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2018 - 2019 BC Hockey Award Nominations
Friday, March 1, 2019

BC Hockey is now accepting nominations for the 2018 - 2019 BC Hockey Awards.  The award winners will be announced at the 2019 BC Hockey Annual Congress Awards Banquet.  This year’s event will be held at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre in Sun Peaks, BC on June 8, 2019.  The deadline to submit a nomination is April 15, 2019.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards: 

  • Chair of the Board Award

  • Life Members’ Volunteer – Executive Award

  • Diamond Stick Award

  • Frank Spring Award – Minor Hockey Association (MHA) of the Year

  • Ernie Gare Award – Coach of the Year Award

  • Official of the Year Award

  • Development Award – Coaching

  • Mike Landucci Development Award – Officiating

  • Development Award – Program of Excellence Female

  • Development Award – Program of Excellence Male

  • Safety Recognition Award

BC Hockey is also accepting nominations for the Hockey Canada Officiating Awards.  The following awards are available:

  • Most Deserving

  • Most Improved

  • Most Promising

Nomination Form


The Chair of the Board Award is given to a MHA showing the greatest percentage increase in player registration over the previous year registration or to an individual, team, league or Association that has brought honour to the amateur hockey fraternity through an outstanding humanitarian endeavor.

The Life Members’ Volunteer – Executive Award is awarded by BC Hockey life members to an amateur hockey administrator who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and growth of amateur hockey.

The Diamond Stick Award honours an individual who has provided outstanding service to the game of hockey for 10 or more years. The meritorious service may be provided to national or international hockey programs, BC Hockey or its member clubs.

The MHA of the Year Award – Frank Spring Award is recognized by BC Hockey in honour of Frank Spring, past president and life member of BC Hockey. Awarded annually to the MHA judged to have made an outstanding contribution to its community by providing a properly organized program where a youngster can learn the basic skills and the fundamentals of good hockey.

The Coach of the Year – Ernie Gare Award is awarded to BC Hockey’s top coach who shows leadership to players, demonstrates skill development and has a sound philosophy. Winning is a consideration, but not the only one and not the most important one. This award is given in memory of the late Ernie Gare of Nelson, BC, who demonstrated what BC Hockey feels are the ideal elements of a coach.

The Official of the Year Award is given to an official that exemplifies dedication and support for the BC Hockey Officiating Program, BC Hockey and Hockey Canada Rules and Regulations. He or she also contributes to hockey in ways other than the on-ice requirements and combines leadership and ability both on and off the ice. This person must also be carded for the year.

The Development Award for Coaching is for service to the National Coaches Certification Program in BC Hockey. The purpose of this award is to annually acknowledge outstanding service by a volunteer who has devoted his or her time to assist coaching within BC Hockey.

The Mike Landucci Development Award for Officiating recognizes outstanding service by a volunteer who has devoted his or her time to assist officiating in BC Hockey.

The Development Award – Program of Excellence (Female and Male) is awarded annually to acknowledge outstanding service by a volunteer to the POE.

The Safety Recognition Award annually acknowledges outstanding service by a volunteer who has devoted his or her time to assist safety and risk management within BC Hockey.

Hockey Canada Officiating Awards

  • Most Deserving - This official is rated on his/her own officiating skills and what they put back into BC Hockey/Association (i.e. supervisor, instructor or administrator).

  • Most Improved - Official who has shown the most improvement within his/her Association. This is not necessarily your best official but the one who has progressed the most through their attendance at clinic/seminars and their on-ice efforts.

  • Most Promising - A young official in his/her first, second, or third year of officiating, as being the best rookie.

For more information about the BC Hockey Awards, please visit the awards page of the website. For more information about BC Hockey, please visit the BC Hockey website at or email or follow along through social media at, or



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