Gratitude was the word most often expressed as Coach Dale ‘Duner’ Hladun gathered together with his players and the many parents, billet families, volunteers, executive members and fans for the annual Posse banquet. “We live in a great community, one that really cares about our team and not every team has that kind of support. It makes a difference.”
Councillor Frank Armitage is a member of the Posse executive and said, “serving on the board has been a real pleasure. I want to thank you all for contributing to our community and for all you have given us. I hope you will think of us with kindness. We the people of Princeton are very proud of you and wish each one of you good luck.”
Armitage also thank Coach Duner. “You can’t give anymore than our Posse coach does.” John Babiak, Ted and Lorna Coyne, Tyler Gunn, Dave Clare, Pete McDonald, Bob Marsh, Rob Wicks and George Elliot were all recognized for their contributions to the club. We are blessed with a tremendous group of volunteers.”
President of the Posse executive, John Babiak, welcomed attendees and thanked the many sponsors who have made the Posse viable to small town Princeton. Fortis, Jebway, Copper Mountain Mine and several other local businesses and individuals were mentioned. Herb Hodgson was given a special thank you for “the endless hours he spends collecting and sorting bottles. We have to continue with the great sponsors we have going.”
Posse announcer Dean Stinson gave special thanks to Rob Hicks for his contributions in the booth.
Duner was pleased to award his players for their skills and effort throughout the year and happy to say that three ex-Posse players have since went on to NHL camps “from little old Princeton.” Herb Hodgson was also given special thanks from Duner. “All Herb’s hard work brings us an extra $1200 to $2000 a month…that is really quite incredible and very appreciated.”
Sue Coyne was recognized for her “outstanding dinner” and also the billet families were recognized. “Thanks for sending us your kids,” Duner continued.
The bus drivers “who always get us home safe no matter how bad the roads are need to be thanked to as does Pete MacDonald for arranging everything so we don’t have to worry about where we eat and sleep.”
“He never played rep hockey before in his life and has really impressed us,” said Duner.
“In the dressing room, on the ice this guy is impressive. He kept battling and would never tell us how hurt he was.”
Most Sportsmanlike –
“He works hard, plays fair, respects the officials, other coaches and the players.”
The hitman of the year
“The Bus” Tim Martens
“It was unanimous,” said Duner.
Nick Cecconi and Brett Patchett
“We couldn’t give this to just one guy,” said Duner. “These guys could always be counted on.”
Best Offensive Player
Spencer Kristiansen “There is no one more offensive,” joked Duner.
Best Defensive Player
“Also, a bus, kind of player. He is a powerrful kid and a great person.”
Rookie of the Year
“Jaden was a great rookie and also could have been one of the most improved.”
Most Valuable Player
“We can see how valuable he is when he is not in the line-up.”
John Babiak and Linda Hodgson presented a Posse photo collage to Gary Demchuk for Best Parent of the Players for purchasing track suits for the players.