Victoria Racquet Club Awards
Fred Mairsey Award: Recognition of a member in the Initiation/Novice division demonstrating outstanding dedication, service and commitment to improving our club.
Background: Established in 1992, named after Fred Mayer, a long-time member, who suddenly died. Fred Mayer " lived" at the rink, was the first to step up and volunteer for whatever needed to be done and was involved in setting up the Dream Prize Lottery when VRC was in need of major funding (apparently he sold the most tickets). Up until his death, he remained VRC's only volunteer and contact for Bingo Bingo even though he no longer had a son playing hockey at VRC. Fred truly served the club even up to his death.
Moirsey Award: Recognition of a member in the older divisions demonstrating outstanding dedication, service and commitment to improving our club.
Background: Newly appointed VRC president Al Moir continued on with serving as our president, despite his son quitting hockey. There was no reason or obligation for Al to stay on as president. Instead, he committed his spare time to VRC and endured a very grueling, time consuming and challenging year.
Kirk MacDonald Award: In recognition of a player who inspires us with their courage and commitment to overcome adversity.
The Jeff Batters Most Dedicated Player Award: This award has been donated by the Batters family in loving memory of Jeff who played eight years at the Victoria Racquet Club before leaving to attend the Notre Dame College.
To his coaches, Jeff will be remembered as a leader who worked hard on and off the ice, showing commitment and dedication to his team. To his teammates, Jeff will be fondly remembered as a loyal friend.
Winning the Centennial Cup (Junior ‘A’ National Championship) with the Notre Dame Hounds in 1988 was a memorable highlight in Jeff’s young career. Jeff was named as a second team all-star, while teammates Curtis Joseph and Rod Brind’Amour were notable selections to the tournament’s first all star team.
The year following, he attended the University of Anchorage Alaska to play for the Seawolves, where, as a defenseman, Jeff’s career numbers placeed him second in all-time goals, fifth in all- time assists, third in all-time points and first in all-time penalty minutes.
In 1989's NHL draft, St. Louis Blues selected Jeff in the seventh round as the 135th player taken overall. He signed a three year contract with the Blues, played sixteen regular season games with them and was a call up for the 1992/93 Blues playoff run.
In 1995/96, Jeff signed a contract with the San Jose Sharks and played with their farm club in Kansas City. It was that summer that Jeff’s life was tragically cut short. His budding career ended on that fatal day when he was a passenger in motor vehicle accident. Jeff is dearly missed by his family, Del, Terry, Greg and Ann.
Jeff was only twenty-four. He had so much more life to live. However, he did live those twenty-four years with passion, integrity and love. He now lives in our memories and our hearts. He was a wonderful person, a thoughtful brother, and loving son.
The following quote is one that was significant to Jeff, a motto by which he lived his
life: "Struggle and Emerge ."
Archie Courtnall Memorial Award: Recognition of a member who shows they are dedicated to coaching players (“The Most Dedicated Coach”).
Al Neale & Sproule Player Development Award: Donated by two long-term VRC families Al Neale and Allan Sproule. In recognition of a coach who shows exceptional development of the players on the team he is coaching.
Jack Hagen Award “Coach of the Year”: Recognition of a coach who has led his team to an exceptional year with recognizable accomplishments.
Team of the Year Award: This award is in honour of a team in the Association who has demonstrated great achievements and development throughout the year. This can be it represented from the presentation of trophies or banners that have been recognizable throughout the Association and hockey community. The Trophy is donated by the Gamble family in loving memory of Richard Gamble, one of VRC's original members who donated countless hours back to the club and the membership.