Hard work will be rewarded with hard hats throughout the region after an initiative introduced by the 67's yesterday.
Building off a tradition practised by 67's players last season, the OHL team and its sponsors have purchased 2,000 hard hats that will go to minor hockey league coaches wishing to register (on the 67's or ODMHA websites) for a Hardest Working Player program, club owner Jeff Hunt announced yesterday.
From there, the coaches are to pass out the symbol of determination to their most deserving players on a game-by-game basis.
"It's a motivational tool," said Hunt. "It recognizes that not all kids are blessed with natural talent or size, two things you can't teach. This teaches the value of hard work and being a part of a team, which is most important in hockey, especially minor hockey.
"We're very excited about this. We're hoping it becomes an ingrained part of every coach's repertoire. There's no cost to register ... we're hoping it's a no-brainer."
Along with being able to keep the hard hat until the next game, the recipient will receive a certificate of merit signed by 67's coach Brian Kilrea, a $5 voucher from the Lone Star and a voucher for two tickets to a 67's playoff game.