Allan Andrews, Order of Canada 2018.
Kenny Simmons (2nd from right back row) with a group of PEI NHL All-Stars including Guy Lafleur at a benefit game, early 90's
Gary MacDougall with Forbie Kennedy
Some Goodbyes & Hello's
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PEI lost a pair of gentlemen who did a lot for hockey this fall with the passing of Kenny Simmons and George Brookins.
Kenny Simmons was known for his famous red sweater and unwavering support for Summerside and area hockey teams, especially the Western Capitals. He served as the team’s trainer during the early years of the franchise. He died at age 83 on October 27. He was a Summerside city councillor and volunteered for the St. John Ambulance and the Family Services Bureau. He was recognized as Citizen of the Year in Prince County.
Kenny lived and breathed for the Caps. Longtime friend Roger Ahern, who did the play-by-play on Caps games on CJRW radio described him as a real nice guy and a tremendous human being. “To me, he was the ultimate volunteer for many organizations, and raised a lot of money for each and every one of them,” said Ahern. “He always felt he was part of the Caps.” Simmons also supported the Jr. B Kensington Vipers and travelled around on the road showing his loyalty.
His red sweater brought the Capitals good luck.
George Brookins passed away at age 80 on November 2, 2018.
George was the bus driver for many Island hockey teams and got them to their destinations safely on each trip. He was always in good spirits and carried a smile on his face each day. There are many players and coaches who befriended George Brookins over the years and were grateful for the services he provided as a bus driver.
Hockey PEI has gone through some changes.
Hockey PEI in search of two new people at the top.
Rob Newson has been with the governing body of amateur hockey on the Island and has been with the organization as Executive Director for over 13 years. He has joined Hockey Canada as Atlantic manager of member engagement. Mike White, who was Technical Director for Hockey PEI has become the new manager of the Cody Banks Arena and Simmons Sports Centre in Charlottetown.
Summerside’s Noah Dobson of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan will be with Team Canada at the World Jr. Hockey Championship over the Christmas holidays this year. The defenseman was the MVP for the Titan in their Memorial Cup run last spring.
Author Gary MacDougall, the former managing editor of the Charlottetown Guardian, has written a book on NHL Legend Forbes Kennedy called “Forbie” which is published by Retromedia. The book launch on November 28 in Charlottetown.
And not one…but two PEI champions out of the 2018 Monctonian Major Midget and Bantam AAA hockey tournament featuring some of the top teams out of Eastern Canada both levels.
The Kensington Wild won the Midget AAA title, 4-1 over Dartmouth Steele Subaru led by Landon Clow with a goal and assist in the final.
The Central Attack from the Charlottetown area got by The Rangers, 2-1 in the Bantam AAA final in overtime. Cam Squires scored the game winner and set up the Attack’s first goal scored by Colby Huggan.
And finally….our Congratulations to Allan Andrews the founder of Andrews Hockey Growth who has been named to the Order of Canada for his lifelong work with youth in hockey.
Ron MacLean & Rob Newson