By Hailey Robinson – Silvertips staff writer
Some of the benefits of playing in the WHL come afterward, and those benefits are felt by 21 Silvertips graduates receiving WHL scholarships for the 2018 fall semester. Those former Tips, 18 attending university in Canada and three in the United States, are part of a group of 386 former WHL players utilizing their WHL scholarships, the WHL announced Thursday.
“They cover your tuition fees, which is the biggest benefit, plus your books too,” Carson Stadnyk, a former Silvertip from 2011-16 who is currently pursuing a business degree in management while playing hockey at the University of Saskatchewan, said. “It’s pretty awesome going to school that all gets paid for. It helps you come out there with a degree and get ready for the real world.”
Stadnyk continues to play hockey for Saskatchewan, alongside fellow Tips alum Kohl Bauml, who is in his fourth year studying finance at the university. For Bauml, the scholarship was part of his decision to continue his hockey career in college.
“It made the decision to go to school very easy, just the fact that it was being paid for and I wouldn’t have to worry about paying tuition or getting textbooks,” Bauml said
Alongside tuition, Bauml said the addition of textbooks and other fees to the scholarship has helped him succeed. While many of his peers don’t have the money to spend on textbooks and go without, having textbooks covered has given his grades extra security.
More than just the scholarship, playing in the WHL provided valuable lessons for the Tips graduates.
‘You’re your own person, they treat you like an adult. So from a life perspective it very much impacted me in a very positive way, and obviously from a hockey perspective my time there was really successful. It allowed me to pursue my academic career while still being able to continue to play hockey at the same time.” Kohl
The lessons learned in junior hockey continue to apply as these former Tips transition to careers.
“It helped me learn a lot of important skills,” Tristen Pfeifer, who is getting his masters in finance at Arizona State University, said. “How to work with teammates, how to win, how to lose, how to set your mind on a goal and work for it.”