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20/21 Hockey Manitoba Scholarship Winners

The game of hockey provides many teachable moments and some equally valuable life lessons.  In addition to the on-ice experiences and enjoyment, Hockey Manitoba also recognizes the importance of a strong educational foundation, and each year awards twenty (20) post-secondary scholarships to graduating student member athletes.  In an effort to continue to acknowledge outstanding contributions, Hockey Manitoba has chosen to name many of its scholarships after the following outstanding members to leave a lasting legacy in their honor.

 

ORVILLE ACRES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (Female Recipient) – $1,000

The name Orville Acres was synonymous with women’s hockey in Manitoba and throughout Canada. He was a player, coach, official, administrator and promoter who played a major role in the development of hockey throughout the province for over 40 years.  Orville Acres devoted a lifetime to promoting, developing, organizing and improving amateur hockey in Manitoba.  Orville earned the respect of his peers and was a highly visible member of the women’s hockey program in the province. As a model hockey builder, he touched the lives of many people, guided many gifted athletes, coaches and officials alike. Fairness in sport was his guiding principal.  A true ambassador to the sport, Orville Acres exemplified the leadership qualities and has made significant contributions to the advancement of female hockey in Canada.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Jessica Haner

Jessica is from Oakbank and played this past season for the St. Mary’s Academy Flames Prep Team. Jessica is a true leader on and off the ice, a tremendous role model for her teammates and an excellent academic student. Jessica has achieved Honour Roll at St. Mary’s Academy throughout her academic career, with an average of 96 per cent or higher. In 2020, she was awarded the Christine Skublics Award for highest academic achievement with a 98 per cent average.  Jessica has committed to play with the University of Manitoba Bisons beginning in the 2021 – 2022 season and she has confirmed direct entry into the Faculty of Engineering based on her academic excellence.

 

BILL ADDISON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Originally from Carberry, Manitoba, Addison was the president of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association from 1967 – 1970 and served as commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for more than two decades.  He was also a founding member of the Manitoba Sports Federation.  Mr. Addison received an award from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to recognize his contributions to the growth of amateur hockey and was also presented with a Manitoba Gold Medal for outstanding community service by then Sport Minister Jim Ernst.  Bill managed the last Manitoba team to win the Memorial Cup, the Winnipeg Braves hockey team, in 1958 – 1959 and in 1985, Addison was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Jorie Garchinski

Jorie is from Winnipeg and played this past season for the Interlake Lightning Female U18 AAA. Jorie embodies the characteristics of a student-athlete and displays a high degree of personal responsibility and perseverance. Jorie is a gifted student who has maintained an academic average of 93 per cent or higher during her four years at St. Mary’s Academy. Despite a very busy schedule, Jorie has found time to give back to the sport as a Level II official. Jorie has been accepted into the University of British Columbia where she plans on obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree. She has a strong interest in medicine and wants to eventually pursue a career in that field.

 

GEORGE ALLARD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $1,500

Born in The Pas, George was an outstanding goalkeeper during his playing years. He organized and played for Flin Flon Intermediates, the National AA champions in 1965.  There he was a player, volunteer coach/manager from 1956 – 1967.  He was manager of the Flin Flon Junior Bombers for three years and a scout for the New York Rangers.  George served as the Hockey Manitoba Executive Director for three decades. He was also Secretary-Treasurer of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League from 1967 – 1977.  Awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit in 1985, he also served on committees such as the first World Junior Championships and the Government of Canada Hockey Review.  George’s impact on the game in truly difficult to measure.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Joie Simon

Joie is from Flin Flon and played this past season for the Yellowhead Chiefs Female U18 AAA. Joie is an outstanding student who has maintained an academic average of 96 per cent or higher during her four years at Hapnot Collegiate. Joie moved six hours away from home so she could play in the Yellowhead region for the U18 AAA Chiefs. This speaks to her level of commitment, adaptability and dedication to the sport as well as her personal goals. She was voted captain of the team and has always been a caring teammate. In addition to playing high level hockey, Joie contributed regularly to school programs and volunteered at local sporting events. Joie has applied to attend the University of Saskatchewan this coming fall.

