VIAHA is prepared to declare Spectator Free Weekends if fans continue to abuse officials and players.

VIAHA ready to rid rinks of rowdy spectators

Island amateur hockey group considering Spectator Free Weekends

The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association is prepared to take “drastic” steps to stop spectators from abusing on-ice officials and players during minor hockey games.

VIAHA president Jim Humphrey, in a bulletin to VIAHA membership, says the issue is so serious the executive committee is considering banning spectators from arenas.

Calling it a Spectator Free Weekend, access to the “cold” area of all arenas on Vancouver Island District would be restricted to players, on- and

off-ice officials, team officials, MHA presidents, game supervisor, VIAHA officers and staff during minor hockey games.

On the Feb. 21-22 weekend, five Greater Victoria parents were  banned from attending their kids’ hockey game after yelling at officials and members of the opposing team the previous weekend.

Humphrey said VIAHA is investigating similar incidents across the Island in which parents have lost sight of the spirit of the game. “By the end of the week, there will probably be at least 12 parents sitting out, all from up and down the Island,” he added.


Humphrey’s bulletin on spectator conduct is on the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association website at



Just Posted

Comox Valley firefighters assist with wildfire effort

Four Courtenay firefighters are in Fort St. James helping with the fight… Continue reading

Woman rescued from Stotan Falls calling for safety measures

3L Developments did not comment on immediate plans to add safety precautions

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

More than 22,000 blood donors needed

Canadian Blood Services is urging Canadians to help meet patients’ needs this… Continue reading

Kiyoshi Kosky running for Courtenay City Council

I am Kiyoshi Kosky and am running in the upcoming Courtenay Municipal… Continue reading

Updated: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

Independent Investivations Office looking into Sayward crash

An incident in which a vehicle under RCMP scrutiny crashed near Sayward… Continue reading

Search for mudslide victim becomes recovery mission

Valerie Morris was swept away by a mudslide on Highway 99 near Cache Creek on August 11.

Comox Valley volleyball star to play in Bulgaria

Brad Gunter plays on Canada’s senior A team

Behind the fire line: B.C. firefighters stalked by cougars

A Keremeos volunteer firefighter talks about what it was like to patrol the Snowy Mountain fire

Woman in custody after topless crane climb near Toronto waterfront

Toronto police have apprehend a woman who climbed crane cab near waterfront

‘Hot and dirty work:’ Commander describes fighting massive Ontario wildfire

Ontario has seen more than 1,000 forest fires so far this year, compared to 561 in all of 2017.

‘Billion-piece jigsaw puzzle:’ Canadians key to 1st complete map of wheat genome

The paper has 202 authors from 73 research agencies in 20 countries.

70 years after Babe Ruth’s death, fans still flock to grave

After Ruth died of throat cancer at age 53, tens of thousands of fans came to pay respects

Most Read