It’s a very prestigious award for a 17 year old local hockey player.
Assistant Captain and forward with the Cariboo Cougars, Myles Mattila has won the Mac’s AAA Midget Hockey Tournament Scholarship valued at $1,500.
Calling the CKPG Newsroom from Calgary, Mattila says he’s overwhelmed. “I’m very honoured to just be nominated from the coaching staff so I thought that was enough already,” he said. “Honestly at the end of the day, it is very special to me.”
The award presented on Thursday recognized Mattila’s achievements on the ice, in the classroom, and within the community. He recently started a campaign called ‘Mindright’ which helps give local youth the resources needed to overcome mental health issues.
Mattila said the money he earned from the scholarship will go towards his post-secondary education. “Whatever I want to do, I definitely want to bring along my mental health, my advocacy in Prince George, and mindcheck.ca,” he said. “Whatever I choose, that’s what I will be bringing along so hopefully I want to become a civil engineer and if I still want to go to school after that, I want to become a lawyer.”