It’s time to sharpen and lace up those skates, as registration for the fall ORHL (Oakville Recreational Hockey League) women’s hockey season is now open. Oakville’s adult women’s hockey program is being held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex this fall. The leagues will be divided into two skill levels, with a recreation and a competitive league to match all skill levels. Residents who love hockey and have been playing it for years, or want to try it for the first time are encouraged to participate.
“The recreation level is for players that are newer to hockey and are developing their skills,” said Eric Beresford, the Recreation Assistant at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. “The competitive level is for players who have a lot of experience and are looking for a more competitive atmosphere.”
The hockey programs will be running ever Monday night starting September 19th and will last for 24 weeks all the way up until March of next year. This is only the second time the women’s hockey program has run, as the program saw its debut this past summer. “We know there’s definitely a large segment of female hockey players in the Oakville area,” Beresford said. “We wanted this to run as a compliment to the leagues that we currently have. We do run a lot of co-ed divisions that are primarily participated in by men, and we know in Oakville there are a lot of people looking to play hockey.”
Anyone interested in playing in the league has the opportunity to register as a full team of 15 players for $6,000. Individuals can also register and be placed on a team for a full season for $440, which includes a free jersey and referee fees.
“Oakville is very hockey orientated,” Beresford said. “The passion people have for hockey has been pretty remarkable in the minor programs, and even the adult programs. The town thought there was a need for it, so the town started their own quality programs for a sport that people are definitely interested in.”
Beresford has been organizing the upcoming hockey programs at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, and even plays in the league himself. He’s had the opportunity to meet many members of the community, and play hockey alongside them. “It’s a fun and relaxed atmosphere, it’s a sate of the art facility so the amenities are top notch. The people are fantastic, and by running the leagues and playing in them, I get to know a lot of people in the leagues and see them on daily basis,” he commented.
Beresford is excited for the new hockey programs to begin, and encourages Oakville residents to visit the website and email him with any questions about the leagues and hockey programs.
To learn more about the programs and register visit oakville.ca.