The Ottawa-Gatineau Gay Hockey Association (OGGHA) is dedicated to providing a friendly sporting environment which broadly welcomes all persons with a passion or interest in ice hockey. We are committed to embracing and fostering that passion or interest, whether it is as a full-time player in the league, an occasional player in the league, an active supporter for league play, a volunteer for one of our events, or as a spectator voicing support.
The Ottawa-Gatineau Capitals is the team representing the Ottawa-Gatineau Gay Hockey Association (OGGHA).
The OGGHA provides a multi-faceted structure in support of recruiting, embracing and fostering players and supporters alike. To that end, the OGGHA:
We are here first and foremost to have fun playing hockey, and to wrap that with a social envelop that makes coming to the rink each week a joy preceded with anticipation. Equality in respect is what we strive for and offer it to everyone regardless of skill level, sexual orientation or sex.
The 5th edition of the Eastern Canada Cup had teams in two divisions from Ottawa, Gatineau, Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Chicago. The Toronto Renegades finished in first place in the A Division but lost the championship game against Les Dragons de Montréal, 4-2. In the B Division, the Toronto Wolfpack finished first place but lost in the finals against Équipe Montréal, 5-1. One BIG THANK YOU to all the organizers and participants of the 2013 Eastern Canada Cup who made this event possible!
The OG Capitals participated in New York's annual tournament. Approximately 300 players, 18 teams, participated in their 13th edition, making it the highest attendance on record! The OG Capitals were defeated in overtime in the semi-finals by the Toronto Renegades 6-5. Congratulations guys on a game well played! And congratulations to the New York City Gay Hockey Association (NYCGHA) on another successful event!
At the 4th annual Eastern Canada Cup held in Toronto, the OG Capitals won the B Division with a 4-0 shutout over the Chicago's Red Liners. Congratulations guys! The Round Robin began on Friday at the University of Toronto's Varsity Arena where the OG Capitals defeated Toronto's Wolfpack 2 - 1. On the following day, games were played at the historic renovated former NHL arena, the Maple Leaf Gardens. The OG Capitals were defeated in two games: Chicago Red Liner 2 - 0; and Montreal 1 - 0. However, on Sunday at the Varsity Arena, with so much determination, the team defeated Montreal in semi-final 1 - 0 which had brought them to victory in the final over the Chicago Red Liners. This is the 4th consecutive first place finish for the OG Capitals - Eastern Canada Cup 2011 - Montreal; Boston Beanpot Classic - 2012; Minto Adult Hockey League (MAHL) - 2012). Once again, congratulations OG Capitals!
The OG Capitals travelled to Boston for the first ''Boston Beanpot Classic'' tournament. After going 3-0-0 in the round robin vs the Toronto Wolfpack, the Vancouver Cutting Edges and the Chicago Red Liners, the OG Capitals defeated a tough Vancouver Cutting Edges team for a second time to move on to the tournament final. Tied 2-2 after regulation against Toronto Reloaded (who were also undefeated at this point), it took 4 overtime periods and 8 shooters from each team to decide the winner of this first ''Boston Beanpot Classic''. On a goal by the captain (Kevin G), the OG Capitals took home the coveted beanpot! Congrats to the boys once again! At this point, the OG Capitals have won two straight tournaments by being undefeated (10-0-0).
The OG Capitals played their second season in the Minto league and finished 4th in their division in the regular season. They then had a successful playoff run and won the division championship. Congrats to the boys!
The OG Capitals participated in the third Eastern Canada Cup tournament, in Montréal, Québec. The Capitals started the tournament in strong fashion with a 4-1 win vs the Toronto Wolfpack, and continued their road to a 3-0-0 round-robin record. In the semis, the Caps were again facing the Wolfpack, and won the game to send the team to the finals vs Toronto Wolfpack Too. Our OG Capitals ended the tournament on a perfect note, winning the Division B Championship with a convincing 6-1 win. Congrats to our boys for a great tournament!
The OG Capitals made their way to Chicago to participate in the first ever ''Market Days Classic'' tournament. After a competitive, but difficult round-robin against Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver, the Caps won a thrilling semi-final game by the score of 8-7 against #1 seed Vancouver in the shootout. Unfortunately, following this semi-final game, the boys lost a few players and ended up losing the final to a strong Toronto team. Despite this loss, the team (and its fans) represented Ottawa-Gatineau very well and made us proud!
The OG Capitals joined the Minto league for the summer season and finished 3rd in their division. This marked the first time the Capitals played as a team for a full-season in the Minto league.
The OG Capitals fielded a full team for the first time as they participated in the Minto Annual Spring tournament, utilizing the competition as a good opportunity to get experience in a league set-up. The strenght of the competition that was faced by our boys was a great learning experience, and the team came together as the tournament progressed. Despite not qualifying for the elimination round, a good time was had by all and it provided an excellent base for the spring/summer season starting on April 20th, 2011. This spring/summer season (Minto) will mark the first time the OG Capitals will field a full team to play regularly in an organized men's league.
