feb. 8, following the conclusion of the upcoming NWHL season. With the Pride, Moore manages all hockey and business operations of the organization; she previously served as general manager of the club, guiding the team to a two-year record of 30-4-1 and an Isobel Cup championship in 2016.

From 2017 to 2019, Moore was the deputy commissioner and director of player development for the NWHL, overseeing all hockey operations and playing an invaluable role in the growth of the league. She also has administrative experience as director of girls’ hockey for the East Coast Wizards youth hockey association in Bedford, Mass., and as commissioner of the Eastern Women’s Hockey Conference.

“My career has been fueled by a passion for development, so I am thrilled to be joining the American Hockey League, the premier development hockey league in the world,” said Moore. “For this enormous opportunity, I want to thank Scott Howson and the AHL’s Board of Governors, and I look forward to working with everyone in the league. I also want to acknowledge the owners, players and staff of the Boston Pride, and my colleagues at the NWHL. I am immensely proud to have been a part of the league for its first six seasons.”

A native of Wakefield, Mass., Moore was a two-year captain and two-time All-Ivy selection playing at Brown University, and skated professionally for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League as well as in Switzerland. She later served as an assistant coach for the women’s team at Harvard University and as a development camp skills coach and on-ice director for USA Hockey.

In operation since 1936, the AHL serves as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.

“All In” a strong show of solidarity for growth of women’s ice hockey


With the help of Hockey Canada and TSN, Janes is ALL IN as a champion of women’s hockey. We are committed to celebrating those involved in the game, and to bringing both men’s and women’s players together to shine a light on the women’s game and help it thrive from coast to coast to coast.

The World Juniors tribute mask initiative is simply step one in Janes’ efforts to grow the game and help inspire the next generation of women and girls. Stay tuned for more in the lead-up to the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, set for Halifax and Truro, N.S., this April.

Because we believe that what gets celebrated grows.

Hockey fans have spoken, and six legends of Canada’s National Women’s Team have been selected through the Janes ALL IN poll.

Caroline Ouellette

Jayna Hefford

Cassie Campbell

Vicky Sunohara

Kim St. Pierre

Manon Rheaume

Legacy of Buccaneers Super Bowl win extends beyond impact of Tom Brady


TAMPA, Fla. — Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar, Super Bowl champs.

To their many fans in the sports world and beyond, that’s got a real nice ring to it.

Locust and Javadifar became the first female coaches on a team to win the Super Bowl, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 Sunday night.

The 30-year-old Javadifar is an assistant strength and conditioning coach, and the 56-year-old Locust is an assistant defensive line coach.

“History was made tonight!” tennis champion and social justice champion Billie Jean King tweeted.

Locust and Javadifar have worked two seasons on the staff of coach Bruce Arians. Soon enough, they’ll get their Super Bowl rings, just like Tom Brady and the rest of the Buccaneers.

“If you can teach, you can coach,” Arians said last week. “As far as the women, it was time. It was time for that door to be knocked down and allow them because they’ve been putting in time, and they’re very, very qualified. The ones we have are overly qualified.”

Last season, Katie Sowers became the first female to coach in a Super Bowl. She was an offensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers in their loss to the Chiefs.

This year’s game was the 55th Super Bowl.

The Buccaneers were the only NFL team with two female coaches on their staff this season.

“I do look forward to the day that it’s no longer newsworthy to be a woman working in the pros or making the Super Bowl for that matter,” Javadifar said last week. “And, you know, I hope we get to a point where all people are afforded equal opportunities to work in professional sports because there are a lot of great qualified coaches out there.”

Locust echoed that sentiment.

“It wouldn’t matter if we were second in or 273rd,” she said last week. “And I mean, like we acknowledge the fact there hasn’t been many before us, but it’s not anything that we kind of keep in the forefront of what we do on a daily basis.”

Sarah Thomas also made history as the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl, working as the down judge.

“I’m cheering you on today, Sarah Thomas!” first lady Jill Biden tweeted.

Wandering Misfits hold worldly yet local impact

Founded by Jessica Lafreniere and Tanja Hutahajan, who serves as team captain, the initial raison d’etre of the Wandering Misfits was in the roots of an independent touring team.

With the mission statement of “We’re taking on the world, one rink at a time”, the Wandering Misfits hold dual purposes. From tireless efforts in growing its organization, while observing the bigger picture of growing the game for women, regardless of skill level.

Currently among the member teams of the Central York Girls Hockey Association (CYGHA) senior women’s league, . With players ranging in age from 29 to 58, having once called Hollingsworth Arena home, a fixture in Newmarket’s local athletic picture for over four decades, demolition began on the hallowed facility in December 2020.

With a strong focus on building competitive relationships with European women’s hockey, a key facet of the enjoyment for the Wandering Misfits involves traveling to different parts of the world. Emphasizing a sense of goodwill, reciprocating respect and friendship among opposing teams, that also extends to creating a strong culture with new teammates, as Lafreniere emphasizes,

“Yes, absolutely there is a sense of goodwill. The local teams do not have the same playing opportunities or ice time availability as we do here, so they welcome meeting competitors from around the world. We share a common interest and for many, a passion. Before the games, the teams exchange gifts and often the hosts organize dinners for the players to be able to mingle.

They have even provided billeting for players to ensure they can come and participate. Through it, we have made and maintained hockey friends because there is a common connection through sport.

Being an amputee player and having a number of LGBT players one our team, inclusion has always been a part of who we are and what we stand for. We have a relatively set core of players but do fill our roster with pick ups from time to time.

When you see these players interacting with other teammates you would never think they were new to the team. We do introductions and they are immediately immersed into the team. It is a testament to the whole team that we make all players feel welcome.”

The origins of the Wandering Misfits date back to 2014 when a group of six Canadian women comprised a roster of competitors at the Ida Chappot Women’s Ice Hockey tournament in Chamonix, France, home of the first-ever Winter Games in 1924.

With a group of gracious skaters from France and Switzerland added to the roster, the combination of hospitality and breathtaking visuals, mountain range of Mont Blanc, the aftermath of the experience resulted in the drive to create the ‘Wandering Misfits’. With a mission of visiting numerous corners of the globe while competing in a sport so dear to them, their mantra of ‘taking on the world, one rink at a time’,

Looking back on Chamonix, the experience meant a proud milestone to Hutahajan. Detailing the origins of the trip, it represents a residual warmth,

“For years, I did not take vacation and finally in 2013, travelled to Germany after many years of not being abroad. It was amazing to travel again and before that trip was over, I was already looking towards my next adventure.

At the time, I was co-owner of B2B Women’s Hockey League and an email blast landed in our mail inviting us to play hockey in France and then continue on travelling into Italy. As soon as I saw that I said ‘We are doing this’ and before my trip to Germany was even over, had the gears in motion for France.

The opportunity to combine my two passions into one experience was amazing. It also meant the chance to meet new people and forge new hockey friendships and connections. We remain connected with the players we met in Europe and where possible, invite them to join us in other tournaments.”