Passing of Bryan Murray

HEO Minor Express our sincere condolences on the passing of Bryan Murray.  A true gentleman in the hockey world.

MURRAY, Bryan Clarence
December 5, 1942 – August 12, 2017
Proud and caring Father.
Devoted Grandfather.
Prince Charming to his Snow White.
Son, brother, uncle, coach, teacher, mentor, neighbour, friend.
Bryan left the Ottawa Valley for a time but the Valley never left him. Growing up in a large family in a small town shaped him - hard working, caring, unassuming, loyal, honest and generous to a fault. There are countless stories of his donations of time and fundraising items for various worthy causes, many of which never made the news. This was done out of genuine concern for others, not for personal glory or public recognition.
Encouragement and wisdom, sometimes delivered in four letter words and always with great wit, left no doubt where you stood with Bryan. He had a knack for telling it like it is. Anyone sensitive to sarcasm was well advised to wear protective covering, including helmet and jock strap.
Despite rubbing elbows with famous people, Bryan never let life in the public eye swell his head. He remained humble and kind – well except for that one incident in 2007 when he stood on the boards and exchanged expletives with Lindy Ruff.
Bryan was equally at ease in the Chateau Frontenac or the Ladysmith Hotel. He was extremely thankful for a career in hockey that wasn't a job but a way of life that allowed him to do what he loved for many decades. If you ever watched Bryan watching hockey (animated and hilarious) you've witnessed just how much he loved the game.
Survived, loved and always remembered by his wife, Geri (née Sutton), daughters Heide (Don Browning) and Brittany (Joe Grubb), and granddaughters Emma and Addie, all of Colorado.
Also survived by brothers Laird (Ellen and the late Sheila), Barrie (Sandra), Bill (Ann) and Terry (Linda), sisters Darleen (Bert), Lorraine (Basil), Laurie (Jerry), Karen (Terry) and Kim (Mike), brothers-in-law Don Sutton (Patricia), late Peter, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, plus extended families.
Predeceased by his parents, Clarence in 2005 and Rhoda (née Schwartz) in 2013.
Celebrating a life well lived, Bryan's passions were family and hockey and a little Willie Nelson thrown in.
Cremation has taken place. A Funeral Service for family and friends will be held in Shawville United Church, 410 Main St., Shawville, Quebec on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Canadian Tire Centre. We encourage family, friends, colleagues and the public to attend to honour Bryan's legacy. Please enter via the Gate 2 entrance.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Make a Wish Foundation, Shawville Recreation Association, DEBRA Canada (in honour of Jonathan Pitre), Jardins Éducatif du Pontiac or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
"I hope I'm remembered as a pretty good hockey guy who was a good person."

Statement Regarding Attending Tournaments in the U.S.A.

We would like to thank Nepean MHA for the Statement below Regarding Attending Tournaments in the U.S.A.  We have modified the statement to change from NMHA to HEO Minor.

With the widely-publicized Executive Order on travel signed by President Trump now in partial effect, HEO Minor is concerned that this may adversely impact some of our membership travelling to tournaments in the United States.

As always, all our players and parents must have proper documentation to present at the border.

However, there are conditions in the Executive Order that may impact Canadian citizens and residents with origins in those countries specified in the Order. That could mean extra questioning and searches, or even being denied entry to the U.S. for one of our parents or players.

HEO Minor believes that every member should have equal access to all of our programs, including participating in tournaments, so while we will continue to approve travel permits to US tournaments, we strongly caution all teams to ensure that:

•             your parents are fully aware of the situation regarding the Executive Order on travel and its implications ; and

•             if even one of your players or parents are potentially affected, HEO Minor requests that your team does not register or withdraws from the tournament.

Should a team travel to the U.S. and face negative consequences due to the Executive Order on travel, HEO Minor will not be able to provide assistance of any kind. 

Tragic passing of a young hockey player

A 15 year old player with the Ottawa Sting and originally SouthEnd has passed away accidentally.  The loss of someone that age is such a tragedy.  HEO Minor extends condolences to Xavier's family.  Xavier's obituary is below.

