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Jessica States Award

2019 Awards Banquet

April 5, 2019 – AVMHA Awards Banquet was held at Glenwood Centre to a full house.  Thank you to Granny’s Chicken & Quality Foods for providing the dinner (Pizza, chicken, salads, vegetable trays).
Here are the highlights:


Team Player Awards went to:

 

Atom Team 1 – Tigers Coach:  Mike Foster

  • Most Dedicated Player – Linden Higgins
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Dean Holcombe
  • Most Improved Player – Jean Smit

Atom Team 2 – Knights Coaches:  Brad Golbeck, Katie Isherwood

  • Most Dedicated Player – Alex Fred
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Aiden Wilson
  • Most Improved Player – Sierra Scott

Atom Team 3 – Vicious Grapes Coaches:  Kerri Poirier, Jasmine Meikle

  • Most Dedicated Player – Malcolm Shillito
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Gavin Saran
  • Most Improved Player – Lane Dumont

Atom Development Coaches Shai Porter, Mike Doucette, Dan Cheetham, Kord Kozocari.

  • Most Dedicated Player – Deacon Massop
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Mackenzie Alarie
  • Most Improved Player – Bennett Moes

Peewee Team 1 – Coaches:  Kyle Penner, Keith Austin, Tyler Brown, Ryan Sexton

  • Most Dedicated Player – Kaleena Penner
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Justin Barrowcliff
  • Most Improved Player – Tony Nickel

Peewee Team 2 – Coaches:  Rob Ivezich, Chris McCollister, Kyle Alarie

  • Most Dedicated Player – Hunter Alarie
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Kaitlyn Saunders
  • Most Improved Player – Josh Sutherland

Peewee Tier 3 – Coaches:  Mike Souchuck, Shawn Austin, Trevor Ruel

  • Most Dedicated Player – Jace Fedirchuk
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Brynn Austin
  • Most Improved Player – Alex McKenzie

Bantam Team 1 – Coaches:  Bob King, Curtis Buxton, Mike Cole

  • Most Dedicated Player – Ryshard Pouliot
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Jimmy Cook
  • Most Improved Player – River O’Neil-Johns

Bantam Team 2 – Coaches:  Steve Tramer, Kelly Brossoit, Trevor Ruel, Mike Bray.

  • Most Dedicated Player – Ryann Tramer
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Wiley Olson
  • Most Improved Player – Aiden Poirier-Barnes

Bantam Tier 3 – Coaches:  Wade Nicklin, Shawn Banman, Matt Netzer.

  • Most Dedicated Player – Jacob Hebert
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Blake Moore
  • Most Improved Player – Hudson Swann

Midget Team 1 – Coaches:  Brent Rose, Scott Rushton, Dave Shanks.

  • Most Dedicated Player – Mason Maddison
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Zakeysha Corey
  • Most Improved Player – Austin Kuc

Midget Team 2 – Underdogs – Coaches:  Ryan Dwolinsky, Kord Kozocari

  • Most Dedicated Player – Jordan Villafane
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Brad Kozocari
  • Most Improved Player – Cody Sutherland

Midget Tier 3 – Coaches:  Shawn Elder, Kevin Erickson, Brock Elder

  • Most Dedicated Player – John Pley
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Noah Braiden
  • Most Improved Player – Carson Steel

Individual Awards presented:

Jessica States Memorial Award

  • Brynn Austin

Rookie Referee of the Year

  • Ethan Sutherland

Top Referee of the Year

  • Riley Swanson

Coach of the Year

  • Ryan Dwolinsky

Volunteer of the Year (Marilyn Gibson Trophy)

  • Sarah Bielert

Above & Beyond:

  • Karen Kozocari

Jessica States Memorial Award

1995JessicaStatesHistory of the Award:

Jessica States was born in 1985.  She played many sports but hockey was one of her favorites.  She started hockey in Novice and progressed up to PeeWee until 1996 (at the age of 11) she was murdered in her own neighbourhood (Recreation Park and the old Community Arena).

Jessica loved hockey, worked hard at it and was truly dedicated to her team.  The award was first presented after the 1996-97 season and every year since.

She is remembered every year when the  Jessica States Memorial Award is presented to the female PeeWee player that demonstrates dedication & sportsmanship in hockey.

Recipients of the Award:

  • 2018-19 Brynn Austin
  • 2017-18 Chayse Griffith
  • 2016-17 Malika McDonald
  • 2015-16 Avery Cole
  • 2014-15 Abby Nelson
  • 2013-14 Zakeysha Corey
  • 2012-13 Nicole Gagnon
  • 2011-12 Shay-lee McConnell
  • 2010-11 Brittney Savard
  • 2009-10 Sophie Vanderlee
  • 2008-09 Mariah Westra
  • 2007-08 Hayley Dowling
  • 2006-07 Krista Plaunt
  • 2005-06 Samantha Campbell
  • 2004-05 Samm Moore
  • 2003-04 Kyla Schafer
  • 2002-03 Jennifer McMullan
  • 2001-02 Jayme Clark
  • 2000-01 Cheryl Dexter
  • 1999-00 Ashley Caldarulo
  • 1998-99  Jessica Simpson
  • 1997-98 Quinn MacDonald
  • 1996-97 Kea Mowat

 


2014 AVMHA AWARDS BANQUET

Players on each team (Recreational & Competitive)in Atom, PeeWee Bantam and Midget, were awarded for Most Sportsmanlike, Most Improved and Most Dedicated Player. These awards were presented by the team coach(es).

