Banners and blades, sticks and shots

LDMHA looks back on another successful year

The Lillooet and District Minor Hockey Association has 139 kids sporting Lillooet Pistons jerseys this year.

The Novice division has been split into Initiation (6/7 year olds) and Novice (8/9 year olds). There are two junior girls' teams with the Atoms playing exhibition games and tournaments and the Pee Wees playing in league play in their first year; recently they claimed the banner as league winners.

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Over the past several years the association has supported and promoted girls hockey by providing extra ice time in an attempt to re-establish our girls program and follow the lead of BC Hockey and Hockey Canada. Overall enrolment of girls in hockey has steadily increased during the past five years across Canada and the LDMHA is benefitting from that trend as well. The Tykes program is still going strong and is available to beginner players at a very low cost; it also provides equipment for a minimal, refundable deposit. We accept donations of hockey equipment in usable condition.

The Atoms Integrated (boys and girls) team is participating in a six-team Super League that has proven to be a good challenge. The Pee Wee Integrated team is also involved in league play in which they have won the banner. They recently hosted a successful tournament after the Christmas break where they placed first. The Bantam Integrated squad's league includes two Midget and two Bantam-aged teams; they also finished first and are banner winners. The team has applied to host the end of the year District Championship Tournament on Mar. 8-10 which would include the Atoms Integrated final Championship Tournament as well.

The Midget Rep team has won their league and they head into the playoffs as the #1 seed. They will be hosting the Provincial Championship tournament during the week of Spring break. It promises to be high calibre hockey with plenty of excitement and a real positive economic influx for Lillooet.

As in years past the list of volunteers needed to operate all of the teams and the association as a whole is large.

Tykes: Coaches - Bob Butcher, Sandy Horner and Steve Alain. Manager - Roxanne Webber.

Initiation: Coaches - Therese Harrison, Brian Stone and Bob Butcher. Manager - Roxanne Webber.

Novice: Coaches - Teresa Scallon, Therese and Jeff Harrison and Richard Thur. Manager - Simon Warhurst.

Atom Integrated: Coaches - Jeff and Therese Harrison and David Soffer. Manager - Roxanne Webber.

Atom Girls: Coaches - Paul Hangle, Therese Harrison, Verne Rasmussen and Sunni Wolfe. Managers - Ailsa Wolfe and Jacquie Rasmussen.

Pee Wee Integrated: Coaches - Mike Carson, Verne Rasmussen, Murray Casper and Brad Bushill. Manager - Jennifer Thur.

Pee Wee Girls: Coaches - Bill and Tanya Poppy. Manager - Tanya Poppy

Bantam Integrated: Coaches - Jessica McLellan, Cam Jordan, Bob Sheridan, Steve McCabe and Basil Deverell. Manager - Michelle Harder.

Midget Rep: Coaches - Travis Peters, Murray Casper and John McCabe. Manager - Amber McCabe and Brandi Deverell

Association Goalie and Skating Coaches: Brad Bushill, Deb Miller and Jacquie Rasmussen

Referees: Mark Watson, Jeff Fedato, Paul Beland, Mike McDonald, Jacquie Rasmussen, Verne Rasmussen, Gina Doyle, Ashley Hiebert, Riley Deverell, Shalyn Byrne, Ryan Grant and Kayla Poppy

Concession: Amber McCabe

Executive Board Members: President Mike Carson, Vice President (Interim) Jennifer Thur; Secretary Vacant; Treasurer Carolyn Byrne and Marie Haughton; Ref-In-Chief Gina Doyle; Registrar Bain Gair; Ice Ambassador Richard Thur; Equipment Manager Heather Holt; Risk Manager/Safety Tara Montjoy; Head Coach Vacant; Directors Kitrina McDonald and Sandy Horner.

Board meetings are held once a month during the season and all members are encouraged to attend. The Policy and Procedure Manual and the By-Laws are posted on the website for review at www.lillooetminorhockey.org Other information such as team and staff rosters and their game schedules, registration and medical forms and photos are available to view and download. New Board members will be needed for the 2013-2014 season. The Annual General Meeting will be held at the beginning of April and that is where volunteers can put their names forward for the vacant positions.

All of the teams have been diligently working toward meeting their fundraising target for the year. The money raised goes into general revenue; it helps to keep registration fees affordable and is used to cover costs such as ice time rental, the O.M.A.H.A. and BC Hockey dues and other associated expenses.

The LDMHA is also very fortunate to have the support of the community, the local businesses and organizations and the many donors. This year Aspen Planers Ltd. has sponsored the Pee Wee Girls uniforms and Graymont has sponsored the Midget Rep teams' new jerseys. Newman's Own donated funds that are intended to be used for goaltender training and power skating training. We have recently purchased a deep fryer for the concession and further upgrades, including new flooring, are planned for the near future.

The association is considering the possibility of extending the ice this year to include spring hockey. This opportunity will only occur if there is enough interest to rent a majority of the available ice time.

Congratulations to all the team members on a productive season and to all of the volunteers that help make it possible for our kids to play this great game.

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