Dec. 14, 2019 – Initiation Winter Jamboree


- Alberni (AV)              - Campbell River H1 (CR-H1)  
- Campbell River H2 (CR-H2) - Nanaimo 1 (NAN1)  
- Nanaimo 3 (NAN3)          - Nanaimo 4 (NAN4) 
- Oceanside H1 (OC-H1)      - Oceanside H2 (OC-H2)

Game Schedule

(All games on the Weyerhaeuser Arena with 2 games at a time)

    TIME           HOME BENCH        AWAY BENCH
 8:00-9:00  AM      AV vs NAN3     OC-H2 vs NAN4 
 9:00-10:00 AM   CR-H1 vs OC-H1    CR-H2 vs NAN1 
10:15-11:15 AM      AV vs NAN4     OC-H2 vs NAN3 
11:15-12:15 PM   CR-H1 vs NAN1     OC-H1 vs CR-H2
12:45-1:45  PM      AV vs CR-H1     NAN4 vs OC-H1 
 1:45-2:45  PM   OC-H2 vs NAN1     CR-H2 vs NAN3
 3:00-4:00  PM      AV vs OC-H1    CR-H1 vs NAN4 
 4:00-5:00  PM   OC-H2 vs CR-H2     NAN3 vs NAN1



* Finishing touches * Jal Design * Magic Moments * Home Hardware * Co-op * Schill Insurance * Buy Low Foods * Tyler’s No Frills * PARG * Bare Bones Fish and Chips * Tim Hortons * Quality Foods * Clydesdale Automotive * Fantastic Alberni * Cuffbum Customs * Dave Ralla Realtor * Lorraine McLeod and Tara Elder * Secluded Wellness * Slammers Gym * Epicure Selections * Solda’s Restaurant * Panago Pizza * Boston Pizza * Pizza Hut * Double R Meats * Trevor Zack * Blue Marlin * Pete’s Mountain Meats * Coulson Aircrane * Mosaic Forestry * The Brick * Catalyst – Paper Excellence * Parker Financial (Sean Parker) * Western Grater Contracting * Pete’s Precision Tax Services * AC/DC Contracting * Rough Bay Enterprises * Alberni Valley Bulldogs * Vittoria Solda Realtor * Tasha Jensen * Pacific Sands Beach Resort * The Chris Turner Experience * The Power of Three * See Group of Companies * Custom Edge Skate Sharpening * Paddle West Kayak * Next Ground Media * Middle Beach Lodge * Diane Bortoletto * Rainforest Bookkeeping * LB Woodchoppers * Cut the Cord Services * Cloud City * Flandangles * Literacy Alberni * Rachel Young * Dana Shalaine Photography * Cap-it Alberni * Huu-ay-aht First Nations *

Tournament Director – Sarah Bielert

Welcome to “First Shift” 2019


The NHL/NHLPA First Shift is open to boys and girls, between the ages of 6 and 10 years old*, who have never previously enrolled in minor hockey within Canada.

*To be eligible to participate, children must be born between January 1, 2009 and March 1, 2014.

$199. Registration Fee includes:

* BAUER Equipment (Head-to-Toe)
* Welcome Event
* Equipment fitting demonstration
* Expert fit session and equipment distribution
* On-Ice Experience includes:
* 6 Weeks, 1 session/week, 1 hour scheduled
* Focus on Fun and Learn to Play
* Insurance for participants
Full details: https://www.firstshift.ca/the-program/


First Shift welcomed first time hockey players and their parents to a special session on October 10th, 2019.





First Shift Schedule:
Welcome Event was held October 10th at the Multiplex.

  • plus 6 Ice sessions

    Congratulations to “Team First Shift” for graduating from the program.

    (January 2020)  Welcome to all our new players from the First Shift session! AV Minor hockey players learning from some of the best coaches around!

Oct 2019 – 1st Shift – for 1st Time Hockey Players

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift is open to boys and girls, between the ages of 6 and 10 years old*, who have never previously enrolled in minor hockey within Canada.
*To be eligible to participate, children must be born between January 1, 2009 and March 1, 2014.

