HOCKEY NOVA SCOTIA RECOGNIZES PLAYERS, COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
May. 15, 2013
Hockey Nova Scotia has awarded 25 individuals and teams for outstanding participation, commitment and leadership.
The awards were handed out on Saturday night at the Hockey Nova Scotia Annaul Awards Banquet in Dartmouth. The event was part of the Hockey Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting weekend. To view photos from the banquet, click here.
The Denny Deveau award was presented to Heather Murphy, of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, for the significant contribution she has made to female hockey. Luke Burke, a player with the Halifax Hawks, received the Outhie Moriarty Award which is presented to a house league player who is dedicated, responsible and reliable.
Hockey Nova Scotia recognized Devan Naugler as the volunteer of the year with the Jed Ritcey Award. Naugler was the founding member of the Western Nova Minor Hockey League and has coached and managed teams for the last six years. The Ron Conrod award for the female team of the year was presented to the Peewee AA Valley Wild. The winner of the Fred Fox award for the male team of the year was Bedford Midget AAA Minor. A complete list of award winners is attached.
Before the awards were presented banquet guests listened as former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy spoke about the Respect in Sport program he developed with business partner Wayne McNeil. The audience was moved by Kennedy’s accounts of abuse during his earlier years while playing hockey. Besides his NHL career, Kennedy is known for his brave decision to charge Major Junior Hockey league coach Graham James with sexual assault, which he was the victim of over a five-year period as a teenager.
List of award winners:
BF Lorenzetti & Associates Inc. International Insurance Brokers Athletic/Academic Award: Alexander Broderick
Hockey Nova Scotia Athletic/Academic Award: Nicholas Graham
Hockey Canada Most Promising Official Award: Drake Robinson
Hockey Canada Most Improved Official Award: Nick Conway
Hockey Nova Scotia Female Officiating Award of Distinction: Emilee Bendell
Hal Lewis Award - Official of the Year: Tim Connors
Denny Deveau Award: Heather Murphy
Hockey Nova Scotia Female Council Award of Merit: Jodi Tsitouras
Hockey Nova Scotia Minor Council Registrar’s Award: Robin Beaton
Hockey Nova Scotia Minor Council Outhie Moriarty Award: Luke Burke
Hockey Nova Scotia Minor Council Award of Merit: Shelley Syms, Jeff Lynds and Trisha MacInnes
Jed Ritcey Award- Hockey Nova Scotia Volunteer of the Year: Devan Naugler
Lauchie MacIsaac Award: South Shore Minor Hockey Association
Ron Conrod Award: Female Team of the Year: Peewee AA Valley Wild
Fred Fox Award: Make Team of the Year: Bedford Midget AAA Minor
Hockey Nova Scotia Minor Hockey Association Development Award of the Year: Halifax Minor Hockey Association
Hockey Nova Scotia House League Coach of the Year: Alex Mielnik
Hockey Nova Scotia Rep Coach of the Year: Jimmy Smith
Clary MacDonald Award Coach of the Year: Fabio Sani
Hockey Nova Scotia Minor Council Award of Merit: Mark Chisholm
Hockey Nova Scotia Award of Merit: Phil Herritt
Hockey Nova Scotia President’s Award: John Sellers