The Jr. Oil Barons, Fort McMurray Minor Hockey’s Elite hockey stream, have come to a $225,000 agreement spanning three years with Bouchier Group. Included is an option for a two-year extension. The funds will support seven A and AA teams, development for players and coaches, and a scholarship program.
Born and raised in Fort McKay, Dave Bouchier, president and co-owner of Bouchier Group, said he never had sponsors when he played hockey.
“We’re trying to help out the younger kids,” he said. “To us, it’s a big deal because we’ve had three boys that have played this league and we want to continue to see other kids succeed through this too.”
“I hope the kids succeed with scholarships and move on to give themselves a better chance to make the big leagues.”
Jody Seymour, vice president of Elite Hockey, said the partnership has been in the works for a while. With a consistent executive board and the organization continuing to expand, she said now was the right time for the funding deal.