Merritt Centennials defenceman Josh Teves just got a major financial boost as he begins his college education and NCAA hockey at Ivy League Princeton University.
The Calgary native is the 2015 recipient of the RBC National Junior A Scholarship, a $5,000 prize. He will be recognized Friday night at the RBC Cup awards banquet in Portage-la-Prairie, Man.
Each of the 10 Junior A hockey leagues that comprise the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) put forth a nominee. Teves, who plans to study mechanical engineering at Princeton starting this fall, was selected not only for his stellar academic record but community efforts including reading with elementary school students, working at food drives, assisting people with special needs and an international trip to Belize to restore a jaguar sanctuary at a national park in the heart of the jungle.
The 20-year-old developed a strong academic base first and grew into an elite hockey player later than most of his peers.
“I went to a really academic-focused school in Calgary and it wasn’t until later in life that I got into more competitive hockey,” Teves told Kristi Patton, writing for Hockey Canada. “I was cut from teams plenty of times, which made me just push that much harder to play at that high level.”
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound blueliner posted five goals and 28 assists for 33 points this season, which was second among Cents defencemen.
At Princeton, Teves will join fellow BCHL graduates Marlon Sabo, Max Becker, and Garrett Skrbich in suiting up for the Tigers. Princeton plays in the ECAC Hockey conference against schools such as Yale, Union, Dartmouth, Quinnipiac, Harvard and Cornell.