Happy Friday Rangers !
The schedule is posted for the Under 11AA Pathway skates beginning tomorrow.
For those who registered at Westfort Rangers, your schedule is:
All skates at Thunder Bay Tournament Centre
Saturday September 11th, 10am
Sunday September 12th, 2pm
Saturday September 18th, 1pm
Sunday September 19th, 1pm
The full schedule is on the link provided
U11A Pathway Skates are tentatively schedule for the weekend of September 26th. More details will follow.
Not only are we getting back to hockey, but one of the key supporters of Westfort Hockey, Superior Shores Gaming Association, is also getting back to business. Superior Shores helps support Westfort Hockey and allows us to offer hundreds of children an opportunity to play the game we all love. Visit the Superior Shores website to learn about how you can support organizations like Westfort Hockey while enjoying a fun night out.
Registration for 2021-2022 Hockey Season is now open!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for U7-U13.
This will direct you to the HCR Registration System. Please note, that Hockey Canada has updated the “HCR” Registration system this year, if your player has previously been registered for hockey, their information is already in the system. You must create a new account in the updated system with the same email that you have previously used to register and then you can search for your player using their full name and date of birth. This will ensure that earlier Respect in Sport courses as well as previous season data are retained with your player's profile.
NOTE: For U7-U13 players wishing to change organizations and register at Westfort (ie. played for a different organization last season), please email the Westfort Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name, date of birth and Hockey Canada ID (if you know it) so a transfer from your prior organization can be completed. Once a transfer is initiated, it takes 1-2 business days to complete.
AA Player Registration will close on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
AA Tryout Jersey Pick Up - TBD
Skate times for AA tryouts and Draft Information will be available in early September
Players being selected to AA teams will be contacted immediately after the draft.
U11A/U13A SOUTHSIDE DRAFT
Players who ARE NOT SELECTED to AA teams as well as all players who register for U11A/U13A will take part in a U11A or U13A southside draft. Coaching staffs from KC, Elks, Neebing, Norwest and Westfort will be drafting teams together to try to make teams of equal skill, with full rosters. Players must be prepared to be drafted to any of the five southside organizations. Emphasis for the southside draft is to create fair and even teams while ensuring roster sizes are full. This in turn helps to keep the additional team fees down per player as well as creating a competitive division of play. Players will be utilizing all rinks in the Thunder Bay area for practices and games regardless of where they are drafted.
Players in these age groups will register with the association of their choice and remain there for the entire season. In order to run programs efficiently, some associations may choose to work together to maximize available ice and fill available roster spots. Season start times and groupings will be provided by the end of September
2021/2022 REGISTRATION FEES
Registration will close on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 for all players wishing to try-out for AA and on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 for all other divisions.
U7 (Born 2017-2016-2015) = $400.00
U9 (Born 2014-2013) = $400.00
U11A (Born 2012-2011) = $400.00
U11AA (Born In 2012-2011) = $400.00 plus $50 tryout fee
U13 A (Born in 2010-2009) = $400.00
U13AA (Born in 2010-2009) = $400.00 plus $50 tryout fee
PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION IS NOT CONSIDERED COMPLETE UNTIL FEES ARE PAID.
After each team is drafted, Individual Teams will collect additional funds for the year to cover additional Team Related Expenses, such as Practice Ice, Tournaments, Team Clothing, Team Functions, etc. Amounts will vary by team.
Registration fees can be sent via E-transfer to email@example.com. Please include the name of the individual making the payment, player's full name and division (ie. U9) in the transaction details. For U11/U13 please indicated either A or AA and include the $50 tryout fee for all AA players. One e-transfer can be sent if you have multiple players, but you must include all the information for each player you are registering. All payments must be made by e-transfer. If you have any questions about payment, please reach out to the Westfort Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org
PROBLEMS: Should you have difficulties registering, please email the Westfort Registrar at email@example.com
U15 / U18 THUNDER BAY MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
Registrations for U15 (2008-2007) and U18 (2006-2005-2004) players are completed by Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association and registration is now open. All registration information and costs can be found on the TBMHA website. Please follow the link below for more information
The Ontario Government has enacted Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety). The Act requires all sport organizations to have a Concussion Code of Conduct. Families are asked to review the concussion awareness resources via these links prior to completing the online registration. You will be prompted during the registration process to acknowledge that you have reviewed the resources before you can complete your registration.
10 and Under Concussion Awareness Resources
11 to 14 Concussion Awareness Resources
RESPECT IN SPORT PARENT PROGRAM
The Respect in Sport Program for Parents is a 1-hour online program that empowers parents with the tools to ensure the game is enjoyable and respectful for themselves, their children and all other stakeholders in the game. A minimum of 1 parent/guardian from each family with players at the U9 and U11 level will need to take the program along with 1 parent/ guardian from any players entering Hockey Canada programming for the first time in the U13 to U18 age groups. The cost of the 1-hour online program is $12.00+HST and you can complete the course at the link below:
As the Covid 19 numbers in our region continue to improve, Westfort Hockey is anxious to welcome all Rangers back to the rink. A Return to Play will happen under the guidance of Hockey Northwestern Ontario, and in cooperation with all the agencies associated with both Lakehead Minor Hockey League (U7-U13) and Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association (U15-U18). Click on the links below to see the latest information.
Please note, registration information will be posted here as soon as it is available, but please be prepared for a mid-August update on a Return to Play.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Westfort Hockey Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at 7:00 pm. In compliance with the Provincially mandated Stay at Home order, this year's AGM will take place via Zoom. The Annual General Meeting is open to all members of the public. All participants must register in order to facilitate virtual meeting invitations.
