Hockey Alberta Awards Program
Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game of hockey every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards Program.
The following awards are open to nominations from any Hockey Alberta Member Minor Hockey Association, Member Club Team, Hockey Alberta Volunteer or Staff Member. Nominations are accepted annually but are not carried over to subsequent years.
Volunteer of the Year: One award presented annually to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season. Whether as a Team Official, Official, or Administrator (team executive member, Minor Hockey Association executive member, Hockey Alberta volunteer, league executive Member), the recipient will have dedicated significant effort, time, and leadership to growing and/or developing hockey in their local community and/or provincially.
Coach of the Year: One award presented annually to a coach who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season. The recipient will have obtained all necessary certifications, operated his/her team over and above the minimum guidelines and standards set out by Hockey Alberta, provided a fun and safe learning environment for the players, and made an outstanding contribution to the community through the team.
Player of the Year: One award presented annually to a player who has achieved significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season. The recipient will have attained high levels of achievement both personally and with the team. S/he will have acted as an outstanding role model and displayed leadership qualities for his/her team as well as for other players within the community by helping to grow and develop the game while ensuring a fun and safe learning environment for all players.
Official of the Year: One award presented annually to an official who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season. The recipient will have obtained all necessary certifications, is looked upon as a “leading” official within his/her community and is dedicated to the development of officiating by assisting with supervision, mentoring and/or training of younger and lower level officials.
Team of the Year: One award will be presented annually to recognize a Team’s significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season. The recipient will have attained high levels of achievement as a Team. Team members will have acted as outstanding role models within their community and displayed leadership qualities focused on growing and developing the game while ensuring a fun and safe learning environment for all players.
Order of Merit: A maximum of two (2) awards presented in each category, annually, to recognize exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for ten (10) years or more. Awards may be presented in the categories of Administration, Coaching/ Development, and Officiating. Whether as a Team Official, Official, or Administrator (team executive member, minor hockey association executive member, Hockey Alberta volunteer, league executive member), recipients will have dedicated significant effort, time, and leadership to growing and/or developing amateur hockey, not only in their own community, but across the Province.
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS April 15.
The following awards are determined by Hockey Alberta through a review of all eligible candidates and are not open to nominations.
Zone Award: Awards presented annually in each minor hockey and officiating region to recognize individuals or organizations (MHA/Team, MHA/Team Volunteer, Community Member, Business, etc.) that have made an outstanding contribution towards amateur hockey during the current season. Whether it be through volunteer effort and time, financial aid, or leadership, recipients will have made a significant impact on the growth and/or development of the game in their community.
Provincial Championships Exceptional Host Site Award: One award presented annually to recognize the Minor Hockey Association/ Host Committee judged to have implemented the most outstanding Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship during the current season. The MHA/ Host Committee will have operated the tournament over and above the minimum guidelines and standards set out by Hockey Alberta, made an outstanding contribution to its community and left a legacy within their community and/or MHA to further the growth and development of minor hockey in the future.
Minor Hockey Association of the Year: One award presented annually to recognize a Minor Hockey Association (MHA) judged to have made a significant impact on the game through their day to day operations. The MHA will have participated as a member in Hockey Alberta meetings, operated over and above the minimum guidelines and standards set out by Hockey Alberta, provided hockey options dedicated to growing the game locally, and made an outstanding contribution to its community.
Lifetime Achievement Award: This award may be presented annually to recognize outstanding individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, service and a passion for excellence. Through their actions and contributions they have helped to make Hockey Alberta the outstanding organization that it is. Individuals will have:
- Demonstrated exceptional service / leadership over twenty (20) or more years. This award is for lifetime achievement rather than a single contribution.
- Displayed significant effort, time and leadership to providing service that has made a significant difference to individuals or groups within the hockey community.
- Exemplified the core values of Hockey Alberta through their interaction with players, parents, teams, association, volunteers and staff.
- Contributed to growing and/or developing amateur hockey as a volunteer with Hockey Alberta.
- Promoted excellence within their local community, within the hockey system, and within Hockey Alberta.
AWARD CATEGORIES AND RECIPIENTS - 2017 AND PRIOR
This award is presented to outstanding individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to development hockey programs.
