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A22 May 31, 2013 The Richmond News

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Lambert returns to coach Sockeyes

Cup champions will have a familiar face behind the bench next season The search for the next head coach of the Richmond Sockeyes became an easy one with return of one of their best in franchise history. Following a one-year hiatus, Judd Lambert will be back behind the bench for the 2013-14 Pacific International Junior Hockey League season. The club made it official at its yearend banquet Sunday at the Richmond Country Club. Lambert enjoyed five outstanding seasons with the Sockeyes, highlighted by winning the Keystone Cup Western Canadian championship in 2009. He stepped down at the end of the 201112 campaign to spend more time with his young family. He still kept a close tab on the team through attending games and his father

— Maurice Lambert — who is part of the Sockeyes ownership group. As a player, Judd backstopped the Sockeyes to a B.C. title in the early 1990s and earned a scholarship to play at Colorado College where he met his wife Amy. He was selected in the ninth round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils and spent another five years playing at the professional level with stops in the East Coast Hockey League (Dayton, Augusta), the International Hockey League (Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Orlando) and the American Hockey League (Albany, Providence, Cincinnati). He has since put his law degree to use, specializing in real estate. He returns to take on what’s expected to be a

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Richmond Sockeyes wrapped another memorable season with their awards banquet last Sunday at the Richmond Country Club. The runs to three titles in 2009 and this past season were truly a family affair. Andrew Chichak, Trevor Hamaguchi and Sean Thorsteinson were members of the ’09 squad while younger brothers Sam Chichak, Jeremy Hamaguchi and Rudi Thorsteinson were part of this year’s Sockeyes team. All played their minor hockey locally. significant rebuilding job following the Sockeyes’ championship season that included winning the PIJHL, Cyclone Taylor Cup and Keystone Cup titles. A core of 20-year-olds have graduated and number of other players are expected to jump

to the higher tiers of junior hockey. The process begins this week as the club holds its prospects camp at the Richmond Ice Centre. Lambert replaces Aaron Wilbur who stepped down to focus on his hockey related business.

Icing… The Sockeyes handed out plenty of individual hardware at their banquet. The winners included: Jeremy Hamaguchi (Most Inspirational), Adam Nishi (Top Defenceman), Daniel Tait (Most Improved),

Danton Heinen (Rookieof-the-Year, Most Popular), Daniell Lange (Three Star Award, Rookie-of-the-Year, Iron Man), Dean Allison (Leading Scorer, Most Valuable Player, Iron Man) and Stephen Campbell (Iron Man).

Trojans launch fundraiser drive for upcoming trip to Texas

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Hugh Boyd Trojans will be running a concession stand at the Steveston Farmers’ Market Sunday as the football team fund raises for an upcoming trip to Texas.

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Hugh Boyd Trojans senior varsity football program has launched a major fundraising drive for a trip of a lifetime to Texas. The Trojans will be heading to the Houston area where they will play against a local area high school team. The itinerary also includes attending a Rice University Owls football game. The Owls’ roster features former Trojans standout Hosam Shahin who was recently selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the second round of the CFL draft. The senior defensive tackle is coming off a career season that saw him register 45 tackles and five sacks. The fundraising goal to help send 22 players and five coaches to Houston is $40,000. A successful first event was held last weekend at the Steveston Farmers’ Market. This weekend (June

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1-2) there will be a car wash at the South Arm United Church (No. 3 and Steveston Highway) and the boys will also be returning to the Farm Market on Sunday to sell hotdogs, hamburgers, samosas and Vietnamese spring rolls. It’s going to take a huge commitment but the players are super eager and motivated for what should be an amazing trip. The Trojans football program has also relied upon the support of their sponsors including: Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, 7-Eleven, Dr. Nikki De Francesco / Arbutus Village Orthodontics, Don Marsh/Marsh Building Inspections, C&C Electrical/ Mechanical, Scott Paragon Signs and Screen Printing Ltd., Fountain Tire, Fresh Slice No.1& Francis and Gudrun Tasting Room.

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