Chatham-Kent Sports Year In Review: June 2015

Lee Kucera and Bridget Carleton - Jack Parry Award

Lee Kucera and Bridget Carleton were the 2015 recipients of the Dr. Jack Parry Award as Chatham-Kent’s top high school student-athletes – Photo by Ian Kennedy/

The loss of a legend, championships, and a C-K resident becoming an NHL first round draft pick. Here are the top Chatham-Kent sports news stories from June 2015:

Herb Wakabayashi Passes Away: Hockey legend Herb Wakabayashi passed away at age 70 in June. A Chatham Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Wakabayashi will forever be known as one of the best hockey products to come out of Chatham-Kent.

Chatham Athlete Medal At OFSAA: Several Chatham high school athletes, including Josh Keller, Carolyn Prins, Anthony Atkinson, Ally Oulds, Lee Kucera, and Delainey Johnson all won OFSAA Track & Field medals.

Kucera, Carleton Win Jack Parry Award: Chatham-Kent’s top student-athletes were recognized, with the Dr. Jack Parry Award being awarded to John McGregor’s Bridget Carleton, and Chatham-Kent Secondary School’s Lee Kucera.

Schaafsma Wins ECHL title: Blenheim’s Jamie Schaafsma captained the Allen American’s to a Kelly Cup championship as the top team in the ECHL. His Allen Americans defeated the South Carolina Stingrays 6-1 in game seven of the ECHL final with Schaafsma collecting two assists in the win.

Pan-Am Flame in Chatham-Kent: With the Pan-Am Games scheduled to take place in Toronto, the Pan-Am flame made its way, carried by Chatham-Kent citizens, through the community.

Konecny Becomes NHL First Round Pick: After a strong season captaining the OHL’s Ottawa 67s, Clachan’s Travis Konecny was selected in the NHL draft, 24th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Johnston Wins Street Hockey Gold: At the World Street Hockey Championships in Zug, Switzerland, Team Canada, including Chatham’s Mallory Johnston defeated the Czech Republic in the gold medal game by a score of 5-1, with Johnson collecting an assist.

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