 

RALPH BORGER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Ralph served 38 years as a Builder and Administrator in Minor and Junior hockey for Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada.  He also served as a Director of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum and on the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  He owned and administered the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s St. Boniface Saints Hockey Club for 28 years. Ralph was extremely proud of the positive role and influence it had on the lives of many young men in hockey who went on to successful and fulfilling careers.  Ralph was known as the ultimate fundraiser. He raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for minor and junior hockey in Manitoba.  He received various awards for his contributions to hockey including being named Volunteer of the Millennium by Hockey Manitoba followed by his induction in 2005 into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.  Ralph was further honored as a Life Member of Hockey Manitoba.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Carson Chetyrbok

Carson is from Tyndall and played this past season for the Beausejour Blades. Carson is an exceptionally well-rounded person who excels in both sports and academia. Carson grew up playing minor hockey in the Beausejour/Garson areas and was Captain of his U15 team, winning the prestigious Russell Ross Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most dedicated player. Carson is an active member of his community, working as a Pre-Calculus tutor for Grade 9 and 10 students and volunteering his time with the Tyndall Soccer Association. Carson is an excellent student who has maintained an average in the high 90s in his Grade 12 year at École Edward Schreyer School. He plans on attending university this coming fall to study Commerce (Finance).

 

BOB CALDWELL SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Bob played hockey for the University of Brandon before getting heavily involved in the coaching aspect of the game. In his local community of Deloraine, MB he established a sport development fund in order to subsidize costs and bring instruction to the kids rather than having to send them to other communities. He also operated the on-ice portion of the Breakfast Club twice a week which allows players from U9 to U18 to work on skating and puck handling skills.  Bob is the Chair of the Athlete Development Committee for Hockey Manitoba and has been involved with the selection of coaches for Hockey Manitoba’s Provincial teams. In addition, he is Hockey Manitoba’s master mentor and the true driving force behind the branch Coach Mentorship program.  He has spent countless hours on and off the ice with young coaches across the province. Bob also serves as Chair of the Coach Advisory Board for Coaching Manitoba. His dedication to improving coaches and coaching tactics has been beneficial not only to our coaching community but also to those players that prosper as a result. Bob’s tireless efforts and hard work have made him an incredible asset to Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Ewan Poirier

Ewan is from Brandon and played the past three seasons for the Brandon Wheat Kings U18 AAA. He is a leader on and off the ice whose work ethic is second to none. He has maintained high academic standing while pursuing opportunities in competitive hockey and will graduate from École secondaire Neelin High School in June 2021 with a French Immersion Diploma with an average above 90 per cent, including the completion of three International Baccalaureate courses (Francais, Mathematics, Psychology). He has also been a member of the Honour Society during all four years at École secondaire Neelin High School. Ewan is planning to continue his pursuit of his hockey goals and will attend a post-secondary institution to further his studies this coming fall.

 

ALBERT E. HORSEMAH “ABBIE” COO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Abbie was born in Teeswater, Ontario in 1885 and after serving in World War 1, in which he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery, he worked for the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association for 45 years.  From 1918 to 1963 he was on the Executive and served as President from 1924 to 1927. He would act as President again from 1934 to 1937, and once more from 1942 to 1946. He spent fifteen years as an Executive Member, seventeen years as the Secretary-Manager and thirteen years as President.  A long-time newspaper executive with the Winnipeg Free Press, Abbie Coo was a fixture in the boardrooms of amateur hockey.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Nicole Black

Nicole is from Winnipeg and played the past three seasons for the St. Mary’s Academy Prep team. During her years at St. Mary’s Academy, Nicole has consistently achieved a very high honours standing in her academic program. She was an Assistant Captain this past season and she regularly encouraged her teammates with insightful analysis and kept everyone focused on the game while also nurturing the camaraderie that exists between players. She has demonstrated a commitment to being of service to the greater community by sharing her talents with Ronald McDonald House for several years and has also volunteered her time for Siloam Mission and West Broadway Youth Outreach. Nicole will be playing hockey for the University of Calgary in the fall of 2021.

