MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) has announced details for its All-Star Celebration, presented by Dairy Farmers of Ontario, which goes January 13-14 in Collingwood, Ont.
The weekend festivities for the two-day event will including game, a skills competition, community activities with a theme of “past, present and future”.
New this season is the tremendous support of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario as the presenting sponsor of the 2022-23 OJHL All Star Celebration.
“We are a proud and long-time supporter of youth hockey and highlighting the benefits of milk in a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Cheryl Smith, CEO of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. “We have partnered with the Ontario Hockey Association, and through that with the OJHL for two years. We are thrilled to showcase our commitment to the league’s young athletes as this season’s presenting sponsor for the All-Star Celebration for the first time.”
The event’s centrepiece is the OJHL All-star Game set for Saturday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. It will be televised nationally on CHCH, as part of the league’s Game of the Week schedule of games. The game will feature the best players from across the 21-team OJHL as selected by the league’s competition committee.
At 7:30 p.m. the OJHL’s top Prospects will clash in the InStat Top Prospects game featuring the OJHL’s top young talent from both OJHL conferences in 2022-23.
All proceeds from the weekend events will go to the OJHL Foundation, which focuses on delivering the First Assist Program to aid players with mental health and life skills training.
The inaugural All-Star Celebration was a one-day affair held in Oakville in November 2019. Plans for last season’s celebration were scuttled by the COVID-19 pandemic
The schedule for the expanded 2023 event will include the following activities:
Friday, Jan. 13
5:30 p.m. – The OJHL Alumni Game between the Collingwood Alumni and an OJHL Alumni team
7 p.m. – The inaugural OJHL Skills Competition at the legendary Eddie Bush Arena in downtown Collingwood.
Saturday, Jan. 14
OJHL All Star Game, which will be televised nationally on CHCH at 3 p.m.
OJHL InStat Top Prospects Game at 7:30 p.m.
Community events, including clinics, skill development sessions and mini games will also be integrated into the event throughout the day.
“The OJHL is excited to bring the very best of the league to the community of Collingwood, on behalf of the OJHL I would like to thank all of the local organizers, volunteers, sponsors and supporters who are all working together to make this an event to remember,” said Marty Savoy, Commissioner of the OJHL. “The two-day event is a celebration of the OJHL with a number of events for fans of the league to enjoy that will showcase the past, present and future of the League of Choice”
More information on the event, including rosters and ticket availability, will be released in the coming weeks.
About the Dairy Farmers of Ontario – “Milk Up”
Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is the marketing board for the largest sector of Ontario agriculture. Their mission is to provide leadership and excellence in the production and marketing of Canadian milk for a dynamic, profitable growing dairy industry. Ontario’s more than 3,400 dairy farmers, their families and employees are proud to produce high-quality milk for Canadians. For more information, visit www.milk.org.