I am excited to announce that one of our TCFIHA players, Haley Grewal, is one of the two recipients of the U18 PCAHA C Scholarship this season.
PCAHA awards one A scholarship and two C scholarships each season. In past seasons the scholarships were awarded after the U18 Scholarship Tournament but with COVID, the scholarship tournament could not be held.
It was determined that coaches would nominate two players from each of their U18 teams and then the players would submit a short essay on “What Hockey Means to Me.”
Here is Haley’s winning essay:
What Hockey Means to Me
Hockey is so much more than just a sport. It has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents are big hockey fans and we have always watched hockey on tv or went see games, live at Rogers Arena. I learned to skate early on and opted to play ringette and then regained my love for hockey. Eventually becoming a goalie, much to my parent’s dismay. The greatest thing about hockey is that you instantly become part of an amazing community of people. Parents volunteer to coach, manage and help in any way necessary. Teammates work together, supporting each other, developing skills and building life-long friendships. The Tri-City Predators is an incredible organization that welcomes all girls of all skill levels with open arms. They provide an abundance of opportunities to develop through extra ice time, skill development, and goalie clinics. All of these moments only strengthened my love for the game. It’s not just a sport, you learn numerous life skills to carry with you. Volunteering under Samantha Sores gave me the chance to pay it forward and keep growing the game in our community. Having young girls look up to me for guidance and being able to teach goalie skills, offer advice and support was unbelievable. I got to share my knowledge and inspire a new generation of female athletes. Each practice I got to see each girl progress and by the end of the season, they were all stronger hockey players. This experience translated into a job with the City of Port Moody, where I work as a skating instructor. I am able to carry all of the skills I learned from the Predators. These skills include teamwork, leadership, perseverance, respect, and fitness. I realized I could never give up. I learned to step up and bring the team together after a tough game or practice. I gained the knowledge on how to voice my opinions and concerns with the utmost respect to all of my peers including my coaches, referees, and teammates. These experiences taught me to take care of myself, eat well, and to perform at the highest level of my abilities. Playing hockey all these years has made me a well-rounded individual and I am so thankful to all the coaches, team moms, manager, treasurers, association directors, parents, teammates, and opponents for challenging and supporting me through my hockey journey. I look forward to playing hockey in adult leagues and maybe on post-secondary teams. I could not be the person I am today, had I not been in hockey.
TCFIHA received the following nominations and TCFIHA congratulates all those who were nominated:
U18 A – nominated by Coach Stefan Greiner
U18 C2 – nominated by Coach Kevin Mills