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8th Annual Virden Oil Capital’s 2019-20 Awards Banquet is set for Tuesday, February 25

Save the Date!

The doors will open at the TOGP Hall at 5:30 for cocktails followed by a delicious dinner at 6:30, catered by Thelma Quinn and her crew. The evening will consist of speeches, player awards, raffles, and a jersey auction.  The Oil Capitals Hockey Club is pleased to announce Kevin Saurette as our guest key speaker for the evening. It was just announced that Saurette will be taking over Commissioner duties for the MJHL this coming June from Kim Davis.  The organization is thrilled to have Kevin involved with our Awards Banquet.

Tyson Ramsey, Coach and General Manager of the Oil Capitals, is looking forward to this event as his first year as Head Coach.  “We are very excited to host our annual awards banquet here in February.  It is always a great event and we are looking forward to celebrating and honouring the accomplishments of our group with our parents, billets, organization members, business partners and fans.  It is always a great evening with good food and great speakers.  It is an event what we as a hockey club look forward to every year!” 

Jamie Hodson, President of the Oil Caps, made a statement regarding the key speaker for the evening on behalf of the organization;  “From an organizational standpoint, we are very excited and honoured to have Kevin speak at our annual awards banquet.  I have had the pleasure to play against Kevin in Junior and Pro, and now to work alongside Kevin over the last 3 years in the MJHL.  He’s always been very well respected and has excelled in many different facets of the game all along.  It will be exciting to hear what lyes ahead for the league both presently and into the future from Kevin’s standpoint.”

Tickets are now on sale for $75.00. You can call the Oil Caps Office at 204-748-4848 or email marketing@oilcapshockey.com

 

Guest Speaker- Kevin Saurette 

Kevin Saurette is a former professional ice hockey forward with a very reputable resume.  He is 39 years old and born in Winnipeg, MB on June 27, 1980.  He started hockey as a child, and grew up playing minor hockey in Brandon, MB.  At 17 years old, he began his Junior career in the Canadian Junior Hockey League, playing for the Regina Pats in the WHL and the Kindersley Klippers in the SJHL.

From there, he went on to attend the University of Manitoba from 2001-06, and played five seasons with the U of M Bisons (U Sports), and was eventually named Captain.  He made the Canada West and U Sports All-Rookie team, as well as a two-time Canada West 2nd team All-Star.  In 2003, he represented Hockey Canada at the World University Games in Italy.  Kevin was named the 2005 University of Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year.  At a later date, Saurette went on to complete an Executive Masters of Business Administration, graduating with Distinction. 

After graduating from the University of Manitoba, he continued with hockey and had an impressive nine-year stint playing professionally in the ECHL, AHL as well as oversees in Germany and the United Kingdom.  He won Championships in both Germany and the United Kingdom. 

Saurette decided to retire from playing professional hockey, but knew with the love he had for the game, hockey was a career he wanted to pursue.  In 2016, he was hired by the MJHL as Director of Operations.  Saurette has improved marketing efforts with the league and has been a leader in player and league initiatives over the last several years. 

 

Currently in his fourth season with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Saurette was recently named as successor to Kim Davis and will officially begin the lead role as MJHL Commissioner on July 1st, 2020.

 

Saurette and his wife Sarah, have two daughters, Sophie (7) and Molly (4) and they currently reside in Winnipeg, MB.