Bouchier and the Jr. Oil Barons reached a multi-year deal to support Fort McMurray Minor Hockey’s Elite Hockey.
The three-year agreement, which includes an option for a two-year extension, will provide $225,000 for minor hockey in the region.
The funds will support the 7, A and AA teams, players and coach development, and a scholarship program.
Bouchier President and Co-Owner David Bouchier said they explored ideas on how the Indigenous-owned company can make a larger impact on the game.
“Growing up in Fort Mckay we spent many hours on our outdoor rink. With support like this I am sure some of our local players would have had a better chance of taking their skills to the next level.”
He and his wife, Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, are avid supporters of Jr. Oil Barons hockey, both as parents and sponsors.
All three of their sons participated in the program in the past 10 years.
“I am excited to see what consistent investment in the program will do to further grow high-level hockey and high-level leaders in Wood Buffalo.” Said Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, CEO & Co-Owner of Bouchier.
The investment is part of Bouchier’s $300,000 annual give to the region.
Jody Seymour, Vice-President of Elite Hockey, said they are ecstatic about the new partnership.
“Bouchier has been a long-time supporter of many of our teams and events and we are so grateful. Having one name for all of our teams is awesome and this level of support will drive development throughout the region.”
Over the last four years, the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Program (FMMHA) worked to grow and develop minor hockey in the region.
Through policy and governance changes, they increased player and coach development, added A-Division level teams, the inclusive Royals, and the all-female Huskies teams.