A mi­nor de­par­ture from Bay Arena

Mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion cel­e­brates grad­u­at­ing play­ers; hands out awards for 2013-14 sea­son

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY TERRY ROBERTS

The 2013-14 hockey sea­son of­fi­cially came to a close for dozens of Bay Arena mi­nor play­ers, their coaches and par­ents Mon­day, May 12.

Some 500 people gath­ered at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts for a year-end ban­quet and awards night, with the spot­light shin­ing on play­ers in the atom, pee­wee, ban­tam, midget and fe­male un­der-12 di­vi­sions. A sec­ond ban­quet was held Tues­day for play­ers in the in­tro­duc­tory di­vi­sions: squirt and novice.

One of the high­lights of the evening was a nod to 16 play­ers who have grad­u­ated from the mi­nor hockey pro­gram, hav­ing “aged-out,” with most hav­ing spent much of their for­ma­tive and teenage years wear­ing the Rovers’ jersey.

They were among some 335 young ath­letes who reg­is­tered to play mi­nor hockey at the Bay Arena this past sea­son, a slight in­crease over the 2012-13 sea­son.

Each grad­u­at­ing player re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and a tro­phy, and also of­fered a ges­ture of grat­i­tude for the many years of sup­port from their par­ents by hand­ing out a rose to their moth­ers.

Those at the ex­ec­u­tive level de­scribed the past sea­son as an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess, and based that as­sess­ment on much more than just vic­to­ries on the ice.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Scott Cros­bie said there were many high points from this past sea­son, and he em­pha­sized the life lessons that can be gained from par­tic­i­pa­tion in mi­nor hockey, in­clud­ing char­ac­ter-build­ing at­tributes such as team­work, com­mit­ment, sports­man­ship, lead­er­ship and re­spect.

Cros­bie said he works at a large cor­po­ra­tion, and noted that many of the lead­ers he in­ter­acts with on the job par­tic­i­pated in mi­nor hockey pro­grams.

“These are skills you will take with you the rest of your life,” said Cros­bie.

Four cham­pi­onships ban­ners were also raised, in­clud­ing the 2014 pee­wee AAA At­lantic cham­pi­onship ban­ner won by the Tri-Pen re­gional team, which was com­prised of play­ers pri­mar­ily from Bay Arena mi­nor. It was one of the most sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ments by any team from the re­gion in many years, say ob­servers.

The provin­cial fe­male un­der-12 ban­ner, cap­tured by the Bay Arena Rover­ines, was also also raised, along with the provin­cial pee­wee AAA and pee­wee mega tour­na­ment ban­ners.

Some 16 hockey play­ers with Bay Arena mi­nor in Bay Roberts were rec­og­nized dur­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s yearend ban­quet and awards night on Mon­day, May 12. They in­clude: Front (l-r) — Brady Bar­rett, Bradley Bar­rett, Jonathan But­ler, Randy Clarke and Michael Critch; back — Kyle Cronin, Wil­lie Hayes, Natalie Keep­ing, Scott Mercer, Bran­don Mo­ri­ar­ity, Tay­lor Nor­man, Kyle Mug­ford and Adam Oates. M i s s i n g : Robert Walsh, Brady Power and Cody Power.

The 2013-14 ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for Bay Arena mi­nor gath­ered at the con­clu­sion of Mon­day’s year-end ban­quet and awards night. They in­clude, from left, Scott Cros­bie (pres­i­dent), Brian Drover, Michelle Rus­sell, Nel­son Ben­nett, Rox­anne Pet­ten, Brenda Cole, Rhonda Mercer, Jonathan Reid, Damien Combs and Jamie Rus­sell. Miss­ing is David Crane (ref­eree-in-chief).

Four cham­pi­onship ban­ners were raised in a sym­bolic cer­e­mony of suc­cess at the year-end ban­quet and awards night for Bay Arena mi­nor hockey in Bay Roberts on Mon­day, May 12. Pic­tured here help­ing raise the ban­ners are team cap­tains and as­sis­tant cap­tains for the four team. They in­clude, from left, Shai­lynn Snow, Ethan Cros­bie, Daw­son Mercer, Kyle Pet­ten, Syd­ney R e i d , C a m e r o n An­drews, Billy Porter, Zach Crane, Abi­gail Reid, Darcy Jones and Han­nah Hickey.

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