This year’s recipient of the Roger Neilson Memorial Award is Sasha Pastujov. Congratulations Sasha!
The Roger Neilson Memorial Award is awarded annually to the team’s top academic player in post-secondary studies. The award was first given out in 2005 and is named in honour of Hockey Hall of Fame coach Roger Neilson, a former high school teacher and coach of the Peterborough Petes.
Presented for the past 12 seasons, the OHL’s Roger Neilson Memorial Award has been claimed by Guelph Storm players three times in the last eight years: Tim Priamo in 2009; Kyle Pereira in 2012; and Justin Nichols in 2015. The 2014 recipient was former Storm forward Patrick Watling, then with the Greyhounds.
Sasha took classes virtually at the University of Florida in his first season with the Guelph Storm. Over the course of the season, he was enrolled in Written Communication, Principles of Economics, Population Geography, and Nutrition. Sasha completed his coursework with an 89% average.