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Remembering Andrew: Guts/Nutts Cup 2012 Hockey Tournament

March 29th, 2012 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

Guts/Nutts Cup 2012 Logo

What was originally an outdoor shinny hockey weekend limited to members of the Guts Hockey team out of Vancouver has grown in meaning and size since we lost Andrew in December 2009. The tournament that followed that January was then renamed to the “Guts/Nutts Cup” in memory of Andrew, who many of the members of the Guts hockey team knew and loved.

This year it was bigger and better than ever, with over 50 guys taking over the entire hostel at the Apex Ski Resort and commandeering the outdoor rink across the parking lot for the entire weekend of March 8-11.

The tournament is about hockey in its purest, most Canadian form (e.g. outside!) and about having a great time with old and new friends. But it’s now also about remembering Andrew and stands as a symbol of one of the things Andrew was fighting for: our very Canadian way of life and taking a weekend to enjoy the benefits of it by spending time competing and having fun, and doing it in the most Canadian way possible.

This year the winners were the Hearts, who beat out the heavily favoured Diamonds with a combination of grit and skill. Andrew’s father Rick dropped the puck for the final game and watched from the sidelines while Drew’s good buddies from the Canadian Forces, Bryce Talsma and Wayne Niven helped their team take home the Cup in their first ever appearance at the tournament.

Hearts - the winning team!

Much like January 2010 when Andrew’s brother Johnny took home the trophy in an emotional and unexpected win with his underdog team, we felt like Andrew was there helping his “army boys” along to their big win, and participating in the celebrations later.

God bless Nutts.

Click here for more pictures of the tournament.

2 years ago today we lost Andrew.

December 24th, 2011 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

I don’t think there’s a lot to say today that hasn’t already been said over the past two years. There were many events this year where Andrew was honoured and remembered, and it’s clear that his memory is and will continue to be strong among all those who love him and are inspired by him. Rather than listing them all here, browse the past posts which document many of the wonderful and inspiring events many of us participated in over the last 12 months.

Today is a day that many of us wish we didn’t have marked in the calendars in our hearts, but it’s another opportunity for us to immerse ourselves in the wonderful memories we have of Andrew, and those can never be taken from us even if Andrew was.

Re-watch Ken Anderson’s video that was posted last year at this time:

Remembering Andrew: The Meritorious Service Medal

December 14th, 2011 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

It’s funny how you keep making us proud, Andy.

Andrew has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada. The medal recognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and bringing honour to Canada and its military.

This is a great honour and reminds us again how great a man Andrew was and how much we’ve all lost in losing him. The Citation reads:

Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall, M.S.M. (Posthumous)

Victoria, British Columbia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

“As a platoon commander from October 2009 until December 23, 2009, Lieutenant Nuttall moulded his soldiers into a cohesive team that excelled in Afghanistan’s demanding environment. His professionalism while working and living with his Afghan comrades created a common understanding and enabled seamless integration during counter-insurgency operations. While the loss of Lieutenant Nuttall was devastating, the culture and esprit de corps forged under his leadership were instrumental in enabling his soldiers to successfully continue their mission.”

For more information, see The Governor General’s Press Release.

Also see the article covering the event.

Note that the picture above is of Andrew’s new gravestone, which indicates this honour by presenting him as “Andrew Richard Nuttall - Lieutenant, M.S.M.”

We’re so proud of you Drew, and we miss you always.

God Bless Nutts.

Remembering Andrew: Remembrance Day 2011 in Victoria

December 14th, 2011 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

Remembrance Day is always tough for those of us who have lost loved ones in the line of combat. This year, like last year, many of us gathered together in Victoria to remember Drew and honour him and all of the fallen soldiers. Getting together is always both joyful (in the memories) and painful (in the reminder), but none of us would have wanted to be anywhere else.

I’ve uploaded some pictures from the day on Drew’s Flickr account here.

Remembering Andrew: Nutts Cup Crossfit Competition 2011

November 30th, 2011 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

A long overdue post regarding the details and success of this year’s Nutts Cup Crossfit event. It was a fantastic day and was bigger and better than ever - everyone had a great time and it was fierce competition.

Many of Andrew’s friends and family attended, and we all bonded during a day that Drew would have loved - one that honoured him and his passions for fitness, determination, and living life to the fullest.

I will let the pictures and comments from the Crossfit folks tell the story:

Flickr Photos

Crossfit Blog: Nutts Cup Recap

WOD HOG: Nutts Cup Quick Recap

Crossfit Blog: Inspiration, Where do you get yours from?

Crossfit Blog: Remembrance Day Nutts Hero WOD

2011 Nutts Cup Crossfit event details

August 24th, 2011 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

From Andrew’s Father:

Hi all:

Just to let you know what is happening this Saturday (August 27) at CrossFit Vancouver (or at least as far as we know what is happening!).

