As a registered non-profit organization, Seaside seeks to provide opportunities for youth in GTA to receive quality instruction, professional coaching, and gain life skills in a leading-edge hockey-based mentorship program.
Our program offers minority youth a space to develop, be challenged and to support their growth into confident individuals. Hockey is embedded in Canadian culture and Seaside Hockey is committed to making hockey available for youths that have an interest in the game.
The purpose of Seaside minor Hockey Association is to provide assistance to visible minority youths in the GTA community to play hockey by removing financial barriers. Seaside Minor Hockey Association provides a safe and inclusive environment for youths and their families to enjoy hockey while delivering quality instruction.
Seaside Hockey will strive to provide quality leadership at all levels, and to develop the understanding of teamwork and sportsmanship in an atmosphere of fun and positive reinforcement for all players, families and volunteers.
Board of Directors
Hafiz Gafoor Treasurer
We get our name from the Africville Sea-Sides, who played in The Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes (CHL). The CHL was an all-Black men's hockey league, founded in 1895 by Black Baptists and Black intellectuals in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Play was fast, physical and innovative. The league was designed to attract young Black men to Sunday worship with the promise of a hockey game between rival churches after the services. Later, with the influence of the Black Nationalism Movement — and with rising interest in the sport of hockey — the league came to be seen as a potential driving force for the equality of Black Canadians. By 1930 the league played its last game.
Dartmouth Jubilees, Africville Sea-Sides, Truro Victorias, Charlottetown West End Rangers, Amherst Royals, Hammond Plains Moss Backs, Halifax Diamonds, Halifax Wizards, New Glasgow Speed Boys, the Africville Brown Bombers and the Truro Sheiks were all teams in the Colored Hockey League. Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp collection in honour of the league in January 2020.