Mike Hazen Tourney Awards Honor Service, Character
BY DAVE SHEA
The Ogdensburg Minor Hockey Association held its annual awards ceremony at the Mike Hazen Memorial Tournament on Sunday. Each year at the tournament the association presents Mike Hazen Memorial Awards which recognize the Outstanding Ogdensburg Bantam, an individual for Outstanding Service to Ogdensburg Minor Hockey and also presents the Mike Hazen/Chad LaFlair Spirit of Friendship Award.
Also presented are Memorial Scholarship Awards honoring Gwenna and Frank Barr and Michelle Hazen and the Scott Farrand Memorial Sportsmanship Award to a deserving player.
MIKE HAZEN OUTSTANDING BANTAM AWARD
Dylan Irvine, the son of Chuck and Kelly Irvine, received the Mike Hazen Trophy as the 2020 Outstanding Ogdensburg Bantam. Following the tradition of the award the 2019 co-recipients Cooper Garvey and Chase Jacobs also received their plaques.
The Mike Hazen Outstanding Bantam Award is given each year to a second year Bantam who exhibits the same qualities of Mike Hazen: a great athlete who exemplified good sportsmanship, dedication, fair play and a good work ethic in practices and games.
The recipient is also honored for showing a love for the game of hockey as well as his teammates and friends.
ASHLEY HONORS FOR UNTIRING SERVICE
The Mike Hazen Distinguished Service Award is handed out every year to someone who has been involved with Ogdensburg Minor Hockey and the Mike Hazen Tournament in many capacities. The selection of Rob Ashley for the award goes back a few years honoring his involvement as a trusted board member, a respected coach and an amazing fund-raiser who was instrumental in the construction of the Richard Lockwood Arena.
He also raised money to supply the entire association with new jerseys and did anything to help the players and the association.
"He never asked for help, he just went out and did what was needed to be done. He was also one of those people that you could pick up the phone and call with a question or a problem, and he would help you solve the problem," said Ryan Griffith in presenting the award and speaking for Ogdensburg Minor Hockey.
"He still comes and watches games and supports the game of hockey."
JENEAULT HONORED WITH FRIENDSHIP AWARD
Jacob Jeneault is a member of a family which has been deeply in Ogdensburg Minor Hockey for three generations. He received the Mike Hazen/Chad LaFlair Spirit of Friendship Award which honors someone who supports the Hazen Tournament from behind the scenes.
Over the years Jeneault has helped run the tournament, coached teams and has refereed for many years including this weekend.
"Without his dedication to this tournament and the game of hockey this tournament would not be the same. He makes it possible for players and parents to play and learn the rules of the game," said Ryan Griffith in presenting the award on behalf of Ogdensburg Minor Hockey.
GWENNA AND FRANK BARR SCHOLARSHIP
The Gwenna and Frank Barr Scholarship Award links the present players to the very origin of Minor Hockey in Ogdensburg. Frank Barr was one of the founders of the Ogdensburg Minor Hockey and his wife Gwenna stood behind him all the way.
Together they raised five boys that played their way through the association and their children have forged a self-sustaining legacy. Today Gwenna and Frank Barr have grandchildren and great grandchildren playing under the Leafs brand and there has never been a season when a Barr didn't play in the association.
This year's award is presented to Macgregor Perretta.
MICHELLE HAZEN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The first annual Michelle Hazen Memorial Award was presented to Logan Wilson in memory of Mike Hazen's mother, Michelle, who passed away in July.
The award remembers her kindness and concern for youth hockey players of all ages and her efforts to help youngsters achieve their potential as hockey players and positive citizens. Michelle Hazen was also instrumental in the founding and organization of the tournament and her efforts were prominent in keeping the tournament as one of the major sports events of the city.
SCOTT FARRAND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The Scott Farrand Sportsmanship Award remembers the life of Scott Farrand who played and coached in Ogdensburg Minor Hockey and inspired so many people by his courageous fight against cancer.
Colin Woods receives the 2020 Award as a player who never gives up, who fights through any and all challenges, who shows up for practices and games despite what on the other side is handing him and maintains a true love for the game of hockey.