The Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) and Desjardins Insurance are teaming up to sponsor over 400 hockey teams across the province this season.
Each team will be provided with $600 in direct funding in exchange for putting a Desjardins Insurance patch on their jerseys. There are 409 teams sponsored in Ontario, over half of which (218) are in the OMHA. The additional teams selected are with independent associations in communities where Desjardins Agents are located, the number of teams chosen is reflective of the number of Agents in Ontario.
The funding received can help offset some of the costs that occur during the regular season such as registration, tournament fees, and other expenses.
“Supporting youth and healthy lifestyles is very important to Desjardins. Our partnership with the Ontario Minor Hockey Association aligns with this commitment, as the OMHA strives to build character and self-esteem for young players, to ultimately build stronger, healthier communities,” said Björn Bruschke, Vice President of Marketing (Ontario, Atlantic and Western Regions) at Desjardins. “Our Desjardins Agents pride themselves on being involved in their local communities and hockey is a big part of that across the province. After a challenging year of virtual schooling and limited sports activities, we are looking forward to helping youth get back on the ice.”
“We are excited to partner with Desjardins Insurance for this program that helps reduce the costs of the game to hockey families,” said OMHA Executive Director Ian Taylor. “Through the jersey patches, teams and families know they are being supported in helping to make the sport more affordable for everyone.”
The program is open to eligible House and Local league teams of any age. Teams will be contacted by their governing body with information on how to register for the program.
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