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THANK A VOLUNTEER WEEK

BEHIND EVERY PLAYER, THERE’S ANOTHER FULL TEAM

Off the ice or on, whether you see them or not, there is an extremely dedicated group of parents and volunteers who keep minor hockey in motion and ensure the best experience for the kids who play the game. From February 22nd to March 1st, the OMHA wants to thank everyone who spends their time to enrich the lives of kids through hockey.


RECOGNIZING THE LIFEBLOOD OF MINOR HOCKEY

 

Take a look at the stories of two of our feature volunteers from the 2019-20 season, along with more worthy nominations below.

CHERYL CARRIER | QUINTE WEST

MATT BELL | ENNISMORE


TAKE A MINUTE, FOR THOSE WHO GIVE HOURS

 

Take a minute to recognize the dedicated few, in your community.

Not only will we feature their story, but it helps let them know just how much you appreciate what they do.

Atom AE Coaches | Kincardine

They coach almost every year and have given many hours, days, weeks, weekends, holidays, time off work. They have been not only coaches but safe place to fall when kids need a confidant. My son being one he’s had many losses and he’s always proud to say how his coaches on off the ice during hockey season or once season is done he always has them to go to. They always want kids to be better, have fun, be proud and respectful players.

Ryan Brown | Saugeen Shores

Coach Ryan is always so enthusiastic and excited to coach the kids. He is engaging and fun and the kids (on ice AND off) love him! Thank you for all you do coach Ryan!

Paul Robins | Stoney Creek

Paul has been an assistant coach for SCMHA for six years in a row, staying with the same core group of players since their novice year. Paul is universally liked and respected by the players, coaches and parents, and brings a sense of fun to the game while emphasizing the importance of teamwork, effort and grit. Paul’s own love of the game is evident, and it would be hard to picture the team without him on the bench. Thanks Coach Robins!

Kevin Benstead | Orangeville

Kevin is a father of four and grandpa of two. He has a full time job and runs a small business out of Orangeville. As well, our two youngest play hockey. He volunteers on his son's hockey team as a goalie coach and he also helps out with his daughter's team. Any other free time he is on the ice with a girl's HL, DS and B team. I really don't know how he does it, but Kevin loves the sport and the kids.

Janet Prashaw | Dunnville

She volunteers as the president of the figure skating club. She saw me struggling working out of town and yet trying to still coach a team so she took on more as our trainer and manager of our team. She goes above and beyond with our team.

Heather Hasler | Frontenac

Consistently goes over and beyond to help out at FMHA. Heather has been a volunteer for many years even when she has not had any children playing hockey at FMHA. This year for the first time in over 20 years we iced a Juvenile Rep team. Heather was assistant trainer and several times made the two-hours-plus trips to make sure the bench was covered. She also helped be manager of the team to ensure communication was sent regularly. Heather is our senior Registrar and we would not be able to function without her at FMHA. THANK YOU HEATHER!

Debbie Donovan | Frontenac

Debbie tackled a huge task this year (over and above all her regular duties) in getting our lottery license in place so we could partake in a 50/50 Fundraising opportunity with our local OHL team. Without Debbie's hard work and attention to detail we would not have had this opportunity to raise funds for our association and teams this year. Her contributions go well beyond this event but for her to complete this task by herself shows her commitment and how valuable member she is to FMHA. THANK YOU DEBBIE!

Jennifer Neale | Newmarket

Her countless hours spent on co-ordinating and communicating with the teams and coaches for our major fundraiser. She has shown up at every NMHA event to take picture for our website and Twitter account. Jennifer has also spent many hours dealing with a graphic artist and our jersey supplier to come up with a new logo and name for our Association. Her computer skills, professionalism, hardworking, and personal sacrifices has proven to show me that Jennifer is truly a dedicated and tireless volunteer that the NMHA truly has benefited from this year.

Errol Misquita | Markham

Errol has been a volunteer with the Waxers for many years.  I've known him for 15 years and always heard him speak about volunteering for hockey and the fun he has with helping out either on the bench, ice or in the dressing room.  His son has gone off to university and he still shows up to give back to the community. Not only does he help with new players development but he assists with new to hockey parents how to dress and new volunteer coaches in understanding how to help support/coach players. When he is done with running Atom division House League practice he gets up early Sunday morning to run the only Goalie school for house league players Sunday morning. I've heard from many goalie parents and goalies that they get up early cause they love going to Errol's sessions cause he keeps it fun but still helps them learn to be a better goalie. Errol has helped many players remain in hockey cause he keeps the fun up while still teaching him to love the game, especially in a community that has so many new immigrants that just want to fit into the Canadian culture. 

