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OMHA Championships Recap: 41 Teams Win Their #RedHats

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 04/11/22, 7:00PM EDT

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Thank you to the over 350 teams for participating!

For the past three weekends, there were sights and sounds across Ontario that we haven’t heard or seen much during the past two years of the pandemic.

Parents and grandparents packed into arenas cheering on their children. Skaters carved up the ice with huge smiles on their faces on the road to the #RedHats, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s coveted prize for its champions. 

These were the biggest in person events for the OMHA in the past two years.  

This year, the Championships took on an exciting new look and format that saw 713 games played with 374 teams from across the province competing in 41 championships over three weekends in five locations:  Windsor, Oakville, Barrie, Whitby and Kingston.

Leading up to the OMHA Championship weekends were League championships and regional qualifying events where teams could punch their tickets to get to these OMHA Championship weekends.

The new format is designed so that every OMHA participant plays more meaningful hockey into March and beyond.  In the past, tournament playdowns saw some teams knocked out and their season’s end in January.

“It makes it way more interesting,” says Noah Ahrens, who played U18 Tier 2 in Barrie for the Lucan Irish. “There’s a lot less driving all over the place. It’s a lot more fun this way,” he adds.

Joanna Ingram travelled to Barrie from Little Britain about an hour and a half away to watch her son Wes play goalie for the Mariposa U15 team told the Barrie Today media publication, it was worth it.

“It’s super exciting. I really like the way the OMHA has done it this year. It’s a really exciting opportunity for us to play some centres across Ontario that we might not ordinarily play.” 

The Executive Director of the OMHA, Ian Taylor, says they plan to continue with this new format for years to come.

“We were planning this new format for the Championships for months before the pandemic. The buzz that we saw these past three weekends was just incredible and shows just how much people missed hockey and wanted to celebrate the game. We’re hoping to build on that excitement every year.”

AGE CHAMPIONSHIP CHAMPION FINALIST
U10 AAA Barrie Jr. Colts Oakville Rangers
U10 AA Halton Hills Thunder Belle River Canadiens
U10 A Centre Wellington Fusion Orillia Terriers
U10 Tier 1 Hespeler Shamrocks Milton Winterhawks
U11 AAA Quinte Red Devils Southern Tier Admirals
U11 AA Oakville Rangers - Red Niagara Falls Flyers
U11 A Woolwich Wildcats King Township
U11 Tier 1 Lambeth Lancers Walkerton Capitals
U11 Tier 2 Lambton Shores Predators Ayr Flames
U11 Tier 3 Shallow Lake Lakers Dresden Jr. Kings
U12 AAA Barrie Jr. Colts Niagara North Stars
U12 AA Whitby Wildcats - Blue Barrie Jr. Colts
U12 A Essex Ravens Burlington Eagles
U12 Tier 1 Oshawa Generals Guelph Jr. Gryphons
U13 AAA Niagara North Stars York-Simcoe Express
U13 AA Aurora Tigers Oakville Rangers - Red
U13 A Woolwich Wildcats Riverside Rangers
U13 Tier 1 Mooretown Flags Penetang Flames
U13 Tier 2 South Huron Sabres Huron-Bruce Blizzard
U13 Tier 3 Collingwood Jr. Blues Arran-Elderslie IceDogs
U14 AAA Peterborough Minor Petes York-Simcoe Express
U14 AA Burlington Eagles - Gold Halton Hills Thunder
U14 A Orillia Terriers Centre Wellington Fusion
U14 Tier 1 Milton Winterhawks - White Belleville Bulls
U15 AAA Halton Hurricanes Central Ontario Wolves
U15 AA Guelph Jr. Gryphons Newmarket Renegades
U15 A Quinte West Golden Hawks Owen Sound Jr. Attack
U15 Tier 1 Midland Centennials St. Marys Rock
U15 Tier 2 Walkerton Capitals Ilderton Jets
U15 Tier 3 Dresden Jr. Kings Huron-Bruce Blizzard
U16 AAA York-Simcoe Express Niagara North Stars
U16 AA Oakville Rangers - Red Kingston Canadians
U16 A Milton Winterhawks Orillia Terriers
U16 Tier 1 Oakville Rangers Orangeville Flyers
U18 AAA Guelph Jr. Gryphons Ajax-Pickering Raiders
U18 AA Milton Winterhawks Barrie Jr. Colts
U18 A Burlington Eagles Riverside Rangers
U18 Tier 1 Mitchell Meteors Ennismore Eagles
U18 Tier 2 Lucan Irish Tillsonburg Tornadoes
U18 Tier 3 Dresden Jr. Kings Shallow Lake Lakers
U21   Thorold Blackhawks Riverside Rangers

 


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