It was an evening of achievements and goodbyes on April 14th for the Vermilion Junior B Tigers.
Achievements came in the form of 15 player awards over 12 categories, including three awards which finished in a tie. Awards were presented for; Top Scorer: #17 Kelvin Hamilton, Best Defenseman: #7 Jon Klutz, Most Improved Player: #23 Pat Omness, Rookie of the Year: #14 Chevy Botting and #15 Taylor Heck, MVP (Regular Season): #17 Kelvin Hamilton, Most Dedicated: #7 Jon Kluz, Most Popular Player: #12 Kyler Anderson, Unsung Hero: # 22 Brady Zweifel and 25 Clint Pickford, Most Gentlemanly Player w/Skill: #17 Kelvin Hamilton, MVP (Playoffs): #14 Chevy Botting and #24 Brandon Bardoel, Coaches Choice Award: #6 Brendan Payne, Most Gentlemanly Player with Skill (NEAJBHL League Award), #17 Kelvin Hamilton.
The Executive sponsored Joy Burnett award was presented to the team bus driver Ed Waterfield.
Aside from the trophy inscription each award recipient was also presented with a Tiger lithograph who’s creation was greatly assisted by Cindy Heck.
Bidding a fond farewell to their four aging out team mates; #17 Kelvin Hamilton, #20 Steve Simmons, #22 Brady Zweifel and #25 Clint Pickford, the Vermilion Junior B team also had to bid farewell to Tigers Co-president, Gene Klym, Tigers DJ, Lionel Quickstad, Team trainer, Jim Lennon and Head Coach Mike Applegate.
Mike Applegate announced his departure as coach and addressed the attendees. Thanking the team board of directors, volunteers and the GM’s Ed Griffiths, Darcy Fadden and Brian Coutts along with his assistant coaches and team players.
When asked about his reason for leaving, Apple gate stated, “I started coaching 20 years ago in high school and have been coaching ever since, including coaching the Tigers for the past seven years; it’s time now to do some new things.”Applegate who went on to extend his appreciation to the Tigers fans and sponsors as well, “people don’t realize that it takes a lot of money to run a hockey team, honestly without the fans and sponsors we wouldn’t have a team.”
Team signed jerseys were presented to the exiting coach and trainer.
Taking over for Applegate will be Mark Hines and Taylor Holt who will move up from their assistant coach positions and into a Co-Coaching position.
April 18th, the club held its Annual General Meeting, to review the past years finances and hoping to nominate a new executive committee, which included filling the Co-president vacancy that will be left by exiting Co-president Gene Klym. While all the directorship positions could not be filled at this meeting, a new organization President was elected and newly elected President Jay Matters will chair an upcoming June meeting in which the remainder of the director slots can be filled.
In the finance department, the club determined that despite generous sponsor support and a successful wind up event, the ever rising cost of ice time and club expenses may see ticket prices increase for next season. Currently the club charges one of the lowest amounts at the door at a $6 regular season and $7 playoff season for adult entry. The potential increase could see those amounts increase by $1 putting them in line with the current charges at other rinks.