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21/22 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.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Kate-Leigh Heapy

Kate-Leigh is from Oak River and played this past season for the Birtle Bruskies Female U18 team that won the 2022 Hockey Manitoba Female U18 Provincials gold medal. Kate-Leigh has been a strong academic student during her time at Hamiota Collegiate. She received the General Proficiency Award in grade 10 for the highest academic average. She received an Academic Excellence Award in grades nine, 10, and 11 for maintaining an overall average of 88 per cent or higher. At Hamiota Collegiate, Kate-Leigh was treasurer of the Student Council and was an active member of the Youth in Philanthropy group. Kate-Leigh played for the Yellowhead Chiefs Female Under-18 AAA team in grade 10 and also played softball, volleyball and badminton during her time at Hamiota Collegiate. Kate-Leigh plans to attend Assiniboine Community College this coming fall to study Business Administration (Accounting).



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Josie Nichols

Josie is from Onanole and played this past season for the Yellowhead Chiefs Female U18 AAA team. Josie is an excellent leader on and off the ice and is an encouraging role model for her teammates. She is a gifted student and has been on the Honour Roll every year at Erickson Collegiate Institute. School and community involvement are both important to Josie, as she participated in the Gay Straight Alliance Group, and she has volunteered with the local Christmas Cheer Board for several years. She also enjoys working with younger athletes and has been a volunteer coach with the Yellowhead Female Prospects for the last four years. Josie has been accepted into the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to pursue a diploma in Medical Radiologic Technology or Magnetic Resonance and to play women’s hockey.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Brittan Yaschyshyn

Brittan is from Swan River and played this past season for the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School Tigers male hockey team. Brittan is a dedicated student who achieved a 98 per cent average in her academic courses. She has been a member of multiple sports teams at her school and has been an active community member in her town. She served as co-president of her school’s student council and tutored her younger peers in Pre-Calculus. This past season, Brittan coached one of the local U7 teams and also helps out as an instructor in the summer with Swan Valley’s hockey school. Brittan plans to attend the University of Saskatchewan in the fall where she will study Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Madeleina Daigneault

Madeleina is from Winnipeg and played this past season for the St. Vital Victorias Female U18 AA team. Madeleina was a multi-sport athlete at school and achieved a 95 per cent average in the first semester of Grade 12. Madeleina has a strong work ethic, and she is not afraid to put in the extra effort to succeed as a student. In her school and community, she is always willing to lend a helping hand with fundraisers and charity drives. She is part of the cabinet for the PJFM (Parliament Jeunesse Franco-Manitobain) and works part time at the St. Boniface Museum. Madeleina has applied to the Bachelor of Arts program at L’Université de Saint-Boniface.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Norah Collins

Norah is from Winnipeg and played the past three seasons for the Winnipeg Avros Female U18 AAA team. Norah is a gifted student who was on the honor roll all four years she attended Collège Jeanne-Sauvé. She has been an active member of her school’s grad committee, leadership committee, and yearbook committee while also competing in volleyball, basketball, badminton, fastpitch, cross country, and track and field. Norah has taken the time to also volunteer at her school and in the community. She helped with the U13/U15 Vics Spring Hockey Camps, helped coach grade 7/8 volleyball, virtually attended the Beyond the Horizon Youth Summit, and was a CJS “Natural Helper”. Norah will be continuing her education and hockey career at the University of Manitoba this coming fall.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Brett Tustin

Brett is from East St. Paul and played the past season for the River East Collegiate Kodiaks in the Manitoba High School Hockey League. Brett is a gifted student who maintained an average of 90 per cent in his Grade 12 year.  Brett is the type of person and athlete that is admired by all of his peers. He has shown the skills and commitment to be able to juggle hockey with his academic responsibilities and extracurricular activities. Brett has been active in his community, assisting at several hockey schools and delivering hot meals to persons with disabilities and older adults. Brett plans to attend Confederation College in Thunder Bay this coming fall, where he has been accepted into the Aviation flight management program.


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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Gavin Hildebrandt

Gavin is from Altona and played the past two seasons for the W.C. Miller Collegiate Aces high school hockey team. Gavin demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in his final season of Zone IV hockey and represented his team at the 2022 Zone IV All-Star Game. Despite not wearing a letter on his chest, he lead by example in the way he played the game and was vocal in the locker room. In addition to playing hockey, Gavin also played on the school volleyball and basketball teams this past season. He is a strong student who maintained a 93 per cent average in his Grade 12 year. He has challenged himself across a wide variety of courses including English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology. Gavin will attend the University of Winnipeg this fall and will study Physical and Health Education.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Braxtyn Ollson

Braxtyn is from Balmoral and played this past season for the Stonewall Blues Under-18 team. Braxtyn is extremely passionate about hockey and was selected to participate in the 2019 IIHF Global Girls Game where she got to represent Team Canada with players from all over the world. At Stonewall Collegiate, she also played on the basketball, soccer, and ringette teams. Braxtyn has impressed her peers and teachers with her focus and determination. She is a gifted student who maintained a 90 per cent average in all four years of high school. With her proactive attitude and overall kindness, she has achieved many goals and continues to strive to succeed at whatever challenges she faces along the way. In the community, Braxton has volunteered her time at hockey tournaments and has been involved with various local charity events. Braxtyn will attend the University of Manitoba this coming fall, where she will study Environmental Sciences.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Mitchell Aitken

