2018 MGHA All the Way Award Winners!

Hi friends! The season may be over, but there’s plenty more to come. Keep your eyes on your email, as we have several important announcements to come over the next couple of weeks.

Before we get too far into the summer, though, we wanted to share the text for the MGHA All the Way Award winners. The text was written by that team’s captain(s). We’re really proud of how everyone played this year–it was a great season and we’re sad it’s already over. Also, a giant thank you to Anna Cates for captain-herding and getting the trophies ordered. <3

Congrats to our All the Way Award winners, and to everyone for their contributions this year!

The ghostbusters nominate Nick Raffa for the all the way award.  This is Nick’s first season, and he came onto the ice ready to learn and have a great time.  He always has a positive attitude and has a real love for the game. In fact, just tonight he said it’s one of the best decisions he has ever made.  He has really improved a lot (and even scored his first goal!) since we began back in October, and he works hard at it.  He really does embody what the MGHA is all about.

Blue Oxen:
Heather Dzick. Heather is a player who was consistently in high spirits no matter whether we were winning or losing. Her positive attitude made her a delight to play with and brought lightness and levity to our team.

Pumpkin Disorderly:
Natalie Miller. Natalie has been an awesome player from the start. She constantly shows up to games with more energy than anyone else. She is positive and motivating throughout and always pumps people up. On top of that Natalie is a good friend and often sticks around to support those that need it. There are few people that embody the MGHA spirit as well as Natalie!

John Stephany.  John is eternally positive on the bench and in the locker room before and after the game.  On the bench John’s cheerleading is so loud and infectious that occasionally the other team joins in.  In the locker room after the game the first thing we routinely hear, win or lose, is John’s pronouncement that”…well, that was a hoot.”

John is always welcoming to everyone, plays inclusive hockey, and is the league’s loudest in-game cheerleader. He has also worked tirelessly both on the ice and off to make the MGHA a welcoming place to play. (And…he’s totally not a spy.)

They Might Be Ducks:
Molly Costello: Whether on the ice or in the stands Molly’s bright smile and positive attitude can be felt throughout the arena. Her determination and encouragement for all her fellow teammates can be seen in the fun her team has with her. This MGHA all the way recipient embodies all that’s is the MGHA.

Basic Bees:
Our award winner is Connor Hagen. Connor always has a smile on his face. On the ice he’s constantly commending other players, is very supportive to everyone and is an amazing positive influence to all. He has grown so much from the beginning of the season and is always willing to try new positions. Off the ice he is genuine to not only his fellow teammates, but to everyone. He has been a joy to play with and get to know. BUZZ BUZZ!!!

Gene Zadzilka. A new addition to our league, Gene quickly proved that he fit right in. He was the brightest presence in the locker room. Always upbeat, win lose or tie, and the first to complement everyone else on a job well done.

Maggie Augustin. Maggie never gives up, and she does it with a smile. Her effort inspires those around her.  She has come so far as a player in a very short time. A great friend to all, on and off the ice!

Raisin’ Trouble:
On behalf of the Raisin’ Trouble team, we’d like to nominate our captain, Amanda Thornton.  In addition to the typical/expected duties of every captain, she goes above and beyond to support the team and reflects the true spirit of MGHA. Weekly team emails that include a new raisin meme each time, baked goodies for the locker room almost every week, making sure everyone, including our subs, feels welcome and is feeling good about their experience, facilitating awesome team curling event, hand decorating the pucks of the game for player recognition each week. She has earned lots of respect for all she gives — All The Way.

Black Sheep:
Nat Carlston. This award goes to someone who is always positive on and off the bench!  Was caught numerous times encouraging and putting up fellow teammates and other MGHA players during games most often right when you needed it most!  Willing to sub, share gear, listen to your every need, always around the rink wanting to learn as much about the game of hockey possible!  Nat is a cover story for the MGHA Hockey League!