Long-time leader and advocate of girls and women’s hockey to be honoured by special “Hazel McCallion 100” commemorative jersey program
MISSISSAUGA, ON (Sunday, Feb. 14) - The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) is pleased to wish today our good friend Hazel McCallion a very happy 100th birthday.
In honour of Hazel’s milestone birthday, the OWHA is launching a special hockey jersey program to acknowledge and pay tribute to her outstanding leadership and accomplishments. Hazel is a highly respected leader who inspires girls, women and people of all cultures to have confidence in themselves and to pursue their dreams in order to create a stronger society. She continues to lead by example as a tireless visionary for a better world and for her fierce belief that every person be given an opportunity to succeed.
“Hazel has been a strong supporter of the OWHA and sports over her long, distinguished life and we are truly honoured to recognize her,” said Fran Rider, President and CEO of the OWHA. “Her support of female hockey starting with her years as a player and later as a highly respected public official has played a major role in the growth and development of our sport.”
“I am a strong supporter of the OWHA and its contributions at local, provincial, national and international levels,” Hazel said on the eve of her 100th birthday. “I am very proud to have my name associated with the OWHA and truly appreciate this honour.”
Celebration 1 (launched February 14) - OWHA Hazel 100 Commemorative Jersey
The OWHA has created a “Hazel McCallion 100”, limited-edition commemorative jersey. The jersey has been designed as an individual keepsake, for a presentation or a promotional item. It honours Hazel with a specially designed crest, and is appropriately numbered “100” on the back and on the sleeves. The name bar on the back is “Hazel”.
Celebration 2 (to be launched when hockey returns) - OWHA Hazel 100 Team Jersey
The second component of the program will honour Hazel from the date of her birthday and through the 2021/2022 hockey season. All OWHA-registered teams may have an athlete wear jersey No. 100 provided they are authorized OWHA Hazel 100 jerseys. The team jerseys will include the “Hazel McCallion 100” crest and the OWHA crest, and approval is available through application to the OWHA.
Celebration 3 (to be launched when hockey returns) - OWHA Officiating Program Jersey
OWHA on-ice officials may wear the “Hazel McCallion 100” crest on their jerseys for the 2021/2022 hockey season.
OWHA players who have been named to the Canadian national women’s team for the World Championships and/or Winter Olympic Games include: include Meghan Agosta, Erin Ambrose, Gillian Apps, Victoria Bach, Vicki Bendus, Amanda Benoit-Wark, Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Jamie Bourbonnais, Cassie Campbell-Pascal, Lori Dupuis, Renata Fast, Gillian Ferrari, Sarah Fillier, Laura Fortino, Loren Gabel, Heather Ginzel, Marianne Grnak, Geraldine Heaney, Jayna Hefford, Andria Hunter, Teresa Hutchinson, Haley Irwin, Angela James, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Becky Kellar, Genevieve Lacasse, Sarah Nurse, Karen Nystrom, Margot Page-Verlaan, Cathy Phillips, Cherie Piper, Cheryl Pounder, Jamie Lee Rattray, Kim Ratushny, Lesley Reddon, the late Brenda Richard, Nathalie Rivard, Sue Scherer, Laura Schuler, Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey, Vicky Sunohara, Kelly Terry, Claire Thompson, Jennifer Wakefield, Tara Watchorn and Katie Weatherston.
These players and the many others who have participated within the OWHA have been inspired and enriched by the strength and leadership of Hazel McCallion. We congratulate all players who have followed the example of Hazel in both their sport and personal lives, and who are now great leaders, serving as valuable role models to others.
There are Paws on each shoulder as they represent the “PAWSitive” values of the OWHA. One PAW signifies the importance of each player to exemplify the values of the OWHA and the other PAW symbolizes the strength that the team and association brings to each player as an athlete and a person.
The OWHA is the governing body for Female Hockey in the province of Ontario. Players range in age from three-year-old beginners to seniors, and range from house league level to National and International competitors. The OWHA is driven by a commitment to the mental and physical health of participants.