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 140 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.
|Ancaster Minor Hockey||Minto Minor Hockey|
|Beeton Athletic Association||Mitchell Minor Hockey|
|Belmont Minor Hockey||Mount Brydges Minor Hockey|
|Beverly Minor Hockey||Mt. Forest Minor Hockey|
|Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey||Muskoka Rock Minor Hockey|
|Brighton Minor Hockey||Oshawa N.A.S.C. Hockey|
|Bruce Peninsula Minor Hockey||Paris Minor Hockey|
|Caledon Minor Hockey||South Bruce Minor Hockey|
|Central Perth Minor Hockey||South Huron Minor Hockey|
|East Lambton Minor Hockey||South Kent Minor Hockey|
|Erin-Hillsburgh Minor Hockey||Southpoint Minor Hockey|
|Essex Minor Hockey||Southwest Minor Hockey|
|Gananoque Minor Hockey||Tecumseh Shoreline Minor Hockey|
|Garden City Minor Hockey||Thornton Minor Hockey|
|Georgian Shores Minor Hockey||TNT Minor Hockey|
|Huntsville Minor Hockey||Twin Centre Minor Hockey|
|King Township Minor Hockey||Wainfleet Minor Hockey|
|Listowel Minor Hockey||Waterford Minor Hockey|
|Lucknow Minor Hockey||Welland Minor Hockey|
|Mariposa Minor Hockey||Woolwich Minor Hockey|
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