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Orillia Minor Hockey Supports Junior C Team
Submitted By Executive on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Submitted By Orillia Minor Hockey on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Orillia Minor Hockey supports Jr. C Team Re Articles: Terriers Face Tough Times and Treatment of Terriers Unsportsmanlike 

Orillia Minor Hockey is compelled to state the facts omitted by the columnist Dave Dawson’s Point of View on Thursday, March 5, 2015 as well as the article penned by same columnist Terriers Face Tough Times on Thursday, March 5, 2015. 

Since the formation of the Junior C Team two years ago the Orillia Minor Hockey Association has worked independently with the Junior C Team to do our best to accommodate requests by this newly formed Team. There is no question there is a shortage of primetime ice within the existing facilities, however this is not a User Group issue. 

Orillia Minor Hockey has 705 players who pay to play hockey in Orillia – 31 house league teams and 13 representative teams along with 60 Mytes (first year skaters). Our program is successful based on the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time and skills at no cost to our Association. The schedules for our house league teams are set from the beginning of the season as is our Myte Program and like the Junior Team our Representative Teams are currently in their playoffs rounds during this time of the year. 

The columnist writes “no user group was willing to cede any ice time to allow the Terriers to play Game 4 at home”. At the beginning of the season a request from the Junior C Team to the existing user groups to adjust the start time of their programs for the season was accommodated. A request was made by the Junior C Team on Saturday, February 1st to start Orillia Minor Hockey games earlier to accommodate the start of their playoffs which was done. A request from the Junior C Team was made to Orillia Minor Hockey to provide ice for the Team in order to play Game 3 of their series on February 11th from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at home and it was accommodated. On February 22nd Orillia Minor Hockey offered ice to the Junior C Team but the opposing Team Alliston could not move their ice time. 

The article goes on to say that “On top of that, they have been awarded terrible ice time from the City: Their home games are played at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and their practices are held at 9:45 p.m. Tuesdays.” Each year the City of Orillia holds an ice scheduling meeting in June. The Junior Team was well aware at that time of what ice times were available. Currently Orillia Minor Hockey’s Midget/Juvenile house league starts games as late as 9:30 p.m. and our Bantam and Midget Representative Teams (14-17 year olds) start games as late as 9:15 p.m. and practice starting as late as 9:50 p.m. during the week. Our representative program also practices at 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. during the week. Logically based on existing facilities there is just not enough prime time ice.

The article states “We had hoped to get the Friday-night ice the Tundra’s (senior team) used to get.” We were informed by the Junior C Team they had the opportunity to pick up the Friday night ice however chose not to as the League they play in would not allow them to play home games on the Friday nights. Furthermore all user groups cooperate and coordinate ice times during the season for weekend special events which all user groups are aware of at the ice scheduling meeting in June. 

Again, Orillia Minor Hockey is very disappointed at the opinion expressed by the columnist Dave Dawson without reaching out to the user groups accused of in his words “no user group was willing to cede any ice time”. Orillia Minor Hockey has embraced the formation of this Team working together on events such as Hockey Day in Orillia adjusting the national date which was February 14, 2015 to January 31, 2015 to promote the Junior C Teams final home game of regular season as the main event of the celebration. Having a Junior C Team allows our members the ability to continue to play hockey in their home centre. It is unfortunate that an article can be composed to undermine the collaborative workings of user groups in our City. Orillia Minor Hockey is proud of the relationships we have formed with many of the user groups including Figure Skating, Girls Hockey, AAA North Central Predators, Brewery Bay Old-timers and Twin Lakes Old-timers Tournaments. 

In the future we would respectfully ask that the paper obtain all sides to an article in order to be informed when expressing an opinion and invite you to collaborate these stated facts with all user groups of the facility. 

Fior Tucci 
Orillia Minor Hockey Association 

***The Orillia Hawks Ice Scheduler nor any of its Executive, ​were at NO time approached or requested to "cede any ice time to allow the Terriers to play Game 4 at home” nor were they approached by the Packet writer for any confirmation or clarifications to the article prior to printing.

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