A caring, inspiring hockey experience

The George Bray Sports Association, now in its 51st year, continues to provide wonderful opportunities for children and young adults with special needs to play hockey – the great Canadian game!

As the sun set on another warm and wonderful summer, and the kids headed back to school, the GBSA board was busy preparing to ‘drop the puck’ on our 51st hockey season. Canada’s game!

All of us involved are so thankful to be part of this ‘Hidden Gem’ of a league. The GBSA was established in 1968 by George Bray who started out with a big idea: to allow children and young adults with special needs to play hockey. In the beginning, we had only a handful of players. Since then, our objective has been – and continues to be – to grow the league. Last year we registered over 240 players and outfitted almost half of those players with our loaned equipment.   We have three divisions: Junior (including a Fundamental’s group for beginners); Intermediate; and Senior.

GBSA has a no-cost equipment loaner program and a hockey school to help players sharpen their skills and/or improve their skating. Our registration fees continue to remain low (only $180 for all divisions and $70 for Hockey School) thanks to the continued support of our dedicated sponsors.

The GBSA board members, coaches and on ice-skaters are all volunteers which also helps to keep our fees low. And they are among the most caring people you will find in sports.

We know you’re out there … Everybody knows someone who can benefit from this league. Teachers, Educational Assistants, relatives, friends, and neighbours – we need your help to spread the word.

Our registration dates for the 2019-2020 season, held at Kinsmen Arena on 20 Granville St., are September 14, 18, 21, and 25. The first puck drops Saturday Sept. 28. All games are played on Saturdays.

For more information about the George Bray Sport Association, please contact Murray Howard at murrayhoward@execulink.com or 519-200-8422. Or check out our website at www.georgebraysports.ca. And don’t forget to ‘like us’ on Facebook!


Submitted by George Bray Sports Association