If you are looking for a great way to invest your philanthropic dollars look no further than the Moss Park hockey league. Entirely free to youth in the area it is 100% run by volunteers and is a true hidden gem. It has to be one of the greatest hockey leagues in Canada. Here is a brief history.
What is now the Moss Park Hockey League began in the fall of 1957 as The Moss Park Fathers and Sons Hockey League. The games were played at an outdoor rink where Moss Park Arena is now located. For the next twenty-five winters the local fathers ran an outdoor program that lasted as long as it was cold enough to keep the ice on the rink. These men canvassed local businesses for enough funding to order sweaters for the League and to host an end-of-season banquet with trophies and food for the boys that played.
In 1975, with the construction of Moss Park Arena, the League moved inside for the first time, and its name was changed to the Moss Park Hockey League (MPHL). The League was now able to run on a schedule that was not determined by weather, which led to a strong pace of growth in the number of participating players. It remained free for all players, with coaching done primarily by dads in the neighbourhood.
The MPHL was an all-boys league until 1985, when the first girl joined. She really enjoyed her experience, which encouraged other girls in the neighbourhood to join and play hockey.
In 1995, the name of the League was changed to the Gord Summers Memorial Hockey League in memory of the man who started the program and kept it going during all those cold winters.
In 2010, the name was changed back to the Moss Park Hockey League. The League continues to offer free hockey for a now more than 300 boys and girls from the ages of four years to fourteen years. The league is run by volunteers from the MPHL Board of Directors, with strong support from a huge cast of other volunteer parents and coaches.
For more information on how you can help with equipment, donations or sponsorships please contact William Wade at email@example.com