League News

   

NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED BY PROVINCE FOR CHILDREN AGE 11 AND YOUNGER

Good afternoon everyone, Earlier today, the province announced that effective immediately, there are new restrictions on out-of-province travel for children age 11 and younger for the purpose of participating in sports, arts, culture events. Children age 11 and younger are also restricted from entering Nova Scotia for these activities. Individuals, businesses and organizations in Nova Scotia cannot host sports games, competitions and tournaments that include children 11 and younger from outside the province as participants. They also cannot participate in these types of events outside Nova Scotia. These restrictions will remain in place until at least early January and will be re-evaluated then. Children can continue to travel to attend these types of events as spectators. They can continue to travel for regular practices, lessons and rehearsals, which is lower risk because they are interacting with the same group all the time. All other travel restrictions remain in place. They are detailed here. To read the complete release from the province, please click here. These measures are in place to ensure that we can continue to keep playing. Thank you all for your hard work and continued support. Sincerely,   Amy WalshExecutive Director Hockey Nova Scotia Arnie Farrell President  Hockey Nova Scotia
Dec 1, 2021

Sarah White - Lisa Haley Award Winner For October

Congratulations to MWF's Sarah White, assistant coach with the U13 AAA Hurricanes, on winning the Lisa Haley award for October! Know someone that should be recognized for their leadership in female hockey?  You can find more information and nominate them at https://hockeynovascotia.ca/about-us/awards/lisa-haley-female-coach-of-the-mont-award.
Nov 20, 2021

2021 - 2022 League calendar and format

An overview of dates for our regular season (NOT ALL SCHEDULED GAMES) will be available next week, but with the extension of our season (to the end of March) - GAMES MAY BE SCHEDULED OVER MARCH BREAK if needed. More to follow.   Season Breakdown: Our Seasons will be broken down into 3 stages: Regular Season, a Playoff round, and Provincials. Regular Season is expected to be around 20-25 games based on the number of teams in each league.   Playoffs will be a single round robin. For AAA/AA (U11AA/A) Top 4 teams from playoffs go on to Provincial tournament.  For C Top 2 teams will play 1 game for Championship. 
Nov 8, 2021

Update on Travel to New Brunswick

Good afternoon everyone, Following our consultations with Nova Scotia Public Health and Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang, we have been advised that fully-vaccinated teams can now travel to New Brunswick for sporting events provided that the event (game, tournament, etc.) they are attending has a requirement for both spectators and participants to show proof of vaccination (POV). Teams with unvaccinated players under 12 are not permitted to travel to tournaments in New Brunswick where a circuit breaker is in place. Please visit the Government of New Brunswick website to find up-to-date information about what areas of the province are currently under circuit breaker restrictions.  While travelling to New Brunswick for competition, all local COVID-19 protocols and Public Health orders must be followed. Our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tina Atkinson would also like to strongly encourage all of our teams and hockey families to follow these guidelines to further decrease the risk of a COVID-19 exposure: Wear masks at all times while indoors (only removing them for eating, drinking and playing hockey). Always wear masks while in crowded outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Avoid crowded restaurants (and only visit restaurants where servers are masked). Wash and sanitize hands frequently. Avoid close contact with people you don’t know. Consider shopping for essential items only. We would also like to remind you all to follow the Rebound Plan 2.0 and keep a close eye on exposure notices from the province. Sincerely, Amy WalshExecutive DirectorHockey Nova Scotia Arnie FarrellPresidentHockey Nova Scotia  
Nov 3, 2021

Goalie Training Sessions are Back!

Our popular Finngoalie sessions are back.  These are free for all our MWF goalies.  The first sessions start on November 10th. Please review the attached schedule.
Nov 2, 2021

2021 U15 C Team Lists

Thanks to everyone for your patience while we organized our C teams.  It took some time to work out a plan that didn't have oversized rosters.  We believe this is important for improving the hockey experience for all of the players this season. Games showing for today and tomorrow have been cancelled. The ice coordinator will be in contact with coaches regarding ice available on Sunday October 31st and regular practice ice starting Monday. Do not fear if you do not see your player's name below.  Please contact Andrew (president@metrowestforce.com) and we will find a solution.   Blades KATHLEEN ALLEN-RAWDING GRACE BUJOLD AVA COX SHAELYNN DUPLISEA HAYLEY EATON MORGAN GREEN AMELIA HERMANN NATHALIE LEBLANC IYLA MCKINNON AVA MILLAR JILLIAN MURPHY KACI SPRAGUE KAMILLA SRUTEK LIV TOMPKINS   Bolts REESE ADAMS KAYLEE BOWES ARIANNA BRILL JULIA CHIASSON CAITLIN ENGRAM Sasha fillmore REBECCA FOURNIER MADELYN GAGNON CHARLOTTE HEAD EMILY LADE KAELYN MCKENNA MAKENNA RUELOKKE YASMINE SYME GEORGIA WALLACE MEGAN WHYNOT   Thrashers MAGGIE AUCOIN EMMA BRIAND EMILY BRINE OLIVIA COLE AVA JAKUBIAK VIOLET MACDONALD CHELSEA MACEACHERN SAKURA MARTIN SIDNEY MCISAAC EMILY OXNER ZOE RADFORD THEA SMITH LILA STARZOMSKI REESE VARDY
Oct 30, 2021

