Corvairs to honour Tyler Norrie
Former Brantford Golden Eagles player Tyler Norrie fights to get control of the puck. Norrie, a star athlete while attending Simcoe Composite School, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (QMI photo)
Tyler Norrie played with the Brantford Golden Eagles/Caledonia Corvairs for three years, but his contributions to the organization will last forever.
Norrie – a Simcoe native that died suddenly while working out at the age of 22 in June - will be honoured by his former team as the Corvairs host the St. Catharines Falcons at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Haldimand County Caledonia Centre.
They've dubbed the evening 'Tyler Norrie Night'.
“It was one of the easiest (decisions) I could ever think of because whatever we do, it won't be enough for him,” said Corvairs general manager Brian Rizzetto.
Well-known in hockey circles as a strong player on the ice and even better person off it, Norrie – a former forward with the Simcoe Storm - will have his number 22 retired. The team plans to present Norrie's parents Duncan and Karen, and sister Lynsey with framed jerseys.
The 2014 Sutherland Cup (Ontario Junior B) title holders have also made a specialized championship ring for Lynsey. Media company ArcPro HD Inc. has announced a special camera will be on hand so fans can share their memories of Norrie. The footage will be complied in a special tribute to be posted on YouTube.
“We want to let the Norrie family know Tyler will never be forgotten by our organization,” Rizzetto said.
While Norrie had moved on to attend and play hockey at the University of Waterloo last season, he stayed in close contact with the Corvairs. The night the team won its first Sutherland Cup since moving from Brantford, Norrie sent out a tweet congratulating the club and former teammates Ryan Blunt, Mitch Brown and Matt Quilty.
Rizzetto said Norrie's commitment to his team – and his peers – was unmatched.
“He was the easiest kid to get along with, he was the most underrated player and was extremely likable,” he added.
“We were lucky enough to have him for three years and those kinds of things leave you wondering why, but he will be one of the all time great kids to ever play for our organization.”
Norrie's former teammates and friends from across the country are expected to be on hand for the game. A number have already confirmed their attendance via social media.
In addition to his personality, Norrie is remembered as a competitor who not only loved the game, but played it the right way.
“I've got a ton of respect for Duncan Norrie. At the visitation, we shared a big hug,” Rizzetto recalled. “Duncan grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me right in the eye and said 'Brian, when Tyler took the ice for you, he gave it everything he had every single time'.”
Contact and ticket information for the game can be found at caledoniacorvairshockey.pointstreaksites.com.
519-426-3528 ext. 112