VOTE: Chatham-Kent Male Athlete of the Year Final Four

Male-Athletes-2013After more than 1200 unique voters had their say last week, the vote for Chatham-Kent’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013 is down to four.

Here are the four finalists in alphabetical order:

  • Max Allin: Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, OUA, Chatham – Allin was Canada’s top University scorer in men’s basketball in 2012-2013, being named a CIS second team all-star, and OUA first team all-star.
  • Dane Fox: Erie Otters, OHL, Thamesville – Fox is currently the OHL’s leading goal scorer. Fox has been in the top five in scoring all season and was the November Player of the Month.
  • Chad Laprise: Adrenaline Training Center, MMA, Chatham – Laprise won his lone bout of 2013 against Derek Boyle at XFFC, remaining 7-0 on his professional career, and qualified to appear on the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter series.
  • Derek Whitson: Team Canada, Sledge Hockey/Soccer, Chatham – Whitson won gold with Canada’s sledge hockey team at the IPC World Sledge Ice Hockey Championships, Four Nations Tournament, and World Sledge Hockey Challenge in 2013. He also won a bronze as Canada’s soccer goalie at the Defi sportif AlterGo competition.

Vote by using the poll below. As well, an additional vote will be counted for each comment supporting one of the final four:

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    Sateach 10 years

    All the nominees are great choices, but one stands out as not only a great athlete but also an exceptional role-model, community volunteer and Olympic Gold medalist. DEREK WHITSON,

    Derek, your positivism is infectious. Thanks for taking time to teach my granddaughter baseball and sledge.

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    Tim Steward 10 years

    Derek Was A Team Member Of My Hockey Team And Was The Best Player On The Team… He Has Pushed Me To Be A Better Goalie And Person..

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    Jim 10 years

    Good athlete, better person!

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    Niki 10 years

    Derek Whitson!!!!!

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    Mike 10 years

    Derek Whitson

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    Max Allin Ftw

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    Emily Harwood 10 years

    Go Derek!

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    Golden 10 years

    absolutely amazing

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    Nicole 10 years

    Derek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Buck 10 years

    Derek Whitson

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    Claire McCormick 10 years

    Not only a great athlete in sledge,soccer ,golf baseball etc but a great person as wll
    Big red lipstick kisses to Derek

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    Tim Whitson 10 years

    DEREK WHITSON!!!

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    Ron 10 years

    Derek is a great role model who carries a positive attitude in all that he does! He gives back to the Chatham community through his volunteer work or just stopping to say hello to all the people in the area whom have been part of his life! Well done lad!

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    Emily 10 years

    Derek Whitson!!!!!

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    Melanie brown 10 years

    Derek Whitson – way to go!!!

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    Goure Family 10 years

    Derek Whitson not only a great athlete but also an exceptional role-model, community volunteer and Olympic Gold medalist. Way To Go Derek we are very proud of you.

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    Ned 10 years

    Banger banger banger

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    Kaitlyn Van Minnen 10 years

    Derek Whitson 🙂

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    Derek Whitson

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    Faywen 10 years

    Derek Whitson

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    Steve Worsfold 10 years

    Go Derek

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    Rob 10 years

    Derek Whitson…three gold medals in 2013 1. Team Canada – World Sledge Championship (in Korea) 2. Four Nations Cup (in Russia) 3. World Sledge Challenge (in Toronto on TSN Dec. 7, 2013)

    Well done Derek. Hometown boy does good!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lauren 10 years

    Derek is just an amazing person. his sport dedication is brilliant. and he is just a lovely guy as well. Derek ftw

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    Denise Charron 10 years

    Way to go Derek, you are already a winner!

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    jOHN 10 years

    Derek Whitson

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    Bob 10 years

    a fitting honour

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    MacKenzie 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    Mike Comiskey 10 years

    i vote for Max Allin

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    All great athletes! Nod goes to Max Allin…

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    Monique 10 years

    Derek, you’ve got my vote! 🙂

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    Dane fox

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    G. Zahler 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    anna-marie clark 10 years

    Derek Whitson!!!!

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    Dane Fox

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    Linda Rodd 10 years

    Derek Whitson

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    Tom 10 years

    Dane FOX

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    Theresa Windover 10 years

    Vote for Derek!!!!!

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    Theresa Windover 10 years

    Vote for Derek!!!!

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    Rose 10 years

    Dane Fox !!!

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    MGillier 10 years

    Derek Whitson gets my vote.

