Wentworth's Doug Currie was honoured for his 50 years of volunteerism during a midget AAA hockey tournament in Springhill two weekends ago.
The 73-year-old began helping with minor hockey at the age of 23 when his younger brother was in the peewee division in Amherst.
"I love the sport and my younger brother was playing. It was then that I decided to help out with the kids for the simple reason if they were involved with hockey then they weren't standing on the streets. I felt if you kept them interested in sports it would give kids something to do," Currie said.
Currie volunteered with the Cumberland Midget AAA for 37 years and another 13 years with the minor AAA midget team, was president of minor hockey for two terms, chair of the Bluenose Tournament for two terms and is current president of the Minor AAA Midget Hockey League. Prior to that, Currie was the president of Midget AA Hockey League.
"I was one of the people who helped form the Central Midget Hockey League in New Brunswick, which today has 48 teams in that league," Currie said.
Eleven years ago Currie was honoured by the Central Midget Hockey League for organizing a fundraising tournament for a local seven-year-old diagnosed with cancer.
"When I was living in Amherst, the kids that I coached always visited during Christmas and New Year. It's nice that the kids appreciate the time I've spent with them, and I know they do because they show they do," Currie said.
Currie coached one kid in particular, Mac Davis, who went on from minor hockey to play for Saint Mary's University, on to the American Hockey League and from there on to the NHL, after which he went to play in Finland before retiring.
Currie has no plans to give up his love for the game of hockey and helping kids.
"As long as my health allows, I will be at the rink," Currie said.
Currie and his wife Betty, a retired teacher/principal, have moved to Wentworth but you can certainly catch Currie at the rink where he is welcomed always by past, present and future kids he has coached.