- After a pair of wins December 2-3, goalie Garret Hughson of the Lethbridge Pronghorns is the WHL Graduate of the Month for December
- Hughson played 105 regular season games with the Spokane Chiefs before joining the ‘Horns for the 2016-17 season
- Following each month of the Canada West men’s hockey season, the conference and WHL honour a WHL graduate, who is now excelling as a student-athlete with one of eight CW men’s hockey programs
- Each year hundreds of WHL graduates attend a post-secondary institution of their choice thanks to the WHL Scholarship Program, which provides players with tuition, compulsory fees, and required textbooks for each season played in the WHL
EDMONTON – For the second consecutive season, a Lethbridge Pronghorn heads into Canada West’s annual December break as the WHL Graduate of the Month.
Second-year goalie Garret Hughson was named the WHL Grad of the Month for December Friday, as the former Spokane Chief helped lift the ‘Horns to a pair of wins over provincial rival Calgary earlier this month (December 2-3). A year ago, Jay Merkley became the first U of L player to claim the award since Dustin Moore in 2012.
Hughson, who played 105 regular season games with the Chiefs between 2012 and 2015, backstopped Lethbridge to a 4-1 win Friday, Dec. 2 and 4-3 overtime victory Saturday, Dec. 3 against the Dinos. The Foremost, Alta. product was particularly stellar Friday, stopping 46 shots, while Saturday he made 29 stops and chipped in offensively with an assist. The wins were even more impressive given Lethbridge had a short bench due to injuries, dressing only 14 skaters.
The sweep improved the Pronghorns’ record to 6-8-1, as the Southern Alberta squad heads into the CW mid-season break having won five of their last six games to jump into sixth in the conference standings.
Lethbridge resumes Canada West play in the New Year when they host the Saskatchewan Huskies January 5 and 6 at Nicholas Sheran Arena. You can catch the action online by watching Canada West TV – the official streaming home of every CW men’s hockey game.
Previous Canada West WHL Graduates of the Month
October: Luke Philp, Alberta
November: Zak Zborosky, Regina
October: Jamie Crooks, Alberta
November: Elgin Pearce, Calgary
December: Jay Merkley, Lethbridge
January: Jesse Forsberg, Saskatchewan
February: Connor Rankin, Mount Royal
March: Connor Gay, Saskatchewan
About Canada West
Canada West (CW) is the leading university athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel in the classroom and their communities. Canada West 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.
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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.