C Hockey - Provincial Loop Practice Times

The information here is only relevant to you if you opted to be part of one of our provincial loop teams, but some of you on this distribution list did not choose that option. We should be getting to the end of that, we will be able to send out more targeted communication in the future.   The C teams will be posted on the web site at metrowestforce.com tonight. To give as much advance notice as possible, I am sending you the practice times for the teams this week. Each age group will have two shared practices -- so no matter which team you are put on, you have two practices this week as follows.      Tuesday, October 26 6:00 PM 7:00 PM  BMO C U11 C Team 1 U11C Team 2 Tuesday, October 26 8:00 PM 9:00 PM  SMU U13 C Team 1 U13 C Team 2 Tuesday, October 26 9:00 PM 10:00 PM  SMU U15 C Team 1 U15 C Team 2 Thursday, October 28 6:30 PM 7:30 PM  SMU U15 C Team 2 U15 C Team 1 Friday, October 29 5:00 PM 6:00 PM  BMO A U13 C Team 2 U13 C Team 1 Friday, October 29 4:15 PM 5:15 PM  BMO D U11 C Team 1 U11 C Team 2   These are not necessarily the regular weekly times. The schedule will be regular and that will be set within the next couple of days.   Please monitor the web site for team announcements.  Please direct questions or information about team selection to Mr. Bourgeois president@metrowestforce.com.   For those in the development program, we will have ice this weekend. Your team be in touch about that within the next few days.
Oct 25, 2021

First Shift Program - Saint Mary's Dauphinee Arena

Here are the times for the First Shift Program.  If any parents would  like to get involved and help on the ice, please let me know. On ice experience is an asset but not a requirement.       All adult on-ice participants require a Criminal Record Check/ Vulnerable Sector Check. You can obtain this by going through this link.   https://www.mybackcheck.com/Public/Login.aspx   Some additional tips: Arrive at least 30 minutes before the first session.  Cutting your stick - cut just below their nose when not on skates. The stick length when on skates should be around their chin. This slightly varies with each child. If you are still too cautious with cutting their sticks, we will have a saw on hand before your first session and will cut it for you. Have them try on their gear a few times so they get used to it.  Decorate your jersey. BLING it up!! Bring a water bottle with their name on it All parents must show POV Have stick tape (any color) and shin pad tape (plastic). You can get this at any sports store Parents, friends, etc ar welcome to watch HELMET STICKER - we will have stickers for your child so the coaches can get to know your daughters  Hopefully your child will enjoy this program. It is a fantastic way  to introduce them to this great sport. There may be some frustration for the first couple of skates and that is only natural. They will meet new friends and all the coaches will be very patient with all of your girls. We will also have junior leaders ( 12-16 year old girls) who will be on the ice with them.   If your daughter wants to continue on with hockey after the First Shift is completed, there will be a place for each and every one of them within the Metro West Female Hockey Association. your daughter would be placed in an appropriate age and skill development program. Since this will not start until December, it will be a prorated cost of  $400.00 for the rest of the year. The program will run from December to the end of March. The girls would be on the ice 1-2 times per week in this new program.
Oct 23, 2021

Update on C Program - October 22

For all players who registered in or were assigned to one of our C programs:  we have some updates and weekend ice times.    In our last update you were all asked to choose an option for your season.  Thank you for completing the form!   We have one more form we need completed with regards to the forming of our C teams.  Please complete the form ASAP.    Click HERE to complete the form.   We have ice times this weekend for all groups! U11 C Provincial Loop – if you signed your athlete up for the U11 C “provincial loop,” we are urging you to come to one or both of our team blending scrimmages this weekend: Saturday, October 23 8:00 AM 9:00 AM SMU Sunday, October 24 1:15 PM 2:15 PM BMO B These sessions will be used for an informal player assessment to help us balance our teams. U13 C Provincial Loop – if you signed your athlete up for the U13 C “provincial loop,” we are urging you to come to one or both of our team blending scrimmages this weekend: Saturday, October 23 9:00 AM 10:00 AM SMU Sunday, October 24 2:15 PM 3:15 PM BMO B These sessions will be used for an informal player assessment to help us balance our teams. U15 C Provincial Loop – if you signed your athlete up for the U15 C “provincial loop,” we are urging you to come to one or both of our team blending scrimmages this weekend: Saturday, October 23 10:00 AM 11:00 AM SMU Sunday, October 24 12:30 PM 2:00 PM BMO A These sessions will be used for an informal player assessment to help us balance our teams. Local Hockey Development Program – if you signed your athlete up for the local-only development program, we have two on-ice sessions this weekend as well. All ages are welcome for these sessions: Saturday, October 23 2:00 PM 3:00 PM Centennial Sunday, October 24 10:00 AM 11:00 AM SMU   Refund – if you asked for a refund of your registration, registrar Matt Oxford will be in touch soon.
Oct 22, 2021

UPDATE ON C DIVISION

Good evening eveyone - here is the update on the decision on C hockey coming out of the HNSFC meeting from the weekend.   HNSFC will run and operate 1 division at levels like our A (and B IN U11) divisions last year. These divisions will be made up of teams from across the province. Although this will run like A (and B in U11) - this will continue to be called C.   WHAT THIS MEANS:  1) all participants will be placed on teams at this level need to be prepared for committed to travel to local and road games 2) participants at this level may incur additional expenses (fundraising, extra ice, etc.) - traditionally these teams don't a don't do a lot of fundraising and the budgets are typically small, but I did want to mention that as a consideration. 3) we will commit to the additional practice ice (1 or 2 a week) and team will have 1 or 2 games a weekend. 4) Tournaments will be available at this level (Covid Permitting) 5) Additional Development offered through the MWF development program. 6) Additional Registration fees will be charged to offset ice costs     HNSFC will permit us, as an organization, to run a local, development focussed program as well. This will not be scheduled or managed as part of HNSFC, but we within MWF are committed to managing and offering this program.   WHAT THIS MEANS:  1) A local development program offering and focussing on skills, drills, having fun and learning hockey  2) 2 ice times a week 3) Additional Development sessions offered through the MWF development program. 4) Potential for athletes to be integrated on team as the season and the program evolves.   We (like you) want to get moving on these programs as soon as possible - I know everyone is super excited to get on the ice!  Can I ask that you provide feedback through this google form HERE ASAP with your intentions and interest before Wednesday October 20th.   I want to thank everyone for their patience through this process. It has not been easy for any of us. We understand that this represents a change to the original proposal and intention of this C program: a change that some will appreciate, while others may not.   Given this new direction, we are doing whatever we can to provide the best possible outcomes and options to all our athletes to keep learning, developing and enjoying hockey. If neither of these options are of interest, we will reimburse any fees you have paid (in full).    Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.   Thanks, Andrew
Oct 18, 2021

