HNB Minor Association of the Year

Hockey New Brunswick is pleased to announce that Restigouche North Minor Hockey has been named Minor Association of the Year for the 2020-21 season.

The Minor Association/Community Club of the Year award was established in 1992 to recognize a minor hockey association in the province that exemplified the true spirit of minor hockey during the past season and encouraged their members to participate under the Fair Play values.

Despite a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RNMHA maintained quality service for its members and took proactive measures to ensure the association was well positioned for future seasons.

In less than two years, RNMHA has improved their financial stability dramatically. The association also created a volunteer committee to help find new sources of revenue in an attempt to continue the positive cash flow. Despite losing many Quebec-based players this season because of COVID-19 restrictions, RNMHA maintained 80% of its registrations from the previous season.

Many operations have been digitized, including finances and communications, to allow the association to run more effectively and efficiently – providing more to their members with less. They created a website to manage players and ice. It houses scheduling, registrations, guardian contacts, team personnel contacts, meeting minutes, and tournaments.

Development is a priority for the association. In the 2020-2021 RNMHA has had the highest volunteer certification compliance rate out of any other minor hockey association in the province. They utilize time allotted by HNB for hockey development weekends and offer speciality clinics supported by the Campbellton Tigers. The association has implemented dedicated practices for female players in an attempt to grow the game and has been accepted into the First Shift program to continue its momentum for the 2021-2022 season.

Congratulations to the Restigouche North Minor Hockey Association on its achievements.