Minnesota Hockey hosted its annual awards dinner on Saturday, April 23 to honor its 2022 award winners. The banquet served as a celebration of the recipients’ dedication to youth hockey over decades of service.
Each year Minnesota Hockey recognizes outstanding volunteers and athletes for their leadership with a series of scholarships, service awards, President’s Awards, an MHOA Service Award, the Ted Brill Award and the Don Clark Award.
The 2022 recipient of the prestigious Don Clark Award was Greg Gibson (Plymouth, MN), who served as the Wayzata Youth Hockey Association president for an unprecedented stretch of 17 years. Gibson was also instrumental in the growth of junior gold hockey, volunteering as a team manager in Wayzata and serving on the Junior Gold High School League (JGHSL) board in numerous capacities over the past 20 years.
The 2022 Ted Brill Award, which is presented to Minnesota’s most influential leaders in player and coach development, was presented to John Perry (New Hope, MN). Perry served in key leadership roles for Minnesota Hockey’s CCM High Performance 15 boys and girls programs for over 20 years while also serving as a Minnesota Hockey district director and vice president. Perry also played an active role in the development of Minnesota Hockey’s Fall Tier I Leagues, serving on the Tier I committee and spending four years as the director of the Youth Tier I 15 league.
The Minnesota Hockey Officials Association (MHOA) recognized Darrell Gedney (Delano, MN) with its 2022 MHOA Service Award. Anderson has been an official for over 40 years and is widely recognized for his reputation as an influential mentor for countless officials. Gedney served on the Beltline Hockey Referee’s Association (BHRA) board for 14 years holding the positions of president, secretary and scheduler. He was also the District 3 supervisor of officials for six seasons.
Minnesota Hockey President Steve Oleheiser presented three individuals with the President’s Award for 2022. Oleheiser praised the outstanding contributions of: Marv Burt (Grand Rapids, MN), who has served as the webmaster for District 12 for many years and took on the additional duties of tournament coordinator for the 2021-22 season; Colleen Donovan (St. Cloud), who has served as the District 10 director for the past nine years and showed her dedication throughout the year while overcoming health concerns; Becky Ewing (Blaine), who has been highly regarded among her peers during many years of service as the District 10 Associate Registrar; Kevin Souja (White Bear Lake), who has taken on new responsibilities this season as the chair of multiple committees, in addition to leading the district directors.
In recognition of their outstanding efforts to grow the game of hockey in their community at the Mite/8 & Under level, Eagan Hockey Association and Proctor Amateur Hockey Association were honored with the DICK's Sporting Goods Grow the Game Award.
Minnesota Hockey recognized the following board members for their years of service and dedication:
The 2022 Minnesota Hockey Scholarship Award winners, each of which will receive $1,500 for post-secondary education, and Disabled Hockey Grants recipients were also announced including:
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