51st HNB AGM Award Winners

June 8, 2019

FREDERICTON – Hockey New Brunswick held its 51st Annual General Meeting this past weekend in Saint John. The two-day event kicked off on Friday June 7th at the Delta Mariott Saint John.

A number of awards were presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday afternoon:

The HNB award winners were as follows:

J. Charles Daigle Memorial Award  - André Lebel , Edmundston

Charles Daigle Award was established in 1976 in memory of the late Charles Daigle to recognize individuals at the executive level. Their dedication to our sport and their ability to organize and administer have contributed greatly to the improvement of hockey in New Brunswick.

Lebel lead a group of volunteers whose goal was to increase fan participation with the Edmundston Blizzards. The Blizzards team had over 66,000 fans cheering them on during their regular season. Many players were involved with school programs, and Minor Hockey Association programs in the region. André is well known in the region; either through coaching or as a player. He is also an active participant in fundraising with the new centre in Edmundston, where he was a tremendous help in attracting investors.

Vance Toner Hockey Development Award  - Norbert LaForge, Grand Falls

Vance Toner Hockey Development Award was established in 1995 to recognize an individual who has exemplified strong qualities as a teacher, coach and administrator not only within their community, but throughout the province of New Brunswick.

Norbert began his hockey career with Hockey New Brunswick in the 1990’s. His commitment to our High Performance programs include Canada Games Teams, the Atlantic Challenge Cup as well as Prep camps. He also was coach of several Peewee AAA and Bantam AAA teams at the beginning of 2000. He was also heavily involved with our senior teams for several years.

Minor Hockey Association of the Year - Tri-County, Lisa McLaughlin, Pres.

District Association/Community Club of the Year Award was established in 1992 to recognize a minor hockey association who exemplified the true spirit of minor hockey during the past season and encouraged their members to participate under the Fair Play Values.

The Tri County Association shows leadership with its teamwork, its volunteer training initiatives, its referee training program and its numerous community events. The association seeks out sponsorships, and has an equipment loan-out program, which also helps local members ease the financial burden associated with sports. To name a few of their events; their Junior C team works with the Minor players on a weekly basis, and various minor teams are seen cheering these mentors at their Junior games, free of charge throughout the season. The association partnered with the U-17 Challenge and hosted a Canada vs. Russia exhibition game.

HNB Volunteer of the Year  - Brian Gaudet, Moncton

Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1995 to recognize an active volunteer in the hockey community.

Brian Gaudet is a long-time volunteer with Moncton Minor Hockey; from Coaching, to referee in chief, developing a Sledge hockey program in his region, and being a long-time member of the Moncton Minor Board; he has led some very significant achievements for Moncton Minor Hockey.

HNB Female Hockey Breakthrough - Shellany Brewer, Keswick

Established in 2004 to be presented annually to an individual who has assisted in the promotion of Female Hockey within the province.

Shellany is a full-time mother of two and has a full-time career in the Social Development field. She manages to find time to volunteer, coach, and is also a hockey player in a female women’s league! Shellany played a key role in developing District 3 female hockey by promoting through social media, attending all meetings, and spreading the word about female hockey opportunities at various events. She was instrumental in organizing Female Try-Hockey events as well as skills and drills sessions to promote female hockey in the region.

HNB Initiation Award - Andrew Learmouth, Moncton

Established in 2016 to recognize an active volunteer or Minor Hockey Association who has actively participated in the promotion and enhancement of the Hockey Canada Initiation Program within their community. Each Region of HNB is entitled to submit one nomination per year.

Andrew Learmouth always comes to the rink prepared, and it shows when you watch him share his passion for hockey with these young future hockey stars! He embraced the Hockey Canada standards for IP and Novice programs and has received rave reviews from players and their parents.

Career Achievement Award - Paul O’Hara, Miramichi

The Hockey New Brunswick Career Achievement Award was established in 2016 to honour those individuals who, for many years, have served amateur hockey faithfully, having participated as a player, coach, official, or administrator and have made an outstanding contribution to Hockey New Brunswick.

Paul O’Hara has been involved in hockey since 1966 in various capacities; from managing a team, to presiding over an association, to starting up what’s known today as the Bantam AAA league, as well as chairing his regional operations council for many years. He also served on numerous committees with Hockey NB. He was inducted in the Miramichi Sports wall of Fame in 2006 and was recipient of the Vance Toner Development award in 2012. He is also heavily involved with several community events.

NB LIFE MEMBER- Beverley Jacobson, Southampton

Life membership is the highest honor that can be bestowed by HNB and is to be awarded only for very distinctive services to HNB.

HNB is very excited to add to our Life Members. This lady was the first female board member of Hockey NB. She was the Nackawic Minor Hockey President for 8 year. She sat on the HNB Board from June 2000 to June 2010. She was the vice president of the HNB Board for 3 terms, chair of the HNB Personnel committee for 4 years, member of the HNB Awards committee, member of the HNB Finance Committee, HNB Branch rep at Atlantic and National events. HNB Speak Out and Safety training course conductor. In addition to her HNB volunteer efforts, she was a volunteer in Vancouver 2010 Olympics as hostess at the Female hockey Venue, 2016 Initiated Wheels to Wellness Program for Nackawic and area, 2016-2020 appointed senior goodwill ambassador for NB, 2017 and 2018 invited to Lt. Governor’s reception with Top 100 Female Leaders in NB and in 2018 won the Horizon Health Community Volunteer Award.

HNB Academics Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury - Raeghan O’Leary, Sir James Dunn Academy

Ron Bradbury Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 to recognize the outstanding contribution of Ron Bradbury to the sport of hockey. This award is being presented to high school hockey player who demonstrates hockey skill, high academic standing with an emphasis on English and who is involved in the school or community.

Jim Stirling Scholarship Award - Maddy LeBlanc, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School

B.F. Lorenzetti and Associates Inc. are the insurance brokers for the Canadian Hockey Association. In 1996, B.F. Lorenzetti began sponsoring a program for the CHA, which allows every Branch to present a bursary to a deserving hockey player.

Delta/Fortis Properties Scholarship - Ben Thorne, Petitcodiac Regional

Delta/Fortis Properties Scholarship was established in 2003 to recognize a Grade 12 student who has had hockey play a positive role in their life. The applicant must be of high academic standing and must give of their time to the community.

The NB Officials Association handed out their scholarships and awards:

  • Paul O'Blenis Scholarship - Keira Lockhart, Zone 5
  • Scott McKay Memorial Scholarship - Maxime Aube, Zone 5
  • Sonny McLellan Scholarship - Brandi Harvey, Zone 2
  • Most Improved Award - yannik St. Onge, Zone 8
  • Most Dedicated Award - Eric Belanger, Zone 1
  • Most Promising Award - Jack Wilson, Zone 6

In other business, an election was held for the following position.

Senior Council – Phil Huckins re-elected as senior chair.

Plans were announced for the 2020 AGM, which will be held in Miramichi