Letter from a Volunteer Coach

Submitted By Kelly Beamish on Monday, June 01, 2015

“Today I heard a comment made about me behind my back. I started to turn around and look, but then decided better of it and kept my eyes on the field.

My wife hears things like this more often than I do, because many of you don’t know who she is. She tells me what you say. I have received… angry emails, full of “suggestions,” about who should be playing where and how I… lost that day’s game for the kids. I thought I’d write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it. I’ll start it this way: “I am a volunteer.”

I’m the one who answered the call when the league said they didn’t have enough coaches. I understand that you were too busy. I have some news for you. I’m not retired. I’m busy too. I have other children and a job, just like you do. Not only do I not get paid to do this – it costs me money. I see you walk up to the game 15 minutes after it started, still dressed for work. Do you know I’ve already been here over an hour? Imagine if you had to leave work early nearly every day. I’ve never seen you at a practice. I’m sure you’re plugging away at the office. But I’m out here, on the field, trying my best to teach these children how to play a sport they love, while my bank account suffers.

I know. I make mistakes. In fact, maybe I’m not even that great of a coach. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect. I am pretty sure they like coming to my practices and games, and without me or someone like me, there’d be no team for them to play on. I’m part of this community too and it’s no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It’s a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is second-guessing you.
And I also know you think I give my son or daughter unfair advantages. I try not to. In fact, have you ever considered that maybe I’m harder on him than on the others? I’m sure he hears plenty of criticism at school from classmates, who hear it from you at home, about what a lame coach I am. And if, even unconsciously, my kids are getting a slight advantage because I know them better and trust their abilities, is that the worst thing in the world, considering the sacrifice I’m making? Trust me, I want to win too. And if your son or daughter could guarantee we’d do that, I’d give them the chance.

After this game is over, I’ll be the last one to leave. I have to break down the field, put away all the equipment and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when my son and I waited with a player until after dark before someone came to get them. Many nights I’m sure you’ve already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally kick the mud off my shoes and climb into my car, which hasn’t been washed or vacuumed for weeks. Why bother cleaning it during the season? Do you know how nice it would be if, just once, after a game one of you offered to carry the heavy gear bag to my car or help straighten up the field?

If I sound angry, I’m not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you’re at the office working, your kid is saying something that makes us all laugh or brings a tear to my eye. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometime those who don’t choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do.”

 Author Unknown

Bauer Goalie Mask Recall

From: Todd Jackson, Senior Manager, Insurance and Membership Services

SUBJECT: RECALL – Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Bauer Hockey Corp.-Please give the widest circulation possible

This recall involves the following goal masks and cages:

  • Bauer Concept C1 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire,
  • Bauer NME 10 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire,
  • Bauer RP NME Ti Titanium Cage.


Hazard identified

Bauer has determined there may be a quality issue in some of the titanium wire used in the manufacture of the cages. The metal wires on the affected cages can break and may not provide adequate protection in the event of impact from a puck, posing a facial impact or laceration hazard.

Bauer Hockey Corp. has received nine reports, eight in Canada and one in the United States, of the titanium wire cage cracking or breaking upon impact with a puck, resulting in minor facial injuries in four of the reports.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from April, 2013 to February, 2015.

Please click on the link below to obtain more information on this recall. Consumers should stop using the recalled goal masks with the affected wire cages and contact Bauer Hockey Corp.


For more information, consumers may contact Bauer’s Customer Service toll-free at 1-844-448-4246, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Consumers may also contact Bauer’s Customer Service by email at titaniumrecall@bauer.com or visit Bauer’s website at https://www.bauer.com/


Todd Jackson

Senior Manager,
Insurance and Membership Services Hockey Canada

11th Annual RMHC Golf Classic

11th Annual RMHC Golf Classic Sponsorship Opportunities

We are only a few short months away from our 11th Annual RMHC Golf Tournament and we’re now looking for both teams and sponsors. The event takes place on Thursday August 20 and it promises to be as fun and entertaining as ever.

Available opportunities are:

  • Team & Hole Sponsorship (team of four)
  • Hole sponsorship only
  • Team of four only
  • Driving Range Sponsorship
  • Dinner Sponsorship (includes team of four)
  • Hole sponsorships for prize on Par 3

If you are part of a business or organization, or know of one that would be interested in sponsoring this year and or entering a team, please let us know. These spots will fill up, so act now.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Melissa at: (506) 204-6995 or email rmhcgolftour@gmail.com

You can download our signup form here: RMHC Golf Tournament Registration 2015.

EDZA East looking for Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

EDZA East is now accepting applications for coaching positions for the 2015 – 2016 season. Positions available include five male (5) Peewee ‘AAA’ teams; two (2) male Bantam ‘AAA’ teams, one or two (1-2) Minor Bantam ‘AAA’; one (1) male Midget ‘AAA’ Minor team and one (1) male Midget ‘AAA’ Major team.

Positions are also available for one (1) Female Bantam ‘AAA’ team and one (1) Female Midget ‘AAA’ team.

Positions on the EDZA East Board of directors are also available. These would include Midget rep, Bantam rep, Peewee rep, Female rep, Minor Hockey rep and a director at large.

Interested candidates can forward their credentials and resumes along with position sought to:
PO Box 261
Moncton, NB
E1C 8K9

or via email to: edzaeast@hotmail.com. 

Deadline for applications is May 15, 2015.


By Rob McLure, Asst. Coach

When Glenn Leaman assembled his team of 17 Atom A players along with their Parents for that first team meeting back in October he was clear, “We will not be measuring this year’s success by wins and losses. Our goals are to provide a quality program of skill development, game play instruction and personal and team growth.”, he went on to say, “We will measure the year’s accomplishments by comparing where we finishing on the development ladder and looking back to compare how much we have climbed.”

Well as one of the assistant coaches on that team this season, I must admit those words expressed in that original meeting rang so true during our competition in the infamous SEDMHA year-end tournament recently… Continue reading SUCCESS ACHIEVED AT SEDMHA FOR THE ATOM A BLUES

A special thank you to all Volunteers

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Hockey New Brunswick provides an opportunity for youth in our province to participate

in hockey. This organization would not be able to create such opportunities if it were not

for you, the volunteer.

Minor hockey in New Brunswick is continuing to grow and better develop our youth, due

to the large number of volunteers that come forward every year. The work that you do

does not go unnoticed. Countless hours spent in the rink for games and practices,

scheduling of ice times and the many road trips throughout the province are just a few of

the roles and responsibilities that you as a volunteer undertake.

I personally wish to thank you for all that you do for your minor hockey association.

Without you we as an organization would not be able to lead, develop and promote

positive hockey experiences for the youth of New Brunswick.


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Raymond Carmichael


Hockey New Brunswick