Ivan currently resides and works in Arborg and his involvement in hockey spans nearly 5 decades as a player, coach and team manager. He is a father of 3 and is employed locally as a Manager at Paterson Elevators. In addition to his full time employment he owns and operates a grain farm and has served the community in a variety of levels.
Ivan played all of his minor and senior hockey in Fisher branch and Arborg and is a person most people reference with the comment, “If you want something done ask a person who is busy not a person who has time on their hands”.
He has coached at all levels in the system from squirts to midget and is one of 3 founding members of the Arborg Ice Dawgs Junior B team. Ivan is also the current President and League Governor of the 2 time KJHL Champions.
This past season Ivan coached the Arborg midgets, however the team was in danger of folding due to the depletion of a large number of players lost to the Interlake provincial and city midget AAA squads. Ivan’s love of the game and positive local influence convinced the balance of the players to remain in the game.
Ivan most recent project involved organizing the Arborg Avalanche & Falcons Senior Hockey Reunion. As the Chair of the committee Ivan was directly responsible for spearheading the event raising over $8,000 which has been earmarked to build 2 new dressing rooms in the Arborg arena. Ivan also serves on the arena construction committee.
Ivan is a avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and was instrumental in planting the seeds and love of the game for current NHL goaltender James Reimer. Ivan coached James as a bantam and contributed to instilling a level in confidence, belief and commitment that has served as a foundation to help launch Jamie towards a career in the NHL.
Ivan is meticulous in his preparation, which has served him in being able to assemble teams that not only excelled on the ice but also helped prepare countless young men assimilating into society. Ivan has played an important role in shaping and directing young Manitoba athletes by providing them with the necessary tools to achieve their potential. He is a selfless individual who is determined, dogmatic and resolute.
The Volunteer of the Year is reserved for special individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the game or sport and Ivan’s accomplishments and unselfish commitment stretching almost 5 decades is extremely commendable and worthy of consideration.
Hockey Manitoba is very proud to acknowledge him as the 2012-13 Volunteer of the Year.