by Hockey PEI Communications // @HockeyPEI // Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Hockey PEI held its Annual General Meeting & Award Ceremony on Tuesday at the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown.

The meeting recapped the 2021-22 Hockey season while taking the time to recognize those individuals and groups who contribute to our game in a special way. Congratulations to all this years award winners:

JIM STIRLING SCHOLARSHIP – BFL CANADA | MOLLY DOYLE

Our recipient of the Jim Stirling Scholarship award this year is MOLLY DOYLE from Stratford.

In Molly’s submission of “What Hockey Means to her”, she wrote: “At the end of the day, hockey is a game. But over the years, I’ve learned that hockey is much more than that. Hockey is a second family. Hockey is dedication and work. Hockey is making memories that will be cherished forever. I’ve played hockey since I was five years old, I’ve coached hockey since I was thirteen, and I worked at my local rink since I was fifteen. I love the game, and I’m so grateful for the experiences that hockey has given me.”

A graduated Central Storm U18 AAA player, Mollyalso helped coach the U9 Pownal Female team this season which provided Molly with the appreciation for what it takes behind the scenes for a child to enjoy the game of hockey.

At Charlottetown Rural High School, Molly’s academic record speaks for itself, where she keeps her grades well above the average, having the highest overall average in grade 11 at 99% and 3rd highest in grade 10. She would finish with a 96% average this year. Through all of her hard work, Molly has found herself the recipient of various awards, including the Dalhousie entrance scholarship and the Ian & Ann Vessey scholarship.

While one would think someone who is so engaged as an athlete, coach and student would have trouble finding time to give back, Molly certainly found the time. Molly volunteered in a number of extra-curricular and community roles, such as volunteering at the QEH, working her various part time jobs, coaching hockey camps throughout the winter and spring and sitting on Charlottetown Rural Student Council as a vice president.

In the fall, Molly will be attending Dalhousie University, where she will be entering the first year of her undergraduate studies in medical sciences. She will be playing field hockey and hopes to stay involved with hockey through coaching and volunteering at events. After her first degree, she plans on getting a PhD and becoming a clinical psychologist for a period of time. Then, she would like to go back to university, but as a professor to both teach and research.

Molly’s tenacity and dedication to her team, combined with her Scholastic excellence, makes her this year’s Jim Stirling Scholarship winner.

HOCKEY PEI SCHOLASTIC AWARD | DONOVAN BURT

 

This year’s Hockey PEI Scholastic Award winner is Donovan Burt from Cornwall.

Throughout Donovan’s life, hockey has always been a symbol of the importance and power of determination. The Sport has also provided him with many opportunities to test and develop his own determination.

Overall, he credits hockey to playing a massive role in his personal development. The Escape, sense of belonging and determination the has provided him throughout his childhood and teenage years have been remarkable and says that he wouldn’t be the person he is today without it.

Donovan played Goalie this past season with the U18 A Male North River Flames, is a level 3 official based out of Cornwall where he works as a mentor for new officials, helping them get comfortable and bring their game to the next level.  He also takes the time to work with the U13 A Female team out of North River, helping out with the goaltenders.

Off the ice, Donovan has an impressive academic resume. He has held a 97% average over the past two school years and has received awards such as been a finalist and winner for a long list of honours, achievement,and recognition awards.

In the future, Donovan hopes to use his planned degree in Computer Engineering to work on the design and integration of computers within aircraft. This work would allow me to combine two of his lifelong interests, aviation, and computer technology. He also hopes to stay close to the game of hockey through his officiating career, a career he hopes will last throughout most of his adult life.

Aside from his exceptional grades and commitment to hockey, Donovan works part-time, sat on high school committees, participated in the school band program and enjoys spending time in the world of Musical Theatre.

Donovan really does possess discipline and determination to make it all work, a perfect fit for the Hockey PEI Scholastic Award.

