The Olds Grizzlys mandate their players to give back in the community through volunteer hours. Duncan Hughes goes beyond the mandated hours and donates his own time to the Olds Elementary School. Here, he helps the students with reading, writing, and math, as well as helps teach them the basic fundamentals in gym classes. He also assists with their lunchtime milk program.
On top of his commitments with Olds Elementary, Duncan volunteers at the Horizon School, which is a school to help those with special needs and provides unique programming for their students. Outside of his school community involvement, Duncan helps with coaching goalies and is currently assisting in a morning skate program for young goalies once a week. This program helps them enhance their pre-existing skills as well as develop new ones. To top it all off, Duncan is also the goalie coach for the Bantam Elite female hockey team in Olds.
Duncan’s coach describes him as is a “giver” which is clear when seeing all of the great work and time he dedicates to youth and hockey players the Olds community!
Each AJHL team will nominate one player who has shown exemplary commitment to community service to be recognized as an AJHL RBC Community Ambassador - all 16 athletes will make up the 2019-20 AJHL RBC Community Ambassador Team! At the conclusion of the regular season, one AJHL RBC Community Ambassador will be selected as the recipient of the RBC Community Award. A donation will be made to the Ambassador’s local charity from RBC and a Scholarship will be provided to the player from the AJHL to be used for post-secondary education.