The 2003-2004 season is complete and we have had another successful season.
We had 921 registered players in our association this past season, fielding teams in all age categories in our
recreational and rep programs. We had wonderful growth in our female program,
having all-female teams at the atom, peewee and midget levels. I would like to
thank our coaches, assistant coaches and team managers once again for their hard work and dedication making the Halifax Hawks one of the best minor hockey associations in the province. I would like to thank our association executive for their support. The long hours they volunteered to keep our programs organized, especially when dealing with unexpected,
last minute changes, was very much appreciated.
The age category changes that were implemented across Canada continue to pose
a challenge to every minor hockey association. We need ongoing corrections, especially
in our Midget age group, and will continue to work with Hockey Canada, Hockey Nova Scotia and the Minor Council for
I would like to extend a special thanks to our Director of Development, Graham
Burgess and Past President, Donna Goguen for all of their efforts.
As always, I look forward for feedback from our membership, so please
make an effort to mail us your suggestions. I would also like to thank
the many parents who have been so supportive this past season. Your patience
and kindness are always appreciated.
Carson, President, HHMHA
Once again, the Halifax Hawks Rep teams experienced success at the Provincial and League level
in 2003/04. So, Hail the Champs:
Halifax Regional Champs
Midget Minor AAA
Our recreational program had a very successful year. We
had some growing pains in Metro Minor and exited stronger for it.
I continue to receive suggestions on how I can improve the program
and will attemp to follow through on some of them. As always, I look forward to your input. So don't be shy!
TO ALL PARENTS OF PLAYERS WHO WILL BE 5, 6, 7 OR 8 IN THE 2004/2005 SEASON
season, we will continue to refine our implementation of the CHA's Initiation Program. Your
technical staff will continue to resource this program, and our coach instructors will be given more training and opportunities
to hone their skills. Our 5, 6 and 7 year old players will again participate
in the IP skill development program while the 7-year-olds will be introduced to half-ice games over the course of the season. As for our 8 year olds, they will continue with the skill development components of
the program and be introduced to the rules of the game by playing full ice, officiated games.
Your association executive and Director of Development will continue to
make decisions based on the best information available from all sources. The
introduction of hockey skills and the game with appropriate timing will give our players an advantage as they progress in
minor hockey, through the years. This is not different from many other sports,
as it is very important for the players to acquire the skills necessary to play the game, in a progression of steps.
TO ALL MIDGET PARENTS
Midget hockey my be at it's crossroads. I am
anticipating further discussion at HNSMC, since new strategies are necessary to
enhance this age category.
There are those who continue to work against the very system we try to protect. The Major
Midget teams we support continue to work against us, while our main competitors for this program, continue to thrive.
Our recreational program has worked very well and we may very well be focussing on this program in future years.
It is our traditionally AAA, AA category players that are
not being well served with the revised Minor Midget AAA program. The 15 year old player once a jewel for Major
Midget AAA has now been
replaced by the younger, Bantam 14 year old. We will do our best to keep you informed
of any developments.
The Halifax Hawks are in desperate need of a few good people. The current executive needs your
expertise. So if you can help, please call. Without good volunteers this organization can not go forward.
" Winning through Development "