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Dear District 5 Presidents: 

Everything you’ve heard about playing hockey on Grand Manan is true.  The trip to and from the Island is an adventure; the rink facility is top-notch; the Island people are incredibly welcoming and hospitable; Grand Manan Minor Hockey Association players and coaches are both enthusiastic and sportsmanlike competitors; and mainland players typically love their Island hockey experiences.  For two years now, EDZA South has partnered with GMMHA to put on Hockey Canada Development Weekend events, and our players and coaches have raved about their time on the Island.  For example, one of our Bantam AAA team captains was disappointed to learn that his team was not making the ferry trip to Grand Manan this past weekend.  This player, who has travelled far and wide with many elite teams, called his 2012 Grand Manan Development Weekend the most fun hockey trip ever.  Yet, all of those great reasons aside, I’m not sure that we should encourage our mainland teams to play on the Island.  That’s because Grand Manan is building a pretty great hockey environment, and I’m worried that we mainlanders will ruin it. 

I was part of EDZA South’s contingent that travelled to Grand Manan for the 2013 Development Weekend.  We led 7 on-ice sessions and 3 off-ice sessions on the Island, after which our Peewee AAA Riptide and Seadogs teams played in front of a crowd of appreciative spectators. Within the first hour of our time with the Grand Manan players, I could see and feel a difference in the way that the Island players and coaches approach the game of hockey.  Unlike some mainland hockey teams and players, the Islanders seem to have a pure passion for the game, unpolluted by the need for individual glory, alpha-dog superiority and constant parent negativity.  On Saturday morning after a practice, I sat down beside James, one of the Bantam players, a relatively skilled and highly passionate fellow.  He was sitting by himself at the time, and I asked him how long he had been playing hockey.  Politely, James said “Three years”.  “Only three years?” I asked in surprise, given his skill level.  At that point, he highlighted the difference between Island thinking and our mainland thinking.  “Yes, our team has played together for three years now.”  “Oh”, I said. “But what about you?  How long have you been playing?”  That was different.  “Personally, I’ve been playing since IP”, he explained matter-of-factly.  What was interesting was that James’ first thought and response to my question about hockey centered on his team and not on himself 

As we talked, at least half a dozen of his Bantam teammates gathered around James and, together, they regaled me with stories about their experiences as a team – from some wicked beatings last season to an early and promising tie this season.  As they talked, it was clear that these young people were in the sport together, regardless of the outcomes.  Throughout the discussion, they complimented each other and were not once critical of any of their teammates.  I was equally impressed and disappointed by the way these players described their hockey experiences.  Impressed by their sense that every player belonged as a member of the team and was included by the other players; disappointed by the glaring realization that many of our mainland players never have that experience.  The discussion made me realize that, in the right environment, hockey can promote the right values. 

While I know that nothing, including Grand Manan’s hockey environment, is perfect, I’m still a little bit envious of the Grand Manan Minor Hockey Association’s players.  What they seem to have is a great, loving relationship.  When the Bantam and Peewee team practiced together this past weekend, the older players were careful to adjust their intensity for the benefit of younger, smaller players.  When the Novice and Atom players were on the ice, the Bantam and Peewee players helped them and treated them like brothers and sisters.  They cared about each other. No one made fun of anyone else.  We know that the greatest sports coaches of all-time have spoken of that kind of close team bond as the fuel for success, but many mainland minor hockey teams never achieve it. 

 The legendary American high school football coach Bob LaDouceur has said that a key to his team’s success was that the players loved each other. Many less skilled coaches and athletes are uncomfortable with even the word “love”, but LaDouceur’s De La Salle Spartans relied on love to achieve the longest winning streak in American football history (the team’s 151 consecutive game wins was called “The Streak” by Sports Illustrated). On the mainland, too many players see their teammates as competitors in the imaginary race to be “the” dominant player.  Associations and coaches have too often failed to overcome the team-killing attitudes of some players and parents, and it shows.  EDZA South and all of District 5’s associations have something to learn about teamwork from GMMHA. 

