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BGYHA Awards

Mark R. Nelson Coaching Award

Mark Nelson(1954-2012) was a youth hockey coach for 11 years from 1991-2002.  He taught many players the basics of skating, the fundamental skills of hockey, the elements and strategies of the game, and how to work and play as a team.  He also taught his players the right way to play the game, with fairness, respect for opponents, coaches, officials and teammates, maximum effort, fun, and perseverance in the face of adversity.  Mark embodied those traits and served as a role model for his players on and off the ice.  Mark's former players, their parents, friends, and the Nelson family honor Mark's life and work with youth hockey by creating and perpetuating the Mark R. Nelson Memorial Coaching Award of the Bowling Green Youth Hockey Association, presented annually to a youth hockey coach who best represents the aforementioned qualities and character exemplified by Mark.

Award Recipients

2016

Steve Burns

2015
Shane Sieple

2014
Chris Cox

2013
Betsy DeWitt

Andy Schwanzel Award

On December 27, 1996 Bowling Green Youth Hockey lost a very special friend when Andy Schwanzl, a proud member of the D.A.R.E Squirt House Team was killed in a  tragic accident. Although Andy was only with BGYHA for a short time, he left a very impressive legacy. Andy's parents, coache and teammates will tell you that he played the sport with zest and vogor.  He was the definition of "hustle" and "team play".  His attitude, his style, and his work ethic and his skills outshined only by his most special attribute, his "smile".  Andy played hockey with a smile on his face and a smile in his heart.  The Andy Schwanzl Spirit Award will be presented annually to one player from each Squirt House Team who best exemplifies Andy's spirit and lover for the game.  Each Squirt House Team Coach is asked to nominate a recipient for the award.  The coaches are asked to consider the following attributes when nominating a player, hustle, team play, attitude and love for the game.

Award Recipients

2015-2016
Camden Mcintosh
Dempsey Fox
Kyler Norman
2014-2015
Edward Flores
Andrew Messenger
John Metzger
Sean Wiese
2013
Derek Marvin
Easton Schick
Ellie Slater

2012
Zach Marvin
Wyatt Nagel
2011
Nate Adams

2010
Julian Rose
Sam Scherer
2009

2008

2007
Blake Traver
Nathan Low
You-Jung Kim
2006
Jordan Fry
Phillip Rich
Dylan Berg
2005
Garrett Hammer
Tim Hoodlebrink
Zach Stock
2004
John Schaefer
Justin Moore
Collin Parcher
Jacob Krebs
2003
Max Munger
Brandon Bressler
David Barnes
Ben Scherer
2002
Matt Ruehl
Austin Joseph
Zach Clifford
Collin Hoops
2001
Craig Blasiman
Spencer Munger
Taylor Yohe
Michael DeWitt
2000
Adam Hawkins
Dan Oakes
Eric Crow
Ali Hills
1999
Evan Sharp
Matt Kryder
Matthew Snyder
Alex Bechstein
1998
Conrad Spelling
Billy Dyer
Cody Bauman
Ian Dunn
1997
Ryan Carr
Andrew Crawford
Joe Johnson
Ryan Stram


 

Distinguished Service Award

Bowling Green Youth Hockey Associations Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to the person or persons that have shown a immeasureable dedication to BGYHA and its youth hockey players.  Award recipients have been administrators, board members, coaches, volunteers and businesses, all demonstrating a willingness to do whatever it takes to promote and develop youth hockey in Bowling Green.

Award Recipients                                                                                                        

2014
Mike Furnas
2012
Tim Horton's
2011
Dan DeWitt
2010
Sean Brennan
2009
Paul Thayer
2008
Dr. Frank Pace
2007
Bob Ruehl
2006
Jamie Ruffner
2005
Betsy Whittaker
2004
Brett Pogan
2003
Wayne Colvin
2002
Jeff Messenger
2001
Mike and Shelley Hirth
2000
Barry Piersol
1999
Dr. Richard Wright post.
1998
Dr. Joe Mancuso
1997
Dr. Bill Kramer
1996
Jim Ruehl Sr.
1995
Tom Wallace
1994
Dick Powers
1993
Jack Whittaker
1992
Chip Myles
1991
Vince Messenger
1990
Peggy Hamman
1989
Bill Harris
1988
Charles Shirkey