News and Announcements

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Andrew Kates is Kelowna Minor Hockey’s first winner of OMAHA’s Jack Koteles Award. This award goes to an individual or team who show a strong commitment to community service. Andrew has volunteered his time to a number of local charities and associations, including the Kelowna Gospel Mission, Kelowna Community Food Bank, and the Okanagan Pride Society. He has volunteered for many community events such as the Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis, the Christmas is Coming benefit concert at the Delta Grand. He helped organize the OKM Car Smash fundraiser which helped donations for the Red Cross fire relief for the people of the Fort McMurray fires. Andrew was a member of the OKM Rotary Interact Club, and the OKM Leadership class. Andrew is truly the embodiment of what this award is all about, and KMHA is very proud of all of his efforts within the community.

Pictured – Steve Smith, Executive Director presenting award to Andrew.

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This is another reminder that Early Registration for Returning KMHA players only closes on July 4. After that time returning player’s rates will go up by $105. We suggest that you do not wait to the very last day in the event that you’ve forgotten your password and can’t use the Hockey Canada Online Registration (do not click on ‘Click Here if you forgot your Password’) Hockey Canada does not respond to that prompt .

Click here to register Online

All players that have signed up for the Central Zone Bantam Tier 1 & 2 Tryouts with KMHA now need to go to the BC Hockey web site and register with them and pay the tryout fee – the link for that is:

Click here to register for Bantam Zone Tryouts

We will post the Central Zone Midget information as it becomes available to us.

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Kelowna Minor Hockey families, The Kelowna Rockets hockey team is looking for billet homes for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. If your family lives in the KSS school catchment area or Black Mountain and are interested, please contact Kris Mallette via email at kris@kelownarockets.com and he will gladly send you a package outlining the requirements.
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The Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association (OMAHA) recently voted to allow select over aged midget recreation players and goalies to participate in the 2017/2018 season. Participants must have been born between April 1st and December 31st 1999 to be eligible to apply. Priority will be provided to players who meet the following criteria;
• Will be enrolled in high school during the upcoming hockey season
• Has not played Midget Hockey at the rep level in the past
• Has not received suspensions in the past through KMHA or OMAHA
• Over aged goalies are encouraged to apply due to the shortage of goalies at the Midget level
Over aged players will not be placed on teams that have a full roster of Midget aged players. Teams that have roster space will have a limit of two over aged players excluding goal tenders. It’s important to note that only players and goalies approved by OMAHA will be allowed to register with KMHA. Anyone interested in applying to register with KMHA as an over aged Midget recreation player or goalie for the 2017/2018 season should contact Steve Smith at execdir@kelmha.com in order to begin the application process. Because we cannot register players until they have been approved by OMAHA, any players who submit their names for the list prior to July 15 2017 will get the early registration rate should OMAHA approve them for play. For additional clarification on this communication, please contact Steve.

KMHA BOARD UPDATE 2017

Posted by Kelowna Minor Hockey Association at Jun 13, 2017 1:24PM PDT
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Update to Members on the 2017 AGM

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank our members who attended our AGM on May 30th, 2017. Highlights of this years’ AGM included a Special Resolution pertaining to changes to our constitution and bylaws. Those changes were approved by the members in attendance and can be reviewed on our website under the News Tab. Board Members and Staff provided the audience with an update as to their observations of the 2016/2017 season. The consensus was that the season was a success and that the Association is in a strong position to carry the momentum into the 2017/2018 season. Members can expect to see (1) increased communication as a result of additional town hall meetings, improvements to our website and increased social media presence, (2) ongoing skills development for players as a result of our Skills Instructors initiative, (3) affordable mini camps offered this summer, (4) improved tournament coordination and (5) improved coordination and execution of Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association initiatives such as Bantam and Midget Rep programs. For more information on items discussed during our AGM, please refer to the 2017 AGM Meeting Minutes posted under the KMHA Information Tab.

Another very important part of our AGM is the election of our Board of Directors. I’d like to welcome three new members to our Board as well as one returning member. We are very lucky to have Kelly MacKenzie, Kelly Olson and Scott Millard joining our team. These new members bring expertise to our group in the areas of on-ice officiating, team management, divisional directing, accounting, finance, marketing, and board governance. We’re excited that Dan Macleod has returned for another two-year term and will lead our female hockey initiatives. The following are your Board of Directors for the 2017/2018 season:

Taryn Kuiak – Secretary
Todd Myles – Treasurer and member of Finance Committee
Kelly MacKenzie – Director at Large and member of Conduct/Risk Management Committee
Dan MacLeod – Director at Large responsible for Female Hockey
Scott Millard – 1st VP responsible for Bantam and Midget and member of Communications Sub-Committee
Steve Cawley – 2nd VP responsible for Atom and Pee Wee and member of Conduct/Risk Management Committee and Sponsorship Sub-Committee
Kelly Olsen – 3rd VP responsible for Initiation and Novice and member of Communications Sub-Committee
David Fowler – Past President and member of Finance Committee
Bob Henderson – President and member of the Governance Committee and Sponsorship Sub-Committee

Note: Contact information for all Board Members can be found on our website.

On behalf of the Board and Staff, I’d like to thank Janis McAfee and Tom Watters for their contributions to KMHA. Janis completed a two-year term and was instrumental in updating our new constitution and bylaws as well as leading our safety and risk initiatives. Tom completed a one-year term and was a key part of our Discipline Committee. Both Janis and Tom dedicated a significant amount of time and energy to ensuring our Association operated smoothly and within the parameters as established by our members.

In closing, I’d like to remind all of our members that registration for the 2017/2018 is open and that we are looking forward to an increase in registration this coming year. We are also looking forward to hearing from members who would be willing to volunteer as a coach, manager, tournament coordination, board committee or in other roles. Our Association had over 300 volunteers this past season, each one playing an important role in creating a great hockey experience for our players. Our On-ice Official Team is also looking for both members and non-members who might be willing to wear the stripes this season. Officiating is a great way for players and parents to improve their skills, learn more about the game and to make a little spending money along the way. For more information on volunteering or officiating, please contact Steve Smith at execdir@kelmha.com.

Thanks to everyone who made the 2016/2017 season a success and have a safe and enjoyable summer with your families.

Bob Henderson
President, Kelowna Minor Hockey Association