It has been over a month since my last message, and it is a good time for another update though I will admit, it feels like the Boundary Review has become cloudier since my last message. Here is a review of what has happened since my last update:
- The Big 4 Associations (Trails West, Glen Lake, Springbank and Bow V alley) along with Southwest put forward a position that the ideal Association size should be 1,000 – 1,300 players. This is much larger than the proposed 700–850 that Hockey Calgary had been advocating. To get to 1,000 – 1,300 players per Association, Hockey Calgary would need to reduce the number of Associations to something less than the current 14.
- The Saints, who play out of the Northeast, have put forward a case that no boundaries should change and that they would like to remain as they are, despite being a smaller Association.
- In response to the ongoing discussions, Hockey Calgary put forward 6 potential solutions that ranged from 15 Associations all the way down to 11 Associations. Each Association was asked to vote on its top 3 choices to help Hockey Calgary narrow the discussion to 2 or 3 options.
- With complete transparency, the 12 Association and 11 Association options would require a merger between The Breakers and The Mavericks. These options received limited votes.
- The Lake Bonavista Hockey Council considered all options and voted for 3 solutions that kept LB hockey independent but had us adding communities to grow our numbers. The communities being added varied based on the option.
- In the end, 8 Associations voted for “No Change” while the other 8 votes (including LB, Southside and Girls Hockey) were widely spread among the 6 Hockey Calgary options.
Lake Bonavista had a private session with the Hockey Calgary Board of Directors on February 19th to talk about our Association. We were well prepared for the session and were able to show how a smaller Association can be very successful in managing a hockey program. We were able to describe the strong community feel of our Association, the strength of our Volunteers, our commitment to Charity and our strong commitment to coach and player development. We were also clear that the current size gap between LB and the larger Associations needed to be addressed.
Hockey Calgary has called a final meeting for Presidents on February 28th to discuss next steps. This meeting will include the Hockey Calgary Board of Directors who ultimately have the responsibility to make the boundary decision. I remain hopeful that Hockey Calgary will push forward with their plans to address the Association size gap, though the outcome is far from clear. I will provide an update following this meeting.
Other key items going on in the Association:
- Breaker Shaker: Our annual Breaker Shaker will be held on March 16th in the Gym at the Rec Centre. The theme will be The Roaring 20’s. This event is focused on raising money for the Breaking Barriers Fund and as a celebration for all of our Volunteers and Parents. It has been a great year with lots to celebrate.
- Please RSVP if you are able to join us.
- We are continuing to look for donations for the Silent Auction. If you are able to donate , please let the committee know.
- Annual Awards: Once again this year we will be presenting two major Awards at the Breaker Shaker. Our Grant Patterson Volunteer of the Year Award and our Mike Budd Coach of the Year Award. We are looking to the membership to nominate Volunteers and Coaches that have made a significant impact on the Breaker Community this year. Please send any nominations to Awards@BreakersHockey.ca. The nomination deadline of February 28th is coming quickly. Each nomination should outline why you are nominating the individual (i.e. more than just the name – tell us why). All Breaker Volunteers and Coaches are eligible to be nominated.
- Esso Minor Hockey Week: The Breakers had a great Esso Minor Hockey Week with 4 teams making the Finals and our Novice 2 White team winning it all. Congrats to our Atom 2, 3 and 4 teams for making the Finals. All three played at Great Plains at similar times and it was great to see all of the Breaker support at the rink.
- Coaches Survey’s: All of the coaches have received their feedback from the Coaches Surveys. Thanks to all that took the time to provide feedback. As a Council we will look at the key themes in the surveys to ensure we are addressing everything we can.
- Spring Hockey: Registration for Bonavista’s Spring Hockey program is up on the LBCA website. If your kids are interested in playing, please be sure to sign up soon as age -groups do fill up. Also, if you are interested in volunteering to help organize Spring Hockey, we would welcome all help.
To all of our Volunteers and Coaches, thanks for your ongoing support. The season is coming to an end and your dedication does not go unnoticed.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the Hockey Council if you have questions or concerns on anything to do with the Hockey program.
Jeff Edwards President
Lake Bonavista Hockey Executive Council