Jaxon Joseph Memorial Scholarship
Who was Jaxon Joseph
The Jaxon Joseph Memorial Scholarship was created in 2018 by the Podallan Pub in memory of Jaxon Joseph. The intent is to recognize the contributions of a 2nd or 3rd Year U18 Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Player.
Jaxon Christopher Joseph, born in Edmonton, Alberta on September 15, 1997, passed away tragically at the age of 20, while travelling with his Humboldt Broncos family on April 6, 2018.
Jaxon spent his life doing what he loved - playing hockey. Jaxon's big heart, his charming smile, and his warm, loving personality touched many and left lasting impressions. Jaxon loved all dogs, especially his "Sam". His other passions included spending time with his family, summers at the lake and hanging out with the boys.
Jaxon’s Dad said that his son was “never the star, never the grinder, but very flexible…every team he’s played on, he’s always been described as a glue guy.”
The Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more 2nd or 3rd year Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Players who have demonstrated similar characteristics as Jaxon Joseph; a love of hockey, a love of family and a love of friends. The player who may not be the star on the ice, but is respected and known by his teammates for being the “glue guy.”
Jaxon Joseph Memorial Recipients
AJ McSkimming is a born and raised Fort McMurray resident who has had a love of hockey since the age of 4 when he started playing in U7. Throughout his years on and off the ice, AJ has been known for his dedication to the game and most importantly to his teammates. While having a busy schedule with hockey and other various fitness activities AJ has been able to maintain good grades, attendance and participate in school activities. Though having challenges these last couple seasons, AJ has always shown his support to his team whether he was on the ice or simply sitting on the bench or even in the stands, always wanting others to succeed and doing anything he could to help his fellow players out.
“AJ is the “glue” on the team each and every season. He is very coachable and will always respect what a coach has to teach. He will always look you in the eyes and pay attention to what you are saying to him. He accepts and respects feedback and does his best to improve.” – Ian Kenny, Former Coach
AJ is currently finishing his last year of high school and will continue to work part time throughout the year while finishing his last year of hockey. His hopes once he graduates is to go to school to become a paramedic/firefighter and come back to coach minor hockey.