Following another successful season the Williams Lake Stampeders organization took time to recognize those who went above and beyond at an awards banquet Saturday night.
Volunteers were thanked for their countless hours of contributions throughout the season and players, who advanced all the way to the semifinal of the Coy Cup Senior Men’s AA Provincial Hockey Championship, were presented the team’s annual awards.
The following awards from the evening, hosted at the Hong Sheng Restaurant in Williams Lake, were presented:
• Most Valuable Player — Nathan Zurak
• Best Forward — Nathan Zurak
• Top CIHL Scorer — Nathan Zurak
• Best Offensive Defenceman — Aaron Zurak
• Best Forward — Francis Johnson
• Best Defence — Tyler Fuller
• Most Improved — Matt Lees
• Most Dedicated — Dino Lecomte
• Plugger of the Year — Josh Lund
• Unsung Hero — Duncan Peeman
Stampeders volunteer Dale Taylor was also presented a jacket for being the team’s announcer since 1996, while other longtime volunteers Don Hanson, Lynn Hanson (involved since 1996), Darryl Davies (involved since 2000), Marko Zurak (involved since 2002) and Duane Muir (involved since 2004) were recognized for their efforts.
The Williams Lake Stampeders said they’d like to thank all of their executive and volunteers for the 2011/12 season and are looking forward to getting back at it next year.
The Central Interior Hockey League will be hosting its annual general meeting in Smithers on May 26, while the Stamps will host their annual general meeting some time in June.
Anyone interested in volunteering for next season is invited to attend.