Har­bour Grace of­fi­cials pick up awards

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Two on-ice of­fi­cials with the Cee­Bees Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion were rec­og­nized for their ef­forts on the ice at the Hockey NL an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Gan­der on June 7-9.

At Hockey New­found­land and Labrador’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Gan­der on June 7-9 two on-ice of­fi­cials with the Cee­Bees Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion picked up hard­ware.

At the an­nual awards ban­quet, Cee­Bees’ ref­eree- in- chief Dean Whalen was awarded the Ron Healey Me­mo­rial Award for his work with se­nior hockey.

The Ron Healey Me­mo­rial Award is given to the of­fi­cial who pro­vides lead­er­ship and sup­port to se­nior of­fi­cials in the prov­ince, and is named af­ter for­mer se­nior of­fi­cial Ron Healey.

“I was pleas­antly sur­prised to get the award,” said Whalen. “It’s nice to get rec­og­nized.”

Join­ing Whe­lan in get­ting rec­og­nized was fel­low Cee­Bees of­fi­cial Ja­son Pen­ney of Car­bon­ear.

Pen­ney was awarded Wayne Mercer Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship. He was also given a mi­nor hockey schol­ar­ship at the event, along with Christi- na Burke of the Baie Verte Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Wayne Mercer Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship is worth $1,000 and is given to a reg­is­tered of­fi­cial who is at­tend­ing a post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tion. Mercer passed away in 2007, and was the su­per­vi­sor of of­fi­cials for HNL for 15 years.

Mean­while, here are some other no­table points from the meet­ing:

Body check­ing re­moved

With the con­clu­sion of the AGM, HNL ap­pears set to im­ple­ment a num­ber of changes go­ing for­ward. The big­gest of which is the re­moval of body check­ing from the pee­wee di­vi­sion.

This fol­lows a de­ci­sion made by Hockey Canada to ban con­tact from

pee­wee di­vi­sions across the coun­try.

Par­ent ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram

HNL has im­ple­mented a manda­tory par­ent ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram. At least one par­ent or guardian with a player reg­is­tered in mi­nor hockey must com­plete this pro­gram.

This must be done be­fore the player will be ac­cepted for the Hockey Canada regis­tra­tion pro­gram.

Should it no be com­pleted, then the player will not be con­sid­ered reg­is­tered and will not be in­sured. Also, HNL will not al­low the ath­lete to par­tic­i­pate in on-ice ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pro­gram can be found at hnl­par­ent.re­spect­groupinc.com.

To go along with the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, HNL also ad­vised as­so­ci­a­tions to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of im­ple­ment­ing a par­ent code of con­duct to be signed by upon regis­tra­tion.

Vol­un­teer screen­ing

HNL will be ad­her­ing to a stricter set of pro­to­cols when it comes to its vol­un­teer screen­ing process. This process will in­clude a per­sonal in­ter­view, a his­tory of con­duct within the as­so­ci­a­tions, and con­sent for a crim­i­nal records search, con­sent for dis­clo­sure of crim­i­nal records and a let­ter of cer­tifi­cate of con­duct and vul­ner­a­ble per­sons check.

As­so­ci­a­tions are also be­ing en­cour­aged to re­view their own vol­un­teer screen­ing and bring it up to par with Hockey NL.

Com­pass file photo

Cee­Bees mi­nor ref­eree-in-chief Dean Whalen was awarded the Ron Healey Me­mo­rial Award for his work in se­nior hockey at the Hockey NL an­nual gen­eral meet­ings in Gan­der on June 7-9. In this Com­pass file photo, Whalen is shown of­fi­ci­at­ing a game in the New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League.

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