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Tuesday , 20 October 2020
Head coach and general manager Rick Swan after the Pontiacs 3-2 win over the Sherwood Park Crusader. Image credit: Neil Langridge.

Rick Swan named Hockey Alberta Order of Merit award winner

Head coach and general manager Rick Swan after the Pontiacs 3-2 win over the Sherwood Park Crusaders in January. Image credit: Neil Langridge.  

Bonnyville Pontiacs coach and general manager Rick Swan has been named a recipient of the Order of Merit award presented by Hockey Alberta on Thursday.

These Order of Merit Hockey Alberta awards recognize exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more.

Swan became the winningest coach in Pontiacs history last season after taking the reins in 2013.

He was named Head Co-Coach for Team AJHL (AJHL All-Stars) who played in the 2019 Junior Club World Cup in Sochi, Russia winning a silver medal.

He receives the honour on the coaching side with Fran Gow, coach mentor in hockey development for Hockey Alberta.

The Pontiacs earned a 33-21-4 record in 2019-20 for 4th spot in the AJHL North Division before bowing out in six games to the Drayton Valley Thunder.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.