Oct 18 - 23 Practice Ice

Good evening MWF families.We have scheduled ice for a majority of our members this week.  Please check out your ice times ice at https://metrowestforce.com/l/68/Metro-West-Force/pages/2661 We thank you while we get the 2021-22 season under way.
Oct 17, 2021

FIRST SHIFT

Hello families of First Shift,   Our welcome event will be at the BMO from 6-8pm,  Tuesday, 19th of October. Location:   BMO 4 PAd 61 Gary Martin Drive Bedford   Due to COVID protocols, all participants 12 years and over will have to provide Proof of Vaccination before entering the BMO.    All players will receive their full set of gear at this time so it is imperative that you are here at this event   The schedule is attached. We will do 15 people at a time.    Anyone with a daughter whose first name starts between    A - G will arrive at 6pm.  H - Z will arrive at 7pm. 
Oct 17, 2021

Weekend Of Oct 16th Practices Scheduled

Good evening MWF families.We have scheduled ice for a majority of our members this weekend. Please check out your ice times ice at https://metrowestforce.com/l/68/Metro-West-Force/pages/2623. For our C sessions, this is another great opportunity to get on the ice before your teams are set. Volunteers for these sessions would be welcomed.
Oct 16, 2021

2021 Teams Posted

Team lists have been posted for 5 of 8 divisions.  We are continuing to work through U15 AAA, U18 A, and all C teams.  We are also working on scheduling the listed teams with practice ice for the weekend.  An email will be sent this evening identifying teams, times, and locations. We thank you again for your patience!
Oct 15, 2021

UPDATE ON C DIVISION

Good Morning - A little while back we had a call on the new proposed C division that will replace A and (B in U11). Since that meeting, we have been working internally and with Hockey Nova Scotia to respond to your feedback.   1) We have tabled a proposal to allow us and all organizations to offer 1 division that will run and operate like our A (and B IN U11) divisions last year as well as 1 local option for those who are new to hockey or who don't want the additional commitments of travel, multiple ice times, etc. I expect to learn more about this proposal on Saturday.   2) The need for some stability in our divisional structure - this was discussed with HNSFC and it was acknowledged that more stability is needed and we need to stop changing things around when not needed - this is very confusing for all organizations, parents and players.   3) More ice (not just 1 game and 1 practice) available - regardless of the decision above, we will make more ice available offering more practices times and more games (similar if not the same as last year in A - 1 or 2 practices/week and 1 or 2 games per week).   4) Tournaments - we have reached out to tournament organizers and they have adjusted their offerings in line with the new structures: if COVID permits - tournaments will be available to the C division!   5) Opponents "who will we play against"? - The matrix of teams is not yet finalized, but as of right now, I see teams being offered in a number of other organization (Metro East Ice in Dartmouth for local games, and Western Riptide (on the south shore), Valley Wild, Fundy Highland (Amherst/Truro/New Glasgow) for travel opportunities too. NOTE: Not all organizations will offer teams at every level except for us and Metro East Ice   I will pass along any more updates as soon as I get them and as always, let me know if you have any questions.   Thanks, Andrew
Oct 15, 2021

2021 Division Lists Have Been Posted

All Division Lists can be found under the Tryouts Menu option. Thanks for your patience!
Oct 14, 2021

Divisional Updates Coming Soon!

Good morning MWF families.  Thank you for your cooperation during another successful MWF Competitive Tryout period!Our Tryout Committee has been busy reviewing all the information gathered during the tryout sessions.  We will be posting divisional placement of players (AAA, AA, A) after 5 pm today (October 13).  As we still have some goalie evaluations to complete, team lists will not be available until after 5 pm tomorrow (October 14).Should there be any questions regarding the process, we would ask you to first review the Tryout Policy at https://metrowestforce.com/l/68/Metro-West-Force/pages/2045/Tryout-Process/.  If you are unable to find an answer to your specific question, please contact Mike Almond vp@metrowestforce.com.  If you have a complaint regarding the process, please use our Conflict Resolution Process https://metrowestforce.com/l/68/Metro-West-Force/pages/2095/Conflict-Resolution-Policy/ to formally submit your complaint for review and response.   Best regards,   The MWF Executive
Oct 13, 2021

COVID Regulations Update

Good Day, Metro West Force would like to provide an update on the current COVID Regulations. Now that we have all the information from the Province, HNS and our Facilities, we have come to a position where we can allow spectators in to the rinks. For the purposes of tryouts, we would appreciate if we could limit it to one spectator per player. When in the facilities during tryouts, we would appreciate if spectators can keep distance from our evaluators. We don’t want to have issues with our evaluation process. ***MOST IMPORTANTLY*** When attending ANY facility. Have BOTH: 1. Proof of Vaccination and 2. Valid ID. Without this you will be refused entry without exception. For our Safety Rep Volunteers (Again, huge thanks along with all of the volunteers), MOST facilities will have security in place who are conducting this for now. Some may not. If you find yourself in a position where Security is facilitating this, you can assist them to speed up the spectator intake. If by chance the facility does not have security, please verify proof of vaccination and ID.  No lists are required to be maintained. Again, if there are any issues or questions, please contact Tim at riskmanagement@metrowestforce.com 
Oct 7, 2021

