Ottawa girls who want to continue playing elite hockey at the intermediate level will have a new option for 2015-2016. The OGHA and the Ottawa 67’s are forming an Intermediate AA team that will play in a local competitive league and at least six showcase tournaments. The new team, named the Ottawa Lady 67’s, will play league games against five other Ottawa teams in a new division of the National Capital Women’s Hockey League.
At present, elite hockey players in the Ottawa district play on two intermediate AA teams that compete in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. The players travel almost every weekend to league games in Toronto and other locations in Southwestern Ontario and the associated costs are considerable.
“We want to give OGHA’s girls a place to play at the highest level without the time-commitment and cost of traveling to Toronto so often,” explains Tim Belanger, vice-president hockey operations for the OGHA. Less travel will allow players to focus more time on their education. “It can be taxing on the players to maintain a heavy travel schedule,” Belanger says.
Belanger will be the general manager of the new team, responsible for marketing the players to the Canadian and American university scouts at the various tournaments.
The application to coach the Tier 1 team is now available on the OGHA website and due for submission by January 25. Try-outs for the team will take place in April.