 (Click on any of the photos below for a larger image.)

Coach of the Year – Bob Kimoto (absent)
This year’s Coach of the Year had many nominations not only this year but in past year’s. These nominations came from parent, players, officials and fellow coaches. This coach has been described as always being fair and treating all kids equally.

He became a member of AVMHA at age 11 when he played for 2 years on the PeeWee Recreational team before his family moved out of town. In 1998 with a child of his own he began coaching his son in the Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association.

In 2002 the family moved to Tofino and his son wanted to continue to play hockey which then renewed his membership in AVMHA. This coach has dedicated his years coaching both his son and daughters teams within the AVMHA. He has logged many kilometers and many hours travelling from Tofino to make his commitment to his children and to this association. Congratulations to Bob Kimoto.

Volunteer of the Year – Nicki Bezanson

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Nicki Bezanson (presented by AVMHA President, Meranda Vallee)

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Nicki Bezanson (presented by AVMHA President, Meranda Vallee)

Our minor hockey association wouldn’t be what it is without all of our volunteers.  From coaches to scorekeeprs and elveryone else in between, each and every volunteer is appreciated.

This volunteer has always gone above and beyond for her team and division.  Every year she steps up and bvolunteers, always willing to help out where ever need be.  She made sure everything ran smoothly at our first ever Bryan Mason Memorial tournament which was a huge success.

She is a kind, dedicated, hard working team mom and any team is lucky to heave her.  Congratulations to Nicki Bezanson.

 

Top Referee of the Year – Jordan Lavertu

TOP REFEREE OF THE YEAR - Jordan Lavertu (presented by Referee In Chief, Chris Canuel)

TOP REFEREE OF THE YEAR – Jordan Lavertu (presented by Referee In Chief, Chris Canuel)

Jessica States Memorial Award – Zakeysha Corey

JESSICA STATES MEMORIAL AWARD - Kakeysha Corey (with 2013 recipient, Nicole Gagnon & AVMHA Volunteer, Roxanne Leyland)

JESSICA STATES MEMORIAL AWARD – Zakeysha Corey (with 2013 recipient, Nicole Gagnon & AVMHA Volunteer, Roxanne Leyland)

This award is named after Jessica States, who was an active female hockey player when she was sadly killed in 1996, at age 11. Today she would be turning 29.

I look at the 17 previous award recipients and proudly see these enthusiastic young ladies continued on to play recreational and competitive hockey.

No doubt this year’s recipient will do the same. She has shown talent and skill that keeps on improving. She gets along with her team mates and has a great attitude on and off the ice. She definitely shows sportsmanship and dedication to the game. Oh behalf of Alberni Valley Minor Hockey and the States Family, Congratulations to Zakeysha Corey.

2014 Graduating Players;

Each graduate received a personalized jersey that was sponsored by local business.

Each graduate received a personalized jersey that was sponsored by local business.

Above and Beyond – Kord Kozocari

For going ABOVE & BEYOND, Kord Kozocari, presented by AVMHA President, Meranda Vallee

For going ABOVE & BEYOND, Kord Kozocari, presented by AVMHA President, Meranda Vallee

Kord has been involved since his kids started in hockey. When there was anything that needed some help, he was there. He coached kids in Atom when we were very desperate for coaches. He was voted in as Director at Large at last years AGM and after a full season, he has done a great job.

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$5000. Cash Raffle Winner – Dan Shiner

Winner of April 2014 $5000. Cash Raffle - Dan Shiner

Winner of April 2014 $5000. Cash Raffle – Dan Shiner


2013 Jessica States Memorial Award

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2013 Jessica States Memorial Award recipient is Nicole Gagnon (left)

Presented by previous JSM award recipient, Brittany Savard and Female Hockey Coordinator, Aaron Vissia.


2012 Jessica States Memorial Award

 

History of the Award:

Jessica States was born in 1985 (27 years ago).  She played many sports but hockey was one of her favorites.  She started hockey in Novice and progressed up to PeeWee until 1996 when she was murdered in her own neighbourhood (Recreation Park and the old Community Arena).

Jessica loved hockey, worked hard at it and was truly dedicated to her team.  The award was first presented after the 1996-97 season and every year since.

This year’s recipient has played 8 seasons of hockey.  Many times she was the only female on the team.  She came to hockey as a shy little girl and has blossomed into a dedicated young lady who represents female hockey with great pride, Shay-lee McConnell

This is her 4th season on a Rep Team.  She has been voted as most dedicated & sportsmanlike splayer in the past years.  Last year she went with her team to the PeeWee Provincial Championships.  This year she helped her team win the PeeWee Div. 2 League Banner.

Congratulations Shay-lee, and congratulations from the States family.


2011 Jessica States Memorial Award

For the 2010-2011 season, Brittney Savard was presented the Jessica States Memorial Award at an AVMHA Meeting at the end of April.  Congratulations!


2010 Jessica States Memorial Award

2010 Jessica States Memorial Award - Sofie Vanderlee


2006 Jessica States Memorial Award

2006 Jessica States Award - Samantha Campbell


2005 Jessica States Memorial Award

2005 Jessica States Memorial Award - Samm Moore


2004 Jessica States Memorial Award

2004 Jessica States Memorial Award - Kyla Schafer


2003 Jessica States Memorial Award

2003 Jessica States Memorial Award to Jennifer McMullen