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The Ontario Minor Hockey Association Goalie Assist Program is an effort to support players 8 and Under who have dreams of becoming a hockey goaltender.
Working in conjunction with local minor hockey associations across Ontario, this program will provide sets of new CCM Hockey goaltending equipment to loan to players interested in trying 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. The deadline to apply is October 16th.
“The Goalie Assist Program gives the right start to our beginner or introductory hockey players in terms of accessibility to try a new position,” said OMHA Executive Director Ian Taylor. “If they learn skills and feel comfortable they will be engaged and enjoy the sport.”
The equipment can be easily shared among players and can be used in rotation during programming with proper sanitation as per the Return to Play Guidelines. This is another resource that associations can use to create a positive hockey experience for the game’s youngest players.
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“This is a starting point for players still growing their love of the game. It gives the opportunity to sample and learn to play all positions," said Taylor. "The Goalie Assist Program provides the opportunity to try the position of goaltender – and to see if they enjoy it – without the financial requirement for parents to purchasing equipment. We are happy to once again partner with CCM to provide this opportunity, to relieve the financial burden for their families and to develop more goalies in our Associations.”
"Thank you so much for selecting our Association as a recipient of the OMHA Goalie Assist Program. We were in desperate need of updated gear and this equipment will certainly generate some interest in the goalie position among our players," said Penetang Minor Hockey, a recipient from the 2019 program.
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.
Who is eligible?
Any Member Association of the OMHA
What does the CCM Kit include?
Youth pads, blocker, glove, chest protector, stick, hockey bag
How many CCM Kits are available?
If my Association is fortunate to receive a CCM Kit, how will we obtain it?
The OMHA will ship the kit to the address provided in your application.
What is the cut-off date to apply for this Program?
Friday October 16th, 2020