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," 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 170 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.
|Acton House League Hockey Association||Mt. Forest Minor Hockey|
|Almaguin Minor Hockey||Napanee District Minor Hockey|
|Amherstburg Minor Hockey||New Hamburg Hockey Association|
|Arthur Minor Hockey||Newmarket Minor Hockey|
|Barrie Minor Hockey||North Durham Minor Hockey Association|
|Brampton Hockey Inc.||Orangeville Minor Hockey|
|Burlington City Rep||Parry Sound Hockey Club|
|Delhi Minor Hockey||Pelham Minor Hockey Association|
|Dorchester Minor Hockey||Peterborough Hockey Association|
|Durham Crusaders Hockey||Plattsville and District Minor Hockey|
|Elmvale Minor Hockey Association||Point Edward Minor Athletic Association|
|Erie North Shore Minor Hockey||Port Stanley Minor Hockey Association|
|Flamborough Hockey Association||Richmond Hill Hockey Association|
|Hespeler Minor Hockey Association||South Muskoka Minor Hockey|
|Kincardine Minor Hockey Association||Tavistock and District Minor Hockey Association|
|Lakefield District Minor Hockey Association||Unionville Minor Hockey Association|
|Lambeth Minor Hockey Association||Wallace Minor Hockey|
|Lindsay Minor Hockey||West Lincoln Minor Hockey|
|Manvers Minor Hockey||Woodville Minor Hockey|
|Markham Waxers House League||Zurich Minor Athletic Association|