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.
We’re magnifying the efforts of the Midwest Division, whose teams have provided an outpouring of support, donations, and positivity.
The Erie Otters have been keeping busy – and they’ve been doing their best to help keep us busy, too. They’ve collaborated with BARDOWN Hockey Apparel for a clothing line that benefits Erie City Mission.
They’re encouraging everyone to get active during their first ever virtual 3K Walk, Run or Ride event set for May 22-24. They also reminded everyone of Highmark’s Walk for a Healthy Community, which has also gone virtual this year.
Fans were treated to the hidden talents of Jamie Drysdale and captain Jack Duff in the first instalment of Otters at Home. Elias Cohen and his pup Crosby have been working on their stick handling and Austen Swankler showed off the skills he’s been working on at home.
They honoured National Nurses Day and recognized front line workers as the super heroes they are. They also gave a shout out to their retail partners with a reminder to shop local.
Lastly, to help keep us occupied at home, they thoughtfully put together a custom Otters bingo card and a colouring sheet.
Also, our @BardownHockey collaboration to benefit @eriecitymission and the Hamot Health Foundation is ongoing and runs through 5/17. Order your hoodie or t-shirt online in the link below #WeGotThisErie
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) May 11, 2020
We’re excited to see some of our retail partners open their doors to the community today! Please consider supporting them if you can as we continue to make progress forward, Erie! #WeGotThisErie
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) May 8, 2020
Stick taps to #TheRealHeroes as we honor the frontline healthcare heroes who provide care and safety for all of us. Your selflessness and dedication inspires us all.💛💙#NationalNursesDay pic.twitter.com/m7JprQqan4
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) May 6, 2020
Let’s get active, Erie! Join us & our community partners in our 1st ever virtual 3K! All can participate in our free event w/great Otters prizes up for grabs! Get your activity in May 22-24 & tag us in a post sharing your time w/#OttersCommunity3K
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) May 5, 2020
Not only do you develop as hockey players when you come to Erie, you may also pick up juggling! Catch up w/Jack Duff & Jamie Drysdale in our first Otters At Home video chat where these guys show off hidden talent! Full video on our website👇 #WeGotThisEriehttps://t.co/r8IIYzona5 pic.twitter.com/oU20Xcjjfn
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) May 5, 2020
Join in @Highmark‘s annual fundraising Walk for a Healthy Community that helps 20 participating health & human service organizations. This year, join the walk virtually! It’s the same walk, but you choose how and when to walk anytime between May 9 and June 30. pic.twitter.com/uB2m3gnIS7
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) May 4, 2020
When you need to a defender to practice on, never underestimate your 🐶. @EliasCohen97 and Crosby have been working on some stick handling at home! #WeGotThisErie #stayHOMEteam #puckCOVID #ErieStrong pic.twitter.com/LRuHWuql02
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) April 30, 2020
On #NationalSuperHeroDay we celebrate our heroes in the community, our frontline workers! Thank you for being on the front lines helping keep us all healthy and safe! Learn more about our community partners and the work they’re doing on our website ⬇️ #ErieStrong #WeGotThisErie
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) April 28, 2020
Have a #hockey player stuck at home off the ice?
Tune in to Facebook Monday when @ErieOtters forward Austen Swankler shows us some drills he’s practicing this offseason for you and your hockey players to try at home!
— Erie Sports Commission (@VisitErieSports) April 24, 2020
THAT’S A BINGO!!…is that the way you say it, that’s a bingo? Reply back with your sheet if you’re a winner! pic.twitter.com/PCV2pyQU7F
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) April 9, 2020
Looking for a project for the kiddos? Let’s design an Otters jersey! If you ran the Otters for the day, what would the jerseys look like? Send your finished product back to us to see! pic.twitter.com/QhvFJoEImK
— Erie 🦦🦦🦦 (@ErieOtters) March 24, 2020
When it comes to giving back, Guelph Storm alumni have been hard at work.
