-4.3 C
Elmira
Friday, February 21, 2020
Connecting Our Communities

Days of Sugar Kings past

TRENDING

News Briefs

Woolwich nixes traffic islands Displeased with the troublesome pedestrian islands installed during the Region of Waterloo’s reconstruction of Church Street...

20-year-old agreement causes a stir

An Elmira environmentalist’s “smoking gun” appears to be shooting blanks. Al Marshall, a long-time critic of cleanup efforts at...

Forks up to farmers on well-timed Agriculture Day

February is not the most obvious time to celebrate agriculture in Canada. But that’s...

EDSS student wins $5,000 scholarship to pursue his university education

Max Campbell’s dreams of perhaps one day making it to space got a down-to-Earth boost last week in the...

THIS WEEK

Elmira
clear sky
-4.3 ° C
-1.1 °
-6.1 °
62 %
2.1kmh
1 %
Fri
0 °
Sat
2 °
Sun
5 °
Mon
6 °
Tue
3 °

On March 29, 2004, Jeremy Machin earned a place in Sugar King history as the first player to be awarded the Dan Snyder Memorial scholarship. For the past decade, the citation, named in memory of the Elmira NHL player who died in a 2003 car accident, has provided top Sugar Kings with support for their education. Now, on the tenth anniversary of receiving the prize, Machin looks back at the honour as one of the highlights of his hockey career.

Ten years ago, Jeremy Machin became the first recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial scholarship, presented at the Sugar Kings’ 2004 end-of-year banquet.[Will Sloan / The Observer]
Ten years ago, Jeremy Machin became the first recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial scholarship, presented at the Sugar Kings’ 2004 end-of-year banquet. [Will Sloan / The Observer]
“I had a lot of pride in the award,” said Machin from his home in Fergus. “Graham Snyder and his wife LuAnn did a lot of great things for myself and the hockey club, so it was just an honour that I cherish to this day.”

He added, “I didn’t know Dan Snyder personally, but one of my close friends was his cousin, so to be the first recipient was a tremendous honour.”

He also looks back fondly at his time in Junior B hockey, recalling his three seasons with the Sugar Kings from 2001 to 2004 as the best time of his life. “Elmira is obviously a tremendous hockey club. I learned a lot of lessons not just for hockey, but for life. I made a lot of good friends playing for the Sugar Kings. It’s a great small-town community Junior B team.”

The Dan Snyder memorial scholarship provides $1,000 for members of the Sugar Kings and Woolwich Minor Hockey who show a passion for the game. In 2004, Graham Snyder told the Observer, “This award is meant to go to someone who shows dedication to the game of hockey. … A generally hard working player who shows respect for the players that they play against, someone with determination.”

For Snyder, Machin met all the criteria. “He’s shown a lot of determination. He’s a smaller player that a lot of teams in this league looked at and weren’t all that interested in. I guess [we were] fortunate enough to see that determination,” he said in 2004.

At the 2004 banquet, Machin also took home the trophy for top goal scorer (30 goals and 66 assists in the regular season), the Don Duke memorial award for sportsmanship and leadership, and the Sugar Kings memorial trophy. At the provincial level, he was named the OHA Junior Player of the Year.

After leaving the Kings, he planned to play hockey for the University of Waterloo, but decided instead to focus on his studies. Still, he wasn’t out of the game for long: that same year, the Elora Rocks hockey club came calling. For 2004-2005, Machin’s team won the WOAA Championship (the first Elora team to do so since the ‘80s). He’s now wrapping up his tenth season with the team.

“Everybody in this league is 20 and over, so we have other lives as well,” he said. “It’s a great league to stay competitive in, and I like to play meaningful hockey, so that’s why I’m still playing for the Rocks. It’s just a way of life.”

Machin graduated from UW with a degree in recreation and business, and currently works for Centre Wellington Township’s parks and recreation department. At home, he and his wife have a two-year-old son, with another child on the way. Even with this, he still makes time for hockey.

“I’m maybe not as fast as I once was, but you definitely learn a lot as you get older. And I definitely learned a lot about hockey playing for the Sugar Kings. I had tremendous coaches and great teammates. It was a privilege to play there.”

When asked if he had advice for future Sugar Kings, he said simply to enjoy.

“It goes by quickly, no doubt about it. It’s probably the best time of your life, so do the best you can, and have fun, because that’s what it’s all about. Take pride in wearing a Sugar King jersey.”

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to The Observer's online community. Pseudonyms are not permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that The Observer has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner The Observer chooses. Please note that The Observer does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our submission guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

LIVING HERE

Under the auctioneer’s gavel to provide help Down Under

After seeing the devastation from the Australian wildfires, a local art collector sold the first painting she ever bought on Saturday to help raise money for relief efforts there. Nancy...

In Print. Online. In Pictures. In Depth.

You obviously love community journalism. Thanks for visiting today. If you have a great local story, let us know.

Sugar Kings win three games, clinch first place

In need of just one more win to clinch first place in the Midwestern Conference, the Elmira Sugar Kings claimed all three games...

EDSS performers take Broadway under the sea

By Steve Kannon skannon@woolwichobserver.com The tropics, under the sea or otherwise, seem like a much better place...

U.S. edges out Canada in national para hockey battle

In the natural on-ice rivalry between Canada and the U.S., the American para hockey team has had the advantage in recent years. That...
- Advertisement -