Travelling to Grand Manan for a day of hockey has a lot of positive benefits to offer.  The ferry crossings are interesting, the atmosphere at the Grand Manan rink is excellent and the Island players and coaches are great, enthusiastic hosts.  Overall, it is a pure hockey experience based on playing for the love of the game.  It is a difficult experience to find on the mainland.  And that’s why, when we mainlanders go, we should be careful in the same way that we would be careful walking through a garden of endangered flowers.  It would be easy to trample a very beautiful thing.

I think hockey is a game, a child's game, played by men and to play it effectively you must have fun just like children do.” – Fred Shero, former coach of the Philadelphia Flyers


Kelly VanBuskirk

EDZA South








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Game Results Email

Posted by Tony Simpson at Oct 20, 2013 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )


Please email your game sheet by taking a picture with a smartphone or scanning of it to after your game.

Many Thanks!

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2013 DOC Crossover Schedule & Results

Posted by Tony Simpson at Mar 20, 2013 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

This will be updated as scores are sent in.

12-Mar Midget B 8:15 PM SJY Flames 1 SJY Dragons 0 Gorman 3rd vs. 2nd
13-Mar Atom Centennial 6:00 PM KV Red Wings 0 LMHA Nuggets 5 Belyea 4th vs. 1st
13-Mar Atom Centennial 7:15 PM SJY Senators 3 LMHA Vipers 4 Belyea 3rd vs. 2nd
13-Mar Atom Peter Landers 7:15 PM  SS Firebirds 0 CC Ice Wolves 6 Fundy 4th vs. 1st
13-Mar Atom AA 5:45 PM KV Hawks 1 SJY 2 Gorman 3rd vs. 2nd
13-Mar Pee Wee Memorial 7:00 PM KV Devils 2 SJY Wolverines 4 Gorman 4th vs. 1st
14-Mar Bantam Centennial 7:00 PM KV Canadians 2 KV Capitals 4 QMA 3rd s. 2nd
15-Mar Bantam B 6:30 PM SJY 0 LMHA Thunder 3 Belyea 3rd vs. 2nd
15-Mar Bantam A 8:00 PM Charlotte County 1 LMHA 2 Belyea 3rd vs. 2nd
15-Mar Atom B 7:15 PM KV Hawks 4 KV Sabres 1 QMA 4th vs. 1st
15-Mar Atom A 7:00 PM St. Stephen 2 KV Sabres 8 Rothesay 4th vs. 1st
16-Mar Atom A 11:45 AM Hampton 1 Charlotte County 3 Fundy 3rd vs. 2nd
16-Mar PEE WEE B 1:10 PM SJY 1 Charlotte 2 Fundy 3rd. Vs. 2nd
16-Mar Midget Peter Landers 1:15 PM Hampton 6 SJY Flyers 4 Gorman 3rd vs. 2nd
16-Mar Atom Memorial 2:30 PM KV Hurricanes 2 SJY Warriors 4 Gorman 4th vs. 1st
16-Mar PEEWEE AA/A 3:30 PM KV 2 Hampton 0 Hampton 3rd. Vs. 2nd
16-Mar Bantam Centennial 5:00 PM KV Hurricanes 2 Hampton Wolfpack 3 Hampton 4th vs. 1st
16-Mar Bantam A 6:30 PM KV Hawks 1 Hampton 2 Hampton 4th vs. 1st
16-Mar PeeWee Memorial 4:15 PM LMHA Sharks 4 KV Hurricanes 3 QMA 3rd vs. 2nd
16-Mar Midget Memorial 4:45 PM LMHA Dusters 1 KV Sharks 3 Qplex 4th vs. 1st
