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Important Recap from 2020 MH Annual Meeting

By Mass Hockey, 07/31/20, 3:45PM EDT

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Key Rule Changes & Election Results

Massachusetts Hockey's Board of Directors met on Sunday, June 29, 2020 for this year's online Annual Meeting.

A few key rule changes were presented, voted on and approved during the  Annual Meeting. 

See below:

  • Restated Bylaws accepted. PDF document listed below.
  • Restated Discipline section of the Bylaws accepted. PDF document listed below.
  • Article XIV H. Deliberately Inflicting Physical Harm There shall be a mandatory discipline hearing for any match penalty issued pursuant to USA Hockey Play Rules 601(f)(1) (Deliberately inflicting physical harm, or attempting to do so, to any game official, including off-ice officials.) or 601(f)(2) (Deliberately injuring, or attempting to do so, any opposing player or team official). If, after a discipline hearing the penalty is confirmed by a preponderance of the evidence, the offending party shall be suspended for not less than one calendar year from the date of the penalty, with and additional one year of probation to follow the suspension.
  • Any player who is penalized for a check from behind resulting in a game misconduct or a match penalty shall engage in remedial training, including watching the Heads Up Don’t Duck video. Any head coach who coaches a player who is penalized for a check from behind resulting in a game misconduct or a match penalty shall watch the Heads Up Don’t Duck video and shall devote some portion of the next two practices towards training players in accordance with Heads Up Don’t Duck.
  • All teams are recommended to utilize pre-printed game sheet labels on each page of the scoresheet which list out all players in alphanumerical (jersey) or alphabetical order (last name). The label shall list jersey numbers, last name and first name. In addition, the label shall list all coaches who are approved on the roster with CEP #, CEP Level Number, CEP Level Expiration year as well as the association code with team number.

During the meeting elections for Massachusetts Hockey Board positions were held. Below is a complete list of the elected positions:

  • 1st Vice President - Jeff Brown
  • 2nd Vice President - Christine Mayer
  • 4th Vice President - Phil Zona
  • Secretary - Tim McMahon
  • At Large on Executive Board - Chip Bradbury & David Hymovitz
  • USA Hockey Director (2023) - Tom McGrath

To review the listed members for the 2020-2021 Massachusetts Hockey Board of Directors, click here.

To review 2019-2020 Board of Director Meeting Minutes and Committee Reports, click here.

Lastly, the Legislative Proposals decisions were put to a vote. See the below summary and links for ALL of the motions which were voted on.

The upcoming potential 2020-2021 Massachusetts Hockey Board of Directors meeting dates will be announced soon.

The USA Hockey Annual Congress took place virtually this pastJune 2020. Click here to be directed to a summary of the online event.


