Members of the pee wee Saanich Braves go over their lines with their coach for the intro to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada

Minor hockey Braves call for volunteers

Saanich Braves Minor Hockey Association seek people with hockey backgrounds to do player assessments in August, and coach this season

It’s summer time, the best time of year to look at youth hockey, hockey parents and the politics that go with it.

Player assessments are coming up in August and the Saanich Braves Minor Hockey Association would love to have people with hockey backgrounds making non-biased decisions when grading players’ for skill.

“We’re always looking for coaches and new people to come in and help coach and do player assessments with a non-biased persective,” said Norm Westhaver, vice president and coach coordinator.

“Not to take away from parent volunteers. You need to have parents contributing and we’ll have parents come forward but we want to put it out there that we’re always looking for non-parents to commit beforehand.”

Westhaver played for the minor Braves organization as a kid and was a Jr. B Brave after that. Now all four of his sons, ages seven, 10, 12 and 14, are part of the organization and Westhaver wanted to help out.

“We’ve removed a paid hockey ops position and have now got a number of volunteers handling the different tasks,” Westhaver said.

“There’s always a need for coaches and other volunteers.”

The Braves teams play out of George R. Pearkes Community Rec. Centre.

Contact Westhaver at

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