It may come as no surprise that someone who served his home community of Deloraine, Manitoba, for over a decade as mayor would also volunteer for his hockey community at the same time. But what is truly remarkable about Brian Franklin’s commitment to the game, is its longevity – 50 years and counting.
An instrumental force in establishing the provincial Midget AAA league in 1985, Brian was involved with the league and development of top-level U18 players until 1996. Even before the creation of the league, however, Brian was involved with Hockey Manitoba, serving as a board member from 1982 until 2020. From 2007-12, he was Member president and served on the Hockey Canada Board of Directors.
Brian’s work in the education system, especially as a principal, gave him the tools to lead with confidence and inspire others to exceed their own expectations. He continues to serve Hockey Manitoba as a mentor and remains committed to the value of volunteers at all levels of the game.
As a volunteer himself for over five decades, Brian Franklin’s unwavering support for the game has only bettered hockey for those in Deloraine and across Manitoba.