Through the months of July and August, the Western Hockey League is saying ‘thank you’ to its 2018 graduating class. From July 30 to August 3, we extended our gratitude to 10 players who concluded their WHL careers in the 2017-18 season.
Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender Michael Bullion helped the Tigers make a playoff run after being traded from Portland in the 2016-17 season. He posted a 2.90 GAA and .901 SVS% during the end of that season and found success in the playoffs with a 2.86 GAA and .889 SVS% in 11 games. Bullion has committed to the Ridgebacks at the University of Ontario – Institute of technology.
Saskatoon Blades forward Braylon Shmyr recorded 240 points in 300 games. This year, serving as an alternate captain, he posted 37 goals 51 assists and 88 points. Upon the completion of his WHL season he joined the Allen Americans in the ECHL, scoring five points in seven playoff games. He has since signed on with the Americans, where he will be spending the 2018-19 season.
Kamloops Blazers defenceman Brady Reagan played parts of six seasons in the WHL. He was a force on the blue line, playing against opposing top lines. He finished his career with 300 games played with Regina, Lethbridge, Calgary, and Kamloops.
Swift Current Broncos forward Glenn Gawdin had an impressive season, recording 125 points in 67 games. Glenn lead the WHL in plus-minus, was the WHL Playoffs MVP and won the Ed Chynoweth Cup. These achievements earned him a contract with the Calgary Flames.
Everett Silvertips forward Matt Fonteyne scored 88 points in 72 games this season, signing a contract with the San Jose Barracuda. He also served as the alternate captain on a Silvertips squad that reached the 2018 Rogers WHL Finals and played his entire six seasons with Everett.
Spokane Chiefs forward Zach Fischer put up 122 points in 197 games over his WHL career. He spent his three previous seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers. The power forward was drafted by the Calgary Flames and signed a contract with their affiliate, the Stockton Heat.
Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman James Shearer finished his WHL career as the captain of the Wheat Kings after helping them win the Ed Chynoweth Cup in 2015-16. The Brandon native didn’t travel too far from home, playing all three seasons with the Wheat Kings.
Kootenay ICE forward Alec Baer set a career high with 30 goals, 31 assists and 61 points this season. He joined the Rapid City Rush after the completion of his WHL season where he put up six points (3G-3A) in eight games. He finishes his WHL career with 187 points (86G-101A) in 342 games.
Calgary Hitmen goaltender Nick Schneider stood out as a rookie, posting a 1.42 GAA and a .943 SVS% in his first eight games. He has since played over 200 games for the Hitmen and Tigers and was signed by the Calgary Flames.
Portland Winterhawks goaltender Cole Kehler played 53 games this season, posting a 2.77 GAA and a .909 SV%. Kehler spent his three of his five seasons in the league with the Kamloops Blazers and was signed by the L.A. Kings in December of last season.
Thank you to our graduating players for all your contributions on and off the ice. Visit @TheWHL on Twitter daily for new player cards. Weekly recaps of player cards and highlights will appear at WHL.ca each Friday.