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Doug Curry (from left) was honoured by Cumberland County minor hockey during Saturday night’s Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers game for his dedication over the years to minor hockey in Amherst. Curry and his wife Betty were given a banner from former coach Brad Skinner and CCMHA executive member Mike Hunter.
AMHERST – After many years of supporting hockey in Cumberland County, Doug Curry was honoured before Saturday night’s Rambler game.
The former manager of the Cumberland County Midget Ramblers was given a banner for his many years of service to minor and junior hockey.
“He’s been a pillar of minor hockey in the county for well over 50 years,” said former minor hockey executive member and coach Brad Skinner. “He’s been involved with the midget teams as far back as I can remember. He’s done everything and he loves the hockey and he loves the kids.”
Over the years, as manager for the Cumberland County Midget Ramblers, Curry won many tournaments around the region as well as some provincial championships. He held several executive positions as well as help organized a Nova Scotia-New Brunswick midget all-star game to help raise money for Camp Good Time, The Breast Cancer Fund and Kids with Cancer.
Longtime friend Roger Gouchie said Curry is well deserving of the honour and more people should have had the luxury with a great hockey supporter.
“He was very knowledgeable in the game and he was for the kids, he would do almost anything for the kids,” said Gouchie. “It’s an honour that he deserved over the years.”
Gouchie said it was because of Curry that he became involved in the sport and worked his way to holding several executive positions, including president.
“I enjoyed working with Doug not only as a volunteer but as an executive of minor hockey,” he said. “Curry paved the way for teams to not only compete competitively here in Nova Scotia but in New Brunswick. He was instrumental in getting the bantam program in the Moncton league.”
For the past few years, Curry has battled some health issues and has had to step back from minor hockey but was at the rink ready for hockey action Saturday night. Curry said he was flattered to receive the banner in his name for all his years of work in the area’s minor hockey league.
“I had a thing, ‘if you were looking at the kids, then they wouldn’t be on the street corner getting into trouble’,” said Curry. “It felt good to be back on the ice.”