The 40 associations that will be recipients of Goalie Assist Program have been revealed!
In an effort to support children who have dreams of becoming a hockey goaltender, the program provides a new set of CCM goalie equipment to associations to loan to 5-7 year old players interested in trying out the position. Each set of equipment will be retained by the local minor hockey associations at the conclusion of the hockey season to loan to players in following years to continue the positive cycle of introducing new goalies to the position.
“We’re proud to give back and re-invest in our associations through a program like Goalie Assist for the eighth year," said OMHA Executive Director Ian Taylor. "Hockey is a late-specialization sport and the Goalie Assist program is a great way to introduce the position to players who may not have otherwise had the opportunity. The equipment gives every player a chance to try being a goaltender without making the financial commitment.”
There were over 140 applications received from all across the OMHA.
The OMHA believes this program helps break down some of the barriers that may exist for new goalies. Being a netminder is a very unique position in hockey and requires specific equipment that may not always be readily available. A player who wants to be a goalie should not be discouraged for any reason and this program helps alleviate some of those worries. The Goalie Assist Program could be the first time a player is able to become a netminder and find a passion for the position.
|Ajax Minor Hockey||Ingersoll Minor Hockey|
|Aylmer Minor Hockey||Midland Minor Hockey|
|Ayr Minor Hockey||Milton Minor Hockey|
|BCH Minor Hockey||Minor Oaks Hockey|
|Belle River Minor Hockey||Niagara Falls Minor Hockey|
|Bradford Minor Hockey||Oro Minor Hockey|
|Burford Minor Hockey||Otonabee Minor Hockey|
|Caledonia Minor Hockey||Owen Sound Minor Hockey|
|Cayuga Minor Hockey||Penetang Minor Hockey|
|Centre Wellington Minor Hockey||Pickering Hockey Association|
|Colborne Minor Hockey||Quinte West Minor Hockey|
|Dresden Minor Hockey||Riverside Minor Hockey|
|Dunnville Minor Hockey||Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey|
|Erin Minor Hockey||Shallow Lake Minor Hockey|
|Essa Minor Hockey||St. Thomas Minor Hockey|
|Glanbrook Minor Hockey||St. Marys Minor Hockey|
|Halton Hills Minor Hockey||Thorold Amateur Athletic Association|
|Havelock Minor Hockey||Wallaceburg Minor Hockey|
|Huron Bruce Minor Hockey||Warkworth Minor Hockey|
|Ilderton Minor Hockey||Welland Minor Hockey|
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