COVID Vaccine Clarification Update:

We have received some questions around the Vaccine Protocols. As stated on the website. On Oct 4th, Players 13 and up will have to provide proof of 1 Vaccination to participate in Sports as per HNS. This will satisfy Tryouts. However, Players 13 and up will have until November 9th to provide proof of FULL (2 doses) Vaccination in order to continue to play. (Into the Hockey Season) If proof of full vaccination cannot be provided by then. The participant will not be able to continue participating. This direction is per the HNS Vaccination Policy. If there are any questions about this, please contact Tim at riskmanagement@metrowestforce.com
Oct 3, 2021

2021-2022 TRYOUT UPDATES - OCT 2, 2021

Thank you to those who have volunteered over the last few days and coming days! MWF Executives really appreciate your ongoing support!  Just a reminder there are still spots available to volunteer, please sign up HERE   WHAT'S NEW – This year’s MWF tryout jerseys are white and blue reversible; the group lists on the MWF website are updated with the assigned jersey colors for the upcoming inter-squad games.    REMINDER- All players are to keep their tryout jersey until assigned to their 2021-2022 Season Team, in which the Team Managers will provide future information.   IMPORTANT - Please make sure to be checking the Metro West Force website before arriving at the arena and/or throughout the tryout process for any updates or changes.    If you have any questions regarding the Tryout process, please contact Mike Almond at vp@metrowestforce.com   If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Kristin Pelrine at marketing@mertrowestforce.com   If you have any COVID related questions, please contact Tim Sheppard at riskmanagement@metrowestforce.com   Thank you, 
Oct 2, 2021

Goalie Evaluation Update - ALL LEVELS

Additional goalie evaluation sessions have been updated on the MWF website under "Tryout Tab" which you can review the full tryout session. These are mandatory sessions for the tryout process. U18 - Saturday, October 2nd at 2:00-3:30pm BMO A U13 - Sunday, October 3rd at 12:30-2:00pm BMO A U11 - Wednesday, October 6th at 6:00-7:00pm BMO C U15 - Thursday, October 7th at 6:30-7:30pm SMU Please contact Mike Almond at vp@metrowestforce.com, if you have any questions and/or concerns As with all sessions, we do require parent volunteers for covid screening an room monitors.  Please sign up HERE. Full schedule can be found HERE.
Oct 1, 2021

Safety Rep Information Package

 Firstly, I’d like to say thanks to all who have volunteered to help us in this year’s Try Outs. Without volunteers, this would not be possible. Luckily, it turns out this year won’t be as cumbersome for the safety reps. I will start with the consistent regulation across the board, and then I will break the rest down per division. 1.     Effective Oct 4th, every person involved in running and facilitating the session will have to have proof of vaccination verified. MWF will have a list of volunteers, staff and players. You will not need to generate a list. No COVID screening will have to take place. HOWEVER, if people are symptomatic they are to be refused. 2.    U11 Safety Reps  - As the players are too young to receive the vaccination, no action outside of 1 is required. 3.    U13 Safety Reps – 12 year olds have until Dec 31st to be vaccinated under the Rebound Plan. No action outside of 1 is required. 4.    U15 Safety Reps – In addition to 1. Starting from Oct 4th going forward, Players will have to provide proof of at least ONE vaccination. If they do not provide proof, they do not enter unless you are advised by Risk Management there is an exception in place. 5.    U 18 Safety Reps - In addition to 1. Starting from Oct 4th going forward, Players will have to provide proof of at least ONE vaccination. If they do not provide proof, they do not enter unless you are advised by Risk Management there is an exception in place. SAFETY NOTE: We are not asking you to confront anyone. Advise them of the restriction and verbally advise them that they are not permitted to enter. If persistence happens past this notify facility staff or if a MWF Board Member is present, advise them. We will not ask you to put yourself in an unwanted position.   Any questions, please contact Tim at riskmanagement@metrowestforce.com
Oct 1, 2021

TRYOUT UPDATES

Hello MWF Members; as tryouts are quickly approaching, we want to send a few updates. The Metro West Force Hockey Association wants the entire tryout process to be a positive experience for everyone involved. It can be a stressful time for players and families so please take a moment and familiarize yourself with the information by visiting:Tryout Process | Metro West Force Female Hockey Club as we hope it will answer most of your questions. TRYOUT JERSEY UPDATE: Players WILL KEEP their jerseys until the end of the tryout process. Not returning these will result in a $50 charge that must be paid before the player is named to a team and will result in the player’s score not being counted for the session. This equipment is shared across multiple sessions and is required to be in the possession of the tryout coordinators when not in use during the session. More details will be communicated regarding the tryout jersey collection. If you have any questions, please reach out to Matt Pelrine at equipment@metrowestforce.com PARENT VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED! Please sign up as soon as possible if you are available to help as a dressing room rep or COVID screener during tryouts, your support is VERY much appreciated! To sign up, please visit: 2021-2022 TRYOUT VOLUNTEERS - Google Sheets
Sep 30, 2021

2021-2022 TRYOUT PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Good morning MWF Members; With Tryouts fast approaching we are reaching out looking for Parent Volunteers for our 2021-2022 Tryout Event. As the case every each, we require parent volunteers to help make these events run smoothly and truly we couldn’t do it without YOU, THANK YOU! This year we require 1 COVID Screener and 4 Female Dressing Room Reps per sessions. Please note we will not be able to allow spectators into the arena for this event. The COVID Screener will help with player and volunteer COVID check-ins. To volunteer please visit to sign up HERE If you are volunteering for the COVID Screener, please visit: HERE for the available screening tools. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tim Sheppard at riskmanagement@metrowestforce.com If you have any questions about volunteering, please reach out to Kristin Pelrine at marketing@metrowestforce.com   Thank you for your ongoing support!
Sep 28, 2021

