By Lethbridge Herald on February 14, 2018.
Western Hockey League announced Tuesday that Lethbridge Hurricanes Director of Player Development Bob Bartlett has been named a recipient of the WHL Distinguished Service Award for the 2017-18 WHL season.
Bartlett was honoured by WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in a special ceremony prior to Tuesday’s game between the Hurricanes and Tri-City Americans at the Enmax Centre.
“Bob has been a fixture in the WHL for over 40 years and has made an extraordinary contribution not only to the Lethbridge Hurricanes but to the game of hockey as a whole,” said Robison in a release from the WHL. “Bob is highly respected by everyone in the WHL scouting fraternity and continues to go above and beyond to assist the Hurricanes franchise in identifying the top prospects in the system.”
Barlett has been actively involved with the WHL for over 40 years, having started scouting for the Lethbridge Broncos from 1974 to 1985. After the Broncos’ departure, he played an instrumental role in bringing the WHL back to Lethbridge with the arrival of the Hurricanes for the 1987-88 WHL season.
Bartlett was general manager of the Hurricanes from 1990 through 1995 and was inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Builders category in 1998. He was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Lethbridge Hurricanes/Broncos Hall of Fame in 2011.
From 2011 to 2014, Bartlett was a scout for the Moose Jaw Warriors, serving as the Warriors’ Director of Player Development from 2014 to 2016 before returning to the Hurricanes in 2016.
“The big thing with Bob is the longevity he’s had within our league,” said Hurricanes general manager Peter Anholt. “He’s been around our league for many, many years and has represented our league in different capacities with different teams. From our standpoint, we brought him back into the Lethbridge Hurricanes organization after being away for a number of years and he’s really added to our organization in lots of different ways, but his experience, first and foremost, is important.”
The WHL Distinguished Service Award, which was introduced by the WHL in 2004, is presented annually to individuals who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of WHL franchises.
Bartlett is the second member of the Hurricanes to receive the honour after Herman Elfring who served on the Canes board of governors.
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