MASSENA - A committee is being formed to plan a day - or days - of recognition for Massena native and Winnipeg Jets hockey player Zach Bogosian.
Mr. Bogosian, 22, son of Ike and Vicky Bogosian, Massena, was drafted by the former Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 National Hockey League draft. He was picked third in the first round by the Thrashers. Since then, the Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, becoming the Winnipeg Jets.
Massena Mayor James F. Hidy told Massena Joint Recreation Commission members Tuesday that the community should do something for Mr. Bogosian, just as they had done for Massena native and former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Deshaies, now a color commentator for the Chicago Cubs. For a while now Ive been kicking around the idea of something similar to what the community did for Ace Deshaies, Mr. Hidy said.
He said he had already spoken to some individuals about forming a committee to plan a celebration, and he solicited the assistance of the Massena Joint Recreation Commission in that endeavor.
Im hoping to do something in August, Mr. Hidy said. Once our kids reach a certain plateau... I think we should be promoting them and recognizing them for future generations.
Mr. Hidy said he has already discussed his plans with Mr. Bogosians parents, and hes envisioning a celebration that lasts from one to a few days.
I was thinking maybe a two- or three-day event and perhaps getting a hold of (Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy) Howard out of the Burg, he said.
Recreation commission members agreed with the mayor that Mr. Bogosian, a defenseman, was worthy of local recognition.
Speaking for myself, Zach Bogosian is certainly an asset to the community and a role model for youngsters to aspire to at the next plateau. I think its a great idea. We would be more than happy to participate, Chairman David M. MacLennan said. I think it would be a great idea if we could do something at the arena.
I think Zach has brought a lot of recognition to our community, board member John J. Horan said, reflecting on the pride he felt when the team played their first game in Winnipeg and Mr. Bogosian was identified as being from Massena during the player introductions.
Its not only Winnipeg, but hes playing for our country, Mr. Horan said.
Its a thing thats the right thing to do, board member George Hammill said.
Mr. Horan noted that Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey had been looking for opportunities around the Massena Arena, and a tribute to Mr. Bogosian would fit the bill.
Ive looked at a few areas to make an arena showcase, Mr. Boprey said.
He also suggested they consider recognizing Mr. Bogosian through a sign that would greet visitors coming into Massena.
I think that kind of thing speaks volumes, Mr. Boprey said.
In his rookie season in 2009-10, Mr. Bogosian played 81 games for the Thrashers, with 10 goals and 13 assists. He scored five goals and had 12 assists while playing 71 games for Atlanta in 2010-11.
In 2011-12, the teams first year as the Winnipeg Jets, Mr. Bogosian played 65 games and recorded five goals and 25 assists.
He has yet to play a game this season following wrist surgery in August. He took part in his first full practice on Monday and is expected to be back in the lineup in the near future.