CHESTERVILLE — Local businesses in North Dundas are hearing about opportunities to sponsor the North Dundas Rockets and support the local hockey team’s determination to put as many local players on the roster as possible.
“My favourite part about last year’s success is that we did it with 16 local players on our team,” says Rockets GM Rob Sadler. “This year, it’s a real possibility that that number gets closer to 20 based on some of the work we have done.”
Sadler says the Rockets will announce additions to the roster prior to the season-opening National Capital Junior Hockey League Showcase at the Robert Guertin Arena, Sept. 23. The Chesterville-based team opened its brief exhibition season this past weekend in the lead-up to the Showcase.
“As General Manager, I can say that we are looking forward to this season, and are comfortable with some of the pieces we have in place coming back from last year,” says Sadler. “At the same time we are excited to see how the next couple weeks develop leading up to the showcase. Everyone in our organization has been working very hard the past couple weeks finding players locally, getting certifications and setting up the conditioning camp as well as the golf tournament.”
The focus on securing local talent for the Jr. C Rockets’ squad stands in stark contrast to the trend seen in Jr. A and Jr. B hockey leagues, according to the non-profit team’s recent letter seeking sponsorship support from businesses in the community. At those other levels, high player fees have contributed to a “business and profit approach” that has driven teams to “abandon local content and fill their rosters with players from out of town who have the financial resources to pay,” the letter asserts.
By contrast, the Rockets “have become ‘THE‘ local option for our future graduating minor hockey players in your area,” the organization boasts in the pitch to prospective supporters that also acknowledges the annual cost of running a NCJHL team is about $55,000.
Sadler invites anyone wanting to sponsor the Rockets this season to contact him at 613-809-5771 or Keven Byers at 613-223-0620. Likewise, team supporters can get into the swing of things at the club’s annual fundraiser golf tourney, Sept. 16 at Cedar Glen Golf Course (contact Byers or Kent Young, 613-880-4362 if interested).
Sadler and the team have also expressed thanks for the support shown by the Winchester and Chesterville Lions Clubs, sponsors of the team’s new jerseys that were recently purchased from Winchester’s Rob Raistrick of Razor Sports.
See the club’s 2017-18 sponsorship request letter below.