Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Minor Hockey Week in Canada was an idea that was birthed in Trail, BC by Charlie MacLean. His initial proposal for Minor Hockey Week was drafted in 1953 and was immediately adopted by Trail Minor Hockey Association (MHA).
The next season, Minor Hockey Week was adopted at the provincial level by the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association (now BC Hockey). It took another two (2) years, but Minor Hockey Weeks was adopted nationally, by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Canada), and became a major success across Canada.
BC hockey now presents the Fred Heslope Minor Hockey Week Awards annually, the first recipient in 1959 was the man who started Minor Hockey Wweek, Charlie MacLean.
Minor Hockey Week was marketed in the early days with posters, and phrases including “Don’t send your boy to the arena. Take him!” and “Keep a boy on ice, and you’ll keep him out of hot water.”