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Hunter Curran receives Fort Macleod Minor Hockey’s Clint Jordan Memorial Award

Al Douglas with Clint Jordan Memorial Award nominees Haze Gillingham, Hunter Curran and Ethan Grier.

Al Douglas with Clint Jordan Memorial Award nominees Haze Gillingham, Hunter Curran and Ethan Grier.

Al Douglas presents the  Clint Jordan Memorial Award to Hunter Curran at the Fort Macleod Minor Hockey awards night.

Al Douglas presents the Clint Jordan Memorial Award to Hunter Curran at the Fort Macleod Minor Hockey awards night.

Hunter Curran capped his career Wednesday with Fort Macleod Minor Hockey’s most prestigious award.
The third-year Midget player received the Clint Jordan Memorial Award at the annual awards presentation at the Empress Theatre.
“Hunter is the epitome of what this award demonstrates,” Midget Mavericks coach Shawn O’Sullivan said. “He’s sportsmanship, dedication and determination all wrapped in one.”
Named for a Fort Macleod Minor Hockey player who died suddenly, the Clint Jordan Memorial Award recognizes a player who displays leadership, dedication and sportsmanship.
Other nominees were Ethan Grier of the Bantam Mavericks and Haze Gillingham of the Pee Wee team.
Curran had 16 goals and six assists in 15 league games this season for the Tier 4 Mavericks, along with 29 penalty minutes.
“Every time he shows up at the rink, he’s a leader both on and off the ice,” O’Sullivan said of Curran. “And he’s one of the nicest kids we’ve had the pleasure of coaching.”
“He never takes a shift off, plays with maximum effort every game and is willing to lay it on the line for the good of the team,” O’Sullivan added. “He’s the first to stick up for his teammates, but he’s also the first to tell them to smarten up when they need it.”
O’Sullivan said it is difficult these days for a player to demonstrate the qualities spelled out in the Jordan award.
Developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, dedication and team play happens over the course of a number of seasons, O’Sullivan explained.
“I believe giving this award to Hunter Curran would not only be good for him, because he’s put in the work over many years, but it would also be a glowing endorsement for our minor hockey and the character it is developing.”
Pee Wee Mavericks coach Jason Austin described Haze Gillingham as “a coach’s dream.”
“He plays wherever you ask him, he serves whatever penalty he needs to, he certainly keeps things light in the locker room,” Austin said. “He’s a great player in practice, and he’s an easy player to coach.”
Gillingham played 18 games for the Tier 6 Mavericks, recording six goals and four assists for 10 points, with 24 penalty minutes.
“He’s extremely receptive to feedback,” Austin added. “I would say in the last couple of seasons he’s definitely made our Mavericks hockey team better, and more enjoyable to be around.”
Ethan Grier was nominated for the Jordan award through a vote of his Bantam Mavericks teammates.
“This showed the respect he had from his teammates,” Tier 4 Mavericks coach Brandon Yellow Wings said. “Ethan gave 100 per cent every game. He listened to his coaches and linemates and played with enthusiasm at all times.”
In 15 regular season games Grier, who was captain of the Bantam team, had 27 goals, including seven shorthanded.
Grier also assisted on 11 goals to tie Easton Weasel Head for the team scoring lead with 38 points, and had 42 penalty minutes.
“He would get his team going and stayed positive regardless of what happened,” Yellow Wings said of Grier, who was also nominated last season for the Jordan award. “He truly loves hockey and has the determination of a superstar.”
Yellow Wings said Grier is happy to play on any line, and is able to adapt to any situation, which makes him easy to coach.
“He’s a very creative and knowledgeable player who has the hockey sense and ability to make it very far in the hockey world,” Yellow Wings said.
Yellow Wings said Grier demonstrates good sportsmanship, leadership, fitness, dedication and passion for the game.
“He has strong character, is a leader of his peers and displays a positive attitude at all times.”

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