Message from the Knights Southside President
Dear KC Southside Knights members,
As many of you will already know, due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID19, steps have been taken by health officials and municipalities to mitigate the potential transmission of the virus in large public gatherings.
Pursuant to those initiatives, Hockey Canada announced Thursday, March 12 the cancellation of all sanctioned events governed by that organization. The cancellation affects all tournaments, playoffs, and regular season games at all levels of minor hockey in Canada.
Following that announcement, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Edmonton have confirmed that the balance of the 2019/2020 hockey season will be cancelled in order to protect the health of our players and families. The cancellations also affect sanctioned tournaments, which includes our annual Spring on Ice tournament scheduled for the end of March.
Although it is with great disappointment that our hockey season has ended abruptly, KC Southside Knights supports the decisions of our governing bodies to cancel all hockey events, including our annual Spring on Ice tournament and all playoff games.
First and foremost, our organization is committed to protecting the health of all our players and members regardless of the nature of these threats. The novel coronavirus has proven to be both highly contagious and deadly in areas where large outbreaks have occurred. Therefore, our organization is fully supportive of cancelling the balance of the hockey season.
Many of you will have questions about volunteer commitments, and the deposits made by our members on these commitments. Rest assured the board of directors of KC Southside Knights is fully aware of the concerns and will be addressing them during our upcoming meeting on March 18, 2020. Once the board has devised a strategy on how to deal with these commitments and other financial implications arising from these events, we will be reaching out to the membership on how we proceed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for what was otherwise a great hockey season for all our members. I would also like to thank the coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, board members and other volunteers who have contributed to making the season both enriching and rewarding for our players.
John Putters, President
Why Choose us?
It's a question many parents face... which minor hockey organization to enroll their children in?
So why choose us?
At the KC Knights, the number one goal is fun. This applies not only to the young players, but also their coaches and parents.
Being a smaller organization, we can be more personable than other larger, minor hockey organizations. Also being a smaller organization our teams are smaller by nature which in turn provides the the kids more ice time. Many members have created lifelong friendships, lasting long past when their children's minor hockey careers are over.
We offer one of the lowest introductory registration rates going. This allows your youngster to learn to skate if required and try the game of hockey, without a major financial cost to the parents.
In the summer, the KC Knights hold conditioning camps for players at a very low cost. This allows the young stars to work out the kinks of summer vacation and be prepared for the upcoming season. We also purchase extra ice time for the teams, whenever possible.
The Knights are part of a larger organization in our city, the Knights of Columbus. That gives us access to our own arena. It's 60 years of tradition... and stability!
When it comes time to enroll your child in hockey, we hope you'll consider choosing the Knights. Feel free to contact our President if you have any questions. John can be reached at email@example.com
We cannot succeed without volunteers
Every year a new crop of players comes up through the system and existing players flourish as they get older. It's exciting for parents to see the growth in their child through the years but it cannot be done without volunteers. I started coaching about 7 years ago after taking a 22 year break from skating... it's not like riding a bike let me tell you. I was little wobbly at first but with each passing year improved along with the kids. I still fall from time to time, and the kids get a good laugh from it. If you've not been on skates in a few years don't let that hold you back from helping out. It's great exercise as well.
As teams are formed there will be requests for extra coaches, jersey parents, time keepers, tournament parent, etc. Please do not sit on your hands when the call comes. Volunteering for these positions makes the year run so much smoother for all involved, including the players. At the end of the year there is a volunteer appreciation dinner for all who helped out as a thank you for your time and effort.
Coaches are always needed at the younger levels and if the main excuse is you do not have time, you'll be surprised how much time you do have. You may also think you are not as agile as you used to be... that does not matter, you're more agile then those players learning to skate. You say you've never played hockey competitively but can skate or maybe you were a figure skater... perfect, they need you on the ice.
When asked to help out, please step up and be there for your kids and your team. There is a large support system in our organization if you're just nervous about taking on a task. Just reach out to your board, we'll be more than happy to help or answer any questions you may have.