It’s all quiet on the ice, but OHL member teams and their players are staying active away from the rink, taking up the fight against COVID-19 through social distancing and awareness efforts.
Several OHL clubs have reached out to their surrounding communities throughout these unprecedented times while players have provided updates on their lifestyles and activities in past weeks.
This week we take a look at how clubs in the East Division have been engaged throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and how individual players have been spending their time, focusing on hockey at home through various means.
The Bulldogs, under the guidance of owner Michael Andlauer and family, made a $100,000 donation to Hamilton Food Share, the city’s food bank that is accessed by some 13,000 people each month, 5,000 of whom are children.
On the player front, veteran defenceman Nathan Staios chatted with Bulldogs play-by-play voice Reed Duthie over Twitch on Friday, providing a glimpse into how he’s been spending his days throughout the ongoing pandemic.
The other black and gold team in the East Division, the Kingston Frontenacs, showed off equipment manager Chris Cook’s mask-making skills this past week.
Players have shared messages of support for frontline workers as rookie phenom Shane Wright, first-year blueliner Braden Haché and forward Francesco Arcuri have each had encouraging words for heroes in the hospitals.
The Oshawa Generals have saluted an alumnus for his major contributions to the fight against COVID-19, teamed up with their local United Way in a relief fund effort and shed some light on how their players are doing throughout the past few weeks.
The Gennies gave a well-deserved nod to former 1990 Memorial Cup champion turned doctor Craig Donaldson who is doing fine work at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville.
In addition to a new partnership with United Way of Durham for a COVID-19 relief fund, they also featured some comments from defenceman Mitchell Brewer in addition to a glimpse into forward Ryan Gagnier‘s family as he shares a roof with his mother Michelle who is a nurse, working as a medical professional throughout the Coronavirus situation.
Everyone’s getting involved in Peterborough, including long-time equipment manager Brian ‘B-Man’ Miller, well-known mascot Roger, and even newly-signed 2020 OHL Priority Selection prospects like Sam Alfano!
Miller has been putting his sewing machine to work, making maroon and white face masks for the frontline workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
The Barber Poles have the kids looked after, providing a steady stream of kids activities over their social media feeds for those rainy days at home, stuck in the house.
We got to hear from New Jersey Devils prospect Graeme Clarke who has been honing his ping pong skills at home with his brother Brandt, a blueliner for the Barrie Colts.
Oh yeah, ever wondered who your favourite 67’s player would want to be stranded on a desert island with?