Kincraig's Alastair Douglas crowned Scotland's top junior hockey player
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A KINCRAIG schoolboy has been crowned as the country's best young hockey player of 2019.
Under-16 Scotland star Alastair Douglas claimed the title as the age group's player of the year at the Scottish Hockey Awards on Saturday.
Alastair, who previously attended Alvie Primary School and Kingussie High School, received the honour at the National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green.
A delighted Alastair told the Strathy: "I'm really happy to have won the award, it's very exciting as I'm very keen to stay in the sport and progress to the senior levels.
"I just got in for the award just in the nick of time, having turned 16 on November 13!"
His mother and former sports coach Jackie Douglas said: "It's a great achievement for Ali. The title brings a fitting end to his under-16 career.
"Ali was selected by the national coaching team and the honour is a tribute to all his hard work and dedication to his sport."
Douglas is currently living in Glasgow where he is attending the city's School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy.
His mum revealed: "Ali's aim for this coming season is to make it into the Scottish under-18 team that will be travelling to Russia to play in the European A Division Tournament."
She added: "We are very proud of his achievements and his award is so well deserved.
"Ali is a very hard-working and talented lad who has been single-minded about developing his sporting skills."