Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today a total of 382 WHL graduate players have been awarded WHL Scholarships for the fall and winter semesters of the 2017-18 academic year. The 382 WHL Scholarships awarded represent the highest fall and winter total in WHL history, improving upon the mark of 374 set during the 2016-17 academic season.
This weekend, 68 WHL Alumni will compete for U SPORTS supremacy at the 2018 David Johnston University Cup in Fredericton, N.B. The WHL is represented with graduate players on seven of the eight team rosters competing in the tournament. All tournament games, including the bronze medal game, will air on USPORTS.LIVE. Semifinal action will be broadcast on Sportsnet 360 (12 p.m. AT & 4 p.m. AT). The action closes on Sunday, March 18 with the gold medal final, live on Sportsnet 360 (2 p.m. AT). For more information on the 2018 U SPORTS David Johnston University Cup, please visit UniversityCup.ca.
This year, 183 of the 382 WHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education while playing Canadian University hockey at the U SPORTS level. In Western Canada, 133 of these student-athletes are playing in Canada West (CW), and have in many cases combined their WHL Scholarship with additional financial assistance from their university in Western Canada to receive the Western Canada Premier Hockey Scholarship.
Representing Canada West at the 2018 David Johnston University Cup are the Canada West Champion University of Alberta Golden Bears and University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
The University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Sask.) leads all post-secondary institutions with 38 WHL graduates enrolled in full-time studies, while 34 former WHL players are registered at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alta.). The University of British Columbia (31), University of Lethbridge (25), University of Calgary (24), University of Manitoba (19), University of Regina (19) and Mount Royal University (17) also lead the way in WHL graduate enrollment.
WHL Scholarship recipients are enrolled this year as full-time students at 78 different post-secondary institutions through North America.
Hockey Alberta leads all Western Canada branches, having produced 162 WHL graduates currently accessing their WHL Scholarship. BC Hockey (83), the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (75) and Hockey Manitoba (34) are also leaders, with Hockey North (Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and Hockey Yukon combining to produce two WHL Scholarship recipients. A total of 26 players from USA Hockey are also accessing their WHL Scholarship.
Among the 2017-18 WHL Scholarship recipients, 59 WHL graduates are enrolled at universities in Eastern Canada, with 50 playing U SPORTS hockey at the Ontario University Athletics or Atlantic University Sport level. In total, 66 WHL graduates are enrolled at a Canadian College, other post-secondary institution, or in a trades or technical training institution, with 30 WHL graduates playing hockey in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) or the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL). Additionally, 15 WHL graduates are attending post-second institutions in the United States.
Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the member Clubs of the WHL. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.5 million to graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.
“The WHL and all our member Clubs are delighted that a record number of WHL graduate players are taking advantage and utilizing their WHL Scholarship this year,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “The WHL Scholarship not only allows our players to pursue their academic goals at a post-secondary institution of their choice, but also provides the opportunity to continue playing amateur hockey at a very high level in the Canadian University system.”
Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a guaranteed, full-year WHL Scholarship including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. The WHL Scholarship is a fully-guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify, and the student-athlete can apply the funding to any post-secondary or career-enhancing program of his choice, including trades schools and professional career training programs.
In addition, current WHL players also receive financial assistance for enrolling post-secondary classes while playing in the WHL, many of whom are taking online courses through Athabasca University. The WHL and Athabasca University have partnered to offer, through online and other distance education platforms, fully-accredited university courses to any WHL player interested in further pursuing post-secondary studies while playing in the WHL.
Fully funded by WHL member Clubs, all players currently playing in the WHL are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses. The financial assistance received for post-secondary studies while playing does not impact on the WHL Scholarship benefits a WHL player is entitled to upon graduating from the League.
Manitoba WHL Graduates receiving scholarships:
Brandon University – Brandon, MB
Brett Kitt – Brandon, MB – Lethbridge
University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC
Carson Perreaux – Brandon, MB – Prince Alberta
University of Calgary – Calgary, AB
Tyler Coulter – Brandon, MB – Brandon
University of Lethbridge – Lethbridge, AB
Ty Edmonds – Winnipeg, MB – Prince George
University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, MB
Denis Bosc – Dufresne, MB – Swift Current
Jordyn Boyd – Winnipeg, MB – Kootenay
Austin Douglas – Winnipeg, MB – Kamploops
Zach Franko – Winnipeg, MB – Kootenay
Reid Gow – Kilarney, MB – Spokane
Stephen Hak – Winnipeg, MB – Regina
Adam Henry – Winnipeg, MB – Lethbridge
Rene Hunter – Ebb and Flow, MB – Brandon
Remi Laurencelle – Winnipeg, MB – Everett
Quintin Lisoway – Neepawa, MB – Brandon
Meyer Nell – Boissevain, MB – Red Deer
Justin Paulic – Thompson, MB – Moose Jaw
Lucas Skrumeda – Winnipeg, MB – Everett
Christian Stockl – Winnipeg, MB – Red Deer
Brett Stovin – Stony Mountain, MB – Saskatoon
Spencer Temblay – Winnipeg, MB – Regina
Nick Zajac – Headingley, MB – Saskatoon
Mount Royal University – Calgary, AB
Ryley Lindgren – East St. Paul, MB – Brandon
University of Regina – Regina, SK
Landon Cross – Brandon, MB – Spokane
Landon Peel – Virden, MB – Regina
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
Michael Sofillas – Morden, MB – Lethbridge
Acadia University – Wolfville, NS
Brett Cote – Oakbank, MB – Victoria
Brock University – St. Catharines, ON
Evan Morden – Swan River, MB – Prince Albert
Queen’s University – Kingston, ON
Duncan Campbell – Brandon, MB – Brandon
University of Toronto – Toronto, ON
Evan Johnson – Winnipeg, MB – Calgary
Lethbridge College – Lethbridge, AB
Tyson Verhelst – Brandon, MB – Spokane
Manitoba Institution of Trades & Technology – Winnipeg, MB
Daniel Asham – Headingly, MB – Brandon
Red River College – Winnipeg, MB
Ryan Pruden – Winnipeg, MB – Saskatoon
Sask Polytechnic – Saskatoon, SK
Taylor Sanheim – Elkhorn, MB – Brandon
Vancouver Film School – Vancouver, BC
Dane Schioler – Winnipeg, MB – Prince Albert
Summary: WHL Scholarships 2017– 2018
Canadian Universities, Western Canada – 242
Canadian Universities, Eastern Canada – 59
Canadian Colleges and other institutions – 66
U.S. Colleges, Universities – 15
Total – WHL Graduate Scholarships – 382
WHL Graduates continuing to play hockey at the elite Canadian University or College level:
Canada West Conference – 133
Ontario University Athletics /Atlantic University Sport Conferences – 50
ACAC / BCIHL – 30
Total – 213
Branch Summary: WHL Scholarships 2017-18
British Columbia – 83
Alberta – 162
Saskatchewan – 75
Manitoba – 34
North West Territories / Yukon – 2
USA – 26
Totals – 382
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.