It is down to the Final Four for the 2021-2022 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League RBC Community Ambassador Award.
Notre Dame’s Kevin Anderson, La Ronge’s Connor Abric, Kindersley’s Jaxon Georget, and Melville’s Carter McKay have been selected by fan vote from among the 12 submissions, and it will now be down to the decision of the coaches around the SJHL.
All RBC & SJHL Community Ambassador Team members are recognized for having “displayed outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship both on and off the ice.,” and a $1,000 donation will be made on each of their behalfs to a local school. The final prize is in the running for the RBC Community Award, which includes an additional $2,500 donation to the winner’s community.
Here’s the Final Four!
Kevin Anderson, Notre Dame Hounds
Anderson, 19, from Regina, SK, has been a fixture around Wilcox and the Notre Dame campus since his arrival at the college in 2017. The captain of the team, and committed to Princeton University, the two-way forward has been a regular in aiding with the maintenance of the college, skated regularly with the kids of the town’s Elementary School and in Regina, coached Atom hockey, and was a highly focussed student with a finishing High School average in the high 90s.
“The thing I have loved the most Notre Dame and the campus, and Wilcox, is the people that make it such a special place,” he said.
“Everyone is working towards their goal every day, it’s a really fun place to be a part of, and I love to give back to it any way that I can.”
Kevin embodies all of what it means to be a ND Hound. He is involved with maintenance around campus, and mentorship of young students in Wilcox, and the coaching of Atom hockey in nearby Rouleau. pic.twitter.com/J0J74nBwtf
— SJHL (@theSJHL) March 1, 2022
Connor Abric, La Ronge Ice Wolves
Abric, 19, of Hayward, WI, is in his first year as a big two-way defenceman Ice Wolves after graduating as an elite player in Wisconsin High School hockey.
Since his arrival in La Ronge, Abric has been eager to volunteer his time with local animal rescue efforts, any sort of community involvement, and has regularly and enthusiastically been a part of team-led snow removal efforts.
“I like the support the community gives us at every game,” he said, “it’s always a good crowd here.
“I love to hang out with the little guys around the rink, and the best part is just skating with all the little kids and teaching them a little bit about hockey and that is the best fun I think I’ve had here.”
Kyle is always up for volunteering and being apart of the community. He is a positive role model who likes to help others. He will shovel or help with animal rescue or participate in events with the fans. pic.twitter.com/5dBlZ7V0gA
— SJHL (@theSJHL) February 26, 2022
Jaxon Georget, Kindersley Klippers
Georget, 20, is a local to Kindersley and has been an important part of the Klippers since the 2019-2020 SJHL campaign. A skilled, hard-working centreman, Georget was named captain of the squad part-way through the season.
As a local, Georget has always been willing to donate his time to the fans and family around the club, and is a fixture throughout the Kindersley community.
“I love all the support we get from the fans here and all the small-town businesses,” he said.
“I love how welcoming everyone is to anyone (who comes into town).”
Jaxon volunteers his time in the community and is committed to bettering his town of Kindersley pic.twitter.com/yKvn6olUXL
— SJHL (@theSJHL) February 26, 2022
Carter McKay, Melville Millionaires
McKay, a 2005 birth year, is the second-youngest regular (not affiliated) player in the league and has not looked out of place in the slightest while playing a gritty, heavy game as a forward on a young Millionaires squad.
As a local to Melville, Carter has been a regular participant and aid at numerous Melville Minor Hockey practices, and was an important part of the planning and execution of the “Melville Hometown Christmas Event”. He has a fan-favourite around the Horizon Credit Union Centre and is always willing to donate his time and energy to the many community events and fan-engagement opportunities in Melville.
“I was born and raised in Melville, and played all my minor hockey here,” he said.
“The thing I love most about our community is the support shown by the fans and the sponsorships. I also love the long-standing tradition of the Mils carried on by our city.”
Carter stepped to the forefront in the "Melville Hometown Christmas Event" this past year. He assists with Melville Minor Hockey practices and has been involved in many other community events! pic.twitter.com/TBu9iNKbee
— SJHL (@theSJHL) March 2, 2022