$199. Registration Fee includes:

  • BAUER Equipment (Head-to-Toe)
  • Welcome Event
  • Equipment fitting demonstration
  • Expert fit session and equipment distribution

On-Ice Experience includes:

  • 6 Weeks, 1 session/week, 1 hour scheduled
  • Focus on Fun and Learn to Play
  • Insurance for participants

Full details:  https://www.firstshift.ca/the-program/

Click here for Participant Registration Form – Alberni Valley Minor Hockey

First Shift Schedule:

October 10th 6:00 pm Multiplex for the Welcome Event and ice sessions will be:

  • Sat Oct 26th 4:00-5:00
  • Tues Oct 29th 5:45-6:45
  • Sat Nov 2nd 4:00-5:00
  • Tues Nov 5th 5:45-6:55
  • Sat Nov 9th 4:00-5:00
  • Mon Nov 11th Time TBD

Any other questions, call/text Angela at 250-735-4474

Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018 Novice Jamboree


Initiation – 4

Alberni-1 (AV1), Alberni-2 (AV2), Campbell River (CR), Oceanside (OC)

Novice Minor – 8

Alberni-1 (AV1), Alberni-2 (AV2), Alberni-3 (AV3), Campbell River (CR), Cowichan Blue (COW-B), Cowichan Yellow (COW-Y), Nanaimo (NAN), Oceanside (OC).

Novice Major – 10

Alberni-1 (AV1), Alberni-2 (AV2), Campbell River (CR), Oceanside Red (OC-R), Cowichan Red (COW-R), Peninsula (PEN), Comox-1 (CX1), Oceanside Black (OC-B), North Shore Winter Club (NSWC), Comox-4 (CX4).

Check out more Candid Photos below

Game Schedule:

Div.  Rink Team	 Team  Start-End    Rink  Team  Team  Div.
MINOR  C1  AV1	 NAN   5:15-6:15  PM C2	  AV2	OC    MINOR
MAJOR  W1  AV1	 OC-R  5:30-6:30  PM W2	  OC-B	COW-R MAJOR
MAJOR  C1  AV2   CX1   6:20-7:20  PM C2	  CX4	CR    MAJOR
Div.  Rink Team	Team  Start-End    Rink  Team	Team  Div.
MINOR  W1  AV3	COW-B  8:05-9:05  AM W2	  CR	COW-Y MINOR
MAJOR  W1  AV2	OC-R   9:25-10:25 AM W2	  COW-R	CX1   MAJOR
MAJOR  C1  AV1	OC-B  10:00-11:00 AM C2	  PEN	NSWC  MAJOR
INIT.  W1  AV1	OC    10:30-11:30 AM W2	  AV2	CR    INIT.
MINOR  C1  AV1	OC    11:05-12:05 PM C2	  AV2	NAN   MINOR
MINOR  C1  AV3	COW-Y 12:20-1:20  PM C2	  CR	COW-B MINOR
MAJOR  C1  CX4	PEN    1:25-2:25  PM C2	  CR	NSWC  MAJOR
MAJOR  W1  AV2	COW-R  2:00-3:00  PM W2	  OC-B	CX1   MAJOR
MINOR  C1  AV1	CR     2:40-3:40  PM C2	  AV2	COW-Y MINOR
MINOR  C1  AV3	NAN    3:45-4:45  PM C2   COW-B	OC    MINOR
MAJOR  C1  OC-R	CR     5:00-6:00  PM C2	  CX4	NSWC  MAJOR
INIT.  W1  AV1	AV2    5:30-6:30  PM W2	  OC 	CR    INIT.

Div.  Rink Team Team   Start-End    Rink  Team  Team  Div.
MAJOR  C1  CX1	PEN    8:20-9:20  AM C2	  AV1	NSWC  MAJOR
INIT.  W1  AV2	OC     8:40-9:40  AM W2	  AV1	CR    INIT.
MINOR  C1  AV1	COW-Y  9:25-10:25 AM C2	  AV3	OC    MINOR
MAJOR  W1  AV2	CR     9:45-10:45 AM W2	  OC-R	COW-R MAJOR
MINOR  C1  AV2	COW-Y 10:40-11:40 AM C2	  AV3	OC    MINOR
INIT.  W1  AV1	OC    11:00-12:00 PM W2	  AV2	CR    INIT.
MAJOR  C1  AV1	PEN   11:45-12:45 PM W2	  OC-B	CX4   MAJOR

Sponsors, Donors, Contributors:

We would like to thank everyone for their generous contribution to this event.

