Seafair Minor Hockey Association has been around in one form or another for more than 50 years.
“Seafair had its roots as a private skating and curling club back in the 1960s,” explains Nigel Shackles, president of the Association. “The club had its own building, which was subsequently sold and demolished to make way for condos. Seafair became a community-based, minor hockey association in 1991, taking the name of the community that surrounds us.”
After the demolition of the original building, Seafair moved into the newly built Richmond Ice Centre.
“We share the venue with Richmond Minor Hockey and the Richmond Ravens, an all-female hockey association,” Nigel says. “The City of Richmond is in a unique situation; we have two community-based co-ed minor hockey associations and one of the best all-female hockey associations in North America, all within the city boundaries.”
Seafair offers both competitive and recreational programs for kids aged between four years and 20 years old.
“In 2015, we reached 802 registered players, more than ever before in our history and over double from the 391 registrations in the 1994-1995 season,” says Nigel.
Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 season and Nigel suggests you register early.
“We try to get as many registrations in as soon as possible, because it affects our ice allocation,” Nigel explains. “We work with the City of Richmond and, while they are fantastic, we do try to help them as much as possible.”
Seafair welcomes new Canadians who perhaps have never played hockey before.
“It’s a terrific way for kids to socialize,” Nigel says, “but the parents can benefit too. We find that the parents get to integrate and socialize with other parents who were born here or have been here for generations, while their kids are having fun playing hockey.”