A large number of family and friends of Emo-Devlin-Barwick Minor Hockey Association players and the general public attended the unveiling of the league’s new name and logo Sunday afternoon at the Emo-La Vallee Arena.
The “Emo Express” began with the vision of having all of the EDBMHA teams having the same name and wearing the same jersey.
The board felt this would simplify the jersey sizing and selection every year by having different sizes available for each division.
A common name and logo also would make purchasing team jackets, sweatshirts, etc. more cost-effective for parents by allowing them to be passed down to younger children.
The “jersey committee” would like to thank Cindy Judson and the Thread Shed, who was instrumental in developing the hats and clothing line which were available Sunday.
Judson was presented with flowers in appreciation for her hard work and dedication to the success of this vision.
The whole idea would have remained a dream if it hadn’t been for Don and Tammy Foster of Nestor Falls Marine, who donated a 14-foot Princecraft skiff, a 10 h.p. Mercury motor, and a trailer for the EDBMHA’s boat raffle.
The draw will take place during Spring Fever Days next spring, with tickets to be available around town.
The Fosters were presented with “Emo Express” jackets in thanks for their continued support of minor hockey in Emo.
The board also made a point of thanking Jack Siemens for his efforts in maintaining the building and rink.
He was presented with the first “Emo Express” hat, which Siemens proudly wore as he rode around the ice surface in the new Zamboni that recently was purchased by the arena board.
The board also extended a huge thank you to all the sponsors, who have been so supportive of our young hockey players over the years by providing trophies, medals, and items for the annual penny tables.
Following the presentations and unveiling of the new name and logo, members of the Atom teams took to the ice in their new green-and-white uniforms for a good old hockey game.
Emo native Jameson Shortreed, who plays goal for the Fort Frances Lakers, participated in the official puck drop signifying the beginning of a new season and a new era in minor hockey for the district.
The festivities concluded with an invitation from the board for everyone to join them upstairs for hot chocolate, coffee, juice, and goodies, to enter in the draws, and to check out the new line of “Emo Express” clothing.
The public also was invited to take part in a family skate from 3-4 p.m.