The OGGHA held its second Outdoor Ice Challenge at the Jack Purcell Park located at 320 Jack Purcell. The event was held during Canada's Winterlude festivities that includes the Rideau Canal Skateway, a 7.8 kilometre (4.8 miles) skating rink ... the world's largest skating rink! The event included participants from Ottawa, Gatineau and Montreal.
All OGGHA players were invited for a friendly game at Scotiabank place. The game ended 4-4, but the score wasn`t really important that night as all players enjoyed a great experience playing in the home of the Ottawa Senators. The fans in attendance also enjoyed a unique night as they got to sit front row in this 18,500 capacity NHL arena.
A couple of players from the OGGHA were invited to join guys from Toronto and Boston to form a team for the 2nd annual Eastern Canada Cup, this time held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 'Lobsters' (as they were named) unfortunately lost their first game, due in part to being short a few players (including a goalie), but then played great against Montreal (losing 4-3 on a late goal) and won their final game by a big score. Unfortunately, it was not enough to place them in medal contention.
After consulting with players from the league, "OG Capitals" was chosen to become the official name of the team representing the Ottawa-Gatineau Gay Hockey Association (OGGHA). The new navy blue and gold logo and jersey were unveiled, with the OG in the logo representing the two communities (Ottawa and Gatineau) side by side.
Ottawa-Gatineau and Washington joined forces to participate in the Chelsea Challenge. The 'Bi-Nationals' team unfortunately went 1-2 and did not make it to the elimination round.
The OGGHA held its very first Outdoor Ice Challenge at the Jack Purcell Park located at 320 Jack Purcell. The event was held during Canada's Winterlude festivities that includes the Rideau Canal Skateway, a 7.8 kilometre (4.8 miles) skating rink ... the world's largest skating rink! The event included participants from Ottawa, Gatineau, Montréal and Toronto.
The OGGHA participated in the very first Eastern Canada Cup, which was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team Ottawa-Gatineau welcomed 4 Americans on its team and performed very well, even winning an overtime-thriller vs the Toronto Wolfpack in order to make it into the semi-final, but our boys lost to a very strong Washington Team, who would then go on to win the division B title.
Ottawa-Gatineau and Toronto joined forces to participate in the Chelsea Challenge. The team made it to the final of Division B but unfortunately lost 2-1 to the Hartford Whalers in a very close game.
The OGGHA held its 5th hockey tournament, the National Capital Region Face Off, which took place during Winterlude. Eight teams participated in the event that took place at Carleton University's Ice House. The Toronto Hogtown Boys were victorious in Division A with a 4-2 victory in the final over rival Toronto Reloaded. In Division B, our very own Ottawa-Gatineau Gladiators defeated les Dragons de Montréal 2-1 in the final.
The OGGHA played in the first annual North America Outgames in Calgary, Alberta.
The OGGHA secured full time ice on Sundays, from September to April at Carleton University's Ice House.
The first OUTGames took place in Montréal from July 26th to August 5th 2006 and helped re-launch the OGGHA. Part-time ice was available at the newly state-of-the-art arena at Carleton University's Ice House.
The league lost several players and unfortunately had to cease its operations.
The OGHA and the Toronto Gay Hockey Association (TGHA) join forces to become the Easterners. The event took place at the Canlan Ice Sports facility in North Vancouver.
Over a hundred hockey players from as for as San Francisco and Vancouver participated in the 4th National Capital Face Off that took place during the closing weekend of Winterlude. The annual tournament also became the first major sports event to be hosted at the newly-opened state-of-the-art athletics complex at the University of Ottawa.
The first Gals vs. Guys Community Challenge made winners both on and off the ice. The event took place at the Bernard Grandmaître Arena in Vanier. First place belonged to the Shepherds of Good Hope and the Ottawa Food Bank, which received five cartloads of food collected by participants and a $250.00 donation from the funds raised from the event.
More than 80 players on six teams from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and New York participated in the third consecutive tournament that was held at the Minto Skating Centre located at 2571 Lancaster Rd.
The league expanded to three teams, thanks in part to the addition of women and gay friendly players. With the expanding numbers, the Ottawa Trojans welcomed the Ottawa-Hull Gladiators.
The OGHA's second annual hockey tournament was held at the Minto Skating Centre located at 2571 Lancaster Rd. Out of town teams participating in the tourney were Toronto, Montreal, Washington DC, Boston, and New York. The tournament also included the addition of a second Ottawa team, the Ottawa-Hull Gladiators.
A boisterous crowd of over 100 people witnessed the Ottawa Trojans lock horns with the Manx Pub in a spirited exhibition hockey game. The Ottawa Trojans came out on the short end, but it was all for a good cause. Donations and ticket sales resulted in $200.00 donation to the Pink Triangle Services, an organization that helps gay youth in the Ottawa-Carleton region.
The Ottawa Trojans participated in their second hockey tournament located at the University of Toronto's Varsity Arena.
The Ottawa Trojans made their first foray into tournament competition in another city. Seven Trojan players were joined by four new found friends from Team Toronto to form the Upper Canada Squad.
The first annual hockey tournament held at the Jim Durrel Arena. The event attracted three out-of-town teams, two from Toronto and one from Montreal.
The Ottawa Gay Hockey Assocation was created.