2023 Spring AGM

Southwest Saskatchewan Hockey League

Spring 2023 AGM

May 3, 2023 (postponed from April 19)

Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre - Shaunavon, SK



            Meeting called to order 7:00pm - Ryan Brown

  1. Introductions

Ryan Brown - President (Maple Creek)

Kristin Hay - Secretary

Wayne Girodat - VP (Gull Lake)

Shauna Lacher - VP (Swift Current)

Dave Gavelin - U18 Commissioner

Wade Lacher - Swift Current

Jeff Tucker - Central Butte

Cortney Lacelle - Moose Jaw

Dan Getz - Cabri


  1. Adoption of Agenda

- Motion: Wade 2nd: Ryan Wallis


  1. Previous Meeting Minutes - Fall 2022 AGM (Sept 14, 2022), as read by Ryan B.

- Motion: Wayne 2nd: Shauna


  1. Financial Report - as presented by Wayne for Tracey Stenson

Total Income: $17,792.12, Total Expenses: $4,206.25

Balance: General Acct $13,585.87, Bonds Acct $2,800.00 = Total $16,385.87


  1. President Report - Ryan Brown

- no major incidents to report, good year overall


  1. Commissioner Reports

U11 - Kent Stenson

League had 12 teams this year, all games were played by the end date with very few games being rescheduled.  No issues brought to the Commissioner's attention re: U11, was asked for input re: some U13 incidents.  Shaunavon Badgers finished first and hosted the League A pool 4 team tournament March 19th. 

Pool A - Shaunavon Badgers, SC Rangers, Maple Creek Hawks, SC Ice Wolves

- Game 1 Shaunavon over SC Ice Wolves 5-2

- Game 2 Maple Creek over SC Rangers 6-4

- Game 3 SC Ice Wolves over SC Rangers 14-1

- Game 4 Shaunavon over Maple Creek 9-6; making Shaunavon league champions

Pool B - SC Bandits, SC Mavericks, SC Outlaws, Eastend/Frontier

- Game 1 SC Bandits over Eastend/Frontier 11-1

- Game 2 SC Outlaws over SC Mavericks 9-6

- Game 3 SC Mavericks over Eastend/Frontier 10-9

- Game 4 SC Bandits over SC Outlaws 10-8


U13 - Blaine Schwab

U-13 had a successful year.  12 teams in league, 8 made playoffs and had great rounds all the way through with the final being played between Cabri and Gravelbourg/Mossbank.   Great series between these 2 teams going to a 3rd game and Cabri coming out as U-13 champs.  Couple things from the year; Coaches need to be approved on the Sask hockey roster to be eligible to be on the bench.  Had 2 suspensions of 30 days for head coaches that had coaches that weren’t on roster.  
Live barn; had so many teams send clips from live barn. Most rinks have this in arenas in the league.  It needs to be used for people to watch games not for managers sending in this and that trying to get kids suspended.  We as commissioners are not here to ref hockey games after the fact.  We as a league need to protect the refs or we won’t have any.


U15 - Mike Dudley

- The 2022/23 season went pretty smooth overall. The teams and their management/ coaches were all great to work with. It was a competitive season that ended up pitting Shaunavon against Wood River in the league championship. Shaunavon came out victorious in the matchup. There was a total of 82 regular season games and 19 playoff games. Suspension wise, there were 14 suspensions issued total with only 1 coaching suspension carrying over into next year.


U18 - Dave Gavelin

Successful year with only a few minor hiccups.  The league was very competitive from top to bottom.  Wood River defeated Assiniboia in the final.  Suspensions totalled 26 games spread over 11 players and 3 games from 2 coaches.  Biggest concern is a shortage of officials.  We lost 2 top 17-18 year-old officials due to them being tired of the abuse from coaches and some of our senior officials have said they are losing their patience and will start tossing coaches.


  1. Hockey Sask Reports - no longer area reps, remove from agenda going forward


  1. New Business

1) New Commissioners

            - U11 (Mossbank)  Rob Rutko

            - U13 (Kincaid)  Gaetan GIrardin

            - U15 (Glentworth)  TBD by fall AGM

            - U18 (Cabri)  Neil Block


2) Outgoing Commissioners

            - Ryan Brown thanked all outgoing Commissioners for their time and efforts

            - Kent Stenson, Blaine Schwab, Mike Dudley, Dave Gavelin


3) U11 Scheduling

            - online pilot to be implemented for the upcoming 2023/2024 season. Pending review, to be implemented for other divisions in the future.


4) Moose Jaw Minor Hockey - Request to join U15 Courtney Lacelle MJMH

            - Moose Jaw parents/kids wanting an option for contact hockey

            - 186 kids in U15, 96 came to tryouts for 38 spots for contact hockey

            - team for SSHL would be their "3rd best" kids who didn't make A or AA that want to play contact, considering extra costs and travel

            - Shauna & Dave explained it cannot be tiered, no tryouts no cuts

            - depending on numbers they may have 2 teams to send

            - deadline will be Fall AGM, $50 membership fee and if accepted $500 bond and $175 per team per year

            - associate membership includes 2 yr probation period, no board    responsibility and no voting, same $50 fee.


5) Scholarship for U18 Graduating members - proposed by Dave Gavelin

            - Dave proposed a $500 scholarship towards post-secondary education for a graduating U18 player in SSHL

            - Criteria and application process/forms to be determined, Shauna offered on behalf of the VP's to take it on

            - MJMH has criteria and forms on their website to use as a guide/template

            - Motion: Dave 2nd: Shauna


  1. Old Business

1) Fines and Memberships

            - Gravelbourg paid twice for U13 and U15; cheque sent back

            - no shows were Eastend and Frontier, subject to $200 fine and if they are not  present for Fall AGM will be removed from SSHL


  1. Next meeting date
  • Fall AGM 2023 Wed Sept 20th at 7:00pm Shaunavon


            Meeting adjourned 8:00pm - Ryan B.

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