Section IV - Kenmore
WNYGVIHF - Monsignor Martin
Rest in Peace Dr. James Rusin * * 1/6/13
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The movement to make girls varsity ice hockey in Western New York a reality was a collective effort among students, parents, coaches, school board members, and administrators. The effort was a six year process. The person that led the charge among the administrators was Williamsville Athletic Director Dr. James Rusin. Without his patience and persistence the league never would have been formed. He convinced other administrators the time was right to finally give the girls a chance to play varsity ice hockey for their schools. It was not a popular decision among some of his peers, but he knew it was long overdue. He organized showcase games the year before the league was formed and found donors willing to fund the effort. The birth of the WNYGVIHF was one his accomplishments he was most proud of. He never wanted the credit for his involvement. He quickly became a huge fan of the sport and loved watching you girls play the game you are so passionate about. He was a true pioneer. Sunday January 6, 2013 Dr. Rusin lost his 6 month fight with cancer. He will be missed by all the teams and coaches in Williamsville. The attached picture is the league's opening night back in December of 2010. He did not want to be in the spotlight that evening but was convinced he was the one that deserved the honor of dropping the first puck in the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation. Let's dedicate the rest of the 2012-13 season to Dr. Rusin, in memory of the battle he helped win on our behalf. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
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