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Young man’s passion for hockey to live on in Western Labrador

(From left) Lillian Corey, Award recipient Joshua Elms and Darryl Martin of Labrador West minor hockey association.
(From left) Lillian Corey, Award recipient Joshua Elms and Darryl Martin of Labrador West minor hockey association.

Like so many young people growing up in Labrador West, Shayne Corey hit the ice at an early age. By six, the young Wabush resident was part of the minor hockey system.

But unlike many, he decided that minding the net was where he wanted to be.

Shayne loved the game, so much that it became a big part of his life. He continued playing, even after he left his hometown. Shayne became a regular in the Air Canada fun league in Toronto, where he worked with the airline.

Shayne's hockey games, and his life, came to a sudden and unexpected end in 2016 when he died of natural causes.

For the hockey player, there was one thing that was important.

"Have fun, play fair, enjoy yourself," his parents Lil and Russ told the Aurora.

"Shayne was the motivator before and after the game, a hard worker," said the Corey's .

With that in mind Russ and Lil, who now live in Moncton, New Brunswick, wanted to make sure that the enthusiasm and spirit of their son would live on in Labrador West, where Shayne grew up, and cut his teeth on the rigors of being a goalie.

The Corey's set up an annual award in Shayne's honor, to goes to a goalie in the Labrador West minor hockey association who demonstrates a love and dedication for the game, and a passion and spirit that brings their teammates together, on and off the ice.

The Corey's presented the first award April 30th to goalie Joshua Elms.

For Lil and Russ Corey, and Shayne's brother and sister Sheldon and Sherry, it's a way to keep his spirit alive, and hopefully spread some of his passion for the game, and love for life to others.

The family told the Aurora one of Shayne's favorite quotes was "Never let success go to your head, and never let failure go to your heart.”

Great advice whether it's for hockey, or life.

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