The Garden Valley Collegiate hockey team will have new guidelines
for behavior this year, stemming from a number of incidents last
Last season, the GVC hockey team was involved in two line
brawls, a bench brawl and numerous suspensions. Over the course
of the last season, it became the most penalized team.
"The guidelines aren't necessarily new, but we are enforcing
them and letting the athletes know about them," said GVC
Vice-Principal Dan Giesbrecht in a recent interview.
There is now a contract outlining the rules; the athlete must
sign it and new coaches will enforce discipline both on and off
the ice. Also, if an athlete decides to quit the team, that player
must pay a fine, in addition to the user fee GVC athletes usually
"The athletes shouldn't be affected on the ice, because
they will still play the game in the same way," said Giesbrecht,
himself a former hockey coach, but he does expect improved behaviour
from team members off the ice.