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Gander Minor Hockey Year End Banquet.
Hi Everyone, below are the dates for this years Banquet.

Tuesday; May 19th - Gander Curling Club - 5pm -7pm

Group 1
*McDonalds will be served
*Banners / Certificates will be given out during the banquet

Tuesday; May 19th Gander Curling Club - 7:15pm-9:15pm

Group 2
*Atom/Peewee & Female U9/U12 and U15
*McDonalds will be served
*Awards will be given out during the banquet

Wednesday; May 20th Gander Curling Club 6pm- 8pm

Group 3
*Bantam/Midget & Female U20
*Mary Browns will be served
*Awards will be given our during the banquet


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.


Congratulations to Jordan Maher (Gander, NL) on Being Selected to the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

SARNIA, Ont. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Thursday the three Canadian rosters for the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 2-8 in Sarnia-Lambton, Ont.

The tournament will be the first to feature three Canadian national teams – Black, Red and White. From 1986 to 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.

“It is an exciting day for Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada. “This is a tremendous group of 66 players we have named today, and we’re confident they will represent their country with pride and passion as we kick off a new era for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.”

The 66 players were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, together with Joël Bouchard, a member of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence management group, and regional scouts Donald Audette (Quebec), Brad McEwen (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic) and Kyle Raftis (Ontario).

Players were evaluated with their club teams early in the 2014-15 season, at Canada’s national under-17 development camp in Calgary, Alta., in August, and during the 2013-14 season, including at three regional under-16 events: the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, OHL Gold Cup and QMJHL Excellence Challenge.

The 24-game World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be centered out of the RBC Centre, home of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, but will also feature games at The Shores Recreation Centre in Lambton Shores, Ont. Those two communities, along with Petrolia, Ont., and Watford, Ont., will host pre-tournament games on Oct. 31.

The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will bring together the top players in the world born in 1998 or later. The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

Since the first under-17 tournament (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,300 NHL draft picks have played, including 11 of the last 14 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014).

For more information on the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit, or follow along via social media at or

The Gander Minor Hockey Association would like to inform that Members selected to a PeeWee, Bantam AAA, And Major Midget Roster will not be eligible to play on a All Star/Developmental Travel Team.

GMHA will apply a $100.00 registration credit for all Goaltenders registering for the 2014-2015 season. When registering online if you do not see the Goaltender Credit under your child please e-mail so the credit can be applied.

GMHA would like to inform the public that season startup
is scheduled for September 17, 2014.
Online registration is now available. As well, persons
wishing to register online must pay by credit card ONLY.
Persons who pay registrations online using credit card
will receive a discount on each registration. To access
online registration and a full listing of the 2014-15 fee
schedule and discounts please see the Fees and Registration tab to the left.
Persons are reminded that in-person payments for
registration can be made by three postdated cheques or
in cash but all payments MUST be received at the time of
registration. In person registration desks will be available
as follows:
Dates: September 3,4,10 and 11, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Place: Albatross Hotel
GMHA, P.O. Box 112, Gander, NL,A1V 1W6.
GMHA wishes to advise persons interested in coaching All
Star or House League teams for the 2014-15 hockey season
should submit their application to the Chief Director by
September 30, 2014.
Applications can be found under the Documents tab..
PLEASE NOTE: ALL persons must have a current
Certificate of Conduct and Police Record check.
Applications can be emailed to the Chief Director at
or mailed to the address below. Applications received after
the deadline will not be considered.
GMHA, P.O. Box 112, Gander, NL,A1V 1W6.
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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