Indigenous Hockey Equipment Drive
In the first year of the hockey equipment accumulation, Graham McWaters (Campaign
Founder) reached out to his son’s Richmond Hill team for equipment donations who
helped raise 8 bags of equipment and numerous hockey sticks. The first delivery of
equipment was sent to Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island.
Inspired by the first hockey drive in 2015 there have been numerous drives with each
growing larger than the last to the point where over 1,000 bags of hockey equipment is
accumulated and donated each fall to numerous Indigenous communities in Ontario.
Over the past few years, we have had the support of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the
Ottawa Senators Foundation.
We credit numerous businesses and organizations, such as our partners at AMJ
Campbell, Bristol Truck Rental Richmond Hill and Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC), WP Pensions + Benefits, Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario, Bluebird
Self Storage, Rogers Sports & Media, NorthStar Air and many hockey associations
& hockey families that were on board over the past 7 years.
Our organization, Indigenous Hockey Equipment Drive has teamed up with a local sports
charity from Oshawa, Ontario: Their Opportunity, which has assisted with planning, logistics, social media,
and the online presence for the cash donations to buy new helmets and support any
We collect gently used and new hockey equipment through hockey equipment
drives normally co-hosted with hockey and ringette associations. Please check out
our recent media postings.
We are not collecting any hockey equipment at this moment as our storage is full. We will start to
collect again in March of 2024.