Bay Arena con­cludes an­other year

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Ban­quet boons

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Deanne Chip­man (left) presents Jor­dan Jones with the Nina Pol­lett Me­mo­rial Award.

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