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41 WHL GRADS EARN ACADEMIC HONORS LAST YEAR

In 2010-11, the Western Hockey League awarded 275 scholarships to graduate players.  Of those 275 scholarship recipients, 211 were enrolled in full-time studies at a Canadian university while playing hockey in the CIS.

Now, maintaining a high standard of academic performance is challenging at the best of times.  So, imagine how difficult it must be to maintain Honors level grades while balancing the commitment to playing elite-level hockey in the CIS.

Remarkably, nearly 20% of the WHL grads who attended a Canadian university and played hockey in the CIS were able to maintain a level of academic success worthy of earning Academic All-Canadian status.

A total of 41 WHL graduates earned that very honor during the 2010-11 academic year. 

“Conventional wisdom might suggest that young men involved in elite hockey are just not committed to a post secondary education,” said Jim Donlevy, Director of Education Services for the Western Hockey League.  “Over many years, quite the opposite is proving true, as reflected in the number of Academic All Canadians playing CIS hockey.” 

Earning Academic All-Canadian honors is no easy feat.  One must maintain a grade-point average of 80% or better throughout the academic year, with a minimum of 18 credit hours all while continuing to play for a varsity team.

With the time commitment needed to play high-caliber hockey in the CIS, maintaining the necessary grades to be nominated for Academic All-Canadian honors is a challenge.

“The biggest things are time management, and making sure you prioritize and take care of the things you need to take care of,” said former Red Deer Rebel and Moose Jaw Warrior Brennen Wray, an Academic All-Canadian with the St. Francis Xavier University’s X-Men hockey team.

“Being in the Sciences faculty, I spend a lot of time in the library and getting lab time, which is almost like taking a whole other course, so it’s a challenge to find the time to fit it all in when you are still having to practice every day and put the time into hockey,” said Wray.

Having played five years in the WHL, split between the Rebels and Warriors, Wray got used to balancing school and hockey.  In fact, he excelled scholastically, earning the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year award in 2005-06 with the Warriors.

His time in the WHL, working with his Education Advisor, team mates and Club staff, helped prepare Wray for his future academic success at the university level. 

“Once again, it’s about learning to manage your time,” said Wray about his scholastic experience in the WHL.  “The WHL has a very busy schedule, so you have to make sure you use your free time to get your work done and not get behind.

“Our Education Advisor in Moose Jaw, Rosemary Hartney, was also the vice principal at the high school I went to, and she always made sure to help out any of the guys who needed help with their schoolwork.

“She had a big impact on my success, especially in my Grade 12 year when I won the Scholastic Player of the Year award,” he said.

Wray says, like the WHL, Varsity teams at the CIS level also put great emphasis on scholastic importance.

“Our coach, Brad Peddle, is a former Academic All-Canadian, himself, so he puts a lot of weight into academic performance and achievement,” said Wray.  “He makes sure to remind us all that we are student-athletes, with the ‘student’ part coming first and foremost.”

Donlevy, who presented the Scholastic Player of the Year award to Wray back in 2006, agrees that the WHL’s commitment to educational success, both for current and graduate players, is proving fruitful based on the number of WHL grads who, using their WHL Scholarship, not only pursue a post-secondary education, but excel academically at the university level.

“Clearly, the significant number of WHL Graduates who use their Scholarship and continue to play hockey in the CIS are implementing the athletic and academic skills they have developed throughout their WHL careers,” said Donlevy.

The WHL continues to be the leading provider of Hockey Scholarships in Western Canada.  Since 1993, the Western Hockey League has awarded more than 4,300 Scholarships to graduate players, representing a contribution of more than $13.5 million.

2010-11 CIS ACADEMIC ALL-CANADIANS

 

NAME

UNIVERSITY

WHL CLUB (s)

Kristofer Westblom

Acadia University

Kelowna

Greg Gardner

University of Alberta

Prince George

Drew Nichol

University of Alberta

Edmonton

J.P.Szaszkiewicz

University of Alberta

Spokane, Edmonton

Jason Fransoo

University of Alberta

Swift Current, Everett

Derek Ryan

University of Alberta

Spokane

Justin McCrae

University of British Columbia

Saskatoon, Spokane

Brett Bartman

University of Calgary

Spokane

Luke Egener

University of Calgary

Vancouver, Red Deer

Ryan Gillen

University of Calgary

Prince George, Tri-City, Calgary

Brock Nixon

University of Calgary

Kamloops, Calgary

Jordie Deagle

Carlton University

Medicine Hat, Prince George, Red Deer

Daniel Bartek

Dalhousie University

Tri-City

Brett Plouffe

Dalhousie University

Calgary, Tri-City

Kris Hogg

Lakehead University

Kamloops, Lethbridge

Devin Welsh

Lakehead University

Moose Jaw, Everett, Kootenay, Lethbridge

Scott Bowles

University of Lethbridge

Calgary, Prince George

Curtis Cooper

University of Lethbridge

Prince George

Joe Caligiuri

University of Manitoba

Brandon, Prince George

Chad Erb

University of Manitoba

Brandon

Mike Hellyer

University of Manitoba

Prince Albert

Jeremy Schappert

University of Manitoba

Seattle

Jonathan Harty

University of New Brunswick

Everett

Bretton Stamler

University of New Brunswick

Seattle, Edmonton, Swift Current

Ben Wright

University of New Brunswick

Lethbridge

Kyle Bailey

University of New Brunswick

Portland, Lethbridge

Taylor Procyshen

University of New Brunswick

Tri-City

David Aime

Queen’s University

Prince Albert, Red Deer

Shayne Barrie

University of Regina

Everett

Brett Robertson

St. Francis Xavier University

Medicine Hat, Prince George, Seattle

Brennen Wray

St. Francis Xavier University

Moose Jaw, Red Deer

Michael Stickland

St. Mary’s University

Kootenay, Swift Current

Brennan Bosch

University of Saskatchewan

Medicine Hat

Curtis Kulchar

University of Saskatchewan

Regina, Vancouver, Kamloops, Everett

Shaun Vey

University of Saskatchewan

Tri-City, Vancouver

Travis Brisebois

University of Saskatchewan

Swift Current

Kyle Ross

University of Saskatchewan

Red Deer, Regina

Ryan Molle

University of Waterloo

Vancouver, Swift Current, Kootenay

Chris Ray

University of Waterloo

Kelowna

Josh Schappert

University of Waterloo

Seattle

Yashar Farmanara

University of Western Ontario

Seattle, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat

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