Jim Stirling Scholarship
BFL CANADA, Hockey Canada’s long time insurance provider, funds this scholarship in each branch across the country to honor the memory of their colleague and friend Jim Stirling.
BFL Canada is committed towards risk management and assisting in making the game of hockey a safe and enjoyable sport. The scholarship is awarded to a member either entering or currently enrolled in a university/college program who has, in the opinion of the Association, displayed a high degree of tenacity and dedication to his or her team/position combined with scholastic excellence.
Charlottetown, PE – Our recipient of the Jim Stirling Scholarship award this year is Briana Creed from Montague.
For Briana, hockey means much more than just a way to pass the time. She describes hockey as her escape; a way to express herself, learn life lessons, and to make lifelong friends. It wasn’t always that way though… went Brianna started playing hockey, she wasn’t very fond of it. She quickly grew to love the sport so much that she became an official and eventually a coach as well.
Coming off her year as a forward with the Kings County Kings Midget AAA Girls team, Briana became captain with the Montague Norsemen Midget A Girls team. Her team finished first in the regular season this year with an impressive record of 22-0-2. They also took the championship game of the 2019 Consolidated Credit Union Midget A Female hockey tournament.
In the winter, the rink is Briana’s second home. She has been officiating for 5 years and was the coach for the Montague Norsemen Atom Girls for the 2019-2020 season. Being an official and a coach has given Briana a different perspective on the game and a newfound appreciation for the leadership, dedication, and responsibility that comes with those important roles.
Not only does Briana excel on the ice, but the classroom as well, keeping her grades sitting around a 99.25% average at Montague Regional High. Briana has been awarded for her academic efforts with a UPEI Entrance Award and the UPEI Faculty Association Scholarship. During her time at Montague Regional High, Briana liked to keep herself busy with all the extra-curriculars she was involved in such as: Student Council Executive, Occupational Health and Safety Leadership Program, and Grad Activities Committee. She also played with the Eastern Eagles U17 Girls Soccer team and other interscholastic sports like soccer, badminton, hockey, and track & field.
Briana’s plans for the fall include attending the University of Prince Edward Island to obtain her Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology. She plans on still being involved with her local hockey association and to hopefully have a career in the healthcare field one day.
Hockey PEI is the governing body for amateur hockey in Prince Edward Island. Working with its member associations, clubs, and leagues, the organization oversees the administration and delivery of hockey programming from the entry-level to the national competition. For additional information please visit www.hockeypei.com.
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