This coming season, MJHL fans will see at least one new change relating to the playing of a game. A 60-second promotional break will be implemented at the first, neutral zone stoppage of play after the 10-minute mark of each period.
“This new policy will be utilized on a trial basis for the upcoming season,” MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis explained. “This stoppage is meant to provide promotional messaging opportunities to team sponsor partners. The stoppage will also allow coaches to speak to their players, without using a timeout.”
This was one of several items passed at the league’s recent Annual General Meeting recently held in Neepawa. The Board of Governors approved the continuation of the balanced schedule format for the next two seasons (2015/16 and 2016/17).
“In the final year the Board will evaluate the merits of the balanced schedule format to determine whether it should become a permanent format,” said Davis.
In addition to the AGM, there was the regular Board of Governors meeting, a coaches meeting, a marketing meeting, the annual Schedule meeting and the 2015 MJHL Draft.
The Board of Governors approved the following committee appointments
Board Chairman, Mr. Darren Russell, Killarney, MB
Board Vice-Chairman, Mr. Dale Deschouwer, Portage la Prairie, MB
Management & Finance Committee – Mr. Randy Daley (Chairman), Dauphin, Mr. Warren Clark, Swan Valley, Mr. Bob Berry, Virden and Mr. Grant Lazaruk, Steinbach
Competition Committee - Mr. Dave McIntosh (Chairman), Neepawa, Mr. Dan Giesbrecht, Winkler, Mr. Don Betke, Waywayseecappo, Mr. Blake Spiller, Portage, Mr. Don MacGillivray, Winnipeg and Mr. Erik Petersen, Swan Valley
Safety Committee – Tom Kleysen (Chairman), Winnipeg, Mr. Dennis McDonald, Selkirk, Mr. Zacc Moore, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Mr. Dale Deschouwer, Portage
The Board of Governors approved the following Officer appointments
Director of Officials – Mr. Jody Wielgosh, Tyndall, MB
Assignor of Officials – Mr. Ian Heather, Winnipeg, MB
Statistician – Mr. Reid Cutler, Winnipeg, MB
Media Relations Officer – Mr. Brian Smiley, Winnipeg, MB
Director of Partnership Services – Mr. Trevor Kennerd, Winnipeg, MB