16-Mar Midget Atlantic 6:30 PM SJY 4th Liners 1 KV Canadians 5 Rothesay 3rd vs. 2nd
16-Mar Midget Memorial 2:00 PM KV Hurricanes 0 LMHA Bolts 4 RVCC 3rd. Vs. 2nd
16-Mar Bantam AA 5:30 PM KV Hawks 0 LMHA Thunder 5 RVCC 4th vs. 1st
16-Mar Bantam Peter Landers 12:10 PM Grand Manan 2 SS Flames 3 St. Stephen 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar PeeWee AA/A 1:15 PM SJY 1 LMHA Thunder 2 Belyea 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar Bantam Memorial 2:45 PM KV Devils 6 LMHA Rangers 2 Belyea 3rd vs. 2nd
17-Mar Midget Peter Landers 4:15 PM Hampton Huskies 1 LMHA Trojans 2 Belyea 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar Midget Atlantic 5:45 PM SS Bisons 1 SJY Predators 8 Belyea 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar Atom Peter Landers 12:15 PM SS Day Hawks 6 CC Snipers 5 Fundy 3rd vs. 2nd
17-Mar Atom Atlantic 9:30 AM KV Capitals 2 SJY Snipers 1 Gorman 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar Atom B 11:00 AM LMHA Thunder 1 SJY 4 Gorman 3rd vs. 2nd
17-Mar Bantam AA 12:30 PM Sussex 0 SJY 5 Gorman 3rd vs. 2nd
17-Mar Pee Wee Atlantic 4:15 PM Chatlotte County 1 Hampton Wolfpack 3 Hampton 3rd vs. 2nd
17-Mar Atom AA 12:15 PM LMHA Thunder 1 KV Sabres 2 QMA 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar Pee Wee Atlantic 11:00 AM KV Capitals 1 KV Red Wings 4 Qplex 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar Bantam B 4:00 PM St. Stephen 1 KV Hawks 4 QMA 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar Atom Atlantic 10:00 AM KV Devils 0 KV Canadians 3 Rothesay 3rd vs. 2nd
17-Mar Pee Wee Centennial 2:30 PM Sussex Rangers 0 LMHA Ice Wolves 3 RVCC 3rd vs. 2nd
17-Mar Bantam Atlantic 5:45 PM SJY Spartens 1 LMHA 6 RVCC 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar PeeWee Centennial 2:05 PM KV Canadians 0 SS Storm  7 St. Stephen 4th vs. 1st
17-Mar Bantam Peter Landers 3:15 PM LMHA Ice Devils 4 SS Flyers 2 St. Stephen 3rd vs. 2nd
17-Mar Atom Memorial 4:00 PM Sussex Royal Rangers 4 Sussex Rangers 3 Sussex 3rd vs. 2nd
18-Mar Bantam Atlantic 8:00 PM RNS 4 KV Red Wings 3 QMA 3rd vs. 2nd
18-Mar Bantam Memorial 6:45 PM Hamptom Huskies 1 Sussex Royal Rangers 0 Sussex 4th vs. 1st
19-Mar Pee Wee B 6:00 PM KV Eagles 1 LMHA Thunder 10 Belyea 4th vs. 1st
19-Mar Pee Wee Peter Landers 6:30 PM SJY Predators 1 Hampton Huskies 5 Hampton 3rd vs. 2nd
19-Mar Midget Centennial 7:15 PM KV Red Wings 2 KV Capitals 1 QMA 4th vs. 1st
19-Mar Midget Centennial 8:45 PM SJY Canucks 1 KV Devils 11 QMA 3rd vs. 2nd
19-Mar Pee Wee Peter Landers 7:55 PM LMHA Vipers 4 RNS 6 RNS 4th vs. 1st
20-Mar Midget B 7:55 PM KV Hawks 2 RNS 5 RNS 4th vs. 1st

Here is the schedule for Day of Champions 2013 being held at RVCC in Grand Bay - Westfield.  This will be updated with the final results daily.

