Penticton Minor Hockey Association has success on and off the ice

The PMHA generated $2.5 million from its tournaments and provincial championship in 2014-15

THE PENTICTON MINOR Hockey Association's 2014-15 tournaments

THE PENTICTON MINOR Hockey Association's 2014-15 tournaments

The Penticton Minor Hockey Association (PMHA) had a successful 2014-15 season.

Three teams — midget tier 2, peewee tier 2 and bantam tier 2 — qualified for provincials with the bantam team winning and the peewee’s finishing third. At the recreation level, atom rec #1 won the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association Super League Playoffs as did the bantam No.3 team. The peewee and midget teams became Super League Champions.

PMHA had 476 kids registered.

Off the ice, for the first time since 2008, PMHA didn’t receive their usual gaming grant fund of $89,900. Former treasurer John Cote told the membership he didn’t know why they didn’t receive any, but will be applying for one next season.

The association also revealed that its 13 tournaments this past season generated $2.5 million for Penticton.

PMHA’s new president is Stacey Gagno, who won by acclimation, as did treasurer Helen Goodwin. Shelley Desroches is the new secretary, while directors are Cara Garnett, Brian Preston, Earl Konyi, Brian Hutcheson and Cara Ouellette. Chris Barth will complete the one-year remaining that was opened by Gagno.

Awards were also handed out during the meeting. Cote received the Chester Kascak Award, while Ken Karpuk was named the coach of the year for rep and for recreation it went to Ian Fotheringham. Andy Kilduff was named the manager of the year, while Kathryn Togyi was named the volunteer of the year. Crystal McLeod received the safety person of the year award.