Making small towns a great place to live takes volunteers and like all small towns in Alberta a man winter nights, a hunk of frozen water at the local arena becomes the numbers place to be, watching the Senior hockey team. Over the plays 20 plus years, volunteers Bill Kotyk (pictured right) and Mel Vollman (centre) spend much of their free time ensuring, through the love of the game, Senior hockey comes to life season after season for the Spirit River Rangers of the NPHL.
Kotyk was the manager of the Rangers from 1988 to 2003 and has been assistant manager since. He’s been an active member of the NPHL and a yearly participant in Provincials since 1990.
Vollman was the coach of the Rangers from 1989 to 2009 and took over the managerial duties in 2003. In 2009 he returned behind the bench as an assistant coach while keeping up the management side of things. Like Kotyk, he is an active member of the NPHL and a yearly participant in Provincials since 1990.
"This award is meant to recognize the work that is put in by those involved in Senior Hockey around Alberta," said Senior Council Chairman, Kim Marsh. "The work they put in is extraordinary, and it ripples throughout the communities and the province."
The awards were presented in late November in Spirit River before the Rangers hosted the High Prairie Regals.