Zajac Utilizes WHL Scholarship, Commits to U of M

Saskatoon Star Phoenix

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Scott Larson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

While every junior hockey player’s dream is to play professionally, getting an education will end up being just as important for the vast majority.

That’s why more and more players are taking advantage of the WHL’s scholarship program. For every year someone plays in the WHL, they are eligible to receive a full year scholarship that includes tuition, textbooks and fees to a post-secondary school of their choice in Canada.

“It is a pretty awesome deal,” says former Blades captain Nick Zajac, who recently committed to play next fall with his hometown University of Manitoba Bisons after playing five season with in Saskatoon.

“Home sounds pretty good to a guy who hasn’t been home for five years,” Zajac said. “Getting the chance to spend five more quality years with my parents (Mitch and Wanda) is something I don’t think I’ll ever get that opportunity to do again.”

“But it’s the cost too,” said Zajac, who plans on getting a business degree. “It is expensive living away from home so that is another reason.”

Steve Hogle, president of the Saskatoon Blades said each year the team gives out an average of about 20 scholarships worth a total of about $100,000.

“It is a significant investment and the number of players using the scholarship money is going up, which is awesome to see,” Hogle said.

For full article, visit the Saskatoon StarPhoenix’s site.

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