Local Awards from VIAHA AGM

ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS:  June 4, 2019 – Local Sports

Alberni hockey official honoured for dedication to his sport

Isaac McDonald received the VIAHA Most Deserving Official Award (in photo).

Blake Moore received the 2019 Summer Officiating School Scholarship.


IMPORTANT – News from the 2019 VIAHA AGM

2017-18 Recreational Team STANDINGS

From the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association (VIAHA) our Recreational Teams play in the Mid Island League.

Midget Teams

  • AV1 – Shamrocks – Port Alberni Fire Fighters
  • AV2 – Hurricanes – Alberni District Co-op

VIAHA Mid Island Midget Recreational Standings

VIAHA Mid Island Midget Recreational Game Schedule & Scores

Bantam Teams

  • AV1 – Aces – Haggard’s Trucking/GD Auto/Scotiabank

VIAHA Mid Island Bantam Recreational Standings

VIAHA Mid Island Bantam Recreational Game Schedule & Scores

PeeWee Teams

  • AV- – Stingers – MacDermott’s Insurance/Scotiabank
  • AV- – Ice Devils – Buy Low/Scotiabank

VIAHA Mid Island PeeWee Recreational Standings

VIAHA Mid Island PeeWee Recreational Game Schedule & Scores

Atom Teams

  • AV- – Tigers – McDonalds AtoMc
  • AV- – Riptide – McDonalds AtoMc

VIAHA Mid Island Atom Recreational Standings

VIAHA Mid Island Atom Recreational Game Schedule & Scores

2017-18 Competitive & Develop. Team STANDINGS

Alberni Valley Midget Bulldogs

SPONSORS – Van Isle Ford – Bowerman Contracting

VIAHA Midget -Island League Div. 1 – Standings

VIAHA Midget – Island League Div. 2 – Game Schedule & Scores

Alberni Valley Bantam Bulldogs

SPONSORS – Pacific Chevrolet – JAL Designs – Tremblay Orthodontics

VIAHA Bantam – Island League Div. 2 – Standings

VIAHA Bantam – Island League Div. 2 – Game Schedule & Scores

Alberni Valley Peewee Bulldogs

SPONSORS – Alberni Chrysler – Smitty’s Restaurant – Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

VIAHA Peewee – Island League Div. 2 – Standings

VIAHA Peewee – Island League Div. 2 – Game Schedule & Scores

Alberni Valley Atom Development Bulldogs

SPONSORS – J. Salmon Contracting – Alberni Toyota – Harbour View Collision – AAA Photography

VIAHA Atom Development Team – Div.2 – Standings

VIAHA Atom Development Team – Div.2 – Game Schedule & Scores

Applications / Nominations – We Want to Hear From You…

Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Scholarship Application

AVMHA Scholarship information and Application form

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Marilyn Gibson sewhot99@hotmail.com – 250-724-2561

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association (VIAHA) – Nominations for 2016-17 Season


Awards – Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded annually to BC Hockey registered members to give recognition to those who develop their academic career aspirations while at the same time nourishing their interest in hockey. Applications are available between March  and April 30th and reviewed by a selection committee. Monetary awards vary from $1,000 to $2,000.

To be eligible for a BC Hockey scholarship, an individual in his or her graduating year of high school and must be a current registered member or a former BC Hockey member playing in the Western Hockey League. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, sportsmanship, hockey participation and / or quality of contribution, as well as school and community participation and service.


2017 VIAHA League & Playoff News

VIAHA Island League schedule of 12 games has been completed.

  • Midget VanIsle Ford Bulldogs win Division 1 1st place banner.  They went on to win the Tier 3 Island Championship and going to Terrace for the BC Championships.
  • Bantam Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs place 2nd in Division 3
  • Peewee Alberni Chrysler/Best Western Hotel Bulldogs place 2nd in Div. 2.  They went on to capture the Tier 3 Island Championship and heading to Dawson Creek for the BC Championships.

AVMHA President presents banner to Peewee Bulldogs.


Atom Development Team captured the VIAHA Atom Development Playoff Champions banner.   Our Atom Bulldogs  played in Div. 3 and placed 2nd in the 12 league games played.

Alberni Toyota – AAA Photography – J. Salmon Contracting – Atom Development Bulldogs win the Island Playoff Championship of Atom Development teams.
Recreational League play continues until March 5th.    Only our Atom (AV2 Silver) team made playoffs set to play March 11-12th in the VIAHA Mid Island Recreational League.

