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BCHL and Canucks Alumni announce six winners of Scholarship Program

The BC Hockey League and the Vancouver Canucks Alumni have announced six winners for the BCHL Canucks Alumni Scholarship Program for the 2022-23 season.

The program, which has been in place since 1987, is designed to provide former BCHL players with scholarship funds as they continue their academic and hockey careers.

The recipients of the scholarships are determined by a selection committee from the BCHL and is based on the individual’s academics, hockey and community service.

This year’s winners are:

Kolton Cousins (Cowichan Valley Capitals/Prince George Spruce Kings – Queen’s University)
Buddy Johnson (Surrey Eagles – Simon Fraser University)
Brady Lynn (Nanaimo Clippers/Cowichan Valley Capitals – Nipissing University)
Spencer McLean (Trail Smoke Eaters – Grant MacEwan University)
Kieran Ruscheisnki (Salmon Arm Silverbacks – Lindenwood University)
Ben Ward (Merritt Centennials – Simon Fraser University)

“For over 35 years, the BCHL and Canucks Alumni have come together to award our league alumni with scholarships to post-secondary institutions,” said BCHL Commissioner Steven Cocker. “Our athletes and our league consider academics as a high priority and it’s always rewarding to see our alumni continue on their education and hockey path, even after leaving the BCHL.”

This year’s winners will each receive $2,500 in scholarship funds to go toward their education.

“The Vancouver Canucks Alumni are proud of our long-standing relationship with the BC Hockey League,” said Canucks Alumni President Bob Murray. “Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients and we look forward to following their academic and athletic excellence.”