Stratford, ON - ALLIANCE Hockey is pleased to announce that Jennifer Perrotte
(Cambridge, ON) is the recipient of the 2021-22 ALLIANCE Hockey Trainer of the Year award.
2022 TRAINER OF THE YEAR –
JENNIFER PERROTTE, CAMBRIDGE MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONWatch the full video HERE!
Congratulations to Cambridge Hawks U12 A Trainer, Jennifer Perrotte or as the athlete’s refer to her Aunt Jenny on being named the 2022 ALLIANCE Hockey Trainer of the Year!
"Aunt Jenny went above and beyond in her role as Trainer and has had an outstanding impact on the team this season," noted a U12 team parent.
With multiple years experience in the sporting world and more specifically as a team trainer, Aunt Jenny was an exceptional influence on the athletes this past season. From the very first time the team met her she addressed the squad as athletes as opposed to boys, kids, players, etc. It was evident that she had the upmost respect for each, and every one of the team members.
Aunt Jenny has been impactful in ensuring that the athletes are learning about more than just hockey. One memorable example includes her discussions on nutrition. One parent recalled an evening when their son came home and asked to go grocery shopping to ensure that he had all the ‘right’ foods that he needed for the week ahead. "Aunt Jenny says we need to have five meals per day, we need to go grocery shopping so that I have what I need for the week," quoted the U12 player.
Perrotte's diligence not only taught the athletes about proper eating habits, but also how to take responsibility for themselves. Aunty Jenny also supplied snacks for the athletes after practices and games, again encouraging them to refuel and to keep on track with their nutrition.
"As a parent watching form the stands, your heart can sink when you see an athlete ‘go down’ on the ice. Aunt Jenny always has her eyes on the ice and is there to support the athlete in an instant. During games, if an athlete is injured, she is extremely quick to tend to the athlete, you can hear her from the stands saying, ‘Athlete Name, I am coming, I am here...Athlete Name, I am here’. Her comforting, and familiar voice lets the athlete know that she is on her way to help. As a parent, you know that your athlete is in good hands and that she will do whatever it takes to help them."
Additionally, Aunt Jenny will check-in with parents to update them on an athlete's injury and provide them with next steps etc., if required.
When hockey paused due to the pandemic, Trainer Jenny created and lead workout sessions for the athletes through Zoom. Furthermore, Trainer Jenny would monitor the athletes to ensure that they were on track and of course, provided encouragement and support.
Based on the examples her hard work and commitment, it is easy to see why Jennifer Perrotte was nominated for the Trainer of the Year. Numerous team members also had these kind words to add:
"Balancing work while volunteering to the extent that Aunt Jenny has done, requires superior skill!"
"She is at all practices and games - reiterating and modelling what true commitment means."
"She is a leader on the bench and a voice of reason for many."
"Aunt Jenny is always with a smile, a positive attitude and genuinely cares for the athletes."
Thank you for your commitment and contributions to the game, and congratulations Aunt Jenny on being named 2022 ALLIANCE Hockey Trainer of the Year!
Region 2 Vice President, Sean McGinnis with 2022 ALLIANCE Hockey Trainer of the Year, Jennifer Perrotte