AV News Sports Story published Jan 26/17. http://www.albernivalleynews.com/sports/411893846.html

Island League Competitive (Rep) Team Playoffs


Info from VIAHA website:

Island League Playoffs – Round Robin

Midget T3 and Midget T4   
- Midget T3 League Standings:  http://viaha.org/island/midget/standings-Midget-Div1-Island.php
- Midget T4 League Standings:  http://viaha.org/island/midget/standings-Midget-Div3-Island.php
- Midget T3 playoffs:  http://viaha.org/island/midget/playoff-T3-North.php

Both Midget Teams are off to BC Provincial Championships in March 2016.

Midget Tier 3 - VanIsle Ford - West Coast Cutting & Coring

Midget Tier 3 – VanIsle Ford – West Coast Cutting & Coring

Midget Tier 4 - Bowerman Excavating - AAA Photography

Midget Tier 4 – Bowerman Excavating – AAA Photography

Bantam T3 
- Bantam T3 League Standings:  http://viaha.org/island/bantam/standings-Bantam-Div3-Island.php
Games-10, Won-8, Lost-0, Tied-2, Goals for-51, Goals against-17, Penalty Min.-100 (lowest)

- Bantam T3 Playoffs:  http://viaha.org/island/bantam/playoff-T3-North.php

PeeWee T3  
- Peewee T3 League Standings:  http://viaha.org/island/peewee/standings-PeeWee-Div3-Island.php


Pacific Chevrolet Bantam Bulldogs – League Champions

Respect In Sport for Parents


From Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association

Dear MHA Presidents, Administrators & Registrar`s,

We are all learning as we go! Please find attached an UPDATED – Parent RIS Frequently Asked Questions document.
Please help us get this information out by listing this on your MHA website and forwarding it on as needed.

Feel free to contact the VIAHA Office if you have any further questions or have anything to add to the FAQ document.

Working together now to educate and inform Vancouver Island parents will help to ensure a smooth and successful ending result for everyone!

Thank you!

Yours truly,

Charlotte Johnson
Executive Director, Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association
Phone: 250-751-8811   Fax: 250-751-8812   Email: cjohnson@viaha.org


Updated – Respect In Sport for Parents

Deadline for completion is October 31st, 2015

VIAHA BULLETIN – Game Handshake





Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association has issued the following bulletin regarding the Post Game Handshake.




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The following is a bulletin from Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association with regards to Social Media.




VIAHA Female Regional Teams

Congratulations to Brittney Savard, Sarah Dawson, Shelby Clydesdale and Sophie Vanderlee for making the team roster for the Midget A North Island Female Regional Team.  These 4 Port Alberni girls join 13 others from Nanaimo, Oceanside, Campbell River and Comox to form the team.  Head Coach is Roger Chamberlain.

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association (VIAHA) announced 4 Female A Regional Teams for the coming season:  Bantam A North, Bantam A South, PeeWee A South and Midget A North.

LOCAL NEWS: Hockey Players Earn Big Scholarships

Two graduating midget players will be attending the University 

Two graduates of both Alberni District Secondary School and the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association are getting some assistance in going to university due to their efforts both on the ice and in the classroom.

Ellis Martin and Liam MacLeod, who recently wrapped up their midget hockey careers in the local program, will both be attending the University of Victoria this fall, with hopes of entering the school’s kinesiology department.

Ellis Martin, left, was awarded the $1,000 B.C. Hockey Scholarship and Liam MacLeod, right, was awarded the Vancouver Island Minor Hockey Association's $500 scholarship. The two graduating hockey players and high school students plan to attend the university of Victoria this fall.;   [Scott Mckenzie, AVTimes]

Ellis Martin, left, was awarded the $1,000 B.C. Hockey Scholarship and Liam MacLeod, right, was awarded the Vancouver Island Minor Hockey Association’s $500 scholarship. The two graduating hockey players and high school students plan to attend the university of Victoria this fall.; [Scott Mckenzie, AVTimes]

Financially, though, the burden is eased with the announcement that Martin has received the B.C. Hockey Scholarship, and MacLeod has been awarded the Vancouver Island Minor Hockey Association Scholarship.

Martin’s scholarship is good for $1,000, and MacLeod’s for $500.

“This is pretty rare,” said AVMHA president Meranda Vallee.

The B.C. Hockey Scholarship, which awards $1,000 to one player in each region, has not been awarded to an Alberni Valley graduate since the 1988-89 season.

Last year, Port Alberni’s Cortland Thibodeau won the VIAHA scholarship.

MacLeod found out he had won his scholarship while he was playing a baseball game, and Martin heard about it when he was having photos taken at high school prom.

“I was pretty ecstatic,” Martin said.

The two awards are for a combination of hard work in hockey and in school.

