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Volume 1 Issue 2 Summer 2011

Academic and Athletic Development

Alumni Newsletter


nce again hearty thanks for the response to the establishment

of this Alumni Association. We have had many supportive comments and look forward to connecting with many more of you in the years to come.

Since the last edition of our inaugural newsletter, a great many events have taken place that are worthy of note and no doubt will be enjoyable for you to read.

2011 U18 World Championship Three current student-athletes were invited to represent Canada at this prestigious tournament often thought of as a prelude to the NHL entry draft where players have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills. Reece Scarlett, Mark McNeill and Colin Smith each excelled during competition as integral parts of the team. Each returned to Vimy to complete their grade 12 graduation requirements and to share the wonderful experience and the honour it had been to be chosen and participate in this event. In addition to the above players, Klarc Wilson, Dylan Bredo, Josh Derko, Mitch Loose, Austin Yadlowski and former student athletes Keegan Lowe, Mitch Holmberg, Dillon Simpson and David Musil are also eligible for the draft. Congratulations to each player and we look forward to following the progress of their respective careers.

Western Hockey League Draft May 4th marked the day of the annual WHL Bantam Draft held in Calgary. Seven current student-athletes of The Hockey Program were selected in the following order and to the respective teams: Aaron Irving Bryar Ortynski John Quenneville Brandon Hickey Riley Simpson Ben Sowa Jake Debrusk

Edmonton Oil Kings Regina Pats Brandon Wheat Kings Tri-City Americans Edmonton Oil Kings Prince George Cougars Swift Current Broncos

1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round 4th Round 6th Round 6th Round 7th Round

Congratulations and best wishes to all of the selected players.

Female Midget AAA Madison Smith, Emma Cooley and Cassidy Delainey are now Provincial Champions in the female midget AAA category for Alberta. Their team, the Edmonton Thunder, also participated at the Esso Cup for the National Championship and won a silver medal. Our female program has progressed so well in the past few years as elite female athletes continue to register at Vimy. Fitness director Heather Osgood works tirelessly to assist all student-athletes in their conditioning which is integral to the success of our participants. Congratulations to all. We wish Arden Cowely,(Elmira College, NCAA) Cassidy Delainey (Elmira College, NCAA) and Liz Hillier (McGill U. CIS) all the best as they advance to their respective universities next fall.

South Side Athletic Club Several student-athletes of The Hockey Program were members of the SSAC AMBHL Provincial Championship team in March of this year: John Quenneville, Georgio Estephan, Jake Debrusk, Riley Simpson, Clinton Jonah, Bryar Ortynski, Matthew Bruyer, Aaron Irving, Ben Sowa and Chase Torontow all participated on this team. This team advanced to Western Championships in Winnipeg where they won a bronze medal and where Aaron Irving was recognized as the top defenceman for the tournament.

SEERA Peewee AA Congratulations are also in order to the AA peewees who won the Alberta Provincial Championship: Ty Readman, Merritt Oszytko, David Quenneville, Derek Patter, Hunter Lorenson, Noah Stothart, Colin D’Amore and Luca DeNardis all participated on this team.

Student-Athlete Scholarships As announced in the first newsletter, January 2011, The Hockey Program has been managing a scholarship program since 2006 whereby student-athletes, through an application process may qualify for a financial award. The program is available to all participants in grades 4 through 12 and provides two awards per grade. This year there were 61 applications submitted from student-athletes in grades 4 through 12 and on June 2 at the Vimy awards evening, the following successful applicants received their scholarships:

Grade 7 Bennett Foster Carl Schouten Grade 8 Eden Sharp Nicholas Smith Grade 9 Brenden Klutke Ryan Larochelle

Grade 10 Sean Baxter Ryan Matsuba Grade 11 Emma Cooley

Grade 12 Arden Cowley Cassidy Delainey

Grade 12 Arden Cowley Cassidy Delainey

Awards for Student-Athletes and Rock Solid Performers of the Year were also distributed to the following: Student-Athletes of the Year Carl Schouten Madison Ritchie Breanne Gurney Fraser Bulbuc Madison Smith

Rock Solid Performers Tyler Benson Daria O’Neill / Logan Klatt Justin Player Joel Campbell Sydney Thomlinson

The Grade 12 Graduation Scholarship is awarded to successful applicants who have demonstrated a genuine interest in a pursuit of academic and athletic excellence and as well have been accepted to a post secondary institution for the coming year. We are very proud of all student-athletes who have recognized the importance of academic and athletic development.

