New Senior ‘AA’ hockey group, Erin Outlaws, coming to city

ERIN – A brand new senior AA hockey group, the Erin Outlaws, is launching for the 2023-2024 season with the Ontario Elite Hockey League (OEHL).

The OEHL is a senior league previously often called the WOAA (Western Ontario Athletic Affiliation).

With tryouts approaching subsequent month, organizers of the brand new group are conserving themselves busy with preparations.

“We’re excited to see Saturday night time hockey again for Erin residents to cheer on this season” said Erin Outlaws co-president Ann Shanahan in a media launch.

“We sit up for collaborating with native enterprise house owners to take the sturdy hockey tradition this city is understood for to the subsequent stage.

Shanahan advised the Advertiser she expects the group to deliver “nice leisure, nice hockey and nice neighborhood spirit” to the city.

Co-president Dusty Scott mentioned his plan consists of “[bringing] hockey again to city and conserving it right here.”

He added within the press launch group officers are “thrilled concerning the alternative to hitch the OEHL,” including “taking part in on this league will present glorious camaraderie and competitors for the group as we enter this new territory for Senior AA Hockey in Erin.” 

The historical past

Final yr, the Erin Blitz got here to city within the WOSHL (Western Ontario Tremendous Hockey League) non-public league, bringing Saturday night time hockey again to the neighborhood.

In April the group introduced its is transferring to Orangeville. 

Shanahan mentioned the city was “actual unhappy” concerning the information, as many residents loved the weekend leisure.

Earlier this month a participant from the group reached out to Shanahan and Scott, saying they needed to play in Erin and requested if the city would discipline a group.

After discovering out they may get ice time, Shanahan mentioned group officers had been 100 per cent dedicated to the concept.

“Dusty and I would like this for the City of Erin. We wish this for the gamers who performed their hearts out final yr and plenty of of whom grew up in Erin,” she said in an e mail to the Advertiser. 

“We wish this much more for our city, the city we love that loves neighborhood, hockey and fellowship.” 

The Outlaws

Shanahan mentioned the previous few weeks have been busy with many individuals wanting to assist the brand new group.

On Aug. 10, OEHL officers voted to just accept the Erin Outlaws into the league.

“On Aug. 13 we met with head administration of the group, we raised a glass of champagne, and the Erin Outlaws had been born,” Shanahan defined.

The official launch date for the group is Oct. 14 at 7:30pm, on the season opener towards Ripley at Centre 2000 in Erin. All members of the neighborhood and past are inspired to attend.

Sponsorship packages are  accessible upon request, officers say.