The South Muskoka Shield was launched in 2006 as ‘1 of 7 Original GMHL Jr. A Hockey Clubs. #TheShield Home Arena is located at Gravenhurst, ON @ Graeme Murray Arena (Gravenhurst Centennial Centre.) Located in the arena is The Shield Professional Dressing Room, Weight Room, Olympic Swimming Pool, Yoga & Mindset Coach, as well as Full Court Gymnasium.
In 2021-2022, Former Pro Hockey Player & Life Long Muskoka Cottager Troy Kahler, Purchased The Team With Fiance Erika Rendon-Kahler. After years of being known as Gravenhurst’s South Muskoka Shield Junior Hockey Team, the couple decided it was time for a change, Rebranding and Renaming the club as the Muskoka Shield. (Click Here To View Article)
According to Club President, GM & Head Coach Troy Kahler the change was necessary in order to reflect the true spirit of the Muskoka region and Muskoka hockey.
“The Shield are ‘Muskoka’s Hockey Team,’ and that must include Huntsville, Muskoka Lakes, Port Carling, Bala, Lake of Bays, Georgian Bay, Torrance, Rosseau, the District of Parry Sound, as well as Bracebridge and Gravenhurst,” said Kahler. “It is inclusivity with a facelift,” Kahler continued, referring to the rename and rebrand of the logo, which the Shield will unveil at the end of summer.
Kahler also announced that his hockey development company, Academy of Hockey Canada, would be partnering with the Shield and integrating an additional 88 hours of on-ice skill development (power skating level I, II and III) and 126 hours of off-ice training (strength and conditioning, spinning, yoga and mindset coaching) in the hockey program in order to help develop local talent.