- 2017: Jeremy Congo, Keith Hurd, Ron Oscroft, and Roger Wolfe
- 2016: Wade Borynec, Tim Leer, Boris Rybalka
- 2015: Blair Becker, Craig DeCoursey Chris Turnbull
- 2014: Howie Draper, Jody Ginther, Maureen Medori
- 2013: Lance McKinnon, Gary Snydmiller
- 2012: Paul Carson, Guy Doucet, Kevin Sharp
- 2011: Mike Scheidl, Mark Woytkiw
- 2010: Karen Kost, Rob Dawson
- 2009: Bob Bartlett, Duncan MacDougall, Penny Leshenko
- 2008: Brian McNaughton, Curtis Nichols, Lois Pohlod, Marty Alexander, Wayne Vandermark
- 2007: Tyler Broderson, John Kobal, Pat Stasiuk
- 2006: Pam Chicoine, Paul MacDougall, Ken MacVicar, Barry Medori, Scott Robinson
- 2005: Melody Davidson, Larry Golby, George Kallay, Miles Spencer
- 2004: John Jacobs, Chris Martin, Don Moro, Mike Rebus
- 2001: Frank Adair, Ian McKinley, Wally Popik, Ivan & Kathy Prefontaine
- 2000: Jim Fleming, Gord Mark, Rick Polutnik, Murray Summers, Mel Whitesell
- 1999: Judy Colpitts, Alec Fedoruk, Larry Hofmann, Kim Laing
- 1996: Judy Colpitts, Ron Oscroft
- 1995: Chris Mundle
- 1994: Dale Henwood, Perry Pearn
- 1993: Orest Korbutt
- 1992: Wally Kozak
- 1991: Randy Aubie, Merv Ellis
- 1987: Wally Bentley, Bruce Hutton, Bob Kapel, Al Lymer
Awarded to a Minor Hockey Executive (an individual) for their outstanding contribution to their Association.
- 2017: Pamela Brown (Grande Cache MHA)
- 2016: Rod Bischke (Olds MHA)
- 2015: Graham Tanner (St. Albert MHA)
- 2014: Erron Steele (Leduc MHA)
- 2013: Jacki Cook (Cold Lake MHA)
- 2012: Ken Morris (Hockey Calgary)
- 2011: Lin Luymes (Lacombe MHA)
- 2010: George Pietersma (Fort Sask MHA)
- 2009: Les Wilson (Cold Lake MHA)
- 2008: Marv Seibel (Red Deer MHA)
- 2007: Rick Nordstrom (Grande Prairie MHA)
- 2006: Bruce Goodwin (Okotoks MHA)
- 2005: Marie Pederson (Carstairs MHA)
- 2004: Brad MacKay (Vulcan MHA)
- 2003: Don Kelly (Spruce Grove MHA)
An award presented to “honour those individuals who for many years, served hockey in Alberta in one or more of the following: Player, Coach, Team Manager, or Team Executive, Minor Hockey Association Executive or Volunteer, Hockey Alberta Volunteer, League Executive.Such individual will have made a notable and outstanding contribution.
- 2017: Greg Nesom
- 2016: Rob Dawson,Gary Snydmiller
- 2015: Darcy Haugen, Gary Tremblay
- 2014: Jannie Bettac, Kim Marsh, Ken Vreeling
- 2013: Vern Davis, Dennis Aspeslet, Donald Roberts, Sherri Barrett
- 2012: Cara Sheppard, Lorna Leblanc
- 2011:, Jack McAvoy, Jane Pitchers, Richard Baroldi, Darryl Havrelock
- 2010: Gilbert Renaud, Jim MacLean, Red Hetchler
- 2009: Jamie Marouelli, Lil Fulton, Robert “Bobby” Olynyk, Calgary Buffaloes
- 2008: Donna Curry, Gary Bruce, Joyce & Roy Ruptash, Randy Hupka
- 2007; Janet Homme, Murray Summers, Byron Stephen
- 2006; Debbie King, Rhonda Hunter, Meagan Walton
- 2005: Marion Hira, Myles Homme, Loretta Normandeau
- 2004: Kim Laing, Debbie Northcott, Jim Otteson, Earl Reid
- 2003: Betty Chmilar, Dwayne Lundquist, Tim Patterson, Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds
- 2002: Rick Craddock, Gord Hira, Val McGeachie, Don Squire, Margo Wagner, Dennis Woolsey
- 2001: Herman McMann, Gordon Smith
- 2000: Don Lunn, Ray Marsh, Roger Otteson, Ron Panchyshyn, Chuck Paxton
- 1998: George Dermott
- 1997: Melody Davidson
- 1995: Shirley Cameron, Rolland Getmain
- 1994: Bruce Atchison, Gary Bruce, Jack McAvoy, Cary Slette
- 1993: Martin Blake, George McCorry, Woody Reid, Ellen Thompson
- 1992: Dave Ganley, Bill Moore, Jim Morris, Q91
- 1991: Jim Holden, Ron Panchyshyn, Al Tone, 790 CFCW
- 1990: Don Dingwell Richard George, Anne Hayden, Ken McIntosh
- 1989: Bob Hammell, Leo Harrold, Adam Swabb
- 1988: Morley Bengert, Don Gannon, Doug Sherriff, Stu Wilkinson
- 1987: Bob Arkley, George Cook, John Gruber
- 1986: Ken Craig, Leo Harrold, Richard “Woody” Reid, Laura Scott
- 1985: Mike Bugaida, Larry Reid
- 1984: Dale Henwood, Bruce Hutton
- 1983: Bernie Munawich, Jim Rutherford