(Original story by Troy Gillard, RDNewsNow)
Adam Sandstrom had his junior career come
to an abrupt end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he still received some
welcome news this week.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has
announced the Red Deer native as one of two inaugural recipients of the Merit
AJHL Scholarship, which comes with a $2,000 award.
The defenceman recorded 10 goals and 29
assists in 59 games this season with the Whitecourt Wolverines, for whom he was
“My team looks to me for guidance and
leadership. I have adapted and learned
how to motivate and lead a group of players towards a common goal and help
everyone to stay focused on the tasks at hand,” Sandstrom said. “Being Captain
has assisted me in establishing and building relationships with people of
different backgrounds and perspectives.”
Sandstrom will be attending NAIT next year
and will play for the Ooks while earning a Business Degree.
“I plan on pursuing my dream of becoming a
lawyer. I know the skills I have gained through hockey, will benefit me as I
move onto the next phase of my life,” Sandstrom says.
“I believe Adam to be an exemplary
student-scholar as well as a person of tremendous character with significant
leadership skills,” stated Shawn Martin, Whitecourt Wolverines General Manager and
Head Coach. “Adam has a refreshing style of leadership that is not commonly
seen in 20-year-old hockey players these days. His enthusiasm and energy have
been matched over the course of the season with a discipline that is truly
remarkable for someone his age. His
discipline is a commitment to personal growth. It is this discipline and
maturity that allows me to have full confidence in his academic endeavors next
Martin added, “Away from the rink, Adam put his name forward to be our RBC Community Ambassador this season. This position thrust him into many community spirit initiatives in which he was able to connect with many individuals both young and old that came from all walks of life. As a result of this position along with other community involvement initiatives, Adam has volunteered over 70 hours in our community, while also maintaining a part-time job.”
Sandstrom is a finalist for the RBC Community Award, which recognizes exemplary commitment to the community.
(With file from AJHL media release)