The Ontario Minor Hockey Association now the “Largest Minor Hockey Association in the World”, is the result of many years of hard work by men and women sincerely interested in the welfare of the youth of Ontario and in the game of hockey, Canada’s National Winter Sport. The OMHA as it exists today is the result of the amalgamation of two such groups of sports enthusiasts. While the Ontario Juvenile Hockey Association formed in 1935 was struggling through its first years of existence, another similar organization, known as the Ontario Midget and Bantam Hockey Association, was operating for the benefit of youth in the province. Amalgamation of the two bodies resulted in the formation of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association in 1940.
The 2008-2009 season marked the 75th anniversary of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association [OMHA] and is being celebrated through a series of special events, recognition programs, commemorative merchandise and memorabilia. It will focus on our proud past, current state and exciting future.
As part of the 75th Anniversary season celebration, the OMHA launched a search for the All-Time OMHA Great Team. The poll consisted of choices from groups of forwards, defensemen, goaltenders, on-ice officials, coaches and executives.
Wayne Gretzky, Brantford
Doug Gilmour, Kingston
Syl Apps, Paris
Bobby Orr, Parry Sound
Rob Blake, Simcoe
Curtis Joseph, East Gwillimbury
Roger Neilson, Peterborough
Ray Scapinello, Guelph
Kerry Fraser, Sarnia
Bill McCreary, Guelph
Jim Rutherford, BeetonStructure of Hockey
Considered by many the best player ever, Wayne Gretzky holds every significant NHL career regular-season scoring record: 894 goals, 1,963 assists, 2,857 assists. - Courtesy of NHL.com