Team Alex Scholarships
Alexander Ennis Memorial Scholarship
On October 9, 1992, Alexander Ennis was born in Calgary, Alberta. Alex was born with severe hemophilia and was always at high risk for serious injury from any trauma with this illness. Despite his limitations, Alex fell in love with hockey at the age of 5; with all the protective equipment available, he played first with Stettler Minor Hockey then Red Deer Minor Hockey. Alex and his older brother Curtis enjoyed this popular sport throughout their youth.
At age 10, Alex entered the Pee Wee level, where “hit” hockey was first introduced. He could no longer play because of the high risk involved with his severe hemophilia, and there was no other option for him in minor hockey. That’s when Red Deer Pond Hockey was born. His father, Brian, decided to start a league in Red Deer that would allow Alex and other youth with barriers of any kind to play the sport they loved. Alex played throughout his youth and worked with his dad to coach other teams. He loved every minute of his hockey career; it was his element.
Alex was loved by many. He was a kind, loving, caring son, brother and friend whose personality and character impacted many. Alex is greatly missed by all who knew him. Following his suicide in May of 2019, his family committed to doing whatever they could to stop other families from going through such a profound loss. Therefore, Team Alex was created to train coaches on Suicide, Mental Health and Bullying awareness and prevention.