Stars’ juvenile team two points away from OMHA final berth


The Amherstburg Juvenile Stars travelled up the 401 this past weekend to kick off their OMHA Semi-Final series against the Woolwich Wildcats.  The Stars came out flying in game one of the series Saturday afternoon winning the opener 4-1.  Stars goals were scored by Jack Hubbell, Brandon Farhringer, Ernie Godden Jr. and Joe Goulawski.

The game was a busy one for Stars trainer Chad Mailloux with lots of bumps and bruises along the way.  The stars left no doubt in the game and Chris Mitre followed suit in net closing the door to the Wildcat offense.

Head coach Dennis Emerson was pleased with the opener.

“I thought overall we had a solid start to the series and getting two points in game one on the road was huge for us. It should take away some of the pressure on the team going into game two tomorrow,” added Emerson.

The Stars were back underway Sunday afternoon, in what shaped up to be the better of the two performances for the weekend.   Chris Mitre got the start in net again and Emerson said it wasn’t an easy decision.

“We decided to go back with Chris in Game 2 and he certainly helped close the door and allow the team a great chance to win,” Emerson said.

Jack Hubbell opened up the scoring for the stars and that, and a Wildcat goal  is all there would be in regulation.  Tied and in overtime, Brandon Farhringer sent the Stars back home up four points to zero in their OMHA Semi Final match with a 2-1 OT victory.  This same Woolwich team has won back to back OMHA Finals the past two seasons and are heading to Amherstburg next weekend with their backs against the wall.

“Coming home with four points and having three home games in a row, I like the position our team put themselves in,” said Emerson.  “We have really been playing well since the Christmas break.  I really like the players we have and the way they are working together,” he added.

Emerson noted that the team saw a few players driving home between games to write university exams and is really happy with the commitment level he is seeing.

The Stars will host the Wildcats Friday night at 9:10 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.  (the latter two games only if needed). All games  will be played at the Libro Centre.

AMHA hosts house league “Day of Champions”



By Ron Giofu


The season is wrapping up for players in the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association and it is time to celebrate.

The house league division held its annual “Day of Champions” Sunday at the Libro Centre with age groups from tyke to bantam playing for championships in AMHA’s house league division. After games, each division crowned award winners and saw players chosen to receive individual honours.

“It’s been a great season,” said AMHA president Marc Renaud.

The “Day of Champions” produced its moments as well.

“We’ve had a lot of exciting hockey since 9 a.m.,” Renaud stated. “It’s been some good hockey.”

There were about 540 players enrolled in the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association this season, Renaud added, with about 350 players being in the house league division.

“That’s about where we’ve been (in recent years),” Renaud said of the enrolment.

The AMHA’s “Day of Champions” for the travel division is April 10.

“It’s been a great year for us,” said Renaud.

Renaud said the organization expresses its thanks to all of the volunteers, coaches and sponsors. Registration for the 2018-19 hockey season is expected to begin April 1. For further information, visit

The bantam Unifor 200 team was one of the victorious teams at Sunday’s house league “Day of Champions.” Back row (from left): David Wharram (Trainer), Ewan Mitchell, Ryan Wharram, Nolan Crain, Evan Sesto, Brayden Greenhalf, Cody Drouillard, Jason Hodgson (Coach)
Front row: Matt Connel, Andrew DiGiovanni, Louis Casey, Nick Grimaldi, Trevor Hebert, Ben Hodgson.
Absent was Thomas Vanlaerhoven-Overton and head coach Jeremy Drouillard. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

The 2018 House league Day of Champs are:


Novice: Midway Appliances


Atom: Gabriel’s Deli


Pee Wee: Gibb Insurance


Bantam: Unifor 200



The Memorial Award winners are as follows:


Novice – The Jeremy Bailey Award for Outstanding effort throughout the playing season. – Ben Meloche


Atom – The Murry Dufour Award for Outstanding effort throughout the playing season. – Nick Favrin


Pee wee – The Robert St Pierre Award for Outstanding effort throughout the playing season. – Sam Lojewski


Bantam – The Danny Hallock Award for Outstanding effort throughout the playing season.- Brendan Argoselo


The AMHA’s Day of Champions saw action all day Sunday at the Libro Centre. Novice house league action is pictured.


The House league Coach of the Year is- Tony Loggie


The House league Trainer of the Year is Kevin Owen

Novice Majors donate pile of canned goods to Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission


By Jolene Perron


A group of Amherstburg Stars Novice Major travel team players took to the streets, knocked on doors and collected donations for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

This is the first year the coaches came up with the fundraiser “Fill the Pantry.” Along with parent volunteers, the children canvassed the community for three hours in the morning Dec. 16. Head coach Jean-Marc Mongeau said they split the kids up into groups and sent them out to Boblo, Golfview, Kingsbridge and the Monopoly areas. They chose those areas because of how dense they were, so they had the ability to come back with more in a shorter period of time.

The Amherstburg Stars novice jajor travel team players spent three hours in the Amherstburg community Dec. 16 collected donations for the Amherstburg Food Bank.

