(Left to Right: Jim Hornell – Chair, Hockey Canada, Gerry Evans – Past President, Hockey NL, Jack Lee – President, Hockey NL)
GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – Gerry Evans is a well-known figure in the hockey world, both within his own province and across the country. In fact, he is currently the immediate past-president of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador.
In typical Canadian fashion, Gerry started off simply as a dedicated hockey dad. His family’s love for the game sparked his decision to run for the position of all-star director of the Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Association, a role he committed himself to for four years, before moving up to the position of president, for another four.
After making his way up the MPMHA ladder, Gerry continued his climb up Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador, all for the love of his family and the game, eventually becoming president of the provincial association. During this time, he has helped develop the skills of players and coaches across the province, while also keeping the game both fun and safe for all participants.
His legacies with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador include encouraging all minor hockey associations to hold free coaching clinics and making STOP jersey patches mandatory for all minor players to encourage and promote the ‘Safety Towards Other Players’ campaign. He has also helped shine a light on the importance of eliminating checking from behind and other types of violence from the game, and has worked hard to keep hockey bylaws in his province fresh and relevant.
His contributions don’t stop there. Gerry has served on several standing committees during his time as a Hockey Canada member, and as his nomination says, “his involvement (in hockey) began and ended with making every effort to improve the game at every level.”
Despite being a very busy hockey volunteer, he has always got the job done with a friendly demeanor and great respect for others who freely give of their time to help the game his family loves grow.
Gerry receives the 2014 Hockey Canada Order of Merit for all of his efforts, from hockey dad to branch president.
For further information, please contact:
Executive Director, Hockey NL
P.O. Box 176
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL