Hockey Edmonton Office
The Wayne Gretzky Award is awarded annually during Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week to a participant in the AA, BB and Junior programs. The recipients are nominated and chosen based on sportsmanship, scholastic achievement and community involvement.
As the President of the River City Athletic Club, John set up the River Kings Jr B team and subsequently the Rivermen Jr C team. John actively recruited the best volunteers he could find to run the RCAC and set up a scholarship program for the two teams.
Along with being a Father and a Grandfather, John was an example of what a truly devoted volunteer is. I found the following quote that I believe describes what kind of a person John was:
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. “
I have been honored to have had John as a personal friend. A true friend is something to be cherished for a life time.