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2014 Hall of Fame Inductee - Paul Silbernagel
Submitted By Steve Zanon on Monday, April 28, 2014
The RHRA is honoured to induct Paul Silbernagel into the Richmond Hill Lightning Hall of Fame.

Paul began his ringette involvement in Richmond Hill when his daughter Haley started as a Bunny in 1996. The association was looking for an ice scheduler and Paul stepped forward to take on the task and so began his journey with Richmond Hill ringette. The following season Paul added the Central Region rep title to his task list.

In 1998 Paul initiated the 1st Bunnyfest in Richmond Hill and he welcomed teams from as far away as Woolwhich & Exeter. With the help of Anne Hashimoto and Pam Weintraub they transformed Elvis Stojko into bunny land for a day. 

In 1999 Paul organized the 1st Lightning float for the Santa Claus parade…….putting all the bunny’s on a float and parading them down Yonge St.In 1999 Paul also took on the task as Tournament chair. 
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In 2002 Paul and Scott Sullivan coached the Lightning U12 Provincial team to the 1st ever Provincial medal for a Lightning team bringing home a bronze. The following year Paul took over as President of Richmond Hill ringette and Richmond Hill hosted its 1st ever Provincial Championship. Their U14A team took home the silver medal and Richmond Hill was awarded the “ORA Association of the Year”, thanks in large part to the efforts of Paul and the likes of Scott Sullivan, Tim Cain and Wendy Gibson among others. It was at this time Paul recognized the need for more ice and when Richmond Green was built it became the new home of Richmond Hill ringette. 

I believe one of Paul’s greatest strengths was his ability to encourage people and teams to participate and get involved. Paul did a great job recruiting teams in the early years for our annual tournament. He also did an excellent job of building up the executive in early 2000’s setting up the building blocks for future executives. He was also instrumental in getting the NRL team set up and established in Richmond Hill. In 2005 Paul was awarded the Ontario Ringette Community Builder Award. 

In the mid 2000’s Richmond Hill Ringette was also transitioning from a Regional association to a Provincial association and the growing pains were evident. When Paul’s daughter Haley wanted to move on and play “AA”, we did not have the “AA” opportunity in RH to offer her so she and Paul moved on to Whitby. Haley continued to play all the way up to the NRL level in Whitby. 

Paul and his wife Cec still live in Richmond Hill and are still very active in the community and busy at work locally as real estate agents with Kellar Williams. 

As I’ve indicated in the past I feel it is very important that our association and the current members recognize the valuable contributions people like Paul have made to the Richmond Hill ringette association over the years. 

It is also good to bring Paul back to let him see 1st hand what he had a hand in creating. I doubt very much Paul would have visualized Richmond Hill hosting teams at every age and level….annually winning medals at both the Provincial “A” & “AA” levels and competing for the 1st time on the National stage with the U19AA team finishing an impressive 4th in Canada.   

We are very proud to introduce Paul Silbernagel tonight as the 2014 Richmond Hill Ringette “Hall of Fame” inductee.

Congratulations Paul!!

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