CeeBees to rename minor hockey room
Association to pay homage to the late Gord Dean
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.
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.
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.