Volunteer and Coach Awards

Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations. We believe in our volunteers and encourage recognition of them.

Therefore, every season we seek nominations for the following volunteer and coach awards. Awards are presented at the AGM (May) and Morinville Kings Brenda Stewart Memorial Game (October). 

Award nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee. This committee is made up of members from the Board of Executives and Hockey Operations Committee.

For the 2022/23 Season, current SHC members can submit nominations until FEBRUARY 15, 2023.

Terry Grykuliak Memorial Award

"Outstanding Hockey Volunteer"

Terry Grykuliak, born May 17, 1951, passed away tragically en-route to his son Tyler’s hockey game in Barrhead on November 19, 1994.  Tyler was critically injured.  Miraculously, Tyler recovered and resumed playing hockey several months later.

Terry was the manager of the Morinville Ice Breakers Atom B team and was an outstanding hockey volunteer for many years.  He served in many capacities as a team manager, assistant coach, equipment manager, and a MMHA executive board member.  Terry will be remembered as being a dedicated person, always willing to lend a hand in any way he could.

 Criteria for the Outstanding Hockey Volunteer:

  • Demonstrates dedication, devotion and a willingness to lend a hand
  • Must serve in an official capacity as an Assistant Coach, Manager, or SHC Board Member
  • Your nominated candidate must be supported by 3 nominators

Terry Grykuliak Memorial Award Nomination Form

Brenda Stewart Memorial Award

"Family Spirit"

In 2017 Brenda Stewart, Registrar and Director of Communications for the Sturgeon Hockey Club (SHC), passed away unexpectedly from a major heart attack. Brenda not only held a major role in the association but also the greater role of being a loving and devoted spouse to our past president, Wayne Gatza.

When Brenda came into Wayne's life in 2009 with not having any kids of her own, it was far from her mind to ever join or much less be a member of a minor hockey association. However, with her generous nature and kind soul she stood by Wayne’s side and together they lived the "hockey life".

She learned everything she could about the game while making it her own brand and exceeding all expectations in her volunteer role within the association. She adopted the “hockey mom” mentality and had nothing short of the hockey spirit. There wasn't one family that she didn't know, one name she couldn't remember and very rarely did she forget scores and stats of members of her own loving family. She also stepped up and ran the concession on behalf of the Morinville Kings while spending every weekend out of that window watching any game being played on the ice. Her dedication and devotion to the association was seen through everything she did, all without asking or complaining. If asked, she would simply say she did it all for the kids.

Award: A deserving SHC family will receive this award in honour of Brenda Stewart. The family will have proven that they are committed to the well-being of the association. They will have shown their willingness to help out and assist when needed. The players of this family will also have shown their true hockey spirit on and off the ice. The family as a whole will be viewed as a huge asset and role model to the other families of SHC. 

 Criteria for the Family Spirit Award:

  • Demonstrates dedication and loyalty to the association through their volunteerism
  • Must have a child registered in the Sturgeon Hockey Association
  • Must be a member in good standing with the association
  • Must adhere to Respect in Sport standards

Brenda Stewart Memorial Award Nomination Form


Junior Coach of the Year

U7, U9 and U11                                                  

Your nomination for this award should be one who is dedicated, enthusiastic and provides a positive role model for the youth in our organization.

Junior Coach of the Year Nomination Form


Senior Coach of the Year

U13, U15 and U18

Your nomination for this award should be one who is dedicated, enthusiastic and provides a positive role model for the youth in our organization.

Senior Coach of the Year Nomination Form



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