VP Operations Message
Welcome to Fort Garry North Hockey, home of the Storm & Flyers! Our FGNHA board along with many volunteers look forward to another season providing children with opportunities to form and develop friendships and life skills through minor hockey. I am very proud to be part of an association that facilitates inclusive minor hockey programing on behalf of our catchment community clubs and provides every child with a fun, safe and positive playing environment.st.
The sport of hockey can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, our goal is that our young players stay involved for life. A hockey season should not solely be judged on wins and losses. The smiling faces leaving the rink each day should measure our successes. The overall experience is what matters.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers in advance for their dedication to our youth. I cannot express in words the gratitude and appreciation I have for the thousands of hours our volunteers give to the children of FGNHA. Please take a minute to consider a team role as coach, assistant coach, safety representative or team manager for this coming season.
To our young players, good luck! Each time you arrive at the rink & step on the ice, you represent our association and I know your passion, your energy and your commitment to fair play will make our association proud that you wear our FGNHA crest.
Have fun and good luck in the upcoming season.
2022-2023 Executive Officers
Christine Menzies Irwin
Vice President, Operations
Vice President, U15 - U18
Vice President, U9A1 - U13
Vice President, AA Hockey
Vice President, Female Hockey
Vikki Mirecki and Matt Stathers
Vice President, Officials
Vice President, Equipment
Vice President, Ice & Scheduling
Vice President Coach & Player Development
Vice President, House League
Community Club Presidents
To provide children with opportunities to develop life and hockey skills through fair play.
Core Values Statement
Fort Garry North Hockey Association (FGNHA) through accountability is an inclusive community club based program that provides every child with a fun, safe, positive playing
environment promoting the development of self-esteem, trust, respect, honesty, teamwork & sportsmanship through equal participation.
Fair Play Policy
In recent years there has been a growing trend in hockey where an overemphasis on winning is taking over for the real reasons kids play hockey. When an overemphasis on winning starts to creep into any sport the ramifications occur in many areas: parents put pressure on their children, development of inappropriate coaching styles, poor sportsmanship, and ultimately burnout of the children in a sport they once enjoyed. This Fair Play Policy and Procedure Manual is a culmination of the Board’s efforts to provide direction to players, parents, coaches and administrators of this hockey program and most importantly ensures the needs of the children playing hockey in the FGNHA comes first. Does this mean winning is not important? Absolutely! Fair play is all about the development of the children first and foremost.
Development of hockey and life skills makes better well-rounded athletes. Fair play is not about a stopwatch at every game to determine whether a child got equal ice time. Fair play is about equal participation and is defined as follows, when it is my turn to go out, I will be given the opportunity to go out and participate. However, in order to establish player responsibility, any player(s) who continue to violate or violate more than one team rule may have to forfeit more than one turn during games. Team rules will be applied consistently to all players on a team. FGNHA also realizes that children have other important activities which play a major role in their lives. All volunteers must keep this in mind when it comes to the children’s participation in hockey. This program philosophy is the framework for putting the children playing hockey first. The aim of the FGNHA is to promote the philosophy contained within the FGNHA Mission Statement.
Parents should endeavor to understand the opportunities and limitations that are provided through a community club based program. It should also be understood that team officials and administrators are volunteers. The program offered by FGNHA is inclusive, not exclusive and provides equal participation for all children.
To ensure all parents and coaches in FGNHA become familiar with and knowledgeable about the Fair Play Policy, attending a Fair Play educational seminar is mandatory.Concerns regarding Fair Play will only be heard by the Parent Representative and the Fair Play Hearing Committee from those individuals who have attended a Fair Play educational seminar. This will help all parents and coaches understand their role in implementing and creating a positive experience for all children.
This policy is intended to address issues associated with hockey within the Fort Garry North Hockey Association. Therefore, issues arising from a perceived violation of the Fair Play Policy and Procedure Manual will be dealt with through the Fair Play Reconciliation process.