RINK OF DREAMS LEGACY PROJECT

OTTAWA TO HOST HOCKEY CANADA FOUNDATION GALA AND GOLF TOURNAMENT JUNE 27-28;
EVENT TO PROVIDE RINK OF DREAMS LEGACY PROJECT THROUGH SENS FOUNDATION

OTTAWA, Ont. - Hockey Canada and the Ottawa Senators announced today that the nation’s capital will play host to the eighth annual Hockey Canada Foundation gala and golf tournament on Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28. The event will provide a Rink of Dreams legacy fund to build a refrigerated outdoor community rink in Ottawa.

The foundation’s annual gala and golf tournament celebrates the on-ice accomplishments of Hockey Canada’s national teams at world championships and Olympic Games.

“Hockey Canada is very excited about coming back to Ottawa for our foundation’s gala and golf tournament in June 2011,” said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “We look forward to this tremendous event and to raising funds for a rink project through the Sens Foundation.”

“With this gala and golf tournament, Hockey Canada and its foundation have given our community a special opportunity to recognize the children who grow up playing hockey outdoors and those who will represent us on the world stage,” said Jim Durrell, event chairman. “The Rink of Dreams legacy will allow us to build the first of what we hope are many more refrigerated outdoor skating facilities, allowing for greater opportunities for the kids in our neighbourhoods.”

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with Hockey Canada and the local committee on this initiative and we look forward to seeing the Rink of Dreams project through to its conclusion for the benefit of everyone in Hockey Country,” said Danielle Robinson, president of the Sens Foundation.

“The Hockey Canada Foundation gala is an exciting opportunity to showcase our city,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “The people of Ottawa always shine when given the opportunity to support an important cause like amateur sport, and the legacy fund will provide a lasting benefit to our community.”

The 2011 gala, which includes unique silent and live auctions, will be held at the new Ottawa Convention Centre on Monday, June 27. TSN’s Pierre McGuire and Gord Miller will serve as the masters of ceremony.

The Marshes Golf Club and Eagle Creek Golf Course will play host to the celebrity tournament on Tuesday, June 28. Each foursome will include a celebrity.

Funds raised from the 2011 gala and golf tournament will go to Hockey Canada Foundation initiatives that support everything from grassroots hockey to Olympics teams, as well as the refrigerated outdoor public skating facility in Ottawa. The committee will work with the City of Ottawa and community to determine the location of the rink, which will operate annually from mid-November to the end of March. The project will be a partnership between the Hockey Canada Foundation, the Sens Foundation and the City of Ottawa.

The 2011 gala organizing committee is composed of representatives from the Senators to community and business leaders such as Bernie Ashe, Sylvie Bigras, Brian Bockstael, Jonathan Bodden, Tony Dunn, John Jarvis, Geoff Moore, Peter O’Leary, Jim Orban Sr., Dave Ready, Michael Runia and Nathan Smith.

Last year’s gala took place in Edmonton and celebrated Canada’s success at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where the men’s and women’s teams won gold medals, and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team that won gold at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship. In 2009, the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary served as the backdrop of the event in Montreal, while again recognizing Canada’s gold medalists at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Hockey Canada Foundation has held an annual gala and golf event since 2004, raising funds for the foundation and for local initiatives while recognizing championship teams and alumni. Past events have been hosted in Toronto (2004, 2005, 2006), Calgary (2007, 2008), Montreal (2009) and Edmonton (2010).

The Hockey Canada Foundation works closely with Hockey Canada to raise money to support minor hockey programs. The foundation focuses on five areas of funding: skill development and qualified coaching; accessibility and diversity; health and wellness; athlete and alumni support; and next-generation programming. More information on the Hockey Canada Foundation is available at www.hockeycanada.ca.

For more information on the gala and golf tournament, contact Chris Bright from Hockey Canada (cbright@hockeycanada.ca) or Aaron Robinson from Senators Sports & Entertainment (robinsona@ottawasenators.com).

Online Safety tips

TO: ODMHA Council, ODMHA District Chairs, Association Presidents, Risk and Safety Coordinators, All Teams and Parents

FR: Jeff Steele, Director of Risk and Safety Management, ODMHA
Brent Dick, V.P. Risk, Safety and Conduct Management, ODHA

DT: December 9th, 2010

RE: Online Safety Tips

The web is a wonderful place for kids, so long as they are aware of the risks. While the Internet is an open door to a world of great information, communication and entertainment, it can also be a direct passageway to danger. We’re committed to helping our team officials as well as parents keep their kids safe while they explore and enjoy the door that’s not locked.

