Although the season ended abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kamsack Minor Hockey Association (KMHA) considers the 2019/2020 hockey season a great success.
“The membership numbers continue to grow with free registration for first-time hockey players,” said Jeremy Allard, president and a coach. “Having fun and skill development are the priorities for all executive members.
“This year the players benefited from an early hockey camp with instructors from Serdachny High Performance. Also, a goalie coach was hired for goalie development whenever the coach was available. KMHA also hosted Level 1 and Level 2 coach certification and plans to bring in more coach development opportunities next season.”
With Saskatchewan Hockey's move to half-ice hockey for the novice aged group, the KMHA purchased temporary boards to split the ice in half as required. To help cover the cost for the boards, the club ran a successful trip raffle and a local hockey parent won an all expenses paid trip to New York to watch a hockey game and tour the city.
All seven teams had their challenges and successes, but most importantly, the kids were active, the arena lobby and the stands were busy, and the rink food was delicious, Allard said.
“KMHA wants to acknowledge the parents, players, coaches, managers, sponsors, friends and family that continue to support these kids in sport! They're learning how to be great teammates and great people through teamwork! Have a great summer, see you all at the registration table,” Allard concluded.