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Looking for Director of Player Safety

Director of Player Safety

Requirements include an understanding of VIJHL Bylaws and Policies, Junior B Supplement , BC Hockey and Canada Hockey applicable rules and regulations .

 

Specific Duties include but are not limited to:

-provide disciplinary judgements that impact member teams and athletes

-complete an automatic review process of any infraction that results in an automatic suspension or contributes to a suspension based on accumulation of multiple infractions

-review and decide if needed increase suspensions over and above minimums provided in Junior B Supplement

-accept and review member team requests for review of infractions that may have been missed in the course of the game

 

Please contact VIJHL President, Simon Morgan at president@vijhl.com

VIJHL Board of Governors Update for 2022-2023 Season

The VIJHL Board of Governors have completed their Annual General Meetings and there are some exciting changes coming in 22-23 for VIJHL fans.

Most notable for the fans is the adoption of a new schedule format that will see the schedule reduced to 48 games.

Non-Divisional opponents will face each other four times next season, up from two in 21-22. Each non-divisional opponent will play two home and two road games against each other next season. The balance of the 48 games will be played inside the divisions.

“Divisional games are always exciting, but this move allows a little more diversity in the schedule. Fans always love seeing the out-division teams pay a visit to their local rink and this will limit the need for a team to see the same divisional opponent for 9 or 10 games in a season” said VIJHL President Simon Morgan.

The decision to drop to 48 games will provide VIJHL players with a little more rest in-season and allow clubs to have more prime night home games.

The league also announced they would begin the search for a head of player safety and discipline. The paid position will be in charge of reviewing all major penalties and determining what supplemental discipline, if any is required. “Player safety is always one of the most talked about issues at our governor meetings and we feel having a dedicated person in-charge of supplemental discipline will be a great step forward for our league and our players.” Said Morgan.

With a new head of discipline being added, the move also allows the Board’s Steering Committee to return to its original purpose of helping grow the VIJHL with a renewed focus on the business of the league including growing sponsorships and helping clubs have more of an impact in their local markets. The 2022-2023 VIJHL Steering Committee is comprised of Linda Lahtinen of the Campbell River Storm, David Michaud of the Port Alberni Bombers, and Laura Peltier of the Saanich Predators.

While the schedule changes will be the most noticeable change the players and fans will see, Morgan added that the league continues to make tweaks to enhance the overall product for players and fans. “Most of the work done by the board behind the scenes will go unnoticed by fans, however it’s crucial to keep moving our league forward. We have a tremendous group of owners and governors who take great pride in the VIJHL and what we bring to Vancouver Island in terms of opportunities for players and community involvement.

The 2022-2023 VIJHL season is set to get started in early September with a schedule announcement coming a little later in the summer.

In the meantime, fans are encouraged to sit back, relax, and have a great summer, but before you do all of that, make sure you’re picking up a season ticket for your local VIJHL team.

2021 – 2022 VIJHL Playoff Format

At a Governor’s meeting in September, the playoff format for this season was agreed upon.

For the 2021/2022 season it has been determined that playoffs will be as follows:

a)    The top three teams of each division (based on league point standing) will participate in the playoffs.

b)    The remaining 2 South teams and 3 North teams will be ranked together based on league point standings.

c)    The top 2 teams in this ranking will participate in the playoffs (3 teams eliminated)

i.   If 2 North teams are selected, the most southerly geographical North division team will participate in the South division’s first 2 rounds of playoffs and will be seeded in the South rankings based on League points.

ii.        If 2 South teams are selected, the most northerly geographical South division team will participate in the North division’s first 2 rounds of playoffs and will be seeded in the North rankings based on League

d)    All series will be seven games and the highest placed team will have home ice advantage.

e)    The first two rounds of the playoffs will be intra-divisional

f)     First round: In each division, the first place team will play the fourth place team and the second and third will play off.

g)    Second round: the winners of round 1 face each other within their division.

h)    Third round: the winner of the North Division vs the Winner of the South Division.

PREDATORS MAKE A COACHING CHANGE

 

On behalf of the Saanich Predators ownership team, Ed Geric and Norm Kelly.

Effective immediately, bench boss Brent Polischuk has been relieved from his duties as Head Coach and General Manager of the Saanich Predators. Victoria native Cody Carlson will take over immediately as the Pred’s new Head Coach and GM.

Cody joins the team leadership after an extensive hockey career that started with minor hockey at JDF and turned into a successful professional career with more than 600 games played. Drafted 21st in the first round of the 2006 WHL Draft, Cody spent five seasons with the Western Hockey League before starting his nine-year pro career that included two years in the ECHL, and seven years in European leagues. Cody played his last three seasons with the ASC Corona Brasov in Romania before returning to Victoria and taking on the Assistant Coach and Assistant GM roles for the Kerry Park Islanders for the 2021 / 2022 season. He has also worked as a skill development coach for various programs including the Victoria Grizzlies development camps.

The Preds are grateful to Brent Polischuk for his time with the team and wish a warm welcome to Coach Cody Carlson who will be on the bench for the team’s next game Friday October 15 at Pearkes Arena, where they’ll be facing off against the Westshore Wolves. The Saanich Predators have played 14 games so far in the 2021/2022 season with five wins and eight losses.

Originally posted on https://saanichpreds.com/

Bombers Fall to Glacier Kings 5-2

The Port Alberni Bombers were unable to continue their winning ways. As they fell to the Comox Valley Glacier 5-2 on Saturday night. The same team the Bombers defeated on Wednesday night to get their first win in franchise history.

