Tri-Port Wild Coach gets Award from Team

The Tri-Port Wild's coach Andrew Laming was presented with an award from the entire team

At the year-end hockey awards banquet for the Tri-Port Female Program, the Bantam/Midget Tri-Port Wild’s

Coach Andrew Laming was presented with a very personalized piece of art, created by local artist Jeremy

Browne, from the entire Wild team to commemorate how much his efforts were appreciated by them and their

families this past season. In an interview over the phone, Laming said that he’s been dedicated to coaching

hockey “for the last 10 years straight now. Once my kids started playing I’ve pretty much been coaching ever

since.” After doing a little bit of figure skating as a young child, Laming grew up playing minor hockey in Port

Hardy. He represented the North Island in the Rep league and then went on to play four years of Junior hockey

for the Victoria Cougars. In his fifth and final season, 1994-1995, he played for the Prince George Cougars and

racked up 22 points in 48 games. After his hockey career ended, he transitioned into coaching the sport and

has since coached many local Tri-Port teams, ranging from first year Peanuts, to Novice, to Atom and PeeWee

Rep as well. This was Laming’s first time coaching a girl’s hockey program specifically, and “every season you

get some good stuff and some bad stuff. This season though, there was nothing bad about it at all. Everything

was great and it was an all around amazing experience,” said Laming, adding that when it comes to coaching a

girl’s hockey program compared to the boys, “there’s not much difference at all. The girls have the same drive

and want to win just as badly as the boys do.” Once there were enough girls registered to form a team for the

2015/2016 season, Laming was approached by the players and their parents to coach and he had zero

hesitations when it came time to step up and take on the task at hand. “I had expectations for them right from

the start,” said Laming. “I wanted them to work hard, show up, and represent the team well. Every single one of

them bought into the system, which is to play hard and have fun, and they really did. Everyone on the team

believed they could achieve great results, and it showed by the end of the season. You gotta find a way to get

through to every kid, otherwise what are you coaching for?”At the start of the season, the Wild just wanted to

win enough games to qualify for the four-team playoffs in Parksville, but once they’d played a few games they

saw they’d had “quite a bit of success” and it was then the Wild knew they were “capable of competing and

winning against every team in the league,” said Laming, also adding that from the start of the season to the end

of the season, “the improvement was 100 per cent for some of the girls who were newer to the sport, but

overall every player improved a ton and most importantly had fun.” The Wild ended their first season with a 2nd

place finish in the female midget league standings, posting an excellent 8-3-1 record with 48 goals for and only

27 goals against. The year-end statistics clearly showed “all the hard work they’d put in and I couldn’t be more

proud of what they’ve achieved,” said Laming. As far as the Wild’s semi-final’s playoff game March 5 in

Parksville, it was “a very close game,” he said. “We had some sick players, and they really battled through all

the adversity and tried their hardest to win in spite of the odds against them.”Laming stated that he was also

incredibly proud to see that throughout the entire season, no matter what happened, “the team got along great

and included each other in everything. I’ve never seen any team do that as well as they did,” adding that while

he doesn’t have one particular favourite moment from the season, “getting to see the girls improve and come

together and support one another” is what really stood out to him the most as a lasting memento of the Tri-Port

Wild’s first official year as a team. Player awards given out at the banquet were as follows:

Most Valuable Player – Avary Miller.

Most Sportsmanlike Player – Bre-Anna Henderson.

Most Improved Player – Crystal Tapp.

Esso Medallions Most Dedicated Player – Madison Van Will.

Esso Medallions Most Sportsmanlike Player – Tyanna Laming.

Esso Medallions Most Improved Player – Kaitlyn Wilson.

Special ‘Digger’ Award – Taylor Ranger.

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