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Letter from AVMHA President – Dec. 17, 2013


To all players, parents and volunteers:

Xmas Letter from President Dec 2013

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Hockey President Retires

Al McCulloch Mar 16-2013

With his sons graduated from the program, longtime minor hockey president Al McCulloch is stepping down from his position with the local association.  

McCulloch had been president for three terms and a combined five years.

“I’m going to miss it,” he said. “I enjoyed the people I’ve worked with. I had a really good executive and I had a really good relationship with the boys and the girls who came through the program.”

McCulloch will still go back to the rink to watch hockey, as he remains a fan of the game.

“I’m going to miss seeing all of the accomplishments the kids would make and the successes they achieve,” he said. “Seeing kids get something good out of hockey is a wonderful thing.”

Taking over for McCulloch will be the former treasurer of the AVMHA, Miranda Vallee. 

Vice president will be Trent Martin, Carolyn Scott will be treasurer, Kellie Steel will be registrar, and Bruce Brunt and Kord Kozocari will be on the executive as directors at large.

McCulloch does not doubt that Vallee will be a suitable replacement for his now former position as president.  “She’ll be awesome,” McCulloch said of Vallee. “I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for Miranda. She’s been a treasurer forever, and she’s always got everyone’s best interests at heart.”

In the past 14 years he has been involved with minor hockey, McCulloch has watched the numbers shrink in the hockey community just as the population of the Alberni Valley as a whole has.

However, players have been more successful, he said, and the building of the Multiplex more than a decade ago no doubt has something to do with that, as players now have another sheet of ice with which to work with.

For the association to continue its successes, McCulloch would like to see more local players volunteer as coaches.

For that to happen, the former players need incentive to stay in town.

“We’ve got to get jobs in the community for the young guys to come back and coach,” McCulloch said. “We’ve got young coaches right now who came back and coached, and they’re very successful at it, and the kids really respond to it well.”

McCulloch had a long list of people to thank, including sponsors and supporters of minor hockey in the Alberni Valley, including arena staff, jersey suppliers, city staff, coaches, parents and players.


Published 11 Apr 2013 ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES
SCOTT MCKENZIE Smckenzie@avtimes.net