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With the hockey officially wrapping up at the upcoming Annual General Meeting we can reflect on all that happened in another action-packed OMHA season. There are many memories to look back on, here are some of our favourites. Did we miss anything? Let us know!
The OMHA Development Seminar begins efforts in the field, and OMHA personnel are gathered to share best practices, update on the newest sport technical information available, and depart the event energized to support our Membership.
Over 190 clinics were delivered this past season for over 7,300 Coaches and Referees who were seeking to certify or re-certify their credentials.
11,600 Coaches, trainers and referees continue to certify or re-certify their credentials in the off-season.
Referee Schools in Windsor, Guelph and Trenton provided new officials with an opportunity to acquire officiating skills and rule knowledge while completing OMHA and Hockey Canada certification requirements.
The first set of this season’s OMHA Minor Midget and Midget AAA Rankings powered by Under Armor are released. The Top 5 of each group are revealed throughout the year on a bi-weekly basis along with a list of Players to Watch.
The Breakaway Podcast returned for its fourth season. As one of minor hockey’s only podcasts, this season of Breakaway featured discussions on practice plans, player development and growing the game.
The puck drops on the OMHA Regular Season as a new year of hockey officially gets underway.
The OMHA launched the second season of the Coach of the Month award presented by The Coaches Site. Nominations from all over the province were submitted highlighting the fantastic work that coaches are doing across all of our associations.
The OMHA delivered 40 sets of goalie equipment across the province through the Goalie Assist Program to break down some of the barriers of the position.
The fifth annual OMHA Essay Contest presented by Respect in Sport was launched with this year’s theme being ‘Hockey is For Everyone Because…’. Matthew Wong from Markham was later announced as the grand prize winner. The contest is designed to engage players in an educational manner while encouraging them to express their thoughts on why hockey is a sport that all players can enjoy.
Two OMHA Minor Midget AAA Showcases powered by Under Armour were hosted in the month, featuring teams playing in front of OHL scouts during their draft year.
OMHA Playdowns presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario kick off with 628 teams competing, playing over 2,000 games.
Many OMHA teams volunteered their time over the holidays, participating in Hockey Gives Back to make their communities a better place through gift drives, food bank donations and other great initiatives.
The OMHA Players Club presented by HockeyShot remained a popular program, encouraging players to improve their skills through three at-home challenges. Over 175 players submitted their completed tracking sheets over the season and earned prizes along the way.
A number of associations in the OMHA were outfitted with a full set of hockey equipment through The First Shift program. The learn-to-play program teaches basic skills while focusing on the fun of sports.
The OMHA assisted in hosting Try Hockey programs. Designed to introduce new players to the sport, the two-part sessions include Floorball and an on-ice skating opportunity with local elementary schools.
The OMHA Hockey Festival presented by Froster Active Kids took place in Whitby. This tournament featured 80 House and Local league teams in the Tyke to Bantam age groups.
Nine OMHA AAA Championships powered by Under Armor take place over four weekends.
Playdowns officially wrapped up as a total of 73 champions were crowned, earning #RedHats along the way.
The Ontario Hockey Federation produced Champions at the A/AA/AAA levels of Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget, and Juvenile divisions. Two OMHA teams left the championships with a gold medal: Quinte West Hawks (Peewee A) and Centre Wellington Fusion (Midget A).
The annual Ontario Hockey League draft saw 74 players from the OMHA selected including four in the first round, led by Ryan Winterton. The third annual OHL Under-18 Priority Selection for Midget-aged players was held and the OMHA had three players chosen in the first round including netminder Aidan Spooner, selected first overall.
The OMHA was well represented in the OHL Gold Cup tournament icing two competitive teams. The eight-team tournament brings together the best minor midget players from across the province to compete.
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