Petes alumnus Kevin Bolibruck was recently inducted to the Thorold Runway of Recognition.
Bolibruck got his start in the minor hockey program in Thorold and went on to play for the Blackhawks, the Petes, Team Canada, in the American Hockey League and in Europe before retiring in 2011.
Now, he is involved in the Thorold Amateur Athletic Association’s development program, helping to train and discover the next generation of talent.
“I think the key for happiness in life, or success in life, is the ability to give back,” he said, adding that after accumulating more than 25 years of hockey playing experience — including 15 years as a professional — he gained a lot of knowledge in the sport. “It’s important for me to give back and be able to share what I’ve learned with young athletes.”
Reflecting on his career, Bolibruck said there were lots of great moments that stood out, including winning the Spengler Cup while he was captain of Team Canada. What he enjoyed most, he said, was being part of a team and creating lifelong friendships.
“The camaraderie you have, being part of a team, is just an amazing thing,” he said.
Bolibruck played for the Petes for three seasons from 1994-1997. He was alternate captain of the 1996 OHL Champion Petes, and served as the team’s captain for the 1996-1997 season. In 169 games with the Petes, Bolibruck registered 12 goals, 63 assists, 75 points, and 256 penalty minutes.
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