Ashton Anderson wins scholarship


By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

After an exceptional career in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), former Neepawa Natives’ forward Ashton Anderson is ready to move on to the next stage of his life. That next stage will include some well-deserved support from the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM)/MJHL scholarship program.

The 21-year-old from Rivers was recently presented a $2,000 cheque at this year’s IBAM President’s dinner staged at Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre. Anderson was singled out for this prize due to his stellar efforts both on and off the ice. He graduated with honours from Rivers Collegiate and played for the Yellowhead Chiefs of the MMJHL before joining the Natives in 2014-2015.

In addition to being one of the Natives’ top players on the ice, Anderson was also very involved within the community of Neepawa. He volunteered with the Neepawa Minor Hockey Association; the Breakfast Club program, helping children with skating and hockey skills; Neepawa Country Meadows Care Home, playing cards, bingo, and other games with residents; the local food bank, collecting food items, putting together packages and delivering them to people in need with the Neepawa Salvation Army.

In a press release announcing Anderson as the scholarship winner, MJHL commissioner Kim Davis noted that “Ashton was very committed to the community and volunteered in a number of charitable events and activities,” and that he exemplifies what it means to be a Junior A hockey player.”

Anderson’s future plans are to attend university and eventually become an optometrist. After receiving the scholarship, he thanked IBAM and the MJHL for the support.

“This scholarship will assist me in my post-secondary education finances,” said Anderson. “I’m honoured to have been selected. Thanks also to the Neepawa Natives’ organization for all its help and guidance.”