SPOKANE, Wash. / CALGARY – A record 27 former Spokane Chiefs are part of a larger record 382 former WHL graduate players awarded WHL Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year, as announced by the league on Wednesday afternoon. The total scholarships mark the highest total in league history, improving upon the mark of 374 set during the 2016-17 academic season.
Among the 27 awarded scholarships are three who will compete in this weekend’s 2018 David Johnston University Cup in Fredericton, N.B. Jason Fram (University of Alberta), Wyatt Johnson (University of Saskatchewan) and Keanu Yamamoto (McGill University) each hope to become U SPORTS champions as the tournament begins on Thursday. Yamamoto and McGill take on Johnson and Saskatchewan in opening round action on Friday. For more information on the 2018 U SPORTS David Johnston University Cup, please visit UniversityCup.ca.
Of the 27 Chiefs utilizing their education fund, 17 are also continuing their hockey careers, playing at the collegiate level in Canada.
Among all WHL graduates, WHL Scholarship recipients are enrolled this year as full-time students at 78 different post-secondary institutions through North America.
Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the member Clubs of the WHL. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.5 million to graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.
“The WHL and all our member Clubs are delighted that a record number of WHL graduate players are taking advantage and utilizing their WHL Scholarship this year,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “The WHL Scholarship not only allows our players to pursue their academic goals at a post-secondary institution of their choice, but also provides the opportunity to continue playing amateur hockey at a very high level in the Canadian University system.”
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, and the student-athlete can apply the funding to any post-secondary or career-enhancing program of his choice, including trades schools and professional career training programs.
In addition, current WHL players also receive financial assistance for enrolling post-secondary classes while playing in the WHL, many of whom are taking online courses through Athabasca University. The WHL and Athabasca University have partnered to offer, through online and other distance education platforms, fully-accredited university courses to any WHL player interested in further pursuing post-secondary studies while playing in the WHL.
Fully funded by WHL member Clubs, all players currently playing in the WHL are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses. 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.
CLICK HERE for a detailed list of 2017-18 WHL Scholarship recipients
Branch Summary: WHL Scholarships 2017-18
British Columbia – 83
Alberta – 162
Saskatchewan – 75
Manitoba – 34
North West Territories / Yukon – 2
USA – 26
Totals – 382
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.