2020 LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS RESULT SYNOPSIS:

# PROPOSAL TITLE ANNUAL GUIDE DESCRIPTION STATUS SUBMITTED BY
1 Rule Proposal Rules & Regulations 7. 15 Only, 16U and 18U youth (Midget) level teams/players, players rostered on a National Bound 14U (Bantam) team, all Girls/Women teams/players participating above the Girls/Women Tier III level and Girls/Women team/players at the Tier III 16U and 19U Levels shall not be subject to these Hometown Program roster requirements. Approved 28 (56%) – Disapprove 21 (42%) – Abstain 1 (2%) Rule proposal did not pass due to a (2/3) majority of the votes cast is required to amend or change the Bylaws and/ or the Rules and Regulations. Peter Giuliano, Associate Registrar Districts 1 & 10, State Tournament Director & Shawn Crowley, District 9 Director
2 Rule Proposal Bylaws; Nomination and Elections b. Current up-to-date USA Hockey Coaching Education Program level endorsement (CEP) For Coaches with Prior Expired CEP Level Certification, they shall have till 12/31 of the current season to complete Certification; Withdrawn Tim McMahon, Secretary
1 Bylaws Proposal Bylaws; Nomination and Elections The adoption of the amended and restated bylaws. Approved and accepted. Amendments to adopted restated bylaws were approved and accepted. Rules Committee
2 Bylaws Proposal Old Bylaws The hearing facilitator shall have a vote on any Discipline issue and may participate in the facilitation of the hearing process at the discretion of the hearing panel. Withdrawn TIm McMahon, Secretary
3 Bylaws Proposal Old Bylaws H. Assault on Game Official: Assaults on Game Officials are violations of USA Hockey Playing Rules and as such are subject to the provisions for Playing Rules Suspensions. In the event of a match penalty for deliberately inflicting physical harm, or attempting to do so, to any game official, including off-ice officials, the offending party shall be suspended for not less than two calendar years with one calendar year probation thereafter. Withdrawn John Murray, Refferee Coordinator
4 Bylaws Proposal Old Bylaws H. Deliberately Inflicting Physical Harm There shall be a mandatory discipline hearing for any match penalty issued pursuant to USA Hockey Play Rules 601(f)(1) (Deliberately inflicting physical harm, or attempting to do so, to any game official, including off-ice officials) or 601(f)(2) (Deliberately injuring, or attempting to do so, any opposing player or team official). If, after a discipline hearing the penalty is confirmed by a preponderance of the evidence, the offending party shall be suspended for not less than one calendar year from the date of the penalty, with and additional one year of probation to follow the suspension. Withdrawn Jeff Brown, 1st Vice President and Rules Committee Co-Chair
5 Bylaws Proposal Old Bylaws 2. In the event of a match penalty for violation of USA Hockey Playing Rule 601(f)1, the offending Party shall be immediately suspended from all USA Hockey sanctioned activity and if such penalty is affirmed after a hearing, the offending Party shall be suspended for not less than two calendar year with one-year calendar year probation thereafter. Withdrawn John Murray, Refferee Coordinator
6 Bylaws Proposal Restated Bylaws Article XIV H. Deliberately Inflicting Physical Harm There shall be a mandatory discipline hearing for any match penalty issued pursuant to USA Hockey Play Rules 601(f)(1) (Deliberately inflicting physical harm, or attempting to do so, to any game official, including off-ice officials.) or 601(f)(2) (Deliberately injuring, or attempting to do so, any opposing player or team official). If, after a discipline hearing the penalty is confirmed by a preponderance of the evidence, the offending party shall be suspended for not less than one calendar year from the date of the penalty, with and additional one year of probation to follow the suspension. Amendment proposed by email by Dan Esdale was disapproved by a voice vote. Approve 47 (92%) – Disapprove 2 (4%) – Abstain 2 (4%) The submitted proposal has been approved and has been accepted. Jeff Brown, 1st Vice President and Rules Committee Co-Chair
1 Policy Proposal Policies regarding specific game misconducts Any player who is penalized for a check from behind resulting in a game misconduct or a match penalty shall engage in remedial training, including watching the Heads Up Don’t Duck video. Any head coach who coaches a player who is penalized for a check from behind resulting in a game misconduct or a match penalty shall watch the Heads Up Don’t Duck video and shall devote some portion of the next two practices towards training players in accordance with Heads Up Don’t Duck. Approved unanimously by voice vote and has been accepted. Alan B. Ashare, M.D., USA Hockey Director Emeritus
2 Policy Proposal All games in state All teams are recommended to utilize pre-printed game sheet labels on each page of the scoresheet which list out all players in alphanumerical (jersey) or alphabetical order (last name). The label shall list jersey numbers, last name and first name. In addition, the label shall list all coaches who are approved on the roster with CEP #, CEP Level Number, CEP Level Expiration year as well as the association code with team number. Approved 43 (86%) – Disapproved 6 (12%) – Abstain 1 (2%) Approved and has been accepted be placed in the Massachusetts Hockey Annual Guide & State Championship Tournament Guide. Bruce Finethy, District 9 Director