Youth hockey team recognized for enthusiasm, commitment, giving back

The 2014-2015 Mount Pearl Atom ‘A’ Blades hockey team has been recognized for its enthusiasm, leadership, respect and commitment as young athletes on the ice and off.  As well as capturing three championships, this special group of young boys played an active part in the Blades’ annual food drive and understands its importance. 
According to Sport Alliance Business Manager, Mike Bugden, the Recognition Award is presented to young athletes and volunteers who exemplify the values of good sport - kids who stand out for enthusiasm for their respective sport, teammates and club.  Simply put, it’s all about young people celebrating the joy of the sport experience and demonstrating values like fairness, dedication, respect, and enthusiasm for the fun of playing the game and giving back. 
These young players had a phenomenal hockey season, capturing the Don Johnson Hockey League Atom A Division Championship to go along with their 1st place finish during the regular season. During the annual MPMHA Christmas Tournament, the team also captured their division title, and wrapped up the year with the Provincial Atom A Championship title.  
Head coach Trevor Murphy explained that each of the 17 players on the hockey team has contributed in some way to its success. They are a great group of young people. Over the course of the year these boys have played 46 games and amassed a record of 40 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties. This achievement is impressive, but the fact that the team has played well as a group and overcome various adversities is what makes the coaching staff proudest.
Most Memorable
While the team’s accomplishments are indeed memorable, the most impressive accomplishments of this special group of boys are seen off the ice. They have each grown and matured over the season showing leadership, respect and commitment whether that be representing the association at various team events or helping in the community. One particularly memorable event took place at a local food bank. The team was proud to be a part of the MPMHA Annual Food Drive and this was a very special day for our association and community. But more than just participate, the boys stayed behind and met with staff to ask questions and learn why this was such an important community event.
Meet the players
and volunteers
Goalies – Avery Loveless, JT Tobin.   Defence – Travis Badcock, Evan Kennedy, Liam Marshall, Ryan Murphy, Nathan Nolan, and Jacob Payne.   Forwards – Jaden Dyke, Nathan Frelich, Reegan Hiscock, Michael Kielly, Noah King, Cameron Pennell, John Randell, Braedy Walsh, Evan Wicks.  Coaches – Trevor Murphy, John Kennedy, Jim Hiscock, Colin Pennell.  Manager – Brian King.
“Our staff is incredibly proud of this group of young players.  They had a wonderful season on and off the ice,” stated Trevor Murphy.  “Certainly, the team’s on ice performance was impressive, but the way that they conducted themselves during team events, and developed as young people over the course of the season is something which makes this team special. Mount Pearl Minor Hockey is dedicated to developing minor hockey players, but the association is also dedicated to community involvement and assisting in the overall development of young people.”
The Mount Pearl Sport Alliance and Recognition Award sponsor, Mount Pearl Dental are proud to recognize the 2014-2015 MPMHA Atom ‘A’ Blades for enthusiasm, leadership, respect and commitment as young athletes.  

Posted on June 24, 2015 .