Celebrating another hockey season
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.
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.