When the Atlantic office opened in 1996 the region featured a number of American Hockey League teams. But gradually the AHL moved away and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League moved in. Chapel programs are well established in every pro sport in North America and have been growing across hockey with over 200 teams in 25 leagues now making this service available but it was a new concept for the QMJHL. The first ever chapel program in the “Q” was established with the Halifax Mooseheads at the start of the 2006-07 season to be followed by the Moncton Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs in 2007-08.
In August of 2008 a chapel presentation was made by Mooseheads owner and former NHLer Bobby Smith and HMI Atlantic Director, Bruce Smith at the Owners/Governors meetings in Victoriaville, QC. That season new teams were added: Drummondville Voltigeurs, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Lewiston Maineiacs, Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Shortly thereafter the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and PEI Rocket joined the growing list of teams. In the 2012-13 season the Val-d’ Or Foreurs and Sherbrooke Phoenix were added bringing the number to 11 of the 18 teams making chapel programs available to their players. We hope to one day see all 18 teams providing this service to their players.
CHAPEL @ THE RINK
Chapel @ the Rink is an initiative launched by HMI. The program is made available to families of youth hockey teams who are interested in such a service. Chapel @ the Rink is provided recognizing that a team schedule and church involvement can often conflict on Sunday. Chapel @ the Rink provides support for families who desire an option where their faith tradition and team commitment does not conflict. For more information please contact us at HMI Atlantic.