A Fort St. John bantam hockey player who began his career in Williams Lake was the recipient of a Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament (KIBIHT) award this past weekend.
Before thousands of fans and hockey players, including the lakecity’s own Williams Lake Bantam Timberwolves team, Rylan Davis, a 13-year-old defenceman for the North East Trackers, received the inaugural Adam Herold Award. The award was introduced this year at KIBIHT to honour Herold, who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus accident.
Rylan received the award for his strength of character and perseverance after his dad, a longtime coach, Sid Davis, died of a heart attack at age 46 last year.
The family, which includes his mom, Jenn, big brother Brayden — who plays junior B hockey for the Kamloops Storm — and sister, Kelsey, has carried on and have since done many things in Sid’s honour, including organizing a memorial hockey game in Williams Lake last winter, and created a new bursary in Sid’s name at Lake City Secondary School.
“Watching Rylan and the entire Davis family push through this tragedy has been an inspiration to his team and to the community,” said Kamloops Blazers’ announcer Bill O’Donovan during the award presentation in Kamloops on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Before moving to Fort St. John for work, Sid was a prominent coach in the lakecity, including wining a provincial midget hockey championship alongside a young Carey Price with the Timberwolves.