Player Benefits & Environment
The Mission Statement of the Saginaw Spirit is:
‘Providing the Great Lakes Bay Region with world-class sports entertainment to ensure it is a better place to live, work and play. Partnering with the community to develop premier athletes into successful people. Committed to excellence on and off the ice.’
Our mission statement embodies what players can expect when they join the Spirit family. Below are some of the benefits and examples of the environment Spirit players will experience.
- Players provided with the best equipment available at no cost to the player including:
- Sticks, Skates, Shin pads, Pants, Gloves, Elbow pads, Shoulder pads, Neck guard, Helmet.
- Goalie pads, Goalie glove and blocker, Goalie chest protector, Goalie pants, Goalie helmet, Goalie sticks.
- All performance wear.
- All players shall receive a monthly expense reimbursement as per league policy during the season, as well as a $1000 off season training reimbursement.
- Each Member Team provides an annual premium up to $500 for providing 24-hour 12 month on or off ice career ending insurance.
- Spirit players are expected to be a part of the Saginaw community, which includes participation in school visits, attending youth hockey practices and other various charitable initiatives.
- Players receives game tickets for their parents and family.
- Team Bus Policy for a safe and positive environment.
- Billeting of players
- All prospective families are screened through an interview process and have a criminal background check completed.
- Players are billeted in a safe, comfortable family environment that is pre-approved by a player and his parents.
- Players are billeted in homes throughout Saginaw Township, which is less than a 10-minute drive to school and the arena.
- A restricted trading period during the holiday season.
- Games officiated with the four-man officiating system to support a positive on ice environment for players.
- All OHL Games supported by dedicated off-ice officials.
- Utilization of video replay systems for all games which contributes to supporting the efforts and achievements of players.