CeeBees to re­name mi­nor hockey room

As­so­ci­a­tion to pay homage to the late Gord Dean

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The CeeBees mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion in Har­bour Grace has an­nounced it will re­name its mi­nor hockey room in hon­our of the late Gord Dean, a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer who passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 62.

An of­fi­cial cer­e­mony will be held prior to the start of the 2011-12 mi­nor hockey sea­son, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Wendy Pen­ney an­nounced dur­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s year-end ban­quet and awards cer­e­mony on May 23.

More than 530 peo­ple at­tended the event.

Dean was a tire­less vol­un­teer in both hockey and and soft­ball, and was associated with mi­nor hockey for some three decades.

Pen­ney said Dean most of­ten went above and be­yond what was ex­pected of him, and de­serves to be re­mem­bered in such a prom­i­nent way.

The as­so­ci­a­tion also paid tribute to Craig Shute, a mi­nor hockey vol­un­teer who passed away in May 2010 at the age of 47.

Mem­bers of the Dean and Shute fami­ies were in at­ten­dance.

“ We will al­ways re­mem­ber you. All award win­ners should hold their awards with so much pride to be se­lected in their mem­ory,” Pen­ney stated.

She de­scribed the evening as a “ night of re­mem­brance.”

A salute to youth

It was one of many high­lights from the year-end ban­quet, which marked the con­clu­sion 2010-11 hockey sea­son.

In a bid to rec­og­nize the next gen­er­a­tion of hockey play­ers, the as­so­ci­a­tion pre­sented tro­phies to ev­ery mem­ber of the be­gin­ner, squirt and novice pro­grams.

“ These play­ers are the foun­da­tion of our pro­grams,” Pen­ney stated. “ Our ex­ec­u­tive felt they de­serve recog­ni­tion as well.”

There was also high praise for mem­bers of the Pee­wee A team that cap­tured gold on home ice at the pro­vin­cial C divi­sion tour­na­ment in April.

Mean­while, the as­so­ci­a­tion paid tribute to those grad­u­at­ing from the mi­nor hockey pro­gram. They in­clude the fol­low­ing: male — Zack Laing, Andrew Spurrell, David Riggs, Chris Sweet­land, Jor­don Drover, Bradley Bishop, Lu­cas Yet­man and Brett Shute; fe­male — Kelsey Drover, Ali­cia Gosse, Re­becca Denty, Stephanie Parsons and Shi­anne Park.

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The fol­low­ing is a list of award win­ners from the 201011 sea­son for the CeeBees Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion:

• Player of the year – Zach Laing

Laing is a Level III stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. This award is named in mem­ory of the late Craig Shute, a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber with the as­so­ci­a­tion.

• Of­fi­cial of the year – Dave Mur­phy

This award is in mem­ory of for­mer ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Gord Dean.

• CeeBees Mi­nor Hockey Bingo of­fi­cial of the year – Bran­don Shute

Shute is a Level II stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. The schol­ar­ship is also pre­sented in mem­ory of Gord Dean.

• Vol­un­teer of the award – Frank Fin­layson

Fin­layson is a coach and sched­ule di­rec­tor with the as­so­ci­a­tion. This award is pre­sented in mem­ory of Craig Shute.

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Frank Fin­layson has been named vol­un­teer-of-the-year for CeeBes mi­nor hockey. This award is pre­sented in mem­ory of Craig Shute. Tak­ing part in the pre­sen­ta­tion were, from left, Stephanie Shute, Kris­ten Shute, Bran­don Shute, Frank Fin­layson, Val Slaney, Kelsey Shute and Gerry Evans of Hockey New­found­land and Labrador.

Dave Mur­phy (left) was named of­fi­cial-of-the-year by CeeBes mi­nor hockey. He is shown here ac­cept­ing the award from Dean Whalen and Dec Le­Cour (right) of Hockey New­found­land and Labrador. This award is in mem­ory of for­mer ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Gord Dean.

Bran­don Shute (right) has been named CeeBees mi­nor hockey bingo of­fi­cial of the year. The schol­ar­ship is pre­sented in mem­ory of Gord Dean. Tak­ing part in the pre­sen­ta­tion were, from left, Jan­ice Swain, Margie Dean and Bran­don Shute.

Zach Laing has been named player of the year for the CeeBees Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

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