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Manitoulin Island man receives prestigious award

The Northern Ontario Hockey Association presented its highest award at its AGM held on the weekend in Sault Ste. Marie to a Manitoulin Island man.

Greg Lockyer has been a long-time volunteer with minor hockey on Manitoulin Island and for his efforts received the Angus Campbell Merit Award, the highest award presented annually to recognize a person’s dedication to minor hockey in Northern Ontario.

He says being the first person from Manitoulin Island to receive the award, he is humbled and honoured to be recognized for his love of the game.

Lockyer had this to say … Being the first person from Manitoulin to receive the Angus Campbell Merit Award is truly humbling.  To have my name on an award with past recipients such as Max Silverman, Joe Drago, Ken Creasey and Red McCarthy brought tears to my eyes when my good friend Gayle Payette, 2nd Vice-President of the NOHA, gave me the call.  A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Manitoulin Minor Hockey and the Island Associations for your kind words on the nomination package.  I share this award with my mentors, such as my dad, the late Randy Thibault, Don Prescott and Gayle/Mike Payette along with all the players,  coaches, officials and administrators past and present. And, thank you to  Mike Zegil, President of MMHA for helping Gayle with the presentation.

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