Through July and August, the Western Hockey League is saying ‘thank you’ to its 2019 graduating class. From July 29 to August 2, we extended our gratitude to 10 players who concluded their WHL careers in the 2018-19 season.
Over his WHL career, Schael Higson played in 328 regular season and playoff games. He began his career with the Saskatoon Blades, eventually moving to the Brandon Wheat Kings where he would spend the majority of his time and even earn an alternate captain position. In 2016, Higson also became a WHL Champion with the Wheat Kings. Finally, in his last season of the WHL, Higson was acquired by the Kelowna Rockets where he rounded out his scoring totals, earning 95 points (19G-76A) in 328 games.
Tristan Langan was selected in the ninth round, 183rd overall, by the Moose Jaw Warriors at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Spending his entire WHL career in Moose Jaw, Langan played in 271 regular season and playoffs games and recorded 190 points (79G-111A). In the 2018-19 season, Langan also tied for the most regular-season goals (53) and earned a place on the WHL’s Eastern Conference First All-Star team.
Jaeger White was selected in the fourth round, 72nd overall, by the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. White would go on to collect 112 points (45G-67A) in 225 regular season and playoff games with the Hurricanes, Everett Silvertips, Wheat Kings, Medicine Hat Tigers and Kootenay ICE. To continue his career, White has committed to Carlton University to utilize his WHL Scholarship and play for the Carlton Ravens.
Splitting his time between the Regina Pats, Red Deer Rebels, Victoria Royals and Portland Winterhawks, Jared Freadrich played in 298 regular season and playoff games, collecting 149 points (40G-109A). Originally, the Winterhawks alternate captain was selected by the Pats in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in the fourth round, 80th overall.
During his two WHL seasons, Mike MacLean played with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Prince George Cougars. During his time, MacLean registered 13 points (8G-5A) in 109 regular season and playoff games. After committing to the University of Concordat to play with the Stingers, MacLean will use his WHL Scholarship to continue his hockey career and education.
After he was selected in the fifth round, 103rd overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Thunderbirds, Brandon Schuldhaus would go on to play for the Rebels, Warriors and Blades. In his 299 regular season and playoff games, Schuldhaus collected 88 points (20G-68A). After his WHL career, Schuldhaus committed to the Gaels at Queen’s University.
Although Andrew Fyten was selected by the Silvertips in the fifth round, 108th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, he actually began his WHL career with the Calgary Hitmen and would then go on to play with the Swift Current Broncos and Edmonton Oil Kings. In total, Fyten recorded 100 points (42G-58A) in his 290 regular season and playoff games. The centreman and later an alternate captain for the Broncos was also a part of Swift Current’s 2018 WHL Championship squad.
Nolan Reid began his WHL career when he was selected by the Blades in the second round, 41st overall, and would then go on to play for the Spokane Chiefs. Throughout his time in the WHL, Reid amassed 156 points (42G-114A) in an incredible 353 regular season and playoff games.
Another single-team WHL player can be found in the career of Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse. In total, Outhouse played in 226 regular season and playoff games with the Royals and finished the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season with a 2.81 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 46 games.
Originally, Brett Clayton was selected in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Blades in the 10th round, 206th overall, but began his career with the Winterhawks. Clayton also played for the Tri-City Americans and Pats in his WHL career, totalling 30 points (13G-17A) in 230 regular season and playoff games.
Thank you to our graduating players for all your contributions on and off the ice. Visit @TheWHL on Twitter from Monday through Friday for new player cards. Weekly recaps of player cards and highlights will appear at WHL.ca each Friday.