The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has singled out Colten Miller for his community involvement.
The second-year Virden Oil Capitals forward was named the winner of the MJHL Community Award. The Killarney product was one of 12 players – one from each squad – named to the MJHL Community Ambassador Team earlier this season. The league then chose an overall winner based on their “outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship both on and off the ice and a commitment to volunteerism.”
“It’s a great honour to be chosen for this award. It means a lot to me,” Miller said. “I enjoy giving back to the community. They do so much for us as a team. Coming to all the games and cheering us on, they support us so well. That’s what makes it so great to play in Virden - the people we have in the community.”
After Miller was named to the Community Ambassador Team, RBC made a donation to Virden’s schools. Now an additional donation will be made in Miller’s name.
Oil Caps head coach Tyson Ramsey said that Miller is “always first to lend a helping hand.”
“Colten comes from a small community, being from Killarney, and he understands the importance of our relationship with our community here in Virden,” Ramsey said. “He is always willing to help out and he really enjoys talking and helping people young and old. He is a very mature young man, and he is an outstanding representative for our hockey club.”
Some of Miller’s community involvement this season included volunteering at Breakfast Club, being a mentor for Virden Minor Hockey, helping with Mary Montgomery School intramurals, serving as a reading assistant at Goulter School, and helping with the Virden Junior High Terry Fox Run.