VMHA Weekly Newsletter – Nov 20
Suit Up Coach
Coaches – if you are eligible for a track suit this season, please order through the Real Hip website ASAP
First Shift Program Showcases Hockey’s Highlights
This year’s VMHA First Shift program is sponsored by the NHL, the NHLPA, and the Vancouver Canucks. Legendary Canucks defenceman, Jyrki Lumme came out to welcome program participants. On the ice, Lumme was joined by former teammate, epic defender Dave Babych, and Vancouver Canucks’ mischievous mascot – Fin the Whale. A huge shout out to the Vancouver Canucks, alumni players and this year’s coaches and on-ice helpers that make this program very successful and growing our game at the grassroots level.
The First Shift program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families by offering a low-cost entry program to hockey. All the equipment and necessities for the program are provided so kids can just show up and get involved.
VMHA Raises Funds for BC Children’s Hospital
The Peewee A2 team spent this past Sunday at Save-On Foods at Knight + King Edward, running Spin-the-Wheel to raise money for BC Children’s Hospital. Plan your Sunday shop at this same location on December 8th to lend your support to this worthy cause. The Peewee A2’s will be back at it again from 11am to 7pm.
Way to Go Atom C3 Ice Bears
Congratulations to VMHA Atom C3 for their championship win at the Richmond Jets Atom Ice Breaker Tournament. After a solid round robin, the “Ice Bears” came out firing with a 6-0 win in semi-finals, and a 4-0 in the finals. The Ice Bears were backed by stellar goaltending and an entire team owning their defence. The team had a ton of fun together demonstrating next level camaraderie and stellar sportsmanship. A big congrats to the players.
Hockey Canada Anti-Bullying Week
This week is Anti-bullying week, and Hockey Canada has launched #thecode to take part in the ongoing effort to end bullying and increase sportsmanship in the hockey world. VMHA is taking part of this important initiative, and asking players to pledge to #thecode and help VMHA become a safer, more positive place for our players. Even further, we are offering a chance to win $100 toward team bonding for your team! Here is how to enter:
Step 1: Coaches/Team Officials have a talk about increasing good sportsmanship and positivity.
Step 2: Players, Parents, Coaches, and Family members, take a photo of you with a pledge statement (or just your pledge statement if you are camera shy) and include your VMHA team. Your statement is any statement that explains how you will be a good sport and increase positivity on and off the ice.
Step 3: Post your photo on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and TAG @vanminorhockey (otherwise we can’t see it!) OR e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s it, you’ll be entered to win $100 toward a pizza party or team bonding activity. Every player/parent/coach/family member submission counts as an entry, no limit to entries! Contest ends on December 1st, 2019.
For more information on #thecode visit https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hockey-programs/safety/the-code
VMHA Charity Tournament Volunteers Needed
Mark your calendar. The association’s annual charity tournament will be happening December 27-30 at Scotia Barn (AKA Burnaby 8 Rinks). We need your help. We need volunteers to take on a variety of tasks – from pre-tournament planning, to day-of, on-site helpers. This is a great way to earn your volunteer credit and contribute to a worthy cause. Sign up now by contacting email@example.com.
You’re Already Up…
Pre-dawn practices not your favourite? Chin up.
Players: Research shows that a one-hour, before-school exercise program very likely improves young people’s health and happiness.
Parents: Tune out the texts and turn up the tunes to walk laps and run stairs for a portion of the practice. Walking, jogging and running stairs is a great way to get in shape, burn calories, improve your health and just feel better. Short, intense workouts can have massive health benefits – so even ten meaningful minutes makes a difference. Trust.
Missing Jersey from November 2 Hockey Day 3 on 3 at Agrodome
Jersey last seen in change room #7. Answers to: black, #12 jersey, in a youth small size. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any information.
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