Good day everyone and welcome to the OHPC.
The OHPC program is now entering the forth year and with that I would like to congratulate our list of OHPC Alumni that have signed Junior Hockey cards since inception of the OHPC in 2017/18 season. Our group ibelieve we played a part in bringing these players and teams together.
The 2020 U17 OHPC will take place at the Woodstock and District Community Complex on Friday, April 24th and 25th, 2020 for players born 2003, 2004 and 2005
As the OHPC tournament Director it has been my pleasure speaking to and meeting so many of you. We now begin the task for the 2020 program by contacting and introducing the OHPC program to every Minor Hockey Association in Ontario and every Ontario Junior Hockey Organization including hockey programs in the Northern United States with the hopes that they will share our vision and reach out to you, the minor hockey parents.
I was once asked what hockey meant to me and why do I enjoy the game as much as I do? It was an easy question, I am a hockey dad. I couldn’t imagine not being a hockey dad. Sure, the rinks are cold, the practices are early, the games are long drives away and the kids aren’t always a joy but those are all times well spent with the kids. Long gone are the days where my wife and I had to dress our twins in their hockey equipment at home and carry them into the rink because dressing them in the arena dressing room would have been a circus. Long gone are the days where our oldest, who, at the age of 3 sat in the middle of the ice surface screaming he can’t skate.
Hockey develops closer bonds than most other sports. Maybe it’s because hockey is the longest season, as one season finishes the next almost starts right away. Perhaps the bonds develop because hockey draws everyone into one building much like a family is drawn into a home.
Hockey has introduced to me some of my best friends. It's been said many times that life is not a dress rehearsal, you can't go back, only ahead.
Watch your kids play, let them see you in the stands, encourage them, feel and share their excitement. These opportunities won't last forever, it's the game of hockey that brought you and your family to the OHPC.
We hope you enjoy your day spent with us as much as we have enjoyed bringing everyone together.