History and Structure (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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About ALLIANCE Hockey

Since being founded in 1993, ALLIANCE Hockey has always positioned the organization as a leader in Canada in the administration and development of the game of hockey for all player and adult volunteer participants. As a result, the ALLIANCE offers a number of programs designed to enhance the performance, organization and safety of our participants. This innovative thinking has led to the ALLIANCE being one of the most recognized and original organizations in amateur sport.


Howard Burleigh 1993-1995
Bill Appleby 1995-1998
Jim Liabotis  1998-2002
Bill Bowman 2002-2005
Charlie Ward (+) 2005-2008 
Tony Foresi 2008-2012
Harry Blinkhorn 2012-2016
Dan Gibbons  2016-2020
Ray Kosumovic 2020 - March 2021
Larry Moreland March 2021 - Present

+ deceased

Honourary Life Members

Bill Appleby 1998 induction
Harry Blinkhorn 2016 induction
Howard Burleigh  1995 induction
Sam Ciccolini  1994 induction
Bert Clifford  1996 induction
Tony Foresi  2012 induction
Linton Holmes 1995 induction
Tony Martindale 2024 induction
Barry Petrachenko  1998 induction

Interesting Facts

  • The ALLIANCE Membership is larger than eight (8) Hockey Canada (HC) Branches (Provincial Governing Bodies)
  • During mid-season, ALLIANCE teams will participate in approximately 2,500 games in one week or 10,000 in a month!
  • The ALLIANCE is highly regarded for effective and efficient communication administrative procedures in amateur sport!
  • The ALLIANCE has relationships with international hockey contacts in Sweden, Finland, Norway, the United States, Japan and Denmark... just to name a few!

Structure of ALLIANCE Hockey

ALLIANCE Hockey is a member of Hockey Canada (HC) and the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and works in conjunction with these groups on several programs for ALLIANCE Hockey participants.

The ALLIANCE membership consists of twenty-three (23) Member Associations with over thirty thousand members. The ALLIANCE membership is made up of the following Associations:

  • Brantford Community Hockey League
  • Brantford Minor Hockey Association
  • Burlington Junior Raiders HC
  • Burlington Lions Optimist Hockey Association
  • Cambridge Minor Hockey Association
  • Chatham-Kent AAA Zone
  • Elgin Middlesex Hockey Alliance
  • Greater Fort Erie Minor Hockey Association
  • Greater London Hockey Association
  • Hamilton Huskies
  • Hamilton Minor Hockey Council
  • Huron Perth AAA Zone
  • Kitchener Minor Hockey Association
  • Lambton AAA Hockey
  • London Jr. Knights
  • Sarnia Hockey Association
  • St. Catharines CYO Minor Hockey Association
  • St. Thomas Minor Hockey Association **
  • Stratford Minor Hockey Association
  • Stratford Rotary Hockey League
  • Sun County AAA Minor Hockey Association
  • Waterloo Minor Hockey Association
  • Windsor AAA Zone
  • Woodstock Minor Hockey Association

** St. Thomas Minor Hockey Association is a member of the OMHA competing in the ALLIANCE Hockey Seeded League