The first period saw the Bombers and Glacier Kings exchange goals. Both of which were on the powerplay. Glacier Kings forward Logan Furlong would score first, but Bombers forward Nathan MacDonald would respond on the powerplay as well. Leaving it tied 1-1 heading into intermission.

The second period saw another exchange of goals between the two teams. Glacier Kings would be the first to take the lead 2-1 from Ryan Telford. But the Bombers would respond once again on the powerplay from Nathan MacDonald once again for his second goal of the game. The period would with another stalemate at 2-2 going into the third period.

In the third period, the Glacier Kings would take over and score three unanswered goals. The first was from Jeremy Dewar on the powerplay and the final two were from Telford to secure the hat-trick making it a 5-2 final score.

The Bombers record is now 1-5-1 and are set to play the Peninsula Panthers Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Tickets will cost $10 per adult and $5 for those under the age of 18. However, if you’re under 18 and are accompanied by an adult, you’ll be able to watch the game for free. Special thanks to the San Group.

And if you’re unable to make it, you can catch the game live on HockeyTV as well as Mixlr. Links for the broadcast will be down below.

COVID-19 regulations and restrictions will be in place at the arena.

Preds Play First Home Game in New Arena

It’s time! The Saanich Predators are hosting our first official home game in the newly-renovated GOLD rink at Pearkes Arena this Friday, October 1st! We’re looking forward to welcoming the Comox Valley Glacier Kings for our second matchup of the season. Mayor Fred Haynes will be on hand to welcome spectators and both teams to our home rink and to help us officially kick off the Saanich Preds 2021-2022 season.

With the return to the larger gold rink, spectator space is increased to 120 people. The rink has been completely updated with a new concrete slab for the ice surface, new arena boards and glass. The freshly painted space has also had a new score clock and safety netting installed.

The Predators recognize and honour Residential School Survivors and the importance of National Truth and Reconciliation day on September 30th, 2021. The team is collecting donations in support of the Indian Residential School Survivor Society at the October 1st home game and will be using orange stick tape as symbol of support and remembrance at their September 29th and October 1st games.

The puck drops at 6:30 PM. Tickets available at the door starting at 5:45 or watch online on Hockey TV. Concession will be open. Proof of vaccination and masks required.

 

Originally Posted on sannichpreds.com

Bombers Fall to the Generals in OT

The Port Alberni Bombers were a goal away from grabbing their first win of the season but was snatched away by the Oceanside Generals by a final score of 4-3 in overtime.

It was a tense game throughout. Especially in the first, where it was deadlocked until the Generals had scored with just 20 seconds left to take a 1-0 lead going into the intermission.

Shots in the opening frame were 12-4 in favour of the Generals.

In the second period, the Bombers would respond in a big way. Scoring not one, but three goals to take a 3-1 lead. The first was from Grayson Erickson, followed by Sam Davidson and Blake Power. Both of which were on the same 5-minute major powerplay that saw Generals player Jon Griffiths ejected for a boarding major.

Shots were 11-8 in favour of the Bombers and 20-15 overall for the Generals.

In the third, the Generals would claw their way back as they would end up tying the game and forced overtime. In the extra frame, the Generals only needed 50 seconds to close it out as it would be Greyson Weme’s 10th goal of the season.

The final shot totals were 33-21 for the Generals. For the man advantage, the Bombers would finish 2/6 on the powerplay and the Generals would finish 1/5.

The next Bombers game will take place on home ice on September 28th at 7:00 PM as the Bombers will host the Victoria Cougars.

Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for those under the age of 18. However, if you’re under 18 and accompanied by an adult, you’ll be able to see the game for free. All thanks to the San Group.

COVID-19 regulations will be in place at the arena.

Originally posted on: https://www.portalbernibombers.ca/

COUGARS UNDEFEATED SO FAR

The Cougars managed to hold off the Wolves and remain the only unbeaten team in the league. Unfortunately, they didn’t do it in a pretty fashion.

Last Thursday the Cougars had a slow start against the Predators, but eventually found their rhythm on route to a thumping. Today, the Cougars had a slow start, slow first period, slow second period, and a slightly less slow third. It was not a good game from a Coaching point of view, or a fans point of view either. Lucky for the Cougars though, Westshore was in the same boat. Both teams did not have a great game. But the Cougars net-minder, Jonah Chambers and his counterpart Benjamin Edwards both played well. If it wasn’t for them this game could have been a complete mess. Endless broken plays, missed passes, missed checks, and miscommunication led to what Tom Arlidge said looked like “Shinny” and not hockey. And yes, thats with two N’s and not that other letter.

Ty Brant was a standout for the Cougars. He landed 10 hits and being the lone skater for Victoria that Head Coach Brody Coulter said “Played a full 60 minutes”. He took home player of the game for the Cougars. Mark Castilla notched is first goal in the VI and the claimed the game winning goal. Pang, Brant and Esposito grabbed the other Cougars goals. Jack Westhaver had the lone Wolves goal and also took home player of the game for his team.

Victoria travels to the Valley to take on the Port Alberni Bombers for the first time this year on Tuesday. Then they are back home Thursday for Truth and Reconciliation Day. Elder Elmer George from the Songhees First Nation is a guest speaker and will join me and Tom in the booth in the 1st intermission.