Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award

BCHL players and teams have long been an important fixture in their communities. Whether it’s a team visit to a school or a hospital or a food drive around the holidays, BCHL players are always helping out in their local neighbourhoods.

In addition, many teams are also supported by local businesses, so it has always been a two-way street.

That’s why Shaw and the BCHL have partnered to introduce the Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award which is given out monthly to a BCHL player who goes above and beyond to serve his community.

Submissions are now closed for the 2019-20 season, but will re-open ahead of next year!

This year’s winners are:

G Jett Alexander – Prince George Spruce Kings (December)

Shaw Communications and the BC Hockey League are proud to announce the winner of the inaugural Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award – Prince George Spruce Kings goalie Jett Alexander.

The award is given out monthly to a BCHL player who goes above and beyond in his community and Alexander certainly accomplished that as his October Saves Goalie Challenge raised hundreds of dollars for cancer research, while capturing the spirit of the community by getting fans, players, team staff and billets involved.

During the month of October, Alexander pledged to donate 25-cents per save made to the cause.

“With this being my last year of junior and being in Prince George here with the support we get from the community, it was a good opportunity to just try to raise a little bit of money for a really great cause that pretty much affects everyone,” said Alexander.

This was the first year the 20-year-old netminder participated in the initiative and it was only the second year it’s been open to Canadian participation. He says he drew inspiration from NHL goalies like Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues who also takes part…Read more.

D Liam Visram – Nanaimo Clippers (January)

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Liam Visram has been named the January recipient of the Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award.

Visram, like the rest of his Clippers teammates, can often be found in the community throughout the year, spending time raising funds for the Salvation Army and other charitable initiatives. However, Visram recently went above and beyond when he went out of his way to make a huge impact in a young fan’s life.

In a game earlier this season, the 19-year-old from Langley, B.C., was making his way through the tunnel into the team’s dressing room when he overheard a young fan and his mother speaking with a team volunteer about diabetes — a cause that hits close to home.

Diabetes runs in Visram’s family and he’s been living with it himself ever since he was diagnosed as Type 1 at 13 years old. After confirming that the young fan is also living with the disease, he made an instant connection.

“I just talked to him about how I’m diabetic and it hasn’t really stopped me from doing anything and how I still love playing hockey,” said Visram. “I think it impacted him a lot.”…Read more.

F Coalson Wolford – Salmon Arm Silverbacks(February)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Coalson Wolford has been named the winner of the February Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award.

Wolford and the rest of the Silverbacks can often be found at local schools reading to kids, helping out minor-hockey teams in the area and acknowledging young fans at their games.

“We have three kids skates a week where we’re out with elementary schools, skating with kids and interacting with them,” said Wolford. “We go to the schools and the daycares and do arts and crafts with the kids. It’s kind of constant here in Salmon Arm.”

The entire team participates in these initiatives, but Wolford goes above and beyond in connecting and building relationships with the kids.

“We’re the kids’ role models,” he said. “We’re the older guys that play hockey, which is what a lot of them want to do. I know when I was growing up, the older guys that I would hang around with would seem so much better than me at hockey and it was just fun being around them because one day I wanted to be that good.”…Read more.