Bay Arena concludes another year
The Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association concluded another hockey year with the second of its two minor hockey banquets last week. Geared towards players in the atom-midget divisions, there was plenty of hardware handed out.
Shelby Batten didn’t always play hockey.
There was a time the 18-yearold donned the white leather and jagged toe of a figure skate rather than a pair of hockey skates.
Her mother Dawn started her out in figure skating and wouldn’t let Shelby cross over until she had met all of the level requirements.
When Shelby did, there was no turning back.
“I tried my hardest to get through them as fast as I could,” she said. “It was probably the best decision I’ve made.”
Last week, Shelby was rewarded for her decade-plus minor hockey career with the prestigious Wes Gosse Memorial Scholarship.
As a graduating midget player, she was given the award at the atom-midget portion of the two-day Bay Arena minor hockey banquet held at the Tilton Bingo Hall on May 2.
“It’s a privilege. It was a surprise, but I’m glad I’m receiving it,” said Shelby.
Given annually in honour of the former educator and high school hockey coach, the selected graduating player receives the award, plus $500, and must be nominated for it. The recipient of this award exemplifies dedication, hard work, volunteering, leadership and character.
She joins her brother Cody Batten as recipients of the scholarship.
“I was really proud. It makes it that more special because his name is on it too,” said Shelby.
Shifting sites to the Tilton Bingo Hall from its traditional home at the stadium in Bay Roberts, the Bay Arena honoured some of its best and brightest in both its house league and all-star programs on May 2.
In her year-end address, Bay Arena president Brenda Cole noted this year was not without challenges.
The association was forced to deal with a seven-week gap where it didn’t have access to its home ice due to a fire at the Bay Arena in December.
The Rovers were forced to seek ice time wherever they could, whether it be in Paradise or in Harbour Grace.
She praised parents and athletes for their understanding in the difficult circumstances and willingness to travel to ensure they played the game.
Batten was not the only person recognized with awards at the event.
Each of the nine graduating midgets was given special certificates commemorating their time spent in minor hockey.
One of those players — Jus-
I tried my hardest to get through them as fast as I could. It was probably the best decision I’ve made. Shelby Batten
tin Jones — was named winner of the Nina Pollett Memorial Award as the graduating midget who best exemplifies the spirit of the game.
Official James Keefe was awarded the Tony Bowering Award, named in honour of late official.
Bowering was the Bay Arena’s first director of officials and has his referee jersey hanging in the main lobby of the arena.
The official’s dressing room is also named after him.
It is presented to the official who demonstrates the qualities of commitment, dedication and reliability both on and off the ice in furthering the development of the Bay Arena Minor Hockey Officials’ Association.
The association also unveiled provincial banners for the midget B team that captured the midget I division title and the under-20 female squad that brought home its A division title.
Graduating midget Shelby Batten (centre) was named the recipient of the Wes Gosse Memorial Scholarship at the banquet. Alongside her are Bay Arena board chairman Ed Neil (left) and Ron Noseworthy, a friend of the Gosse family.
The Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association said goodbye to nine graduating midgets at the second night of its annual awards banquet. They are (from left) Lucas Drover, Jordan Churchill, Charlie Spicer, Jordan Keefe, Shelby Batten, Joel Petten, Noah Smith and Jordan Jones.
The Bay Arena under-20 squad were recognized for their division A provincial title. Shown here are (from left) Joy Parsons, coach Chad Parsons, Shelby Batten, Natalie Keeping, Shailynn Snow and Kaila LeDrew.
Deanne Chipman (left) presents Jordan Jones with the Nina Pollett Memorial Award.