VEGAS (March 11, 2020) - The Vegas Junior Golden Knights announced today, March 11, that Noah Smejkal has been named the recipient of the 2020 Mark Workman Scholarship.
Named after the late Vegas Golden Knights amateur scout, the Mark Workman Scholarship is awarded to a current high school senior in the Vegas Junior Golden Knights program who best exemplifies passion, sportsmanship, team play, work ethic, discipline, community service and academic achievement.
Smejkal, a senior at Cimarron Memorial High School, laced up his first pair of skates when he was 14 years old and is now a member of the Vegas Junior Golden Knights Varsity D3 team. Smejkal also volunteers for Spectrum on Ice, a program designed to give kids with disabilities the opportunity to play hockey, and is a house league and Lil' Knights coach. After graduating high school, he will take a gap year to improve his skill level in hopes of playing college hockey. When not on the ice, Smejkal is heavily involved with the manufacturing and robotics program at CMHS and enjoys studying political science.
"Noah exuded such a positive attitude," said Darren Eliot, Vegas Golden Knights Vice President of Hockey Programming and Facility Operations. "From working to offset the cost of participation, to getting involved in coaching to instruction, every element exhibited a passion and love of the game."
"Receiving this award means so much to me," said Mark Workman Scholarship recipient Noah Smejkal. "I'm happy to represent the Jr. Golden Knights and see youth hockey in Las Vegas continuing to expand. Getting the Mark Workman Scholarship is a huge honor and a very humbling experience for me. The work doesn't stop here, but I'm excited to see what my future holds."
Mark Workman passed away February 14, 2018 after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He was a passionate hockey man that dedicated his life to the game. In addition to his involvement at the amateur, collegiate, and professional levels, he gave much of his time to youth hockey and to the growth and development of the game. He was proud to represent USA Hockey through his volunteer work at their spring and summer development camps. He loved working with young hockey players, and he cared deeply about their growth and personal development on and off the ice.
Mark Workman Scholarship Recipients
2020: Noah Smejkal
2019: Emily Kline
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