Former Storm skater Garrett McFadden’s mental health initiative McFadden’s Moment is organizing an NHL 20 tournament with fellow Storm alumni Isaac Ratcliffe and Nate Schnarr and are looking for participants to join them. They’ve dubbed it the “Quaran-tourney”.
The Storm have been saluting front line workers every Tuesday and are asking the public to nominate those they’d like to recognize. Like other teams, they’ve teamed up with BARDOWN Hockey Apparel for a charity merchandise sale. Theirs is benefiting the United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin COVID Community Response Fund.
Current Dallas stars forward and former Guelph Storm Jason Dickinson played some virtual bingo with some kids from Children’s Bingo as arranged by the Dallas Stars Foundation.
In their first instalment of Foodie Fridays, they shared one of captain Cam Hillis’ favourite recipes for us all to try.
The McGinn brothers, who are from the nearby town of Fergus and include former Storm player Brock McGinn, donated 12 cases of hand sanitizer to Sunny Brook Hospital in Toronto in memory of Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave who died in April days after he had emergency surgery for acute obstructive hydrocephalus due to a colloid cyst.
They, too, shared Bruce Power’s powerful video acknowledging front line workers and encouraging everyone to do their part to help flatten the curve. They applauded the Guelph police force’s showing of support for hospital workers.
Current Montreal Canadien and Storm graduate Nick Suzuki had some kind words of appreciation for the healthcare heroes, and fellow former Storm skater Ben Harpur also shared with us his own way of giving back during these trying times.
They also put our minds to the test with some fun activities to pass the time, too.
REGISTER ➡️ https://t.co/81Gt9WtngK pic.twitter.com/R0GAbb4uCv
— McFadden’s Movement (@McFaddensMvmnt) May 5, 2020
Every Tuesday, we would like to salute the front line workers that help protect our community. If you or someone that you love would like to be recognized please fill out the form found here 👉 https://t.co/VNzphskYwN pic.twitter.com/q9RLZeCOjM
— Guelph Storm (@Storm_City) May 5, 2020
The sale will run today until May 17th.
COVID Community Response Fund 👉https://t.co/ypvIuDesAH pic.twitter.com/XkzEJPrQB8
— Guelph Storm (@Storm_City) May 3, 2020
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 2, 2020
Our 1st installment of ‘Foodie Fridays’ is with Captain Cam.
One of his favourite meals to make (and eat) is individual Beef Wellingtons.
Try it and let us know how it tasted!https://t.co/Rr0Lzqmy7A pic.twitter.com/yBDXEZA377
— Guelph Storm (@Storm_City) May 1, 2020
The McGinn Brothers Big Game has donated 12 cases of hand sanitizer to @Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Hospital in Toronto in memory of Colby Cave, a forward with the @EdmontonOilers who passed away last Saturday after suffering a brain bleed. 🧡💙🏒https://t.co/7lFNYm0Sd9
— The Grand 101.1FM (@TheGrand101FM) April 17, 2020
The Guelph Storm and @Bruce_Power want everyone to do their part. Join the fight and STAY AT HOME to prevent the spread!https://t.co/xoqumlKlb2
— Guelph Storm (@Storm_City) April 10, 2020
Another moment that makes us proud to wear Guelph on our chests and proud to work closely with Guelph Police Services. 👏 https://t.co/4zXl8HuJNA
— Guelph Storm (@Storm_City) April 1, 2020
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 30, 2020
These are trying times for everyone around the world right now. There is a lot of uncertainty, and some fear of the unknown. Many of us have been so lucky to be in the comfort of our home, safe and… https://t.co/T7oyzgq6GW
— Ben Harpur (@bharpur95) March 29, 2020
Let’s have some fun! Can you spot the differences 🧐 (btw there’s 8 in total) pic.twitter.com/BEpSFqLh9X
— Guelph Storm (@Storm_City) March 21, 2020
— Guelph Storm (@Storm_City) March 23, 2020
When it comes to doing their part, it’s been a team effort for the Kitchener Rangers.
The club put together a Bracket challenge to pass the time. Awesome prizes were involved, too. We’ve been given the chance to get to know the team a little more closely with some fun, personal questions courtesy of Rangers Vision.
