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Blyth Academy and the National Hockey League Team Up Again to Empower BIPOC Student-Athletes with Hockey Equality Scholarships

Blyth Academy and the National Hockey League Team Up Again to Empower BIPOC Student-Athletes with Hockey Equality Scholarships

For the second year in a row, we are thrilled to announce that we have carefully selected five exceptional student-athletes to receive our highly esteemed Hockey Equality scholarship. This full-ride scholarship provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these talented individuals to receive top-notch private education and elite hockey training at our Downsview Park School for Elite Athletes for the upcoming 2023-24 school year.

In partnership with the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA), this exclusive program aims to nurture and empower young BIPOC athletes, giving them the chance to further develop their skills and reach their full potential in the world of hockey. The selected students will have the privilege of training under the guidance of experienced coaches and mentors, who will provide them with invaluable expertise and support throughout their journey. 

By joining our Hockey Equality scholarship program, these exceptional student athletes will not only excel in their athletic pursuits, but they will also have the opportunity to thrive academically. Our flexible schedules and carefully crafted curriculum ensure that they receive a well-rounded education, with a focus on academic excellence and personal growth. They will be able to balance their passion for hockey with their commitment to their studies, creating a harmonious and enriching learning environment. 

We are incredibly proud to be a part of this unique partnership with the NHLPA, as it allows us to provide these talented young individuals with an unparalleled opportunity to pursue their dreams. Together, we are breaking barriers and promoting inclusivity in the world of sports, ensuring that every deserving student athlete has the chance to succeed. 

Join us in celebrating the remarkable achievements of these five extraordinary student-athletes as they embark on a journey that will shape their future and propel them towards greatness.  

Meet this year's scholarship recipients! 

Noah K. 

Grade: 11
Position: Goaltender 
Hometown: Toronto
Playing Experience: Noah plays for the Toronto Titans in the GTHL and is an AP for OJHL St. Michael’s Buzzers. Over the summer of 2023 he went undefeated in the TEP Showcase with Team Hockey Equality.

About Noah: Noah started playing hockey in Toronto at the age of eight as a forward and at 10 he switched to goaltending. Noah loves to be the last line of defence. He embraces the mental and the physical aspects of being a goalie. Noah works hard on his craft with some of the best goalie coaches in the GTA. Off the ice he’s a walking encyclopedia of modern goaltending history

Gem W.

Grade: 8
Position: Defence 
Hometown: Toronto
Current Team: Toronto Titans AAA 

About Gem: Gem loves playing all kinds of sports, especially hockey! Gem considers herself one of the OGs with Hockey Equality and loves all of the great programs and support they have provided her. 

Isaiah A. 

Grade: 10
Position: Defence 
Hometown: Milton
Current Team: Burlington Eagles AAA U16
Playing Experience: AAA  

About Isaiah: Isaiah is a dedicated hockey player who has been playing since he was 4 years old. Isaiah is a hardworking Defenceman and a physical player. He is also the Captain of his current team and has aspirations of being drafted to the OHL this coming spring. If he is not playing hockey Isaiah enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends as well as traveling.

Kayden B.

Grade: 10
Position: Forward 
Hometown: Ajax
Current Team: U16 Toronto Marlboros
Playing Experience: 8 years as a AAA hockey player  

About Kayden: Kayden had been skating since the age of two. He started playing for Clarington at the age of five before moving to the Toronto Marlboros at the age of 12. Kayden represented the Bulldogs at the prestigious Brick tournament in Edmonton where they won the Championships in 2018. Kayden enters his fourth season with the Marlboros in his U16 year.  Kayden works towards perfecting his craft of hockey daily and is honoured to be playing this amazing sport.  

Rion S.

Grade: 10
Position: LW 
Hometown: Toronto
Current Team: Forest Hill U16 AA
Playing Experience: Forest Hill 7 years  

About Rion: Rion is a strong offensive power forward who makes quick plays, they have been in the Forest Hill AA system for a while and their ultimate goal at Blyth Academy is to grind and get better for the 24/25 year where they’d like to make U18 AAA.  

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