by Tali Campbell
March 6, 2014 (ISN) – Junior Hockey is more than lacing up the skates and scoring beauty goals it’s about developing yourself as a person in the community and rookie forward David Osborne is doing that and more; Osborne, who is 18 years old was the recipient of the Bob Saunders Community Leadership Award for the 2013-14 Season.
“I feel very excited and honoured to win this award.” Osborne smiled, “Although I was shocked to hear my name called.”
Osborne who is described by many as a caring, generous guy off the ice but a battler on the ice tallied 7 goals, 11 assist and 24 penalty minutes in the regular season for his hometown team the Nanaimo Buccaneers.
The award is handed out to a member from each team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League who demonstrates not only leadership on the ice but in the community as well. Osborne isn’t sure exactly why he got it but does recognize he has helped out “All I really did was never say no to an opportunity to volunteer at events.” Osborne has volunteered with his team at Minor Hockey Practices, promoting the tobacco awareness program but it doesn’t end there with Osborne as he also helps out on his own time.
“I help out at track meets, helping peer tutor younger hockey players, fundraiser skates and helping at summer camps.”
He understands that it isn’t just him making a difference, it’s the entire team “I am happy and honored to receive this award but can’t over look the rest of my teammates; I think more than one person should be recognized as I know my teammates have put a lot of effort into helping our community.”
Osborne goals are to make it to Junior A Hockey then from there hopefully receive a College Scholarship but for now he says, “I wouldn’t want to turn down getting a chance to maybe make a difference in someone’s day.”