Squamish Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive minor hockey program to an average of 275 young players per season.
To establish and operate ice hockey teams and programs in the District of Squamish, dedicated to encouraging and fostering the highest standards of sportsmanship, self-discipline, courage, perseverance, and citizenship of its members both on and off the ice.
We are committed to the development of individual skills, team play, and character of every player in the organization. SMHA focuses on providing all youth between the ages of 5 to 17 years with equal opportunity to access hockey programs and services that promote fitness, sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, and community. SMHA provides support for each player to have the best possible chance to participate, have fun, and succeed in the sport of ice hockey.
SMHA’s hockey program consists of both recreational (House league) and competitive team (Rep) opportunities. Divisions include pre-novice U6 – U9, U11, U13, U15, and U18. We also support the Sea to Sky Bears shared rep teams in partnership with Whistler Minor Hockey Association for divisions U15 and U18. In a typical season, the teams have regular practices two to three times per week with one or more games per week. Games consist of both home and away competitions. Each team has the opportunity to experience at least one away tournament per season.
SMHA is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is elected by voting members of the Association for two-year terms. Elections are held annually to coincide with the Annual General Meeting.
SMHA is made up of approximately 80 – 100 community volunteers as parent coaches, team managers, tournament coordinators, equipment managers, referee schedulers, ice schedulers, and fundraising coordinators.
Brennan Park Recreation Center holds the only sheet of ice in the District of Squamish. SMHA programming takes place at this community centre seven days per week. Ice times start at 5:45 AM and can go as late as 10:00 PM with a range of 3 to 7 hours of ice time each day. SMHA is a member of Hockey Canada, BC Hockey and the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA).
In 2019, through the generous support of a grant from the Squamish Arts Council, SMHA was honoured to collaborate with born and raised Squamish Nation artist Cory Douglas to create a new logo as a piece of traditional Squamish Nation art. The SMHA tradition of an Eagle was preserved, however, we wanted to better reflect our community, our heritage and our future by incorporating Indigenous art into the logo. We wear the Eagle proudly during games at home and away.