Three members of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and one other affiliate have been awarded bursaries for 2017.
Evan MacLennan, Blair Dewtie, Alex Bonaparte and Mack Derraugh were honoured through the Scott Weeks Bursary Program with the presentations on Monday before the Crushers’ home game against the South Shore Lumberjacks at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
The purpose of the Weeks Bursary Program is to recognize former and current players of the Weeks Major Midgets and Weeks Crushers Junior ‘A’ Hockey programs who have excelled academically, socially and athletically within the communities in which they live and have played.
MacLennan is from New Glasgow, played three years for Major Midgets and is now in his first year with the Crushers. He is taking the electro-mechanical technician program at the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou Campus.
Dewtie is from New Glasgow, played three seasons with the Major Midgets and has been an affiliate player for the Crushers in his third season. He is currently enrolled at St. Francis Xavier University.
Bonaparte is from MacKinnons Harbour, N.S. and is in his second season with the Crushers. He is in his second year of an arts degree at St. FX and is majoring in psychology.
Derraugh is from Mississauga, Ont. and is currently is his third season with the Crushers. He is in his third year of studying business administration at St. FX.
This year’s four awards has raised the total to 85 recipients since the inception of the bursary program in 1995.
Bursaries were awarded to four players on Monday through the Scott Weeks Bursary Program. From left: Crushers team members Mack Derraugh and Alex Bonaparte, Weeks Hockey Organization president Wade Sullivan, Scott Weeks’ wife Audrey Weeks and Crushers player Evan MacLennan. Absent from photo is bursary recipient Blair Dewtie. (Goodwin photo)