Article by N. Schoonderbeek/Photos by C. Archer & N. Schoonderbeek
The Clarington Eagles are looking for volunteers to fill several game-day positions in the upcoming season, including ticket sales, 50/50 ticket sales, security, Hockey TV play-by-play commentator, and photographers. This is a great opportunity to get involved in community sport. Some positions are suitable for students looking to fulfill their high school volunteer hours. If you are interested in joining us, please complete our online volunteer application form by the end of the day on Thursday, August 25.
The Eagles were lucky to have so many fantastic game-day people volunteer their time and talent this past season. They keep the team running and are integral to providing our community with a top-notch sporting experience. Thank you to Rick Clark, Mason Cowan, David Elms, Macguire Fletcher, Brent Gaylor, Robert Hall, Ailee Harris, Quintyn Jordan, Owen Liddle, Ryan Mamoniw, Kim McCormick, Doug McFeeters, Dan McKinnon, Paul Neuman, Joan Putnam, Willie Woo, and all other appreciated volunteers. There’s room for you to be part of our volunteer team too, so please consider volunteering with us!
With the new team ownership in 2021 also came a new executive team. After taking ownership this year of his hometown junior club, Kirk Kemp served as president, while his son, Eric Kemp, took on the role of vice president. Additional roles were filled by Cathy Adams (treasurer), Ron Hooper (secretary), Nick Dennis (governor & director), and Craig Wilcox (alternate governor & director). Rounding out the team director roles: Eric Forrest, Sam Laskaris, and Harvey Webster.
The Eagles’ communications team has also been a large part of our team’s success. Chris Archer is the man behind the Eagles’ social media accounts and often behind the camera taking the images that you see online. He attends every home and away game to keep the fans up-to-date on games in real-time. We were also thrilled this year to have the talented Sam Laskaris write our game-day stories that players and fans cherished. And Nicole Schoonderbeek shared her technical and writing skills to build and maintain our brand new website this year.
Of course, the Eagles are known for our devoted fans and community. Eagles’ president Kirk Kemp shared that the team plans to continue growing our fan base by dressing as many local players as possible and providing fans with an entertaining style of hockey. This approach “gives younger players a sense of pride for their town and shows the residents what it’s like to be part of a town that has great community spirit,” Kemp said.
From the very young to the very experienced fan, we appreciate every one of you! If you have never been to an Eagles game, we hope to see you in the fall to cheer on your local junior team and be part of the #RinkLife.
The Eagles’ 2022/23 home opener is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, versus the North Kawartha Knights. The opening faceoff is set for 7:20p.m. at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex.
Gallery of fans and volunteers enjoying Eagles’ games!