62 OHL alumni from various eras and age groups got together for a round of golf, good food, and an opportunity to reflect on past memories Thursday afternoon at Piper’s Heath Golf Club.
The OHL Alumni Association came together for its inaugural golf tournament near the intersection of the 401 and 407 in Hornby, ON. A breeze was blowing and the weather was warm, making for an enjoyable day on the links.
OHL graduates from all different walks of life ranging from former NHL pros to insurance brokers and entrepreneurs have formed the OHL Alumni Association, a group of players coming together to celebrate the common bond they all share as past participants in the Ontario Hockey League.
“This was a great first step,” said OHL Director of Player Recruitment Adam Dennis, an OHL graduate who has played a significant role in bringing the group together. “Just seeing the enthusiasm of the guys here today reinforces the reality that this is something we can grow. It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.”
OHL names of the early 90’s such as Belleville Bulls forward Brian Secord and Guelph Storm winger Brian Willsie teed off alongside recent graduates in North Bay Battalion standouts Jake Smith and Mathew Santos as well as former Kitchener Rangers winger Brandon Robinson.
The range of ages and personalities made for a great experience.
“This is a great group of guys that has set a solid foundation for future OHL Alumni Association events,” said OHL Senior Director of Hockey Development and Special Events Joe Birch.” Everyone ranging from the older guys right down to the small group of current graduating overagers who will be instrumental in the future of this group played a huge part in this. It’s a great start to something that’s been long overdue.”
The man behind the scenes with the OHL Alumni Association, Chairman of the Board Justin Robinson, put in a lot of work in the lead-up to the event. The Senior Director at Pinty’s Delicious Foods and former North Bay Centennials and Barrie Colts defenceman is happy to be a part of something special.
“This was a tremendously successful event,” he said. “The executive council had a vision and the first event is often the hardest one to pull together, but I think we knocked it out of the park. We’ve got the full support of the league and its senior executives behind us and we’re a group of players and professionals coming together as one team.
“The great thing about this team, is that you can’t get cut and you can have all the ice time you want,” he laughed.
“I’m really excited about the future of our team here and we’d love to see more guys get connected.”
Are you an OHL graduate and want to learn more about the OHL Alumni Association? New members can register for a free online account where they will have the ability to stay up to date on upcoming association and league events, reconnect with old teammates, mentor a current player, and take advantage of all of the opportunities the vast network may provide. OHL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ACCOUNT REGISTRATION.
Members can also join the growing online community of OHL Alumni on LinkedIn.