WEYBURN - A number of new board members joined the Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings hockey club organization, during their annual general meeting held at the Ramada Inn on August 23.
New board members elected included Jean Hobbs, Larry Tribiger, Lee Moen, and Shawn Stepp. Four board members entered their second year of their term: Ray Jarvis, Tascha Jasper, Riley Ross, and Pete Taterliov. Two returning members were elected: Anne Phair and Alyssa Hanson. Jamie Blunden stepped down from his role as president, along with Brent Stephanson, Scott Pohl and Perry Pyett as board members.
Vice-President Ray Jarvis will be acting president until the executive positions are decided at the next board of directors meeting on September 1.
“I would like to mention my fellow board members and thank them for their hard work though out the year. Some members were new to the board this year, and some members have spent a number of years committed to the Red Wings,” said Blunden in his president’s speech. “Every board member has taken the time away from their personal lives to contribute to the success of this organization. Your commitment is vital in keeping this organization moving ahead.”
“I would like to recognize a number of individuals who have made the decision to move on from the board. Their involvement and dedication to the team over the years has been second to none. Brent, Perry and Scott – your time, wisdom and contributions over the years were very much appreciated.”
Blunden also highlighted the efforts of the coaching staff. “The positive attitude that was put forth throughout the past year was inspiring. Let’s not sugar coat last year. On paper it was brutal, but the coaching staff ensured the season was positive throughout. The feedback from the players confirm that they believed in you and found the positive without dwelling on the negative.”
There is excitement in the air for the upcoming Junior A Hockey season. “Head coach Cody Mapes made some moves during the off-season and I am optimistic the coming season will have some better success on the ice,” said Blunden.
“As a board we supported Cody’s plan of action to bring back a competitive team over a three to four year span. We are asking for everyone’s patience to allow that plan to come to fruition.”
In the financial report, released during the annual general meeting, the team’s books reported a profit around $6,000 last year.
Richardson Pioneer will be returning as the title sponsor to the team for the fourth consecutive year.