MWF COVID POLICY UPDATE

  Hello MWF Members;   We are very excited to be finalizing everything to get moving on with the 21-22 Hockey Season!! Unfortunately, we are still living with COVID, and with that we have to make sure we do what we can to keep the kids on the ice in the safest way possible. We will be governed by two separate policies: 1) HNS Vaccination Policy and 2) Our Facilities policy (a unique policy set by each facility)   Hockey Nova Scotia (HNS) has recently put out the Vaccination Policy. The main points are listed below, but the policy can be found HERE if you have further questions. In short, this policy covers the following: “Affected people”: Team Officials (coaches, trainers, and managers, etc.), Game Officials (referees, linespersons, timekeepers, etc.), Volunteers (safety rep, dressing room reps, facilitators, evaluators, etc.) and Players who fall under mentioned age groups (below). All “Affected people” must present to the appropriate MWF Safety Reps, evidence satisfactory to HNS demonstrating that they have received the completed series of an Accepted COVID-19 Vaccine.   NOTE: MWF will not retain personal health information. MWF will visually verify proof and check the attendance that they are able to participate. -          Athletes (age 13 to 18) – who are fully vaccinated can participate on or after October 4th. -          Athletes (age 13 to 18) – who are partially vaccinated can participate on or after October 4th, but must provide proof of full vaccination by November 9th: they must get a first dose no later than September 28 and a second dose no later than October 26. Athletes will NOT BE ABLE to participate until proof of full vaccine has been verified. -          Athletes who turned 12 between January 1st and October 4th of this year will have until Dec. 31 to provide proof of full vaccination. After December 31, athletes will NOT BE ABLE to participate until proof of full vaccine has been verified. -          Athletes who turned 12 after October 4th of this year will have three months from their birthday to get fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination. After the 3-month period, athletes will NOT BE ABLE to participate until proof of full vaccine has been verified. -          All other “Affected people” (see above) – will not be able to participate until full proof of vaccination has been verified. All “Affected people” are required to be Fully Vaccinated (i.e., including the 14-day period after receiving their completed dose) by October 4, 2021, or earlier.” This is inclusive of all bench and team positions.     If you are looking to obtain the province proof of vaccination, please visit https://novascotia.flow.canimmunize.ca/en/portal   Proof of Vaccinations will be conducted by the Safety Reps (at tryouts and again within teams) via direction from Risk Management. Furthermore, please contact Risk Management in the case you have a documented medical exemption. We are still awaiting final confirmation from our Facilities on their policy. Facility policies will cover off all things related to people who wish to enter the building to watch (EG: FANS, folks wanting to watch, come in to tie skates, etc.)   Given the unknown around these policies and the administrative impact, unfortunately we can not permit spectators for our TRYOUT process. We will continue to work with our partners on the facilities side to ensure we are in compliance with their requirements. This will be finalized by our Season Start.   We really appreciate your patience and understanding given this evolving situation. We, like you, still have questions on what this will look like in the end. The HNS Vaccination policy has been attached for your reference, but also feel free to reach out to riskmanagement@metrowestforce.com should you have additional questions.  
Sep 27, 2021

2021-2022 TRYOUT UPDATE

We are pleased to announce the Tryout Groups and Schedules are now posted on the MWF website under the “Tryouts, Evaluations, Conditioning Camp Tab” PLEASE NOTE, YOU WILL FIND THE SCHEDULE FOR EACH GROUP LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE GROUP LIST, AS TRYOUTS PROGRESS NEW GROUPS WILL BE FORM AND COMMUNICATED. TO BEGIN TRYOUTS ALL GROUPS ARE SCHEDULED FOR 3 ICE SESSIONS. Take note of the schedule times and locations as this year’s tryouts are taking place at a number of different arenas. If your daughter is not in the tryout list FEAR NOT, please reach out to Mike Almond at vp@metrowestforce.com   Stay tuned for more updates and information to follow, as we get closed to the start of tryouts this upcoming Friday.   The Full Tryout schedule can be foudn under the Tryout Menu or by clicking HERE.
Sep 27, 2021

MWF First Annual Gear Swap Update

MWF players, families and fans!  Our first ever gear swap starts bright and early tomorrow morning. In anticipation of wet weather, we will hold the swap on the second floor/mezzanine. Gear drop off will commence at 8 a.m. and will be organized by age group stations (e.g., U7, U9 etc.) with the flow of foot traffic intended to move one-way. Each station will be equipped with hand sanitizers and we encourage everyone to use it. Swap runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be supported with players and parents who are looking forward to helping with sizing-related or other questions. Players will be wearing MWF jerseys so that they’re easily recognizable!  Before leaving the swap, be sure to enter one of our prize draws. We are thrilled to have some MWF swag as well astwo tickets for the Halifax Mooseheads home opener on October 2nd!  See you tomorrow!
Sep 17, 2021

2021 Conditioning Camp Sessions Added

We are happy to announce we are adding one more conditioning camp session for each group.   Please see below for your group's 5th session time. We will require volunteers for COVID Screening and Dressing Room Monitoring.  If you are able to volunteer, please add your name to the volunteer sheet HERE. SUN,SEP 26 2:15-3:15PM U9 - BMO B SUN,SEP 26 3:15-4:15PM U13 Group 1 BMO B SUN,SEP 26 4:15-5:15PM U18 Group 2 BMO B MON,SEP 27 5:30-6:30PM U11 Group 1 BMO A MON,SEP 27 6:30-7:30PM U11 Group 2 BMO A TUE,SEP 28 5:00-6:00PM U15 Group 3 BMO C TUE,SEP 28 6:00-7:00PM U15 Group 4 BMO C WED,SEP 29 6:00-7:00PM U15 Group 1 BMO A WED,SEP 29 7:00-8:00PM U15 Group 2 BMO A WED,SEP 29 8:00-9:00PM U18 Group 1 BMO A WED,SEP 29 5:00-6:00PM U13 Group 2 BMO C WED,SEP 29 6:00-7:00PM U13 Group 3 BMO C THU,SEP 30 5:00-6:00PM U11 Group 3 BMO A  
Sep 17, 2021

