Every community, league, and team has at least one individual who deserves to be nominated for the CARHA Hockey Hall of Fame. These individuals are easy to identify as they have made a personal commitment to adult recreational hockey as a builder, a player, a friend, a member of the media, or perhaps an entire team deserves recognition.
Those who have already been selected into the Hall of Fame have set a high standard of commitment, dedication, and sportsmanship that the association continuously endeavours to maintain.
If you know someone who is deserving of this honour, please forward your nomination to CARHA Hockey. The Board of Management selects the final recipients, ensuring that the selection process is fair. What better way to say "thank you" to someone who really cares about hockey.
Click here to view a list of all CARHA Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.
The categories are as follows:
Since CARHA Hockey's programs promote participation, fitness, and sportsmanship, and past hockey experience are of minimal use in the criteria for selection to the Player Category. The most important points for consideration are the individual's commitment to the association's success and a true appreciation for the enjoyment of the game. Highlights of continued dedication to the team, individual team players, and their community are critical consideration factors.
Throughout the association there are many teams who have earned the right to be honoured through their induction to CARHA Hockey's Hockey Hall of Fame. To date, only seven teams have received this highest form of recognition by their peers. Although many teams may deserve this acknowledgment, it takes a special effort from someone to put this type of nomination together.
The Builder Category has the largest number of honoured members in CARHA Hockey's Hockey Hall of Fame, with more than 35 inductees. This figure is understandable when we consider the amount of work and dedication required of individuals to build the association from infancy to the strong national organization it is today. Also, the strong promoters and leaders of our hockey programs are easily identified. Their stories of commitment are quickly attested to, requiring less work to document and submit, but their necessity to the success of the association is extremely important.
Every national organization, and in particular CARHA Hockey, as a registered nonprofit charity, is most thankful when an individual from the media supports or promotes our programs. While there are few inductees in this category, we should be aware that when warranted, there is an avenue to properly show appreciation to persons from the media. The members may submit a nomination in this area when the coverage was local instead of national.
John Sergnese (Friends of CARHA Hockey)
The Friends of CARHA Hockey Category was established as a category in the Hall of Fame to recognize people who, although not members of the association, joined us by dedicating time and effort in the successful production of our programs. The category has been renamed to pay special tribute to a past board chairman, the late John Sergnese. John, who resided in Port Colborne, Ontario, truly exemplified a gentleman, a hockey person, and perfection as a role model whom everyone in our game should imitate. Although small in stature, John had a heart big enough to carry him to the ranks of semiprofessional hockey and to the top of our world as an executive member. It will be John's wonderful approach to life, to people, and to the game that will be used as the guide for the selection process in this category.
Throughout the CARHA Hockey World Cup events and other out-of-country tournaments operated by CARHA Hockey, the association has received the assistance and friendship of many people from other countries. There are also other people who, through tournaments or organized hockey programs, have done a lot of work to promote recreational hockey.