By Kathy Johnson
THE COAST GUARD
Shelburne County Bantam A Coach Andrew Holland has been chosen as a recipient for one of the Ross Drake Memorial Awards at this year’s SEDMHA tournament.
Named after the late Ross Drake, one of the founders of the Shearwater East Dartmouth Minor Hockey Association (SEDMHA) tournament, three awards are presented annually- one each to a player, a coach and a fan.
The coaches’ award is presented to a coach who over the years of participation has shown and exhibited the very best characteristics of a minor hockey coach through his guidance and handling of his teams and players.
Holland, 33, has been coaching minor hockey for 12 years now.
In his 11 consecutive years behind the Bantam bench, Holland has coached the Shelburne County Flames’ Bantam squad to four provincial titles, including a three-peat of the Bantam AA banner (1998/99, 1999/00, and 2000/01seasons) as well as this years’ Bantam A banner. Holland’s stamp is also on numerous tournament banners won by Bantam teams.
Holland also coaches baseball and between the two sports hosts and organizes various skills’ programs for players.
When he’s not coaching, Holland can often be found on the ice or behind the plate referring and umpiring, or playing the game.
Holland was also recognized earlier this season as Hockey Nova Scotia coaches’ day contest winner.
Started in 1977/78, the SEDMHA tournament has grown to one of, if not the largest minor hockey tournament in Canada, attracting upwards of 280 teams from across North America for the event.
Andrew Holland is Ross Drake Memorial Award recipient
By Kathy Johnson
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