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2014 - Award of Merit - Calgary Alberta
Chris Galambos has been involved since 1972 when he tried to get a bunch of players together to join the Calgary broomball league so in 1973 went to his first meeting with a $50.00 cheque. He put his team in the 3 team league and took his choice of color ‘ORANGE’ and the Calgary Blazers were born and have remained a team and kept the orange color. Chris played the first year and then coached and managed the team until retirement in 2010. His dedication to the team and the countless hours he put in on fundraising and team meetings etc, have allowed the Calgary Blazers to thrive and exist since 1973. Chris has been on the Calgary executive and has been their representative at the Alberta Broomball meetings over the years.
In 1976, he went to a Montreal Broomball tournament with a small contingent of people from Calgary and helped put forth a proposal to create the Canadian Broomball Federation and proposed having the first sanctioned National Broomball Championship in Calgary in 1977. The proposal was successful. He also was a key contributor in bringing the 2001 Nationals to Calgary for the 25th anniversary and spent enormous amount of hours behind the scenes helping to make the event a success. Chris volunteered for the 1994 Canadian Championships in Lethbridge where he and Howard Hogback ran one of the rinks for the event. He also attended many Canadian Nationals on his own and brought back many ideas to help the Blazers to continue to grow as a team. Chris helped take the Blazers to 4 provincial ‘A’ titles in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Blazers attended 4 Nationals: 2003 Cornerbrook (‘B’ side Gold), Selkirk 2007 (‘B’ side Gold), Montreal 2008, and Saskatoon 2009 (‘B’ side Gold).
Canadian Broomball Federation Championships would not be happening if not for a few people like Chris who had an idea of what broomball could be.
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Published on: April 22, 2014
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