 

TODD DAVISON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $1,000

Todd played the game of hockey with tremendous speed and a big heart, never letting size limit his ability to compete.  A feisty forward in the WHL and with the Lloydminster Blazers of the AJHL, he always played the game with intensity.  Todd was also assistant captain for Team Manitoba at the 2003 Canada Winter Games in Campbellton – Bathhurst, NB and named Team Manitoba’s honorary captain for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, YK.  He was very well respected by his teammates and achieved success on and off the ice through his hard work, determination and passion for life.  In June 2004, two days after graduating from St. Paul’s High School, Todd was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Todd applied his trademark perseverance and limitless spirit not only to his personal battle with cancer, but also to a larger goal, the fight to end cancer.  Inspired by the positive attitude and inspirational work of people such as Lyle Bauer and Mario Lemieux who also faced and conquered this dreadful disease, Todd strived to make a difference.  Todd lost his fight with cancer in December 2006, but his commitment to make a difference continues to inspire. Hockey Manitoba recognizes Todd’s tremendous, unselfish commitment to the game and has established a scholarship in his name to continue his legacy.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Brooke Smith

Brooke is from Winnipeg and played this past season for the North East Predators U18. Brooke is a kind, inclusive, caring individual who has a passion for hockey and her teammates. She is a committed athlete who has worked tirelessly over the years to become a better goaltender. She is also an excellent student who has maintained a high academic average in her four years at River East Collegiate (90 per cent average). She has been active in her community, working as a tutor goalie for aspiring young girls that play hockey. Brooke has also endured hardships over the last year as she was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease in the Summer of 2020. Brooke is an inspiration to all of us and is a very deserving winner of the Todd Davison Memorial Scholarship.

 

R.A. “SAM” FABRO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Born in Udine, Italy, Sam Fabro moved to Winnipeg as a child and played with the 1941 Memorial Cup winning Winnipeg Rangers. He was one of the founders and first Chairman of the Manitoba Hockey Players Foundation in 1967 and was a leader in the creation of the Hockey Hall of Fame & Museum in 1985. Fabro was also a huge influence and instrumental builder in more than just hockey. The Chair of the 1974 Winter and 1978 Summer Games, Fabro was a co-founder of the Manitoba Marathon and Canoeathon and Chair of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. He was President of the Manitoba Baseball Association from 1968 – 1969, Chairman for the Manitoba Games from 1974 – 1978, and vice chairman of the Wildlife Foundation of Manitoba.  Ronald A. “Sam” Fabro was admitted to the Order of Canada in 1975 and will be turning 95 in December.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Kylar MacLeod

Kylar is from Winnipeg and played the past three seasons for the Winnipeg Avros Female U18 AAA team. Kylar is a dedicated athlete who will put the team ahead of herself. She is a gifted student who achieved a 97 per cent average in her semester one Grade 12 courses at Oak Park High School. She has demonstrated tremendous leadership skills during her four years as a student at Oak Park and was elected student council co-president where she was responsible for running a council that had 30 student members. She has also been involved in the peer tutoring program at Oak Park and was involved in the climate action and philanthropy committees. Kylar will attend either the University of Manitoba or the University of Winnipeg in the fall where she plans on studying Health Sciences.

 

JACK FORSYTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $1,000

From Hartney, Jack was actively involved in the game for over six decades serving the game as a player, coach, official and administrator.  He was an educator who served both as a teacher and principal in rural schools across southwestern Manitoba.  He helped found the U18 AAA Hockey League and served as the Secretary and President of the South West Hockey League. Jack also served on the Hockey Manitoba Board of Directors for many years, (including President from 2001 – 2004) and on the Hockey Canada Board of Directors from 2001 – 2007; the final three years as the National Chair of Minor Hockey.  In 2008, Jack was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit. Jack is recognized as a Life Member of Hockey Manitoba and also served as the Commissioner of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League for over 20 years.   Jack’s determination and dedication to advancing the game will have an impact for generations.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Jarvis Ewasko

Jarvis is from Beausejour and played the past two seasons for the Beausejour Blades U18 team. Jarvis is a skilled hockey player with a tremendous work ethic. He has been a captain or an assistant captain on almost every team he has ever played on. He shows an immense amount of respect for his teammates, coaches, opponents, and officials and has also shown a commitment to the game as a Level II official. Jarvis is a positive role model who works hard to make his school community better, as well as the greater community of Beausejour better. Jarvis is an exceptional student whose average over the past two years at École Edward Schreyer School is 97 per cent. Jarvis plans to attend either the University of Winnipeg or the University of Manitoba to earn a degree in Business (Commerce) and then he plans to further his education in Optometry.

