ANTIGONISH, NS StFX Athletics is pleased to announce their newest Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship recipient. Cole Grbavac from Calgary will be suiting up for the X-Men hockey team this coming fall and has been named the recipient of the prestigious award.
“We are very pleased that Cole has received the prestigious Danny Gallivan award,” comments X-Men hockey head coach Brad Peddle. “He will be a great addition to StFX, to the X-Men hockey program and to the community overall.”
“Cole was a tremendous leader for his team in junior hockey; he was heavily involved in the community and was a very popular teammate. He possesses a strong work ethic both on the ice and in the classroom, is very strong academically and he will study business at StFX. Cole will be a welcomed addition to our program and we are very appreciative of the Gallivan family for their continued support of our StFX student-athletes,” continues Peddle.
The Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship was established in 1992 to honor Danny Gallivan, an outstanding Canadian and widely respected StFX alumnus. Gallivan (1917-1993) was a native of Sydney, N.S. and graduated from StFX in 1942. He was an outstanding radio and television personality who became known as ‘the voice of the Montreal Canadiens’ after covering play-by-play for over 1800 Canadiens hockey games. He became involved in numerous community fundraising initiatives after his 32 year broadcast career and was inducted into the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame (1991), the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame (1980) and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from StFX University in 1985.
The Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Canadian male and female varsity athletes who combine qualities of leadership with academic excellence. The award is currently valued up to $5000 per year and is renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient remains on the academic Dean’s List.
StFX Athletics is pleased to welcome Cole Grbavac as the latest Gallivan scholarship recipient, joining an already highly skilled and talented group of academic student-athletes who have made significant contributions to StFX varsity athletics teams. Current scholarship recipients include Vanessa Pickard (women’s basketball), Dylan Hollohan (football), and Brennen Wray (men’s hockey).
Grbavac will play forward for the X-Men hockey team this coming season. He was the captain of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last year and brings forth a strong work ethic. He received both the team leadership award and hardest working award last season, in addition to receiving the Medicine Hat community service award.
Cole was involved with the Tigers ‘stay in school’ program and their ‘skate with the Tigers’ program that raised awareness for various causes. He spearheaded their ‘no shave Movember’ campaign and also took in numerous other fundraising and community events.
Cole was an honors student in high school, and has already completed three university courses. On the ice this past season with Medicine Hat he scored 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 65 games. Over his five year WHL career with both the Tigers and the Kamloops Blazers he accumulated 71 career regular season points and another 20 points in playoff action.