Locals Receive OHA Awards

Adam Ripley - OHA Trainer of the Year

Adam Ripley receiving his OHA award from Trevor Tinney – Photo ArcPro HD Inc.

Chatham’s Adam Ripley, Patrick Myers of Pain Court, and Blenheim’s Brady Campbell received major Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) awards Friday at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Ripley, the trainer of the Essex 73s, was named the OHA’s Trainer of the Year.

“Adam Ripley is a truly dedicated member of the hockey club (Essex 73s). Adam is one of the finest representatives of the quality of people the OHA strives to obtain each season, not only in his training skills with the Essex 73s, but his life skills, his personal committment to volunteering and becoming involved in his community,” said Trevor Tinney, a Director of the OHA.

“When is comes to performing his duties as the 73s trainer, Adam ensures the players are as safe as they can be,” continued Tinney.

Awarded the Ivan Locke Award, as the OHA’s Most Improved official, was Pain Court’s Patrick Myers, who just completed his 6th year in the OHA. Myers officiated the Golden Horseshoe Junior B final, Junior C provincial semi-finals, and the World Under 17 Hockey Championships. As well, as his presenter stated, Myers’ skills as a referee have led him to be selected to officiate in the OHL

“Pat’s hard work and dedication has afforded him the opportunity to be selected as a referee in the OHL.”

Brady Campbell, of Blenheim, who played Junior B for the Elmira Sugar Kings was named one of the OHA’s Top Prospects, a designation given each season to players the OHA believes have the ability to move on to the professional level. Campbell, who scored 40 goals with Elmira last season, and who will be attending the University of Maine next year to play NCAA hockey for the Blackbears, was touted at the banquet for his offensive abilities,

“Gifted goal scorers are tough to come by for any hockey team, this season the Elmira Sugar Kings of the GOJHL were lucky enough to have one of these players on their roster.”

The OHA is a provincial governing body of Ontario’s Junior hockey leagues at the Junior A, Junior B, and Junior C level, as well as Ontario’s Senior Hockey division.

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