Indigenous community Cubs

August 22, 2023

Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have created an innovative new position. Cubs managing director Blaine Smith has confirmed that Dominic Fletcher will head up the NOJHL team’s newly formed Indigenous Community Relations department.

According to Smith, Fletcher will be part of the Cubs organization in a number of new initiatives including but not limited to the following:

Sudbury Cubs owner Mark Burgess (left) and managing director Blaine Smith (right) with Dominic Fletcher
  • Forging new connections with Indigenous Communities across northern Ontario
  • Provide support and hosting hockey equipment drives for Indigenous minor hockey programs
  • Recognizing Indigenous events including the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous Hockey Tournaments.
  • Identifying Indigenous hockey talent that will hopefully be able to play for the Sudbury Cubs one day
  • Networking with businesses that are interested in supporting Indigenous youth and/or junior hockey.
  • Sudbury “Cubs owner Mark Burgess and myself are honoured to introduce Dominic as a member of the Sudbury Cubs management team,” relayed the aforementioned Blaine Smith. “It is inspiring to partner with motivated people that have the passion and desire to support their community like Dominic. His goal of giving back to our community and to those that need support, matches perfectly with the Cubs movement. We can’t wait to see all of the great achievements that Dominic has already begun to work towards this season.”
  • Fletcher is equally pleased to accept the role provided to him by the Cubs ownership.
  • “I am honoured to accept the position with the Sudbury Cubs as their Indigenous Community Relations leader. It is important for the Cubs to become a junior hockey organization that leads by initiating the reconciliation process and engages with local communities surrounding us in the Robinson Huron territory. The Cubs organization recognizes the importance of providing junior hockey opportunities for players in Greater Sudbury and most of their players come from local communities. Those players include several Indigenous players with great talents.”
  • The Cubs will celebrate the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation when they play host to the French River Rapids on Friday, September 29th at 7 p.m. This game will be played at the Centennial Arena in Hanmer as the Cubs continue their goal of playing league games in as many towns in the Greater Sudbury area as possible.
  • Tickets for this game are now available by contacting the Cubs office at: or calling 705-525-8375. Cubs individual game tickets are available to adults for $15, juniors and seniors are $10 and children 12 and under are only $5.
  • In addition to the above, the Cubs will also be installing “EVERY CHILD MATTERS” rinkboards in the Countryside and Centennial Arenas beginning September 29th in honour of the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of the Canadian Residential School system of the past.
  • For more information, contact Sudbury Cubs Indigenous Community Relations Leader Dominic Fletcher at 705-920-4544. To contact Cubs team management, call 705-524-8375 x 227.

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