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Feb. 4, 2007 at the Pengrowth Saddledome
Ted Carter has always been close to the hockey action.
As a volunteer in hockey in Calgary and Alberta for 46 years, he has seen his share of rinks and his share of games.
"I've never been drafted, though," laughed the 66-year-old Calgarian.
No matter, he was close to the action again on Saturday when he was honoured as a top hockey volunteer during Hockey Day In Canada. Carter attended the Flames-Oilers game, the final game of Hockey Day in Canada, and dropped puck at a ceremonial face-off before taking in the game.
Carter started his volunteeting as a coach of his son's team when he was in his 20's in the novice division and worked his way through atom and then into peewee.
After 15 years of coaching Carter moved into the administration side of hockey and became president of the McKnight Hockey Association in Calgary. He served three terms as president and was and continued with the association as a director for an additional four years.
After 22 years being involved in the grassroots level Carter then joined Hockey Calgary where he has filled numerous director positions. During his 12 years of service with Hockey Calgary he has been instrumental in establishing the board and the community hockey associations into what we see today.
Carter still volunteers with Hockey Calgary serving as Hockey Alberta Director and the Provincial Appeals Coordinator. positions he has held for the past seven years.
"I just want to give back to the game that has been so good to me," said Carter, who played for the Junior Oile Kings in the old Central Alberta League."I am totally surprised by this. I just like doing it and seeing the kids and the fun that they have out there on the ice.
Carter can routinely be seen in the rinks around Calgary and still plays twice a week with the Calgary 55+ senior hockey team.
Even though his schedule is filled almost nightly with work for the game of hockey he does find additional time to volunteer with various groups around the city including the Aspen Family Services that helps deliver hampers and drives elder persons to locations around the city.