PORT McNEILL—Connor Scott did double duty all season for the Port McNeill Minor Hockey Association, and was rewarded last week with selection as the club’s Player of the Year.
Scott, who played forward for the midget Whalers, was one of several players, coaches, volunteers and supporters honoured during the PMMHA annual general meeting and awards, held Thursday at Sunset Elementary School.
In addition to playing on the midget squad, Scott worked as an assistant coach for the club’s atom program.
Another two-timer, Boni Sharpe, was awarded the Coach of the Year trophy. Sharpe co-coached the atom team, and was also instrumental in forming the first recreational girls team on the North Island, the Tri-Port Peewee She-devils.
The association’s other major award winners included:
• Kayden Jones, a novice skater who was presented the Tristan Jones Memorial Award by Pat Horgan and Shirley Ackland;
• Danielle Furney, who was recognized for stepping up as tournament coordinator, despite not having a child in the program this season, with presentation of the Margaret Muzik Memorial Award; and
• James Speck of Alert Bay, who was honoured as Hockey Grandpa of the Year after creating and distributing custom hoodies to players and coaches on the atom and peewee teams.
Scott Mitchell, who was elected to return as club president for the coming season, recognized the influx of players from Alert Bay, which grew from three a year ago to 10 in the just-completed season.
“Word on the street — or on the ferry — is there may be more (players) on the way next season, so we’re looking forward to that.”
Mitchell also announced the association will once again help sponsor players attending one of two summer hockey camps at Chilton Regional Arena in July. Any player who registers with Port McNeill Minor Hockey by June 1 will be eligible for a $50 rebate from the club off the cost of registration to the July 3-7 Clayton Stoner Hockey Camp or the July 11-14 Lou Lemire Hockey Camp.
Mitchell was just one of many executive members to renew their positions for next season.
Two major changes were Dwayne Murray, who takes over as Head Coach in addition to his duties as equipment manager, and John Bramham stepping in as head referee starting this fall. Bramham succeeds Marc Dumonceaux, who was called to the stage and presented a poster to recognize his years of service to the association.
Additional election results and team-by-team awards appear below.
Port McNeill Minor Hockey Association 2012 Awards
Player of the Year: Connor Scott
Coach of the Year: Boni Sharpe
Tristan Jones Memorial Award: Kayden Jones
Margaret Muzik Memorial Award: Danielle Furney
Hockey grandparent of the Year: James Speck Sr.
Most Sportsmanlike trophy: Garret Beek
Most Sportsmanlike trophy: Skyler McGraw
Most Improved: Daunte McKinney
Most Dedicated: Ethan Bono
Most Sportsmanlike: Kayden Jones, Owen Johnson
Most Sportsmanlike trophy: Chelsea Noël
Most Dedicated: Cole Klughart
Most Sportsmanlike: Tynan Klein-Beekman
Most Sportsmanlike trophy: Atom Icebreakers
Most Sportsmanlike trophy: Mackenzie Murgatroyd
Most Dedicated: Cameron Grant
Most Improved: Chris Speck
Most Sportsmanlike: Emma Mitchell
Most Sportsmanlike trophy: Jaiden Standiforth
Most Dedicated: Denzel Pausang
Most Improved: Evan Gordon-Valan
Most Sportsmanlike: Jaiden Standiforth
Most Sportsmanlike trophy: Hannah Mitchell
Most Dedicated: Jared Sinclair
Most Improved: Jessica Hilts
Most Sportsmanlike: Chris McKelvey