Richard Sennott (2021)
We would like to take this time to congratulate Richard Sennott for being nominated and selected as one of the newest Life Patrons of Hockey Eastern Ontario.
Richard has been actively involved in hockey in the Ottawa-Gatineau area since he was five years old - as a player, coach, senior administrator, and Hockey Canada program leader. The length, breadth, and depth of his contributions in almost all areas of hockey signal a consistent commitment, and levels of experience and effectiveness.
Since Richard began coaching over 60 years ago, he has been a dedicated and effective leader within the hockey communities of the ODHA / HEO and Hockey Canada. Apart from coaching, Richard’s involvement in hockey in Eastern Ontario has been monumental through his 20 years as Executive Director (1992-2012) as well as his direct involvement for 34 years in the Hockey Canada Coaching Program (1985-2019)
We continue to honour all of Richard’s incredible accomplishments through our annual “Richard T. Sennott Development Award” which is awarded to an individual each year that has shown a high level of contribution to the development of hockey in Eastern Ontario, as Richard did through his many years of committed service.
Additionally, Richard has received many hockey-related awards and recognitions, including:
- 1987 Hockey Canada (CAHA) Branch Volunteer of the Year Award
- 1988 Government of Canada “Celebration ‘88” Certificate of Merit Award
- 1988 Life Member Ottawa West Hockey Association
- 1995 Hockey Canada (CAHA) Outstanding Contribution Award
- 1995 ODHA 75th Anniversary Development Award
- 1995 ODHA Volunteerism Award
- 1999 Ontario Volunteer Service Award (40 years)
- 2005 ODHA Risk and Safety Management Award
- 2010 Ontario Celebration “Sports Hero Award”
- 2011 City of Ottawa Mayor’s Cup Award (Outstanding Contributions to Sport).
Marina Zenk (2021)
We would like to take this time to congratulate Marina Zenk for being nominated and selected as one of the newest Life Patrons of Hockey Eastern Ontario.
Marina’s resume of involvement as an official and contributions to officiating development in Canada is that of the highest level.
As an official, Marina reached the highest levels and was involved in such events as the Ontario Winter Games, Senior AA Provincial Championships, Senior Women’s AAA Provincial Championship, Senior Women’s National Championships, Asian Qualifying Championships, Four Nations Cup, IIHF Referee Evaluation Camp, World Championships and more. Marina was involved in many of these events more than once.
In 1998, Marina was part of the officiating team at the Winter Olympics in which she officiated the first ever game of Women’s hockey in the Olympics as well as the gold medal game.
Marina has used her knowledge and expertise of officiating to help continue the development of officials in Canada. A list of Marina’s contributions to development include:
- Supervisor/Observer of Level 6 Officials
- Instructed & Supervised Officials at the National Team Try Out Camp
- Hockey Canada’s Referee in Chief & Supervisor at the Canada Winter Games
- Hockey Canada’s Referee in Chief & Supervisor at ESSO Women’s National Championships
- Hockey Canada’s Development Coordinator for Female Officials
- Facilitator of Hockey Canada’s Development Coordinator Seminar for all of Canada
- Committee member for Hockey Canada’s Officiating Policy Committee
- Hockey Canada Representative at the Sport Canada Officiating Conference
- Referee in Chief and Supervisor at the Canadian University Championships
Marina’s incredible career in officiating, both on and off the ice, has been instrumental in the development of officials in Canada and a role model for all officials who continue to strive to reach the levels that Marina has reached.
In 2001, Marina was selected to receive the Hockey Canada Female Breakthrough Award, a fitting award for her years of amazing and committed service.
Don Brown (1996)
Ken Corbett (1996)
John Butcher (2015)
Jules Lavictoire (2015)