 

TRUDY GALLOWAY MEMORIAL BURSARY – $750

This bursary assists a young official who aspires to a post-secondary education within Manitoba.  In order to qualify for the bursary, the candidate must have officiated in Manitoba during the past season and have secured a letter of recommendation from both their High School Principal and Referee-in-Chief.  Ryan Galloway provides the bursary in honor of his mother, Trudy Galloway. Ryan is a Manitoban who has worked as an official in the MMJHL, MJHL and the WHL. Ryan has officiated in the professional ranks of both the IHL and AHL, and currently works as a linesman for the NHL, having amassed over 1000 games to date. Ryan’s ongoing contributions to Hockey Manitoba’s officiating program are a testament to his integrity, character and professionalism.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Tyson Nachtigall

Tyson is a Level III official in Winnipeg’s River East area. Tyson is a dedicated official and a good mentor for younger officials who can be counted on to offer meaningful and timely coaching tips. Tyson represents Hockey Winnipeg and the River East Minor Hockey Association with the utmost professionalism and is very dedicated to his craft. He is an excellent student who has graduated from River East Collegiate with honours (academic average of over 90 per cent). He plans on attending the Canadian Mennonite University this coming fall, enrolling in their Business program with hopes of becoming an Actuary.

 

IAN HEATHER SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Ian Heather was referee-in-chief the Winnipeg Minor Hockey Association from 1973 – 1978, the Winnipeg High School League from 1987 – 1994 and the Hockey Manitoba referee-in-chief from 2002 – 2011.  Ian also served as the supervisor of officials for the 2003 CIS women’s championship, the 2005 Royal Bank Cup and was heavily involved in the 2002 Under-17 tournament in Stonewall/Selkirk, the 2009 Allan and TELUS Cups in Manitoba and finally the World Under-17 championship in Winnipeg in 2011.  Ian played a significant role in the development of current NHL Manitoba officials Rob Martell, Vaughan Rody and Ryan Galloway, and as an instructor and national supervisor, he has also had a hand in guiding other Canadian officials who have achieved success in making it to the NHL.  Ian Heather is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the Hockey Canada Officiating Award in 2010. Ian is a retired teacher who has since taken on a position in the penalty box crew of the NHL Off-ice Officiating Department for Winnipeg Jets games.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Austin Keown

Austin is from Roblin and is a Level II official for the Roblin Minor Hockey Association. Austin has been a referee for four years and has shown a tremendous amount of potential in a short period of time. He has become an asset to his local minor hockey association and has been entrusted with mentoring and developing the skills of new officials.  He has shown dedication within his greater community by coaching youth volleyball at Roblin Elementary School and volunteering for the local YMCA running club. Austin is an exceptional student who had an impressive average of 97.5 per cent in semester one of the 2020 – 2021 academic year. He earned four academic awards of excellence from Goose Lake High School and will be recognized at graduation. Austin plans on attending the University of Calgary in the fall to study Biochemistry.

 

NICK HILL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $1,000

Nick Hill played minor hockey in Winnipeg’s North End, Junior hockey for the Port Author Bruins, had a short bout with the Boston Bruins organization and ended up playing for Milwaukee in the IHL.  Nick returned to Winnipeg and launched a career in sales and founded Kern-Hill Furniture Co-op, coining the phrase “C’mon Down!”.  Nick’s passion for the game of hockey was second to none. He coached all levels of hockey in Manitoba. Team and player development was a very important part of his coaching philosophy. He was one of the original founders of AAA hockey in the city, and he felt that Winnipeg needed tiered hockey in order to compete with the larger cities across Canada.  Whether it was coaching community club, AAA, Junior or Senior hockey in Manitoba, Nick was a fierce competitor in everything he did. He always made time to assist or advise the many players and coaches he spoke to until the last few days of his life.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Kate Kabernick

Kate is from Sanford and is a well-rounded student athlete with a terrific academic record and an outstanding commitment to her community. She has been co-president of the Sanford Collegiate Student Council while also volunteering in the school canteen. She has been a member of the school boxing club as well as the ringette and community softball teams. While participating in all of these activities, she managed to maintain Magne Cum Laude status every year at Sanford Collegiate, always finishing within the highest three standings for her grade. She is very giving of her time outside of school as she contributes to her surrounding community by volunteering at the local arena (filling several roles). Kate plans on attending the University of Manitoba where she will study Sciences or Engineering.

