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Our History

The present Surrey Minor Hockey has a long and colourful history. Surrey Minor Hockey is actually a combination of two Minor Hockey Associations. Newton Minor Hockey started in 1962 and actually played originally out of an old warehouse at 132 Street and 76 Avenue which is still standing today. North Surrey Minor Hockey became an entity in 1964. Both these associations were relatively small at the time and the duplication of effort created problems in obtaining volunteers, ice-time and badly needed monies.

In 1981 the executive members of the two associations North Surrey Minor Hockey and Newton Minor Hockey began discussions with a view to amalgamate the two associations. The negotiations were completed and in 1982 a vote was held to amalgamate. The vote was overwhelmingly accepted by the members of both associations. A contest was held to design the Surrey Minor Hockey Association logo. The present day logo was accepted which is two skate blades and a hockey puck which symbolizes the joining of the two hockey associations. During the 1982-1983 season, both Newton and North Surrey Minor Hockey Executives shared responsibilities in a joint executive. The President of Newton Minor Hockey, Ren Petrie and the president of North Surrey Minor Hockey, Les Hopps, shared the Presidents responsibilities that year. A change in the societies act was signed on April 17, 1983 officially changing the name to Surrey Minor Hockey Association. The 1983-1984 season saw one Executive Committee formed with the first lone President of Surrey Minor Hockey elected, Mrs. Edith Michael.

One of the first joint efforts of the two associations was the annual Christmas tournament which had been held by the old North Surrey Minor Hockey association since their beginning in 1964. On Dec. 27- 31, 1982 Surrey Minor Hockey held their first Christmas house tournament. We have numbered our annual tournament since the amalgamation, but in reality the Christmas tournament as of 1998 would be in its 34th year. In October 1986 Surrey Minor Hockey Association held its first Atom “AAA” tournament. The originators of this tournament were Mark McLean and John Chretien.

As Surrey was growing there was an identified need for more ice and through the efforts of Presidents Edith Michael and Tom Ratcliff in conjunction with the members of this association who lobbied City Council, an additional rink was finally approved for North Surrey Arena. Doug Gavin was elected President in the spring of 1989 and Surrey Minor Hockey held their first annual Tyke Tournament.

Rick Deets became President of Surrey Minor Hockey Association in 1991 and its registration climbed from 610 to a maximum of 1464 players, making it one of the three largest associations in British Columbia. Surrey Minor Hockey Association has been very active in the community over the years in attempting to bring more rinks to Surrey. This is a frustrating process as we have all seen. In order for all children to be given the opportunity to play hockey, the association started to buy ice time outside the municipality and these purchases continue to this date.

Surrey Minor Hockey Association has always prided itself on its commitment to provide all children, no matter what their age or skill level, the opportunity to play hockey.

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