The page has turned on another season of Uxbridge Bruins hockey following the team's annual awards ceremony.
The Bruins recognized their season at the Uxbridge Legion on the evening of Friday, April 22, with staff, volunteers, guests, players and their families gathering to celebrate another season of Junior 'C' hockey in the community.
The evening allowed several members of the Bruins organization to recognize outgoing head coach Geoff Hodgkinson, following his recent resignation to devote more time to his family.
"I can't say how proud I am that Geoff has made the decision to spend the time with his boys at this crucial stage of their lives," commented general manager Ron Archibald. "This has truly been a team effort, and we're grateful for everything you and your family have done for the Bruins."
Hodgkinson, a former Bruins captain, thanked the organization for allowing him the opportunity to return as coach in his speech.
"It has been an awesome journey, and without our players, and all of the staff and volunteers in this organization, I wouldn't be who I am," said Hodgkinson. "I've spent seven years in Uxbridge, four as a player and now three as a coach. This community has always treated me like family."
Although the team fell short of a league championship, Archibald noted that there were a number of positive achievements this season, both on the ice and in the community.
"Only one team gets to win their last game, so we'll measure our success in a different way. Moments like the Jumpstart Day in November showed the impact that this team has in the community, and that's a huge credit to our players."
The evening concluded with the team honouring outgoing overage players Marco Mastrangelo, Branden Francey and Daryl Thomson, as well as individual awards. Jordan Nesbitt was named Outstanding Defenceman, and Liam Timewell took home the award for Most Gentlemanly.
Thomas Swift was named Rookie of the Year as well as sharing the Most Improved award with Aiden Reilly, who was also presented with the Coaches Award.
COJHL MVP Marco Mastrangelo was also named team MVP, for the second consecutive season.
“It's been an amazing four years with a great group of guys that I consider family," Mastrangelo said. "I want to thank everyone who volunteers with this team for making my time with the Bruins so special.”
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