Congratulations to the 2022 recipient of the Hockey PEI Scholastic Award – Donovan Burt

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR | ROBIN MCCORMACK

It takes many volunteers and administrators to make this game possible across the province. Every now and then there are those select few who quietly commit their time and effort to help make the game better, to help grow the sport, and provide opportunities both on the ice and in their own community.

Robyn McCormack, League Coordinator for FIVE (5) Hockey PEI Female Leagues, is this year’s Administrator of the Year.

Robyn’s leadership in each of those five female leagues including U18 AAA, U18 A, U15 AA, U15 A and U11 AA has been integral to the success and overall operation of female hockey on PEI. Furthermore, Robyn is a strong communicator from the U11 grassroots level up to the U18 ranks, treating each league with the same professionalism and care.

This past season, proved to be a very difficult one with the constant adjustments, re-scheduling, and modifications, all of which Robyn was able to work through with a massive workload spread over her five leagues. Robyn has always had the branch’s best interests at heart and spent countless hours ensuring that each league was able to complete its season and hoist the provincial championship banners.

Robyn also contributed to the success of the U18 AAA Female Atlantic Championship, acting as the Hockey PEI rep for the week in Tyne Valley and sacrificing her own time away from family and her full-time job after already giving back so much throughout the long and tiring season. Her commitment and drive are one of the best.

We want to thank Robyn for her contribution to the game and to Hockey PEI as a whole and are so proud that she is a part of our team.

It is with great pleasure that Hockey PEI presents the Administrator of the Year award to Robyn McCormack.

COACH OF THE YEAR | JOHN BRIOUX

The 2021-22 Coach of the Year is Will John Brioux. This past season, John was:

  • Head Coach of the U13 AA North River Flames
  • Asst Coach with the U9 AA North River Flames
  • Asst Coach with the U7 second year North River Flames Group
  • Coordinator and Head Instructor of Birchwood Hockey Academy
  • Instructor of North River Minor Hockey Checking Clinics
  • Instructor of Fall Conditioning Camps for North River AND
  • Co-Organizer of Hometown Hockey Spring League in North River.

While we aren’t quite sure how he managed to do all of this amazing work while juggling his professional and personal life, we are amazed by just how much John has contributed to our game. It’s clear that near every single night of the winter you can find John at the rink, striving to develop hockey players and be the best coach he can be.

John has been around hockey for most of his life, playing for the Peterborough Petes from 1997 to 2001, then moving to PEI and playing for the UPEI Panthers from 2001 to 2006 marking the end of his competitive hockey career, but that didn’t stop him from being around the game of hockey and giving back as a coach.

However, this past year did not come without adversity and challenges inJohn’s life. In January, he had to unfortunately step away from coachingand his full-time job to recover from a serious health scare that left him unable to do anything such as look at a screen and do physical activities.

While the hockey season continued without John Brioux behind the bench, his presence and leadership were still felt amongst his players who all alluded many of their team success and enjoyment to John and the environment he fostered.

From setting up zoom calls with NHL players during the various COVID-19 lockdowns to planning various team bonding activities throughout the season such as floor hockey games and bowling.

John brings together teams with unparalleled leadership abilities, commitment to fair play and foolproof coaching philosophy. It’s clear that coaching is John’s passion.

He makes it his priority to not only make better hockey players, but to also help build good people, because that is what coaching is all about.

Hockey PEI is most honored to present this year’s Coach of the Year award to a true leader and inspiration to all, John Brioux

FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR | BRAELYNN WALKER

This year’s Female Player of the Year is member of the Central Storm Team Orange U11 AA female team, Braelynn Walker!

It is clear that Braelynn shows a very high level of drive, determination, and commitment to the game she loves after the incredible season of both personal and team success she had.

In 26 games played, Braelynn recorded 50 goals and 20 assists for a total of 70 points. All while only receiving 10 mins in penalties throughout the season.

