WINCHESTER – North Dundas Minor Hockey Association (NDMHA) president Peter Forrester handed out the organizations silverware during Volunteer Appreciation Night.

Forrester and the executive hosted the annual wind-up gathering at the Winchester Curling Club last Friday (April 21).

Bantam Rep “B” Demons coach Aron Sherrer accepted the Upper Canada Minor Hockey Association’s (UCMHA) East Division and East Division playoff championship banner from Forrester who was then joined by association coach mentor Tylor Copeland for the presentation of the Coach of the Year trophy to Sherrer.

Jeff Holmes, a long serving coach and trainer with the 2016-2017 Major Midget “B” Demons, was named the NDMHA’s Volunteer of the Year. Major midget head coach Ray Sherrer and Forrester made the presentation.

Forrester, as an assistant coach with the Atom House “B” Demons joined trainer Mat Bols, assistant coach Tylor Copeland, head coach Andy Cotnam and manager Leslie Cotnam in accepting the Demons’ East Division championship banner.

League changes

The UCMHL is making a wide range of changes to its format for the 2017-2018 season.

The east and west divisions at all levels are being eliminated, which means all teams will play in one division. The regular season will extend into the first weekend of March and be expanded to 28 games, an increase from 24 giving each team 14 home and an equal number of away games.

Only the top four teams in each age bracket will make the post-season and take part in an abbreviated playoff format.