History (BLOMHA)


About Burlington Lions Optimist Minor Hockey Association (BLOMHA)

The Burlington Lions Optimist Minor Hockey Association was formed in 1951 by members of the Burlington Central Lions Club and the Optimist Club of Burlington, making it one of the oldest and 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, the Ontario Hockey Federation and the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario. 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.

BLOMHA is a volunteer-based organization with approximately 1800 players registered, making us the largest minor hockey association in Burlington. Our objective is to promote, provide and develop amateur youth hockey within the City of Burlington, and to provide the maximum amount of opportunity for all eligible participants regardless of their ability.

Each season BLOMHA has approximately 500 volunteers registered to assist in the running of our hockey programs, which includes the operation in excess of 100 teams. All coaches, team trainers and other volunteers are fully certified, accredited and insured, in keeping with the guidelines issued by the governing bodies of minor hockey in Canada. Our office is staffed by full time employees.

The main goal of BLOMHA is to provide programs that develop each player to their full potential, subject to talent, ability and personal enjoyment of the game. Hockey is a competitive game and therefore we are organized into three progressively competitive levels beginning with our recreational or House League stream, House League SELECT and then representative Minor Development (Rep MD).