Message from OMHA President, News (South Muskoka Minor Hockey Association)

News Article
News Article Image
Oct 09, 2020 | Sarah Geer | 3598 views
Message from OMHA President
October 8th, 2020....

October 8, 2020

To our OMHA Hockey Family,

I would like to start by saying I hope you, your families and communities are safe as you come to grips with the new normal. We have all been faced with living our lives differently then any of us would have expected or even believed possible seven months ago. Those changes include the way we conduct our lives, work, go to school and of course, play hockey.  

As the summer progressed the OMHA Board was busy trying to decipher the constant stream of ever-changing information and trying to make sense of it to pass along to the players, parents and Minor Hockey Associations. It was certainly confusing at times and left everyone shaking their heads trying figure out exactly what was going on or expected moving forward. I want to let everyone know that the OMHA Board was diligently trying to process and provide the necessary information to our Members as it was provided to us by our governing bodies - Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey Federation.

The Ontario Hockey Federation produced a Return to Play framework outlining the different stages of our return to hockey operations. The minor details of the plan were in short supply but the general plan was comprehensive and provided goals to reach, as the Province of Ontario slowly opened up and got people back to work and permitted sports to start up again. It was these minor details that caused the confusion for many, including the OMHA Board. Things literally changed day to day. The OMHA has been criticized for failing to keep the information to the Minor Hockey Associations precise and complete but with the daily changes it was made impossible. The OMHA believed the most accurate information was more important than creating additional confusion by providing information that changed or was incomplete.

The OMHA’s Return to Play Policy followed that of the Ontario Hockey Federation framework. It was the position of the OMHA to move forward slowly with the safety, health and welfare of our players the major determining factor as we opened up hockey operations. The OMHA believes in Hometown Hockey and as such we know community involvement is a major part of our hockey season. It was for this reason that we also took into account the safety and wellbeing of parents, siblings, grandparents and the entire community which all play a role in OMHA hockey season.

Although everyone wants to start traditional five on five hockey, it is the OMHA’s position that we are not there yet. As COVID-19 cases rise in the more populous areas it has become more evident a return too early is not safe nor in the best interest of our communities. We will not be pausing our OMHA programming at this time but may do so if advised by the Province of Ontario, the Public Health Unit or our governing bodies advise we must do so. We willeventually get back to hockey, but patience is required.

I would like to thank our Minor Hockey Associations and OMHA Regional Directors for their hard work preparing the return to play plans. This is an exercise that no hockey administrator ever thought would be their responsibility when they joined their Associations or the OMHA Board. To the players and parents - please support your home Associations, team and on-ice officials so we can get everyone of you back on the ice and watching hockey safely.

The OMHA can assure the players and parents that we want you on the ice as soon as possible but we will not jeopardize your safety and rush a return to the game before we are certain it is safe to do so.

Please be safe, take the advice of the medical community on the steps to prevent the spread of this disease and we will all get back to the game we love sooner then later.

Bob Hill
OMHA President


Sponsors
Middaugh Masonry
Full Service Masonry in Muskoka At Middaugh Masonry our work stands the test of time. We specialize in natural stone products and custom designs tailored to meet the requirements of homeowners, designers, engineers, and contractors. Our stone and brick work will add value and appeal to any home, cottage, or business. From repairs to facades or interior to exterior, we take pride in our craft and are dedicated to your project.
Cavalcade Ford
For over 30 years, Cavalcade Ford Lincoln has prided itself on offering professional and courtesy service to its family of customers -meeting and exceeding the needs of its customers.
Tim Hortons
The Story of Tim Hortons. The Tim Hortons chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario. The chain's focus on top quality, always fresh product, value, great service and community leadership has allowed it to grow into the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada specializing in always fresh coffee, baked goods and homestyle lunches. The first Tim Hortons restaurants offered only two products - coffee and donuts. The selection of donuts to enjoy was highlighted by two original Tim Hortons creations, the Apple Fritter and the Dutchie. They became the most popular donut choices in the 60's, and remain two of the most popular today. But as consumer tastes grew, so did the choices at Tim Hortons. The biggest change in the chain's product focus took place in 1976 with the introduction of the phenomenally successful Timbit (bite-sized donut hole), today available in over 35 different varieties. The chain's growth into the 1980's brought about a whole series of new product introductions: muffins (1981), cakes (1981), pies (1982), croissants (1983), cookies (1984), and soups & chili (1985). Sandwiches, which were originally introduced in 1993, were re-introduced as a new and improved line-up of 6 varieties, called "Tim's Own", in 1998. Also, in the 1990's, bagels (1996), flavored cappuccino (1997), Café Mocha (1999) and Iced Cappuccino (1999) were introduced. In 2003, the Turkey Bacon Club sandwich and Maple Pecan Danish were successful menu additions. In 2005 Tim Hortons introduced, Yogurt & Berries, Cinnamon Roll and Hot Smoothee to the menu. Many new great products were added to the menu in 2006 such as the Chicken Salad Wrap and the hot Breakfast Sandwich (eggs, sausage or bacon, processed cheese on a toasted homestyle biscuit). The chain's biggest drawing card remains its legendary Tim Hortons coffee. The special blend is also available in cans, as are Tim Hortons hot chocolate and English Toffee and French Vanilla cappuccinos, so guests can also enjoy these great tasting products at home. In addition to our regular stand alone restaurants, Tim Hortons locations can also be found in shopping malls, highway outlets, universities and hospitals, providing prominent visibility for the chain. Most standard Tim Hortons locations offer 24-hour drive-thru service, catering to consumers on the go. Combo unit locations, which house both a Tim Hortons and Wendy's, offer guests the convenience of both restaurants under one roof. In 1995, Tim Hortons merged with Wendy's International, Inc., giving new focus and impetus to the expansion of the Tim Hortons concept in the United States. The Canadian operation is primarily franchise owned and operated, and expansion plans call for the same key strategy to be implemented in the US and abroad. In March 2006, Tim Hortons completed an initial public offering of the company and was fully spun off as a separate company as of September 29, 2006. In December 2014, Tim Hortons became wholly owned by Restaurant Brands International, a public company whose common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol QSR.
Muskoka Kia
Muskoka KIA has been locally owned and operated and has serviced the Muskoka area since 2000. Our team of sales and finance experts are uniquely equipped to assist you with the purchase or lease of a new or used KIA. Our dealership carries an extensive selection of new and used KIA’s which we invite you to check out either online or at our showroom located at 21 Robert Dollar Drive in Bracebridge. Our inventory includes popular models such as the Soul, Forte, Rondo, and Sorento. Whether you are looking for a new, used or certified pre-owned KIA we have the models and price range to meet your transportation needs. Our commitment to building long term relationships with our customers has enabled Muskoka KIA to thrive in an area once dominated by domestic vehicles. Strong customer satisfaction and market share awards are products of our drive to meet our customers’ vehicle purchase and servicing needs.