“They were very, very welcoming, a lot of gifts were given, even clothes were donated and money as well so they were very welcoming to the kids,” said Mongeau. “One of the boys said it’s just so great to give back to the community, so the fact that at 8-years-old, they’re feeling that way is pretty neat.”

After the cans were collected, the children were treated to pizza at the Libro Centre, which was donated by Capri.

“We are very grateful for what happened today, with the coaches and the team putting together this food drive, it’s teaching the kids about people who are less fortunate than them and I am very grateful,” said Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. “ When youteach the kids to give back and to help other people, that makes me happy and it’s what the mission is about – people helping people.”


Midget Major Stars trend in the right direction in November

It was a rough start to the month dropping our first game 4-0 to Belle River, but we would come back the following night with a convincing win (5-1 over Erie) in Game #1 of our Hosted Brandy Peddie Memorial Tournament

We went on to win Game #2 6-1 over Innisfil, but lost Game #3 4-1 to London, who would go on to win the tournament.  The positive takeaway, was a hard fought battle in the semi-finals against the defending OMHA / OHF champions Bradford Bulldogs, where we lost 3-1 while running into a hot goaltender.

The remainder of the month was successful overall, despite a tough Bluewater schedule.  With the exception of two losses to the top two Bluewater teams (Windsor 5-3 / Kent 5-1), we won 4 games outscoring our opponents 23-7, including a lopsided 6-1 win over a strong Belle River squad, who currently sits in 3rd place.

December is shaping up to be a busy month with back to back tournaments to start, and we hope we can carry the momentum as we approach playdowns.

Please come out and support your local Midget Major Stars!


—Courtesy of Dustin Soulliere

Town to consider its own surcharge recommendation for Libro Centre


By Ron Giofu

Town council has opted to consider its own recommendation for a new surcharge to be assessed to Libro Centre users.

In the process, they spurned a different proposal submitted by the building’s three main user groups – the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association (AMHA), Skate Amherstburg and the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals.

According to a report from manager of recreation services Rick Daly, “administration proposed a capital surcharge outlined in the user fee bylaw” and “this capital surcharge is set at $6 per rental unit of time for sport facilities and park bookings and $3 per rental unit of time for room rentals.”

That option would see an estimated $25,350 collected in a year, as opposed to the other option, presented Monday night by AMHA president Marc Renaud. That option is estimated at collecting $26,648.

“We believe non-residents should pay more and adult users should pay more,” Renaud told town council. “Kids in sport stay out of court.”

Renaud said the option created by the three major users would require all three principal users to contract ice hours at a minimum100 hours per year. The principal rate user surcharge would have been $4 per hour to all hours rented on all ice surfaces from Sept. 1-April 30 annually and $10 per hour for all pads from May 1-Aug. 31.

For Amherstburg resident users that book ice rentals for a minimum of 12 hours per month would be set at $6 per hour for all pads. Casual non-resident users would pay a surcharge of $13 per hour of ice rentals.

Under the town’s proposal, Renaud said it would translate into a $21.82 cost per AMHA player and $13.50 for every Skate Amherstburg participant. Under the proposal he presented, Renaud said the numbers drop to $14.54 per player in AMHA and $9 per Skate Amherstburg participant.

According to the administrative report: “Administration recommends that Option #1 (the town’s recommendation) be approved as it is the most equitable and easiest to implement. The users would pay into the reserve equally based on rental levels.” The report added that “the fundamental difference in the structure of the reserve in Option 2 (presented by the primary users) is problematic, in that it doesn’t allow the town to deal with global building issues and only ice specific issues. Secondly, it creates inequality, as it doesn’t allow the users who are paying a disproportionate share much representation at the time the replacement is needed. In this case, you would have non-primary users subsidizing the future replacement of infrastructure to the benefit of the primary users.”

Councillor Rick Fryer said he supported the town’s recommendation, believing the $6 surcharge across the board is “fair” and that the people who use the Libro Centre most would pay a greater share of the surcharge.

“I don’t see this being a big issue with the user groups,” said Fryer.

Renaud reiterated his position that adult users should be paying more in order to keep youth in sports.

Councillor Jason Lavigne said he has three children who have played travel hockey and regardless of whether it is children or adults playing, the adults still pay the costs.

“You are kind of wishy-washy here,” Lavigne told Renaud.

Lavigne said the Libro Centre is the envy of the area but there are costs to keep it that way.

“We have to realize it costs money and we’re having issues here,” said Lavigne.

Councillor Leo Meloche believed the user groups’ options were “a burden to the non-primary users” and that the general taxpayers were paying “a pretty good share already” to maintain the Libro Centre. He said he didn’t find the user groups’ option to be unreasonable. Councillor Diane Pouget said “we try to be fair to everybody” and noted Daly’s report where it said the primary users had 54 per cent of the ice time in 2016 but would only pay 38 per cent of the total surcharge under their proposal.

Councillor Joan Courtney noted she has children and grandchildren who play hockey and believed that if a person can play hockey, they can afford to pay a little more. She noted there is money for hats and jackets and that “somehow they find the money” and didn’t believe the surcharge was unreasonable.

“To keep the Libro Centre a great facility, I don’t think it’s too much,” said Courtney.