January 1, 2019
For the last several seasons, but most recently through the 2017-2018 hockey season, discussions took place at the GSAAACC (Greater Sudbury AAA Cooperation Committee) to come together to form one AAA hockey association in the City of Greater Sudbury. For several years, the NCHA and SMHA boards have received questions and petitions asking for a revised organization for representative hockey in Greater Sudbury. One association does not necessarily mean only one AAA team at each level, it means one authorizing body across the two NOHA districts currently shared by SMHA and NCHA.
The SMHA Board of Directors voted unanimously to bring this topic for discussion at our Annual meeting that was held on May 26, 2018 at the Lexington Hotel to allow our membership to decide.
A motion was prepared and brought to the floor of that meeting that stated: “That the SMHA approve the attached blanket resolution affecting references to AAA in the constitution. The recommended changes would take effect if and only if, the NOHA approves a new constitution for a new association that would govern AAA hockey in Districts 2 and 8.” The blanket resolution referred to all of the changes that would be made in our current constitution if this venture were to proceed.
68 votes were cast and 66 voted in favour of the above motion. This told us that our members wanted one association and we would proceed as such.
Nickel City was to bring forward the same motion to their membership and we were informed that they did not do that even though their Annual meeting was post-poned until June 25, 2018 and they committed to the GSAAACC that they would allow their general membership to vote on similar motions to those passed by our association. They knew at that time of their meeting how our membership voted. They had all the necessary wording to pass similar motions at their general membership meeting. They did not present these motions.
They were then supposed to discuss it at their next board meeting after their elections took place and we are told that did not occur.
At the GSAAACC meeting in November, the NCHA representatives stated that they wanted to discuss further steps toward collaboration at their December 3rd meeting, rather than hear from their general membership.
On December 3, 2018, Nickel City Minor Hockey passed a motion that stated they would be moving into the 2019-2020 season icing their own Minor and Major Peewee AAA teams as well as their own Minor and Major Bantam AAA teams. They are interested in continuing to work jointly with Sudbury Minor Hockey at the Minor and Major Midget AAA levels. That motion passed by a vote of 4 to 1 at their board level.
In light of this, Sudbury Minor Hockey Association will be applying for cards at the Minor and Major Bantam AAA levels and will be hosting teams at those age groups. We already hold cards at the Minor and Major Peewee AAA and Minor and Major Midget AAA levels.
Although it was our hope that we could move toward a better, more competitive, more developmentally appropriate system for rep hockey across the Greater City of Sudbury, we still must provide a place for our District 8 athletes to play. We are disappointed that we don’t have a better outcome to communicate. We will do our best to negotiate a better outcome at the Midget level for next season as these programs are critical to the development and showcasing of talent for those wanting to take future steps towards Junior or University/College hockey.
Sudbury Minor Hockey Association
Board of Directors