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Bob Caldwell wins the 2023 Hockey Canada Outstanding Volunteer Award

by Ezra Ginsburg  |  July 14, 2023 1:00 pm

Bob Caldwell has made a significant contribution to the growth, delivery and administration of hockey in Manitoba and has been a leader and role model not only in the province, but throughout Canada and around the world.

A retired high school teacher and volunteer coach from Deloraine, Man., Bob has more than 40 years of experience behind the bench, working with players from U7 through to the NCAA level.

Bob is an active volunteer; he has been chair of Sport Manitoba’s Advisory Board, served as a master coach mentor with Hockey Manitoba and sat on the Checking Committee and National Coach Mentorship Advisory Council with Hockey Canada.

He was one of the driving forces behind the formation of the National Coach Mentorship Program and continues to facilitate seminars from Calgary to St. John’s. He is a certified skills coach with Hockey Canada, a skills coach for the Hockey Canada U17 program and has worked with the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Even as Bob has taken his skills to the national and international stages, he still leads the Deloraine Breakfast Club in his hometown every Wednesday, a weekly get-together that allows players of all ages and skill levels the chance to enjoy a hot meal and time on the ice, and now boosts more than 25 members in Manitoba, plus several in other provinces and internationally.

This marks the second Hockey Canada award Bob has received; he was honoured with the Gordon Juckes Award in 2015. That same year, a Hockey Manitoba scholarship was established in his honour and is awarded annually to a deserving high school graduate in the province. With his impressive list of accomplishments throughout his career, Bob is very proud of his service to the game of hockey and is consistent and committed to every task or project he is associated with.

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