Hockey star Luke Adam and soccer phenom Laura Breen were named Sport Newfoundland and Labrador's senior male and female athletes of the year for 2009 during a gala Stars and Legends celebration Saturday night at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John's.
In addition to the top athletes (junior and senior), coach and executive, and best team, five new inductees were added to the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame.
Junior athletes of the year were Hannah Rivkin and Shane Boland, while the team of the year was the Kelly's Pub Junior Canadians softball team.
Softball coach Jim Dunphy and softball executive Ross Crocker were named top coach and executive for '09.
The new Hall of Fame inductees were Bill Barron of softball (builder), John Breen of soccer/hockey (athlete), Patricia Dwyer of curling (athlete), Pat Kelly of softball (athlete) and Arthur Hamlyn of hockey (veteran/athlete).
Adam, from Kilbride, played for Canada at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships where he scored four goals and added four assists in six games. The Buffalo Sabres draft pick was among the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring leaders by the New Year. He finished the season with 49 goals and 41 assists for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and was a finalist for the league's MVP award.
For the second time in her career, Breen, a St. John's native, was selected to play for Canada at the World University Games in 2009. She was Memorial University's top goalscorer and was named to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport first all-star team, and the Atlantic University Sport first all-star squad. In the Breen's Jubilee Trophy provincial championship, Breen was named playoff MVP.
Rivkin, from St. John's, starred for Newfoundland in the Canada Summer Games in P.E.I. and at the Canadian under-18 club championship in Alberta, where she finished fourth in tournament scoring. Her play was enough to persuade Canadian Soccer Association officials to invite her to three national under-20 team camps.
Boland played at the world under-19 softball championships for the Paul Davis Systems Club in P.E.I., finishing with a 3-4 record. The Goulds native was also a member of the Kelly's Pub Junior Canadians softball team which won gold at the Canadian junior men's championship and was selected all-star second baseman. At the hockey rink, Boland was a standout for Southern Shore in the Kent St. John's Junior Hockey League, leading the circuit's scoring race with 30 goals and 29 assists in 27 games.
Kelly's Pub Junior Canadians won the gold medal at the Canadian junior men's softball championship last summer, finishing 9-2 and beating Nova Scotia 4-2 in the championship game. The team became the first junior squad to win the provincial senior men's softball championship. Kelly's also won the 2009 St. John's Day tournament and finished second in the St. John's senior men's league with a 16-8 record.
The Holyrood native coached Kelly's Pub to the national gold medal in 2009, in addition to leading the team to the provincial senior men's crown and a second-place finish in the St. John's senio men's loop.
Crocker, from St. John's, served as both president of Softball Newfoundland and Labrador and general manager of Kelly's Pub squad. The provincial Sports Hall of Famer continues to be a driving force behind the Constable William Moss Memorial minor softball tournament, the largest minor fastpitch tournament in Eastern Canada.
Margaret Davis Memorial Award (Junior Female Athlete of the Year) Hannah Rivkin of St. John's
Joe Mullins Memorial Award (Junior Male Athlete of the Year) Shane Boland of Goulds
Graham Snow Memorial Award (Executive of the Year)
Ross Crocker of St. John's
John Drinkwater Memorial Award (Coach of the Year)
Jim Dunphy of Holyrood
Ed Browne Memorial Award (Team of the Year)
Kelly's Pub Junior Canadians Softball
Elizabeth Swan Memorial Award (Senior Female Athlete of the Year) Laura Breen, of St. John's
Fred Hayward Memorial Award (Senior Male Athlete of the Year) Luke Adam, of Kilbride