At Friday night’s WOAA Sr. Men’s hockey game in Port Elgin, the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks and fans paid tribute to former captain Greg Thede who has had one of the most successful and longest careers in the League’s history.
When Thede joined the Winterhawks in 2007, he was already a three-time WOAA champion having played with the Durham Thundercats and then the Elora Rocks and was named Winterhawks Captain at the outset.
For the following 11 seasons, he was a role model both on and off the ice and led the Winterhawks to four championships in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
He is the franchise all-time leader in games played and is among the top defencemen in all offensive categories and was named the team’s top defenceman three times. Thede was also an eight-time winner of the Corry Solomway Memorial Award for Perseverance, Sportsmanship and Dedication.
At the tribute, Thede was joined by his wife Katherine and his two great-nephews Spencer Sherman a Novice player with Shallow Lake and Wyatt Pawley a Pee Wee with the Arran-Elderslie rep team.
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Scott Rowland of Rowland’s Your Independent Grocer, presented Thede with a plaque of appreciation and then dropped the ceremonial puck. Thede also received a Hugo Boss watch from Elgin Jewelers presented by Winterhawks President Gord Lamont.
Seven-time WOAA champion, who wore jersey number 7, Thede retired in 2017/18.