Some 16 hockey players with Bay Arena minor in Bay Roberts were recognized during the association’s year-end banquet and awards night on Monday, May 12. They include: Front (l-r) — Brady Barrett, Bradley Barrett, Jonathan Butler, Randy Clarke and Michael Critch; back — Kyle Cronin, Willie Hayes, Natalie Keeping, Scott Mercer, Brandon Moriarity, Taylor Norman, Kyle Mugford and Adam Oates. Missing: Robert Walsh, Brady Power and Cody Power.
The 2013-14 hockey season officially came to a close for dozens of Bay Arena minor players, their coaches and parents Monday night.
Some 500 people gathered at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts for a year-end banquet and awards night, with the spotlight shining on players in the atom, peewee, bantam, midget and female under-12 divisions.
A second banquet will be held Tuesday night for players in the introductory divisions: squirt and novice.
One of the highlights of the evening was a nod to 16 players who have graduated from the minor hockey program, having “aged-out,” with most having spent much of their formative and teenage years wearing the Rovers’ jersey.
They were among some 335 young athletes who registered to play minor hockey at the Bay Arena this past season, a slight increase over the 2012-13 season.
Each graduating player received a certificate and a trophy, and also offered a gesture of gratitude for the many years of support from their parents by handing out a rose to their mothers.
Those at the executive level described the past season as an unqualified success, and based that assessment on much more than just victories on the ice.
Association president Scott Crosbie said there were many high points from this past season, and he emphasized the life lessons that can be gained from participation in minor hockey, including character-building attributes such as teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship, leadership and respect.
Crosbie said he works at a large corporation, and noted that many of the leaders he interacts with on the job participated in minor hockey programs.
“These are skills you will take with you the rest of your life,” said Crosbie.
Four championships banners were also raised, including the 2014 peewee AAA Atlantic championship banner won by the Tri-Pen regional team, which was comprised of players primarily from Bay Arena minor. It was one of the most significant accomplishments by any team from the region in many years, say observers.
The provincial female under-12 banner, captured by the Bay Arena Roverines, was also also raised, along with the provincial peewee AAA and peewee mega tournament banners.
Medal of achievements — most improved, most dedicated and most sportsmanlike — were handed out to every team, and a handful of specialty awards were also presented.
For more coverage, including photos, pick up a copy of the May 19, 2014 print edition of The Compass.