Three Elmira Sugar Kings were awarded with the Frank Santarossa Memorial Scholarships at this year’s Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) press conference held this week in Kitchener.
Current team captain Colton Wolfe-Sabo and new Sugar King Scott Nagy were awarded the scholarships, as was former Kings forward Jarred Parent.
To be eligible for the scholarship players must be registered full- or part-time at a Canadian college or university, have played in the GOJHL for at least two complete seasons and played in 60 per cent of their team’s games while keeping an average of 70 per cent or greater.
Wolfe-Sabo has maintained an 80.75 per cent average while attending the University of Guelph where he is working on his major in toxicology and minoring in economics. After graduating from Guelph he plans to study dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.
“This means a lot to me as it takes away some of the financial burden of school and it is really great that Mr. Santarossa offers this award and it is an honour to receive it and to be mentioned here at this event,” said Wolfe-Sabo.
Nagy, a former Waterloo Siskin who recently signed with the Sugar Kings, was unable to attend the event due to a prior engagement. Nagy maintains a 75 per cent average while attending Conestoga College studying police foundations with hope of attending police college after graduation.
“This has been (Scott’s) best year and he tried really hard in school and in hockey to obtain his goals which lets him know he is on his right track to his future,” said Gillian Nagy, Scott’s mother who accepted the award on his behalf.
For Parent, who won the scholarship last year, this is a bittersweet award as he was required to leave the Sugar Kings after last season.
“This is a tremendous honour as this makes two years in a row that I have been able to receive $1,000 from this scholarship program and it is an amazing feeling to know that I have accomplished that task,” said Parent, adding he misses his fellow teammates.
He expects the Sugar Kings will have a great team again this year and looks forward to watching them compete for the Sutherland Cup again.
Parent was able to maintain a 74 per cent average while attending the University of Waterloo, majoring in art and business.
The conference also confirmed that the Sugar Kings would be hosting the Midwestern All Stars as they face off against the stars of the Golden Horseshoe league on Jan. 9, 2012 at the Woolwich Memorial Centre.