WHL: 402 Scholarships awarded to graduate players for 2019-20 academic year
The Western Hockey League announced that a total of 402 WHL graduate players have been awarded WHL Scholarships for the fall and winter semesters of the 2019-20 academic year. The 402 WHL Scholarships awarded represents the second consecutive academic year that more than 400 WHL Alumni have accessed their WHL Scholarship.
The 2019-20 season serves as the 26th year of the WHL Scholarship program. Established on a league-wide basis in 1993-94, over 6,400 WHL Scholarships have been accessed, representing an investment of over $28 million by WHL Clubs. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.8 million to the 402 WHL graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.
This year, 249 of the 402 WHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education at Universities in Western Canada, with 141 of those playing Canadian University hockey at the U SPORTS level in Canada West (CW) hockey league. In many cases, these student-athletes have combined their WHL Scholarship with additional financial assistance from Canada West Universities to receive the Western Canada Premier Hockey Scholarship.
OHL: Scholarship Program investment tops $3 Million in 2019-20
The Ontario Hockey League announced today that a total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million. Of these, 200 players competed on U SPORTS Men’s Hockey rosters.
This year, 279 of the 334 OHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education at Canadian Universities. A total of 219 graduates are attending Ontario-based Universities with Western University leading all post-secondary institutions with 27 OHL graduates enrolled in full-time studies, while 24 former OHL players enrolled at Ryerson University and 23 are studying at Queen’s University. A total of 58 graduates are attending Universities in Eastern Canada with the University of Prince Edward Island leading the way with 12 former players enrolled. Two graduates have accessed their OHL Scholarship at Universities in Western Canada.
QMJHL: $1,246,000 in Scholarships for the 2019–20 school year
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) announced today that it has invested $1,246,000 in scholarships during the 2019–2020 school year. These financial commitments will benefit 220 former QMJHL players to support them in pursuing their studies at college, university, or vocational training level. This amount is in addition to the amount disbursed by teams to cover the tuition fees for players currently playing in the QMJHL. Scholarship amounts have risen dramatically in recent years due to the requirement for all players to be enrolled in a program of study and their excellent success rates.
"We don’t talk enough about the importance the QMJHL gives to the education of its players. Whether it was during my CEGEP years or my years at university that I am currently attending, the QMJHL has constantly supported me with its scholarship program,” shared Louis-Philip Guindon, former goaltender for the Drummondville Voltigeurs and the Rimouski Océanic. He is also enrolled at McGill University in the Kinesiology program and goaltending for the university team.