Hitmen moniker is inappropriate

Hitmen moniker is inappropriate

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North Bay, Canada

#1 Feb 19, 2013
Hitmen moniker is inappropriate
(This letter was originally sent to Georgetown Minor Hockey Association president Carson Mininich and a copy was made available for publication).
Dear Carson,
I read your comments in The Independent today with growing disbelief. I cannot believe that you so completely misunderstood people’s concerns with the name, and that you appear to be tone-deaf to the effect that this will have on the reputation of our organization.
For you to say that you were bound by the choice made by the players, when the option should never have been put in front of them in the first place, is quite frankly a cop-out, and does not adequately address the concerns of the parents who you answer to. I can only hope that the choice of this name was made without consideration for what it might mean, and that you as president of the organization will take responsibility for your mistake and act to correct it.
“Hitmen” has nothing to do with body contact, and everything to do with someone who kills other people for money. As the parent of a young child who plays for one of the current Georgetown Raiders rep teams I am appalled that the GMHA would choose a name for the new organization with that meaning.
At a time when gun violence and other crimes against our children are receiving more and more attention, this name, glorifying casual murder, has no place in their lives.
I, along with every parent I have spoken to, find this name offensive, sexist and entirely inappropriate for a children’s sports organization. I strongly urge that you reconsider this decision, and quickly choose one of the many acceptable names available to you. Your parents, players and sponsors will thank you.
Should you not do so, I urge the OMHA to reject their approval of the amalgamation until another, more appropriate, name is chosen. I cannot imagine that they wish to be associated with this name any more than I do.
Colin Montgomery,

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