 

JERRY KRUK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $1,000

Jerry was a long time member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame Board of Directors prior to losing his battle with cancer in 2012.  Jerry played his youth hockey in Winnipeg’s north end and was a member of the last Winnipeg based team to win the Memorial Cup, the 1957 Winnipeg Braves. Jerry went on to graduate from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Engineering.  He was a great contributor to the Winnipeg business community through his association with Intercity Gas Company and latterly as the CEO of CAA Manitoba.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Teghveer Ateliey

Teghveer is a goaltender from Winnipeg who played the 2019 – 2020 season for the Glenlawn Collegiate hockey team. Teghveer first tried out for Glenlawn as someone new to the sport of hockey and was cut but he worked hard and improved his skills exponentially and was eventually chosen for the Glenlawn hockey team in his Grade 11 year and he would have made the team in his Grade 12 year if the season was not cancelled. Teghveer is an exemplary team player and an excellent student (academic average of 97 per cent). He is also an active volunteer in the community in addition to being employed part-time.  He has volunteered for the Glenlawn community kitchen, Gurudwara Kitchen, Learn to Skate program as well as running a Coding Club for younger students.  Teghveer plans on attending university in the fall to study engineering.

 

SHELDON LANCHBERY SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Sheldon served as the President of both Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada. He was elected to the Chair of the Canadian Hockey Association’s Board of Directors in 2001 and a member since 1994 while serving as a CHA Officer since 1996.  He served as the chairman of the Mentorship Committee and was instrumental in the formation and development of the CHA Coach Mentorship program in 2000.  Sheldon’s vision, leadership and legal acumen was a guiding light in the adoption of a variety of programs and structure of both branch and national programs. As President of Hockey Manitoba, Lanchbery spearheaded the CHA ‘’Speak Out’ program as the chairman of the Harassment and Abuse Prevention Committee. Sheldon was appointed to her majesty’s Courts of Bench in June 2013 and is a native of Deloraine, Manitoba.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Cody Creasy

Cody is from Brandon and played the past two seasons for the Brandon Wheat Kings U18 AAA team. Cody is a talented goaltender who is a valued leader off the ice. He has carefully balanced hockey and his other sporting activity while also maintaining a high academic average. He will graduate from Vincent Massey High School on the honour roll. He has frequently taken on leadership roles at school and in the wider community and is well-regarded by his fellow students. One particular highlight is his dedication to supporting and developing younger hockey players. Cody plans on continuing his hockey career in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and he plans on attending Brandon University in the fall to study Business.

 

BUCK MATIOWSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Matiowski was a trailblazer for several hockey firsts in Manitoba such as organizing the first-ever provincial women’s hockey tournament in 1955 and founding Western Manitoba’s first summer hockey school in Brandon in 1967.  Buck also served as President of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association in 1984 – 1985.  He coached and operated women’s hockey in the rural communities of Shoal Lake and Bisset and in 1968 wrote a ground breaking report called “Task Force on Hockey Violence” for use by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. In 1976 he introduced a new plan to divide the province into regions for the organization of amateur hockey, a system that is still used to this day.  An author and innovator, Buck’s forward-thinking has left a significant and positive mark on the game in Manitoba and his contribution is both significant, lasting and important in the development of hockey in our Province.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Lauren Kabernick

Lauren is from Sanford and is a talented goaltender and a committed leader. She is a formidable student-athlete with a terrific academic record (average of 97 per cent) and her commitment to the school and community is outstanding. In her time at Sanford Collegiate, Lauren has served as the Secretary of the Student Council (member for three years) and she volunteered in the school canteen. She is very giving of her time outside of school as she contributes to her surrounding community by volunteering at the local arena (filling several roles) and as a goaltender coach. She also works and volunteers at South Central Vet Clinic helping animals, making surgical packs, assisting vets and technicians, and cleaning. Lauren plans on attending the University of Manitoba this coming fall where she would like to eventually apply into the Faculty of Architecture.

 

JIM STIRLING MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 2 x $500

B.F Lorenzetti is the insurance provider for Hockey Canada and its Branches. One of their objectives is to assist in the funding of young athletes and officials.  In an effort to honor the contributions of long serving BFL colleague and friend Jim Stirling who passed away in 2013, BFL Canada has decided to change the name of the BFL Canada Risk and Insurance Scholarship program to the Jim Stirling Scholarship Program donated by BFL Canada.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Madisyn Smith

Madisyn is from Winnipeg and played the past three seasons for the Winnipeg Avros Female U18 AAA team. Madisyn is reliable, hard-working, genuine and a true team player. She was named the Winnipeg Avros Most Improved Player for the 2018 – 2019 season and was unanimously selected as an Assistant Captain by her coaching staff this past year. She maintained a 96 per cent average while juggling a busy hockey schedule. She is committed to athletics and furthering her development as an athlete as well as contributing to her community as a volunteer. Madisyn plans to continue her studies at Trinity Western University next year as she has committed to a roster spot with the Spartans for the 2021 – 2022 season.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Dante Staples

