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This is no longer the official Web site for GANDER MINOR HOCKEY!

Our new site is:

For information on the 2016-17 season visit our new site.

IMPORTANT REMINDER, RECALL – Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Bauer Hockey Corp.

This recall involves the following goal masks and cages:

• Bauer Concept C1 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire,

• Bauer NME 10 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire,

• Bauer RP NME Ti Titanium Cage

Please follow the link below to obtain more information on this recall. Consumers should stop using the recalled goal masks with the affected wire cages and contact Bauer Hockey Corp. utm_source=cp_listserv&utm_medium=email_en&utm_content=recall_bauer&utm_campaign=cpsp_15

For more information, consumers may contact Bauer’s Customer Service toll-free at 1-844-448-4246, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Consumers may also contact Bauer’s Customer Service by email at or visit Bauer’s website at


Todd Jackson

Senior Manager, Insurance and Membership Services

Hockey Canada
Cell Phones/Bullying
There will be zero tolerance regarding cell phone use in the dressing rooms. This
will also be enforced by the Community Centre. Anyone registering with GMHA will
be required to sign a form indicating that they are aware of the cell phone policy. If
the guidelines are not followed, disciplinary action may result following a proper
The same rules apply for bullying. There will be a zero tolerance policy.
The forms will be available to sign during registration.

Jump Start
Parents and Guardians that apply for funding from Jump Start will have to pay for
their child’s $52.00 HNL Insurance fee upfront. They will be given the option for a
payment plan but the total will have to be paid by Dec15, 2015.

TO: All Minor Hockey Association Presidents and Technical Directors
FROM: Paul Dagg, Technical Director, Hockey NL
Ken Chafe, Hockey Development Chair, Hockey NL
DATE: July 17, 2015
SUBJECT: 2015/16 Coaching Course Host Application/Coach Level Update

Coach Level 1 / 2 Update: We will be combining the Coach Level 1 and 2 coaching course. The course will be renamed Coach Level 2. This will take effect beginning September 2015; any previous coach who only has their Coach Level 1 will be required to attend the in-class portion to complete their Coach Level 2. Please visit the following link to view the updated coach and clinic host requirement chart:


Good Day Everyone,
GMHA would like to advise all members, parents and guardians of the following “new” policies we have in place

Required Coaching Certifications

All Coaches coaching at the intro to hockey age groups (Initiation & Novice) must have the Initiation Program (IP) or the Intro to Coach.

Head Coach must be certified with Intermediate Level or Development 1. All other Coaches must be certified with Coach Level or Coach Stream.

There is a progression in the coaching certification program in our branch, and all members must be reminded that in order to attend a Developmental 1 clinic they must be fully certified in the Coach Stream program. Therefore, if they plan to be considered as a Head Coach of teams in Atom and above next season, they must be certified in Coach Stream this season.

Absolutely no cell phone use in the dressing rooms. Should any member of GMHA need to make a call, send a text or read a message, please leave dressing room to do so….

Absolutely no roughness will be tolerated in the dressing rooms…this includes, but is not limited to, pushing, shoving, and especially putting on helmets and gloves and proceeding to engage in a fight commonly known as “helmet and gloves” …please refer to HNL or Hockey Canada for more information on exactly what this is.

There was an incident this recently whereby two peewee players engaged in this behavior and there were injuries resulting from same. This is notice to you all to speak to your team, your children, your peers regarding this zero tolerance rule and failure to abide by same will result in immediate suspension should we, as an executive, become aware of any “helmet and glove” behavior. Part of our mandate as a hockey association is keeping our children safe, therefore there will no more “friendly reminders” we will go straight to disciplinary action….GMHA make no apologies for child safety measures that may negatively impact your opinions of what is or is not “rough housing” Please have a conversation with your team/children,that if they witness this,they are to identify it to an adult IMMEDIATELY and those involved in the actual fight WILL BE SUSPENDED.

Lastly…we are working through protocols now to further enhance safe and appropriate dressing room monitoring. Obviously we cannot police every moment, but GMHA will tell you the executive is unanimous in its desire to keep our association on the straight and narrow when it comes to our children and the issues we’ve had lately. Stay tuned for further updates on these processes….

Thanks Everyone for understanding the stern approach GMHA has taken.GMHA really do not want any other children affected by “helmets and gloves” or video taping in the dressing room while kids are changing.


Hockey Canada safety course
certification / re-certification
This notice is to inform all members of the new safety certification/re-certification requirements.
As of the 2013-14 season, the Hockey Canada safety course is now completed online through
Hockey University and certification is valid for 5 years. After 5 years you will need to complete
the Hockey University online course to successfully regain your re-certification.
Anyone who completed the Hockey Canada safety course prior to the 2013-14 season has valid
certification for the 3 years. To receive your re-certification you must complete the Hockey
University online course. Once you have completed the online course you will be on the 5 year
cycle for re-certification.
To register for the Hockey Canada – Hockey University online safety course, visit
Thank you and if you have any questions, please let me know.
Yours in Hockey,
Paul Dagg
Technical Director,
Hockey NL