AC/DC contracting * Coulson Group * RotorMaxx Support * Quality Foods * Chris and Alease Arcus Realtors * Shoppers Drug Mart * Dahlia hair by Rachel Dame *  Epicure by Megan Goodman * Dr. Daryl Lund * LB Woodchoppers * Island Tropics * Boomerangs Café * Canadian Tire * Tyler’s No Frills * Subway * Movie Mania * BuyLow Foods * Long Beach Surf Shop * Coombs Country Candy * Vittoria Solda Realtor * Valley Vision Optometry * Orestes Kouzina * Catalyst Paper * Ace Flagging * Integral Hockey * Zimmerman Forest Products * Alport Insurance * Landmark Cinemas * Alberni Valley Bulldogs * Double R Meats * Alberni Valley News * Arbutus RV * Port Boathouse * Benjamin Moore * Clayoquot Biosphere Trust * Tough City Sushi Bar * Finishing Touches * Alberni Industrial Marine * Dawn Olson-Rainforest Bookkeeping * Sacred Stone Spa * SunRype * Tofino Resort and Marina * Tofino Surf School * Port Alberni Port Authority * Alberni Fitness * Surf Sister * Cut the Cord  Android Service * Electron Metalworks * Lordco Auto Parts * Beavercreek Home Center * Alberni Co-op * Sportchek * Alberni Valley Refrigeration * Merit Hone Furniture * West Manufacturing * See Group of Companies * Schill Insurance * Port Posh Wash * Pacific Surf Company * Pharmasave Tofino * Newborn Feathers * Arrowsmith Glass * Tofino Brewing Company * McDonald’s * A&W * Flandangles * CG Hair * Alberni Glass and Mirror * MDR cranes and rigging * Magic Moments * Bosley’s * Trends Design Team * Solda’s Restaurant * Middle Beach Lodge * Black Rock * Rough Bay Enterprises * Tupperware by Margaret Marshall * Boston Pizza * Shaw Cablesystems *

Candid Photos & Highlights:

Tournament Director:

Sarah Bielert – avmha.halficejamboree@gmail.com

Link to Half-Ice Jamboree Rules

First Shift – New Players – Spring 2018

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your child try the game of hockey!
Sign up before March 11th.
This program has introduced more than 100 new players to Alberni Valley Minor Hockey.
Be sure to register NOW!
Welcome event will be March 11, 2018 at the Multiplex Upper Lounge at 6:00 pm.
FIRST ice session – April 3rd at 6:30 pm

MEMO: Initiation Novice Program

DATE: February 1, 2018

FROM: Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association

TO: Volunteers and Association Members

REGARDING: Initiation Novice Program (INP)


The initiation program format began in the 2016-2017 season. Because it is a different program from those normally offered, with learning being emphasized as opposed to playing (while playing is not necessarily eliminated) there are bound to be doubters and those who favour a more traditional approach. The association must realize this and be prepared to deal with it, and not lose sight of the fact that the program has been designed for the children, not adults.

Growing pains are normal in any new program and when both the participants and most of the instructors are likely to be inexperienced, the program implementation is not going to be as smooth as one would like. However, with commitment, patience and support the results will come and in most cases, exceed everyone’s expectations.

Hockey Canada guidelines for skill development are as follow; Initiation Minor and Major 85% technical skill, 15% individual tactics. Novice Minor and Novice Major 75% technical skill, 15% individual tactics, 10% team tactics. For example, at the Novice Minor and Novice Major level a 1-hour practice should consist of about 45 minutes technical skill 9 minutes individual tactics and 6 minutes team tactics.

With the initiation program, we encourage players to mix when using stations though it is appropriate to split players into groups based on skill and colour of jerseys for “team” style drills, scrimmages, and games. Hockey Canada suggest this time to be 10% or less of practice time at the Novice Level.


BC Hockey has adopted program guidelines and resources to support and provide direction for our Local MHAs to implement and operate a skill development program for players eight (8) years of age and younger. Based on Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model, players who are eight (8) years old and younger should be focusing on having fun, learning skills and developing physical literacy. All programs should adhere to the following principles:

a. The technical curriculum should focus on physical literacy and having fun b. The official playing surface for practices and games shall be reduced to one-half, one-third, or one quarter the size of a regulation playing surface. c. The equipment should be amended to fit the size and skill level of the player. i.e. Mini nets. d. Instructors should be trained in an appropriate manner to teach players of this age and skill level.


