Ron Stamm All-Star Game
January 28th, 3:00 PM BellMTS Iceplex
This past Saturday, some of the top Midget A1 players from around the city, hit the ice to participate in the 39th Annual Ron Stamm Memorial All-Star Game.
This All-Star game is dedicated annually to the memory of Mr. Ronald Carl Stamm as a reminder of the importance of volunteer coaches, managers and assistants to the game of hockey.
Ron was a proud, devoted individual the same as the people overseeing the two teams playing in this game. He was known to accept input from his assistants and managers and to offer his constructive criticism to any player not giving one hundred percent… but quick to commend a team effort. His coaching was simple and to the point commanding respect to playing the game aggressively, effectively and with demonstrated camaraderie toward the opposing team. Ron was widely known to the youth of Fort Rouge/Fort Garry area through his dedication to the game of hockey and baseball.
Ron served nine years with Lord Roberts Community Centre as a coach, vice-president and president and started those years as a volunteered coach that played 70% of the time outdoors. (This meant scraping and flooding the ice and sharpening skates.) He coached Lord Roberts baseball, working with the youth and ladies house league. His coaching path took him to devoting two years to the South End Chiefs organization. His energies were also freely given to being a founding member of the Lord Roberts Wildlife Association.
Ron’s last years were with the Fort Rouge Minor Hockey Association as coach, vice-president and two years as president.
Ron particularly enjoyed coaching the South Division team in the Third Annual All-Star Midget game and to have the honour of selecting the Most Valuable Players at the second and fourth All-Star Games.
The match-up was Team North vs. Team South with players from all the Midget A1 teams. Team South consisted of players from Ft. Garry, St. Boniface, St. Vital, Assiniboine Park and St. James. Team North represented Selkirk, River East, Garden City and Maples.
Team South got on the board first with a goal from # 11, Kaden Doerksen only a couple minutes into the first period. The North finished the period strong posting 2 goals before the end of the first by # 6 Matthew Brooks and # 12 Brennan Nepinak-Sargent. Trying to battle back, Team South potted the first goal in the 2nd with a goal from # 11, Kaden Doerksen for his 2nd of the night. With a tie game, Team North went to work and added 4 more goals before the 2nd period came to a close with goals from # 4, Matthew Donald, # 7, Adam Schrofel, # 19, Riley Pasternak and # 6, Matthew Brooks for his 2nd of the night.
As much as Team South tried to fight their way out of a deficit, they unfortunately couldn’t one past Zach Nolan in the 3rd period. Team North added an impressive 5 goals in the 3rd period for a final score of 11-3 for Team North. Team Norths goals in the third were scored by # 5, Joe Rosser (2 goals in the 3rd), # 12, Brennan Nepinak-Sargent (2 goals in the 3rd for a hat trick for the night!) and # 11, Darren Prokopowhich.
The evening wrapped up with a great dinner hosted by the Iceplex with NHL Alumni guest speakers J.P Vigier and Mike Ford.
Stay tuned for more details on the 40th Anniversary edition of the Ron Stamm for next year!