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Whitecourt Wolverines captain Adam Sandstrom earns AJHL scholarship

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March 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm - Home, Local News, Local Sports, Whitecourt Wolverines
By Erika Chorostil

(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 team captain.

“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 fall.”

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)

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