The Emo-Devlin-Barwick Minor Hockey Association held its annual awards banquet on Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. upstairs in the Emo Arena.
President Joe Bodnar welcomed and thanked everyone for coming to the year-end celebration.
Following grace, offered by Rev. Frances Flook, everyone quickly lined up for a fantastic pot-luck meal served up by the Taylors.
As soon as dessert was finished, the younger players gathered in front of the stage for the much-awaited awards section of the program.
The memorial awards started with the “Robert Steele Memorial Award” for the Most Versatile Player going to Avery Adrian.
The “Tony Bliss Appreciation Award” for the Most Improved Player went to Cohen Robinson and Kaylee Hasiuk, the “Shaun McDonald Memorial Award” for perseverance, sportsmanship and team spirit went to Brett Allan and Taylor Croswell, and the “Doug Wilson Memorial Award” for sportsmanship and dedication was given to Tyler Hamm and Jessica Steele.
Medals for the most improved, most dedicated and most sportsmanship in each division then were awarded to the various players.
The winners were:
- Novice—Caden McGinnis, Brandon Croswell and Trent Wilson;
- Novice Girls—Raelle Redford, Paiten Kinnear and Emma Toriseva;
- Atom—Jayden Asselin, Chandler Borger, and Rylan McQuaker;
- Atom Girls—Katrina Koomans, Ashlyn Beck and Tori Toriseva;
- Pee Wee—Sawyer Gauthier, Chase Curtis and Carter Robinson;
- Pee Wee Girls—Missy Hammond, Tori Sheppard, and Janissa Judson;
- Bantam—Keenan Copenace, Brandon Pelepetz and David Copenace; and
- Bantam Girls—Kassidy Strachan, Caitlin Anderson and Leah Arch Kelly.
Medals to the excited members of the IP1 team were presented by Scott Mosbeck and Jamie Booth.
The coaches thanked their players for a wonderful season and stated they hope to see everyone back next year.
Many other prizes were handed out during the evening thanks to the generous donations of local businesses including the “Emo Express” items courtesy of the Thread Shed.
Joe Bodnar during his remarks thanked the sponsors, stating that the new team jerseys were extremely well received across Northwestern Ontario and that many teams seemed really jealous of the EDBMHA’s cool new uniforms.
The draw for the autographed Mike Richards Jersey however, was the high point of the evening for one young player.
The draw tickets were shaken and stirred, while everyone waited in anticipation for the announcement of the winner.
The winner of the framed jersey was Darius Smith. The proud winner and his dad posed for pictured during and after the presentation.
Wrapping up the evening, Joe Bodnar thanked the parents, the dedicated players, the coaches and the many other volunteers for a fantastic and successful season.
Bodnar pointed out that six of the long-time members of the executive will be stepping down this year and hopes that some of the “younger” parents will step up to serve while their kids move through the league.
The annual general meeting and the election of the new executive will take place on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. upstairs at the arena.
The “Emo Express” teams need your help in making next season another exceptional experience for everyone involved.