MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT, News (Newmarket Minor Hockey)

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Apr 23, 2024 | Chris Neale | 533 views
Dear Members,

Thank you to those that attended our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 20th, 2024. For those not in attendance my name is Chris Neale and I have been given the task of serving as your Association President for the next two years.

To give you a little bit of my history, I have been involved with the NMHA for the past 14 years as a parent of two players, trainer, assistant coach, coach and on the Executive as Communication Director. I also sit on the organizing committee for the International Silver Stick – Newmarket Finals.

I have worked in the golf industry for my entire work career and have served on the boards of the various clubs I have managed over the past 25 years. I am currently the General Manager of The Summit Golf Club in Richmond Hill. I have also served on boards of some of the associations that are involved in the golf industry.

This season was my youngest boy’s last season of Rep hockey at the U18 age group. While I will very much miss coaching, I want to stay involved with the NMHA and to continue to give back to the NMHA and the Renegades hockey program.

I am excited to lead a group of very invested volunteers on our Executive who are committed to make the Newmarket Minor Hockey Association the greatest it can be. Our Executive for the 2024-2025 season is as follows:

Treasurer – Robert Cecutti, [email protected]

VP Rep – Kevin Cordiner, [email protected]

VP House League – Allyson Gaunce-Garnett, [email protected]

VP Rep Alternate – Izak Westgate, [email protected]

House League Alternate – Junior Divisions – Sean Ayre, [email protected]

Sponsorship – Todd Eves, [email protected]

Marketing & Communications – Michael Clarke, [email protected]

Equipment Manager – Mike Buchanan, [email protected]

Secretary – Victoria Amor Steinberg, [email protected]

Past President – Lynda Carusi, [email protected]


Our Administration and Registration Manager is Cathy Kopsala who can be reached at [email protected].


We are still looking for interested people to fill the following Executive roles:


House League Alternate – Senior Divisions



We are also looking for volunteers to help with Home and Home Weekend, House League Championship Day, U9 Full Ice Celebration and the International Silver Stick – Newmarket Finals.


If you are interested in one of the vacant Executive roles or to volunteer, please reach out to me directly or to Cathy Kopsala at [email protected]

Our Executive was already in discussions for some exciting programs we want to implement for the new season. Some of the goals we have set for our association are:

  • To make the NMHA accessible to all by developing affordable solutions for those families where cost is a barrier to participation
  • To offer cost effective learn to play programs for Newmarket resident children ages four to six
  • To enhance our House League and Representative development programs
  • To successfully implement the new Competitive Pathways Program (CPP)
  • To build on the success of our goalie development program that was implemented this past season

We need to make real efforts to get more kids playing hockey, to foster their love of the game and to keep them playing long after their Renegades career is over. 

After all, hockey keeps us fit, teaches us so many life lessons and is simply......the greatest team sport!! 


Chris Neale
Newmarket Minor Hockey Association