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Cambridge, ON – Nicholas Graniero is getting cracking on getting cracking.

Click here to see Graniero’s 2023 Bursary Winner Video

Over his first 19 years, the LaSalle Vipers centre had made the most of his time on the ice and through discipline and commitment, the prospect of a great future outside the rink.

A left shot centre, Graniero finished his third season with the Greater Ontario Hockey League’s Vipers with a career-best point total just as life’s clock turns out of his teens.

To apply for the 2024 Bursary click here

Now a second-year student at the University of Windsor, Graniero has his sights set on chiropractor school after posting a 90 per cent average as a freshman following a seamless jump up from high school to university.

 “To me, academic success is very important,” said Graniero, who turned 20 on April 20, 2024. “My parents and any other authorities that I look up to have preached how important it is.

“It helps you in the long run.”

Graniero started playing hockey at age five and made a select travel team as a seven-year-old.

Thirteen years and one Ontario Dairy Farmers of Ontario bursary later, he looks ahead to the possibility of aligning spines, and reflects behind on lessons learned. 

“Leadership, teamwork and working hard, no matter what it is – not just in academics but anywhere else in your life, like sports,” he said.

“To balance hockey and school, you just need to make sure you’re organized. You have more than enough time to get it all done and play the game you love.”

The game, it turns out, loved him back.

“This bursary shows that my hard work has paid off,” said Graniero. “It’s a chance to give back to my parents, because they’ve supported me.”

In short, the lad’s a cracker. 

2024 Bursary Program – HOW TO APPLY

Candidates must complete the application form below and submit it to the OHA by 8 p.m. on May 6, 2024. Each application will be reviewed by a panel and only the successful recipients will be contacted by the OHA. We wish the best of luck to all applicants.

To apply for the 2024 Bursary click here

About the Ontario Hockey Association

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) was founded on November 27, 1890, and is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior hockey in the Province of Ontario.  The OHA is a Member Partner of the Ontario Hockey Federation which is one of thirteen Provincial and Regional Branches of Hockey Canada. 

It is comprised of three Junior hockey leagues and two Senior hockey leagues: Junior A – Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueJunior B – Greater Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueJunior C – Provincial Junior Hockey LeagueSenior  – Allan Cup Hockey (AAA) and Ontario Elite Hockey League (AA). For the 2023-24 season, these five leagues encompass 125 teams.

The objectives of the OHA are to foster and encourage the sport of amateur hockey, to conduct competition in the various categories established, to determine teams for entry into the inter-branch competitions that may be provided by Hockey Canada, and to provide for the affiliation of other hockey organizations.

The OHA provides administrative resources, coordinates programs, services and events for hockey participants and provides support to various Development Programs for coaches, officials, trainers and players, Safety and Risk Management Issues and offers resources for Harassment and Abuse education.


For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:

Chris McCleary

General Manager, Operations & Marketing                  

Ontario Hockey Association                            

[email protected]  

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