Kamloops Minor Hockey Association
Who are you?
My name is Riley Woodland. I am the Operations Coordinator for Kamloops Minor Hockey Association.
Can you tell us a little about your organization?
We run hockey programs for Rep and Recreation beginning our tryout/evaluation process in September and ending with our playoff process in March. Our governing body is Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association (OMAHA). We have 5 staff members and Board of Directors that consists of 9 volunteers. We typically have 80 plus teams operating through the season in the U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U18 divisions.
How long has your organization been active and operating?
Kamloops Minor Hockey League was started in 1945. By the time the 80's hit, Kamloops Minor Hockey Association was well experienced with a sizable executive as well as directors for each minor hockey division. The newest division was the female hockey league. In the 1980's Kamloops was named the Tournament Capital of British Columbia (now the Tournament Capital of Canada) and hockey, along with all other sports, will always live up to that title. We now have over 1300 registered players and host approximately 25 tournaments per season.
Describe your members in one word.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments or achievements as an organization that you would like to highlight?
Kamloops Minor Hockey was named Association of the year for 1982/83 and 2004/05 by the BCAHA. Most recently, we lead the province in plans to restart hockey. Our plan has been used by many associations that do not have the resources available that we do in Kamloops.
What has KMHA been working on lately?
We have been working on ensuring that the members are on the ice in a safe manner given the world we are currently in.
What is an inspiring moment that you have witnessed
from one of your members?
I don’t think there is a specific moment but we are very impressed with how the membership has responded to the guidelines we have set out. It shows that everyone is committed to hockey this season amidst a world pandemic.
What are some of KMHA’s future goals?
Short term, keeping a safe environment where we can develop young athletes and good young people for our society. Long term, we want to have strong programs that are recognized locally, provincially and nationally.
Who are some volunteers that you would like to highlight
in your community for their work and dedication?
This season we have a decent amount of volunteers that are involved with multiple teams whether it is a coach, on ice volunteer, safety people or manager. We are volunteer driven and without our volunteer’s dedication to the young athletes, we would not operate.
Where would you like to see positive change
in Kamloops sport and why?
Having more people, especially our parents engaged in volunteerism.
Tell us something that not everyone would
know about your organization?
This season in particular, we have increased the number of board meetings to ensure we are all up to date on all current information. Our board represents the members really well and the time they put in is beyond appreciated.
How do people connect with KMHA
(website, email, social, etc.) to learn more and get involved?