Manitoulin Minor Hockey Association honors Greg Lockeye for recent NOHA decoration
MINDEMOYA—At a special meeting held in May, the Manitoulin Minor Hockey Association (MMHA) recognized Greg Lockeyer for recently receiving the Angus Campbell Award from the Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA). . The MMHA had nominated Mr. Lockeyer for this award.
“I would like to welcome everyone here tonight for this first Manitoulin Minor Hockey Association (MMHA) awards ceremony,” said MMHA Vice President Mary-Jo Wabano at the of the event that took place recently.
“It’s such an honor to be here tonight to be a part of this celebration,” said NOHA Representative Gayle Payette. “The Angus Campbell Award is named after the founder of NOHA and is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution. Greg was unanimously selected and his nomination received many letters of support.
“Greg has been a coach, referee, trainer, scheduler and more, always showing commitment, integrity and passion,” said Ms. Payette. “And he made sure that all the officials were treated with respect,”
In its nomination for Mr. Lockeyer, the MMHA had sent a letter which stated in part: “When one thinks of hockey on Manitoulin, a few names come to mind. One of them is Greg Lockeyer. With a 40-year history, it has literally done it all. From coach to umpire, to district and MMHA umpire-in-chief, to ref assigner to scheduler.
“Greg coached and coached for seven years as his children moved through the divisions,” the MMHA wrote. “He was the coach of the Telus Cup championship team in 2008 (which included his sons Justin and Devin as players) but Greg being Greg, as unassuming as it gets, he called himself the ‘head sharpener of skates” when portable skate sharpening equipment traveled with the team.
“Greg has been an on-ice official since he was 13 years old (approximately 40),” noted the MMHA. “This man’s knowledge is staggering, but what’s more impressive is how he imparted it. Greg is always calm, cool and poised whether he’s on or off the ice. We We’ve been to meetings where he’s been verbally abused, so to speak, and he’s remained unfazed and presented his opinion in a respectful and relaxed manner.For Manitoulin hockey, Greg is our go-to for any officiating questions. He served as district chief umpire for NOHA for five years and 10 years for MMHA.
Mr. Lockeyer has mentored new and young umpires extensively. “He has taught many officiating clinics for our junior junior officials. No matter how heated things got on the ice, there was always a strong presence and calm demeanor with Greg,” MMHA continued.
“Parents, coaches and players breathed a sigh of relief when he skated on the ice. All of our island officials are amazing, but when we know a game can be a little tough, we call Greg,” the MMHA wrote. “We can count on him and know that he offers the best refereeing possible.”
“Greg did the lineup for 23 years of Manitoulin’s MMHA, including last year, and with the opening and closing due to the pandemic, he did it again, as he says, ’67 times ‘, all volunteers and all at their own pace,” the letter continues.
“What is truly remarkable is that after 40 years he continues to make himself available and is still positive and inspiring about hockey on Manitoulin,” the MMHA wrote. “Truly, there’s no one more dedicated to hockey on Manitoulin than Greg Lockeyer.”
Long-time Manitoulin hockey official Bob Dumond wrote, “To Mr. Greg Lockeyer, finally some well-deserved recognition. Congratulations on being this year’s NOHA recipient of the Angus Campbell Award. Greg, I don’t know what to say. Your commitment to hockey and your contributions to minor hockey in this district cannot be quantified. NOHA could not have chosen a better person more deserving of this award.
“Greg, if and when you choose to step away from the game of hockey, it’s the game that loses,” Dumond wrote.
“My involvement started in minor hockey,” Lockeyer told the rally. “When I was 13, I tried my luck as an official. My father was my mentor, and another mentor in the line was Don Prescott. My current mentors are Gayle and Mike Payette.
Mr. Lockeyer noted, “In 2008, my two boys, Justin Here and Devin, played in Triple A and their team won the national championship. These memories that I will cherish forever. Their team beat a Winnipeg team that had Mark Strome. I would like to thank the MMHA for nominating me for this award. I am very honored to receive this recognition.
Ron Cooper, who received the Randy Thibault Memorial Award, said: “Greg has done a lot of things besides being a referee. As a ballplayer, he was the most dominant pitcher on the island for a time. He was dominant in any sport. And we all know what a great organizer Greg is, I can’t think of a better recipient for this award. He continues to give his all to all communities. Congratulations.”
Delroy Prescott, said: “I have known Greg for a long time. It was an honor to hear him mention my father as one of his mentors. My dad was secretary/manager of Manitoulin Minor Hockey for 18 years. I want to congratulate Greg on receiving this award.
His son Justin Lockeyer told the rally: “Clearly I have some big shoes to try on and fill. I’m just happy for you, dad. This is a very well deserved reward. Without guys like you here, there wouldn’t be NHL superstars.
“When someone receives a lifetime achievement award, it means you’ve put in a lot of time and effort. My childhood goal of being an NHL superstar has changed. Now he’s trying to get the same type of reward you received.