The Spokane Chiefs are proud to announce that 17-year-old forwards Cordel Larson and Connor Gabruch have been named the Chiefs’ Academic Achievers for the months of December and November. WHL players recognized as Academic Achievers are observed as those striving to reach their full potential in their educational programs while balancing WHL commitments.
Gabruch, who is taking classes at Joel E. Ferris High School, is currently studying Current World Affairs, English 12, and Anatomy and Physiology, averaging a 95% grade. Gabruch has maintained his classroom success while also playing 29 games for the Chiefs in his debut season.
Larson, who also attends Ferris, is taking English 12 as well as Anatomy & Physiology, averaging a 91%. He appeared in four games for the Chiefs during the 2017-18 season before opening the 2018-19 season on the roster and has posted 7 points (6G-1A) in 36 games played for the Chiefs this season.
The WHL recognizes one player from each team for their academic success during the months of November, December, January and February.
Fully funded by WHL member Clubs, all current WHL players are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses. This season, over 160 current players are taking post-secondary courses while playing in the WHL. 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.
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.