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 highlighting the efforts, the encouragement and the positive messaging from teams in the West Division.
In an effort to keep the community safe, the Firebirds did their part in promoting some healthy guidelines. They’ve kept the messages of encouragement flowing with positive words from Cody Morgan, Riley McCourt, and Luke Cavallin.
They’re also keeping the kids busy at home with some printable activity pages available on their website, including the specially made Firebird word search pictured below.
Wanting to do his part to help out during these difficult times, Spirit superstar Cole Perfetti and his non-profit organization “Fetts’ Friends” partnered up with Covenant HealthCare and Bringer Inn to donate meals Environmental Service and Supply Chain Employees at the Cooper Campus.
Jim Devellano, part owner and alternate governor of the Spirit, also made a donation to the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) Players Relief Fund for ECHL Players.
We could all use some positivity these days. The Sarnia Sting shared a message of hope and a reminder that we’re all in this together.
They gave a shout out to local business partners and applauded the BWH Foundation’s acknowledgement to all front line workers across all industries.
Athletic Therapist Amy Mausser also helped spearhead the Sting’s donation of their PPE supply to the Central Lambton Family Health Team.
They’ve called on fans to help do their part in flattening the curve, with help from Brayden Guy and Sam Bitten who offered up their best wishes and further encouraged fans to stay home.
The Greyhounds shared a powerful video from Bruce Power highlighting the many faces involved in the fight against COVID-19.
Though we all may be staying at home, the Spits have been ensuring everyone’s keeping in hockey shape with their ongoing Stay at Home Hockey Skills Challenge. They’ve been steadily posting videos that feature Spitfires skaters completing hockey skills from the comfort of their homes and encouraging others to send in their own clips.
They’ve also put together some fun colouring pages to keep the young fans occupied at home – Windsor Spitfires style, of course.
The Spitfires also teamed up with the City of Windsor in their efforts to help those in need within the community, providing $100,000 to purchase grocery store gift cards for local families with children in the Ontario Works (OW) program.
They also teamed up with members of the Windsor community to help launch a new local food bank, and are continuing to raise awareness about the importance of giving blood.