The AVMHA had also awarded the two hockey players their annual scholarships without knowing that the two bigger awards were on the way.

As well, Martin and MacLeod were also part of the group of students at ADSS who won the Ty Watson awards for their academics.

Playing rep hockey is a big commitment that lasts through much of the school year, “so they should pat themselves on the back” for the job that they have done,” Vallee said. “It’s pretty rare.”

Balancing competitive hockey with their schoolwork, though, was something both Martin and MacLeod struggled with, but were ultimately able to handle.

“For me, it was pretty hard,” MacLeod said. “Especially on Tuesdays, I’d just have no time. I had to find time between everything, even at dryland and at the rink, to do homework. There were some late nights.”

“I had to find the time as well between everything,” Martin said. Another member of the AVMHA was also recognized provincially recently, as executive board director at large Bruce Brunt received the Silver Skate Award for Alberni Valley at the B.C. Hockey annual general meeting June 8 in Sun Peaks.

According to a media release, “this year, AVMHA not only hosted the provincial championship for midget Tier 3 but also won the provincial championship. Leading the way for AVMHA was Bruce Brunt, who was instrumental in the winning season with his roles as Midget Tier 3 team manager and the co-chair on the organizing committee that hosted the championship here in Port Alberni.”

Brunt was one of 24 Silver Skate award winners throughout the province.

AV Times published June 19, 2013
Scott McKenzie, Reporter


– See more at: http://www.avtimes.net/local-hockey-players-earn-big-scholarships-two-graduating-midget-players-will-be-attending-the-univ-1.325521#sthash.xcRJE8JO.dpuf


Scholarships will be awarded to VIAHA registered members who apply and who best combine the qualifiations set hereunder.  The officers will determine the number and the amount of the scholarships each year.  VIAHA wants to give recognition to their members who develop their academic career aspirations, at the same time nourishing their interest in hockey.

For more information and the application form, go to:

  http://viaha.org/forms/Scholarship Awards – Application Form 2013 (2).pdf

VIAHA office must receive applications and supporting letters no later than April 15, 2013.  Please mail to the VIAHS Scholarship Committee, Suite E, 2301 McCullough Road, Nanaimo BC V9S 4M9 or fax 250-751-8812.

VIAHA – Female Hockey – Memo Sep 26 & 28, 2011

September 26, 2011 – MEMORANDUM

TO: VIAHA Executive Committee; Female Hockey Development Coordinators; VIAHA Female Hockey Committee

FROM: Jim Humphrey, VIAHA President

SUBJECT: Female Hockey

As has been stated in earlier correspondence VIAHA took on the responsibility of hosting the competitive female teams within Vancouver Island. This is a huge change from previous years, VIAHA consulted with BC Hockey last January on how to best move forward so as that the District would be responsible to declare where female teams would be hosted under the no competitive team in category. As such the VIAHA membership made changes to regulations so that the District would determine the residential boundaries as well as the carding association for each female competitive team.

In saying this, the VIAHA Executive Committee is very aware of the confusion that has occurred thus far and do want everyone to know that they very much support female hockey and want to see it grow. How this is to happen is where there is a difference of opinions. Those female players that have expressed the desire to play on female teams will be afforded every opportunity to do so whether it is at the competitive or recreational level.

Yesterday the member MHAs declared the following:

  •  Seven Atom Recreational teams
  •  Possible eight Pee Wee Recreational
  •  Possible seven or eight Bantam Recreational
  •  Possible seven or eight Midget Recreational
  •  One Competitive Pee Wee encompassing all of Vancouver island
  •  Two Competitive Bantam teams
  •  One Cowichan Valley South and One Nanaimo North
  •  Two Competitive Midget teams
  •  One Cowichan Valley South and One Nanaimo North

We have to move past what has occurred to date so therefore this coming weekend October 1st and 2nd, the District is organizing a series of ice times where we will have the players wishing to continue in their attempts to play competitive hockey being evaluated one last time. We are looking at having two sessions on Saturday October 1st and one session on Sunday October 2nd. We will assign evaluators to the sessions along with the head coaches of the respective teams with the goal being to have 21 players selected that will move forward with the coaching staff bringing the teams to 19 players by mid October. We are also at this time working on an organized structure where the teams can compete. For the Bantam “A” teams this may well be in the Female Midget C league as they did last year. For the Midget “A” teams we are looking at where they could best fit to play a series of exhibition games within the Bantam Island League as well as against each other, plus bringing teams from the mainland over to play two game weekend series.

