L-R front: Ryan Forbes, Heart & Desire Award and Peterson Community Service Award; Jarrett Fiske, Owners Award with $2000 Bursary; Garrett Meyer, Ford Christie Most Dedicated Award; Nicholas Domitrovic, Scholastic Player Award; Cole Dennison, Manfred Bowe Top Defense Award; Jared Patterson & Charlie Kiefer, Clara Thompson Top Rookie Award (16 or 17 yr old); Gavin Wood, Ron Perkins Top Graduating Award; Ashton Fry, David Rigby MVP Award; Ashton Fry with John Beaton, Jack Nixon Sportsman & Athleticism Award & League Three Stars Award; John Beaton, League Volunteer Award; Carol Morrison (absent from photo)

by the sportsguy

The Kemptville 73’s owners hosted their banquet and awards night Monday, March 11 at the e’Quinelle Golf Club, attended by players, on ice management, volunteers, billets, parents and invited guests. They were treated to a scrumptious hot buffet, presented by e’Quinelle, before the awards ceremony. After the hardware was handed out, MC and owner, Joe Jefferies, made a positive statement on the importance of the team, and the respect the team owners have for their exceptional volunteers and fantastic sponsor support. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments, Paul Lebreux, co-owner, could not attend, but sent his support.

Jason York, co-owner and assistant coach, explained that the real aim of playing Junior A hockey was more than just winning at all cost, but the true meaning was in being part of the program. Every player is chosen to represent their team to help to take them to the play-offs and the final goal of winning it all. The team gives all players the ability to mature into wonderful sons, brothers, students, athletes, scholars, and to move on to successful careers, becoming better citizens, husbands and parents.

Everyone present appreciated the presentation on the wall TV screen that was set up by Sarah Nichols of Special Moments that rotated during the evening’s procedures.

After special shots were arranged for social media and website, the event was winding down, with some players saying goodbye and good luck, and with others making plans for next year in the uniform they were proud to wear.

It was a privilege to have been part of this terrific organization and an honour to have been acquainted with such great young men.

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