New West minor responds to parent concerns
New Westminster Minor Hockey Association, which elected a coach suspended for a year as first vice-president, has sent a letter to parents saying the organization’s executive believes in forgiveness.
President Rob Nasato’s letter said the two coaches who fought at a bantam C playoff game last spring were suspended six games by the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association, but then NWMHA president Ross Young increased the suspensions to one year from coaching.
Nasato, however, noted the suspensions did not exclude either coach from seeking election to the executive. At the association’s annual general meeting in April, one of the coaches, Kevin O’Quinn was nominated and elected by acclamation as first vice president. The position is responsible for fundraising and the grievance committee, although the latter responsibility was transferred to another executive member.
“The Executive of NWMHA takes all matters of discipline very seriously, as was demonstrated by the increased restrictions placed upon these individuals,” wrote Nasato, who has refrained from commenting on the issue to media outlets including the NewsLeader. “That being said, the Executive also recognizes that we all make mistakes and, therefore, believe in and practice the principle of forgiveness.”