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Jr. Cougars Set to Join ALLIANCE Hockey, the Ontario Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada
Submitted By ALLIANCE Hockey on Monday, March 19, 2018
Stratford, ON - ALLIANCE Hockey is pleased to announce that as of the 2018-2019 minor hockey season, Wave Hockey will officially become a member of ALLIANCE Hockey, the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and Hockey Canada and be re-branded as the Burlington Jr. Cougars.

Wave Hockey has been providing house league and representative (AA/A) level hockey to Burlington and area participants for over a decade. As the Burlington Jr. Cougars, Wave Hockey will maintain its autonomy throughout the transition and continue to operate its programs with tournament and exhibition participation in ALLIANCE Hockey during the 2018-2019 season. Full ALLIANCE League participation will be in effect for the 2019-2020 season. ALLIANCE Hockey will provide support and program enhancements to ensure that a positive minor hockey experience for all participants is maintained throughout the transition.

“It is an exciting and progressive transition for Wave Hockey and ALLIANCE Hockey,” stated Dan Gibbons, President of ALLIANCE Hockey.
  “We are pleased to welcome Burlington Jr. Cougars participants and continue to offer them excellent programming while taking advantage of all that ALLIANCE Hockey and Hockey Canada membership has to offer.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Wave Hockey and the Junior Cougars Hockey program. We are very humbled, excited and appreciative to be accepted into Hockey Canada as members of ALLIANCE Hockey and the OHF. We look forward to being a contributing member of ALLIANCE Hockey and working closely with OHF Members to offer the participants of Burlington the greatest hockey experience possible,” said Wave Hockey President, Dave Conacher. 

“The Burlington Lions Optimists Minor Hockey Association (BLOMHA), one of the original Member Associations of ALLIANCE Hockey, is eager to welcome the Jr. Cougars to ALLIANCE Hockey and we look forward to working together with the Burlington participants,” stated BLOMHA Executive Director, Rick Dawson.

About Jr. Cougars Hockey:
Wave Hockey was founded in 2003 in a single pad facility in Burlington with approximately 20 House League teams. In 2006, a twin pad facility was added and Select and Rep programming were introduced.  There are currently 29 Rep teams and 38 House League teams ranging from Tyke to Midget. Wave Hockey enjoys a close relationship with the Burlington Cougars Junior A Hockey Club.

About ALLIANCE Hockey: 
Since being founded in 1993, the ALLIANCE has always positioned the organization as a leader in Canada in the administration and development of the game of hockey for all player and volunteer participants. As a result, the ALLIANCE offers a number of programs designed to enhance the performance, organization and safety of our participants. The ALLIANCE Hockey membership currently consists of twenty (20) Member Associations with just under thirty thousand members.  ALLIANCE Hockey is a proud Member Partner of the OHF, the largest of 13 Branches under Hockey Canada. www.alliancehockey.com

Interesting Facts:
-The ALLIANCE Hockey membership is larger than eight (8) Hockey Canada Branches
-During mid-season, ALLIANCE Hockey teams will participate in approximately 2,500 games in one week or 10,000 in a month!

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Tony Martindale, Executive Director              
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