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REGISTERING FOR FEMALE HOCKEY WITH YOUR NEW FHA
Mar. 4, 2020

Last month, Hockey Nova Scotia was proud to welcome two new female hockey associations to our hockey family: the Fundy Highland FHA and the Cape Breton Blizzard FHA.

During the upcoming 2020-21 hockey season, all female players who live in these areas and want to play female hockey will be required to register with their new female hockey association. 


This means that players who live within the minor hockey association borders of the Truro MHA, Pictou County MHA, Tatamagouche MHA, Cumberland County MHA, South Colchester MHA, and West Colchester MHA will register for female hockey with the Fundy Highland FHA.


In Cape Breton, players who live within the minor hockey association boundaries of the Glace Bay MHA, Northside and District MHA, New Waterford MHA, Sydney MHA, and Cape Breton County MHA will need to sign up for female hockey through the Cape Breton Blizzard FHA.


Families will still have the option to register their daughter(s) for co-ed minor hockey with their local minor hockey association. However, the Fundy Highland FHA and the Cape Breton Blizzard FHA will be the only associations offering female hockey on all-female teams in their respective areas.

The approval of these two new female hockey associations is the latest stage in the evolution of the female game here in Nova Scotia.


THE HISTORY


Seven years ago, Hockey Nova Scotia (HNS) began a collaborative process to better improve the administration of female hockey in our province. After a period of consultation and feedback with our grassroots stakeholders across Nova Scotia, new female hockey zones were established in six regions of the province.


After the establishment of these six zones, executive committees were formed in each of the regions to administer the female game. The executive committees were given autonomy to oversee the operation of female hockey within their boundaries.


In 2018, a seventh zone was added.


The goal of these changes to the governance structure was to provide an opportunity for these committees to work with the Hockey Nova Scotia Female Council (HNSFC) to one day form female hockey associations in their regions. Over the last five years, these committees have worked closely with HNSFC to achieve this goal.


With the recent approval of the Cape Breton Blizzard FHA and the Fundy Highland FHA, HNS now recognizes five (5) FHAs and two (2) zone executive committees that successfully administer female hockey in their respective regions throughout the province.


We are hopeful that we will soon have seven full-fledged FHAs across the province. We look forward to continuing to work to grow and promote the female game from one end of Nova Scotia to the other.




 
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