AMHA pays tribute to three OMHA championship teams

 

Hockey thing1 Hockey thing3 Hockey thing4By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) took time out Sunday to honour the three teams that won Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) titles March 23.

The three teams were taken to the Libro Centre by a parade which included fire trucks and cheering parents before they were introduced in the main ice pad and paid tribute to by AMHA and the town. AMHA president Marc Renaud congratulated the teams on behalf of the over 500 families that are enrolled in minor hockey.

“What an unbelievable day when we found out all three teams won their OMHA titles,” he said.

Those teams included the novice major, bantam major and midget major teams with the latter two now going to their respective OHF tournaments. Renaud wished those teams well, adding “let’s go win this for Amherstburg.”

Mayor Wayne Hurst praised the dedication and determination the players, coaches and their families put in. In bringing greetings from council, administration and the residents of Amherstburg, Hurst said the three teams made Amherstburg proud.

“It’s a remarkable achievement that has been accomplished by these three teams in Amherstburg,” said Hurst.

The coaches also honoured their players with novice coach Shaun Cote, bantam coach Jimmy Sonmez and midget coach Glen Holden addressing the teams and the crowd. Holden said it was a historic day for AMHA to have three teams win. He used his team as an example, stating that when those players broke into hockey they only had one 50-minute practice per week. Due to the vision of AMHA, Holden said they now get more ice time to hone their games and the organization now reaps the benefits with championships.

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