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The Official Magazine of the British Columbia Hockey League

academic all-stars GARRETT JAMES photo


Most 16-year-olds are yet to reach the

stage where immediate concerns about their post-secondary education factor in to their day-to-day decision making But Merritt Centennials goalten-

der Cole Holowenko isn’t your typical 16-year-old. “He’s very mature for his age,” says

Merritt head coach Luke Pierce. “He’s the youngest guy on our team but you’d never know it by watching him.” Holowenko may be a rookie in the

BCHL, but that hasn’t stopped him from thinking ahead when it comes to his schooling. A Grade 11 student, he has enrolled in a number of Grade 12 cours- es in order to lessen the burden in his final year of high school. “A little bit of extra work now is going

to be worth it in the long run,” Holowen- ko explains.

“He works very hard, and he’s setting himself up very well for whatever he chooses to do.”

- Luke Pierce While he hopes that a career in pro-

fessional hockey lies ahead, he knows that a back-up plan is a smart bet. “Hockey could end tomorrow because

of an injury but nothing can take away your education,” he says. In the meantime, his positive attitude

towards his academics has benefitted him between the pipes. “He has very high expectations of him-

self in all that he does,” says Pierce. “He’s very detail oriented, and that extra work shows in his performance.”



Like most players his age, Langley

Chiefs defenceman Dennis Robertson is chasing the dream. But he’s also making sure to have a back-up plan. “Don’t get me wrong, I want to play

pro hockey, but my education is very im- portant to me,” says the 18-year-old. “I want to be set for the future as well as my hockey career.” Following in his father’s footsteps, Rob-

ertson plans to study engineering. With that goal in mind, he hopes to make the jump to university after one more season with the Chiefs. Getting to this point has not been easy

for Robertson, who balances on- and off- ice responsibilities with the many social commitments of a young man his age. “The farther up you get (in hockey), the

tougher it is to balance your workload with school,” he admits.

“Success in school helps you keep your composure if things don’t go your way.”

- Dennis Robertson But Robertson says that he can always

count on one place where he can tune out the pressures of hockey: the library. “Going there is key to getting away

from all the distractions,” he explains. Chiefs head coach Harvey Smyl says

that the same attributes that make Robert- son such a good student help him as a key performer on the team’s blueline. “He brings his smarts off the ice onto

the ice as well,” says Smyl. “He’s an intel- ligent player who anticipates and reads the play very well.”

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