Kristene McCurdy new president and Pethick Memorial Award winner
By Pat Payton
It was a week to remember for Kristene McCurdy.
On May 1, the long-time St. Marys minor hockey volunteer was elected president of the association for 2018-19.
Then just seven days later, McCurdy received the Pethick Memorial Award at the SMMHA’s annual awards banquet at the Royal Canadian Legion. The award recognizes outstanding contribution and dedication to St. Marys minor hockey.
Dating back to 1977, it was presented for the 40th time last Tuesday night. Wayne Pethick made the presentation on behalf of the Pethick family.
“It’s a pretty prestigious award, and it’s a huge surprise to me,” McCurdy said following the banquet. “I’m still not sure whether I’m really worthy of it, knowing who’s won it in the past. But it’s nice to be appreciated, and nice to know the things that I do don’t go unnoticed.
“Again, it’s a pretty big honour to follow after all those people before me.”
Eight awards presented to players
There was a total of eight other Major Awards presented last Tuesday night (May 8). Four went to male players and four to female players, with Peewee, Bantam and Midget players eligible.
The Donald K. Mossip Memorial Award for outstanding male goalie in the association went to Legion Minor Midget netminders Alex Martens and Jake Bryans. The award was presented by outgoing president Chris Boyd, on behalf of the Mossip family.
Other nominees for the Mossip award were: Ezra Bender of Home Building Centre A-E Peewees, Carter Froggett of Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees, Nicholas Kiestra of Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams, Nolan Shackleton of ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams, and Zach Hall, of Cement ‘BB’ Midgets.
The Mike Mattiussi Award for the most sportsmanlike male player, on and off the ice, was shared by George Hensel of Legion Minor Midgets and Liam DeNeve of Cement ‘BB’ Midgets. The award was presented by family member Dante Audet.
Other nominees for the Mattiussi award were: Jacob Grant of Home Building Centre A-E Peewees, Peyton Lobb of Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees, Jake Littlejohn of Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams, and Ethan Aarts of ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams.
Forward Lake Taylor, of the Legion Minor Midgets, is this year’s recipient of the Terry Crisp Award, for most colourful and hardest-working player. Family member Dan Schiedel made the presentation.
Other nominees for the Crisp award were: Will Boreham of Home Building Centre A-E Peewees, Rourke McEwan of Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees, Aaron Vernooy of Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams, Adam DeNeve of ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams, and Jayden Aylward of Cement ‘BB’ Midgets.
Cement ‘BB’ Midgets’ defenceman Jack Lucas accepted the Bob Searles Award as most outstanding male player in the SMMHA. Lucas, who recently had an outstanding spring prospects camp with the Jr. ‘B’ Lincolns, accepted the trophy from Chris Boyd.
Other nominees for the Searles award were: Lucas McCurdy of Home Building Centre A-E Peewees, Jimmy Schiedel of Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees, Kirk Boreham of Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams, Nathan Reay of ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams, and Owen Hartman of Legion Minor Midgets.
Luyten top female goalie
This year’s winner of the Ernie Little Trophy for outstanding female goaltender in the SMMHA is Emma Luyten. She was a stalwart all season long with McPhail’s Pet Store Bantam girls.
Other nominees for the Little award were: Grace Hillman and Keira Akey of Norampac Peewee ‘C’ team, and Madison Haynes of Hubbard Pharmacy Midgets.
The Lindsay Atkinson Memorial Award for most sportsmanlike female player, on and off the ice, went to Katie McCurdy of the Hubbard Pharmacy Midgets. Making the presentation were three members of the Atkinson family–Maggie Gregory, Pat Craigmile and Joan Atkinson.
Other nominees for the Atkinson award were: Reagan Silcox of Norampac Peewees and Megan Morning of McPhail’s Pet Store Bantams.
Hard-working Lydia Taylor, centre and captain of the McPhail’s Pet Store Bantams, is this year’s winner of the Doug Hicks Memorial Award. It’s given for outstanding leadership by a female player.
Other nominees for the Hicks award were: Natalie Johnston of Norampac Peewees and Hannah Kooy of Hubbard Pharmacy Midgets.
Avery Boyes, of the Hubbard Midgets, picked up the Dixies Award for the most skillful and hard-working female player in the SMMHA. Making the presentation was Janet Edye, a long-time Dixies player.
Other nominees for the Dixies award were: Anna Standeaven, of Norampac Peewees, and Audrey Littlejohn of McPhail’s Pet Store Bantams.
Awards night notebook:
–A brief explanation of the intent of these awards that the SMMHA has worked hard at developing.
This organization has a long history of hockey excellence and these awards highlight the spirit of the ‘St. Marys Rock’ and the development of our local hockey community. The goal is to promote the quality and traits highlighted in the awards and these nominated players.
Nominees are submitted by coaches and their staff from Peewee, Bantam and Midget Rep. level teams. Coaches speak to their nominations and SMMHA directors vote to determine the annual recipient.
–Three boys teams and three girls teams from the SMMHA were recognized and introduced individually at the front of the Hall last Tuesday night.
The three boys teams–Dunny’s Sports A-E Atoms, the Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms, and Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees–all reached the OMHA finals this season. The All-Ontario champion Dunny’s Atoms were introduced by coach Sean Porter, the G&CC Atoms were introduced by coach Dan Schiedel, and the Firefighter Peewees were introduced by coach Dwain Smith.
The three girls teams–the Kinsmen Novices, the Landscaping Atoms, and McPhail’s Pet Store Bantams–all qualified for the Provincials in Toronto this spring. The Novices were introduced by coach Scott Richardson, the Atoms were introduced by coach Jeff Richardson, and the Bantams were introduced by coach Brittany Petrie.
–OMHA rep. Pete Frehner presented the President’s Plaque to 2017-18 president Chris Boyd.
–The Ferris Stewart coaching excellence award was not presented this year.
–Norm Penney did another fine job as SMMHA awards night master of ceremonies.
–Janice’s Fine Country Catering provided another delicious meal.