Branch B Championships

This past weekend saw the culmination of the season with the annual Branch B Championships.  This year marked the 38th edition and for the first time in memory the four divisions were held at a single location on the same weekend.  By all accounts the format was well received and a tremendous sucess.

The Champions are:

Novice: Mississippi Thunder Kings

Atom: CharLan Rebels

PeeWee: Ottawa Sting

Bantam: Stittsville Rams

The winning teams pictures are in our slider.

Denis Dumais and the rest of the Executive offer congratulations to Marc Richer, HEO Minor Director at Large, and his organizing committee for the successful weekend.

Thanks are also extended to the Associations and teams that worked all season to be able to qualify for the tournament.

Here is a note from the OBMHL that we received.

On behalf of the OBMHL and our teams I would like to thank you all for the Branch Championship weekend.

All of our teams had a great time and enjoyed the experience.

We have had only good things said about the tournament format weekend and glad that we could help make this event a success.

Yours in minor hockey,

Bob

Robert (Bob) Picard

Cell: 613-295-1567

OBMHL President

president@ottawableague.ca

Manitoba response to half ice requirement

Hockey Canada is making it mandatory that its youngest players get introduced to the game on pint-sized ice surfaces, but the just-announced policy isn't anything new in Manitoba. 

Hockey Manitoba executive director Peter Woods said that change was made in Manitoba about two years ago and they plan to take it a step further.

"Hockey Manitoba certainly supports it. This is a national initiative that's gone across the country now," he said.

"We introduced this regulation into our program two years ago, so we've been operating under that premise for the last two years, so the rest of the country is just catching up to us right now."

Hockey Canada said the mandatory policy of half-ice, or cross-ice, for its initiation programs for five and six-year-olds will take effect for the 2017-18 season.

Woods said Manitoba Hockey received a little bit of pushback when the initiative was first brought in, but the results speak for themselves.

"Anytime you make the space a little bit smaller you are increasing the pace of the game, so that means the reaction times for players have to be increased," he said.

Kids are having more contact time with the puck, pushing players to refine their skills.

Woods said Manitoba is taking one more step moving seven and eight-year-olds to half-ice, too.

"It's just a progression, so they will be doing that for the first half of the season up until Dec. 31, and from Jan. 1 on they will be playing full ice. So it's a transition," Woods said.

"It's an opportunity for them to still refine their skills at a smaller ice-surface level and then expand that after the new year into the full-ice."

While there may be a bit of backlash to begin with, Woods said he expects the change to also be embraced not only in Manitoba but across the country. 

Championship Season

This week is the time for the All-Ontario PeeWee Championships

The PeeWee All-Ontario's are in Toronto this year and our representative is the Eastern Ontario Wild.  That tournament begins on April 3rd and here is a link to that event http://ohf-site.stats.pointstreak.com/players-division-schedule.html?div...

At the PeeWee All-Ontario's the Wild defeated Thunder Bay 3 to 1 this morning and are solidly in 2nd place. They will be playing in the semi final game Friday morning at 10am.
 
At the PeeWee All-Ontario's the Wild lost to Hamilton 3 to 2 in overtime and will play Don Mills Flyers in the Bronze medal game at 3pm today.

Chevrolet Power of Play

We have been informed that the Kanata Blazers Peewee AA team was one of 13 regional prize winners for the Chevrolet Peewee Good Deeds video and they are guaranteed to get $2000 for the team and $2000 going to the charity of their choice.  Voting for that Grand prize starts today until the 29th which the team could be upgraded to winning the grand prize which is  $10,000 for the team, $5000 to the charity of their choice and $5000 to their MHA.  You can check out the video below and believe that we need to support this team and get out to vote and promote their good deed.  

Below is the link to the Kanata Blazers Peewee AA team who won as well as the link to go on and vote (the videos aren’t up yet although they say to check back after March 21). http://www.chevrolet.ca/hockey/power-of-play.html   

Juno Cup

The JUNO CUP is a fundraising hockey game on Friday March 31st at The Arena at TD Place. This annual ROCK VS JOCK hockey game pins NHL players and alumni against JUNO Award nominees and Canadian artists in a family-friendly non-contact game.

NHL Greats include:

Daniel Alfredsson, Paul Coffey, Chris Phillips, Gary Roberts, and coach Henry Burris

Rockers include members from:

Billy Talent, Blue Rodeo, The Strumbellas, Walk Off The Earth

We are very excited about this year’s game and would like to extend our group ticket offer to  Hockey Eastern Ontario Minor. With the code ROCKVSJOCK groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $15 + facility fees!  You can also help us build momentum around the city by sharing information about this event. Whether it’s hanging a poster in your arena or offices, sending out details in a newsletter, including the event on your association calendars, or sharing the event on social media, there is a great opportunity for you to help build excitement about this event by connecting with coaches, teams, and parents in your community. 

Some additional event details are included in the link below, please contact me if you have any questions.

Additional information & tickets:

https://ev10.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=JUNO&linkID=ottawa67&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

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