Their #RTownStrong merchandise will help the Food Bank of Waterloo Region serve those in need during COVID-19.
Donovan Sebrango, Riley Damiani, Michael Vukojevic and Mike Petizian hopped on Instagram to have a discussion with fans, as did past Rangers Gabriel Landeskog, Rickard Hugg and Adam Mascherin. Sebrango has also been practicing his shot, Reid Valade has worked on his stick handling, and Petizian has been working on both.
Jesse Fishman posted some positive words, as did former Rangers captain Ben Fanelli. The team gave some love to local food suppliers and received some kind words from a young fan named Isaiah.
We got a glimpse into how mascot Tex has been quarantining at home, and it looks like he’s been busy working on those Rangers-themed colouring sheets.
The Rangers tweeted out a message of gratitude for the front line workers as well and asked fans to share stories about some of the heroes they know. Former Ranger Nick Spaling’s Spaling Hockey Camp foundation donated $10,000 to Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation. Jeff Skinner was also recognized for his donation of $53,000 to the Foodbank of Waterloo Region.
Oh, and the Rangers are on TikTok, so give them a follow!
3⃣ more game-worn Rangers alternate jerseys to be won as part of our Bracket Challenge!
Complete the online form or reply using the hashtag #OHLRangersGOAT telling us who your favourite Rangers player of all-time is and why to qualify.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) May 11, 2020
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) May 11, 2020
📹 Rangers forward Jesse Fishman (@jfishman26) is quick to trade in his stick for a rod and reel when fishing season comes around.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 27, 2020
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) May 10, 2020
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) May 7, 2020
🕖 Don’t miss out on tonight’s IG Live with Rangers defenceman Donovan Sebrango (@D_sebrango3)! Tune in at 7pm.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) May 5, 2020
Just ✌️ hours away from tonight’s IG Live with Rangers alumnus @GabeLandeskog92! Tune in at 7pm EST.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 28, 2020
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 15, 2020
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 30, 2020
Wondering how Tex is self-isolating? Follow us on TikTok ⬇️
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 27, 2020
We’re sending our gratitude and appreciation to all the brave frontline workers.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 26, 2020
✍️ Dear Isaiah,
We miss you and all of #RTown too – just as much as playing games and scoring goals!
We’ll see each other again soon.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 24, 2020
Another Rangers alumnus doing big things to support their community during this unprecedented time. Well done, Nick! 👏👏 https://t.co/xv7Z3eDeJE
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 23, 2020
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 20, 2020
There isn’t enough room in this Tweet to list the 53 reasons we are honoured to have @JeffSkinner as an alumnus, but let’s start with his support of @FoodBankWatReg for the increased demand they are preparing for during this health crisis.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) April 7, 2020
— Jesse Fishman (@jfishman26) March 31, 2020
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) March 21, 2020
Hey #RTown, we want to see how you’re staying game-ready or just playing hockey to pass the time!
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) March 20, 2020
Hey #RTown, we’ve created some fun activity pages for you to print off at home and complete! Download and print at the link below.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) March 17, 2020
The London Knights have certainly been doing their part.
The Knights and London Knights Alumni Foundation donated $12,5000 to the St. Joseph’s Health Crisis Fund for COVID Relief and encouraged fans to offer support though their online 50/50 draw.
Stuart Rolofs, Nathan Dunkley and Luke Evangelista shared the artists, TV shows and movies that are helping them pass the time at home. Dunkley and Ben Roger have also been practicing their movis at home, and Knights alumnus and current Montreal Canadien Max Domi has been working on his skills, too.
The Knights tweeted a big thank you to the front line workers, and The Bud was lit up in blue in support as well.
Hunter Skinner and Jason Willms encouraged fans to stay home and support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwestern Ontario. The club also tweeted in support of their partner Collins Clothiers and their Canada Strong program to support small business and healthcare workers.
To keep the kids busy at home, some Knights-themed colouring pages have also been made available for download.
