CMHA Annual Awards

As each hockey season comes to a conclusion, it is important to take a moment to reflect on all the great work that has been done this season by the many volunteers who help make CMHA a successful Association.  CMHA and our teams are heavily reliant on volunteers, so these annual awards are a way to help celebrate exceptional work done by our team officials (e.g. coaches), referees and other volunteers.

Each year we ask our member to help us identify and nominate a worthy candidate for each award.  The criteria for each award are set out below.

As part of the awards, the CMHA Executive usually also gives the winners a $100.00 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Nominating and Selection Process: 

Members of CMHA may nominate a person for these awards by completing the nomination survey located on our Association website within the deadline for submission (usually made available in March of each year). The Executive will consider the submissions as well as other potential persons, and will decide on the winner(s) of the each award.

Announcement of the Award Winners:

The winners are usually announced and presented at the Annual Award and Volunteer recognition event - usually held in April.

(NOTE: More than one person may be awarded the Volunteer Service Award and the President’s Merit Award each year.  The President’s Merit Award, Mike Bose Award, and Most Inspiring Player Award do not have to be awarded each year if there are no nominees that satisfy the criteria.)

Initiation Coach of the Year

    • Demonstrated and promoted good sportsmanship and citizenship (e.g. involving the team in the community).
    • Demonstrated a respect for the game of hockey.
    • Demonstrated a commitment to improving the game of hockey within CMHA (e.g. acting as a mentor to inexperienced coaches).
    • Demonstrated leadership to the players of the team.
    • Provided a good environment for the players of the team to develop their hockey skills/abilities and develop their character in a positive manner.
    • By the end of the season, players demonstrated significant improvement in their hockey skills and abilities.
    • Coached in a fair manner.
    • De-emphasized ‘winning’ and emphasized the principle that minor hockey is meant to be ‘fun’.

(Annual award to be presented to one person.)

House Coach of the Year (Atom to Midget)

    • Demonstrated and promoted good sportsmanship and citizenship (e.g. involving the team in the community).
    • Demonstrated a respect for the game of hockey.
    • Demonstrated a commitment to improving the game of hockey within CMHA (e.g. acting as a mentor to inexperienced coaches).
    • Demonstrated leadership to the players of the team.
    • Provided a good environment for the players of the team to develop their hockey skills/abilities and develop their character in a positive manner.
    • By the end of the season, players demonstrated significant improvement in their hockey skills and abilities.
    • Coached in a fair manner.
    • Demonstrated a balanced approach between playing competitively with the principle that minor hockey is meant to be ‘fun’.

(Annual award to be presented to one person.)

Rep Coach of the Year (Atom to Juvenile)

      • Demonstrated and promoted good sportsmanship and citizenship (e.g. involving the team in the community).
      • Demonstrated a respect for the game of hockey.
      • Demonstrated a commitment to improving the game of hockey within CMHA (e.g. acting as a mentor to inexperienced coaches).
      • Demonstrated leadership to the players of the team.
      • Provided a good environment for the players of the team to develop their hockey skills/abilities and develop their character in a positive manner.
      • By the end of the season, players demonstrated significant improvement in their hockey skills and abilities.
      • Coached in a fair manner.
      • Demonstrated a balanced approach between playing competitively with the principle that minor hockey is meant to be ‘fun’.

(Annual award to be presented to one person.)

Official (Referee) of the Year

      • Exemplified dedication and support for CMHA's referee program.
      • Contributed to officials' development through assistance at clinics and performing evaluations.
      • Demonstrated a strong understanding of the Hockey Canada rules and regulations.
      • Excelled in his/her duties on the ice and demonstrated a proper attitude as a representative of CMHA at all times.
      • Acted as a leader to other officials, both on and off the ice, at all times.

(Annual award to be presented to one person.)

Volunteer Service Award

  • Demonstrated a strong and positive commitment to the Association and/or an individual team.
  • Promoted good sportsmanship and citizenship (e.g. involving the team in the community).
  • Demonstrated a respect for the game of hockey.
  • Demonstrated a commitment to improving the Association.
  • Provided a good environment for the players of the team to develop their hockey skills/abilities and/or develop their character in a positive manner.

(Annual award to be presented to one or more persons.)

President's Merit Award

  • Provided outstanding service to the Association for a minimum of three consecutive years.
  • Demonstrated and promoted good sportsmanship and citizenship.
  • Demonstrated a respect for the game of hockey.
  • Demonstrated a commitment to improving the game of hockey within CMHA.

(Annual award that may be presented to one or more persons of the Association each year; however no presentation is to be made if no nominees meet the criteria.)

Michael Bose Award

  • Completed 8 or more seasons of coaching.
  • Demonstrate personal discipline with no game elections.
  • Gain the respect of parents, players, executive and officials.
  • Attained a level of success that can be measured.
  • Demonstrated a willingness to continually advance both their knowledge and skills.
  • Give back to the association in terms of mentoring other coaches and players.
  • Lead by example both on the ice and off, in both commitment and decorum as well as work ethic, always being prepared and on time.
  • Generate a yearly plan and successfully follow that plan as well as adapt to changes along the way.
  • Delegate support functions on the team to involve as many as possible an be the leader of the group.

(Annual award that may be presented to one of the Association Coaches each year; however no presentation is to be made if no nominees meet the criteria.)

Most Inspiring Player Award

    • Player has been registered to play in the current season, and fulfills one or more of the three following criteria:
    • Showed perseverance in the face of a significant challenge.
    • Demonstrated a large commitment to the community through volunteerism or other similar actions.
    • Otherwise significantly inspired the membership through their actions throughout the season.
    • Gave back to the Association in terms of mentoring other coaches and/or players.
    • Lead by example both on the ice and off, in both commitment and decorum.

(Annual award that may be presented to one of the Association Coaches each year; however no presentation is to be made if no nominees meet the criteria.)

Thank you for helping us recognize our hard-working coaches, volunteers and officials