March Newsletter 2016

Tue, Apr 5th 2016, 15:45

Borderless Hockey News March 2016

Hello HIPA members,
It is March already, and year to date, we have two tours behind us.  We’ve celebrated a fantastic winter weekend in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada and enjoyed the sights, sounds and flavours of Mardi Gras in Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.A.  HIPA’s annual tour calendar was released in February, and the next two tours received plenty of attention! 
2016 was the first year Hawaii made HIPA’s tour calendar.  That’s right-- you can play hockey in Hawaii with HIPA!  As sometimes happens with first-time tours, we did not receive enough interest to justify a 2016 tour.  The silver lining however, is that we are well prepared for the 2017 Hawaii tour, and we are already accepting registrations (express interest now to stay informed).
Gather your teammates and register your interest for April 2017!
Montreal 2016 Tour marks the fourth year HIPA will descend upon this amazing city!  In contrast to Hawaii, this tour filled up so quickly that some of our interested members were left disappointed.  While we had more than enough for one team, we did not have enough to justify two teams.  This serves as a reminder that if a tour grabs your interest, register early so you don’t miss out!
An updated calendar is included in this newsletter, as we found a typo in the original calendar released in February’s newsletter.  The Oshawa Ontario Canada tour in July 2016 indicated “Puck and Ball Hockey”, which should have read “Puck and Ball (Slow Pitch)”.  This is a great opportunity for HIPA members to get together and demonstrate our collective competencies both on the ice and on the softball diamond.  There is a co-ed requirement to this tournament, so don’t be shy, lady-members. 
By the time our April newsletter is released, the NHL playoffs will be in full swing.  Some of our members will be brooding over a first-round loss.  Others will be excited about their second round matchup!  And some will be in Montreal, battling it out with new friends and teammates, laughing over a beer and perhaps reliving the glory of an unbelievable save.
While our monthly newsletters provide a good summary of HIPA activities, you can stay informed more frequently!  We actively engage with members on Facebook.  You can join over thirteen thousand fellow HIPA members by liking our page and engaging with fellow “Borderless Hockey” supporters in discussions relevant to today’s hockey enthusiasts.
Our two featured campaigns #whatdoyoudoforhockey and #hockeyatitsbest are highlighted in monthly newsletters.  If you like what you see here, link to the hashtags to see similar articles you’ve been missing!
HIPA has so many exciting ventures and opportunities on the horizon.  I can’t wait to share them with our members.  Would you like to be a contributor and a steward of “Borderless Hockey”? Would you like your own feature in HIPA’s monthly newsletters, on HIPA’s blog or via Facebook?  Let me know, and we can help you reach a larger audience!
I always enjoy hearing from club members.  You are welcome to contact me via email, through my HIPA account or on Facebook…do not hesitate.  Your feedback is appreciated, and any contributions you have to offer will be welcomed. 
Good luck to whichever team you are rooting for!
Keep your skates sharp and your stick on the ice,
Paul de Verteuil
HIPA President

2016 Tour Calendar:

It is a thrill for us to reveal our annual tour calendar and share it with HIPA Club Members.  Please take a look and let us know if any of these tours will work into your schedule this year.
Click here to download the calendar (PDF) and check out the cool links-- just click on a tour name!

Montreal 2016 Tour Jersey:

Revealing each tour patch/jersey is always an exciting time for the club.  The 2016 Montreal Tour patch and jersey are designed to honour one of Montreal’s most exciting annual events and a subtle tribute to local heroes. 

The Montreal Grand Prix is scheduled for June 10-12, 2016. This annual event attracts the interests of millions of Formula One fans from around the world and puts Montreal on the world’s stage. HIPA’s 2016 tour patch features our lovable hockey player sporting an F1 style helmet with the Gilles Villeneuve track outline.
As always, the tour patch is included in the custom design tour jersey, which features a number of other symbols to create this exciting and unique functional keepsake. Auto racing’s recognizable checkered flag provides a stylized backdrop, which prominently features two majestic bucks framing the map of Canada.  The bucks are identified in tribute as local heroes and race legends Gilles Villeneuve (GV27 – after whom the Montreal racecourse is named) and Jacques Villeneuve (JV). While Spring in Canada means rutting season, during which full grown bucks compete for females and are therefore very territorial, this design depicts our bucks in a less-than-aggressive posture. HIPA’s bold Maple-Lis (combination of Canada’s traditional Maple Leaf and Quebec’s Provincial flower, the “fleur-de-lis”) sits between father and son, a reflection of the strong bond despite frequent tensions between fathers and sons, as well as Canada’s Federal and Quebec’s Provincial governments.

Next Featured Tour:

?Oshawa Ontario Canada – Puck and Ball (Co-ed Slow Pitch) July 15-17 2016

Oshawa Ontario is a short transit ride from downtown Toronto, offering easy access to a vibrant tourism industry and nightlife! You need not head into the city core however to enjoy this weekend Tour! On this tour, HIPA members will be playing both co-ed hockey and softball. This tour is officially the first time we will be combining our ice-hockey competition with another sport.   The laughs are sure to be plentiful as our tour members challenge their own athleticism in both sports.  If you play both hockey and softball and most importantly, if you enjoy creating good times, this sounds like the perfect tour for you!

What Do You Do For Hockey?:

HIPA member, 2016 Lafayette  (Mardi Gras Mayhem) Tour goaltender and all-time great character Jimmy Haegele was recently presented the opportunity of a lifetime.  When the Louisiana IceGators of the Southern Professional Hockey League required a back-up goaltender, Jimmy answered the call!
Let us know #whatdoyoudoforhockey

Hockey At Its Best

An old video provides a nostalgic look at some of hockey’s legendary personalities and underpins the reverence we hold for the greats of our game.
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