Every association building an Initiation Program will have its own unique design. The goal, however, is the commonality of using the curriculum of the Initiation Program and its teaching strategies to build a strong foundation of skills which will allow players to enjoy hockey for a lifetime.

AVMHA has adopted the “Program Design” – In this design, players are kept as one large group and treated/instructed as a whole. This model is characterized by instructors being responsible for all the players in the program rather than only a pre-selected number. During the session the instructors would instruct all the players as they moved though his/her station. Minor “team” games or scrimmages would take place with a random selection of players. These “teams” would constantly change.

The benefits of this design are:

•All players receive equal instruction from a variety of instructors

•Players get to associate with a maximum number of other players on the ice

Instructors have a narrow range of ability to deal with, making it easier for them to give instruction Associations may choose to conduct this design with all players of approximately the same skill level being on the ice at the same time. Games like British Bulldog would be run with the entire group and station work would attend to the curriculum.

For reference purposes the 5 core skills of hockey are:

Skating • Passing • Shooting • Puck Handling • Checking

Example: Teaching a child a breakout, is not teaching core hockey skills. Teaching a child how to skate, and how to pass, so they can break out, is teaching core hockey skills.

More in formation and resource material can be found here:

Hockey Canada https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hockey-programs/coaching/initiation

BC Hockey http://www.bchockey.net/Content.aspx?id=259

VIAHA http://www.viaha.org/

Initiation Program (Players below Atom Division)

Are you confused about the use of “Cross Ice” play for players ages 5, 6, 7 & 8 years old? Here is a bulletin that explains it in detail.

VIAHA Bulletin – Sept. 17, 2017 – Cross Ice Guidelines

Initiation Teams Year End Party

Mites players had received awards after their last ice practice.  They were at the party to play some hockey and eat some food.

Novice team players also played some hockey and ate some food.  They received their awards and medals, outside in the sunshine.  Congratulations on a great season.

See you all in September.

2015-16 Team Photos – Initiation

AVMHA Novice Jamboree – Dec. 19 & 20, 2015

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Welcome to our Novice Jamboree at the Alberni Valley Multiplex

  • Alberni Valley Novice Teams – AV Devils, AV Sharks

  • Comox Valley Novice Teams  – CV ReMax Rockets, CV Dragons

  • Oceanside Novice Teams – Oceanside Rangers, Oceanside Jets, Oceanside Flyers


The Tournament Director is Carla Murraycarlamy@telus.net  250-724-6963

The following information will be posted here as it becomes available.

  • Teams and Team Photos
  • Game Schedule
  • Game results
  • Candid photos (if available)
  • Tournament Sponsors and local team sponsors.

Please come back and read about this event.


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All games are being played on the Weyerhaeuser Arena
Saturday December 19, 2015
START – – – END – – – HOME – – – – – – – – – AWAY
8:00AM – 9:10AM    – Alberni Devils – – –Oceanside Jets
9:25AM – 10:35AM  – Alberni Sharks – – –Oceanside Flyers
10:50AM-12:00PM – Comox Remax Rockets  – Oceanside Rangers
12:15PM – 1:25PM   – Comox Dragons – – Oceanside Jets
1:40PM – 2:50PM    – Alberni Devils – – – Oceanside Flyers
3:05PM – 4:15PM    – Alberni Sharks – – – Comox Remax Rockets
4:30PM – 5:40PM   – Oceanside Rangers –Comox Dragons

Sunday December 20, 2015
START – – – END – – – HOME – – – – – – –  –  AWAY
8:00AM – 9:10AM  – Alberni Sharks – – –Oceanside Rangers
9:25AM – 10:35AM – Alberni Devils – – – Comox Dragons
10:50AM-12:00PM – Oceanside Jets – – –Comox Remax Rockets
12:15PM – 1:25PM   – Comox Dragons – –Oceanside Flyers
1:40PM – 2:50PM    – Alberni Devils – – – Oceanside Rangers
3:05PM – 4:15PM    – Alberni Sharks – – –Oceanside Jets
4:30PM – 5:40PM   – Oceanside Flyers ComoxRemax Rockets