Please note that where the teams are carded should not be of concern as it will be VIAHA that will be the host and as such the teams will not be based out of any one  association rather all the MHAs in a particular region will be asked to supply both practice and game ice. The District wants to try and keep the travel and costs as
controlled as possible. Of course, in saying this, if teams want to travel for tournaments etc. there will be additional costs.

I wish that I had more details on the coming weekend to put into this memo but as we move forward be assured that as much information as possible will be sent out to the MHAs, Female Development Coordinators as well as team head coaches. We hope to have the ice times by tomorrow night and we are working on the evaluators and administration now with more out on this as well in the coming few days.
VIAHA has set the course. We now need to try and overcome what has occurred in the past three weeks and
move forward as best we can. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Jim Humphrey
VIAHA President


September 28, 2011 – MEMORANDUM


TO:                   VIAHA Executive Committee; Female Hockey Development Coordinators; VIAHA Female Hockey Committee

 FROM:              Jim Humphrey, VIAHA President

SUBJECT:        Female Hockey


As was indicated in my memo yesterday this coming weekend October 1st and 2nd, the District is organizing a series of ice times where we will have the players wishing to continue in their attempts to play competitive hockey being evaluated one last time. The ice times that have been arranged are as follows:

 Midget Nanaimo North:

  • Saturday October 1st,     12:45-2:15pm at Cliff McNabb Arena
  • Saturday October 1st,       5:45-7:15pm at Frank Crane Arena
  • Sunday October 2nd,         3:00-4:30pm at Sports Centre #2 (Courtenay)

 Midget Cowichan Valley South

  • Saturday October 1st,       1:00-2: 50pm at Seaparc Arena (Sooke)
  • Saturday October 1st,       8:00-9:50pm at Juan de Fuca Arena
  • Sunday October 2nd,       12:30-1:50pm at Fuller Lake Arena

 Bantam Nanaimo North:

  • Saturday October 1st,     10:45-12:15pm at Weyerhaeuser Arena (Port Alberni)
  • Saturday October 1st,       4:30-6:30pm at Meeker Arena (Parksville)
  • Sunday October 2nd,         3:30-5:00pm at Glacier Gardens Arena (Comox)

 Bantam Cowichan Valley South:

  • Friday September 30th,    8:30-9:50pm at Juan de Fuca arena
  • Sunday October 2nd,         6:30-8:20pm at Bear Mountain Arena

We are continuing to work on arranging the evaluators but need MHA Presidents to step up and assist finding people that would be available to attend all three sessions at a particular level. Time is of the essence thus please give this your urgent attention, the decision was a VIAHA one and now we need to ensure that the evaluators are in place.

More details on the coming weekend will be sent out as they come available; we need those involved to ensure that the girls that have been involved are aware of the ice times and the importance to attend these evaluations. It is fully realized that some are upset with what has occurred but as indicated in prior memo’s the District has made a decision and now we must move forward in this last evaluation of our competitive female hockey players.

For those parents that have emailed or called I regret that I cannot answer you at this time, I am in Vancouver at the UBCM and tied up much of the day and evening, I am working with staff and the MHAs to ensure that we are as prepared as possible.

Again, it is realized that some of you are upset and want more answers but the fact is I have put as much information as I can/know in these past memos. Times, locations and regions have been indentified; players will only be allowed to attend ice sessions in their designated region. We can only encourage those players that have been involved to date to attend their scheduled ice times.


 Jim Humphrey

VIAHA President

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association
2301-E McCullough Road Nanaimo BC V9S 4M9
info@viaha.org www.viaha.org
Ph: 250-751-8811 Fax: 250-751-8812

VIAHA Memo – Female Regional Teams

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association


TO:                   MHA Presidents & VIAHA Female Hockey Committee Members

FROM:              Barb Norton, Chair – Female Hockey

SUBJECT:         Female Regional Teams

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some issues surrounding the selection of our regional teams for our female players.  I have been hearing that some players and families are feeling confused.

  1. We have been asked if the girls can try out for the boys’ (integrated) competitive team and failing to make that team, can they then try out for a female competitive team.  According to Reg 4, 4.07, note 6 in the VIAHA handbook, players may only try out for one competitive team and failing that they must return to their home association to play on a recreational team.  The girls will have to decide which team they will try out for girls or boys.
  2. Peewee parents and those with first year bantam players are aware of the BC Hockey U14 camp being held in Parksville the weekend of August 27th and 28th.  Hopefully all interested players have registered.   I have heard that parents are concerned that their bantam players will be missing their tryouts for the VIAHA Bantam A teams scheduled that weekend as well.


