Innu hockey player aspires to go pro after earning engineering degree

By Sam Laskaris  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter While Mikisiw Awashish continues to make his education plans, the 22-year-old Innu hockey player maintains his boyhood aspirations of becoming a pro player. And, yes, he still is hoping to one day make it to the National Hockey League. Awashish is from Mashteuiatsh, an Innu community near Chicoutimi, Que. He’s a forward with the Montreal-based McGill University Redbirds. Though he’s in his second year with the McGill squad, Awashish is actually in his third year of the school’s civil engineering program. He was able to transfer the credits he earned during his first year of post-secondary studies at Laval University in Quebec City, where he was finishing off his junior hockey career. “I’ve got to admit it’s hard,” Awashish said of how he…

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