Spruce Grove program recognizes outstanding locals
A couple of Team Canada alumni are being honoured by the City of Spruce Grove, as a part of its Awards of Excellence program.
Sledge hockey defenceman Steve Arsenault and goaltender Ben Scrivens will be inducted at this year's Canada Day Celebration in Jubilee Park.
Scrivens worked his way through Spruce Grove Minor Hockey, and played junior hockey for the Spruce Grove Saints.
After earning a scholarship at Cornell University, Scrivens played 144 NHL games with Toronto, Los Angeles, Edmonton, and Montreal.
During his time with the Oilers, Scrivens set an NHL record for most saves in a regular season shutout, with 59.
He also wore goalie masks that were designed and painted by two local artists with schizophrenia to help raise awareness around the stigma surrounding mental health.
Arsenault played able-bodied hockey as a kid in Spruce Grove, but later lost mobility due to AVN of the hip.
Arsenault competed in two Paralympic Winter Games, winning silver at PyeongChang 2018 and bronze at Sochi 2014.
He has also won multiple medals at the Para Hockey Championships and the World Sledge Hockey Challenge.
Arsenault is now head coach for Team Alberta's sledge hockey team, and works with Canada's National Para Hockey Development Team.
The Awards of Excellence program was started in 2003 as a way for the City to recognize community members who have made significant contributions in one of 7 different areas, including athletics.
Past inductees include Stephanie Labbé in 2017, and Jennifer Heil in 2005.