The Calgary Royals are proud to offer several scholarships for our players. This year our Scholarship Director, Liz Desjardins, along with her committee, were challenged with a lot of strong applicants for the 6 available scholarships. Today, we celebrate our award recipients! Congratulations!!
2020/2021 Scholarship Award Winners
Joshua Wozny Scholarship: Josh blessed us with his mischievous smile, his wonderful sense of humor, his intelligence, and his big heart. He was an accomplished athlete and enjoyed playing hockey with the Calgary Royals. He played four years of AA and AAA hockey with the Calgary Royals, where he began his career on Bantam AA White then played Bantam AAA, Minor Midget AAA Blue, and concluded playing Midget AA Gold. He was a hard working defenseman with great skating ability and offensive talent. His teammates knew him for being there for them through both hard and good times as his understanding spirit would lift those around him. Josh was a hard working student who graduated from Western Canada High School. He was proud to be accepted into the highly acclaimed University of Victoria. Josh passed away on August 28th, 2013 at the age of 18 years.
Kris Katsaounis Scholarship: Kris was a devoted, committed, informed, and proud Calgary Royal. She served on the Calgary Royals board in various roles over 10 years including her more recent roles as president, past-president, and administrative assistant. In addition to her role with the Royals organization she was actively involved in the operations of elite hockey in Calgary through her efforts with and on behalf of the Hockey Calgary Elite Council. She always brought forward her view and was always committed to what was the best for the organization and its members. She is sadly missed by the entire Royals organization; Kris Katsaounis, you are Forever in Blue and Gold. Kris passed away in December 2016.
Ed Melville Scholarship: Working quietly in the background, Ed Melville contributed countless hours to benefit CRAA players. Ed became an honorary lifetime member of the Royals organization in 1995. His goal was always to ensure that any boy who wanted to play hockey had the opportunity to do so. Ed worked tirelessly to raise money through many fundraisers and was always adamant that the money be used for the players. A recipient of a hockey scholarship, Ed always said that this changed his life. Ed passed away October 18, 2007 at the age of 74 years.
Jody Bryan Scholarship: Jody was a dedicated coach whose enthusiasm and sense of fairplay was unmatched, and his passion was contagious. He began coaching baseball and then fortunately continued on to coach hockey beginning with the Trails West Association. He served the association as an age level coordinator and coach of various teams including a lower level midget team for two years when they could not find a team parent to coach. Jody also answered the call to coach a Canadian Pride spring hockey team of 8 year olds for two seasons. In 2007, Jody joined the coaching staff of the Calgary Royals, taking the reigns of the Junior B Gold team. Jody was the eternal optimist on and off the ice and his players remember the laughs as much as the lessons – FUN was always paramount. Jody was all heart and he wore it on his sleeve, his voice was raised as often for fellow competitors as his own team and he was very highly regarded by the entire hockey community for his honesty. His players always knew that if they needed help, anytime, anywhere, Jody was there for them.
Kyle Blais Scholarship: Kyle played for the Calgary Royals from 1998 to 2003. He always played on a “GOLD” team; two of those teams went on to play in provincials. Kyle was extremely and absolutely dedicated to hockey and had the ability to pull his team together. He was a leader in the dressing room. He was a committed goaltender who never stopped wanting to improve. Sadly, a drunk driver killed Kyle in a car accident on November 28, 2005 at the age of 21.
Jeff Niehaus Scholarship: Jeff was a character hockey player who worked hard and was a total tem player. He had lots of energy and always brought that energy to the rink. His love of life was on display at the arena, you would always find him smiling, laughing, and joking around with teammates and coaches. He had the desire to compete and improve, as evident by his “Most improved Player” award for the 1995/96 season. Jeff was a joy to be around and from a coach’s standpoint Jeff brought everything a coach desires to the arena: a desire to improve, a great work ethic, and a winning attitude, with the team being looked at as the number one priority over individual statistics. Jeff Niehaus passed away tragically on June 11, 1996 at the age of 18.