KURT LANGMANN PHOTO Retiring Aldergrove Arena manager Gary Rushton drops the puck for the junior hockey game between Aldergrove Kodiaks and North Vancouver Wolf pack on Wednesday.

KURT LANGMANN PHOTO Retiring Aldergrove Arena manager Gary Rushton drops the puck for the junior hockey game between Aldergrove Kodiaks and North Vancouver Wolf pack on Wednesday.

Aldergrove arena manager Garry Rushton retires

Rushton is retiring after many years of managing the Aldergrove Community Arena

Garry Rushton is retiring after many years of managing the Aldergrove Community Arena.

Garry started managing the Aldergrove Arena in Aril 2004, and other than the brief three-year absence while he was at the Langley Events Centre, he has been a familiar and popular face at the hometown rink.

“The time has come for me to retire and devote some time to my family, in particular, my lovely wife, Marilyn. Throughout my naval career and long hours spent at the rink, one thing remained constant – she kept the home fires burning and took care of business while I did what I loved… being at the rink,” said Garry.

“In reflection, I think back on my time here – the friendships I’ve made and the people who have impacted me the most. When I first arrived here, I was told how great the ice was here. That was my primary goal – to make the transition as seamless as possible. The fact that our ice plant is one of the best (albeit aged) in the Lower Mainland played a big part – and that we had staff who truly cared about the job was the icing on the cake.

“One thing that remained constant throughout – although I reside in Chilliwack, I have always been made to feel a part of your community. I thank each and every one who made me and our staff feel that way. The many friendships I have made over the years is something I will always cherish.

“I am excited for the community when the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre opens – it is a facility that is much needed and very much deserved. I look forward to visiting it as much as I can.”

As a youngster Garry was taken to his first hockey game in Hamilton, Ontario by his uncle Brent. Here he saw his first Zamboni, and 36 years later he was driving the Zamboni here in Aldergrove, after a 23-year naval career.

In closing, Garry says, “I think about the coaches, managers, instructors, and officials from the various sports – I admire you people for all you do for the children of the community. Time is so precious yet, you take the time to come to the rink and devote your time willingly and freely. You aren’t just teaching kids a sport…you’re giving them much needed guidance, encouragement, and the will to improve in whatever sport they’re playing. More importantly, you are teaching them life lessons – the foundation of what they will become as adults. Without realizing it, you have a huge impact on the young men and women they become.”

 

KURT LANGMANN PHOTO Retiring Aldergrove Arena manager Gary Rushton received a plaque of appreciation from Aldergrove Kodiaks owners Ingrid and Rick Harkins just before the junior hockey game start on Wednesday.

KURT LANGMANN PHOTO Retiring Aldergrove Arena manager Gary Rushton received a plaque of appreciation from Aldergrove Kodiaks owners Ingrid and Rick Harkins just before the junior hockey game start on Wednesday.