Coaching fund created to honour Innisfail hockey legend set to give first endowment

By rdnewsNOW staff
December 8, 2017 - 3:32pm

The Larry Reid Memorial Fund was established this past summer by members of the Innisfail Pontiacs Midget Hockey Team of 1962-63 to create a legacy fund supporting coach development within the Innisfail Minor Hockey Association. 

It was established in memory of Larry Reid, who for 20 years worked tirelessly to improve Innisfail’s minor hockey program. After playing and coaching with the Innisfail Eagles, Reid went on to become one of Alberta’s most highly certified coach certification instructors. In 2007 he was honoured at Hockey Alberta’s Centennial Celebration as one of the top 100 contributors as a pioneer and leader in coach education and athlete development.  Reid passed away in December, 2016. 

The 1962-63 Innisfail Pontiacs are very pleased to announce that the first disbursement of $1,000 from the Fund will be made to Innisfail Minor Hockey Association in a ceremony at the Innisfail Eagles home game against the Lacombe Generals on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:00 p.m. Innisfail Minor Hockey will be using the initial contribution from the fund for the following coaching enhancement projects:

- Skills Development Sessions for IMHA coaches with Erik Lodge of Red Deer Rebels & ND Hockey Academy

- Coach Sessions with Blake Machan of Thrive Sports Project  – Preparing To Compete, Helping Athletes Excel

- IMHA coach participation in Red Deer Rebels “Game Day Coach Development Series”

- Purchase of Coaching White Boards for IMHA to use during practices and games

Also at Sunday’s game, the Eagles will be making a donation to the Fund as a result of the 50-50 draw at the Larry Reid Memorial Home Game played on October 20.  Innisfail Minor Hockey Association will also be making contributions to the Fund as a result of fund raising at their annual golf tournament in September and contributions from members of their executive committee.

Donations to the fund can be made at the Innisfail ATB. Information is also available at the Innisfail Arena and the Town of Innisfail Office. 

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