Tyson Giuriato Hockey Camp Scholarship Recipients

In honour of Tyson Giuriato’s memory, his family is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Tyson Giuriato Hockey Camp Scholarship: Hudson Crocker, Cadence Mamakeesic, Owen Powell, Kale & Luke Pratte, and Layla Silakiewicz.

Tyson joined the CSSHL in 2013 and served as the Director of Media and Communications until he sadly passed away in August 2020. To honour Tyson’s passion for and contributions to the game of hockey, his family and the CSSHL community came together to offer families the ability to have their child (aged 7-14) attend a summer hockey camp of their choice. The Tyson Giuriato Hockey Camp Scholarship makes this possible by paying for one hockey camp registration for the successful applicants.

Nine-year old Hudson Crocker began skating when he was three, followed by hockey at five. Hudson spent the past season playing for the U11A Sooke Thunderbirds and is playing spring hockey for the Hockey Evolution Tigers. Hudson, who also excels at, baseball would like to one day play for the Victoria Grizzlies and eventually the Chicago Blackhawks.

Hudson’s scholarship will go towards the ‘Edges on Ice’ camp with Blaine Redmond. “It means the world to Hudson and our family to receive this scholarship.  He is incredibly proud and honoured to be included in Tyson’s legacy,” added his mom Brianne Crocker.

Cadence Mamakeesic, who is from Victoria, BC, just completed his first season of hockey and his dream is to play in the NHL. Cadence is on the autism spectrum, and hockey has been the only thing that he has flourished in and loved to do. Hockey has given him drive, a goal, confidence, friends and has been the key component in his success in emotional development and socialization.

Cadence’s scholarship will go towards the ‘Lesley Global Sports Summer Camp’. “He was really excited, it’s pretty cool to win something,” added his mom Alicia Hearse.

10-year old Owen Powell is from Victoria, BC and spent this past season playing for the U11 B2 Grizzlies. Owen, who started playing hockey when he was five years old, spends his spare time cooking, gardening, BMXing, and playing ball hockey and guitar, and would like to one day continue his hockey career at the junior and college levels.

Owen’s scholarship will go towards the Brandon Wong camp. “It’s so exciting, we were quite proud of him,” added his mom April Powell.

Kale and Luke Pratte are brothers from Moose Jaw, SK. Kale spent the 2021/22 season playing in the CSSHL for Prairie Hockey Academy’s U15 Prep team, while Luke was the captain of his U13AA team. The two brothers are avid baseball players and enjoy the outdoors, swimming, fishing, hunting, bike riding, camping and skiing.

The Pratte brother’s scholarship will go towards the Elite 6 Week Prairie Hockey Academy camp in Caronport, SK, a camp which their older brother has done before. As this camp is close to home and offered during the day, it allows them to continue their baseball in the evenings.

Layla Silakiewicz started skating when she was just three and then originally started playing ringette in kindergarten. She is currently playing for the Sherwood Park Ringette Association

U14AA POWER and qualified for Western Canadian National Ringette Championship. On December 30, 2021 Layla tried out for her first hockey team, officially making the Edmonton U15 Royals Spring Hockey Team on February 21, 2022.

Layla’s scholarship will go towards the Okanagan Hockey Academy U15 Speed, Skills & Tactics with Ryan Wilkinson. “Layla was surprised, happy, and shocked when she found out she won. I was all of those and grateful,” said her mom Katie Berghofer.

“We are grateful to our friends and family for their continuing support that made it possible to send extra kids to camps. It was a hard decision for the committee to choose the winners. We hope those that weren’t picked will reapply next year. We wish all the young hockey players a successful and fun year coming up,” added the Giuriato family.