Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cents Captain Jordan Soquila Tabbed for RBC Scholarship:


(Cents captain Jordan Soquila, speaking at the team's annual Icebreaker fundraiser)

A HUGE congrats to graduating Cents captain Jordan Soquila for receiving the lone RBC Junior A Scholarship from the BCHL. Here's the official release from the league:

Merritt Centennials team captain and four-year British Columbia Hockey League veteran Jordan Soquila has been named the league's recipient of the RBC Junior A Scholarship for the 2009/10 season, Hockey Canada announced Wednesday.

Soquila recently completed his final year in the league by leading the Centennials to their first postseason appearance since 2007. On the ice, the 20-year old set career bests with 17 goals and 45 points during the 2009/10 campaign. But his selection for the award was based primarily upon his excellent academic background and his commitment to community service.

"Jordan represents everything we hope to create here in Merritt, including an outstanding work ethic, commitment level, respect, and most of all ability," says Centennials head coach Luke Pierce. "His leadership ability was undeniable in our dressing room, and in our community."

The Maple Ridge, B.C. product is currently determining where he will play his university hockey in the fall but plans to use the scholarship award towards a degree in Engineering.

"Being rewarded with this scholarship speaks to his dedication to academics, which is paralleled by his overall dedication to hockey and team success. We are extremely proud of Jordan and are excited that he will, in a way, be representing the Merritt Centennials during the next step in is life."

Soquila is also eligible for the $5,000 National Award, which will be announced during the 2010 RBC Cup in Dauphin, Manitoba.
“RBC is pleased to continue helping provide opportunities for Junior A hockey players to further their education,” said Josh Epstein, manager of sponsorship and Olympic marketing for RBC. “This program provides scholarships based on players' outstanding academic accomplishments and extraordinary community service. We are proud to play a part in this and other important initiatives that develop well-rounded Canadian athletes.”

Hockey Canada also issued a release:

HOCKEY CANADA ANNOUNCES 2010 RBC JUNIOR A SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday the 2010 RBC Junior A Scholarship winners. These annual scholarship awards provide financial assistance to players of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) for post-secondary education.

2010 RBC Junior A Scholarship winners:
British Columbia Hockey League – Jordan Soquila - Merritt Centennials
Alberta Junior Hockey League – Breyden DeCock – Drumheller Dragons
Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League – Travis Janke – Notre Dame Hounds
Manitoba Junior Hockey League – Joe Caligiuri – Dauphin Kings
Superior International Junior Hockey League – Andrew Childs – K&A Wolverines
Ontario Junior A Hockey League – Paolo Alexandre Pianosi – Aurora Tigers
Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League – Bronson Kovacs – Soo Thunderbirds
Central Junior Hockey League – Andrew Calof – Nepean Raiders
Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Qu├ębec – Etienne Archambault – College Francais de Longueuil
Maritime Junior A Hockey League – Samuel MacCormick – Bridgewater Lumberjacks

“RBC is pleased to continue helping provide opportunities for Junior A hockey players to further their education,” said Josh Epstein, manager of sponsorship and Olympic marketing for RBC. “This program provides scholarships based on players' outstanding academic accomplishments and extraordinary community service. We are proud to play a part in this and other important initiatives that develop well-rounded Canadian athletes.”

Players eligible for the RBC Junior A Scholarships must be Canadian citizens, on Canadian Junior A team rosters, and be registered or applying for full-time post-secondary studies. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, hockey achievement, and community involvement.

The winner of the $5,000 national RBC Junior A Scholarship will be announced prior to the 2010 RBC Cup, which takes place May 1-9 in Dauphin, Man. Ticket information for the tournament is available by CLICKING HERE. The winner is selected for the award from a list of finalists by a national panel of Hockey Canada-appointed junior hockey representatives.

The winners of the Nickerson Family Awards, which are made possible through the Friends of the RBC Society in Fort McMurray, Alta., will be announced at the same time as the national award.

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