Awards

Volunteer Awards

The Captain’s Bell

The Captain’s Bell holds a place of honour amongst the Wolves Awards as an enduring record of the commitment and leadership of the club’s Captains through the years. The Captain and Assistant Captain are nominated and elected at the beginning of each season by a vote of their teammates. Legend has it that anyone who rings the bell without first having their name inscribed upon it shall buy a round for those within earshot.

The Gracie-Lou Freebush Memorial Trophy – Clubman of the Year

First awarded in 2009, this award is named in honour of the incomparable Miss Congeniality, Gracie-Lou Freebush. The honour is bestowed by vote of the membership on the individual who, through outstanding contribution of  wisdom, time and resources, dedicates themselves to the advancement of the club.

Athletic Awards

The Ottawa Wolves honour a number of players each season based upon their performance on the pitch. The winners are chosen by the Board of Directors based on the recommendation of the coaching staff:

Rookie of the Year

First awarded in 2011, the ‘new kid’ of awards recognizes the player, in their first season with the club, who demonstrates exemplary skill and accomplishment on the field of play.

The Carl Pilon Cup – Most Valuable Forward

First awarded in 2009, this award is named in honour of Ottawa Wolves  Co-Founder, first President and formidable prop, Carl Pilon. The honour recognizes the forward who demonstrates exemplary strength, tenacity and accomplishment on the field of play.

The Jay Smidt Cup – Most Valuable Back

First awarded in 2009, this award is named in honour of Ottawa Wolves  Co-Founder and first Vice President, Jay Smidt. The honour recognizes the back who demonstrates exemplary speed, skill and accomplishment on the field of play.

The Ryan Stevenson Cup – Most Improved Forward

First awarded in 2009, this award is named in honour of the Ottawa Wolves  first Assistant Captain and hooker, Ryan Stevenson. The honour recognizes the forward who demonstrates unmatched improvement in knowledge, execution and athleticism on the field of play.

The Chris Fennell Cup – Most Improved Back

First awarded in 2009, this award is named in honour of the Ottawa Wolves  first Captain and all-round athlete, Chris Fennell. The honour recognizes the back who demonstrates unmatched improvement in knowledge, execution and athleticism on the field of play.

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These original trophies were donated to the Ottawa Wolves in 2009 by Dave Rose in celebration of the Club’s first season on the pitch and in recognition of the Club’s contribution to the stewardship, diversity, athletics and advancement of the LGBTQ community in Canada’s Capital Region.

 

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