For eight years, Hydro One has sponsored the Little Native Hockey League tournament with up to $10,000 per year to help First Nations youth get involved in their communities through their love of hockey.
This tournament is a highlight for these kids each year. It's a great initiative that is well-organized and aligns with our values as a company," said Warren, Vice President of Customer Service.
This year we went a step further and became a main sponsor with a donation of $20,000 – helping the annual event to grow to 200 teams, 3,000 players and more than 7,500 spectators.
Little NHL, held over March Break at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, fosters pride, self-worth, growth and teamwork in First Nations youth to help them develop into positive future leaders in their respective communities.
Each year the responsibility for organizing and delivering the event is awarded to a different community based on an application process. The 2017 tournament was hosted by Moose Cree First Nation in northern Ontario.
Many former Little NHL players move on to AA, AAA, Tier II, Junior B, College/University, OHL and NHL hockey teams because of
the skills they've developed by playing in this tournament. These Little NHL Alumni play an instrumental role in encouraging good sportsmanship among youth and continuing to support participation in the tournament. This year, former NHL players and Little NHL Alumni Jonathan Cheechoo, Stan Jonathan, Reggie Leach, Ted Nolan and Fred Sasakamoose attended the tournament.
Hydro One's involvement in Little NHL represents our commitment to fostering stronger relationships with Ontario's First Nations and Métis communities. We hope to become even more involved in the tournament in the years to come.
"We're making huge strides when it comes to improving relationships with our customers and communities, and this tournament is a great way for us to further cement these relationships," said Rob, Director of Customer Solutions.
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