The Brantford Sports Council
announced their annual award recipients in nine categories at the 17th annual Sports Awards and Recognition Celebration on Saturday March 11th.
Numerous ALLIANCE Hockey volunteers and members were among those announced as both finalists and recipients!
Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists and special stick taps to those who have contributed to ALLIANCE Hockey:
The Dave Levac Award (excellence for sports officiating):
Sue Grinton (2013 ALLIANCE Hockey Referee of the Year)
-Both Officials have provided years of dedicated service to minor hockey.
The George Churchill Memorial Award (sports volunteer of the year):
Sandra Gagne, BCHL
-A true Volunteer who dedicates more hours than we can count!
The Jack Calbeck Memorial Award (lifetime sports sponsorship):
-Giant Tiger has been a Brantford Community Hockey League Title Sponsor for multiple years and their support is greatly appreciated and noticed by all!
The George Jones Memorial Award (lifetime sports volunteerism):
Thom J. Foster
-Thom has been involved with BCHL, minor hockey and Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario for many years. He has and does wear many hats and we are so thankful for his service. Thom is the current Regional Vice-President Region 4 and Maltreatment Committee, Chair.
Also, Paralympic hockey player Garrett Riley
was awarded the Frank Tomlin Memorial Award as Brantford’s Sportsperson of the Year.
-Garrett played minor hockey in Brantford with both Brantford Community Hockey League and Brantford Minor Hockey 99ers. He played for Team Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics winning a Silver medal.
"It was an honour to be recognized for Lifetime Sports Volunteerism - Hockey by the Brantford Sports Council along with so many other deserving volunteers, coaches, officials and athletes this past Saturday. It was made super special to be there when Garrett Riley was recognized as Sportsman of the year. Garrett played his Minor Hockey in Brantford with both Brantford Community Hockey League and Brantford Minor Hockey 99ers then later on played sledge hockey where he went on to play for Team Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics winning a Silver medal. Congratulations to all finalists and winners!" - Thom J. Foster