If you would like to register to attend the Westfort Hockey Association Annual General Meeting, please email email@example.com
With the 2020-2021 season concluded, Westfort Hockey would like to take this opportunity to thank our coaches, volunteers, players and families for their support throughout this crazy season. It was a challenging year, and we certainly could not have had any season without the support of all of you. Westfort Hockey would also like to say thank you to Superior Shores Gaming Association for all their support throughout the years. The generous donations from Superior Shores have helped us provide ice, jerseys, socks, and other equipment to teams not only this year but for the past several years. The Westfort Hockey family is very fortunate to be one of the many community recipients that benefit from the funds raised by Superior Shores!
Due to the rising Covid-19 case numbers and the continued risk of Covid-19 in our community, the HNO Central Zone and it's member agencies under the guidance of HNO's Chief Medical Officer have decided that effective at the end of day on February 24, 2021, all HNO-sanctioned events will be cancelled. All agencies unanimously agreed that it is no longer safe to provide minor hockey programming in the HNO central zone at this time.
Westfort Hockey would like to thank all coaches, managers, and volunteers for the tireless hours you have put into trying to make the best of this challenging season. We would also like to thank the players and families for their continued support this season. Seeing all the players' smiling faces as they took to the ice for practices and games was definitely reward enough for all the volunteer hours it took to pull off this season.
Coaches and managers will be in touch with families in the next few days in regards to any refunds and the return of jerseys, etc. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope next season provides more normalcy and look forward to seeing all your smiling faces back in the rink in the fall!
The Rangers are very happy to be back on the ice but even happier to hear that Superior Shores Gaming Centre is also back up and running. Superior Shores is a huge supporter of Westfort Hockey and is open daily from 11:00 am - 1:30 am for Cabinet game pla
U11 A player Chris Wanzuk receives a brand new jersey from Coach Jason.
With hockey paused, we felt like everyone could use a little good news story. Pictured above is U11A player Chris Wanzuk receiving a brand new jersey from Coach Jason. Chris and all his teammates are excited to wear their brand new Westfort jerseys when they get back on the ice in the New Year. The new jerseys were purchased using funding generously provide by Superior Shores Gaming Centre. Westfort Hockey Association encourages everyone to stay home and stay safe so we can all get back to all the things we love!!!
Westfort Hockey Association is excited to congratulate former Westfort Ranger Kendra Fortin on being drafted to the Bemidji State University Beavers for the 2021-2022 season. Kendra was a Westfort Ranger from IP to Peewee before moving over to the Thunder Bay Queens Program. This year, Kendra is playing in the Provincial Women's Hockey League. We are very proud of you Kendra and cannot wait to see where the future will take you. Currently, many young girls are playing in the Westfort Hockey Association just as Kendra did, and are able to see their future selves in Kendra's successful shoes. Thank you for being a great role model for our young players!
Westfort Hockey Association is able to provide all of these young players like Kendra with opportunities to play and succeed through the generous contributions of Superior Shore Gaming Association.
Video courtesy of the Fortin Family.
Westfort Minor Hockey is excited to have our U9 players back on the ice. Young Caleb (pictured here) has been dreaming of getting back onto the ice and into the net since hockey abruptly ended last March. With the help of donations from Superior Shores Gaming, Westfort Minor Hockey has been able to help young Caleb as he works on becoming the best goalie he can be. Superior Shores Gaming Centre is open daily from for Cabinet and POD game play.
Through the generous donations of Superior Shores Gaming Centre, Westfort is proud to congratulate Parker Turk, the recipient of the Chris Ziegler award for hard work and dedication while representing the Blue White and Red.
Westfort Midget A Rangers take home the city Championship!!
Congratulations to the Wesfort PWAA Rangers on their 2 game sweep of the Westend Bruins. The boys had an amazing year!!
Congratulations to the PW A Martin Financial Rangers (Brick City) and the PW AA Westfort Rangers (NEEBING Thunder on Ice) on their Tournament wins!!
HNO is pleased to announce it has partnered with the Respect Group Inc. to provide an education tool that will further our commitment to fostering a safe and fun hockey environment for all participants.
The Respect in Sport Program for Parents is a unique, in-depth 1 hour online program geared to providing the parent with information on how to evaluate and understand:
The program is a proactive, educational program that empowers parents with the tools to ensure the game is enjoyable and respectful for themselves, their children and all other stakeholders in the game.
Beginning with the 2016-17 minor hockey season a minimum of 1 parent/guardian from each family with players at the Novice or Atom level will need to take the program along with 1 parent/ guardian from any players entering Hockey Canada programming for the first time in the peewee to midget age groups.
The cost of the one hour online program is $12.00+HST and you can complete the course at the link below:
Respect in Sport Parent Program
NOTE - The Respect in Sport Parent Program differs from the Respect in Sport Leader/Coach Program. Therefore parents that have taken the Leader/Coach Program must still take the Parent Program.
Westfort Alumni Carter Hutton and current Rangers Sam Purdon and Carter Anton accept the brand new goalie equipment.
Westfort Minor Hockey is extremely thankful for Carter Hutton, the Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams program for the donation of a full set of Goalie Equipment!!
To learn more about this great NHLPA program, click here: http://www.nhlpa.com/giving-back/goals-and-dreams
STEP 1 - DEVELOPMENT & TEAM FORMATION
STEP 2 – COMPETITION STAGE
(*If restrictions are lessened and it is possible to go to Step 3 prior to November 1, Step 2 will be skipped)
STEP 3 - COMPETITION STAGE
The Westfort Hockey Association is committed to providing a safe and fun environment for all of our youth hockey players. By emphasizing sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play and respect, we believe we produce not only good athletes, but great people.