Craig Patterson has organized quite an event this year, and has 30 teams coming from BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon, competing for $5000 in prize money for a ‘Hero Workout’.

The opening ceremony is at 9 am. I understand they will have a band, a few speeches, moment  of silence, etc. From the PPCLI in Edmonton, the Commanding Officer is coming over, plus two from Andrew’s platoon.

The event will run till about 3 pm, when the cup will be presented. Following this there is a pig roast outside, and later in the evening a party.

If any of Andrew’s friends might like to know about this, please pass it on.

All the best.

Rick Nuttall.

Second annual Memorial Nutts Cup Crossfit Competition scheduled for August 27

June 22nd, 2011 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

See the details on the 2nd annual Nutts Cup Crossfit Competition here, on the Crossfit Vancouver page:

Second Annual Memorial ‘Nutts Cup’: $5000 prize money up for grabs!

Drew doing his thing

Many of you probably remember that Andrew was honoured with a Crossfit “Hero” workout last year (scroll down to find Andrew’s workout among the other fallen heroes who also have their own workouts, go see the details here), and this event incorporates that workout into a competition and celebration of Andrew’s life.

To get a flavour of the event that took place last year, check out this blog posting.

If anyone wants to donate any cash or prizes to help continue to make this an even bigger and better event, please contact Craig Patterson.

It’s a great event and honours Drew is a great way, so take part or contribute in some way if you can!

Remembering Andrew: Rick & Jane visit Afghanistan

May 1st, 2011 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

From Rick:

As you may know, Jane and I travelled to Kandahar with the Canadian Forces March 15 to 23 as part of the next-of-kin program where the forces take out family members of the fallen. We travelled with 15 other family members. We were shown the operation in some detail, and were able to touch the ground and breathe the air where Andy lived and died. We both found it helpful.

We took many, many photos, but the following are six that stood out. These photos were taken around one of the events where there was an impressive and moving ceremony at the Canadian Monument to the Fallen, which occurred on Sunday morning, March 20. This monument is to be moved back to Canada at the end of the mission in a few months, and will be erected in Ottawa.

(Incidentally, we ran into Ashley who had been posted to Kandahar, and we invited her to participate in the wreath laying ceremony.)

1. Jane and Rick in front of the Canadian Task Force Headquarters in Kandahar.

Jane and Rick in front of the Canadian Task Force Headquarters in Kandahar.

2. The Canadian Monument to the Fallen which is in front of the Headquarters.

The Canadian Monument to the Fallen which is in front of the Headquarters.

3. Jane and Rick with Ashley Atkins at the Canadian Monument.

Jane and Rick with Ashley Atkins at the Canadian Monument.

4. Jane, Rick and Ashley.

Jane, Rick and Ashley.
5. Jane and Rick laying a wreath for Andrew.

Jane and Rick laying a wreath for Andrew.

6. In Memory of Lt. Andrew R. Nuttall.

In Memory of Lt. Andrew R. Nuttall.

Remembering Andrew: Guts Cup - Nutts Cup 2011

February 5th, 2011 Posted in Personal/Website | No Comments »

Nutts Cup - Group Shot

It was the most successful year thus far for the annual hockey tournament put on by the Guts Men’s hockey team from Vancouver. This was the second year that there was added meaning to the tournament - we’ve also made it the “Nutts Cup” to remember and honour Drew the way he would have liked it: outdoor hockey, music, beer, and old and new friends.

He would have really loved this year’s tournament - it was held at the Big White Ski Resort outside of Kelowna and over 45 guys came to join in the festivities, including Andrew’s brother John (a member of last year’s winning team - we’re pretty sure Drew had something to do with that!).

The picture (above) was taken shortly before everyone gave a shout out to Drew (”God Bless Netts!”) and then we played the final game, which ended with the Royals taking home the “Andrew Nuttall Memorial Cup” (aka “Guts Cup”, aka “Nutts Cup”) in a hard-fought 1-goal win over the Hearts. Congrats to all the Royals for the big win!

In the end everyone had a blast and it’s sure to be bigger and better next year. It would have been that much greater in Drew could have joined us in body, but I know he was certainly there in spirit and all those who knew him missed him especially while they were up there.

See you next year, Drew.

Remembering Andrew: 1 year ago today…

December 23rd, 2010 Posted in Military, Personal/Website | No Comments »

It was a year ago today when we lost Andrew. Andy. Drew. Drewfio. Nuttman. Nutts.

It feels like only yesterday.

Since then a lot has happened. Andrew was buried and celebrated a hero. Numerous events and memorials have happened to remember him, but I think we’d all give it back just for another day with him. That’s how special he was to us.

Perhaps it’s best said in the video Ken Anderson, a very good friend of Drew’s put together earlier this year:

Thank you for the great sacrifice you made in order to protect us. You are an inspiration and a hero to all of us.

We love you Drew. We miss you. We will always remember you.

God bless Nutts.