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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion Jr. B Tigers Celebrate Achievements At Wind-up Supper And Awards Night

The Vermilion Jr. B Tigers, alongside their families, sponsors, and esteemed guests, gathered at the Vermilion Elks Hall on April 13th to mark their Year End Wind-up and Awards Night in a jubilant atmosphere.

The evening commenced with a spirited cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., setting the stage for an evening of camaraderie and celebration. Attendees were treated to a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, skillfully crafted by Colleen’s Catering out of Marwayne, ensuring appetites were thoroughly satisfied.

After the sumptuous meal, the focus shifted to the highlight of the evening—the awards presentation.

Head Coach Danny Haygarth was introduced by Master of Ceremonies Brayden Wilson, a Jr. B Tigers Alumni. Coach Haygarth highlighted the season’s accomplishments while reflecting on the past two years, as his contract with the Tigers concludes, expressing his intent to reapply for next season. During his speech, players were commended for their dedication and perseverance, with individual achievements celebrated alongside team successes. From stellar performances on the ice to exemplary sportsmanship, each player’s commitment was duly recognized and applauded.

“Boys, thank you for your commitment and dedication throughout this year. For all the guys to be working full-time, going to school, and still showing up to practice twice a week, and getting off the ice at 10:30 p.m. then having to get up at seven… It takes a huge commitment to play and I appreciate everything that you guys did,” said Coach Haygarth.

During the awards ceremony, Les and Lois Cusack presented the Chris Cusack Spirit Award, donated by the Cusack Family in memory of their son Chris, who captained the team before passing in 2005. Les reminisced about cherished memories, the history of the trophy, and the memorial games once held, before presenting the trophy to Landon Petiot and Riley Kohlman.

“This Spirit of Hockey award entails how you acted and carried the team on and off the ice, and it is an honor to present it to you,” said Les. He also reminded parents, “Anytime you get the chance, hug your kids.”

The vital contributions of sponsors were duly acknowledged during the ceremony. Their unwavering support throughout the year has been pivotal in the success and continued growth of the Vermilion Jr. B Tigers, highlighting the significance of community partnerships in nurturing athletic talent and fostering a culture of excellence.

Evan, Ryder, Deven, and Wyatt, the Leadership Team, expressed gratitude to Colleen’s Catering for the delectable meal, jokingly remarking they would need the sustenance for the night’s ensuing celebrations. They thanked their Coach, executive board, sponsors, bus driver (Ed), parents, volunteers, DJ Don (the voice of the Tigers), and others.

The evening also paid tribute to the 21-year-old players who have aged out, with jersey presentations marking their contributions.

As the Year End Wind-up and Awards Night drew to a close, the Vermilion Jr. B Tigers reflected on a season replete with triumphs, challenges, and, above all, the bonds forged through their love for the game.

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