Athlete of the Week
The Powerland Urban High School Athlete of the Week is T.J. Matuszewski of the Garden Valley Zodiacs hockey team in Winkler.
This 5’9” forward led the Zodiacs to their first tournament win in 5 years at the Bell MTS Hockey Tournament, where he was named tournament MVP. He recorded 7 goals and 7 assists in 4 games, which included a point on all 5 goals scored in the championship game, while also scoring in the shoot out. Coach Keith Bially states, “As captain of the hockey team T.J. is a leader both on and off the ice. Often challenged by the opposing team’s strongest players on a nightly basis, T.J. lets his skills do his talking. His dedication and passion are evident in his play, but more importantly in his sportsmanship, which he strives to ensure, he along with his teammates are doing things the right way. T.J. ensures all of his teammates feel a part of the team whether it is gathering all the guys in the same hotel room for some games, or making sure everyone is a part of the conversation on the bus”.
This Grade 12 student maintains a 70% academic average, while also participating in golf, soccer, hockey, basketball and baseball.