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P-Alberni Valley Novice Devils  P-Comox Valley Remax Rockets-Novice  P-Oceanside Flyers-Novice  P-Oceanside Jets-Novice

Leo scored his first goal and won MVP in his Novice Jamboree game

Leo scored his first goal and won MVP in his Novice Jamboree game



“First Shift” Brings New Players to Hockey – Update


(Nov. 30, 2015) – Shaw TV Port Alberni produced a video on the “First Shift” program.  Here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/E0jSMNXYU9A 





Helping Kids Fall in Love with Hockey

The First Shift was a joint partnership between Hockey Canada and Bauer and brought to our community by Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association.

The program is designed to have kids fall in love with hockey who previously had not been able to play.

Kids are geared up in hockey equipment (they get to keep) from head to toe and are given 6 ice times with 12 coaches and assistants making the ratio almost 3 kids per coach, all for $199 entry fee!

It’s fantastic for kids to learn and a great positive way to start a sport.

We had 37 boys and girls (ages 6-10) sign up and receive over $600 in brand new high end gear from Bauer & Hockey Canada to start their new sport with 6 dedicated ice times and 13 coaches/helpers!

Special thanks to Canadian Tire, Pacific Chevrolet and AV Minor Hockey and our volunteer coaches, for participating in the success of this program.


Oct. 27, 2015 – Registration Night



First Shift – First Ice Session


Hockey Canada


The First Shift

2015 AVMHA Awards Banquet


Award Presentation Summary

Mites – 20 players received medal & mini hockey stick from Tim Horton’s sponsor of Tim Bits

(Novice – 40 players – 3 teams, will have there award presentation & banquet on March 28th.)

Atom Development Team – Bulldogs

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Blake Moore
  • Most Improved – Holden Fraser
  • Most Dedicated – Evan May

Atom (AtoMc) Bullfrogs

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Cam McArthur
  • Most Improved – Trey Lightburn
  • Most Dedicated – Cole Kenzie

Atom (AtoMc) Cougars

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Kai Bray
  • Most Improved – Ryshard Pouliot
  • Most Dedicated – Mason Cannon

PeeWee Bulldogs

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Logan Rozwadowski
  • Most Improved – Brayden Johnson
  • Most Dedicated – Carson Steel

PeeWee Blazers

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Ty Vallee
  • Most Improved – Nikolas Dwolinsky
  • Most Dedicated – Jackson McKean

PeeWee Timbermen

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Samuel Shanks
  • Most Improved – Austin Kuc
  • Most Dedicated – Mason Maddison

Bantam Bulldogs

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Noah Fatur
  • Most Improved – Jerzy Gus
  • Most Dedicated – Ryan Devries

Bantam Steelheads

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Carmen Sanders
  • Most Improved – Riley Styan
  • Most Dedicated – Nicole Gagnon

Bantam Hornets

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Karlee Simpson
  • Most Improved – Brendan Kuc
  • Most Dedicated – Linden Kailer-Dore

Midget Bulldogs

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Tynan Smyth
  • Most Improved – Mathew Lingl
  • Most Dedicated – Logan Henson

Midget Flyers

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Michael Addy
  • Most Improved – Nathan Miller
  • Most Dedicated – James Paracy

Midget Hurricanes

  • Most Sportsmanlike – Jacob Price
  • Most Improved – Angelle Welsh
  • Most Dedicated – Kyle Hodson


5 Female players within AVMHA are on the North Island Impact Team that are heading to the Midget A Female Provincial Championships in Penticton later this month.  They will be defending their title as BC Champions from the 2013-2014 Season.

Maryna MacDonaldSydney DollingSophie VanderleeSarah DawsonBrittney Savard

 Coach of the Year – Kelly Clydesdale

Coach of the Year - Kelly Clydesdale

Coach of the Year – Kelly Clydesdale


Kelly is a newer coach within our association.   He started coaching with AVMHA when his children decided to join hockey late.  He usually coaches 2 teams every year if needed.  This year he coached a PeeWee house team and a Midget house team.

