New di­rec­tor for Bay Arena mi­nor

Ian Nor­ris brings wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence, says pres­i­dent

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BYNICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The Bay Arena Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion has named its new di­rec­tor of hockey op­er­a­tions ( for­merly tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor) for the 2012-13 sea­son.

The Bay Roberts-based as­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced last week that St. John’s na­tive Ian Nor­ris had ac­cepted the po­si­tion.

Nor­ris, the older brother of for­mer pro­fes­sional play­ers Dwayne and War­ren Nor­ris, will brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the Bay Arena when he be­gins his new job later this month.

He has a mas­ter’s de­gree in phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and is a for­mer head tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor and coach for Avalon mi­nor hockey in St. John’s.

Nor­ris has been di­rec­tor of the North­ern Edge, an elite youth hockey school based out of Toronto and parts of the United States, and is the di­rec­tor/owner of the Nor­ris School of Power Hockey.

“I’m very ex­cited to get go­ing,” said Nor­ris. “I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the ex­ec­u­tive, coaches and play­ers this sea­son.”

Nor­ris re­cently moved back to New­found­land af­ter a more than a decade in On­tario with his wife, An­drea, and their son, Cameron.

“When I got back, I wanted to get in­volved in the hockey,” he said.

Nor­ris chose to ap­ply for the po­si­tion, and vol­un­teers with Bay Arena mi­nor are happy to have him on board.

“We’re very ex­cited to have Ian,” pres­i­dent Brian Drover told The Com­pass.

Drover said when Nor­ris’ re­sume landed on his desk, he was im­me­di­ately drawn to the ex­pe­ri­ence Nor­ris could bring to the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“He has 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, and his re­sume was very im­pres­sive,” he said.

First im­pres­sions

Nor­ris’ first chance to meet the play­ers in the as­so­ci­a­tion will likely come on Sept. 22, when Bay Arena mi­nor kicks off its an­nual hockey school at the Bay Arena.

“It’s a good chance for Ian to go out and give a good im­pres­sion,” said Drover.

The hockey school runs for two weeks, in­volves play­ers from be­gin­ners to pee­wee, and play­ers are guar­an­teed 10 ses­sions over those two weeks

This year’s school will have an added em­pha­sis on goal­tend­ing. Those who tend the nets for Bay Arena mi­nor teams will not be charged a fee.

Drover said peo­ple will take notice of Nor­ris’ abil­ity to coach the game once the first prac­tice be­gins.

“I think he is go­ing to im­press peo­ple,” he said.

Nor­ris said he is “not wor­ried” about the pres­sure of kick­ing off the hockey school.

He is go­ing to look at get­ting some coaches in place to help out with the run­ning the of the school and make sure “things run smoothly.”

Tech­ni­cal his­tory

Nor­ris en­ters a po­si­tion that has seen a great deal of turnover with Bay Arena mi­nor.

The Bay Arena spent the bet­ter part of a sea­son with­out a tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor af­ter Matthew French abruptly stepped down from the po­si­tion be­fore Christ­mas, af­ter a year in the po­si­tion.

Nor­ris said he will be bring­ing a “hands on” ap­proach to the po­si­tion.

“I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to be on the ice,” he said.

Nor­ris knows the Bay Arena has a great deal of in­ter­est in the game of hockey and has been a suc­cess­ful as­so­ci­a­tion over the past num­ber of years.

He said he looks for­ward to teach­ing many of the dif­fer­ent as­pects that go into Canada’s un­of­fi­cial na­tional sport.

“I look for­ward to teach­ing kids the game of hockey,” he said.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Sub­mit­ted photo

Ian Nor­ris, shown here af­ter com­plet­ing the Ot­tawa Marathon, is the new di­rec­tor of hockey op­er­a­tions for Bay Arena mi­nor hockey.

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