It’s arguably the most prestigious hockey award a volunteer can win. This past weekend Hockey Canada honoured Hockey Alberta Board Member, Terry Engen (Eckville, Alta), as the 2011 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year during the awards banquet held as part of the governing body’s 92nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Westin Calgary.
“Receiving this award has been a very humbling experience,” said Engen, who is a former Hockey Alberta President. “The award itself in my mind is recognition of not only the recipient but it conveys the true meaning of a ‘TEAM’ effort. Without a team very little can be accomplished.”
“Terry has given so much to the game of hockey in Alberta and he is definitely deserving of this honour,” said Hockey Alberta President, Annie Orton. “He has impacted the lives of many children and significantly contributed to the success and growth of hockey in Alberta. We are lucky to have him on our team.”
Engen has spent more than 25 years volunteering his time to causes in minor hockey and by serving his community, his province and his country. A fifth-generation farmer from Eckville, a town of just over 900 people, Engen has spent a quarter of a century as a director on the Eckville arena board, helping to make minor hockey accessible to as many local children as possible.
“In all my years of volunteering I think the biggest accomplishment has been in the relationships that have been built,” added Engen. “Through those relationships in the Hockey family have come life lasting friendships that are second to none.”
Engen says it’s been a great journey so far but he still has a long road ahead.
“Volunteering in hockey is still so important to me. The game will continue to change and we have to be able to guide that change with the best interests of every participant in mind,” said Engen. “Volunteers are still the foundation of what makes hockey the game of choice for all Canadians.”
Nominations for all awards were submitted by Hockey Canada’s 13 member branches and the winners were chosen by Hockey Canada’s selection committee. The success of minor hockey associations in Canada depends heavily on volunteers and Hockey Canada is pleased to recognize the individuals who contribute greatly to the game of hockey across the country.