By Dan Rankin
The St. Marys Lincolns held their 33rd annual golf day on Saturday, May 28, prior to the presentation of the team’s 2015-2016 season awards.
Events on the day recognized the 40th anniversary of the 1975-1976 Ontario championship squad, while looking ahead to the team’s 60th anniversary season later this year.
Nine awards were handed out to eight players from the 2015-2016 Lincolns roster, with Ryan Martin being presented both the Earl Leslie Memorial Trophy as the team’s rookie of the year, and the David Baynes Memorial Trophy for top defenseman.
“He’s really a great young player that’s going to be going places,” said Team President Steve Stapleton. “He’s been drafted by Erie and will be at their camp this June. We wish him all the luck in the world.”
Also recognized for their efforts that saw the team get back in the GOJHL playoffs last season were Nolan King, winner of the Frank Edye Award for Regular Season MVP, team captain Brent House, who was presented the Harold W. Maxwell Trophy as the team’s leading scorer, Jeff Schrattner, who won the Bert Stacey Memorial Trophy for Ability and Sportsmanship, Graham Brulotte, who won the David R. Stevens Trophy for Leadership on and off the ice, Phillip Buque, who was presented the Jack Boyd Memorial Trophy for Most Dedicated Player, Josh Zlantinszky, who won the R.G. (Kelly) Hearn Memorial Award for Most Improved Player, and St. Marys native Nathan Smith, who was selected for the Fan Favourite Award.
“I think most of them are going to Junior A camps this spring,” said Stapleton. “We are a development league, and we hope to develop great players who go to the next level.”
The winning golfers were the “Young Guns” foursome of Joe Wilhelm, Kenny Hutton, Brent Kittmer and Scott Kemp, while another big winner Saturday was Guy Paquette, who was the winner of the $10,000 Grand Prize in the Annual Lincolns lottery draw. The team thanked everyone who bought a ticket and supported them over the season.
In other Lincolns news, the team is on the lookout for new directors, executives, and for volunteers to help out on game nights. They’ll be holding a meeting at the Pyramid Centre on Wednesday, June 8 beginning at 7:00 pm.
“Four or five directors for next season have already stepped forward,” said general manager and director of hockey operations Glen Childerley. “We’re hoping to have a few more come out.”
The team’s spring camp gets underway Sunday morning at the Thompson Arena on Western Univerisity’s campus. Cost to take part is $150 and includes jerseys and socks, as well as three guaranteed games. Players must provide “Permission to Skate” forms from your current home centre. Anyone interested in roster and registration information is invited to contact Childerley by email at email@example.com or call 519-272-3934.