Zach Bishop of the Fredericton Red Wings was presented with his Bob Boucher Hockey Assistance Fund (BBHAF) scholarship for the 2022-23 season during a pre-game ceremony at the Grant Harvey Centre in Fredericton on Sunday afternoon as the Red Wings hosted the Edmundston Blizzard. The scholarship was presented by Chuck LeCain of the BBHAF and Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) President Connor Cameron.
The late Mr. Boucher was a coach and executive, working at levels ranging from Nova Scotia Intermediate to the NHL throughout his long career. He coached the St. Mary’s (SMU) Huskies for 13 years and led the team to the National Championship game in four consecutive seasons from 1970 to 1973. In total, his Huskies teams captured seven AUS championships. Mr. Boucher was inducted into the SMU Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. The scholarship was established in his name several years ago by several of Mr. Boucher’s former players as a means to support students within the game who have displayed exceptional academic achievements.
As a full-time student in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program at the University of New Brunswick, Bishop maintained a 3.0 grade point average through two years of the program. He was named the Brian Smith Community Spirit Award by the Red Wings for last season. Bishop was also one of six players to be awarded the MHL’s 2022-23 Community Spirit Award for the Hockey Fights Cancer Legacy Project. He has also been busy with various volunteer efforts in the community.
The MHL and the Bob Boucher Hockey Assistance Fund congratulate Zach Bishop on this scholarship.
Cameron and LeCain also helped present the 2022-23 MHL Community Spirit Award to four of the six Fredericton recipients (from left to right): Cam Thomson, Slava Melikov, Zach Bishop, and Salem Johnson.
Previous winners of the Bob Boucher Hockey Assistance Fund Scholarship:
- 2021-22 – Bryce Thomson (Grand Falls Rapids)
- 2020-21 – Chris McQuaid (Summerside Western Capitals)
- 2019-20 – Drew Toner (Grand Falls Rapids)
- 2018-19 – Gabriel Vanier (Edmundston Blizzard)
- 2017-18 – Luke MacMillan (Truro Bearcats)
- 2016-17 – Sam Cameron (Woodstock Slammers)
- 2015-16 – Thomas Stavert (Summerside Western Capitals)
- 2014-15 – Lucas Sangster (Amherst Ramblers)