The 5-Count Ringette Goalie Award
The 5-Count Ringette Goalie Award provides up to two awards in the amount of $250 each and are presented annually to registered players who are actively playing as a goalkeeper and the money is to be used for a unique opportunity that will benefit them as a goalie, their team, and/or ringette in general. The awards have been made possible through the support of Keely Brown, Heather Konkin and the program they co-own, 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction.
Heather and I are really excited to be offering this award specifically for ringette goalies. We have enjoyed our years of playing goal and instructing ringette goalies so much, and it is important to us (and 5-Count) to take time to give back to the ringette community that has supported both of us over the years. – Keely Brown
BIO – Keely Brown, co-owner of 5-Count
Keely Brown, an outstanding ringette goalie, started playing the game while growing up in Ontario. She moved to Alberta in 2003, where she joined the Edmonton WAM! of the National Ringette League. Keely competed in 19 Canadian Ringette Championships and won nine gold and eight silver medals. From 2000 to 2012, she was the Goaltender for Team Canada, becoming the longest serving goalkeeper in Ringette Canada’s National Team history. Keely goaltended Canada to gold in 2002 and silver in 2000, 2004, 2007, and 2010. She was the MVP of the final game three times and ‘Top Goalie of Tournament’ in 2002 and 2007.
Keely’s skill, finesse, patience, athletic ability, and grit set the standard for those involved in ringette. She was a formidable opponent and an amazing teammate. In 2012, Keely embraced the role of Assistant Coach with Team Canada U19, moving onto Team Canada in 2013.
On and off the ice, Keely helped to improve ringette for all who played the game. She founded and co-owns ‘5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction’ which employs more than 30 ringette goalie instructors across Canada. Further, she has written two ringette goalie instruction books.
Not ending there, Keely designed an improved ringette goaltender’s glove called the “Keely”. This key piece of a ringette goaltenders’ equipment was designed in collaboration with NAMI and was the first innovation for ringette goalies since the sport was introduced in 1963. The new design was suited more ringette than previous styles, as the goalie needs to make the save, then pick up and toss the ring with an eye for accuracy and distance.
Keely’s talents were not limited to ringette as she also competed in ice hockey and in-line hockey. She played eight years with the Edmonton Chimos in the Western Women’s Hockey League, was the WWHL Championship MVP in 2005 and also named Top Goalie in 2005 and 2008/09. Keely was in net for Team Canada’s Inline Hockey Team from 2002 to 2011 and goaltended the team to nine World Championship medals; three gold, five silver, and one bronze. In 2012, Keely started as the Assistant Coach for the Canadian Inline Hockey Team, a role which she held for several years. She has since added two more gold medals and two silver medals to her World Championship resume.
In her day-to-day life, Keely’s passion for sport remained. She became the first in-house lawyer for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers in 2006; now named the Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) and includes the Edmonton Oilers, AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and operates Rogers Place in Edmonton.
Keely was inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame as an athlete in 2014 and she was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete in 2018.
BIO – Heather Konkin, co-owner of 5-Count
Co-owner of 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction, Heather is currently the head coach for Team Alberta U21. She has coached the U19AA St. Albert Mission to a silver medal at the 2017 Alberta Provincial Championship and a 4thplace finish at the Canadian Ringette Championships. Heather also coached Zone 5 to a Gold medal at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games. Highlights of Heather’s accomplishments include:
- 17 years goalie instructing experience, 23 years playing experience
- Goalie for Team Alberta Canada Winter Games 2003
- Goalie for Team USA 2010
- National Ringette League champion, goalie for the Edmonton WAM! 2010, 2011
- Assistant coach, Edmonton Elite U19AA program for six seasons, winning two gold medals at Provincial Championships and two bronze medals at the Canadian Ringette Championships
- Goalie coach for the U19 Team Canada West team at 2012 U19 World Championships
- Assistant coach for Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games
- Head Coach, Zone 5 at 2016 Alberta Winter Games, won Gold medal
- Co-Head Coach St. Albert Mission U19AA
- Director at Large on the Ringette Canada Board of Directors
Application for a 5-Count Ringette Goalie Award can be made by ringette goalies who have been a goalkeeper for the past three years. Ringette Canada will not release award funds until proof that the athlete has been a goalkeeper for the past three years has been provided.