30 graduates earn medals at 2015 CIS University Cup

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(ISN) – Halifax, NS – The Western Hockey League would like to congratulate its 30 graduates who earned medals at the 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Men’s Hockey Championship in Halifax today.

The University of Alberta Golden Bears claimed the University Cup for the second consecutive year on Sunday as CIS Men’s Hockey Champions after defeating the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds by a 6-3 score. The Golden Bears’ roster boasted 25 WHL Alumni.

The University of Alberta’s Levko Koper (Spokane Chiefs), also a WHL and MasterCard Memorial Cup Champion, was named the Championship Final’s Player of the Game. Jordan Hickmott (Edmonton Oil Kings) led the Golden Bears with 6 points (4g-2a) at the event and finished tied for the tournament scoring lead. Alberta’s Jesse Craige (Chilliwack Bruins), the 2014-15 CIS Defenceman of the Year, finished tied for first in tournament scoring amongst defencemen alongside teammate Jordan Rowley (Prince Albert Raiders).

Lethbridge Hurricanes alum Cam Braes, who notched five goals in the tournament, helped the Varsity Reds to a silver medal with teammate and UNB Player of the Game Dylan Willick (Kamloops Blazers).

Earlier in the day, the University of Guelph Gryphons earned the bronze medal aided by WHL graduates Keith Hamilton (Victoria Royals), Seth Swenson (Seattle Thunderbirds) and Teal Burns (Everett Silvertips).

In total, 68 WHL Alumni were among the 166 CHL graduates to compete on the eight teams which battled for the 2015 University Cup Championship this past week, which represented over 78% of all players in the tournament.

CHL graduates are able to compete in CIS hockey programs and receive their education paid for by taking advantage of the Scholarship Programs throughout the CHL which are funded by the member clubs of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.