BAIE VERTE -
Another successful hockey season has come to a close for the Baie Verte Minor Hockey Association (BVMHA).
The BVMHA held their annual Baie Verte Sabres award banquet on May 6, to celebrate and award players for their hard work and dedication throughout the hockey season.
"The Sabres had another successful season with many games and tournaments both here and away," said Arlene Burke, president of the BVMHA. "Unfortunately, our registration numbers are down from previous years by about 25 per cent, however, we finished this season with 73 players."
Throughout the 2008-09 season, the Sabres hosted the Atom K Provincial Easter Tournament, with five teams from across Newfoundland and Labrador that participated. The Sabres also helped fellow associations who needed more players to participate in regional and provincial tournaments.
"Our Pee Wee players combined with the La Scie association won bronze at their Easter Tournament in United Towns," said Ms. Burke. "Our Under 20 Female players also combined with the Springdale association won gold at their Easter tournament in Springdale."
Silver medals were also won in April by the bantam team after their tournament in St. Anthony, the midget team in Labrador and the Under 20 Female's, after a successful tournament in Deer Lake.
During the banquet, Esso Certificates of Achievement were presented to all players and Esso medals for Most Improved, Most Dedicated and Most Sportsmanlike. They were also presented in all divisions.
In the younger divisions of Initiation and Novice, all players received First Year Player or Participation Awards. While in the older divisions, the Sabre Award, Best Defensive Player, Most Valuable Player of the Season and Most Valuable Player for the Easter Tournament were presented to each team.
Jessica Dicks was handed the Patricia Lewis Memorial Award and the Ted Rice Memorial Award was given to Jamie Hewlett.
Graduating players Jessica Dicks, Melissa Hobbs, Hayley Shave, Rusty Arbeau, Gregory Edgar, Jamie Hewlett and Michael Walsh were also presented plaques in recognition of their years in minor hockey.
"As always we are extremely grateful to receive many donations from local businesses and community groups," said Ms. Burke. "We are also thankful for the more than 40 minor hockey volunteers. The support from them all is what will keep minor hockey successful.
"We are hoping to see more children get active and join us at the stadium next season."