The VIAHA tryout weekend August 27/28 is a conditioning camp for all our participants.  The U14 camp will also be an opportunity for the girls to get their skating legs back.   VIAHA encourages all first year bantams to participate in the U14 camp for their conditioning.   VIAHA evaluations will begin the weekend of Sept 10th and 11th and no player seeking to try out for a VIAHA team will be at a disadvantage.   This will give all players the opportunity for a conditioning weekend prior to the start of evaluations on the Sep 10th weekend.

  1. REMINDER: REGISTRATION FORMS WITH PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO TRYOUTS.  These can be sent to the VIAHA office or brought to the first tryout.  THESE MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO THE PLAYER STEPPING ON THE ICE.  The form can be found on the VIAHA website (within the next few days – form is attached to this memo).



  1. VIAHA is the host association for all female regional teams. JDF, Nanaimo and CR have agreed to be the carding association in each region for all teams.  The carding association is determined for ‘carding purposes only’.   All VIAHA Presidents have committed to providing ice to the VIAHA female rep program, whether they have participants or not.   Once teams have been formed decisions about where they practice and play will be determined by VIAHA.

Please continue to check the VIAHA website for further information, www.viaha.org.

If you have any questions or for further information please contact Barb Norton by email at bwnorton@shaw.ca or by telephone at (250) 743-1685.

VIAHA Looking For Female Coaches

Any potential applicants, please apply for the VIAHA Female Regional head coach positions.
These application forms are available on the VIAHA website.
Deadline for applications – August 23rd – midnight.

Thanks for your immediate assistance with this request.


Yours in hockey,
Robin Edwards

VIAHA Director of Hockey Operations

No Body Checking In Recreational Hockey

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association – Information Bulletin #2011-03-IN

August 8, 2011

TO:                 MHA Presidents, All Membership

FROM:           Marg Herba, Executive Director

SUBJECT:   Non-Checking for all Recreational Teams/Leagues


On August 7, 2011, the following was motioned and carried by the VIAHA Executive Committee:

“Effective immediately, there will be no body-checking in all levels of recreational hockey within VIAHA.”

All recreational leagues and teams within VIAHA will be non-checking starting this season.

Please note that there is a difference between Body Checking and Body Contact as defined below:

Hockey Canada Checking Definitions:

Body Checking:             Body Checking is defined as an individual defensive tactic designed to legally separate  the puck carrier from the puck.  This tactic is the result of a defensive player applying physical extension of the body toward the puck carrier moving in an opposite or parallel  direction.  The action of the defensive player is deliberate and forceful in an opposite  direction to which the offensive player is moving and is not solely determined by the movement of the puck carrier.

Body Contact:               Body Contact is defined as an individual defensive tactic designed to legally block or impede the progress of an offensive puck carrier.  This tactic is a result of movement of  the defensive player to restrict movement of the puck carrier anywhere on the ice through skating, angling and positioning.  The defensive player may not hit the offensive player by going in the opposite direction to that player or by extending toward the offensive player  in an effort to initiate contact.  There must be no action where the puck carrier is pushed,  hit or shoved into the boards.

U14 Female High Performance Training Camp



The U14 High Performance Training Camp coming up quickly to be held in Oceanside on August 27 & 28.  Female players born in 1998, 1999 and 2000 are eligible to attend the camps.


The following is the proposed schedule:

Saturday, August 27th:

  • 9:00 am – Staff Meeting
  • 10:00 – 10:30 am – Registration
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am – General Group & Introduction
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Prepare for fitness testing
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Group #1 Drills Session #1
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Group #2 Fitness Testing
  • 1:45 – 3:15 pm – Group #2 Drills Session #1
  • 2:00 – 3:15 pm – Group #1 Fitness Testing
  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Group #1 Drills Session #2
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Group #2 Drills Session #2

Sunday, August 28th:

  • 8:30 – 9:30 am – Goaltender Drill Session
  • 9:30 – 11:30 am – Evaluation Game
  • 12:00 – 12:30 pm – Wrap up presentation
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm – Exit Interviews

Please check out the BC Hockey website for further information.   You can register for the camp on line. There is also some other great information for female hockey players on the website if you have never checked this out before. http://www.bchockey.net/HighPerformance/FemaleHPUnder14.aspx

  • NOTE:    There will be NO VIAHA Peewee A Regional tryouts on that weekend so you do not have to worry about conflicts.  Peewee A female regional tryouts will be held starting the weekend of Sept 10/11.

If you know of any other Peewee age female players who might be interested in playing on a female regional A team, please make sure to pass on this information.

