Bemis Papermakers Hockey Team will receive $50-per-game cash prizes in the 2018-2019 season, the team announced Tuesday.
The Hockey Players’ Association (HPA) announced Tuesday that the $1,749,000 prize money for the 2018/19 season will be split equally between the team and the players’ association.
The HPA will also provide $50 cash awards to players who win the Hockey Players Championship, which will take place in Calgary, Alberta, on Nov. 4-7, 2019.HPA President and CEO Dan Bemis says the money will go towards scholarships for players to help them complete their studies and earn their degree.
Hockey players will also receive $20 per game cash for the 2017-18 season, a $20 cash award for players who take part in the Hockey Canada Under-18 Championship and a $10 cash award to players participating in the Canada East Regional.
Henceforth, the HPA is encouraging all the teams participating in Canada East to use the cash prize money to help with student loan debt or student aid for players.
“We want every hockey player to be able to pursue their dreams and have the opportunity to pursue a career that allows them to be a successful hockey player,” Bemis said.
“This prize money is meant to provide a helping hand for the student athletes.”
Bemis says every hockey team will receive cash prize for the year 2018/2019 to help offset the costs of student loans.
“It’s important that all the student hockey teams participate in the national championships, but it’s also important that we have scholarships to assist the student players to go into their professional careers,” he said.
“The more the student teams participate, the more money they will get to help pay for their student loans.”HPA president and CEO, Dan Besses, says the players are excited to receive the cash prizes.
“This award money is a great way for all the players to support their education and their professional development,” he says.
“It’s also an opportunity for them to showcase their skills to the Canadian Hockey League.”
They’re also going to be getting some financial support to help support them financially.
“The HPA also announced it is hosting a Hockey Canada Foundation Award on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Ottawa Convention Centre.
The Foundation Award, which is presented annually to the team with the best overall performance in the National Hockey League, is open to the participating hockey teams and will be presented at the end of the first round of the HockeyCanada Under-17 National Championship, the tournament for the Under-19s.
The HPSA says the Foundation Award will be held at the event and will feature a variety of prizes including $50 awards to the top two teams, $20 for the top three teams, and $10 awards to each of the top five teams.
The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the team that holds the prize will receive an additional $5 in cash prizes, the organization said.