Organizer gauges interest in Creemore Senior AA hockey team
Tom Macham is looking to start a Senior AA hockey team in Creemore for players 22 and older.
Creemore had a senior team from 1978 to 1993, which was immensely popular with fans, he said, especially in the mid-1980s when they were champions and drew a crowd of 1,000 to the Creemore arena.
Double A senior hockey is high level competitive hockey. Macham said each team is allowed two former professional players on the roster, and former Junior A and B players.
He said he is doing this for the young talented players out there, and hockey fans.
His son was playing for the Stayner Siskins when the season was abruptly ended by the pandemic. The Siskins were in the finals against Alliston when they were told they were done.
“I didn’t like the way the season ended for my kid,” said Macham. “I felt sorry for those guys. There’s a few locals that happened to, and then this whole season was lost. There are players who lost a whole year. My kid only lost a few games.”
In Canada, after a player ages out of junior hockey at age 21, recreation leagues are the only option.
The senior team would join an existing 14-team league competing against area teams such as the Durham Thundercats and the Shelburne Muskies.
In order to get the team on the ice in September, Macham would have to get the application into the Western Ontario Athletic Association by May 15. The 22-game season would start on Sept. 20, with half of the games played at home.
He is thinking it will take about $30,000 to organize and outfit the team and he is hoping to hold a public information session as soon as public health regulations allow.
In the meantime, Macham is recruiting players, an executive committee, and sponsors.
To get in touch or for more information contact Macham at email@example.com or 705-435-8469.