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River East A Hockey

2018-19 East League Year End Report

The 2018-19 season was a learning moment for myself as the new Vice President of East League. Having children involved in the REMHA program gave me an idea of the work ahead, however this year was an eye opener for myself being involved in inner working of the program. Evaluations, coaching selection, and creating a conducive playing environment for our kids was an ongoing work in process.

Coming into the role this season I created a personal list of priorities I saw as important to achieving success in my new role. Bringing hockey back to a place where itís more affordable for the average family, creating/ keeping a fair and equitable selection process, selecting the best head coaches to lead our teams, and sustaining a fun playing environment for our kids were the main priorities I created for myself pre-season.

While I may not have achieved success in all these areas, I believe we have an evolving program and as a board weíve made great steps forward this season. Opening up the evaluation process for restructure and examining the development program to see how we can better train our young athletes are just 2 areas that we as a board have worked diligently on throughout the winter. I was privileged to part of the sub-committee on restructuring the fall player evaluations, and I believe we have made great strides towards bring costs down while keeping evaluations fair for everyone involved.

Many see winning as success, however I view success as the by-product of everything that has gone into our program from September till March. Itís the countless hours our parents spend in the rink, itís the work and passion that our coaches offer without anything asked for in return, itís that little extra push that our kids give to outskate their opponent in puck race at the city finals. In the end itís the smiles we have on our kidís faces at the end of every skate and the relationships that we build along the way.

We had some teams this year fare better than others. We had our Novice A1-Black win the B-side cityís and our Minor Atom A3-Black also win the city finals.

However, with this being said, the vast majority of our teams hovered around the .500 mark, give or take a couple spots. As a director, I see this as a success. We ran 16 teams in East League from U8-U10. During selections, we pushed as many kids up to the highest skill levels, while still trying to create competitive teams. This creates an opportunity for players to be playing at the highest skills levels and giving them the best opportunity to develop and be the best hockey player they can be. Kids donít learn anything from destroying every team and going undefeated, and likewise, no child wants to come the rink every weekend and get pummelled on the score board.

The ultimate success is having our kids in REMHA love the game of hockey and return next year. We donít have the registrations numbers for next year, but I am confident in our program and the passion our kids have for the game. Itís my job to lay the groundwork for this, and I thank our residents and the board for giving me that opportunity.

Brent Wilkinson
VP REMHA East League



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