At season’s conclusion the Heat Jr. Hockey Society held the Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 24th at the Adams Lake Indian Band Conference Centre. The festive evening was an opportunity to tell tale tales surrounding the players and enjoy a succulent pasta dinner prepared and served by some talented HEAT volunteers, alongside some tasty treats from the kitchen of Colleen Patterson. Master of Ceremonies Fred Bott kept the evening on schedule with his wry humour. The evening’s Guest Speaker was Marc Mackenzie an alumni member of both the Chase CHIEFS and the HEAT. Inbetween stints in Chase, Marc also played in the Western Hockey League. He is now stationed in Kamloops as a specially trained member of the R.C.M.P. He directed his words to the players noting that “I in effect grew up in Chase”, the moment in time is over before you know it, as well as to enjoy and respect the experience provided to you. His former billet parents Dave and Janice Winfield were in attendance and duly recognized in his speech.
The Rhonda Kenoras Award for Volunteer of the Year was introduced by President Scott Koch and presented by Rhonda’s mother Doreen. The worthy recipient was Sheryl Penttila who took on the Treasurer’s duties in the spring of 2018 while retaining her duties as the Director of Game Day Operations. Sheryl’s attention to detail, tireless work efforts, and multiple volunteer duties made the recognition an easy choice.
The 200 plus in attendance watched a video presentation by Andrea Stelter which hi-lighted each players daring do during the past season.
Director of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Brad Fox, assisted by Assistant Coaches Cody Inkster and Nolan Pastoor awarded recognition to the players in more then a dozen categories. Coach Fox described in each category what it takes to stand out amongst one’s peers, and how the player(s) accomplished that.
CHASE HEAT AWARD WINNERS
Volunteer of the Year: Sheryl Penttila
Top Scholastic: #35 Dylan Barton
Top Scorer: # 9 Breckin Erichuk
Game Stars (tie): #13 Gavin Mattey
#1 Geoffrey Drought
Fan Favourite: #13 Gavin Mattey
Top Rookie: #29 Evan Vinterlik
Most Sportsmanlike: #9 Breckin Erichuk
Unsung Heroes: #16 Evan Hughes
#22 Tyler Collens
#19 Brett Alexander
Most Improved: #18 Marino Bordin
Warrior of the Year: #6 Cody Allen
Most Dedicated: #13 Gavin Mattey
#1 Geoffrey Drought
Top Defenceman: #3 Cam Watson
Most Valuable (tie): #3 Cam Watson
#13 Gavin Mattey
Top Defenceman Doug Birks Division: #3 Cam Watson
Never Ring the Bell Special Award: #77 Aaron Hill
The event wrapped up with a number of special presentations. The graduating 20 year olds, Tyler Collens, Cody Allen and Tony Dennis have completed their junior hockey eligibility. They received specially engraved travel bags, golf shirts and personalized commemorative wall hangings.
Until next season the HEAT wish to thank and recognize the billet parents who kindly open their homes to the players, the countless hours put in by the best team of volunteers in town and the KIJHL, the staff led by the passionate Brad “Foxy” Fox and lastly the fans who faithfully support “their team” through thick and thin. Until next season, keep your head up and your twisted twig on the ice!