Hockey Calgary Boundary Changes (Updated June 22, 2019)

On June 21, Justice John McCarthy of Alberta’s Court of Queens Bench provided the following ruling regarding Hockey Calgary’s proposed boundary changes:

The Boundary decision as communicated by Hockey Calgary will be set aside for the 2019-20 season and remain status quo, with the caveat that any member associations who mutually agree to the decisions that affected their boundaries can move forward as planned.

The Court ruled that Hockey Calgary did not have the authority under its Bylaws or Regulations to eliminate or amalgamate an association without the consent of the affected associations and communities.

Hockey Calgary released the following statement regarding the decision: Hockey Calgary Boundary Change Announcement June 21, 2019

Registration for Hockey Calgary member associations affected by the court injunction and resulting delay is permitted to open July 1, 2019.

GHC will keep our members updated on any further developments. Thank you for your patience!

 


Updated June 19, 2019:

Before Hockey Calgary’s AGM on June 18, the Springbank Minor Hockey Association proposed a Member’s Resolution that “…the member associations within Hockey Calgary accept and implement the revised boundaries as determined by the Hockey Calgary Board of Directors, and presented to all association presidents on March 18, 2019.”

The Member’s Resolution passed at the AGM on June 18, 2019 with 82 per cent.

The voting outcome was not binding, by Order of a Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, but will be presented as part of the evidence during the Full Hearing on June 21 in the lawsuit filed against Hockey Calgary by the Calgary Saints, the North West Warriors (NWW), and Glenlake hockey associations, along with with the Chinook Park, Kelvin Grove, and Eagle Ridge (CKE) Community association.

 


Update May 28, 2019:

Hockey Calgary has informed Girls Hockey Calgary Association (GHC) that we have been granted exemption from a registration delay.

Associations that are not part of the community boundary process, including Girls Hockey Calgary Association (GHC), are now permitted to open registration for the 2019/20 season as originally planned.

GHC will open registration on Monday, June 3, 2019.

An injunction remains on Hockey Calgary’s decision to redraw its boundaries and reduce the number of minor hockey associations in Calgary. As a result, there is a hold on the 2019/2020 registrations for associations affected by the boundary decision.

The injunction was granted by the The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on May 17, 2019 due to the lawsuit filed against Hockey Calgary by the Calgary Saints, the North West Warriors (NWW), and Glenlake hockey associations, along with with the Chinook Park, Kelvin Grove, and Eagle Ridge (CKE) Community association. Both sides have until June 21, 2019 to reach a resolution or the matter will return to court.

Thank you for your patience on this matter.

We will continue to keep our members updated.

 


Update May 22, 2019:

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has placed an injunction on Hockey Calgary’s decision to redraw its boundaries and reduce the number of minor hockey associations in Calgary ahead of the 2019/2020 season. As a result, there is a hold on the 2019/2020 registrations for Calgary associations.

Unfortunately, the court did not exempt Elite Associations, Girls Hockey Calgary or Rec Hockey Calgary from this registration delay. At this time, member associations are not permitted to open registration until July 2019.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday, April 29, 2019 by the Calgary Saints, the North West Warriors (NWW), and Glenlake hockey associations, along with with the Chinook Park, Kelvin Grove, and Eagle Ridge (CKE) Community association. The Applicants request that the Court find Hockey Calgary’s decision to redraw its boundaries and reduce the number of member associations to be invalid. The two sides appeared in court on Friday, May 17, 2019, where the injunction was granted. Both sides have until June 21, 2019 to reach a resolution or the matter will return to court.

Aside from this registration delay, GHC is not otherwise affected by Hockey Calgary’s proposed changes.

We will continue to keep our members updated.

 


Update March 18, 2019:

Hockey Calgary has announced the results of their boundary review for the City of Calgary (Zone 9). Please see their announcement here.

Girls Hockey Calgary is a city-wide minor hockey association. Membership eligibility for GHC will not change. All female minor hockey players who live within Zone 9 are entitled to register with GHC.

Our 40+ Jr. Inferno community teams play in Hockey Calgary in both tiered divisions from Timbits to PeeWee (divisions with other community associations) and All Female Divisions from Atom to Midget (divisions with all-female teams). Our five Calgary Fire elite teams from Bantam to Midget play in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

For those associations who are impacted by Hockey Calgary’s boundary review, the changes will roll out in a phased approach over the next two years. Some changes will take immediate effect for the 2019/20 season, and others will be completed by the 2020/21 season.

 


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