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and I will see you soon out and about at one arena or another!
Susie Sherman
BC HOCKEY/VIAHA Female Development Coordinator
(250) 642-5723

VIAHA – Female Hockey Regional Team Preparation


July 10, 2011
TO: MHA Presidents & Female Development Coordinators
FROM: Jim Humphrey, VIAHA President
COPY: VIAHA Officers, Susie Sherman, Barb Norton

(pdf copy of this memorandum)

Subject: Female Hockey Regional Team Preparation


As those who attended the VIAHA AGM in May will know the membership passed new resolutions dealing with female hockey and the setting up of “Regional Teams”. The District was divided into regions when VIAHA was formed back in 2007, those being:

  • North Island;
  • Mid Island; and
  • South Island.

These regions will be the starting point of forming our regional female teams; our goal is to have one team in each region in each division. In saying this there is much to get organized over the next month so as that we will be prepared to have tryouts in each region organized and the date’s times etc. published so as that the girls no when and where to go. In order to do this however we need the assistance and support of all 17 member MHAs.
Susie along with some of the Female Coordinators have done some work on trying to determine how many girls are interested in trying out for a female competitive team and have had some success but we know there are more girls out their that have not registered yet or have not been advised on the districts initiative in forming “Regional Competitive Teams”.

There were pre-registration forms sent out to the MHAs last spring and as a result we have the following number of girls registered for tryouts in the different regions:
Divisions:  North Island / Mid Island / South Island
Midget:  North 12 / Mid 35 / South 17
Bantam:  North 10 / Mid 22 / South 18
Pee Wee:  North 5 / Mid 12 / South 10

If we as a district want to be successful we must all take the time to ensure that our player’s needs are taken care of and that there is a viable competitive program for them to participate in. We must ensure that we put into place a program that meets the needs for the development of female hockey we need to move forward in a positive direction, our female players deserve nothing less! We need to work together towards one goal and that goal needs to be to make available to our female players a steadfast and viable competitive program with a robust recreational program feeding into the competitive program.

We are well on our way in our plans but know it is time to put the plans into action and to do this we need the support of all of our member associations, we need to curve the pressures placed on some of us to try and have a competitive team made up of local MHA players and carded out of individual associations. History has proven
that this does not work and in fact some would say this type of mindset has stifled the growth of female hockey.

Our female players like their male counterparts need and want to play with players of similar caliber; when we put together teams that have both strong competitive players mixed in with recreational players both get frustrated and this in turn has caused many to leave our game or not wanting to join and undergo the commitment that competitive hockey brings.
We have recently appointed Barb Norton as the Head Commissioner for female hockey; she along with her commissioners will oversee the administration of the female leagues both competitive and recreational throughout the district. She will work under the guidance of the South Island VP Michael Hanson who will deal with any pending discipline situations that may occur. We are in the process of putting together a VIAHA Female Hockey Committee which Barb will chair and Susie Sherman will be Vice Chair. We will be adding up to four more members to this committee and they will administer female hockey bringing back to the Executive Committee suggestions etc. on the way ahead to maximize the growth of female hockey. Should any MHA President like to submit a name for us to consider appointing to this committee please do so by forwarding the name to me. We decided to try a smaller committee in hopes that they will be able to meet regularly and discuss the needs of the female program. Regular meetings of the Female Development Coordinators has proven to be problematic thus our objective that forming a smaller committee dedicated solely at dealing with
female hockey issues will better represent this most important part of our game. So moving forward below is what is required in preparation in forming a regional team in each of our three regions:

  • MHAs need to maximize the registering of pending female players as well as ensure that those already registered are aware of the Districts initiatives;
  • VIAHA along with our member MHAs to arrange ice times for female hockey tryouts for the weekend of August 27/28 and September 10/11;
  • VIAHA to arrange independent evaluators for the tryouts;
  • MHAs need to seek out names of those wishing to be a coach, assistant coach or manage one of our competitive teams and provide the names to the VIAHA DHO, Robin Edwards;
  • VIAHA to put together a selection committee to select the team officials for each of the competitive teams;
  • Tryout registrations to continue over the next five weeks with applications continued to be forwarded to Susie Sherman or the VIAHA office along with the $60 tryout fee, with cheques made payable to VIAHA;

The above list is not all inclusive but it is a start which will allow for us to begin preparations to ensure that past issues with respect to our female hockey competitive programs are addressed and that Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association have competitive teams that will represent us throughout the year leading up to the
BC Hockey Championships in March 2012.

Finally, there certainly will be questions asked as we move forwards, questions such as:

Q: What if there are enough competitive players in a particular region to have two teams?
A: If the talent base is there to have more than one team carded in a particular region then the VIAHA Executive Committee will look at approving a second team.

Q: What if there are not enough girls in a region wanting to play on a regional team?
A: If there is not enough interest in a particular region then those girls wishing to tryout will be allowed to go to the adjacent region to tryout.