MWF League News Update for September 2021

  REMINDER PARENT VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED   We are still in need of PARENT Volunteers for the Conditioning Camps, If you are available to help please sign up for other a Dressing Room Rep and/or COVID Check in : HERE _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Jersey Collection “LAST CALL” September 18th 9:00-11:00AM at BMO Centre Rink B (inside the main doors). Please make sure the jerseys are washed and all name/sponsorship bars are removed. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Matt Pelrine at equipment@metrowestforce.com __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Timekeeper Sign Up MWF is looking for timekeepers for the upcoming season, if you are 12 years + and interested. Please sign up via this link: HERE  
Sep 16, 2021

HNS UPDATE ON VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

COVID-19 UPDATE  We want to provide an update regarding the province’s proof of full vaccination announcement last week. Over the weekend, we received the following communication from Sport Nova Scotia: FROM SPORT NOVA SCOTIA: We wanted to provide a quick update about last week’s announcement concerning COVID-19 immunization for sport activities. We have received word from the province indicating that there will be further review about participant vaccine requirements in sport. We expect to hear back early next week with a final decision about the logistical details (including potential age requirements) that go along with the vaccine policies. We will update you as soon as we have more information. Hockey Nova Scotia will continue to work with the province and Sport Nova Scotia to determine what these vaccine requirements will look like for our membership this season. We will communicate this information to you as soon as we have it. Thank you, MWF Executives 
Sep 13, 2021

MWF HOCKEY GEAR SWAP- SEPT 18 UPDATE

MWF players, families, fans and friends, The one week countdown for our MWF hockey gear swap is now ON! Weather permitting, the gear swap will take place in the parking lot of the BMO Arena. Should rain be in the forecast, we will set up on the second level mezzanine. Read on for additional details about how you may participate: Equipment drop off and swap set-up time will occur between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Gear swap will run from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Separate stations will be set up for each type of equipment and will be generally organized by type and size. Around each of the stations, junior leaders, coaches and/or parents will be available to assist with questions or requests for input At the end of the swap, gear that is left behind will be stored onsite for donation or future use We are opting for a simplified approach for this event. The primary focus is to equip players with “new-to-you” gear. If your preference is to sell your gear (e.g., on FB Marketplace, Kijiji or elsewhere), we completely understand! Please ensure gear is clean (as much as possible) and is in good/very good/excellent condition. We all want our players and goalies well and safely protected on the ice! We are looking forward to hosting this event. Should you wish to volunteer your time or if have any questions, please reach out to hfxhockeyfun@gmail.com See you next week!
Sep 13, 2021

2021-2022 SEASON COVID UPDATE

2021-2022 SEASON COVID UPDATE: September 8th, 2021 the province announced that Nova Scotia will move into Phase 5 of its reopening plan at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 15. At this time, the only restrictions that will remain in place for the general population are those related to management of COVID-19 cases. Border measures will remain in place, and the province will also start requiring proof of full vaccination for non-essential, discretionary, recreation and leisure services and activities on Oct. 4. It was also announced that as of Oct. 4, proof of full vaccination will be required for Nova Scotians who are 12 or older to participate in discretionary, recreational or non-essential activities such as dining out, going to a fitness facility, or going to a movie, theatre performance, concert or sporting event. Vaccine requirements include participants and attendees at sporting activities including practices, training, tournaments etc.  The proof of vaccination requirement does not apply to children 11 years of age and under because they are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Children age 11 and under who attend these activities with a fully vaccinated adult will be allowed to participate.  We understand that you will likely have some questions, and we will communicate with you in as much detail as possible as more information becomes available to us.  Link: Province of Nova Scotia Press Release Thank you, MWF Executive Members
Sep 10, 2021

MWF "FIRST CALL" PROGRAM

  METRO WEST FORCE is now accepting applications for our NEW Metro West Force "FIRST CALL" program.  An overview of this program follows. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS: please contact ARIC@METROWESTFORCE.COM Our first sessions start September 25th, please register ASAP by clicking HERE PROGRAM OVERVIEW This is a FIRST OF ITS KIND program offering an avenue for introducing and attracting current and past players to becoming a female official within our organization and in Nova Scotia.  GOALS Provide females the opportunity to explore, learn and experience being an on-ice official with no obligation “See her, be her”: Learn what it means to be a female official, the opportunities it can bring, and how to get involved from current elite female officials in our province Increase the number of female officials in the province year-over-year THE PROPOSAL Our program will consist of both ON ICE and CLASSROOM sessions and include lots of support. ·         On-ice sessions       o   Power skating session o   Introduction and training to the basics of officiating in an on-ice scenario ·         Classroom sessions  o   Introduction to key concepts of officiating in an off-ice scenario o   “See her, be her”. Hear about first-hand experiences from current elite officials and specifically MWF's very own Shauna Neary and Morgan Greek!! o   Learn about what opportunities officiating can bring o   Video highlighting females at professional levels in various sports o   Information on how to get involved and next step to becoming an official (how to sign up for a clinic, what is expected, what gear you need, etc.) ·         Support  o   Critical mentoring, guidance, tips, tricks  o   Financial support to help cover incidentals, registration, etc. WHO: Female hockey players (current or past) – All age groups are invited to participate!!! U15 (or higher) and past players will be prioritized, but we wont turn anyone away.   ·        U15 age category and up (age 13+) are prioritized as there are no barrier to signing up for required certification clinics and getting on the ice to officiate games (even potentially in year!!). ·        Understanding the CRITICAL role our official play, seeing the game from a different angle, and recognizing the importance of a respectful relationship between OFFICIAL, PLAYER, COACH and FAN are key benefits of being involved regardless of age. WHEN: First session Saturday September 25th!!!   ·         The early season start is set to ensure participants, who wish to do so, can sign up for referee clinics in our zone  ·         NOTE – HNS Clinic Clinics are offered virtually, and will take 1 evening of commitment. Sessions will start SEP 27! ·         For more info, please go to: https://hockeynovascotia.ca/official WHY:  Officiating provides an opportunity for our athletes to see another side of the game and another avenue through which they can participate and carry-on their love for the game continues to highlight the critical role our Officials play within our organization and to our game.    
Sep 3, 2021

