News and Announcements

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Welcome from the President

We are so close to the start of our 2018-19 hockey season! Bust the rust sessions start soon, assessments for both our representative co-op families and our recreational families are starting soon, and before we know it, we will be into our regular season. Whether you are a rep co-op family or a recreational family, we are excited to welcome so many new and returning smiling faces to the rink.

We have had a very busy off-season preparing for all of your players to return in September. Equipment has been organized, jerseys sorted, schedules made, meetings held, tournament dates picked, player development planned…

But before the season gets into full swing, there is a long list of people to thank.

To our volunteer coaches, managers, safeties and treasurers, thank you for time, dedication and support of our young athletes. Our teams couldn’t run without all of your support.

To our board of directors, thank you for the endless hours you volunteer through the season and off to keep our association running.

To the families, thank you for your commitment, patience and encouragement. We appreciate that you are willing to devote your weekends to sit in cold arenas cheering on your players. We know that you are their biggest fans.

And especially to our players, thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and love for the game of hockey. You are the reason we all give our time and talents.

We wish you all a great season full of smiles, sweat and skills.

Mark Grambart
VMHA President

When are we getting back on the ice?
We will have some bust the ice sessions for our recreational families beginning September 3 through September 9 while our rep co-op families will be start assessments on September 4. Recreational assessments will begin September 10 and run until September 26. The schedules will be posted soon.

To help transition the 2009 players moving up to Atom from Novice we are going to offer six sessions in August to help adjust to full ice. The ice sessions will be a combination of practices and controlled fun scrimmage to teach the foundations of full ice gameplay, defensive and offensive concepts, rule adjustment (offside and icing) and changing on the fly. The curriculum was developed by BC Hockey coaching experts.

These sessions are completely optional and included with your player’s registration. These are non-assessed ice times before the season starts. The sessions will be all run approximately the same so if your player misses some of the ice times they will still have the opportunity to learn the theory of the rules.

The transition ice times will be primarily geared toward the 2009 players but 2008 are welcome to come out for some extra “bust the rust” ice time. Also we encourage any 2009 or 2008 players who are new to hockey to attend. All sessions will be held at Oak Bay Arena at the following date and times:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Friday, August 17, 2018: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Monday, August 20, 2018: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 22, 2018: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Friday, August 24, 2018: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Saturday, August 25, 2018: 2:15 – 3:15pm

Please arrive at least half hour early to be ready to go on the ice and bring full equipment and practice sweater. Contact Rob McLean at rob.mclean.aeh@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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The UVic Hockey Club is proud to offer week long developmental hockey camps for boys & girls aged 7-10. The program offers 2.5 hours of on ice instruction each day. Participants will work on drills to lengthen stride, develop edge control, increase acceleration, improve lateral mobility, and develop hockey skills to build the complete player. Skill sessions include shooting, passing, puck handling, positioning and team play. The camp will be supplemented by fun and challenging dry land training and other sports, games and swimming. Each participant will receive a coach’s evaluation, camp t-shirt, water bottle and a hockey jersey!

To sign up, please click on a link below.

Novice Ages 7-8
https://activeliving.uvic.ca/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=4b6882e6-c516-4b8e-811c-1eca1d938522&semesterId=a1469fed-470d-4341-b41e-505f71b79347

Atom Camp Ages 9-10
https://activeliving.uvic.ca/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=5efcad8a-1155-414e-88ad-dd9e52ac7e83&semesterId=a1469fed-470d-4341-b41e-505f71b79347

Goaltending Camp Ages 10-16
https://activeliving.uvic.ca/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=2d389bbf-6b5d-48ff-8df2-5cab1656e85a&semesterId=a1469fed-470d-4341-b41e-505f71b79347

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We are seeking coaches for our recreational program for the 2018-19 season.

If you possess the following, we would like to hear from you:
- A desire to assist our players in the development of their hockey and life skills
- Must be able to provide a current “Police Vulnerable Sector Check” report
- Current coaching certifications that meet the requirements outlined by VIAHA and BC Hockey

Click here to apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BN9HLBB

Applications are being accepted until July 13, 2018.

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Our Saanich and Victoria rep co-op is seeking coaches for the 2018-19 season.  

If you possess the following, we would like to hear from you:
- A desire to assist our players in the development of their hockey and life skills
- Knowledge and understanding of the minor hockey system in British Columbia
- Must be able to provide a current “Police Vulnerable Sector Check” report
- Current coaching certifications that meet the requirements outlined by VIAHA and BC Hockey for coaching at the level applied for

As per the direction of the SMHA / VMHA Co-op Committee regarding Rep hockey, at the Tier 1 Level, our aim is to select the best qualified applicant.

Coaches who are short-listed for Co-op Representative coaching positions will be contacted by the Coach Selection Panel of the Co-op Rep Program, and may be requested to provide additional information to the selection panel and / or participate in an interview.

Click here to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnfZEsIZhh9ODqcwKofzbJlOlkFClphKRm9sqCeujwtrvaFA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Coaching applications for Victoria Minor Hockey recreational positions will be available soon.