Thursday, June 29, 2006
BC Hockey elected their 2006-2007 executive on June 25 at their annual general meeting in Langley, BC. Al Berg stepped in as president and Rick Boekestyn was elected vice president. Former President Fred Heslop now fills the spot of past president.
“To be elevated to this position by the membership is an honour and a privilege,” Berg says of being elected president. “To have Past President Fred Heslop as a mentor and have to opportunity to carry on some of the projects he had started as president is exciting in itself. I have had the opportunity to work with Fred over the last 13 years and the opportunities he gave me as vice president will enable me to have a shorter learning curve.”
While many of the faces remain the same, some of those individuals are now in new positions. Randy Henderson was elected to fill the officer at large spot left vacant by Boekestyn’s promotion to vice president. Art Mainprize, a new executive, replaced Henderson as the North Central District Director.
Berg says, “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for me to be able to continue to give to our great game, from the highest level in our branch, as well as be associated with so many great hockey people both in our branch, Hockey Canada, Junior A and B and the grass roots association volunteers in our province at the minor level.”
Berg is originally from Armstrong, BC and has spent over 25 years as a hockey executive. He was a hockey parent and in 1981 he was elected president of the association in Armstrong. After holding the position for four years, he and his family moved to the Okanagan where he held various executive positions before being elected president in 1991.
In 1994, he became a BC Hockey Referee Committee member, and the following year became the Okanagan District Director. In 2000 he became an officer at large and was elected vice president in 2004. During his tenure, Berg has been the chair of almost every BC Hockey committee.
His interest in hockey began many years ago as a player. He played in minor up to Midget and on his high school team.
Berg quips, “In my best season I scored five goals – three in practice and two in warm up.”
Berg and his wife Elsa have been married for 40 years. They have a daughter, Kara, and two sons, Troy and Kory. They also have five delightful grandchildren, three boys and two girls. Berg retired a little more than a year ago after putting in many years in the insurance industry, working for S&P Insurance Brokers, which became Barton Insurance.
2006-2007 BC Hockey Executive