A number of people attended a free barbecue hosted by fans, the town, and volunteers held at Bentley’s Blindman Valley Ag Centre on May 9 for the Bentley Generals senior AAA hockey team.
Some of the team’s players and volunteers were able to attend the event but unfortunately many players and management were away or busy with previous commitments.
Around 7 p.m. Bentley Mayor Lynda Haarstad-Petten thanked everyone and presented a plaque of appreciation to three key team members – Curtis Austring, Donald Morrison, and team captain Brett Thurston.
“Municipalities pay huge dollars to promote their community. We have you, the Bentley Generals, who have been doing this promotion for us,” Mayor Haarstad-Petten stated. “A simple thank you does not seem adequate.”
She went on to say, “On behalf of your community and your fans, I would like to present you with this plague. We hope you will display it in your trophy case at the arena.”
Later, Mayor Haarstad-Petten said, “to those people who helped out in any way, whether it was cooking, cleaning, collecting funds, donating funds, etc. – my appreciation cannot be expressed in words. To those who attended the evening – thank you.”
Laverne Anderson, a staunch Generals fan who helped organize the event said, “Those (of the team) who came said they really enjoyed and appreciated the evening. Some didn’t want to leave.”