Creemore Senior AA hockey team approved for play
The Western Ontario Athletic Association has approved the addition of a Creemore team to the Senior AA hockey league.
Team founder and acting president Tom Macham said the team will be known as the Creemore Coyotes and the uniforms will mirror those of the Arizona Coyotes.
Macham said he is happy to have gotten this far with establishing a team but recognizes there is still much work to be done.
He said 24 players have committed verbally to being on the team, including three “home-grown yotes” who have come up through the ranks of Creemore Minor Hockey. Recruitment is still ongoing, including staff and coaches. Macham said former Siskin Kevin Boyd has been a tremendous help with recruiting players and helping to brand the team.
The league is open to elite players 22 and older. Each team is allowed two former professional players on the roster, and former Junior A and B players.
“This is high level hockey,” said Macham, adding that there is a hope the community will be excited to see games, filling the arena, and drawing outside spectators to create an uptick in the local economy.
The Coyotes will join an existing 14-team league competing against area teams such as the Durham Thunder Cats and the Shelburne Muskies, and will play a 22-game schedule with half of the games being played on home ice in Creemore on Saturday nights.
The Coyote jerseys will pay tribute to the Humboldt Broncos and the Creemore Chiefs, a senior team that was based in Creemore from 1978 to 1993, which was immensely popular with fans.
Potential volunteers, sponsors and executive members are asked to contact Macham at email@example.com or 705-435-8469. He hopes to have a public information session and fundraising activities once pandemic protocols will allow. Macham is also working with local restaurants on cross promotions and other outreach initiatives.