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    Judith Desmarais 10 years

    Derek Whitson- he may wear the number 4 but he is number 1 in our hearts

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    Rose Duquette 10 years

    Derek Witson is an awesome athlete

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    Rockey 10 years

    Dane Fox for sure! Absolutely amazing hockey player. Best player on best Jr team in Canada

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    Patricia Ibari 10 years

    DEREK WHITSON all the way!

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      Keith Hipkins 10 years

      Derek brings dignity to the sport through his distinctive sportsmanship! I’m proud to have him represent Canada at Sochi.

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    sami 10 years

    DEREK WHITSON is definitely the number one choice.

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    bill 10 years

    Go derek go

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    LuAnn Peters 10 years

    Bring home the GOLD Derek !

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    Garnet Fox 10 years

    Dane Fox – A great Athlete

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    Ron Dawson 10 years

    Derek is all about achievement in sports and being of service to others. He deserves to be athlete of the year.

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    Janet whitson 10 years

    Derek Whitson is a one of a kind guy. He has heart, determination and would give you the shirt off his back. And to top it off, he’s an amazing athlete, not only in slege hockey but soccer and golf and the list goes on! Proud if you D!

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    Jolene Gaudreau 10 years

    Go Derek bring home the gold.

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    Elish smith 10 years

    Max Allin

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    Margaretj 10 years

    Being a good role model helps others want to achieve more too.

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    R. Miller 10 years

    Dane Fox!

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    J. Mcdade 10 years

    Go Dane Fox!

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    Bert Miller 10 years

    Dane Fox!!!

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    Derek is the greatest!

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    Golden 10 years

    I am going with Derek

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    Jim 10 years

    Dane FOX – he is also a World Champion inline player. Has played for Team Ontario & Team Canada. A great choice!!

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    Dane Fox

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    Judy Currier Davis 10 years

    tough competition… but it’s Derek Whitson – repeat
    Olympian and nice guy, great role model for our youth!

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    Kathy102557@hotmail.com 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    Niki W 10 years

    Derek Whitson for the win 🙂

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    WhitZ 10 years

    DEREK DEREK DEREK DEREK!

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    brook 10 years

    dane fox

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    Doug 10 years

    Dane Fox!!!!!!

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    Greg 10 years

    DANE FOX – shootouts win last weekend!!

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    DG Fox 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    Dane Fox

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    LuAnn Peters 10 years

    Go Derek !!!1

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    britt 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    Charles 10 years

    I vote for Dane Fox!!!

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    Randy P 10 years

    Dane Fox!!
    Conor votes for Hickory as the Chatham Kent dog of the year too.

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    Dane Fox

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    Derek Whitson….a gentleman and good athlete!

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    Chad Nolan 10 years

    My vote is for chad laprise. When I first trained with him years ago I told him he had to leave Chatham to further his training. He has something that is so rare and special. He has what champions are made of, not something you can train for or work towards. He has a champions heart work ethic and personality! Everyone remember his name you will see much more of it in the future. Congratulations to all nominated Derek Whitson is an amazing person and the Allin family is full of outstanding athletes. Congrats to you all and best of luck in the new year Chad

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    Conor Perrier 10 years

    Dane Fox
    Another vote for Hickory as well!!

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    crystal 10 years

    Erie Otter’s DANE FOX #74!

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    Patti Lee 10 years

    Max Allin is one of the hardest working and most focussed athletes I have ever known !!!!!

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    Kate 10 years

    Vote for Derek.

    He is extremely talented and an overall great role model for kids.

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    amber 10 years

    Dane fox

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    Dorothy 10 years

    Dan Fox

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    darren longbottom 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    Carol w 10 years

    Go derek…so proud

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      Niki 10 years

      We are all so proud of Derek! He’s an amazing person, great role model and always giving back to the community! Don’t forget he’s an awesome athlete! So dedicated

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    Leanne 10 years

    Go Derek!

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    Dave 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    Niki 10 years

    Derek is awesome!!!

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    Derek gold!!!!!

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    Kurt 10 years

    Derek is an amazing athlete and person, Chatham should be honoured to have him as a part of society!

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    Go Derek go!

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    Brodie 10 years

    Voting for derek

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    Cassie 10 years

    Reading these comments and seeing others day the following athletes are the most focused & hardworking & great role models & that’s great.. But if you were to look behind the scenes you WOULD also see that Derek Whitson is one if the most sincere athletes you’ll ever meet on top of how hard working and focused he is.

    VOTE DEREK

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      Niki 10 years

      I agree! Go Derek Go 🙂

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        Jim 10 years

        Derek is a gentleman and tough competitor. His sportsmanship is respected by all international nations in whatever sport he is competing in!

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    Jay 10 years

    Dane Fox! I’d vote for Max or Chad to if I could! Such great athletes those men!

