Fergus and Elora minor hockey ‘fuse’ to create new organization

Ten years after political amalgamation took place, Fergus and Elora minor hockey associations have also merged – or rather, “fused”.

The group held a contest to name the new Centre Well­ington Team, and Kevin Cook won the competition with Centre Wellington Fusion.

He was presented with a new hockey sweater last week that was designed by Larry Kraemer, of Made You Look Designs.

Minor hockey association president said the other reason for the meet was a grant.

The new hockey group received a Trillium Foundation grant for $62,900 for volunteer training, legal fees and equipment purchases.

VonMassow said that money will help pay for the legal costs of the amalgamation, the running of programs that include extra ice time for team practices, plus help with beginning goalies by paying some of their equipment costs. With the extra gear, their costs much higher than for regular players.

The new uniforms, home and away, show a futuristic and aggressive colour scheme.

The Fergus and Elora hockey associations had discussed possible amalgamations for several years but VonMassow said it took a lot of work by many to make it a reality.

Trillium Foundation grants are provided through profits from slots and casinos across Ontario.