MARTY KNACK MEMORIAL

WE MISS YOU...MARTY KNACK

Marty Knack

Junior A Hockey in Canada and the CJAHL lost a great friend and supporter in late August 2005 when Marty Knack suddenly passed away.

On November 19, 1990 Marty attended the meeting that formally organized the Canadian Junior A Hockey League as the delegate from the AJHL, Marty was president of the AJHL from 1993-1998. He presented the initial motion that created the CJAHL as we know it today. At this initial meeting Marty was elected as Secretary & Treasurer for the newly formed organization.

The relentless battle to obtain development monies for Junior A teams took it's toll on many original members, but Marty always stayed the course. In 1998, the CJHL having lost several of the founding members elected Marty as President.

Over the next several years Marty was Mr. CJAHL as he single handedly kept the organization running until the strength of the league once again returned with a new and revitalized membership.

Marty persevered to the end holding the offices of President, Director of Media Relations and Treasurer of the CJAHL at the time of his death.

It is unfortunate that Marty never got to the see the many rewards of his tireless efforts. Today the CJAHL proudly showcases it's players in events such as the Junior A Prospect Game, the Team Canada Junior A Selects, representing Canada at the Junior Tournament in St. Petersburg Russia, and the World Junior Challenge - a showcase of the Junior A players from around the world.

Due to Marty's tireless efforts, Canadian Junior A Hockey will remain the premier league for young men dedicated to hockey to showcase their skills and continue to further their education.

THE MARTY KNACK MEDIA AWARD IS NOW PRESENTED BY THE AJHL

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