Lattie memorial awards presented at minor hockey AGM

Andrew Wagstaff
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The Bo Lattie Memorial Award was presented at the Parrsboro Minor Hockey Association's annual general meeting on April 26. Receiving the award this year were midget players Colton Smith and Khristine Bowden. Presenting the award were Debbie and Robert Lattie (back), and Bobbi Rae Lattie (centre).

PARRSBORO - Bo Lattie was a determined hockey player with phenomenal team spirit, and two local midget hockey players with those qualities were honoured with the awards in his memory here on April 26. Khristine Bowden and Colton Smith received the awards in front of a packed house of players, parents and supporters at the Lions Den, prior to the annual general meeting of the Parrsboro Minor Hockey Association. On hand to present the awards were Lattie's parents and sister, Roberts, Debbie and Bobbi Rae. "It's so difficult to make these choices," said Debbie. "There's just no easy way." The Lattie family also presented a plaque to midget boys' coach Alex Matthews for his dedication to the team, which on many nights saw them play with only seven players, yet they still finished second in their league. Matthews and the family also shared stories about Bo's playing days. The award is handed out annually to players showing enthusiasm for the sport of hockey, dedication to their team and team morale. Both Matthews and midget girls' coach Matt Smith said the award could have gone to any player on their team for efforts this year. Matthews said they decided to pick Colton after he consulted with team captain Sage Walton. "We had three games left to the playoffs and Wyatt (Meldrum) had to go south, so we needed goalie," he explained. "I jokingly asked the dressing room if anyone wanted to do it, and Colton stepped up and did it. He's now undefeated in New Brunswick league playoffs." Matt Smith said he was equally challenged in deciding on a midget girl player for the award, coming off a season that saw the team win their provincial championship. "This year the award goes to a girl who actually played the same style of hockey as Bo," said Smith. "She loved to play the corners, loved to be in front of the net, roughing it up. That was her hockey." Bo Lattie died tragically in a car accident on Sept. 4, 2010.

Organizations: Parrsboro Minor Hockey Association

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, New Brunswick

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