Dear Parents, Players, Volunteers, and Sponsors:
On behalf of the Board of Directors it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2015-2016 hockey season at Forest Hill Hockey Association, our 56th year of community hockey. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all our returning players and extend an especially warm welcome to those who are joining our Forest Hill family for the first time.
My own involvement with FHHA goes back to 1968, when we had 5 divisions and 4 select teams (then known as “all star teams”). I have been involved with the league for many of the past 47 years, first as a House League and select player, then as a coach, referee, on the Board as VP Select and now as President. I am pleased to follow in the footsteps of my father, Harold Cohen, Past President and one of the founding members of the league.
FHHA is a community organization that just happens to be centred around hockey. It's a place where kids come to have fun, get some exercise and learn what it means to be part of a community. It's a place to develop friendships, sometimes which last a lifetime.
Our enrolment continues to grow with over 750 kids registered to play in our popular Learn to Play program for 4 and 5 year-olds, our foundational House League program (39 teams), our great Select program (14 teams), and our competitive GTHL program, which has grown from a pilot of just 1 team two seasons ago to this year include 5 'A' teams and for the first time in our history, 2 “AA” teams! We will be continuing to grow the GTHL program at a steady pace to meet the demand of those players in our community who want a more competitive experience (subject, of course, to ice time availability and the approval of the GTHL). This will in no way affect our mandate or responsibilities towards our House League and Select programs, which will always be our primary focus. For information on any of our programs please go to our website at www.fhha.org
Over the summer, your Board has been hard at work preparing for this upcoming season with many improvements to the League's programs. This year, for the first time, we followed the lead of most NYHL Select organizations and conducted our tryouts in May after the conclusion of last season. This has many advantages for Select teams in terms of getting ready for the season, getting uniforms, booking practice ice and tournaments, etc. We are excited to have new suppliers for both our House League and Select uniforms.
Once again, Andy Rivers and his great staff from Canadian Pro Hockey will be running our popular weekly Sunday Skills Program for Squirt, Novice and Atom players on a rotating schedule on Sunday mornings at 9:00am and 10:00am on the small ice. Also, for the first time in many years, we will be including a number of team practices on Sundays at 1:15pm on the small ice for our Novice and Atom teams. Our Player Development program is also back for another season run by Gunner Hockey.
The house league season will begin SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th. Our SUNDAY SKILLS and LEARN TO PLAY programs start SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th.
For House League you should be contacted by your coach after our coaches meeting on Thursday, Sept 24th. If you do not hear from them, please email the appropriate division conveners found at the bottom of the “contact us” page on our website. Our website also contains links to the schedules, standings, rules, and just about everything else you need to know.
As with any league, our success depends on our volunteers and sponsors and FHHA is fortunate in this regard. Let me extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors. Most of our sponsors are our neighbourhood businesses and the businesses of members of our community and we encourage you to support them as they support us. Check out our list of sponsors at www.fhha.org/fhha/sponsors.aspx
Finally, volunteers are the lifeblood of our association and the league couldn't operate without them. From FHHA Board Members who operate largely behind the scenes, to our conveners who supervise from the booth every week, to all our coaches, managers and committee members, each year we receive the benefit of thousands of hours of unpaid volunteer time on behalf of our kids. We are extremely grateful for that most precious of gifts - your time.
If you are interested in volunteering at any level with our association or would like more information please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the rink!
Forest Hill Hockey Association