That was the sentiment of BCHL commissioner and Vancouver Canuck alum John Grisdale last week as the league and the Vancouver Canuck Alumni gathered to commemorate the efforts made since the late 1980s in helping BCHL grads with post-secondary pursuits in hockey and academics.
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Since Kevin Talliefer received the first such scholarship in 1987, more than $375,00 has been awarded to BCHL grads who have gone on to college hockey.
Also included in that list is Stephanie Maki, whose father Wayne played for the Canucks but died in 1974 of brain cancer at the age of 29. The Canuck Alumni effort, which is matched by the BCHL board of governors each season, saw that she had enough funds to complete a university degree.
In all, 48 individuals have been assisted through this initiative. The reciepients of the 2013 scholarships are:
- Tyler Mah of Simon Fraser University, a Nanaimo Clippers alum
- Brad Bakkan of Trinity Western University, a Langley Chiefs alum
- Troy Paterson of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Cowichan Valley Capitals and Surrey Eagles alum
- RJay Berra of SUNY-Oswego, a Prince George Spruce Kings alu
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