In an effort to support children who have dreams of becoming a hockey goaltender, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) Goalie Assist Program helps youth who want to be a goalie by providing 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 selected 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.
This year, there were over 140 application from all across the OMHA and Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey was one of the 40 selected organizations to be a recipient.
“We’re proud to give back and re-invest in our associations through a program like Goalie Assist for the eighth year,” 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.”
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.
To view the full list of recipients for 2019 – 20, CLICK HERE.