Good Evening Members:
Here are your 2021 - 2022 Blyth Brussels Crusaders Award Winners:
Most Improved – Anna Lapp
Most Dedicated – Matthew Abell
Most Sportsmanlike – Gracelyn Howson
Most Improved – Henk Brennan
Most Dedicated – Wes McDonald
Most Sportsmanlike – Lexi Greidanus
Most Improved – Hudson Smith
Most Dedicated – Ashlyn Greidanus
Most Sportsmanlike – Kaleb Nurse
Most Improved – Sawyer McCall
Most Dedicated – Lauren Wharton
Most Sportsmanlike – Lauralei Shortreed
Luke Anderson Memorial Award
This was Luke’s favorite song form the Lion King, it means no worries for the rest of your days.
Luke was born November 2nd, 1987 and started playing hockey in 1991. His three older brothers Kyle, Adam and Cody were his biggest fans.
The next few years Luke became known for his “sweeping turns to build up momentum to charge into the opposition territory”.
The highlight of Luke’s Novice career was a playoff game in Mitchell when he scored five goals.
Luke was keen to play hockey and his teammate Brett Bean described him this way “Eat, Sleep and play hockey that was Luke”.
If you didn’t see him play hockey on the ice at the Blyth Arena you would see him playing in the Lobby.
Luke died in a bicycle-truck accident on April 26, 1997. He is missed by everyone at the Blyth Arena.
Sweaters for the Blyth Novice team with a gold cross were donated by Luke’s parents Ken and Diane in memory of Luke.
Each year a trophy is presented to the most keen and dedicated player on the Novice Team in memory of Luke.
This year’s recipients are:
U9 Rep - Canon Beuermann
U9 LL – Gavin Gross
Most Improved – Braxton Stryker
Most Dedicated – Connor Kellington
Most Sportsmanlike – Cole Greydanus
Most Improved – Foster Blake
Most Dedicated – Nate Baillie
Most Sportsmanlike – Adel Fischer
Most Improved – Carter Pope
Most Dedicated – Summer Shannon
Most Sportsmanlike – Hayden Benedict
Tom Schauber Memorial Award
This award is dedicated to Tom Schauber. Tom was a great hockey parent, very upbeat and always willing to get involved. He loved hockey and especially supported the kids hockey program. This award is given to the most improved atom player in honour of Tom. Congratulations to all the recipients.
U11 Rep – Lincoln Bolinger
U11 LL Black - Ethan Boyer
U11 LL Burgandy - Evan Egli
Most Improved – Tyson Greidanus
Most Dedicated – Justin Fleet
Most Sportsmanlike – Damon Shannon
Most Improved – Cole Mason
Most Dedicated – Colin Hallahan
Most Sportsmanlike – Aiden Hickey
Dan Beuermann Memorial Award
Dan Beuermann was a young man who always loved his friends, family and HOCKEY. His greatest fan was his Grandpa “Doc”. He had his share of broken bones during his hockey days but that never stopped him from playing the “Greatest Canadian Game”. Dan was a dedicated hockey player. He very rarely missed a practice or game and was always keen to put his effort on the ice. Dan and his three younger brothers all played, so everyone knew where to find the Beuermann family Friday night. Yes, your right the BM&G arena from 4:30 – 10:00pm. He would have been proud to see how hard you Peewees worked to better your game. Go Blyth Brussels go!
This year's recipients are:
U13 Rep – Dylan Lee
U13 LL – Liam Fischer
Most Improved – Graham Nesbit
Most Dedicated – Luke Fischer
Most Sportsmanlike – Peter Albers
Most Improved – Sheldon Lee
Most Dedicated – Reed Fischer
Most Sportsmanlike – Jack Riegling
Jeremy Austin Most Dedicated Award
A little info on how this award came about...On Feb 24th 1999 Jeremy and his twin brother Scott were on a skiing trip with the public school at Talisman. This day Jeremy was injured in a snowboarding accident and passed away from his injuries. The Blyth Bantam Bulldogs were one game away from winning the WOAA. The final game was postponed one week for the team to put to rest their teammate and decide as a team whether they could continue because just the week before a mother of one of their team mates had also passed away in a car accident. The past two Friday nights these young boys had spent at a funeral home. They were just left breathless and not knowing which way to turn. We as a family talked it over and encouraged the team to continue as that is what Jeremy would want and his brother Scott said “no he was going to play”. He and Jeremy had always played on the same line as teammates. These boys lived for their hockey. The team went on to win the WOAA and to be runner up in All Ontario. The team played with their hearts on their sleeves that year but played as a team keeping each other strong. We the Austin family decided to sponsor an award in memory of Jeremy. This award should be given to a player who is an all around team player. Is there to do his part as a player no matter what it should be. Who supports his fellow teammates. He plays to the best of his personal ability and represents his team well, both on and off the ice. This award has been handed out to many well deserving young players over the past years and we hope to continue to hand out for many more to come.
This year's recipients for the Jeremy Austin Award is:
U15 Rep – Jackson Hallahan
U15 LL – Taylor Wharton
Most Improved – Troy Coultes
Most Dedicated – Joel Nesbit
Most Sportsmanlike – Carson Bromley
Most Improved – Keon Paolo
Most Dedicated – Carson Bromley
Most Sportsmanlike – Lucas Carter
Bokhout Hesselwood Dynamic Duo Team Players:
This award is presented in memory ofJohn Bokhout and Blake Hesselwood former Blyth Bulldog Minor Hockey Players. John and Blake were friends on and off the ice.They complimented each other in many aspects of their lives. John played forward, Blake played defense. They loved the game of hockey. John excelled in setting up the plays, with his stick handling and skating skills. Blake always stood his ground as a solid defenseman, but loved to take his chance when the opportunity came to make a breakaway into the oppositions end. John always dropped back to cover the defense position. They loved to make things happen together. This is for two players that work together on the ice to make things happen, love the game, and have FUN playing it.
The Bokhout Hesselwood Dynamic Duo Award goes to:
U18 Rep - Colby Dale & Jackson McDonald –Inglis
U18 LL - Brett McCutcheon & Tyler Groves
Don Higgins Goalie Award
Don grew up playing goalie in the Brussels Minor Hockey Association. At a young age he showed no fear stopping pucks. One of his coaches, Wayne Lowe would always say “your not going to get any better sitting on the bench” Don took those words and through his strong work ethic and desire to improve continued to strengthen his game. He went on to play Junior C for the Wingham Ironmen after minor hockey. His Ironmen jersey hangs in the North Huron Wescast Community Complex in tribute to him. In addition to his natural abilities and talents Don also showed great sportsmanship. He always respected coaches and referees and Don always made time for teammates. Whatever it took he was willing to help out and would not hesitate to put others before himself. This award in honour of Don represents some great qualities of courage, respect and friendship among the hockey community.
Congratulations to this year’s recipient:
U13 Rep - Triston Piper
Congratulations to all recipients!