North Shore Warriors student-athlete Andrei Glukhov has been named as the recipient of the Nick Crosby Top Scholastic Athlete Award for the 2022/23 season.
“Andrei exemplified the commitment, determination, and results of a top student athlete in our league and amongst all the candidates, we are very proud for him to be recognized by the CSSHL with the Nick Crosby Award,” said North Shore Academy President and Governor Nathan Fischer. “Our program is committed to academic excellence and our school partner North Shore Academy has been exceptional in developing our student athletes with an accountability to education. This is a humbling award given Nick’s legacy. I also thank our U18 Prep Head Coach Scott Hewson for fostering that culture with his players and team environment.”
The Khabarovsk, Russia defenseman has spent the past two seasons in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) including this past season with the North Shore U18 Prep team. Glukhov played for the Calgary International Hockey Academy U17 Prep team during the 2021/22 season.
The Nick Crosby Top Scholastic Athlete Award is awarded in Nick Crosby’s memory by the CSSHL to the U18 Prep player who is deemed the Top Academic student-athlete by a three-person independent committee.
“Andrei benefitted from the advantages of being a student-athlete with the North Shore Warriors Hockey Academy. His ability to use the many tools that the Academy provides for student athletes, along with his hard work and his academic performance is the reason he is awarded this deserving accomplishment. We are very proud of Andrei and this recognition from the CSSHL,” added North Shore U18 Prep head coach Scott Hewson.
The award was re-named in Crosby’s honour in July 2021, ten years after he passed away in a motor vehicle accident on July 5, 2011. Delta Hockey Academy’s Logan Joslin was the recipient of the award during the 2021/22 season, the first winner of the award since it was re-named in Crosby’s honour.
Originally from Ketchum, Idaho, Nick Crosby spent the inaugural 2009/10 season in the CSSHL as the captain of Banff Hockey Academy. He recorded 4 points in the 11 CSSHL games that were part of his 70 plus game grade 12 season.
That season Crosby was the very first winner of the CSSHL’s Student Athlete of the Year award while receiving the Banff Hockey Academy Most Valuable Player and Student Athlete of the Year awards.
Years later, Crosby still exemplifies what the CSSHL envisions student-athletes to strive for today. As an academic based hockey league, it is the CSSHL’s goal to have all of our student-athletes reach their academic potential and character growth as Crosby did.
“Wendy and I are truly grateful that Nick’s memory is being recognized in this way and we wish to thank the CSSHL for renaming this award in his honor. The tremendous evolution of Nick’s confidence and abilities both in the classroom and on the ice while participating in the CSSHL is a testament to the league’s ambitions for its players and the discipline required of its athletes to perform at a high level in all aspects of life,” said Nick’s father, Bob Crosby.
On top of his hockey related honours in 2009/10, Crosby was admitted into the Banff Community High School Lifetime Honors Society and was awarded the Banff Academy Prize for Physical Education.
Following his death Banff Hockey Academy renamed their Student Athlete of the Year Award to the Nick Crosby Student Athlete of the Year Award in 2012 and The Sun Valley Community School (Sun Valley, Idaho) awards the Nick Crosby Athlete of the Year award each year.
After his successful season with Banff Hockey Academy Crosby joined the Brooks Bandits in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). Crosby has had his number retired by the Bandits, who have since created a Nick Crosby Memorial Award, which is presented to a Bandits player exemplifying Nick’s assets of determination, teamwork, loyalty and passion.