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President's Welcome

21/07/2019 Sunday

Great news - the schedule is now LIVE! Appreciate all the efforts from our team led by Jordan Dankowich to get that up today!

It is my great pleasure, as your President, to welcome you to the 2019/2020 BOHC season. Founded in 1975, our club has grown into one of Canada’s largest Old-Timers Hockey Clubs, which is something that we can all be proud of. For all the traditions that were introduced and subsequently maintained at our club, we can thank the founders for establishing a league that puts safety first, and winning second.

 As we get ready to start our new season, I cannot stress enough that it is our responsibility to do our part to promote safety on the ice with respect to our fellow members. We have had too many players that have had to retire from hockey due to injuries last year. One is too many, in my opinion. Remember we pay to play hockey. We are not paid to play and most of us have to go to work, see our grandkids, or have plans to do something the next day.  This respect needs also to be extended to our network of referees many of whom are fellow BOHC members. Many thanks to Mike Veerman (Executive Referee in Chief) for providing us with first rate officiating. Not an easy task with 8 divisions and the sheer volume number of games we play each year.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the new members to BOHC and to all the players who currently have health challenges or injuries, we wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you at the rink or at Hector’s very soon. 

 I would like to thank all past and present board members for volunteering their time to build our club into the great hockey club it is today. There have been only a few changes to the members of the Board of Directors for the upcoming year.   Ken Warren and Brian Blume have stepped down from the board. Both have volunteered as Captain’s, Convenors, and on your Board of Directors in different roles for many years and have volunteered for more than 17 years. On behalf of BOHC members, I would like to say a most heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for stepping up and doing whatever was required. Because of people like you, the club is what it is today. Welcome back to all returning board members and welcome to our newest Board member Peter Jakob. Thank you all for volunteering to help run our great organization. We are committed to overseeing a great hockey club as well as maintaining our strong role in our community.

Board of Directors 2019-2020
Paul Gentle                              Director of Hockey on Ice Operations
Bruce Marsh                            Past President/ Heritage Chair
Jeff Davis                                 V.P. Hockey
Mark Buchanan                       V.P. Administration
Richard Zabransky                   V.P. of I.T.
Peter Jakob                             Board Secretary
Peter Greig                              V.P. Membership
Scot Cameron                         Director of Marketing and Communication
Mike Veerman                        Referee in Chief
Richard Krummenacher          Treasurer

BOWSER events will be held once a month throughout the year. Check your schedules and please help support the BOWSER Babes as they collect non-perishable food items or monies to purchase food for the Burlington Food Bank. Special thanks to you, our members for your generous contributions.

This year we will be hosting our 44th Annual Invitational Hockey Tournament. Rick Fox and his committee continue to make this tournament one of the premier oldtimers’ hockey tournaments in Ontario to play in. Our tournament is second to none.  The hard work of Rick’s committee, the volunteers, and our membership make this event our largest fundraising program.

 The 2018 Christmas Dance was a great social event for our members and the only event we run where players can bring their wives and mingle with all divisions. Get your tickets early so you won’t miss out on the fun this year with a live band, food, games and prizes. Colin Ashdown Chairs this event and is looking for volunteers to help out.

Our financial position continues to be strong. Your Board has approved a ‘zero’ increase this year. Even with our ice cost going up every year, along with increases to time keepers’ fees, referees’ fees, rent for Hectors, etc. we will not be increasing our fees. This is only made possible by the dedicated network of volunteers who give up their time to run everything that we do, from fundraising events to hockey operations, and administration. If you have never volunteered, I encourage you to get involved in our great club. Become a Captain, Assistant Captain, volunteer on committees or in our events on and off the ice throughout the year.

This year we look forward to wearing new jerseys. The NHL granted us a license to use their official team logos in keeping with the original six and from what I have seen they look fantastic. Please take care of them – we are hoping they last us at least 3-4 years.
In closing I will quote part of the welcoming email from my Captain a few years ago because I cannot say it any better. “You all understand/share the same BOHC values- that "winning doesn’t make the top 3 priorities of the year. Team dressing room climate is number one, safety of our fellow players and post-game laughs at Hector’s round out the top 3 goals of the season.”

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and FUN season.
Wendall  Ahearn
BOHC President