USA Hockey held its Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, home of USA Hockey. Full days of meetings were conducted which included sessions on growing the game, safety (both on and off the ice), officiating, registrations and other topics that help volunteers run the grass roots programs.
USA Hockey introduced the Club Excellence Program. This is a program designed to assist local clubs in the operations of their clubs. Everything from how to write by-laws to job descriptions for board members and task lists on how to run club programs. This will be a very beneficial program for all USA Hockey and AHAI Clubs.
USA Hockey hosted a banquet, “Memories & Milestones” that included celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Miracle On Ice. Many of the members of the 1980 Olympic Hockey team were on hand to truly make the evening memorable. However, the main reason for the celebration was the retirement of USA Hockey’s President for the last 12 years, Ron DeGregorio. Mr. DeGregorio “Digger” has helped transform USA Hockey into a leader of national governing bodies not only here in the United States, but within the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He accomplished all that while still focusing on the grass roots volunteers and programs to assist us in the day in and day out duties of a club volunteer.
With the retirement of Ron DeGregorio, a new USA Hockey president was voted into office. Jim Smith, of Mount Prospect Illinois is the new USA Hockey President.
Other USA Hockey elections were held at the annual meeting
These people along with the MAHA Board of Directors will continue to strive to provide the best possible programs and support for our Associations and it's members. Even though it’s summer the planning by the local clubs, leagues, USA Hockey, and MAHA does not stop.
Have a safe summer!
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