|Wiarton Returns to GMHL|
The Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League is returning to Wiarton, Ontario following a change of ownership.Â
Last season, the Wiarton community embraced a junior hockey club. Opening the season a huge fan base averaging over 400 fans per game supported the team. However, the team struggled to compete at the league's level, fan support dropped and the club was forced to cease operations.Â
The Wiarton Schooners have been busy preparing for their inaugural season with the GMHL. The team owners John and Beth Dyer have been overwhelmed by the significant support from local people.
The Director of Player Development and Head Coach are actively recruiting players while the Advisory Board is preparing for the many other aspects of starting a local team. Â A Meet and Greet on March 23 will the first event of many for the team.Â
The Wiarton Schooners program will encompass all parts of the players development. From the on ice program that will benefit from Rob King as Director of Player Development and Pete McDougall as Head Coach both of which have extensive experience. Pete has most recently been with the Shallow Lake Crushers of the Senior WOAA league.Â
Off the ice our players will have an extensive training program which will include a gym membership and a conditioning program used by junior hockey programs throughout Canada. The players if needed will have an individual education plan supported by a team of teachers which have experience in all levels and abilities of students. Â Two of the team are experienced in English as an additional language support. The team also have a nutritionist, and mental health specialist who also works with the OHL included in the team of off ice support for the players.Â