Volunteer spotlight 2021: Creemore Coyotes founder Tom Macham 

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This year we shine a light on volunteer Tom Macham, who persevered and got a Senior AA hockey team up and running in Creemore, despite many, many challenges… including a pandemic. 

Macham was determined to bring a Western Ontario Athletic Association approved Senior AA team to Creemore after a number of local players, including his son, had their season with The Siskins cut short by the pandemic. It was also important for Macham to bring high-level hockey back to Creemore in tribute to the senior team that was based in Creemore from 1978 to 1993, and was immensely popular with fans.

Macham overcame a number of hurdles when it came to staffing and setting the team roster, and also faced much uncertainty about capacity limits at the arenas as public health controls continued to shift. 

With his team of volunteers, including wife Laura and “the girlfriends,” Macham and The Coyotes have organized a number of theme nights such as a teddy bear toss in support of SickKids Hospital, and a minor hockey night, recognizing local players. 

Congrats to Macham and his crew for getting the team going, bringing out fans to home games on Saturday nights and creating a new hockey buzz.

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