She demonstrates a very high and consistent work ethic; whether it be practice or games, she leads by example pushing herself to grow and develop her skills and in doing so sets a wonderful example for her teammates.

Braelynn would help lead her team to a Provincial Championship at the end of the season and was recognized amongst her peers and fellow players in the league as one of the top achieving players.

Hockey PEI is very proud of Braelynn’s accomplishments at such a young age and look forward to watching her hockey career grow and much more success in the future. It is an honor to award this year’s Female Player of the Year to Braelynn Walker.

MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR | RYAN DOYLE 

This year’s Male Player of the Year is Ryan Doyle of the U13 AAA Pownal Red Devils.

The Red Devils assistant captain had an all-around stellar year on the ice, finishing with 63 goals and 38 assists in just 24games, while compiling only 4 penalty minutes.

Ryan also led his team to a Provincial Championship title in back-to-back seasons during the 2020-21 campaign and this year’s 2021-22 season. Furthermore, he would be a key leader and contributor in the team’slifetime experience at the Quebec International Peewee Tournament.

While Ryan is clearly a talented hockey player, he’s said to be an even better person. This can be shown with his team first mentality and his willingness to help others.

Ryan exemplifies what it is to be a good teammate, leader, and person on and off the ice, and for this he is special.

Hockey PEI is extremely proud to present this year’s Male Player of the Year to Ryan Doyle.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD | SHANE MACPHEE & JERRED AFFLECK

The hockey community on PEI is driven by volunteers. Volunteers who step up to give of themselves, give of their time and help get the job done. Shane MacPhee and Jerred Affleck are both one of these volunteers. They can be described as passionate, caring, and inspiring individuals that make everyone around them want to be better players, teammates, coaches, and people.

For twenty years, Shane and Jerred have been working together for the UPEI Panthers Men’s Hockey Team as Assistant Equipment Manager’s and are the stalwarts of the Men’s Hockey Program.

Their pure love for their jobs and the game is second to none. No matter, the result, they never stop cheering on and providing for their beloved Panthers and show up to the rink each and every game night to provide their support that the Players, Staff and fans all love.

Shane and Jerred are all about being the best teammates they can be to the Men’s Panthers and their work behind the scenes often goes unnoticed. As we all know, volunteering is usually a thankless job, but for Shane and Jerred, it buts a smile on their faces to know that they play a role in the team’s success and operation every season.

Hockey PEI is very PROUD to have Shane and Jerred apart of their Hockey family here on Prince Edward Island.

Hockey PEI is proud to present the 2022 Volunteer of the Year award to co-winners, Shane MacPhee, and Jerred Affleck.

AARON COFFIN OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR AWARD | JUSTIN DESROCHES

Justin DesRoches has shown an exemplary ability to officiate at the highest levels of Hockey PEI. His work as a clinician and resource for younger aspiring officials has been valued at the highest regard.

On the ice, Justin is a fixture at many levels. Relied upon during the 2021-22 AUS Men’s season thus earning himself a playoff assignment. He also officiated the MHL Canadian Tire Cup finals series between the Truro Bearcats and Summerside Western Capitals.

Justin often devoted many nights at the rink officiating while juggling many other family commitments. His commitment to the Hockey PEI officials group continues to be his strongest asset.

The overwhelming support and nominations received for this award from his peers and officiating leaders is a testament to the respect he has earned as an official but also the level of character he provides as a person.

If there is a big game happening on Prince Edward Island, you typically don’t have to look far to find Justin DesRoches.

It is with great honor that Hockey PEI presents this year’s Aaron Coffin Official of the Year Award to Summerside’s Justin DesRoches.

GORDIE WHITLOCK DEVELOPMENT AWARD | RICHARD MACFARLANE

This year’s recipient of the Gordie Whitlock Development Award is Richard MacFarlane.

Richard is a highly deserving recipient of this award. He co-founded “skills and drills” a program for 3-to-6-year-olds in 2016 while acting as the Rink Manager in Morrel, then continuing the program and leading its delivery after gaining new employment.

