Lapier passes the puck one last time as president of SDMHA

Incoming SDMHA president Joyce Latulippe (left) and retiring president David Lapier (right). (The Leader/Blancher photo)

MORRISBURG – Wrapping up the end of the 2018-19 hockey season, the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association held its annual general meeting on April 24th. The meeting was the last for outgoing association president David Lapier, who is retiring from the board after 15 years of being involved with the group, the last four as president.

“It’s time,” Lapier said at the meeting. “This is an excellent group of volunteers here. They do a great job and make this job as president easy.”

Lapier said that he was proud of the cooperation between the South Dundas and North Dundas minor hockey asssociations for B Rep level teams.

“I am proud of that, and glad that the executives stood by that inititative. I hope it contines as it has been very good for everyone involved.”

Throughout the meeting, Lapier credited the work of the board and the coaches with the organization for the group’s success.

The association had 214 players registered for the 2018-19 season, 17 were from North Dundas Demons players who made B Rep teams hosted in South Dundas this past season. Eighteen players were released to play for the Demons on B Rep teams, or with the South Grenville Rangers and Kemptville Panthers organizations. Five players were released to play at the double or triple-A levels.

This season the Novice C1 House Lions were the only team to win a league championship. Four teams made the playoffs this season, with three, including the Novice C1 team, advancing to their league championships.

On the financial side, the association collected nearly $158,000 in income between fees, donations, fundraising, and hosting coaching courses. After expenses were paid out, the organization had about $18,000 in profit.

“We are in solid financial shape because of the hard work of our registrar Shelly Broad and treasurer Joe McCooeye,” Lapier said.

Ice time was the largest expense for the SDMHA, with over $79,000 paid this past season. All ice time was rented in South Dundas.

SDMHA ice scheduler Jason Broad had a goal of scheduling 750 hours of ice time over the season. This year, the group booked and used 736 hours. Lapier said the South Dundas recreation department has been very good to deal with.

Replacing Lapier as president is long-time volunteer Joyce Latulippe.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she told The Leader. “I have really big shoes to fill following David.”

Retiring from the board along with Lapier are referee-in-chief Lisa Swerdfeger, and first vice president Matt McCooeye.

Lapier closed out the meeting thanking everyone for their support over the many years.

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