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18/19 Hockey Manitoba Scholarship Winners

The game of hockey has provided 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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Megan Schroeder

Megan is from Elm Creek and plays for the Balmoral Hall Blazers. She spends her free time playing multiple sports and volunteering. Meagan will be attending the University of British Columbia to pursue a science degree, focused on Pre-Med.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Scott Hryhoruk

Scott is a member of the Miles MacDonell Collegiate hockey team. He is also a member of the Grad Committee, Fishing Club and Kiwanis Volunteering Club. Scott will be studying Business at the University of Manitoba in the fall.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Tayah Vanstone

Tayah started playing hockey when she was six years old and is a current member of the Carman Cougars Female Midget team. Throughout high school she has maintained an average in the high 90s. She will be attending the University of Manitoba in the fall.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Rhyanne Pauls

Rhyanne is from Niverville and plays for the Ste. Anne Habs Female Midget team.  Throughout high school she has maintained an average of 95% or more. She will be attending the University of Manitoba in September.



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 Atom – Midget 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 and somehow has managed to facilitate over 90% of the 35+ specialty clinics each year.  These clinics, which have proven to be a tremendous resource for many communities, were Bob’s creation and have since been further developed by Hockey Canada across the country.  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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Madeline Chambers

Madeline is the goalie for the Westman Falcons Female Midget team. She upheld an average in the 90s throughout her high school career. Madeline will begin work on her Bachelor of Science at Brandon University this September.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Micah Funk

Micah is a member of the Eastman U17 Prep team as well as a Level II official. He enjoys several other sports, such as rugby and soccer, in addition to playing the guitar in the youth worship band at his church. Micah will be going to the University of Manitoba to study Kinesiology and Rec Management.



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 team mates 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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Quinton Hiebert

Quinton is a Level II Official with Transcona Minor Hockey. He participates in many sports other than hockey, both playing and coaching, and is an active outdoorsman. Quin will be entering the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba in September.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Martin Dupuis

Martin is from Winnipeg and plays for the Centre Scholaire Léo-Remillard hockey team. He plays many sports and volunteers while maintaining an average in the 90s. In September Martin will begin working on his Bachelor of Science and the Université de Saint-Boniface.



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 south western Manitoba.  He helped found the AAA Midget 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 Midget AAA Hockey League for over 20 years.   Jack’s determination and dedication to advancing the game will have an impact for generations.

2018-2019 Recipient: Alexander Iwanchysko

Alexander plays for the Dauphin Clippers High School team and is also a Level III Official. He plays many other sports, is in the school band and is involved with the Dauphin Plains 4H club.  Alex will be attending the University of Manitoba and entering the Faculty of Engineering.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Evan Butler

Evan is a Level III official from Gilbert Plains. He officiates at all levels of hockey from Novice to Bantam AAA. In his free time he is a volunteer firefighter with the Grand Plains Fire Department. Evan will be studying Carpentry at Assiniboine Community College in the fall.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Carter Haugen

Carter is a player for the St. Paul’s Crusaders high school hockey team as well as a Level II official. He is a member of Student Council, plays ball hockey for Team Manitoba and volunteers with Special Olympics. Carter will be entering that Asper School of Business at University of Manitoba this fall.



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 whereupon he 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 the time to assist or advise the many players and coaches he spoke to until the last few days of his life.

2018-2019 Recipient: Ethan Robson

Ethan plays for the Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA team. Despite his demanding hockey commitments he was able to sustain a 96% average. Ethan will be entering the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba.


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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Ryan Young

Ryan plays for the Assiniboine Park Rangers and is from St. Francois Xavier. He attends St. Paul’s High School where he is an active member of the student council and school sports teams. Ryan will be studying Commerce at University in the fall.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Paige Hubbard

Paige plays for the Westman Wildcats Female Midget AAA team and is from Brandon. She is very active with many volunteer initiatives within her community including work within the elementary school. This is sure to benefit her as she studies Education at the University of Regina.



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 groundbreaking 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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Justin Powers

Justin is from Beausejour and plays goal for the Eastman Selects Midget AAA team. Outside of hockey he is also involved with baseball in many capacities; player, umpire and helping teach Special Olympic athletes the game. Justin will be studying Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Rylee Gluska

Rylee is from Neepawa and is Captain of the Yellowhead Chiefs Female Midget AAA team. She also plays volleyball, fastball and was the provincial shot put champion. Rylee will be taking her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at McEwan University.


2018-2019 Recipient: Connor Graveline

Connor plays for the College Jeanne-Sauvé high school team. In addition to a variety of school sports, Connor also volunteers with Winnipeg Harvest, tutors French and is a Track and Field coach. He has been accepted into the Engineering program at the University of British Columbia.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Ethan Lewis

Ethan plays for the St. Paul’s Crusaders high school hockey team. In addition to his athletic commitments, he is Student Council President and writes for the school newspaper. Ethan will be attending the University of Manitoba to study Business.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Rachel Parson

Rachel plays goal for the Winnipeg Avros Female Midget AAA team. She is passionate about science, competing at the Manitoba Envirothon and speaking at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium. She will take this passion to the next level studying Environmental Engineering at Waterloo University.



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.

2018-2019 Recipient: Taron Topham

Taron is from Grandview and plays for the Parkland Rangers Midget AAA team. He is the Student Council President, a member of the 4H Club and Grad Committee and plays many school sports. Taron will be attending the University of Saskatchewan in the fall to study Science.