Ottawa Valley Ambassadors Hockey
For the Love of Hockey
The Great Canadian Game – For All Canadians
Hockey is often thought of as a birthright for Canadian youngsters.
Unfortunately, there are some Canadians who never experience the thrill of suiting up, lacing on skates, carrying the puck and shooting for the net. People with developmental disabilities don’t often get the chance to participate in organized hockey, with its increasing focus on performance and physical ability. But they can.
The Ottawa Valley Ambassadors Hockey Club has been providing people with developmental disabilities in the Ottawa area with quality, organized hockey since 1994. The Ambassadors focus on the heart of hockey – love of the game and the challenge to do your best.
The program is open to players of all ages, race or gender who are unable to participate in mainstream organized hockey because of their disability. There are no tryouts – players don’t even need to be able to skate. But they will learn. In their own time, in their own way. With the support, care and confidence of our committed coaching staff, they’ll learn.
Every Team Member Counts
And it’s not just about hockey – our athletes learn skills that increase their independence and self-esteem. They learn about teamwork and they learn that they are a valuable and valued member of that team. Every team member plays at every practice and every game.
The Ottawa Valley Ambassadors Hockey Club is a member of Special Hockey International – The Heart League – that is made up of more than 40 clubs from all over North America and Great Britain. One of SHI’s member clubs hosts an International Tournament every year.
The OVAH is a registered charitable organization and is run by a committed volunteer Board of Directors, with the help of dedicated volunteers.
If you’d like to get involved, we welcome new players and volunteers. If you can’t commit the time, you can help us offer this valuable experience to individuals with developmental disabilities with your tax-deductible donation.
Doug Dubois, President, OVAH Board of Directors
Jack Watson, Head Coach