Ottawa, Ontario – The Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 is proud to announce that Ottawa West Golden Knights forward, Rapheal Lecours has been named the CCHL Tier 2 winner of the Scholastic & Ability Award.
Raphael, 19, is in his last semester of Police Foundations at Algonquin College, he currently has a GPA of 3.89 and has maintained the Dean’s list threw out all three semesters so far. While attending school – Lecours is also a volunteer assistant coach for a Midget “A” team in the Nepean Minor Hockey association. The Hearst, Ontario native is also a volunteer at The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa.
Currently, he is a seasonal Forest Fire Ranger but his goal is to become a Police officer either with the Ontario Provincial Police or the RCMP within the next three years.
“This award is huge, I think it’s as good as the MVP award,” explained Head Coach Steve Sundin on Lecours award. “With the charity work he does, the marks he gets at school and being on the “Deans List” for three years in a row just shows how big this award is for him. I’m just thrilled for him because if you’re going to win an award, this is the one to win”.
Steve Sundin also added that the big 6’4 forward has been tremendous on and off the ice for the Golden Knights squad.
“Raphael is a big part of our team and as a 19 year old he has been a great mentor for our younger players. He is a great example of how you can play hockey, go to school and be a great volunteer in the community”.
The former CCHL Tier 1 Nepean Raiders forward is currently in his first season with the Golden Knights after quitting hockey early last season with Nepean due to his pursue of volunteering and his career. He has scored 27 goals and 50 points over 40 games this season. All with still maintaining a high average and remaining a great figure in the community.
“Playing Jr. B opened a lot of more doors for me,” noted Lecours. “I was able to volunteer a lot more with less practices. It does help because I’ve always went to school and played hockey at the same time and with less practices I’ve been able to have more time on projects too”.
To Lecours, this award is one of the biggest things he has achieved in his hockey career and is honoured to be selected.
“It’s great to know that all that hard work has paid off and people notice it and it’s definitely humbling” mentioned Lecours on the award.
With the final week of the season underway and the playoffs around the corner, Lecours believes this team has an opportunity to go deep into the playoffs.