Hockey Access came to be when four hockey dads agreed that financial barriers should not prevent children and youth from playing organized hockey, and decided to pool their efforts to help children and youth from low-income families join the local organized hockey league.
Through the collection and distribution of new or gently used hockey equipment in our drop box at Robinson arena, financial donations, and our partnerships with various organizations, Hockey Access has helped hundreds of underprivileged children and youth play local organized hockey (AHMA or Hockey for Fun) by providing them with financial and material support.
We are the only organization in the region offering this type of support (i.e. providing not only equipment to play but also financial support to cover costs related to hockey). Each one of us is directly involved in minor hockey (either as a parent, a coach, a team manager or a combination of these roles) and has a very clear understanding of the costs involved and the equipment required. Our ultimate dream is to keep encouraging these young people to pursue hockey for as long as possible and perhaps thereby giving them a source of happiness, belonging, friendship and a solid foundation to build upon for the rest of their lives. And who knows, perhaps one day one of them will make it to the NHL?
We are very grateful to the members of the community who have donated equipment, money or time to our cause, and welcome anyone wishing to contribute to Hockey Access to contact us.