AMHA celebrates year with open house

By Joel Charron

The hockey season may be over for the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association, but that’s not stopping them from preparing for next season.

AMHA held an open house Friday afternoon at the Untied Communities Credit Union Complex.

“The goal here today is to promote Amherstburg Minor Hockey,” said Marc Renaud, president of AMHA.

Randy Duggan instructs a group of Tykes players how to properly do the next drill. Hockey clinics were part of the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association’s open house held Friday afternoon.

With tables on display featuring the various levels of hockey, parents were able to ask questions and get answers about the organization, as well as, register their children for next season. The open house also featured hockey clinics so when children step on the ice next season, they will have the skills set to “hit the ground running.”

Renaud also said that the open house was to celebrate a great year for AMHA. Renaud said they are implementing a new six hour learn to skate program. He also

mentioned that there will be other programs in place to help develop the local player’s skill level.

“We want to grow our programs and make it successful,” said Renaud.

Things are a little easier now that AMHA calls United Communities Credit Union Complex home. Renaud said the little things like ice time are improving. While at the former Amherstburg arena Saturday mornings would start as early as 5:40 a.m. Now at the new complex, practice time begins at 8 a.m.

“A lot of the parents seem to be happy about that,” joked Renaud.

Renaud also added that AMHA is looking to grow its girls division.

During Friday’s open house, AMHA registered 20 new children to their program, including seven-year-old Trevor Hebert.

“Trevor told us that he wanted to play hockey,” said mother Tamera Hebert. “He liked watching it on TV with his dad and asked if he could play next year.”

Hebert will play in the Tyke division next year and intends to try out for the goalie position.

With the recent success of the Midget Major program, Renaud said having the Midgets win both the OMHA and OHF championships helps promote hockey within the community.

“They have done a lot to promote hockey in Amherstburg,” said Renaud. “Hockey is a culture in Canada and they like champions.”

Midget Major captain Jordan Ryan said that the hockey program in Amherstburg is good for kids.

“We have a good program here,” said Ryan. “We have a lot of people that want to see the hockey program be successful and it helps kids stay out of trouble.”

Ryan also added that by them winning championships it gives hope to the younger players.

“A lot of our teams are underestimated and if you look at the past two years we proved that being underestimated doesn’t mean anything,” said Ryan. “You can push through it and become champions. A lot of the younger kids are looking at that and saying hey we can do that to.”

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