Online Banquet - Day Ten, News (West Oxford Inferno Girls Hockey)

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Online Banquet - Day Ten
Submitted By Kerry Garton on Wednesday, May 6, 2020
WOGHA Awards

WOGHA is proud to announce the annual association awards. We would like to congratulate all nominees and winners.


This award is presented to a novice player who demonstrates a pure enjoyment of the physical activity of the sport.  The recipient of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Award consistently puts forth their best effort and realizes the value of teamwork.  She showed dedication and enthusiasm all year to her team and the game.  She always gave it her all.


Congratulations Reeve Lamers

Reeve was selected for this award as she demonstrates the exact traits that every young athlete should strive to achieve. She is talented yet humble. She is positive and always has a smile on her face. She works hard no matter the challenge and always came the arena ready to play and ready to have fun.  She was a leader amongst her team and a role model for not only her teammates. But her coaches as well. Her attitude and demeanour reminded the coaches what hockey was all about.  


Coach Tyler





This award is presented annually to an Atom player who demonstrates a strong work ethic, enthusiasm and dedication to her team. This player exhibits characteristics that demonstrate a passion for the game of hockey and celebration of the sport, whether in victory or loss.  She exhibits good sportsmanship, she improves her skill and has a great dedication to her team.


Congratulations Ava Clarke

Ava came to the rink always ready to give 100% effort on the ice. She rarely missed games or practices. She could always be counted on to work hard each and every shift and when asked to try a different play in a game situation she would do so the next time she hit the ice. Early in the season, Ava quickly realized she could use her strength to get low and be strong to win puck battles. She used the boards effectively to clear the puck from the defensive zone to create offensive opportunities for herself and her teammates. As the season progressed, Ava's confidence with the puck grew and she began using her body to shield opposing players from her stick while using her edges to cut around them. She used this move effectively to create scoring chances. Win or lose, Ava would walk out of the rink with a smile on her face. Ava improved immensely this season and I look forward to watching her continued growth and love for the game of hockey. She was truly a pleasure to coach!


Coach Rob



This award is presented to the Peewee player who best exhibits the attributes that celebrate the love of the game of hockey that Carolyn Piett inspired as a player, trainer and coach in the girl’s hockey program in the Embro Minor Hockey Association before her tragic death in 2008. Carolyn’s philosophy was “always make your last game your best and since you were never sure when your last game might be, make every game your best”.  Carolyn’s participation with the Peewee girl’s hockey in Embro was followed by many years of involvement as a player, trainer and coach.  She was also a founding member of the senior ladies team with the Embro 97’s when they were formed. She was a great motivator and an avid student of the game. The recipient of this award will be chosen by the coaches and Executive for her ability to demonstrate the spirit that Carolyn inspired in her teammates through her enthusiasm and dedication and her trademark smile.


Congratulations Martina Baker

Martina exemplifies a true love for the game of hockey. She always arrives and leaves the rink with a smile on her face, loves to be around her teammates, and is always working to improve herself in games and practices. Her season was cut short due to a non-hockey related injury, but that did not deter her desire to be involved with the team and wanting to participate with her teammates in the dressing room and cheer on the team from the stands.  


Coach Murray




This award will be presented to the Bantam girl who exhibits the characteristics inspired by Adrian Jayne. Adrian was a true advocate for the spirit that contributed to a team’s success. Rarely missing a practice or a game, his enthusiasm and dedication was exhibited through the commitment he displayed to his teammates and coaches. The full out effort he gave at every opportunity and a show of genuine respect for every player and official on the ice are characteristics that the recipient of the “devotion of the game” award will exhibit.


Congratulations Sadie Bryant

At every opportunity throughout the entire season Sadie gave a full effort. Her hard work, attentiveness, willingness to learn, and dedication to every practice, game, and shift is admirable. Sadie took success and tribulations as an opportunity to grow and improve. Sadie showed devotion to the game by always developing individual skill, hockey IQ, team tactics, and leadership. It was evident she worked hard all season to ensure she was the best player she could be not only for her coaches, but most importantly for her team. 


Coach Robin


This award is presented to the Midget player who best exhibits the leadership characteristics inspired by the founding President of Zorra Girls Hockey. Through perseverance, dedication and leadership, Terry inspired a group of individuals from Thamesford and Embro to form an Executive and provide a combined recreational and competitive hockey program in 2009, so that girl’s hockey would thrive for many years to come in our area. The player has exhibited these leadership characteristics during their hockey season this year.


Congratulations Tori-Lyn Slade

Tori-Lyn started with our organization as an under-aged Atom at 8 years old. She is now 18 years old and in the final year of her excellent minor hockey career. The Midget age group is one with unique challenges for all of the girls taking part. There is a larger age gap (15-18 years of age.. 3 year gap instead of the usual 2). With this the younger girls can feel intimidated in the dressing room. The older girls are also very focused and stressed about their final year of high school as they work towards University, College or work decisions.


All of the girls also have part time jobs – so there is a lot to juggle – never mind the challenge of being a teenager in 2020. Tori-Lyn has been a stabilizing force in our dressing room all season. She reaches out to all players and ensures every single one feels important and part of the group, and that all players are focused on the team’s goals.


Prior to each important game Tori-Lyn stands up and addresses the team before the Coaches enter the room. She lightens the mood, she rallies the troops and she gets the team focused for the task at hand. On the ice she is a very vocal goaltender – constantly communicating with her defence, constantly encouraging her teammates between plays. When she speaks to the group in-between periods everyone listens. She is a leader.


Our team has had great success this season – winning 3 tournaments (including the

International Silver Stick) as well as qualifying for the Provincials Championship weekend. On and off the ice Tori-Lyn has been a leader all season and a huge part of the success of the West Oxford Inferno Midget B girls hockey team.


Coach Sean

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