Annual awards presented by Kneehill Minor Hockey

KMHA 2019 2020 Awards

Hi everyone I am Roger Wilkins your Kneehill Minor Hockey President. This year I have the privilege of announcing the recipients of two awards. The Tammy Kolke Spirit Of KMHA Award and the Dave Evans Coach of the Year award.

The “Tammy Kolke Spirit of KMHA Award” is awarded annually to the member of KMHA or the community member who displays outstanding enthusiasm and commitment to Minor Hockey within our association.

This year's recipients were Marvin Franke and Scott Orme. Marvin has been seen at the Trochu Arena over the past 20 years as the arena attendant and has recently retired. Marvin always had a smile on his face welcoming any and all who stepped foot into the arena. He was helpful to anyone who required assistance and faithfully helped out KMHA with their pop machines in the arena even though it was outside his job description. Marvin helped out coaches and teams that were in the rink in any way he could and always did it with a positive attitude and a smile on his face. We certainly hope to see Marvin at the rink in his retirement!

Despite not having kids in KMHA Scott has stepped up numerous times to coach his nephews teams. Throughout the years he has coached all the way from U7 (Tyke) to U18 (Midget). Most recently Scott coached our T4 Midget team for the 2019/20 season with a 3rd place finish and the lowest team penalty minutes before bowing out in the Red division playoff semi finals, Scott’s love of the game is evident on the bench and the kids all enjoy their time with him as a coach. Thank you Scott for investing your time and knowledge to coach our kids.

The “Dave Evans Coach of the Year Award” was awarded to Reid Fenton. Reid coached our Midget T2 team this year to a 14-1-1 record.

Reid and his team were well on their way to what looked like a league championship and a trip to Provincial Playdowns before the shut down.

Reid has been involved in KMHA since 1990 when he was the trainer for the Winterhawks. He has been involved with hockey in Kneehill every year since with either KMHA or the Three Hills Thrashers. During his time in KMHA Reid also served in many capacities outside of coaching spending many years as a board member, Referee in Chief and an on-ice official.

Reid’s approach to coaching hockey was not only to teach the skills and techniques of the game but to teach life lessons by guiding his team through lessons of adversity, patience and respect on and off the ice. KMHA would like to thank Reid for representing us with pride, honour, dignity and respect throughout this past season as well as the previous 30!

The Most Outstanding Official Awards went to: Kyler Brown (Level 1) and Carter Boles (Level 2). The Most Dedicated Official went to: Liam Aldrich (Level 1) and Bryce Fenton (Level 2).

KMHA would like to thank all coaches, managers, players and parents for all the hard work that went into a successful season. We are looking forward to the start of our 2020-2021 Season. If you are interested in registering please visit kneehillminorhockey.ca or if you have any questions please contact a member of our Executive.

Normally Kneehill Minor Hockey would have their awards night with their AGM in early April. However due to the Covid outbreak a virtual AGM was held and the hope from the new executive is that an in-person Awards Night could be held to kick off the new season. With the current restrictions an in-person Awards Ceremony would still be difficult to have so over the past week KMHA released Awards Video’s celebrating each team’s successes. Those video’s can be found at https://www.kneehillminorhockey.ca/kmha-awards/ or on their facebook page.

All players in U7 and U9 (Tyke and Novice) for all players received a medal for their efforts. In U11 through to U18 some individual awards are given. U11(Atom B) MIP: Ethan Mottus and Ashton Newton. Most Dedicated: Isaiah Powell. Most Sportsmanlike: Ainsleigh McKiernan. MVP: Luke Wolfe. U11(Atom A) MIP: Ty Ferguson and Lex Grosfield. Most Dedicated: Luke Rector. Most Sportsmanlike: Eric Rector. MVP: Lucas Wiens. U13(Peewee B) MIP: Mitchell Maerz. Most Dedicated: Tyson Sailer. Most Sportsmanlike: Kira Quashie. MVP: Chase Anderson. U13(Peewee A) MIP: Lane Geddes. Most Dedicated: Keigan Vaughan. Most Sportsmanlike: Jaydee Grosfield. MVP: Lucas Hoppins and Jackson Reimer. U18(Midget B) MIP: Kaden Franke. Most Dedicated: Peter Hildebrandt. Most Sportsmanlike: Riley Schmidt. MVP: Carter Boles and Corbin Juniper. U18(Midget A) MIP: Turner Dettmer and Liam Aldrich. Most Dedicated: Bryce Fenton. Most Sportsmanlike: Connor Paget. MVP: Orrin Armstrong and Joel Kolke.

KMHA also recognizes a few other awards at this ceremony. Every graduating U18(Midget) player is presented with a jersey to celebrate their career. This year's graduating players are: Turner Dettmer, Connor Paget, Landon Majore, Joel Kolke, Dylan Hyshka, Riley Schmidt, Taden Krukowski, and Orrin Armstrong.