Due to an accident a few years ago, he suffered a major injury and was unable to come out onto the ice and coach for a good portion of that season.  However, this did not deter him and he continued to support the kids and coaching staff.  He did this from the bench whenever and wherever he was able to.  He continued to coach.

He is a very committed and dedicated coach.  He is a very patient coach (except when it comes to his own kids… but most coaches are like that and he even admits that he’s tougher on his own kids.)  He loves to teach the game of hockey and he’s  always thinking of new ways to get the kids motivated.  He is all about having fun and working as a team.  Parents love him and the kids love him.

I (Meranda Vallee) had the pleasure of coaching with him this year and he took the time to ask me questions and my thoughts, views and opinions.  He’s a great teacher.  He treated me as an equal, even though I could barely skate and had just completed the coaching course this year.  The man does have a lot of patience.

Kelly received the most nominations from the membership for “Coach of the Year”.

Volunteer of the Year – Gen Connell

Gen Connell, left with AVMHA President Meranda Vallee

Gen Connell, left with AVMHA President Meranda Vallee

Gen Connell is a newer person within our Association.  She took the initiative to step up and help out wherever she could as soon as her first child was in Mites, a couple years ago.  She was a team manager in Novice last year and she took on the role of Division Manager for the Novice Division this year.

Being a Division Manager is extremely hard work.  It requires dedication and a lot of patience, especially while trying to manage a Division with an odd number of teams.  She had 3 teams to manage.  Being a Division Manager includes managing equal ice times, managing/organizing the coaches, the parents, organizing the referees for games, setting up games, managing tournaments and the list goes on.  This division held another tournament this year which was a very successful event for our Association and for our community.

Gen dealt with a lot of politics throughout the year, which for such a young Division, has me (AVMHA President) quite worried at this point.  We as parents need to stop and think before we act or react.  We have to remember that this sport is an extra-curricular sport and not the NHL or the pathway to the NHL.  It’s for kids to have fun, to make friends, to get some exercise and to learn the game of hockey.  We have to stop and think of the people who are volunteers and recognize that they are here to help out.  If we don’t like the job and appreciate what they are doing, then we need to shut up and step up to the plate ourselves.

Gen encouraged communication throughout the year.  Communication is huge  in this sport and she recognized that right away.  A quality that some don’t recognize right away or at all for that matter.  She has learned and grown a lot throughout this year and I (Meranda Vallee) can see her continuing to grow within this Association and I encourage her to do so.

Gen Connell received the most nominations from the membership for the Volunteer of the Year award.  Congratulations!


Above & Beyond – Carolynn Scott

2015-Volunteer-CarolynScott-7739Carolynn has been with our association for a few years now and has seen it all.  She has been involved in some way wherever she could in the past, including being a manager.  She then started to help me (Meranda Vallee) when I was Treasurer about 3-4 years ago.  She continued on and then was able to take over the management of our Gaming program from me.  She did up the reports, applications, deposits, keeping managers in line with the rules.  It’s a huge job and there is a lot to know.

Two years ago Carolynn was voted in as Treasurer and has increasingly been growing in that role over her term.  It’s not a position that you can just throw at someone, they have to grow into it.  Hence, why she started learning with me about 4 years ago.  There is a lot to know, there is a lot to learn and it is a job that never stops.

She has also taken steps to further her education, on her own time, so that she could properly fulfill the position.  This position takes a lot dedication, patience, learned knowledge, family time, personal time and being cooped up in an office for hours on end sorting out team accounts, rolling up coins, doing deposits, handing out receipts, doing Ref cheques, calling up parents for overdue fees or bounced cheques… the list goes on and it is usually not all fun.  It can be very stressful and does keep a person awake at night sometimes.  It is a full time job, one that is not paid by the way and one that 99.9% of normal people will not touch.

Carolynn had little to no experience when she first started out with me.  She is now fully in charge of Gaming and totally fulfills the Treasurer’s role with little to no help.  In doing this, she still fulfills her role as an Executive member and deals with a lot in that regard as well.  Her dedication to the Association is proof of her growth.  She is to a point now, that I am very comfortable and confident in her by saying, “OK, you’ve got this.”



Rookie Referees of the Year – Ethan Sutherland, left, and Arriana Ward, right. Presented by Referee in Chief – Chris Canuel.

