AMHA celebrates successful year at banquet

 

By Joel Charron

 

Amherstburg Minor Hockey (AMHA) travel hockey season officially came to a close as teams celebrated at the Verdi Club at the associations annual banquet.

“We are to here to celebrate this past season’s successes and accomplishments and to be a team again for one last night,” said AMHA president Marc Renaud. “We are also here to acknowledge and award people for their hard work and efforts that made the season so successful for their teams and association.”

Vice-president of Amherstburg Travel Paul Tonietto said AMHA enjoyed a tremendous year.

Six teams advanced out of the Bluewater League in OMHA playdowns, with one team (Midget Major) advancing to quarterfinals and two teams (Bantam Minor and Major) advancing to semifinals.

“It was a very successful year regarding OMHA playdowns,” said Travel Convener Gregg Meloche.

AMHA will also have some banners to add to their growing collection. All three teams (Minor Atom, Midget AE and Midget Major) that advanced to the Bluewater Day of Champions were victorious in their matchups.

Meloche said AMHA has had a renewed sense of pride within the association ever since the Midget Majors won back-to-back OMHA championship and Amherstburg first ever OHF championship.

“From there, everyone seems to have a renewed passion for all the different levels of Amherstburg Minor Hockey,” said Meloche. “We want every level to succeed.”

Tonietto noted that the 2012-2013 season has been one of AMHA best seasons with the association finishing with a combined overall record of 258-208-55.

“We saw a lot of our teams beating AA teams this year,” stated Tonietto.  “If you run your centre the right way and you do everything for every kid and not just for one kid, it makes a difference.”

Renaud said everyone in AMHA should be proud of what they accomplished this year.

“It was another good year as we continued to build toward the future,” said Renaud. “We expect good thing again in 2013-2014 and we look forward to next season.”

Renaud also praised the volunteers within AMHA.

 

Amherstburg Minor Travel Hockey 2013 memorial awards winners: Front row (L to R) Jackson Cole, Ben Macintyre, Jake Peddie, Adam Tronchin, Patrick Monforton, Brock Beaudoin. Back Row (L to R) Bryce McGregor, Jake Frank, Brent Allen, Cory Burns, Alex Popel, Matt Rosati, Austin Hunt, Mitch McNorton.

Amherstburg Minor Travel Hockey 2013 memorial awards winners:
Front row (L to R) Jackson Cole, Ben Macintyre, Jake Peddie, Adam Tronchin, Patrick Monforton, Brock Beaudoin.
Back Row (L to R) Bryce McGregor, Jake Frank, Brent Allen, Cory Burns, Alex Popel, Matt Rosati, Austin Hunt, Mitch McNorton.

“The hockey season doesn’t begin unless there are a lot of volunteers who give unselfishly of their time to sit on AMHA executive board, be on a coaching staff or to help in any way they can,” he said.

AMHA handed out their annual memorial awards for each age level. The following are the award recipients.

Select 7- Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season: Jackson Cole.

Notice Major- Bruno Cassanova Award: Ben Macintyre.

Atom- Kevin McDonough Award: Jake Peddie (minor) and Adam Tronchin (major)

Peewee- Mark Whitehead Award: Patrick Monforton (minor) and Brock Beaudoin (major)

Bantam Minor- Danny Pietrangelo Award: Bryce McGregor

Bantam Major- Bill Jones Award: Jake Frank

Midget- Jimmy Brookes Award: Brent Allen (minor) and Matt Rosati (major)

Midget Minor: Michael Bastien Award: Cory Burns

Midget Major: Randy Oakes Award: Alex Popel

Midget AE: Outstanding Defense: Austin Hunt. Outstanding dedication: Mitch McNorton.

AMHA Awards

Timekeeper of the year: Mitch Holden

Referee of the year: Jason Bastien

Youth volunteer of the year: Daniel Tonietto

Adult volunteer of the year: Mike Parlette

Manager of the year: Brandie Peddie

Trainer of the year: Randy Wismer

Coach of the year: Paul Bortignon

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