Midland, Penetang, Elmvale and OMHA have been in discussions about the future of hockey in North Simcoe. As part of this discussion, the topic of amalgamation was brought up as a potential option moving forward. In particular, a Hybrid Amalgamation was tabled.
In our case the three Associations that come together would create an “A” centre. “A” Centres have rep for all age groups - for example - U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, etc… (minor & major approach).
We are seeing many Associations around Ontario take this approach and have already amalgamated in the hybrid model. South Simcoe (Bradford, Innisfil), Upper York (East Gwillimbury, Georgina), Haldimand (Caledonia, Cayuga, Dunnville, Hagersville), Norfolk (Port Dover, Simcoe, Waterford), King Township (Nobleking, Schomburg) to name some. All of these have come together to make a higher level Representative Association and have kept their own Local League teams.
We have also all been told that Oro and Orillia, as well as Essa, Clearview and Wasaga are discussing amalgamation as an option for their Associations.
The rationale for amalgamation is to provide and support higher level hockey for our competitive players in our area and to support the strength of our Local League teams while keeping all three associations and their strong history in the community.
Please note: that amalgamation can take up to 2 years to be accepted by the OMHA and implemented.
We are asking for our memberships to fill out the below survey to let us know their opinion on the above proposal of a Hybrid Amalgamation.
Please fill out the survey located here: https://penetangflames.ca/Forms/1168/ before November 30th. If you have any comments or questions, you can submit them with the survey.
The PMHA Board of Directors