City of Nanaimo Blog
Are you a long time Nanaimo-ite with fond memories of playing hockey in Nanaimo? For some of you, it might have been a scrub game on Long Lake in the winter or perhaps cheering on the first season of the Nanaimo Clippers. For others, those cool hockey memories may be more recent, such as playing in a local tournament or watching TSN anchors Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness do their broadcast live in Nanaimo as part of the 2014 Kraft Celebration Tour. After chatting with so many local hockey fans, it's clear that there are many moments of joy this sport has brought to people of all ages in Nanaimo.
Photo Credit: Nanaimo Community Archives - Long Lake
If you wanted to read more about some of the sports history and get to know a few of the historic figures that helped shape hockey in Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Museum have inducted many into their Sports Hall of Fame. For now, we wanted take a moment and highlight some of the groups that work hard to keep creating amazing hockey memories in Nanaimo.
Photo Credit: Nanaimo Museum - Hall of Fame Exhibit
The Nanaimo Miners Hockey’s first team played in the old Civic Arena in 1939, located in Maffeo Sutton Park at the waterfront until 2006. Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association (NMHA) grew quickly, developing players such as Alfred “Red” Carr, joined the Detroit Red Wings in 1947. Over the past few decades, many NMHA athletes played in the Junior Ranks as well as the NHL. The organization celebrated 75 years of history with a Hockey Dave in Nanaimo Saturday, January 10, 2015. The league today has over 790 players ages ranging between 5-17 years old and 51 teams.
The Nanaimo Casual Hockey League started in 2006 out of a need for players who were either new to hockey or haven’t played in yeas and wanted to get back in the game! This program gives these athletes a place to build camaraderie and sportsmanship. Now in its 10th year, the NCHL has 18 teams including a regular season, a year end tournament and a fun, family event night. Chad James, NCHL President said “We are all about guys going out, having a fun safe game and being able to go to work the next day”. He continually is asked how are they doing so well and his response is all about fun.
The Nanaimo Oldtimers Hockey League started in 1981 and now with approx 450 players, playing 40 games each season, the league has grown to a point where they have an eight member Executive board to keep it all running smoothly. With all the league options it proves there is an opportunity for any age and skill level to play this much loved, Canadian sport.
Photo Credit: City of Nanaimo - Hockey Camp
Whatever level of hockey you play and whatever hockey memory you hold close to you heart, don’t miss celebrating Rogers Hometown Hockey in Nanaimo February 25/26, 2017 and making new memories together.
Photo Credit: Rogers Hometown Hockey website - Rogers Hometown Hockey Hosts coming to Nanaimo February 25&26, 2017
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