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GODERICH ICE CRUSHERS MEMORIAL AWARDS
Submitted By Dan Ridsdale on Friday, November 19, 2021
The Goderich Ringette Association (G.R.A.) usually host their annual banquet in early April. The ongoing pandemic has forced the cancellation of this banquet for the past two years, and there is much hope that the annual Player Recognition evening can resume in 2022.

The G.R.A. banquet culminates each year with two very special Memorial Awards being presented at the conclusion of the evening as the legacy of the two remarkable women, for whom the awards are named, are remembered. It also tends to be an emotional time for many at the U19 table as many will have played their final season representing their town in a sport they have grown with. With the two year "freeze" on in-person gatherings, it is imperative for us to not forget about these two prestigious Memorial Awards as their legacy is such an integral part of the solid foundation offered through Goderich Ringette.
 

THE SHIRLEY O'BRIEN MEMORIAL RINGETTE AWARD

This award was first presented in the 2009-2010 season in RECOGNITION FOR INITIATIVE AND INTEGRITY TO A U19 PLAYER. Shirley volunteered as the Trainer for her Daughter Katie's team for many years providing an essential female presence both behind the bench, and around the dressing room. An extremely dedicated and committed volunteer to the sport, Shirley's biggest focus was inclusivity and the importance of TEAM cohesiveness.
Shirley's untimely passing, coupled with her Daughter's passion for the sport of ringette was the inspiration for the G.R.A. to create this prestigious U19 specific award.

The 2019-2020 Shirley O'Brien Memorial Ringette Award recipient was Hannah Greer. A homegrown, hard working forward, Greer was a student of the game as evidenced by her keen interest in developing new practice drills always keeping her Coaches on their toes. She gave back to the association in her senior ringette years by volunteering to help Coach younger age groups. Hannah is currently in her 2nd year of Honours studies at Western University Kings College.

The 2020-2021 Shirley O'Brien Memorial Ringette Award recipient is Katie Ridsdale. Currently in her final season with the U19 Ice Crushers, this hard skating local talent has always shown a willingness to play any position to help her team in any situation. Always a fun loving and compassionate team mate, Ridsdale is an unselfish offensive forward who relishes Team success. Number 4 began playing ringette when she was 3 years old, and has embraced everything the G.R.A. has offered throughout her 14 year career.


THE KIM EDWARD MEMORIAL AWARD

Not necessarily an age group specific award, the Kim Edward Memorial Award has been presented since the 2018-2019 season. It is presented annually to the player who DEMONSTRATES LEADERSHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP, AND IS AN EXCELLENT REPRESENTATIVE FOR GODERICH RINGETTE.
Kim was not a huge sports fan in general, but absolutely fell in love with the game of ringette quickly becoming well versed and highly knowledgeable in all aspects of the game. In what could best be described as a "Team Mother" role, Kim was always instrumental in many facets of the smooth operation of the team through such duties as arranging fun activities away from the rink, tournament and hotel organization, and Parent liaison communicator. Her long serving role as Secretary on the G.R.A. Executive afforded Kim the opportunity to always be a strong voice and advocate for the Player's needs. Through these many contributions, Kim quietly and modestly exhibited an incredible degree of leadership to Goderich Ringette and our community.

The 2019-2020 Kim Edward Memorial Award recipient was Lizzie Peterson. With no sophomore jinx in sight, the slick skating Ice Crusher power forward combines plenty of natural talent, tons of hard work, and an intense desire to learn. The sky is the limit for Number 15 as she quickly becomes a young Team leader both on and off the ice.

The2020-2021 Kim Edward Memorial Award recipient is Grace Taylor. Also in her final U19 season with the Ice Crushers, Taylor leads by example each time she is on the ice as a fierce competitor who always plays the game "the right way." Originally a high flying offensive forward until a number of years ago when she was asked to convert to defence due to a team shortage, the talented 18 year old quickly became a force at her position quite often dominating in all zones of the rink. If the G.R.A. designated Captain "C's" on their jerseys, Number 9 surely would be wearing it.


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