Five players who graduated from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League following the abbreviated 2020-21 season have recently been named as recipients of various scholarships for the coming 2021-22 school year.
The MJHL announced that it has chosen three players who will receive $1,200 each for the coming year through the MJHL Scholarship Fund, comprised of funding from the league’s corporate sponsors and through various fundraising efforts.
The MJHL scholarships awarded are given to former MJHL players who are heading to university and college post-secondary education programs within Canada. These awards are hand-selected from a pool of applicants yearly.
Rhys Bremner (Neepawa Titans), Gerrik Ripley (Waywayseecappo Wolverines), and Carson Tiede (Winnipeg Blues) are the 2021 recipients.
Rhys Bremner spent three seasons in the MJHL playing in Neepawa. In 96 career games on defense, the Stonewall posted five goals and 21 assists. The Manitoban will attend the University of Alberta-Augustana in Camrose, Alberta.
Gerrik Ripley joined the Waywayseecappo Wolverines for parts of three seasons where he played 108 games, scoring 19 goals and 34 assists. The Fort Saskatchewan, AB. product is enrolled at the University of Alberta-Augustana in Camrose, Alberta where he will suit up for the Vikings in the ACAC. He was also named team captain for the 2020-21 season.
Carson Tiede split his time in the MJHL between the Selkirk Steelers and Winnipeg Blues where he combined to play in 154 games. The Winnipeg-born blueliner notched seven goals and 35 assists in his four seasons in the league. Tiede will continue his studies at the University of Manitoba this fall with a focus on Biochemistry.
In addition to the three MJHL scholarships, the league has announced the recipients of both the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba Scholarship Award winner, as well as the Farmery Scholarship Award winner.
Virden Oil Capitals forward Brett Paddock has been named this year’s recipient of the $2,000 Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba Scholarship Award. Paddock played three seasons for the Oil Capitals, putting up 22 goals and 77 points in 106 games. The Brandon product will attend the University of Manitoba this fall, where he will study in the faculty of science.
“It is an amazing honour to receive this scholarship from the IBAM and the MJHL,” Paddock said. “I am so grateful to have played in the MJHL, and to be awarded a scholarship through the league makes for such a surreal experience. I am incredibly thankful for the coaching staff, players and billet families who made my time so memorable, and to the MJHL committee and staff for letting it all happen.”
Steinbach Pistons defenceman, Curtis Ireland has been notified as the very first recipient of the $1,200 Farmery MJHL Scholarship Award. He is attending the University of Manitoba this fall, where he will pursue a degree in Criminology. Through 133 games with the Pistons, Ireland was a part of the team that won both the Turnbull and Anavet Cups in 2018.
University of Manitoba where he will be working towards his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. The MJHL graduate intends to use his degree to become a police officer.
“I am very honoured to receive this award from the MJHL and Farmery,” Ireland said. “It shows that the MJHL is very committed to not only producing great hockey players but off the ice, the league strives for players to succeed in their education as well.”