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2012 Hall of Fame - Scott Sullivan
Submitted By Jim File on Wednesday, June 5, 2013
We are honored to introduce Scott Sullivan as the Richmond Hill Lightning 2012 “Hall of Fame” inductee. 

Scott began his ringette career in Markham where his daughter Lindsay played U12 Petite Provincial in 2000. The following year tryouts produced an interesting situation, when there were more Richmond Hill girls who had made the Provincial team than Markham girls, the collective decision was to move the team to Richmond Hill and place it under coach, Paul Silbernagel.  In that first year, Scott acted as his assistant coach and they were fortunate enough to qualify for Provincials and this time they did not just participate, but they took home the first Provincial Bronze medal for a Richmond Hill Lightning team. 

The following year, as a first year Tween team, Paul and Scott reversed positions and Scott took on the Head coaching job and Paul became the assistant. At the same time Paul took over as the President of the Richmond Hill Ringette Association and convinced Scott to replace him as the CORL representative for Richmond Hill. As a second year U14A Tween team they again made the Provincials at the A level. These 2008 provincials were held in Richmond Hill that year, and their Tween A team walked away with the Silver medal losing in the last minute of play. 

As a first year U16A Junior team they started losing their better players to the surrounding associations offering AA play and they struggled to recruit enough girls to continue playing “A”. The Association numbered around 90 girls at this time. Paul’s daughter Haley was one of the players who had left to play AA and Paul was becoming less and less involved with the executive and Scott’s team.Paul stepped down as President as they entered their second year of Junior and Scott reluctantly gave up his CORL job and accepted the position as President of the Association.

The number of girls playing ringette remained low and it was at this time the Richmond Hill Executive started to discuss priorities and it was agreed that the single focus needed to be on the recruitment of U9 & U10 aged players … numbers, if successful, would look after all the rest. In every decision Richmond Hill Executive made it was all focused on attracting and retaining these young players. The fruits of these CTR efforts are seen by the number of U10, U12 & U14 aged players in the Association today.

We were privileged to have some really great people join our Executive in those years with great spirit, endless energy and a desire to make things better for the participants. Activities continued to focus on the Bunnies and our numbers were building. “Come Try Ringette” had been introduced and the Executive embraced it as a new method to recruit players and more and more of our efforts and resources were focused there. A grant from the Trillium Foundation allowed us to buy 60 sets of lending equipment which many have utilized. The loaner program we believed would eliminate one of the major hurdles encouraging girls and their families to try out the sport and it proved to be very successful. We begged for more ice and the arena association heard our pleas and over the demands of hockey gave us the ice needed to support our potential growth and we took the risk of committing to the cost before we knew how to fill it.

Scott’s contributions to the sport of ringette and specifically to Richmond Hill ringette were instrumental in the development of the RHRA. Scott’s teams won the 1st provincial medal for the association and Scott coached the 1st  “A” & “AA” teams in RH.Scott continues to support RH ringette even after moving on…..whenever we have called Scott to see if he would help at our CTR events or help convene our tournament he has always generously stepped forward.

We are very proud to introduce Scott Sullivan as the 2012 Richmond Hill Ringette “Hall of Fame” inductee.


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