By Marianne Curtis
A grade 12 student from Ile des Chenes was the recent recipient of two high school hockey scholarships by the Manitoba High School Athletic Association.
On May 14, Marc-Andre Simard of College Gabrielle-Roy in Ile Des Chenes was named as the recipient of two significant awards for his hard work as the assistant captain of the College Gabrielle-Roy Cavaliers.
First, Simard was named as this year’s recipient of the Ken “Friar” Nicolson award which goes to a male high school hockey player. Nicolson was a broadcaster for CJOB Radio for the Winnipeg Jets, and was a tremendous supporter of high school hockey. As a recipient, Simard was presented with a $1000.00 scholarship.
Simard also was named as the recipient of this year’s Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship. The $2000 scholarship is awarded in honour of Alexander Josephson, a student at St. John’s Ravenscourt School who tragically past away in a car accident in 2005.
Simard is assistant captain of the Cavaliers and was selected to the All-Star Team. He scored 19 points in 18 games, and added 10 points in four playoff games. In addition to hockey, he is active with the French Canadian Pavilion at Folklarama, is involved with his church and is a page for youth parliament. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, the local food bank, Christmas Cheer Board and plays guitar for residents at the local nursing home.
The awards are presented by the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association which is a voluntary not for profit organization which co-ordinates high school sport in the province. There are 23 schools playing high school ladies hockey in the province while another 78 participate in men’s hockey.
College Gabrielle Roy student Marc-Andre Simard was named this year`s recipient of the Ken `Friar“ Nicolson Award.
College Gabrielle Roy student Marc-Andre Simard received this year`s Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship.