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06/25/2014, 9:45am EDT
By Ontario Minor Hockey

Helping Kids Fall in Love with Hockey

Hockey Canada, Bauer and Ontario Minor Hockey are helping break down the barriers to hockey across Canada, introducing THE BIG ASSIST Program to get new players on the ice and new families involved in the game.

THE BIG ASSIST Program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new to hockey families. This means breaking down the barriers that exist for many of these parents, and making them feel at home within our hockey community. We want them to experience the game at its best – understanding why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport – and stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to the equipment and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns and most importantly, give them an experience that’s memorable and fun.

Leadership will be critical to the success of these program objectives.

Given this program is designed for entry level players, instructors and other volunteers should be positive, energetic, creative, fun-loving and above all, patient. Experience teaching hockey is not necessary for all volunteers. But a desire to learn instructional techniques in the delivery of fundamental ice hockey skills is. This must also be coupled with an enthusiastic attitude and desire to work with children 

For the 2014-2015 season, there will be 30 Minor Hockey Associations selected to participate in this program across the country and 6 alotted within the OHF.

In order to be considered, please review the criteria below and submit a copy of the completed application to  by July 30th.

Ian Taylor

Director, Hockey Development

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