Griffins hockey player and Bachelor of Communications Studies student Ryan Benn explains what it meant to him to receive a scholarship created through a generous donation by Bill Comrie.
I honestly never saw it coming. I was a walk-on at tryouts for the Griffins hockey team in my first year and I was just trying to make the team — even if that meant being on the fourth line. If you had told me that four years later I would be playing in the Edmonton Oilers rookie game in Rogers Place—and winning—I would have thought you were joking.
Our program has come so far over the past few years. I’m really competitive, and at first it bothered me that it had been such a long time since MacEwan had won a title. But everyone kept saying that we could turn things around, and we did. It felt really good to win the ACAC championship last year, and to know that we’re capable of playing alongside the Oilers rookies.
Focus on academics
My academics have come a long way too. I was really focused on hockey in the beginning and my GPA suffered, but now that has completely flipped. Academics are first for me, and hockey is a very close second.
Being rewarded with a Bill Comrie Hockey Scholarship for the time I’ve invested in athletics and education feels great. It takes away some of the financial stress that comes with being a student and will go a long way in allowing me to focus more of my time and energy towards being the best student—and student athlete—I can be.
—Ryan Benn, Bachelor of Communication Studies student and all-time leading scorer on the Griffins Men’s Hockey team.
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