… we feel very comfortable in offering the Admirals a formal affiliation with our organization.
— Dr. S. Robert Severs, President Owen Sound Attack Major Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club
The group dedicated to bringing Junior B Hockey back to Collingwood has reached an affiliation agreement with the Major Junior A Owen Sound Attack.
In a letter to Paul Jeffrey of the Collingwood Admirals Hockey Club, Dr. S. Robert Severs, President Owen Sound Attack Major Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club confirmed that the club is impressed with the work the Collingwood Admirals have done in an effort to return Junior B hockey to town.
“We were very impressed with your group’s excellent work on this effort. You have, clearly, spent a great deal of time preparing for this and we certainly would endorse the project without reservation.”
Severs said The Owen Sound Attack would be very pleased to have the Collingwood Admirals as formal affiliates and detailed ways in which the Major A team could provide valuable assistance in many areas including player recruitment.
“The Attack would provide assistance to the Admirals’ recruitment program. The Attack has a scouting department of eight full-time staff who review, evaluate and report on hundreds of Minor Midget, Midget and Junior players every year. The Admirals would be given assistance to identify appropriate players for their program, should they request this assistance.”
Severs said further assistance to the Collingwood Admirals would come in the form of opportunities to sign players who have been drafted by the Attack or have been invited to the Attack Evaluation Camp as Free Agents and who are not yet ready to compete at the Major ‘A’ level.
The Success of Major Hockey in Owen Sound has been all about putting Community First
The Junior B Admirals management group has made it clear that it is interested in developing a program to provide opportunities for local players to play in Collingwood.
The Owen Sound Attack President says the Collingwood Admirals “local first” way of thinking is shared by the Attack and has been a key part of the team’s success.
“We got the distinct impression that, like us, you are striving to develop a “players and community first” organization. We heard, in our discussions, that the positive, personal development of young men through your program, the support of their education and the importance of their success in all areas of their life, on and off the ice, was being placed before all else. For these reasons, we feel very comfortable in offering the Admirals a formal affiliation with our organization. We wish you all the best with your efforts to bring junior hockey back to Collingwood.”
The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League has awarded a franchise to Collingwood, confirmed in a letter dated January 9th by league commissioner Greg Best.
The league currently operates three divisions … the Golden Horseshoe Conference, the Western Conference and the Mid-Western Conference.
The Admirals are now awaiting approval to locate the team in the Collingwood Eddie Bush Memorial Arena for play next season.
A Second Group Wants To Bring a Tier Two Junior A Franchise to Collingwood. Collingwood Council To Choose
The Town of Collingwood has received an application from a group interested in bringing a Junior A team to the downtown arena. A name for this team or league affiliation has not been announced.
Collingwood Council will choose either the Junior B or Tier Two Junior A team after reviewing presentations from both parties.
Here is the press release from the Town of Collingwood:
Collingwood, ON [Friday, January 11, 2019] – The Town of Collingwood is pleased to have been presented with not one, but two potential opportunities to once again host a Junior Hockey tenant in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.
The Town has most recently been in conversations with a Tier II Junior A proponent, led by Dave Steele, current General Manager and Head Coach of the Stayner Siskins Junior C hockey club. As of Thursday night, a second proponent emerged in the form of a Junior B option led by Terry Geddes, Andy Pritchard, and Paul Jeffrey. Both proponents are immersed in their respective process for securing a team, and both have been provided with a brief overview of a tenancy arrangement, on behalf of the Town, that is subject to Council approval.
Due to the unusual circumstances of receiving interest from two proponents simultaneously, the Town has developed a process for selection. Town staff will be working with Council and the two potential organizations over the next few months to come to a decision and agreement.
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