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Cheer on OMHA at the Rio Summer Olympics

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 08/04/16, 9:30AM EDT


Six athletes on Team Canada grew up playing in the OMHA

Perhaps the last big sports event before the hockey season gets underway is the Summer Olympics. Every four years, top athletes from around the world gather to compete in various athletic competitions to capture the pride of a nation.

As previously highlighted, playing other sports in the off-season helps to build a complete overall athlete and learn new skills. The OMHA will be well represented in Rio de Janeiro as five members of Team Canada played OMHA hockey growing up.

We want to wish these athletes and all of Team Canada the best of luck in going for gold this summer! For more information and biographies, click here.

Name: Anthony Romaniw
Hometown: Hamilton
Event: Athletics - Men's 800m (August 12)
OMHA Team: Hamilton Bulldogs (AAA, 2006-07)

The 24-year-old Romaniw graduated from the University of Guelph after a transfer from Dartmouth College. He has won multiple CIS medals and represented Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Name: Matthew Hughes
Hometown: Oshawa
Event: Athletics - Men's 3000m Steeplechase (August 15)
OMHA Team: Oshawa-Nasc (House League, 2004-07)

Hughes set a new Canadian 3000m steeplechase record at the 2013 IAAF World Championships with a time of 8:11:64, topping a mark set in 1985. The Oshawa native won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. He is the University of Louisville's first outdoor track and field champion, winning twice. Hughes won Canadian titles from 2013-15.

Name: Sam Schachter and Josh Binstock
Hometown: Richmond Hill
Event: Beach Volleyball (August 6)
OMHA Team: Richmond Hill

This duo both grew up in the Richmond Hill hockey organization, with Binstock suiting up as a referee as well. Binstock's father, Howard, is still a referee today. The pair have medalled at four FIVB World Tour events, including one gold. They have competed all over the world in competitions, from Argentina to Russia to Israel.

Name: Taylor Milne
Hometown: Callander
Event: Athletics - Men's 3000m Steeplechase (August 15)
OMHA Team: East Nipissing (Rep, 1996-97)

Milne's first Olympics were in 2008 where he competed in the 1500m steeplechase. After missing out on qualifying in 2012, Milne transitioned to the 3000m event. The 34-year-old first represented Canada internationally in 2006.

Name: Derek Drouin
Hometown: Corunna
Event: Athletics - Men's High Jump (August 14)
OMHA Team: Mooretown (Rep, 2004-08)

One of Canada's most decorated active Olympians in athletics, Drouin looks to improve on his bronze medal performance from 2012. He won a gold medal in the event at the 2015 Pan Am Games and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Drouin had won his fifth NCAA high jump title, a record, while at  Indiana University, earning the school's Best Individual Performance of the Year and the Male Athlete of the Year award in 2013.

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