Hockey Canada’s 92nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), attended by more than 250 delegates from across the country, wrapped up Saturday at the Westin Calgary after three days of discussion about what will benefit the growth and development of Canada’s game.
On Saturday afternoon, former Hockey Alberta President, Michael Bruni (Calgary, Alta.), was elected chair of the board by acclamation, taking over for Ken Corbett (Carleton Place, Ont.), who concluded a term of over two years as chair of Hockey Canada’s board of directors.
Five officers were also elected to Hockey Canada’s board of directors including former Hockey Alberta President, Terry Ledingham (Bon Accord, Alta.), who will be returning for a second term.
Items approved by Hockey Canada’s board of directors during this year’s AGM include:
Zero tolerance measures for all head contact or checks in minor, female, junior and senior hockey:
o in minor and female hockey, a minor penalty shall be assessed for all accidental hits to the head, while a double minor penalty, or a major and game misconduct at the discretion of the referee based on the degree of violence of impact, shall be assessed for any intentional contact to the head;
o in junior (Junior A, B, C, D) and senior hockey, a minor and a misconduct or a major and a game misconduct shall be assessed for all checks to the head, at the discretion of the referee
o a major penalty and a game misconduct, or match penalty, shall be assessed to any player who injures an opponent under this rule
Approval of action plan to address recruitment and retention in Canada, including:
o membership card;
o education and communications initiatives;
o reporting strategies;
Update on continuation of planning for an e-learning strategy that will continue to look at opportunities to bring hockey development (coaching, officiating, safety) to Hockey Canada’s membership through on-line platforms
A new strategy was approved to review partnership between Hockey Canada, the Branches and Canlan for the recruitment of Adult Recreational Players into the Hockey Canada / Branch Membership.
Hockey Canada’s 2011 AGM brought together the governing body’s board of directors, officers, life members, partner organizations and representation from all 13 branches, as well as from councils that oversee female hockey, junior hockey, minor hockey, senior hockey and hockey development.
Hockey Alberta’s Annual General Meeting was held on June 10-12, 2011 at the Capri Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer.