Thunderbirds’ Grandinetti earns NOJHL nod

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Brandon Grandinetti

CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) is pleased to announce the 2016 CJHL All-Academic All-Canadian Champions Team.

The CJHL All-Academic All Canadian Champions Team Award is a new award the CJHL has created to recognize academic excellence and three C’s of character, community and competition for the full time student athlete.

The CJHL All-Academic All-Canadian Champions Team is selected from the championship winning team in each league of the CJHL.

Players will be awarded a $500 scholarship and a certificate courtesy of the CJHL and Josten’s Canada which was presented at their respective regional Championship.

Through the CJHL All-Academic All-Canadian Champions Team program, the CJHL hopes to inspire all of its players to be the best student athletes they can be and to reinforce the pillars of excellence in the classroom, character, community, and competition.

The following are the 2015-16 CJHL All-Academic All-Canadian Champions Team:

Player, Team (League)

  • Jean-Phillipe Beaulieu, Collège Français de Longueuil (QJHL)
  • Justin Boyer, Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
  • Chase Brakel, Portage Terriers (MJHL)
  • Lane Gilliss, West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL)
  • Rory Graham, Pictou Weeks Crushers (MHL)
  • Brandon Grandinetti, Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
  • Owen Grant, Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
  • Derek Lodermeier, Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
  • Liam Morgan, Trenton Golder Hawks (OJHL)
  • Cole Tymkin, Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL)

NOTE: Soo Thunderbirds defenceman Brandon Grandinetti was earlier named the NOJHL’s RBC scholastic player of the year.

With the honour for the 19-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., product earned a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of RBC to help defer costs of his post-secondary education.

Grandinetti is also the NOJHL’s nominee for the Hockey Canada/Canadian Junior Hockey League RBC scholastic player of the year award, which will be announced during the RBC Cup in Lloydminster, Alta.

That recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship courtesy of RBC.

Grandinetti is a second-year Biology student at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie and was earlier named the Thunderbirds academic player of the year.