My name is Gordon Crowe and I am from the Alderville First Nation in Ontario. I have been involved in sport both aborigional and non aboriginal all of my life.
Several years ago I noticed that there did not seem to be much of a representation by our people in the highest levels of hockey.
I decided to start up an aboriginal hockey association that would play summer hockey tournaments throughout North America which had the best teams and players (non-aboriginal ) in the world competing.
I was pretty well laughed out of the building where i first mentioned this.
So, in 2006 i ran tryouts in three areas of the province for aboriginal players, from these tryouts I formed two teams, a 1996 and a 1995 birth year. We ran practices and then entered the world of white AAA hockey.
We took some lumps and much racisim but our kids hung in there with our 1995 team taking a championship at the end of the tournament season comprising 6 tournaments at the time.
And to make a long story short as the 2012 season nears we have 12 teams four of which will compete at the Elite AAA level thid season (including Junior A and we have won 28 championships against the best players in the world.
Our Star Pathways Aboriginal Hockey Association and all of our teams named Team Ontario Stingrays have now placed over two hundred aboriginal players into the AAA ranks of winter (non aboriginal) AAA & junior teams.
We are the only aboriginal teams playing at this level.
We now have a Pro player management agency that manages aboriginals right from 8 years old and up.
It is called Crowe Vista Player Management.
Our association has its own website which is http://team-ontario.ca
We have had aboriginal players compete with our teams from Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, New York, Conneticut, Massachusetts, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
If players of aboriginal descent (do not require status-just lineage) are interested in contacting our association I can be reached at shopatd[at]sympatico.ca or res 705-653-5122 cell 705-313-1061
On another note I have just been given the honour of being a manager of the NAHC team for Ontario which will be competing in the National Aboriginal Midget Championships coming up in Saskatoon.
Thanks, Gordon Crowe
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