More than 700 players playing in 25 games and the awarding of the inaugural “Topcat Award” to Jim Lewis highlighted the Novi Youth Hockey Association’s 7th annual Novi Game Day on Saturday, Nov. 8.
The annual event marks single biggest celebration of hockey in Michigan in one day.
Games featuring Novi House and Travel teams were played throughout the day, featuring players ranging in age from 5 (Mini-Mite) to 16 years old (Midget).
A welcoming ceremony was held at noon, featuring Novi Mayor David B. Landry as well as representatives from the Novi and Northville High School hockey teams, many of which played in the NYHA.
Highlighting the ceremony was the awarding of the first “Top Cat Award” to Lewis, one of the founding members of the Novi Youth Hockey Association. Lewis was instrumental in the writing and drafting of the original by-laws submitted to the State of Michigan that allowed the formation of the NYHA.
Lewis served in many roles during his tenure with the NYHA, including as president, vice president and House director, and also volunteered as both a House and Travel coach. He continues to support hockey in the community, most recently as the head coach of the Novi Wild Prep Team and as an assistant coach with the Novi High School Varsity Hockey Team.
The day of activities also included on- and off-ice competitions, raffles and a silent auction that included two Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom jerseys.
Special thanks go to Michael Robinet and Bernie Crowley for coordinating the event, and to the dozens of volunteers.