Thunderbirds’ Grandinetti named CJHL – RBC scholastic player of the year



Release Date: Friday, May 20, 2016

Thunderbirds’ Grandinetti named CJHL – RBC scholastic player of the year

LLOYDMINSTER, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in conjunction with Hockey Canada, announced Friday evening that Soo Thunderbirds defenceman Brandon Grandinetti of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League has been named the CJHL’s national RBC scholastic player of the year.

The announcement was made Friday night as part of the festivities at the RBC Cup Canadian Jr. A Championship awards banquet in Lloydminster, Alta.

With this honour, the 19-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., product earns a $5,000 scholarship on behalf of RBC to help defer costs of his post-secondary education.

Grandinetti garnered the accolades over nine other nominees from the 10 leagues and 131 teams that comprise the CJHL.

He was earlier named the NOJHL’s RBC scholastic player of the year and earned a place on the inaugural CJHL All-Academic – All-Canadian Champions Team, which recognizes academic excellence and three C’s of character, community and competition for the full-time student athlete.

Grandinetti is currently a second-year Biology student at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, who also picked up Thunderbirds academic player of the year laurels previously.

“We at the NOJHL wholeheartedly congratulate Brandon on this prestigious national honour,” offered Commissioner Robert Mazzuca.

“To be selected as the RBC scholastic player of the year out of the 10 leagues, the 131 teams and nearly 3,000 players that make-up the CJHL is a tremendous accomplishment,” added Mazzuca.

“Brandon’s national recognition shows the commitment all our student-athletes, as well as the continued efforts put forth by our 12-member clubs in emphasizing education, continues to produce results with a multitude of our players continuing on with their studies at the college and university levels across Canada and the U.S.,” summarized the NOJHL Commissioner.