RICK F. ALBERT AWARD

This award is to be presented to a person or association which has been instrumental in the area of development within the NOHA. 
 
The award can be given to an individual involved in Coaching, Refereeing, Training or the Initiation Programs, one who has developed a program which has been incorporated to the benefit of hockey or a person who has dedicated a great deal of time and effort to development within the NOHA. 
 
This award could also be presented to a hockey association who through its efforts during a hockey season has furthered the advancement of development within the NOHA. 
 
Nominations will be accepted from any member in good standing of the NOHA up to March 15th, and recipient will be selected by the development committee. 
 
Announcement to be made at the NOHA Annual Meeting. 
 
Rick was born December 14th, 1932 in Blind River, where he played his Minor Hockey. In the early 1950's Rick left for the Timmins Area where he would play his Junior Hockey with the "Porcupine Combines". While with the "Combines", Rick played on two Northern Ontario Championship teams. Rick then journeyed to the States where he played Pro Hockey in such places as Washington and Milwaukee. Here he met and made a long lasting friendship with the NOHA's Nick (the Rocket) Rukavina. Rick also played some minor league baseball. Rick decided in 1956 to return home to the Blind River Area and soon found himself in Elliot Lake working for Rio Algom Ltd. 
 
Rick continued his hockey playing and was a member of Blind River Intermediate Northern Ontario Championship teams. Rick also became involved in officiating during this time and traveled the North Shore Area with people such as Albert Shamas. In 1970 Rick entered the Coaching Field when he became involved with Elliot Lake Team Legion PeeWee's and became an integral part of Elliot Lake Major Hockey. 
 
During his journey through the NCCP Program reaching to Level V, Rick became one of Northern Ontario's biggest promoter of the National Coaches Certification Program. Rick started instructing in the Program and was always willing to share his knowledge of Hockey and any new drills or tips he picked up at Hockey Seminars throughout Canada. 
 
Rick worked hard at promoting the NCCP Program and also acted as the Northern Ontario Co-ordinator. Rick continued his coaching during this period and also in the early 1980s was instrumental in the forming of the Northern International Hockey League which included Elliot Lake, Soo Canada, Soo Michigan and Marquette in the beginning. 
 
Rick among his many other projects in hockey served as Commissioner of the NIHL and promoted the growth of this league to other centres to include bantams with the original Atom and Pee Wee's. 
 
Rick continued his work in Hockey in Elliot Lake with his Team Legion Pee Wee's and instructing at the NCCP Level Clinics right until the end of his time. 
 
Those who knew Rick are sure that if there are any Hockey Teams in Heaven, Rick will be behind the bench coaching one of the teams. 
 
On October 18th, 1988, Rick F. Albert left us, and for those that came in contact with Rick we are better people for having known him. 

PAST WINNERS

RICK F. ALBERT, Elliot Lake,1989

JACK WALKOM, North Bay, 1990

DON SHEPHERDSON, New Liskeard, 1991

ERIC PARLOWE, Sault Ste. Marie, 1992

DOMENIC DeFELICE, Schumacher, 1993

ROBERT ALLEN, Naughton,1995

KAPUSKASING MINOR HOCKEY,1996

GEORGES ALBERT, Blind River,1997

BRENDA TORRESAN, South Porcupine, 1998

KEN VAIL, Kapuskasing, 1999

DON MICHAUD, Sturgeon Falls, 2000

KEN MILLER, North Bay, 2001

ALEX MAIR, Kapuskasing, 2002

TIM FOSTER, Astorville, 2003

Sudbury Minor Hockey Initiation Program, 2004

PAM HULL, Rayside Balfour, 2005

SCOTT KILE, North Bay, 2006

CATHY GIFFEN, Val Caron, 2008

GUY LOSIER, Hearst, 2009

MIKE (SPYKE) PINTAR, Schumacher, 2010

MIKE MULRYAN, Timmins, 2011

MITCHELL CLARK, Richards Landing, 2012

PETE FORTIN, Sudbury, 2013

RICK BARRON, Temiskaming Shores, 2014 

RANDY CLOUTHIER, Sault Ste. Marie, 2015

BRUCE WIGGANS, Mindemoya, 2016

DAVID SHAW, Timmins, 2017

JOHN ZUBYCK, Temiskaming Shores - 2018

PIERRE LABRECQUE, Sudbury - 2018

GLEN CAMPBELL, North Bay - 2019