|Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:25 AM|
Over the weekend of July 13/14 the two older Hay brothers, Andrew and Josh, reached two separate century milestones. Josh Hay became the third member of the Botany Swarm to reach the 100 NZIHL games played while also assisting on a goal to reach 100 career points. Having reached the 100 game milestone last season, Andrew Hay became the first NZIHL player to captain a team in 100 games.
Andrew Hay became the captain of the Swarm in the third year of the league back in 2007. The timing of the appointment represented a transition point for the Swarm as a group of skilled young players became the core of the team and Andrew was the clear leader.Voted captain by his team that year, the Swarm went on to win its first NZIHL championship and backed it up with its second the year after. After missing the final in 2009 the Swarm were back on top with another back to back championship run in 2010 and 2011 with Andrew at the helm. Andrew is the most successful captain in NZIHL history having won 4 titles in 6 years.
Andrew is a natural leader and is widely recognised for two qualities in particular being his passion and dedication. Andrew is passionate about everything he gets involved with whether it be playing for Swarm or Ice Blacks, coaching the U16 New Zealand team or away from the rink in his professional life. His passion for the Swarm motivates the team and pushes individuals to give everything they have. Andrew's dedication is unrivaled and sets the standard for the Swarm. Over the 9 years of NZIHL, Andrew has only missed two Swarm games and even that was due to his leadership being recognised at work which offered the opportunity to attend a weekend leadership course. More impressively Andrew is the most dedicated to training attending more than any other player regardless if the team is winning or having a rough season.
Congratulations Andrew from everyone involved with the Swarm. Your leadership has contributed a lot to the past success of the Swarm and continues in our journey to be the best team in the NZIHL.