GMHL returns to Orangeville

August 12, 2015   ·   0 Comments

The Greater Metro Hockey League is back in Orangeville for the 2015 / 16 season – with a new name.

The former Orangeville Americans have been renamed the Orangeville Ice Crushers for the new season.

Team management felt the name change was appropriate to fit in with the town’s hockey culture rather than a name that implied a foreign image.

Last season the team, as the Americans, struggled and ended the season with a 9-33 record and are hoping to turn that around this year.

C.J. Schneider will be back in the top spot on the bench this season as head coach.

RCR Entertainment, team owners, will also be icing a team in Shelburne. Last season GMHL hockey didn’t get underway in Shelburne after the team that was supposed to play in the League folded at the last minute leaving a hole in the schedule.

The Shelburne team is called the Sharks and will be playing on Monday nights at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Centre.

To kick off the new season, the Ice Crushers and the Sharks will be hosting a free welcome evening at Hogey’s Bar and Grill on the upper level of the Alder Street arena in Orangeville on Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m.

It will be a chance for fans to meet new and returning players.

Both teams also have golf tournaments coming up at the end of August.

Fans will also have a chance to come out to see the teams play and see what the GMHL is all about when they host the opening games of the season with free admission.

Training camp for both teams will start the first week of September.

The Ice Crushers home opener will get underway on Wednesday, September 9, at the Alder Street arena with a 7:30 p.m. start and free admission.

The Sharks home opener will take place on Monday, September 14, at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex in Shelburne.

Game time is 8:30 p.m.

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