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Brody Zmurchyk earns Fort Macleod Minor Hockey’s top honour

Clint Jordan Memorial Award nominees Odessa Grier from the Pee Wee Mavericks and Brody Zmurchyk of the Midget Mavericks with presenter Al Douglas at the Fort Macleod Minor Hockey awards night Wednesday at the Empress Theatre.

Brody Zmurchyk capped his career Wednesday with Fort Macleod Minor Hockey’s most prestigious award.
Zmurchyk, a third-year Midget player, received the Clint Jordan Memorial Award on Wednesday at the Minor Hockey wind-up at the Empress Theatre.
Presented in memory of a Fort Macleod Minor Hockey player who died suddenly in 1990, the award recognizes commitment, hard work, sportsmanship and team play.
“This year we had numerous players who fit this award, which made it a tough decision,” Mavericks head coach Lindsey Rivet said.
Zmurchyk, who was captain and led the Mavericks to the Midget D Zone 5 and provincial championships, demonstrated to his coaches an understanding and commitment to his offensive and defensive responsibilities.
“Every shift, every practice he has given everything he has and then some,” Rivet said.
Zmurchyk demonstrated his commitment to hockey with near-perfect attendance at practice and by suiting up for every Mavericks game this season.
Zmurchyk scored 13 goals and set up seven others for 20 points in 16 regular season games in the Central Alberta Tier 3 Hockey League. In 10 playoff games he added three goals and three assists.
Rivet said Zmurchyk “walked the line” with his tough play, rarely putting his team shorthanded as he took just 24 penalty minutes.
“Leadership is what makes others better, and making sure your impact lasts in your absence,” Rivet said. “This player is someone his team looks to in tough games. He lifts up his teammates, and also calms them down when things are heated.”
Rivet said Zmurchyk gives his best effort at all times and holds his teammates and coaches accountable to do the same.
Odessa Grier was nominated for the award by the Pee Wee Mavericks.
Team representative Natasha Haluck said Odessa was known on the team for her outstanding hustle.
“She absorbs the knowledge put forward by the coaches and relays it to the best of her ability,” Haluck added.
Odessa picked up four assists during the Central Alberta Tier 4 Hockey League regular season.
“She demonstrates dedication not only by her attendance record but by her complete and undivided attention to the team. She’s the first to volunteer herself for all of the little extra things that need to be done.”
Odessa has a love for hockey that is demonstrated by her ability to remain calm in all situations, and her infectious smile.
“She demonstrates team play through her realistic and positive attitude, despite all odds,” Haluck added. “She lifts her teammates up when they just want to break down.”
Brian Vandervalk, who coached the Atom Mavericks, started hockey the same year as Clint Jordan and remembered his teammate winning the award for most improved player.
“He was the kid all the way through who lived for it,” Vandervalk said. “He gave 100 per cent every shift, never had to be told to hurry or back check. He was by far the smallest player in the whole league but played hard every shift.”
Vandervalk said Jordan was dedicated to the team, making every practice and game, working hard every shift and never shying away from body contact.
“He was the greatest guy you could have on the team.”

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