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Each year the Ontario Minor Hockey Association recognizes excellence in various areas of minor hockey with five distinctive awards. 

OMHA Honour Award

The OMHA Honour Award was established to honour a person who has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to minor hockey for a considerable period of time doing so of their own free will and not as part of a job or position for which he receives or received monetary consideration. Any services performed by recreation directors, arena managers, etc. for which remuneration is received in performance of their duties, shall not count as service in regard to this award.

Excellence in Development Award

An award established to recognize and honour an individual (1-3 per year) who has made an outstanding contribution to hockey development programming in minor hockey in the OMHA.

Nominees can be from any area of hockey development, including: 

  • Player development 
  • Coaching 
  • Officiating 
  • Safety 
  • Program Administration 
  • Other related categories 

Wally Scott Bursary

The Wally Scott Bursary is given in recognition of outstanding commitment to community service, athletics, and academics. This bursary reflects the achievements of a young hockey player who is committed to his or her community, athletic ability, and academic achievement. Each approved recipient may receive between $1,000 and $2,500 towards his or her post-secondary education.


  • All requests can only be made for players aged up to twenty years and must have been a registered player in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association for a minimum of five years.
  • A player attending a post-secondary institution during the upcoming year.
  • Maintain a high standard of academic excellence.
  • Active in their local community programs (any community sport or social program).

Patrica Hartley Administrators Award

Given in recognition of exemplary service in the field of sports administration. This award reflects the achievements of a local executive board member or volunteer staff person towards the efficient operations of an association and the betterment of hockey. Recipients of this award will be selected for outstanding leadership within their own association, commitment to their organization and overall involvement in minor hockey.


  • Must be nominated by a local minor hockey association
  • Must be a member in good standing of their local minor hockey association
  • Must be a current un-paid volunteer
  • Must have been involved in their association for a minimum of seven [7] years
  • Must have held a volunteer administrative position of importance for a minimum of five [5] years
  • Must have held one of these positions during the current season

George Carver Media Award

The George H. Carver Media Award is designed to show appreciation for the invaluable coverage of minor hockey in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association provided by local media outlets. During the course of any minor hockey season, players and their parents rely on local media for coverage of their teams and leagues. For this reason the OMHA has elected to profile one media outlet for their excellent coverage of minor hockey during the minor hockey season.


  • Must be a local media outlet and/or their reporters located in OMHA centres
  • Must be nominated by a local minor hockey association
  • Coverage must have taken place in the current season
  • Nominations may be for continuing coverage of a team
  • Nominations may be for continuing coverage of the hockey centre
  • Nominations may be for in-depth coverage of a tournament, hockey event, or playdowns

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