One of Canada's most historic cities provided the backdrop for SIHR's 2012 Annual General Meeting, held May 18 and 19 in Halifax, N.S. The meeting was the first to be held in Atlantic Canada since the 2006 AGM in Moncton, N.B., and members were treated to a healthy dose of Maritime hospitality.
The Prince George Hotel played host to Saturday's conference as well as a Friday evening meet and greet which featured former players Brian Mackenzie, J.-P. Bordeleau, and Dean Dachyshyn who shared many stories from their pro-hockey careers to the delight of all in attendance.
Saturday morning saw the group greeted by Percy Paris, Nova Scotia's minister of tourism. Paris played hockey at King's-Edgehill School in Windsor, N.S., and at St. Mary's University in Halifax. He has also scouted for teams in the International Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The business meeting got underway after the roll call which showed a total of 32 members in attendance. The various executive reports delivered show the group to be in excellent shape financially and that it continues to draw new members from all corners of the world who are eager to contribute.
An election was held which saw former executive vice-president Jean-Patrice Martel elected to the position of President while long-standing treasurer Paul Bruno was acclaimed as Executive Vice-President. Iain Fyffe was acclaimed as the new Treasurer while retiring President James Milks was elected as Director-at-Large for Canada. The final vote saw incumbent Pat Houda retain his position of Director-at-large for Europe.
Following an on-site lunch, Bill Fitsell presented a short video promoting a movie project covering the life of Captain James Sutherland and his work on behalf of the International Hockey Hall of Fame. Roger Godin delivered his paper titled Prague, Winter 1933: The US Wins an Early Gold Medal. Jim Cameron of Halifax presented a psychology study which sought to outline the personality of players by position ahead of Sean Mitton of Raleigh, North Carolina, who detailed his 72 Summit Series book project. The book will feature 72 stories told by people from all walks of life who describe what "the goal" meant to them. Mark Presley of Burwick rounded out the presenters as he discussed the Moffat Stick and the larger impact of hockey on culture. The four scholarly papers presented were of exceptional quality and well illustrated and discussion was only limited by the time clock.
The group then toured the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame prior to having dinner at the Midtown Bar and Lounge.
Sunday saw a convoy head to nearby Windsor for a tour of the hockey museum at Haliburton House followed by a visit to the Dill Farm to see the famous Long Pond, site of early shinny games played by boys from nearby King's Edge College. The weekend's festivities wrapped up in the college parking lot which saw team SIHR defeat Team Windsor in the third ball hockey contest for the Fitsell Cup.