Bradford, Innisfil minor hockey associations eye merger

If approved, a new South Simcoe Minor Hockey Association would be formed for the 2023-24 season

PRESS RELEASE
BRADFORD WEST GWILLIMBURY MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
INNISFIL MINOR HOCKEY FEDERATION
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On Tuesday, June 21st, Board Representatives from Bradford West Gwillimbury Minor Hockey, Innisfil Minor Hockey and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) met to establish a new representative hockey association – the South Simcoe Minor Hockey Association – with an overarching purpose to discuss creating a dynamic new hockey organization that will enrich and strengthen the development of athletes from both federations while providing players with the opportunity to compete at the appropriate level of ability.

The new association, if approved, would be operational for the 2023-24 ice hockey season. It would merge the representative programs for both organizations while allowing the house and local league programs to remain unchanged within their current organizations and retain their current format. The newly formed South Simcoe Minor Hockey Association would be classified as an OMHA ‘AA’ center and would govern all representative teams from ‘AA’ through MD.

We firmly believe that structuring in this way will allow the new association to have the best of both worlds. The house league, local league, and select select programs will be able to maintain their heritage of hometown hockey at the community level while retaining their respective brands of the Bradford Bulldogs and Innisfil Winterhawks, while athletes who wish to play representative hockey will have the Be able to compete at a higher level within the South Simcoe Minor Hockey Association.

We are pleased to announce that the first talks went very well. Our associations have a common goal to work together to ensure the creation of a strong, competitive organization that meets the needs of our members.

The Board Members involved in the merger discussions of both the Innisfil and Bradford Associations are well aware that we represent the best interests and wishes of our members. It is our mission during this process to be open and transparent regarding the process and progress of these discussions. We will be meeting regularly over the next few months to discuss and align all operational and financial considerations for the new organization and will keep you informed of our discussions. In early September, each association will host a Q&A with its members to share the details and answer any questions our families may have about the proposed merger.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact the representatives working on this initiative directly or email the contacts below and they will be addressed:

Bradford Minor Hockey: Janice Tee, Marketing Director (marketing@bradfordbulldogs.com)

Innisfil Minor Hockey: Jason Black, Director of Representative Hockey (Imharephockey@gmail.com)

The work put into this process is designed to give each of our memberships the opportunity to form the South Simcoe Minor Hockey Association. Ultimately, the final decision rests with you, our members, as to whether this proposed merger will be successful. Before the formal proposal is submitted to OMHA for consideration, a vote must be taken within each organization to move this merger forward.

We believe this is an exciting time for the Innisfil Minor Hockey and Bradford Minor Hockey hockey families and look forward to continuing our discussions.

sincerely,

Paul Dossey, Bradford West Gwillimbury Minor Hockey Association President

Tom Brennan, President of the Innisfil Minor Hockey Association

Board representatives involved in the discussion are:

Bradford Minor Hockey: Paul Dossey, Chairman; Sarah Perry, Tournament Director; John Reilly, vice president, hockey operations; Janice Tee, Director of Marketing; and Phil Vito, vice president, ice hockey programming.

Innisfil Minor Hockey: Tom Brennan, President; Jason Black, director of representative hockey; Kevin Culhane, Coaching Director; Karrie Copelli, Vice President; and Wayne Robertson, communications director.

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