Hockey Player from Fort St. James heading to U.S. after receiving scholarship

It’s a dream come true for 20-year-old Jack Burgart.

  • Wed May 18th, 2016 10:00am
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Jack Burgart from Fort St. James is ready to play hockey for Bemidji State University in Minnesota where he received a scholarship beginning in September

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

It’s a dream come true for 20-year-old Jack Burgart.

In September, Burgart will be heading to Bemidji State University in Minnesota to study and to play a sport that has been a part of his life since he was 5 years old.

“I’ve loved the game ever since I was a kid,” Burgart said. “I’m hoping that this opportunity might lead to a professional career.”

Before receiving his scholarship from Bemidji State, Burgart played hockey in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the Weyburn Red Wings for the last three years.

Burgart, a goalie loves his position. “I love that the team really depends on you,” he said.

Burgart, although born and raised in Fort St. James, is familiar with travelling due to his hockey career.

“I’m used to moving because of hockey. I’ve moved around the last four years for the winter,” Burgart said.

“As for this move, I’m really excited. I’ve already toured the campus. It looks awesome.”

But before leaving, Burgart will keep busy this summer with his three brothers and three sisters and work at Apollo Mill in Fort St. James.

“It’s nice to know that if hockey doesn’t work out, I’ll always have a degree to fall back on,” Burgart said.

“But I do have a dream to make it professionally. That would be the dream.”