League News


Bylaw Amendments: Creation of Ice Scheduler and Ombudsman

To our Members,
The above document is a proposed amendment to the SMH Bylaws. All changes are visible in redline as compared to the current SMH Bylaws. 
The most significant changes being proposed are the creation of new Ice Scheduler and Ombudsman positions. These changes are being proposed as a result of conversations we've had with various members throughout the year and a review of other associations' best practices.
This proposed amendment will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting on June 9th which will be a vote to "Accept" or "Reject" the amendment in its entirety.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to these proposed changes and the time you offer to Sackville Minor Hockey.
Jennifer Forster
VP Administration
May 20, 2024

Candidate Platforms for AGM

Please see the below links for platforms, we will continue to add as other candidates send in documents

  1. VP of Hockey Operations Nominees

    1. Kim Gray [Platform]

    2. Darren Harvieux [Platform TBA]

    3. Rod Sturge [Platform]

  2. VP Competitive Nominees

    1. Brad Aucoin [Platform]

    2. Chris Fraser [Platform]

  3. VP U7 Nominees

    1. Mike Black [Platform TBA]

    2. Matt Brown [Platform TBA]

  4. Secretary Nominees

    1. Melissa Berkvens [Platform]

    2. Laura Buffett [Platform]
May 20, 2024

Nominations for Executive Positions Now Closed

Nominations for the Executive positions up for election for the upcoming season are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their nominations and to those who accepted nominations made on their behalf. The election will be held following the AGM on June 9th (details to follow). The current SMHA Executive would like to thank Ryan Brewer for reoffering as VP of U9  and Craig Foley for Risk Management and congratulate them on the acclamation of these positions as they are running unopposed. We would also like to wish the best of luck to the following candidates:

VP Operations- 

Kim Gray

Darren Harvieux

Rod Sturge


VP Competitive-

Brad Aucoin

Chris Fraser


VP U7- 

Mike Black

Matt Brown



Melissa Berkvens

Laura Buffett


We would like to encourage everyone to come out to the AGM and show up to vote and have a voice in this election.  Platforms will be shared to our socials as they come in from the nominated members.




May 19, 2024

Reminder: Deadline for Executive Position Nominations

Reminder: The firm deadline for Executive Position Nominations is 11:59hrs on Saturday May 18, 2024. No exceptions or extensions.

Nominations should be submitted to Secretary@FlyersHockey.ca.

Details about the positions are posted in our ByLaws.

Thank you.

May 18, 2024

SMHA Spring Checking Clinic - Registration Open!

Registration is Open for SMHA’s Spring Checking Clinic.


There are two sessions to choose from:


Sat. June 8, 12:15p-3:15p at HRM 4-Pad




Sun. June 9, 12:15p-3:15p at HRM 4-Pad


For more details and to sign up, please visit and complete the Google Form:



Deadline to Register: Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm
About Checking Clinics: Checking Clinics are open to 2024-2025 U15 and U18 Players. (Which is players born between 2007-2011). Any player wishing to try out for (or be an Affiliated Player on) a U15 or U18 Competitive Hockey Team at the AA or A levels must complete a Checking Clinic facilitated by a Certified Hockey Nova Scotia Instructor. Players are only required to complete a Checking Clinic one time - The Clinic does not need to be repeated annually. Players are welcome to repeat a Checking Clinic multiple times if they wish. 
Goaltenders do not need to complete a Checking Clinic.
Each session includes 1 hour of Classroom Instruction, followed by 2 hours of On-Ice Instruction from a Certified Hockey Nova Scotia Instructor.
  • $50.00 Registration Fee
  • Payable only by EMT to Finance@FlyersHockey.ca 
  • Please include "[Player Name] - SMHA Checking Clinic" in the Message to Recipient
  • SMHA's Financial Year-End was April 30th. Carry-Forward Credits on player profiles are still being finalized. For these Spring Clinics being so close to the Year-End, EMT is the only Method of Payment being offered at this time.
Registration Capacity Is Limited
Out of Area Participants: If the maximum capacity is not reached with SMHA participants, we welcome players from other associations. 
Please sign up your Out-of-Area Player to get on the list prior to the deadline of 11:59pm on Sunday, June 2, 2024
You will be contacted by Helen at Registration@FlyersHockey.ca to confirm your spot once the Registration Window closes on Monday, June 3, 2024.
(In prior sessions we have normally been able to accommodate some out-of-area players.)
May 16, 2024

Seeking Nominations for SMHA Executive

The 2024 Sackville Minor Hockey Association AGM will take place on June 9, 2024.


The following Executive positions are open for nominations:


  • Secretary 
  • VP Operations
  • VP Competitive
  • VP Risk Management
  • VP U9
  • VP L2P / U7


Please review the current SMHA By Laws for position descriptions.

Please submit your nomination to the Nomination Committee c/o Melissa Berkvens (Secretary@FlyersHockey.ca) by 12 midnight on May 18th.


Any member in good standing may nominate themselves or another member as a candidate for an Executive Officer position by providing the Nominating Committee with the following:


a. letter that includes the name of the member nominated and the Director position for which the member is being nominated; and


b. signed statement by the nominee affirming that he or she is a member eligible as a candidate for the Executive Officer position for which he or she is being nominated and that he or she is willing to accept the position if elected.

May 1, 2024