The OHF Atom AA Championship will be hosted by the Belle River Junior Canadiens at Atlas Tube Centre from April 12th to 14th, 2019.
The Belle River Atom AA Jr. Canadiens have worked very hard this season to showcase their tournament play prior to the Atom AA Championships. The Jr. Canadiens were finalists at the Essex Early Bird Tournament in September 2018 and semi-finalists in the Guelph Powerplay Tournament in November 2018.
This season, the Jr. Canadiens have been working towards two major goals – to make it to the OMHA playdown quarterfinals and to host a successful OHF Championship event.
The Jr. Canadiens and their Hosting Committee are excited to welcome everyone to Belle River for the OHF Championships. Before you head there, here are five fun facts about the host community:
- Belle River (Lakeshore) is home to a population of 36,000.
- The Town of Lakeshore was established in 1999 by the amalgamation of the former Town of Belle River and the former Townships of Maidstone, Rochester, Tilbury North and Tilbury West, and is home to a long and colourful history.
- The National Historic Site Fort Malden, in Amherstburg, is a great place to visit in the spring.
- The nearby Windsor Spitfires (OHL) hosted and won the Memorial Cup in 2017.
- Aaron Ekblad, defenceman for the Florida Panthers, is from Belle River. Ekblad was drafted first overall in 2014 after being granted exceptional status to play in the OHL at age 15 – the first defenceman granted such status and third player ever, preceded only by John Tavares and Connor McDavid.