Q: Where will the team be hosted from?
A: The teams will be hosted out of VIAHA but will be carded out of one MHA, the expectation is that the team will practice/play in the home rinks to which the teams players are from.
Q: Who will be the coaches of the teams?
A: Those wishing to coach one of our competitive teams will apply to VIAHA and a committee will be setup to select the coaches/managers of each team.

Q: What will be the travel commitment of the players?
A: VIAHA recognizes that cost plays a major factor in the success of the program; as such we will work very hard at minimizing travel costs.

Q: How much will it cost to play on one of the competitive teams?
A: Much of this will be decided by the parents of the team once it is formed, cost will depend on such things as how many tournaments that a team wishes to participate in.

Q: Who and where will the competitive teams play during the season?
A: The teams will play out of the home arena’s of which their local MHA is located and play in leagues that will assist in minimizing travel while at the same time meeting the needs to develop as a team.

Q: VIAHA has had limited success in the past why should this season be any different?
A: MHAs along with the District have recognized past shortfalls and have expressed the desire to work together to strengthen the female program There will be more information coming out in the days/weeks ahead so please bear with us but also ensure that the maximum flow of information out to our female players and their parents as to be successful the girls themselves need to be part of the solution by signing up to attend the tryout sessions.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Jim Humphrey
VIAHA President

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association
2301-E McCullough Road Nanaimo BC V9S 4M9
info@viaha.org www.viaha.org
Ph: 250-751-8811 Fax: 250-751-8812

Demerais is VIAHA Coach of the Year

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association

Suite E-2301 McCullough Rd. Nanaimo BC V9S 4M9

Phone: 250-751-8811     Fax: 250-751-8812


May 2, 2011

To:  Brent Demerais

c/o Alberni Valley MHA


Dear Brent,

Re:       Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association Coach of the Year (2011) Award Recipient

Congratulations!  VIAHA has selected you as the recipient of our Coach of the Year Award for 2010-2011.

Your name was put forth by your association and supported by the VIAHA Officers, in acknowledgement of your commitment, enthusiasm, work ethic, successes and professionalism you have exhibited as a minor hockey coach.

Your dedication to give back to the game of hockey by sharing your time, knowledge and contributing to the personal betterment of hockey as well as life skills for the players of Alberni Valley MHA without having a child of your own in the program is laudatory.

We are pleased to extend an invitation to the VIAHA Annual General Meeting held in Nanaimo on May 29th, 2011 as our guest to formally accept your award.  Kindly reply back to Marg Herba, Executive Director at mherba@viaha.org.  We hope you can make it.

VIAHA Annual General Meeting

11:00am at Beban Park Social Centre Lounge

2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC

Once again, our congratulations on a very deserving nomination and we look forward to meeting you on May 29th.


Yours truly,

Mark Kenny



Female Regional Tryout Application

The following message & application form was submitted by AVMHA Female Coordinator, Dave Dowling.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Dave at 250-723-1076 or davedowling@shaw.ca
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:17 PM
Subject: Female Registation Numbers & Regional Tryouts

To: Female Development Coordinators/Presidents,


“2011-12 Regional Female Rep Application Form”

Female Registration Numbers:

I am attaching a spreadsheet for you to complete with the names of all of your female players in your association.   This information will help all of us, with planning for the upcoming hockey season.  If you could complete this information for your association and forward it to me asap and by May 6th at the latest that would be helpful. Please remember to include female players who ARE planning on playing integrated as well.

Female Regional Teams – Island Tryouts:

I am also attaching a female regional tryout application for ALL regions on Vancouver Island.  Please make sure this is sent out to all eligible female players in your association. The deadline for registering for regional team tryouts is May 15, 2011. This early deadline is in place because it is important that we have our numbers in place for the regional teams early in the season, so you can all plan for your female teams within your own associations.  Once we know how many players want to tryout for the regional teams, we can then determine which teams we will have in each division and from which area.  Once we have some firm numbers, we will provide further information to all associations and players with respect to what the female regional program will look like for the upcoming season.
I know some players/parents would like more information right now.  Unfortunately, without concrete numbers we cannot make those decisions.

Once we have the numbers together we will be having a female meeting to sit down and discuss the female program on Vancouver Island, both recreational and regional rep teams.   I appreciate your assistance with getting me the names and numbers of your players.   Without the numbers, it will be impossible for us to properly plan for the upcoming season.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your assistance with this.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Best Regards,

Susie Sherman
VIAHA Female Development Coordinator
(250) 642-5723

VIAHA Award Nominations

TO:    MHA Presidents

FROM:     Mark Kenny, VIAHA President


It’s time to start thinking about our VIAHA Awards.  These awards recognize members, volunteers and MHAs who step above and beyond.  Recipients of the awards can be nominated by an individual, teams or MHAs.

