Leafs Atom hockey player Rhett Hamilton, 10, nominated his coach Greg Andrusak for the Why My Coach Rocks contest, and BC Hockey agreed. Andrusak was one four winners chosen across BC this fall.
Hamilton plays for the Nelson Leafs in Nelson and Andrusak has coached Hamilton for six years both during the minor hockey season and also during the spring season.
This is what Hamilton sent to BC Hockey with his nomination.
“I think he rocks because he pushes our team and (me) to do our very best. We work hard and have fun- we would not be a great team without him. I have won two banners with him in a row- 2013 West Kootenay Atom B champions and 2014 West Kootenay Atom A champions!”
Hamilton also wrote that Andrusak takes time away from his family to coach the team and makes them all better hockey players.
“He runs the best drills around town! They are challenging but fun. In our initiation year, we skated and skated and skated some more, but now we are all fantastic skaters because of coach Andrusak. He is funny, kind and is a fantastic hockey player. He used to play in the NHL. I have been very lucky to have him as my coach.”
BC Hockey representative Stacie Couch wrote back to Hamilton saying, “He sounds like an awesome coach!”
Along with the honour, Hamilton and his coach both won a BC Hockey swag bag.
-Below: The 2014 West Kootenay Atom A Championship team photo.