HISTORY OF THE
In 1970, a group of Medicine Hat Tigers fans got together to start a booster club for the new Major Junior hockey team. The Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds have been a part of the Medicine Hat hockey scene since that time.
The club has donated more than two million dollars to the community and the city at large for a variety of causes. Some of the initiatives of the club included the formation of a referees committee to assist referees and help raise the standard of officiating. In addition, the club was proud to be the first group to install defibrillators in arenas in the city, helping to ensure the safety of not only the players but each person who steps inside a hockey rink.
The Hockey Hounds continue to be a major sponsor of individual teams in minor hockey. Initiation squads, Junior Girls, Junior “B” Cubs, Sledge Hockey and many other teams sport the crest of our organization.
The Hockey Hounds support hockey in Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Irvine, and Bow Island. Working with the communities at all levels, the Hockey Hounds have invested in the training and education of minor hockey parents, players, officials, and coaches, with a special emphasis on leadership.
Vision: A national leader in developing minor hockey for local communities.
Core Values: Integrity, Passion, Teamwork, Positive Attitude, Work Ethic, Discipline, Honor & Respect, Coachability, Fearless, Humility, and Accountability.
President – Grant Vaughan
Secretary – Andy Christie
Treasurer – Dale Fuller
Registrar – Dennis Lanski
Director – Deryk Woodman
Director – Brian Varga
In 1972 the Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds started their showcase event; the Annual Major Bantam Tournament is held each November.
It features top teams from Western Canada, Ontario, and the United States. Many of today’s and yesterday’s NHL stars have participated in this prestigious tournament.
The Hockey Hounds are pleased to be associated with the Medicine Hat Tigers. Through their Tigers jersey draw, the Hockey Hounds assist in raising money for the Tigers education Fund for graduating players who elect to pursue post-secondary education.
The association has provided funds for Medicine Hat hardship cases. Substantial funds have also been provided in upgrades of the Hockey Hounds Recreation Centre. The Hockey Hounds are also annual supporters of both the Medicine Hat Food Bank and Halo Rescue.
The Association was honoured to be inducted to the Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame in 2021.
The Hockey Hounds distribute five $500 athletic scholarships annually to local high schools and the Medicine Hat College.
Since its inception, the association has had over 300 members. Currently, there is still one founding member involved in the association.