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by George Malik on 03/20/13 at 06:50 PM ET
According to DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has decided to lend a hand to Mary Mrdjenovic, a young lady whose high school athletic career's come to a premature end due to a severe back injury. The 4.0-GPA student applied for a Detroit Red Wings foundation college scolarship, and she's going to receive one:
“We have our scholarship every year and thought it would be nice to give her a scholarship too,” Zetterberg said. “Obviously, with what happened to her, I think it’s for a good cause. It’s high school hockey. They’re good students and every time you have a chance to give back you should.”
Mary’s accident occurred Feb. 20, but Zetterberg wasn’t aware of it until last week, days before the banquet meant to honor the top boys and girls prep players from across the state. Mary attended the banquet, where she also received all-league and all-academic honors.
“I heard about her accident through the guy that helps me with the scholarship,” Zetterberg said. “They called me when we were in western Canada and asked if we could do anything. I think it’s a great opportunity to help her out.”
Zetterberg’s decision to award a separate $1,500 gift to Mary was made easy, because the Regina student-athlete has made helping others a priority.
Mary maintains a 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom, is a three-year member of Regina’s robotics team, and is chapter president for SADD – Students Against Destructive Decisions, which is formerly Students Against Driving Drunk. She also gives her time to Gleaners Community Food Bank; the Society of St. Vincent de Paul; a local nursing home; as well as working fundraisers at her parish.
“I’ve heard that she’s a fantastic kid,” Zetterberg said. “Hopefully I can meet her one day.”
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