Cel­e­brat­ing an­other hockey sea­son

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Bay Arena Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion in Bay Roberts of­fi­cially closed the book on the 2014-2015 sea­son with the sec­ond of two year-end ban­quets on May 20.

Cel­e­brat­ing the year-long ac­com­plish­ments of play­ers from the atom di­vi­sion up to the mid­get di­vi­sion, there was plenty of fried chicken con­sumed as par­ents and ath­letes rem­i­nisced about the times they spent on the road and on the ice.

Play­ers in the novice and squirt di­vi­sions had their ban­quet the pre­vi­ous evening.

Sev­eral year end awards were given out along with Esso par­tic­i­pa­tion medals — most sports­man­like, most im­proved and most ded­i­cated —and cer­tifi­cates.

More than a dozen third-year midgets cel­e­brated the con­clu­sion of their mi­nor hockey ca­reers as they re­ceived spe­cial recog­ni­tion for decade-plus ca- reers. They were given tro­phies and cer­tifi­cates to com­mem­o­rate this chap­ter in their lives.

As much as it was their night, the grad­u­at­ing midgets gave a bou­quet of flow­ers to their moth­ers in recog­ni­tion of their sup­port over the years.

Not to be out­done, a pair of pro­vin­cial ban­ners were raised to the rafter at the con­clu­sion of the evening.

The Bay Arena atom A Rovers cap­tured the atom B di­vi­sion pro­vin­cial ti­tle on home ice in early April. In front of some 200-plus peo­ple, they took their place amongst great Bay Arena teams with ban­ners al­ready hang­ing in the sta­dium.

In 2014-2015, the Bay Arena was the host sta­dium for the Tri Pen Ice ban­tam AAA team.

Fea­tur­ing play­ers from across the re­gioin, it was the cham­pion team for the in­au­gu­ral sea­son for the New­found­land and Labrador Ban­tam AAA League and raised a ban­ner to cel­e­brate.

PHO­TOS BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COMPASS

More than a dozen grad­u­at­ing third-year mid­get play­ers were rec­og­nized dur­ing the May 20 Bay Arena mi­nor hockey ban­quet held at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts. They are: front (l-r) — Bran­don Smith, Matthew Sparkes, Brooke Wil­liamson, Kaila LeDrew, Daniel Moore, Lu­cas Percy and An­drew Churchill; sec­ond — Ryan Daw­son and Ri­ley Ak­er­man; third — Devin Lid­ster, Jeremy Snow and Lu­cas Roberts; fourth — Kirk­land Rodgers and Paul Franey; back — Mackenzie Dob­bin and Chris­tian Dawe.

The Wes­ley Gosse Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent for the 2014-2015 sea­son was third-year mid­get Ryan Daw­son (cen­tre). Named in hon­our of the late Wes­ley Gosse, first pres­i­dent and found­ing mem­ber of the Bay Arena as­so­ci­a­tion, the award is pre­sented to a mid­get player that demon­strates hard work, sports­man­ship and an over­all love of hockey. Pre­sent­ing the award to Daw­son is long­time coach Ron Nose­wor­thy (left) and Bay Arena board pres­i­dent Ed Neil.

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