OJHL AGM focuses on safety, development, and promotion

June 29, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) held its 2022 Annual General Meeting at the Nottawasaga Inn & Resort in Alliston on Saturday, June 17, where several strategic initiatives to support safety, development, and promotion were approved by the League’s Board of Governors.

The League made a commitment to introduce a new Code of Conduct for all players and team personnel starting in the 2023-24 season. The Code of Conduct will align directly with the current Hockey Canada code and will meet all requirements of the Universal Code of Conduct for Maltreatment in Sports.

OJHL’s Governors approved the creation of a Department of Player Safety that will oversee all on-ice discipline and safety starting in the 2023-24 season. The Department will work with all teams and players, along with on-ice officials, focusing on managing the safety of play.

Ruing the 2023 OJHL Combine in Oakville, the League conducted a pilot project on the use of video for the purposes of goal review. A decision was made to move forward with finalizing the logistics and process of a Video Review program that will be introduced during the upcoming season.

There will be an increase in a commitment to social media to promote teams and players. The League has developed a process to align all teams’ social media with the League, with the goal of promoting players within the OJHL.

With a continued focus on the development and promotion of the players, several events were approved for the upcoming season.

The Cottage Cup – a pilot project run in conjunction with the host, Collingwood Blues, will see eight Junior A teams from the OJHL and other CJHL partner leagues play a pre-season tournament in August 2023.

The Governors Showcase will return to the LECOM Harborcenter in Buffalo, New York, for the 2023-24 season, with the event dates to be announced.

The League will host the return of the Easter Canada Cup in Trenton, Ont. in November.

With the success of the 2023 OJHL All-Star Weekend, held in Collingwood, Ont. in January, the Governors approved the event’s return to the community for the 2023-24 season. This event will include a skills competition, Prospects Game, Alumni Game, and an All-Star game.

The OJHL has 23 teams in two divisions in Ontario.

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