While the NHL season remains up in the air, there will be some extra hockey to enjoy up close, as two Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams are coming to the Woolwich Memorial Centre on Sept. 9.
The Woolwich Minor Hockey Association executive organized the exhibition game as one of several fundraisers planned for the upcoming season.
Hitting the ice at the Dan Snyder Arena will be the Owen Sound Attack taking on the Erie Otters.
“We have been talking about this for a few years with Owen Sound about getting them down here to play a game,” said Jake Snyder, who helped organize the event. “My brother Dan played for four years and was the captain of Owen Sound for two and had a big impact on their organization and community. I felt like it was a good chance to talk to some of the people we knew in Owen Sound and bring them down here and show them our wonderful facility here in Woolwich.”
This will be the first OHL game played in the new arena. The game is a fundraiser for the Woolwich Minor Hockey Association and the Elmira Sugar Kings, who have graciously allowed the OHL game to be played on the Sunday that would have been their home-opener. Instead the Kings will be playing the Saturday before in an afternoon game.
“It has been wonderful dealing with the Kings. We were in a situation where Owen Sound already had their schedule set with the (OHL) and they could only play on Sunday and the Kings did everything possible to help accommodate us – they were willing to move their game to Saturday,” said Snyder.
The puck drops at 2 p.m. and tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for an registered WMHA players or for kids under the age of 12. Tickets to the game can be purchased at the WMC front desk or from the Woolwich Minor Hockey office.
“We are hoping that the community comes out and supports this event as it is for two very noteworthy associations. Hockey is big within our community and I think this is a great chance for us to showcase our facility in Elmira.”