News and Announcements
A reminder to all parents to exercise caution and make informed decisions when travelling winter highways or longer distances to get to the rinks on days such as today. I have instructed all of our coaches to advise parents that practices and games are optional during winter weather advisory and warnings.
In some extreme circumstances, we will reach out to the other Associations to jointly cancel games/practices.
I thank you for your assistance in this regard. Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to get in touch with your convenors.
Changes to simplify the minor hockey system to go into effect next season. At its Winter Congress this weekend in Montreal, the Hockey Canada membership approved a regulation change proposed by the board of directors to revise the naming of the age divisions used in minor hockey across Canada.
Following the recommendations of a task team, the age divisions will become U7, U9, U11 through to U21, impacting all minor and female hockey programs under the Hockey Canada umbrella. The change was initiated by Hockey Canada and its 13 provincial and territorial members and will be implemented nationally with their input and support for the 2020-21 season.
YEAR OF BIRTH AGE ON DEC. 31 AGE DIVISION
2014 and before 6 and under Under-7 (U7)
2012-2013 7-8 Under-9 (U9)
2010-2011 9-10 Under-11 (U11)
2008-2009 11-12 Under-13 (U13)
2006-2007 13-14 Under-15 (U15)
2003-2004-2005 15-16-17 Under-18 (U18)
2000-2001-2002 18-19-20 Under-21 (U21)
“We believe everyone should feel welcome in the game and in our on-going effort to make hockey more inclusive, the Members at the Hockey Canada Annual Meeting determined that the names of our age Divisions will change,” said Michael Brind’Amour, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. “Following a comprehensive review, we believe this change will simplify the system for families who may be new to the game. The new age Division names will be implemented for next season.”
For more information on Hockey Canada and its minor hockey programs, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or HockeyCanada.ca/MinorHockey.
Please find attached a Board memo to the membership introducing our new President.
Timmins own Dean Prentice has passed away. Dean played 22 seasons between 1952–53 and 1973–74. Over his NHL career, Prentice played for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars.
Prentice played 1378 career NHL games, scoring 391 goals and 469 assists for 860 points.
Dean and his wife June have two daughters, Kelly and Kerry.
The North Stars community sends our thoughts to the Prentice Family and all who knew him.
Congratulations to our Timmins North Stars Major Peewees for winning the 2019 Humberview Huskies Scotiabank Challenge Cup AA Tournament with a 2-0 win over Ottawa Valley Silver 7 in the finals. The team is off to a red hot 14-0-1 start to the season this year.