Chrysler Dealers of Ontario Support Dodge Caravan Kids Family Hockey Day
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Windsor, ON: -
The Chrysler Advertising Association of Ontario and minor hockey associations from across the province have teamed up once again for the second annual “Dodge Caravan Kids Family Hockey Day.”
The all-day, all-for-fun hockey event is open to invited Dodge Caravan Kids sponsored teams and will be held Monday, February 18th - the provincial Family Day Holiday - in three Ontario cities: Ottawa, Kitchener and Chrysler Canada’s hometown, Windsor. Hockey bodies involved in the event include the Ontario Minor Hockey Association [OMHA], Alliance Hockey, the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and the Ottawa District Hockey Association.
The 2013 Dodge Caravan Kids Family Hockey Day builds upon the huge success of last year’s inaugural event held in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Windsor event will be held at the WFCU Centre, home of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. The Kitchener event takes place at the Kitchener Rangers’ home, the Memorial Auditorium Complex. Ottawa’s event takes place at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata in association with the Ottawa Senators. The NHL team also recently announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with the Ontario Chrysler Dealer Association.
“The outstanding success of our first Dodge Caravan Kids Family Hockey Day is surely why reaction to the 2013 event has been so strong,” said Joyce Junker, President of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. “For our young players it’s a chance to skate in buildings usually reserved for the pros plus maybe meet OHL, AHL and NHL superstars while spending Family Day playing the sport we Canadians love most.”
The Family Hockey Day builds upon the solid foundation of Dodge Caravan Kids, a joint partnership between amateur hockey organizations across the country, Chrysler Canada and its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram retailers. Founded in 2006, it aims to keep the cost of playing hockey down for Canadian families and has supported more than 100,000 young players since.
Sixteen invited teams will participate at each Dodge Caravan Kids Family Hockey Day location, playing at least three, just-for-fun, 30 minute games. A skills competition for two or three players from each team will also be held. Every player will receive a medal just for playing that day. Away from the ice, families of Dodge Caravan Kids players and the public can try their hand at fun, interactive games and activities, plus check out a display of some of the latest family-friendly Chrysler Group products, including Canada’s best-selling crossover vehicle, the 2013 Dodge Journey, the award-winning 2013 Dodge Dart, the North American Truck of the Year, the 2013 Ram 1500, and Canada’s best-selling minivan for 29 years running, the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Al Rams, head of the Chrysler Advertising Association of Ontario said, “Supporting Dodge Caravan Kids Family Hockey Day is just one small way our dealers give back to the communities where we live and work. Beyond that, combining Canada’s favourite sport with Canada’s favourite minivan just makes sense.”
About Dodge Caravan Kids
Founded in 2006, the Dodge Caravan Kids program is a joint effort between participating amateur hockey organizations throughout the country, Chrysler Canada and local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram retailers. The program aims to keep the cost of playing hockey down for families, by providing sponsorship funding to novice house league teams. Since the program started, more than 100,000 kids have worn a “Dodge Caravan Kids” jersey. For more information on the Dodge Caravan Kids Program Association, please visit www.dodgecaravankids.ca.
About the Ontario Minor Hockey Association
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association, founded in 1935, is the largest minor hockey association in the world and oversees a participant base of 300,000 consisting of players, coaches, trainers, officials, hockey volunteers and parents across the province. The OMHA has 246 active member minor hockey associations and annually coordinates 45 leagues and approximately 600 development clinics throughout Ontario. For more information, visit www.omha.net.
About the Ottawa District Hockey Association
The Ottawa District Hockey Association, founded in 1920, is one of thirteen Branches of Hockey Canada and oversees amateur hockey east of and including the Counties of Lanark, Renfrew, and all of Leeds except the town of Gananoque and the portion west of Highway No. 32, and south of Highway No. 15 in the Province of Ontario. The ODHA membership base is 30,000 consisting of players, coaches, trainers, officials. For more information, visit www.odha.com.
About the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association
The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association is one of seven Member Partners of the Ontario Hockey Federation and oversees female hockey in the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.owha.on.ca.
About Alliance Hockey
Since being founded in 1993, the ALLIANCE has always positioned the organization as a leader in Canada in the administration and development of the game of hockey for all player and adult volunteer participants. As a result, the ALLIANCE offers a number of programs designed to enhance the performance, organization and safety of our participants. This innovative thinking has led to the ALLIANCE being one of the most recognized and original organizations in amateur sport. For more information, visit www.alliancehockey.com.
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