Rookie Referees of the Year – Ethan Sutherland & Arriana Ward

Top Referee of the Year – Eric Gill

Jessica States Memorial Award – Abby Nelson

Abby Nelson, front left with last year's recipient, Zakeysha Corey and Female Hockey Coordinator, Eric Gagnon.

Abby Nelson, front left with last year’s recipient, Zakeysha Corey and Female Hockey Coordinator, Eric Gagnon.

Jessica States was born in 1985 (30 years ago).  She was tragically killed in July 1996.  She was a typical PeeWee hockey player when there was not many female players in the association.  She had a passion for sports and loved to play hockey.  This award is presented annually to a female PeeWee player that has the sportsmanship and dedication like Jessica did.

This year’s recipient is Abby Nelson.  This is Abby’s second year playing PeeWee with the PeeWee Bulldogs.  She plays Defence and has been an asset to the team since earning a permanent spot in October.  She rarely misses a practice or a game and is reliable in her position.  Abby gets along well with her team mates.  She always carries a smile and a positive attitude.  Abby focuses on fitness and pushes her team mates to push harder both on and off the ice.  Congratulations Abby!

Presented by Roxanne Leyland with 2014 recipient Zakeysha Corey and Female Hockey Coordinator Eric Gagnon.


Presentation of Jersey’s to Graduating Players 

2015-GradGroup2-7750Logan Henson – Alberni Refrigeration | Angelle Welsh – Clydesdale Automotive | Chase Henstridge – Cathy Braiden | Nicholas Vincent | Lynzie Taylor – Canadian Tire | Griffin Dolling – GD Auto | David Friel – Clambucket Restaurant | Codie Beecroft – Sears | Ashton Locke – Tyler’s No Frills | Carson Nicholson – Tyler’s No Frills | Danika Bratt – Dago Diesel Inc. | Cole Oldfield – Don Moyen Holdings Ltd. |  Jayden Lajeunesse – Island Rhino | Sophie Vanderlee – Lisa Vanderlee | Michael Addy – Clydesdale Automotive | Matt Irg | Ethan Sundstrum | Ryan Price | Jakob Bottaro | James McLeod | Jake Eskola | Jessie Geddes | Keagun Selva – T&G Boyd | Ryan Love | Andrew Paruk – AV Referees | Josh Harvey.


Alberni Novice Teams Top Lake Cowichan Tournament

Lake Cowichan Novice Tournament Feb.7-8-9 .
The Port Alberni Novice Devils and Novice Sharks ended up playing each other in the finals for the 1st and 2nd position.
The Sharks defeated the Devils with a final score of 9-4 .

Alberni Novice Sharks and Alberni Novice Devils at Lake Cowichan Tournament

Alberni Novice Sharks and Alberni Novice Devils at Lake Cowichan Tournament

Alberni Novice Sharks - 1st place at Lake Cowichan Tournament - Feb. 2015

Alberni Novice Sharks – 1st place at Lake Cowichan Tournament – Feb. 2015

Novice Jamboree Summary

At the Multiplex, December 20-21, 2014 AV Minor Hockey hosted a Novice Jamboree.

These are kids ages 7-8 years old. There was 7 teams which included the 3 local teams: Haggard Trucking Devils, MacDermott’s Insurance Blues and AAA Photography-Coop Sharks.

Each team played 4 games over the 2 days. It was a great introduction to the game of hockey for these kids.

A website was set up to report each game (http://avhockey2014dec.wordpress.com) and included candid photos.

Novice Jamboree

Novice Jamboree

Alberni team scores were as follows:

  • AV Devils 4, Oceanside Flyers 5
  • AV Devils 5, Comox Valley Sasquatch 10
  • AV Devils 2, Campbell River IceBreakers 4
  • AV Devils 8, Comox Valley Canucks 10
  • AV Sharks 1, Campbell River IceBreakers 7
  • AV Sharks 2, Oceanside Flyers 7
  • AV Sharks 8, Comox Valley Sasquatch 5
  • AV Sharks 11, Comox Valley Canucks 5
  • AV Blues 2, Comox Valley Sasquatch 6
  • AV Blues 2, Comox Valley Canucks 8
  • AV Blues 2, Oceanside Flyers 15
  • AV Blues 2, Campbell River iceBreakers 15

Every game had MVP and Digger awards presented to a player on each team.

