Maltby brothers honoured for efforts
When people walk into Amherst Stadium they can now look at the back wall of the Stadium and come face to face with two men who have dedicated most of their lives to minor hockey in Cumberland County.
The two banners were place on each side of the time clock in honour of brothers Walter and Roy Maltby who, together, were founding members of minor hockey in Cumberland County and have given more than a century of time combined to helping young hockey players.
The brothers were called on the ice last Friday night to drop the puck to open the Bell Aliant Peewee AA provincial championship tournament but, to their surprise, they were also presented with the new banners.
"I was certainly surprised it was taking place," Walter Maltby said. "I knew nothing about it whatsoever and I certainly appreciate it."
"It feels very nice after all the years and all the hours. It's something I'll always remember."
"It was a surprise that both Walter and I received those (banners) and we really appreciate the effort that went into putting that together."
Walter, who is 77-years old, is still an active volunteer in the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association program and said it's the kids that keep him coming back.
"I love working with young people," Walter said. "If I didn't I wouldn't have lasted 53 years at it."
Are kids the same now as they were when he started volunteering his time 53 years ago?
"I don't find kids any different," Walter said. "You have to remember they're all growing up and sometimes you run into a young boy who might have a bit of trouble and you try to help them out the best you can.
"99.9 per cent of the kids are no problem."
Roy, who will be 74 in April, also likes working with young people but has reduced his volunteer activity to helping out at the Fundy Hockey Schools so he can spend more time watching his two grandsons play hockey.
"Mitchell (Maltby) plays bantam A and Chris (Maltby) plays for the Junior C team out of Amherst," Roy said.
Both men laughed a little when asked what it's like to see their faces up on the wall when they walk into Amherst Stadium.
"It's a bit different, that's for sure," Roy said. "But we've spent many years at the stadium, so it's great."
And both gentlemen didn't forget to congratulate tournament organizers and the kids who played in the tournament.
"It was well run and the competition was great and it was a good final," Walter said. "It's something the kids always remember."
The championship final between Cumberland County and West Hants was a memorable one indeed.
The Cumberland County Jungle Jim's Ramblers came back from a 3-0 deficit and tied the game up 3-3 off a goal from Joel St. Peters with just 52 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately for the Ramblers, West Hants scored the with just 23 seconds left on the clock and won the Peewee AA provincial championship by a score of 4-3.