December 2008 Volume 2, Issue 5 Lindsay Minor Hockey Association Fish Tales Advisory from the Health Board in regards to smoking and the City of Kawartha Lakes Arenas Smaller than normal issue: LMHA has been sent a letter by the health board in which we have been told that it is our responsibility to advise our membership of the following information, and although we do You will notice that this issue is a much smaller than normal issue. After sending not think that our association is involved in any way directly with this issue, we must also out an email requesting information remind you that smoking is NOT permitted in ANY CoKL arena at ANY time. Please from teams as to things they are doing, read the following and take it under advisement. it went almost totally unanswered. LMHA Executive. Myself, I have been too busy to try and Please be advised that the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit “write” any stories, and others have has received several complaints regarding user-groups smoking illegally in City been too busy to submit any stories or of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) arenas, contrary to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act articles. So for now I will just send this (SFOA). Failure to comply with this law will immediately subject any offender(s) short issue out to make sure that we at and their respective user-group(s) to enforcement action from Health Unit least have a chance to express our Inspectors. Additionally, Inspectors and CKL staff will also share information wishes for a safe and Happy Holiday with respect to all smoking violations. In other words, non-compliant members season for all of our LMHA member- ship. If you are doing any travelling this and their user groups can be charged by Inspectors AND subjected to CKL's season, please do it carefully. progressive disciplinary measures (such as ice time suspensions) as per CKL's user agreements/policies. The Health Unit holds user-groups accountable See you around the rink. under these circumstances. The minimum fine for "smoking in a prohibited place" under s. 9 of the SFOA is $305. Unfortunately, in the last year alone, we are advised of no less than 50 incidents of smoking in CKL arenas. Therefore, due to the flagrant and on-going nature of this matter, we will conduct random inspections immediately. Any offender(s) caught or reported to us will be Inside this issue: charged under a "zero-tolerance" enforcement policy, and their user-group will be reported to CKL for further discipline as noted. This law is strict because it is 1st VP Message designed to guarantee a I00% smoke-free enclosed public space. In essence, 2 the public deserve to be protected from over 4,000 chemicals that are found in tobacco smoke. At least 40 of these chemicals are extremely toxic Sponsorship info 2 carcinogenic. •A web link for the Smoke-Free Ontario Act & Regulations: 2nd VP Message 3 http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/health/smoke_free/legislation.asp •A web link for a quick summary of the legislation in "plain speak" re: how the Winning names drawn Smoke-Free Ontario Act affects various people and workplaces 4 http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/health/smoke_free/stakeholders. asp Player’s Corner 4 We hope enforcement will not be necessary and ask for your immediate assistance in communicating the seriousness of this matter to your members (and any of their guests/family/friends attending any of CKL's arenas). Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in resolving this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to assist you. Volume 2, Issue 5 1st Vice President’s Message Hello hockey fans! Well, here we are the middle of December, we already have more snow at this point in the year then we had at this point last year, and the first day of winter is not until December 21! With just over 3 weeks to go in the regular season for our Rep and AE teams, I would have to deem the regular season as a success for most of the teams. I am sure that all the Coaches would love to know what is in store for them in the playoffs, but that is half the fun of the game. Most of the teams have competed in tournaments up to this point, and have a good indication of how they will stack up against teams, when the playoff games begin. The scheduling meeting for the playoffs will be in early January and the teams will be starting shortly thereafter, as they attempt to bring OMHA Championships to the Town of Lindsay. As I sit here and reflect on the first half of the season, I would like to say thank you to all players, coaches, trainers, managers and last but not least the parents, for a successful regular season and I look forward to seeing some of the upcoming playoff games that your teams will be playing. From my family to yours, all the best for a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and I hope Santa is good to all of you. Peter, Jessica and Joshua O'Neill Sponsorship of our Teams Each year Lindsay Minor hockey goes out into the Team Sponsors community to ask local businesses for their Boyer Chev Olds (3 teams) support in return for some advertising of that Pizza Pizza business. We encourage our teams to use the Abel & Associates - Cooperators Insurance sponsor name when ever possible in such things Kinsmen Club of Lindsay as sending game scores into the newspaper. This year we had a new sponsorship coordinator Wilson Tire looking after obtaining this support. Director Kids First Debbie Dixon did an excellent job of securing our Kennedy Electric sponsors this year, and it is at this point that we Moose Lodge would like to take a moment to Thank those Royal Canadian Legion sponsors for their support of our local teams. Synergy Group Without the financial support of these businesses, Kiwanis Club hockey in Lindsay would be decidedly more Optimist Club expensive. It is from these sponsorship funds that Kawartha Lakes Sports (1/2 sponsorship) we cover the majority of the ice costs for the Kent Cleaners (1/2 sponsorship) second half of the season. So we would like to remind you to keep these local business in mind if Manley Motors (1/2 sponsorship) you have the opportunity to show your support in Holsag Canada (1/2 sponsorship) return to them. Gary's Landscaping (1/2 sponsorship) You will notice two categories. One category is Kawartha Lakes Cafe (1/2 sponsorship) Team Sponsorship, these sponsors are paying a higher fee to have their names placed on the back League Sponsors of our home and away jerseys. The second