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Oil Barons Captain Tyler Dea Selected as 2016 RBC Scholarship Winner

Fort McMurray Oil Barons Team Captain Tyler Dea is the recipient of the 2016 RBC Junior A Scholarship for the Alberta Junior Hockey League. 

The RBC National Junior A Scholarship program is designed to provide an opportunity for Junior A players to apply for a scholarship based on their academic accomplishments and community services. Each of the CJHL’s 10 member leagues select one winner, who is awarded a $1,000 scholarship and put under consideration for the $5,000 national award.

Oil Barons Head Coach Tom Keca describes Dea as ‘a phenomenal role model’ and praises his leadership skills, commitment and maturity, “He has done a phenomenal job and I consider myself extremely lucky to have had a leader such as Tyler Dea on our team.  His dedication to the team, both on the ice and off is a coach’s dream.” 

Dea graduated from the Alberta Junior Hockey League after spending the last two seasons with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, in addition to games with the Sherwood Park Crusaders and Oil Barons in the 2012-2013 season.  The defenceman from St. Albert, AB played 112 regular season AJHL games in his career.

”Whether it’s spearheading our off-ice dryland training, organizing team functions, or taking charge in the dressing room, he feels comfortable in all situations.  He is always one of the first to volunteer when it comes to community events and any function we have for our public relations department.” 

“On the ice, Tyler is consistently one of the hardest working players in practices and games.  He is valuable, not just because he plays important minutes in all situations, but because he does all the little things necessary to become successful.  His work ethic is contagious and he is respected not only by his teammates, but by his opponents as well.”

Tyler Dea plans to study Pharmacy and is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan for the Fall of 2016.

Each of the 10 members of the Canadian Junior Hockey League selected an individual winner; Brandon Grandinetti received $1,000 as the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s recipient, and was awarded $5,000 as the national winner, all funds that will help offset the cost of his post-secondary education.