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Kings goalie wins community award

Prince George Spruce Kings goaltender has been named the winner of the inaugural B.C. Hockey League Community Hero Award. Sponsored by Shaw Communications, the award is handed out to a BCHL player who goes above and beyond in his community.
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Prince George Spruce Kings goaltender Jett Alexander is announced during a ceremony before the game against the Surrey Eagles in September at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena. Citizen Photo by James Doyle

Prince George Spruce Kings goaltender has been named the winner of the inaugural B.C. Hockey League Community Hero Award.

Sponsored by Shaw Communications, the award is handed out to a BCHL player who goes above and beyond in his community. In October, Alexander raised hundreds of dollars for cancer research with his October Saves Goalie Challenge. He pledged to donate 25 cents for every save he made and engaged fans, players, team staff and billets to do the same. As a result, he raised $358.75.

This was the first year the 20-year-old Kings goalie took part in the campaign. He was inspired by St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen to join the effort.

For Alexander, as with many people raising funds for cancer research, the saves campaign was personal.

"I lost a grandfather when I was around 15-years-old," he said. "Cancer is a disease that affects everyone. Whether it's someone who's had it themselves or someone you know like a family member, it's a horrible thing. I just thought it was a good opportunity to help people."

Shaw Communications has pledged to make a matching donation to Stand Up to Cancer Canada, one of the beneficiaries of the October Saves Goalie Challenge, in recognition of Alexander's efforts.

Alexander, a native of Bloomfield, Ont., spent the previous three seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), and was acquired by Prince George in the offseason.