The coldest season

All good things must come to an end, and with that, we’ve reached the end of 26th annual Outdoor Hockey (OHL) season.

Players and coaches alike made it through one of the coldest winters in Regina over the past 80 years.

“Our league is built around the outdoor rink and the community that these rinks inspire,” explained Sport Venture manager Amanda McConnell. “Unfortunately, this season we had to cancel many practices because of the brutal cold, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the game.”


Regina Pats at an OHL practice

This year, hundreds of boys and girls participated in the OHL. Sport Venture partnered with the Regina Pats for volunteer coaching appearances and special OHL intermission skate during a Pats game. As every year, a round-robin style wrap-up tournament ended the season, thanks to the generosity of Pilot Butte who donated the ice time.

The league would also like to thank Jumpstart, KidSport, Extreme Hockey, the Optimist Clubs of Regina, and the Co-operators.

puck drop

High Noon Optimist Club of Regina doing a puck drop at the wrap up tournament

Amanda added, “Volunteers are the heart of our league but nothing would be possible without wonderful sponsors like these.”

New this year, the league welcomed Laura our OHL Ambassador. She was able to offer additional onsite support to all of our OHL rinks, players, and coaches throughout the season.



“Sometimes that meant she just popped by to say ‘hi’, brought extra equipment, or laced up her skates and helped coach. She was a liaison between Sport Venture and families, and she helped to oversee the running of each game and practices,” stated Amanda.

After each season, Sport Venture sends out a parent satisfaction form. One hundred per cent of guardians agreed that they would participate in the league again. Here are a few comments:

  • “Keep up the good work. Very important to have this program in the community!”
  • “Thanks to this organization my children have a chance to experience sports.”
  • “First time my granddaughter had a chance to play hockey. Thanks to everyone involved.”
  • “Great coaching and player’s parents! Very good! Thanks.”
  • “I really appreciate the OHL. Under the guise of hockey, my children have learned life skills such as teamwork, leadership, diligence and treating others with respect.”

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