Parsons wins hockey award

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For the second year in a row, a Port aux Basques Minor Hockey volunteer has won the provincial Executive of the Year award.

Andrew Parsons, local minor hockey association president, is the 2008 recipient of the Brian Wakelin Executive of the Year Award from Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL). The award was presented in his absence during HNL's annual general meetings in Gander earlier this month.

Andrew Parsons is the winner of the 2008 Brian Wakelin Executive of the Year Award from Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador.

For the second year in a row, a Port aux Basques Minor Hockey volunteer has won the provincial Executive of the Year award.

Andrew Parsons, local minor hockey association president, is the 2008 recipient of the Brian Wakelin Executive of the Year Award from Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL). The award was presented in his absence during HNL's annual general meetings in Gander earlier this month.

Mr. Parsons said he was surprised by the award, but honoured as well. He said these types of awards often come when the association has had a good year. To him that means everyone involved put in a lot of time and effort to make sure it was a good year for minor hockey.

Fellow hockey volunteer and last year's winner Joe Lane nominated Mr. Parsons.

"I know the amount of work and dedication that goes into winning such a prestigious award," said Mr. Lane. "Andrew stepped up to the plate this past year and worked tremendously hard at keeping our minor hockey system going in a positive direction."

Mr. Parsons has been involved with the local minor hockey system for a few years, holding the second-vice presidents position. He stepped up to fill the top job this year, and ended up also taking on the roles of second-vice and public relations as those volunteers resigned due to work commitments.

"He managed to host the Provincial AAA Midget Minor Championships, despite all the controversy with east coast teams not participating," said Mr. Lane.

Mr. Parsons also coordinated the Easter Midget D tournament, worked hard to try and enforce the fair play policy, train new volunteers and more.

Mr. Lane said the biggest accomplishment of the year was the participation in the Kraft Hockeyville competition.

"This event was a tremendous undertaking and Andrew was the leader of the pack, keeping everyone informed, and involving as much of the community, as he could," said Mr. Lane.

"Considering that (Andrew) does not have any children of his own, he gives his heart and soul so that other kids can play the game, ensuring that registration fees are among the lowest in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"He looks for ways to improve the hockey program for the players, and believes that all players have a right to play. With people like Andrew Parsons, kids will never lose," continued Mr. Lane.

nmusseau@gulfnews.ca

Organizations: Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador, Kraft Hockeyville

Geographic location: Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Randy
    June 28, 2010 - 14:29

    It is great to see a graduate of the PAB minor hockey system give time back to the next generation. Too often, volunteers do not get appreciation, but it is always nice when they do. Congratulations Andrew. I know the satisfaction of winning that award, with all the competition for it. You well deserve it.
    Randy Smith

  • Claudia
    June 28, 2010 - 14:29

    Congrats Andrew!!! Well deserved.

  • Wayne & Jean
    June 28, 2010 - 14:29

    Congrats Andrew

    This award is well deserved, I keep up on the minor hockey system in PAB, as I coached there for years, and have many memories of the kids I coached, and the parents involved. Jean & I followed the Kraft event very carefully, and voted many times. Thanks for your dedication, and involvement, and well done PAB.