The SEMHL league executive established this award to recognize a player who exhibits Dale’s passion for the league, volunteerism, community and hockey in the province. It recognizes qualities that he valued and lived during his lifetime.
The league approached and worked in conjunction with Lynn Rempel to create an award that would recognize an individual that exhibited strong leadership. Lynn believes sport teaches valuable lessons and develops leaders of the future. She strongly thinks we can build off of Dale Rempel’s legacy of leadership on and off the ice.
The Rempel Insurance Team is proud to be the sponsor of this award and was directly involved in designing the annual trophy that is presented to the winner of this prestigious award. Brendan Heppner, a former SEMHL player, created the annual award design.
The awards namesake, Dale Rempel (1923-2012), played in the SEMHL for 13 seasons with the Morris Stampeders, Morden Redskins, and the Carman Beavers. His 614 points in 326 games makes him an all- time top 10 scoring leader for the SEMHL on the ice. He was instrumental in the return of the Manitoba Stampeders’ hockey club to the SEMHL and for establishing the MMJHL Pembina Valley Twisters in their new home in Morris. He coached and supported minor and junior hockey for many years.
He volunteered for many community organizations and nationally with the Insurance Brokers of Canada. He was involved in raising thousands of dollars for the Children’s Wish Foundation and for Cancer Care Manitoba. His most prestigious recognition was being presented the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Those who knew Dale, knew that recognition was not why he did what he did. He just wanted to give back. His greatest joy was contributing to his community and to hockey which he felt had given him so much.
Award Nomination Process: Each team in the SEMHL may submit an individual in writing with a brief explanation of how and why they believe their submission should be considered for the award. This submission should be based on meeting the following criteria: Leadership on and off the ice. Commitment to his team, to his community, and to his future. This individual needs to be involved in his community; is a volunteer; is currently giving back to the game of hockey. His dedication can be either demonstrated through work or education, or both.
The recipient is recognized to possess many of the following qualities: passion; solid work ethic, willingness to help others and give back to community.
Only one person is selected each year to receive the award.