Another season of hockey action has come to an end for Princeton’s Minor Posse. It ended with the annual awards banquet where players, teams and volunteers were celebrated by the association with Pasha’s Pizza and perfect little hockey cupcakes created by Natasha Smith.
Each year, the association hands out awards to special members of the association. Some go to players while others go to coaches and volunteers.
“Hockey is such a team sport,” said Princeton and District Minor Hockey Association (PDMHA) President Candice Fraser-Beswick. “We want every player here to know that we are proud of you and that it has been an honour watching you grow as players.”
Special awards are as follows:
Coach of the Year – Daryl Clarke – presented by president Candice Fraser- Beswick – “Daryl put in a lot of hours with these kids. He came to practices and games with a smile on his face and supported the kids throughout the season with his fair play approach.”
President’s Choice – John Van Horlick – presented by president Candice Fraser-Beswick – “John is a valuable volunteer who devoted his time, shared experiences and knowledge of the game. He made a positive impact with everyone he crossed paths with this year.”
Wolf Hauschild Memorial – Karen Fulton – presented by president Candice Fraser-Beswick – “This award went to the person the executive felt was the most dedicated volunteer. She has made a positive impact on the club with her eager and enthusiastic approach.”
Goalie of the Year – Jett Larsen – presented by vice-president Dierra Maynard – “It takes an exceptional kid to put his hand up and say, “I want to be the one to have high-speed pucks shot at my head. Goalies can be the heroes one game and take a lot of heat the next. He worked for this and he deserves it.”
Kurt Krenn Memorial – Lane French – presented by Lenore Krenn – “The Kurt Krenn Memorial Award is a way of keeping Kurt’s memory alive and gives him an opportunity in his absence to honour others with the same hunger for the game,” stated Fraser-Beswick. “It is an award that is earned for working your hardest, for praising your teammates in their success, for showing up and not giving up. The award that shows someone’s true dedication to the sport Kurt loved so much. You are making this town and hockey club proud and we are so honoured to give you this award. You are true to the words “For love of the game.” Keep shining Lane.”
Award of Excellence – Grant Yee – Presented by Dierra Maynard .“PDMHA gives out an Award of Excellence each year to a deserving individual who stands out for their ‘on and off ice character and achievement’. Usually the award is given to a player who shows kindness and patience to their teammates. Someone who shows qualities of leadership. Because of Grant Yee’s talent, his heart, his positive attitude and willingness to live life with determination from start to finish, PDMHA is proud to present it to him.”
Most Sportsmanlike Team – Novice – presented by Karen Fulton – “The definition of Sportsmanlike Behaviour is: behaving in an honourable and appropriate manner; exhibiting fair play. (Harry Sheehy) – “It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.” “The Novice team including the parents were very sportsmanlike. The kids were well behaved in the ice and the parents were well behaved in the stands…that is what our association strives to exemplify.”
Princeton Minor Hockey awards
Dedication Awards :
Three members of the 2013/14 stepped down at the AGM held after the Awards Night. All were given Dedication Awards by the association.
2 1/2 years of Service – Candice Fraser-Beswick, 3 years of Service – Jenn MacMurchy and 6 years of Service – Dierra Maynard
Coaches Awards were as follows:
Most Offensive – Liam Zieske, Most Defensive – Quinn Clarke & Case Brodie, Most Dedicated – Mason O’Neil and Most Improved – Shae Karstensen
MVP: Syd Lawes, Most sportsmanlike: Katie Coyne, Rookie of the year: Zach Shales and Jesse Shales, Heart and Hustle: Jaiden Mullin and Teghan Mullin and Most Defensive: Max Greening
Most Dedicated – Cameron Lankinen, Most Sportsmanlike – Maddisen Fulton and Most Improved – Daylan Armstrong
Most Sportsmanlike- Hanna Martin, Most Improved- Rex Rhyno and Most Dedicated- Scott Whitecotton
New 2014/15 Executive:
President – Dan Lankinen, Vice President – Karen Fulton, Secretary – Crystal Groves, Treasurer – Laura Shales, Tournament Director – Gina Mullin, Equipment – Cody Mullin, Risk Manager – Janel VanderGulik, Head Coach- Mike VanderMeulen, Head referee- Carson Zieske and Fundraising – Jaclyn Whitecotton