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PAGE 02 WHAT IS BC HOCKEY Branch History Organized hockey in British Columbia began at the turn of the twentieth century. BC Hockey previously known as British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association or BCAHA was formed in 1919. The constitution was modeled after that of the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association and the first meeting was held in November of 1919. Due to the very limited access of artificial ice there were only three 3 rinks in all of BC teams played with seven 7 players apiece to give more players the opportunity to play. However the following year the organization adopted the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association CAHA now Hockey Canada regulations which called for six 6 players per side. Throughout the 1920s the organization steadily grew and became a leader in hockey both within the province and in the country a role that continues to the present day. Originally focused on Senior hockey in 1932 the organization voted to begin registering Midget and Juvenile age divisions. Unfortunately minor hockey registration didnt begin until 1934 due to financial difficulties in 1933. In the late thirties the popularity of minor hockey grew foreshadowing that it would eventually serve as the foundation of the Association. Minor hockey and the Association continued to grow and evolve and in 1951 registration reached 2368 this did not include house teams. Membership expanded into the USA in the fifties and the Association implemented the Mutual Aid Fund to assist minor hockey players who were injured during play. BCAHA also brought forth the idea to the CAHA of holding a nation-wide Minor Hockey Week which was adopted and exists to this day. During this time BC also became the first province to ban body checking in minor hockey which was permitted under CAHA rules. In the 1960s it became evident that the popularity of Senior hockey was decreasing but minor hockey was continuing to grow with 108 registered teams. The sixties also saw the creation of a referee organization. Minor hockey registration surpassed 15000. Helmets became required and the golf shot known today as the slap shot was banned in minor hockey. The late sixties and early seventies saw the rise of Junior B including a team in Spokane WA. In the seventies the Association also began to not only be considered a leader in the development of hockey but also in sport in general by other organizations in the province. A position within the Association was formed with the specific job of overseeing the development of players coaches and officials. As the organization grew the office was moved from the basement of the Secretary Manger to an office space on Fort Street in Victoria. Registration continued to grow forcing the creation of a regulation that declared that any member Associations with more than 250 players in any age division in minor hockey would be required to register two 2 teams in such division.