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President’s Message
Submitted By Rochelle Schumacher on Fri 07 29, 22
A quick message from our president

Ayr Minor Hockey President’s Message

 

A sincere welcome to all our Hockey families to another year of Ayr Minor Hockey!  We have some exciting things planned for this season and we look forward to seeing the players back on the ice in early September.  A reminder…. Registration closes August 7!  Registrations will be accepted with a late fee until August 31, pending availability of space based on player numbers. 

 

You will see a few changes this year.  Through an OMHA initiative, all gate fees at all levels have been eliminated.  While this has been an important source of revenue for our association it will simplify game entries it will eliminate the ‘mad search for toonies’ before entering the games.

The Additional Entry (AE) division has been eliminated and replaced with a new division that will be known as a Tier 2 team in most centres.  In addition to Rep Teams in each division, Ayr plans to have Tier 2 teams in the U11, U13 and U15 divisions and if player numbers warrant a Tier 2 U-18 team as well. 

Our player development group are planning a specialized series of goalie clinics open to all AMHA goalies and any young players interested in trying out the position.  AMHA has a small inventory of goalie equipment that can be utilized by young players looking to try the position.  Development sessions will be scheduled for goalies and players of all age groups prior to the beginning of tryouts.  These sessions are not evaluation sessions; they are simply a chance for players to get back on the ice and prepare for the season ahead.  All players are encouraged to attend.  Coach training sessions will be held for all levels throughout the season with coaches able to share ideas, practice plans and experiences with each other.  The sessions will be led by a certified development coach who works with professional and amateur hockey teams across North America. 

The Silverstick Tournaments for Tier 2 divisions, and our Ayr Hockey Challenge will return for another year.  Mike Thibeau is back as the tournament convenor for all 3 events has his sites set on the best year ever for tournament play in Ayr!

Tryouts for the rep teams will begin in mid September.  Please watch the AMHA website and the calendar section for upcoming ice times for each age group.

We are looking forward to a great hockey year in Ayr!

Sincerely,

Brad Sayles

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