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Alberta’s Pawlenchuk named Canada West WHL Graduate of the Month

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Edmonton, Alta. –  Alberta Golden Bears rookie forward Grayson Pawlenchuk is the Western Hockey League Grad of the Month for March, as announced Thursday. The 2018-19 CW Rookie of the Year earns the final monthly honour of the season after posting two goals and four assists in six games over the past month.

Highlights:

-Rookie forward Grayson Pawlenchuk is the WHL Grad of the Month for March after recording six points in as many games

-The former Red Deer Rebel was the 2018-19 CW Rookie of the Year after recording 13G-9A-22PTS in 28 CW regular season games. He is the fourth Golden Bear to win a WHL award this season, joining Luke Philp, who was recently signed by the Calgary Flames

-Pawlenchuk notched a goal and two assists in Alberta’s three-game win over the Saskatchewan Huskies in the CW Final, before adding another goal and two assists in three games at the 2019 University Cup in Lethbridge, where the Bears fell to UNB in the national final.

A veteran of more than 300 WHL games, the former Red Deer Rebel enjoyed an outstanding rookie campaign with Alberta, leading all conference rookies in goals (13), PPG (three), shots (75), and plus/minus (+17).

The Native Studies student is the fourth Golden Bear to earn a WHL honour this season, after Zach Sawchenko, and Jason Fram were named Grads of the Month, while Luke Philp was named the First Half Top Performer.

2018-19 Recipients:
October: Carson Stadnyk, Saskatchewan
November: Riley Sheen, Calgary
First Half Top Performer: Luke Philp, Alberta
January: Zach Sawchenko, Alberta
February: Jason Fram, Alberta

About Canada West
Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.

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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