Training Camp 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 training camp is as follows:

Tuesday, August 16 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Thursday, August 18 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Friday, August 19 – Exhibition Game – 7:00pm to 10:00pm – Norwich at New Hamburg

Tuesday, August 23 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Thursday, August 25 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Tuesday, August 30 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Thursday, September 1 – Exhibition Game – 7:00pm to 10:00pm – Simcoe at New Hamburg

Wednesday, September 7 – 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Friday, September 9 – Exhibition Game – 7:30pm – New Hamburg at Norwich

Sunday, September 11 – Exhibition Game – 7:00pm – New Hamburg at Simcoe

Wednesday, September 14 – 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Anyone interested in attending MUST contact Firebirds’ General Manager, Joe Scherer, at

Looking for the 2016-2017 schedule? Click here!

Ennett is 2016 Donald Sanderson Award Recipient.

View the awards ceremony on YouTube (ceremony starts around the 7 minute mark; Donald Sanderson Award starts are 41 minute mark)


OHA Press Release CAMBRIDGE, ON – The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Donald Sanderson Award Recipient is Jerry Ennett, New Hamburg Firebirds, Midwestern Junior C Hockey League.

Jerry Ennett was a key member of the New Hamburg Firebirds this past season. The Stratford native finished third in league scoring, with 22 goals and 41 assists in 40 games. The Assistant Captain for the Firebirds managed this feat while attending the University of Guelph as a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering student.

Ennett was recognized by his League as the Most Valuable and Most Sportsmanlike Player.

Balancing 40+ hours of class per week and 10 hours of lab work, Ennett has designed and 3D printed multiple medical devices for use in emergency situations in developing countries and long-range space missions. These devices include a myoelectric prosthetic hand and arm, multiple assistive devices that attach to wheelchairs and a customizable splint that will be the first ever medical device to be 3D printed in space. Ennett has his own 3D printing start up, Taurus 3D. He is developing an anatomically driven prosthetic hand for a 7-year-old girl from Guelph who was born with an underdeveloped hand and cannot afford the expensive alternatives.

He considers community service a very important aspect of his life and has worked at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive for a number of years. This past year he won a $5000 award for the Food Drive, with that money they were able to put together a cooking school for the less fortunate in Stratford. For that achievement as well as his attendance at the soup kitchens in Stratford, he was awarded the “Going the Extra Mile Award” for Community Service in Stratford. After graduation Ennett plans to continue his career in research and development in the field of 3D printing and space. He is pursing the possibilities of engineering in space with NASA.

In 2009 the OHA lost a member of its family when young Donald Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops Senior Hockey Club suffered a major head injury in a December game. Don lost his life nearly a month later. The Donald Sanderson Memorial Award is given out on an annual basis to a player in the OHA who best exemplifies the four D’s that were evident in Donald’s life; Dedication, Desire, Discipline and Deportment. Winners of this prestigious award exercise a high degree of educational standards as they must be enrolled in either College or University.

Remaining a committed member in his community, balancing University and Junior hockey as a role model and mentor has made Ennett an outstanding selection for the 2016 OHA Donald Sanderson Memorial Award.

All 2015-2016 OHA Award Winners will be presented their awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday June 3rd.

And the winner is…

cropped-008.jpgThe Firebirds annual awards banquet took place May 1, 2016. Congratulations to all of our award recipients.

Royal Canadian Legion Award (Leading Scorer)
#18 Jerry Ennett

Edward Pfaff Memorial Award (Most Popular Player as voted by the fans)
#7 Colin Martin

Dr. T.C. Kirkpatrick Award (Rookie Of The Year)
#6 Tyler Kleine

Alvin “Butch” Forler Award (Most Improved Player)
#15 Curtis Smith

Jack Pearson Family Award (Local Player Contributing Most To The Firebirds This Season)
#8 Tyler Randerson

Elmer Schlegel Memorial Award (Most Sportsmanlike Conduct), donated by the Glanbrook Rangers
#18 Jerry Ennett

Bernie Shantz 3 Star Award, donated by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
#8 Tyler Randerson

Wayne Kaufman Memorial Award (Award Of Merit)
#22 Garrett Pollock & #26 Brodie Muckler

C. A. Daniels Memorial Award (Most Valuable Junior Defenseman), donated by the Simcoe Jets Junior C
#20 Chris Eckert

C. K. Merner Memorial Award (Most Valuable Junior Player), donated by the Tilsonberg Mavericks
18 Jerry Ennett

Shirley Scherer Award (Most Important Person)
Lloyd Kipfer

To view photos from the awards banquet, visit the Firebirds’ Flickr page or Facebook group.

Thank You

The New Hamburg Firebirds would like to thank their sponsors for their continued support of the team, the many volunteers that give generously of their time, and the fans, for the enthusiasm they show each and every season.

You help make it happen.

More information will be coming soon on year end awards and on tryouts for the 2016-2017 season.

Game Photos

Photos will be posted throughout the 2015-2016 season on the Firebirds’ Facebook page.

For those not on Facebook, photos will also be available for viewing on the new Firebirds Flickr Page.



The MWJCHL is pleased to announce their award winners for the 2015-16 season.

Congratulations to New Hamburg Firebirds’ Jerry Ennett on winning both the league MVP and Sportsmanship awards, and Chris Eckert on being named the league’s top Defenceman.

Firebirds Receive OHA Club 90 Status

TG Club 90 Member LogoOHA Press Release — “CLUB 90” is an outcome of the OHA’s Tomorrow’s Game Initiative that was initially developed in 2008 to standardize and improve the operations of all Junior Hockey teams in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). This was, and still is, a significant achievement in the operation of hockey programs within Canada.

In consultation with our member teams in each junior hockey category, both mandatory and recommended standards were established and approved by the OHA. These standards included a wide range of areas in the overall operation of hockey ream including but not limited to – on ice considerations, hockey and business operations, volunteers, and the team’s online presence.

A number of independent evaluators were summoned to conduct audits on all OHA teams (120 approximately). The first base line audits were completed in 2012 and secondary audits were completed in the 2014-15 season.  Click  here to continuing reading the news release about this exciting news. 


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