The Respect in Sport Parent Program is an effective and informative online training
program for parents of active children. This unique certification program complements
Respect in Sport for Coaches/Activity Leaders by reinforcing a parents role in a child or
youth’s activities, encouraging positive sport behaviors, and providing insight into the
various roles other individuals (such as coaches and officials) play. This program
empowers parents to ensure the safety of their children, encourage positive and
effective communication, and to enhance a child’s fun and camaraderie of the activity.
The program is mandatory for parents of first year players in Hockey NL beginning the
2012-2013 season and will be mandatory for all parents in 2013-2014.
1. Do I have to write any quiz or test? - No.
2. Will I receive confirmation of completion? - Yes, a printable version is supplied.
3. Do I need to re- certify? - No, it’s a onetime program.
4. Is there any online support? - Yes.
5. Why me, I am a good parent…
Respect in Sport for Parents promotes key values in providing a positive, safe and
respectful environment for all participants in sport.
It offers tools to ensure your child is not involved in any way with abuse, neglect,
bullying and harassment.
It helps you developing a more pro-active involvement in your child’s activities, and you
become a deputy for your organization’s values.
Please take a few minutes to complete this program by visiting the parents page and follow the Link.
Booking Ice Time
Anyone booking ice time for GMHA teams must do so by contacting Pete. Community Centre Staff will accept GMHA ice time bookings from Pete Edison ONLY. Pete can be reached at the email address below. Persons booking GMHA ice time for their teams are reminded that they are responsible for informing Pete if they need to cancel booked ice time. This allows the Ice Convener time to inform Community staff of this cancellation and/or re-allocate the time to another team. Pete will liase with Coaches, Team Mangers and the Referee in Chief to ensure that officials, time keepers and box attendants are assigned to all home games and tournaments as needed. He also serves as an advisor to the Executive of GMHA.

Contact Information
To contact the GMHA Ice Convener:

Hockey Canada launches free Concussion Awareness APP for Smart Phones. Copy the following link to your browser.


Energy Drinks

How much caffeine is safe for my children?
Health Canada recommends the maximum daily caffeine intake for children under 12 should not exceed 2.5 mg/kg of body weight. Based on average body weights of children, this means a maximum of:
• 45 mg for children aged four to six, about one 355ml can of cola
• 62.5 mg for children aged seven to nine, about one and a half 355ml cans of cola
• 85 mg for children aged 10 to 12, nearly two 355ml cans of cola
Teens should follow the precautionary recommendations of 2.5 mg/kg body weight. Older and heavier adolescents may be able to consume up to the adult limit: 400 mg/day.
Which products have caffeine in them?
Caffeine is found in a variety of products -- coffee, tea, chocolate, cola and certain medications as well as energy drinks and so-called energy shots.
For a quick reference of how much caffeine can be found in a variety of foods, please see Health Canada's Caffeine in Food page.
The level of caffeine in energy drinks is different in each product, but can range anywhere from 50 mg per can to above 200 mg per can, which may exceed the maximum daily intake recommended by Health Canada for most children and teens.
What should I know about energy drinks and my kids?
Energy drinks are not recommended for children and teens because of their high levels of caffeine, and other ingredients. In some cases, one energy drink could have more caffeine than the recommended daily intake for many children and teens.
It's hard to link levels of caffeine to specific health effects because everybody has a different tolerance for caffeine, but we do know that children are at increased risk of experiencing behavioral effects from consuming caffeine.
Health Canada has received a number of reports of suspected health problems associated with energy drinks. Symptoms have included irregular heart beat and nervousness. If you suspect your child is experiencing such problems contact your health care professional and report the problem to the manufacturer.
Is it safe to use energy drinks to keep hydrated while playing sports?
Energy drinks should not be confused with sports drinks such as Gatorade® or Powerade®. Sports drinks re-hydrate the body and provide sugars, which the body burns to create energy and replenish electrolytes. Electrolytes maintain salt and potassium balances in the body.
Energy drinks, on the other hand, should not be used as a fluid replacement. Because of their caffeine content, they can actually mask the signs of dehydration.
What advice can I give my kids for using Energy Drinks safely?
They should carefully read the labels of all health products they consume, including energy drinks, and follow label instructions.


Rule 6.5 Head Contact
(a) In Minor and Female, a Minor Penalty shall be assessed to any player who accidentally
contacts an opponent in the head, face or neck with his stick or any part of the player’s body
or equipment.
(b) In Minor and Female, a Double Minor Penalty or a Major and a Game Misconduct Penalty,
at the discretion of the Referee and based on the degree of violence of impact shall be
assessed to any player who intentionally contacts an opponent in the head, face or neck
with her stick or any part of the player’s body or equipment.
(c) In Junior and Senior, a Minor and a Misconduct penalty, or a Major and a Game Misconduct
penalty, at the discretion of the Referee based on the degree of violence of impact, shall be
assessed to any player who checks an opponent in the head in any manner.
(d) A Major and a Game Misconduct penalty, or a Match penalty shall be assessed any player
who injures an opponent under this Rule.
(e) A Match penalty shall be assessed any player who deliberately attempts to injure or
deliberately injures an opponent under this Rule.
Note: All contact above the shoulders (neck, face and head) is to be called Head Contact under
one of the above (In minor and female).

Chevrolet Hockey Helmet Program
As we get prepared for another hockey season, one of Hockey Canada’s Sponsors has come up with another great initiative, which provides our future players with brand-new/safe hockey helmets. This program will also provide a financial relief to thousands of hockey parents across the country.
Chevrolet launched a Hockey Helmet Program on August 19th, which will provide every 5 year old player (Born in 2006) that registers with a Hockey Canada Member Branch / Association a FREE Bauer hockey helmet. Please visit for program details.

Gander Minor Hockey Association would like to welcome you to our website. This website has been designed to provide up-to-date information regarding our league and all the teams in our league. This information, which includes sport reports, schedules, and announcements, is important to all players, coaches, and fans.

Be sure to visit us often here at

Thank you,
- Gander Minor Hockey Association

Contact Information

Questions or comments to the GMHA Executive? See the Contact Us link to email or write.

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