Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:54

New operations director for Swift Current Minor Hockey

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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The Swift Current Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) has a new director of operations who also happens to have a long history of involvement in minor hockey.

George Bowditch can still recall being an assistant coach for the Swift Current Toyotas when current Broncos head coach Mark Lamb was one of the players on this bantam team.
Bowditch formally took over the position at the SCMHA annual general meeting on April 24. He said his biggest challenge is to maintain the high standard that was set by Paula Bowers, the previous director of operations.
“Paula did an awesome job for Swift Current Minor Hockey over the years and moving forward we must continue to grow the game of hockey in Swift Current,” he mentioned.
A number of other appointments were made at the SCMHA’s annual meeting. Nola Smith is the new ice scheduler and Norm Tonnies is responsible for risk management and progressive discipline.
Bowditch felt the state of minor hockey in Swift Current is sound. During the past season there were 678 players registered for minor hockey, of which 516 were males and 162 females.
There were 43 league and tier games, six provincial teams and three tournament teams. All this activity was possible through the involvement of 143 coaches.
He said his duties as operations director is to take care of the day to day operations of the SCMHA. That will become easier as a result of an agreement between the association and the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame, where Bowditch is the current operator/curator. This arrangement allows the Hall of Fame, which is located inside the Credit Union iplex, to host the SCMHA office.
According to Bowditch, the involvement of more young players and skills development is a priority for the SCMHA.
“We also want the children to have fun and skill development leads to more fun because the better you can play the game the more fun you’re going to have,” he said.

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