New OHL Partnerships Introduced to Enhance Player Environment
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced a trio of new partnerships to enhance the player environment in the areas of health and safety, communication, and education.
The partnerships, that include Privit, Athlex, and GradeSlam, were approved at the league’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors.
“On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League I commend the leadership of our Board of Governors, Athletic Trainers, and Academic Advisors who continually strive to make the OHL the best development league for players on and off the ice,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We look forward to working with our partners and utilizing their services to make the OHL a safe and positive environment for players to succeed.”
Privit: Based upon a recommendation by the league’s Athletic Trainers Committee, all 20 OHL member clubs will implement the Privit Profile for the 2017-18 season. The Privit Profile is a digital solution for distributing, managing, and analyzing health and data for athletes. Its patented, cloud-based platform is PIPEDA & HIPPA compliant, and will better manage the personal health of each player assisting teams to respond quickly and correctly to medical issues. For more information please visit privit.com.
Athlex: An emerging leader of communication software for elite sports organizations, the OHL will leverage Athlex mobile technology as part of a CHL wide partnership, to significantly improve communication methods with its members including players, coaches, staff, billet families, and parents. The league may use Athlex to distribute important information to its members while teams share the opportunity to improve their internal operations by centralizing its communication, scheduling, and information, directly on their members’ mobile devices. For more information please visit getathlex.com.
GradeSlam: Based upon a recommendation by the league’s Academic Advisors Committee, the OHL has introduced GradeSlam as a tool for all student athletes. GradeSlam powers personalized learning by providing students with 24/7 access to a private tutor for any subject, any time, through the chat-based service. The platform gives teachers insights on which students seek help, the specific topics they struggle with, and how students can improve. The service is customized according to the individual needs of every school. For more information please visit gradeslam.org.
In addition to the new league partners, adopted Notices of Motion from the August meetings include updates to the league’s Anaphylactic Policy through improved communication and training of team staff in dealing with life threatening allergies. In the area of concussion protocol, the league shall amend its current policy to adopt the recently updated SCAT 5 concussion assessment tool.
The OHL Board of Governors also unanimously approved the return of the current Executive Council which includes Chairman of the Board Rick Gaetz (Guelph Storm), Craig Goslin (Saginaw Spirit), Gord Simmonds (Hamilton Bulldogs), Bill Burke (Niagara IceDogs), and Dr. Robert Neville (Peterborough Petes).
OHL Training Camps are currently underway with the exhibition season commencing on Friday September 1 highlighted by the inaugural Pre-Season Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter. The regular season schedule begins on Thursday September 21.