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.


The process for player selection for Team HEO at the OHL Gold Cup, is a season long process. Players have been evaluated all season long through a collaborative effort between Hockey Canada, the CCHL, OHL, and HEO Staff.

On March 25th and 26th 30 Players will be invited to the Final Selection Camp at the Richcraft Sensplex. There will be two on-ice sessions on Friday, and 1 on Saturday. Players will also go through a series of off-ice testing on Saturday.

            Friday March 25th                           10:15am – 12:15pm         HEO Arena

                                                                        3:15pm – 5:15pm              HEO Arena

            Saturday March 26th                     3:00pm – 5:30pm              OPATC

                                                                        7:15pm – 9:15pm              HEO Arena

Players selected to attend this camp is by invitation only. There is no open tryout.

Cumberland Jr. Grads seeking qualified non-parent coaches

The Cumberland Jr. Grads are looking for qualified non-parent coaches for the 2016/17 season for all levels.  Applications will be accepted from February 11th to March 29th.  The interview process will begin as early as March 29th.  You will be notified once a date is set for an interview.  Please click on the link below to fill out your application.

Esso Medals Big Score Contest

Esso Medals & Certificates of Achievement
Esso Medals Score Big Contest

This season, we’re providing financial support to minor hockey players in Canada with the Esso Medals Score Big Contest.

How To Win
Sign up for the Esso Medals & Certificates of Achievement program and you're automatically entered for a chance to win one of six $5,000 Esso Medals grants for your minor hockey association! All six winning contestants will also receive an additional $1,000 grant just for their team.

Register your teams before March 14, 2016 to enter.

No purchase necessary. See contest rules for details