Tribe Hockey celebrates 30th anniversary with players awards ceremony, Hall of Fame inductions

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Tribe Hockey players past and present gathered in Leadership Hall at William & Mary’s Alumni House on April 1 to celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary by awarding three players with newly-created achievement awards and induct two alumni into the team’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. The team's booster club, the Royal Blueliner Society, hosted the event and provided for the player awards and Hall of Fame medallions.

Alumni panel discussion

Players were treated to storytelling about William & Mary's old time hockey days from some of the program's earliest players. Will Payne '01 moderated a panel discussion with Jeff Stern ’92 (Played: 1989-1992), Trey Kelleter ’90 J.D. ’97 (Played: 1987-1990 & 1994-1998) and Rich Drab (Played: 1996-1998).

Player awards

Derek Prario ’17 presented Ben Constantine ’19 with the “Heart and Hustle Award,” which is given to the player who demonstrates a passion for hockey and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the program.”

Coach Ken Felix presented Julian Kell ’17 with the “Most Valuable Player Award,” which is given to the player judged to be most valuable to the team’s success. Kell also received the “Team Scholar Award," which is given to the junior or senior player with a declared major deemed to have the highest cumulative G.P.A. at of the close of the fall semester.

George Andros '19 presented Derek Prario ’17 with the “Leadership and Legacy Award," which is given to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities and demonstrates a lasting commitment to the future of the program.

Hall of Fame

Will Payne '01 inducted Tribe Hockey founder Timo Budo ’89 in the team's Hall of Fame. Budow, who lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, was unable to attend but accepted the honor virtually. Coach Felix inducted former team president Chris Fiedler ’16 in the Hall of Fame noting his commitment to ensuring the program's longevity as well as his involvement with the booster club since graduation.

Jeff Stern ’92 (Played: 1989-1992), Trey Kelleter ’90 J.D. ’97 (Played: 1987-1990 & 1994-1998) and Rich Drab (Played: 1996-1998)

Jeff Stern ’92 (Played: 1989-1992), Trey Kelleter ’90 J.D. ’97 (Played: 1987-1990 & 1994-1998) and Rich Drab (Played: 1996-1998)

Ben Constantine ’19 received the “Heart and Hustle Award” given to the player who demonstrates a passion for hockey and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the program.”

Ben Constantine ’19 received the “Heart and Hustle Award” given to the player who demonstrates a passion for hockey and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the program.”

Julian Kell ’17 received the “Most Valuable Player Award” given to the player judged to be most valuable to the team’s success.

Julian Kell ’17 received the “Most Valuable Player Award” given to the player judged to be most valuable to the team’s success.

Derek Prario ’17 received the “Leadership and Legacy Award" given to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities and demonstrates a lasting commitment to the future of the program.

Derek Prario ’17 received the “Leadership and Legacy Award" given to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities and demonstrates a lasting commitment to the future of the program.

 Julian Kell ’17 received the “Team Scholar Award” given to the junior or senior player with a declared major deemed to have the highest cumulative G.P.A. at of the close of the fall semester.

 Julian Kell ’17 received the “Team Scholar Award” given to the junior or senior player with a declared major deemed to have the highest cumulative G.P.A. at of the close of the fall semester.

Honolulu, Hawaii resident and Tribe Hockey founder Timo Budo ’89 was unable to attend in person but accepted his Hall of Fame medallion virtually.

Honolulu, Hawaii resident and Tribe Hockey founder Timo Budo ’89 was unable to attend in person but accepted his Hall of Fame medallion virtually.

Chris Fiedler ’16, a dedicated team leader and past president, was inducted into Tribe Hockey's Hall of Fame.

Chris Fiedler ’16, a dedicated team leader and past president, was inducted into Tribe Hockey's Hall of Fame.

Players, alumni and supporters with the award recipients

Players, alumni and supporters with the award recipients