Players and members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association are still frustrated that their group is being denied the ability to play against other females from the area. In early August, the members voted 96% in favour of remaining with the AMHA, rather than joining the new Fundy Highland Zone, which would mean less playing time, loss of the Antigonish Bulldog name and increased costs for travelling.
The AMHA claims that Hockey Nova Scotia have not listened to the concerns of locals, who are worried about the future of the minor hockey association in the area. A loss of the female players could result in a drop of 25% of memberships for the group. As a result, AMHA will be holding a community rally this weekend and continue to work creatively to find ways to provide female players with valuable on ice time.
The rally will be held at the Antigonish Arena this Saturday at 11:00.
The online registry for female hockey is now open. Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in an all female league in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9, 2017. There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland. Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only. The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
There were some local winners at the Hockey Nova Scotia Awards Banquet in Halifax over the weekend. The Clary MacDonald Award for Coach of the Year was Kyle MacDonald of the Telus Cup Champion Cape Breton West Islanders. The Islanders were also named Fred Fox Award winners as male team of the year. Bryan Smith of Antigonish picked up the Jacques Comeau Award for Rep coach of the year. The Ken Mantin Award for outstanding volunteer contribution to minor hockey was awarded to Clary Melanson of the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets. The Hal Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Officiating went to Brian MacDonald of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association. The Registrar’s Award for promptness and efficiency in ensuring all players are registered went to Carla King of the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association.