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The Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League

2020-21 Commissioners Award

The GMHL recognizes Bill Newman as the 2020-21 commissioners award winner

 February 28th, 2023 at 8:16AM  February 28th, 2023 2:22PM

In order to represent the GMHL well, a number of people need to work together as one. This applies to the owners, management, coaching staff, volunteers and of course the referees.  It is important to recognize these people for their categories for their dedication, commitment and the time they give to the GMHL.  The GMHL would like to recognize GMHL Official Bill Newman with the 2020-21 commissioners award.

Bill’s journey with the GMHL began in 2011. Bill has truly enjoyed his time here & the opportunities & honors he has been given including this newest award; “the GMHL has had some really exciting competitive hockey, and the opportunities to officiate both national and international players, at such a high level of hockey was the reason I was drawn here.” 

The GMHL has surpassed Bill’s expectations when he arrived “ I have had a privileged view inside the transparency of the league’s operations & now can pass on opportunities to my fellow officials.  I continue to be excited & driven by the  events I have been a part of, such as the showcase and All-Star game where the league truly can display its talent & grow. I look forward to future events including the national championship.”

Bill enjoys & supports the vision & the environment of the GMHL so much that he has joined many behind-the-scenes projects such as GMHL TV.  “The GMHL is truly exciting to be a part of. The opportunities for this league are endless and I have loved every moment of being part of the GMHL.  Being given  opportunities to assist the league now & grow its brand's potential is something I take very seriously.”

“I don’t think I could hold the GMHL in any higher regard than I do already. Being a part of the officials group is extremely demanding but the pride that is put into officiating in this league reflects the professionalism of the GMHL.  I am humbled by the relationships that have been forged, not just amongst the officiating staff but amongst the coaches & players, this has been truly an amazing journey that hopefully has many more years to come.”

Bill is aware of the sacrifices made by others in his life & is humbled by the support they have given his dream;“ I would like to first thank my family, my wife Jeanine, daughter Daelyn and son Connor for their patience and support  in allowing me to be away from home to continue to chase my passion of officiating.  They see how happy I am to be a part of the GMHL and the pride I have in the league.” He knows all of this could not have happened without them & their pride in him means a lot.

Bill is also aware that no success happens in a vacuum & there are others who have made his success possible with roads they trod before him & with him; “Thank you to president Bob Russell and commissioner Ken Girard for providing me a place to continue my career in such an exciting and competitive league.  I am truly humbled by being recognized for the Commissioners award 2020-21.”

The GMHL would like to thank Bill for his relentless dedication to the success of the league.

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