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HDCO Penalty Free Sweepstakes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (TORONTO, Ontario – November 22, 2010) The Hockey Development Centre for Ontario, in partnership with its member associations and program sponsors, is pleased to announce the official launch of the 2011 Penalty Free Sweepstakes contest. The Sweepstakes is a provincial safety initiative created to foster fair play, skills, safety and sportsmanship in amateur hockey throughout Ontario. The Penalty Free Sweepstakes encourages and rewards amateur hockey teams for staying out of the penalty box and has generated a positive response from all ages and levels of amateur hockey in Ontario. Statistics indicate that sixty-two percent of the teams who have entered the contest have either won or tied their games, demonstrating that fair play and good sportsmanship is not only rewarding but can substantially increase the chance of being successful on the ice. As an added incentive, the program also features a Penalty Free MVP award that recognizes individual players who exemplify the values of the Penalty Free Sweepstakes – skills, safety and sportsmanship. A total of 18 sponsorship partners will be supporting this year’s initiative by contributing valuable team prizes to amateur hockey teams in Ontario that play a penalty free game during the contest period. The Penalty Free Sweepstakes is supported by former NHL and Team Canada member Paul Henderson, Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean and former Women’s National and Olympic team member Geraldine Heaney. -30- For more information, please contact: The Hockey Development Centre for Ontario 416-426-7252, toll free 1-888-843-4326
or email hockey@hdco.on.ca
OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM for the 2011 Penalty Free Sweepstakes is available at www.hdco.on.ca
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2011 PENALTY FREE SWEEPSTAKES
CONTEST DETAILS How does a team qualify? Any amateur hockey team in Ontario can qualify by playing a penalty-free game within the province of Ontario during the contest period (December 3, 2010 to January 31, 2011). If one team plays an entire penalty free game, that team qualifies. If both teams play penalty free then both teams qualify. All games must be refereed by qualified officials and the game sheet must be signed by at least one of the officials. All entries are subject to verification by the Penalty Free Sweepstakes Committee. A team may submit an entry for every penalty free game they play during the contest period. All league, exhibition, tournament and playoff games played penalty free during the contest period may qualify. Inter-squad and novelty games do not qualify. How are the winning teams chosen? Sweepstakes winners will be drawn at random from the eligible entries received. The draw will be conducted on Monday February 7, 2011 at the offices of the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario (HDCO). Winning teams will be notified within fourteen days of the draw if the team has won a Sweepstakes prize through their team contact. How does a team enter?
To enter, simply complete an Official Entry form and send it, along with a copy of the game sheet signed by a qualified official, to the HDCO office. Entry forms can be downloaded from the HDCO Web site at www.hdco.on.ca or by contacting the HDCO office. Eligible entries must be received by 4:00 pm Friday February 4, 2011 to be eligible for the prize draw. What are the MVP Awards? To further promote the ideals of the Sweepstakes program, the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario is also offering coaches the opportunity to nominate their team’s Penalty Free MVP. Each team’s nominee should embody the values of the Penalty Free Sweepstakes – skills, safety and sportsmanship – and have a low number of penalty minutes this season. Ten winners will be randomly drawn on February 7, 2011 and contacted by phone. Winners will receive a McDonald’s® Great Taste Card, a family pass to the Hockey Hall of Fame, a special gift from RYR Sports Inc. and a trophy. Coaches can enter one player from their team by filling out the MVP nomination ballot and submitting it to the HDCO office. Ballots can be downloaded from the HDCO Web site or by contacting the HDCO office. Nominations must be received by 4:00 pm Friday, February 4, 2011 (only one nomination per team is eligible). Play to Win…Play Penalty Free!
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2011 PENALTY FREE SWEEPSTAKES
LIST OF SPONSORS PRIZE SPONSORS: BRAMPTON BATTALION OF THE OHL HOCKEY HALL OF FAME KARBON KOBE SPORTSWEAR LASER QUEST MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF CANADA NHL PLAYERS’ ASSOCIATION ONTARIO MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION OSHAWA GENERALS OF THE OHL PIZZA PIZZA PLAYDIUM RYR SPORTS INC. SUDBURY WOLVES OF THE OHL THE HOCKEY NEWS TORONTO MARLIES OF THE AHL VICEROY RUBBER & PLASTICS WAYNE GRETZKY’S TORONTO WINDSOR SPITFIRES OF THE OHL SUPPORTED BY: THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROMOTION & SPORT

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CBC and Scotiabank have teamed up once again for the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids contest

CBC and Scotiabank have teamed up once again for the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids contest, giving teams across Canada a chance at introducing Canada's #1 hockey program, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada!

What's the prize? Winning teams will be featured on the pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight before introducing CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada to millions of hockey fans across the country. Winning teams will be videotaped and photographed announcing CBC's Hockey Night in Canada at their local rink. Teams will also receive a pizza party hosted by Scotiabank as well as an official CBC's Hockey Night in Canada team towel!

Entering couldn't be easier. Adults, Parents/Guardians, Coaches, Team Managers associated with Kids Minor Hockey teams can enter on behalf of the team by visiting cbcsports.ca/hockey. All teams ages 8 to 16 can enter. BUT - time is running out - the contest closes on January 17, 2011!

Message from Dodie Malcolm ODMHA President

Welcome to the 2010-2011 hockey season.

As I enter my first season as President, I would like to thank the members of the ODMHA for entrusting me with this position.

As your new President, I will continue to work in the same manner as I did as your Risk and Safety Director. I will do my utmost to create positive working relationships with those I come in contact with, to draw on the knowledge and experience of those around me, and to respond to issues in a timely and appropriate manner.

I have always believed that playing hockey, or participating as a volunteer or a spectator is a privilege and not a right and that we should enjoy the game to the fullest. By respecting the game and everyone involved, I believe this can be achieved and that by doing so, everyone wins.

To the players, parents and guardians, volunteers, game officials and office staff, I wish to express my gratitude and to pledge my support. Without you, hockey would not be possible!

Finally we are happy to have our "AAA" program out of the pilot phase and operating as a full fledged member of the ODMHA. It took time and a great deal of hard work to achieve this. Many thanks to everyone who worked so diligently to make this a success.

I welcome the challenge of being your President, and look forward to a rewarding year.

Have a great hockey season!

Dodie Malcolm
ODMHA President

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