Merry Christmas from around the Ontario Hockey League
On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League, staff, players, and all 20 member teams, Merry Christmas!
It’s been a busy month across the league with various promotions celebrating the season, charitable initiatives supporting families in our communities, and of course some holiday fun.
Here’s a social media recap of the holiday season featuring some Christmas highlights from around the league:
Barrie Colts: In partnership with the Barrie Food Bank the Colts are proud to announce another successful year of the Coach4Food Program with 47,980 pounds of food raised with the help of 17 local hockey teams which will go a long way for families in need this holiday season.
Coach4Food 2017 A Success!
— Barrie Colts (@OHLBarrieColts) December 21, 2017
Erie Otters: Christmas came early in the Flagship City as the Otters were the first OHL club to host a Teddy Bear Toss promotion with fans donating in support of Erie’s Salvation Army.
— Erie Otters (@ErieOtters) November 26, 2017
Flint Firebirds: Following the club’s third annual Teddy Bear Toss, the Firebirds visited the Whaley Children’s Center to spread some holiday cheer and deliver some Christmas surprises.
The guys are at it again… The Firebirds had a great time bringing the stuffed animals from our annual “Teddy Bear Toss” to the @WhaleyChildren‘s Center on Monday. Watch this! @HurleyMedical pic.twitter.com/0dTG4LhB8g
— Flint Firebirds (@FlintFirebirds) December 12, 2017
Guelph Storm: The Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington Adopt-A-Family program had some help this holiday season from members of the Guelph Storm tasked with making Christmas a little brighter for local families in need.
This holiday season, the Guelph Storm went Christmas shopping in support of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington Adopt-A-Family program.
— Guelph Storm (@Storm_City) December 15, 2017
Hamilton Bulldogs: McMaster Children’s Hospital received some special guests prior to the holidays as members of the Hamilton Bulldogs visited to deliver gifts and play some games.
— Hamilton Bulldogs (@BulldogsOHL) December 16, 2017
Kingston Frontenacs: Young patients at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre received an early holiday surprise meeting members of the Kingston Frontenacs who brought gifts, tickets, signed autographs, and posed for pictures.
— Kingston Frontenacs (@KingstonFronts) December 13, 2017
Kitchener Rangers: Get in the holiday spirit with the Kitchener Rangers as Adam Liska and Rickard Hugg share Slovak and Swedish Christmas traditions with their Canadian and American teammates.
Let the Kitchener Rangers get you into the #Christmas spirit… in many different languages. 🎄🎅
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) December 17, 2017
London Knights: A holiday tradition is the World Junior Championship and this season fans in London will have extra reason to cheer as three Knights will represent Canada including Victor Mete, Alex Formenton, and Robert Thomas. London’s Max Jones will also compete for the United States and former defenceman Olli Juolevi will play for Finland.
Here’s a few familiar faces at Team Canada Selection Camp! pic.twitter.com/tEFWGYuvoA
— London Knights (@GoLondonKnights) December 13, 2017
Mississauga Steelheads: The Trout get in the holiday spirit by sharing a few of their Christmas favourites including songs and movies.
Christmas is just a few days away and the Steelheads are getting into the holiday spirit! @AlyMunro caught up with a few players, and these are a few of their favourite things:
FULL 🎥: https://t.co/WrWtLQVIZw pic.twitter.com/vY84JhI4Vr
— Mississauga (@OHLSteelheads) December 19, 2017
Niagara IceDogs: The Niagara IceDogs sure love the Christmas season and prove it by performing their own rendition of the classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
“I just want you for my own, more than you could ever know” 🎶
— Niagara IceDogs (@OHLIceDogs) December 17, 2017
North Bay Battalion: The old fashioned Christmas Walk is a North Bay tradition of nearly 30 years and the Troops were part of it in November.
— North Bay Battalion (@OHLBattalion) November 25, 2017
Oshawa Generals: Members of the Gennies have some fun testing their Christmas knowledge with some reindeer trivia prior to the holiday break.
The Gens are on Santa’s (and the coaches) nice list after two wins before holiday break, but can the Gens name all of Santa’s reindeer?
— Oshawa Generals (@Oshawa_Generals) December 23, 2017
Ottawa 67’s: Coach Tourigny and players took to the phones in the nation’s capital reaching out to 67’s fans before the holidays giving thanks for their support in the club’s 50th anniversary season.
Our fans mean everything to us, and this holiday season we wanted to ensure they knew how much we truly value them.
— Ottawa 67’s (@Ottawa67sHockey) December 22, 2017
Owen Sound Attack: The Attack Hunger campaign is in full swing again this season with Owen Sound fans giving generously this month for local families in need.
Thanks to everyone who has helped us raise 2071 lbs of food so far this year as part of our #AttackHunger food campaign! A total of 10,851 lbs of food has been raised for the Salvation Army over the last 4 years! https://t.co/SQA5Fw14MZ
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) December 17, 2017
Peterborough Petes: Favourite holiday song? Favourite Christmas movie? The Peterborough Petes share their answers in a video series of holiday questions.
CAUTION: This holiday video may offend grandmas.
There were some interesting answers from the guys when we asked what their favourite holiday song is. pic.twitter.com/Xl9Zdtw3Ts
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) December 22, 2017
Saginaw Spirit: ‘Shop with a Hero’ is a holiday tradition in Saginaw where Spirit players are paired with underprivileged children to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their family.
— Saginaw Spirit (@SpiritHockey) December 7, 2017
Sarnia Sting: It’ll be like Christmas for Sting fans on December 28 when upgrades to the club’s scoreboard and LED fascia ribbon are complete as work at Progressive Auto Sales Arena have been underway over the holiday break.
— Sarnia Sting (@StingHockey) December 18, 2017
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Perhaps the biggest holiday gift a team can give the fans is a victory, or in the case of the Soo Greyhounds, a record winning-streak that reached 20 games before Christmas.
— Soo Greyhounds (@OHLHoundPower) December 16, 2017
Sudbury Wolves: Before they were Wolves showcased some of Sudbury’s hockey stars in their younger years with photos captured during special holiday moments.
Congratulations to our 4-pack winners: @nancymi1976, Samantha Costantin, Jody O’Daiskey, and Danny Blake who all won tickets to next Friday’s game! Check your messages for the details!
And a drum roll for the answers… pic.twitter.com/e7p2ENL11c
— Sudbury Wolves (@Sudbury_Wolves) December 21, 2017
Windsor Spitfires: Nothing says Christmas like Christmas Cards and young Spitfires fans got some help from their hockey heroes earlier this month.
— Windsor Spitfires (@SpitsHockey) December 12, 2017
Have a safe and happy holiday, and we look forward to an exciting second half of the OHL season which resumes on Thursday December 28, 2017.