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    Jessica 10 years

    DANE FOX!

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    Tyler 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    Nate 10 years

    DEREK WHITSON

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    Caleb 10 years

    DEREK WHITSON

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    Jim 10 years

    Fox

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    Nate 10 years

    Derek Whitson!

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    Kirsten 10 years

    DEREK WHITSON

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    Dillon 10 years

    Dane fox

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    Mary 10 years

    Derek Whitson !!!

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    Mike 10 years

    Bring home the Gold from Sochi

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    M.M.W. 10 years

    Canada vs Russia March 2014.
    Deke time to take them to school and show them hockey is a Canadian game

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    Mike 10 years

    Go Derek Go

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    Sherrie 10 years

    I’m so impressed to see how many people are voting! What an awesome turn out! Some negative comments, however all of the positive comments are so great to see!
    Gunna have to put my vote for Derek though!

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      Hey Sherrie. I’m not seeing a negative comment? If you see one, please comment on it and I’ll have it removed. Around 130 comments here, and over 2000 votes on the poll. Very impressive support for four very deserving athletes.

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    Jay 10 years

    Whitson!!! Wooo

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    Taylor N 10 years

    Fingers crossed for Derek! He’s the best

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    Brenda 10 years

    Go Derek Go

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    Phil 10 years

    Go Derek Go

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    Glenn 10 years

    Go Derek Go

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    Ron 10 years

    Go Derek Go

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    Brock 10 years

    Purpose,perspective and perserverance +Kindness,generosity and kindness=Derek Whitson

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      Brock 10 years

      add a dash of humilty

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        Jim 10 years

        well said….Derek has over come much in his life to be the person he is! All the athletes on this final four and the first list of nominees made a lot of sacrifices to be the athletes they became. All are deserving of this award

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          Niki Whitson 10 years

          Derek is such an amazing person! I have to agree with everything you have said. He would put a stranger before himself without even thinking about it. He would never hurt a fly. He is kind and caring and wants everyone to be successful! He helps around the community and puts smiles on everyone’s face. I was at Walmart the other day with him and we couldn’t turn a corner without someone saying hello, Derek was in no rush and stopped for every person and talked for at least 30 mins. Longest walmart trip of my life but I have never seen someone put so many smiles on so many peoples faces! He is an amazing athlete on top of a great personality. He is a fair, team player. He strives to win, but does it fairly. And if he does win he is completely humble about it. He’s amazing at sledge hockey, soccer, golf, track and the list continues. Nothing gets him down. I’m honoured to call such an amazing person my brother and my hero.
          Love you Derek and of course you’ve got my vote!!

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    CRAIG 10 years

    DANE FOX….HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES!!!

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    James 10 years

    What does the FOX say???

    My vote is for Dane Fox

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    Shawn 10 years

    Whitson all the way!

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    Ardith Peterson 10 years

    Dane Fox

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    Mimi 10 years

    Dane Fox ❤
    Leading CHL in goals!

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    matt 10 years

    How did Tj brodie not make this list?

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      Hi, TJ was on the initial nominee list but he did not receive the fan voting. He finished fifth in preliminary voting, missing the Final Four by about 50 votes.

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    John dawson 10 years

    Derek for sure he is the man

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    brenda 10 years

    dane fox

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    Cindy Nantais 10 years

    Derek Whitson!

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    carena 10 years

    best of luck Derek…..we are proud of you.

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    DANE FOX!!! 41goals, leading OHL!!!

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    Chris Bechard 10 years

    Dane

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    Jessica 10 years

    Dane Fox !

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    Max Allin all the way!!!

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    Geoff C. 10 years

    4 very deserving athletes, but my vote goes to Max Allin. I was in line at Timmy’s once and realized I didn’t have my wallet. As I told the cashier, Max stepped in and offered to pay for my breakfast. What a random act of kindness from a great young man!

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    Denise 10 years

    FOXY all the way

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    Niki 10 years

    Thank you everyone for showing your support! Derek is so deserving of this nomination and he deserves to win it all 🙂 go Derek go!

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    Ned 10 years

    Foxtrot

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    Blair 10 years

    Whitson

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    Gail 10 years

    My boy Dane all the way!!!!!!!!

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    Raoul 10 years

    Chad Laprise. I don’t mean to knock anyone else, but the amount of training, physical and mental that goes into being a fighter is insane. Couple that with his making it on The Ultimate Fighter, no one around here has done anything close. LAPRISE ALL THE WAY!

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    Kennedy Ray 10 years

    What does a fox say! GO DANE !!!!

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    Greg 10 years

    Dane Fox