The Erindale Hockey Association believes in the “athlete centred” approach to teaching the game of hockey. Our #1 priority is to ensure our athletes have fun and develop to the best of their ability, both on and off the ice. Respect for others and fairplay are two key values of the association. The most important element in developing athletes is to provide them with qualified coaches who create a positive learning environment with lots of enthusiastic encouragement.
Erindale has two key objectives: to provide the maximum opportunity for all children in Mississauga between 5 and 19 years of age to participate in hockey ; and to foster the development of hockey and life skills in a positive environment that encourages teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. The development of our players and coaches is fundamental in achieving these objectives.
Programs and Initiatives
The development of our players begins with the Hockey Canada’s Initiation Program (IP). The IP is known as “Hockey for the fun of it.” The objective is to teach the fundamentals of hockey, fitness, and fair play in a fun environment. One of the important elements of the Initiation Program is the development of self-esteem and self-confidence of the players as they progress through the program. In addition to the Initiation Program, Erindale offers players 8 – 11 years of age a skills development hockey school that also focuses on the fundamentals of hockey in a non-competitive environment.
Erindale actively encourages and supports the continuing education of coaches through in-house coaching clinics and the CHA National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), or the National Trainers Certification Program (NTCP). All house league Head Coaches in Erindale must be certified at the “Coach Level” and all “A” team Head Coaches at the “Intermediate Level” under the NCCP. As well, Erindale strongly encourages all coaches to obtain their Trainers Certificate. IP Instructors must also be certified under the NCCP at the “Initiation Program” level.
The Erindale Hockey Association was formed in 1946 by Mr. Wally Oughtred and his brother Gord. The Oughtred family is an old and established Mississauga family. Erindale’s sweater colours, double blue and red, have a long history. During World War II Mr. Oughtred was with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and he was stationed at Cap-De-La-Madeleine near Trois Rivieres, Quebec. He was a member of the Air Force Hockey Team and was very proud and fond of their hockey uniform, particularly the sweater in the RCAF colours, double blue and red.
While with the RCAF Wally was transferred back to Ontario. His sweater, instead of remaining behind with the rest of his equipment “accidentally” fell into his open kit bag where it wasn’t discovered until he arrived home in Erindale. After leaving the Air Force, Wally and Gord formed the very first Erindale Hockey Team to play in an Intermediate league. He wore his RCAF hockey sweater to the practices and it was admired by the rest of the team so much that they adopted it as the Erindale sweater. Today the Erindale logo includes the famous RAF Spitfire. The RAF Spitfire became famous during the Battle of Britain, July 10 – October 31, 1940 and symbolizes skill, determination, and a never quit attitude, the very attributes that Erindale Hockey strives to instill in its players and coaches.
Erindale’s current President is Ted Varty.
For more information regarding Erindale Hockey, please visit their website, www.erindalehockey.com.