Equipment Drive running through September, donations to support remote Northern Ontario Community

Equipment Drive running through September, donations to support remote Northern Ontario Community

Date: Sep, 03, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Hi,

My name is Ethan Kowatsch and I’m in grade 9 at Lorne Park Secondary School. I’m also a hockey player for the Toronto Titans. Four years ago while I was watching the NHL awards, Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens goalie) won the Hart trophy. In his acceptance speech he talked about how his community in Anaheim Lake, BC was a remote community and it was very hard to get hockey equipment. So he decided to donate back to his community. This inspired me to want to do the same thing but in Northern Ontario. For the past 4+ years I have been doing these donations up to a community called Fort Albany in Northern Ontario – it’s only access is by plane or ice road in the winter.

This year I would love to collect and donate again to this community! I would love to collect any form of hockey equipment, used or new, doesn’t matter. To help me get the equipment to this community I got the help of a former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie and retired OPP officer named Paul Harrison. He will help us get the equipment to the kids in the northern community who want to play hockey but may not have an opportunity without the donated equipment.

We will be collecting throughout the month of September, we will officially kick off on Tuesday, Sept 10 at Scotiapond as most of the GTHL teams will have their home opener that night. Following Sept 10; Donations can be dropped off at any Toronto Titans practice on Tuesday's from 5:30-7:30 pm at Scotiapond or on Thursday's from 8:30-9:30 pm at Chesswood arena throughout the month of September and October (until Oct 18). Please contact Tristan or Ken at hockeyequipmentdonations@gmail.com to arrange alternative options for pick up or delivery.

Last year we collected nearly 100 bags of equipment, 10 full sets of goalie equipment and over 75 sticks! I’d love to beat that this year!

We will take any equipment that you have to donate (skates, shoulder pads, jerseys, helmets, sticks, goalie pads, jocks, neck guards...literally any equipment that is in good working order) - please collect the equipment by Thanksgiving in October and we’ll help pick up if needed – just let us know.

Feel free to pass this message along to anyone else in the hockey community that would like to donate – share it with your hockey team or any friends with hockey equipment to donate.

We are supported by the Toronto Titans organization and the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL)  – if you want more information check out this CTV news clip:

CTV - Teens sending hockey equipment to Northern Ontario

If you have questions or want help in picking up donations – please contact through:

hockeyequipmentdonations@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your donation and help!

Ethan Kowatsch 

This story was submitted by Ethan Kowatsch from the GTHL.
If you have any events that you would like to have shared by the OHF, please reach out to awilson@ohf.on.ca.