METRO WEST FORCE "TRY IT" HOCKEY

Did you see that amazing game last night and get shivers like I did - how cool would it be to try hockey to see what that feels like? WOW - WHAT A GAME...WHAT A GOAL!! Metro West Force is very excited to be able to offer TWO TRY IT sessions for first time athletes giving them the chance to get on the ice and to experience hockey first hand! TELUS TRY IT - for NEW TO HOCKEY FOR YOUNG ATHLETES: SEPT 18th: 9:15 am - 11:15 am In partnership with Hockey Nova Scotia and sponsored by Telus, this program offers the opportunity for girls interested in starting hockey as a result of the 2021 IIHF Women's Worlds to quickly and easily find more information about female hockey, our organization and to participate in a facilitated, ON ICE SESSION: "SEE HER, BE HER". AGES: Open to AGES 5 – 18 (aligned with our U7 through U18 programs) If you have full gear for your daughter, we'd encourage her to wear it. However, if you do not have any gear available for your daughter and are still interested in your daughter getting on the ice…. please register and let me know via email! TO REGISTER FOR TELUS TRY IT - for NEW TO HOCKEY YOUNG ATHLETE: SEPT 18th: 9:15 am - 11:15 am go to: LINK ALSO NOTE: In parallel to this event, on September 18th we will be hosting our MWF Gear Swap: a great opportunity to get gently used equipment for the upcoming season. TRY IT - for NEW TO HOCKEY FOR WOMEN: SEPT 17th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm It's never too late to learn how great hockey is! This session offers NEW TO HOCKEY mothers, grandmothers, aunts the opportunity to strap on the blades and get suited up to step on the ice with peers to have fun, build their network and open eyes to opportunities within the Metro West Force organization and female hockey as a whole, and see first hand how amazing our athletes are.  This is still "SEE HER, BE HER", but in this case the role is somewhat reversed! TO REGISTER FOR TRY IT - for NEW TO HOCKEY FOR WOMEN: SEPT 17th: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm go to: LINK   MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO GET ON THE ICE; Beginner level skaters: can stand and skate on your own, with full gear  MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE (BUT NOT GET ON THE ICE): - NONE. If you don't have hockey gear or are just in the initial stages of learning to skate, you can still come out to join the fun! For more information or questions about either of these, please contact  president@metrowestforce.com    
Sep 1, 2021

Conditioning Camp Volunteers NEED and COIVD protocol update

Hello MWF members,We hope everyone has enjoyed their summer.  It is hard to believe our 2021 Condition Camp is just around the corner; sessions start on September 7th.  We are very excited to get everyone on the ice again!As is the case every year, we require volunteers to make these things run smoothly.  This year we require 1 COVID screener and 4 room monitors (2 per dressing room).  Monitors must have their required checks up to date.  If we do not have a volunteer to screen for COVID, we will not be able to allow spectators into the arena.To volunteer, please view the most updated version of the volunteer schedule by clicking HERE Contact Kristin Pelrine at marketing@metrowestforce.com if you are able to volunteer for any of these sessions.   All COVID protocols still apply until we are informed otherwise.  It is imperative that everyone abides by these protocols.  Contravening them could result in MWF having their ice contracts pulled.  Teamsnap will be utilized for player health checks.  Everyone will be receiving their team invite shortly.  Please join and complete your players’ health check prior to arriving at the arena.  Players will be allowed into dressing rooms 15 minutes prior to their ice time.  Please have your player arrive partially dressed if you feel they require more than 15 minutes to get ready.  There are areas where parents are able to tie skates.  Spectators will be required to enter their information in the COVID log at the sign-in table before entering the arena.  This process will begin 10 minutes prior to the session start time.  All spectators must leave the arena when the session is over.The BMO allows for 50 spectators during each session.  This allows us to accommodate 2 spectators per player for groups U11 to U18.  Due to the size of the U9 group, we are limiting spectators to 1 per player.The Metro West Force executive wants to thank everyone for their continued support and cooperation.
Sep 1, 2021

MWF 2021-2022 SEASON REGISTRATION REMINDER

REGISTRATION REMINDER Registration will close on Thursday, September 9, 11:59 pm. Online registration for all new and returning players is available by accessing the MWF registration store: Click HERE Full Registration details: Click HERE Registration Fees: Click HERE Financial Assistance: Click HERE New for 2021-22: e transfer payments will be accepted and sent to metrowestforce.registrar@gmail.com (auto-deposit, no passwords required).  
Aug 30, 2021

