Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wray Wins Leadership Award:

This is posted on the 107.5 Beach Radio website:

Duncan Wray: 2018 Tim Hortons Award Winners

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 Beach Radio Vernon

Pete McIntyre

June 05, 2018 

The best in North Okanagan sports from the past year have been honoured.

The 25th annual Tim Hortons awards were handed out Tuesday night.

Long time Vernon Vipers owner Duncan Wray — who passed away in January — was posthumously awarded the leadership award.

His daughter Erica accepted it for the family.

“To see the impact he’s had on the community as a whole and on the hockey team specifically — and for athletes in general — it’s really special to me to see the legacy live on,” Erica told Beach Radio News.

Wray says her family is carrying on ownership of the Vipers, with her mom, Libby, the new owner.

“There is definitely a learning curve, but it’s something that was so important to my dad, and it’s important to the whole family to see it succeed and see his legacy live on,” adds Erica.

The awards are chosen by a panel of community and media representatives, including Funtastic founder John Topping, Tim Hortons franchisee Dan Currie, former city councillor Jack Gilroy, Ken Richardson, Kevin Mitchell, Josh Winquist, Betty Selin, and Pete McIntyre.

1 comment:

vipersdiehardfan said...

Well I guess this puts all the rumors to bed. Since the early 2000's hundreds of rumors popped up now and again of Duncan Wray selling the team. Year after year names would come up but nothing would happen. After Duncan passed away in early January the rumors once again come out. I had several people were interested in buying the Vipers from Kenny Holland, Brent Gilchrist, Troy Mick, Jerred Smithson to even former Viper captain Brett Corkey's parents. The list goes on and on.

With the Wray family announcing they will continue to run the hockey team, it will be interesting to see how the family will run the team this coming season.

Will fans see any changes on and or off the ice?

Where will they get the money to run the team?

With no experience running a Junior hockey team, it will be interesting to see how they do

Duncan managed and run the Vipers while the family I'm sure sat back and watched and followed the team along as just fans not owners, How will they do running the Vipers without Duncan around?