Regina, SK – During the 2017-18 academic year 910 CHL graduates utilized their scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America, for a total cost to teams of over $8 million Canadian. Of these, 546 players are on Canadian U SPORTS hockey teams, including 25 players on the 2018 U SPORTS University Cup Champions, the University of Alberta Golden Bears. In addition, the teams contributed over CA$1.6 million for current CHL players attending high school and post-secondary institutions. The overall investment for 2017-18 year in the CHL Scholarship Program is over CA$9.6 million.
The Spokane Chiefs were well represented with a franchise-record 27 former players utilizing their scholarship fund, including 17 continuing their hockey careers at the collegiate level in Canada. Former two-year captain Jason Fram was part of the championship University of Alberta team.
“The CHL’s primary goals are player safety, providing competition and coaching to advance our players in hockey as far as their talent and commitment allow, teaching players leadership skills and supporting their education to ensure success in life,” said David Branch, CHL President. “The investment in the CHL Scholarship Program is an important piece of the player experience and one in which the CHL and teams are very proud.”