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NO. R-138. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE NORTH COUNTRY UNION HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY TEAM ON ITS RECEIPT OF THE 1999 VERMONT HOCKEY LEAGUE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD.

(J.R.H. 110)

Offered by: Representative Postman of Brownington.

Whereas, the North Country Union High School (NCU) Hockey Team completed the 1997-1998 season, having averaged more penalty minutes per game than any other high school hockey team in the state, and

Whereas, first-year Coach Kevin Morrissey and the team's players began the 1998-1999 season determined to greatly reduce the number of minutes that the NCU hockey team was assessed for misconduct on the ice, and

Whereas, the team diligently and conscientiously pursued this objective throughout the season, and

Whereas, as a result of this concerted effort by all the players, NCU won the 1998-1999 Vermont Hockey League Sportsmanship Award, which is annually awarded to the team that has the lowest overall average number of penalty minutes per game, and

Whereas, the team reduced its average penalty time per game by almost ten minutes, and

Whereas, the NCU players did not have any game disqualification penalties all season and only one five-minute major penalty, and

Whereas, this positive mental attitude was also reflected in the classroom as six of the team's players were consistently on the honor roll and two seniors, Stephen Keysar and Jason Roberts, were recipients of the Kiwanis Hockey Academic Award for maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average during the first seven semesters of high school, and

Whereas, the members of the NCU Hockey Team are to be commended for their remarkably improved decorum on the ice as well as for their outstanding academic achievements, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the players and Coach Kevin Morrissey of the North Union Country High School Hockey Team on their winning the 1998-1999 Vermont Hockey League Sportsmanship Award, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach Kevin Morrissey, Athletic Director Gary Giard and Principal Robert McKenney at North Country Union High School and North Country Union School Board Chair, Douglas Spates.