History (BLOMHA)

The Burlington Lions Optimist Minor Hockey Association (BLOMHA) was formed in 1951 by members of the Burlington Central Lions Club and the Optimist Club of Burlington, making it one of the oldest, longest serving youth organizations in our city. For several years members of both clubs were actively involved in the operation of the organization. BLOMHA is governed by Hockey Canada, Ontario Hockey Federation and Alliance Hockey.

We are a not for profit, non-share corporation, which has been incorporated pursuant to and governed by the Corporation Act of the Province of Ontario.

We are a volunteer based organization with 2000 players registered making us also the largest minor hockey association in our city. Our aims and objectives are to foster, promote and teach amateur hockey within the City of Burlington and to provide the maximum opportunity for all eligible individuals to participate regardless of their ability.

We have approx 500 volunteers registered to assist in the running of our program, which includes the operation of about 135 teams. All coaches, team trainers and other volunteers are fully qualified, accredited and insured, in keeping with the guidelines issued by governing bodies of minor hockey in Canada.

A key goal of BLOMHA is to provide programs that develop each player’s full potential, subject to talent, ability and enjoyment of the game. Hockey is a competitive game therefore we are organized into three progressively competitive levels. We offer the best development program in Burlington and this is supported by the fact that several of our players move on AAA/AA hockey with the Burlington Eagles. BLOMHA is the only minor hockey association in Burlington that offers a complete range of programs available to all players regardless of ability.

House League And House League Select   
The foundation of our membership has always been our House League program. BLOMHA offers a FUN  and exciting House League program for boys and girls ages 4-18. These programs are community run and operate on the principales of good sportsmanship, discipline, team work and the fair treatment of others under all circumstances and all conditions. In existence since 1951 BLOMHA has seen many of Burlington's youth graduate to enjoy healthy and happy lifestyles through the lessons they learned while with BLOMHA. Many return as volunteers to work with the next generation of our youth.  We also run a program for 4/5/6 year olds. These players learn the game of hockey in a fun and safe environment. No scores are kept and the emphasis is on improving hockey skills.

Most divisions are split before the playoffs start to ensure that all teams have a fair chance to compete in our Annual Minor Hockey Day in early April.

Teams are permitted to play exhibition games and enter tournaments outside of the BLOMHA schedule as long as the teams they play are sanctioned by Hockey Canada, such as other Alliance or OMHA centres.

Players on House League teams are also permitted to try out for our Select Teams which are offered in most divisions (Check our Select Information Page for further information). There is not body checking in our Select program thereby reducing the incidents of Concussions. Teams can play up to an additional thirty (30) games in addition to their House League Team. 

BLOMHA is also the proud host of the Annual House League Tournament during March Break.This tournament attracts teams from across Ontario. The year 2018 will mark the 39th year of our popular House League Tournament.

For 36 years BLOMHA has participated in a friendship tournament exchange with teams from Amherst, New York. This fun and popular event takes place in early December and early February. Teams involved play both at home and away.

Rep Bulldogs Teams -

BLOMHA also operates three levels of Rep hockey, those being Rep AA/A, MD (minor development) and Select for players from 7 to 15 years old. These teams compete in their regular season with Alliance centres in Southwestern Ontario. The Select teams play a series of exhibition games and tournaments. For the 2017-2018 season we will have teams from Minor Atom to Minor Midget.

Our AA/A teams play in the very competitive AA/A divisions of The Alliance against centres in Hamilton, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Woodstock, Cambridge, Stratford, London, St. Thomas and Sarnia. This program is offered from Minor Atom through Bantam divisions.

Our MD teams compete with centres in St. Catharines, Brantford, Hamilton, Kitchener,Waterloo, Cambridge and Stratford. This program is offered from Novice through Bantam (7 to 14 years old).

This year we will again be hosting our Annual Bulldogs Rep MD Challenge Cup tournament in late November. The Tournament is becoming extremely popular and is fills up very quickly.

  • BLOMHA has been serving our community for 66years
  • bLOMHA is a not for profit organization
  • Programs offered are geared for all players regardless of ability
  • We only use municipal paid for facilities that are paid for by our members tax dollars
  • Our programs are 100% sanctioned by Hockey Canada, the OHF and the Ontario Hockey Alliance
  • All Coaches, Trainers are fully qualified with full accreditation in keeping with governing bodies of Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey Federation
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