Feature Story                                                                                                 Tuesday, October 14, 2014

                                                                                                               

A Fond Football Farewell

Huskers say goodbye to senior players

Released by Rod Hudson, Chilliwack Huskers

 

Adam Parray accepts his award from Huskers GM Moe Agagnier and Head Coach Adam Smith.

 

any hugs and handshakes followed an evening of fun, food and inspiration at the Valley Huskers season wrap up banquet on Monday evening.

 

The special guest speaker for this gathering was none other than Chilliwack's own, BC Lions All Time Dream Team member, Rick Klassen. 

 

Klassen who will be inducted into the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame on October 25th, gave the attendees an inspirational talk but kept it light with a funny story he told of his inaugural encounter with his first workout partner, Schenley award winner, Chilliwack’s own Nick Bastaja.

Two football giants at a Valley Huskers awards banquet couldn’t help but be both fun and motivating at the same time.  Although the game statistics didn’t favour the Huskers this past season, there were many successes to celebrate.  Annual awards were presented to young men who the coaching staff felt were a big part of those successes. 

The MVP Offensive Lineman award went to Brian Robinson from Sexsmith AB. MVP Defensive Lineman award went to Josh Giroux from Portage LaPrairie MB. The Offensive Rookie of the Year was Kaanon Felix from Winnipeg MB. The award for Defensive Rookie of the year went to Daniel Millsfrom Abbotsford. Linebacker Sharif Ali from Langley was presented the award for the Most Valuable Player Defence. 

The very popular Daniel Erickson from Langley received the award for the Special Team MVP. Coaching staff felt that Abbotsford’s Jason Ghag was deserving of the Most Improved Player award and Blake Draper from North Battleford SK was the recipient of the Coaches Choice award. The Most Inspirational Award went to Chilliwack's Cody Parray and the Team Award went to Duncan Finch from Prince George BC.

Nine players won’t be eligible to play for the Valley Huskers next year so it was a bitter sweet ending to a great evening. Saying goodbye to these dedicated young men who have lived, worked and played in our community, is difficult. Before closing, Klassen told the players “When your careers are over you will quickly forget the games, the scores, the tackles etc but the friendships will last a lifetime”

 

 

The Players

 

Sharif Ali - Despite being a first year Husker Sharif is a BCJFL Vet. His leadership work ethic and being a Team first guy will truly be missed next season as there is not too many guys who can come around for one season and make such a positive impact as Sharif has done for the Huskers.

Nick Harper - Nick is also a first year Huskers who has made an impact in his short time. He has been a solid receiver and special team player for the Huskers this season.

Dylan La Prairie - Dylan has been battling for a few years at his goal to be a starting QB in the BCJFL and the hard work and never give up attitude paid off for Dylan this year as he stepped into a new Offense and worked day in and day out to help lead the Huskers this season.

BenedictMuhima - Bene is in his second and final year with the Huskers and leads the team in rushing. Bene’s positive attitude will be missed next season.

Josh Giroux - Josh has been a long time Huskers coming back each year all the way from Manitoba. Josh has been one of the leaders of our Dline for the past few years. Despite reminding his coach each week that he beat him in the High School Provincial Championship a few years back Josh will be missed next year.

Dan Erickson - Dan is another long time Husker. Dan has been a rock in the kicking game for the Huskers. His leadership and knowledge on special teams will be hard to replace as last season Dan was voted as an All Canadian team member.

James Williams - James has been playing football for years in Chilliwack. He start with the Giants and then moved to the Huskers. Despite being small for a linebacker this has never stopped James for making a physical impact in every game. His Hard work never quit attitude will be missed greatly.

Dylan Boycowich - Dylan has also been playing football in Chilliwack for years as he too started with the Giants before moving to the Huskers. Dylan is one of the hardest workers you will find. His work ethic and knowledge of the game shows as he was one of the teams leaders for the past few years on Offense and then made the change over to Defense this year to help fill a void at defensive back. Dylan will be greatly missed next season.

Cody Parray - Cody started football waaaaaaaay back when he was 6 years old with the Giants before joining the Huskers. Despite having many chances to leave Chilliwack to play football Cody was always loyal to his team and City. This is something that you cannot replace but just hope other can see this example Cody has set for all local players. Despite being Cody’s last game today don’t be surprised if you see him involved still maybe coaching football in Chilliwack one day…

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