SOUTH MUSKOKA SHIELD

A Proud Tradition, Celebrating our 14th Season!

More than a decade ago a group of business owners and hockey fans in the South Muskoka region came together and decided to join a new and exciting venture.

The group entered a franchise in the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League. The team which takes its name from the strength and vitality of the Precambrian Shield, joined the Bradford Rattlers, Deseronto Thunder, King Wild, Nipissing Alouettes, Richmond Hill Rams, and Toronto Moose for the inaugural 2006-07 season.

While some of these teams have moved (King Wild is now the Wiarton Rock; Toronto Moose is now the Toronto Ice Jets), left the league (Deseronto and Richmond Hill), South Muskoka has stayed true to its moniker, standing strong and firm like the very Precambrian Shield it was named after.

However, year one was not a particularly good one for the Shield, as the team won only 4 times in its 42 game season. The faith of the team paid off the following season, as the Shield posted their first .500 season with a 19-18-5 record, giving local fans hope that better things were to come. They didn’t have to wait long for their trust to be rewarded. The Shield took off in the 2008-09 season capturing the regular-season title with a 38-4-1 record, and winning the Russell Cup in a 6 game final over the Deseronto Storm. The team would go on to reach the cup finals the next two seasons, losing in 2010 to the Storm in a seven-game battle, which featured the final game in front of more than 1,500 fans, the largest GMHL crowd to date; and to Elliott Lake in 2011.

South Muskoka is the only team in league history to reach the cup finals three consecutive years and has never lost more than 13 times since its second season, a legacy that is hard to find in any junior hockey league anywhere.

The team will now have a third banner to display this season, as the team compiled a record of 36-5-1 during the 2015-16 season to win the tough North Division.

Since its inauguration, back in 2006, the team holds a winning percentage of more than 72%.

There is a reason why the Shield organization has been so successful for so long … THE PLAYERS. Our players buy into our game plan and expectations of them on and off the ice. It is a privilege to be a member of this historic franchise and everyone from volunteers, arena staff, coaches, sponsors, fans and players take pride in wearing the Shield logo and representing the club. We hold ourselves to a high standard and want to see our players succeed.

One of our most recognized accomplishments so far has been Nikita Jevpalovs who is playing in the San Jose Sharks organization. He currently plays for their AHL affiliate, San Jose Barracudas. Nikita joined us as a young 16-year-old where he honed his skills for a year before moving on to play Major Junior hockey in the QMJHL. This is just one of many examples of how young raw talent joins the Shield for a year or two of development and growth before moving on to college or professional ranks. We are very proud of all our players that have worn the Shield jersey and represented our team and community with respect.

It is this commitment to excellence that has made the South Muskoka Shield one of the preeminent franchises in the history of the Greater Metro Hockey League.

MILTON MENACE

About the Milton Menace:

In March 2019, the Milton Menace Hockey Club was formed by way of acquisition of the storied Newmarket Jr. A Hockey Club (originally known as the Newmarket 87’s) and thereby relocated to the Town of Milton to commence operations and play in 2019/20 for its inaugural season.

Our club’s intent is to provide an environment that advances and develops the skill level of players, to create opportunities for those players; and to promote their growth and advancement.

As a result, to help navigate our club to success based on these objectives, we have established the following core founding principles:

1. Community enrichment and participation

2. Player Development

3. Educational mentorship and promotion

4. The high engagement fan experience

5. Safe, communicative and an open-door policy for our players with Management


Community Enrichment:

Whether supporting local businesses, residents, foundations, charities or events, our team mandate is to be fully engaged and entrenched and supportive in the town we call home.

Our presence and contributions can be found via multiple pathways:

Events and Appearances:

The Menace has had much in-person and sponsorship led events throughout the year supporting local businesses, charities, and fundraising initiatives. Our goal is to provide presence, leadership, and contributions to support the many local events in which we are able to.

To date in our inaugural season, we have been fortunate enough to partner with and assist with the following local events:

  • Milton Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament 2019 – Milton Chamber of Commerce
  • Milton Street Festival 2019 – Town of Milton
  • Ribfest 2019 – Northern Heat Rib Series
  • Food 4 Kids Halton Food Drive 2019 – Food 4 Kids Halton
  • Hope in High Heels 2019 – Halton Women’s Place
  • In-person meet and greet/motivational speaking in schools
  • Milton Santa Claus parade 2019
  • and many more planned events!

If you are interested in having the Menace as part of your event, please feel free to contact us at admin@miltonmenace.com

Partnerships/Sponsorship:

An important attribute of our club is mutual partnership/sponsorship with the local businesses and charities in our community. We provide our community with our own sponsorship donations and involvement to help drive success and contribution as a good partner in our community. Reciprocally, we are fortunate enough to have many local sponsors who help our club advance our success.

Menace Sponsored Teams:

We’re proud to sponsor on an annual basis one local boy and one girl’s hockey team here at the Milton Menace.

We’ll be announcing shortly our sponsored teams!

Team 1:

Team 2:

If you are interested in having our club sponsor or assist with your initiative, please feel free to contact us at admin@miltonmenace.com

If you are interested in partnering with The Milton Menace as an advertiser or sponsor of our club please contact: jason@miltonmenace.com

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