Mitchell is from Winnipeg and played this past season for the St. John’s-Ravenscourt Eagles Boys High School Hockey Team. Mitchell is a committed and passionate hockey player and was named a Winnipeg High School Hockey League All-Star (five goals, 13 assists in 18 games). His preparation in hockey also showed up in the classroom, scoring marks of 97 per cent in Physics, 95 per cent in Advanced Topic Math, and in AP Chemistry. His overall average of 93 per cent earned him Governors Honour Roll status. Mitch’s spirit for sport and life extends beyond the hockey world as he has volunteered his time at several Christmas hamper drives and at the McPhillips Animal Hospital.  He also coached SJR’s Grade nine/10 Rookie Tournament Team. His willingness to dive into his school community, particularly in his love for athletics has been exceptional. Mitchell will attend the University of Manitoba this fall, where he will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Colin Hildebrand

Colin is a Level II official from Crystal City who officiates in the Rock Lake Minor Hockey Association. Colin has been officiating for five years and his calm demeanor translates well on the ice. Colin is an exceptional student (academic average of 96 per cent) who was selected to be Student Council President for his Grade 12 year at Mennonite Collegiate Institute. Colin has been enthusiastically involved in music and athletic programs (volleyball, soccer, badminton) at school and has helped other students find ways to build community and enhance belonging. Colin will attend the University of Winnipeg this fall and will study Theatre Arts.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Connor Langan

Connor is from Cartwright and played this past season for the Pembina Tigers in the Zone IV High School Hockey League. Connor is an outstanding student who held a 98 per cent academic average in his Grade 12 year. Connor’s commitment to academic excellence translates into his athletics as well. Connor is a multi-sport athlete that excels in many areas. He has had success in track and field, as well as cross-country running. Connor was also the team captain of the Cartwright School volleyball team where he was recognized as a Provincial All-Star and helped the team win the Provincial A Volleyball Championship. Connor will attend Brandon University this fall to work towards a Bachelor of Science.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Andrew Blahy

Andrew is a goaltender from Grande Pointe and played this past season for the Eastman Selects U18 AAA. Andrew’s determination and work ethic have helped him have success in both athletics and academics. Andrew maintained a 96 per cent average in his Grade 12 year at St. John’s Ravenscourt School while balancing his busy U18 AAA hockey schedule and his intense academic schedule. Andrew posted a record of 17-3-0 in his rookie season with the U18 AAA Eastman Selects which earned him an addition to the protected list of the MJHL’s Steinbach Pistons. Andrew started his first MJHL game in February 2022 and registered his first MJHL victory. Andrew volunteered his time with the U15 AA Eastman South Blizzard this past season, helping their young goalies with their skills and confidence. He also spent time helping with the SJR U9 team. Andrew has earned acceptance into multiple University programs and will pursue post-secondary education in the fall.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Aurora Pilkington

Aurora is from Altona and played the 2021 – 2022 season for the Morden Hawks Female U18 A. Aurora is a diligent student who earned Honour Roll with Distinction each year at W.C. Miller Collegiate. She was selected for a host of Commitment to Learning Awards by her teaching staff and also earned a student Citizenship Award, selected by her peers and teachers as a student who has worked to support her peers and build positive relationships across the school. Aurora is a dedicated hockey player and a natural leader, who was named captain or assistant captain on many of the teams she played on. Aurora has also participated in school sports such as high school softball, community softball, and junior varsity volleyball. Aurora has been accepted into Carleton University for Aerospace Engineering for the upcoming school year.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Steven Harland

Steven is a goaltender from Winnipeg who played the past three seasons for the Sturgeon Heights Collegiate Huskies in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League. Being a student athlete in high school can be demanding but Steven excelled while holding a part-time job and doing volunteer work within his community. He is an exceptional student and is highly respected by teachers, coaches, and his peers alike. His hard work and dedication to his academics speaks for itself by the impressive 96 per cent overall four-year high school grade average he earned. Steven’s volunteer work includes coaching U7 practices and games for St. James Minor Hockey, running on-ice sessions for the Jackrabbits Learn to Skate program at Sturgeon Community Centre, collecting food donations at Halloween food drives, and helping raise over $20,000.00 for Christmas hampers for Sam’s Christmas. Steven will attend the University of Manitoba this fall to study engineering.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Sam Kisil

Sam is from Winnipeg and played this past season for the River East Marauders U18 AA. Sam excelled academically at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, consistently receiving First Class Honours recognition (95 per cent academic average). He is a tremendous leader both on and off the ice and as captain of the U18 AA River East Marauders, he provided a great example for the younger 15-year-old players on his team.  Sam is involved with his community and has volunteered with the Christmas Cheer Board and Winnipeg Harvest as well as in community events through his various hockey teams. Sam will attend the University of Manitoba this fall to study Health Sciences.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Nicholas Hnytka

