McEvay honoured with award in Alberni

Alberni resident Tom McEvay was presented with he Spirit of Hockeyville Fairness Award at Monday afternoon’s city council meeting.

Tom McEvay

Tom McEvay

The Spirit of Hockeyville Fairness Award is awarded annually to the individual or team that exemplifies fairness, sportsmanship and cooperation, and that describes Tom McEvay to a T, Russell Dyson said.

McEvay was presented with the award at Monday afternoon’s city council meeting.

The trophy depicts two wolf heads that represent teamwork, and was carved by Tseshaht artist Jake Gallic.

McEvay has been a driving force behind the creation of the AV Multiplex, bringing in the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, and co-chairing the 2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.

But it’s his efforts as the Bulldogs’ education advisor that stood out.

According to Dyson, McEvay has helped more than 70 players move on to play college hockey in both Canada and the United States.

He’s also been a driving force behind raising the academic standards of teams across the B.C. Hockey League.

Dyson cited an instance in 2010 when during what was supposed to be a vacation McEvay travelled east to NCAA schools to ask former players about their experiences and how he could improve things.

In a short speech to council McEvay said he was thankful for the award, and said there are two reasons why he does what he does.

“I want to make sure that players have a positive experience here and that choosing to play here was an important decision,” he said.

“And I believe that the team and organization is an important piece of our community.”

Past recipients have included minor hockey coach Calvin Milliken, player Carly Haggard, minor hockey volunteer Stacey McCulloch and coach and mentor Rick Schievink.

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