Registration for 2018-19 Canadian Tire First Shift Program Opens Today

Registration for 2018-19 Canadian Tire First Shift Program Opens Today

Date: Jun, 01, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, ON – Over 3,000 participants can now register for the 2018-2019 Canadian Tire First Shift Program, in what will be its largest year within Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) minor hockey associations.

The First Shift program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, safe and most importantly, fun. At a cost of $199, participants will be fitted for and supplied with head-to-toe BAUER hockey equipment and introduced to Canada’s national winter game during six on-ice sessions facilitated by the minor hockey association. The program is open to both boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, who are registering in hockey for the first time.

“Here at the OHF we believe hockey should be accessible and enjoyed by all – the Canadian Tire First Shift Program helps Ontarians to do just that. We are so grateful to see this avenue help ignite the love of the game to so many new players,” said Tony Foresi, OHF President.

In the program’s fifth year of existence, the Canadian Tire First Shift is well on its way to reaching its goal of successfully transitioning participants into minor hockey associations across the country. To-date, more than 15,500 Canadian boys and girls have been introduced to Canada’s game through the Canadian Tire First Shift, with many programs filling up on the first day of registration.

A record number of 3,195 positions are available in 77 programs hosted by 56 minor hockey associations across the OHF, stretching from St. Catharines to Iroquois Falls, with the complete list included below. The majority of the programs (55) will be hosted in the fall, with an additional 22 programs running in the winter. Registration is now available and can be found at www.firstshift.ca.

Quick Facts

Registration opened at 12 p.m. on June 1, 2018 at www.firstshift.ca
77 programs to be hosted in 2018-2019 within the OHF, up from 62 in the 2017-18 season
56 minor hockey associations hosting Canadian Tire Fire Shift Program in 2018-19
192 total programs across Canada – OHF represents 40%
A total of 3,195 new participants will be introduced to hockey within the OHF (2295 spots in the Fall, 900 spots in the Winter)

Fall Programs

Brampton Hockey Inc. (two sessions)
Duffield Sports Club
St Catharines CYO MHA
Ancaster Avalanche GHA
Woolwich MHA
Thornhill Community Hockey League
Burlington Lions Optimist MHA
Whitby MHA
Guelph MHA
Milton MHA
Sun Parlour FHA
North Durham MHA
Greater London Hockey Association
Hamilton GHA
Coronation MHA (Hamilton)
Newmarket MHA
Belleville and District GHA
Bradford West Gwillimbury MHA
Oshawa N.A.S.C. Hockey
Mississauga Hockey League
Ottawa Valley GHA
Cambridge Roadrunners GHA
Belle River District MHA
Streetsville Hockey League
Meadowvale MHA
Weston Minor Hockey League
Tavistock and District MHA
London Devilettes GHA
Ingersoll & District MHA
Frontenac Fury GHA
Northern Ontario Hockey Association - Sudbury
Port Colborne MHA
Napanee District MHA
Aurora MHA
Essex MHA
Lorne Park Clarkson MHA
Temiskaming Shores MHA
Heartland Dragons MHA
Applewood Coyotes MHA
Northumberland MHA
Georgina MHA
Erindale Hockey Association
Iroquois Falls MHA

Winter Programs

Owen Sound MHA
Halton Hills MHA
Prince Edward County MHA
Stouffville Markham GHA
Brantford MHA
West Northumberland GHA
Stone Mills GHA
Brampton Hockey Inc.
Duffield Sports Club
St Catharines CYO MHA
Ancaster Avalanche GHA
Woolwich MHA
Thornhill Community Hockey League
Burlington Lions Optimist MHA
Whitby MHA
Guelph MHA
Milton MHA
Sun Parlour FHA
North Durham MHA
Greater London Hockey Association
Hamilton GHA
Coronation MHA (Hamilton)

The OHF has been in existence since 1989 and is comprised of seven Member Partners: the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario (Alliance), the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA), Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA.)

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For more information:

Scott Carlow
Coordinator, Development
Ontario Hockey Federation
(226)533-9070 Ext. 9084
scarlow@ohf.on.ca