After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clearwater and District Minor Hockey Association held their annual banquet on Tuesday (April 26) evening.
Dozens of hockey players, parents, coaches and guests gathered in the curling rink at the North Thompson Sportsplex. CDMHA president Elijah Wicks led the awards ceremony, but not before everyone filled their plate from a buffet-style dinner.
The association president explained the three awards given out to each team:
1. Best all round – to the player who exhibits a good work ethic, is a good teammate, is a player the coaches and other players count on. Is a leader on and off the ice. Usually a player that the team dynamic changes if they are not playing.
2. Hardest worker – would be the player that never quits in games. Shows up to every practice, and works to get better. Does not have to be asked to give their best effort.
3. Most sportsmanlike – a player who exhibits qualities especially esteemed in those who engage in sports, such as fairness, courtesy, good temper, etc. This player is always good to the people around him or her.
Additional awards were given to recognize coaches, volunteers and referees that went above and beyond.
A new award was created to honour a player who demonstrated a high level of achievement. The Ole Kjenstad Achievement Award to recognize Kjenstad for his decade of supporting the CDMHA and its players through coaching, refereeing and any other job that needed to be filled, as well as fundraising through the legacy jerseys and leaving a positive impact.
The CDMHA also made a presentation to Craig Shook with a legacy jersey, to recognize that minor hockey was thinking of him and that they appreciate all of the volunteering he has done.
The winners is each team division were:
U9: best all around, Mason Kelly; hardest worker, Graham Jim; most improved, Logan Stewart.
U11 (team 1): best all around, Cohen Cooke; hardest worker, Reese Wright; most improved, Olivea Wall.
U11 (team 2): best all around, Emelia Rotzetter; hardest worker, Aubrey Fehr; most improved, Max Osborne.
U13: best all around, Blake Irvine; hardest worker, Zoey Fehr; most improved, Tristan Cool.
U15: best all around, Tyson von Hollen; hardest worker, Chays York; most improved, Katie Biagioni.
U18: best all around, Parker Collins and Matthew Lavigne; hardest worker, Ethan Smith; most improved, Owen Thon.