Focus on Programming The Lacrosse Program The Lacrosse Program at Vimy Ridge is now in its sixth year of operation and it is being headed by Paul Rai and Jimmy Quinlan. Jimmy is an original member of the Edmonton Rush and is still playing professionally with the team. Paul Rai himself is an accomplished athlete in both hockey and lacrosse. He graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire after a distinguished career as a member of their varsity hockey team. He has also been a recognizable participant in the lacrosse community as a player and coach. The Lacrosse Program has over 35 student-athletes participants ranging from grades 7 – 12. We have had numerous success stories in our program, namely Kirby Zdrill, a program graduate currently playing lacrosse at Yale and Matt Pick, another graduate playing lacrosse at Whittier College in California. Advancing to the NCAA level to study and play lacrosse is a great achievement. Erik Turner, a former program student-athlete will be attending Cornell University next year to study and join their lacrosse team. This year, we have enjoyed excellent success from our student-athletes. Two of our participants, Daren Bourret and Drew Deans are playing junior A lacrosse. Six others, Lukas Frost, Adam Wild, Chris Gardner, Ryan Davidge, Evan Clark and Sean Quilley are playing Junior B lacrosse. We have 16 other student-athletes playing Midget A lacrosse and 9 student-athletes playing Bantam A lacrosse.

Most recently, we had three athletes selected to Team Alberta which will be playing for the National Championship in July. Congratulations to Logan Zurfluh and Killian Drysdale who were selected to the Midget team and Tiana Machado who was selected to the Female Bantam team.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program For three years this program, headed by Professor Curt Malin, has been an integral part of our regular programming. This unique sport is a self defense program for boys and girls aged 8 – 15. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programming is designed and co-ordinated by Curt in association with the Arashi-do Franco-Behring Jiu-Jitsu Alliance. Having just completed his 9th year of teaching at the Elementary school level, Professor Malin has been practicing this discipline for 9 years. Under the tutelage of Professor Yackulic and Master Behring, he has attained the rank of Brown Belt. Professor Malin is an extremely technical competitor relying on the fundamental jiu-jitsu principles of leverage and technique to overcome opponents. Curt is currently accepting registrations for a Program Summer Camp and can be done by emailing Curt at

Sport Rec Program Sport Rec has become a key feature on the sport landscape at both Donnan and Vimy in the last 3 years. Rob Schmidt and Scott Gillespie each were the lead teachers and organizers at their respective schools to get Sport Rec off the ground and it has taken off. Enrollments have mushroomed and have continued to grow each year of operation. Steve Armitage will now head up the program at Vimy as Scott Gillespie moves on. We welcome Steve and look forward to working with him.

Sport rec is an excellent choice for many sport enthusiastic student-athletes and we encourage your enquiries. Call the school and ask for Steve or email at

Annual AAD Golf Tournament The 1st annual AAD Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, May 28 @ The Ranch Golf and Country Club. By all accounts it was a very successful in replacing the silent auction as the lone fundraiser for the AAD Program. There were 140 golfers in attendance and aside from some big scores, participants enjoyed a number of features provided by our staff and support community: There were 2 holes in one prizes donated by Southside Mitsubishi and Southgate Audi. Current THP student-athletes were on site to offer a club cleaning service to the golfers. A very popular part of the day was the putting competition, which offered participants the opportunity to be entered into a draw for an Authentic 2002 Team Canada Olympic training camp jersey worn by Steve Yzerman as well as a replica of Steve Yzerman’s 2002 Detroit Red Wing Stanley Cup ring. THP high school girls hockey players were offering a 50/50 draw. Following the round of golf, all participants were treated to a great dinner and live auction. AAD staff is very appreciative of all the volunteers, donations and participants which contributed to the success of this inaugural event. We are already looking forward to next year’s tournament and will be looking to make it even bigger and better.

New Board Members Academic and Athletic Development is pleased to announce two new members to the Board of Directors. Darren Turchansky and Richard Rennick have been appointed to the Board while Candice Stanley and Jennifer Leavitt will be leaving their positions following 14 years of dedicated service. We would like to thank the outgoing members for their time and attention paid to the development of our Program. During their tenure, the Hockey Program blossomed in every respect and we acknowledge your service.

AAD Alumni Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2  

Summer 2011 AAD Alumni Newsletter.

AAD Alumni Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2  

Summer 2011 AAD Alumni Newsletter.