ODMHA's crackdown pays off big

DON WILCOX -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

Last season was not much fun for members of the ODMHA's risk and safety committee ... in particular the folks who deal with bad behaviour involving fans, players and team officials.

In the midst of a rash of serious incidents last winter, ODMHA president Hubert Seguin ordered a crackdown on what he called "negative behaviours" and told the disciplinary committee he wanted severe penalties for the worst offenders. The result was some of the harshest penalties in years handed down -- including a coach being suspended 10 years for knowingly falsifying game sheets and at least two parents receiving three-year bans for other incidents -- and a spate of media attention.

The upshot is that all the attention seems to have gotten the message across, because both Seguin and disciplinary committee chairman Jacques Charlebois say there have been relatively few incidents so far this season.

Seguin said the continuing Hockey Canada advertising campaign which takes parental indiscretions to ridiculous extremes is also helping. But the most powerful deterrent is the threat that if someone gets out of line, they will not be allowed back into the rink -- and quite possibly, for a long time.

SHOOTING STARS: The Gloucester-Cumberland Shooting Stars earned two gold medals at their own recent tourney, with both the peewee AA and atom A squads topping their divisions. In the peewee final, Gloucester edged the Whitby Wolves 2-1 when Stephanie Lee finished off a textbook 2-on-1 pass from Christina Boselli for the decisive goal. Isabelle Durocher had the other Stars goal.

The atom A title came via a 5-0 win over the Oshawa Lady Generals as the Stars broke open a tight game with four third-period goals. Kayla Carter had a hat trick, while Samantha Cogan and Dallis Ferguson had the other goals.

GOLDEN ICE: The Ottawa Ice rallied from a two-goal deficit to win the peewee B division of the Greater Kingston girls tourney with a 3-2 win over the Belleville Bearcats. Taylor Molinski made the score 2-1 on a breakaway pass from captain Jaley Hardy. Emily Brunt scored the equalizer to set the stage for Hailey Munroe's winner. Laurel McKillop scored twice in a semi final win over Brampton. Meaghan McKeown and Darcie Slater shared the net duties.

HONOURED: ODMHA first vice-president Mike DiPratto was honoured recently as the association's volunteer of the year. DiPratto got involved in minor hockey more than three decades ago in Alexandria, where he coached and served on the executive, and moved on to the ODMHA as a district chair and member of the minor council. He received his honour during a recent Ottawa 67's game. Also honoured recently was Dodi Malcolm of Nepean, who received the ODMHA's risk and safety award.

PEMBROKE REGIONALS: At the Silver Stick Regionals in Pembroke, the Arnprior Packers bounced Pembroke 7-1 to win the minor bantam B title, backed by two goals each from Justin Banes and Taylor Collins. Singles went to David Dickson, Ryan Lowe and Ryley Goguen. Earlier the Packers roared through the round-robin with three straight wins, outscoring its opponents 19-2 including an 11-0 romp over Loyalist as Lowe had a hat trick and assist.

In the other finals, the A crown went to the Trenton Hawks, who got a late goal from Josh McLeod to edge the Goulbourn Rams 3-2. Ryan Sterling and Josh Callaghan scored for Goulbourn. The C crown went to Norwood 4-2 over the Muskrat Voyageurs.

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