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40 Associations Awarded Free Goalie Equipment

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 10/02/19, 10:00AM EDT

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2019 OMHA Goalie Assist Program recipients announced

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.

Goalie Assist Recipients

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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