Thanks to our friends at Esso, scholarships are presented at each regional
championship as well as at the Esso Cup, Canada’s Women's U18 National Club
Championship. The Esso Cup Scholarship recognizes individuals that
demonstrate outstanding academic and athletic performance, as well as
involvement in the community.
The 2023 Esso Cup Scholarship recipient is Prince Albert Bears forward
Jasmine Kohl. The 18-year-old is actively involved in her hometown of Moose
Jaw, volunteering with Meals on Wheels with her mom, buying Christmas
presents for seniors in town and assisting with the Moose Jaw Minor Hockey
HC: What plans do you have for your education and hockey future?
I am committed to Lake Forest College, just outside of Chicago. I'm going
there to do psychology. And then when I come back to Canada, I will major
in psychiatry. I’ve loved helping people my whole life, so it's the job for
me. I'm super excited about it. When I'm [at Lake Forest], I'm playing
softball and hockey, so that's really cool that I get to do both sports.
HC: What does it mean to receive this Esso Cup Scholarship?
I talked to my team manager about it, and I went into it thinking, “You
know what? I'll give it a shot.” I'm super passionate about this sport. […]
When I got the call from Hockey Canada [and was told] that I won, my first
words to a tee were, “Oh my god, really?” I was absolutely stunned. I was
blown away because it's kind of like a pat on the back. You worked so hard
for so many years, and you finally like get something. It's a big deal. I
was super pumped about it.
HC: Why do you love hockey?
: I have a lot of reasons. One of my main reasons is I love people. I love
meeting new people; I love experiencing different life things with new
people. Through playing hockey and moving away from home to play hockey,
I've met so many new people and new friends along the way. That’s built up
my confidence in many things. For the actual sport, I love playing the
game because it's always testing my brain capacity. […] You're broadening
your mind on all these drills, all these new plays. You can have a good
hockey IQ on the ice, and that's something that I feel like I've improved
on. I just enjoy every moment of it.