MWF HOCKEY GEAR SWAP -SAVE THE DATE SEPT 18, 2021

MWF players, families, fans and friends, We hope you have all enjoyed the summer break and are rested and energized to return to the ice for another terrific season with MWF. We are excited to see you again!!   In preparation for another hockey season, we expect that many players may require new and/or new-to-you gear. Players, if you haven’t already, now is the time to open up that hockey bag and try on all your gear. Figure out what fits and what doesn’t. For those pieces of equipment that no longer fit, mark your calendars for September 18th so you can bring them to our first (and hopefully annual) hockey gear swap!!   If this date looks familiar, it should! On this date, we are pleased to be offering a MWF conditioning camp as well as a TRY IT session (more details to follow). Coinciding the swap with these other scheduled activities means that there’ll be lots of people making their way to/from the arena, thus increasing the opportunities to make a sale.   In the coming weeks, we will be finalizing all the necessary details to make the gear swap a success, including a call for volunteers and junior leaders.   Please stay tuned for more information and, until then, we hope you enjoy the remaining days of your summer holidays.
Aug 30, 2021

New Conflict Resolution Policy

Metro West Force is excited to announce our new Conflict Resolution Policy and updated Parent and Player Codes of Conduct. Please click HERE for the full Conflict Resolution Policy located on the Metro West Force website. Paired with recent rule and policy changes from Hockey Canada, Metro West Force remains driven to remain current and provide its members with a safe, fair and equitable environment which promotes the best interest for the spirit of the game.  Our Conflict Resolution Policy will provide our members with a neutral and documented complaint process that will be transparent and hold accountability. It will also assist the Association to learn from issues, stop their re-occurrence and elevate our standard of the game. This policy can be utilized by any participant in any capacity from Spectator to President. Furthermore, it is to be used for any issue, big or small, for any event involving Metro West Force. We want to make sure everyone is heard and can feel comfortable coming forward should they wish a concern to be addressed.  We will speak to this in our Coaches and Managers meeting as well, so our Teams will be well informed. However, should there be any questions or issues of clarification, please feel free to ask by reaching out to Risk Management at riskmanagement@metrowestforce.com.   Thanks! Metro West Force Executive
Aug 29, 2021

The 2021-2022 Coaching Applications Are Now Open

Please note that our application for volunteering (coaches, managers, & trainers) with MWF is now live on our website. Those wanting to volunteer (coaches, managers, & trainers) for the upcoming 2021-2022 season are required to complete the online application. You can find the application by clicking HERE.   Click HERE to view the MWF Coaching Certification Requirements.We are a volunteer driven and inclusive organization and would encourage all interested to apply.If you have any questions, please reach out to Jamie Roche at metrowestforce.coach@gmail.com
Aug 27, 2021

2021 Pre-Season Conditioning Camp Groups and Schedules Posted

The groups and schedules for the 2021 pre-season conditioning camp have been posted.  The information can be found by clicking the link below, or under the Tryouts and Evaluations menu.2021 Conditioning Camp Groups and Schedule Due to the large number of participants in each conditioning group, player movement within each division will not be permitted
Aug 25, 2021

MWF 2021-22 Registration is officially OPEN!

Online registration for all new and returning players is available by accessing the MWF registration store though the following link: https://register.hockeycanada.ca/register   A Hockey Canada Registry 3.0 account is required for registration, please see attached cheat sheet.   HCR 3-0 Instructions    Registration will close on Thursday, September 9, 11:59 pm.   Walk-in registration dates TBD in the upcoming days, more details to come.   New for 2021-22: e transfer payments will be accepted and sent to metrowestforce.registrar@gmail.com (auto-deposit, no passwords required).   If you have any registration questions, please contact Matt Oxford at metrowestforce.registrar@gmail.com.
Aug 16, 2021

NEW and IMPORTANT for the 2021-2022 SEASON!

2021-2022 FEES and Registration For the upcoming season and in line with new Hockey Nova Scotia regulations, we will offer a new recreational program and a representative program.Our new recreational program is a community-oriented program structured to provide development and competition at the recreational level while offering additional flexibility to families and athletes to participate in other sport or extra curricular commitments. In this program, the average week would have players on the ice with their teams for 1 game and 1 practice (travel for games/practices will be limited). One (1) level of play will be offered within the recreational program (C level). Our representative program teams will compete in province wide loop, as such the travel and time commitment at this level are higher than those at the recreational level. The average week would have players on the ice with their teams for 3+ hours of game/practices time. NOTE As part of their team budgets, individual teams may also decide to pick up additional throughout the year. Two (2) levels of play will be offered within the representative program. Also included within the registration fees, additional development ice sessions will be available at all the above levels.  ***IMPORTANT PLEASE READ***All athletes wishing to play on representative teams must attend and participate in our Metro West Force evaluation/tryout process from the beginning. Athletes will NOT be permitted to be part of both a minor tryout process and female tryout process at the same time.Players may be released to the Recreational level based on tryout results.Registration will open on August 9th and will close on September 9th.  More details on registration, including payment plans, family discounts to follow!! 
Aug 3, 2021

Junior Coaching Leadership Program

Metro West Force is pleased to announce the launch of a Junior Coaching Leadership pilot program available to all girls in U13 and up. Registration will be open until August 31st. To register please use the link below.   https://forms.gle/JumMpqRTogsQcU8o6
Jul 29, 2021

Metro West Force Launches New Website Powered by GrayJay!

We are thrilled to launch our new and improved website, powered by the GrayJay Leagues platform from grayjaysolutions.com! Our new website brings a contemporary new look to our online presence, as well as new functionality, such as real-time scoring, electronic gamesheets, roster management, schedule management with conflict alerts, and much more! The real-time scoring feature allows officials to easily update games as they happen, including goals, penalties, etc. on a mobile phone, tablet, or PC. This information is immediately available on the website for people to follow the game in the stands or at home. Game data is automatically added to the team and player statistics on the website, and historical data has been imported to provide the user with a complete set of data in one convenient location. Electronic gamesheets are auto-generated for easy and improved record keeping. Team and game rosters can be managed from any location with an internet connection to allow us to keep you up-to-date with the most current roster information. We are excited for the possibilities of our new website and hope you will love it as much as we do!
Jul 10, 2021