Quinn Classic hands out scholarships

The Pat Quinn Classic unveiled its annual player scholarship winners for 2018, with awards going to three individuals.

The Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep program’s Adam Leitch, Richmond Jets’ Kaz Soda and Jayla Jeske of South Island Royals each received a $1,000 scholarship.

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The awards, which are provided by the Vancouver Canucks Alumni Association, go to players selected for demonstrated leadership on the ice, strong academic performance and who are committed to giving back to their communities.

The tournament received 32 applications for awards.

Leitch, of the bantam elite division, is a Grade 9 student at Burnaby Central Secondary. Soda, from the bantam male division, attends Grade 9 at A.R. MacNeill in Richmond, while Jeske, of the peewee female division, is a Grade 7 student at Royal Oak Middle School in Victoria.

“We are so impressed with the exceptional calibre of scholarship applications from these young hockey players,” said Cliff Ronning, honourary chair of the Pat Quinn Classic. “In addition to exhibiting their strong skills on the ice, these scholarship recipients are great team players, excellent students and volunteers who make valuable contributions to their communities.”

Two of the scholarship awards are sponsored by the Vancouver Canucks Alumni under the names of Pat Quinn and Cliff Ronning – both honoured members of the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame. The third scholarship is under the name of Kirk McLean, also a member of the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame, and is sponsored by Brook Pooni of Brook Pooni Associates.

“The Pat Quinn Classic has been providing a top-level tournament experience to young hockey players for the last four years,” said Kalli Quinn. “Now, with these scholarships, we are thrilled to offer an extra incentive for tournament participants to help them with their game and scholastic achievements. These recipients are fine players and leaders in their schools and communities. They are worthy examples of my father’s commitment to hockey and education.”

The Pat Quinn Classic is a Burnaby-based hockey tournament held each December, attracting teams from Western Canada and the United States. The 2018 edition featured 47 teams in four divisions.

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