Passing of Mike Depratto

I have some very sad news to pass along. Earlier today, we received word that Mike Depratto has passed away. His contributions to hockey in Eastern Ontario cannot be overstated but more importantly he has been a friend and a mentor to many of us on a personal level.

We will all miss him.

Gary Hopkins

President - HEO Minor 

Rogers Hometown Hockey

Rogers Hometown Hockey will be in Ottawa the weekend of February 7-9, and they have many activities lined up that they would like our teams to participate in.

Festival Locaton: Marion Dewar Plaza (in front of Ottawa City Hall)

Here is the list of activities:

1. Minor Hockey All-Stars (Ball Hockey)
2. Parade of Champions
3. Fundraising Opportunities

Below is a more detailed description of each activity:

.Minor Hockey All-Stars (Ball Hockey) –

  • The event is looking to gather Minor Hockey teams to come to the site and participate in ball hockey on the Scotiabank ball hockey rink.
  • This is an amazing opportunity for players to come out and have some fun.
  • Minor hockey teams that are interested can sign up by emailing
  • When registering teams need to include team name, age group, level of play, and coaches contact information
  • Games will be 30 minutes each.
  • Teams are encouraged to sign up and the oganizers will make the schedule for them. If teams have time or day preferences, please include that in the registration request email.(Please note that teams do not sign up for specific time slots…they are more than welcome to state any time preferences they have, which the organizers will do their best to accommodate, but cannot guarantee).
    • Saturday February 8th @ 3:30 – 6:00 PM (TBC)
    • Sunday February 9th- Any time except for 2:30 pm-4:30 PM (TBC)

Parade of Champions –

  • The event organizers are encouraging all Minor Hockey Associations to come out and enjoy the incredible Parade of Champions on Sunday before the broadcast.
  • This is an incredible part of the weekend and teams, siblings, coaches, friends/family members are all encourage to come join the Parade by wearing their team jersey and making signs to celebrate hockey & the amazing Ottawa Community
  • Teams interested in participating are to signup by emailing
  • Team that have registered will then be emailed the logistics for the parade.
  • The event organizers are looking for the team name and any fun facts about the team including team accomplishments, charitable donations, outstanding work in the community etc. This information may be read on the air during the live broadcast.
  • Parade time: February 9th @ 6pm with a meeting time of approximately 5:45 pm at Ottawa City Hall.

Fundraising Opportunities –

  • BBQ –
    • Opportunity to raise funds for your association or team
      • Sobeys to donate $1000 honorarium in the form of gift cards to purchase items that will be for sale (e.g. hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, pop, coffee, etc...)
      • Sobeys to provide a 20x20 tent for you to operate in

          Clean-Up Crew –

  • Team(s) that will help out with light garbage duty through the festival weekend. Great opportunity to get out in the Community again and receive $500
  • Teams interested in participating in either activity are to signup by emailing