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Weekly News – Jan 24

VMHA Presidential Update

Due to personal commitments, Kevin Cartwright has stepped down as president. Under his leadership, Kevin helped implement and oversaw many changes within VMHA.

Kevin introduced some major efficiencies to VMHA. He centralized all association documents and information to elevate Board operations. He onboarded TeamSnap, a year ahead of most other Canadian associations to streamline and centralize team management, communication and scheduling. The platform has proven successful enough to partner with Hockey Canada.

Promoting and encouraging directors to take on leadership roles within their portfolios, Kevin maximized results for the betterment of our players. In his previous position as Equipment Manager, Kevin standardized jerseys for every team. He understood that culture within the association was paramount, and Vancouver Minor was a brand worthy of promotion.

The association thanks Kevin for his many years of service as a super volunteer.

Thanks also to Nick Santorelli, VMHA Vice President, who will oversee all the President’s duties through the remainder of the 2019/2020 season.  He can be contacted with questions at vp1@vmha.com.

 

 

Remembering Justin Sinnott

VMHA is extremely saddened to announce that a member of our community, Justin Sinnott passed away suddenly on January 6. Justin was a second year Midget player that had been with our association since his Novice years. It’s heartbreaking to lose one of our own, and we share our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Sinnott family.

A celebration of life has not been scheduled at this time. VMHA members can find out more about the service, or post a message to the family by clicking here:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/vancouver-bc/justin-sinnott-8990031?utm_source=obit_alerts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=obit_detail&utm_content=view_updates_button

 

It Takes More Than Snow – Weather Advisory vs. Travel Advisory

We’ve had some snowy weather these past weeks and, in most cases, the games and practices remain “on.” Don’t blame your coach – it’s not them.  VMHA takes our lead from Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) who reminds us game cancellations only happen under “travel advisories” issued by Police, RCMP, municipalities or Environment Canada.

Participation in hockey during the winter includes driving on roads that may involve snow. Teams are to use common sense as a base when making travel decisions – not just on the fact that there is snow. PCAHA further recommends checking in with the Drive BC webcam (https://www.drivebc.ca/mobile/webcams/index.html) for up-to-date road reports.

 

 

 Volunteer Recognition

 You Can Call Me Al

Hats off to Al MacInnes, who coaches the Atom C Knights. Al received three nominations and is applauded for doing a fantastic job of balancing skill development, sportsmanship and fair play. Recognized for his patience, and ability to bring the team together, the Knights want to thank Al for everything he does for their team.

“We are so lucky to have him; he is the epitome of what a coach should be.”

Way to go Al! Thank you from the VMHA for your dedication and time.

 

 

Hockey Fun Fact

Trophy typos

It turns out the Stanley Cup is far from perfect – and engravings need to be triple-checked too. It has a few errors on it, including the misspelling of Boston as “Bqstqn,”(1971-72) and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the “Leaes (1962-63).” (https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/14-weird-and-wacky-hockey-facts)

 

VMHA Feature:

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