Serving as a columnist for Game On Magazine, the 26-year-old homegrown Winnipegger offers his insights to Manitoban readers each issue. Stoykewych touches on life as a professional hockey player, important career decisions, daily training regimens and his choice to turn pro following college hockey in the USA.
Between writing his 500-word monthly column and participating in games, practices and road trips with the Manitoba Moose, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound team captain has been able to make time for many community events within the city of Winnipeg. He has organized countless meet and greets with charities and organizations post-game, while taking much time out of his schedule to hang out with the younger members of the Winnipeg community.
As every American Hockey League team chooses one representative, Stoykewych will now be one of 31 finalists for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which goes out annually to the player who has done the best job serving his community. The award will be selected by the league president and announced at a later time.
A complete list of Stoykewych’s extra curricular activities during the 2018-19 season is listed below:
October 22 – Visited St. Amant Foundation’s autism early learning classroom to educate himself on the current systems in place for children. He also spent time visiting and playing with the children in the class
November 4 – Spent the day at the Assiniboine Park Zoo signing autographs, talking to fans, and raising awareness for the Polar Bear Rescue and Care Team
November – Raised funds for True North Youth Foundation at the annual Winnipeg Jets Gala Dinner
December 12 – Served food to people eating at Siloam Mission in Winnipeg’s downtown area
December 15 – Organized meet and greet with his old Winnipeg elementary school
December – Skated with a local minor hockey team, helping the players learn skills and strategies in a helpful community practice environment
January 12 – One on one conversation with a local fan who is a part of the autism community
January 20 – Got together to converse with families involved in the Children’s Wish Foundation
March – Teamed up with CAA and the Winnipeg Police to help shoot a public service announcement on safety for school patrols
March – Helped create Pride Day Game video in advance of AHL contest