EGAN, Xavier Miguel Boisvert
As a result of a tragic accident at home on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the age of 15. Beloved son to Christopher 'Chris' Egan and Sylvie Boisvert. Cherished brother of Jaimie Rockburn, Joëlle Messier, and Kassandre Messier. Dear nephew of Joanne Tobin, Mary Egan, Michael Egan, and Janet Egan. Survived by his cousins Colin Leger, Zoë and Brennan Sutcliffe. Predeceased by his grandmothers Rita Boisvert and Rita Egan. Friends may pay respects at
Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel
1255 Walkley Road, Ottawa, ON, K1V 6K9
613-731-1255
on Friday, June 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Jim Durrell Community Center from 1 to 4 p.m. (Please wear green in honour of Xavier). In memoriam donations to Bullies In Need (supporting the fostering of pit bulls, his favourite breed of dog) appreciated. Condolences and sharing memories at
www.arbormemorial.ca/en/kelly-walkley.
His passion was hockey, and he loved nature and animals, but most of all,
he loved his family. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?n=xavier-mi...

Hockey Night in Canada Play On! 4 on 4

Hockey Eastern Ontario Minor is proud to partner with Hockey Night in Canada Play On! 4 on 4 street hockey event, taking place June 3rd and 4th at the Rockcliffe Flying Club, 1495 Sir George-Etienne Cartier Pkwy. We would like to invite you to be a part of this amazing event. Gather your friends  or fellow teammates and register  your team today.

As part of Canada’s 150th Birthday, the Guinness Book of Records has been invited to report the record for the largest street hockey event.

In order to achieve this record, we must get to 700 paid teams to participate in this exciting event. Previously Ottawa has been close to 600 teams in the past and hopes to shatter that record this year.

This event has attracted many NHL players such as Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Turris of the Ottawa Senators as well as Ryan Spooner an Ottawa native currently playing with the Boston Bruins.

For more information on how you and/or your team can participate in the Play On! 4 on 4 street hockey event, including the how to register and the cost, please click the link below.

https://www.playon.ca/events/ottawa

For information on our FAQs, please click the link below which will provide answers to all of your questions

https://www.playon.ca/info/faq

Spread the word and let’s beat the record for the largest street hockey event in the world, for the Guinness Book of records!!

Let’s show the rest of the country that Ottawa truly is Hockey Country.

Hockey Canada Relaunch of the IP Program

Beginning in the 2017-18 season, Hockey Canada is implementing a new policy that mandates cross-ice/half-ice hockey for players at the Initiation age level (traditionally 5- and 6-year-olds).
While the policy making it mandatory is new, half-ice/cross-ice hockey has been part of the Initiation Program since it was first developed more than 35 years ago. The purpose of the IP is to introduce the basic skills of the game, and make a child’s first introduction to the game one that is safe, enjoyable, and fun:
• Make it a positive experience for kids and their families – focus is on fun, learning, and playing in a team atmosphere, not on structured games
• Build the player’s confidence and give them a sense of accomplishing a skill while developing as a young player
The program is based with the players’ development in mind, starting with basic, technical skills.

Messaging:
•     Hockey Canada believes that hockey should be, first and foremost, fun for all participants
– a big part of delivering on that is ensuring the programming is age-appropriate
• Cross-ice/half-ice hockey has always been part of the Initiation Program, but has not been
implemented in the same way in every community – beginning this fall (2017-18 season),
cross-ice/half-ice is mandatory at the Initiation level
• Half-ice/cross-ice hockey at the Initiation age effectively right-sizes the playing surface for
young players:
o You don’t put five- and six-year-olds on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play
basketball on a full-sized court with no height adjustments – hockey is no different
o Cross-ice/half-ice hockey allows young players the opportunity for more puck- touches which
promotes greater opportunity for skill-development (puck- handling, shooting, skating,
coordination) and decision-making
▪ Players on cross-ice/half-ice have been shown to receive five times more passes and take six
times more shots than when they are on a full-sized rink
▪ Small-area games are used at all levels of the game – including senior national teams and the NHL
• The benefits of cross-ice/half-ice hockey go beyond player-development; the special boards and
bumpers allow minor hockey associations to alleviate pressure around scheduling and ice-time
availability by safely allowing multiple practices and games to take place on one rink at the same
time

The Re-Launch bulletin with links to important information is attached below.

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