It’s all quiet on the ice, but OHL member teams and their players are staying active away from the rink, taking up the fight against COVID-19 through social distancing and awareness efforts.
Several OHL clubs have reached out to their surrounding communities throughout these unprecedented times while players have provided updates on their lifestyles and activities in past weeks.
This time we’re giving a shout out to the Central Division squads who have been productive during the extended offseason in lending a hand to the community, offering reminders of hope and ensuring all of us are staying in shape.
The Colts announced that proceeds from Barrie Community Foundation 50/50 tickets purchased by fans throughout the season contributed to the donation of 18,000 meals to Salvation Army Barrie Bayside Mission Centre, Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, Barrie Food Bank, David Busby Centre and other local health care facilities.
They gave a shout out to truck drivers and partnered up with Topper’s Pizza to make deliveries to front line workers.
Jet Greaves and Nathan Allensen hopped on the ‘Gram for a chat and Charlie Horse encouraged his fellow OHL mascots to take part in the #WeAre1WorldSong challenge.
Athletic Therapist Jimmy donated the team’s entire stock of latex-free gloves to medical personnel and encouraged others to follow suit. He and Equipment Manager Clay also paid the rink a visit – while safely keeping six feet apart, of course.
Thomas Harley, Duncan Penman, Nicholas Canade and Keean Washkurak provided some words of encouragement as part of the #MississaugaChallenge in support of TheMississaugaFoodBank.org, an initiative launched by Paramount Fine Foods CEO and Chairman of Fahik Foundation Mohamed Fahik.
The Steelheads also shared some hopeful words from their partners at SOTI Inc. and Joe Ranger treated us to some acrobatics in his spare time.
When it comes to staying in shape and keeping up the positivity, the Niagara IceDogs have put forth a team effort.
Firstly, they tweeted out a reminder to wash your hands in their own unique way. Since they couldn’t face off on the ice, they faced off with the division rival North Bay Battalion in a game of tic-tac-toe instead.
Cameron Peters gave us a glimpse into where and how he’s social distancing while Jonah De Simone put his skills to the test on TikTok. Ryan Campbell also came through with some of his favourite tunes, while GM Joey Burke gave us all a hand-washing tutorial.
Andrew Bruder gave a special shout out to Colten, who was unable to celebrate his 3rd birthday the way he would’ve liked to, and Andrew MacLean did the same for 11-year-old Dallas.
The club tweeted some applause for Niagara health care workers and Landon Cato extended a hand to anyone in need.
Many players hopped on the fitness train as well. Ivan Lodnia partnered up with KHS Ice Arena for some virtual workout tips and both Maclean and Cameron Butler featured their own fitness footage. AJ Cook teamed up with F45 Training for a socially distanced workout session and Ethan Sims also offered some workout advice on Instagram Live. Lucas Theriault got his yoga on, too.
Niagara alumni Ryan Strome and Vince Dunn joined Newtalk 610 to talk about the impressive amount they’ve raised for charity.
Jackson Doherty got creative at home, and the teamed joined forces with BARDOWN Hockey Apparel for a charity merchandise sale supporting Niagara Health.
North Bay Battalion:
Captain Luke Moncada‘s keeping busy at home. He put his cooking skills to the test for us all to see and took some time to remind all of us to keep washing those hands.
We’ve seen some smooth moves and have heard lots of kind words from the Sudbury squad.
Alumnus Michael Kantor will be the next to host a Q&A. Blake Murray provided a sneak peek into his workout routine at home, as did Liam Ross, Quinton Byfield, Chase Stillman and newly drafted Owen Hardy. Kosta Minikis also put his skills on display.
The Wolves gave a shoutout to their partnered grocery stores and a thank you to the front line workers, while both Stillman and Jack Thompson offered reminders for everyone to keep doing our part in flattening the curve.