On March 22, the Tribe Hockey team gathered to recognize players with achievement awards and honor Coach Ken Felix’s 12 seasons behind the bench. The team's booster club, the Royal Blueliner Society, hosted the event at Old City Barbecue in Williamsburg. Brian Molloy, who played for the team from 1991 to 1998 when non-student players were permitted, recounted his time on ice.
Derek Prario ’18 presented Simon Zagata (Law ’18) 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.” Zagata 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.
Julian Kell ’17 presented Noah Kim ’18 with the “Most Valuable Player Award,” which is given to the player judged to be most valuable to the team’s success.
Coach Felix presented George Andros '19 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.
The program ended with a celebration of Coach Ken Felix’s 12 seasons behind the bench. He joined the team as an assistant in 2006 and then served as head coach from 2007 until 2018. Felix led the team to the BRHC championship in 2012 and was named the BRHC’s “Coach of the Year” the same year.
Delegate Mike Mullin presented Coach Felix with a copy of House Joint Resolution 547, recognizing his dedication to the Tribe Hockey program. Coach Felix also received a letter of congratulations from William & Mary President Taylor Reveley. Players presented Felix with a jersey signed by the team. On behalf of the alumni, Will Payne ’01 presented Coach Felix with lighted plaque featuring his 3-D image emblazoned in crystal and shared over a decade of stories and accomplishments during his tenure as the longest-serving head coach.