Nicholas is from Dugald and played this past season for the Collège Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Collegiate Canadiens. Nicholas is a gifted student who maintained a 93 per cent average in his Grade 12 year. Due to his excellent work ethic and leadership qualities, Nicholas was named Assistant Captain in his first year playing high school hockey. In addition to playing hockey, Nicholas has officiated minor hockey in Springfield since 2017. He also teaches Tae-Kwon Do and for the past four summers, he has worked as a swimming instructor at Ar-Lin Aquatics. Nicholas will attend the University of Manitoba this fall.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Joshua Evans

Joshua is from Lockport and is an official in the Lord Selkirk Minor Hockey Association. Over his past four years officiating, Joshua has demonstrated enthusiasm by always asking questions, accepting, and responding to feedback, and pursuing games at higher levels. Joshua has been a leader to new referees and is always friendly to those on and off the ice. Joshua has worked hard academically and involved himself in many extra-curricular activities both in the school and in the community. In addition to his extra-curricular activities and schoolwork, he has maintained several part-time jobs in the community including respite for children with ASD and working at a local fishing charter. Joshua will attend the University of Manitoba this fall to study Biochemistry.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Sydney Rumpli

Sydney is from Portage la Prairie and played the past three seasons for the Central Plains Capitals Female U18 AAA. Sidney was part of her team’s leadership group this past season as an assistant captain and is always encouraging her teammates. Sydney is an academically strong student who has maintained a high academic average in each of her years as a student at Portage Collegiate Institute. Sydney volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and has provided friendship and moral support for less fortunate youth in her community. Sidney has also volunteered for the Table for 500 CancerCare fundraiser and at the Portage Hospital. Sydney will be studying science at the University of Manitoba this fall and plans on studying medicine after she obtains her Bachelor of Science.



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.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Janik Grenier

Janik is from Notre Dame and played this past season for the Pembina Valley Hawks Female U18 AAA. Janik was a leader on her team and made the younger players feel comfortable. She is a driven individual who leads by example and strives to achieve excellence. Janik has maintained a high academic average during her years as a student at L’École régionale Notre-Dame. She has been involved in many extracurricular activities over the last few years, including serving as President of the School Council and President of the 2022 Graduation Committee. She has also volunteered at the Notre Dame Health Centre as part of her community service hours. Janik will attend the University of Manitoba this fall to study science.



Each year Hockey Manitoba will award one scholarship in the amount of $750.00 in memorial of those that we lost over the course of the season. This is to recognize them for their long-standing positions with Hockey Manitoba and the significant contributions they made to the betterment of our game. For the 2021 – 2022 season, those individuals are:

Brian Franklin – From Deloraine, Manitoba, Brian was part of the game of hockey in Manitoba for over 50 years. He began officiating at age 15 and eventually attained his Level 5 certification officiating the Canada Games in Brandon, games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, and officiating in two US Division 3 College National Championships.

Brian served as the Deloraine Minor Hockey Association Vice President from 1981 to 1987 before becoming a crucial volunteer with the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League, imparting his knowledge resulting in a major impact on the growth and stability of U18 AAA hockey in Manitoba.

Brian also had a vested interest in the continuation of Senior Hockey within Manitoba. Brian became the Senior Director for Hockey Manitoba in 1990 and served on the Board in this capacity until 1997 when he became the Chair of Senior Hockey for the branch.

Brian was elected as the Vice President of Hockey Manitoba in 2005 and became President of Hockey Manitoba in 2007 where he served as the leader of the organization until 2012. Brian sat on the Hockey Manitoba Board for an incredible 27 years as well as on numerous committees at Hockey Canada. In 2015 Brian was recognized as the first recipient of the Frank McKinnon Outstanding Volunteer Award and in 2021 he was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit for his contribution and service to the game of hockey.

George Ullyatt – a Hockey Manitoba Honourary Life Member and served as Hockey Manitoba President from 1995 – 2001.

George contributed in so many ways to the growth, delivery, and administration of hockey in our province and was a leader and a role model for countless volunteers.

George’s involvement with Hockey Manitoba spanned for over 30 years, holding roles in all levels of administration, including Vice President, Chair of Junior, and Hockey Canada Board Member (1995-2001). George played a key role in acquiring and hosting the 1992 Centennial Cup and the 1999 World Junior Championship in Winnipeg.

He sat on several National Committees including the Chair of Risk and Safety in 2002 and 2003, a member of the Governance Committee, Constitution and By-laws and a member of the Marketing Committee.

George was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit in 2006.

George was General Manager of the MJHL’s Winnipeg South Blues from 1981 to 1997 and was passionate about growing the junior game in our province.

2021 – 2022 Recipient: Jayselyn Nybo

Jayselyn is from Dauphin and played this past season for the Grand Plains Ice Dogs Female U18. Jayselyn played for the Central Plains Capitals Female U18 AAA  for two seasons, winning an academic achievement award in her first year. Jayselyn is a gifted student who maintained a 98 per cent average in her Grade 12 year at Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School. Jayselyn not only succeeded in the classroom, but she did so while balancing her hockey, extracurricular activities, and volunteering. Jayselyn will attend Brandon University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing degree.