HTCP Trainers' Mentor Support Network

The HDCO is pleased to announce that it will be launching the "HTCP Trainers' Mentor Support Network" on Wednesday March 23rd.  This new initiative was developed to provide an ongoing support mechanism for our trainers and is designed as an online interactive topic based forum.  The Hockey Trainers' Support Network is comprised of a group of Mentors who are volunteering their personal time to share their knowledge and experience with all our members.  

We would like to acknowledge the participation of the following Mentors:

Sheldon Adams - HEO

Brian Doherty - ALLIANCE

Dr. Johanna Carlo - GTHL

Tony Caravaggio - OMHA

Lisa Parise - NOHA

Joanne Spencer - HNO

Thank you and if you have any questions or comments, please contact the HDCO office at your convenience.Hockey Development Centre Ontario
416-426-7252

sdoyle@hdco.on.ca

 

Coaching Clinic in District B

 

  • THINKING OF COACHING?
  • WANT TO HELP OUT ON THE BENCH?
  • WANT TO BE A MENTOR FOR YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYERS?
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Level 1&2are available NOW…Limited space.

If you have replied yes to any of the above

SIGN UP NOW FOR A HOCKEY CANADA SANCTIONED

COACHES CLINIC ON APRIL 16th & 17th

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FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

KAREN LARCHE AT:   klarche@gmail.com or Call 613.521.1339

Gary Slack passes away

Slack, Gary Warren
Imperial Oil (ret’d)

Passed away in hospital on March 5th, 2016 with his family by his side, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Beverley (nee Allum), loving father of Darren (Tania) and Craig. Proud Grampa of Eric Burt and Carter and Gavin Slack. Predeceased by his parents Olive and John Slack, his brother Wayne and sister Shirley Genereux. Family and friend are invited to visit at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, on Thursday March 10th from 12noon until the time of the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 2pm. In lieu of flowers donations in Gary’s memory can be made to CHEO. Many thanks to the Doctors and Nurses of the ICU at the General Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care.

Many older members of HEO and HEO Minor will remember Gary Slack as he served for many years as the Branch Registrar.  This was in the days before computer databases and when everything was on three part cards with carbon papers.  Gary managed to keep everyone in line and the team lists all up to date.

Our condolences to Gary's family.

 

Ottawa referees bring skills, and hockey gear, to Iqaluit tournament

Referees Allison Barker and Victoria Ozimkowski packed slightly more than their officiating gear to the Arctic Winter Games hockey tournament in Iqaluit this week. OK... a lot more.

Inspired by stories of Nunavut kids scouring through piles of donated hockey equipment to get what they need to play, the AWG's only female referees lugged more than 70 kilograms of hockey gear to Iqaluit, all to add to those piles.

"It's honestly one of the best feelings in the world," said Ozimkowski, who was approached by Barker a few weeks before the tournament. "That just really brings that much more purpose into what we're doing here. Just knowing how much they're going to benefit."

The two sourced gear from family, friends and fellow referees to gather as much as they could — and they say they only scratched the surface.

The final inventory tallied nearly a dozen pairs of skates, half­ a ­dozen helmets including a goalie mask, goalie equipment, visors, pants, gloves, and countless jerseys and socks.

"Mostly well-­loved stuff," Ozimkowski said, chuckling.

Arriving in one of Iqaluit's arenas, Ozimkowski says she confirmed the gear was badly needed.

"We found all these cubbies full of rental skates, and we noticed that most of the cubbies were empty. So as soon as we saw that we said: ''That was perfect!' We hit the nail on the head!"

On top of the loads of hockey gear, Barker and Ozimkowski also managed to squeeze in some referee equipment. Barker hopes it will get kids motivated to give refereeing a try, in a territory that by many accounts has a severe shortage.

Of the 14 referees at the tournament, only one is from Nunavut after others failed to meet the eligibility requirements.

"Coming up here, they've found it's very hard to recruit referees and get them certified, but also get gear for them," Barker said. "Even kids that aren't necessarily growing up playing hockey, it gives them an opportunity [to get their skates on]."

Iqaluit Minor Hockey Association president Andrew Cox says the equipment is a great addition to the already huge pile of donated gear the league gets every year.

Over the last few years, it's gotten to the point where the amount of donated gear satisfies the needs for Iqaluit, and has enabled the league to share the wealth to other communities across Nunavut.

The gear will be added to the piles of donations the city gets, and shared to kids from out of town during the upcoming Toonik Tyme festival. (Nick Murray/CBC)

"When they come down [to Iqaluit] a lot of kids don't have adequate and approved gear, or it's outdated. Or they'll come into town and not have enough gear," Cox said, adding right now they have enough to fully suit 20 kids for Toonik Tyme next month.

"We'll offer it up as soon as they get to town. We have about 70 or 80 leftover sticks too that we'll just be handing out for free [to kids] once Toonik Tyme starts. A lot of kids are coming without sticks, or pretty used ones. So once they come, they'll get a brand new stick offered to them. It'll be great."

Karma eventually repaid Barker and Ozimkowski for lugging the gear up to the North by plane.

Each of them would have had to pay extra baggage fees, if not for the airline agents who sought out passengers who'd be willing to travel with any of the three hockey bags.

Of course, people stepped up.

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