Dante is from East St. Paul and played this past season for the Winnipeg Thrashers U18 AAA team. Dante is efficient, detail-oriented and an extreme competitor. He is a team leader on and off the ice who has an excellent rapport with his teammates and coaching staff. He is a gifted student who was on the honour roll for four years at River East Collegiate (92 per cent average across all his Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses). He has shown the skills and commitment to be able to juggle hockey with his academic responsibilities and extracurricular commitments. Dante was granted direct entry into the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba where he plans to continue his education.

 

W. F. TAYLOR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $750

Born in Campbellford, Ontario, Dr. Taylor was an excellent administrator and one of the pioneer builders of hockey not only in this province, but also in the country.  The first organization to deal with the administration and development of hockey in Canada was the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada, which was organized on December 8th, 1886. Over time, other organizations in Canada came into existence and on December 4th, 1914, the first meeting to provide for a national body was held in the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. The impetus for a national organization came from a group of men in Winnipeg, one of which was Dr. W. F. Taylor, representing the Manitoba Hockey Association.  Taylor was selected as the first President for both the national and provincial organizations that governed amateur hockey and planted the seeds for growth and direction of the game in our country over 100 years ago.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Julia Bird

Julia is from Winnipeg and played the past three seasons for the St. Mary’s Academy Flames Prep team. She is a skilled hockey player who consistently demonstrates a positive attitude and the desire to achieve. She is always supportive to her teammates and she encourages others through her actions and leadership. She was instrumental in building and supporting a positive attitude amongst the players on her team. She is also an incredible student who has been on the honour roll at St. Mary’s Academy for all of her six years in attendance. Outside of class, she has spent time volunteering at St. Boniface Hospital and she coached the Storm Female U9 A2 team this past season. She also volunteered at St. Maurice School and O.V. Jewitt Community School. Julia is committed to play hockey for the University of Manitoba Bisons this coming fall.

 

DIANNE WOODS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $750

From Winnipeg, the daughter of a sporting family, Woods spent years filling volunteer and leadership roles in the hockey world. Dianne served as Executive Director of Hockey Winnipeg for 15 years, and worked tirelessly and unselfishly in order to grow the sport. In what may be one of her most enduring legacies, she long championed creating new hockey opportunities for girls and women. She also helped lead many efforts to make sports more accessible to low-income families, and created a Player Assistance Fund that remains today.  Dianne passed away suddenly in 2011 and the Fund was renamed in her honor. A very popular and warm hearted woman, Dianne always championed improvements and opportunities for members and was a trailblazer for the advancement of the game.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Aiden Patterson

Aiden is from Winnipeg and played this past season for the Fort Garry North AA Twins. Aiden has played hockey since he was five years old. He played AAA Hockey in St. Louis, MO for three seasons and after moving back to Winnipeg, played a season for the Winnipeg Warriors U15 AAA followed by two years with the St. Paul’s Crusaders High School hockey team. He is a keen intellect who has a strong desire to succeed at every endeavor he undertakes. He has achieved Gold Honour Roll (overall average of 90 per cent or greater) during each term of studies from Grade nine through Grade twelve. He has been active as a volunteer with Special Olympics, at his church, at school as a peer tutor, and as a volunteer coach in his community. Aiden plans on studying Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University next fall.

 

CANAD INNS SCHOLARSHIP – $750

As an official partner, and host hotel of Hockey Manitoba, Canad Inns generously provides an annual scholarship to a graduating Hockey Manitoba member pursuing post-secondary education.

2020 – 2021 Recipient: Natalie Williamson

Natalie is from Brandon and played this past season for the Westman Wildcats Female U18 AAA team. She is an exceptional student who was on the Honour Roll throughout her career at Ecole Neelin High School. Her tremendous work ethic and study habits, combined with her desire to be the best hockey player that she can be is a great example for other athletes and students around her. Along with being a successful academic student, Natalie has also been involved in her school community. She was a member of the SWAT Team (Students Working Against Tobacco) and she has volunteered her time with Youth In Philanthropy and Youth Revolution. Natalie will attend the University of Regina this coming fall where she will play for the women’s hockey team.