Amal­ga­mated Academy awarded with first An­der­son-McCarthy Shield

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Ju­nior high school hockey was alive at the Danny Cleary Har­bour Grace Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on April 7th to the 10th as the arena held the in­au­gu­ral An­der­son–McCarthy Shield. The Shield will be awarded each year to the win­ner of the CBN Ju­nior High tour­na­ment or se­ries win­ner.

It is hoped that fu­ture years will see a tour­na­ment of all Ju­nior High Schools in the area. The 2016-2017 Shield was awarded to Amal­ga­mated Academy af­ter the Jaguars nipped Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate in the best two out of three se­ries. Amal­ga­mated won the cham­pi­onship with a 5-3 win in the third and de­cid­ing game in the best two out of three se­ries Mon­day, April 10th. Car­bon­ear had won the first game 5-2 Fri­day, April 7th; Amal­ga­mated won game two 5-2 on Satur­day, April 8th.

The Shield was in honor of two prom­i­nent re­tired school­teach­ers from the Con­cep­tion Bay North area, Lee­land An­der­son and Garry McCarthy.

An­der­son has long been rec­og­nized and ac­knowl­edged as hav­ing a very in­flu­en­tial teach­ing ca­reer, with the ma­jor­ity spent at Per­salvic School in Vic­to­ria. As a teacher, Mr. An­der­son self­lessly gave so very much of his tal­ents and time for the bet­ter­ment of our youth, a high­light that many of his former stu­dents will ac­knowl­edge. He was an in­spi­ra­tional ed­u­ca­tor, ded­i­cated coach and com­mu­nity youth or­ga­nizer. A man whose de­cency, in­tegrity and en­thu­si­asm have, in turn, in­spired so very many. He coached ev­ery sport val­ued so highly in our cul­ture, in ad­di­tion to in­tro­duc­ing stu­dents to non-tra­di­tional sports with fo­cus char­ac­ter­build­ing in healthy com­pe­ti­tion.

McCarthy was a leader in ev­ery as­pect of sport upon his re­turn as teacher to Har­bour Grace in 1983 and un­til his re­tire­ment in 2010. He was an ath­lete, coach, chap­er­one and man­ager. Will­ing to share his love of hockey with oth­ers and to fol­low the ex­am­ple of his own men­tor, Dick Power, McCarthy un­der­took the role of hockey coach of many school’s teams dur­ing his im­pres­sive teach­ing ca­reer. A fierce com­peti­tor, true sports­man and charis­matic leader, McCarthy in­stilled the im­por­tant in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter­is­tics of com­mit­ment, per­se­ver­ance and sports­man­ship in his stu­dents dur­ing all school and sport­ing events. Mr. McCarthy re­mains an in­spi­ra­tion to his many former stu­dents, col­leagues and other coaches be­cause of his gen­er­ous and ex­em­plary ded­i­ca­tion to the game of hockey.

Lee­land An­der­son

Garry McCarthy

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