The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has selected Evan Laye of the Selkirk Steelers as the MJHL recipient of the RBC Junior A Scholarship, MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis announced today.
The RBC Junior A Scholarship recipients ─ one from each of the CJHL’s 10 leagues ─ receive $1,000 toward post-secondary education, said Davis.
“Evan Laye epitomizes what the MJHL is all about,” said Davis. “He is a committed student athlete. Our league promotes quality on the ice, combined with education. There were a number of excellent applicants for this award.”
Laye, 20, has played the past three seasons with the Steelers and over that time has attended university. His future education plans include completing his degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
A product of the Selkirk minor hockey system, Laye plans to start an environmental consulting firm, working to improve the sustainability and conservation of natural resources
In addition to being a valued member of the Steelers this season, Laye’s contributions didn’t end at the hockey rink. He has been heavily involved in his community engaging in volunteer and community activities with many organizations.
“Evan’s volunteerism is outstanding,” said Davis. “He has volunteered with the Selkirk Children’s Festival, Selkirk Aboriginal Day, Nova House Women’s Shelter, Red River Christmas Hamper Drive and many hockey skill development events.”
Previous winners of the RBC Scholarship have been Adam Stoykewych (Selkirk Steelers), Steven Shamanski (Dauphin Kings), Eric DeLong (Portage Terriers), Gavin McHale (Portage), Sean Kliewer (Portage) and goaltender Bo Storozuk (Swan Valley).
Layne is now eligible for the national Junior A RBC Scholarship. The recipient of the $5,000 National RBC Junior A Scholarship will be presented at the 2012 RBC Royal Bank Cup in May. The winner of the National RBC Junior A Scholarship will be selected by a national panel of Hockey Canada appointed junior hockey representatives.
The annual scholarship provides financial assistance to players of the Canadian Junior A Hockey League (CJHL) for their post-secondary education. Players eligible for the RBC Junior A Scholarship must be a Canadian citizen, on a Canadian Junior A team roster, and registered in or applying for full-time post-secondary studies. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievements, Junior A success, and community involvement.
Past winners of the National RBC Scholarship include Dany Heatley (San Jose Sharks) and Jeff Tambellini (Vancouver Canucks).
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