Brady Perreault has never set high goals for himself playing hockey.
He’s mainly out on the ice to have fun, which explains his sportsmanlike behaviour. But that doesn’t mean the 14-year-old Brandonite isn’t driven to succeed.
In fact, Perreault prides himself on being one of the hardest working players on the ice during every game, and he lived up to his expectations this season. On Wednesday night, he won the Ken Klassen Memorial Award for hardest working player in a Hockey Brandon house league at the organization’s awards banquet at the Royal Oak Inn.
Perreault was happy to be honoured during the banquet, especially for the aspect of his game that he prides himself most on.
"That’s the one thing I do; I try to be the hardest-working player," he said. "Whether you’re the best player or not doesn’t really matter as long as you try your hardest and put everything out there and whatever happens, happens."
The 5-foot-2, 120-pound centre had a busy season. In addition to playing on his Wild house league team, Perreault was a member of the Peewee 12A Wheat Kings. His highlight for the season came in Crookston, Minn., when his Wheat Kings went to overtime in a tournament final and won the championship.
Perrault, who also plays baseball in the summer, believes that hard work off the ice is needed to help succeed on the ice, and that his work ethic on the ice helps him when he comes off of it as well. He hasn’t built a strong training regimen in the gym yet, but he’s not afraid to do exercises with his friends.
Even though he has now been recognized for his work ethic, Perreault said that it’s not going change his approach to hockey games in the future.
"It’s a good award, but I just have to keep working hard and keep going to be successful," he said. "I’m just playing for the fun of it and it’s a good experience and fun."
ICINGS: Hockey Brandon changed the name of the President’s Award for service to youth hockey in Brandon to the Glen Parker Award. Parker spent the past 17 years as Hockey Brandon’s president before stepping down before this season.
HOCKEY BRANDON 2013-14 AWARDS:
Don Robertson Memorial Award (Most Dedicated Coach in house league): Terry Senkbeil and Tony Bertone
Ken Klassen Memorial Award (Hardest working house league player): Brady Perreault
Bob Gillies Memorial Award (Non-coaching Team Supporter): Melanie Gordon
Arnold Nichol Memorial Award (H.I.P. Program Most Dedicated Coach): Brad Twordik
Barb LeBlanc Memorial Award (Female Player of the Year): Alison Marchand
Precision Toyota Coach of the Year (For Rep Team Coaches): Craig Anderson
Leech Printing Award (For Commitment, Dedication and Sportsmanship in Female Hockey): Colleen VanCauwenberghe
Ashley Neufeld Brandon Source for Sports Ultimate Teammate Award (For Female Players): Riley Coey
Executive Award/Manager of the Year: Joe Gutenberg
Glen Parker Award (For Exemplary Service): Ken Campbell
Referee Level 1 Award: Andrew Paul
Most Improved Referee: Kirk Graham