by the sportsguy
Kemptville 73’s ownership hosted their Banquet and Awards event for volunteers and players on Sunday, March 8, at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.
Jason York, owner and Head Coach, talked about the logistics of playing Junior A hockey. He pointed out that it was about more than winning at all cost, but the true meaning of being part of the program. Every player is chosen to represent their team to take them to the play-offs and the final goal of winning it all. Each individual team gives all players the ability to mature into wonderful sons, brothers, students, athletes, and scholars, and to move on to successful careers, citizens and parents.
Trevor Johnson received well-deserved recognition, as Terry Nichols awarded him a plaque for Volunteer of the Year. Jason York honoured the graduating players with their last game sweaters, signed with their team mates’ signatures. The CCHL Doug Armstrong Memorial Trainer of Year was won by Sarah
Nichols, given to her by GM and father Terry Nichols. Declan House received the Peterson Community Award from Trevor Johnston. Brandon Cole presented the Jack Nixon Trophy for Sportsmanship and Athleticism to Ryan Pawlikowski. Manford Boal Top Defenseman awarded by Wes Cory to Jared Patterson. Gavin Wood received the Hudson Memorial for most improved, presented by Paul LeBreax. Scholastic Player of the Year was awarded to Chase Lammi. Jason York handed the Ford Christie Most Dedicated to Nicholas Domitrovic and Chase Lammi. 73’s captains’ gave out the Ryan Forbes Heart & Desire to Chase Broda. Joe Jefferies presented Chase Broda Clara Thompson Rookie of the Year and 73’s owner’s bursary to Nicholas Domitrovic.
Terry Nichols with Jason York presented the David Rigby MVP to Madoka Suzuki, and Paul LeBreax gave him the CCHL Three Stars Award. Jason York awarded the Ron Perkins Top Graduating Player to Jared Patterson.
Jason York made tribute to everyone involved in the 73’s season: “We would like to thank everyone, the volunteers, billets, staff, players and their families for helping to make the 2019-2020 season a successful one. This year we witnessed a young group of talent grow, mature, and improve together as a cohesive group, leaving everyone feeling hopeful for a successful future. We saw graduating players Jared Patterson with Nicholas Domitrovic lead through example both on and off the ice as captain and assistant. Their efforts
and maturity were the key in helping to lead a young team…Helped players to grow and develop, to reinforce the sense of family within the 73’s organization. We appreciate their dedication and commitment to their team, and wish them the best in their future endeavours. Congratulations to all the award winners, but remember you are all winners in our books.”