Harbour Grace officials pick up awards
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.
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.
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.