WHL announces B.C. Division Academic Spotlight for November


Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the B.C. Division Academic Spotlight for November, featuring Academic Achievers including goaltender Dylan Garand of the Kamloops Blazers, forward Kyle Crosbie of the Kelowna Rockets, defenceman Rhett Rhinehart of the Prince George Cougars, Trent Miner of the Vancouver Giants, and goaltender Brock Gould of the Victoria Royals.

During the months of November through February, each of the WHL’s 22 member Clubs will name an Academic Achiever, as selected by the Club’s Education Advisor. Each month, one WHL Division will have its Academic Achievers celebrated in the Academic Spotlight:

Academic Spotlight
November – B.C. Division
December – East Division
January – Central Division
February – U.S. Division

WHL players recognized as Academic Achievers are observed as those striving to reach their full potential in their educational programs while balancing WHL commitments.




Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers: Rookie goaltender Dylan Garand, a 16-year-old product of Victoria, is excelling with his Grade 11 studies, including English, Social Studies and Biology at Valleyview Secondary School in Kamloops.

“Dylan is a quiet leader, recognized by his teammates and the coaching staff for his consistent work ethic and his ability to motivate his teammates and fellow students,” said Vic Bafano, Education Advisor for the Blazers. “Dylan must be given credit and acknowledged for his commitment to a variety of hockey and academic activities. He is seen by the Kamloops Blazers as a promising student athlete and goaltender of the future.”

In 12 games this season, Garand is 5-3-0-1 with a 3.04 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. He also recently represented Team Canada Red at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Garand was originally a third-round selection (58th) of the Blazers at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.




Kyle Crosbie, Kelowna Rockets: Rookie forward Kyle Crosbie, a 17-year-old product of Didsbury, Alta., is thriving in Grade 12 English and Pre-Calculus, as well as Physical Education and Strength & Conditioning at Kelowna Secondary School.

“Kyle is a very well-rounded individual who capitalizes on situations that are made available to him, such as tutors and extra help made available by teachers,” said Darren Wishlow, Education Advisor for the Rockets.

In 30 games this season, Crosbie has recorded seven points (5G-2A). Originally an eighth-round selection (174th) of the Rockets at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Crosbie came to Kelowna following two years with Edge School of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League.




Rhett Rhinehart, Prince George Cougars: Sophomore defenceman Rhett Rhinehart, a 17-year-old product of Lloydminster, Alta., is achieving honour roll status with his Grade 12 coursework, including English, Personal Fitness, Leadership and Foods & Nutrition at Prince George Secondary School.

“Rhett’s dedication to academics in his Grade 12 year is admirable, given that he is balancing four Grade 12 courses,” said Mary LaMarre, Education Advisor for the Cougars. “Rhett is not only an academic leader, he is also a positive role model in our greater community. He has presented to elementary school audiences on the importance of healthy choices and literacy, and made a very positive impression with the elementary school students and staff. Rhett is conscientious and a hard worker; he exemplifies a well-rounded student athlete.”

Rhinehart is enjoying a career season with the Cougars, having collected 12 points (3G-9A) in 33 games. Originally a first-round selection (13th) of the Prince Albert Raiders at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Rhinehart has amassed 17 points (6G-11A) in 95 career WHL regular season contests. He previously represented Canada Red at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, earning a silver medal.




Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants: Sophomore goaltender Trent Miner, a 17-year-old product of Brandon, Man., continues to maintain exceptional academic standards at South Delta Secondary School. Working his way through English 12, Financial Accounting 12, History 12, Math 12 and Law 12, Miner has displayed an excellent work ethic.

“Trent has maintained a high average despite facing many obstacles this term,” said Gatlin Saip, Education Advisor for the Giants. “He has constantly held himself to a standard of excellence.”

Miner is not only exceeding in the classroom, but on the ice as well. Through 14 appearances, he is 10-2-1-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout. Originally a first-round selection (20th) of the Giants at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Miner has appeared in 23 career WHL regular season contests over two seasons, registering a record of 13-6-1-0 with a 2.73 GAA, .913 SV% and one shutout.




Brock Gould, Victoria Royals: Rookie goaltender Brock Gould, a 17-year-old product of Colorado Springs, Colo., is excelling in Grade 12 Chemistry, History, English and Pre-Calculus through BJU Press Distance Learning.

“Brock has transitioned to the WHL this year and continues to do exceptionally well with his academic course load,” said Tammy Renyard, Education Advisor for the Royals. “Brock is completing his education in the U.S. and works independently to stay focused and on track. He will graduate a year early with the courses necessary to transition into post-secondary.”

In six appearances this season, Gould is 2-4-0-0 with a 3.74 goals-against average and .842 save percentage. Originally an eighth-round selection (170th) of the Royals at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Gould came to Victoria following the 2017-18 season, which he spent with Rink Hockey Academy of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League.

WHL Academic Achievers – November

Club Name Player Name School/Institution
Brandon Wheat Kings Jonny Lambos Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School
Calgary Hitmen Jackson van de Leest Bishop O’Brien High School
Edmonton Oil Kings Jake Neighbours Salisbury High School
Everett Silvertips Jackson Berezowski Everett High School
Kamloops Blazers Dylan Garand Valleyview Secondary School
Kelowna Rockets Kyle Crosbie Kelowna Secondary School
Kootenay ICE Holden Kodak Kootenay Educational Services
Lethbridge Hurricanes Justin Hall Chinook High School
Medicine Hat Tigers Corson Hopwo Medicine Hat High School
Moose Jaw Warriors Tristin Langan Vanier Collegiate
Portland Winterhawks Kade Nolan Sunset High School
Prince Albert Raiders Jakob Brook Carlton Comp. High School
Prince George Cougars Rhett Rhinehart Prince George Secondary School
Red Deer Rebels Ryan Gottfried St. Gabriel’s Learning Centre
Regina Pats Steven Zonneveld Michael A. Riffel High School
Saskatoon Blades Tristen Robins City Park School
Seattle Thunderbirds Cole Schwebius Kentwood High School
Spokane Chiefs Connor Gabruch Joel E. Ferris High School
Swift Current Broncos Matthew Culling Swift Current Comp. High School
Tri-City Americans Sasha Mutala Kamiaken High School
Vancouver Giants Trent Miner South Delta Secondary School
Victoria Royals Brock Gould BJU Press Distance Learning


Fully funded by WHL member Clubs, all current WHL players are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses. This season, over 160 current players are taking post-secondary courses while playing in the WHL. 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.

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.

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.

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