The powers that be of amateur hockey in Northwestern Ontario will gather at the Travelodge Hotel Airlane in Thunder Bay June 7-9 for Hockey Northwestern Ontario’s annual general meeting. Among the activities for the regional branch of the Canadian Hockey Association will be workshops as well as dealing with general business of the past year.
HNO will also stage their annual awards luncheon June 8. It is scheduled to get underway at 11:30 a.m. and will honour numerous award winners as part of the luncheon recognizing teams and individuals for their respective achievements. Among the awards handed out will be the presentation of the T.B. ‘Bones’ McCormack award, which goes annually to a member of the branch for meritorious service to the game. Other laurels to be distributed will be the Arnold Southern bursaries for scholastic and hockey achievement along with recognition of officiating award winners and the respective teams who claimed branch championships this season.
Notices of motion and the election of officers will also take place on the final day of the meeting.
For more information on the HNO annual meeting, or to purchase tickets for the awards luncheon, you can contact their office at 622-4792 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brother act: Kevin and David Hoogsteen of Thunder Bay will once again be playing hockey together. The Dutch league champion Amsterdam Tigers announced this past week that they have signed the brother combination for the upcoming year. Kevin was the leading scoring in the Dutch league this season skating for Nijmegen. There he averaged over two points a game and also saw some time playing for the Dutch National Team. David meanwhile played for Rockford of the United Hockey League where he finished second on the team in scoring with 69 points in 73 regular season contests. The duo last played together at the University of North Dakota where they were part of a NCAA national championship team.
Big assist: The National Hockey League is again running a grant program called NHL Assist. The program is designed to help minor hockey associations worldwide defray costs of equipment, ice time and travel expenses.
The program will award up to $10,000 US to successful applicants.
NHL Assist has an area look to it, as the White River Minor Hockey Association was one of the 15-grant recipients world wide last season while Thunder Bay native Dave Fitzpatick, who is the assistant general secretary and sport director of the International Ice Hockey Federation, is one of the members of the selection committee. Organizations have until June 21 to submit an application for funding.