Hockey Canada has announced its 2021 award winners. The governing body of hockey within the country of Canada recognized 10 individuals for their efforts in a variety of different hockey-related jobs, volunteer activities or initiatives related to the growth of Canada’s sport.
Of the recipients, one hailed from the province of Manitoba: Brian Franklin, who was bestowed with the Western Canadian recognition of Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit.
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It may come as no surprise that someone who served his home community of Deloraine, Manitoba, for over a decade as mayor would also volunteer for his hockey community at the same time. But what is truly remarkable about Brian Franklin’s commitment to the game, is its longevity – 50 years and counting.
An instrumental force in establishing the provincial Midget AAA league in 1985, Brian was involved with the league and development of top-level U18 players until 1996. Even before the creation of the league, however, Brian was involved with Hockey Manitoba, serving as a board member from 1982 until 2020. From 2007-12, he was Member president and served on the Hockey Canada Board of Directors.
Brian’s work in the education system, especially as a principal, gave him the tools to lead with confidence and inspire others to exceed their own expectations. He continues to serve Hockey Manitoba as a mentor and remains committed to the value of volunteers at all levels of the game.
As a volunteer himself for over five decades, Brian Franklin’s unwavering support for the game has only bettered hockey for those in Deloraine and across Manitoba.
“Congratulations to former Hockey Manitoba President Brian Franklin for being awarded the Order of Merit,” Hockey Manitoba shared on a post on Twitter. “Thank you for your decades of service to our organization and for your commitment to our wonderful game.”