LOCAL NEWS – AV Times – Dec. 18, 2013

AVMHA prepares to host three tournaments

Novice, bantam recreational, bantam rep tourneys upcoming

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School will soon be out, but local minor hockey players won’t have a lot of spare time on their hands with three tournaments this winter break at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Tournament season begins on Saturday with a two-day Novice Hockey Jamboree.

The jamboree features three Alberni Valley novice teams – the Blues, Devils and Sharks – and also welcomes teams from Comox and Oceanside.

The first game of the jamboree is at 8:45 a.m., Saturday in the Weyerhaueser Arena, as is the last game of the weekend, which begins at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

The next tournament of the winter break features bantam recreational teams competing against each other at the Multiplex.

The tournament is expected to have a field of eight teams, but the out-of-town teams have not yet been announced.

However, both the Alberni Valley Timbermen and Alberni Valley Whalers will be in action over the course of the tournament, which goes from Dec. 28 to 30 at the Multiplex.

The schedule for the tournament has not yet been released. The final tournament of the winter break comes in the new year, as the New Year Classic Bantam Tournament takes place Jan. 3 to 5 and will feature bantam Tier 2, 3, and 4 teams, including the Peewee Tier 3 and Tier 4 Bulldogs teams. The rest of the field is not yet available.

Check online at www.avmha.ca for updated schedules and results from all three tournaments.


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2013-14 Recreation Team Photos

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Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association and Mt. Arrowsmith Skating Club have joined forces to get kids to “Learn to Skate” and then “Play Hockey”.

For kids ages 5-11, you can learn to skate with Mt. Arrowsmith Skating Club‘s CanSkate Program.  Then you can play hockey with Alberni Valley Minor Hockey‘s programs.

Mt. Arrowsmith Skating Club is offering their  CanSkate Program, September 23 to December 2, 2013 with 2 weekly ice sessions for a total cost of $132.65.

Once you have learned to skate, you can join AVMHA in January to March 2014 in the appropriate age division for $50.00.

Mt. Arrowsmith Skating Club has a second CanSkate Program that starts January 6 to March 12, 2014, (includes 2 weekly ice sessions for total cost of $132.65).

AVMHA offers special rates for first time hockey players when they register for their first full season:  Ages 5-6 (Mites/Timbits) $100., Ages 7-8 (Novice) $150., Ages 9-10 (Atom) $200.

For more details about this program and registering for hockey, contact AVMHA Registrar Kellie Steel, ph 250-735-3315 or email: tk.steel@shaw.ca


To register for CanSkate, Contact Mt. Arrowsmith Skating Club, ph 250-720-8999 or email: mtasc@telus.net or website:  www.mtarrowsmithsc.com or link to: Mt. Arrowsmith Skating Club’s CanSkate Program 

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Chevrolet Hockey Helmet Program is Giving Away Free Helmets for Five Year Olds

If you are 5 years old and starting hockey, the Chevrolet Hockey Helmet Program is the way to go.  It saves you the cost of a key piece of essential equipment.  Click on the link above to get all the details.

In addition, Alberni Valley Minor Hockey has an excellent discount on registration for “first time players”.  If you have never registered for hockey before, 5 and 6 year olds (Mites/TimBits) can register for $100.  7 & 8 year olds (Novice) can register for $150. and 9 & 10 year olds (Atom/AtoMc) can register for $200. for the season.  Full registration details can be found on our website under “Registration”.



Mites Hockey at Oceanside

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The Mites (Flyers and Kings) were playing in a tournament in Oceanside at the end of Spring Break (March 22 and 23).



The kids brought their hockey sticks and  played hockey.

They ate hot dogs, fruit platter, veggie platter, chips, pop and juice.

Awards were handed out to every Novice and Mites player .

  • Mites – Saturday, April 6th, 2013 – 11:30 to 1:30 pm –  at Glenwood Center 
  • Novice – Thursday, April 4th, 2013 – 4:30-6:30 pm –  at Glenwood Center

 Congratulations on a great season of hockey and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

Photos from the Mites party:  (Click on photo for larger view)

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Our AVMHA Novice players can be seen in a news video on CHEK TV, at a TimBits Tournament in Saanich over Christmas Break.  (Click on the link below.)



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2012-13 Novice Blues