SRMHA looks back on season

PORT HAWKESBURY: The Strait-Richmond Minor Hockey Association (SRMHA) took an opportunity to honour two standout members of the Bantam AA Pirates during the association’s annual general meeting last Wednesday night.

John Campbell was named Coach of the Year, and Daniel Mombourqutte was given his due as Goalie of the Year.

“John has been on the board for a long period of time and he’s made a lot of contributions to establishing our Novice program,” said minor hockey President, John Ouellette. “He coached a team that won the Cape Breton Cup at the Bantam and Pee Wee levels, so he’s had a lot of great accomplishments. This year he took the Bantam AA team to provincials, and they did well.

“One of the goalies on his team, Daniel Mombourqutte, won goalie of the year. Daniel was able to keep his commitment up with cadets and other things he did, while playing at a high level for Bantam. He was an all star goalie at provincials too.”

The board also tipped its hat to two members who have left the organization. Joey Mcnamara left the organization last year, and Kelly McIntyre-Hayes did so this year.

On behalf of the Freddie MacNeil Memorial Royals Tournament, Leon Burt handed over a cheque of $5,000 to minor hockey. The money was collected during the tournament in Louisdale.

Burt is also the vice-president of Strait-Richmond Minor Hockey Association.

“It was a good year on the whole,” he said. “We’re [the folks with the Royals tourney] dishing out almost $3,000 in bursaries to all the schools this year. We had a good successful tournament.”

In other money matters, SRMHA took home $42,689 from its 50/50 earnings. Indeed, Ouellette noted the organization is up in terms of both revenue and registration.

“I think that reflects a population bump at the age level coming through,” he said. “We had a larger group than expected of Initiation Program players, and that was good. We earned a bit of money from the Port Hawkesbury Paper Tournament and from our development sessions. The balance sheet looks good.

“We recorded a surplus of about 18,000 this year. That’s going to help us keep fees down, and we spent some money this year too. All the teams got new jerseys, so that was a big investment.”

Though the organization bid farewell to Mcnamara and MacIntyre-Hayes, Ouellette and company are happy to see new blood signing up.

“We have a number of new board members and board positions as well,” he said. “Angie Matheson is going to be the female coordinator. Natasha MacDonald is going to be a Novice coordinator, and we’ve added Adam Marchand and Mike MacLeod as new board members.”

The organization will remember 2018-19 as a very good year not only in revenue and registration, the president said, but on the ice as well.

“We had the Bantam AA team go to provincials, we had the Midget A team win their banner, the Atom A team won their league banner, and we had banners won at a number of tournaments by various teams,” he said. “We iced two female teams, an Atom A female team and a Pee Wee C female team.

“I’m really excited about the growth in female hockey, and the way we’re working with Cape Breton West Minor Hockey and Antigonish Minor Hockey to get as many girls playing as we can.

“All around, I think it was a good hockey year and a good financial year for the association.”

In addition to the previously named board members, also working behind the scenes at

SRMHA are Natasha Mury, Registrar; Jennifer Phillips, Secretary; Anne Marie Sampson, Treasurer; and board members John Campbell, Lori Castle, Dwain Shannon, Rodney Diggdon, Robert MacDonald, and Todd MacNeil.