Society for International Hockey Research

Frequently Asked Questions about SIHR

Membership
Why does SIHR charge annual membership fees?
How much does SIHR membership cost?
How do I pay for my membership?
How long is a membership valid for?
I joined SIHR on June 12th. When does my membership expire?
I joined SIHR on October 1st. When does my membership expire?
I have submitted a new membership payment and have not had any response. What should I do?
How do I cancel my membership?
What happens if I do not renew my membership?
Can I share my membership?

Statistics Database
What is in the SIHR database?
Where does SIHR obtain statistics?

About SIHR
What does SIHR do?
Does SIHR purchase hockey research, memorabilia or artifacts?
Does SIHR appraise hockey memorabilia and artifacts?
Does SIHR provide answers to hockey history questions?
Does SIHR have employees?

Membership
Q: Why does SIHR charge annual membership fees?
A: Membership fees help finance the cost of web site hosting without intrusive and bothersome advertising and pop-up ads, in addition to covering journal & newsletter publication and postage costs.

Q: How much does SIHR membership cost?
A: $30 Canadian dollars for addresses in Canada and $30 U.S. dollars for all others.

Q: How do I pay for my membership?
A: New memberships and renewals can be paid electronically by credit card or PayPal via the web site. You can also send a cheque or money order by mail to the SIHR office in Toronto. [Go to Contact Page]

Q: How long is a membership valid for?
A: Memberships are valid for one year, and are effective from January 1 to December 31 of a given year.

Q: I joined SIHR on June 12th. When does my membership expire?
A: Your membership expires on December 31 of the current year. Your renewal for next year will be valid from January 1 to December 31.

Q: I joined SIHR on October 1st. When does my membership expire?
A: NEW memberships purchased on or after October 1st are valid until December 31st of the following year. In other words, the membership is valid for as long as 15 months. This does not apply to membership renewals.

Q: I have submitted a new membership payment and have not had any response. What should I do?
A: Volunteers do their best to respond to membership issues as soon as they are received. Of course, there are occasions where work and family commitments take precedence over SIHR duties. Membership payments made online are generally processed within 48 hours, while payments sent by mail can take between two and three weeks. Please contact us if necessary. [Go to Contact Page]

Q: How do I cancel my membership?
A: There is no formal cancellation policy. If you choose to let your membership expire and you do not intend to renew, please advise our secretary so we do not send you reminders. Membership fees are not refundable in part or in full.

Q: What happens if I do not renew my membership?
A: All members are valuable to SIHR, and we hope you will choose to stay onboard. If after a few gentle reminders you still do not wish to renew, your web site access is disabled and you will be removed from the mailing list.

Q: Can I share my membership?
A: Memberships are for individuals, are not transferable, and should not be shared. As a non profit organization which depends on dues to cover operating costs, we rely on our members to adhere to these rules.

Statistics Database
Q: What is in the SIHR database?
A: The SIHR data base has a unique and vast amount of male and female hockey statistics which is growing daily. The objective is to have an accurate record of all professional, semi-professional, Olympic and junior hockey leagues for the entire world. As you can imagine, this is a daunting task.

All statistics are collected and entered by volunteer members. Our emphasis is on creating a historical record, and is not intended to be an up to date resource used for hockey pools, . The data base currently includes games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes for skaters as well as wins, losses, ties, SO, goals against and GAA for goaltenders. In addition to statistics, most player profiles have notes (trade & injury info, etc), biographies and photos. The data is not only limited to players and has a growing number of coaches (with stats), officials and even some executives.

Q: Where does SIHR obtain statistics?
A: Members contribute statistics from their personal research. Sources include media guides, newspapers, game summaries, official game sheets and websites.

About SIHR

Q: What does SIHR do?
A: SIHR's members compile and produce newsletters and an annual journal of hockey research on a wide variety of topics. Other members contribute data to the website and statistics database. We also hold two general meetings per year which are open to the public. SIHR is entirely operated by volunteers. For more information, see the About page.

Q: Does SIHR purchase hockey research, memorabilia or artifacts?
A: No. The group does however accept donations of hockey books, research and photographs.

Q: Does SIHR appraise hockey memorabilia and artifacts?
A: No. While we may be able to provide information about an item, we do not speculate on the financial value of items.

Q: Does SIHR provide answers to hockey history questions?
A: When possible, SIHR assists the media, individuals and organizations conducting serious research by providing input from members who have expertise in a given area. We do not provide answers to trivia questions or contests.

Q: Does SIHR have employees?
A: No. The society is operated by the executive board and members who volunteer their time.