Austen York of the Salmon Arm Saints shoots a slap shot in a game against the Winfield Bruins at the Shaw Centre on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Planning now for hockey season

The Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association continues planning for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Registration is now open for all Salmon Arm new and returning players.

Returning players who reside in the Salmon Arm catchment area will register on-line through the SAMHA website. Credit card payment must be received with on line registration. All new players and players residing outside of the Salmon Arm boundaries such as Sicamous, Revelstoke and North Okanagan, must complete a hard copy of the registration with other necessary documents and bring them into the SAMHA office. Out-of-town players wishing to play for Salmon Arm must check with their local association president if they will not be hosting a team in category.

“It will be great for our association and OMAHA that BC Hockey will be establishing the first regional office in Salmon Arm’s Shaw Centre and we look forward to the services they will provide for our youngsters and coaching staff” adds Tim Giandomenico, president.

The zone pilot project that was implemented last year in Midgets will continue for this season as it will add Midget tier 2 and Bantam tier 1 and 2 along with Midget tier 1 to the zone concept.

Registration information and dates and location of tryouts will be announced shortly. Bantam Zone tryout dates will be Aug. 11-13 at NorVal arena in Armstrong. All players in the Okanagan North area are eligible to tryout.

Those who wish to play for any local bantam or midget rep teams can register with their respective association. If those players who are also trying for the zone teams and are successful, SAMHA will issue a refund. For Female Midget Rep hockey, it is not certain at this time whether SAMHA will host. More information will follow.

The Atom Development and Rep tryout schedule will be released in early June. Local tryouts are expected to start on Aug. 26. Depending on registration numbers, SAMHA is expected to ice two Atom Development teams, Pee Wee tier 2 and 3 teams, Bantam and Midget tier 3 or 4 teams. All will be dependent on registration numbers.

Salmon Arm will only accept players who have a full payment plan included when registration is submitted. The deadline for early bird discount is June 30. SAMHA will have a registration desk set up on Friday, June 23rd from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shaw Centre for those who wish to register in person. August 31 is the deadline for registrations and after this date, players may be put on a wait list.

Financial assistance can be obtained through Kidsport and Athletics for Kids. All registrations with full payment received by June 30 will be eligible to be entered in a draw for free 2017-18 registration. This does not include players on zone teams.

Finally, a reminder that rep coach applications are available on the SAMHA website. Deadline for submission is June 7.

Contact saminorhockey@shaw.ca if you require further assistance or visit www.salmonarmminorhockey.com