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Corvairs to honour Tyler Norrie

By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer

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.

Jacob Robinson

519-426-3528 ext. 112

jacob.robinson@sunmedia.ca

twitter.com/JacobReformer

Corvairs in the Community

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(l-r) Caledonia Pro Fit Corvairs Mitch Purdie and Kyle Tanev read to students during the River Heights literacy event on Nov. 7.

Corvairs promote literacy at River Heights

By Ethan Harrison, Special to the Sachem

The Caledonia Corvairs spent the day at River Heights School on Friday, Nov. 7 as part of a literacy program held for the Grade 4, 5 and 6 classes.

Earlier in the week, teachers took 184 junior students to the Hamilton Bulldogs game for their annual literacy event game, attended by 13,000 teachers and children from across the region.

Although the kids loved it, teacher Donna Brownell felt it would mean more to students if they had the opportunity to do hands-on language activities with the hockey players.  This would be impossible for the Bulldogs to accomplish, but was a welcomed opportunity for the local Jr. B team to get involved in the community.

Under the direction of the teachers, the players alternated between all of the junior classes to read The Moccasin Goalie, create an acrostic poem, as well as participate in a spelling game.  There was time allowed after each activity for discussion and for the kids to ask players questions.

Having the players work with the students contributed to the success of the day.

“The Corvair players were able to make connections with the kids on a personal level,” stated Brownell.

“It’s important for the kids to see the Corvairs care about school.  They’re not just hockey players.”

“It was a great day and a chance for us to give back to the community,” said Corvair Mitch Purdie.  “To see the kids’ faces light up and see how much they look up to us was pretty special.  We could really see how we are role models for them and it was important for us to share the day promoting literacy and reading.”

Connor Patton and Todd Ratchford, returning Corvairs from last year, brought the Sutherland Cup as well as their championship rings, which the kids were able to try on.

Many of the players talked to the students about wanting to earn NCAA scholarships or going on to play hockey in university.

“In order to achieve these goals, you have to work hard both on and off the ice.  It takes perseverance, dedication and lots of hard work.  These are character attributes that we are trying to instill in our students,” explained Brownell.

All of the players dressed in their team jerseys and posed for pictures and signed autographs throughout the day.  They also spent both recesses outside playing games with the students.

“I think it’s great to see our players giving back to our community,” said the Corvair’s general manager, Brian Rizzetto.  “I think everyone knows that the Corvair players are good hockey players, but events like this show what great kids they really are and that makes our organization proud.  In hockey you can’t win on the ice until you’re winning off it.”

GHC All-Star Game

GOLDEN HORSESHOE CONFERENCE

ALL STAR GAME

Monday January 26, 2015, 7:30 pm

Fort Erie Leisureplex

Tickets

Adults $9.00  

Senior/Student $7.00  

Children under 6 are free

 

The Beginning

Caledonia Corvairs win Sutherland Cup

The Perfect Ending

TICKETS

Adults $10

Students & Seniors $5

children 5 and under FREE

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