March 2nd, 2023 - Last week the Elite Hockey Academy hosted the second annual Elite Hockey Banquet at The Woodwinds in Branford, CT. It was an amazing event with over 260 people from our organization in attendance.
This event had the goal of bringing everyone together to celebrate and recognize the players, coaches and a memorable season.
Some Special Awards were handed out including Most Improved from each team, Academic Awards, Coach of the Year and the Collin Burke Memorial Award.
Most Improved Players:
These players were honored for their work ethic, determination and positive attitude in improving their hockey skills and abilities over the course of the year.
Coach of the Year: Eric Germain
We have a strong hockey culture at Elite Hockey Academy and with the partnership of Notre Dame of West Haven we have also been fortunate to provide a strong foundation of academics and attract hockey players from all over the world.
Collin Burke Memorial Award: Brendan Leung
The 2023 Collin Burke award is an annual award that is given to an outstanding player and person within the Elite Hockey Academy. The Collin Burke award was given to 18U Captain, Brendan Leung, a player; who distinguishes himself both on-and-off the ice by demonstrating outstanding character, passion, pride and determination.
Collin F. Burke of Hamden passed away suddenly on August 29, 2020. Collin developed a passion for hockey at a very young age. He was an avid goalie during his youth hockey career and throughout high school. Collin turned his passion for hockey into a career working for ProCrease where he was able to share his talents and pass on his love of the sport to many children around the state. Collin is survived by his parents Andrew and Elyse Burke and his brother Gavin. The bond that Collin and Gavin shared was unbreakable, they enjoyed talking about sports and spending time together. Collin was an amazing role model to not only his brother but to all of the children that knew him. Collin will be remembered for his compassionate spirit, ability to bring people together, love of music and his impeccable style