News and Announcements
The BC Hockey Championship Host sites for integrated and female, Peewee to Juvenile, have been announced.
The BC Hockey Championship dates are:
Female: March 21-24, 2019 with a travel date of March 20, 2019
Integrated Tier 1-4: March 17-21, 2019 with a travel date of March 16, 2019
Juvenile: March 21-24, 2019 with a travel date of March 20, 2019
Please see PDF for locations.
The document 2018-028_2018-2019_BC_Hockey_Championships_vFINAL_2018-10-31.pdf was attached to this post.
Saanich Minor Hockey Association is pleased to be participating in the Buddy Check for Jesse Mental Health Awareness program this season through their partnership with BC Hockey. We will be distributing green stick tape and other resources to our teams (atom through midget) over the next few days and encourage you to discuss this with your players. It is an important initiative to help normalize the conversation around mental health.
From BC Hockey:
BC Hockey has partnered with Buddy Check For Jesse to provide a Mental Health Awareness pilot program for the 2018-2019 season. Buddy Check was created by Dr. Stu Gershman who unfortunately lost his son Jesse to suicide October 29, 2014.
BC Hockey is reaching out to teams to support Mental Health awareness by participating in Buddy Check For Jesse. The program was developed for hockey coaches to deliver a message about mental health to their teams. It began with Jesse’s dad, Dr. Stu Gershman, wanting to help his other two boys feel support, to take action, to create awareness of Mental Health challenges, and to support their teammates. Stu believes that coaches are in a unique position to share this positive message to help raise awareness that mental health issues can affect anyone.
Stu is proud to have partnered with BC Hockey, CBI Health Group, and Suburbia studios (amongst others) and is grateful for the support he has received with this project.
Each team will receive eight (8) rolls of green tape, green wristbands, mental health awareness cards, and a coach’s speech to be facilitated prior to a game on the weekend of October 27-28, 2018. All materials will be sent to the team’s General Managers the week prior and BC Hockey will coordinate shipment or pick up for the Greater Victoria Minor Hockey Associations. Please post any social media to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #BuddyCheckForJesse and #BuddyCheckBC.
For further information on Buddy Check For Jesse please visit https://buddycheckforjesse.com/.
We encourage all teams to start the conversation around Mental Health and utilize the resources provided to you for this initiative. Jesse’s family hopes that through creating this program in Jesse’s honour, it will help other youth and families.
As you may all know, the Pearkes Gold rink is 50 years old and requires extensive and expensive upgrades to keep it functional. Hockey Canada and other research shows that ice arenas have an average life expectancy of 30 to 35 years. Many municipalities raze rinks when they have reached this age.
Currently, the number of ice rinks in Saanich is far below what is provided by other municipalities in the area, and by what is needed by Saanich user groups. Saanich currently provides 2 rinks for a population of 114,000 which is a ratio of 1 ice surface per 57,000 people. In comparison, Esquimalt is 1 rink per 18,000; Oak Bay is 1 per 18,000 and Peninsula is 1 per 20,000 people. In order for Saanich to meet current demand and to be in line with other municipalities, we need a total of 5 rinks to bring the ratio down to 1 rink per 22,800 people.
PLEASE SIGN THE ATTACHED PETITION (click on the google forms link below), to ask that Saanich Council take immediate action to not only repair the aging ice rinks at Pearkes, but to also work towards constructing new ice rinks.
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Minor Hockey Player Season Ticket Packages
➢ $40 Season ticket package for Initiation / Novice, Atom & PeeWee aged players
➢ $80 Season ticket package for Bantam & Midget aged players
All Grizzlies’ Cub Club packages include:
▪ a season’s pass to all Grizzlies home games, starting September 28, 2018 (https://www.victoriagrizzlies.com)
▪ designated seating for members of the Grizzlies’ Cub Club
▪ discounts for Grizzlies’ merchandise at the Q Centre, as well as discounts at some of the Grizzlies’ sponsor organizations
▪ a private skate with the team during the season
▪ a Grizzlies’ team hat
▪ a signed team picture at the end of the season
To get your season’s pass, please go to the Grizzlies’ office @ the Q Centre during office hours (Mon to Fri, 10am – 4pm), or call the Grizzlies’ office (250-385-1555) to arrange a time for your player to take advantage of this offer and become a member of the Grizzlies’ Cub Club!!
The document Grizzlies_Cub_Club_program_2018.pdf was attached to this post.
Congratulations to the SMHA female players who qualified for the Female A Regional team. 15 players from SMHA were placed on 3 teams (4 midget, 5 bantam, 6 peewee), the most of any of the 9 MHAs whose players are eligible.