‘Buck­ets and Gloves’

Cen­tral N L. mi­nor hockey adopts zero tol­er­ance rule for dress­ing room rough­ing

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­[email protected]­cen­tralvoice.ca

While the Grand Fall­sWind­sor Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion has taken mea­sures to try and curb a dress­ing room prac­tice known as “buck­ets and gloves”, it hasn’t been an is­sue other cen­tral mi­nor hockey asso­ciations have had to face this year.

The Grand Falls-Wind­sor as­so­ci­a­tion spoke pub­licly about the prac­tice af­ter its pres­i­dent, Mark Gill, was in­formed by a lo­cal physi­cian that three youth were be­ing treated for con­cus­sions.

In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view with The Cen­tral Voice, Gill said, a zero-tol­er­ance stance has been de­clared and any­one found en­gag­ing in the prac­tice will be dealt with ac­cord­ingly.

In Gan­der, Shawn Wells, pres­i­dent of the lo­cal mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion, said there haven’t been any con­cerns brought for­ward of the off-ice ac­tiv­ity tak­ing place.

But he has heard of it, and it has hap­pened the past.

“It’s some­thing that has hap­pened many years ago, and we have zero tol­er­ance for it,” he said.

Once an is­sue is brought for­ward, it is re­viewed by the as­so­ci­a­tion’s com­plaints board.

“We have a pol­icy in place, and the pun­ish­ment is sit­u­a­tion-based, de­pend­ing on the sever­ity and num­ber of of­fenses,” he said.

Wells isn’t naïve to the fact that dress­ing room hi­jinks take place, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion does what it can to keep it at a min­i­mum.

“There are 300-350 kids (in the pro­gram), and stuff does hap­pen,” he said. “But we have coaches and random par­ents that pe­ri­od­i­cally check on play­ers, de­pend­ing on their age group.”

Neil Kirby, vice-pres­i­dent of the Baie Verte Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, said “buck­ets and gloves” hasn’t pre­sented as a prob­lem.

In fact, it was the first time Kirby heard of the ac­tiv­ity, and he’s been in­volved with mi­nor hockey for the past five years.

“I haven’t seen any­thing like that in our dress­ing rooms,” he said. “When it comes to con­cus­sions, it’s some­thing we take very se­ri­ously, but I haven’t heard a coach, par­ent or di­rec­tor men­tion that to me.”

There haven’t been any com­plaints on Fogo Is­land ei­ther.

Like Kirby, Jor­dan MeKenna, pres­i­dent of the Fogo Is­land Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, said it works to have coaches and par­ents with play­ers in the dress­ing room.

And if some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate should hap­pen, it will be dealt with on a per case ba­sis.

Fur­ther­more, MeKenna said, mem­bers of­ten speak with its play­ers about the im­pacts and con­se­quences of con­cus­sions.

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In light of the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion ad­dress­ing “buck­ets and gloves” con­cerns, it’s some­thing other cen­tral hockey asso­ciations haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced lately.

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