Ken Cadeau Honored with OMHA Award, News (Coldwater Minor Hockey Association)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Ken Cadeau Honored with OMHA Award
Submitted By Tyler Evans on Wed 03 30, 22
A Coldwater referee who has been a fixture at local hockey rinks for 40 years has won the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) Development Award.Ken Cadeau says he was shocked to receive the prestigious award that honors an individual who has made an "outstanding contribution to hockey development programming in minor hockey.
“It meant a lot to me; it’s huge,” said Cadeau, who is a Level 4 referee. “I’ve worked with a lot of great kids, parents, officials, and everybody involved with minor hockey. To be recognized is overwhelming.”
See the video by clicking the link below:

Last week, OMHA posted a video that paid tribute to Cadeau and his contributions to the Coldwater Minor Hockey Association (CMHA). The video featured some of Cadeau’s peers explaining how invaluable the referee has been to the organization, its officials and players.
CMHA president Brian Zulak explains how Cadeau treated being an official as a career. “He makes everybody aware of what’s going on and any rule changes,” he said. “He just involves himself in everything, and he makes us better.” Zulak went on to say that Cadeau has been a great mentor to hundreds of young officials who have also carved out a career in hockey .“When a play happens on that ice and they are unsure, he was there to help the younger ref deal with what was going on," he said. "He took them aside and made them aware of what they needed to do."
Ken is unbelievable. CMHA past president Frank Brazda says Cadeau is a "tremendously active" person in the community, noting Cadeau is a member of the Coldwater Lions Club which has helped less fortunate children play the game of hockey. “Your community involvement and your involvement in Coldwater Minor Hockey over the last 40 years has been impeccable,” he said to Cadeau.
Cadeau, 72, says the video brought tears to his eyes. The Port Severn native, who grew up playing hockey in Midland and Coldwater, credits his wife of 44 years and two kids for supporting his passion for the game of hockey.“ They allow me to be out so much,” Cadeau said. “They allow me to do the things I love to do.” Cadeau says his refereeing days will be ending in another year or two. He hopes to stay a part of the game by helping develop other referees off the ice.
Outside of hockey, Cadeau has worked at Mount St. Louis Moonstone as a rental shop manager for 50 years, which allows him to be free in the evenings and at the rink. “It’s a life that I would love to live again if I were to come back somehow,” he said. “It’s been quite a journey and I’ve enjoyed every part of it. The support I’ve received from the village of Coldwater is very strong.”
This article has been viewed 3026 times.
Team Sites
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Coldwater Minor Hockey Association on Twitter
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 17
    We had a great Awards day on Sunday the 16th.  Big thanks to the Coldwater Lion's Club for the great BBQ Lunch and the many helpers that made the day a success. Coach Of the Year Brett Lloyd Leslie Ball Club Supporter of the Year   Valerie ...
  • 29
    The GBTLL All Star game day is being held on April 1st in Osprey.  Coldwater was fortunate this year to have 20 people invited to take part in the day including 2 of our bench staff groups (U15 team 1 and U18 team 2) Another reflection of the great ...
  • 01
    The season is far from over but we do have to prepare a few things ahead... Under the Year end tab on the website find a description of the awards and the tab to nominate people for the awards! Please submit your nominations as we want your ...
  • 28
    Hello Hockey Parents, Guardians, Players and Friends I would like to invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting being held on March 27 at 7 PM upstairs at the Coldwater Arena. At this meeting we review the financial position of our ...
  • 27
    Woohoo!  The Wildcat U11 team 1 were the winners of this weekend's Shamrock tournament in Parry Sound.  They played 4 games,  tying 1 and winning 3 to bring home the championship.  The games were well played and super intense!   It was a great ...
  • 30
    This year we are happy to announce that there is a CMHA Scholarship available to any highschool graduate with the following qualifications. Be registered for three (3) years within the CMHA in any capacity (player, trainer, coach, official) Be ...
  • 22
    On January 14th we hosted the U18 Coldwater Classic with teams from Oro, Barrie, Thornton, Wasaga and Cayuga.  We had some close games as they day went on with 3 midday games going into exciting overtime finishes. Followed up by a great game of fun ...
  • 05
    Congratulations to our U13 Team 1 Wildcats who took home the championship on December 18th at the Schomberg Red and White Tournament. It was a nail biter of a finish with a 0-0 game through 3 periods going to a 3 on 3 overtime in the final with ...
Printed from on Monday, May 29, 2023 at 8:13 AM