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).
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.