On Thursday January 10th AAA Hockey held their annual All-star game press conference which showcased 6 players, 2 from each division, and served as the lead up event to the All-star day which was on January 12, 2019. The players that represented the divisions were Lukas Hansen and Peter Magnus who represented the Bantam 2 division, Jason Ruff and Jackson Sirrell to represent the Bantam 1 division and finally Rhonan White and Anton Uruski who represented the U17 Midget Prep league. Each of the players coaches wrote a short biography on them and their impact on the team this year which you can see below.
Team East - Lukas Hansen – Bantam II Warriors
Lukas Hansen is the captain of the b2 Winnipeg Warriors. He is what every coach wants in a player. A very high skill set, a great work ethic and a passion for the game that keeps him motivated and honest. He currently leads the league in goals with 15 goals through the first 18 games.
Team West - Peter Magnus – Bantam II Monarchs
Peter is an outstanding student athlete, and AAA teammate. Boosting the best shot in the league Peter is a danger to the opposition every time he touches a puck. Leading the Monarchs in goals (10) and third in points (19), number 10 has the ability to change a game at a moments notice. He is a wonderful teammate with amazing grads and attends the prestigious St. John’s Ravenscourt. The future is very bright for this young man.
Team East - Jason Ruff – Bantam I Monarchs
As the captain of the Bantam 1 AAA Monarchs Jason Ruff is a true leader on and off the ice.
On the ice the 6’1” rugged and skilled defensemen shows his leadership by controlling the play offensively and defensively. Offensively he anchors the power play and boasts an impressive 8 goals and 8 assists in 20 games. 5 on 5 he leads the team with a very impressive plus 35 ranking.
Jason’s leadership off the ice is second to none. He garners everyone’s respect and teammates feed off his positive attitude. Jason’s work ethic, skill set, and leadership makes him a very deserving candidate for the 2019 AAA Eastern All Star team.
Team East – Jackson Sirrell – Bantam I Sharks
Jackson is a great team player who is able to remain positive in all situations on and off the ice. This is truly shown with the respect that he gives to his fellow players as well as his coaches. Jacksons hockey sense, ability to see and make plays and his powerful shot has made him one of the elite players in the Bantam 1 division. Jackson is currently sitting at 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 total points this season.
Team East – Rhonan White – U17 Midget Prep Sharks
Rhonan is a big character player, in his 2nd year playing defense. He has the ability to make big plays, and is a competitor with a big heart. You can always find Rhonan smiling, and is always respectful with all his teammates and peers. He is currently sitting 3rd among league defence in scoring with 5 goals, 11 assists totalling 16 points. His great work continues beyond the rink and into school where he has 1st honors at MBCI School. Rhonan is a coach’s definition of a true captain.
Team West – Anton Uruski – U17 Midget Prep Monarchs
Anton is the Captain of the U17 Monarchs who plays a complete 200 ft game. His offensive abilities (6G-16A-22PTS) make him the 2nd ranked offensive defenseman in the U17 Midget Prep League behind only his line-mate Hayden Forrest.
Anton is a master of the first pass to break out of the zone and a keystone on the Monarchs Power Play and Penalty Kill units. Anton’s offensive skills, though impressive, are not solely what make him a great hockey player. The defensive side of his game is second to none in the league, and he does it all with an edge that has also earned him 54 PIM. Opposing players rarely even try to get by Anton in a 1 on 1 situation, and for this they cannot be blamed.
Take all of these qualities and add to it a natural affinity for leadership, and an unrivalled effort and compete level, and you get the ultimate defenseman and captain. One which any coach in the league would be ecstatic to have in their arsenal.
On November 27th, known as Giving Tuesday, the U17 Midget hawks made a big impact in the Winnipeg community donating a total of $525 to the Children’s Hospital. This donation had a special connection to the Hawks team with their own player Kasen Andrushko.
Kasen was born with a very rare condition called Glycogen Storage Disease 1a which affects his blood sugar levels and can end up being life threatening if not managed correctly on a daily basis. The Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg has been involved with the Aundrushko family since Kasen was only 8 months old. When asked about the impact the hospital has had on Kasen’s life Dayna, mom of Kasen, says “They have helped so much, essentially saving his life and teaching us as a family how to manage his care.” With the care and guidance of the hospital Kasen has been able to live life to the fullest playing sports and exceed in school. In addition to being able to play sports and live a normal life Kasen was chosen to be the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital’s Champion Child for the years of 2012-2013. This title made him the spokesperson for the hospital speaking at special events and also traveling to Ottawa and Florida to represent all of the children at the hospital.
For the past 15 years, the Andrushko family helps out the hospital by running their own toy drive and makes a donation to the hospital to help further the research the hospital does. This year another mother on the Hawks team suggested to Kasen’s mom Dayna that they take the proceeds from one of the team’s 50/50 sales and donate it to the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. With the rest of the team on board, they ended up selling $350 worth of tickets meaning they had a $175 donation to give the hospital. After Dayna contacted a friend at the Children’s Hospital, she was joyed to find out that there was a campaign going on where two anonymous donors would be matching the amount donated. This brought the Hawks donation total up to $525 which was brought to the hospital in person.
Thank you to the Hawks and the Andrushko family for their amazing work in helping out the Winnipeg community.
If you would like to help the Andrushko's with their toy drive, please see list of donations below and bring all donations to the Hockey Winnipeg offices located at 1100 Waverley Street Unit 3.