FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association has been awarded BC Hockey’s Frank Spring Award for Minor Hockey Association of the Year.
Over 150 associations were competing for the award, one of the most prestigious given out by BC Hockey. The awards were handed out at the BC Hockey Annual General Meeting Awards at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel near Kamloops on Saturday, June 11th.
FSJMHA’s Director of Hockey Trudy Alexander says that the association has a number of programs that take the organisation to the next level, and helped win the award. Among the many programs that FSJMHA offers are:
- An on-ice officials program for the 54 referees that registered with the association last year.
- Three power skating lessons for each team every season.
- Having a minimum of 2 certified HCSP in the stands for every practice and game.
- 36 mandatory ‘Sportsmanship Starts in the Stands,’ meetings along with the existing ‘Team 1st’ program for players.
- Implementing a ‘body contact’ league for Bantam and Midget Rec. teams within the All Peace League.
- Starting a Pee Wee female hockey team.
- Helping the Fort St. John Junior B Huskies with their Fill the Bus Program, collecting an average of 30,000 pounds of non-perishable items that are donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank every year since 2002.
In a release, Fort St. John Minor Hockey President Jim Ferrie said “FSJMH has hundreds of dedicated volunteers from the board of directors, coaches, managers down to time keepers and Jerseys Moms who all dedicate an enormous amount of time to insure the youth of FSJ are not only able to play hockey but do so in a safe and positive environment. This award does not just belong to the association it belongs to its players, volunteers and countless community supporters and is recognition of the hard work by all. We are very proud of all the hard work that the community puts into minor hockey every year and we are excited to hang this banner in the arena as a display of pride in our community and association.”