Richard has provided many coaching services in early development levels for Morell Minor Hockey over the years.

He has been coaching the Kings County Kings U9 AA Program since 2020 and most recently has transformed the Skills & Drills program into RAM Hockey camp, a hockey development camp taking place during both the off-season and the Hockey PEI season being offered to members of the Morell community along with neighboring hockey districts like Kings County and Pownal.

Players during Richard’s developmental tenure have enjoyed great success individually but more importantly, almost all are enjoying success at the team level coached by Richard with their club teams or hockey events in spring/summer.

Richard’s development starts with a focus at the individual level to gain early confidence on the ice, followed by teammate development drills to understand passing and playing with other players. Final stage is where everyone learns to compete, be accountable, support each other, and make every player feel included, on and off the ice. He has helped create a new and positive hockey culture for his local Association.

He has and continues to donate countless hours mentoring young hockey players and coaches. Hockey PEI is lucky to have him contribute to its grassroots programming.

Hockey PEI congratulates and applauds the efforts of Richard MacFarlane and are proud to present him with this years Gordie Whitlock Development Award.

TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD | U15 AAA FEMALE CENTRAL STORM

This year’s Team of the Year is the U15 AAA Female Central Storm.

During the 2021-22 regular season, the Storm would go undefeatedfinishing with 29 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties.

They would continue this success into the playoffs going undefeated in the post-season as well.

For just the second time in recent hockey history a female team from Prince Edward Island won the Atlantic Championship in their division.

They went through the Atlantic round robin tournament with 3 wins and 1 loss. After being successful in their semi-final game, they advanced to the gold medal game winning it in double overtime.

The Central Storm were led by Head Coach Blane Fitzpatrick. They played through the difficult COVID-19 season in a fair, calm and professional manner with all team members contributing to the team’ssuccess.

Throughout the season they developed their skills and showed a great deal of improvement. They also devoted a lot of time to practice and off-ice conditioning. They were collective leaders on and off the ice which ultimately led to their U15 AAA Atlantic title.

But their journey to hoisting the Atlantic Championship trophy was not without adversity…..in the final game, when in double-overtime a goal was scored and the team thought they won the game. However, the goal was called back. With the leadership of their coaches and pride and determination of the team, they returned to the ice to finish the job, and scored the winning goal again. To say the win was well-deserved is anunderstatement.

It’s an honour to recognize this year’s Team of the Year, the U15 AAA Female Central Storm!

PRESIDENT’S AWARD | THE LATE CLIFFORD AFFLECK

During his countless years of service to our game, Clifford Affleck displayed many outstanding traits of valued volunteer.

He was a leader amongst our game on Prince Edward Island and showed passion and dedication second to none, making him the ideal candidate for this year’s President’s award.

We continue to strive to work as hard as Clifford did and dearly miss his daily contributions to our organization.

THE CLIFFORD AFFLECK AWARD | LYNN PALMER

This newly created award in memory of the late Clifford Affleck, a long-time Hockey PEI official, volunteer, administrator, and former Junior Council Chair is to be presented annually to the most outstanding junior hockey volunteer on Prince Edward Island.

To qualify for this award, you should be someone who has served junior hockey faithfully, having participated as a coache, and/or active member of an organization/team. A strong candidate is an individual who has dedicated themself to the ideals of Hockey Canada/Hockey PEI and who has worked tirelessly and has made an outstanding contribution to junior hockey on PEI. Volunteer service may include years of participation, administrative contribution, or innovation towards the advancement of junior hockey.

It was clear from the selection committee that Lynn Palmer would be an ideal candidate for this award who displays many of the traits above throughout the season. Her dedication and passion for Junior hockey here on PEI has exemplified what a great volunteer should be.

We are pleased to present the first ever Clifford Affleck Award to Lynn Palmer of the Sherwood Jr C Metros!

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