Brandon Wheat Kings
Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League has announced plans to host a Prospects Information Night this Monday night in Winnipeg.
The evening, which will include a presentation by the WHL on the many benefits of playing Major Junior Hockey, will be made to those currently playing for Bantam 1 or provincial Midget teams throughout the city of Winnipeg.
Leading an impressive list of presenters will be the WHL’s Manager of Player Development and Recruitment Tyler Boldt.
A Winnipeg native, Boldt played five seasons in the WHL with Kamloops, Saskatoon and the Brandon Wheat Kings. Like so many others, he took advantage of the WHL’s strong Scholarship program when his major junior career was over.
Joining him will be former Wheat Kings’ netminder Trevor Kidd and the head coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons hockey team, Mike Sirant.
A former first round draft choice of the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames, Kidd played three seasons in the WHL including two and a half years in Brandon. In addition to being named the WHL Goaltender of the Year in 1990, the Dugald, Manitoba product backstopped the Spokane Chiefs to the 1991 Memorial Cup Championship.
Kidd went on to play eleven seasons in the NHL with Calgary, Carolina, Florida and the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 387 career games in the NHL, he had nineteen shutouts and posted a 2.83 goals against average.
Sirant is currently in his 16th season at the helm of of the Bisons. A 3-time Canada West Hockey Coach of the Year, he played four seasons with the Bisons.
Monday’s presentation will be held at the Canad Inns Polo Park (1405 St. Matthews Avenue), beginning at 6:30 pm.
ABOUT THE WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP:
The WHL provides the top young talent with the opportunity to develop their skills on the ice at the highest possible level, without compromising their academic goals.
Each WHL Club’s Education Advisor, along with the WHL Director of Education Services, tracks the academic progress of all players thoughout the season. While playing in the WHL, players receive financial assistance for education expenses such as high school tutoring or fees for post-secondary courses, to ensure players reach their academic potential.
The WHL Scholarship is fully guaranteed for every season a player participates in the league, he is entitled to a full year of tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of his choice. Once a player graduates from the WHL and provided he does not sign a professional contract, he is eligible to obtain one for each year played.
Close to three hundred graduate players, including a number of former Wheat Kings, attend Universities and Colleges on full WHL scholarships each year. Since 1993, the WHL has awarded over 4,300, representing an investment in excess of $13.5 million.