Date   Time   Division Away Score   Home Score
21-Mar-13   4:45 PM   Atom B KV Hawks 2   SJY 4
21-Mar-13   6:15 PM   Atom A Charlotte County 3   KV Sabres 2
21-Mar-13   7:45 PM   Midget Peter Landers Hampton 3   LMHA Trojans 4
22-Mar-13   4:30 PM   Atom Atlantic KV Capitals  1   KV Canadians  4
22-Mar-13   6:00 PM   Atom AA SJY  1   KV Sabres  4
22-Mar-13   7:30 PM   Atom Centennial LMHA Vipers  3   LMHA Nuggets  6
22-Mar-13   9:00 PM   Bantam Atlantic RNS  1   LMHA  3
23-Mar-13   7:45 AM   Atom Memorial Sussex Royal Rangers  1   SJY Warriors  2
23-Mar-13   9:15 AM   Atom Peter Landers St. Stephen Day Hawks  2   CC Ice Wolves  3
23-Mar-13   10:45 AM   Pee wee Atlantic Hampton Wolfpack  3   KV Red Wings
23-Mar-13   12:15 AM   Pee wee B Charlotte County  1   LMHA Thunder  2
23-Mar-13   1:45 PM   Pee wee AA/A KV  0   LMHA Thunder  1
23-Mar-13   3:15 PM   Peewee Memorial LMHA Sharks  3   SJY Wolverines  5
23-Mar-13   4:45 PM   Peewee Centennial LMHA Wolves  2   St Stephen Storm  7
23-Mar-13   6:15 PM   Peewee Peter Landers Hampton  5   RNS  1
23-Mar-13   7:45 PM   Bantam B LMHA Thunder  1   KV Hawks  2
23-Mar-13   9:15 PM   Bantam A LMHA Thunder  1   Hampton Huskies  2
24-Mar-13   7:45 AM   Bantam Centennial KV Capitals  3   Hampton Wolfpack
24-Mar-13   9:15 AM   Bantam Memorial KV Devils  3   Hampton Huskies  4
24-Mar-13   10:45 AM   Bantam Peter Landers LMHA Ice Devils  1   St. Stephen Flames  15
24-Mar-13   12:15 PM   Bantam AA LMHA Thunder  6   SJY  2
24-Mar-13   1:45 PM   Midget Atlantic KV Canadians  3   SJY Predators  5
24-Mar-13   3:15 PM   Midget Memorial LMHA Bolts  2   KV Sharks  5
24-Mar-13   4:45 PM   Midget Centennial KV RedWings  3   KV Devils  1
24-Mar-13   6:15 PM   Midget B SJY Flames  2   RNS  1

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2012 SNBMHL Day of Champions

Posted by Tina Sewell at Feb 20, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
2012 Champions
Atom Atlantic KV Atom C 3 Devils 
Atom Memorial St. Stephen Atom C 1 Firebirds
Atom Centennial Hampton Atom C 2 Huskies 
Atom B  Saint John Youth Atom B Flames
Atom A Saint John Youth Atom A Flames 
Atom AA Lancaster Atom AA Thunder
Peewee Peter Landers Grand Manan Peewee C Islanders
Peewee Atlantic RNS Peewee C Riverhawks
Peewee  Memorial Lancaster Peewee C 2 Rockets
Peewee Centennial  Lancaster Peewee C 1 Leafs
Peewee B St. Stephen Peewee B Storm
Peewee A Lancaster Peewee A 2 Lightning 
Peewee AA KV Peewee AA 3 Panthers
Bantam Peter Landers St. Stephen Bantam C 2 Flames
Bantam Atlantic St. Stephen Bantam C 1 Flyers
Bantam Memorial KV Bantam C 2 Capitals
Bantam Centennial RNS Bantam C Riverhawks 
Bantam B   Lancaster Bantam B Thunder
Bantam A Sussex Bantam A Rangers 
Bantam AA Saint John Youth Bantam AA Flames
Midget Peter Landers Saint John Youth Midget C 2  Phoenix Flames
Midget Atlantic Saint John Youth Midget C 2 Jets
Midget Memorial KV Midget C 3 Devils 
Midget Centennial KV Midget C 6 Senators
Midget B Saint John Youth Midget B 1 Blaze