Grand Falls-Windsor, NL- Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador concluded their Annual General Meeting this weekend in Gander on Sunday that saw over 150 delegates representing associations, leagues and teams in the province.
A summary of some of the items reported during this year’s AGM include:
A concussion awareness and recognition campaign was announced and laid out for the upcoming season that will see tool cards on concussions posted in all arena’s player benches and dressing rooms for the upcoming season in an attempt to continue to address player safety. The Government of NL, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association and Municipalities NL are all partnering with the project.
Registration numbers continue to rise with total registrants of just under 14,000, with a significant rise in female hockey, now over 2,000 players and senior hockey gained 310 more players.
The Northeast Minor Hockey Association will host the 2018 Bantam AAA Atlantic Championship being held in the Jack Byrne Arena from April 5-8, 2018.
The Minor Hockey delegates supported the move to discontinue full ice hockey for novice age players between the ages of 7 and 8 for the entire season beginning 2017-2018. This decision is one year ahead of the national mandate that is coming forward and will require a philosophy change with some members in attempt to align with the Long Term Athlete Development Model.
The 2018 Female Midget AAA Atlantics are being held March 29-April 1, 2018 and will be hosted by the Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Association.
Junior Hockey members will be working on some new awards in the coming year.
Senior Hockey has agreed to eliminate imports in all leagues and categories with the only exception of 1 import goaltender permitted in the Central West League only, effective the 2017-2018 season.
Senior Hockey has increased the number of players per team below the AAA category beginning in the upcoming season. Teams may now carry up to 28 players after the cut down deadline of January 10th, three more from previous years.
The Board of Directors carried a number of resolutions that will see a change in the role of the executive committee when it comes to the future Strategic Direction of the association and financial management.
Governance Restructuring continues to be a priority of the association, as a number of preliminary proposals have been tabled to the June 2018 Annual General Meeting for a decision.
Hockey NL announced a new generic logo and website for all Atlantic Championships will be in place beginning in 2018.
For more information, please contact:
Executive Director, Hockey NL