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Joe Lane enters NL Hockey Hall of Fame

From left: Jack Lee, Immediate Past President of Hockey NL; Joe Lane; Dr. Jared Butler, President of Hockey NL . – Submitted photo

By Jaymie White Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

PORT AUX BASQUES — Joe Lane has been a fixture in Port aux Basques Minor Hockey for over 40 years. His roles have run the gamut from coaching to officiating to serving on the executive, and as a result Lane has left a lasting impact on the minor hockey community not just locally but throughout the province.

Lane has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours over his exceptional career, including Hockey NL’s Brian Wakelin Award as Provincial Executive of the Year, the Ray Bowe Officiating Award, the naming of the Joe Lane Multipurpose Room in the Bruce II, and on Nov. 5 he was honoured again when he was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.

“Hockey NL put off an amazing ceremony. It was well-organized, emotional and overwhelming. With all the inductees there, listening to the speeches, it’s still a bit surreal,” said Lane a couple of weeks later.

The process begins with a nomination before going to a committee for review and possible induction. Lane was nominated by MHA Andrew Parsons (Burgeo-LaPoile).

“I wasn’t expecting it. It was a bit surreal,” said Lane. “I’m humbled and honoured to receive such a prestigious award. It’s the pinnacle of awards for Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s the highest award you can get, being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. I’ve been fortunate through my years of volunteering to receive many awards at national, local, and provincial levels, and I’m thankful for each and every one of them, but the Hockey Hall of Fame is the pinnacle.”

Lane’s passion for the game was what motivated him through his decades of involvement with minor hockey.

“I’ve been involved with coaching and the executive level for 40 years, and I’ve been involved with the officiating program for 32 years. It’s a lot of years volunteering and you don’t do it for the awards, you do it for the love of the game, for something to pass over to the kids,” said Lane. “Players and officials, you teach them strong character traits like teamwork, respect, dedication, and hard work, and that’s lifelong characteristics that kids get to carry forward into their future endeavours.”

Lane had people to guide him as he made his way through minor hockey.

“I’ve had coaches and mentors at all levels of the game, from the time I played up to my executive level days, my coaching days, my officiating days, and they all paid it forward to me. They did it for me, so I pay it forward for others so they can enjoy the game. If we all pay it forward, the future of the game will be good down the road.”

A real source of pride and satisfaction for Lane doesn’t come from the accolades he receives, but from watching those he has helped continue to pay it forward.

“What makes me proud is, when I walk into the rink today, I’m seeing many past players and officials that I coached and mentored. They’re at the rink now doing it for others, what I did for them, and that’s the thing that makes me happy, knowing that someone gave to me, and I had an opportunity to give back and the ones I coached and mentored are giving it back.”

Being a role model and mentor for the youth in hockey is something Lane takes seriously.

“When you walk into the rink in the morning and you see a novice kid score their first goal, it just does something to you. It makes you feel so excited for them,” said Lane. “We impact their lives. As volunteers we’ve got to be a positive impact in their lives because sometimes that’s their only outlet. A kid going to the rink for a game of hockey, that may be their outlet for the day. That’s something I take seriously. If you’re going to impact a life, you better have a positive influence.”

Lane has also seen many changes with the sport itself.

“The game has changed. The whole concept of the game, kids are faster, and hockey now is getting at higher levels. There’s more emphasis put on officiating. They have programs for excellence now. Everybody is just moving along,” said Lane. “Hockey is a game that changes from moment to moment, with different personalities in the game, and it’s such a quick game so things change all the time with it.”

Lane is still quite involved with Minor Hockey and won’t be slowing down either.

“Presently, I’m still the Western Zone Coordinator for Hockey NL for officials. I’m still doing hockey clinics and supervising, still working at that part of it, and coaching I backed off on that, but who knows, maybe I’ll go back to it, but I still have a lot on my plate. It’s a busy part of the season for us, doing our clinics right now, trying to get officials all certified again, and that keeps me busy around this time.”

If Lane has a wish left, it’s not for another accolade or award.

“I’d give it all back if I could have this town to where it was before (Hurricane) Fiona,” said Lane. “It certainly impacted our town.”

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