They also posted pictures of players’ puppies, because puppies always make people happy, right?
The London Knights and the London Knights Alumni Foundation are proud to announce a donation of $12,500 to the @stjosephslondon Health Crisis Fund.
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) April 15, 2020
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) May 9, 2020
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) May 6, 2020
Knights fans – Let’s come together and help support the local efforts to end COVID-19 by participating in the London Knights Online 50/50 draw in support of St Joseph’s Health Crisis Fund for COVID Relief.
For tickets visit https://t.co/e66k0XqSeZ starting this Friday at 9:00am! pic.twitter.com/OH6TpcvAvK
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) May 4, 2020
To all the front line workers, we THANK YOU! 👏 💚 💛 pic.twitter.com/Iti0ha3mkY
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) May 3, 2020
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) April 17, 2020
In a time of the unknown, help to bring positivity to families needing to stay close to their sick children. When everyone is being asked to stay home to protect our communities, some families turn to @RMHCSWO.
DONATE | https://t.co/6C3KI5Uph5 pic.twitter.com/Twdn8778nU
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) April 10, 2020
Our proud partner, Collins Clothiers, launched the Canada Strong program to help support small businesses and frontline workers through these unprecedented times as we all fight the spread of COVID-19.
Place your order today at: https://t.co/AwICB7ZWkE pic.twitter.com/07ZWLebJSb
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) April 7, 2020
— @BudGardens (@BudGardens) April 3, 2020
— Ben Roger (@benroger27) April 1, 2020
“Need an activity this afternoon?” 🔎 🎨🖌️
Check out our new activity pages!
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) April 28, 2020
— Max Domi (@max_domi) March 21, 2020
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) March 24, 2020
Owen Sound Attack:
The Owen Sound Attack kickstarted the messages of positivity around the league with a compliment for every team.
Adam McMaster warmed the hearts of hockey fans when he paid a special visit to his grandmother with social distancing rules in mind.
The Attack acknowledged the importance of talking about mental health during these times and tweeted out in support of some local efforts. They’ve also teamed up with BARDOWN Hockey Apparel for a merchandise charity sale.
Their #AskTheAttack series featured Mack Guzda and Mark Woolley answering some burning questions.
Nick Chenard offered some positive words to fans, Nolan Seed read to some kindergarteners and Carter Robertson got a quarantine haircut. Equipment manager Andy Brown delivered a donation of gloves to Grey Bruce Health Services on behalf of the team.
Oh, and Matthew Struthers got impressively creative in his spare time.
Gonna continue this kindness in the hockey world: we’ve got something nice to say about every team in the O.
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) March 18, 2020
Friday Feels 🥺@AttackOHL forward Adam McMaster was unable to visit his Grandma due to social distancing – so he got creative. ❤️
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 20, 2020
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) May 8, 2020
It’s Mental Health Week!
We’re getting real this week about how we’re feeling.
All week, we’ll be sharing from our players about how they’re coping during this difficult time.
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) May 4, 2020
Help us fight COVID-19 and support local food banks!
50% of ALL sales go to charity: https://t.co/ZjsHi47J7L
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) May 3, 2020
— Lisa Seed (@blmnnseed) April 3, 2020
We’ve been happy to work with the City and GBHS on this transformation, and we applaud them for their proactive efforts to keep our citizens safe. 👏
Stay safe and keep up the social distancing.#PuckCOVID https://t.co/uSdRjyXMGo
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) April 3, 2020
Can’t go out for a haircut?
No problem for @Carterr_2, just let dad help!
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) March 31, 2020
Honoured today on behalf of @AttackOHL to deliver a donation of nitrile gloves from our athletic therapy room to @GreyBruceHealth Thank you to all our frontline workers for all you’re doing to keep us safe. pic.twitter.com/ofkRZo06gU
— Andy Brown (@abrownAT) March 30, 2020
A message to Attack fans from netminder Nick Chenard: pic.twitter.com/21wagCs09e
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) March 24, 2020
Social Distancing with the Struthers!
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) March 21, 2020