Although the season has been over for several months, the Panthers continue to celebrate the success of players within their program.
Over the week the Ontario Hockey Association held its yearly AGM in Oshawa, Ontario at Ontario Tech University. During the meeting, Panthers forward Michael Patrick was awarded the Don Sanderson Memorial Award, an award presented to only one player within the 111 team Ontario Hockey Association.
The Donald Sanderson Memorial Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Donald Sanderson, who incurred a serious head injury in an OHA game on December 12, 2008 as a member of the Whitby Dunlops; and after a courageous battle, died on January 2, 2009. During his 21 years, 5 months and 19 days, Donald lived a passionate life. He was a player, a teammate, a coach, a teacher, a student, a loyal and caring friend and a young leader with a zest for life. And it was through his passion for life that he taught those that knew him to Live Well, Love Well and Laugh Often.
“Michael is an extremely deserving person for this award” stated Head Coach and General Manager David Miller. “Patty is a guy who was always at the rink with a smile on his face and a mission to get better. You can tell he loves the game of hockey, and loves being a hockey player. His passion for the game, dedication to his teammates, and determination to success was evident in everything he did this year. We were lucky to have a player like Patty wearing our uniform this year, and we are ecstatic for him to be recognised by the Ontario Hockey Association.”
The award is presented annually to a player in the Ontario Hockey Association that meets the criteria as set out by the Sanderson Family: Dedication, Discipline, Desire, and Deportment; traits that Donald was well known for. It is very fitting that the winners of the Donald Sanderson Memorial Award should demonstrate the same qualities and characteristics. Candidates for the award must exercise a high degree of educational standard and must be enrolled in College or University. The award also provides a $1,000 bursary from the OHA.