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Eight OHA-members from across Ontario will receive $6,000 each for post-secondary education

CAMBRIDGE – Eight outstanding Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) members have been selected to receive bursaries from Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) in the amount of $6,000 each, to further their post-secondary education.

The bursary program is funded directly by MilkUP, DFO’s youth lifestyle brand, which recognizes young athletes who show leadership in building strong and healthy communities, demonstrate high academic achievement, are dedicated to and have a passion for hockey.

DFO and OHA are proud to award the 2022-23 bursaries to:

Nicholas Graniero (LaSalle Vipers, GOJHL)

Cameron Lytle (Mount Forest Patriots, PJHL)

Marc-Olivier Robert (Clarington Eagles, PJHL)

*Lindsay Stakes (Picton Pirates, PJHL)

Alex Hyde (Uxbridge Bruins, PJHL)

Jacob Roach (Brantford 99ers, Stouffville Spirit, OJHL)

**Danielle Williams (Official, OHA)

Jace McGrail (Sarnia Legionnaires, GOJHL)

*First trainer to receive the bursary

**First official to receive the bursary

Highlight videos of each recipient can be found here

“We are proud to partner with OHA to recognize these eight student-athletes who exemplify a strong commitment to school and sport,” said Cheryl Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Farmers of Ontario. “Through MilkUP, DFO will provide each bursary recipient $6,000 towards their post-secondary education. Each of the award winners demonstrates MilkUP’s values – perseverance, originality and heart – and are true inspirations to their classmates and community.”

“We are very excited to partner with Dairy Farmers of Ontario on this exceptional bursary program for our OHA players,” said David Leger, Executive Director of the OHA. “We understand that while the players are participating in our programs that in many cases, they are also balancing the academic demands for their future. The bursary program aligns with the OHA purpose to grow individuals and communities through hockey and our players will benefit immensely from this bursary program and partnership”

About the Ontario Hockey Association

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) was founded on November 27, 1890, and is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior hockey in the Province of Ontario.  The OHA is a Member Partner of the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) which is one of thirteen Provincial and Regional Branches of Hockey Canada. It is comprised of three Junior hockey leagues and one Senior hockey league: Junior A – Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL); Junior B – Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL); Junior C – Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL); and Sr. AAA – Allan Cup Hockey (ACH). In 2017-18, these four leagues encompassed 110 teams at the Junior and Senior levels. 

The objectives of the OHA are to foster and encourage the sport of amateur hockey, to conduct competition in the various categories established, to determine teams for entry into the inter-branch competitions that may be provided by Hockey Canada, and to provide for the affiliation of other hockey organizations.

The OHA provides administrative resources, coordinates programs, services and events for hockey participants and provides support to various Development Programs for coaches, officials, trainers and players, Safety and Risk Management Issues and offers resources for Harassment and Abuse education.

About Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is the marketing board for the largest sector of Ontario agriculture. Our mission is to provide leadership and excellence in the production and marketing of Canadian milk for a dynamic, profitable growing dairy industry. Ontario’s 3,273 dairy farmers, their families and employees are proud to produce high-quality milk for Canadians. For more information, visit


For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:

Chris McCleary                                                           Charzie Abendanio

General Manager, Operations & Marketing               External Communications Manager     

Ontario Hockey Association                                       Dairy Farmers of Ontario

[email protected]                                          [email protected]

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