Cole Drummond | TNT

Cole is a dedicated coach and puts the players first. He listens to what the kids have to say and would like and implements all there requests as best as he can. He shows up early and makes sure the kids are ready to go and having fun. With his leadership we have seen all the kids on the team improve drastically and work together as a team and not individual players. It has been an honor to be a part of this team and we want to thank him for all the hard work and dedication he has given to us and shown the kids.

Rob Crane | Centre Wellington

He is always encouraging my son to do better.  He is kind and supportive.  He has a family of four and still coaches!!

Danny Bell | Coldwater

I thank Danny for his time and direction that I have had this year and in years past. He is the main contact for our centre and I know many people benefit from his knowledge. Danny is a very fair coach who holds us accountable when things don't go as planned but also encourages us and shows us the better way of getting the best results. He is very good at seeing what everyone is doing right and also in what one little change may make us better. I am sure Midget is not the easiest group to coach but he does it without losing his cool.  Thanks Danny!

John Martin | Erin Hillsburgh

Has volunteered in various roles on and off the bench for many years. His positivity and enthusiasm for hockey and his team is second to none. He spends countless hours researching practice drills and making every practice and game fun. He let the boys shave his head after keeping a hard team to less than 5 goals, and has made a tough season incredibly fun for parents and kids. His long term focus is hockey for life!

Dave Glazier | Oshawa

Dave has been volunteering for 50 years with the Oshawa Church Hockey League. He coached for 40 years – all ages, all levels – and retired from coaching in 2010. We had a celebration for Dave in 2010. He coached his last game and we invited players from all of his past teams out to the arena. The players from the last 4 decades came out to “clap him across the ice” for his very last game. He was very emotional about this day. In a rough estimate, I believe he has coached upwards of 1200 players in his 40 years. How many of us can say that we touched that many young lives and tried to teach them skills, team spirit and other lifelong lessons.

Jennifer Nixon | Halton Hills

With two sons in competitive sports for many years, we have never had a manager who runs a team so smoothly. No small detail is overlooked. And best of all, she’s always with a smile.  Jenn should write the managers handbook. Thank you Jenn!

Sandy Kligman | Halton Hills

As a mom of six kids, four boys that played hockey, our family has had many amazing coaches. I truly believe you win as a team and lose as a team. Coach Sandy has made this hockey season amazing for the entire team. He makes every player feel important. When it comes to ice time, power plays and penalty kills he always rolls the lines. If it’s your turn to go on, no matter what the situation your going on. The outcome, we are winning. Coach Sandy and the entire coaching staff are true leaders and just wanted to say thanks for all you do. Go Thunder Go

Steve Brown | Halton Hills

I would like to thank Steve as he has taught my son way more then hockey skills. He has taught the kids life skills. By leading by example he has taught them how to be responsible for their actions, to teammates, and how to be a better person. Steve is an excellent coach, and a good person. The world needs more Steve Browns. 

Brett Blonde | Dresden

Brett grew up in Dresden and he played many years for this organization. He drives an extra 40 minutes to make sure his son gets the same opportunity he did. He's a very dedicated coach. More importantly he invests a tremendous amount of effort in each kid.

Chris & Sharon Young | Wallaceburg

Thanks for all the time you put in to make Wallaceburg Minor Hockey successful for so many people. From coaching, to managing, positions on the WMHA board, volunteering for tournaments, events, coordinating the iPads for scoring games, and the list goes on and on. Over and above all that you also have four kids who all donate their time to WMHA as well. Bravo!

Tim Vinkle | Quinte West

Tim is an all around amazing coach and mentor. Through his patience and understanding of children's hockey abilities, to his upbeat attitude, the kids are all winners.

Each year, Tim makes a custom team flag, personalized team player of the game item (examples, special jersey or coloured hardhat), brings music to each locker room and pregame pumpup music as well as personal team mascot.

What Tim does for his QWMHA house league hockey team is truly extraordinary. On top of all of this, Tim has given even more and is now an assist select team coach as well.

Kyle Spears | Centre Wellington

He brings out the best in my son. Always pushing him to be stronger and faster. Gave him a leadership opportunity, which he excelled at - surprising himself. Thanks Coach.