type Selcor of sponsor is our League Sponsorship. League Blewett Printing Sponsorship is a business that is willing to help out Thompson Fuels our association for a slightly less amount without Reid's Valumart the benefit of names on the jerseys, so their ap- Mariposa Electric preciation is shown more by word of mouth and on Economy Wheels our sponsorship board at the arena. Lindsay Sportsline Again, please read this list and show your support to the businesses. John Sims Concrete Page 2 Fish Tales 2nd Vice President’s Message - Paul Starling It’s hard to believe that our season is all but half over already, but it is. Our rep teams are winding down their regular season with anticipation of heading into the playoffs before the end of January for what will hopefully be some long and successful playoff runs, and our Three County teams—at least from Atom through to Midget—are finishing off their last couple of games before heading to the next scheduling meeting right after the Christmas break. This scheduling will take us through until nearly the end of February, at which point we will get together once again and schedule for the playoffs. By the time the next newsletter arrives in your inbox we will likely know who each team will be playing in the playoff round. So far things have been pretty smooth overall for our Three County teams, there are always going to be some bumpy roads, but collectively we try to work through for the benefit of all the kids playing in LMHA. I would like to take a moment to also thank all of the Coaches, Trainers, Managers and support people that are involved with each and every team, without these people, or people like them, none of us would be here in the positions we are in, helping to keep kids playing the awesome sport of hockey. This past weekend (December 14th) saw yet another successfully run LMHA LL tournament. This one was for the Bantam and Midget division. Although neither Bantam team fared very well; fighting it out for the “D” Championship, the two Midget teams did better and ended up battling it out for the “B” Championship. I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people for all the hard work that they put in to help get the tournaments going and keep them running on the days that they happened. First off a big Thank You goes out to Peter O’Neill who took hold of the reins right from the start of the year and organized basically every aspect of the tournaments. I would also like to thank Debbie Dixon who was at both tournaments all day helping out with keeping the score boards and dressing room assignment boards organized. Thank you also to past 2nd Vice Randy Deschamps for coming in all day on the 14th to act as Tournament Convenor since both Peter and I were involved with a team in the tournament. Helping Randy all day were Shawn Woolridge and Glen Lockhart. Two of the big behind the scenes helpers are Cindy Brown and Zyg Kaminski. Cindy organizes all of the refs and timekeepers for most of our local league teams, and once again did a bang up job for our tournaments. Zyg Kaminski also is a referee scheduler, and scheduled all the officials for the Bantam and Midget tournament. Thanks to the teams that helped out with the running of the “Fish Pond” and the handing out of food for the teams. Last but not least we should thank the players that were around helping out as well, some able to earn hours for their high school credit. Lastly I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every member of the LMHA family a safe and joyous holiday season. Wherever you are, what ever you are doing over the Holidays please do it safely and have Fun. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Paul Starling 2nd Vice President A special note of thanks was passed on to me to share with all Team shows some community support of you: On behalf of the parents and After much thought of what to get the kids for Christmas coaching staffs of the Tyke teams from the team we decided to be charitable. The team I would like to send a very special collected 2 full boxes of food which was donated to the Thank You to Jason Ward and food bank. We also collected 2 large bags full of toys everyone at Ward Legal for which was donated to the Kawartha Lakes toy drive. It supplying the Tyke teams with is always nice to help those less fortunate any time of practice jerseys and socks. year. Chris McPhail Wishing all those a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Tyke Black New Year...Atom Teal Thanks Jason!! Page 3 Lindsay Minor PLAYER’S CORNER PUZZLE Hockey Association P.O. Box 193 Last issue saw an increase in the number of Lindsay, Ontario participants of players corner. Still far below K9V 4S1 the numbers that I thought I would see, but an Phone: 705-324-5822 increase non the less. Fax: 705-324-9277 The three winners were chosen by random E-mail: email@example.com draw at our Executive meeting on Monday Look for the next issue of Fish firstname.lastname@example.org Tales coming in February December 15th. Web: 1st place winner of a pair of Muskie tickets www.lindsayminorhockey.com was Austin Boadway of the Atom BB Muskies. The 2nd place winner of a Muskies mouth guard was Dryden Brown, also of the Atom BB Muskies. TV Draw winners Announced And the final winner of the past issue, and winner of a Muskies water bottle, was Ethan Each year one of the principal fundraisers that LMHA McPhail of the Three County Tyke Black team. does is our annual “TV Draw”. This year of course Congratulations to all three of the kids, and was no exception with in fact 2 TV’s to be won as thank you to the other kids that entered the well as a third prize of a 1000 watt surround sound contest, better luck this time. system. There will be no player’s corner puzzle for On Sunday December 14th, Executive members this month as this is just a small issue. Watch gathered for the annual draw at the LMHA office for a return of Player’s Corner in the next above pad 1. Once all tickets were verified as being issue. tickets for the current year, as well as having staples removed—yes some of you are still putting all of the tickets into the draw box stapled together— the tickets were then thoroughly mixed up and the winning ballots drawn. The 1st place prize of a Sharp Aquos 42” LCD HDTV goes to Jayne Bellows The 2nd place prize of a Samsung 32” LCD HDTV goes to Steven Hiscock The 3rd place prize of a Panasonic 1000 watt Surround Sound System with iPod dock, goes to Holly Wallace LMHA would like to congratulate these three winners, and wish everyone else better luck next year.