Thirty-three Western Hockey League Alumni are leaving the 2019 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup with a medal around their neck.
The largest contingent of WHL Alumni to earn a medal were on the University of Alberta Golden Bears, who won silver. The Golden Bears fell 4-2 to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds in the championship after winning their first two games at the tournament.
Mark Rassell (Calgary, Alta. / Medicine Hat Tigers) and Brandon Magee (Edmonton, Alta. / Victoria Royals) were named the Players of the Game for their respective sides.
The tournament All-Star Team had a strong WHL contingent as Luke Philp (Canmore, Alta. / Red Deer Rebels) and Jason Fram (Delta, B.C. / Spokane Chiefs) were named to the six-man list.
In addition to Rassell, defenceman Joe Gatenby (Kelowna, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers) as well as goaltenders Rylan Parenteau (Saskatoon, Sask. / Tri-City Americans) and Luke Lee-Knight (Calgary, Alta. / Tri-City Americans) won gold as part of UNB’s roster.
Earlier in the day, a trio of WHL Alumni won bronze with the Saint Francis Xavier University X-Men. Earning a U SPORTS medal were defencemen Cole MacDonald (Wetaskiwin, Alta. / Everett Silvertips) and Mitchell Wheaton (Sherwood Park, Alta. / Brandon Wheat Kings) as well as forward Matthew Needham (Kamloops, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers).
This year, a record 405 WHL graduates are accessing their WHL Scholarship, including 199 competing at the U SPORTS level. Established on a league-wide basis in 1993-94, over 6,000 WHL Scholarships have been accessed by WHL graduates, representing an investment of over $25 million by WHL Clubs. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.6 million to the 405 WHL graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.
Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the WHL member Clubs. 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. The WHL graduate can apply the funding to any post-secondary or career-enhancing program of his choice, including trades schools or professional career training programs.
CLICK HERE for a detailed list of all WHL Scholarship recipients for the 2018-19 academic season.