Local Hockey Hero joins KMHA family, News (Kitchener Minor Hockey)

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Sep 01, 2021 | Rolland Cyr | 1593 views
Local Hockey Hero joins KMHA family
Local Hockey Hero Ben Fanelli has joined the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association as our new Development Coordinator.

For Immediate Release:



Local Hockey Hero Ben Fanelli has joined the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association as our new Development Coordinator.

Ben’s Role will be to ensure that our player and coaching development plans and programs are best in class and fueled by modern hockey principles.


Ben Fanelli will begin today Sept 1st in his new role as Coordinator of Development and will work hard to fill the shoes of Dean DeSilva who has joined the Everette Silvertips of the WHL as an assistant coach.   You will see Ben around Kitchener arenas evaluating our programs, on the ice as an instructor, but also online helping our coaches to develop and provide our players with the best hockey development experience around.  Ben joins KMHA with an interest in helping young players learn, grow and become the best people they can be, not only as hockey players but as successful contributors that can apply transferable skills to their lives outside of Hockey.  Ben believes a strong mind and the ability to grow on and off the ice helps young athletes to be successful in life. An example himself Ben has graduated with a degree from the University of Wilfrid Laurier, is pursuing his Masters in Psychology, and is soon to release a behavioral health platform that provides self-administered psychological and philosophical exercise. The goal is to give people the opportunity to shape the moral compass and behaviors that collectively influence the quality of their life and their performance. You can find out more at www.heroicminds.live.


Ben began his career in Hockey at  a young age and has experienced the power of Hockey first hand growing up playing. Moving through the ranks Ben made his way to the OHL Kitchener Rangers as a player where his life took a different direction due to an injury. Since his injury Ben has stayed involved in Hockey applying resiliency and transferable skills while playing, coaching and growing. From 2018 to 2021 Ben served as an assistant coach with the University of Waterloo. He also helped several local development programs designed to improve the playing skill of players from our very own region. When asked how do you feel about joining the team at KMHA Ben responded with My family and I realized the incredible power of the hockey community first hand. Having an opportunity to influence that hockey experience for those entering the game or those taking the next step in their hockey journey is quite invigorating. I take a lot of pride and responsibility in this opportunity because I know how powerful it can be.”

KMHA family please join us in welcoming Ben Fanelli to the KMHA team. 



Ben Fanelli as Captain of the OHL Rangers (Source: Google)


{ We are extremely excited and pleased to welcome Ben to our KMHA family, and we are sure his experiences in his many years of hockey, education  and  life will help mold not only hockey players but fine young adults.  Ben’s youthful approach will exemplify why KMHA is the best place to grow and play hockey. } - Greg Blundell: President KMHA.

1st Impressions Corporate & Sportswear
Thanks to Joe at 1st Impressions for his ongoing support of KMHA. 1st Impressions is also an approved supplier of Jr Ranger and KMHA wearables. Outfit your team at 1st Impressions!
The Timbits Minor Sports Program is a community-oriented sponsorship program for children four to eight years old who participate in local house league sports teams. The program's philosophy is not based on winning or losing - but on learning a new sport, making new friends, and just taking time out to be a kid. Tim Hortons currently sponsors over 200,000 children who play on hockey, soccer, lacrosse, t-ball, baseball and ringette teams across Canada and in the United States. Each sponsored team is supplied with Timbits Minor Sports jerseys or T-shirts. Timbits hockey teams are often given the opportunity to play on-ice scrimmages during intermissions at Junior, American Hockey League (AHL) and National Hockey League (NHL) games and do so with our own KITCHENER JR. A RANGERS. Tim Horton's once again sponsor's our 40 entry level HL teams this year.
Play it Again Sports
Thanks to Brad and Mark at Play it Again Sports for their ongoing support of KMHA. Play It Again is a premier supplier of great Hockey equipment both new and used! They are also an approved supplier of Jr/Lady Ranger and KMHA outerwear. Outfit your team at Play it Again Sports!
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
Our friends at Toyota continue to support Kitchener Minor Hockey by returning as a House League Gold Sponsor yet again for this season. Toyota also sponsors the Toyota Challenge featuring teams from the region in competition and the opportunity to travel to Japan. The Toyota Hockey Challenge consists of round robin competition amongst top Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge teams, with the top two teams then competing in a one-game show down that will determine the team to represent the Tri-Cities in a once-in-a-lifetime cultural exchange to Japan. The team that wins the Toyota Hockey Challenge will travel to Hokkaido, Japan during March Break for a cultural exchange with the Tomakomai Allstars, all expenses paid by TMMC. Thanks Toyota!