Renowned NHL Player Agent pro­poses ma­jor schol­ar­ship pro­gram for Drumheller

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Ritch Win­ter, de­scribed as the NHL’s first player agent su­per­star, came home to Drumheller on Mon­day to ad­dress the Ro­tary Club. He rep­re­sents many Na­tional Hockey League play­ers in­clud­ing Cal­gary Flames cap­tain Mark Gior­dano and Mar­ian Hossa of the Chicago Black Hawks.

He spoke of our chil­dren achiev­ing dreams – set­ting goals, then achiev­ing those goals. “The idea is to in­spire and en­cour­age chil­dren to be- lieve in them­selves. It’s been found that grades in­crease 8 – 10 per cent.”

With this in mind Win­ter, ap­proached Ro­tary to de­velop what would be the largest an­nual schol­ar­ship pro­gram in the his­tory of Drumheller. It would fo­cus on stu­dents who may be strug­gling with their grades and work with them to es­tab­lish goals. Of­ten, these stu­dents will turn out to be com­mu­nity lead­ers, all be­cause they achieved the goals they set in school.

Win­ter grew up in Drumheller adding: “You don’t real- ize how valu­able it is that you are liv­ing in Drumheller. Here, peo­ple care. This is some­thing not of­ten seen in large cities.”

In his youth Win­ter, was the star catcher for the Drumheller Hopewells, the only area Sand­lot team (Lit­tle League) to win the Al­berta cham­pi­onship. Fol­low­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion he took the op­por­tu­nity to re­new friend­ships with his coaches and man­agers of the club. Pic­tured hold­ing the photo of the 1970 team are Nick Sereda, Bernie Wade, Ritch Win­ter and Jim Fisher.


Pic­tured hold­ing the photo of the 1970 Drumheller Hope­fuls Lit­tle L eague Team are Nick Sereda – Bernie Wade – Ritch Win­ter and Jim Fisher. Win­ter, now an NHL agent, is work­ing with the Ro­tary Club to in­tro­duce a new schol­ar­ship for Drumheller.

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