The deadline to submit nominations to the Executive Director is April 15th unless this date is extended by the Officers.  All nominations must be in writing and any relevant information/documentation should accompany the nomination.  The Officers will review the submissions and the Awards will be presented at the VIAHA Annual General Meeting.

VIAHA MHA of the Year Banner:

The MHA of the Year is presented annually to the Minor Hockey Association judged to have made an outstanding contribution to its community by providing a properly organized program where youth can learn the basic skills and fundamentals of the game.

VIAHA Coach of the Year:

This annual award is presented to a coach who shows leadership to players; demonstrates skill development and has a sound coaching philosophy.  Winning is a consideration but not the only or most important one.  The Coach of the Year is given to those who demonstrates what VIAHA feels are the ideal elements of a coach.  The nomination should detail the coaching background of the nominee and be attested to by the MHA President.

VIAHA Official of the Year:

The Official of the Year is presented to an official who exemplifies dedication and support to the MHA, VIAHA and the Hockey Canada Officiating Program.  He or she should also contribute to minor hockey in ways other than on-ice requirements.  The candidate should demonstrate leadership and ability and participate in mentoring young officials.  They must be nominated by their association Referee-in-Chief and supported by the applicable Referee Committee Member.

VIAHA President’s Award:

The President’s Award is presented to an individual, team or MHA that has brought honor to the amateur hockey fraternity through an outstanding humanitarian endeavor or has made a significant contribution to VIAHA during the preceding year.

More information can be found on the VIAHA website at www.viaha.org under Administration.

Kindly take a moment to consider and recognize members and volunteers within your association with your nomination for a VIAHA Award.

VIAHA Scholarships

TO:    MHA Presidents

FROM:    Mark Kenny, VIAHA President

SUBJECT:     VIAHA Scholarships

VIAHA playoffs are fast approaching and for our graduating players, the end of their minor hockey playing days.  For many of them, their future plans will involve post-secondary education at an academic, technical trades or accredited institution.

Applicants must be currently registered in their last year of Midget or Juvenile.  Selections will be based on the following:

  • Academic achievement
  • Good school and community participation and service
  • Hockey participation

VIAHA is honored to award three scholarships annually; one in each of the following three zones:

South Island MHAs include: Juan de Fuca, Kerry Park, Peninsula, Saanich, Sooke, Victoria and Victoria Racquet Club.

Mid Island MHAs include: Alberni Valley, Cowichan Valley, Lake Cowichan, Nanaimo and Oceanside.

North Island MHAs include: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Gold River, Powell River and Triport.

Players are invited to apply for these scholarships by completing the VIAHA Scholarship application found on the VIAHA website at www.viaha.org under Administration and all supporting documentation must accompany the application.

All applications must be received by the VIAHA office by April 15th .

Kindly take a moment to inform your graduating players of these Scholarships for their consideration.


Immediate distribution to all your coaches and assistant coaches that need this for 2010-2011!!

December 4 and 5, 2010
Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm

Sports Centre Mezzanine (upstairs at SC2)

**Bring helmet, gloves and skates

1.      If you signed up in a previous clinic and did not attend at that time (but wish to attend this one), you do not need to register on-line again.

You will need to physically sign-in though.

2.      If you are enrolling on-line, you need to do so by DECEMBER 1st!!

3.      Please make sure you note on the on-line registration, what division you are coaching.

There will be no Coach-Hybrid clinics after this one.

Marg Herba
VIAHA Executive Director
Email: mherba@viaha.org
Phone: 250-751-8811
Fax: 250-751-8812


All spectators at large are reminded to “behave” while watching minor hockey in the Alberni Valley Multiplex or in other communities where YOU are representing AVMHA.  The “Yellow Card System” is now in effect on Vancouver Island to “educate and raise awareness of inappropriate behavior in the stands”.  Please check out www.viaha.com for more info.

Issuing a Yellow Card is not meant to be confrontational.  It is to draw attention to inappropriate behavior which contravenes the spirit of good sportsmanship, detracts from the enjoyment of the game by all watching and that such behavior will not be tolerated (whether a fan from the other team or your own team).  It goes without saying that each situation will be different and how you approach it will vary.  Let SpeakOut and Respect in Sport be your guide.

Conversation is not necessary – you can simply say “Excuse me” and hand them the card.  All associations will be given posters to post in prominent spots at all arenas regarding the program.