SHA Recognizes Award Winners for 2018-19
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - Each season the Saskatchewan Hockey Association recognizes the hard-working individuals and associations that go above and beyond to assist in the growth and development of our game. Through a nomination process, the SHA Awards highlight the most outstanding; volunteer (north and south), coach and minor hockey association within the province of Saskatchewan. These individuals and organizations put in tireless efforts in promoting and improving hockey across the province. This year’s recipients as chosen during the 2018-19 season are as follows;
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER • NORTH
- Holly Petit (Buffalo Narrows, SK) – Petit is being recognized for her outstanding drive and relentless work in promoting the game of hockey in Buffalo Narrows. With Buffalo Narrows Minor Hockey, Petit is responsible for all the coordinating and booking of coaching clinics, referee clinics, and even sees herself behind the bench coaching when needed. Petit comprehensively organizes the Highway 155 League. She acts as the Buffalo Narrows Minor Hockey chairperson (this includes, but is not limited to, handling registrations/rosters, working as treasurer, assigning games for each league, organizing coaches and volunteers). In addition to hockey, Petit volunteers on the Recreation Board in Buffalo Narrow, ensuring that everyone in the community has the opportunity to be involved in sport/recreation. She works with KidSports to provide low-income families the opportunity to play. She is a constant promoter of volunteerism within the community and is a main organizer for fundraising for the association. Holly Petit is an outstanding volunteer and this award is well deserved.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER • SOUTH
- Trena Fox (Gravelbourg, SK) – Fox is being recognized for her constant commitment to volunteerism and the development of minor hockey in the community of Gravelbourg. Fox serves as the Secretary of Gravelbourg Minor Hockey and continues to innovate with member surveys to gain understanding of the recreational needs of the community. Fox was vital in the development of the “Learn to Hockey” program. This program allows for kids of any age to try hockey if they have never experienced the game before, with little to no barriers of entry. Fox is also integral in the fundraising efforts needed to sustain Gravelbourg’s many minor hockey programs. She played a key role in the Montreal Canadians Alumni game organizing over 125 volunteers for the event. Gravelbourg also recognizes Fox’s efforts with regards to seeking out and bringing in quality skating and skills instructors, dieticians, off-ice trainers, video coaches, leadership and motivational speakers. Through the years, Fox has played a key role in the growth of minor hockey in the town, seeing it nearly double in terms of registrations. Trena Fox has played a crucial role in the development of Gravelbourg Minor Hockey and this award is well deserved.
OUTSTANDING COACH AWARD
- Todd Hornung (Swift Current, SK) – Hornung served as Head Coach of the Swift Current Broncos Midget AA team and has been selected as this year’s Outstanding Coach of the year for the 2018-19 season. Parents of his players describe Hornung as “positive, consistent, respectful and dedicated”. They also remark on his ability to teach players to create an inclusive and respectful environment for everyone. Fellow coaches and officials have high praise for Todd Hornung’s level-headedness, his knowledge of the game, and his ability to see both the coaches and official’s perspectives with respect to a call or decision on the ice. During this past season, Hornung’s Broncos played to an undefeated season on route to the 2018-19 SGI Canada Provincial Championship. Todd Hornung is the true spirit of a coach and this award recognizes his character and willingness to develop athletes and people,
OUTSTANDING MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
- Prince Albert Minor Hockey – P.A. Minor Hockey was established over 60 years ago and has continued to improve hockey in the community and surrounding area. The growth of P.A. Minor Hockey has been constant, going from 725 players, 55 officials, 100 coaches in 2011, to 925 players, 100 officials, and almost 300 certified coaches in 2019. This growth can be attributed to their focus on grassroots hockey, female participation and goaltending development at all age levels. Through efforts in grassroots hockey, Prince Albert has implemented Cross Ice Hockey at the IP level for over a decade and introduced Novice Half-Ice for the past two (2) seasons. In female hockey, Prince Albert Minor Hockey has continually raised their number of female hockey players from year to year, which now totals 160 female participants. For goaltenders, P. A. Minor Hockey has invested in 20 sets of goaltending equipment and numerous instructors for all age division throughout the season to better develop participants interested in this position. With development at its core, combined with community events like the Hockey BBQ, Coaches Appreciation night, and Championship Weekends, Prince Albert Minor Hockey is deserving of the Outstanding Minor Hockey Association Award.
Congratulations to all award recipients as their service and dedication to the game of hockey makes our sport truly special here in Saskatchewan.