As the Kent Minor Hockey Association puts the wraps on the 2016-17 season, its president is reflecting on the importance of the game.
Carl Herder says hockey is an integral part of our community.
“It’s always our hope as an executive group and the coaching staff to do as well as we can,” Herder says. “Our motto is for children to have fun, to learn not only hockey skills but life skills, and part of those life skills are learning how to lose and learning how to win and how to deal with those issues along the way.”
The group held its annual general meeting and award banquet last night, and Herder says they have many reasons to be proud this year.
“Our Bantam AE team, which is a major and minor bantam age group combined, they won the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s highest level this year,” he says. “Kent Minor Hockey, Chatham Minor Hockey, hadn’t won that award in almost 12 years.”
A number of “Player of the Year” awards were handed out, including Cameron Duquette for Travel, Andrew Thibault for House League, and Evan Robert for Local League.
Mike Henderickson was named Worker of the Year, Coach of the Year for Local League went to Pete Neudorf, and Jamie Clark was named House League Coach of the Year.