Maritime Indian Hockey Association (MIHA)
The Maritime Indian Hockey Association was formed over fifteen years ago through the
work of many volunteer committees and their tournmanent co-ordinators coming together for
the benefit of organized hockey in our native communities. The MIHA was set up to
provide a safe and harmonious hockey experience for all players and in the process
improving the quality of play for both players, coaches and fans.
Over the years, the MIHA has been recognized as the governing body with respect to
rules, regulations and the management of both tournaments and native leagues that have
been in existence over the past number of years. This gathering of representatives
from various communities has been comprising the Board of Directors Committee of the MIHA
and has been running at the grassroots community level for years. Because of this
MIHA Committee, strong input has been received and continues to be very important from all
The MIHA has progressed to involve a wide variety of expectations from host committees
with respect to improving the quality hockey 'experience' for all players involved in
native hockey, both on and off the ice. It now has strict guidelines that are aimed
at curving the violence on ice while improving the speed and quality of play. The
MIHA has spanned to cover most of the Atlantic areas for native hockey, especially in Nova
Scotia and New Brunswick.
It outlines information for players, coaches, managers, tournament hosts and their
committees as well as parents and fans exactly what the expectations of the MIHA has in
terms of quality of play.
Years ago, the native hockey scene saw many, many talented players and coaches alike
competing for coveted championship trophies and tournaments including the Maritime Indian
Hockey Championships (currently not in progress), the Maritime Indian Junior Hockey
Championships (which have been held for years in both Brookfield & Truro, NS) and
tournaments such as the Wally Bernard Memorial Tournament, held each year in Sydney.
As well, each of the communities that had stronger teams such as Eskasoni,
Indianbrook, Millbrook and Waycobah have hosted their own tournaments on an annual basis.
Currently, there are approximately eight (8) native hockey tournaments each year
ranging from the PeeWee level to Oldtimers, depending on the host of the tournament.
It is our hope that through the MIHA, the development for hockey in various levels
will increase and that communities will begin to have their own minor hockey systems
developing for both boys and girls in the near future.
We will be posting more
information on the website and will have a downloaded version of the MIHA Rules &
Regulations for your use - you can get these by visiting the
MIHA web site at:
For more information, please contact the
MYRACL at the contact numbers listed on the
main page of this website should you want to host a First
Nation tournament and want to be sanctioned as one of the new MIHA Hockey
Tournaments. We encourage that you do this early in the year so that we
can include you in the schedule of new tournaments and dates that are posted on
this website as well as the MIHA web site.