History (Southpoint Minor Hockey)


History of Southpoint Minor Hockey

Southpoint Minor Hockey was formed with the amalgamation of the former Wheatley and Leamington Minor Hockey Systems. Initial discussions were started by Dick Segedin and Ralph Warkentin, who were the Presidents of the respective minor hockey systems during the 1992/1993 season.  Following these initial discussions it was felt a committee should be formed to discuss the feasibility of such a project. 

Four members from each minor hockey system comprised this committee. Numerous meetings were held and the group felt the two systems could resolve any differences and recommended that a trial season take place.  The committee discussed this proposal with the OMHA and were given permission to hold a trial season.

Next, the committee held meetings with the parents of each association to explain their discussions and to hold votes for the parents' approval of this endeavor.  With the approval of both system's parents the new Wheatley-Leamington Minor Hockey system was formed.

Max Raffoul, Ralph Warkentin, Rick Feltz and Neil Quick from Leamington,Dick Segedin, Bill Recker, Mike Epplett and Pete Anthony from Wheatley were members of the amalgamation committee during these initial meetings.

After a successful 1993-1994 trial season a vote was held for the parents to decide if a permanent amalgamation would take place.  The parents decided to amalgamate and so the "New Minor Hockey" was formed for the1994-1995 season.

The work was not over.  The new system did not have a name, a board, uniforms or a logo.  A contest was held to name the new system and come up with a new logo.  The contest produced the new logo and the "Southpoint" Minor Hockey system was born.

The Capitals nick name came about from Leamington “the Tomato Capital of Canada” and Wheatley the “Fresh Water Fish Capital of the World”, hence the Capitals!! Wheatley’s uniforms were blue and white, Leamington’s uniform’s were red and white, thus the colours red, white and blue were selected.

Elections were held, uniforms were ordered and the new system was taking shape.

After a hectic summer the new system started the season utilizing both the Leamington and Wheatley arenas.  Southpoint Minor Hockey was now one system with two arenas.

The new system was made of Major, Minor and AE teams in each age division along with a strong house league system.  Recently Southpoint has added girls travel and house league teams as well.  

Southpoint Minor Hockey is proud of it's past and looking forward to the future.
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